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The Most Powerful Members of the Trump Administration Are Keeping Their Schedules Secret The Most Powerful Members of the Trump Administration Are Keeping Their Schedules Secret

The Trump presidency has thus far been defined by an uncanny sort of double-consciousness. For all the surface-level visibility claimed by the president, who spent a full third of his first year in office padding from the golf course to the television set in Trump-owned properties, there exists a huge void when it…

American Life Expectancy Is Declining for the Second Year in a Row, and Things Will Probably Get Worse American Life Expectancy Is Declining for the Second Year in a Row, and Things Will Probably Get Worse

A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that life expectancy in the U.S. is in decline for the second year in a row, especially where people aged 15-34 were concerned, in large part due to the staggering impact of the unchecked opioid epidemic. Of the 63,600 deaths in 2016 attributed to…

Virginia Statehouse Election Decision Will Be Postponed as Simonds Launches Legal Battle Virginia Statehouse Election Decision Will Be Postponed as Simonds Launches Legal Battle

This year has been a monumental one for Virginian politics, seeing the election of Democratic Socialist Lee Carter over Republican House Majority Whip Jackson Miller and the rise of Danica Roem, the first openly transgender woman to serve on any state’s legislature, but the state’s final race has proved to be the…

'High Level Action' Required to Amend Justice Department Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints  'High Level Action' Required to Amend Justice Department Handling of Sexual Harassment Complaints 

In a year defined by high-profile male plummets from grace due to newly exposed sexual impropriety, every established power structure is in the midst of stringent evaluation. On Tuesday, investigative accounts acquired by the Washington Post revealed that the department’s inspector general had determined that sexual…

Daylight Saving Time Is Meaningless Daylight Saving Time Is Meaningless

The clock turned back an hour early on Sunday morning as I happened to be checking my phone: I was tottering home in the East Village, miserable in my Halloween heels, wishing desperately for nothing other than my soft bed and the warm glow of my laptop. Great, I thought. An extra 60 minutes to berate myself for…

Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare Ryan Adams Compares Taylor Swift To Shakespeare

In a recent interview with The Guardian, Ryan Adams, pop musician and Taylor Swift cover artist, compared the blonde-mopped scribe of hits such as “Bad Blood” and “Our Song” to Shakespeare himself. This is sweet of him, and his comparison feels hyperbolic yet utterly genuine; he goes on to emphasize how much her music…

Sex With Robots Is Illegal In Malaysia, Apparently 

Beep boop, what a bummer: a conference to be held on November 16th in Malaysia, entitled “Love and Sex With Robots,” was just shut down by the police, according to BBC News.

Wesleyan Student Government Retaliates for Dumb Op-Ed By Dramatically Slashing Newspaper Funding Wesleyan Student Government Retaliates for Dumb Op-Ed By Dramatically Slashing Newspaper Funding

Back in September, Wesleyan’s 147-year-old student newspaper the Argus published an op-ed criticizing the Black Lives Matter movement. The article, written by a sophomore, featured lines like “It is plausible that Black Lives Matter has created the conditions for [rioters] to exploit for their own personal gain.” It…

Room is a Horror Film About Growing Up

I saw Room in the Paris Theater in Midtown Manhattan; it played to a packed audience of boistrous industry types. Everyone was distracted and distractable until the lights went down, after which we spent two hours together in rapt silence. Nobody chatted, but almost everyone cried; a woman directly behind me spent…

Holy Shit, The Revenant Looks Amazing 

Any way you slice it, it really does seem like a bold move to be making a balls-out Western revenge fantasy starring a cast nearly completely made up of white men in the year 2015. Whatever! The trailer for this movie, directed by recent Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, absolutely blew me away. Take a look…

Parents Whose Children Were Murdered By Their Nanny Are Expecting a Baby Parents Whose Children Were Murdered By Their Nanny Are Expecting a Baby

Three years ago this October, Marina and Kevin Krim experienced potentially the worst horror imaginable: their daughter Lulu, 6, and son Leo, 20 months, were killed in their Upper West Side apartment, allegedly by couple’s nanny.

Is Brie Larson the New, Lower-Key Jennifer Lawrence? 

Lest I be accused of pitting women against one another, just know, I really don’t care about your opinion. Also, these two actresses are both blonde-ish, tall, white, and immensely talented, so the comparison really isn’t much of a stretch. Why point out this parallel now? Lawrence, of course, is best known for her…

Scott Disick Is a Philandering Douchepacker in the Season Finale of KUWTK

“Piece of shit,” mutters Kris Jenner, gazing into her phone. On tonight’s Season 10 Finale (!!!) of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner (along with the audience) discovers something that the paparazzi has been in on for a while. Scott Disick, erstwhile partner to Kourtney Kardashian and father of her three…

Here's Why Hundreds of Nail Salon Owners Are Protesting the New York Times Here's Why Hundreds of Nail Salon Owners Are Protesting the New York Times

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 6, a large crowd of nail salon owners and workers gathered outside the Manhattan offices of the New York Times. They came demanding apology and retribution for a two-part exposé by Sarah Maslin Nir, which, they say, has caused “grievous harm to our reputations and to our small shops.”

People Are Pissed at Cosmopolitan for Calling the Kardashians 'America's First Family'  People Are Pissed at Cosmopolitan for Calling the Kardashians 'America's First Family' 

Ok, so. Out of all the myriad worldwide injustices readily available for consumption via the reading device of your choosing, we have elected to be outraged about a trolly editorial decision made by Cosmopolitan magazine. The print edition.

Man Born Without a Dick Says Doctors May 'Build a Penis' Out of His Arm Man Born Without a Dick Says Doctors May 'Build a Penis' Out of His Arm

Don’t call it a comeback. Andrew Wardle of Greater Manchester is 40 years old, has had a girlfriend for the last three years, and was born with an abnormality that left him with an external bladder and a missing penis.

Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Both Gave Pro Transgender Rights Speeches This Weekend Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden Both Gave Pro Transgender Rights Speeches This Weekend

On Saturday, at a Washington breakfast hosted by the Human Rights Campaign, Vice President Joe Biden and prospective President Hillary Clinton both gave impassioned speeches in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans—and our stalwart veep managed to squeeze in a rock solid republican diss, too.

Barbie Debuts Limited Edition Zendaya Doll 

On Sunday, after announcing last week they’d be creating a one-of-a-kind doll to pay homage to tween queen Zendaya’s instant classic Oscars look, Barbie debuted the miniature plastic pop star to rave reviews.

Donald Trump's 60 Minutes Interview Is Stunning, Transcendent

Just kidding, Trump is pond scum. A few choice quotes:

Why Would Police Arrest a 19-Year-Old Girl for Reporting Her Rape?  Why Would Police Arrest a 19-Year-Old Girl for Reporting Her Rape? 

In a new piece at Buzzfeed, Katie J.M. Baker investigates a peculiar and horrifying case out of Prince William County, Virginia, concerning the legal aftermath of an egregiously mishandled rape investigation that has permanently scarred two sisters’ lives.

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