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Harlan Ellison wrote Star Trek’s greatest episode. He hated it.

The famously cantankerous science-fiction legend died this week. The story of “City on the Edge of Forever” represents his career in miniature.<p>Harlan Ellison, the legendary, legendarily irascible speculative fiction writer who died this week at age 84, wrote the greatest episode of <i>Star Trek</i> ever …

Science Fiction

‘The Sketch That Always Plays Hot’

For 43 years, the game show has been a staple of <i>Saturday Night Live</i>. But Black Jeopardy, the brainchild of writer Bryan Tucker and head writer …

Comedy

JCPenney is selling its three private jets to cut costs after its CEO flees

JCPenney is reining in its playboy lifestyle to cut costs.<p>Less than a month after its famed CEO, Marvin Ellison, fled to Lowe's, JCPenney announced that it would be selling off some of its most luxurious assets.<p>Unbeknown to some, the retailer has a fleet of private jets, consisting of a 2001 …

Ron Johnson was right about JCPenney

The latest painful chapter in the JCPenney saga has now been written. CEO Marvin Ellison resigned a couple of weeks back—with the company’s stock …

Profit

16 Brilliant DIY Garage Organization Ideas

I’ve rounded up some of the best DIY garage organization ideas for you! If you’re lucky enough to have a garage, treat yourself to some organization …

How A Black Detective Infiltrated The KKK

In 1978, Ron Stallworth was working as a detective in the Colorado Springs Police Department when he came across a classified ad to find out more about the Ku Klux Klan — and answered it. Two weeks later, he got a call on the police department's undercover operations line. It was the local KKK …

Donald Trump

Fact-checking Malcolm Jenkins' posters on prisons and police shootings

After President Donald Trump disinvited the Philadelphia Eagles from a White House celebration of their Super Bowl victory on Twitter, safety Malcolm …

The Beautiful Bride Wore a Stunning Second Dress to the Reception

From the guests arriving at Windsor Castle to your first look at the bride's stunning gown, follow along for all the photos from the royal wedding, …

Trump tried to make the Philadelphia Eagles a culture war. Then Fox News fumbled it.

Fox News tried to run with Trump’s lies about the Eagles. It ended up insulting Christians.<p>President Trump canceled an invitation to the White House for the Super Bowl-winning Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, saying that “staying in the locker room for the playing of our National Anthem” was …

White America’s racial resentment is the real impetus for welfare cuts, study says

White Americans are increasingly critical of the country’s social safety net, a new study suggests, thanks in part to a rising tide of racial resentment.<p>The study, conducted by researchers at two California universities and published Wednesday in the journal Social Forces, finds that opposition to …

The US wanted this border wall mural taken down. Instead, a group of veterans repainted it.

<b>Tijuana (CNN) —</b> A group of deported US veterans gathered Saturday at Friendship Park in Tijuana, Mexico, before Memorial Day to repaint a mural of an upside-down American flag. The mural, faded and covered in graffiti since it first went up in 2013, is the centerpiece of the park, which sits at the …

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The Weasel of Oz

Assuming that you have maintained the ability to be astonished by Donald Trump’s antics and insolence, The Washington Post reported last week that in 2017, before Trump was to deliver a speech to Congress, he “huddled with senior adviser Jared Kushner and [Stephen] Miller in the Oval Office to talk …

Donald Trump

The 53 most stunning lines from Donald Trump's 'Fox & Friends' interview

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Minutes after his nominee to head the Veterans Affairs department withdrew from consideration amid a maelstrom of negative headlines, President Donald Trump called into his favorite show on his favorite network: "Fox & Friends" on Fox News Channel.<p>And he talked. And talked. And …

Donald Trump

Speaker Paul Ryan forces out the House chaplain, angers lawmakers

WASHINGTON — Speaker Paul Ryan has ousted the chaplain of the House of Representatives, according to the religious leader's resignation letter — a move that's outraged members of both parties who have come to the defense of the Jesuit priest.<p>The Rev. Patrick Conroy wrote in an April 15 letter to …

Pope Francis

High-Paying Trade Jobs Sit Empty, While High School Grads Line Up For University

Like most other American high school students, Garret Morgan had it drummed into him constantly: Go to college. Get a bachelor's degree.<p>"All through my life it was, 'if you don't go to college you're going to end up on the streets,' " Morgan said. "Everybody's so gung-ho about going to college."<p>So …

College & University

A Lynching Memorial Is Opening. The Country Has Never Seen Anything Like It.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — In a plain brown building sits an office run by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles, a place for people who have been held accountable for their crimes and duly expressed remorse.<p>Just a few yards up the street lies a different kind of rehabilitation center, for a country …

Rights & Freedoms

Donald Trump just effectively killed Ronny Jackson's nomination

<b>(CNN) —</b> During his joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, President Donald Trump wanted to make two things very clear in regard to his embattled Veteran Affairs nominee, Ronny Jackson:<p>Jackson is a terrific guy, a great physician and everyone likes him and Trump is …

Donald Trump

My retirement is going to be about slowing down, not pretending I'm young again

After you have explored the topic in depth at the University of Google, you will learn two widely held axioms about the state of retirement in …

How to immediately change your life for the better

There’s an old joke where a man says, “I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years–and I’ll be 50 in seven years!” A …

Self-improvement

Smelling Partner's Scent Can Relieve Stress

Intriguing new research suggests a novel method to help relieve stress is to experience the aroma or scent of a romantic partner.<p>Investigators from …

Psychology

Samantha Bee to Hope Hicks: Innocence is impossible in this White House

“Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee has been tracking Hope Hicks, which is a complicated undertaking. Perhaps the most ironic choice of communications director in the history of the White House, Hicks gained fame for her minimal communication. The pattern took hold even before Donald Trump secured the …

What Hope Hicks Learned in Washington

On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week, it would be snowing in Washington, …

Donald Trump

1 sentence that explains the wacky and super dysfunctional world of Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> There's a sentence in Olivia Nuzzi's terrific profile of Hope Hicks in New York magazine that tells you absolutely everything you need to know about not only President Donald Trump but also the group of people who orbit him.<p>It's this one:<p><i>"No matter how dead any of the eccentrics or maniacs</i> …

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Iconic Physicist Stephen Hawking Dies At 76

"We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe," Hawking once remarked, "and for that, I am extremely grateful."<p>Stephen Hawking died Wednesday after complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 76.<p>The world-renowned …

Here's how much you need to earn to be part of the 1 percent

How do you stack up against the wealthiest Americans?<p>To be a 1 percenter, you need to have an adjusted gross income of at least $480,930, according …

J.C. Penney layoffs mount as company posts loss for 2017

J.C. Penney on Friday reported a fourth-quarter profit and announced a restructuring that cuts 360 jobs to reduce costs and eliminate …

JC Penney announces management shakeup and cuts 360 jobs

J.C. Penney confirmed Friday it is eliminating 360 jobs, including 130 at corporate headquarters, saying the cuts will save the retailer up to $25 …

The Passionate Politics of “Black Panther”

What’s remarkable about “Black Panther” is not just that the very act of making a high-budget franchise superhero film with a cast of mainly black actors is so woefully exceptional. It’s that, despite the technical requirements of a superhero film (and, no doubt, despite the supervision of Disney’s …

“Black Panther” and the Invention of “Africa”

The Maison des Esclaves stands on the rocky shore of Gorée Island, off the coast of Senegal, like a great red tomb. During the years of its operation, the building served as a rendezvous point for slavers trafficking in a seemingly inexhaustible resource: Africans, whose very bodies became the …

We Asked a Gynecologist About That Ice-Cream Scene in Fifty Shades Freed

In the newest — and, tragically, final — installment of the <i>Fifty Shades</i> franchise,<i>Fifty Shades Freed,</i> there’s a darkly memorable scene wherein human …