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Take 2 Minutes to Flatten Your Abs With This Ultrafast Workout

With slider discs (or wash cloths or paper plates), and just a small amount of space to move, you'll whip through this lightning-fast ab workout, targeting your obliques, lower abs, and that "six-pack zone."<p>Four moves, 30 seconds each, and you don't even have to stand up — all these moves are on …

How to Work Your Way Up to a Single Pull-Up

If doing a single pull-up (or more) is one of your goals in life, you’re in luck. Here’s a game plan you can follow, even if all you can do is dangle …

Workouts

When the President Is Ignorant of His Own Ignorance

How prepared is our president for the next great foreign, economic or terrorist crisis?<p>After a little more than two months in office, President Trump has raised doubts about his ability to deal with what the former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld famously described as the “known unknowns” and …

Political Science

UN experts raise alert over 'alarming' US state bills

Nineteen US states have introduced bills that would curb freedom of expression and the right to protest since Donald Trump's election as president, an "alarming and undemocratic" trend, UN human rights investigators say.<p>Maina Kiai and David Kaye, independent UN experts on freedom of peaceful …

Rights & Freedoms

The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

When she’s writing about her beloved Venice, Donna Leon can do no wrong. And <b>EARTHLY REMAINS (Atlantic Monthly, $25),</b> her new mystery featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, is one of her best. It’s also one of her saddest, dealing as it does with the seemingly unstoppable polluting of the great …

Books

What the Freedom Caucus means by “freedom”: We’ve come a long way downhill since FDR

Seven decades ago, FDR laid out “Four Freedoms” crucial to democracy — today’s GOP has a different definition<p>Since the American Health Care Act crashed and burned last week, the ultraconservative faction in Congress known as the House Freedom Caucus has deservedly received most of the blame from …

I-DEAS

What to Eat Before a Workout: 50 Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

For some, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But for others who manage to squeeze some gym time into their everyday routine, pre- and …

Healthy Eating

Tip: Do The Gorilla Row

Rows are nonnegotiable in back training. So mix it up a little with this new variation.<p>For building a strong back you can't leave out rows. But this …

Workouts

The astonishing dysfunction of Trump's State Department, in one quote

The Trump administration has failed to staff key positions in vital federal agencies. It isn’t clear who is responsible for what, and the White House’s relationship with the federal bureaucracy is rocky.<p>All of this screws up the US government in ways that are often hard to notice from the outside. …

Donald Trump

​​The Hardest, Most Effective No-Equipment Workout You’ll Ever Do | Men’s Health

The workout is long and difficult, but it will make you stronger, fitter, and leaner. Midway through you’ll want to quit—but not quitting is the key to reaping mental-toughness benefits.<p>The workout is especially beneficial for endurance and strength athletes.<p>Doing repeated lunges and wall sits …

Full Body Splits Aren't Just for Newbies

While health and fitness magazines routinely recommend body part training splits, that style of training doesn’t lend itself particularly well to …

Tom Brady

12 Plank Variations For A Rock Solid Core

istock<p>There's no doubt that 'the plank' is one of the best core exercises on the planet. But for many of us, endless sets at the end of each and …

Suspension Training

Virginia Vandals Sentenced to Read

Teenagers who vandalized the Ashburn Colored School assigned to read Richard Wright, Margaret Atwood and Ta-Nehisi CoatesThe Ashburn Colored School, …

Books

Do Push-Ups Build Your Arms?

I have been a personal trainer for over a decade and worked with some of the most famous actors modern-day Hollywood has to offer. As you would …

Exercise

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

Political Science

The president’s demolition derby: Trump wants to axe everything he doesn’t like — and he doesn’t like a lot

In a week, Trump seems to have set out to wreck government and turn over the remains to his plutocrat friends<p>We’re a week into the Trump administration and it’s pretty obvious what he’s up to. First, Donald Trump is running a demolition derby: He wants to demolish everything he doesn’t like — and …

Donald Trump

Hours after Trump signs Muslim ban, Texas mosque goes up in flames

This is just tragic.<p>A Texas mosque was set on fire just hours after Trump signed an executive order restricting migration from Muslim-majority …

Fancy a new job? The National Trust is looking for someone to look after puffins and baby seals

Bored of working in an office? Tired of your commute? The National Trust is looking for someone to look after wildlife on the Farne Islands.<p>Working on a remote island could be someone's dream job; surrounded by seal pups and beautiful birds, the successful applicant will have a one-minute …

Wildlife

A Look Back: “Two New Useful Resources On Teaching Writing – And An Old One”

<b>In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

Donald Trump Used a Photo From Obama's Inauguration on Twitter

As Donald Trump stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to recite the oath of office, the social media accounts for the President of the United States …

Donald Trump

Huge NYC apartment is a nature-filled refuge in the sky

Who says “indoor-outdoor” is only for the West Coast?<p>Some people in New York City would be lucky to afford a new micro apartment of some 300 square feet, but for those with truly deep pockets, an expansive duplex combining multiple apartments is well within the realm of possibility. Just check out …

Manhattan

Every book Barack Obama recommended during (and after) his presidency

Whether he was reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, former …

Books

The 12 Minute Fix for Abs and Glutes

Here's what you need to know...<p>Too many people waste time working the abs and glutes separately when they could be training them simultaneously.<br>• To …

55 great pictures of President Obama discovering his inner child

One of the staples of the Obama presidency has been a penchant for discovering his inner child. It's been revealed in candid photos of Obama, for example, holding babies and hanging out with children.<p>We've compiled some of the best.<p><i>Amelia Acosta and Matthew Spieser contributed to an earlier version</i> …

The White House

New year, new voices: four debut novels that should be on your 2017 reading list

Orlando Bird picks some superb debut novels, which flit from Sixties campus radicals to spoilt brats in Rio de Janeiro<p>New year, new fiction – and the biggest noises are coming from the other side of the Atlantic. No surprises there, you might think, with a weary shrug. (In 2016, they were over …

Obama’s Hidden Legacy

Behind the headlines, he rebuilt American policies in ways the Trump team will have hard time undoing—and may not even want to.<p>Amid President-elect Donald Trump’s wildly contentious transition, the notably civil hearing over Elaine Chao’s nomination to be his transportation secretary did not get …

Obama Administration