On Monday night, Republican Rep. Martha McSally and her Democratic opponent, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, took to the stage for their first and only debate in the contentious race to fill the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake. The debate grew heated, and one of the two candidates took her attacks to a new level when McSally accused Sinema of literal treason.
When Whitney Bailey bought an Amazon Echo, she wanted to use the hands-free calling feature in case she fell and couldn‘t reach her phone. She hoped that it would offer her family some peace of mind and help make life a little easier. In some ways, she says, it does. But because she has cerebral palsy, her voice is strained when she talks, and she struggles to get Alexa to understand her. To make matters worse, having to repeat commands str
When summer shifts to fall, my skin and I quite frankly stop seeing eye to eye. Between the frigid New York City wind, extreme office heating, and intensely dry air, I‘ve actually thought: Should I just move back to L.A.? So I don‘t have to upend my life for my skin, I dedicate the early fall months to taking every preventive measure possible. If you‘ve read any of my other pieces, you probably know that my life revolves around
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By the 1970s, the cultural zeitgeist around LSD was such that, despite nearly three decades of serious research touting the drug‘s medical potential and its integral involvement in the discovery of serotonin‘s function in the brain, further development was squashed under the full weight of an oppressive, authoritarian crackdown. Now, another drug that researchers started examining from a similar lens in the ‘80s and ‘90s m
Stephen Colbert took a look at journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance and probable murder at the hands of the Saudi Arabian government on Monday, excoriating Donald Trump over his astonishingly cotton-brained solution to the easiest murder mystery in the history of the world. That theory again, in the President of the United States‘ own words, just in case you had any national pride left:
With apologies to Donald Barthelme.
The long-awaited trial over Harvard‘s admissions policies began Monday in a packed federal courtroom in Boston with perhaps the university‘s most important witness taking the stand to defend its policies. The trial‘s opening day also telegraphed critical questions that witness-Harvard‘s Dean of Admissions William Fitzsimmons-is likely to face Tuesday about a key piece of evidence that, at first blush, looks fairly damning
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A federal judge, on Monday, dismissed a defamation suit filed by former porn star Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump that claimed Trump‘s tweet calling her assertion that she was threatened when she came forward with the story of their affair ‘a total con job.‘ Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti argued that the statement was ‘false and defamatory, and that the tweet was defamation because it charged her with committi
Elizabeth Warren has released a video and an accompanying document from a Stanford scientist that indicates, via DNA test results, that she likely has some distant Native American ancestry. And now all hell has broken loose, with conservatives chortling about just how distant the ancestry is and many on Warren‘s side of the partisan divide wondering if she has stepped in it by bringing the issue up in the first place.
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Microsoftco-founder Paul Allen died Monday at the age of 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin‘s lymphoma, just two weeks after announcing the cancer he battled in 2009 had returned. Allen was just 22 years old in 1975 when first set up the company that would later become known as Microsoft with then-19-year-old Bill Gates, ushering in the era of personal computing for the masses. Allen ended up leaving the company after just eight years ami
Saudi Arabia‘s extensive-and expensive-network in the D.C. power broker community and in the rest of the Western business and political world has gotten a little smaller. Two major lobbying firms, one more aligned with Democrats and the other with Republicans, dropped or planned to drop Saudi Arabia as a client, the Washington Post reported.
The young, horn-rimmed, punk-era rocker whose bony knees seemed driven to go to war with each other while he spat out barrages of alliterative puns and internal rhymes savaging every existing social structure, whether public or intimate, along with himself-that Elvis Costello has been mostly gone for a long time. But the mature, song-form-exploring, avuncular craftsman who took his place still has a defiant streak hidden under his many, many hats
Florida‘s Republican governor, Rick Scott, will not be able to name three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court after his term has ended, that court ruled on Monday. Its decision denies Scott the ability to shift the court rightward for a generation, thwarting his plan to make ‘midnight appointments.‘ Instead, it ensures that the next governor will be able to fill those seats. The stakes of the Florida gubernatorial race, in
First things first: The 1969 moon landing actually did happen, despite the surprisingly long-lived conspiracy theory that the manned missions to the moon were fakes staged in Hollywood. However, the lunatics who believe otherwise are likely to feel bolstered by the meticulously recreated, entirely believable moon landing in Damien Chazelle‘s First Man, the story of Neil Armstrong‘s journey to taking that giant leap for mankind.
Minority report: Thanks to the Electoral College, gerrymandering, and the huge representational disparities of the Senate, a minority currently holds an unprecedented amount of power over our government. Conservatives argue that‘s the way the Framers of the Constitution wanted things, but that‘s not quite accurate if you dig into history a bit. Jamelle Bouie explains.
CNN is reporting that Saudi authorities are ‘preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey.‘ The report will also ‘conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.‘
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, Kensington Palace announced in a tweet early Monday morning, ending a weekend of fevered speculation over the contents of Markle‘s uterus after she showed up at Princess Eugenie‘s wedding in an uncharacteristically loose-fitting coat.
Poor Princess Eugenie. Not only did the news of Meghan Markle‘s pregnancy totally steal the thunder of her wedding weekend, but guests also seem to have flouted her big day‘s much-vaunted no-pictures-and-social-media rule.
Some hot CNN poll action from over the weekend: Joe Biden has a 20-point lead on a crowded primary field of potential 2020 candidates (including hopefuls, maybes, and hey-you-never-knows). Thirty-three percent of self-identified Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents picked the former veep as their first choice from a list of 16. Next up were a trio of senators: Bernie Sanders at 13 percent, Kamala Harris at 9 percent, and Elizabeth Warren
During Seasons 3 and 4 of the draumedy Transparent, characters erupted into song with increasing frequency. Now, the show‘s creator Jill Soloway has announced that the fifth and final season will end with a two-hour long musical feature.‘This idea of music rescuing our family was all there,‘ Mx. Soloway said in a New York Times interview, ‘So we‘re like, Let‘s just keep blowing on the flame.‘ The Emmy-win