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How Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, worked her way into top US circles

She did not behave in what I considered an entirely professional manner. She had an extra button or three unbuttoned Julianne Versnel<p>The Las Vegas hotel ballroom was crowded, but the Russian redhead caught Donald Trump’s eye. “Yes, ma’am,” he said, inviting a question.<p>It was July 2015, and Maria …

Donald Trump

One day at a time: Brexit the Theresa May way

To detractors, she is a “sphinx without a riddle.” To supporters she is resilient and determined. One thing is uncontested: as top ministers resign from her government and Brexit looms closer, Theresa May has one of the toughest jobs in Europe.

Great Britain

How the Obamas managed to become invisible in Washington

When Barack and Michelle Obama announced they were staying in Washington after eight years in the White House, there was a palpable buzz.<p>The conventional move for a post-presidency life is back home: a return to roots, a presidential library and distinguished service. No modern president has …

Michelle Obama

Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

CEOs

Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis

<b>Nearly everyone on Samish Island</b> knew Chuck Davis, a bighearted retiree who lived in the handsome gray shingle house with the best view of Samish …

Coast Salish

The secret to loving your life

Sometimes life sucks. Bad. Really bad. And you feel like you want a refund.<p>But, of course, we need to accept that Life Avenue is going to have its …

Self-help

Forget Suits. Show the Tattoo. Female Candidates Are Breaking the Rules.

The guys at the union hall have just swapped out the first keg when Abby Finkenauer, Democratic candidate for Congress, arrives and immediately reveals the kind of vulnerability that campaign consultants have long told women to avoid.<p>She starts by discussing her $20,000 in student loan debt, then …

Siblings

Lorena Bobbitt’s American Dream

Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt made tabloid headlines 25 years ago as a marital nightmare turned castration punch line. Though their paths have diverged—advocacy work for her; Frankenpenis for him—their enmeshed stories speak to ultra-current issues of gender politics and celebrity culture.<p>The case …

Mark Hamill

The winding, heated, and absurdly technical oral history of the ginger emoji

It's complicated.<p>In November 2014, a tech-industry consortium announced a new set of emoji that would diversify the physical appearance of the pictograms.<p>"I checked and saw that redheads were just not on there," says Emma Kelly, editor and founder of the site Ginger Parrot. "I wondered, has no one …

Language

'This is just the beginning': Using DNA and genealogy to crack years-old cold cases

For three decades, authorities in Fort Wayne, Indiana, had the DNA of the man who murdered 8-year-old April Tinsley in April 1988, but could not find him.<p>Police pleaded for leads, and chased them. They brought in FBI profilers, enlisted state and federal agents and went on “America’s Most Wanted.” …

Genealogy

Why are yawns contagious? We asked a scientist

The average adult yawns 20 times per day. And when you feel a yawn coming on, it can be nearly impossible to suppress. But why does being around …

Neurology

Ecuador Builds Pyramid Of Roses In Attempt To Set A World Record

Half a million roses have been placed in the shape of a flat-topped pyramid in Tabacundo, Ecuador, in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records.<p>Currently, the world record for largest flower arrangement is held by the Dubai Miracle Garden in United Arab Emirates, which created a …

Cut Flowers

The Dazzlingly Colorful Atlases That Brought the Night Sky Within Reach

Detailed maps of the heavens weren’t just for scholars.<p>If you lived in London in 1822, you might have found solace in imagination. With skies dark …

Art

Sound Matters: A History Of Legendary Recording Studios

When <b>The Beatles</b> were photographed in August 1969, striding over a <b>zebra crossing</b> in St John’s Wood, London, for the cover shot of <b>their album Abbey …

Universal Music

Perfect Picnic Recipes for the Ultimate Day at the Beach

Beach towel, check. Umbrella and sunscreen, check. Stack of magazines, check. Collapsible wine glasses, picnic basket, and environmentally friendly …

Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Great Saltee Island Bird Sanctuary in Pictures

Podcasting Is About to Become a Lot Less White and Male

Spotify is giving three women of color $10,000 each to make their own podcasts.<p>In a corner conference room in Spotify’s Manhattan offices, 10 women go around a table talking about the podcasts they want to make. Their ideas are all wildly different, from video games and the Muslim dating world to …

Women of Color

Why Are Obstacle-Course Races So Popular?

As marathon participation declines, more people are signing up for extreme events such as Spartan and Tough Mudder.<p>Completing a marathon has long been the ultimate feather in the cap of an amateur endurance athlete. But the idea of trotting along a boring old paved road for 26.2 miles doesn’t …

Running

Hi, I'm Playing on the PGA Tour This Week.... | By Brittany Lincicome

… And I’m really, really excited!<p>But before I get into all the reasons why, I want to try to clarify a few things.<p>First off, I didn’t agree to do …

Golf

The next generation of Republicans: Do they stand with Trump?

When, in October 2016, it was time to build the border wall — or at least a plywood replica on the campus of Washington State University — the job fell to Jacob Heinen. He was only a freshman, but he was one of the few College Republicans who knew how to work with his hands. When he was done, he …

Donald Trump

Wildfires In The U.S. Are Getting Bigger

A California wildfire that started on Friday doubled in size over the weekend, killing a firefighter and threatening Yosemite National Park. And it’s …

Forests

Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott on Love, Making It Work, and the Kardashian Curse

She’s a billionaire business mogul. He’s the most electric rapper in the game. How did they come together? How do they make it work? And can they survive the Kardashian Curse? Mark Anthony Green sits down with the world’s most powerhouse power couple.<p><b>It's Kylie, from the jump,</b> who controls the …

Kylie Jenner

Venmo: how the payment app exposes our private lives

Venmo is unusual because it combines social media with financial transaction. It’s hard to gauge expectations of privacy<p>Anyone can track a Venmo user’s purchase history and glean a detailed profile – including their drug deals, eating habits and arguments – because the payment app lacks default …

Santa Barbara

Understanding the emoji of solidarity

When disaster or tragedy strikes, people far away are touched and want to help – but really can’t do much. Often the first thing distant observers do …

Social Media

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party

Come November, Ocasio-Cortez is almost certain to become the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Will her democratic-socialist identity push the Party to the left?<p>This is the summer in which the Presidency of Donald Trump has begun to cohere. Disdain for voting rights, for women’s rights, for …

Middle-class

Finding the Untapped Potential of Alleys

“We’re starting to realize they’re just as powerful as a park or plaza.”<p>In the early aughts, a former skateboard kid named Daniel Toole was chafing at his slick corporate job in Seattle. To feel more like his rulebreaking teenage self, he cut through back alleys on his way to work. He liked their …

Urban Design

Celebrating France’s World Cup Victory: Pictures

Here’s Exactly What to Do if a Tick Bites You

There are lots of experiences you might hope to have while exploring the great outdoors. Taking in scenic views after summiting a hike, enjoying …

Disease

The best Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon Prime Day deals end today. Echo discounts, Fire TV deals, and many more serious savings have already come and gone as we finish up the second …

Shopping