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The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition

In an attempt to cast doubt on one controversy, Russian interference in the election, the president fired the FBI director—creating a second, and drawing new attention to the first.<p>The thing about scandals is they tend to beget other scandals.<p>Take the various probes into Russian interference in the …

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My Brilliant (Doomed) Friend

Julie Buntin’s Marlena is the latest in a string of novels to frame a coming-of-age narrative around an intoxicating teenage girl.<p>Julie Buntin’s debut novel, <i>Marlena</i>, opens with the narrator, a 15-year-old girl named Cat, hurtling toward Lake Michigan in a car that’s going far too fast. The driver …

Books

5 Novels That Illuminate the Problems and Dangers of Anti-Semitism

Philip Roth<p>Wildly popular when it appeared in 2004, Roth’s novel charts the rise and fall of, well, the Roth family during the 1940s—except of course these aren’t the typical 1940s, but an alternate version of them: Charles Lindbergh, who, in this version of history, praises Hitler’s government …

5 Books To Read After You've Reread The Handmaid's Tale

Confession: I’d never read <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> before this weekend, when I picked it up and read it for this article. I knew it was a dystopia, I knew …

Can the Country Survive Without a Strong Middle Class?

In a powerful new book, the legal scholar Ganesh Sitaraman argues that America’s government will fall apart as inequality deepens.<p>The U.S. Constitution, it is fair to say, is normally thought of as a political document. It lays out the American system of government and the relationships among the …

The Man Booker International Prize Long List Is Out

Check out the 2017 “Man Booker International Dozen”<p>The thirteen finalists for the Man Booker International Prize have been announced. Amos Oz and Yan …

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31 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring

It's a whole new season of fresh reads!

Homo Faber

Listen to an audio version of this essay read by Lewis Lapham.<p><i>Evolution has arranged that we take pleasure in understanding—those who understand are</i> …

How a 400,000-year-old skull fragment hints at ancient 'unified humanity'

The mix of traits on this new specimen found in Portugal has encouraged researchers to rethink their way of describing and classifying ancient human …

How you learned a second language influences the way your brain works

Over the past few years, you might have noticed a surfeit of articles covering current research on bilingualism. Some of them suggest that it sharpens the mind, while others are clearly intended to provoke more doubt than confidence, such as Maria Konnikova’s “Is Bilingualism Really an Advantage?” …

Language Learning

Here's What Practicing Does to Your Brain (and How to Do It Right)

Practice translates to real physical changes to structures within your body, ultimately making you more efficient.<p>I'll be honest. I hate doing things twice. But practicing--that is, repeating--and learning are inextricably connected. And the ability to learn is a key component of competitiveness. …

Wellcome prize shortlist announced: books that 'will change lives'

Six books are in contention for the annual award for excellence in science and health writing, including a trainee neurosurgeon’s posthumous memoir and books about the NHS, HIV/Aids and organ donorship<p>Spanning human origins, national health services, microbial life forms and death, the shortlist …

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Who Stopped McCarthy?

What the history of Republican infighting can teach us today<p>So fixated are we now on the divisions between the two major parties that we forget how often internal divisions within one party or the other shape political outcomes. A rich history could be written of the conflicts that have sundered …

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Evolution is Not What We Thought

The things we thought we understood about Europeans are coming unstuck as we examine the genes of more ancient people.<p>The Rock of Gibraltar appears out of the plane window as an immense limestone monolith sharply rearing up from the base of Spain into the Mediterranean. One of the ancient Pillars …

Site is calling BS on crappy data visualization and other annoyances

The Principle of Proportional Ink is a great primer on how to avoid what Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West call "visual bullshit," like this craptacular …

Professors at America's elite colleges pick one book every student should read in 2017

But what if they could only choose one book?<p>When asked, professors at America's most prestigious colleges — those in the top 10, according to US News & World Report — shared with Business Insider the single book they think every student should read in 2017.<p>The topics of the books spanned issues …

College & University

10 Taco Recipes from Around the World

1 of 10<p>Texas-Style Puffy Barbacoa Tacos<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 10<p>New England Lobster Roll Tacos<p>3 of 10<p>Japanese Tako Tacos<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 10<p>Miami Cubano …

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Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo

From: EatingWell.com, February 2017<p>Use your crock pot for perfectly tender beef in this easy taco recipe. The quick fresh pico de gallo adds crunch, …

5 Recipes That Will Teach You the Art of 30-Minute Meals

As much as I truly enjoy cooking, weeknights can be rough, and the dinner struggle is real. But at the first mention of 30-minute meals, I knew that …

The Best Spring Crock Pot Recipes For Fresh And Easy Food

Don't put away your slow cooker yet!<p>Spring is around the corner and we can almost taste the fresh produce the season brings. While fresh salads are in order now that spring greens are available, that’s not all you should be eating. In fact, the brisk days of spring are actually perfect for warm, …

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24 Easy Dinner Prep Ideas You'll Want To Try ASAP

It's a bird, it's a plane...it's your dinner on your plate!

11 Vegetarian Meals That Are Just As Filling As Meat

1. Pulse tacos<p>rjgrant/Getty Images<p>Skip the beef or chicken in favor of tacos stuffed with protein- and fiber-rich pulses like lentils, beans, or chickpeas. New research from the University of Copenhagen found that meals made with pulses were actually more filling than those made with animal …

100 Must-Read Debut Novels

This post is sponsored by <i>The Cruelty</i> by Scott Bergstrom<i>Taken</i> meets <i>The</i> <i>Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i> and <i>The Bourne Identity</i> in this action-packed debut …

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‘With Such a People You Can Then Do What You Please’

Trump’s attacks on the free press don’t just threaten the media—they undermine the public’s capacity to think, act, and defend democracy.<p>Are Donald Trump’s latest attacks on the press really that bad? Are they that out-of-the-ordinary, given the famous record of complaints nearly all his …

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Chicken Bog Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add onion and carrots, and cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, …

11 Slow-Cooker Meals You Can Prep and Freeze Ahead of Time

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Jonathan Lethem: ‘I’ve always thought of myself as a dark writer, but this is utterly different’

The American novelist on writing horror, how Occupy gave capitalism back its name and the thunderbolt that has hit US politics<p>T<i>he Blot</i>, Jonathan Lethem’s noirish new novel, centres on Alexander Bruno, a suave tuxedo-wearing gambler: “he’d been told he resembled Roger Moore, or the bass player from …

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100 Must-Read Modern Classics

<i>Sponsored by The War of the Roses, the modern classic synonymous with love gone wrong.</i>Jonathan and Barbara Rose are, at first glance, the perfect …

Literature

This is the ultimate houseplant cheat sheet

Find out which plants are best suited for each room of the house.<p>Have you ever wondered if that peace lily you have in your living room is in the …

Plants