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Cut the A/C— 'It Ain't That Bad'

'Just imagine how your grandchildren are going to feel in 2060'

(Newser) - Franklin Schneider has never had an air conditioner, not that he hasn't had the opportunity. "When I mention this to acquaintances, some flat-out don't believe me; others seem concerned for my health, begging me to accept old window units they have in their closets," the New... More »

Reagan's Daughter Addresses His Racist Words

Future president's comments were recorded in a call with Nixon

(Newser) - Ronald Reagan's daughter says there's no defense for the newly revealed racist comments he made in 1971. Patti Davis doesn't recognize the person who said those things, she says, and she wouldn't have believed he had if his words hadn't been recorded on tape . But... More »

Rep. Omar Calls Trump Racist in New Op-Ed

She writes that the 'send her back!" chant will be a 'defining moment' in US history

(Newser) - The rally during which supporters of President Trump chanted "send her back!" wasn't just a blip on the political radar, writes Rep. Ilhan Omar in the New York Times . It "will be a defining moment in American history," writes the Somalia native, who was actually... More »

Trump Critic in the GOP Makes Surprise July 4 Announcement

Rep. Justin Amash is leaving his party

(Newser) - He'd already quit a Republican caucus ; now Justin Amash is abandoning the GOP altogether. In a Fourth of July surprise, the Michigan congressman, who's made recent headlines for being the "lone-wolf GOP Trump critic," made a big announcement in the Washington Post : "Today, I am... More »

Megan Rapinoe's Girlfriend Has Some Things to Say

WNBA's Sue Bird defends Rapinoe and sings her praises amid feud with Trump

(Newser) - Megan Rapinoe isn't just leading the US women's soccer team to victories in the World Cup, she also happens to be publicly sparring with the president of the United States. Now, in a wildly entertaining op-ed in the Players' Tribune , Rapinoe's partner, WNBA player Sue Bird, weighs... More »

Well, That Didn't Go Well

First Democratic debate was too much and too little: Margaret Sullivan

(Newser) - President Trump was on to something when he tweeted Wednesday about the unprofessionalism of the first Democratic candidates' debate . "As a 'not ready for prime time' moment, this one ranked right up there," media columnist Margaret Sullivan begins at the Washington Post . At the start of hour... More »

Peggy Noonan: Let's Ditch This 'Imperious Twerp'

'Journal' columnist goes after Mark Zuckerberg and big tech

(Newser) - It's a safe bet that Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan won't be receiving any more invitations to a private gathering with Mark Zuckerberg. In her latest op-ed, Noonan refers to Zuckerberg as an "imperious twerp" who summons people as if he were a prince. More to... More »

Here's How to Fix Trump's Neglect on Women

Cathy Russell wants to see new women's adviser

(Newser) - Dozens of countries have a Cabinet-level official charged with tackling women's issues. It's about time the US—in which that role is spread across government agencies—gets one, too, according to Cathy Russell, whose former role as US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues hasn't been filled... More »

OK, UFOs Exist. Now We Need to Start Considering Aliens

Daniel W. Drezner argues our view may still be too limited

(Newser) - A decade ago, two scientists published a paper on "the authoritative taboo on taking UFOs seriously." Essentially, Alexander Wendt and Raymond Duvall put the issue down to a failure to accept a scenario—say, that aliens are visiting us on the regular—that would injure our anthropocentric view.... More »

Let's Cut Bill Buckner Some Slack

Mike Downey says athlete was 'great' on and off the field

(Newser) - It was "a routine ground ball … the kind he might ordinarily have gloved blindfolded." Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner instead watched horrified as the ball rolled through his legs, allowing the New York Mets to snag what would've been the Red Sox's first... More »

Rich Liberals Are Creating 'Unlivable' US Cities

In 'NYT,' Farhad Manjoo says Dems have a NIMBY attitude that belies their progressive stance

(Newser) - California is suffering from an "emergency that feels like a dystopian showcase of American inequality." That's the take of Farhad Manjoo in the New York Times , who writes that the Golden State is weighed down by a "livability" problem, plagued with a lack of affordable housing,... More »

Jeopardy! Whiz Has One Unexpected Fan

Ken Jennings is really rooting for James Holzhauer right now

(Newser) - James Holzhauer , who will be starting up his run again on Jeopardy! Monday, is getting increasingly closer to smashing Ken Jennings' all-time cash winnings record on the show of $2.5 million—and Jennings hopes he does it. Writing for the Washington Post with nary a hint of schadenfreude,... More »

It's Time for the American Lawn to Go Away

Eric Holthaus makes an environmental case at Grist

(Newser) - When purchasing a home, Eric Holthaus looked for "the smallest lawn I could find." It'll mean less work, though not as it relates to mowing, since Holthaus plans to "rip out my grass lawn as soon as possible." He suggests you do the same. "... More »

Devastated at Being Dumped, She Made a 'Wacky' Decision

Melissa Denton took 6 months to plan a 'blowout' $5K wedding to marry ... herself

(Newser) - Melissa Denton concedes the decision she made in early 2018 after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend—which came on the tail of two divorces—was a "wacky" one. But, as the UK woman explains in an opinion piece for the Telegraph , "I needed to learn to love... More »

Ex-Internet Star on Her Sensational Past: I Was an Anarchist

Ana Voog 'livestreamed' her chores and sex life, learned instead about our desire to 'overshare'

(Newser) - Before Logan Paul , Shane Dawson, and even Justin Bieber, social-media stardom belonged to Ana Voog. Two decades ago, Voog launched her 24/7 anacam "livestream" (though a clunkier version, where a poor-quality image would upload via dial-up every few minutes), and millions tuned in to watch her do chores , show... More »

Bachelor Finale Perpetuates a 'Toxic Myth'

Li Zhou says Colton Underwood pursuing Cassie Randolph after she dumped him is 'troubling'

(Newser) - While most of this season's finale of The Bachelor seemed hyperfocused on whether contender Colton Underwood lost his virginity, Li Zhou is now homing in on what was supposed to be the feel-good ending to the ABC reality show: Underwood dumping two remaining women and instead pursuing Cassie Randolph,... More »

Eric Holder Makes His 2020 Decision

Former attorney general is not running

(Newser) - It's a rarity in the 2020 election season for Democrats: Someone isn't running. Eric Holder, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a while now, announced in a Washington Post op-ed that he's out. The former attorney general didn't endorse any of the declared... More »

Getting Rid of Billionaires Isn't 'Un-American'— It's Necessary

That's Farhad Manjoo's take for the 'New York Times'

(Newser) - Farhad Manjoo would like to end our "devastating national love affair with billionaires"—and he thinks the way to do that is to force-phase them out. Writing for the New York Times , Manjoo says he got to seriously thinking about the concept of abolishing the super-rich after reading... More »

Here's the Democrats' Best Hope to Beat Trump

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is the smart choice, writes George Will

(Newser) - Amy Klobuchar isn't among the early Democratic candidates for 2020, but George Will writes in the Washington Post that the Minnesota senator might be her party's smartest choice. "Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing," Will writes in the op-ed.... More »

Wasserman Schultz: Count Me Out of Women’s March

She's not happy with leadership's refusal to 'repudiate anti-Semitism,' hate speech

(Newser) - Debbie Wasserman Schultz's first experience with the Women's March left her feeling "electrified." Now, two years later, she's ditching the group, specifically its leaders. The former DNC chair explains why in an opinion piece for USA Today , saying she's become increasingly concerned about what... More »

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