Politics

US business magnate Sheldon Adelson speaks on the phone after attending the first presidential debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Denver,Colorado on October 3, 2012.    AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

Nevada Republicans may find themselves in a fog on the medical marijuana issue. The state’s first medical marijuana law was signed in 2001, but bringing that approval to fruition has taken more than a decade. Dispensaries and grow houses, divvied ...

Nevada Republicans want legal weed for very conservative reasons. But one conservative with Vegas ties, Sheldon Adelson, is throwing as much money at he can at the opposition in an e...

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Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

David Simon, co-creator of the classic TV cop drama The Wire, might have been inspired to create a new series from his recent sit-down with President Obama.The two talked mostly about the intersecting web of problems caused by the illegal drug tra...

POTUS and David Simon discuss war on drugs, nerd out over great TV.

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Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

Jeb and Walker’s Immigration Double-Talk

Scott Walker and Jeb Bush were bound to collide sooner or later. It turned out to be sooner.As the son of a Baptist minister, and the son of the 41st president of the United States, these two were destined to be the odd couple of the 2016 election...

Jeb has moved from far right toward the center. Walker’s done the opposite. Why can’t anyone just take a consistent position and defend it?

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US business magnate Sheldon Adelson speaks on the phone after attending the first presidential debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Denver,Colorado on October 3, 2012.    AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

Nevada Republicans may find themselves in a fog on the medical marijuana issue. The state’s first medical marijuana law was signed in 2001, but bringing that approval to fruition has taken more than a decade. Dispensaries and grow houses, divvied ...

Nevada Republicans want legal weed for very conservative reasons. But one conservative with Vegas ties, Sheldon Adelson, is throwing as much money at he can at the opposition in an e...

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence responds to a question during a news conference Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Scottsburg, Ind. Pence held a news conference after meeting with local officials in Scott County about an HIV outbreak. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

Indiana is in the midst of a horrific spike in HIV cases—79 cases have been recorded in one county alone—and Governor Mike Pence is breaking with party tradition in his search for a solution. He has announced that the state will initiate an HIV an...

Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence is battling his state’s exploding HIV infection rate with a needle exchange. It’s a bold, politically risky move with the potential to change...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush talks to the media while visiting the Georgia Capitol, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Jeb and the Neocon Trap

Jeb and the Neocon Trap

Are the neoconservatives turning on Jeb Bush? It would be ironic, considering the men his brother turned to for foreign policy advice. It would also be highly problematic—since foreign policy establishment hawks should represent one of Bush’s few ...

Can Jeb Bush assuage the concerns of the GOP’s hawks without looking like the second coming of his brother?

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Entertainment

Why We’re Making ‘Super Troopers 2’

Why We’re Making ‘Super Troopers 2’

The film you know as Super Troopers is a film that almost didn’t happen. The script was originally commissioned and developed by Miramax, but when it failed to get a green light, Harvey Weinstein was kind enough to give it back to us so we could m...

The director and star of Super Troopers 2 writes about why Broken Lizard has turned to crowdfunding to finance the sequel, and how Hollywood has turned its back on the little guys.

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Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Last week, Sutton Foster turned 40. She was really happy about that.She knows she was happy about that because—in ways that most women, and especially actresses, don’t have to—she was forced to contemplate her feelings about hitting the milestone ...

The Tony-winning Broadway star has her Carrie Bradshaw moment in TV Land’s new series, which asks: If you could relive your 20s, would you? (Her answer: Hell, no.)

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From left: Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins of the band Unlocking the Truth in New York, July 26, 2014. The boys, in middle school, have a record deal and are targeting adult audiences with their heavy metal sound.

Teen Metalheads’ Record Biz Nightmare

Teen Metalheads’ Record Biz Nightmare

People tend to romanticize the music industry. Behind every successful band is, it seems, a story of a renegade A&R representative who discovered them cracking away at a dive one night and the rest was history.The reality is far less enchantin...

Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about.

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How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

So farewell, dear Downton Abbey. After six seasons of Thomas’s whispered staircase threats, Cora’s perpetually post-spliff expression at everything said to her, and “Poor Edith” maxing out her very own “Indignity” credit card with giveaway babies ...

Whatever else we can expect from the final season of the hit period soap opera, expect Julian Fellowes’s honeyed view of the past and social order to stay intact.

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Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Last week, Sutton Foster turned 40. She was really happy about that.She knows she was happy about that because—in ways that most women, and especially actresses, don’t have to—she was forced to contemplate her feelings about hitting the milestone ...

The Tony-winning Broadway star has her Carrie Bradshaw moment in TV Land’s new series, which asks: If you could relive your 20s, would you? (Her answer: Hell, no.)

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ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

On Tuesday, CNN reported that ISIS jihadis had established a way station in the Tunisian town of Tataouine—the namesake for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.“The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine we...

No, ISIS has not actually taken control of ‘Tatooine.’ And the Star Wars superfans who traveled to Tunisia to restore the old film set are pissed at the egregious news.

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Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $5...

Indiana’s businesses are now free to discriminate against gays, and LGBT allies are threatening to leave. The first to walk? Gamers, who may take their $50 million convention elsewhere.

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James Franco & Jonah Hill’s ‘True Story’

James Franco & Jonah Hill’s ‘True Story’

In December 2001, Mike Finkel, a prolific New York Times Magazine journalist, was roped into the most bizarre story of his career. An Oregonian by the name of Christian Longo, who had been accused of brutally murdering his wife and children, had u...

The A-list cast discusses True Story, which tells the real-life tale of Mike Finkel, a disgraced New York Times journalist who develops a close bond with a suspected killer.

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ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

ISIS Hasn’t Seized Luke Skywalker’s Farm

On Tuesday, CNN reported that ISIS jihadis had established a way station in the Tunisian town of Tataouine—the namesake for Tatooine, the home planet of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.“The desert and dun-colored cliffs around the town of Tataouine we...

No, ISIS has not actually taken control of ‘Tatooine.’ And the Star Wars superfans who traveled to Tunisia to restore the old film set are pissed at the egregious news.

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World News

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talks to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky during a representing ceremony of a new governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region in Dnipropetrovsk March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR4V18P

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, won the latest round in his longstanding fight this week against iron-fisted billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, the governor of Dnepropetrovsk, the country’s stronghold in the war-torn east.It was a crucial duel fo...

Ukraine’s president just dethroned Ihor Kolomoisky from his post as regional governor—but with his personal militia and billions in the bank, Kiev might have a new opponent on its ha...

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Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, carry their weapons prepare to attack Tikrit in the Iraqi town of Ouja, on the southern outskirts of Tikrit March 26, 2015. The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTR4V043

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

Don’t hold your breath for a formal announcement, but the U.S. just declared ownership over the war in Iraq. The newest round of airstrikes take American military power out of a supporting role and into the lead.Wednesday’s Pentagon statement that...

By taking over the stalled fight for Tikrit, the U.S. is assuming leadership of a widening war. The new one could be different from our last—but it’s likely to be just as open-ended.

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

A cataclysmic war is taking shape in Yemen, one that pits nearly all of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East against Iran and its proxies in a fight that could quickly spin out of control.A Saudi-led bombing campaign already has begun and tr...

It’s a potentially apocalyptic fight between some of the closest U.S. allies and the country America is desperately trying to court. Will Washington really join in?

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New York City firefighters on ladders spray water at the scene of a fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

My East Village Home Exploded

My East Village Home Exploded

Matthew and Nora Brooks were enjoying a rainy afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her parents’ visit to New York City when they got a call from their roommate. She had just descended five flights of stairs from their shared ap...

While Matthew and Nora Brooks were at the Met, their roommate scrambled to escape their top-floor East Village apartment that would burn up in minutes and eventually collapse.

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Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, carry their weapons prepare to attack Tikrit in the Iraqi town of Ouja, on the southern outskirts of Tikrit March 26, 2015. The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTR4V043

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

Don’t hold your breath for a formal announcement, but the U.S. just declared ownership over the war in Iraq. The newest round of airstrikes take American military power out of a supporting role and into the lead.Wednesday’s Pentagon statement that...

By taking over the stalled fight for Tikrit, the U.S. is assuming leadership of a widening war. The new one could be different from our last—but it’s likely to be just as open-ended.

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Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

How premeditated was Andreas Lubitz’s plan to fly his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people in a horrific act of suicide and mass murder in the manner of a kamikaze pilot?The shocking revelation from the Fre...

There's a very telling reason why Andreas Lubitz didn't send his plane into a dive.

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Girl Orphaned By Ebola Starts Over

Girl Orphaned By Ebola Starts Over

After 11-year-old Watta lost her mother and father to Ebola last year she was ostracized by her community in Liberia. "They said we are Ebola people," she recalled of those days. Now, after three weeks in a UNICEF-supported care center, ...

Thanks to UNICEF, Watta has a chance to move on—and even go to school.

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In this image taken from video obtained from Voice Of Jihad Website, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. A U.S. defense official says released captive Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is scheduled to arrive at a military medical center in Texas on Friday. The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)

The Myth of Bowe Bergdahl Ends

The Myth of Bowe Bergdahl Ends

In the space of nine months, he went from being heralded at the White House to facing prison for life.On Wednesday, the U.S. military charged Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who was freed in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay deta...

His release was supposed to be the political masterstroke in the last days of the war. But the war is still going, and Bergdahl is going to court.

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Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

How premeditated was Andreas Lubitz’s plan to fly his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people in a horrific act of suicide and mass murder in the manner of a kamikaze pilot?The shocking revelation from the Fre...

There's a very telling reason why Andreas Lubitz didn't send his plane into a dive.

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U.S. News

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

On Thursday, in a private ceremony in his office, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a measure that allows businesses to reject gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” Pence explained: “Many people of faith feel that...

Mike Pence’s new “religious freedom” bill that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens just makes a few longstanding, prejudiced practices fully legal.

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Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

If the bill sitting on Republican Governor Doug Ducey desk is signed today, doctors in Arizona will be required to tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway.It’s the first reversa...

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.

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The Guru Who Vanished

The Guru Who Vanished

What happens when the guru up and quits?The controversial American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen did just that about two years ago, and his disappearing act became an enduring mystery in the New Age world. In June 2013, amid increasing allegation...

Followers expected the swift return of spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen after he stepped down in the wake of scandal. That was two years ago, and there’s been no sign of him since.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

On Thursday, in a private ceremony in his office, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a measure that allows businesses to reject gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” Pence explained: “Many people of faith feel that...

Mike Pence’s new “religious freedom” bill that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens just makes a few longstanding, prejudiced practices fully legal.

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Model King Sues Billionaire Perv

Model King Sues Billionaire Perv

The modeling agency kingpin who allegedly teamed up with pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to supply his underage beauties is broke and wants payback.Jean Luc Brunel, the septuagenarian French co-owner of MC2 modeling agency and Karin Models, ...

In a new lawsuit, the modeling mogul who has been accused of supplying Jeffrey Epstein with underage girls says the billionaire ruined his brand.

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Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

Gay Money Is No Good in Indiana

GenCon, the world’s biggest convention for tabletop gaming and a massive moneymaking machine for the State of Indiana, has responded to a bill that legalizes discrimination against LGBT customers by threatening to leave the state—and take their $5...

Indiana’s businesses are now free to discriminate against gays, and LGBT allies are threatening to leave. The first to walk? Gamers, who may take their $50 million convention elsewhere.

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Tech + Health

12 week old fetus ultrasound

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

If the bill sitting on Republican Governor Doug Ducey desk is signed today, doctors in Arizona will be required to tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway.It’s the first reversa...

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.

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Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

In an article recently published in the academic journal Schizophrenia Research, researchers called for the abolition of the term “schizophrenia.” Renaming the disorder, they argue, could destigmatize the disorder, create greater willingness of pe...

Academia is calling for the abolishment of the term “schizophrenia” in hopes of finding a label that’s less stigmatized. Why people with the medical condition have mixed opinions.

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A young cannabis plant at grows at The Joint Cooperative in Seattle, Washington January 27, 2012. Efforts to legalize marijuana for recreational use are gaining momentum in Washington state and Colorado, despite fierce opposition from the federal government and a decades-long cultural battle over America's most commonly used illicit drug.   Photo taken January 27, 2012   REUTERS/Cliff DesPeaux (UNITED STATES - Tags: HEALTH SOCIETY) - RTR2X4NU

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Amid free Mexican food and fair-trade coffee on Thursday afternoon, 10 powerful Native American tribes will convene to discuss an industry with the potential to transform their respective nations: cannabis.“The Future of Marijuana and Tribes” meet...

Welcome to the new frontier of Native American weed.

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Younger Generation has no boob job shame

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

In a 2010 YouTube interview, Katy Perry was asked to relay one shocking thing about herself that most people didn’t already know. Her response: “Well, my boobs are real.” The interviewer applauds. At the start of this decade, apparently, a natural...

The pop star told ‘Vogue’ she’d had breast implants. Let’s hope it encourages other women to be open about similar procedures.

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Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

In an article recently published in the academic journal Schizophrenia Research, researchers called for the abolition of the term “schizophrenia.” Renaming the disorder, they argue, could destigmatize the disorder, create greater willingness of pe...

Academia is calling for the abolishment of the term “schizophrenia” in hopes of finding a label that’s less stigmatized. Why people with the medical condition have mixed opinions.

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Angelina Jolie arrives at the screening of her directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in New York December 5, 2011.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)   FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: ALSO SEE GM1E7CN1T4E01 - RTR2UW5Z

Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

For better or worse, celebrities have a way of making us think.  While many celebrities eschew the spotlight outside their particular medium, some good ones actually make use of their fame to help mankind by recording public service announcements,...

In the age of celebrity anti-vaxxers, we need more stars like Angelina Jolie, who has used her fame to educate the public about scientific advances in genetic testing and preventativ...

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Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

Stealth Jet’s Slow, Half-Blind Debut

The U.S. Marine Corps is pressing ahead with plans deploy the stealthy F-35B jump jet to frontline fighter squadrons this July despite flawed software and very limited ability to maneuver. That’s despite fixes to the software that are already avai...

The $400 billion F-35 is supposed to be the key to American air superiority for decades to come. But when it rolls out to frontline pilots, the jet will be anything but imposing.

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Angelina’s Surgery Isn’t for Everyone

Angelina’s Surgery Isn’t for Everyone

Today, Angelina Jolie gracefully walked the public through her decision to pursue the second portion of her preventative surgery, the removal of both of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. To spark your memory, Angelina carries a specific genetic mut...

As a BRCA1 carrier, Angelina Jolie’s decision to remove her ovaries was smart. But the procedure, which carries severe risks and sparks early menopause, isn’t for the general public.

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Angelina Jolie arrives at the screening of her directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in New York December 5, 2011.     REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)   FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE: ALSO SEE GM1E7CN1T4E01 - RTR2UW5Z

Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

Angelina Jolie, Science Hero

For better or worse, celebrities have a way of making us think.  While many celebrities eschew the spotlight outside their particular medium, some good ones actually make use of their fame to help mankind by recording public service announcements,...

In the age of celebrity anti-vaxxers, we need more stars like Angelina Jolie, who has used her fame to educate the public about scientific advances in genetic testing and preventativ...

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12 May 1982, Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK --- 3500 British soldiers leave Southampton aboard the "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2" to go to fight in the Falkland Islands. The Falklands War started on Friday, 2 April 1982, with the Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Britain launched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Argentine Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The conflict ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, and the islands remained under British control. --- Image by © Arnaud de Wildenberg/Sygma/Corbis

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

A collective sigh emitted from approximately 2,000 Falkland Islanders this week as the long-suffering population attempted to get on with day-to-day life, in the face of dramatic newspaper headlines from British and international newspapers claimi...

With Britain and Argentina ratcheting up the military rhetoric, Falkland Islanders recall the 1982 conflict, and how the islands, and their lives, have transformed since.

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Alan Cumming, center, performs in the Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" at Studio 54 in New York, March 10, 2014. A little more than 16 years after it first opened, and only a decade after it closed, it feels as if the popular Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" never left Studio 54, where it reopened on Thursday night. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

You have a few days left to see the Tony-winning Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes, at Manhattan’s Studio 54. (The final performance is on March 29.)The acclaimed restaging of the 1998 revival saw the return ...

Enjoy the wonderful music and staging of Kander and Ebb’s classic musical for sure, but it is more potent for what it reveals about apathy and totalitarianism.

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British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015. Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the "Top Gear" motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a "fracas" with a producer. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTR4UP3K

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

Right now, you’re either celebrating, or banging a spanner furiously against a wall. There is no middle ground. You are either for Jeremy Clarkson, and a dedicated fan of the hugely popular motoring show—Top Gear—that he presents, or you support h...

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over without him?

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Younger Generation has no boob job shame

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

In a 2010 YouTube interview, Katy Perry was asked to relay one shocking thing about herself that most people didn’t already know. Her response: “Well, my boobs are real.” The interviewer applauds. At the start of this decade, apparently, a natural...

The pop star told ‘Vogue’ she’d had breast implants. Let’s hope it encourages other women to be open about similar procedures.

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Alan Cumming, center, performs in the Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" at Studio 54 in New York, March 10, 2014. A little more than 16 years after it first opened, and only a decade after it closed, it feels as if the popular Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" never left Studio 54, where it reopened on Thursday night. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

You have a few days left to see the Tony-winning Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes, at Manhattan’s Studio 54. (The final performance is on March 29.)The acclaimed restaging of the 1998 revival saw the return ...

Enjoy the wonderful music and staging of Kander and Ebb’s classic musical for sure, but it is more potent for what it reveals about apathy and totalitarianism.

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Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

On Thursday, a king of England will be buried for the second time in his green and pleasant land.This time, however, as a nation, we’ll be doing it right.More than 500 years after his death in August 1485, King Richard III, the last Plantagenet ki...

He was reviled in life, but now, over 500 years after his death, Richard III is being reburied—and with a great swell of public affection.

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Famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent is shown at a current exhibition of the noted French designer's sketches on exhibition at the Wright/Hepburn/Websters Gallery. In this photo Saint Laurent is shown before some of his sketches on display. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

In a world where people dress so norm-core­ingly that a wardrobe malfunction is about as close as one gets to a true sartorial scandal, and where avant garde designers have become so consistent that even their designs now seem quite obvious (to th...

It might seem un-shocking now, but in 1971 Yves Saint Laurent caused outrage with his “Liberation” collection of wartime-inspired designs.

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Would You Buy Hitler’s Art for $30,000?

Would You Buy Hitler’s Art for $30,000?

Adolf Hitler’s affiliation with the art world is one of terror and destruction, much like his reputation in general. He was setting fire to books and destroying modern artworks long before he turned to “purifying” the world’s race through one of t...

He is one of the most reviled figures in history, yet there remains a booming market in the artworks of the teenage Adolf Hitler.

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Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

Richard III’s Rock-Star Burial

On Thursday, a king of England will be buried for the second time in his green and pleasant land.This time, however, as a nation, we’ll be doing it right.More than 500 years after his death in August 1485, King Richard III, the last Plantagenet ki...

He was reviled in life, but now, over 500 years after his death, Richard III is being reburied—and with a great swell of public affection.

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Books

BXRD1H B-17 Flying Fortress bombers during a World War 2 bombing mission.

Jews, WWII, and Avoiding the H Word

Jews, WWII, and Avoiding the H Word

Daniel Torday’s The Last Flight of Poxl West is a debut novel about honoring the past, even if it means exposing its mistruths. It’s about loving your family, even when your family isn’t family, and even when war stories turn out to be inflated. I...

Author Daniel Torday talks about his celebrated new novel, Jewish identity, bluegrass mandolin, truth versus fact, and the guilt or innocence of Brian Williams.

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    Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

    “You are only as good as the people you dress.”It’s how Halston intended to start his autobiography, according to his niece and confidante Lesley Frowick. And it’s how she starts her (admittedly biased) book about his prevailing influence over Pla...

    He threw Bianca Jagger’s birthday party the night she rode into Studio 54 on a white horse. His fame turned him into a mass-market brand—and Halston’s legend endures today.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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Soldiers march past the podium during a military parade to celebrate the centenary of the birth of DPRK's founder Kim Il-sung in Pyongyang April 15, 2012. DPRK's new leader Kim Jong Un delivered his first major public speech on Sunday as the country celebrated the centenary of its founder's birth. Picture taken April 15, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR30SI2

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

Just a few months after the end of the Korean War, a bright, well-dressed young man named Kenneth Rowe matriculated at the University of Delaware to study engineering. Although only a little older than most of his classmates (he was 22 at the time...

Blaine Harden recounts the fractured fairy-tale origins of North Korea through the stories of the Stalinist tyrant Kim Il Sung and fighter pilot No Kum Sok, who fled the kingdom.

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A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

The weather is certainly biblical in Jill Ciment’s funny, scary new novel, Act of God: three-and-a-half weeks of 100-plus-degree temperatures followed by 48 inches of rain in five days. And the glowing mushroom first spotted in a Williamsburg row ...

Jill Ciment’s satirical but ultimately humane new novel conjures a supermold plague that ruins the lives of thousands of Brooklynites in this tragicomedy of errors.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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Apple Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduces the new operating system, OS 10.5 "Leopard"  to the crowd at the Apple 2006 Worldwide Development Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, August 7, 2006.   REUTERS/Dino Vournas   (UNITED STATES) - RTR1G6MM

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

The latest Steve Jobs biography was supposed to be more favorable than the last but the Apple founder comes over as a spoilt brat with anger issues and a host of bizarre personal grudges.Jobs authorized and cooperated with Walter Isaacson for the ...

Grudges against Neil Young and Google, ripping off Bill Gates and Tim Cook’s toxic dumping—the most interesting bits of a new book on Steve Jobs.

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Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrives before giving evidence before the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics and practices of the media at the High Court in central London May 28, 2012. Tony Blair's decision to openly court Rupert Murdoch to win power and ensure favourable coverage during his decade-long tenure as British prime minister will come under scrutiny when he faces a media inquiry on Monday.  REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR32QCM

Blair’s Cash Lust Driven by Clinton Envy

Blair’s Cash Lust Driven by Clinton Envy

Tony Blair’s willingness to take millions of dollars in consultancy fees from some of the world’s most repressive regimes is inspired by an intense jealousy of Bill Clinton, according to the author of the first forensic account of his post-prime m...

Motivated by jealousy over Bill Clinton’s cash haul, Tony Blair has used his nomination as a Middle East peace envoy to enrich himself and JP Morgan, a new book claims.

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Members of her the battered Illinois National Guard, 15444 Transportation Company, return home to the small town of Paris, Ilinois. During the unit's deployment, the town raised money in order to armor the unit's vehicles only to be told by the Pentagon that this was not permitted. For the homecoming on Tuesday, factories and schools in town were let out early. Homes were decorated with cardboard cut outs of soldiers. More than 5,000 people lined the streets as the unit marched passed the Paris High School to the County Courthouse.

I Didn’t Believe My PTSD Diagnosis

I Didn’t Believe My PTSD Diagnosis

When a counselor told me I was exhibiting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, I said that that was absurd.After a reporting trip that involved witnessing sexual violence-related incidents and being sexually harassed and threatened, I had t...

Trauma and its deleterious effects are often associated in the popular imagination with veterans. A new book shows that it actually affects large swaths of the population.

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Apple Corporation Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs introduces the new operating system, OS 10.5 "Leopard"  to the crowd at the Apple 2006 Worldwide Development Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, August 7, 2006.   REUTERS/Dino Vournas   (UNITED STATES) - RTR1G6MM

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

Steve Jobs: ‘F*ck Neil Young’

The latest Steve Jobs biography was supposed to be more favorable than the last but the Apple founder comes over as a spoilt brat with anger issues and a host of bizarre personal grudges.Jobs authorized and cooperated with Walter Isaacson for the ...

Grudges against Neil Young and Google, ripping off Bill Gates and Tim Cook’s toxic dumping—the most interesting bits of a new book on Steve Jobs.

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