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Pictures of the Week 12.14.17

Protest

A Miniature Holiday Village Made Almost Entirely of Chocolate

The gingerbread house is the staple of Christmastime food architecture—the A-frame, if you will, of Instagrammable holiday edifices. So we hope …

Miniature

Christmas Cacti, Rainbow Stockings, and More Christmas Craft Projects to Make This Weekend

This time of year the elves are busy in their workshop, and you should be too! Sure, you're not making toys and presents for everyone in the world, but your to-do list is long enough. Invite your squad over for a weekend of Christmas crafting to get your #handmandechristmas off to a good start. …

Crafting

In the Studio with Sam McKinniss, the Unapologetic Painter of "Perverted" Internet Culture

“I almost wore my Crocs today,” the artist Sam McKinniss said on a recent afternoon in his Williamsburg. Brooklyn studio, which found him hungover, sipping a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee, and surveying the wall of works that in a few months would be shipped to Venice, California, for his latest solo …

Joan Didion

Silicon Valley's Immortalists Will Help Us All Stay Healthy

In early 1954, Pope Pius XII summoned a venerable Swiss quack named Paul Niehans to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo. The pontiff was nauseated …

Longevity

The Radio Reporter Who Lost His Voice but Still Covers Congress

Jamie Dupree was the voice thousands of people woke up to. Then a rare disorder made talking almost impossible.<p>Ileana Ros-Lehtinen had a plane to catch. The House of Representatives had already called last votes on Thursday afternoon, and the Republican Congresswoman from Miami was hustling to get …

Sean Hannity

Seahawks So Woke

How the Seattle football team became the social justice warriors of the NFL<p>They were on the plane when they heard what Trump said.<p>On a late Friday …

Black Lives Matter

What You Need to Know Before Seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi

In December of 2015, the Force heard its alarm clock, winced, squirmed in its high-thread-count sheets, contemplated hitting the snooze button, then …

Star Wars

The Untold Story of How Massive Success Made GoPro's CEO Lose His Way. Can He Recover?

The untold story of how massive success made GoPro's Nick Woodman lose his way--and how he plans to bring his company back from the brink.<p>Nick Woodman is crying.<p>Red-tailed hawks wheel around the sky outside the wall of windows of the GoPro founder's hilltop office in San Mateo, California. A few …

Drones

Michigan's Trump voters, a year later

One year after Donald Trump flipped Michigan froma blue state to a red one, many voters CNN spoke with say they would make the same decision today. They credit Trump for the strong economy -- and believe he can accomplish more if Congress would be more cooperative.<p>Right after he took office, we …

Elections

State of U.S. rental market: Rich get more options, poor suffer affordability crisis

Harvard’s annual examination of the rental market finds stark inequalities, and they’re getting worse.<p>While the American Dream may be homeownership, more and more, the current American reality is renting. More than 43 million U.S. residents rent, according to the Census Bureau, growing at a rate …

Housing

Bringing the lightsaber from Star Wars—the ultimate toy—to life

Like many American children of his generation, Mike Goslin grew up watching <i>Star Wars</i>. He saw the first movie in theaters when he was a boy, and remembers the seminal moment in <i>A New Hope</i> when Obi-Wan Kenobi introduced the lightsaber. As Kenobi described it to Luke Skywalker: “This is the weapon of a …

Star Wars

SpaceX is leading the rise of an entirely new industry

Whose Is Bigger?<p>Private space companies want to send humans where none have gone before. Big-picture thinkers like Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Richard …

Space Travel

23 dreamy A-frame cabins we love

You may not own an A-frame, but you can dream<p>An architectural icon from 1950 to about 1975, the A-frame is one of the most beloved vacation homes of the past, a triangle-design built for lounging on outdoor decks and staring at nature. A-frames can come in any size, and in today’s …

Houses

Celebrating Carrie Fisher's Final Appearance as Princess Leia

<i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, the latest installment of the intergalactic franchise, will be Carrie Fisher’s last appearance in the series. In 1977, Fisher was cast as Princess Leia, a symbol of the resistance and leader of the Rebel Alliance, and at just 20 years old, she skyrocketed to fame alongside …

Star Wars

The Emerald Coast: Nicaragua's hidden jewel

<b>(CNN) —</b> Move over Costa Rica: Nicaragua is emerging as the new eco-travel darling of Central America.<p>In the past two decades, Nicaragua has made concerted efforts to increase peace and international tourism; now, it's one of Central America's safer nations for travel, based on 2017's Global Peace …

Hotels

The Fortune 2018 Power Ranking: Who’s Going to Have a Good Year

In business as in all things, there are winners and losers. Here are our best guesses for what companies, trends and industries are going to get big …

Trends

The Best Holiday Markets in Every State

Whether you prefer to go the traditional holiday market route of hot cocoa and handmade gifts or enjoy a more hip holiday shopping experience—think: …

Christmas

The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next?

The FCC voted this morning to nullify 2015’s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification.<p>The battle is lost. What of the war? Here’s what happens next, and what you can do to …

Net Neutrality

5 years after Sandy Hook, the victims have not been forgotten

<b>(CNN) —</b> It remains among America's most heinous nightmares: the lives of 20 little children -- dancers and swimmers, pianists and painters, budding readers, little sisters and big brothers -- extinguished in a flash of violence inside Sandy Hook Elementary.<p>Taken with them on that chilly Friday in …

4 Ways to Use Flipboard to Curate and Share Content

Did you know that every 60 seconds, there are 448,800 tweets, 500 hours of YouTube videos streaming, 3.3 million Facebook posts, and 3.8 million Google searches occurring around the world? People everywhere are voraciously consuming and simultaneously sharing media at lightning speed across …

5 Fantasy Tales of the Holidays That Even a Grinch Will Enjoy

Stories<p>Connie Willis has written about Christmas before. Her wonderful time travel novel <i>The Doomsday Book</i> takes place around Christmas — in both the …

Christmas

10+ YouTube Channels to Learn How to Draw for Free

As one of the most basics skills of any artist, drawing is an essential part of the creative process. Centuries later, we still remain fascinated by the sketches in Leonardo's notebooks and Picasso's poetic line art, each for their respective ability to show us the purest form of an artist's skill. …

Illustration

Is the 'Man Flu' For Real, or Do Guys Really Get Sicker Than Women Do?

New research examines the claim that guys don't handle simple sickness as well as women do<p>It’s time for sneezes, sore throats, and snot rockets—and for the fever and body aches that come along with them.<p>When a cold or flu hits, nothing looks better than your couch and the Netflix remote. But you …

Health

Heading North: American Doctors Report Back From Canada

For Peter Cram, an American internist who spent most of his career practicing in Iowa City, Iowa, moving to Toronto in 2014 was an easy decision.<p>He says he is among a handful of American doctors who went north to practice in Canada's single-payer system. Now he doesn't worry about whether his …

Health Care

What Roy Moore’s loss can tell us about American evangelicals’ future

Moore’s defeat highlighted the changing face of evangelical America along racial and age lines.<p>Alabama — a state that Donald Trump won by almost 28 percentage points — elected a Democratic senator in Tuesday’s special election, rejecting Trump’s preferred candidate, a Christian theocrat who was, in …

Religion