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  • It gets worse: the Times reports that Trump urged the president of Ukraine to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening a potential corruption investigation connected to Joe Biden. Here's the White House's version of the not verbatim transcript of the call, which Rep. Adam Schiff said reads "like a classic mob shakedown."
  • Fiona Apple (!) gave a rare interview to Vulture, in which she talked about her upcoming new album, Hustlers, and the general state of the music industry and the world in general: "Referring to the room that I was in and the whole music scene, which — it’s not bullshit anymore. It’s the bull who ate that shit and then shit it out again, and then ate that shit and then shit it out again, and then ate that shit and then shit it out again, and then ate that shit and then shit it out again, and now it’s that bullshit."
  • Vox Media and New York Magazine have merged.
  • Rolling Stone takes on the case of the most mysterious song on the Internet.
  • Chill out with this video of an octopus changing colors while it's dreaming.
  • Why do people act against their own interests?
  • Harry Nilsson's never-released final album is getting put out in November.
  • An Australian man who created the world’s first labradoodle says he regrets creating the popular hybrid breed: “I opened a Pandora’s box and released a Frankenstein’s monster."
  • Thanks Succession: the puffy vest has become a symbol of power.
  • NYPD Internal Affairs is investigating the department's Special Victims Unit, and one source says "something serious is afoot."
  • Mattel is rolling out a gender-neutral doll.
  • What is the Internet's worst fan base?
  • And finally, this seems like an infinitely reasonable thing to do: