What Is Ulcerative Colitis, the Ailment Afflicting Shinzo Abe of Japan?

Ulcerative colitis, the gastrointestinal affliction that has debilitated Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan so badly that he is resigning, is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which is suffered by millions and can flare up unpredictably. It irritates and inflames the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum, causing ulcers or sores. Symptoms can…

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When Plans Are Meant to be Changed

Long before she agreed to meet Tyler Bosmeny, Sophie Turnbull, who was finishing up a master’s degree at Harvard, had bought a plane ticket to return to her native Australia. “I was having dinner one night with a friend and his fiancée, talking about the pitfalls of dating,” said Ms. Turnbull, 32. “Suddenly, out of…

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In a Naked Pandemic Race, You Can Leave Your Hat On

In a lot of ways, the 5K I ran on Saturday was like any other race: The tall, skinny guys zipped out front, fast. Spectators rang cowbells. I heard the “Rocky” theme twice along the course. Except the spectators were naked. And I was, too. That’s because the race was the Bouncing Buns Clothing Optional…

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Love Letter: Can Your Relationship Survive a Political Divide?

Some say that opposites attract, but that may not be the case when it comes to political views. It’s one thing to ignore the opposing political opinions of a friend or a co-worker, but when your spouse has drastically different political views it can put a strain on your relationship. And, with the presidential race…

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Slow Cooker Central

Hello, and welcome to Five Weeknight Dishes. It’s no secret to anyone who knows me that I love my slow cooker. (I’ve used it so much that the temperature markings have worn off, and I’ve had to write over them with a Sharpie.) Slow cookers get a bad rap for many reasons, but, for a…

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The Beer Industry Looks for Ways to Help Black Brewers

Garrett Oliver had planned to spend the spring flying to Brazil, Sweden, Japan and three other countries for book promotions and beer events. But the coronavirus shutdown grounded Mr. Oliver, the brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, and left him flush with free time. He rebuilt the rooftop garden of his Brooklyn apartment, and as protests for…

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A Visitor’s Guide to MoMA and the Met

Before you head back to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, there are some things you need to know: capacity will be limited to 25 percent, temperature checks and face masks will be mandatory, and the advance purchase of tickets is required. Each museum has specific guidelines, so you’ll want…

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A Word Not Uttered by Republican Officials at the Convention: Obamacare

ImageMitt Romney at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Republicans used the term Obamacare 23 times in the prime-time viewing hours in that convention. Credit…Damon Winter/The New York Times In 2012, right in the middle of his convention speech, Mitt Romney declared Obamacare repeal a crucial priority. It was part of his five-part plan for a “better…

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About Melania Trump’s Lime Green Dress and Ivanka Trump in Black

It ended with a spectacle, there is no doubt. A panoply of Trumps, arrayed on a makeshift stage created on the South Lawn of the White House, fanning out around their patriarch as he officially accepted the Republican nomination for president in front of a forest of American flags. The White House glowed in the…

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The 2020 Party Conventions Gave New Meaning to Political Theater

The largely virtual format of the Republican and Democratic national conventions meant that even more than usual, the messages were embedded within the visual presentation. Here Vanessa Friedman, the chief fashion critic for The New York Times, and James Poniewozik, the chief television critic, discuss what they saw and what it all meant. VANESSA FRIEDMAN…

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