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Charles Krauthammer: Can Obama write his own laws?

As a reaction to the crack epidemic of the 1980s, many federal drug laws carry strict mandatory sentences. This has stirred unease in Congress and sparked a bipartisan effort to revise and relax some of the more draconian laws.<p>Traditionally — meaning before Barack Obama — that’s how laws were …

The Charles Krauthammer I knew

When he was asked how to become a columnist, Charles Krauthammer would say, with characteristic drollery, “First, you go to medical school.” He did, with psychiatry as his specialty because, he said with characteristic felicity, it combined the practicality of medicine and the elegance of …

Charles Krauthammer

‘I’ve never read any other column ... that resonated so deeply’: Readers reflect on Charles Krauthammer’s writing

<i>When Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer announced earlier this month that he had only weeks to live, he received an outpouring of support from fans, casual readers and folks who said they disagreed with his opinions but greatly respected them.</i><p><i>After his death on Thursday, we asked Post</i> …

Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68

Krauthammer, one of the highest-profile commentators of his generation, championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.<p>Known for acerbic, unsparing prose and hawkishness on U.S. and Israeli security …

Foreign Policy

Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

Want to Be Funnier the Next Time You Give a Talk? Use These Comedian Tricks of the Trade

How to get your audience more engaged by making them laugh.<p>David Nihill hated public speaking so much that he wrote a bestselling book about it:Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker. When I first met him -- oddly enough at a TEDx party -- I was …

Comedy

Cat and cow become adorable best friends

The Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Israel is all about changing how humans see farm animals. While that may take a bit of time, the atmosphere of …

Literacy, Multiple Intelligences, and the Brain

By now, you will have probably recognized that this story is a thinly disguised attempt to describe the history of literacy acquisition and the …

Pedagogy

Long-Term Health Comes Down To Two Main Habits, Says Researcher

In the ongoing search for health and longevity, researchers have looked to parts of the world where people live the longest—the “blue zones,” which include Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. In these places people tend to live …

Holistic Medicine

Tim Ferriss Says That Goal-Setting is Important, but Fear-Setting is Critical to Success

Tim Ferriss developed this exercise in fear-setting to help him make the hardest decisions of his life.<p>We know that Tim Ferriss is a New York Times best-selling author. We know that he's an extraordinarily successful entrepreneur, and an investor. What many don't know about Tim Ferriss is that he …

Goal Setting

7 Tips, Tricks and Reminders For Becoming a Better Writer

The fastest way to become the person you want to be — is to write about the person you really are.<p>Prior to giving a briefing in Vietnam in front of a …

Mark Twain

Learning a new language changes the way you perceive reality

Learning a new language is a humbling process, because it basically means accepting that every word you know is wrong. The elaborate lexicon you’ve developed over the years suddenly becomes useless: the movie quotes you know, your street slang, old-fashioned words you ironically use—everything …

Language

Rose Wylie: 'I want to be known for my paintings – not because I'm old'

I like escalators. You can really stare at people. On a train, that's asking for trouble<p>A lot has changed for Rose Wylie since Germaine Greer first praised her vast and blissfully unruly paintings in the Guardian seven years ago. Then the late-blooming artist was a new discovery and her unsold, …

Art

The Artist Who Sees Vintage Medical Devices as Sculpture

A Chicago gallery showcases haunting pieces of medical and dental history.<p>What you are looking at, in the photo above, are dental phantoms. They are …

How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right

Washington, DC, resident and lifelong Democrat Ken Stern took a year or so to search out and confront his purported Red State enemies. He was utterly …

Account Suspended

This ghost tree has been floating vertically in Crater Lake for more than 100 years

On its most active day, the Old Man of the Lake traveled four miles<p>About 7,700 years ago, Mount Mazama in southern Oregon erupted, expelling over 11 …

National Parks

New neuroscience reveals 2 rituals that will make you more mindful

You want to get to work but instead you surf the internet. You want to diet but instead you eat enough candy to give an entire 2nd grade classroom …

Mindfulness

50 Ways To Live On Your Own Terms

<b>1. Stop consuming caffeine</b><p>Although people think they perform better on caffeine, the truth is, they really don’t. Actually, we’ve become so dependent on caffeine that we use it to simply get back to our status-quo. When we’re off it, we under perform and become incapable.<p>Isn’t this absurd?<p>In his …

Revealed: The Legal Letter That Triggered Netflix’s Standoff With the Escobars

When Pablo Escobar’s surviving brother, Roberto, threatened the makers of ‘Narcos’ this week, he referenced a threatening legal letter. Now, that …

The stoic knows: 4 rituals that will make you well-liked

Do you want to have better relationships? Well, you should definitely take some advice from… the Stoics.<p>I know, it sounds weird. Most people think of …

Self-help

5 Ways to Make Yourself Look Polished to Everyone Around You

No amount of knowledge or dedication can help you succeed if you don't address this<p>The world is full of dreamers. Look around you and you'll find there are plenty of people who spend a lot of time and money reading business and branding books or signing up to attend intensive retreats and …

Self-help

34 Things You Need to Give Up to Be Successful

When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time?<p>1. Wasting five minutes.<p>When you have five minutes of down time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze.<p>By lazing for five five-minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That's 9,125 …

Motivation

The 8 Scariest Cult Stories of All Time

Do not read before bedtime.<p>1. The Manson Family<p>You don't need to know much about true crime to know the name "Charles Manson," which almost 50 years after his most heinous acts is still synonymous with "cult leader." Manson started his group in San Francisco in 1967 and later that year moved to Los …

Watch what happens when kittens come to yoga. (So much more than downward dog.)

The yoga class would take place in the middle of a scorching Washington afternoon, but in a cool basement, and in the presence of 10 furry kittens. Naturally, it sold out fast.<p>Twenty minutes before Kitten Yoga was to begin, some participants were already rolling out their rainbow-hued mats in spots …

A tiny Indian publisher is translating hidden gems of world literature for global readers

“It isn’t about size. Or the scale. It is about the choice. The instinct that allows you to take the risk to step outside the structures the world of corporate publishing has so magnificently set up. And publish books that in your opinion need to be read.”<p>The mission statement of Seagull Books says …

Books

This Simple Writing Strategy Helped John Grisham Sell Over 300 Million Books

To make the transition from full-time lawyer to full-time novelist, John Grisham followed this daily regimen.<p>In the late 1980s, with a busy day job as a lawyer and a couple of young kids at home, John Grisham started to write his first novel.<p>Every day, for the next three years, Grisham woke up at 5 …

Creative Writing

Charles Darwin & Charles Dickens’ Four-Hour Work Day: The Case for Why Less Work Can Mean More Productivity

We all operate at different levels of ambition: some just want to get by and enjoy themselves, while others strive to make achievements with as …