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Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite

“What is off-putting about them,” one political veteran told me, “is they do not grasp their essential irrelevance. They think they are special.”<p>I. Air Force One<p>Donald Trump hoped the trip would draw a line under the Russia story, which had hounded his candidacy and was now damaging his presidency. …

Here are some of the darkest true-crime stories from California

Good morning, it is <b>Monday, Sept. 5</b>. On this sunny Labor Day, we are taking a detour into noir. There's been quite a bit of true-crime reporting in the Essential California newsletter the past week because of The Times' series "Framed," about a bizarre incident in Irvine.<p>We'd like to welcome our new …

California

A Word For Christians Who Want To Make America Great Again

Do you really believe Trump's definition of "greatness" is the same as Christ's?<p>For months, like the rest of us, I have been hearing the word “great” thrown around a lot by Donald Trump and his supporters. “Make America Great Again” has been the Trump campaign mantra since day one, it was the theme …

Michelle Obama: Hillary's Secret Campaign-Trail Weapon?

First lady prods Sanders' supporters, attacks Trump in final convention speech<p>Michelle Obama has been called the president’s secret weapon. On Monday …

Michelle Obama's stirring speech brings Democratic convention to tears

The first lady proved the perfect Trump antidote and drew a ‘wow’ from Bill Clinton as she declared: ‘Because of Hillary Clinton, my daughters ... take for granted that a woman can be president’<p>Democratic convention opening night: as it happened<p>Here, at last, the profound, moving and devastating …

The 18 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix that your typical Friday night is probably spent trying to find something to watch, as opposed to actually watching something.<p>The streaming service has a huge, rotating selection of movies both old and new. It is hard to navigate through Netflix's massive library …

Filmmaking

Michelle Obama's Speech for the Ages

The First Lady took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention, and united a divided hall.<p>Most convention speeches are forgotten almost before they’re finished. But tonight in Philadelphia, Michelle Obama delivered a speech that will be replayed, quoted, and anthologized for years. It was …

Political Science

Michelle Obama’s masterful DNC speech will go down in history as a convention classic

Philadelphia<p>After a chaotic first day of the Democratic National Convention, which underlined the divisions among the party’s voters, First Lady Michelle Obama gave Hillary Clinton a better endorsement than any the candidate could have hoped for. Portraying herself and her husband as parents first, …

Michelle Obama

Death of an Orca: What It Means for the GOP

Donald Trump may be to the Republican Party what Blackfish was to SeaWorld.<p>The documentary Blackfish on the mistreatment of Orcas had a disastrous effect on the marine amusement park, revealing a long-standing and widely-accepted SeaWorld lie that the whales were being treated well. Following the …

15 Promises All Couples Should Be Able to Make to Each Other

If you’ve found a person you can truly see yourself growing old with, you’re going to need to make some promises to them. It’s important that you …

Relationships

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

The Trials And Torments Of Space School

What does it take to become a citizen astronaut?<p>Sending people to space has always involved a frank assessment of their defects, and in the early days, it was a matter of finding people without any. First it was fighter pilots—calm in a crisis, physically perfect, unquestioning in their execution …

Before And After Photos Show Exactly Why The Philippines Needs Your Help After Haiyan

Aid continues to trickle into the Philippines as the island nation reels in the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. Officials said Tuesday more than 1,700 people were confirmed dead, though that number is expected to rise.<p>As the dispersal of aid moves slowly, many of the worst hit communities have not …

Typhoon Haiyan's impact revealed in before-and-after satellite images - Photos

By NBC News<p>Several hours before Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines on Nov. 7, DigitalGlobe activated FirstLook, an online service that provides satellite imagery of large scale disasters. Their satellites collected more than 7,300 square miles of imagery in the areas hardest hit by the …

Is climate change to blame for Typhoon Haiyan?

The Philippines has been hit by 24 typhoons in the past year but the power of Haiyan was off the scale, killing thousands and leaving millions homeless. Is there even worse devastation to come?<p>Just as the world was beginning to take in the almost unimaginable devastation wrought by typhoon Haiyan, …