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10 Easy Pieces: High Back Sofas

The great thing about a high back sofa is it’s sort of like an upright bed, promotes good posture, and the shape is ideal for clandestine …

'He Had Everything.' Anthony Bourdain's Mother Says She Never Thought He Would Die by Suicide

Anthony Bourdain’s mother has expressed shock and sadness over the death of her son in an interview with the New York <i>Times</i>.<p>“He is absolutely the last …

For Bourdain, food was a storytelling tool _ and a passport

Many people thought Anthony Bourdain had the most enviable career in existence. He didn't deny it.<p>"I have the best job in the world," the globe-trotting food-taster and culinary storyteller once told the New Yorker magazine, stating the rather obvious. "If I'm unhappy, it's a failure of …

What Americans Told Us About Online Shopping Says A Lot About Amazon

On a cold December night last year, a meeting was called in the lobby of my apartment building. Concerned residents gathered to discuss a matter of great import: what to do about the swarms of packages jamming the lobby closet and overflowing into the entryway.<p>Unclaimed boxes were an eyesore and a …

10 Most Comfortable Folding Chairs for Camp Outs 2018

Camp outs require some good seating. When you’re roasting weenies, playing games, or just relaxing by the fire after a long day on the trail, its …

The Curse of an Open Floor Plan

A flowing, connected interior—once a fringe experiment of American architectural modernism—has become ubiquitous, and beloved. But it promises a liberation from housework that remains a fantasy.<p>For some American families, one kitchen is apparently not enough. What is wrong with having just one …

Kitchens

This Repair Tape Is Your New Home Repair Secret Weapon

A quick fix that lasts and lasts.<p>Look out duct tape; FiberFix Repair Wrap is the handyman’s secret weapon every homeowner deserves to know about.<p>Originally designed for the military, this tape is said to be 100 times stronger than duct tape, making it the perfect long-term solution to the kinds of …

Home Improvement

Beware of Selling Yoga Pants on Facebook

Is the social-media gig economy a form of entrepreneurship, fraud—or something else entirely?<p>“Hi! I noticed you posted about your cold today. It sucks to be sick. I thought maybe you’d like to try some greens! I love them; I swear, you’ll never get sick again!”<p>I did not want the greens.<p>This was the …

Access+Ability Exhibition Features Products Developed by and with People with Disabilities

The Cooper Hewitt is using their platform to educate the public on the growing movement toward accessibility and inclusive design<p><i>Access+Ability</i> is an …

Trump on trade war with China: “When you’re already $500 Billion DOWN, you can’t lose!”

Narrator: You can lose.<p>On Monday, the Trump administration announced tariffs on about $50 billion worth of imported goods from China, aiming to punish the country for alleged violations of American intellectual property. The Chinese clapped back Tuesday with retaliatory tariffs on about 106 …

The Daily 202: Trump’s DACA tweetstorm speaks volumes about his presidency

Donald Trump

Will Trump Crash the Farm Economy?

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Donald Trump won over 60 percent of the 2016 vote in rural Iowa, where I live, and I haven’t heard much concern from Republicans over the president’s alleged infidelities with a porn actress, his ties to Russia or Jared Kushner’s real estate shenanigans.<p>Or, for that matter, much …

How these Guatemalan women are transforming their town

Lidia Florentino Cumes greets visitors to her small, bright office with a giggle before grabbing a brochure and launching into a well-honed …

The Future of Clothing Isn't in Tatters

<i>There are two textile-obsessed columnists at Bloomberg View. One, based in Kuala Lumpur, is writing a book about used goods, including the global trade in secondhand clothes. The other, based in Los Angeles, is also writing a book – about textiles, technology and trade. So we asked them if they’d</i> …

In Defense of the 'Ugly' Facebook Memo

An executive’s deliberately provocative post offers an encouraging sign that the company is grappling with the forces it has unleashed.<p>On Thursday, <i>BuzzFeed</i> published a controversial internal Facebook memo titled “The Ugly.” It features Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth’s 2016 reflections on …

Bad Ideas Aren't Worth Debating

Mainstream magazines in the Donald Trump era have been scrambling to hire more right-leaning columnists to demonstrate their commitment to diversity of thought. These efforts have borne fruit, though not exactly in the manner intended. Instead of showing the value of vibrant debate, they’ve …

Trump Can't Get What He Wants and Doesn't Know Why

The president’s irate criticism of the omnibus spending bill demonstrates his continued attachment to a flawed theory of the presidency.<p>In the end, Donald Trump had to sign the bill—for the military, he said. But he didn’t have to like it.<p>That was the upshot of a peculiar and rambling set of …

Joe Biden Could Beat Trump in a Fight—and an Election

Joe Biden is as close as it gets to the real deal for Democrats. I thought of this when, in a speech at the University of Miami this week, Biden said …

Joe Biden

Judge temporarily blocks 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi

<b>(CNN) —</b> Just one day after Mississippi's governor signed a law banning abortions after 15 weeks, a federal judge issued an order temporarily blocking it.<p>District Judge Carlton Reeves issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday, blocking the law from taking effect for 10 days while the court …

Abortion

Photos of the Week: The Sydney Skinny, a Glacial Arch, Pelicans at Play

Skijoring in Montana, a Russian presidential candidate in Moscow, economic disparity in Manila, a walkout against gun violence across the United States, civilians fleeing the battlefields of Syria, ski mountaineering in France, a balloon designer in Australia, the stark and lonely route of a German …

Life without toilets: the photographer tackling a global taboo

This is the time of day when women are often raped in India, Africa and Haiti​ – when [they] are most vulnerable<p>One of the biggest issues at the intersection of sanitation, poverty and global health, open defecation has also long been one of the hardest to represent visually.<p>For photographer Andrea …

Low 'social credit scores' will restrict plane and train travel for Chinese citizens

<i>Black Mirror</i> has come to life in China.<p>A bad social ranking could affect every aspect of someone's life, <i>The Verge</i> reports, thanks to the country's …

Train Travel

The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics

Every week political cartoonists throughout the country and across the political spectrum apply their ink-stained skills to capture the foibles, memes, hypocrisies and other head-slapping events in the world of politics. The fruits of these labors are hundreds of cartoons that entertain and enrage …

4 charged with using 'Wounded Warrior' name to raise over $150,000 for personal profit

<b>New Albany, Indiana (CNN) —</b> Dan Cristiani of Clark County, Indiana, thought he was helping veterans. His late father had been awarded two Purple Hearts, so when Cristiani received a call from the "Wounded Warrior Fund" asking for a donation to help Indiana vets, he felt it was his duty to give. And …

Secret Service

Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude'

Actor Danny Trejo came of age in the California prison system, doing time in a juvenile detention center as well as in San Quentin, Folsom and Soledad, on charges relating to drugs. He says that background prepared him well for acting.<p>"Standing on the yard in San Quentin, knowing that there's a …

One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endures

One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation, lawmakers in Florida this week passed the “Sunshine Protection Act,” …

12 Home Depot Shopping Secrets You Should Know

If "Let's do this" brings bright orange to mind, you must be a Home Depot regular like me. I've spent more hours of my life (and more dollars) than I …

Hunting for ghost gear: What happens when fishing nets go rogue

10 Dishes With Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri

<b>After a shift, what is your favorite guilty pleasure to eat?</b> “Real-deal, kick-ass, legit popcorn. So, we save all of our bacon fat in a tin right …

Onions

The sound illusion that makes Dunkirk so intense

Why Christopher Nolan is obsessed with the Shepard tone.<p>Christopher Nolan’s <i>Dunkirk</i> — now an Oscar winner for sound mixing and editing — is a nerve-wracking film. Three separate storylines tell the famed World War II tale, where 330,000 Allied forces were evacuated from the Northern beaches of …

Dunkirk