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There's a Flaw in McCain's Logic

Op-ed: By saving the health bill, he undermined his whole argument

(Newser) - John McCain got a hero's welcome on Tuesday when he returned to the floor of the Senate to cast a crucial vote to allow Republicans to take up health care reform. His colleagues gave him a standing ovation, given that he'd received a diagnosis of brain cancer less... More »

My Dentist Was Arrested for Murder. Then Things Got Weird

Inside the trial of Dr. Gilberto Nunez

(Newser) - When James Lasdun needed immediate care for a broken tooth in April 2016, he found himself in the office of his dentist, a man he had assumed he'd have to give up seeing—due to the doctor's arrest for murder six months earlier. After the tooth was tended... More »

WVa's Residents Are Taking ODs Into Their Own Hands

Some neighbors are filled with contempt for addicts; others just want to help

(Newser) - Opioid addicts are using and collapsing in public in increasing numbers—their way of ensuring they won't OD and not be found until it's too late, Margaret Talbot explains in the New Yorker . "This is survival to them," she writes. "They're struggling with using... More »

New Yorker's Comey Cover Is Generating Buzz

Jeff Sessions is the airport cop

(Newser) - A New Yorker cover generating a lot of buzz likens former FBI director James Comey to somebody else who suffered a very controversial removal: United Airlines passenger David Dao . The cover for the May 22 edition shows Comey being dragged off a plane by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a... More »

Steve Bannon: the Hollywood Bigwig Who Wasn't?

Trump's strategist brags about his time in Tinseltown, but others' memories are murky

(Newser) - Over the past eight months, Steve Bannon has worked his way into the general US consciousness, first as an ex-Breitbart exec tapped as Trump's new campaign chief , next as a "terrifying man" who wanted to set the DC establishment ablaze, and finally, as a White House fixture . But... More »

His Cartoon Is So Famous It's Even on ... Thongs

It forms part of Bob Mankoff's legacy

(Newser) - "No, Thursday's out. How about never—is never good for you?" It's a line that appeared in the Yale Book of Quotations; the punchline has turned up on thong underwear. But it originates from Bob Mankoff's 1993 cartoon , which depicts a businessman on the phone and... More »

Chinese Media Taken in by Satirical Trump Story

They reported that he wrapped White House phones in tinfoil

(Newser) - A satirical story about a paranoid President Trump wrapping the White House telephones in tinfoil was believable enough to be carried by major media outlets in China. The story from the New Yorker's "Borowitz Report" ended up in publications such as business magazine Caijing this week after appearing... More »

Osage Indians Were the Richest People on Earth. Then, Bodies

FBI's first big murder mystery, on the plains of Oklahoma

(Newser) - In the late 1870s, the Osage Nation was displaced from its Kansas roots and moved to an Oklahoma reservation—land that turned out to be sitting on an oil goldmine. As told in David Grann's piece for the New Yorker (an excerpt from his upcoming book, Killers of the ... More »

Dad Seeking Inmate Son Finds One Devastating Word

Lonnie Hamilton says he was never told his son had died in NY state prison

(Newser) - Lonnie "Ham" Hamilton is the father of four, but it was his namesake, Lonnie Hamilton III, who was his "best friend" and "shadow." Which makes what happened to the younger Hamilton in New York state's prison system, documented in Jennifer Gonnerman's piece for the... More »

40+ Years in Solitary: 'Ask Me in 20 Years' How Freedom Feels

Albert Woodfox of 'Angola 3' was in isolation more than any other inmate in US history

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox, the last of the famous "Angola Three," was released from prison last February after pleading no contest to manslaughter in the 1972 killing of prison guard Brent Miller. In a piece for the New Yorker , Rachel Aviv offers some insight into the "reserved" and "... More »

Iraq Facing Potential 'Catastrophe of Biblical Proportions'

Mosul Dam breach could pose greater threat than ISIS

(Newser) - As Iraqi forces continue their battle against ISIS in Mosul, there's another problem lurking just 25 miles away from the embattled city: the Mosul Dam, a structure the US Army Corps of Engineers has called the "most dangerous dam in the world," per a piece by Dexter... More »

Escape After 30 Years as an 'Unperson'

'New Yorker' tells horrifying story of 'Rosie,' who grew up in dad's South London cult

(Newser) - In 2013, a 30-year-old woman named Rosie escaped from a life of captivity—and her story, as told by Simon Parkin in the New Yorker , is a terrifying one of human imprisonment, beatings, and mind games. She grew up shuttled from one rundown South London home to another, always with... More »

Leonard Cohen Is Putting His House in Order

'New Yorker' profiles 82-year-old

(Newser) - Leonard Cohen is 82 now, and fans will not be thrilled to learn in a lengthy New Yorker profile that he's almost certainly done touring—his body just isn't up to the rigors. But he's still making music, and an album out this month is classic Cohen... More »

Unabomber Note: 'Ready to Speak' After 20 Years

But the letter-writer has conditions

(Newser) - The Unabomber is apparently ready for a prison interview for the first time in 20 years—as long as a few conditions are met. "I am ready to speak to someone from the media regarding my brother's recent comments and to discuss how they are being used to... More »

Reporter's ObamaCare Tweet Goes Awry

New Yorker's Lizza becomes inadvertent 'poster boy' for site: ProPublica

(Newser) - The ObamaCare website needs all the good news it can get, which might explain why the White House was thrilled to see this tweet last week from New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza: "Huh, I just tested http://healthcare.gov for the first time and I was able to set... More »

Facebook Blocks New Yorker's Cartoon Boobs

Site apologizes for mistake, says it's taken steps to correct

(Newser) - Even the New Yorker's getting too raunchy for puritanical Facebook administrators, Gawker has discovered. The Facebook page for the magazine's cartoons was temporarily blocked when the New Yorker posted a drawing of Adam and Eve sitting against an apple tree, with Eve remarking: "Well, it was original.... More »

First Line of The Stranger Is Still Translated Wrong

'Mother died today' should be 'Today, Maman died': Ryan Bloom

(Newser) - Albert Camus' The Stranger opens with the famous—and relatively easy to translate—"Aujourd’hui, maman est morte." It's so easy, in fact, that not a single English translation has gotten it right, writes Ryan Bloom in the New Yorker . He argues that the precise wording of... More »

107 Tries Later, Ebert Wins New Yorker Caption Contest

Film critic had entered it more than 100 times

(Newser) - Roger Ebert has entered 107 of the New Yorker 's 281 cartoon caption contests, and this week, he finally won. The film critic opined two years ago on his blog that he had "done more writing for free for the New Yorker in the last five years than... More »

Boehner Fist Bump Hits New Yorker Cover

Mag reprises controversial cover

(Newser) - The New Yorker has reprised the "terrorist fist bump" cover that irked Obama in 2008 —this time with House Speaker-in-waiting John Boehner standing in for Michelle. The cover, by artist Barry Blitt, features the president offering his hand to Boehner and being offered a fist in return, the... More »

Jason Schwartzman Strips for iPad Ad

Video for 'New Yorker' app is appropriately quirky

(Newser) - Jason Schwartzman capitalizes on his quirkiness in a new YouTube advertisement for the New Yorker. Demonstrating the magazine’s new iPad app, Schwartzman scrolls across the screen by licking it and using his feet, among other things. But the most entertaining moment comes when he strips down (for the... More »

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