Roald Amundsen Didn’t Reach the Poles by Being a Nice Guy

The great polar explorer Roald Amundsen stood by himself on the frozen Arctic shore, staring into the distance. He was fifty-three years old—but looked seventy-five—and bankrupt.
On the ice in front of him, the men of the Amundsen-Ellsworth polar flight had broken open the large, long wooden crates that contained the two flying boats. Now their job was to reassemble the craft, laboring in subzero temperatures with little more than a block and tackle, the coal miners from the Kings Bay Mine ready to provide the muscle power when they needed it.

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Dear Care and Feeding: I Can’t Believe My Boyfriend Kept This Huge Secret from Me

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.
Dear Care and Feeding,
I started dating my boyfriend “Benny” less than two years ago. After six months together, he revealed a huge secret: he has FIVE children! He explained at the time that he hadn’t told me sooner because in the past, women he’d just started dating took the news badly and walked away before anything could develop between them. And I’ll admit that if I’d known, I would have done the same thing.

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Elizabeth Adams Was Hollywood’s Favorite Madam Before Heidi Fleiss

The biggest power players in today’s Hollywood are pretty obvious: the money mavens and creative minds behind the studios and streaming platforms that have been keeping us afloat with pandemic binges. The list is predictable…and incredibly boring considering the juicy history of 20th-century Hollywood.
If you time travelled just a few decades into the past, you would encounter influential characters of a different ilk, women like Elizabeth Adams who worked in the shadows and from the comfort of her plush satin bed and who tallied her power in the secrets she held.

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Elizabeth Adams Was Hollywood’s Favorite Madam Before Heidi Fleiss

The biggest power players in today’s Hollywood are pretty obvious: the money mavens and creative minds behind the studios and streaming platforms that have been keeping us afloat with pandemic binges. The list is predictable…and incredibly boring considering the juicy history of 20th-century Hollywood.
If you time travelled just a few decades into the past, you would encounter influential characters of a different ilk, women like Elizabeth Adams who worked in the shadows and from the comfort of her plush satin bed and who tallied her power in the secrets she held.

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A Quick, Compelling Bible Study Vol. 79: Jesus, Money and Pop Culture

Author’s Note: Interested readers can find all previous volumes of this series here. News Flash: The first 56 volumes have been compiled into a new book titled “Bible Study For Those Who Don’t Read the Bible.” More details at the end. Now back to our regular programming. 
Thanks for joining us today! Before we study what the Bible says about money, let’s review pop culture’s prevailing influence:
“I’ve Been Poor, and I’ve Been Rich. Rich Is Better!” – attributed to many entertainers. 
A more obnoxious version: “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been super-rich.

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House Democrats are scared to tax billionaires – that’s a costly mistake | Robert Reich

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House Democrats are scared to tax billionaires – that’s a costly mistake

Robert Reich

Political cowardice means those funding Joe Biden’s ambitious social policy plan want to leave the mega-rich unscathed

Democrats seemed cowed by their donors’ gaze. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

Democrats seemed cowed by their donors’ gaze. Photograph: Edgar Su/Reuters

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Politics must not kill the Constitution

ANALYSIS/OPINION:
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in remarks to students at the University of Notre Dame, warned about the toppling of “our institutions” by those who seek short-term gratifications and partisan political whims, very often at the expense of the Constitution — very often because they care little for preserving the Constitution.
He’s got a point. Today’s vicious politics are killing the Constitution.

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How Justin Trudeau went from liberal darling to possibly endangered species

Janet Clarkson knows what happens when Canadian voters have “unrealistic expectations” about a politician’s leadership in office: “They vote you out. Period. And that can happen to Prime Minister Trudeau in Monday’s election.” 
Clarkson should know. She was mayor of Trent Lakes in Ontario for two terms before losing to a challenger. Four years later, she ran again and retook the mayor’s office. 
“My loss was over stopping quarries,” she said, but “his challenges are much more complicated.” 
Justin Trudeau faces the polls on Sept.

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How Justin Trudeau went from liberal darling to possibly endangered species

Janet Clarkson knows what happens when Canadian voters have “unrealistic expectations” about a politician’s leadership in office: “They vote you out. Period. And that can happen to Prime Minister Trudeau in Monday’s election.” 
Clarkson should know. She was mayor of Trent Lakes in Ontario for two terms before losing to a challenger. Four years later, she ran again and retook the mayor’s office. 
“My loss was over stopping quarries,” she said, but “his challenges are much more complicated.” 
Justin Trudeau faces the polls on Sept.

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How Justin Trudeau went from liberal darling to possibly endangered species

Janet Clarkson knows what happens when Canadian voters have “unrealistic expectations” about a politician’s leadership in office: “They vote you out. Period. And that can happen to Prime Minister Trudeau in Monday’s election.” 
Clarkson should know. She was mayor of Trent Lakes in Ontario for two terms before losing to a challenger. Four years later, she ran again and retook the mayor’s office. 
“My loss was over stopping quarries,” she said, but “his challenges are much more complicated.” 
Justin Trudeau faces the polls on Sept.

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