Lisa Mikulski

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Americans must demand Trump’s resignation

Last week, I wrote that every time you think Donald Trump has hit rock bottom, he digs an even deeper hole. This week, Trump reached magma.<p>On Monday, …

Racism

Charles Bukowski: Depression and Three Days in Bed Can Restore Your Creative Juices (NSFW)

Pico Iyer once called Charles Bukowski the “laureate of American lowlife,” and that's because he wrote poems for and about ordinary Americans -- …

Charles Bukowski

This Vice News Documentary from Charlottesville Is Horrifying

Watch it and share it.<p>Hundreds of white supremacists marched with torches in an American city Friday night. They arrived the next day brandishing weapons and armor. One white supremacist allegedly murdered an anti-racist protester in the street with his car and injured several others. This is what …

Documentaries

Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 …

Policing

How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance

Subjects that the author and essayist Rebecca Solnit has written about, some at considerable length, include Irish history, atlases, Alzheimer’s, a traveling medical clinic, natural disasters, urban planning, tortoises, walking, gentrification, Yosemite National Park and Apple Inc.<p>‘‘There’s …

Books

Jim Carrey Is Now an Amazing Painter and His Art Documentary Is Going Viral — Watch

Jim Carrey's disappearance from the big screen has left fans wondering what he's been up to. The answer is here, and it's pretty amazing.<p>Jim Carrey …

Jim Carrey

Toronto Star

As Mueller closes in, Trump prepares his base for the worst

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>President Trump is again attacking the media this morning, and his broadsides carry a newly ominous edge: He is both faulting the media for allegedly downplaying the size and intensity of support from his base and accusing them of trying to <i>deliberately</i> weaken that support for …

Donald Trump

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.<p>The draft report by …

Climate Change

What Music Do Americans Love the Most? We Made a Playlist for Each Neighborhood

Detailed maps reveal the contours of American music fandom.

Maps

21 Books You've Been Meaning To Read

1<p>A legendary masterpiece, this book is synonymous with difficult reading, so why not challenge yourshelf.<p>2<p>One must always read a novel by this Nobel …

Literature

Artist Susan Gaylord is Powered by Words

<i>For Massachusetts artist Susan Gaylord making art starts not with paint or other media. It starts with words.</i><p>No matter which way you look at it, …

Artists

We Are Now in Cold War 2.0

Putin has given up on the White House—and that’s terrible news for Trump<p>Nothing was more clear-cut during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign than …

Russia

The Ultimate Guide to Titles: Book Titles, Article Titles, and More

You’ve written something: a book, a blog post, an article, a listicle, some work of written art. And now you’re about ready for the world to read it, …

Publishing

How to Go Makeup-Free This Summer

Summer’s heat and humidity make a face full of makeup feel oppressive. But how to go without? First, address the dark spots, redness and scars we conceal with foundation. All can be improved in the hands of a good doctor. But remember, dispensing with makeup altogether isn’t necessarily realistic. …

Skin Care

Let’s try not to freak out about this poll showing Republican support for censoring ‘biased’ news

A recent YouGov poll reached a disheartening finding: 45 percent of Republicans favor “permitting the courts to shut down news media outlets for publishing or broadcasting stories that are biased or inaccurate,” while just 20 percent oppose the idea. And 35 percent say they have not formed an …

Journalism

All Good Writing Comes Out of Aloneness

All good writing comes out of aloneness. You have to do it on an open highway. You wouldn’t want to do it in New York City. But on Highway 40 West or …

Sam Shepard

The World's Most Beautiful Built-In Bookcases

Bookcases are always beautiful, because they're full of books. But this post is devoted to bookshelves that are especially beautiful, and the shelves …

Tel Aviv

President Trump is now directly implicated in trying to cover up the Russia scandal

If the Russia scandal is nothing but a witch hunt, as President Trump so often says, it’s awfully strange that he’s going to so much trouble to cover it up.<p>Last night, Ashley Parker, Carol D. Leonnig, Philip Rucker and Tom Hamburger broke the latest blockbuster story in this scandal, in which the …

Donald Trump

How to Find Killer Content Ideas

Whether you’re a novice writer or a pro, at some point you’ll get writer’s block and will find it difficult to come up with potent, relevant content …

Digital Marketing

Dan Rather’s Second Coming

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>With millions of Facebook fans and the freedom to speak his mind, the 85-year-old journalist is back in the arena—facing the opponent he’s been waiting for his entire</b> …

Donald Trump

It’s the end of the world and we know it: Scientists in many disciplines see apocalypse, soon

Stephen Hawking is one of many scientists who see the possible near-term demise of our species. Spend that 401k!<p>While apocalyptic beliefs about the end of the world have, historically, been the subject of religious speculation, they are increasingly common among some of the leading scientists …

Singularity

How to maintain, or even improve, your memory as you age

As you age, some slowdown in memory and processing is to be expected. That can mean a forgotten birthday, an accidentally retold story, a temporarily misplaced wallet.<p>Such run-of-the-mill forgetfulness may increase over the years but is usually not — as you may fear — a sign that you’re on the road …

Health

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

Joan Didion on Keeping a Notebook

As a lover — and keeper — of diaries and notebooks, I find myself returning again and again to the question of what compels us — what propels us — to record our impressions of the present moment in all their fragile subjectivity. From <b>Joan Didion’</b>s 1968 anthology <b>Slouching Towards Bethlehem</b> (<i>public</i> …

Literature

20 Podcasts About Writing That Will Have You Penning A Bestselling Novel In No Time

Writers get their inspiration from all sorts of places — real life, current events, favorite books, other writers, their own imagination, and more …

Writing

The Downsides of John Kelly's Ascension

It's not a signal that the president is preparing to moderate his White House—it's a signal he's going to the mattresses.<p>Donald Trump is not much of a man. He feels sorry for himself, he whines, he gropes women; he bullies the weak. He brags and he lies. As a young man, this self-proclaimed athlete …

H. R. McMaster

When Cops Join the Resistance

President Donald Trump speaks at Suffolk Community College on Friday in Brentwood, New York.Spencer Platt/Getty Images As eternity-like as the past …

Boy Scouts

How to Get Money to Start a Business – 8 Startup Financing Options

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans launch their own businesses. According to the U.S. Small Business Administation (SBA), in 2010, there …

Jeff Sessions: This Time, It’s Personal

The Attorney General of the United States supervises all federal prosecutors, and one of the rituals of the job involves visiting the U.S. Attorneys’ offices across the nation. When Jeff Sessions, who is now (that is, at this precise moment) the Attorney General, stopped in at the Philadelphia …

Government