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3 Things That Doomed Rex Tillerson

There was no way Donald Trump’s secretary of state was going to survive Year Two.<p>It’s done. The inevitable has now happened. A secretary of state who was never particularly liked nor trusted by the president has now been unceremoniously fired—the first such removal of a secretary of state in the …

Donald Trump

How the West got China wrong

LAST weekend China stepped from autocracy into dictatorship. That was when Xi Jinping, already the world’s most powerful man, let it be known that he …

My year of living ignorantly: I entered a news blackout the day Trump was elected

Being a news junkie left me well-informed but simmering with rage. Unplugging from the media made me feel better, but is it a cop-out?<p>Like a lot of people I know, I’m a news junkie.<p>My particular weakness is the radio. It’s what I shower to, dress to, cook to, clean to. I drink my coffee to the New …

Black Lives Matter

There's a comeuppance ahead for Christians who have traded faith for power

This Advent season, while watching Donald Trump in front of a garishly green-and-red banner which proclaims “Make America Great Again,” take the …

After Trump and Moore, some evangelicals are finding their own label too toxic to use

PASADENA, Calif. — They all decided they wanted to become preachers and enrolled in seminary to learn how to spread the Gospel. They chose one of the most prominent evangelical seminaries in the country.<p>Yet here they were, these four young preachers-in-training from the Midwest, the South and the …

Faith

This Single Tip Will Make You Insanely Successful At Self-Improvement | Inc.com

Self-improvement is a human obsession. At one point in time or another, all of us try to become better in various areas of our lives. And yet, studies show as many as 96 percent of us fail at our self-improvement efforts. A great example is New Year's resolutions. Studies show 80 percent of all New …

Self-improvement

How a 1947 US government anti-Nazi film went viral after Charlottesville

An anti-fascist film produced in the wake of the second world war has gone viral in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that culminated in one person being killed and 19 injured this weekend.<p>Don’t Be a Sucker was released in 1947 by the US war department, building on an …

Rights & Freedoms

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis?

History is punctuated by catalytic episodes—events that can become guideposts toward a more open and civilized world.<p><i>On August 5, Philip Zelikow delivered the following keynote address at the annual meeting of the Aspen Strategy Group, a discussion forum for experts and government practitioners.</i> …

8 essential trips that should be on your bucket list

From Canada to Saudi Arabia, where to go in 2017.<p>For wildlife: East Africa<p>Unique new safari lodges make a trip to spot the Big Five in East Africa’s …

Inside 3 of Hong Kong's hip boutique hotels | CNN Travel

Hong Kong (CNN) — Hong Kong has some of the glitziest hotels in the world, all offering plenty of ways to live lavishly. But if your tastes run to more understated comfort, you might want to skip the bling of the five-star classics and opt for something quieter.<p>Enter the city's many boutique hotels.<p>…

Hong Kong

101 Style Tips for Men | The Art of Manliness

It can seem like there’s a lot to know about good style, and there is, at least if you want to be enrolled in its master class. But looking sharper …

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Stay Lean For Life With These 3 Principles

How is it that obesity in America is hitting all time highs year after year, while the profits for the fitness and supplement industries have never been higher?<p><i>This points to a broken system.</i><p>45 million Americans are on a diet, but the facts show us that diets in themselves are not effective for …

Here’s why so many smart people don’t believe in evolution

Does seeing the word "evolution" in a headline make you nervous?<p>It makes me nervous. Climate change may be the most politically charged scientific finding of the modern era, but the charged responses to it are nothing compared to people's forceful responses to evolution.<p>Gallup reports that 64% of …

Hong Kong’s urban jungle is real, not a metaphor for concrete and steel

This is exactly what I imagine hiking in Scotland or Wales to be like. Every so often, a piece of a craggy mountain breaks through the fog, so thick it feels like I’m walking through cotton balls. On a high point, a hole opens and my friend Jeremy and I glimpse the roiling ocean a couple thousand …

Hong Kong

How to burn fat

All gym rats have the same primary goals: Build muscle and burn fat. But melting away that pudgy layer to reveal the six pack you’ve worked so hard …

Nutrition

How to Hack Your Hormones So You Can Sleep Better, Gain Muscle, and Have More Sex

Science says you can control your chemistry. Here’s how<p>Think of your body as a Fortune 500 company. There are layers of management, countless systems that must work together seamlessly, and tons of goals that occasionally conflict.<p>In other words, it’s complicated. Thankfully, you don’t have to …

Wellness

The rules of dressing well, according to the famous British model David Gandy

David Gandy, however, is the real deal. The model and entrepreneur is, irrefutably, one of the most influential figures in menswear, fronting campaigns for international fashion houses, designing for high street giants like M&S, writing for <i>Vogue</i> and sitting on the committee of London Collections: …

The 1 Foolproof Way to Achieve Your Goals, Backed by Science

We all have goals. Here's an easy way to make sure you achieve yours.<p>Anyone can be <i>good</i> with a little effort. Anyone can be <i>really</i> good with a little more effort.<p>But no one can be <i>great</i>--at <i>anything</i>--unless they put in an incredible amount of focused effort. There are no shortcuts. There are no …

Want to Be Unforgettable? Science Says Do This

People forget up to 90 percent of what you communicate. Fortunately, there's something you can do about that.<p>Believe it or not, researchers have found that we forget up to 90 percent of the new information we receive--whether it's in a one-on-one meeting with our boss, or in a large industry …

What I know as a traveler at 35 that I wish I knew when I was younger

1. Travel isn’t an excuse to get shit-faced.<p>Get a little sauced after a big day and definitely sample the local libations, but don’t make the whole …

10 things every politician who endorses Donald Trump should be forced to defend

They're betting, in the words of RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, that "people just don't care" about Trump's treatment of women or his other flaws.<p>That's a nice way of saying that the party itself doesn't care, as long as Trump does well in the polls. But Trump's flaws aren't ordinary. He's a …

18 Ways to Meet People When Traveling Solo

Tips that every solo traveler should know before starting a trip.<p>Solo travel may sound like a solitary experience, but the logistics of navigating …

When you ride the Trans-Siberian Railway, you get a window into Russia's soul

Beyond Irkutsk, a city along the Trans-Siberian Railway, my neighbor plunked a sausage and a bottle of Cognac on the table. I dug a Route 66 shot glass from my stash of small gifts for such occasions and presented it to him.<p>"Ah, kulturny obmen [cultural exchange]," said Sergey, a thirtysomething …

Trains

Why you must visit the Himalayas in your lifetime

Why should the Himalayas be on your bucket list? Continuing our series on the globe's most enticing destinations and experiences, we look to the saw-tooth peaks and remote villages of the world's tallest mountain range.<p>Stretching from India to China via Bhutan and Nepal, the Himalayas is climbers' …