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Kevin McCarthy relishes role as Trump’s fixer, friend and candy man

President Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) were alone in the presidential suite on Air Force One, flying east toward Washington in early October, when the president reached for a handful of Starbursts, the square-shaped candy fruit chews.<p>But instead of unwrapping all the …

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim, a rising star, will get serious airtime at the Winter Olympics

Spinning, flipping, flitting from one place to the next, Chloe Kim speaks in much the same way she rides the halfpipe, with breathless velocity and startling twists.<p>“Snowboarding brought me out of my shell,” she says. “You know, if you meet someone for the first time, they’re not going to bite you.”<p>…

Winter Olympics

Why Nike Sees Social Responsibility As An Opportunity To Innovate

Nike’s Hannah Jones and soccer great Abby Wambach are finding powerful, targeted ways to foster respect for the planet and all who live—and play—on it.<p>Environmental protection and equal opportunity are two of today’s most pressing global issues. Nike sustainability head Hannah Jones and soccer star …

Abby Wambach

The diabolical genius of the baby advice industry

Every baffled new parent goes searching for answers in baby manuals. But what they really offer is the reassuring fantasy that life’s most difficult questions have one right answer. By Oliver Burkeman<p>Human beings are born too soon. Within hours of arriving in the world, a baby antelope can clamber …


The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla

The eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags life<p>Early years<p>Success as an inventor<p>Challenges along …

Albert Einstein

The Grunge Gold Rush

<b>On the most humiliating day of Jawbox's career</b>, guitarist Bill Barbot was wearing a colorfully striped cotton T-shirt, white Calvin Klein jeans and Persol sunglasses and standing in a suburban New Jersey grocery store. Underneath orange and purple balloons and a hand-printed "Juicy Cubed Beef 59 ¢ …

Chicago Blues

The Crack-up of Theocracy

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the …


The Magic Skin of Glossier’s Emily Weiss

<b>Emily Weiss is standing</b> on Lafayette Street, just north of Canal, wearing a red lace Valentino dress with a puffy pink fur jacket draped awkwardly …


What It Took to Save a North Korean Defector's Life

A soldier fled across the border and was shot by his comrades. The South Korean trauma surgeon who helped stabilize him describes his recovery.<p>SEOUL, South Korea—In late November, a 24-year-old North Korean soldier dashed across the demilitarized zone separating North from South Korea. He barely …

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50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

It was a year when liberals reeled, a war dragged on and protests raged. Back then, the evening network news and the printed newspaper told the stories of the day. But what would it have been like to experience it all with modern news alerts?

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Martin Luther King Day in Pictures


The Cranberries

There's got to be some sort of equation to determine the precise moment for which the most possible people feel nostalgic at a given moment — the sweet spot would likely fall somewhere between 15 and 20 years prior to the present. That way, young adults can attach to their early childhood, while …


Raise Your Voice For Martin Luther King Day

To mark Martin Luther King Day, may we recommend an excellent playlist to help celebrate the memory of the great civil rights campaigner? The …

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Pictures of Surprising Eagles You Never Knew Existed

Move over, bald eagle—there are 60 species of these birds of prey worldwide.<p>The famous bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, was chosen for its physical strength, fierce beauty, and independence. (See "Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles.")<p>But the original design included …


9 ways you can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day meaningfully, from supporting racial justice organizations to getting creative

On January 15th each year, we celebrate the birthday of civil rights leader, activist, and orator Martin Luther King Jr., While today’s civil rights …

Black History

NBA coaches reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and what it means to play on MLK Day

A roundtable discussion with Gregg Popovich, Dwane Casey, Stan Van Gundy, Doc Rivers and Steve Kerr<p>San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was a …

Black History

Hip-hop’s television takeover

The ceremony for the 60th Grammy Awards is still two weeks away, but already music’s biggest TV night has made history.<p>For the first time, hip-hop artists comprise the majority of nominees chosen in the academy’s top categories, including record, album and song of the year.<p>But that sound you’re …

Rap & Hip-Hop

ICE pledges immigration crackdown on businesses. Here's what it looks like

Last summer, roughly 800 undocumented workers at Cloverhill Bakery in Chicago were let go after immigration agents discovered that many of them had used fake or stolen papers to secure their jobs.<p>The temp agency that had hired the workers had been audited by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In …


How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list

On the morning of Oct. 1, 2015, a middle-aged telemarketer arrived at the Washington headquarters of the Federal Trade Commission. His name was Aaron Michael Jones, or possibly Michael Aaron Jones, and in any case, he went by Mike. According to court documents, Mike was a father and widower. He …

Lindsay Lohan

“Assault and battery” in the delivery room: The disturbing trend of obstetric violence

Kimberly Turbin wasn’t expecting childbirth to be a pleasant experience, but she wasn’t expecting it to be a nightmare either.<p>On May 4th 2013, she was sitting on the couch at a friend’s house. They had plans to go out for seafood in San Pedro, next to the Los Angeles Harbor, and 27-year-old Turbin …


Tonya Harding Would Like Her Apology Now

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. — Tonya Harding’s name isn’t Tonya Harding anymore. “My name is Tonya Price,” she said, when she saw me taking notes. In 2010, she had just returned home to Washington from Los Angeles, where she’d been doing another one of the odd jobs she’d collected over the years — color …

Tonya Harding

3 Ways To Be A Strategist, Not A Tactician

“You need to be more strategic.” Many aspiring leaders have heard this type of feedback during a performance review or after giving a presentation. But what does it really mean? And how do you make the shift from being tactical to thinking and acting more strategic? Ever wondered if it’s even …


16 Practical Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Write More This Year

If you want to write, you've got to read.


All the ways you can make a difference this MLK Day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Martin Luther King Jr. Day is not just a federal holiday where you take off work. It's also meant to be a national day of service -- a time for action. "You can have a person in your own house that needs help. Your neighbor needs help. That is the whole premise," said Carmen Coya van-Duijn …

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Shot That Echoes Still

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, fifty years ago this April, marked a blow to the struggle for racial equality from which the nation has still not healed. In an essay published in Esquire in April 1972, James Baldwin reflected on attending the funeral, and how King’s death signaled the …

Black History

The Vikings Finally Have Their Forever Moment

The moments came so fast, in such rapid succession, that it might be easy to forget some as time passes. As with any instant classic, though, it’s …

A. J. Bouye

10 reasons to visit Abruzzo, Italy's new hot destination

<b>(CNN) —</b> Central Italy 's Abruzzo has always attracted visitors thanks to its enviable snow season, but up until recently the majority were European.<p>Now the region, a world away from modern Italy, could be on the verge of an international tourism boom.<p>With incoming travel numbers on the rise in the …


18 Picture Books That Help Keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream Alive

The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is observed on the third Monday in January throughout most of the United States. I usually like to …

Black History

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

In his final days, Martin Luther King Jr. stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what …

Black History

20 Satisfying Hobbies and How to Get Them

<i>The New Year is the perfect time to finally take up ceramics, learn Mandarin, start a book club, try rock climbing, or plant a garden. In 2018, the</i> …

Maya Angelou