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As we prepare to eat, drink, and watch fireworks in honor of our great nation’s independence, there are plenty of noble fictional presidents we can enlist to help us celebrate the occasion—from Independence Day, to 24, to The West Wing, to Deep Impact. In real life, of course, the president does not lead alone: there’s a whole cabal of supporting roles in the U.S. government—starting with, you know, the vice president. But in fiction, vice presidents don’t exactly tend to be trustworthy.

Unfortunately for the veeps of yesteryear and today, their portrayal on T.V. and in film is usually far from flattering. Vice presidents are often non-entities—but when they do have a significant role to play, it’s usually sinister.

Need proof? Feast your eyes on this cabinet of mediocrity and evil.

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Frank Underwood, emHouse of Cards/em

Frank Underwood, House of Cards

Obviously. Ever since House of Cards premiered in 2013, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood has become synonymous with Machiavellian gall.

Back in the series’s early days, before he was a manipulative Commander in Chief, Frank Underwood was a scheming congressman who eventually finagled his way up to V.P. As fans have learned over the course of four seasons, there aren’t many things he wouldn’t do to get ahead: lying, bribery, and murder are all on the table. In fact, a combination of the three is how he eventually gets to be president in the first place.

Worst Moment: Probably that time he killed Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) by throwing her under a moving train. But honestly, it’s only one of many.

Raymond Becker, emThe Day After Tomorrow/em

Raymond Becker, The Day After Tomorrow

Raymond Becker (Kenneth Welsh) has a hand in more destruction than perhaps any other vice president in film history. By repeatedly refusing to listen to science in the face of some seriously scary warnings, he screws his entire nation out of a prosperous future—or, at the very least, a less deadly evacuation.

At the time the movie came out, America was in the middle of George W. Bush’s presidency—and many presumed Becker to be a Dick Cheney stand-in.

In the movie, the president dies when his motorcade gets caught in the storm—leaving Becker to assume command. Becker eventually delivers a speech admitting he was wrong about the whole climate-change thing—but by then, so many lives have been lost that it’s hard to give him much credit.

Worst Moment: When Jack warns that the environment is fragile and in dire need of protection, Becker says, “Our economy is every bit as fragile as the environment. Perhaps you should keep that in mind before making sensationalist claims.” Womp, womp.

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Selina Meyer, emVeep/em

Selina Meyer, Veep

As much as we all love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, even her biggest fans must admit that her Veep character, Selina Meyer, made a terrible vice president—and wasn’t such a great president, either.

Selina’s not particularly good at her job, and makes a habit of berating her staffers—who, to be fair, are not exactly great at their jobs, either. She has lofty aspirations, but isn’t nearly as good as, say, Frank Underwood, at rigging the game in her favor. (The end of Season 5 is more than proof enough of that.)

Worst Moment: Spilling her own urine on herself as she tries to covertly orchestrate a pregnancy test at an elementary school.

Courtesy of HBO.

Tom James, emVeep/em

Tom James, Veep

Even when Selina ascends to the presidency on Veep—a move that mostly annoys her because it means less time to campaign to keep the job long-term—the show still isn’t lacking for a bad V.P. In choosing Hugh Laurie’s Tom James as her vice president, Selina manages to bring someone even worse than herself into the position.

Tom is basically Selina 2.0, in that he has all of the same qualities, but usually seems to come out on top. Case in point? His power play this season, which would have impressed even Frank Underwood himself.

Worst Moment: “Your country thanks you!”

Courtesy of HBO.

John Hoynes, emThe West Wing/em

John Hoynes, The West Wing

The world of bad V.P.s is populated by more than just evil and incompetent people: adultery is also a bad veep move, as the otherwise competent John Hoynes (Tim Matheson) proved on The West Wing.

Having an affair while serving as vice president is bad enough, but Hoynes doesn’t stop there: he also leaks classified information to the D.C. socialite he was cavorting with, Helen Baldwin. Specifically, he tells Helen that he’d seen evidence of life on Mars.

Worst Moment: Trying to run for president later on, only to have new rumors surface about his involvement with a staffer while he was a senator—effectively ending his career in D.C.

Andrew Nichols, emScandal/em

Andrew Nichols, Scandal

Where does one even start with Andrew Nichols (Jon Tenney)? Yes, a lot of characters on Scandal—including the president—love to break the rules. But Nichols was in a league all his own. (Caution: Season 5 spoilers ahead.)

Rule Number 1: “We do not touch the first ladies.” Rule Number 2: It’s generally not O.K. to shape your political agendas around starting wars for your own monetary gain. Rule Number 3: Usually also not cool to have the president’s crisis manager (and mistress) kidnapped so you can blackmail him into advancing your unsavory goals.

Worst Moment: Threatening to kidnap Olivia a second time. After a move like that, it’s hard to blame Olivia for beating him to death with a chair.

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Sally Langston, emScandal/em

Sally Langston, Scandal

In her political and personal life, Scandal’s Sally Langston (Kate Burton)—Nichols’s predecessor—is no saint. On multiple occasions, she commits morally questionable acts to ensure that she can continue espousing her conservative beliefs on the political stage.

We first find out about this when Olivia exposes a scandal in Langston’s past—specifically, the fact that she covered up her teenage daughter’s abortion. To keep that quiet, Sally goes ahead and betrays her former chief of staff.

But the real doozy? Langston also kills her own husband when he threatens to come out of the closet and leak details about his same-sex affair to the press.

Worst Moment: Real-life comparisons to Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

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Caroline Reynolds, emPrison Break/em

Caroline Reynolds, Prison Break

Over on Prison Break, Patricia Wettig’s Caroline Reynolds is another schemer. She fakes her brother’s death and frames Lincoln Burrows for the murder. Oh, and she also poisons the president so she can assume command. Not exactly a team player.

Worst Moment: Also has an incestuous affair with her supposed-to-be-dead brother.

From Everett.

Fred Collier, emPolitical Animals/em

Fred Collier, Political Animals

Like many of his fictional vice-president contemporaries, Fred Collier (Dylan Baker) from Political Animals is a master blackmailer. In this case, the subterfuge almost turns deadly.

It all starts with Fred blackmailing a congressman into backing his bill—by threatening to out him as gay and expose his affair with the secretary of state’s son. That son ends up attempting suicide soon after.

Worst Moment: When the senator who chose Fred to become the vice president in the first place finds out about his less-than-noble approach to negotiation, but dies before he can expose Fred as an unscrupulous blackmailer.

Ted Matthews, emMy Fellow Americans/em

Ted Matthews, My Fellow Americans

Is there anything better than a character who everyone thinks is a dummy, but actually turns out to be a mastermind? Yes: it’s a character who everyone thinks is a dummy, and who actually is a dummy, but also a mastermind.

Case in point? Ted Matthews (John Heard) in My Fellow Americans. As vice president, he frequently humiliates the administration with his idiocy—but in the end, it turns out he engineered the whole scheme at the movie’s center, which culminates in him being set to ascend to the presidency.

Worst Moment: Matthews also commits a cardinal movie-villain sin: explaining his entire plan aloud, allowing the president (James Garner) to secretly record it. He winds up in jail instead of the Oval Office.

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Your Best Year Ever continues into 2016! This month, in honor of our Women in Comedy issue, none other than Whitney Cummings, comedian, actress, producer, and writer will be telling you what to do with your love life, your career, your friendships, and everything else comedians don’t usually give sincere advice on.

First, Whitney answered your questions on Facebook Live. Then, she tackled friendship and the growing problem of multiple bachelorette parties and the legitimacy of so called-work wives. This week she’s back and she’s focusing on first date sex etiquette:

I like to have sex on the first date if I’m feeling it. I find that sex is the best chemistry test! But then the guys never call… So recently I’ve tried not having sex on the first date—and the guys still never call. WHAT GIVES?

Alright, girl, get ready for some cold hard truth. I’m not happy about it either, but you need to take a hiatus from dating. Like, a big one. I took ten months “off guys” (no dating, no sex, no flirting, no texting!) and it was the best thing I ever did for myself. And probably for the guys I would have dated during that time.





“You need to take a hiatus from dating. Like, a big one.”

I sounded a lot like you, actually; always analyzing guys’ moves, doing too much, thinking too much. Frankly, you’re giving men too much power over your mind because you need too much of them. A good move would be to learn how to get some of these emotional and even physical needs met through other things. Unlike what a lot of television commercials tell us, men and sex aren’t the only two rewarding things life has to offer! When I took my hiatus from dating I used my time to nurture my friendships, develop new hobbies, and take on more charity work.

I started equine therapy, dog fostering, and working with a charity that helps kids with facial deformities. And ta-da, I actually read some damn books! I know, weird, right? What are books? These are all healthy ways to get dopamine and serotonin, the same chemicals released during sex and on dates with cute boys. Once you’ve established a system where you’re getting your internal needs met on your own, you’ll give off a way less desperate vibe when you hang out with guys. And don’t blame me, blame human nature for the fact that desperation is frankly just not attractive. Guys, or at least healthy guys, like a girl with a full life, so hopefully this new game plan will help!

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Puede que conozcamos a alguien o puede que nosotros mismos formemos parte de ese grupo de personas que están permanentemente obsesionadas con quedar bien. Y, en algunos casos, el adjetivo es precisamente ese: obsesionadas. A (casi) todos nos preocupa quedar bien y queremos ayudar a los demás; es normal y forma parte de nuestra presencia en la sociedad, pero hay una barrera bastante fina entre estar preocupados por los demás y que nos preocupe la imagen que tengan de nosotros y que nuestra vida se vea trastornada por ello. Hemos tomado un caso extremo, hablando con una persona que ha sufrido este problema y con la terapeuta que la ayudó a sobrellevarlo, para que arrojen un poco de luz sobre un asunto que afecta a más personas de las que pensamos.

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Last night, Michelle Obama sent chills through the spines of every listener who caught her 2016 Democratic National Convention speech. I chose my words carefully there.

Our hands have been up, palms open like catchers’ mitts for some time. We have been raising our right arms for so long that we’ve had to support tired shoulders with our left hands to manage the dull ache, because we all need to know: What the hell is going on? And: Is everything actually going to be okay?

We’ve had so many hands up in physical defense. In emotional plea. Asking for the shit to stop. For help of all kinds — financial, educational, security, safety. Asking for respect. Asking to be treated humanely, like humans.

Our hands have been up because — especially during this particular election year — we’ve felt like giving up, but the rub is that when you give up, you go home. What about all of those Americans so frustrated with the state of things that they’ve started to question their homes? They say there’s some truth to every joke; for many, the “moving to Canada” bit is no longer a punchline.

But thank god we kept our hands in the air to catch Michelle Obama’s speech. We wrapped our hands around her words, pressed them to our ears and clutched them hard to our hearts.

Michelle Obama spoke to the truths of an enormous audience of democrats but she knew that beyond that room, the whole world was listening. Her message of unity and solidarity; of respect despite skin color or sexual orientation or passport or language or religion; of taking action because we can no longer sit around and “hope”; of aiming high despite low, brutal, painful blows; of thinking about the generations that follow and not just of ourselves — that message is what defines America. That’s what it has always meant: freedom and equality for all. It’s so simple and obvious and we’ve known it since we got here, but sometimes we need a reminder and a wakeup call.

Beyond politics and fancy verbiage and formal reporting, we were touched. Our catcher gloves are on. Now raise your arms, just one more time, for the conversation that we hope to ignite below and speak to how she spoke to you.

Feature photograph by Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images.

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Tres de los ángeles de VS revelaron sus polaroid del primer casting al que asistieron para desfilar en el codiciado Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Las fotos, son de hace 10 años aproximadamente. ¿Te imaginas cómo se veían? Sin filtros, sin maquillaje, casi casi de cara lavada.

Behati Prinsloo, Doutzen Kroes y Sigrid Agren mostraron la imagen que usaron en el casting. Además, mencionaron que definitivamente es un reto y ser o no aprobadas por Edward Razik (director de marketing de la marca) puede ser devastador o un éxito rotundo en sus carreras. También admitieron que ese día sintieron más nervios que nunca.

Behati Prinsloo: ángel desde 2007

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Sigrid Agren: ángel desde 2012

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Doutzen Kroes: ángel desde 2004

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Y ahora, después de unos cuantos años, lucen así:

Behati Prinsloo está en espera de su primer hijo junto a su esposo Adam Levine. 

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Sigrid Agren al natural. 

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Doutzen Kroes, también al natural y felizmente casada.

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GoTopless.org, for example, believes that women have the same constitutional right as men to go bare-chested in public. “FREE YOUR BREASTS! FREE YOUR MIND!” its website exclaims. Elsewhere on the site, the org tracks topless laws around the country as they pertain to women and also publishes news of the Go Topless Day events that occur every August (check out the BoobMap to see if there’s an event near you).

The Topfree Equal Rights Association (TERA), meanwhile, also claims to help women who “encounter difficulty going without tops in public places in Canada and the U.S.A.” According to its constitution, the association’s primary purpose is to “collect and distribute funds to be used to assist women who encounter legal difficulty being topfree in public places where men are so allowed.”

There is even a Free the Nipple film-turned-gender-equality-campaign. Director Lina Esco released her Free the Nipple film in 2014. When she faced difficulty in getting a wide release for it, she went ahead and started the movement of the same name.

I, meanwhile, have no interest in baring my bosom to the world (though if I do feel such an inclination, all I have to do is change into my pajamas in front of my bedroom window, where my husband and I have yet to install blinds). Instead, I dream of a world in which my breasts can be cradled in the warm embrace of my soft, cotton tank tops, and nothing else. I dream of a world in which I can wear halter dresses and racer-backs and off-the-shoulder tops and not worry about bra straps or wing bands. I dream of a world in which I don’t have to feel self-conscious about the fact that gravity and time have done their work on my body. I dream of a world in which my nipples are not free, but are invisible.

Alas, I feel this is impossible. Because, as Germaine Greer intimated, bralessness only opens you up to the heavy, humiliating weight of the male gaze. And even when women don’t go braless, they are still subject to sexualization by others.

Several years ago, I was power-walking through New York City, on my way to speak on a panel about career diversification. I was wearing jeans, boots, blouse, blazer. And a bra. Definitely a bra.

As I made my way down Eighth Avenue, I caught the eye of a man approaching from the opposite direction. He grinned at me and, reflexively, I responded with a smile of my own. As the corners of my mouth inched up, as my cheeks stretched into that smile, his lips moved.

“Nice tits,” he said.

I was startled.

My smile faltered.

By then, he had already passed me by.

Instead of feeling angry (the anger came later), I felt ashamed.

For smiling back at him. For encouraging him. For being a woman with breasts.

They were not pushed up. They were not exposed. There was no heaving bosom. There were no erect nipples. My breasts were, for all intents and purposes, invisible. But I was a woman. And women have breasts. And so that man knew they were there, my “tits,” lurking beneath my polyester/rayon/spandex-blend blazer. And so he called them “nice.”

Because all tits — even invisible ones — are pleasing to the male gaze.

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Congratulations are in order for Lindsay Lohan—the star is set to wed her boyfriend Egor Tarabasov. The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram today to confirm that she is engaged to the 23-year-old Russian business heir in an Instagram caption following a series of dramatic posts on social media over the weekend that suggested the pair were on the outs.

In the note, the star requested privacy as the duo try to work things out. “I would appreciate if these speculations regarding my personal life would respectfully come to a halt,” Lohan wrote. “Unfortunately, a private matter has become more public than I can control and I would be extremely grateful if my fiancé and myself could discuss our personal matters on our own. There are more important things going on in the world than our relationship. Please leave us be to solve our personal matters.”

I would appreciate if these speculations regarding my personal life would respectfully come to a halt. Unfortunately, a private matter has become more public than I can control and I would be extremely grateful if my fiancé and myself could discuss our personal matters on our own. There are more important things going on in the world than our relationship. Please leave us be to solve our personal matters.

A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on Jul 25, 2016 at 10:05am PDT

The couple has been dating since last summer, and it appears as if Lohan knew he was something special from beginning—she even moved to London to be closer to him. “I haven’t known Egor for that long,” the Mean Girls star told The Sun in an interview back in March. “We’ve been together for about seven months. He is a great guy. I met him in the summer. I’m really happy.” Rumors arose several months ago that the pair were headed to the altar, but this is the first time that Lohan has affirmed the news.

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We wish these two all the best.

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