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Kamala Harris Struck the Almost Impossible Balance Between Masculinity and Femininity

Americans demand that all politicians demonstrate competence, and that female politicians also demonstrate warmth. Harris managed both.

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Dear Care and Feeding: My Mother-in-Law Is Trying to Steal My Children

Parenting advice on possessive MILs, picky tweens, and home-school fails.

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It‘s Time to Recognize Paul Blart: Mall Cop as an Official Thanksgiving Movie

You may not be able to spend the holiday with family, but you can still spend it with Paul Blart.

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America Never Did a Real Lockdown

And we‘re still not.

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A Small Business Finds Opportunity In Crisis

One Chicago small business owner has managed to stay afloat over months of stay-at-home orders and protests. Now he‘s staring down a pandemic winter.

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Remembrances of Things Trump

In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, the Gist debuts a recurring segment called Remembrances of Things Trump.

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‘This Keeps Me Up at Night‘: Radicalization Experts Fear What Trump‘s Fringes Will Do Now

‘For many of these movements, their moment has come.‘

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William Barr‘s Lame-Duck Execution Spree Is Unprecedented

Since 1889, every outgoing administration has halted the federal death penalty during the transition period.

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Indiana Asks the Supreme Court to Let It Strip Rights From Same-Sex Parents

The justices have shown interest in a case that could begin the rollback of marriage equality.

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How Trump‘s Strategy for Outpacing the Law Finally Fell Apart

In his election battle, none of his tried-and-true strategies worked.

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The Biden-Harris Transition Website Finally Gets a .Gov Domain

The new domain might seem like a symbolic change, but officials say it‘s essential to national security.

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An Ornithologist Explains What Trump Has in Common with an Actual Lame Duck

Quack, quack!

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William Barr‘s Bloodthirsty Lame-Duck Execution Spree Is Unprecedented

Since 1889, every outgoing administration has halted the federal death penalty during the transition period.

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Thank God for Taylor Swift‘s Well-Timed Quarantine Treats

We need this right now.

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William Barr‘s Bloodthirsty Lame Duck Execution Spree Is Unprecedented

Since 1889, every outgoing administration has halted the federal death penalty during the transition period.

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Why There Are Suddenly Not Enough COVID Tests

It‘s not just the Thanksgiving rush.

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Sally Yates Deserves Serious Consideration for Attorney General

Sally Yates is one of many sterling options available to Biden.

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No One Wants to Pick Up the Phone for an Unfamiliar Number-and It‘s Hurting Contact Tracing

But there might be a technological fix.

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Trump Had Less of an Impact on the World Than You Might Think

His foreign policy was disruptive-but also largely ineffective.

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My Frenemy ‘Accidentally‘ Sent Me an Explicit Photo. My Reaction Surprised Me.

How do I respond to her?

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‘We Didn‘t Have a Ground Game‘: A Democratic Congresswoman on Why She Lost Her Seat

Rep. Donna Shalala reflects on what happened.

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What Ron Howard‘s Hillbilly Elegy Adaptation Leaves Out

The parts of J.D. Vance‘s controversial memoir that didn‘t make it into the movie.

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On the Origin of English

Was English influenced by Phoenician?

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Trump Is Still President, Even Though He‘s Not Acting Like One

The federal government has essentially stopped functioning as a federal government.

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