Change country:

Fillies once again have big shot at Hambletonian

Fillies have won two of the last four Hambletonians and the trend might continue Saturday with Jiggy Jog S and Joviality S both making the final.
Read full article on:
John Wayne Trends in Wake of Sacheen Littlefeather Oscars Apology
Littlefeather claimed Wayne had to be held back by six security guards while trying to accost her on stage at the 1973 Oscars.
9 m
Rare Two-Headed Mutant Baby Tortoise Stuns Vets
The African spurred tortoise is expected to live a long and healthy life.
9 m
China's Strategic Incoherence on Taiwan Shows Ominous Mindset | Opinion
Because China is doing something that makes no strategic sense, there must be something terribly wrong inside the Chinese political system at the moment.
Woke Corporations are Supporting Groups that Promote Cop-Killing | Opinion
The loved ones of police officers are acutely aware of the risk of loss.
Second Russian military facility in Crimea hit by explosion in a week
A blast at an ammunition depot in the annexed peninsula is the second in a week. Ukraine has not said publicly whether it has struck the region
• CNN goes to secret field hospital near front line. See what it's like
Train services suspended in most of Crimea after explosion at ammo depot
'Wordle' #423 Clues, Hints and Answer for Tuesday, August 16 Word Puzzle
Here is everything you need to know about the latest "Wordle," including tips, tricks and if you're truly stumped, the answer.
Putin Says U.S. Using Ukrainians as 'Cannon Fodder', Trying to Prolong War
The Russian leader also told a Moscow security conference that Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan this month was a "carefully planned provocation."
A Functional Congress? Yes.
Congress is known for being dysfunctional. Why hasn’t it been over the past two years?
'Better Call Saul' Ending Explained: What Happened to Saul and Kim?
"Better Call Saul" brought an end not only to Saul Goodman's story, but also the "Breaking Bad" franchise, revealing what became of the lawyer.
A Terrorist Lingers in Plain Sight. Why Is She Still Free? | Opinion
The Jordanian woman who planted the bomb at the pizzeria, who scouted central Jerusalem and selected the target site because of the many children inside, who later called the carnage "my operation," was shockingly set free. That woman's name is Ahlam Ahmad Tamimi. As a college student of 21 working evening hours as a TV newsreader, she became the first female accepted into the ranks of its killers by Hamas.
Human remains found near Civil War fort in Nashville
The fort, built by runaway slaves and freed Black people for the Union, has become a flashpoint in recent years.
Woman 'So Angry' That Her Step-Son Overstayed His Welcome Praised Online
Co-parental conflict and stepparenting issues are among the unique stressors faced by step families, according to the Family Process journal.
The Secret Powers of an Australian Prime Minister, Now Revealed
Scott Morrison was busy during the pandemic. In addition to being prime minister, he covertly put himself in charge of five ministries. Critics say he damaged democracy.
Disgusted Ariana Grande Fans Say She Was 'Sexualized' as Nickelodeon Teen
Following the release of Jennette McCurdy's tell-all memoir, fans are looking back clips of Grande playing the character Cat Valentine.
Teenager Gored by Huge Bison in South Dakota State Park
A British teenager who was hiking in Custer State Park was gored by a bison, leaving her partially paralyzed from the knee down.
Woman struck by lightning near White House talks her road to recovery with 'GMA'
In an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America," Amber Escudero-Kontostathis discusses being the sole survivor of a lightning strike near the White House on Aug. 4.
Why Lake Mead Water Levels Are Rising Again
The Las Vegas Valley has seen one of the wettest monsoon seasons in decades.
Memphis hospital locks down while treating shooting victims
A hospital was reportedly on lockdown early Tuesday while treating multiple victims of a shooting involving two crime scenes in in Memphis, Tennessee
Johns Hopkins wants to change policing. Many fear it won’t work.
Johns Hopkins University has spent years trying to create a private campus police force. After protests and a two-year "pause" on the project, the school is moving ahead.
WHO and world leaders: How we're building better, more equitable vaccine systems
The challenges? Ensuring vaccines stay effective, boosting capacity of public health systems and countering misinformation that prevents vaccinations.
Overcrowded animal shelters dealing with staffing shortages
Officials at an animal shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina, say they feel like they are crying wolf sometimes because they've been so full for so long.
Six drastic plans Trump is already promising for a second term
The former president’s recent speeches have begun specifying new policies he’d pursue if he returns to the White House, with an emphasis on crime, voting and shrinking the government.
Gen Z TikTok creators are turning against Amazon
The ‘People Over Prime’ campaign is a public setback for the company, which has courted young influencers.
Op-Ed: Is Liz Cheney the GOP's once and future leader?
The representative from Wyoming could win by losing, if Republicans come to regret their torrid affair with extremism.
Letters to the Editor: On drought, Gov. Newsom ignores the cow in the room
The state's 'aggressive' drought plan won't work if it allows animal agriculture to continue guzzling water.
3 Good Things: A salmon boom, less pain at the pump and sportsmanlike conduct
Some good news about a thriving ecosystem, lower gasoline prices and the American pastime.
What does the Kansas vote tell us about the future of abortion?
Abortion rights supporters are especially motivated to get involved in politics, our research suggests.
Back-to-school supplies: 10 secrets of saving money amid high inflation
With today's inflation, shopping for back-to-school supplies may be stressful for many families. Here are 10 ways to save money on school supplies this season.
Nipsey Hussle gets Hollywood star on what would have been his 37th birthday
The late rapper's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is the 2,729th placed to date.
Title X advocates worry that birth control may go the same way as abortion
A Supreme Court ruling overturned Roe v. Wade. Now there's a big push to increase funding for Title X, a federal program that offers birth control and other reproductive care to low-income patients.
A Capitol rioter tried to bond with a Reagan judge, then got a lecture
Judge Thomas F. Hogan said he was increasingly irritated by Jan. 6 defendants who expressed no responsibility or remorse for their actions.
Fetterman blasts Washington, spotlights nonpartisan solutions, in new ad in Pennsylvania’s crucial Senate race
Fox News Exclusive: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman blames Washington D.C. for the nation’s economic “mess” in new TV commercial by the Keystone State’s Democratic Senate nominee
Liz Cheney’s future and what else to watch in Wyoming and Alaska primaries
On Tuesday, some of the biggest anti-Donald Trump names in Republican politics will be on the ballot. Here’s what we’re watching in primaries in Alaska and Wyoming.
Letters to the Editor: An L.A. Times front page free of Donald Trump? More of this, please
After a week of news dominated by the former president, a reader welcomes a one-day respite.
Column: The paradox of Trump's charisma
When Trump is at his most indefensible is precisely when the irrationality of his defenders becomes most intense.
FBI raid is backdrop as DeSantis begins battleground tour
Former President Donald Trump's hold over the Republican party remained intact at campaign events over the weekend.
1 dress, 8 weddings: Brides in this family have worn the same gown for 72 years
“There was no question that I would become the eighth bride to wear the dress,” said Serena Stoneberg Lipari, 27.
Outrage Over Man Asking Fiancee to Use Inheritance to Pay for Brother's IVF
When she refused, he called her "selfish" since it was "easy money" that she had never had to work for.
Abolish the FBI | Opinion
The FBI claimed it raided President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago last week looking for classified documents.
Seaplanes are coming to Washington. But they’ll land on ... land.
The seaplane is the latest mode of a transportation to debut in a traffic-clogged region constantly searching for faster methods of travel.
What We Can Learn From the Swiss Ambassador’s Secret Oasis in DC
Pack your lunch and sunscreen. We’re taking a field trip!
Help! I Think I Need to Come Clean to My Sister About What Really Happened to Our Brother.
Maybe I could wait a few more years.
The Unlovable, Irresistible John Donne
If you were a gentleman in Elizabethan London, a gentleman of more or less regular means and habits, your typical day went something like this: You rose at 4 a.m., you wrote 14 letters and a 30-page treatise on the nonexistence of purgatory, you fought a duel, you composed a sonnet, you went to watch a Jesuit get publicly disemboweled, you invented a scientific instrument, you composed another sonnet, you attended the premiere of As You Like It, you romanced someone else’s wife, and then you caught the bubonic plague and died.They packed a lot in, the Elizabethans, is my point. Maybe posterity, considering our own age, will judge that we are packing a lot in, with the fascism and the COVID and the melting glaciers. Maybe. But there was a peculiar paradoxical ugly-beautiful density to life as the Elizabethans lived it. The Reformation was just behind them; the civil war was coming; Elizabeth, the virgin queen, may have been semi-celestial, but her subjects lived in a police state. They had a passion for virtue and a genius for cruelty. They had wonderful manners and barbaric inclinations, lovely clothes and terrible diseases. They oscillated madly between the abstract and the corporeal. And among his contemporaries, nobody oscillated more madly than John Donne.Donne was made of contradiction, or of transformation. Born an outsider, a Catholic at a time when being Catholic in England was illegal—his uncle and then his brother went to prison for their faith, and his brother would die there—Donne worked his way in, into the inside, shifting and shedding as he went.He was a bookish lover-poet who went to sea with the doomed and dashing Earl of Essex and caught a vision of hell when he watched Spanish sailors being burned alive in the harbor at Cádiz. (His Rutger Hauer–in–Blade Runner moment: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.”) He was a splenetic satirist, all-observing, all-condemning, who was also a world-class flatterer/ingratiator. He had a slicing, dicing, predatory mind that he applied with equal force to sex, to politics, and finally to a religious vocation. Young Donne had an inflamed libido, old Donne an inflamed conscience. The man who wrote “License my roving hands, and let them go / Before, behind, between, above, below” would become, as the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, the grave divine who warned his congregants that “a man may be an adulterer in his wife’s bosom, though he seek not strange women.”As for his poetry, it’s unlovable and it’s irresistible. English verse is not the same after Donne. Harmony and gentility—the music of Spenser—go out the window, and in comes a ferocious, sometimes grating intellectual energy and an intense superiority. You can read pages of Donne and register only the oppressive proximity of his pulsing brain. But then he’ll snag you. “Busy old fool, unruly sun,” grumbles the lover as daylight pushes in at the bedroom window. “Saucy pedantic wretch, go chide / Late school boys.” Encrusted as his vocabulary could be, he had a shocking talent for immediate, everyday speech. One moment his verse is alien, twisted, full of fussy wiring and strange mechanical conceits (Dr. Johnson: “Who but Donne would have thought that a good man is a telescope?”); the next he writes “For God’s sake hold your tongue, and let me love,” or “I run to death, and death meets me as fast,” and we hear him speaking to us across four centuries in ringing monosyllables.Super-Infinite is the title of Katherine Rundell’s new biographical study of Donne. It sounds like an album by Monster Magnet. And indeed, Rundell responds to Donne in something of a heavy-metal, hyperbolizing register. Read the first stanza of “Love’s Growth,” she promises us, and “all the oxygen in a five-mile radius rushes to greet you.” Another poem, “The Comparison,” in which Donne contrasts the charms of his mistress with those of another woman, takes the tradition of poets praising female beauty “and knifes it in a dark alley.” And so on.[Read: Passion and paradox in John Donne’s ‘Batter My Heart, Three-Person’d God’]But overpraise, or praise with reverb, is very Elizabethan and very, very John Donne, as Rundell shows us. “Compliments,” she writes, “were core currency,” and Donne was loaded. He flung out admirations; he strewed encomia. “Your going away,” he assured one Lady Kingsmill in a letter, “hath made London a dead carcass.” Rundell calls this Donne’s “pleasure in extravagance.” When Elizabeth, the young daughter of Sir Robert Drury, died, Drury (the sort of grandee to whom Donne was always sucking up) commissioned an elegy. And although Donne had never met Elizabeth Drury, he went at it with a vengeance: In two long, slightly bonkers poems, “The First Anniversary” and “The Second Anniversary,” he unfurled the full howling panorama of human existence and almost beatified the deceased girl. “She, she is dead; she’s dead; when thou knowest this / Thou knowest how dry a cinder this world is.” It was heavenly hackwork. “If he had written it of the Virgin Mary,” opined Ben Jonson, “it had been something.”Donne’s love poetry is extreme: Bodies melt, souls commingle, genders elide, death is an atom away. For sheer piercing morbidity, what image can match the “bracelet of bright hair about the bone” that he summons in “The Relic,” his fantasy of being exhumed while still wearing the tokens of his love? His religious poetry is equally extreme: “Spit in my face you Jews, and pierce my side,” runs one of his Holy Sonnets (more of those hammering monosyllables), in which he prays to take on the sufferings of Christ. “Buffet, and scoff, scourge, and crucify me, / For I have sinned, and sinned.” On a good day, Donne saw the world as an organic biological-spiritual unity, the famous whole where “no man is an island.” On a bad one, it became a slaughterhouse, a Boschian mill: “Th’ earth’s race is but thy table; there are set / Plants, cattle, men, dishes for Death to eat. / In a rude hunger now he millions draws / Into his bloody, or plaguey, or starved jaws” (“Elegy on Mistress Bulstrode”).An extremity of perception, in the end, is where the two Donnes meet: He was a mystic in bed, and a mystic in the pulpit. The almost Tantric lover, seeking an essence beyond the body, was also the yearning-for-eternity preacher: “As soon as my soul enters heaven, I shall be able to say to the angels, I am of the same stuff as you.”He managed his exit like David Bowie, stripping naked in the weeks before he died and wrapping himself in his winding-sheet so that an artist could make sketches for the posthumous carving of a marble monument. As a preacher, Rundell tells us, Donne’s “speciality” was his gift for riffing on infinity. One imagines his congregants at St. Paul’s creaking and shuffling in their pews as he laid the vision upon them: “There shall be no cloud nor sun, no darkness nor dazzling, but one equal light; no noise nor silence, but one equal music.” And there it is, the final resolving power chord: the radiant wave in which all the contradictions—of the age, and of the man—would be consumed.This article appears in the September 2022 print edition with the headline “Heavenly Hackwork.”
‘I Don’t Think Jesus Himself Would Fit With Today’s Evangelical Base’
How Politics Poisoned the ChurchThe evangelical movement spent 40 years at war with America, Tim Alberta wrote in June. Now it’s at war with itself.I have been in full-time ministry for more than 20 years in churches around the U.S. Now I am winding down even though I am just 44.I am due to preach in a couple of weeks, and I have nothing to say. I have wrestled with why and have concluded that I am so disappointed and frustrated with modern Christianity that all I want to do is rail against it. It has taken a toll on my faith for many years and has left me empty. The Church has fallen prey to propaganda and a lack of critical thinking, resulting in an ever-weakening witness and a nearsighted worldview. We contradict the very essence of the teachings of Jesus.Thank you for your research and article. You give a voice to those who will never be heard by more than a small audience.Michael RhodesBelpre, OhioI appreciated Tim Alberta’s clarity about what is really at stake with the rise of far-right evangelicals. The unholy alliance between radically conservative Christianity and radically conservative politics doesn’t seek the kingdom of God; instead, it wants to impose a theocracy on the United States of America. Such a theocracy would cheapen the foremost requirement of the Christian faith: humbly carrying one’s cross daily.Early Christians believed that following Jesus Christ transforms a person into a well of compassion, humility, kindness, and generosity. They put the needs of others before their own.Theocracy does not require such an inner transformation; the evangelical-right base and its prophets are quick to condemn cherry-picked sins. Jesus, by contrast, said that the important matters of God’s commands are “justice, mercy, and faith.” I don’t think Jesus himself would fit with today’s evangelical base.Reverend Vanessa J. FalgoustNatchitoches, La.The fact that Tim Alberta “didn’t see a single person carrying a Bible” at FloodGate is not at all surprising. Just as a disturbing percentage of evangelical Christians find science, democracy, and journalism inconvenient, so too, it seems, do they find the New Testament inconvenient. That’s because its main message is not freedom, but responsibility. How else would we categorize the Golden Rule and the parable of the Good Samaritan?Evan BedfordRed Deer, Alberta, CanadaTim Alberta laments “How Politics Poisoned the Church.” Unfortunately, the current predicament of American evangelicalism started long ago, when it opened itself up to various poisons by cutting itself off from the deep spiritual, liturgical, and intellectual roots of the Church. Matters worsened when evangelicals hitched themselves to American capitalist culture and its growing pile of social detritus: celebrity, power, success, and narcissism. Having severely limited their theological diet to a single book, the Bible, they forgot that though it is a rich and powerful book, it is also almost infinitely malleable when atomized into single verses. It’s a recipe for captivity to whatever cause or enthusiasm catches fire at the moment. The result is a bizarre caricature of Christianity.Arland D. JacobsonMoorhead, Minn.Thanks for Tim Alberta’s thoughtful and heartbreaking reporting on politics and American evangelicalism. I grew up attending a small Southern Baptist church in rural Kentucky. I haven’t visited in several years, but I hear it hasn’t escaped the politicization that Alberta writes about. The pastor—a conservative, by any normal standard—has been branded a liberal for bucking right-wing orthodoxy on race, gun violence, and other issues. Relationships have been strained or broken.Politicizing the Gospel has human consequences. My dad, a Focus on the Family conservative in the great tradition of the ’90s, felt alienated by COVID skepticism on the right. The message he heard from anti-maskers and vaccine skeptics was this: Only healthy people matter. Dad was at high risk for several reasons and feared that he would die if he caught the virus. He was right. I watched COVID stop his heart last October.As I grieve my dad, I’m also grieving evangelicalism like another loved one. My faith journey is complicated enough already. It’s even harder having to realize that the tradition I come from is committed to political victory at all costs.Joel SamsFrankfort, Ky.Tim Alberta’s analysis of the current evangelical movement’s struggles seems based, at least in part, on the separation of the spiritual and religious from the earthly and human, as he states in his interpretation of Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians. Yet Paul’s encouragement to set one’s sights on the “unseen” does not indicate that his followers should move “away from the fleeting troubles of humanity.” If politics refers to the power dynamics that shape and influence how a society sees and defines itself, claiming that the earliest Church writings, including the Gospels, were apolitical seems a gross misinterpretation of their content and message.When Christ tells us to feed the hungry and clothe the naked, he implies that there’s something inherently wrong with allowing others to starve or freeze to death. Preachers encouraging greater inclusion of the marginalized, generosity to the poor, and welcoming of the outsider are offering messages that have not just spiritual implications, but political and economic ones as well. The churches vilifying those who support science by stressing the importance of wearing masks during a pandemic or those who accept the truth that the 2020 election was not stolen are divisive and toxic, yes, but more important, they’re not preaching the Gospel. Pastors need to be courageous enough to support leaders and government policy that make manifest what it means to live up to Christ’s teaching.Jonathon HuberAtlanta, Ga.From the ArchiveOne striking image in this month’s Viewfinder column (“A Man’s World”) shows a group of astronauts posing in microgravity on the Mir Space Station in 1998. Tucked in a scrum of rugby-shirt-wearing men is Bonnie Dunbar, the seventh American woman to go to space, who was then on her fifth and final space-shuttle mission. Dunbar has appeared in The Atlantic before. In March 2019, what would have been the first-ever all-female spacewalk was stymied by a dearth of spacesuits small enough for the women. Dunbar spoke with our space reporter, Marina Koren, about the limitations NASA’s suits had long imposed on astronauts.[Read: The original sin of NASA spacesuits]As Koren reported, NASA still uses spacesuits designed in the 1970s. These initially came in a range of sizes, but in the ’90s, budget cuts led to sizing cuts: The agency eliminated its smallest spacesuits.On the International Space Station, astronauts conduct regular spacewalks to maintain the facilities. These walks require well-fitting spacesuits. According to Dunbar, the suits’ shortcomings in recent years have influenced not just who went on missions but who became an astronaut. “Applicants had to be bigger to be selected,” she told Koren.Having spent years trying to develop new spacesuits in-house, NASA recently contracted with two companies to finish the job; these next-generation suits will accommodate a broader range of body types. Separately, at Texas A&M University, Dunbar and a team are working to develop custom-fitting suits using body-scanning technology.Stephanie Hayes, Deputy Research ChiefBehind the Art“ ‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ ” an investigation of the Trump administration’s family-separation policy, is the longest feature The Atlantic has published in a single issue in decades. The art for this article employs the aesthetics of bureaucracy—photocopied documents, torn renderings of court filings, and black-and-white photography—to evoke the trove of evidence that Caitlin Dickerson uncovered in her reporting. We found that presenting the information in stark terms made clear how administrative banality masked the callousness at the heart of the policy.Oliver Munday, Design DirectorThis article appears in the September 2022 print edition with the headline “The Commons.”
Jason Kander opens up about politics, PTSD, masculinity and ‘Invisible Storm’
In this Washington Post Live conversation from July 27, former Democratic rising star Jason Kander discusses his new memoir, “Invisible Storm: A Soldier’s Memoir of Politics and PTSD,” and opens up about his decision to leave politics, his take on what Sen. Josh Hawley calls masculinity, and the impact of his work helping veterans across the country.