How mocking anti-Semitism got a Trump official falsely accused of actual anti-Semitism

Leif Olson You don’t have to agree with Leif Olson’s politics to think this situation is ridiculous. On Tuesday, a bizarre thing happened in Washington: The Trump administration accepted the resignation of an executive branch official after a charge of bigotry that was both unfair and misleading. Leif Olson, a senior adviser at the Department of Labor, resigned after Bloomberg Law highlighted what it described in a headline as “Anti-Semitic Facebook Posts.” But if you…

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The cult of Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on August 22, 2017, in Edinburgh, Scotland. | Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images How reading Sally Rooney became a status symbol. Earlier this summer, I attended a lunch for people who work with children’s books. As is usually the case at such events, everyone was talking about one particular book, the hot book of the moment, the one no one could stop thinking about — but for once, at this lunch…

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Walmart is doing more to stop gun violence than Congress is

CEO Doug McMillon announced that Walmart will stop selling certain guns and ammo. | Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images The retailer is pulling back on some gun and ammo sales. Someone is taking nationwide action on gun violence. But it’s not Congress or President Donald Trump. It’s Walmart. On Monday, Walmart CEO Doug McMillon announced that the retailer will be pulling back on some gun sales. It will stop selling short-barrel rifle ammunition, including .223…

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More than 20 are dead in a catastrophic California boat fire

The memorial wall dedicated to the victims of the Conception, a boat that burned and sank off the Santa Cruz islands on Monday morning. | MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images More than 20 people are dead after a scuba diving boat caught fire near Santa Cruz Island early Monday morning. In the early hours of Monday, September 2, a commercial dive boat called the Conception carrying 39 passengers on a scuba diving trip caught fire off the…

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Vaping appears to be making hundreds of people sick. No one knows exactly why.

Even before the appearance of the mystery illness, researchers have been finding that vapor can irritate the lungs. | Getty Images The mysterious spike in respiratory illnesses is a reminder that e-cigarettes may be more dangerous than they seem. More than 200 people across the US have come down with a mysterious illness that appears to be linked to vaping — the latest wake-up call to the potentially serious health risks of using e-cigarettes. As…

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