August 6, 2014

How can you be fairly certain whether your self-absorbed friend is a narcissist? According to science, all you have do is ask them.

A new study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that simply asking, "Are you a narcissist?" was nearly as effective in diagnosing people as the longer, more time-consuming, traditional method, which involves a 40-question test — "hardly something you can administer on a first date to find out if you're getting mixed up with a charming louse before you accept a second date," said Jeffrey Kluger at Time.

Researchers used what they call the Single Item Narcissism Scale (SINS). They asked subjects: "To what extent do you agree with this statement: 'I am a narcissist.' (Note: The word 'narcissist' means egotistical, self-focused, and vain.)" and asked them to rate their feelings on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 meaning "Not very true of me" and 7 meaning "Very true of me." The researchers found that the SINS is "significantly correlated with longer narcissism scales."

To cover all their bases, the researchers went further, testing other personality traits related to narcissism to see if they, too, lined up with what they found on the simple SINS test — and indeed, they did. Why, though, do narcissists so readily out themselves? Kluger offers some good insight:

The reason narcissists are so honest — a lot more honest than you'd be if someone asked you, say, "Are you a sociopath?" — is because they just don't think their narcissism is a problem, which is perfectly consistent with people who think so highly of themselves. [Time]

Many narcissists do, in fact, have many things to be proud about. "If you're trying to think of a group of people who are low in depression and anxiety, high in creativity and accomplishment, that's narcissists," psychologist Sara Konrath told Kluger. Still, as anyone who's spent some time with a true narcissist knows, this high confidence can do real damage to other people. At least, if you ask them first, you'll know what you're getting into. Samantha Rollins

10:42 a.m. ET

"Hey, buddy," Tom Hanks said at the beginning of his heart-to-heart with the oldest Hanks child — the United States of America — in his Saturday Night Live monologue. Hanks was recently named "America's dad" on a magazine cover, so he decided to use his SNL intro to have a little chat with a nation he's noticed is confused and even scared of all the changes happening inside.

Hanks mostly struck an encouraging tone, as any good parent would do. "Remember when you went though that Depression? This is nothing!" he said. "You're just growing up. You're in an awkward phase."

But he had some tough love, too. That national debt, for instance — don't expect dad to pay it off. "I'd like to help you out," Hanks said, "but if I do, you're never gonna learn. Also, I don't have $19 trillion. I have $230 million." Also, everyone can smell the weed, buddy.

Watch the whole chat below. Bonnie Kristian

10:31 a.m. ET
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Fighting in Aleppo, Syria, intensified Sunday after three days of cease-fire provided the desperate city a moment of relief. The unilateral cease-fire announced by Russia, which is supporting Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime, was not accepted by the rebels who control Aleppo and thus was swiftly broken.

Likewise, in Yemen, a three-day cease-fire ended Sunday, and the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led coalition intervening in the Gulf nation's civil war promptly resumed airstrikes. Each side of the conflict blamed the other for breaking the peace, and United Nations efforts to prolong the cease-fire were unsuccessful.

The brief truce did allow some humanitarian aid to enter the starving country, where nearly half a million children risk serious malnutrition. Bonnie Kristian

10:02 a.m. ET
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An 11th woman accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct Saturday just hours after he said in his "first 100 days" speech in Pennsylvania that he will sue his accusers following Election Day.

The accuser, an adult film star named Jessica Drake, says when she met Trump with several friends, "He grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission." Drake also says Trump later called her and offered $10,000 and a plane ride for sex, which she refused. The Trump campaign categorically denied her account, calling it "totally false and ridiculous."

Earlier on Saturday, Trump had reiterated his position that all the accusers are politically-motivated liars. "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign," he said at his Gettysburg event. "Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over." Bonnie Kristian

8:14 a.m. ET

Tom Hanks joined Saturday Night Live as moderator Chris Wallace for the last presidential debate cold open sketch. "Welcome to the third and final presidential debate," he began. "Tonight, it's going to be a lot like the third Lord of the Rings movie: You don't really want to watch, but, hey, you've come this far."

Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton and Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump mostly took it from there, with McKinnon playing a private game of Bingo based on Trump's outrageous comments while flat-out refusing to address the content of campaign emails published by WikiLeaks.

As for "Trump," he went meta, celebrating his support from "the best Baldwin brother, Stephen Baldwin." Watch the full skit below. Bonnie Kristian

7:58 a.m. ET
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AT&T Inc. announced Saturday evening it has agreed to buy Time Warner Inc. for $84.5 billion, a price point of $107.50 a share, split equally between cash and stock. The merger is expected to be complete by the end of next year, and the combined company will be headed by current AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson.

"It's a great fit, and it creates immediate and long-term value for our shareholders," Stephenson said — but it still has to get approval from Washington, which in a populist political climate may make the process difficult or shut it down entirely. Republican Donald Trump has already said his administration would not permit the deal.

The merger will pair AT&T's wireless phone service with Time Warner's visual media, including networks like CNN, TNT, and HBO as well as the Warner Bros. film and television studio. This combination would permit the new company to "disrupt the traditional entertainment model and push the boundaries on mobile content availability for the benefit of customers" by offering an online subscription package to wireless customers. Bonnie Kristian

7:41 a.m. ET

For the first time in 71 years, the Chicago Cubs won the National League Championship and are headed to the World Series. The team beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday in a 5-0 game, giving them a 4-2 Championship Series win.

As Chicago celebrated Saturday night, the team thanked fans for their support throughout years of drought and an "unbelievable" season alike. "There's a favorite saying in Chicago," said Cubs Hall of Famer Billy Williams. "'I hope they do it in my lifetime.' So everybody who's living today got to witness this."

Watch the moment of victory below. Bonnie Kristian

October 22, 2016

Republican Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on Saturday outlining his plans for his first 100 days in office if elected president. Touted by his staff in advance of the event as a "very specific, detailed vision" for "economic and physical security," the speech largely took a list format as Trump outlined legislation and executive policies he intends to implement.

Among other points, he offered six proposals for cleaning up Washington corruption, seven ways to protect American workers, and five actions to restore rule of law. Trump promised to end outsourcing with tariffs and other "consequences" to ensure "our companies will stop leaving the United States and going to other countries."

He reiterated his intention to build a border wall at Mexico's expense, and described legislation to reduce violent crime, eliminate the defense sequester, expand military spending, increase health care options for veterans, and screen would-be immigrants and refugees because "we want people that can love us."

If Trump is elected and "we follow these steps," he concluded, "we will once more have a government of, by, and for the people, and — importantly — we will make America great again." Watch the full speech below. Bonnie Kristian

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