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Leading While Female

  • There’s a good chance we’ll see a record number of female Senators come November—and our government will be much improved. Updated 13h ago
  • Many women are spooks, but only a third of the CIA's leadership is female.
  • Hillary Clinton is the most closely observed woman in America, but we haven’t figured out how to interpret the data yet.
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I do 10, and then I breathe, and then I do 10 more.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her push-ups routine.
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Outdoor Research thankfully called bullshit on GQ's latest ridiculous photo shoot—of dudes climbing around Joshua Tree while hot babes wait nearby with beer and yawning cleavage—and produced one of their own, shot-for-shot, in which the ladies climb and the guys just preen.

“The warden is pushing the meal cart”

Guards at Alabama's Holman Correctional Facility have joined prisoners on strike, refusing to show up for work and forcing the warden to make rounds with a meal cart.

Holman is one of at least 29 prisons nationwide that have gone on strike this month, protesting the use of prison labor, credibly likening it to slavery.

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When So Much Is Justifiably Rated R

Facebook censored pictures of a Nazi flag being sold next to a Trump flag. It locked Palestinian journalists out of their news outlets' Facebook accounts without providing a reason why. Earlier this month, it even censored the famous Pulitzer-winning "napalm girl" photograph from the Vietnam War. As Tom Scocca wrote in 2015 about the Facebookification of news, "Mass audiences must be handled delicately, tastefully, appropriately. PG-13, at the worst."


An entire generation of feminist and postfeminist women who stormed the barricades of the American work force, planned their reproductive destinies, and even got their partners to fold the laundry occasionally are now engaged in an odd sort of collective self-delusion.

Barnard College president laments the popularity of cosmetic surgery, doesn't rule it out for herself.
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Yes, the Pronouns Are Hard, But

Buried inside Michael Schulman's otherwise unprovocative profile of Transparent's Hari Nef is one of those facts you see that's hard to unsee (even if you've seen it before): Forty-one percent of transgender Americans have attempted suicide, compared with five percent of the general population.


At the local level, America’s justice system is disproportionately white-controlled, and disproportionately oriented toward punishing minorities.

Another problem in our justice system: Ninety-three percent of prosecutors in America are white.
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Crossing Guards

Chicago now escorts one in five students to school to provide safe passage in areas where bullets fly.


The Decarbonization of California

Tomorrow marks the 10-year anniversary of then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's commitment to curbing climate change in California. The San Francisco Chronicle summarizes what's changed—and, surprisingly, it's a lot. 

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Police Unions: Good or Bad?

  • Police unions are frequently segregated, and frequently prefer to stay that way. Updated 3d ago
  • Criminologist finds little research into police unions and their effects on societies and cities—but nearly all of the research says they're bad.
  • Cops refuse to protect NFL players on grounds that athletes don't have freedom of speech.
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Hyping the Great Outdoors

  • Ultramarathoner Karl Meltzer sets Appalachian Trail record with unique fueling strategy (including bacon and beer). Updated 6d ago
  • FOMO helped to kill the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Climber and Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard blames "the death of the outdoors" on Outside magazine.
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Your Leakage Is My Leakage

  • Welcome to the age of kompromat, or the well-timed release of compromising material. Updated 1w ago
  • FBI tries to figure out how to take hackers (and Putin?) to trial.
  • Former National Security Council spokesperson reflects on the panic of Washington elites in this period of regular email hacks.
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The Assets of Trump and Their Mysterious Origins

  • Trump Foundation has used over $250,000 of other people's money to pay off settlements from lawsuits against Trump's other assets. Updated 3d ago
  • Trump has received nearly $900 million in tax breaks on his New York properties, often obtained by the means you'd expect from him.
  • Trump's mysterious foundation has no clear purpose, but it did once buy a $20,000 portrait of Trump himself.
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