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The Melania controversy is nothing new: Eleanor Roosevelt pitched hot dog buns.

The tall, regal first lady was a magnet for marketers — and she happily signed on. During her years in the White House, she became a paid pitchwoman for hot dog buns, mattresses and air travel.<p>Many Americans were aghast at the sight of the president’s wife lending her name and face to hawk products …

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Grammy Predictions 2017: Praying for the Best, Preparing for the Chainsmokers

It’s a battle royale between Adele and Beyoncé—and, sigh, a certain millennial duo.<p>It’s 2017. Fear, uncertainty, and confusion reign. Perhaps more than ever, we could all use a hearty chuckle. Luckily, Sunday brings a great joke to lift your spirits: the Grammys!<p>At this point, the Grammys’ …

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‘Pure fiction’: Knicks rip Charles Oakley’s account of bizarre arena arrest

It was just another night in Madison Square Garden, where the New York Knicks were experiencing their latest drubbing under the dismal ownership of James Dolan.<p>The stands were filled with celebrities and pseudo-celebrities and then the surreal happened: Charles Oakley, a beloved fan favorite from …


Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …


World Chaos and World Order: Conversations With Henry Kissinger

The former secretary of state reflects on war, peace, and the biggest tests facing the next president.<p>What follows is an extended transcript of several conversations on foreign policy I had with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which formed the …