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The NRA Did Anything But Lay Low at CPAC The NRA Did Anything But Lay Low at CPAC

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD—“Many in legacy media love mass shootings,” Dana Loesch, spokeswoman of the National Rifle Association (NRA), said during her main-stage speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 22. “You guys love it,” Loesch said. “I’m not saying that you love the tragedy, but I am…

Donald Trump Calls Florida Shooter 'Mentally Disturbed,' Says Nothing About Gun Control Donald Trump Calls Florida Shooter 'Mentally Disturbed,' Says Nothing About Gun Control

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On the Imperative of Content On the Imperative of Content

“Prayers and condolences,” and “thoughts and prayers” were offered up almost immediately after news broke that a gunman had opened fire at a Broward County high school on Wednesday. Prayers were offered as the shooting unfolded, even before the gunman was apprehended; before it was confirmed that 17 high schoolers…

The Uniquely Violent and 'Waterboarding' Effects of Strangulation The Uniquely Violent and 'Waterboarding' Effects of Strangulation

“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor,” White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said in a statement earlier this week. Kelly was defending former White House aide Porter, who resigned last week after two of his ex-wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, detailed his physical and emotional abuse to…

Colbie Holderness Responds to Kellyanne Conway: 'Being Strong Does Not Inoculate a Person Against Abuse' Colbie Holderness Responds to Kellyanne Conway: 'Being Strong Does Not Inoculate a Person Against Abuse'

Colbie Holdnerness, an ex-wife of former White House aide Rob Porter, wrote in a Monday Washington Post piece that she was “dismayed” by Kellyanne Conway’s weekend appearance on CNN.

The Obamas' Official Portraits Are a Profound Rethinking of What State Portraiture Should Look Like The Obamas' Official Portraits Are a Profound Rethinking of What State Portraiture Should Look Like

During a Monday morning ceremony, Barack and Michelle Obama unveiled their official portraits at the National Portrait Gallery. The large-scale portrait of Barack Obama was painted by Kehinde Wiley, an artist best known for his updated, grand-scale history paintings that re-envision both the genre and its subjects; he…

The White House Knew About Domestic Violence Allegations Against Rob Porter For Months and Still Did Nothing  The White House Knew About Domestic Violence Allegations Against Rob Porter For Months and Still Did Nothing 

Staff secretary Rob Porter was allowed to serve as an aide to Donald Trump despite the fact that White House officials, including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Counsel Donald McGahn, knew that Porter’s two ex-wives had made domestic violence allegations against him, according to a Thursday report.

Philosopher Kate Manne on 'Himpathy,' Donald Trump, and Rethinking the Logic of Misogyny Philosopher Kate Manne on 'Himpathy,' Donald Trump, and Rethinking the Logic of Misogyny

There are few things more perennially relevant than a book about misogyny, but Kate Manne’s Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny is particularly resonant in the era of #MeToo, Donald Trump, and the often contentious narratives that flow from both. A philosophy professor at Cornell University, Manne uses the tools of her…

Senior White House Official Rob Porter Resigns After Allegations of Domestic Violence Senior White House Official Rob Porter Resigns After Allegations of Domestic Violence

Rob Porter, a senior White House official who oversaw Donald Trump’s schedule, has resigned following allegations of domestic abuse. Porter has denied the allegations.

'Let's Shut It Down': Donald Trump Threatens  Government Shutdown Over Immigration 'Let's Shut It Down': Donald Trump Threatens  Government Shutdown Over Immigration

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Emma Sulkowicz's Latest Performance Asks Museums to Reassess Artists in the Wake of #MeToo  Emma Sulkowicz's Latest Performance Asks Museums to Reassess Artists in the Wake of #MeToo 

Emma Sulkowicz, an artist best known for the 2014-2015 Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), stood in front of a work by Chuck Close at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a separate Close mural at the 86 Street subway station. Sulkowicz, accompanied by photographer Sangsuk Sylvia Kang, wore only black underwear…

Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio Are Reportedly Working on Republican-Friendly Paid Family Leave  Ivanka Trump and Marco Rubio Are Reportedly Working on Republican-Friendly Paid Family Leave 

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is working with Ivanka Trump to craft a paid family leave plan that will be appealing to fellow Republicans, according to a report from Politico.

Was That State of the Union a Threat? Was That State of the Union a Threat?

“Americans love their country,” Donald Trump said during his first State of the Union address, “and they deserve a Government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.” The government, Trump suggested, has abandoned the American people with years of anti-American policies, leaving us desperate and…

Another Vice Employee Has Been Fired Following Sexual Harassment Allegations  Another Vice Employee Has Been Fired Following Sexual Harassment Allegations 

A little over a month after two women accused Mike Germano, Vice Media’s chief digital officer, of sexual harassment, he has left the company.

In Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Artists, the National Gallery Cancels 2 Exhibitions  In Wake of Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Artists, the National Gallery Cancels 2 Exhibitions 

The National Gallery of Art has canceled two upcoming exhibitions in the wake of sexual harassment and assault allegations leveled against the artists. The museum was slated to open a solo exhibition on Chuck Close in mid-May and another solo exhibition dedicated to the work of photographer Thomas Roma in September.

The So-Called 'Secret Society' Was Likely a Joke but Trump Has Compared It to Watergate  The So-Called 'Secret Society' Was Likely a Joke but Trump Has Compared It to Watergate 

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Robert Mueller Seems Very Busy Robert Mueller Seems Very Busy

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The Alienist Is a Broody Period Drama That Doesn't Quite Distinguish Itself The Alienist Is a Broody Period Drama That Doesn't Quite Distinguish Itself

The Alienist is the latest addition to a growing subgenre of period television—an unromantic look at the past that’s less the stuff of gowns, balls, and marriage plots than the moody, broody underbelly of centuries past.

With Government Shutdown Looming, the Trump Administration Goes After Planned Parenthood With Government Shutdown Looming, the Trump Administration Goes After Planned Parenthood

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