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Leading While Female

  • Why we’re more likely to interpret women’s facial expressions as emotions and men’s as reactions. Updated 9m ago
  • Visceral backlash against Hillary’s candidacy can be linked to a social phenomenon called “precarious manhood.”
  • There’s a good chance we’ll see a record number of female Senators come November—and our government will be much improved.
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A Ceasefire in Syria

  • UK ambassador despairs of destruction in Aleppo, which Russian planes have begun to target again in their support of Syria's central government. Updated 31m ago
  • UN halts aid operations in Syria after new bombings. US blames Russian warplanes; Russia blames terrorists.
  • Ceasefire's future is in doubt after a mistaken United States airstrike wipes out a Syrian Army company.
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Fashion Week Begins in Paris, And Yet

A new study finds the average woman to be around a size 20—plus-size—and not a 14, as previously thought. When the fashion industry refuses to acknowledge reality, Erika Nicole Kendall says that shoppers fall into a cycle of "coveting everything about a woman walking down the runway, tormenting ourselves to try to be like her, and then shaming ourselves for failing miserably."


Debate Lessons from Obama

In 2012, Barack Obama was flustered by Mitt Romney in his first debate. "This isn't on the level," he complained. His speechwriter dishes on how the campaign convinced Obama to downplay his most winning qualities, including his intellect and sense of fairness, to win the next round.

Worth remembering: The first debate usually goes to the challenger.


The more plausibly reality is faked, the more beautiful the pane we place between it and ourselves becomes.

Updating the realism-in-art argument for the 21st century, when video game producers claim almost monthly to produce generational breakthroughs in graphics technology.
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"Leading" Exorcists Cite Increase in Demand

"The first line of defence is not to see the Devil everywhere but to determine what this person is up against." Exorcists today take pains to display their modernity, working with psychologists to separate mental health issues from demonic possession. Only 1 in 5,000 requests, they say, turns out to really be an act of Satan, though the total is growing .


"Waffle House will be there in the morning, I told myself. Finally, a thing that’s sure." In tough times, Waffle House—the chain that inspired a FEMA code because it is always open—inspires a personal index of suffering.

More Jobs, Fewer Applicants

A complicated picture of economic growth emerges: it's the best time for job-seekers in America since 2001, but Trump's message of economic malaise works because 99% of those jobs are going to college graduates. 


Your Tuesday Morning White Paper

As Chicago's violence levels continue to skyrocket, Illinois lawmakers continue to refuse to fund a violence-prevention program that a new report shows has direct correlations to the homicide and violent crime rates in the city.

And in case you need another white paper to go with your coffee: "How Police and Courts are Misusing Unreliable IP Address Information and What They Can Do to Better Verify Electronic Tips."


"It took me years and a great deal of research to realize that in Madison, middle-classness operates as a floor, and in Black Milwaukee a ceiling remains, for the overwhelming majority of black families, impossibly far out of reach."

Kashana Cauley explains why Milwaukee is the worst city for black people in America.

In the wake of the worst crash since the Great Depression, as [Goldman Sachs] fended off investigations and criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike, the Clintons drew Goldman only closer.

The Clintons picked an interesting time to align themselves even closer with Goldman Sachs: Directly after the 2008 crash.
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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 1w 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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