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How to Hire Fake Friends and Family

In Japan, you can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.<p>Money may not be able to buy love, but here in Japan, it can certainly buy the appearance of love—and appearance, as the dapper Ishii Yuichi insists, is everything. As a man whose business …

What Would War with North Korea Look Like?

Over the past half century, the United States has fought only one big war—in Kuwait, in 1991—that was a conventional conflict. Operation Desert Storm launched a U.S.-led coalition against the Iraqi Army after it occupied oil-rich Kuwait. The combat was quick (six weeks) and successful in its …

33 Movies to Watch This Oscar Season

Say goodbye to the August doldrums. The next few months are full of buzzy biopics and indie hits.<p>After an uneven summer and a truly dreadful slate of releases in August, the film calendar finally gets more exciting in the next three months, as indie hits, arthouse triumphs, and Oscar-baiting …

Construction

How an Iroquois Chief Helped Write the U.S. Constitution

History has largely forgotten Canasatego, the Iroquois chief who eloquently introduced American colonists to the federalist ideas that would shape …

History

Why capitalism can’t survive without socialism

A top Peter Thiel adviser on the crisis of late capitalism<p>“We think of capitalism as being locked in an ideological battle with socialism, but we never really saw that capitalism might be defeated by its own child — technology.”<p>This is how Eric Weinstein, a mathematician and a managing director of …

Grading Trump on the 10 tell-tale signs of authoritarianism

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected, I wrote a column listing possible "warning signs" of democratic breakdown under his leadership. A few other people did, too. I wasn't predicting Trump would become a dictator — although some of his statements and actions during the campaign were worrisome; …

Obama's Former Photographer Perfectly Sums Up What Trump Did Wrong This Week in 5 Photos

Pete Souza is a legend. Not only is he one of the most talented photojournalists in the world, but he's also the person who documented all eight years of the Obama presidency as chief official White House photographer. But now that he's returned to the normal life of a citizen, he's taken up an …

The Christian Retreat From Public Life

Rod Dreher makes a powerful argument for communal religious life in his book, The Benedict Option. But he has not wrestled with how to live side by side with people unlike him.<p>Donald Trump was elected president with the help of 81 percent of white evangelical voters. Mike Pence, the champion of …

People criticize pro-lifers for focusing so much on abortion. But there’s a reason we do.

I have been pro-life for as long as I can remember. My family were not culture warriors: We never picketed, and I’m not sure we ever discussed the subject at home. My only memories of anything close to activism are of occasional appeals to our church to donate diapers to a local crisis pregnancy …

Immigration Reform

I read Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's book. It's very revealing.

Neil Gorsuch has not publicly stated whether or not he thinks <i>Roe v. Wade</i> was correctly decided. But if you read his one published book, <i>The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia</i>, his position on right-to-life issues becomes exceptionally clear, and it’s not particularly difficult to infer what …

The story behind 84 Lumber’s Super Bowl ad about Trump’s border wall

“The Entire Journey” follows a mother and daughter making a harrowing trek, and then confronting a giant wall.<p>Some of Super Bowl 51’s most intense behind-the-scenes drama started — as all good drama does — well before the game itself kicked off.<p>The building supply company 84 Lumber wanted to air a …

Super Bowl commercials: 2017’s winners and losers

Whether on purpose or not, things got political, fast.<p>Every year, two football teams claw their way to the top of the NFL to tear each other to pieces on live television for our viewing pleasure. And every year, millions of Americans watch the game less for the actual football than because they …

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What Does Harper Lee Want? | Bloomberg Business

Tonja Carter is 50 years old and tan, with a straight nose, narrow chin, and dark eyes that can sparkle with affection one second and flash fiercely …

In America bourbon was king — until vodka launched its attack

How vodka infiltrated a bourbon-loving nation. Hint: It started with the Moscow Mule<p>In August 1959, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sat in the cabin of U. S. vice president Richard Nixon’s Boeing 707 and prepared to taste his first bourbon. As the plane rested on the tarmac of Moscow’s Vnukovo …

“Are you f**king kidding me?!”: Jon Stewart mocks the GOP’s apocalyptic Hillary freakout

The GOP may have been anticipating Clinton’s bid “since, like, 1978″ but their shoddy take-downs tell otherwise<p>Jon Stewart was perplexed by the virality of Hillary Clinton's "boring" first campaign video, "Getting Started," which he described as a "State Farm commercial gone viral." But on Monday's …

'I'm furious': Gabby Giffords slams senators in op-ed for failing to pass gun control measure

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords authored a scathing op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday, blasting the 46 senators who voted against a measure to expand gun background checks.<p>"Speaking is physically difficult for me. But my feelings are clear: I’m furious," wrote the Arizona Democrat, who was …

Anthony Weiner Reveals His Plan To Save New York

The booklet rehashes many ideas from a policy book Weiner released in 2008, when he was exploring a run for the office in 2009.<p>In the booklet, Weiner offers 64 ideas to "keep New York the capital of the middle class." Some of the more interesting that stick out:<p>A city-run, single-payer health care …

14 Theories for Why Kermit Gosnell's Case Didn't Get More Media Attention

Every one of them amounts to someone saying, "This is how I think American journalism works."<p>Associated Press<p>But the debate about coverage is important and fascinating.<p>Journalists, news junkies, and casual news consumers are all offering theories of what drives the media. <i>Wildly</i> divergent theories. …

Critics question mental health fix

The Obama Administration is trying to revamp how the government approaches mental health issues in the security clearance process — but security and mental health experts say the proposed fix may open the door to new problems.<p>Last month, the administration officially proposed rewording the standard …

5 top issues: Amtrak and House GOP

Former House transportation committee Chairman John Mica is putting everything on the table for Amtrak reform. That includes a cup of coffee and a hamburger.<p>Mica’s long-standing complaints about losses on the railroad’s food service produced a tense exchange between him and Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman …

Congress debates cybercrime update

Thirty years ago, the Macintosh was a new product, and the Internet was the little-known realm of the federal government and academia.<p>That’s when 1984 Computer Fraud and Abuse Act — the guiding law that still defines and governs cybercrimes — was born. In dealing with computer-related wrongdoing in …

Transforming foreign assistance

The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last ten years is astounding. We have saved and improved millions of lives through programs like the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which was launched by former President George W. Bush …

Supreme Court Asks: Can Human Genes Be Patented?

Same-sex marriage got huge headlines at the Supreme Court last month, but in the world of science and medicine, the case being argued on Monday is far more important. The lawsuit deals with a truly 21st century issue — whether human genes may be patented.<p>Myriad Genetics, a Utah biotechnology …