The chaotic road to the 2019 Oscars ceremony, explained

The chaotic road to the 2019 Oscars ceremony, explained

We usually spend most of Oscar season arguing about the actual movies: whether they should be nominated, who got snubbed, if movie X is a masterpiece or a travesty. But this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization that gives out the awards, seems to have decided that it would rather…
Paid line-standing: the bizarre congressional practice that shocked Ocasio-Cortez, explained

Paid line-standing: the bizarre congressional practice that shocked Ocasio-Cortez, explained

On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) exited a congressional hearing and stumbled onto a surprising sight: Capitol Hill’s line-standing industry. Shock doesn’t begin to cover it. Today I left a hearing on homelessness & saw tons of people camped outside committee. I turned to my staff and asked if it was a demonstration. “No,” they…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rocky rollout of the Green New Deal, explained

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s rocky rollout of the Green New Deal, explained

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) barely got to take a victory lap on her Green New Deal resolution last week before a fight broke out over an accompanying set of talking points. The conflict was rooted in what looks like a mistake on the part of Ocasio-Cortez’s office, which released a fact sheet inconsistent with the…
The past 72 hours of Brexit ridiculousness, explained

The past 72 hours of Brexit ridiculousness, explained

There are less than 50 days to go until Brexit officially happens, and the United Kingdom still hasn’t approved a final divorce deal with the European Union. The UK remains stuck in the same bind it’s been in for the past few weeks — unable to stomach Prime Minister Theresa May’s current Brexit withdrawal agreement,…
Trump’s second presidential physical exam, explained

Trump’s second presidential physical exam, explained

President Trump had his second full physical exam Friday. By the evening, the the 72-year-old’s personal physician — Dr. Sean Conley — released a statement saying a team of 11 doctors had examined Trump. But he included no details about their findings, saying only that Trump is in “very good health.” In an unusual move,…
Kellyanne Conway’s alleged 2018 assault, explained

Kellyanne Conway’s alleged 2018 assault, explained

A Maryland woman has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking White House advisor Kellyanne Conway, adding to the long list of Donald Trump insiders who’ve been physically confronted for their role in the administration — but the first time those public clashes may have legal repercussions. The alleged assault took place back in October…
The Super Bowl halftime show controversies, explained

The Super Bowl halftime show controversies, explained

On Sunday, February 3, more than 100 million Americans are expected to watch Super Bowl 53 and its halftime show. That kind of viewership means that most years, the halftime show is a coveted performance slot — but this year, it’s shrouded in controversy. Maroon 5 are set to perform, with Travis Scott and Big…
Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Explained

Your Chinese Zodiac Sign Explained

As much as we adore tropical astrology (the system that's typically followed in the West), Chinese astrology can tell you just as much, if not more, about yourself. This astrological system is based on the lunar calendar, so its signs are determined by the year, as opposed to the months. The moon repeats its cycle…
The NFL’s virtual first-down line, explained

The NFL’s virtual first-down line, explained

Sports broadcasts are wallpapered with gratuitous graphics. They’re moving, they’re shiny, they sound like Transformers. Take them or leave them, the experience of watching football doesn’t really change. With one exception: The yellow first-down line. Since the late 1990s, the virtual yellow line has been quietly enhancing football broadcasts by giving viewers a live, intuitive…
The controversy around Trump’s fast-food football feast, explained

The controversy around Trump’s fast-food football feast, explained

When President Trump welcomed the Clemson Tigers, national college football champions, to the White House on January 14, he served them burgers, pizza, and fries from some of America’s most storied institutions: fast-food chains. The resulting buffet, which included hamburgers, fries, salads, and fish sandwiches from McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s alongside Domino’s pizza, was…

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