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In the Studio of an American Great: The Day I Met Ellsworth Kelly

When Tim Teeman met the artist, they talked intimately about his life, art, and mortality—and his strange encounters with Picasso, Giacometti, Miró, …

Art

No depression in heaven: The South, race, religion and FDR

The relationship between the churches and government in the South was never the same after the Great Depression<p>My grandmother washed out used paper towels and hung them on the clothesline to use again. She spent painstaking hours piecing quilts of mismatched and worn-out fabric scraps or odds and …

Great Depression

8 reasons a Bernie Sanders presidency would be great for Trump supporters

Working-class whites have fallen on hard times, and they’re only digging their own graves supporting the far right<p>For working-class, middle-aged whites, the news has been incredibly depressing in 2015: a study conducted by Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton found that …

Middle-class

The 25 Absolute Best Money-Saving Travel Tips Ever

Want the best prices on flights, hotel rooms, cruises, and rental cars? Free upgrades? The fastest way through airport security? The smartest way to …

Travel

Skip the line Early Access Sistine Chapel Tickets

Are you the kind of sightseer who wants to savor extraordinary sights on their own without the hassles of big tours and bigger crowds? If you want to …

America’s inequality crisis is about so much more than money: The ugly realities that elude our politicians

The growing chasm between the rich and the poor is a crisis of our own making — and a threat to our very liberty<p>Inequality is about much more than the growing chasm of income and wealth between those at the very top and everyone else in America. It's also about education, environmental hazards, …

Income Inequality

Jon Stewart’s real threat to Fox News: You don’t get to define patriotism!

Post-9/11, critiquing the right meant you hated the country. Stewart was the perfect foil for that false patriotism<p>As we enter the final days of Jon Stewart’s tenure as host of “The Daily Show” there has been a flurry of information about Stewart’s impact. Beyond top 10 lists, we have also learned …

Political Science

David Brooks’ baffling assessment of the pope’s encyclical: Too much Christian love

The NYTimes columnist is “disappointed” with the pope for speaking out against self-interest<p>New York Times columnist David Brooks is "disappointed" with Pope Francis for being too hard on humanity for turning our planet into something that is beginning to "look more and more like an immense pile of …

Natural Gas

London's best historic sites, houses and palaces

Visit one of London's many historic houses and opulent palaces to learn about the people who lived there, view art and antiques, find out about …

England

The ludicrous myth of Republican fiscal responsibility: A history lesson for the modern GOP

The GOP loves to insist that Democrats have caused a fiscal crisis. But the real story looks far different<p>Over the past three decades, the Republican party has followed a familiar strategy -- get elected to executive office by preaching fiscal responsibility, make a complete mess of things …

Economics

9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp

A lack of worldliness is clouding our vision on everything from sex to economics, and the proof is in our policies<p>To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, universal healthcare doesn’t work, …

Small Business

America’s “bipartisan” delusion: How the White House learned to ignore Republicans

President Obama soared to office promising to reach across the aisle. Here’s why he finally quit wasting his time<p>In a piece published earlier this week, Jonathan Chait at NY Magazine conducted an exit with Dan Pfeiffer, a top presidential advisor who's been with him since the 2008 campaign. He has …

Obama Administration

Over There, and Overlooked

The centennial of the First World War is slipping past unnoticed in the United States, despite its persistent legacy.<p>In a couple of months, we’ll mark the centennial of the sinking of the Lusitania, a history-bending event that will probably engage Americans not very much more than any of the other …

Political Science

LED Lightbulb Prices Keep Dropping | Lightbulb Reviews - Consumer Reports

New Englanders can brag about their fall foliage. New Yorkers have plenty to boast about too, and we will, given a chance—same for Californians. And …

How To Buy An LED That Fits Your Fixture - Consume Reports

The LED lightbulb display at the home center wasn’t helpful and the clerk who worked in that section was down on LEDs—too much money, he said—and …

Home Automation

The Top 25 Hotels In The World, According To Travelers

The top 25 winning hotels offer exceptional service and amenities while also providing unforgettable experiences to travelers.<p>The hotel that TripAdvisor users picked as the 'best in the world' is a luxury bungalow retreat in the Maldives that implements a strict "no news, no shoes" policy to help …

TripAdvisor

Where to Find NYC’s Best Gluten Free and Vegan Bakeries for Your Holiday Party Needs

Because you know you aren't going to have time to bake something.<p>If you’ve been known to avoid certain foods for reasons of ethics, health or just …

Conservatives’ pockmarked past: Who owns the soul of America?

Yes, the GOP had a good election. But conservatives can’t name one previous policy of theirs that helped the nation<p>Republicans are determined to dismantle Obamacare, not because they have any chance at succeeding–the president’s veto can’t be overridden–but because it’s of a piece with everything …

Mindfulness’ “truthiness” problem: Sam Harris, science and the truth about Buddhist tradition

Sam Harris wants practitioners out of religion business. But the supposed science behind it is its own mythology<p>The spike of popular interest in the mindfulness movement, with its enthusiastic endorsements among celebrities, politicians, CEOs and other movers and shakers, has made its champions …

If Eric Garner Were White

His death would be a Tea Party crusade.<p><i>Updated on December 4, 2014</i><p>Imagine that Eric Garner had been white. Imagine that he’d been living in Idaho. Imagine that the law-enforcement officers who killed him had been federal agents.<p>His death would be a Tea Party crusade.<p>Think about it. The police …

When Colbert went to Washington: His 12 best segments on immigration reform

Remember when he testified to Congress?<p>Stephen Colbert has tackled many important topics over the years, including the timely topic of immigration. Though his character Esteban Colberto is a bit culturally insensitive and controversial in its use of trite stereotypes, Colbert has looked at the …

Is Pope Francis Backpedaling on Gays?

The Vatican’s cheery-sounding ‘complementarity’ symposium’ is really an attack on sex outside of marriage—gay sex, single sex, divorced sex, and all …

Chef and writer Enrica Rocca on Venice

For the founder of the renowned L’Express cooking school, Venice still has amazing local food and peace and quiet; you just have to know where to look<p><b>Venice in winter is a different city</b> – there are fewer people, you don’t have to queue, the light is amazing, and you get these atmospheric mists. …

12 Things You Definitely Own If You're a Homebody

More people would stay in if they had a place like yours.<p><i>Getty Images</i><p>1. <b>You have a subscription to every single video streaming service.</b> Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video...how else would you keep up with everything from Orange Is the New Black to Downton Abbey to Trans?<p>2. <b>You have a</b> …

The 11 top lies of Mitch 'Myth' McConnell

Help deny Mitch McConnell a Senate majority ... give today to a Daily Kos-endorsed candidate.<p>Within hours of President Obama affixing his signature …

Book for the Horde: The New Jim Crow, Chapters 4 and 5

What does it mean to be a black woman and consider tying yourself to a black man living in contemporary America?<p>Hi all. This is our third week of reading Michelle Alexander's <i>The New Jim Crow</i>. As usual, the conversation will take place in comments below. You're welcome to join in, as long as you've …

80 Beautiful Bathroom Designs That Will Inspire Relaxation

Relax and refresh with one of these designer-approved rooms.<p>Whether you're thinking of your powder room, master bath, or ensuite, our favorite designer looks will inspire you to spruce up your space. Don't stop there — take a look at these stunning bedroom and living room designs that are full of …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Cooking