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    March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States: The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo,  Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

    America’s Only Openly Gay Imam

    America’s Only Openly Gay Imam

    Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?Well, Imam Daayiee Abdullah is all those things. Plus you can add one more thing to his descripti...

    He’s black. And he’s Muslim. Think that’s not hard enough? He’s gay. Think that’s still not hard enough? He’s an Imam. And he loves life.

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    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WS) speaks to supporters after a barbeque in Greenville, South Carolina, March 19, 2015. Walker is a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 7, 2015. REUTERS/JASON MICZEK

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

    Scott Walker could be on the verge of giving Infowars some great conspiracy theory fodder. A move by Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board to substantially increase how much state employees pay for their health insurance is drawing unqualified and sha...

    The Wisconsin governor and Obamacare critic is catching flak over a proposal to include consultations about end-of-life care—aka Sarah Palin’s dreaded “death panels”—in his budget.

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    Ireland Wedding Cake Free Speech

    Let Them Eat Homophobic Cake

    Let Them Eat Homophobic Cake

    The gay cake equal-rights fight has taken a surprising turn in Ireland—for the worse.On Tuesday, a Northern Irish court ruled in favor of gay-rights activist Gareth Lee, who sued the Ashers Baking Company when it refused to bake him a cake. A just...

    A Northern Irish couple has been sued for not writing “Support Gay Marriage” on a cake, a request they had every right to refuse.

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    March 22, 2014, Washington, DC, United States: The imam and a few gay fallowers are debating on Islam inside a local public library. Imam Daayiee Abdullah has been condemned by other Muslim leaders and some local imams have even refused to meet with him. Imam Daayiee believes to be the only openly gay imam in North America. Born and raised in Detroit, where his parents were Southern Baptists. At the age of 15, he came out to them. At 33, while sutdying in China, the imam converted to Islam and went to study religion in Cairo,  Jordan and Syria. When he returned to the US, he decided to marry gay and lesbian Muslim couples as well as offer services to gay Muslim men who have died of AIDS.

    America’s Only Openly Gay Imam

    America’s Only Openly Gay Imam

    Think you have challenges in your life? What do you think the challenges are for a gay, black, Muslim who is the United States’ first openly gay Imam?Well, Imam Daayiee Abdullah is all those things. Plus you can add one more thing to his descripti...

    He’s black. And he’s Muslim. Think that’s not hard enough? He’s gay. Think that’s still not hard enough? He’s an Imam. And he loves life.

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    UNITED STATES - APRIL 15: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the United Steelworkers rally in opposition to the proposed 'Fast Track' bill, or Trade Promotion Authority, in UpperSenate Park on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

    Turncoat Dems, Support Obama on Trade

    Turncoat Dems, Support Obama on Trade

    Somebody with significant resources really hates the Trans-Pacific Partnership.Immediately after the midterm elections, Democratic voters got emails saying the proposed 12-nation trade agreement would steal our sovereignty, damage the economy, mak...

    Progressives’ campaign against the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a PR rout. But their fight against Obama’s deal undermines the very causes they support.

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) talk before the ground breaking ceremony for the US Diplomacy Center at the US State Department in Washington, DC, September 3, 2014.                  AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Iraq Question the Media Won’t Ask

    The Iraq Question the Media Won’t Ask

    Some 16 months away for the election to choose the 45th President of the United States, many in the mainstream media have come up with a new parlor game to amuse themselves. The latest obsession is to corner a Republican running for president and ...

    It goes to Clinton and Kerry, and it’s simple: If they knew then what they know now, would they have backed Obama’s decision to leave Iraq?

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    Entertainment

    Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC Because He Molested Kids as a Teen

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when ...

    “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar resigned from the Family Research Council for acting “inexcusably” as a teen. Reports say he molested young girls—and his family knew.

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    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Wednesday night was David Letterman’s signoff as host of The Late Show, wrapping up almost 35 years as a talk show host. At the end of the show, last bastions of rock & roll Foo Fighters played their classic “Everlong” under a montage of Lette...

    Live version of “Everlong” is the soundtrack to highlights of Dave’s entire career.

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    U.S. singer Janet Jackson performs on stage during her  "Number Ones - Up Close and Personal" tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London June 30, 2011.

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    “I promised you’d hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year. New music. New world tour. A new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”That was the message pop megastar Janet Jackson gave to her fans this past week...

    She’s sold over 140 million albums and has a record 18 consecutive top 10 hits. Now, Janet Jackson is returning with a new album and world tour. Don’t call it a comeback.

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    Jay-Z performs during the Budweiser Made In America Festival Benefiting The United Way - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

    Jay Z is the Michael Jordan of hip-hop.Now, before you spew skinny mocha latte all over your keyboard, scream-tweet RAKIM! BIGGIE! TUPAC! NAS! at me in KANYE CAPS, or type so hard you just might break your Macbook Air, I’m not talking about the ag...

    The hip-hop icon has once again come under fire for his charity-giving ways. But all is not as it seems.

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    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Wednesday night was David Letterman’s signoff as host of The Late Show, wrapping up almost 35 years as a talk show host. At the end of the show, last bastions of rock & roll Foo Fighters played their classic “Everlong” under a montage of Lette...

    Live version of “Everlong” is the soundtrack to highlights of Dave’s entire career.

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    Hillary and Fiddy

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    “It’s Hillary time!” proclaims rapper 50 Cent, announcing to The Daily Beast that he is backing Hillary Clinton to be the next president. Back in 2007, the Grammy-winning rapper, actor, and entrepreneur told Time magazine that he wouldn’t be publi...

    The hip-hop impresario sat down with The Daily Beast and opened up about why he’s supporting Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

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    David Letterman hosts his final broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2015CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    “Save a little for my funeral, OK?”Thus David Letterman, during his final Late Show on CBS (which ran 20 minutes longer than usual, nearly an hour into Thursday morning), acknowledged that the various national expressions of grief and sanctificati...

    The Letterman era came to an end with all the fanfare you would expect, but none of the emotion.

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    David Letterman announces that he will be retiring from the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN on the broadcast tonight, Thursday, April 3 (11:35pm-12:37am, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Letterman: The Last Great Talk Show Host

    Letterman: The Last Great Talk Show Host

    “I don’t like that David Letterman,” a dear friend’s grandma once said to me, “he’s always grimacing.”  Though it’s hard to say exactly how many years ago that was—a great many—we can safely assume that Dave himself is now as old as that granny wa...

    David Letterman will host his last Late Show tonight. We’re not just saying goodbye to Dave, but to an entire generation of comedy.

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    Hillary and Fiddy

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    “It’s Hillary time!” proclaims rapper 50 Cent, announcing to The Daily Beast that he is backing Hillary Clinton to be the next president. Back in 2007, the Grammy-winning rapper, actor, and entrepreneur told Time magazine that he wouldn’t be publi...

    The hip-hop impresario sat down with The Daily Beast and opened up about why he’s supporting Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

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    World News

    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit monitors from his position in the area surrounding the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province west of the capital Baghdad, on May 19, 2015. Iraq's army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State (IS) group before it builds up defences.

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

    The Iraqi army may have fled, as ISIS attacked the key city of Ramadi. But it’s the United States that’s now being blamed in Iraq—at least in some quarters—for losing the battle.On the streets of Baghdad, Iraqis said afterward that had Prime Minis...

    The Americans weren’t the ones who ran away as ISIS detonated its car bombs. But they were the ones who held back Iraqi reinforcements, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders say.

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    A general view taken on May 18, 2015 shows the castle of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a day after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists fired rockets into the city and killing five people. Fierce clashes have rocked Palmyra's outskirts since IS launched an offensive on May 13 to capture the 2,000-year-old world heritage site nicknamed "the pearl of the desert".

    Will ISIS Wreck Ruin-Rich Palmyra?

    Will ISIS Wreck Ruin-Rich Palmyra?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

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    A picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.

    Inside the Ancient City ISIS Just Sacked

    Inside the Ancient City ISIS Just Sacked

    Palmyra holds a dual significance to Syrians as being home to some of the world’s most celebrated ruins and one of the Assad regime’s most feared detention and torture facilities. Both, as it happens, will gain new prominence in the days ahead, as...

    Hours after the terror group grabbed its second city in a week, Palmyra was pitch-black and silent. But residents are bracing for bloody reprisals—and the destruction of historic sites.

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    Osama bin Laden is shown in this video frame grab released by the U.S. Pentagon May 7, 2011. Five videos were found in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan after U.S. Navy Seals stormed the compound and killed bin Laden. The compound in Pakistan where U.S. forces killed bin Laden was an "active command and control center" where the al Qaeda leader remained in strategic and operational control of the organization, a senior U.S. intelligence official said on May 7. REUTERS/Pentagon/Handout

    Bin Laden Wanted to Set Up Shop in Iran

    Bin Laden Wanted to Set Up Shop in Iran

    An undated report on Al Qaeda’s external operations reveals that the group tried to establish a recruitment office in Iran but backed off because it was deemed to be too expensive.“[W]e have thought to open an office for ourselves in Iran, to rece...

    New documents taken from his compound show the group was much more tolerant of the Shiite state than its successor, ISIS. It even contemplated opening an office there.

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    A general view taken on May 18, 2015 shows the castle of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a day after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists fired rockets into the city and killing five people. Fierce clashes have rocked Palmyra's outskirts since IS launched an offensive on May 13 to capture the 2,000-year-old world heritage site nicknamed "the pearl of the desert".

    Will ISIS Wreck Ruin-Rich Palmyra?

    Will ISIS Wreck Ruin-Rich Palmyra?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

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    Judges Dismiss Rape Of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Judges Dismiss Rape of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Judges Dismiss Rape of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Two judges in Argentina decided that a soccer coach who raped a 6-year-old boy shouldn’t be held entirely responsible because the child had already been traumatized by previous alleged abuse—and because he supposedly showed “homosexual tendencies....

    Two justices in Argentina gave a pedophile a severely reduced sentence because his 6-year-old victim had been previously abused and seemed ‘gay.’

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    ISIS Guide A Mix of Travel and Terror

    ISIS Guide A Mix of Travel and Terror

    A British jihadist who fled the United Kingdom has penned a jaunty travel guide to the so-called Islamic State, in a bid to “provide an alternative narrative to life under the Caliphate,” he writes, the latest bit of propaganda from the terror gro...

    A bizarre guide to the Islamic State by a fugitive British jihadist says not to miss the shish kebab.

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    A man walks past the rotating triangular sign outside New Scotland Yard in central London March 17, 2015. The watchdog which oversees British police said it had launched an investigation into allegations London police chiefs dropped inquiries into child sex abuse claims because they involved politicians and high profile figures. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it would examine allegations police suppressed evidence, hindered investigations into paedophile rings and covered up crimes because they involved lawmakers (MPs) and police officers.

    250 UK Celebs Accused of Child Sex Abuse

    250 UK Celebs Accused of Child Sex Abuse

    LONDON — The extraordinary scale of sexual abuse perpetrated against children by British VIPs was laid bare on Wednesday when officials disclosed that they were investigating allegations against 76 politicians and almost 250 “persons of public pro...

    British police forces will have to sort through 1,433 suspects in over 100,000 cases of child abuse—almost double the amount of accusations from just three years ago.

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    Judges Dismiss Rape Of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Judges Dismiss Rape of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Judges Dismiss Rape of ‘Gay’ 6-Year-Old

    Two judges in Argentina decided that a soccer coach who raped a 6-year-old boy shouldn’t be held entirely responsible because the child had already been traumatized by previous alleged abuse—and because he supposedly showed “homosexual tendencies....

    Two justices in Argentina gave a pedophile a severely reduced sentence because his 6-year-old victim had been previously abused and seemed ‘gay.’

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    U.S. News

    Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore logged its 100th murder of the year on Thursday morning, hitting the milestone after recording more than a murder per day in the month following Freddie Gray’s death.The massive increase in homicide, shootings, and violent crime comes as...

    Murders in one part of town are up 200 percent, shootings 800 percent, but police are locking up fewer people.

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    DEA Agents’ Jersey Strip Club

    Feds Ran Jersey’s Sleaziest Strip Club

    Feds Ran Jersey’s Sleaziest Strip Club

    SOUTH HACKENSACK, New Jersey — Nobody was ordering the special: ribeye steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Maybe that’s because the night was still young at the Twins Go-Go Lounge. So were the bikini-clad babes tangled around the two brass ...

    They were supposed to be enforcing the law. Instead, the FBI alleges, a pair of rogue agents ran a sex-for-hire stable, staffed with illegal talent.

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    A February 11, 2015 photo shows the US Capitol with its dome encased in scaffolding as it undergoes renovation in Washington, DC. The White House revealed to lawmakers on Tuesday details of its request to Congress for a three-year war authority to battle Islamic extremists that would prohibit 'enduring' offensive combat operations. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Congress has just a handful of legislative left days to decide whether to amend, extend, or simply let provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1. And, for now, the ball is in the Senate’s court.Last week, the House of Representatives overwhel...

    One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU’s legislative counsel says ...

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    Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore logged its 100th murder of the year on Thursday morning, hitting the milestone after recording more than a murder per day in the month following Freddie Gray’s death.The massive increase in homicide, shootings, and violent crime comes as...

    Murders in one part of town are up 200 percent, shootings 800 percent, but police are locking up fewer people.

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    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Wherever one goes, there is “shaming,” or the possibility of “shaming.” Or the accusation of ‘shaming.” You are “shamed” if you are a celebrity, and look terrible in an outfit, and someone snarks so. You can be “shamed” for too much sex, too littl...

    Cambridge students say the public dissemination of their exam results amounts to “grade shaming.” Why is this most self-publicizing generation so sensitive about their privacy?

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    Wall Street bitcoin exchange

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    At first glance, it looks like it’s been a pretty good spring for the folk who would have the world believe that the virtual currency bitcoin is finally happening, especially where it matters most, on Wall Street.In March, a New York-based start u...

    Could the recent announcement by the NYSE that it’s launching a bitcoin price index mean that the virtual curency has finally found legitimacy? Pretty to think so but probably not.

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    Tech + Health

    Drunk in Love

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    Drunk in Love isn’t just the best Beyoncé/Jay Z collaboration since Blue Ivy: it also explains new scientific research, which found alcohol and oxytocin—“the love hormone”—produce similar neurological effectsA study this week from the University o...

    Researchers this week unveiled new scientific evidence proving that alcohol can mirror oxytocin—a “love hormone” that plays a major part in bringing two people together.

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    Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada AIDS medication is arranged for a photo at Ansonia Pharmacy in New York, U.S., on Thursday, July 24, 2008. Gilead is the biggest U.S. maker of AIDS drugs. (Photo by Jb Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    Robert Shore walked in his front door, dropped his stuff and sorted through the mail. In among the circulars was a letter from his insurance carrier, Assurant Health. The letters are almost always notices that the New York-based company had receiv...

    Can you trust your insurance company’s drug formulary? Robert Shore thought he could. He was wrong.

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    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Last month, I miscarried. I was 8½ weeks pregnant when we found out the fetus wasn’t viable. As chance would have it, I had the Dilation and Curettage (D&C) procedure on my birthday. Happy 33rd.  Miscarriage is a universal and timeless truth o...

    When I miscarried on my 33rd birthday, no one knew what to say.

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    Serena Williams of the U.S. walks off the court with her broken racquet during her WTA Finals singles semi-final tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) - RTR4BJMR

    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

    Caitlin Compton Gregg has never met a sport she didn’t like.Her parents met at a bike shop and Gregg was riding through her neighborhood in New York City not long after she began to walk. Gregg and her family frequently spent weekends skiing in th...

    They can run farther, jump higher, and swim faster. Now a group of researchers at Stanford thinks super athletes may be the missing link in the search for eternal life.

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    Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada AIDS medication is arranged for a photo at Ansonia Pharmacy in New York, U.S., on Thursday, July 24, 2008. Gilead is the biggest U.S. maker of AIDS drugs. (Photo by Jb Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    Robert Shore walked in his front door, dropped his stuff and sorted through the mail. In among the circulars was a letter from his insurance carrier, Assurant Health. The letters are almost always notices that the New York-based company had receiv...

    Can you trust your insurance company’s drug formulary? Robert Shore thought he could. He was wrong.

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    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    “You do look glum! What you need is a gramme of soma.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New WorldLet’s say you’re feeling blah, and need a jolt of something to pep you up. Or you just berated a barista for no good reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if a technology...

    Brain scientists are working to turn on and off behavior with electricity—and possibly motivation and optimism, too. How a few milli-amps of electric current could change your life.

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    Destroying the Lazy Dad Myth

    Destroying the Lazy Dad Myth

    Josh Levs really just wants one little thing: “For men and women to join forces and stand together against the backward policies that are hurting us.”He said this to me during a phone conversation this week in response to my having tentatively sug...

    A new book argues that the pop culture image of dads as lazy and uninvolved is not only false but damaging, perpetuating a sexist social structure that pigeon holes women too.

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    The Natural Style of Reema Desai

    The Natural Style of Reema Desai

    Washington, D.C.-based photographer Reema Desai’s work is immediately recognizable with its clean aesthetic and natural-feeling light. A look through her Instagram feed is immediately familiar. It’s like your own life, but idealized, and with much...

    She posts only photos she takes with her phone for the challenge and the creativity of it.

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    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    “You do look glum! What you need is a gramme of soma.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New WorldLet’s say you’re feeling blah, and need a jolt of something to pep you up. Or you just berated a barista for no good reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if a technology...

    Brain scientists are working to turn on and off behavior with electricity—and possibly motivation and optimism, too. How a few milli-amps of electric current could change your life.

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    BeastStyle

    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Wherever one goes, there is “shaming,” or the possibility of “shaming.” Or the accusation of ‘shaming.” You are “shamed” if you are a celebrity, and look terrible in an outfit, and someone snarks so. You can be “shamed” for too much sex, too littl...

    Cambridge students say the public dissemination of their exam results amounts to “grade shaming.” Why is this most self-publicizing generation so sensitive about their privacy?

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    Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla greet wellwishers during a visit to the village of Mullaghmore where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979, in Ireland, May 20, 2015.

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    They were about quarter-mile out to sea, on a clear blue day, when it happened.The peace of the small Irish seaside town of Mullaghmore, County Sligo, was brutally shattered when a boat carrying Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, was blow...

    In 1979, his great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in a boat explosion. Today, Prince Charles returned to where it happened in a spirit of peace and reconcilia...

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    Is Booze to Blame for Campus Rapes?

    Is Booze to Blame for Campus Rapes?

    Sexual assaults among college women have reached “epidemic levels,” according to a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.The report found that 18.6 percent of college women experienced attempted or completed rape during their f...

    A new study confirms that sexual assault has reached ‘epidemic levels’ on campus—with how students consume alcohol coming into the spotlight.

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    Russian model Irina Shayk poses as she arrives for the screening of the film "Sicario" at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 19, 2015.   AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Stilettos Are a Feminist Issue at Cannes

    Stilettos Are a Feminist Issue at Cannes

    Last year’s Golden Globes saw British actress Emma Thompson storm the stage barefoot, her Christian Louboutin stilettos in one hand and a dirty martini in the other.She flashed Louboutin’s trademark red-lacquered soles at an amused audience, clutc...

    Outrage ensued after a group of women wearing flat shoes was turned away from a Cannes red carpet. Why is the high heel such a charged piece of clothing?

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    Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla greet wellwishers during a visit to the village of Mullaghmore where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979, in Ireland, May 20, 2015.

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    They were about quarter-mile out to sea, on a clear blue day, when it happened.The peace of the small Irish seaside town of Mullaghmore, County Sligo, was brutally shattered when a boat carrying Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, was blow...

    In 1979, his great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in a boat explosion. Today, Prince Charles returned to where it happened in a spirit of peace and reconcilia...

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    U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters after a roundtable campaign event with small businesses in Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States, May 19, 2015.    REUTERS/Jim Young   - RTX1DOLO

    Hillary’s Crazy Media-Bashing

    Hillary’s Crazy Media-Bashing

    Finally, at long last on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton took a question from the press—five questions, actually.So ended, at least for the moment, a month-long period of increasingly tense relations between Team Hillary and the news media, in which the ...

    Tuesday, after a month of ignoring requests for interviews, Hillary Clinton answered five questions from the press. Might her non-engagement strategy ultimately backfire?

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    Just Do What Yoko Ono Says

    Just Do What Yoko Ono Says

    Chances are you’ll see a hundred Yoko Onos at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.On Monday, the sixth-floor gallery space was dominated by a crowd of black skinny jeans, leather jackets and bowler hats—Ono’s outfit of choice—as visitors gat...

    Get ready to get involved at a show of Yoko Ono’s art at MoMA. The celebrity queen of performance art wants you to hold hands with strangers and climb into bags.

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    Has Maxim Mag changed their lady objectifying ways?

    ‘Maxim’ Is Your New Feminist Bible

    ‘Maxim’ Is Your New Feminist Bible

    A facial shot of a pop star staring moodily out at the reader, rather than a semi-nude body draped over a car chassis, is not what one usually envisions as the cover choice for Maxim’s Hot 100 list.The notorious ranking of female flesh has boasted...

    Its image of Taylor Swift announcing its “Hot 100” List is not the usual scantily clad shot—but is the men’s mag, under a new female editor, really changing how it portrays women?

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