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The Week in Review: Republican Health Care Bill Sinks as Votes Fall Short

A serious blow was meted out to Donald Trump’s legislative agenda this week when efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act came to a halt. The Republican-controlled Senate failed for the second time to pass the health care bill, after the House narrowly passed a version in May.<p>Known as …

The Women Who Married Into ISIS Are Now Filled With Regret

“We were looking for paradise but all we got was hell.”<p>Posted on July 20, 2017, 18:28 GMT<p>Andrea DiCenzo for BuzzFeed News<p>Nadja Ramadan holds her daughter for a portrait in Raqqa, Syria.<p>AIN AL-ISSA, Syria — Aisha Khaddad was an English teacher, a wife and mother to two small children with another on …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Scaramucci took winding path but finally landed a top job with Trump

President Trump’s decision to bring Anthony Scaramucci into a top White House role represents a remarkable political ascension for the investment veteran, who had bounced around several Republican campaigns before striking gold as a full-throated Trump supporter.<p>Scaramucci, known as “the Mooch,” is …

Donald Trump

After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace

LOS RÍOS, Colombia — Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory.<p>Under a black tent in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder — the first steps in his cocaine …

Farming

Why Are There Two Sexes?

Sex is one of the greatest mysteries in biology. Why on earth do most large complex animals have two sexes? Asexual reproduction can efficiently …

Evolution

Clean raving: how club culture went wild for wellness

With non-alcoholic raves thriving and nightclubs serving up meditation and hip-hop yoga, a new breed of promoter is bringing mindfulness to the masses<p>The stench of dead flesh and discarded bones wafts through a chattering crowd dressed in sequins, wacky wigs and neon Lycra. It’s 7am, and hundreds …

Music

How Michael Phelps Prepared to Race a Great White Shark

We’re guessing Phelps’s Shark Week race was his hardest yet.<p>What kind of opponent could intimidate a swimmer with multiple Olympic gold medals? How about a great white shark?<p>On Sunday, <b>Michael Phelps</b>—the most decorated Olympian in history—will, indeed, face off against one of nature’s most gifted …

Michael Phelps

Elite ‘Glue Guys’ 101

In 2008, after we had lost to the Rays in the ALCS, I was in the Red Sox clubhouse cleaning out my locker when Theo Epstein walked in and asked to …

Baseball

Why a humble fish shack attracts Dubai's high rollers

Dubai, UAE (CNN) — Big and blingy is not always best in Dubai.<p>While the glitz thrusts further skyward or deeper into the Arabian Gulf, one humble fish restaurant in the shadow of the luxury Burj Al Arab skyscraper hotel bucks the trend.<p>Bu Qtair peddles simple seafood and fresh fish cooked in its …

Burj Al Arab

Exercise on Vacation: Essential or Pure Evil?

For the past week or so I’ve been on a family “vacation”—I put vacation in quotes, because who really goes on vacation anymore? It’s 2017, lazybones—nobody unplugs. I spent a half-hour this morning running around my in-laws’ waterside idyll trying to locate Wi-Fi so I could file this column. When I …

Fitness

11 things you need to know before going on your first safari

Before my first trip to Kenya, I’d done a little reading, but nothing could have really prepared me for what I was about to experience. When our tiny …

Travel

The Secrets Behind All Your Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Looks

Ten years after the show first aired, costume designer Janie Bryant looks back.<p>It’s been exactly one decade since <i>Mad Men</i> first dazzled viewers with its glamorous portrayal of the advertising world in 1960s New York City. The show that made Don Draper a household name was a game changer in every …

TV

How to Become a More Well-Rounded Leader

For years, when I spoke with CEOs or senior leaders, it was because they were interested in how my consulting firm could help their employees become more engaged, or innovative, or sustainably high-performing. During the past year – and especially the past six months – I’ve been hearing a different …

Leadership

What to do if you break your leg in the middle of nowhere

Know how to improvise, but try to be prepared.<p>So you’re out in the wilderness, enjoying the fresh air and leaving civilization far behind, when suddenly your friend slips and—crack! Maybe he falls onto his outstretched hand, or she lands on her leg. Either way, you have a bad feeling a bone might …

Pain

25 Under 25: Meet the Young Musicians, Actors, Activists Changing the World

Putting the spotlight on the next generation of creators and voices shaping the cultural landscape<p>"We do this because we have to. We have to wake up …

The Arts

Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and the Music of Success

One of the most striking aspects of “4:44,” Jay-Z’s thirteenth studio album, is that it’s largely bereft of exaggeration. There are rhymes about being a billionaire, a milestone that he and his wife, Beyoncé, comfortably passed earlier this year; references to real-life business deals and to his …

Music

The Best Reviewed Books of 2017 (So Far)

With the year more than half way through, we at Book Marks thought we’d take a look back at the titles that garnered the strongest reviews since …

Books

MTV Isn't What It Used To Be

MTV used to be closely in tune with youth culture, creating cultural phenomena instead of merely covering them. Now, it looks like they’re just trying to catch up.<p>Posted on July 17, 2017, 15:16 GMT<p>Zak Tebbal for BuzzFeed News<p><b>Every few years,</b> like clockwork, there’s big talk about whether MTV is …

TV

A Way to Extend Her W.N.B.A. Career? Opening an Ice Cream Parlor

ATLANTA — Some professional athletes (hello, Roger Federer) try to preserve their bodies by skipping a few competitions. Others, like many baseball and basketball players, take a seat on the bench a little more often late in the season if the games are inconsequential.<p>Then there is Angel …

Dessert

E-sports isn't just a kids game anymore. There's big money for the best

His father used to tell him that sitting in front of the computer, playing video games for hour after hour, was a waste of time.<p>So Cody Altman didn’t quite know what to think when a college from halfway across the country called to offer him a scholarship — for playing video games.<p>“Honestly,” he …

League of Legends

Why The Vietnam War Is Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s Most Ambitious Project Yet

The filmmakers will bring their latest documentary epic, more than a decade in the making, to PBS in September. The pair did their best to avoid tired tropes by interviewing those with firsthand accounts, from Vietcong guerrilla fighters to Army deserters.<p>Will there ever be a “right” time for …

History

The Unlikely Rise of … Shuffleboard?

Tom Petty and REO Speedwagon boomed off the grandstand seats. Players were illuminated by twinkling white Christmas lights hanging from the rafters …

United States

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

During peach season, Georgia's roads are dotted with farm stands selling fresh peaches. Year-round, tourist traps sell mugs, hats, shirts and even snow globes with peaches on them. At the beginning of the Georgia peach boom, one of Atlanta's major roads was renamed Peachtree Street. But despite its …

Black History

Bigger Than Booger: Curtis Armstrong On Thriving Through Four Decades In Hollywood

The prototypical party-nerd in ’80s movies has managed to carve a career out of it–the highlights of which he recounts in a new memoir.<p>Hollywood history is cluttered with Spocks and Screeches, characters that wholly overshadow the careers of the actors who portrayed them. Somehow, Curtis Armstrong …

Quentin Tarantino

Meet the Woman Trying to Prepare Your Town for the Total Eclipse

During a solar eclipse, the Moon slides in front of the Sun, blocking it perfectly, and a swath of the world goes dark. And on August 21, that …

Faroe Islands

5 best wrestling games for Android

Wrestling has gone up and down in popularity over the years. Entertainment industries like the WWE and businesses like UFC are the cornerstones. There are also fans of things like Olympic wrestling. The unfortunate truth is that there aren’t many decent wrestling games on mobile. We found what we …

Gaming

Comic-Con Opens in San Diego: Pictures

Geek

Why You Need Emoji

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online …

Language