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    CPAC: ‘Revolution Is Here & It’s Bloody’

    CPAC: ‘Revolution Is Here & It’s Bloody’

    Last year, shortly after the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the board of directors of the American Conservative Union convened a conference call to discuss the party’s newly minted presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.The ...

    CPAC has long been a parade of the Republican fringe. But in 2016, the fringe took over and now they have the main stage all to themselves.

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    death of the DNC and why Democrats need to reject the liberal donor class

    Why Dems Should Reject Their Donor Class

    Why Dems Should Reject Their Donor Class

    Democrats suffered losses up and down the ballot on Nov. 8, bolstering Republican dominance of both national and state governments. A presidential campaign launched with high hopes wound up adding to the party’s demoralizing string of defeats in 2...

    As the parties have given up on their core functions, wealthy donors with ideological agendas have filled the void they’ve left.

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    Trump Guidance on TRANS RIGHTS

    Trump Lets States Bully Trans Kids

    Trump Lets States Bully Trans Kids

    On January 31, the White House released a statement claiming that President Donald Trump is “respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights.”Apparently the “T” was silent.This evening, after days of speculation—sparked by a Monday evening Washington Bl...

    The Trump administration tells states and schools they can require transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding to their birth-assigned gender.

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    CPAC

    CPAC: ‘Revolution Is Here & It’s Bloody’

    CPAC: ‘Revolution Is Here & It’s Bloody’

    Last year, shortly after the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, the board of directors of the American Conservative Union convened a conference call to discuss the party’s newly minted presidential nominee Donald J. Trump.The ...

    CPAC has long been a parade of the Republican fringe. But in 2016, the fringe took over and now they have the main stage all to themselves.

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    Jewish cemeteries vandalism

    Why Pence Had to Honor Jewish Graves

    Why Pence Had to Honor Jewish Graves

    Why did it take the desecration of a Jewish cemetery for President Trump and Vice President Pence to finally condemn anti-Semitism?There were, of course, multiple factors that finally teased out a condemnation from the president (issued, rather bi...

    The president is not an anti-Semite, but he is the head of an anti-Semitic movement.

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    Trump-Supportive Outside Group Can't Say What It's Doing

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    In the days immediately after Donald Trump’s surprising electoral win, his aides began to publicly express interest in creating a political operation outside of the White House that would help keep his grassroots support alive. Such an outfit coul...

    They were supposed to rally Trump’s base and help push his agenda. But in these early, early days of the administration, they’re nowhere to be found.

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    Entertainment

    Bowie and George Michael Remembered

    Bowie and George Michael Remembered

    Tearful tributes to David Bowie and George Michael, both of whom died last year, dominated the Brit Awards, the U.K. pop music awards, in London last night.Andrew Ridgeley, Michael’s former Wham! band-mate, led the encomiums to Michael, while Bowi...

    Emotional tributes were paid to David Bowie and George Michael at the U.K.’s biggest music awards, while Katy Perry inadvertently provided a new ‘left shark’ moment.

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    Katy Perry performing on stage at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    American award shows don’t have a monopoly on politics. Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, A Tribe Called Quest denounced the president’s “Muslim ban” at the Grammys. Who knows what might happen at this Sunday’s Oscars? But...

    The skeletons appeared to hold hands, just like the real American and British leaders.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND AUGUST 27: Jenna Jameson enters the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios on August 27, 2015 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

    Jenna Jameson Defends Milo, the KKK

    Jenna Jameson Defends Milo, the KKK

    As one of the world’s most famous ex-porn stars, a XXX icon who’s appeared in close to 200 adult films, it is pretty surprising that Jenna Jameson has rebranded herself as an alt-right firebrand.Then again, the 42-year-old formerly known as Jenna ...

    The former porn star has gone full alt-right.

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    Donald Trump’s Bizarre Oscars Obsession

    Donald Trump’s Bizarre Oscars Obsession

    Donald Trump loves gold. His three-story palatial penthouse overlooking Manhattan, valued at $100 million, is bedizened with 24-karat gold finishings, aping the garish stylings of Louis XIV and Saddam Hussein. It even has gold-plated toilets. And,...

    The president—who constantly decries ‘Hollywood elitists’—is downright obsessed with the Academy Awards, for years live-tweeting and delivering recaps of Hollywood’s big night.

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    Katy Perry performing on stage at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    American award shows don’t have a monopoly on politics. Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, A Tribe Called Quest denounced the president’s “Muslim ban” at the Grammys. Who knows what might happen at this Sunday’s Oscars? But...

    The skeletons appeared to hold hands, just like the real American and British leaders.

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    Geroge Clooney

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    At the 2006 Academy Awards, after receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a grizzled CIA agent in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, George Clooney strolled up to the rostrum and delivered an acceptance speech touching on “Hollywo...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon went off on how hypocritical the president and his chief strategist are for branding actors as out-of-touch ‘Hollywood elitists.’

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    Joe Scarborough

    Scarborough: Trump Admin ‘Scary as Hell’

    Scarborough: Trump Admin ‘Scary as Hell’

    It was one year ago this week that Joe Scarborough and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski cozied up with Donald Trump for an MSNBC town hall, the fairness of which they doth protested a bit too much the following morning.Since then, Scarborou...

    The ‘Morning Joe’ host delivered a surprisingly harsh assessment of the Trump administration on ‘The Late Show.’

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    Social activist Cleve Jones attends the Screening Of ABC's "When We Rise" at Castro Theatre on February 20, 2017 in San Francisco, California.  (

    Cleve Jones: Primetime’s New LGBT Hero

    Cleve Jones: Primetime’s New LGBT Hero

    Cleve Jones still vividly recalls the moment on Nov. 27, 1978, when he saw his friend and mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body at San Francisco City Hall.Jones had heard Mayor George Moscone had been shot, but didn’t know by whom, or much else, as he ra...

    Cleve Jones saw his mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body, and has been a passionate activist for 40 years. Now mainstream stardom beckons thanks to ABC drama ‘When We Rise.’

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    Geroge Clooney

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    At the 2006 Academy Awards, after receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a grizzled CIA agent in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, George Clooney strolled up to the rostrum and delivered an acceptance speech touching on “Hollywo...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon went off on how hypocritical the president and his chief strategist are for branding actors as out-of-touch ‘Hollywood elitists.’

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    World News

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—It’s minutes past 4:00 p.m. local time, and Sarah, as we’ll call her, has just returned to her tent in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the outskirts Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s war-torn Borno state.She had ...

    Fleeing from jihadists, thousands of women and girls wind up in camps where they’re sexually abused. To them, prostitution in Italy sounds like escape.

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     Italy's State Funded LGBT "Clubs"

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    ROME—There is little question that Italy has been slow on the uptake when it comes to recognizing equal rights for the country’s LGBT community. Last year Italy was the last in western Europe to finally pass a same sex union law, though it remains...

    The country’s anti-discrimination department used funds intended to combat homophobia to invest in private prostitution clubs.

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    Europe Confronts the Jekyll/Hyde Trump Administration

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    PARIS — European politicians and policy makers have begun to feel they’re watching a horror movie: the tale of an American administration with a split personality as sinister as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—the first perfectly reasonable and sociable, ...

    While the reasonable-sounding Jekylls try to reassure the Europeans that Trump doesn’t mean what he says, the Hydes push an agenda that will destroy the EU.

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    A Very Expensive Poison

    When Putin’s Killers Descended on London

    When Putin’s Killers Descended on London

    Prologue:The Men from Moscow Passport control, Gatwick Airport, Sussex 16 October 2006Two of the Russians arriving that morning stood out. What precisely made them suspicious was hard to identify. But in the mind of Spencer Scott—the detective c...

    In this excerpt from ‘A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War With the West,’ the first vestiges of a global Russian murder ring emerge.

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     Italy's State Funded LGBT "Clubs"

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    ROME—There is little question that Italy has been slow on the uptake when it comes to recognizing equal rights for the country’s LGBT community. Last year Italy was the last in western Europe to finally pass a same sex union law, though it remains...

    The country’s anti-discrimination department used funds intended to combat homophobia to invest in private prostitution clubs.

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    Sleeper Cells

    The Sleeper Cells of Mosul

    The Sleeper Cells of Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq—The “My Fair Lady” restaurant was making a brisk trade when the suicide bomber stepped into the open-fronted eatery flanking a busy roundabout in east Mosul and detonated the explosives strapped around his waist. The blast swept throug...

    As the ‘final offensive’ to retake the western half of the city begins, the underground networks of ISIS continue to attack in the ‘liberated’ eastern half.

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    U.S. border patrol agent Alessio Faccin  walks along the border fence separating Mexican from the United States near Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017. Picture taken February 8, 2017.

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    TIJUANA, Mexico — In the northernmost corner of Mexico, where the United States’ southern border fence extends into the Pacific Ocean, dividing California from its truncated southern limb—the Baja California peninsula—binational seagulls dive for ...

    All along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico you can see clearly where the concrete barrier is supposed to go up, and why it will never be built the way Trump wants it.

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    Nefertiti

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king...

    A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.

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    Sleeper Cells

    The Sleeper Cells of Mosul

    The Sleeper Cells of Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq—The “My Fair Lady” restaurant was making a brisk trade when the suicide bomber stepped into the open-fronted eatery flanking a busy roundabout in east Mosul and detonated the explosives strapped around his waist. The blast swept throug...

    As the ‘final offensive’ to retake the western half of the city begins, the underground networks of ISIS continue to attack in the ‘liberated’ eastern half.

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    U.S.

    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    UPDATE: Ten people were arrested, and one protester was injured during confrontation with North Dakota police during evictions Wednesday. Thirty-three more were arrested Thursday morning in a police sweep of the main protest camp. ALONG THE CANNON...

    Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.

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    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Two unrelated serial kidnappers worked the same South Carolina region at the same time, police say. But while one kidnapper allegedly met his victims at a Waffle House, the other allegedly buried his victim behind a different Waffle House approxim...

    On the same day police discovered a tortured woman and her dead boyfriend, cops the town over found another woman buried.

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    The Murderer Who Broke Norman Mailer's Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    When I first entered the netherworld of corruption and violence in 1993 for a first-time, nonviolent LSD conspiracy, the first two books I read when I hit prison were Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Jack Henry Abbott’s In the Belly of t...

    A new book explores the relationship between convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott and his literary mentor.

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    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    Taxpayer-Funded Horror at Standing Rock

    UPDATE: Ten people were arrested, and one protester was injured during confrontation with North Dakota police during evictions Wednesday. Thirty-three more were arrested Thursday morning in a police sweep of the main protest camp. ALONG THE CANNON...

    Police brutality against protesters is reminiscent of civil-rights battles like Selma. And the state has borrowed millions to fund it.

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     Group of young evacuees wave from special train as it leaves Seattle with Island evacuees, March 30, 1942

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Fear and vengeance have again gripped our nation. It’s not the first time that Americans have acted in a most un-American manner when we have been attacked or feel threatened. Throughout our history, we have branded entire ethnic groups as vague-b...

    75 years ago, FDR issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting Japanese Americans across the West and forcing them into camps. Trump’s paranoid policies on immigrants are sadly similar.

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    Bully Pulpit

    Our New Biblical Kings

    Our New Biblical Kings

    “Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain...when you came to the platform,” said Reverend Franklin Graham in his inaugural benediction before President Donald J. Trump. Graham, President of Samaritan’s P...

    Few world leaders have reaped so much politically as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin from embracing their faith. But what does God’s flock see in such blatantly flawed men?

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    Tech

    Robot Thinker

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty darn smart—at least, at certain tasks. AI has defeated world champions in chess, Go, and now poker. But can artificial intelligence actually think?The answer is complicated, largely because intelligence is...

    AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?

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    LA

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Inside the ISIS drone factory

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    This report was originally published by The Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point.By Don Rassler, Muhammad al-’Ubaydi, Vera MirnovaMuch has been made of the Islamic State drone threat ever since the group killed two Kurdish soldiers in October...

    At a former jihadist-run facility in Mosul, Iraq, researchers uncovered a cache of documents that show how the so-called Islamic State buys, builds, and deploys unmanned aircraft.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    LA

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit, the enormous online community-run forum, announced on Wednesday night that it was banning the white nationalist subreddit r/altright, due to “posting of personal information,” otherwise known as doxxing.“Reddit is the proud home to some of...

    The company, once a haven for right wing extremism, is cracking down on the hub of white nationalists—right after its founder blasted Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees.

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    Unlocking ALS

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Imagine what it would be like to be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, but trapped inside a paralyzed body, not only unable to move, but unable to communicate in any way, for the rest of your life. Unable to express feelings, thoughts...

    When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to be alive.

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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Arts + Culture

    Yayoi Kusama Exhibit

    The Show About to Invade Your Instagram

    The Show About to Invade Your Instagram

    Spring has come early to Washington, D.C., and not just in the form of an unseasonably warm February that has driven bougie SoulCycle fiends to plunder neighborhood wine shops of their rosé stock. No, spring has arrived at the Hirshhorn Museum wit...

    Washington’s Hirshhorn Museum has corralled six Infinity Mirror Room installations by Yayoi Kusama as part of a terrific retrospective generating insane buzz before it even opens.

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     Clinicians and researchers say help trans kids who consistently, persistently, and insistently define themselves as another gender to socially transition

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    Transgender kids are a reliable source of controversy. They are also human beings.Over the past two years, articles and opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Pacific Standard, New York magazine, and more have questioned the p...

    Ignore the alarmist commentators. Parents of trans kids are not rushing their offspring through transitioning. The process is sensitively and carefully overseen.

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    Milo Press

    Milo’s Symphony of Victimhood

    Milo’s Symphony of Victimhood

    “Please be respectful,” Milo Yiannopoulos admonished—an irony that was lost on no one but him.Ignoring a question about his own disrespectful behavior that he apparently didn’t feel like answering, the embattled Donald Trump groupie and alt-right ...

    Delivering a halfhearted apology for the remarks that led to his exit from CPAC and Breitbart, Yiannopoulos asked the press to be ‘respectful’—before cursing them.

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    Chuck Schumer on The View

    Schumer Will Fight Trump ‘Tooth & Nail’

    Schumer Will Fight Trump ‘Tooth & Nail’

    When Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped by The View Tuesday morning, there was one topic they had to get out of the way right off of the bat: What President Trump referred to as his “fake tears” over the administration’s travel ban last ...

    The Senate minority leader tells ‘The View’ how Democrats are planning to “stop” Trump.

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     Clinicians and researchers say help trans kids who consistently, persistently, and insistently define themselves as another gender to socially transition

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    Transgender kids are a reliable source of controversy. They are also human beings.Over the past two years, articles and opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Pacific Standard, New York magazine, and more have questioned the p...

    Ignore the alarmist commentators. Parents of trans kids are not rushing their offspring through transitioning. The process is sensitively and carefully overseen.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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    Colbert

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    “It’s loose-bowels time,” Stephen Colbert told me in December, referring to the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump.The CBS Late Show host had shown up at the media holiday party on the 30th floor of the network’s “Black Rock” corporate headqu...

    He may despise Trump’s presidency, but it has given Stephen Colbert rich material—and the possible means by which to emerge victorious over a floundering Jimmy Fallon.

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    Kate Middleton

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    After several months of near invisibility—Kate has only made a handful of public appearances since December—the future Queen was everywhere earlier this week.On Sunday night, she was the star of the show at the BAFTAS, Britain’s cut-price answer t...

    The royal couple have had a busy week. But this burst of activity masks a leisurely lifestyle that is increasingly being called into question.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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