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Don't Be Ashamed of Your Tag  Don't Be Ashamed of Your Tag 

A few weeks ago, I was waiting with my colleague and friend Joanna Rothkopf outside of an intimidating exercise class that we attend together sometimes. Across the room, past a cluster of upsettingly fit former sorority members, Joanna spotted something unusual—a price tag, still affixed to a woman’s spandex shirt. Oh…

Trump Is 'Not Familiar' With Weinstein Case But Thinks It's 'Too Bad'  Trump Is 'Not Familiar' With Weinstein Case But Thinks It's 'Too Bad' 

On his way to deliver a U.S. Naval Academy commencement address, Trump left the question of his cancelled summit with North Korea hanging (“We’ll see what happens, it could even be the 12th”) and was asked for his thoughts on Harvey Weinstein’s arrest. Oh boy!

World Endures Another Sloppy Pullout  World Endures Another Sloppy Pullout 

President Donald Trump has cancelled his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un with a letter that is, without exaggeration, one of the weirdest things I’ve ever read in my 28 years on earth.

A Brief Explainer for the Uninformed: Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon Are in Love A Brief Explainer for the Uninformed: Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon Are in Love

After three years of “will they or won’t they,” Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon have finally said yes to love’s warm embrace. Their new coupledom was announced in a gushing 45-minute video interview that premiered exclusively on People.com. If you don’t know who Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are, that’s fine,…

Your Look for Summer Is Business Dirtbag 

The sun is shining. The heat is thick. Raw, frantic sensuality pulses through the air. Summer has arrived, and with it, a new crop of fashion trends to keep you looking fresh. Specifically, I am thinking about one trend. Maybe you should think about investing in an extremely wide tie and some chest hair? Everyone is…

Rotund Crackpots Struggle to Find Common Ground  Rotund Crackpots Struggle to Find Common Ground 

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

You'll Never Believe This, But Jared Kushner Is Not Well-Respected Overseas You'll Never Believe This, But Jared Kushner Is Not Well-Respected Overseas

The Associated Press has a long story out about Trump fundraisers and business partners Elliott Broidy and George Nader, who reportedly functioned, for a time, as an obscenely high-paid backchannel between crown princes from the UAE and Saudi Arabia and the Trump White House as the countries sought to position U.S.…

White House Memo Describes MS-13 Members As 'Animals' 10 Times, in Case You Didn't Get It the First Time White House Memo Describes MS-13 Members As 'Animals' 10 Times, in Case You Didn't Get It the First Time

Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.

Scott Pruitt Defies Haters, Lives His Best Publicly Subsidized Life

As of today, Scott Pruitt continues to hang on at the EPA, despite a mountain of ethics investigations suggesting that he has enriched himself and his friends at the expense of the American public and the health of the planet. To that, we at Jezebel say: How inspiring. If only we could all be so attentive to our…

China Will Reportedly Do Away with Birth Limits and Implement New 'Independent Fertility' Policy China Will Reportedly Do Away with Birth Limits and Implement New 'Independent Fertility' Policy

Three years after loosening its one-child policy, China is planning on doing away with all limits on how many children people can have, Bloomberg reports.

Six Baby Squirrels Got Stuck Together by Their Tails, Demonstrating How Things Could Be Worse for You  Six Baby Squirrels Got Stuck Together by Their Tails, Demonstrating How Things Could Be Worse for You 

Are you having a bad day? A bad week? I can empathize, but please quit complaining. Last week, the executive director of Nebraska Wildlife Rehab spent an hour untangling the tails of six baby squirrels who got trapped in what the Omaha World-Herald described vividly as a “six-headed animal cluster.” Life is hard, but…

I Won't Let the Mess in Washington Affect My Improv I Won't Let the Mess in Washington Affect My Improv

While I am frustrated by the divisions in present-day American society, and the terrible erosion of democratic norms in Washington, I can’t let that affect my progress in my level 3 improv class. I believe that comedy transcends politics—especially my comedy, which is really improving, my teacher says.

Trump Officials Shut Down a Climate Advisory Committee Because It Had Too Many Scientists  Trump Officials Shut Down a Climate Advisory Committee Because It Had Too Many Scientists 

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit found that the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment was allowed to expire last year by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross because there were not enough members of “industry” on the panel, the Washington Post reports.

Blake Farenthold Is Now a Lobbyist, Will Not Repay Sexual Harassment Settlement  Blake Farenthold Is Now a Lobbyist, Will Not Repay Sexual Harassment Settlement 

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After Giving It Some Thought, Gina Haspel Thinks Torture Was a Bad Idea and Thank You for Your Vote  After Giving It Some Thought, Gina Haspel Thinks Torture Was a Bad Idea and Thank You for Your Vote 

It should be pretty easy to declare that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used by the CIA after 9/11 were morally wrong, but CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel repeatedly declined, during her confirmation hearings, to do so. Oops, that was bad, and now, a week later, she has modified her stance.

Male President Battles for Dominance  Male President Battles for Dominance 

The Bad Man: a relatively common species, though his attributes vary widely. His face ranges in color from apricot to a burnished sort of pink. He weighs anywhere from .075 to .15 tons, and can go days without a vegetable. Particularly in the summer season, some Bad Men are so drawn towards conflict that they will…

White House Unsure How Extremist Pastor Closely Associated With White House Became Involved With Embassy Ceremony White House Unsure How Extremist Pastor Closely Associated With White House Became Involved With Embassy Ceremony

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For Powerful Men, #MeToo Is About Optics For Powerful Men, #MeToo Is About Optics

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly took ownership over the fall of former New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has resigned and is facing multiple criminal investigations after the New Yorker published allegations of his physical abuse against women. Cuomo, whose office has…

What Is Union Square? What Is Union Square?

What is Union Square? Maps tell me it is a square (really more of a rectangle) that sits in the middle of Manhattan, but why do we have it? Is it actually a physical place, or is it just a mindset? When is a person really “in” Union Square? When they are on 14th Street? When they are in Chipotle? When they are having…

Celebrate Mother's Day With a Thoughtful Card From The Slot  Celebrate Mother's Day With a Thoughtful Card From The Slot 

On Mother’s Day, there’s nothing better than a heartfelt card to celebrate all the hard work our moms have done for us. And boy, there are a lot to choose from! There are cards to make her laugh, cards to make her cry, cards that trash her shitty husband for not doing chores, and cards that encourage her to drink…

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