Nov 16, 2019

The growing trend of dopamine fasting

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When everything feels good, nothing does. That's the idea behind a growing trend of detoxing from dopamine, reports Nellie Bowles for the NYT.

What they're saying: “We’re addicted to dopamine,” James Sinka told Bowles. “And because we’re getting so much of it all the time, we end up just wanting more and more, so activities that used to be pleasurable now aren’t. Frequent stimulation of dopamine gets the brain’s baseline higher.”

How it works: Don't do fun stuff. No screens, no music, no exercise or sex. No work, no eye contact… The list goes on.

  • Ideally, after the fast, everything good starts to feel good again.

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New Jersey's Twitter account is a viral hit

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The official Twitter account for the state of New Jersey has been blowing up the internet over the past few weeks.

What's happening: The account tweets important government information alongside a witty mix of New Jersey inside jokes about good pizza and central New Jersey.

Go deeperArrowDec 10, 2019

Democrats like Medicare for All, but swing voters don't

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

New polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Cook Political Report confirms that while Democratic voters like the idea of “Medicare for All,” it would be a risk in a general election.

Between the lines: This poll was conducted in the formerly “blue wall” states of Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Go deeperArrowNov 19, 2019

Trump pays charities $2M to resolve foundation funds misuse lawsuit

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President Trump has paid charities $2 million following a court-ordered judgment to settle a lawsuit alleging his foundation misused funds, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Tuesday.

Charities are not a means to an end, which is why these damages speak to the president’s abuse of power and represent a victory for not-for-profits that follow the law."
— Letitia James in a statement
Go deeperArrowDec 11, 2019