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    U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017.

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Last year, this was Ted Cruz country. Today, it was The Donald J. Trump Show.At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union at National Harbor, Trump made his triumphant C...

    Speaking to the American Conservative Union on Friday, the president relied on campaign trail standbys and his new favorite target: railing against the media.

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    Constituents of Virginiaís 2nd District hold up signs during a town hall meeting held by U.S.  Representative Scott Taylor (R-VA) at Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., February 20, 2017.  \

    Middle America: Hands Off My Obamacare

    Middle America: Hands Off My Obamacare

    If being a pig farmer was enough to make Joni Ernst a United States senator, if that one ad about castrating hogs was enough to make her one of 100 people with enormous influence over every aspect of U.S. policy making, then it ought to be enough ...

    Even Republican, Ozarks, military, NRA families sometimes have rare connective tissue disorders.

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    White House Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017.

    Lost at CPAC: Any Sense of Principle

    Lost at CPAC: Any Sense of Principle

    Up there with the surprise of seven new planets is one that awaits you at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, once composed primarily of the religious right of the Republican Party. Gone is the pretense of principle. They have co...

    It’s a total victory-lap party down there in National Harbor. But something important is missing…

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    U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017.

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Last year, this was Ted Cruz country. Today, it was The Donald J. Trump Show.At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union at National Harbor, Trump made his triumphant C...

    Speaking to the American Conservative Union on Friday, the president relied on campaign trail standbys and his new favorite target: railing against the media.

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    Justin Amash

    GOP Rep. Goes Overtime With Angry Crowd

    GOP Rep. Goes Overtime With Angry Crowd

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich.—After 55 minutes of boos, grave concerns and complaints, Rep. Justin Amash seemed to be looking to break the tension at his afternoon town hall.“You look happy,” Amash said with a nervous but hopeful laugh before handing over t...

    Rep. Justin Amash said he wasn’t afraid to meet with unhappy constituents and on Thursday he proved it.

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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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    Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Imagine your ex-girlfriend was expecting a child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Now imagine your ex-girlfriend was Ciara. The rapper Future doesn’t need to take part in this little thought experiment because it is his literal si...

    Years after their acrimonious breakup, rapper Future is still taking shots at Ciara on his latest album ‘HNDRXX.’

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     Charlamagne Tha God hosts Producers Series With Jahlil Beats at Lavo on August 22, 2016 in New York City.

    Charlamagne Tha God Is Taking Over

    Charlamagne Tha God Is Taking Over

    How did a kid from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, grow up to be a hip-hop arbiter and self-described “super jock?” Charlamagne Tha God credits both God and The Secret-style positive thinking for his radio personality superstardom. After all, when ...

    The co-host of the popular radio show The Breakfast Club opens up about his controversial relationship with the right-wing screamhead, black celebs meeting with Trump, and much more.

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    I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

    What to Do When Everyone Is an A**hole

    What to Do When Everyone Is an A**hole

    Everything is awful in I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., and nursing assistant Ruth Kimke (Melanie Lynskey) is mad as hell about it. She keeps finding dog crap on her front lawn. She has to listen to one of her patients respond to a TV ...

    Misery and silliness abound in the excellent, Sundance-winner black comedy ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore,’ about a woman fed up with a world full of a**holes.

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    Meyers Scolds Trump for Trans ‘Bullying’

    Meyers Scolds Trump for Trans ‘Bullying’

    When Seth Meyers wants to go deep into the nuances of a specific issue facing the country, he takes “A Closer Look.” When he’s just pissed off about something, he opts for a more direct method with a segment called “Hey!” Thursday night, it was th...

    The ‘Late Night’ host had some harsh words for the president’s decision to rollback rights for trans kids.

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     Charlamagne Tha God hosts Producers Series With Jahlil Beats at Lavo on August 22, 2016 in New York City.

    Charlamagne Tha God Is Taking Over

    Charlamagne Tha God Is Taking Over

    How did a kid from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, grow up to be a hip-hop arbiter and self-described “super jock?” Charlamagne Tha God credits both God and The Secret-style positive thinking for his radio personality superstardom. After all, when ...

    The co-host of the popular radio show The Breakfast Club opens up about his controversial relationship with the right-wing screamhead, black celebs meeting with Trump, and much more.

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    Colbert Savages InfoWars’ Alex Jones

    Colbert Savages InfoWars’ Alex Jones

    As he does on a nightly basis, Stephen Colbert opened his Late Show monologue on Wednesday with some jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense. But this time, he got a little philosophical about it. “I hope that doesn’t upset Donald Trump, becau...

    The ‘Late Show’ host did a deep dive into the conspiracy theory site InfoWars during his Wednesday night monologue.

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    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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    oscars

    Give Viola Davis an Oscar Already!

    Give Viola Davis an Oscar Already!

    KEVIN: For Day Two of our Oscars debates, we dive into the two categories that are guaranteed to send me into a rage fit if the presumed frontrunners don’t take home their rightful trophies: Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. But b...

    In the latest Oscars debate, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss the Best Supporting Actor and Actress categories, including why Kathryn Hahn deserved more love.

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    Colbert Savages InfoWars’ Alex Jones

    Colbert Savages InfoWars’ Alex Jones

    As he does on a nightly basis, Stephen Colbert opened his Late Show monologue on Wednesday with some jokes at President Donald Trump’s expense. But this time, he got a little philosophical about it. “I hope that doesn’t upset Donald Trump, becau...

    The ‘Late Show’ host did a deep dive into the conspiracy theory site InfoWars during his Wednesday night monologue.

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    World News

    Al-Bab

    ISIS Bastion Falls to Turkish Push

    ISIS Bastion Falls to Turkish Push

    ISTANBUL—Backed by Turkish air, armor and artillery support, Free Syrian Army forces announced on Thursday the capture Al Bab, a major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State in northern Syria, following a two and a half months of battle.The cit...

    Al Bab has long been at the heart of ISIS operations in Syria—and also against Europe and America. On Thursday, it fell to militias supported by Ankara.

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    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    After what appeared to be a costly misfire, the Trump administration appears ready to release a revised executive order on immigration after massaging the language through the traditional interagency process it skipped the first time around.It sho...

    Iran has been politically or militarily active across the globe—including each of the six other states covered by the disputed U.S. travel ban.

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    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    Almost 13 years ago today, Jamal al-Harith was freed from Guantanamo Bay and returned to the U.K. But he won’t be celebrating the anniversary this year. Instead, he has blown himself up in Mosul on behalf of the so-called Islamic State.What makes ...

    Jamal al-Harith got a million pounds from the British government—and plenty of friendly coverage in the press—after his release from Guantanamo. Now he’s become a martyr for ISIS.

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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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    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    After what appeared to be a costly misfire, the Trump administration appears ready to release a revised executive order on immigration after massaging the language through the traditional interagency process it skipped the first time around.It sho...

    Iran has been politically or militarily active across the globe—including each of the six other states covered by the disputed U.S. travel ban.

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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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    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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    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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    U.S.

    Craigslist rape fantasy

    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    The mysterious email arrived days after our story was published.We were investigating the July 2016 arrest of Michelle Hadley, a quiet, goody-two-shoes MBA student in Orange County, California who had been accused of impersonating her ex’s new wif...

    Police arrested a California woman for impersonating her hubby’s ex—and now authorities say she may have stolen the identities of other girls as well.

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    Close-up of a belladonna blossom

    FDA Warns Over Toxin in Teething 'Cure'

    FDA Warns Over Toxin in Teething 'Cure'

    The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States wasn’t the only shakeup to the natural order of things this January. That same month, a drug company rebuffed the FDA over a potentially dangerous product for infants.The ...

    The FDA has asked for a recall of homeopathic teething products that may cause seizures or worse—but consumers can still easily get their hands on the product.

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    Earthquake

    Can Heavy Rain Really Cause Earthquakes?

    Can Heavy Rain Really Cause Earthquakes?

    By Gillian Foulger, Jon Gluyas, Miles Wilson, Durham UniversityIn recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.If there is an unusual surge of eart...

    With the recent heavy rainfall in California, scientists expect new opportunities to study possible connections between weather and earthquakes.

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    Craigslist rape fantasy

    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    The mysterious email arrived days after our story was published.We were investigating the July 2016 arrest of Michelle Hadley, a quiet, goody-two-shoes MBA student in Orange County, California who had been accused of impersonating her ex’s new wif...

    Police arrested a California woman for impersonating her hubby’s ex—and now authorities say she may have stolen the identities of other girls as well.

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    Jeff Sessions

    Trump Makes Private Prisons Great Again

    Trump Makes Private Prisons Great Again

    It’s barely a month in, but the Trump administration has already brought great news for America’s private prison companies.On Feb. 21, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued last summ...

    Trump was the last hope for private prisons that were in the process of being cut off from the federal government. Now he’s come through for them in a big way.

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    Slain Girl Recorded Her Suspected Killer

    Slain Girl Recorded Her Suspected Killer

    In the final moments before she disappeared, Liberty German turned on her cell phone’s video camera and recorded a man telling her, “Down the hill.”German, 14, and her friend Abigail Williams, 13, were reported missing several hours later after th...

    Two Indiana teens were killed on a trail last week, but police recovered video and audio from one girl’s phone that could crack the case.

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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

    Sorry, America: Milo Is Staying

    Sorry, America: Milo Is Staying

    Milo Yiannopoulos is working on a ‘secret new media venture’ that will allow him to stay in the United States, according to reports.Given that Yiannopoulos is a British citizen living in the United States on a work visa, some observers had assumed...

    Surely Milo Yiannopoulos will be on his way back home to the U.K. now his gig with Breitbart is over? Alas not, according to reports.

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    TV personality/author Alan Colmes promotes the book "Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America" at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City.

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    Doctrinaire liberals tended to underestimate Alan Colmes, who co-hosted Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes for a dozen years and was frequently derided as Sean Hannity’s foil. He was, they claimed, a weak debater, insufficiently aggressive in...

    The Fox News presenter, famed for being a liberal voice in very hostile territory, has died of cancer at 66.

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    Princess Beatrice

    What Does Princess Beatrice Actually Do?

    What Does Princess Beatrice Actually Do?

    A bizarre story appeared in the British press this week, announcing that Princess Beatrice, the elder daughter of Prince Andrew and Fergie, had landed a deal with a sexy tech start-up seeking to float on the New York stock exchange via her new bus...

    Reports that Prince Andrew’s daughter was now a “business matchmaker” has led people to ask what that actually means, and who she is doing it for.

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    Escape Alone

    Inside a Very British Apocalypse

    Inside a Very British Apocalypse

    A very British apocalypse is unfolding. We don’t know about the apocalypse initially in Caryl Churchill’s 50-minute play, Escaped Alone, presently showing at BAM, because we are popping in to what seems more like a gently unfolding afternoon chat ...

    In Caryl Churchill’s ‘Escaped Alone,’ four women chat away in a small suburban British garden—in the face of personal, and much larger, apocalypses.

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    TV personality/author Alan Colmes promotes the book "Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America" at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City.

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    Doctrinaire liberals tended to underestimate Alan Colmes, who co-hosted Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes for a dozen years and was frequently derided as Sean Hannity’s foil. He was, they claimed, a weak debater, insufficiently aggressive in...

    The Fox News presenter, famed for being a liberal voice in very hostile territory, has died of cancer at 66.

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    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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    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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     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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    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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