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The Lesson of Black Thought‘s Viral Freestyle

Jelani Cobb on the hip-hop artist known as Black Thought and a freestyle display he performed in the studios of Station WQHT, also known as Hot 97.

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Black Thought Is Still Getting Better

Jelani Cobb on the hip-hop artist known as Black Thought and a freestyle display he performed in the studios of Station WQHT, also known as Hot 97.

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How to Move On to the Next Holiday-Market Stall Without Being Awkward About It

Colin Stokes writes a humorous list of ways to break it to the owner of a holiday-market stall that you want to leave without buying anything.

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Sunday Reading: Childhood

Revisit pieces about childhood from The New Yorker‘s archives, by Margaret Talbot, Nick Paumgarten, and more.

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The Media Comes for the Monarchy in Season 2 of ‘The Crown‘

Troy Patterson reviews Season 2 of ‘The Crown,‘ the Netflix series about a young Queen Elizabeth, starring Claire Foy and John Lithgow.

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The Final Version of the G.O.P. Tax Bill Is a Corrupt, Cruel, Budget-Busting Hairball

John Cassidy examines the final version of the congressional Republican tax-reform bill, which is set for a vote in the coming week.

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How Will ‘Hamilton‘ Play in England?

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner writes about how Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s American Revolution musical ‘Hamilton‘ will be received in London for its West End dbut.

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What to Stream This Weekend

Richard Brody recommends sci-fi films better than ‘Star Wars‘ available to stream, including ‘Predestination‘ and ‘Upstream Color,‘ on Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, and more.

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Environmentally Friendly Clothing

Pia Mileaf-Patel illustrates a humorous series of cartoons depicting environmentally friendly clothing, including banana-peel slippers and a live fur coat.

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The Best New Yorker Photography of 2017

A collection of the best photography featured in The New Yorker in 2017, from portraits of Father John Misty to pictures that expose cracks in North Korea‘s faade.

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The Hidden Succession News in Rupert Murdoch‘s Sale of Fox Entertainment to Disney

Ken Auletta writes about the industry news surrounding Rupert Murdoch‘s sale of Fox Entertainment to Disney, and how the merger will affect Murdoch‘s sons James and Lachlan.

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The Double-Murder Case That Still Haunts Me

Nathan Heller on the documentary film ‘Killing for Love,‘ by Karin Steinberger and Marcus Vetter, which explores the case of Elizabeth Haysom and Jens Soering, who were convicted in the 1985 slayings of Haysom‘s parents.

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Nicols Maduro Takes Control, and Louise Erdrich on the Future

Jon Lee Anderson reports from Venezuela, where democracy is on the ropes; and Louise Erdrich imagines a dark future in Minnesota.

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How a Single Remark Stole a Lithuanian Writer‘s Livelihood

Masha Gessen on the Lithuanian writer Rta Vanagait, who incurred the wrath of her country when she challenged the biography of an anti-Soviet resistance fighter.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme‘s Self-Aware Afterlife

Ian Crouch on Jean-Claude Van Damme‘s new Amazon series, ‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson,‘ in which the nineties action star occupies an uneasy space between satire, homage, and strained attempt at a comeback.

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How the Trump Resistance Went Pro in Alabama

Charles Bethea reports on the role of progressive groups in propelling the Democrat Doug Jones to victory over the Republican Roy Moore in Alabama‘s Senate election.

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Daily Cartoon: Friday, December 15th

Ellis Rosen‘s Daily Cartoon suffers the consequences of the repeal of net neutrality.

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If You Ask Me: Superstuds Hemsworth and Hammer, Plus Other Members of the Dream-Date League

Libby Gelman-Waxner writes about the dream-date characters of superhero movies, including those played by Chris Hemsworth, Jason Momoa, and Armie Hammer.

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The State of the 2018 Oscar Race

Michael Schulman writes about the odds for films such as ‘Call Me by Your Name,‘ ‘The Shape of Water,‘ ‘The Post,‘ and more in advance of Oscar season.

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When ‘The Story of Ferdinand‘ Was Fodder for the Culture Wars

Bruce Handy on ‘The Story of Ferdinand,‘ written by Munro Leaf and illustrated by Robert Lawson, whose protagonist was the subject of controversy in the late thirties.

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Post-Breakup Confessions

Molly Roth humorously illustrates post-breakup confessions, like ‘You are balding and everyone can tell.‘

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Doug Jones Called on Congress to Fund CHIP. Why Hasn‘t It?

Amy Davidson Sorkin on the factors that may be delaying Congress from re-funding the Children‘s Health Insurance Program.

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A Year Into the Trump Era, White House Staff Turnover Is ‘Off the Charts‘

Jeff Shesol on the high White House turnover rate in Donald Trump‘s first year as President, and what it means for his Administration.

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The Final G.O.P. Tax Bill Is a Recipe for Even More Inequality

John Cassidy on a new report on global economic inequality and how the final Republican tax bill will make things even worse in the United States.

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