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    OMG

    Best ‘Scandal’ Episode Yet

    The ‘Scandal’ finale was a non-stop onslaught of twists and turns and utter insanity. It was also the show's most exciting, craziest episode to date. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

    “My mother blew up the church that almost cost you the presidency.”

    Guys, this show. This exhausting, out-of-its-mind, gloriously brave show, which dares to serve up lines like that with a straight face, like it’s not off its damn rocker. Lines that should cause us to do a spit-take they are so blessedly insane, but instead actually almost move us to tears. It takes nerve to put dialogue like that on air, or plots like the ones that assaulted us all during Scandal's season three finale Thursday night—an episode featuring a bombing, two murders, dozens of betrayals, and enough sordid family drama to make the Lannisters over in Westeros whisper to each other, “Those guys have issues…”

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  • Germany has revamped their childcare system to make it more friendly towards parents and working mothers. According to numbers which were published by German Family minister Kristina Schroeder, the country reached a family-friendly milestone in boosting the number of child care places. (Adam Berry/Getty)

    Opinion

    Career vs. Family: Why Choose?

    One D.C. psychologist explains two solutions to prevent women from choosing between their children and their careers.

    Four decades ago my hippie parents took to the streets to ensure that I could have career opportunities equal to men. For most of my life, I felt that I did. Yet the moment I became a mother, stark inequalities between me and the majority in my office suddenly became clear.

    “Equal Pay Day,” observed last week, serves as a reminder that women still earn less than men. The reasons for this are complex and many. But data from the Pew Research Center released last week highlight one underreported cause of the pay gap. Agrowing number of women leave the workforce to care for children. Many never come back. I know. I was nearly one of them.

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  • Memoir

    How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

    When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

    In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figure problems.” 

    Before entering the eighth grade, then-14-year-old Maya Van Wagenen discovered Cornell’s tome in her father’s office. Van Wagenen, who had been having difficulties fitting in at middle school, decided to follow Cornell’s advice and embark on the new school year with a 1950s mentality.  In her new (and first) memoir, Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek (April 2014, Dutton Children’s Books), Van Wagenen catalogue’s her journey through the social experiment, which included learning to be a stellar hostess, practicing proper posture, and styling her hair with rag curlers.

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    ’TIL TEXT DO US PART

    A Prenup for Digital Privacy

    Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

    The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as well, from accusations of high-fashion theft to a brewing custody battle for the couple’s dog, Tema. Then there are the more serious mutual allegations of domestic violence. But the contents of a post-nuptial agreement reported to be a last-ditch effort to save the union proved to be even more eyebrow-raising than many of the allegations Weir and Voronov hurled back and forth at each other in the media and in court.

    According to reports, the post-nup contained provisions requiring Weir’s mother to stop meddling so much (a request many unhappy spouses dream of!) and another, more unusual demand: specific restrictions on whom the couple may text and what kind of texting is appropriate, with specific language to address “sexting.” (Voronov previously alleged texting proof that Weir had been unfaithful.)

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  • Cover Girls

    Who's on Top?

    Power lists that were short on women seem to compensate by putting one on the cover. How about putting more on the list?

    By featuring John Oliver on its “35 Most Powerful People” cover, today’s Hollywood Reporter has broken a trend. Previously, power lists that were short on women seemed to compensate by putting one on the cover. See: Business Insider’s “Tech Power List: ”100 people, 14 women, lead image: Wall Street Journal reporter Evelyn Rusli; Fortune’s “40 Under 40 in Business:" 16 women, cover image: Birchbox Creator Katia Beauchamp; Business Insider’s “The 27 Most Impressive Students at Harvard Business:”10 women, cover image: Stephanie Frias and Shereen Khanuja; and Vanity Fair’s “The New Establishment List:” 50 people, 7 women, cover image: Lady Gaga. The Hollywood Reporter cover may be one small step forward for transparency but it would be a giant leap to actually start including more women.  

    Read it at The Wire
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    Moving On

    Royal Tour Moves On

    William, Kate and George will arrive in Sydney tomorrow afternoon

    William, Kate and Prince George have been taking a break from their official duties today after nine hectic days touring New Zealand, but tomorrow (Wednesday) they will board a flight to Sydney where they will kick off their ten-day tour of Australia.

    It's been a good week for the royals in New Zealand, the Queen's most far-flung realm, with Kate and William's decision to save the first official reveal of Prince George for a Wellington playgroup playing well with local and international media.

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  • Joseph Johnson

    How's That?

    Not-Pregnant Kate Plays Cricket

    Kate took part in an impromptu game of cricket with her husband in New Zealand

    Kate Middleton continued her campaign to prove she is not pregnant today by engaging in a game of cricket with her husband in New Zealand.

    Kate and William were at an engagement in Christchurch to publicise the Cricket World Cup, at the city's Latimer Square, when Kate stepped up to the wicket with nothing but a yellow plastic bat to defend her against her husband.

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  • Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie Peyton in Nurse Jackie. (Showtime)

    Addicted

    Edie Falco on Jackie’s Relapse

    Can Jackie stay sober? Edie Falco talks about the heartbreaking season premiere of ‘Nurse Jackie,’ and why addiction is an issue she’s so passionate about.

    Jackie’s off the wagon.

    The heartbreaking moment came at the end of Nurse Jackie’s season finale last year when, on her way to the party celebrating her first year of sobriety, Jackie Peyton popped another pill. It was a frustrating moment for viewers who keep rooting for TV’s toughest nurse to climb up from rock bottom and carve a life for herself that’s both sober and happy. Sunday night’s Season 6 premiere of Nurse Jackie reiterated that, at least at the moment, those two states of being can’t co-exist in Jackie’s life.

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    Rebel Nell

    Graffiti's Hidden Value

    Recognizing value in Detroit's resources, two partners are creating jewelry, jobs and revitalizing their city.

    In 2011, more than 19,000 homeless individuals were living in Detroit, according to the Homeless Action Network of Detroit. Of those, 40 percent were women and 85 percent were unemployed. Two women are taking advantage of the city’s own overlooked resources to help change that.

    Amy Peterson lives next door to a Detroit homeless shelter. She spent time speaking with the residents, particularly the women, and learned their stories. Many shared similar, painful backgrounds: a history of abusive relationships, some work experience but no financial independence since their partner had controlled the money. In order to find safety, they had to leave their homes, leave everything behind and seek shelter. The women explained to her that, in doing so, they often had to give up their jobs and, due to the recession and lack of education, were unable to find new employment.  

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