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Congress' budget dysfunction is more than 4 decades in the making

In an eleventh-hour twist, Sen. Rand Paul protested the costs of Congress’ latest budget deal and briefly shut down the federal government.<p>Then, in …

Economy

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Rubber Bands

Going to great lengths: Cycling Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats

It was our third day on the road. After we made it through the traffic-clogged city of Plymouth and the rain had moved from gentle mist to angry drops, we began cycling 1,200 feet up and through the Dartmoor National Park in England’s Devon County. Foggy and desolate, but so beautiful, the moorland …

Hiking

The Six ‘Black Mirror’ Storylines You Encounter at CES

<i>Black Mirror</i> captivates for a variety of reasons. It’s both a dark reflection of our world, and it serves, in part, as a cautionary tale. If there’s …

Everything You Need to Know About ‘Black Mirror’

After binge-watching the latest episodes, the Ringer staff logged on to chat about robot murder-dogs, "Evil ‘Star Trek,’" and this season’s attempt …

The 50 Best Podcasts of 2017

The shows that kept listeners refreshing their apps this year.<p><i>by Laura Jane Standly & Eric McQuade</i><p>This year, podcasts got funnier, sharper, and even …

Skip Your Gym's Insane New Year's Resolution Crowds and Do This Workout Routine Instead

Stay in shape while maintaining some semblance of personal space.<p>The advent of the new year has once again brought us to the single grimmest stretch of the year for fitness enthusiasts everywhere: the Takeover of the New Year's resolution crowd. And while we at <i>GQ</i> do not adhere to the school of …

Bodyweight Exercise

The KGB Papers: How Putin Learned His Spycraft, Part 1

KGB training manuals tell you a lot about the way veterans of the Russian secret intelligence services see the world, and why they think they can …

The New New Wave of European Crime Drama on Netflix

In 2013, Lauren Collins published a piece in the <i>New Yorker</i> called “Danish Postmodern” about the sudden blooming of British people’s love for Danish …

TV

A Zero-Math Introduction to Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods

For many of us, Bayesian statistics is voodoo magic at best, or completely subjective nonsense at worst. Among the trademarks of the Bayesian …

Watching a Fall

<i>Christine Spillson | Boulevard | Fall 2017 | 18 minutes (5,070 words)</i><p>On the morning of August 14, 1936, Rainey Bethea stepped out a door and into the …

Some of Facebook's early friends now its sharpest critics

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of Facebook's former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create.<p>Facebook exploits a "vulnerability in human psychology" to addict its users, Sean Parker, the company's first president, said in a public forum last month. …

The Best Sports Podcasts of 2017

I love podcasts and 2017 offered an absurd amount of quality choices. The medium features so much talent and creativity right now—and the sports …

The Kickstarter Mint Green & Black Notebooks

See Why This Notebook & Planner Raised $383,385 on Kickstarter...<p>See Why This<br>Notebook &<br>Planner Raised<br>$383,385 on<br>Kickstarter...<p>Planner & Notebook<p>Which …

The Dangerous New Technology That Will Make Us Question Our Basic Idea of Reality

US president Donald Trump—fake-news provocateur—now denies that the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape is real.<p>Of course we know that the recording, in …

How Politicians Can Use Big Data to Win Elections

Politicians have been redrawing districts to benefit their own political parties—a tactic known as gerrymandering—since the 1970s. But recently, technology has enabled politicians to choose their voters more strategically than ever before. In the video above, <i>The Atlantic</i> writer Vann R. Newkirk II …

Big Data

How Stalin Became Stalinist

Puzzling out how the idealistic Soviet revolutionary came to preside over the bloodiest regime of his time.<p>Is there any point to another Stalin biography? Before the opening of the old Soviet archives, three decades ago, the best historians mastered the limited available sources and proceeded to …

“Motivated ignorance” is ruining our political discourse

Talking with a political opponent is almost as unpleasant as getting a tooth pulled.<p>If you ever thought, “You couldn’t pay me to listen to Sean Hannity / Rachael Maddow / insert any television pundit you violently disagree with here” — you are not alone.<p>A study, recently published in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Europe eats Trump’s lunch

Armed with Champagne and Parmesan, Europe is trouncing the U.S. in the multibillion-dollar battle to set the global gold standard in gourmet …

In Search of Distraction

Read this letterby Matthew Bevis from the November 2017 issue of <i>Poetry</i> Magazine.

Literature

The Odyssey and the Other

What the epic can teach about encounters with strangers abroad and at home<p>Who could have guessed that the time would be so ripe for an <i>Odyssey</i> that shrinks the vast distance between the ancient text and contemporary sensibilities? During the age when <i>The Odyssey</i> took form, near the end of the eighth …

Literature

Happy birthday Kierkegaard, we need you now – Julian Baggini

I fell for Søren Kierkegaard as a teenager, and he has accompanied me on my intellectual travels ever since, not so much side by side as always a few …

The slow train to Tallinn

In the first in a new series about the European nations we are soon to leave behind, Matthew Engel visits the Baltic state of Estonia, where people …

Europe

The 10 best thrillers and mysteries of 2017

<b>Bluebird, Bluebird</b><p>By Attica Locke (Mulholland)<p>Locke, a former writer and producer of the Fox series “Empire,” sets this novel in an East Texas town where two people have been murdered. Is it a hate crime? It’s up to Texas Ranger Darren Mathews, nephew of the state’s first black Texas ranger, to …

Books

10 Tweaks To Your Morning Routine That Will Transform Your Entire Day

No screen time until breakfast. Seriously.<p>I don’t know anyone who couldn’t use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will …