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Douglas Macgregor: Trump ‘the only thing standing between us and another pointless war’ in Middle East

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Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor told Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Sunday’s U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria are an attempt to involve American forces in another Middle Eastern war.

“What we’ve heard routinely is that we’re coming out. We’re coming out. We’re coming out. Each time the president seems to be subverted and we end up with a few more troops left,” Macgregor told host Mark Steyn Monday about the continued presence of U.S. forces in Syria. “So it seems that your essential suspicion is probably accurate. This looks like an attempt to drag us into something.”

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The airstrikes took place days after a U.S. defense contractor was killed at a military compound in a rocket attack.

Military jet fighters conducted “precision defensive strikes” on five sites of Kataeb Hezbollah, an Iran-backed Iraqi militia, Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesperson for the Pentagon told Fox News. Two defense officials added that Air Force F-15 jet fighters carried out the strikes.

Macgregor believes some U.S. officials are walking Trump into an “ambush.”

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“I don’t think we have any idea what we’re doing there. And I think the president has been skillfully misinformed,” Macgregor said. “I think he’s being walked into another ambush much as he was last summer when all of a sudden he was presented with this fait accompli. ‘They’ve shot down a Global Hawk [drone]. We have to attack Iran.’ Now we have attacked these Iranian backed forces.

Steyn asked Macgregor if Trump has become “captive of Bush-era policy” prompting the colonel to say it “appears” that way and warning that the president is the only person keeping the country from another “pointless war.”

“He’s the one who can say no, and he does,” Macgregor said. “But he needs to understand that’s not enough. He’s got to move the people around him who are part of the problem out.”

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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Seth Barron: NYC leaders reversing policies ‘that have kept the city safe for 30 years’

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City Journal editor Seth Barron weighed in on the recent surge in violent crimes in New York after video of a man sucker-punching a police officer surfaced on Twitter.

“There’s a problem in New York City where we’ve inverted the priorities that have kept the city safe for 30 years,” Barron said Monday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,”

The body camera video released by the New York City Sergeants’ Benevolent Association shows a man identified as Steven Haynes, 40, punch an NYPD officer and wrestle him to the ground, refusing to move from on top of him.

Haynes was arrested but was later released days before a bail reform law takes effect in New York mandating that judges set free suspects in any non-sexual assault that doesn’t actually cause a physical injury.

“It used to be that we would focus on the law-abiding citizens, trying to keep their communities safe and prosecute the bad guys…but now, the priorities are reversed and we seem to be worrying about the bad guys and leaving the law-abiding citizens to their tender mercy,” Barron said.

Warning against the controversial new policy in a recent article titled “New York’s Thickening Cloud of Violent Crime,” Barron pointed to the case of Tiffany Harris, who was arrested for assault in Brooklyn Sunday a day after she was released following her arraignment on charges that she yelled anti-Semitic slurs and slapped three Jewish women in the face.

“Tucker” guest host Mark Steyn said the latest reforms seem to be “unwinding a quarter-century of effective policies since [former Mayor Rudolph] Giuliani,” and warned of going back in time to the 1970s and 1980s where “the Democrats’ sympathies were all with the criminal class.”

“The city became a safe city because we focussed on keeping communities safe…and we are reversing this,” Barron agreed.

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“We’re not heading in a good direction,” he added. “Things aren’t looking good. The pendulum has yet to reach its climax and it’s only at that point that I think they’ll reverse things.”

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Matt Gaetz: Bernie Sanders campaign gaining steam because of the ‘Venezuela wing’ of the Democratic Party

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is gaining in the primary election polls because the socialist wing of the party is feeling energized, according to Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz.

Gaetz told Gregg Jarrett on “Hannity” Monday that Sanders — now second behind former Vice President Joe Biden in the latest national surveys — is part of the vanguard of the “Venezuelan” contingent of the party.

“I think that Bernie Sanders’ ascension in the polls is a sign the Venezuela wing of the Democratic Party is showing a little life here,” he said. “You’ve got Joe Biden just as the blundering gaffe-machine that he is, you’ve got kind of the ‘Weekend at Bernie Sanders’ campaign where he’s trudging along but gaining momentum and then Elizabeth Warren who has had her ebbs and flows — I don’t see a winner in the field yet.”

Gaetz also joked that Warren’s recent decline in fundraising can be chalked up to her campaign “not wanting to pay her [proposed] wealth tax.”

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Sanders, a self-described “democratic socialist” has voiced support for left-wing policies such as Medicare-for-all and massive climate change legislation.

Venezuela, once a prosperous nation thanks in part to its oil reserves, has seen an economic collapse since the turn of the century under socialist leaders Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

Later on “Hannity,” House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., agreed with Gaetz’s moniker, remarking the “Venezuelan side of the Democratic Party” has been the most fervent supporters of impeaching President Trump.

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“She had to cut a deal to become Speaker because it was such a close race,” Biggs said of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“The reality is, [impeachment] has been a huge mistake for Democrats. They have nothing,” he said, adding that Democratic far-left will be a key reason for Trump’s potential reelection victory.

With a little more than a month to go before the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is ticking back up in the polls, leading the race for campaign cash by some distance and proving to have a political staying power that has eluded other big names in the crowded 2020 primary battle.

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Linda Ronstadt compares Trump to Hitler, says Mexicans ‘are the new Jews’

Music icon Linda Ronstadt blasted President Trump in a recent interview, comparing him to Adolf Hitler and claiming that under his presidency, “Mexicans are the new Jews.”

In the CNN sitdown, Ronstadt revealed her supranuclear palsy diagnosis had become “a strain” on her family relations, particularly with Republican relatives in Tuscon, Arizona.

“Instead of talking about that, we’d sing together, we’d have a great time,” Ronstadt said.

“Singing is what brought your family together,” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper replied. “Yeah,” she chuckled.

“So, now that you don’t have singing…” Cooper followed.

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“Now, I have to be careful because we’ve had so much taken away from us by this administration that I’m not willing to let them take my family relationships away,” Ronstadt continued. “My family — the parts that are Republican were fairly rational Republicans. We don’t have that in our current White House.”

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Linda Ronstadt took shots at President Trump in a CNN interview. (Getty/AP, File)

It’s unclear exactly when the interview took place; the network released clips from the sitdown over the weekend.

The Grammy-winning artist went into detail about the “great parallels” she saw between the rise of Trump and Nazi Germany and how both leaders, according to her, were “uncontrollable.”

“By the time he got established, he put his own people in place and stacked the courts and did what he had to do to consolidate his power,” Ronstadt elaborated. “And, we got Hitler and he destroyed Germany, he destroyed centuries of intellectual history forward and backward.”

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Cooper replied, “I think a lot of people, though, would be surprised to hear comparisons between what happened then and now.”

“If you read the history, you won’t be surprised. It’s exactly the same,” Ronstadt doubled down. “Find a common enemy for everybody to hate. I was sure that Trump was going to get elected the day he announced, and I said it’s gonna be like Hitler, and the Mexicans are the new Jews. And, sure enough, that’s what he delivered, you know.”

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Twitter Critics Mock Bloomberg’s ‘Open Office’ Vision For White House East Room

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Billionaire Michael Bloomberg on Monday detailed his vision for a transformation of the East Room of the White House into an egalitarian open office plan if he wins the presidency. Of course, he’d maintain the Oval Office, but during brainstorming sessions, he would “sit with our team” in an “open office plan” in the East Room, he tweeted.

In a clear dig at President Donald Trump, Bloomberg also noted he would use the Oval Office for some “official functions — never for tweeting.” The “rest of the time, I’ll be where a leader should be: with the team.” He illustrated his vision with a photo featuring him in the City Hall staff “bullpen” when he was mayor of New York City.

Twitter critics choked on his vision. Many thought the idea was just “dumb” and a waste of thought and money. Others hated what one called the “hell hole” of open offices — and observed that such an arrangement would be a security nightmare. 

They also pointed out that the Michael-come-lately presidential candidate’s intention to roll up his shirt sleeves with his White House aides won’t convince them that he’s anything other than a billionaire businessman.

Bloomberg’s tweet also triggered a bunch of wacky ideas for the East Room, from transforming it into a roller rink to building a dog library

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Mariah Carey becomes the first artist with No. 1 hits in four separate decades

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Mariah Carey has broken yet another record.

Earlier this month, Carey’s “All I Want for Chrismas Is You” hit No. 1 on the charts for the first time since its release 25 years ago, where it has remained since — the song’s run at No. 1 will stretch at least until Jan. 4, 2020, making her the first artist ever to have a No. 1 hit in four different decades.

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“All I Want” is her 19th No. 1 hit overall, earning her the most No. 1 singles for a solo artist in history.

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The 49-year-old singer’s first number one hit was “Vision of Love” in 1990, which was followed by 13 others before the year 2000. Three hits came in the 2000s before “All I Want” would finally hit No. 1 in 2019, stretching into 2020.

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Carey beats out the likes of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Usher, who all earned No. 1 hits in three decades.

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Iraq Condemns U.S. Air Strikes As Unacceptable And Dangerous

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on bases of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, a move that could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between the United States and Iran.

The U.S. military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah militia in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.

At least 25 militia fighters were killed and 55 wounded.

“The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences,” his office said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a call with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the U.S. strikes “were aimed at deterring Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.

The air strikes will force Iraq to reconsider working with the U.S.-led international coalition against Islamic State, the Iraqi National Security Council said in a statement.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said it would summon the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad to voice Baghdad’s disapproval.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States – Iraq’s two main allies – since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Earlier this month, Pompeo blamed Iranian-backed forces – which helped Baghdad turn the tables on Islamic State militants and are integrated into the Iraqi security apparatus – for attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq. He said any attacks by Tehran or proxies harming Americans or allies would be “answered with a decisive U.S. response.”

U.S. officials said Washington had displayed patience amid escalating provocations from Iran and its allies, but that it was time to re-establish deterrence against aggression.

“After so many attacks it was important for the president to direct our armed forces to respond in a way that the Iranian regime will understand,” U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook said in a news briefing.

Iran denies involvement in attacks on U.S. forces and has condemned the air raids as “terrorism”.

“This claim without any evidence cannot justify bombing and killing people in violation of international law,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said.

‘NATURAL RIGHT’

The strikes come as thousands take to the streets in Iraq to condemn, among other things, militias such as Kataib Hezbollah and their Iranian patrons that support Abdul Mahdi’s government.

They also demand an overhaul of a political system they see as corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty.

At least 450 people have been killed as security forces and militias have sought to quell the protests, which forced Abdul Mahdi to resign. He remains in a caretaker capacity.

About 400 people in Basra protested against the air strikes, demonstrating in support of the militias.

The raids brought threats of reprisal. “Our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq,” militia commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said on Sunday.

Mohandes is a senior commander of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella grouping of paramilitary organizations mostly consisting of Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias that were integrated into Iraq’s armed forces.

He is also one of Iran’s most powerful allies in Iraq and formerly headed Kataib Hezbollah, which he founded.

His threat was met positively by his Iranian backers.

“Taking revenge and responding to this crime are the natural right of the Iraqi nation and those groups that defend Iraq,” said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which trains some Iraqi militias including Kataib Hezbollah.

Iraqi security sources said U.S. forces in northern Iraq were ramping up security.

The PMF bolstered Iraq’s security forces during their battle to retake a third of the country from Islamic State insurgents.

They were later folded into Iraq’s official security structure and wield major political influence.

The Iraqi government is in control of the militias in “95% of cases”, Abdul Mahdi said at a televised Cabinet meeting.

He said was told about the air strikes hours before in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and tried to warn the militia.

REGIONAL RIVALRIES

The Iraqi government cannot do much because of its caretaker status and has to take its lead from parliament, Abdul Mahdi told his ministers.

Iraq’s Fatih alliance, a political bloc representing the militias that holds the second largest number of seats in parliament, condemned the air strikes.

Their main rival, populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament’s largest grouping, said he was willing to work with them to end the U.S. military presence in Iraq. But he also called on them to reign in their militias so as not to provide an excuse for further U.S. attacks.

Iraq’s influential top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, condemned the strikes, but his office also denounced alleged attacks by Iranian-backed militias on U.S. personnel.

He urged Iraqi authorities to prevent such attacks and “ensure Iraq does not become a field for settling regional and international scores and that others do not interfere in its internal affairs”.

Abdul Mahdi said his government’s policy was to keep Iraq out of regional alliances and away from war.

Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite group Hezbollah, backed by Iran, also condemned the air strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he congratulated Pompeo “on the important operation by the United States against Iran and its proxies in the region”.

Russia, which like Iran and Hezbollah backs President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria’s civil war, said the strikes were unacceptable and counterproductive. The Syrian government also denounced the air strikes.

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Iraq Condemns U.S. Air Strikes As Unacceptable And Dangerous

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Monday condemned U.S. air strikes on bases of Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, a move that could plunge Iraq further into the heart of a proxy conflict between the United States and Iran.

The U.S. military carried out air strikes on Sunday against the Kataib Hezbollah militia in response to the killing of a U.S. civilian contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, officials said.

At least 25 militia fighters were killed and 55 wounded.

“The prime minister described the American attack on the Iraqi armed forces as an unacceptable vicious assault that will have dangerous consequences,” his office said.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a call with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres that the U.S. strikes “were aimed at deterring Iran,” the State Department said in a statement.

The air strikes will force Iraq to reconsider working with the U.S.-led international coalition against Islamic State, the Iraqi National Security Council said in a statement.

Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said it would summon the U.S. ambassador in Baghdad to voice Baghdad’s disapproval.

Tensions have risen between Iran and the United States – Iraq’s two main allies – since last year when President Donald Trump pulled out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Earlier this month, Pompeo blamed Iranian-backed forces – which helped Baghdad turn the tables on Islamic State militants and are integrated into the Iraqi security apparatus – for attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq. He said any attacks by Tehran or proxies harming Americans or allies would be “answered with a decisive U.S. response.”

U.S. officials said Washington had displayed patience amid escalating provocations from Iran and its allies, but that it was time to re-establish deterrence against aggression.

“After so many attacks it was important for the president to direct our armed forces to respond in a way that the Iranian regime will understand,” U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook said in a news briefing.

Iran denies involvement in attacks on U.S. forces and has condemned the air raids as “terrorism”.

“This claim without any evidence cannot justify bombing and killing people in violation of international law,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said.

‘NATURAL RIGHT’

The strikes come as thousands take to the streets in Iraq to condemn, among other things, militias such as Kataib Hezbollah and their Iranian patrons that support Abdul Mahdi’s government.

They also demand an overhaul of a political system they see as corrupt and keeping most Iraqis in poverty.

At least 450 people have been killed as security forces and militias have sought to quell the protests, which forced Abdul Mahdi to resign. He remains in a caretaker capacity.

About 400 people in Basra protested against the air strikes, demonstrating in support of the militias.

The raids brought threats of reprisal. “Our response will be very tough on the American forces in Iraq,” militia commander Jamal Jaafar Ibrahimi, also known as Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, said on Sunday.

Mohandes is a senior commander of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an umbrella grouping of paramilitary organizations mostly consisting of Iranian-backed Shi’ite Muslim militias that were integrated into Iraq’s armed forces.

He is also one of Iran’s most powerful allies in Iraq and formerly headed Kataib Hezbollah, which he founded.

His threat was met positively by his Iranian backers.

“Taking revenge and responding to this crime are the natural right of the Iraqi nation and those groups that defend Iraq,” said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which trains some Iraqi militias including Kataib Hezbollah.

Iraqi security sources said U.S. forces in northern Iraq were ramping up security.

The PMF bolstered Iraq’s security forces during their battle to retake a third of the country from Islamic State insurgents.

They were later folded into Iraq’s official security structure and wield major political influence.

The Iraqi government is in control of the militias in “95% of cases”, Abdul Mahdi said at a televised Cabinet meeting.

He said was told about the air strikes hours before in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and tried to warn the militia.

REGIONAL RIVALRIES

The Iraqi government cannot do much because of its caretaker status and has to take its lead from parliament, Abdul Mahdi told his ministers.

Iraq’s Fatih alliance, a political bloc representing the militias that holds the second largest number of seats in parliament, condemned the air strikes.

Their main rival, populist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who leads parliament’s largest grouping, said he was willing to work with them to end the U.S. military presence in Iraq. But he also called on them to reign in their militias so as not to provide an excuse for further U.S. attacks.

Iraq’s influential top Shi’ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, condemned the strikes, but his office also denounced alleged attacks by Iranian-backed militias on U.S. personnel.

He urged Iraqi authorities to prevent such attacks and “ensure Iraq does not become a field for settling regional and international scores and that others do not interfere in its internal affairs”.

Abdul Mahdi said his government’s policy was to keep Iraq out of regional alliances and away from war.

Lebanon’s powerful Shi’ite group Hezbollah, backed by Iran, also condemned the air strikes.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said he congratulated Pompeo “on the important operation by the United States against Iran and its proxies in the region”.

Russia, which like Iran and Hezbollah backs President Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria’s civil war, said the strikes were unacceptable and counterproductive. The Syrian government also denounced the air strikes.

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Maren Morris says female musicians ‘feel like they have to choose’ between touring and starting a family

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Maren Morris is refusing to choose between motherhood and touring.

The “My Church” singer took to Instagram to share a message of encouragement to mothers-to-be traveling for their music.

The photo featured Morris showing off her belly alongside her bandmember Annie Clements, who is also expecting.

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“So unbelievably happy for you @annieclements! I love that we’ll get to experience this new-mom-on-the-road life together,” said Morris in the caption. “I know there are so many women who feel like they have to choose between being a touring musician + starting a family. I never wanted my people to choose.”

Morris, 29, announced in October that she and husband, fellow country singer Ryan Hurd, are expecting a baby boy.

“I think it’s a great conversation to have if you’re an artist who employs women,” continued Morris. “So let’s shred for 90 minutes and then go rock these babes to sleep on the bus with a glass of wine.”

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Morris and Clements are currently performing around the world following the release of Morris’ album “GIRL.”

The singer recently made a pit stop in Hawaii where she posted a photo showing off her baby bump.

“Someone send a good virgin colada recipe,” she said in the caption. “#2ndTrimester.”

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Hurd, 33, wrote in the comments, simply saying, “Hello babies.”

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The 11 Most Interesting Findings About Love And Sex In The Last Decade

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From “sex recessions” to a dip in the divorce rate, there was no shortage of interesting findings and trends about relationships in the 2010s.

As the decade comes to a close, we look back on 11 of the most interesting things we learned about love and relationships from the world of social science.

1. Women are happier with less attractive men.

Maybe all those CBS shows about schlubby leading men with hot wives were onto something: A 2017 study out of Florida State University found that in successful relationships, the woman is generally more “aesthetically gifted” than her partner ― and that women are happier with less attractive men.

In the survey, a group of 113 newlywed couples were rated on their individual looks. The researchers found that if the male was less attractive than his wife, he was much more likely to compensate with gifts, sexual favors and doing chores around the house. Unsurprisingly, that lead to higher marital satisfaction for the wife.

“The husbands seemed to be basically more committed, more invested in pleasing their wives when they felt that they were getting a pretty good deal,” said the study.

The researchers also found that “less attractive” women were more motivated to diet and be thin if their husbands were good looking.

“The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not particularly attractive,” lead researcher Tania Reynolds said.

2. If your ex wants to be friends, they might be a psychopath.

The next time your ex asks “can we still be friends?” you might want to be wary. In 2016, researchers from Oakland University in Michigan found that people with the so-called “dark triad” personality traits ― like narcissism and psychopathy ― often keep their exes around for calculating, self-serving purposes.

A desire for continued sexual access, financial help or a need to still exert some control over a former partner were among key reasons for maintaining contact, especially for men, according to the study.

3. Male gay couples stay together longer than heterosexual ones.

With gay marriage comes gay divorce? Social scientists had a whole new demographic to report on as same-sex marriage was legalized across the country as of 2015.

In 2018, a study by The Williams Institute at UCLA examining same-sex and heterosexual couples over 12 years found that gay couples were the least likely to break up. Lesbians were most likely to break up and straight couples were somewhere in the middle: female-female couples (29.3%) were twice as likely as male-male couples (14.5%) to terminate their relationships, compared to 18.6% of male-female couples.

4. We might be in the middle of a millennial “sex recession.”

In December 2018, the Atlantic ran a cover story with a hyper-dramatic headline: “The Sex Recession: Why Young People Are Retreating From Intimacy ― And What This Means For Society.” Drawing on a 2017 study led by psychologist Jean M. Twenge and data from the General Social Survey (GSS), the story suggested that today’s young adults are on track to have fewer sex partners than members of the two preceding generations.

People in their early 20s were two-and-a-half times as likely to be abstinent than Gen Xers were at that age, the story said, and 15% reported having had no sex since they reached adulthood.

It’s not just millennials whose sex lives have taken a hit: From the late 1990s to 2014, sex for all adults dropped from 62 to 54 times a year, on average.

As an article published by UC Berkeley noted, however, a drop in sexual encounters from 62 to 54 times per year means that the average adult is still having sex more than once a week.

And as Cosmo pointed out, since the GSS doesn’t define “sex,” it’s hard to know if the respondents counted oral, mutual masturbation and non-penetrative into account when self-reporting on their sex lives.

5. Most of us are trying to date out of our league.

Swipe right, even if you’re doubtful that Chris Hemsworth lookalike will do the same for you. According to a study published in August 2018 in the journal Science Advances, users of online dating sites spend most of their time trying to contact people out of their league.

Researchers reviewed thousands of messages exchanged on an unnamed “popular, free online-dating service” between nearly 200,000 straight men and women.

After a month of careful observation, they found most online daters tend to message people exactly 25% more desirable than they are (with desirability determined by how many messages a user received during the month).

“Our study suggests that people are pursuing partners who are a little more desirable than they are. Women are a bit less aspirational than men,” Elizabeth Bruch, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and an author of the study, told HuffPost.

6. Men having affairs are more likely to break their penis.

Men, be wary of those 5 p.m.-to-7 p.m. relationships with someone who’s not your spouse: That casual affair might result in a fractured peen.

According to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, cheating may make a man more likely to suffer from penile fractures. Researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center looked at men who “broke” their penises and found that half were having extramarital affairs at the time. (Relax, it’s not actually a break, it’s a rupturing of one of the tube-like chambers in the penis.)

What makes extramarital sex so risky? (Besides getting caught by your partner.)

“If a guy is having an extramarital affair or he’s rushed or in a weird place, the situation is different [somehow],” lead researcher Andrew Kramer told HuffPost at the time. “I think the time you don’t see a lot of men fracturing their penises is in the bedroom with his wife that he’s been married to for a number of years.”

7. If you want to get married, your best bet is to marry between the ages of 25 and 32.

Want to get married and stay that way? Don’t rush to get hitched when you’re young ― but don’t dawdle, either. Once you’re past your early 30s when you wed, the risk of a divorce down the road starts to creep up again, according to research that came out of the University of Utah in 2015.

Nicholas Wolfinger, a sociologist at the school, looked at data from the National Survey of Family Growth and found that while the risk of a marriage ending in divorce declines steadily as marital ages go from the teens into the late 20s, it then starts to rise again. Once you reach the age of 32 before getting married, the odds of getting a divorce once you do increase by 5%. In other words, the sweet spot to get married statistically speaking is from age 25 to 32.

Some good general news about the state of marriage from the decade? The divorce rate is going down, partially because millennials are waiting to partner up ― or not partnering up at all. Hard to get divorced when you aren’t even getting married!

8. Divorce can be potentially deadly for men.

In the most Debbie Downer divorce research of the decade, researchers at the University of Nebraska found that divorced and unmarried men have higher rates of mortality and are more prone to substance abuse and depression than married men. The researchers also found that divorced men are more likely to partake in risky activities such as abusing alcohol and drugs, and divorced or separated men have a suicide rate that is 39% higher than that of married men. Depression is also more common for divorced men than married men, and divorced men undergo psychiatric care 10 times more often than married men do.

9. That sexual afterglow you feel after sex lasts 48 hours.

In 2017, researchers from Florida State University found that the positive effects of getting laid last up to two days ― and that the feeling can help couples bond over time.

Lead researcher Andrea Meltzer told HuffPost that there might be an evolutionary reason for the 48-hour shelf life.

“Forty-eight hours is roughly the same amount of time that (a) conception is maximized, (b) it takes sperm concentrations to be restored to peak levels, and (c) sperm remain maximally viable in the female reproductive tract,” she said. “It’s really interesting that lingering cognitive implications of sex ― sexual afterglow, for instance ― last for the same amount of time as the biological implications of sex.”

10. A close relationship with your in-laws may change your divorce odds.

Happy wife in-laws, happy life? In November 2012, a 26-year longitudinal study released by the University of Michigan found that when a husband reported having a close relationship with his wife’s parents, the couple’s risk of divorce decreased by 20%. On the other hand, when a wife reported having a close relationship with her husband’s parents, the couple’s risk of divorce increased by 20%. Why the difference?

Researcher Terry Orbuch told the Wall Street Journal that she believes that many wives eventually view their in-laws’ input as meddlesome, while husbands tend to take their in-laws’ actions less personally.

11. Couples who share chores have better sex lives.

Pitching housework to your partner seems supremely unsexy, right? Next time you do it, mention this study finding: In 2015, researchers from the University of Alberta found that couples who divvied up chores had higher relationship satisfaction and had more sex than couples who didn’t mutually contribute.

“A division of household labor perceived to be fair ensures that partners feel respected while carrying out the tasks of daily life,” lead researcher Matt Johnson wrote. “Completing housework may or may not be enjoyable, but knowing that a partner is pulling his weight prevents anger and bitterness, creating more fertile ground in which a (satisfying) sexual encounter may occur.”

Good to know. Now go get freaky in those clean sheets.

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