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  • A long-awaited report from the Justice Department's inspector general debunked Trump’s accusations that former F.B.I. leaders engaged in a politicized conspiracy to sabotage him, though it did find fault with the F.B.I.’s handling of a wiretap application.
  • Despite that, Attorney General William Barr sharply criticized the F.B.I.’s decision to open the Russia investigation, "undercutting a major finding in a long-awaited watchdog report and at the same time showing his willingness to act as President Trump’s vocal defender."
  • The Ringer looks back at the best memes of 2019.
  • The Outline looks back at the worst takes of the 2010s.
  • Not only do Staten Island pols want to secede from NYC—they want to divide the state into three regions (New York City; “Montauk,” containing Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties; and “New Amsterdam” for all of upstate). And the cherry on top? They want to be part of New Amsterdam, not Montauk: “I don’t think we would align with the Montauk region.”
  • How do we deal with chronic pain without turning to opioids?
  • MindMed is a company that’s taking psychedelic drugs and turning them into medicine—they claim their first drug has the potential to turn a person’s addictions off like a light switch.
  • A woman wore a "Hail Satan" T-shirt on a plane. You'll never believe what happened next (they told her to change her shirt or get off the plane, and then had to apologize).
  • The only good thing to ever happen at Vessel is this video of the Harlem Globetrotters doing trick shots there.
  • The relationship between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson is not great, Bob.
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus says that SNL was a mess behind-the-scenes when she was there: "I was unbelievably naive and I didn’t really understand how the dynamics of the place worked. It was very sexist, very sexist," she said. "It was a pretty brutal time, but it was a very informative time for me."
  • Forget it Jake, it's Karentown.
  • And finally, this is what it looks like when me and the boys hit the town on a Friday night: