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‘Enough Was Enough’: How Festering Anger at Comey Ended in His Firing

WASHINGTON — By the end, neither of them thought much of the other.<p>After President Trump accused his predecessor in March of wiretapping him, James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director, was flabbergasted. The president, Mr. Comey told associates, was “outside the realm of normal,” even “crazy.”<p>For his …

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Steven Spielberg on Melissa Mathison: ‘E.T.’s Glowing Heart’ Was Hers

While many women in Hollywood have to be boldly assertive in order to get noticed, Melissa Mathison’s ascent to success was marked by patience and …

Iran Renews Attacks on the U.S. and Israel In Spite of Nuclear Deal

The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei renewed his attacks on Israel and the United States in a speech to …

Should the Poor Be Allowed to Vote?

Voter-ID laws are part of a hoary American tradition holding that people who aren't economically independent can't make reasoned political choices.<p>If Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters succeed in booting C.Y. Leung from power, the city’s unelected chief executive should consider coming to the …

Why We Need a Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

Who do you think politicians are more responsive to: (A) ordinary voters, or (B) rich funders? If you chose option B, you'd be right. But we have a chance to fix that.<p>This isn't an abstract issue. The economic elites whose opinions politicians follow have widely different policy views than average …

Four Note-Taking Apps For The Tech-Forward College Student

As we head into the depths of August (the month where time stands still), there is <i>one</i> interesting thing that starts to happen. Kids head back to school.<p>That said, we decided to use some new data from CampusBooks to look at how college students are approaching their schoolwork. Perhaps the most …

Lack of Civility is Destroying Washington D.C.

From ‘un-American’ slander to shouting like a teenager at the leader of the free world, politicians on both parties are misrepresenting our …

FDR’s most important lesson: Liberal causes could still inspire activism on a grand scale

The New Deal awakened in Americans a fervent desire to make change. And it could happen again<p>By 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had mobilized the nation. Indeed, reinvigorating popular hopes, aspirations, and energies, he had also unleashed a great democratic surge in which workers, farmers, women, …

NRA’s “really big problem”: Why it’s dependent on a dwindling fringe

Gun lobby is now reliant on an increasingly radical right-wing sect — and that spells trouble, an expert explains<p>During a Tumblr Q&A earlier this week, President Obama said that one of his biggest frustrations since entering the White House has been how "this society has not been willing to take …

Roger Ebert doc 'Life Itself' deserves a thumbs up

Critics review films, sometimes they even appear in films, but films are not made about them.<p>Roger Ebert, however, did things his own way, and "Life Itself," a fine and moving new documentary that tells his story, shows us how and why he stood out.<p>Starting with his<p>Pulitzer Prize-winningprint …

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16 Jon Stewart insults worthy of Shakespeare

The Bard is a much bigger influence on the late night comedy show host than you might expect<p>Jon Stewart takes a week off every once in a while and we are consigned to watching his reruns for a fix, which is okay because they stand up fairly well. It also gives us a chance to take a step back and …

GOP Iraq Hypocrisy Hits Overdrive

Obama is ‘taking a nap’ as ISIS takes over? It was Boehner’s party that gave us this war, and it was Bush who negotiated the ‘peace.’ Is there …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

George Will: Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying about sexual assault in order to get “privileges”<p>Washington Post columnist George Will doesn't believe the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Instead he believes that liberals, feminists and other nefarious …

Frustrated Cities Take High-Speed Internet Into Their Own Hands

College Station is right in the middle of Texas — a few hours by car from Austin, Dallas and Houston and home to Texas A&M, a major research university. But if you're in the market for high-speed Internet access, College Station can feel like the middle of nowhere.<p>"It's been pretty bleak. You get …

Study: 11% of Americans Think HTML Is an STD

23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot. It is actually an audio file.<p>18% identified “Blu-ray” as a marine animal. It is a disc format typically …

Four Fatty (But Healthy!) Power Meals to Fuel Your Day

Pile on the avocado, blend in those chia seeds and slice up some sardines—these dishes promise a dose of satisfaction all day long.<p>I live a very …

Take John McCain’s Russia Advice and You Might Get Another Cold War

Two out of John McCain’s three suggestions for how to aid the conflict in Ukraine and Russia are bad—and if the U.S. isn’t careful, it may end up …

Matthew McConaughey’s God Moment

Matthew McConaughey's emphasis on God in his Oscars speech last night may be part of a wider moment marking religion's return to the big screen.<p>There …

Is The Media Marketing Pain Pills to Addicts?

Addiction experts are campaigning to block the sale of the ultra-pure pain pill Zohydro. But the campaign may be more of an advertisement for the new …

America’s Billionaires: Let Them Eat Food Stamps

Forbes published its annual billionaire list, whose ranks continue to grow even as the American middle and working classes are poorer than ever …

Private schools: help in picking the right one

<i>For many parents, deciding whether private school is right for their child and which schools to apply to is overwhelming. A new book, “A Guide to Private Schools: The Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland Edition” ($25.95, iUniverse), can help.</i><p><i>The book, by Ann Dolin, who founded the</i> …