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ICYMI: Democrats Fighting Dirty, ‘Ant-Man’’s Oversized Heart and the Right Way to Schedule Sex

This may be the first time this statement applies universally across the country (don’t quote me on that), but the heat this weekend, whoa. I’m actually excited to be back in my air-conditioned office, as opposed to sitting with an icepack on my chest scrolling endlessly through Netflix in a pool of my own sweat. At least I wasn’t in Arizona, where some guy filmed a thermometer reach 192 degrees in his car:

Hard pass on Arizona.

Speaking of heat, these pieces are all  .

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The Professor Who Wants to Inspire a New Generation of ‘Dirty’ Democrats
Democrats are losing. If the party wants to rebuild their crumbling political fortunes, it’s time they fight with the same ferocity Republicans have for decades. That’s the opinion of David Faris, head of the political science department at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and author of Time to Fight Dirty: How Democrats Can Build a Lasting Majority in American Politics. Features writer Eddie Kim recently sat down with Faris to talk about the type of asymmetrical political warfare the Dems need to deploy to regain power. READ MORE

An Actual Film Critic on ‘Ant Man and the Wasp’

On better poster quotes for the film: “A pleasure,” “Heartfelt and touching” and “a silly good time.”

On the film’s refreshingly low stakes: “It’s a comic-book movie that isn’t concerned with the fate of the cosmos. No one’s fighting for global domination. There isn’t a single Infinity Stone to be had. It’s a blessed relief.”

On food: “We need a name for these dependable, medium-sized spectacles: Snackables, maybe? Appetizer action films? Whatever you call them, they ought to be part of a well-balanced movie diet.”

On what this film basically is trying to tell you: “Hey, we know we’re not your first choice for a Marvel movie. But we promise we’ll be fun.”

On Paul Rudd, per the 60something set: “He just seems a little… smug.”

Get the full review of the latest entry in the MCU, plus everything you could possibly want to know about Paul Rudd’s alleged smugness, here.

Scheduled Sex = Regular Sex… Basically

Think you and your partner are “above” scheduling sex? Think again — you probably already are scheduling sex. How would you know? Here’s a little test, courtesy of staff writer Tracy Moore:

  • If you have a long-distance relationship, you already schedule sex.
  • If you have two busy jobs on different schedules, you schedule sex.
  • If you plan a date and it’s the only time you’re going to see someone you’re also fucking, you’ve just scheduled sex.
  • If you have kids and you can’t fuck until they go to sleep and you’ve emptied the dishwasher and cleaned up dinner, then you schedule sex.

In other words, don’t feel too bad if you schedule sex. It’s fine! It could even save your relationship — but there’s a right and wrong way to do it.

Coffee: You’re Doing It Wrong

It would take a lot for Americans to change their relationship with their morning cup of joe, but you may want to avoid drinking your Venti latte during these times:

  • Between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
  • Between noon and 1 p.m.
  • Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

That exactness may strike you as ridiculous, but this is when your cortisol peaks, and that’s why drinking coffee during these times is probably stressing you out.

Too Long; Didn’t Read

A recent survey by Bankrate suggests that half of Americans aren’t taking a summer vacation, because it’s just too expensive. It doesn’t need to be, though. Here then are a few quick tips on how to vacay on the low: