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Donald Trump’s presidency was the worst thing that happened to the Trump brand

Most college athletes can’t accept brand sponsorships or deals. That could soon change.

A pending NCAA rule would allow athletes to profit from their personal brands.

Inauguration fashion was bold, American, and even a little bit fun

Joe Biden wore Ralph Lauren, while Kamala Harris’s ensemble featured work from two young Black designers.

The department store’s false promise to Black America

Claudia Conway’s TikToks about her mother’s alleged abuse are more complicated than they seem

This week in TikTok: Get me out of sea shanty TikTok

The best $1 I ever spent: A Venmo payment to my ex

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Terrible financial advice is going viral on TikTok

TikTok is full of dubious personal finance myths. Here are 10 of them, and why you should be wary.

What domestic work looks and feels like right now

A running list of corporate responses to the Capitol riot

How random people have managed to get leftover coronavirus vaccines

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Inauguration week could turn violent, so Airbnb canceled all DC reservations

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The paradox of online “body positivity”

Is this the beginning of a mainstream fat acceptance movement? Or will it be buried by the algorithms?

This week in TikTok: The absurdity of the Capitol siege

Insurrection merch shows just how mainstream extremism has become

Why corporate America’s ban on political donations isn’t all that it seems

Kamala Harris’s Vogue cover controversy, explained

The controversy over Sean Hannity’s Olive Garden “Pasta Pass,” explained

Why brands are weighing in on the Capitol insurrection

Online shopping has boomed in the pandemic. But what about all the packaging?

Millions of students and adult dependents won’t receive a $600 stimulus payment

The politics of “dude food”

Georgia’s runoff elections are putting Steve Kornacki back on the map

This week in TikTok: How a Ratatouille joke led to a Broadway musical

Are air fryers worth the hype? Depends who you ask.

The case for large cities in a post-pandemic world

Can habit-tracking apps help bring some routine back to our quarantine lives?

The money we didn’t spend in 2020

The rise of working out while working from home

Los Angeles is America’s new coronavirus hot spot. Urban sprawl might’ve played a role.

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The definitive American Girl ranking

Statement coats are the latest quarantine obsession

The year in things

The history of Jews, Chinese food, and Christmas, explained by a rabbi

Food banks have had a record year. Here’s what it’s like to run one.

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How SoulCycle lost its soul

The boutique fitness phenomenon sold exclusivity with a smile, until a toxic atmosphere and a push for growth brought the whole thing down.

What’s going on with the USPS this holiday season?

This week in TikTok: The dawning of the Age of Aquarius (apparently)

The best $2,000 I ever spent: Whatever my grandmother needed this year

How Instagrammy cookware got so popular

How Christmas trees are made, explained by a tree farmer

Americans don’t think like citizens. They think like shoppers.