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Don’t Trust the Stars

Astrology may be fun, but is it reliable? Spoiler-not-spoiler: It isn’t.

Dec. 14 2018 8:14 PMDecisions, Decisions, DecisionsTaking out Osama Bin Laden wasn’t just a military feat. The Situation Room’s probability assessment was also on point.
Dec. 12 2018 9:30 PMWhen the President Speaks …In their surreal Oval Office meeting, President Trump interrupted Nancy Pelosi because he interrupts everyone.
Dec. 11 2018 9:42 PMHalls of Fame Need Diversity, TooThe 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are less progressive rock, more progressive politics.
Dec. 7 2018 8:54 PMHigh Time for Impeachment?The “high” in “high crimes” doesn’t mean heinous. It means they come from a high place.
Dec. 5 2018 8:51 PMThe Eulogy MythEulogies are the best part of a funeral but maybe the least reliable.
Dec. 3 2018 8:00 PMWild Wild StoryWild Wild Country is one of the year’s best documentaries, but it pulls a few punches on the sinister cult it covers.
Nov. 29 2018 8:05 PMHow to Shoot a FightTo direct Creed II, Steven Caple Jr. drew on everything from Jean-Claude Van Damme movies to street-fight videos.
Nov. 27 2018 8:11 PMWould the U.S. Win World War III?A bipartisan commission says America could lose a hypothetical war against Russia or China. Of course, it might just be saying that to drive up military spending.
Nov. 21 2018 5:46 PMObesity, and You, and Me!Excess weight can indeed bring health problems. But its causes are often more social than personal.
Nov. 19 2018 8:39 PMUncle Verne Pulls Up a ChairVerne Lundquist offered play-by-play sportscasting for decades. But in retirement, he has more time for classical music than whatever game is on.
Nov. 15 2018 6:31 PMCult ClassicSex, money, and body branding—if all cults are the same, NXIVM still stands apart in its darker details.
Nov. 13 2018 7:49 PMMore Show Than ShowdownThousands of U.S. soldiers are deployed at the southern border, but “deployed” really means “sitting around.”
Nov. 9 2018 8:42 PMTwo Countries, at the Cost of OneIf polarized electoral results like Tuesday’s repeat themselves, America may soon feel like two separate nations.
Nov. 7 2018 9:09 PMA Congresswoman SpeaksCalifornia Rep. Jackie Speier has war stories to tell—and another in the making: putting the squeeze on President Trump.
Nov. 5 2018 8:13 PMWhat Newt Gingrich WroughtAmerica’s bipartisan split might look like a natural schism, but it was built by a GOP sick and tired of losing the House of Representatives.
Dec. 13 2018 8:51 PMNeil Armstrong Walked on the Moon, but He Wasn’t One to Blab About It
Dec. 12 2018 3:54 PMAndrew Sullivan’s “New Religions” Essay Is TwaddleKale has nothing to do with revealing a deeper meaning. Neither does Pilates.
Dec. 10 2018 8:57 PMThey Can’t Hear You, TheresaThe U.K. Parliament is too busy shouting to listen.
Dec. 6 2018 8:12 PMThe Walk of the TownMatt Green is on a yearslong mission to walk every last street of New York City (which, it turns out, isn’t great for one’s dating life).
Dec. 4 2018 8:04 PMSullying a Pup’s Good NameSlate writer Ruth Graham dared suggest George H.W. Bush’s service dog was probably not in mourning. Then all internet hell broke loose.
Dec. 1 2018 1:08 AMVery Legal, Very Cool We should definitely trust Trump’s latest catchphrase.
Nov. 28 2018 8:45 PMThe Parent PoliceDo we watch children (and their parents) too closely?
Nov. 26 2018 8:33 PMMake Voting Rights Sexy AgainIf Democrats want to win, they should focus on promoting the cause that’s both just and good for their numbers.
Nov. 20 2018 8:24 PMThe Many, Many Ways to Think About RunningHumorist Peter Sagal doesn’t have a runner’s build, but he does have plenty of reasons to lace up.
Nov. 16 2018 9:08 PMBen Stiller’s Big Prison BreakOr, how to turn an inspector general’s report into a screenplay.
Nov. 14 2018 9:11 PMPriming New York for AmazonShould Queens be worried about Amazon or welcome it?
Nov. 12 2018 8:47 PMThe Love of the (Basketball) GameDan Klores’ new documentary is a love letter to hoops.
Nov. 8 2018 8:39 PMIn a Political Bind?Call Bradley Tusk.
Nov. 6 2018 8:31 PMJust Ask MimiFood critic Mimi Sheraton on her career, food trends, and eating as a family.
Nov. 2 2018 7:50 PMRoot for the DummySimon Rich grew up watching whip-smart sitcom characters. His own protagonists are quite the opposite.