James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and the feud that’s ripping apart YouTube’s beauty community

James Charles, Tati Westbrook, and the feud that’s ripping apart YouTube’s beauty community

The feud between two giant stars, explained (for people who don’t follow the YouTube beauty community). On May 6, in the afterglow of the Met Gala, YouTube beauty guru James Charles typed out a wish on Instagram. Charles, a hugely successful vlogger who can’t even drink legally yet, wished to be the lightning rod for “influencer representation in the media” — or, in other words, to be more famous, in the traditional platforms of fame,…

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We’re barely using the best tool we have to fight obesity

We’re barely using the best tool we have to fight obesity

Americans keep dieting to lose weight, but bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment out there. There’s a surprisingly big disconnect between how obesity researchers think about the causes of and treatments for obesity and how the American public does. Researchers think some people have genetic and hormonal traits that make them more susceptible to obesity. They view obesity as a complex, chronic disease, like cancer, with many causes and subtypes. They’re also losing faith…

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Abortion is still legal in America

Abortion is still legal in America

Alabama’s near-total abortion ban has not taken effect, and the procedure remains legal in all 50 states. As the Alabama Senate debated a near-total abortion ban over the past week, Alabamians began calling the Alabama Women’s Center for Reproductive Alternatives, one of just three clinics in the state that offer abortions. They wanted to know “are we still open, are we still providing care,” Dr. Yashica Robinson, an OB-GYN at the clinic, told Vox. On…

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Trump’s crackdown on China’s Huawei is escalating the trade war

Trump’s crackdown on China’s Huawei is escalating the trade war

Your move, China. The United States has increased pressure on China by placing one of its top technology companies on a list that some refer to as receiving the “death penalty.” On Wednesday, the Trump administration announced that it put the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei and 70 affiliates on its “Entity List.” That prohibits Huawei from buying parts from US companies without federal government approval. Since Huawei is reliant on US suppliers for parts like…

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Orange World, Karen Russell’s third short story collection, is elegant and eldritch

Orange World, Karen Russell’s third short story collection, is elegant and eldritch

This anthology reads exactly like a Karen Russell book. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. “Orange World,” the title story in Karen Russell’s terrific new short story anthology, is so good that I want to turn it into a pamphlet and give it to every new mother I know. It’s a kind of parable about night feeding, featuring a young mother who has made a dark bargain and now must awaken at…

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Trump pardons billionaire fraudster who wrote glowing book about him

Trump pardons billionaire fraudster who wrote glowing book about him

In 2015, Trump assured Conrad Black he “won’t forget” his support for him. He followed through on his promise. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump followed through on a campaign promise he made to Conrad Black, a former media mogul and business partner, by pardoning him for fraud and obstruction of justice convictions. In late 2015, Black — who was convicted in 2007 and spent more than three years in prison before being released in 2012…

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