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Barney Frank on how to be likable and intimidating, at the same time

By Lillian Cunningham<p>Lillian Cunningham<p>Reporter hosting the "Presidential" and "Constitutional" podcasts<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Former congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made a name for himself as a wit, wordsmith and frequent dealmaker during three-plus decades in Congress. As chairman of the House …

Barney Frank

Somebody installed a bust of Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park

By Andrea Peterson<p>Andrea Peterson<p>Reporter who covered technology policy<p>Bio Follow<p>Three artists installed a bust of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden in a Brooklyn park early this morning -- fusing the sculpture on top of a memorial to Revolutionary War soldiers, according to …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Apple and Passive-Aggressive Investing

Market darlings like Apple show the appeal of fundamental indexing for investors<p>By<p>Spencer Jakab<p>Spencer Jakab<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@spencerjakab<p>Google+<p>Spencer.Jakab@wsj.com<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series of ‘Market Mechanics’ articles from Heard on the Street on</i> …

Investing

A famed Virginia Indian tribe seeks federal recognition amid casino fears

The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.<p>The bid by the Pamunkey — the tribe of Pocahontas — is opposed by MGM and 11 black lawmakers.<p>By Joe Heim<p>Joe Heim<p>Reporter covering numerous areas, including white nationalism, schools, student culture and …

MGM Resorts International

It’s official: Cruz announces 2016 candidacy

By Katie Zezima and<p>Katie Zezima<p>National reporter covering vice<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Robert Costa<p>Robert Costa<p>National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns<p>Email Bio Follow<p>LYNCHBURG, Va. — Hours ahead of an expected Monday morning announcement at Liberty University, Ted Cruz …

Republicans

Why Sandhill Cranes Are Worth a Trip to Nebraska

The annual sandhill crane migration is one of the world’s greatest natural spectacles. To see these statuesque, cacophonous frequent flyers on their favorite plains, head to Nebraska now<p>Sometimes you just have to go on faith. That’s what I reminded myself as my husband, Matt, and I drove for almost …

Rose Gold

Paris Review - Jack Kerouac, The Art of Fiction No. 41

Interviewed by Ted Berrigan<p>Issue 43, Summer 1968<p>Jack Kerouac, ca. 1956. Photograph by Tom Palumbo<p>The Kerouacs have no telephone. Ted Berrigan had contacted Kerouac some months earlier and had persuaded him to do the interview. When he felt the time had come for their meeting to take place, he …

McAuliffe officials try to get Va. House to change vote on lethal injection

By Jenna Portnoy<p>Jenna Portnoy<p>Reporter covering Virginia, Maryland and D.C. congressional delegations<p>Email Bio Follow<p>RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration tried — and failed — to reverse a House of Delegates vote killing a bill that opponents say would have shrouded state-sponsored …

Obama to make Chicago’s Pullman Park a national monument

By Juliet Eilperin<p>Juliet Eilperin<p>Reporter covering national affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Obama will designate Chicago’s Pullman Park district, an iconic site in African American and labor history, as a national monument next week, according to White House officials.<p>The area, which includes …

National Parks

Adman David Lubars on Tom Waits’s ‘Rain Dogs’

A top ad executive relates to an ’85 Tom Waits song about being directionless and stranded<p>David Lubars, 56, is world-wide chief creative officer of advertising agency BBDO. He spoke to Marc Myers.<p>When I started out as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles in 1985, I used to drive to Tower …

Los Angeles

Literary Hub Is a New Home for Book Lovers

Literary Hub aims to carve out a central online space for books<p>Publishers have faced a vexing question in recent years: As newspapers’ book coverage shrinks and fewer people shop in brick-and-mortar bookstores, how might publishers open a conversation with readers online, without getting lost in …

Slipstream Fiction Goes Mainstream

Slipstream fiction turns tales that mesh fantasy and reality. The latest addition to the genre-crossing approach is ‘Get in Trouble,’ a short-story collection by Kelly Link, out this week<p>By<p>Anna Russell and<p>Jennifer Maloney<p>Jennifer Maloney<p>The Wall Street …

Barnes & Noble

Artifacts show a Rosa Parks steeped in freedom struggle from childhood

A trove of papers from Rosa Parks’s life will be unveiled Tuesday at the Library of Congress. They show that Parks had been immersed in the struggle against white violence since her childhood.<p>Papers from Rosa Parks’s life show the seamstress who refused to give up her seat to a white passenger was …

Black History

Firefighters Battle Massive Blaze Amid Freezing Temperatures in NYC

Firefighters continued to fight an ongoing warehouse fire on Feb. 1, 2015.<br>Seth Wenig—AP<p>1 of 8<p>Around 270 firefighters and emergency medical services …

Va. Democratic Party sued over way candidate was named to face Morrissey

By Jenna Portnoy<p>Jenna Portnoy<p>Reporter covering Virginia, Maryland and D.C. congressional delegations<p>Email Bio Follow<p>RICHMOND — Three African American residents of Virginia filed a lawsuit Friday contending that their constitutional rights were violated by the process recently used to pick a …

Democratic Party

Bread Loaf, Vermont August 18, 1951 Here was the first surprise: the great man was much heavier, his body much more solid, than I’d anticipated. You would not have called him fat, but his torso sagged against his shirt like a great udder, and his thighs in summer trousers were fleshy, like those of a middle-aged woman. The sensitive-young-poet face of the photos (at least, the photos I’d affixed to my bedroom wall) had coarsened and thickened; deep lines now bracketed the eyes, as if the seventy-seven-year-old poet had too often scowled or squinted. The snowy-white hair so often captured in photographs, like ectoplasm lifting from the poet’s head, was thinner than any photograph had suggested, and not so snowy white, in fact disheveled, as if the poet had only just risen, dazed, from sleep. The entire face was large — larger than you expect a poet’s face to be — and the thick jaws were covered in glittering little hairs, as if the poet hadn’t shaved for a day or two. The eyelids were drooping, nearly shut. “Excuse me — Mr. Frost?” My voice was tentative, apologetic. My heart had begun to beat erratically like some small, perishable creature — a butterfly or moth — might beat against its confinement. For here was the great man — so suddenly. In my nervous excitement I’d anticipated walking much farther along the path to his cabin in the woods — the Poet’s Cabin, as it was called. I’d anticipated knocking at a door and waiting for the door to be opened. (Surely not by the legendary Robert Frost himself but by an assistant or secretary? Widowed since 1938, as I’d made it a point to know, the poet would not have been protected by a wary wife, at least.) Instead, Mr. Frost was awaiting his interviewer outside the cabin on a small porch, slouched in a swing, seemingly dozing, slack-jawed, a scribble of saliva on his lips. In the bunched crotch of his baggy old-man trousers was an open notebook, and on the floor of the plank porch was the poet’s pencil.

<i>Bread Loaf, Vermont</i><i><br>August 18, 1951</i><p>Here was the first surprise: the great man was much heavier, his body much more solid, than I’d anticipated. You …

'Friendship Nine' convictions tossed out - The Washington Post

0:27<p>Michael Che delivers 'reparations Emmys'<p>0:43<p>'We Solved It': Emmys take jab at lack of diversity in Hollywood<p>0:46<p>Emmy winner proposes to his girlfriend on stage<p>2:47<p>‘We’re there to help them the best we can:’ Rescue teams spring into action in Wilmington, N.C.<p>3:05<p>Kavanaugh and his accuser offer …

Aretha Franklin

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

New Revelations U.S. Tracked Americans’ Calls for Over a Decade

Justice Department Arm Collected Metadata on U.S. Calls to Foreign Countries<p>The Justice Department secretly kept a database of Americans’ calls to foreign countries for more than a decade, according to a new court filing and officials familiar with the program.<p>The revelation of another secret …

How ‘Active Listening’ Makes Both Participants in a Conversation Feel Better

Use Body Language and Verbal Cues to Encourage the Person Talking and Prevent Listener Burnout<p>When Traci Ruble and her husband, Clemens Gantert, climbed into bed one night recently, he began telling her about his day at his software startup. He explained that changes in a state law would affect his …

Ruble

The Scandal of Free Speech

A year from now none but the unfaint of heart will still be with Charlie.<p>Last May, sex-advice columnist Dan Savage gave a talk at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in which he used a term so infamous that it caused members of the audience to walk out “in a state of distress.” Later, …

University of Chicago

‘I’m Growing Old, I Delight in the Past’

My daughter waving from a car window: an unforgettable image, but that too will fade.<p>The new year is my 63rd, and with age I have come to understand that no matter how hard I try to hold on to the past, the images fade and will, eventually, disappear.<p>When I was a boy my Belgian grandmother visited …

Islamist Terror in Paris

The jihadists target Western principles of free speech and religious pluralism.<p>Heavily armed gunmen on Wednesday infiltrated the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper in Paris, murdering at least 12 people, including its editor, before fleeing. The deadliest terror attack on French soil …

Charlie Hebdo

Refreshing Your Brand Leads to Career Success

Executives Should Look to Burnish Their Reputations When Necessary<p>Quick: how would a professional acquaintance describe you to others? Savvy project manager? Collaborative leader? Digital whiz?<p>That answer is your reputation—or, in the parlance of social media, your personal brand. Career success …

Social Media

52 Things Ideas for Writers for 2015

A couple years ago my friends and I made a list of 52 goals we wanted to accomplish, the equivalent of a bucket list for a year's worth of achievable things. Most of them were simple goals, but measurable. For instance, you couldn't just write "read more" as a goal. It had to be quantifiable, like …

From the Figure 6 Into Ships

You destroyed all letters.<br>You burned the heavenly garden. <br>Lot's wife, Ahmed,<br>tiny little mouth. <i><br>Das ist Mercedes Benz.<br>Jetzt ist zu spät.</i> <br>Did Glinka …

Mercedes-Benz

CIA paid two ex-military psychologists $81 million to help design and run torture program

Included in the hideous details of the executive summary version of the torture report released Tuesday is the news that the company founded by two …

Why did it take a U-Va. gang-rape allegation to make us care about campus sex assault?

By Petula Dvorak<p>Petula Dvorak<p>Local columnist<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has fallen apart.<p>But it doesn’t mean that everything at U-Va. is okay. It doesn’t mean that rape doesn’t happen. It doesn’t mean that Virginia and other universities treat …

How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins

Slavery Museum Faces Skeptics

Some Say Exhibits in Louisiana Seek More to Elicit Emotion Than Impart Facts<p>WALLACE, La.—An antebellum plantation museum opening here Monday to honor slaves who once worked the swampy flatlands of southern Louisiana poses a provocative question: How do you best depict the horrors of slavery?<p>The …