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Eat Now Or Forever Hold Your Piece: The Layered History Of Wedding Cake

On June 2, 1886, 28 fashionable guests gathered solemnly in the Blue Room of the White House in anticipation of a rare matrimonial event.<p>President Grover Cleveland, a notorious bachelor at 49, was to wed 21-year-old Frances Folsom after a yearlong clandestine engagement. Wedding invitations had …

Weddings

The Washington Post Style Guide Now Accepts Singular They

What do you do when you run into your friend on their birthday? You wish them a happy birthday, of course!<p>Or wait—you wish … <i>him or her</i> a happy …

President's Day

No, We Won't Calm Down – Tone Policing Is Just Another Way to Protect Privilege

223.8K Shares<p><i>(Content Warning: mention of transmisogyny and violence)</i><p>“Calm down so we can discuss this like adults.”<p>Have you ever tone policed …

The SAG Award Nominations Featured a Lot of Snubs and a Few Surprises

The Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced Wednesday morning, with a slew of nominees whose names have been much bandied about in the …

Michael B. Jordan

SAG Awards: Netflix Favored, 'Fargo,' 'Empire' Snubbed in TV Nominations (Analysis)

Dame Maggie Smith still got her nomination, so all's well with the Screen Actors Guild.<p>There will be plenty of opportunities for TV repeats at …

TV

Alan Sepinwall on the Best Shows of 2015 and TV's New Era

These are interesting times for TV (or streaming video or content or whatever we’re calling it now), which is undergoing the most seismic change in the industry’s history since the widespread adoption of cable TV in the 1980s. Three of the biggest shows of 2015 — “Transparent,” “Master of None,” …

"Gun People" Making Bad Bets, and Lives are the Cost

<i>"When I hold you in my arms and I feel my finger on your trigger, I know no one can do me no harm." - The Beatles, "Happiness is a Warm Gun"</i><p>Over the holiday break, the gun-related death of a woman in an Idaho Walmart captured the nation's attention and stirred debate about the costs/benefits of gun …

Guns

U.S. Credit Cards Tackle Fraud With Embedded Chips, But No PINs

This year, there will be an important change in the way Americans use their credit cards. More banks will be issuing cards with small computer chips, a move they say will protect against credit card fraud.<p>But banks are stopping short of another step that will make credit card usage even safer. And …

Identity Theft

British Royal Officials Weighing Prince Andrew’s Legal Options

Yui Mok—PA Images/Getty Images<p>Mark Cuthbert—UK Press/Getty Images<p>Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Samir Hussein—WireImage/Getty Images<p>Samir …

College Basketball

Chip and PIN cards and what you need to know

SAN FRANCISCO — That authoritative <i>sstpp</i> sound that comes from swiping a credit card through a reader is going away, to be replaced with the <i>snick-snick</i> of a card dip. It's the aural confirmation that after decades, the United States is entering the 21st century and finally embracing chip and PIN …

Identity Theft

America’s long obsession with “Downton Abbey”: How the show became a satire of Britishness

The series, now airing its fifth season, has turned into an American soap opera gussied up with a British accent<p>“Downton Abbey” is not even trying anymore. Why should it? It’s a worldwide hit, drawing in viewers from countries as diverse as Cambodia and Sweden with its frothy melodrama and its …

TV

Obama To Decide Whether You Deserve Overtime Pay

WASHINGTON -- If you're a salaried worker in the U.S., chances are you don't get paid overtime at your job, even if you work 100 hours a week and sleep on a dingy cot at the office. But thanks to looming federal reforms, you may soon find yourself earning time-and-half for all those hours clocked …

Income Inequality

What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

It's a tradition as old as New Year's: making resolutions. We will not smoke, or sojourn with the bucket of mint chocolate chip. In fact, we will resist sweets generally, including the bowl of M&M's that our co-worker has helpfully positioned on the aisle corner of his desk. There will be exercise, …

Drug Addiction

You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy

It’s been 70 years since we fought a war about freedom. Forced troop worship and compulsory patriotism must end<p>Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a childlike culture, that insists on anointing all …

The Economic Case for Paternity Leave

Giving new moms paid time off only goes so far.<p>Last year, maternity leave suddenly got a makeover, courtesy of a most improbable source: Shinzo Abe.<p>Japan’s prime minister is synonymous with machismo-spiked nationalism (he famously denied that women forced into sexual servitude by Japanese soldiers …

Damnation, American style: How American preachers reinvented hell

Fire and brimstone survived the Enlightenment and prospered at the dawn of the American republic — but why?<p>Among the many congratulatory letters George Washington received after assuming the presidency was one from “the Convention of the Universal Church, assembled in Philadelphia.” “SIR,” it …

Why 'Badass British Lady Detectives' Should Be Your Favorite Netflix Category

If the first thing you think of when someone mentions British television is 'Downton Abbey,' I get it. I do. I'm someone who watched the new season 5 trailer approximately 47 times <i>and</i> traveled two hours to an exhibition of costumes from the show.<p>But if 'Downton Abbey' is all you know of British TV, …

Back to College -- The Only Gateway to the Middle Class

This week, millions of young people head to college and universities, aiming for a four-year liberal arts degree. They assume that degree is the only gateway to the American middle class.<p>It shouldn't be.<p>For one thing, a four-year liberal arts degree is hugely expensive. Too many young people …

The Great Fall TV Cram (2014 Edition): 8 Sophomore Shows to Catch Up On Now

Now that 37 percent of the population is running cable networks and creating original programming, there's a whole lot of television out there. …

TV