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From a cookbook craze to a better Dad Christmas, here’s the best of OZY this week.

By OZY Editors

This week President Trump declared the Islamic State defeated, Michael Flynn’s sentencing was postponed and the U.K. prepared itself for a no-deal Brexit. The entertainment world lost Laverne & Shirley star Penny Marshall, and Manchester United manager José Mourinho lost his job.

In this homestretch to the holidays, we’re all about giving. Here are our favorite stories on OZY this week, curated for you. Curl up in a comfortable space, grab some sweet treats and enjoy these great reads.

No. 1: Whisperers: Meet Latin America’s Most-Feared Election Maven — in Exile

Why You Should Care: Political strategist J.J. Rendón’s fight against neo-totalitarianism blends ancient and 21st-century methods.

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No. 2: Check Yourself: Can She Make Her $79 Home STD Test as Common as a Flu Shot?

Why You Should Care: Lora Ivanova is the co-founder and CEO of myLAB Box, the first nationwide at-home STD testing kit. 

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No. 3: Holiday Help: How to Do a Better ‘Dad Christmas’

Why You Should Care: Because while Christmas at dad’s house is never quite the same, that doesn’t mean it has to be disappointing.

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No. 4: Recipes Rising: Why Americans Are Hungry for Cookbooks

Why You Should Care: Sales of these books are on the rise in the U.S., influenced by celebrity authors, trendy diets and a little nostalgia. 

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No. 5: Underground Pageant: Before There Was Miss Universe … There Was Miss Subways

Why You Should Care: From the 1940s to the ’70s, the Miss Subways beauty competition featured everyday working women in New York City subway cars.

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No. 6: Knockout: Mexico’s Hard-Punching ‘Barby’ Is No Doll

Why You Should Care: World champion boxer Mariana Juárez has cultivated an image that’s both strong and sexy.

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No. 7: Opinion: Does the Century Have to Belong to China?

Why You Should Care: Yes, Beijing is becoming a global economic powerhouse, but the U.S. can share that stage.  

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No. 8: Medical Alert: Why Is Mongolia Overdosing on Antibiotics?

Why You Should Care: The Mongolian use of these drugs is among the highest on the U.N.’s radar, which could have dire consequences. 

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No. 9: Prison Break: Planning a Narrow Escape? Do It in These States

Why You Should Care: You might be surprised by which states are at the highest risk for an inmate breaking out.

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No. 10: Gift Guide: Give the Gift of a Happy New Year

Why You Should Care: To decide what to get your nearest and dearest for Christmas, look ahead exactly one week. 

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