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How to fall in love with a new city


Almost six years ago, a man I'd been seeing for a few months told me he was in love with me. Stunned, I responded with a string of apologetic, incomprehensible ramblings.

Turkish tanks enter Syria in big push to oust ISIS from last border stronghold


Early Wednesday, Turkish-backed Syrian rebels and Turkish tanks and minesweepers crossed into Syria in a campaign to push the Islamic State out of the border town Jarabulus, one of ISIS's last strongholds on the Turkey-Syria border, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reports.

5 sophisticated summer denim looks


Editor's note: Every week The Week's editors survey product reviews and articles in websites, newspapers, and magazines, to find cool and useful new items we think you'll like.

The troubling rise of American pessimism


America is supposed to be a nation of optimists. Founded and then continually joined by people who made great efforts and took enormous risks to come here from other places, the country's economic and geopolitical rise has been fueled from the start by great individual and collective hopes and ambitions.

Why the Clintons just can't quit Clinton Inc.


After years of complaints about shady dealings with mining magnates and brutal authoritarian petro-states, the Clintons are drastically scaling back the operations of the Clinton Foundation.

Donald Trump's new plea to minorities: You're pathetic, so vote for me


Every Republican knows that he starts off any campaign with many minority voters assuming by default that he isn't on their side.

The languid beauty of a 126-hour train trip


For about $700 you can travel more than 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Beijing, aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway, the single longest railway line in the world.

The Federal Reserve's trickle-down problem


The Federal Reserve's annual get-together in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, starts Thursday. This year's theme is "Designing resilient monetary policy frameworks for the future." Which is a fancy way of saying: "Everything we used to do isn't working anymore, so what the hell do we do now?

Stephen Colbert has some good, mostly clean fun with Rudy Giuliani's #HillaryHealth vendetta


Former New York City mayor and gleeful Donald Trump advocate Rudy Giuliani is pushing conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton's health, recently telling the Fox News audience to google Hillary Clinton and health for themselves, Stephen Colbert noted on Tuesday's Late Show.

Stephen Colbert tries to divine which Clinton emails are really a thing


On Tuesday's Late Show, Stephen Colbert sighed over the news that the State Department will release 15,000 new Hillary Clinton emails before the November election.

British troops torched the White House 202 years ago today


Washington, D.C., may be a simmering stew of political dysfunction now, but 202 years ago, President James Madison couldn't even round up enough men to fend of a few thousand British troops and save the capital from destruction.

Seth Meyers compares new Clinton emails to Sopranos episode, calls Clinton lucky


On Tuesday's Late Night, Seth Meyers gave his "closer look" treatment to Hillary Clinton's never-ending email controversy — but he began with Donald Trump, and a focus group of former Trump supporters who had very little good to say about their former candidate (plus a chuckle over Trump's 12-year-old county campaign organizer).

Many big Clinton Foundation donors met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton


At least 85 people who donated a combined $156 million to Clinton Foundation charities met or spoke on the phone with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state, according to an Associated Press review of State Department calendars.

Soon there will be just 1 Howard Johnson restaurant left in the U.S.


And then there was one. Maine Howard Johnson’s restaurant to close in Sept., leaving only 1 more in the U.S.

Guantanamo Bay detainee, waterboarded 83 times by the CIA, makes case for release


For the first time in 14 years, Abu Zubaydah was seen on Tuesday by members of the public who are not part of his legal team.

Watch Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, the rest of the Final Five play Hungry Hungry Hippos, but with a big twist


They can flip, tumble, leap, and cartwheel, but can they act like hungry, hungry hippos? On Tuesday's Tonight Show, the gold medal-winning Final Five — American gymnasts Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, and Aly Raisman — joined host Jimmy Fallon, Atlanta's Donald Glover, and Tariq Trotter of The Roots to play a live action version of the classic game.

Several Italian towns reported razed, at least 2 dead in 'severe' earthquake


A magnitude 6.1 earthquake that rocked central Italy early Tuesday morning has killed at least two people and destroyed buildings in several towns in the province of Umbria, according to Italian officials.

New national poll has Clinton ahead of Trump by 12 points


A new Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by 12 percentage points among likely voters.

New poll shows Clinton, Trump tied in South Carolina


A poll conducted by the Feldman Group shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in a dead heat in South Carolina.

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake shakes central Italy


A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rocked central Italy early Wednesday morning, south of the city of Perugia.


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