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Voters' Guide to Ballot Measures

Voters' Guide to Ballot Measures<p>A product of the populist era, the Oklahoma Constitution establishes processes for direct democracy. On the November …

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …

Animals

Little Girl Writes Hilariously Vulgar Letter to Her Parents After Learning Truth About Santa

Hearing the “truth” about Santa Claus is a rite of passage for many children. Usually, around the age of 9 or 10, if you haven’t learned his origin …

The Simple Solution That's Helping Homeless Kids Graduate High School

Presten Pinnell could have been another kid who didn't graduate high school or go to college. During his teen years, he often had to fend for himself when it came to dinner. He spent long nights alone and without adult supervision. Finances were always a problem. Pinnell lived with his dad, who was …

High School
Vietnam War

Tax-Smart Moves When Selling Real Estate

<b>Updated March 2017</b> — If you jumped into real estate at the bottom of the market around 2008, or if you've been holding onto an asset even longer, you …

12 Toy Story Quotes We've Actually Been Saying For Years Without Even Realizing It

On November 22, we celebrate the most important day in history: the 20th anniversary of <i>Toy Story —</i> or, the movie that changed the world.<p>But …

Animation

Who's to Blame for PC Culture

Is political correctness on campus a real problem? Tellingly, it is less often defended than it is minimized. In the 1990s, it was sometimes …

U.S. Dept. of Education

Yale's Activists Deserve Constructive Criticism

Intellectual allies have defended the students against unfair attacks, but haven’t helped them reflect on their biggest mistakes.<p>In <i>The</i> <i>New Republic</i>, Roxane Gay comments on student protests at the University of Missouri and Yale University with characteristic thoughtfulness and a powerful anecdote.<p>“I …

Rights & Freedoms

How superdonors are gutting America: Here’s the research that helps explain a political system’s rightward lurch

There’s been some debate over the role of the largest donors on the political process. Research tells the tale<p>How has the rise of big donors affected our policies? Conventional wisdom suggests that it's pushing our politics to the right. However, in a recent post over at Vox, political scientist …

Middle-class

The Fall of the New World Tyrants

<i>“I have sworn upon the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.”</i> — Thomas Jefferson<p>When someone mentions …

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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19 Banned Books That Actually Changed Your Life

"I can honestly say that reading it for the first time saved my life."<p>*The following books were banned by the user's town, school, or library.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Books

9 beer cocktails in Brooklyn you should be drinking right now

Beer. Cocktails. Combining the two almost seems crazy, but here at Brokelyn we’re willing to experiment with ways to get a good buzz going. Turns …

16 Crowd-Pleasing Recipes for Your Independence Day Grill

Can't decide what to make for the biggest cook-out holiday of the year? We've got you covered. From smoky ribs to spiced kebabs, juicy pork chops, and spicy chicken wings, we have 16 great excuses to fire up your grill this Fourth of July.<p>Before you get started, make sure you know how to these …

BBQ

Five beer cocktails you can make in minutes

If the words ‘beer’ and ‘cocktail’ said concurrently makes you wince, we urge you to reconsider. Quality beer is nuanced while having lots of body, …

James Bond

8 Secret Amazon Prime Perks You Don't Know About

David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>Andrew Yates—AFP/Getty Images<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images<p>David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty …

eCommerce

6 Apps for People Who Hate Apps

While smartphone apps are certainly as popular as ever, there’s also a revolt brewing against these attention-grabbing, notification-slinging …

Apps

How to Get Employees Excited to Do Their Work

What keeps you up at night as a manager? Are you worried about hitting your numbers? How to boost the results of lower performers? What about how to keep top performers motivated?<p>We often believe that the most effective way to respond to these concerns is to directly tell our employees what to do. …

Leadership

Is A New Political System Emerging In This Country?

Have you ever undertaken some task you felt less than qualified for, but knew that someone needed to do? Consider this piece my version of that, and …

Tea Party

10 sharp-witted quotes from Jon Stewart

After 16 years behind the <i>Daily Show</i> news desk, Jon Stewart announced Tuesday that he will step down later this year.<p>While Comedy Central reportedly …

100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2014.</b><p><b>1. The Pentagon has</b> a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.<p>Find out more (Foreign</b> …

Sydney Opera House

There's just no explaining 2014

Published on December 28, 2014<p><b>It was a year of mysteries</b>. To list some of the more baffling ones:<p>A huge airliner simply vanished, and to this day nobody has any idea what happened to it, despite literally thousands of hours of intensive speculation on CNN.<p>Millions of Americans suddenly decided to …

10 Awesome Gmail Hacks That Make Life Easier

These top-secret ninja moves will help you take control of your inbox and become a Gmail expert. I'll show you how to save time, avoid mistakes, and add a bit of style to your inbox. Read on, grasshopper.<p><b>GMAIL HACK #1 UNSEND</b><p>Have you ever pressed send only to regret it moments later because of a …

Apps

The Worst New Words of 2014

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with …

33 Gifts The iPhone Addict In Your Life Will Want

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Boards Are Terrible at Their Most Important Job

The chief responsibility of any board is management of the senior executive. Yet a recent Bridgespan Group survey of nonprofit CEOs found that nearly half (46%) got little or no onboarding help from their boards. As one executive put it, “The board essentially said, ‘We’re glad you’re here. Here …

LeBron James Just Showed How To Solve The US Housing Crisis

Despite the housing crash, many Americans still find themselves in a position where homeownership is unaffordable to them.<p>My colleague Andy Kiersz recently published the following map, based on data from Zillow, showing where middle class homebuyers are totally screwed.<p>The darker the patch, the …

Housing

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness