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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Dumbass

The man who kicked off the FBI Russia probe is a laughing stock in Australia.<p>Besides the now-legendary racism of our political cartoonists, …

Liberal Party

This year’s hottest cultural trend is Blockbuster nostalgia

There’s just one Blockbuster left in America, and millions of feelings about it.<p>Picture it: It’s Friday night, and you walk into Blockbuster, greeted …

Captain Marvel

I had a mastectomy to lessen my risk of breast cancer. Does new science say that was a mistake?

A new study used CRISPR to reconstruct all of the possible BRCA gene mutations, and the odds that they all lead to cancer may be lower than the …

Breast Cancer

Is populism the future for the left?

Chantal Mouffe’s new book is optimistic about radicalizing democracy. Not so fast.<p>Should the left try to tap in the anger we see all around us? Or …

Bernie Sanders

Obsessed with Cyberpunk 2077? Here are 22 fantastic cyberpunk things to play, watch, read, and hear

39 cards<p>Find a way to pass the excruciating, indefinite amount of time until the game’s release.<p>By Joshua Topolsky

Cyberpunk 2077

It’s okay to quit

Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis retired at halftime, instead of destroying himself for an awful team. Good for him.<p>For the entire 21st century, …

Los Angeles Chargers

Michigan’s water crisis is rapidly extending beyond Flint

Miss Michigan used her pageant airtime to speak up for Flint, as well as several other water crises in the state.<p>A few days before the Miss America …

Great Lakes

Message to my haters: You are correct, I’m a Neanderthal

I am more Neanderthal than 96 percent of 23andme customers. What does this mean?<p>Approximately once a week, I get an email from the genetic-testing …

Humanity

The 2008 bailouts inadvertently laid the groundwork for another financial crisis

This week, the Congressional Research Service, the in-house think tank of the U.S. Congress, did whatever the extreme policy nerd equivalent is to …

Economics

A history of the internet, as told by maps

Sometimes going to the cutting edge requires reverting to the oldest tools around.<p>By Drew Millard<p>Hey you! We want to know what you think about The …

Internet

Our big wet President wants to get out of having to deal with the big wet storm

Sincerely, everyone currently being affected by Hurricane Florence.<p>I’m currently typing this on a couch in Durham, North Carolina. As I look out the …

Donald Trump

What we loved this week: Spider-Man, American Vandal, Zadie Smith

12 cards<p>Here’s the entertainment that got us through the week of September 10, 2018.

American Vandal

This police report on a Kanye listening party is the greatest piece of music journalism ever written

“[She] sped away on a utility cart and I did not see her again for the duration of the event.”<p>On May 31, Kanye West threw a party in Wyoming to …

Christopher Collins

Tomorrow 132: Casey Johnston takes a bite out of Apple

Guess what? It tastes bad.<p>Tomorrow 131: <b>I’m the cyber and that’s the punk</b><p>Tomorrow 130: <b>The resistance of Eoin Higgins</b><p>Tomorrow 129: <b>Amanda Hess and the</b> …

Sarah Jeong

Inside the remedial customer service class for deactivated Uber drivers

One of the only ways for drivers whose rating falls below about 4.5 stars to get reinstated is to take a class, where they get a side of labor …

Long-form Journalism

Craigslist Confessional: Have I already failed as a mother?

Struggling with anxiety and depression after giving birth.<p><i>This story is part of a series called Craigslist Confessional. Writer Helena Dea Bala</i> …

Craigslist

Conspiracy theory: an alien, ‘Annihilation’ event is unfolding at Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico

We don’t know much, but what we do know points to the end of humanity.<p>Here are the facts, as we know them at this point:<p>Last Thursday, the National …

New Mexico

Fun is good and the ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ revival looks very fun

Are we really living in the golden age of television? Maybe? <i>Mad Men</i> went off the air a few years ago, but there’s still <i>Better Call Saul</i> and <i>Billions</i> …

Mad Men

5 Juul flavors that need to exist for responsible adults ONLY

These aren’t real. But they should be.<p>I love my Juul. I love its perfect, palm-sized shape and dusted gold finish (thank you for asking — yes, I do …

Flavors

Better birth control options already exist, but we’re not allowed to have them

A new birth control method entering the market is good for a whole year, but it highlights how little progress we have made.<p>When hormonal birth …

Birth Control

The case for unionizing comedy

Sketch comics and improv performers can either organize or watch the industry rot.<p>We live in a golden age of labor exploitation in comedy. It starts …

Comedy Central

Why I left Hillsong, Justin Bieber’s beloved evangelical church

The celebrity-filled church pushes retrograde values on its parishioners.<p>I’ll never forget when my friend Andrew brought me to my first Hillsong …

Hillsong

Dear Fuck-Up: How do you tell a stranger their partner is cheating?

On when to share a secret.<p><i>Brandy Jensen, The Outline’s social media editor, has made a lot of mistakes in her life. Has she learned from them and</i> …

Social Media

The new ‘Spider-Man’ game turns the hero into web-slinging Nancy Reagan

Spidey takes a limited approach to an issue the comics have handled with care: drug abuse.<p>The new <i>Spider-Man</i> video game, released last week for the …

Marvel Comics

Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the other ones

Astra Taylor’s new documentary asks “What is Democracy?”<p>Every day seems to bring another crop of headlines about assaults on our democracy. There’s …

Film Festivals

Apple can delete purchased movies from your library without telling you

Turns out cloud storage is not all it’s cracked up to be.<p>When you buy a movie on iTunes, it’s yours forever, until such a time as when Apple maybe …

iTunes

Stop blaming postmodernism for the rise of Trump

The president lies a lot. This has nothing to do with Derrida.<p>Challenging those faux-profound bits of knowledge so often taken for …

Sexual Harassment

Can an old-school oil company make a small town cool?

El Dorado, Arkansas’ oil titans hope to turn the town into a popular arts destination.<p>The outskirts of El Dorado, Arkansas are strewn with tanks, …

Fish

How to not get raped on a Tinder date, according to the app’s CEO

The new HBO documentary “Swiped” has some useful tips for women.<p>Last night, HBO aired the documentary “Swiped,” written and directed by Nancy Jo …

RIP Stanley Cavell, a philosopher who made philosophy feel urgent

Throughout his career, Cavell committed wholeheartedly to even the most seemingly trivial parts of the world.<p>Why would anyone in the 21st century …