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January 15, 2018

On the New Yorker “Shithole” Cover, Among Others

On the New Yorker “Shithole” Cover, Among Others
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By Michael Shaw This is probably the most damaging word picture Trump, or any politician, has ever uttered. My quick takes on the illo.

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January 11, 2018

Fire and Fury Baked In: Our Visual Roundup of the Week

Fire and Fury Baked In: Our Visual Roundup of the Week
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By Michael Shaw Trump still reeling from “Fire and Fury.” Golden Globes and weed demonstrate culture shift. California eco woes continue. Our visuals of the week.

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January 10, 2018

The Delicate Balance of Style Photos from War-Torn South Sudan

The Delicate Balance of Style Photos from War-Torn South Sudan
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By Rebecca Adelman — We are encouraged to see the South Sudanese people as something other than the face of a crisis. The risk, though, is to miss the crisis completely.

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January 8, 2018

Our Favorite Cutaways from Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech

Our Favorite Cutaways from Oprah’s Golden Globes Speech
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By Michael Shaw Oprah's speech turned out to be the emotional equivalent of a #MeToo keynote and call-to-arms.

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January 7, 2018

Carson Jones’s Classic Side Eye

Carson Jones’s Classic Side Eye
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By Marta Zarzycka — Why did the look from Carson Jones, during his father's Senate swearing-in ceremony, capture so many hearts?

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