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A Book Club Book Club

You certainly don‘t have to be a Fifty Shades of Grey fan to enjoy Book Club, the new romantic comedy that stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. But the movie, in which four women‘s lives are forever changed by reading E.L. James‘ infamous series, is bound to appeal to people who have already read the books, especially since the characters‘ romances are intermixed with discussions about Chri

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Help! My Boyfriend Implied That I Shouldn‘t Have Children Because I‘ve Struggled with Addiction.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here‘s an edited transcript of this week‘s chat.

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An All-Star Jungle Turns Disney Dark in the First Mowgli Trailer

Movies have been exploring the darker side of children‘s stories for some time now, and the results are always mixed-you never know if you‘re going to end up with a Maleficent or a Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. Still, Warner Bros. is taking a crack at this popular angle with Mowgli, a dark exploration of The Jungle Book‘s protagonist. The movie, which is directed by Andy Serkis, which released its first trailer today, featur

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Democrats Should Talk More About Trump

On Monday, Democrats unveiled an anti-corruption message meant to highlight the kinds of graft and self-dealing we‘ve seen from Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers. The message echoes Democrats‘ successful campaign in 2006, when they recaptured the House by running against George W. Bush and a host of GOP scandals in Congress. But the new message is still too focused on a broad ‘Washington‘ and not enough on the si

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Progressive Groups Launch Ad Campaign to Break Up Facebook

A coalition of eight progressive advocacy groups launched a digital ad campaign on Monday calling on the Federal Trade Commission to, among other things, break up Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp into separate, competing companies.

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Decades in the Making, Terry Gilliam‘s Don Quixote Is a Dream, and a Delusion, Come True

On the closing night of the 71st Cannes Film Festival, the score to The Man Who Killed Don Quixote boomed out across the Croisette from the Palais des Festivals. At the top of the steps, surrounded by his cast, Terry Gilliam waved his arms with a devilish joy, mock-conducting the music to his film in defiance of the decadeslong, seemingly cursed journey it took to get it made, let alone seen.

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Pompeo‘s New Iran Strategy: Regime Change In All But Name

Mike Pompeo stopped short of calling for regime change in Iran today-but just short of it. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in his first public address as secretary of state, Pompeo laid out an ambitious U.S. strategy for confronting the Islamic Republic, following President Trump‘s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and came close to calling for the Iranian people to rise up against their government.

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Arms Control, Trump-Style

On the eve of his White House meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which is itself a prelude to his summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it‘s worth recalling President Trump‘s first stab at global diplomacy.

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Rod Rosenstein Cedes to Trump Demand to Investigate Trump‘s Investigators

On Sunday, President Donald Trump issued a ‘demand‘ that his Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was ‘infiltrated or surveilled‘ by the previous administration. This move carried the potential to bring his long-simmering conflict with his own DOJ to a head, coming after a series of escalating demands by Trump‘s Congressional allies apparently seeking to out a secret intelligence source.

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The Trumped Up Defender

On Sunday, President Donald Trump launched a new phasein his attack on the Department of Justice and Robert Mueller‘s investigation. He is now going beyond rhetoric: He is apparently preparing to announce, as an ‘official act,‘ a directive to DOJ to inquire into alleged irregularities in the Russia investigation. His stated reason is the belief that the department used an informant to infiltrate his campaign in 2016 in the early

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The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica

Stop me if you‘ve heard this before: A giant company that relies on users to trust it with some of their most intimate personal data turns out to have been abusing that trust by passing that data on to shady third parties. And not just occasionally, but casually, and as a matter of course, on a massive scale.

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Why It Makes Sense for Rod Rosenstein to Appease Trump

On Sunday, in an extraordinary series of tweets, President Donald Trump declared that ‘I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes - and if any such demands or requests were made by people within the Obama Administration!‘ This was in response to stories about the FBI‘s use of an inform

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Latin America‘s New Authoritarianism

Despite Venezuela‘s people starving and refugees pouring out of the country, President Nicols Maduro will stay in office for now. In adeeply flawedelection marred by low voter turnout and opposition abstention, Maduro bested his opponents with nearly 70 percent of the vote. With his re-election, dictatorship is on the march in Latin America for the first time in a generation.

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Barack and Michelle Obama Have Signed a Deal With Netflix

Barack and Michelle Obama have signed a ‘multi-year agreement‘ to produce TV shows and movies for Netflix. According to the streaming provider‘s announcement, delivered via tweet, the deal could ‘potentially‘ include ‘scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.‘ (What, no stand-up specials?)

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Neil Gorsuch Just Demolished Labor Rights

The Supreme Court issued a 54 decision Monday in Epic Systems v. Lewis allowing employers to deprive their workers of their right to sue collectively. Its ruling, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, blasts a massive hole through postNew Deal labor law, hobbling employees‘ ability to recover in court when their employers underpay them. It is difficult to overstate how devastating Epic Systems is to labor rights in America-and how far Gorsuch st

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The Ukraine Model

In the early hours of a frigid February morning in 1992, the former Soviet Union‘s Uzinskaya strategic nuclear bomber base committed a previously unthinkable act. Despite a deal to keep the recently dead USSR‘s orphaned nuclear weapons under Russia‘s operational control, a regiment of tanker pilots had mutinied against Moscow and declared loyalty to Ukraine, refusing an order to fly their planes to Russia without Kiev‘s kn

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Don Blankenship Is Determined to Spoil the GOP‘s Chances in West Virginia

The GOP‘s Don Blankenship nightmare isn‘t over after all. The West Virginia coal baron announced Monday that he plans to wage a third-party campaign for U.S. Senate after failing to win the Republican nomination earlier this month. While it‘s unclear if he can do so under the state‘s electoral laws, such a campaign would be a major boost to Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, and a major blow to Senate Republicans, who launched a

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Why ‘Abolish ICE‘ Is Not the Answer

On this week‘s episode of my podcast,I Have to Ask, I spoke toCecilia Muoz, who served as the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama and is an expert on immigration policy. Before joining the government, Muoz-the daughter of Bolivian immigrants-worked at the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy organization. She now works at the New America Foundation.

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Border Control Agent Detains Two U.S. Citizens After Overhearing Them Speaking Spanish

A border patrol agent detained two U.S. citizens last week for questioning after overhearing them speaking Spanish at a gas station in Montana, according to a video of the incident posted to social media.

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Cardinals Pitcher Throws 105 Miles Per Hour; Baseball Fans Say, ‘Yowza, That‘s Some Spicy Salami!‘

What‘s the fastest you‘ve ever thrown something? Was it 104 miles per hour? Well, guess what, loser? Rookie St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks threw two pitches on Sunday that were clocked at 105 miles per hour.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Blames Santa Fe Shooting on Abortions and Video Games

Speaking on ABC News‘ This Week on Sunday, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made it clear that he thinks the 22 school shootings in the United States in 2018 can‘t be blamed on guns but on violent video games, abortions, unarmed teachers, and a lack of religion in schools, among other things.

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John Oliver Walks Us Through the Most Outlandish Methods Used to Treat Addiction in the Rehab Industry

Deaths from opioid overdoses in the U.S. continue to rise, and on Sunday night, John Oliver turned his attention to the clinics and facilities that offer treatment for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. While there were plenty of jokes about C-3PO‘s urine, the futility of petting horses, and how terrible it is to live in Florida, the Last Week Tonight host came away with a sobering conclusion: The rehabilitation industry is dange

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The Best Baking Cookbooks, According to Pastry Chefs and Professional Bakers

Welcome toReading Lists, comprehensive book guides from the Strategist designed to make you an expert (or at least a fascinating dinner-party companion) in hyperspecific or newsworthy topics, likeNorth Koreaorwine. Here, we‘ve found the best baking cookbooks, according to pastry chefs and bakers.

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How the C-Section Went From Last Resort to Overused

Here‘s a doozy of a birth story: In an 1830 issue of the Western Journal of Medical and Physical Sciences, Dr. John L. Richmond describes an impromptu surgery he performed in rural Ohio. Richmond had made his way through a storm to a ‘bleak home, with its dirt floor and gaping crevices in the logs that constituted walls.‘ He found a woman who had been in labor for hours, but each contraction was followed by ‘general convul

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