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Politics | Politics

Vote explainer: Can Republicans still pass the bill if senators are absent?

Senate Republicans are working to shore up enough votes within their caucus to pass tax reform next week, even in the unlikely but possible scenario that two Republican senators are absent for the big vote.

Entertainment | Entertainment

How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Science & Technology | Tech

Google Chrome launches pop-up muting and other ad-blocking features

Chrome developers announced Thursday that the newest Chrome update, Chrome 64 Beta, will allow you to mute annoying autoplay videos.

Food & Drink | Wine

Today's Wine Glasses Are Almost Seven Times Larger Than They Were in 1700 | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

News | The News

Even dogs might go vegan in LA

Soon shelter dogs in LA may have to worry about more than finding a happy home: a restrictive vegan diet. Chowing down on meaty bits, as dogs are wont to do, may be outlawed if the Los Angeles City…

    Sports | Cycling

    The incredible story of Italian cyclist Gino Bartali, who risked his life to rescue Jews during the Holocaust

    The legendary three-time winner of the Giro d'Italia eluded Nazis by smuggling false documents in the frame of his bike during training runs.

    Science & Technology | Technology

    The FCC officially votes to kill net neutrality

    Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress, technical experts, advocacy organizations and, of course, the American people, the FCC has voted to eliminate..

    Science & Technology | Cool Stuff

    SpaceX launches a reused Dragon atop a reused Falcon 9 for the first time

    SpaceX has moved one step closer to its dream of affordable, efficient reusable space flight: Today for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International..

    Books | Books

    Lady Bird Director Greta Gerwig’s 10 Favorite Books

    Lady Bird director Greta Gerwig shares her ten favorite books including works by George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Joan Didion, and more.

    Recipes | In The Crock Pot

    Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese | The Pioneer Woman

    Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Seriously, how can someone look at a bowl of piping hot creamy mac and cheese in front of them and say, “Nah, not really my thing…?” That would be madness. Ma…

    Entertainment | Movies & Other Stuff

    Disney’s Acquisition of Fox Could Change Streaming Forever | WIRED

    The massive additions to Disney's library mean it could be a serious player in the ever-splintering streaming market.

    Music | Music

    Keith Richards reflects on the Rolling Stones’ BBC recordings, complete with threats of decapitation

    For all the outward swagger the Rolling Stones projected, there were certain situations that could intimidate even England’s bad boys of rock ‘n’ roll. Near the top of the list: p…

    Music | Music

    The Rolling Stones Are Making $10 Million a Night

    The Rolling Stones are making more money on tour per night than any other live music act right now.

    Miscellaneous | Fun Stuff

    How to Party Like Twin Peaks on New Year's Eve

    Local rockers Twin Peaks gave us party tips, hangover cures and walked us through some of their wildest New Year's Eve experiences.

    Visual Arts | Visual Arts

    10+ YouTube Channels to Learn How to Draw for Free

    Did you know you can learn to draw for free? These drawing tutorials show you how to draw, step-by-step with video lessons on YouTube.

    News | Op-Ed

    Donald Trump Jerusalem Embassy Move: A Good First Step | National Review

    Moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem will help, but the best way to restore order in the Middle East would be to stop sending aid to Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian government ...

    Visual Arts | Visual Arts

    10 Thrilling Reasons to Love Van Gogh

    These ten favorite paintings by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) reveal fascinating details about the artist's short and passionate life.

    Music | Music

    The Mysterious Death Of A D.C. Punk And The $10,000 Reward That May Never Be Claimed

    The guitarist Fred "Freak" Smith was an outsized figure within Washington, D.C.'s vibrant '80s hardcore punk scene. His descent and death, which remains a mystery, is an all-too common story.

    Business & Finance | Startups

    Want to Invest in a Startup? Here's What You Need to Know.

    Invest in founders first, and ideas second.

    Business & Finance | Startups

    Want Proof That Patience Pays Off? Ask the Founders of This 17-Year-Old $525 Million Email Empire | Inc.com

    Ben Chestnut and his team at MailChimp built an amazing business and became Inc. 's Company of the Year. It only took them 17 years.

    Music | Vinyl Records!

    Discogs meets Match.com on Reverb's new online vinyl marketplace - The Vinyl Factory

    “Ensuring that the right buyers and sellers find each other”.Music gear marketplace Reverb.com has launched new online marketplace Reverb LP dedicated to buying and selling vinyl and other physical music.Read more: Do bootlegs matter? What Discogs’.

    Music | Vinyl Records!

    The 10 Best Funk Albums To Own On Vinyl

    Like all genres, funk was a byproduct of circumstance. Not in the accidental sense of the word, but in the sense that art shapes and conforms to the context of the moment. For James Brown, funk was a divorce from the soul sound—and the band—that made him.

    Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

    Gifts Your Parents Would Never Buy the Ten-Year-Old You

    Every kid knows the best way to get almost every item on your Christmas list is to include one outlandish, obscenely-expensive item your parents will never go for. Out of guilt, they’ll happily deliver everything else on your list. But you’re an adult

    Politics | Politics

    Jones wins Alabama Senate seat for Dems

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Democrat Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset Tuesday in Alabama, defeating Republican Roy Moore in the race for an Alabama Senate seat and dealing a huge blow to President Trump in the process.

    Health & Fitness | Wheels

    This device turns any manual bike into an electric vehicle in seconds

    Rubbee X is an e-drive that can turn almost any manual bicycle into an electric hybrid.

    Architecture & Interior Design | Home & Decorating

    These Are the Biggest Home Décor Trends of 2018 | MyDomaine

    We asked interior designers to share the trends they believe will be huge next year. Find out what the biggest home décor trends are predicted to be.

    Politics | POLITICS

    An Open Letter to The New School and Parsons on Linda Sarsour | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

    Dear President Van Zandt, My dream was always to attend a school like the Parsons School of Design, currently housed...

    Advice & Self-Help | Advice

    Top 27 Productivity Hacks of 2018 | Inc.com

    This new year, kiss your inefficient and time-wasting habits goodbye.

    Music | Music

    After 35 Years D.O.A.'s Joey Keithley Is Still Not Taking Your Shit

    Joey "Shithead" Keithley talks about making music for 35 years and what he's doing to solve the oil issues in BC

    Sports | Surfing/SUPing

    Bruce Brown, who turned surfing into a cultural phenomenon with 'The Endless Summer,' dies at 80

    Bruce Brown, a pioneering filmmaker whose story of two surfers chasing after the perfect wave in "The Endless Summer" helped introduce America to surfing, has died.

    Entertainment | Entertainment News!

    The Crown: What Really Happened When Queen Elizabeth Met John and Jackie Kennedy | Vanity Fair

    In The Crown’s second season, Queen Elizabeth catches wind of Jackie Kennedy’s unflattering remarks about her and Buckingham Palace.

    History | History

    The Crown: The Scandal That Rocked Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s Marriage | Vanity Fair

    When Eileen Parker sued for divorce from Prince Philip’s best friend and equerry Michael Parker, a royal scandal erupted. And Queen Elizabeth, according to frenzied news reports, was none too pleased.

    Entertainment | Entertainment News!

    Review: ‘The Crown’ Season 2 Takes the Queen From Crisis to Crisis - The New York Times

    Netflix’s award-winning series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II covers war, sex and the difficulties of managing a royally messed up family.

    Health & Fitness | Health News

    The Oral Microbiome

    Functional and integrative medicine focuses much attention on the gut microbiome as the root of many chronic health conditions.

    Health & Fitness | Health News

    Vitamin C plays a protective role against the degeneration associated with osteoarthritis

    According to a study in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, researchers demonstrated a protective role of ascorbic acid on osteoarthritic osteoblasts.

    Business & Finance | Business

    How GoFundMe Is Redefining The Business Of Disaster Relief

    Families in need used to look to nonprofits and government. Now they can raise their own funds in record time–assuming they have a click-able story.

    History | History

    The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

    London's housing developments often feature a unique form of fencing: stretchers reused after World War II.

    Psychology | Personality

    Stress and How Emotions Affect Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

    How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to

    Food & Drink | Bars/Restaurants/Venues

    Napa's First Black-Owned Winery Needs To Be On The Top Of Your Wine Tasting List

    Brown Estate is the first black-owned winery in Napa Valley, and the tasting room is so chic you're going to freak out over it.