Our Lives in the Time of Extremely Fancy Axes

The 2000s felt like a decade of looking forward. Wi-Fi went mainstream, phones got smarter, social media connected us, digital tools let us rely less on physical ones. But the 2010s brought a shift. There was still tons of new technology, but also glamping, #vanlife, tiny houses, “Cabin Porn,” the mainstreaming of the farm-to-table movement,…

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Obamacare Insurance Mandate Is Struck Down by Federal Appeals Court

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a central provision of the Affordable Care Act, ruling that the requirement that people have health insurance was unconstitutional. But the appeals panel sent the case back to a federal district court in Texas to determine whether other provisions of the law could continue to…

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Nancy Pelosi Went Dark for the House Debates. Her Pin Shined.

“I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the president of the United States.” So said Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, on Wednesday morning as she stood in the cavernous chamber of the House of Representatives in a lapelless black suit, almost military in design, with a high neck. Its…

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E-Cigarette Posts on Instagram Struck Down by U.K. Watchdog

The Instagram posts looked like so many others: a celebrity endorsing a product. In this case, the British singer Lily Allen sliding a sleek e-cigarette into her shoulder pocket. In another, Ms. Allen sports a coy smile and holds an e-cigarette at arm’s reach. But on Wednesday Britain’s advertising regulator ruled that the posts by…

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Where the Dom Pérignon Flows Downtown

Little Sister Downtown Manhattan A petite blonde in a tight ponytail sashayed through the metal doors into the depths below. But three 40-something women in puffy coats grimaced when told it’s reservations only. An unshaven man in a black beanie couldn’t take the wait anymore and stormed off. Little Sister, which opened under the Moxy…

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Trump Administration Takes First Step to Allow Drug Imports From Canada

The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would move forward with plans to allow states to safely import prescription drugs from Canada, for the first time. The decision is an unusual one for a Republican administration. Progressives have long supported such a policy, but the pharmaceutical industry vehemently opposed drug imports by claiming they…

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She Told Police a Pediatrician Abused Her. Why Was He Never Charged?

A prominent pediatrician on Long Island lost his medical license after allegations emerged that he had sexually abused girls in his care for decades. But he never spent a day in court. The doctor, Stuart Copperman, was never charged with a crime by local authorities. According to the Nassau County district attorney’s office, not one…

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Is Tinsel Canceled?

The polar ice caps are melting before our eyes. Artificial snow will not be de rigueur this year. Even as whales starve because of the plastic they have consumed, and landfills swell beyond all reason, one age-old holiday tradition that has been hard to shake is the habit of excess. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s…

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H&M’s Different Kind of Clickbait

The H&M group sells an estimated three billion articles of clothing per year. Its revenue makes it among the top three fashion retailers in the world. Clothing for its brands, including H&M, Arket and & Other Stories, is manufactured in 40 countries, the company said; in Bangladesh alone, it sources from 275 factories that employ…

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The Catastrophist’s 2019 Tech Gift Guide

The optimistic view of the last 10 years of consumer technology is that hundreds of millions of people used unbelievable new devices and services to take part in explosive new economies and cultures. The savvier take is to note that consumer tech — most of the all the smartphone — has been a force for change,…

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