Confirm or Deny: Confirm or Deny: Peter Thiel

Maureen Dowd: California should secede. Peter Thiel: Confirm. I’d be fine with that. I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign. Meryl Streep is overrated. Confirm. She’s probably very overrated, especially by all the people who are vociferously saying that she’s …

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With … Peter Thiel: Peter Thiel, Trump’s Tech Pal, Explains Himself

Let others tremble at the thought that Donald J. Trump may go too far. Peter Thiel worries that Mr. Trump may not go far enough. “Everyone says Trump is going to change everything way too much,” says the famed venture capitalist, contrarian and member of the Trump transition team. “Well, maybe Trump is going to …

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Is This Cabinet Worth $500,000?

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the furniture designer Paul Evans’s posthumous ascent is not that he has gone from dustbin to deified over the last decade, or that his work has been collected by big names like Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz and Tommy Hilfiger. It is that his signature pieces — 1960s credenzas that …

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Noted: Overrated? Loser? Not if It’s Trump Who Calls You Out

The news release for Jonathan Chait’s new book about the presidency of Barack Obama, “Audacity,” carries an unusual endorsement. Typically a publisher will promote advance reviews or praise from fellow authors. But Custom House, Mr. Chait’s publisher, has instead reprinted a Twitter post by President-elect Donald J. Trump. In the May 2013 tweet, Mr. Trump …

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The Male Animal: Game Over: These Guys Are No Longer Big Sports Fans

The Male Animal By SRIDHAR PAPPU You would be hard-pressed to find someone more devoted to the Cleveland Browns than Jeff Stemler. He exulted over the wins. After losses, he was so angry that he couldn’t speak. The team was part of his identity. It started in his childhood, when the quarterback Brian Sipe led …

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Party Coverage: Scene City: Viola Davis, Ryan Reynolds and Tracee Ellis Ross Celebrate After the Golden Globe Awards

Party Coverage: Scene City By MONICA CORCORAN HAREL Are stars really just like us? Take the young actress Kathryn Newton, who was among the hundreds of partygoers making their way to the Golden Globes after-parties on Sunday night. Although she stars alongside Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon in the HBO series “Big Little Lies,” Ms. …

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List of Five: Harvey Spevak, C.E.O. of Equinox, Has a Sporty Style

Harvey Spevak, the chief executive of the Equinox fitness company, goes with a sleek, sporty look. When Mr. Spevak, 52, isn’t hosting opening parties for new locations for Equinox and its brands SoulCycle and Blink, the Bronx-born Manhattan resident is working on one of the company’s latest projects: an Equinox hotel scheduled to open in …

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Critic's Notebook: Casey Affleck: ‘Thanks for Dressing Up’

To be fair to Casey Affleck, he is not the biggest schlump in show business. Adam Sandler takes that prize. And let’s state upfront that we are talking here strictly in sartorial terms. There is plenty to be said about the more serious of Mr. Affleck’s shortcomings, the ones that have led him to settle …

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How LSD ‘Microdosing’ Saved Ayelet Waldman’s Marriage

Ayelet Waldman, a novelist and former federal public defender, recalled the sunny spring morning she rolled out of bed in her Berkeley, Calif., home and experienced the most curious sensation: She felt alive. As her husband, the novelist Michael Chabon, slept and her teenage son and daughter slumped over the breakfast table, Ms. Waldman did …

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Red Carpet Watch: Naomie Harris: A Chameleon on Screen and Off

The British actress Naomie Harris, 40, might have splashed on the scene as the Bond girl Moneypenny, but these days she is banking on riskier roles. Her turn as a crack addict in the lauded “Moonlight” earned her supporting actress nods for the Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Golden Globes, on …

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