Trump Wrote a Deranged, Six-Page Letter to Pelosi Telling Her to Stop Impeaching Him

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump. While the Senate is expected to let Trump off the hook quickly—Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly been coordinating the president’s defense with the White House—but he’s still incensed that House Democrats are moving forward anyway. And…

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How Vulnerable Republican Senators Come Down on Impeachment

On Sunday evening, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to his Republican counterpart, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, outlining a Democratic-supported proposal for the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. More witnesses should testify, argued Schumer, including members of the Trump administration with personal knowledge of Trump’s attempts to extort the government of Ukraine for…

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Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell Want to Kill the Senate Impeachment Trial As Quickly As Possible

The Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump won’t begin until January at the earliest, but already, a few high-profile Republicans in the upper chamber are announcing their intent to turn the proceedings into a brief and embarrassing farce. “I am clearly made up [in] my mind,” South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham told Face the…

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Every Hallmark Christmas Movie Trope Is in a Five Minute SNL Sketch

When so much about the holiday season can be chaotic and frustrating (family, travel, avoiding politics or not) there’s something oddly comforting about Hallmark Christmas movies. They are emphatically not good, but despite that the channel has helped to start a new tradition of watching saccharine, melodramatic, low-stakes romantic comedies in December. And part of…

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Betsy DeVos Ignored Her Own Department’s Recommendation to Forgive Defrauded Student Borrowers’ Debt

The Department of Education’s analyses of similarly unscrupulous for-profit institutions yielded similar conclusions. On January 9, 2017—just weeks before DeVos’s confirmation to Donald Trump’s Cabinet—the Borrower Defense Unit detailed Corinthian Colleges’ “false and misleading” guarantees of post-graduate employment, and recommended forgiving eligible debt on that basis. Another memo dated that same month considered analogous guarantees…

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Juice WRLD Was a Supernova

The decade ends in 22 days. But units of time like years and decades are arbitrary by comparison with actual world-altering events. We’ll remember today, December 8th, as the day an era actually ended. Not a week after turning 21, Jarad Higgins, better known by his stage name Juice WRLD, has died. He collapsed from…

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The Safdie Brothers Share DNA—and an Appreciation for a Rustic Autumn Palette

Josh and Benny Safdie are brothers, and together, the directors of films like Good Time, Heaven Knows What, and the forthcoming, Adam Sandler-starring Uncut Gems. Doing anything with a collaborator is difficult, and creating cohesive works of cinema with another person seems well-nigh impossible, unless you have something approaching a shared brain. We do not…

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Matthew McConaughey’s Hook-Em-Horns Suit Is Alright, Alright, Alright

ALRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey’s burnt-orange pants. ALRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey’s University of Texas-orange suit jacket. ALRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey’s HOOK-EM-HORNS-orange waistcoat. Add that all together and what do you get? ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey’s Big Fit of the Day-sized three-piece suit. Do you know how hard it is to look cool at the groundbreaking event for a…

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The Latest Impeachment Hearing Did Not Go Well for Trump’s Republican Defenders

Under questioning from Democratic counsel Norm Eisen, he conceded that, as he recently opined in the Wall Street Journal, that impeachment does not require the impeached person commit an actual crime. Instead, Turley argued, without the testimony of people like former national security advisor John Bolton, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, and…

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Nicholas Braun Has Learned a Thing or Two About Dressing Rich

There’s lots to love about the HBO rich-person apocalypse Succession: the ruthless insults, the surprisingly affecting twists, the even more surprisingly good clothes, the theme song. But perhaps the most purely satisfying development of the show’s second season was the rise of Cousin Greg, the bumbling (but increasingly effective) familial polyp played with unreal commitment…

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The Just-Released House Impeachment Report Says—Surprise—Trump Abused His Power

After three months of investigations and hearings, House Democrats released an impeachment report on Wednesday. The report’s main takeaway: “President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” and he “placed his own personal and political interests above…

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Kate Middleton Declares Christmastime Is Here in a Red Puffer Coat and Green Sweater at Peterley Manor Farm

Chris JacksonGetty Images We’re four days into December, and the Duchess of Cambridge has fully embraced the holidays in her wardrobe. Kate Middleton arrived at Peterley Manor Farm today, wearing skinny jeans, a green sweater, and a red puffer coat. Santa would approve of the casual but undeniably Christmas-y look. Chris JacksonGetty Images Kate is…

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The Best Books of 2019

The scariest book of the year, bar none. David Wallace-Wells maps out our shockingly short road to ecological apocalypse, paved with floods and pestilence and other assorted disasters so gruesome they’d have made Moses flinch. “When I turned in my book last September, I was skeptical that dramatic political progress on climate change was even…

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