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The Long (and Short) History of the ChokerMegan Garber traces the history of the little accessory making a major comeback in contemporary fashion.

HBO

Television

Recommended: Did Jane Jacobs Predict the End of the U.S.?

Insecure Is Quietly RevolutionaryDavid Sims explains how Issa Rae’s insightful, funny new HBO sitcom takes on issues both universal and specific.

The Anger of Samantha BeeMegan Garber discusses how the Full Frontal host’s take on the Trump Tapes shows how deeply the election’s outrage has permeated American culture.

Halt and Catch Fire’s Sad Ballad of the FutureDavid Sims laments the end of the brilliant AMC show’s third season.

American Housewife Has a Weight ProblemMegan Garber shows how ABC’s new show makes progress by casting a non-skinny lead, but undercuts it by making her character obsessed with her body.

Atlanta Is One of the Most Versatile Shows on TVDavid Sims analyzes how Donald Glover’s new FX show transforms itself from drama to sitcom to sketch comedy each week.

Falling Water Is the Dull Endpoint of Conspiracy-Theory TVSpencer Kornhaber reviews USA’s new supernatural drama.

Fresh Off the Boat and the Elusiveness of HomeLenika Cruz explores how two network shows raise questions about geography and belonging.

The Battle for the Soul of RuPaul’s Drag RaceSpencer Kornhaber weighs in as All Stars 2 crowns its controversial winner.

Nick Ut / AP

Music

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Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize Isn’t About MusicSpencer Kornhaber weighs in on the value of language and words in light of the legendary songwriter’s prestigious award.

The Familiar Insanity of Blaming BeyoncéSpencer Kornhaber takes on Republican pundits for their bizarre attempts to draw parallels between Trump’s misogynistic comments and rap music.

Donald Trump Is Terrific Protest-Music InspirationSpencer Kornhaber listens to a new Dave Eggers-curated collection of songs written against the Republican candidate.

Warner Bros.

Film

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The Accountant Is a Moral and Narrative TrainwreckChristopher Orr reviews Ben Affleck’s new film, which begins well, and then completely falls apart.

Desierto Is a Horror Movie in the Age of TrumpDavid Sims considers Jonas Cuarón’s movie, which follows a racist vigilante who stalks and murders Mexican immigrants.

Is Mascots Too Mean?Megan Garber argues Christopher Guest’s latest mockumentary might go a little too far in its mockery.

The Quiet Feminism of Certain WomenDavid Sims praises the hopeful, devastating new indie film starring Kristen Stewart.

Jim Bourg / Reuters

Media

How Ken Bone Became a BrandMegan Garber tracks the rise of the man who went from undecided voter at the presidential debate to internet sensation overnight.

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    Atlanta and these four other cities are most likely to get Amazon’s new headquarters: Tech analyst

    With Amazon (AMZN) narrowing its list of potential cities for its second headquarters last week, one Wall Street technology analyst believes he knows which of the remaining candidates have the inside track for the economically game-changing project. GBH Insights' Daniel Ives predicts five cities out of the new list of 20 candidates have a better chance to get Amazon's second headquarters than the rest. Amazon announced Thursday it narrowed the list of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations.

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    Reuters

    Air Lease CEO says momentum building for new Boeing mid-sized jet

    Plans for a potential new Boeing mid-sized jet are gaining momentum and Airbus looks set to respond by beefing up its strong-selling A321neo model, Air Lease Corp Chief Executive John Plueger said on Monday. "I think they (Boeing) feel they have momentum from the customers and that they are building momentum internally for the business case," Plueger told Reuters on the sidelines of the annual Airline Economics conference, referring to a project for a 220-260-seat jet known as New Mid-Sized Airplane ('NMA'). Airbus is developing a new version of its 185-seat A321neo capable of lifting more weight, he said.

  • Deaths of Canadian billionaire, wife a tantalizing mystery
    Finance
    Associated Press

    Deaths of Canadian billionaire, wife a tantalizing mystery

    There were no signs of forced entry on the cold December morning when a Canadian billionaire businessman and his wife were found dead inside their mansion, reportedly hanging from a railing at the edge of their indoor pool. Since that time, investigators have scoured the 12,000-square-foot home, hauled away the couple's cars and even checked the sewers in one of Toronto's most exclusive neighborhoods for clues. The day after the bodies were found, prominent media outlets, including the Toronto Star, quoted unidentified police officials as saying it appeared to be a murder-suicide.

  • General Electric shares fall below $16 as epic sell-off continues on Bank of America downgrade
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    CNBC.com

    General Electric shares fall below $16 as epic sell-off continues on Bank of America downgrade

    General Electric has learned its lesson in trying to please Wall Street too much: WSJ's Dennis Berman    2:11 PM ET Thu, 18 Jan 2018 | 02:37 General Electric shares continued to plumb new depths after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the troubled bellwether on Monday. The shares fell 1 percent Monday to $16.07 and touched an intraday low of $15.80, their lowest in six years. The stock fell last week below $17 a share after GE said earlier in the week that it would take a $6.2 billion after-tax charge because of its GE Capital insurance portfolio and that it expects to contribute $14 billion over the next seven years to shore up the company's reserves. Analyst Andrew Obin told investors

  • Photos of Trump “working” through the shutdown have set off an internet caption contest
    Politics
    Quartz

    Photos of Trump “working” through the shutdown have set off an internet caption contest

    Government shutdowns mean that a large swath of federal employees can’t work or get a paycheck, but the Trump administration is still using the time for MAGA-related purposes. That’s the impression the White House was eager to convey, at least, when it released photos yesterday of president Donald Trump “working in the White House during the Democrat shutdown.” The images show Trump sitting at an empty desk with a phone to his ear, walking stiffly around the building, and standing stone-faced at a jovial-looking staff meeting. In all the photos he wears his trademark “Make America Great Again” campaign hat, in white. Predictably, people on Twitter have begun mocking and captioning the photos:

  • This is not a real shutdown: Judge Napolitano
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    Fox Business Videos

    This is not a real shutdown: Judge Napolitano

    Judge Andrew Napolitano on the government shutdown and calls to release the FISA memo.

  • Will this “potentially hazardous” asteroid hit the Earth? Take a look yourself
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    Quartz

    Will this “potentially hazardous” asteroid hit the Earth? Take a look yourself

    If you’ve not already heard about it, the Daily Mail would like you to know to the following: ‘Potentially hazardous’ asteroid the size of the Burj Khalifa is heading towards Earth at 67,000 mph. It is the largest space rock to brush past our planet this year and previous research has found a rock of this size could plunge Earth into a mini-ice age if it hit. What are the chances of it hitting the Earth? NASA says zero. The asteroid called 2002 AJ129 will fly safely past the Earth on Feb. 4. The same is true for previous warnings from the Daily Mail for other asteroids, such as “lorry-sized” 2017 YD7, which safely flew past the Earth on Jan. 3, or “rogue asteroid” 2010 NY 65, which did the same

  • Four stock picks from a money manager focused on dividend growth for over two decades
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    MarketWatch

    Four stock picks from a money manager focused on dividend growth for over two decades

    Don Taylor at the Franklin Rising Dividends Fund disregards companies’ current dividend yields when selecting stocks. Instead he focuses on the strength of their underlying businesses. If a company increases its sales, earnings and cash flow enough to support significant and consistent increases in dividends, its stock should perform well in the long run, he reasons. Taylor has used that strategy since he helped establish the $19.4 billion Franklin Rising Dividends Fund FRDPX, +0.55% in 1996. The fund’s strategy is to select companies that are expected to post double-digit increases in dividend payouts over the long term. “The core is underlying business growth,” Taylor said in an interview Jan.

  • Private Investigators Say Several People Murdered Canadian Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey Sherman
    World
    Time

    Private Investigators Say Several People Murdered Canadian Billionaire Couple Barry and Honey Sherman

    Private investigators in Canada believe that a prominent billionaire couple found dead in their Toronto mansion last month were murdered by multiple assailants, pouring cold water on the theory that their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide. Police had earlier deemed the deaths of Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife Honey, 70, “suspicious” after a realtor discovered the bodies dangling from a railing near their basement swimming pool on December 15. Read more: A Billionaire Couple Was Found Dead Over the Weekend.

  • Oil prices soften as Libyan output undermines 2018 rally
    Business
    Reuters

    Oil prices soften as Libyan output undermines 2018 rally

    By Julia Payne and Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - Oil slipped on Monday under pressure from rising Libyan output and concerns that a rally that had sent prices to their highest since December 2014 had run out of steam. Prices also found some support from strong economic growth that underpinned demand. Brent crude slipped 12 cents to $68.49 a barrel by 1454 GMT, reversing after modest gains earlier in the day.

  • What Goldman Sachs is telling high net worth clients about the stock market
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    Yahoo Finance

    What Goldman Sachs is telling high net worth clients about the stock market

    Goldman Sachs’ private wealth management advisors are telling its wealthiest clients that stocks are not in a bubble and that the bull market likely continues. “We recommend that clients stay invested in equities notwithstanding currently high valuations and the constant cascade of warnings that we are in an equity bubble.

  • 3 Reasons Not to Max Out Your 401(k) This Year
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    Motley Fool

    3 Reasons Not to Max Out Your 401(k) This Year

    While you will miss out on some growth opportunity, you'll avoid racking up costly credit card debt when an unplanned expense falls in your lap. Speaking of credit card debt, here's another reason not to max out your 401(k) this year: If you're sitting on a whopping balance and have a little extra money to spare (say, you got a raise or started working a side gig), it pays to eliminate your debt before padding your nest egg. Unless you're a true investing genius, you'll generally come out ahead by paying down your balance to avoid losing more money to interest than gaining a little extra in your 401(k).

  • 'Three Billboards' Wins Big at This Year's Female-Focused SAG Awards
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    Fortune

    'Three Billboards' Wins Big at This Year's Female-Focused SAG Awards

    Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood. The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor. The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success in March because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

  • Bull of the Day: Wynn Resorts (WYNN)
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    Zacks

    Bull of the Day: Wynn Resorts (WYNN)

    A huge name in the gaming industry, Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN) owns and operates Wynn Las Vegas and Encore in Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as Wynn Macau and the Wynn Palace located in the Special Administrative Region of Macau in the People's Republic of China. The company is currently making headway on a new gaming resort, Wynn Boston Harbor, in Everett, MA, located adjacent to Boston along the Mystic River. Boasting a hotel, a waterfront boardwalk, meeting and convention space, casino space, a spa, retail offerings, and food and beverage outlets, Wynn Boston Harbor is expected to open in mid-2019.

  • Whom Will Pfizer Buy in 2018?
    Business
    Motley Fool

    Whom Will Pfizer Buy in 2018?

    Back in November, Pfizer CEO Ian Read said the company would look at potential acquisitions even if tax reform didn't pass. The three potential acquisition candidates that have probably been put forward the most are Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB), Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY), and even Allergan (NYSE: AGN), a company that Pfizer attempted to buy in 2016.

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    Vanguard CEO: Investors should be very conservative aroun...

    At the Inside ETFs Conference, Vanguard CEO Tim Buckley speaks to CNBC's Bob Pisani about the state of ETF investing, the environment for active versus passive investing as well as what he thinks about bitcoin.

  • Just How Big a Social Security Hit Do Early Retirees Take?
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    Just How Big a Social Security Hit Do Early Retirees Take?

    Getting the most you can from Social Security is an important part of ensuring your financial security after you retire. One goal that many people have is to retire early, and that can create financial challenges that you need to address before you pull the plug on your career once and for all. Early retirement affects Social Security benefits in a couple of ways.

  • Is Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) a Buy?
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    Is Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPD) a Buy?

    High-yield oil and gas partnership Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE: EPD) recently announced a "small" change in its distribution policy that will have a big impact on the partnership's future. The next year or two will likely be less rewarding than the past, but for conservative investors, Enterprise is working to become an even safer income option. Here are some things you need to know to decide if Enterprise is a buy for you.

  • Trade of the Day: Nvidia Corporation Breakout Could Net You 400%
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    Trade of the Day: Nvidia Corporation Breakout Could Net You 400%

    NVDA stock is a secular growth story for more than a few good reasons. The firm sees Nvidia as still offering investors plenty of upside catalysts and expects online gaming to continue its job as a chief profit center with the company’s recently introduced Pascal card showing solid user adoption. BofA acknowledges NVDA stock doesn’t look cheap on the surface with its price-to-earnings ratio of 57, but still believes it’s worth every penny — and then some, given a buy reiteration with an attached price target increase from $251 to $275.

  • My Top Buffett Stock to Buy for 2018
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    My Top Buffett Stock to Buy for 2018

    If you look at the massive stock portfolio of Warren Buffett-led conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A) (NYSE: BRK-B), you'll find a disproportionately high amount of bank stocks. In addition to major positions in Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and American Express, Berkshire also owns substantial stakes in Bank of New York Mellon, M&T Bank, U.S. Bancorp, and more. While I think all of these stocks could benefit tremendously from rising interest rates, the one financial stock in Berkshire's portfolio that I'm keeping a close eye on is Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF).

  • 50 years ago North Korea seized a US spy ship and humiliated Washington
    World
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    50 years ago North Korea seized a US spy ship and humiliated Washington

    There’s only one active-duty vessel of the US Navy being held captive by a foreign government. It’s a North Korean tourist attraction. On Jan. 23, 1968, North Korea attacked and seized the USS Pueblo, a barely armed spy ship that had been operating in international waters off its coast. Sent to gather intelligence on the secretive nation’s military, the vessel was unimpressive but did feature sensitive encryption equipment and intelligence documents. One American crewmember was killed in the seizure, and the 82 others were imprisoned and mistreated for nearly a year. The 50th anniversary of ship’s capture serves as a reminder that relations between Washington and Pyongyang were tense long before

  • Monday’s Vital Data: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) and Freeport-McMoRan Inc (FCX)
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    Monday’s Vital Data: Apple Inc. (AAPL), Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) and Freeport-McMoRan Inc (FCX)

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    Can You Really Make Money Mining Bitcoins?

    If you want to join in the bitcoin frenzy without simply buying the digital currency at today's inflated prices, then bitcoin mining is another way to get involved. What is bitcoin mining? Bitcoin mining is how the bitcoin network keeps its transactions secure.

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    Here’s a way to get a pension-like benefit in retirement

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    Surprise! This Company Holds the Most Blockchain Patents

    If you've been waiting for the greatest thing since sliced bread to come along, cryptocurrencies might be it. Over a 53-week span from the beginning of 2017 through the first week of January 2018, the combined market cap of all cryptocurrencies surged by more than 4,500% to as much as $835 billion. There are, admittedly, a host of catalysts that have fueled the rally in cryptocurrencies.