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    U.S. Senator Rand Paul departs after a photo opportunity where he invited fellow legislators to have coffee on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington, October 3, 2013.  A U.S. government shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats and concerns grew about the economic consequences of a prolonged stalemate.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FK38

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    Last Monday, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul wrote to express his support for the Iran nuclear deal. The negotiation, he said, was “one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama pr...

    Paul, previously ‘the most interesting man in politics,’ is now just scenery in the 2016 campaign. How long can he stay in the race?

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    Twitter’s Right-Wing Civil War

    Twitter’s Right-Wing Civil War

    The newfangled slur “cuckservative”—a portmanteau which combines the word‬ “cuckold” (which has both sexual and racial overtones) with the word “conservative”—has been gaining steam online these last few days.‬ So much so that, the other day, it‬ ...

    For a not-insignificant portion of the online right, a new form of white nationalism is taking root—and it coincides with the rise of Donald Trump.

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    Huck’s ‘Oven’ Attack Called ‘Sickening’

    Huck’s ‘Oven’ Attack Called ‘Sickening’

    Mike Huckabee may have whipped up the Republican base with his claims that President Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven” with the Iran deal. But top lawmakers, pro-Israel organizations, and even his fellow GOP pre...

    If the 2016 hopeful’s goal when he warned the Iran deal would bring a new Holocaust was a Trump-like media firestorm and condemnation from lawmakers, he succeeded.

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    U.S. Senator Rand Paul departs after a photo opportunity where he invited fellow legislators to have coffee on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington, October 3, 2013.  A U.S. government shutdown entered its third day on Thursday with little sign of compromise between Republicans and Democrats and concerns grew about the economic consequences of a prolonged stalemate.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3FK38

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    Last Monday, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul wrote to express his support for the Iran nuclear deal. The negotiation, he said, was “one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama pr...

    Paul, previously ‘the most interesting man in politics,’ is now just scenery in the 2016 campaign. How long can he stay in the race?

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    Anti-Racism as a Religion

    Antiracism, Our Flawed New Religion

    Antiracism, Our Flawed New Religion

    An anthropology article from 1956 used to get around more than it does now, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.” Because my mother gave it to me to read when I was 13, of course what I remember most from it is that among the Nacirema, women with espe...

    Opposition to racism used to be a political stance. Now it has every marking of a religion, with both good and deleterious effects on American society.

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    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    By Linda QiuRepublican presidential candidates turned their fire away from each other and toward Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Sunday over her use of personal email while secretary of state.Clinton’s emails are again ...

    Did Hillary Clinton’s State Department really admonish an ambassador for using a personal email server while the secretary was flouting the policy?

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    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

    True Detective’s overhyped orgy can be summed up in one word: boring.If only the cameras had lingered longer, but alas the focus was on Rachel McAdams—not all the writhing, naked bodies in the background. As she fought her way deeper into the den ...

    The porn stars involved in ‘True Detective’s’ massive mansion orgy sequence open up about what it was like to shoot their decidedly NSFW scenes.

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    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

    Lianne La Havas is coming, and you’d better believe you’re going to hear about her. This Friday, July 31, the British singer-songwriter releases Blood, the follow up to 2012’s award-winning Is Your Love Big Enough?, which gained her Album of the Y...

    The sultry British songwriter’s Jeff Buckley-esque, stripped-down take on her new album’s first single.

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    NEW GIRL:  Jake Johnson returns as Nick. The forth season of NEW GIRL premieres Tuesday, Sept. 16 (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Justin Jay/FOX

    Jake Johnson’s Crazy Summer Vacation

    Jake Johnson’s Crazy Summer Vacation

    “I’m doing a lot of parkour this summer,” Jake Johnson brags after filming some of the most strenuous action sequences of his career for his latest starring vehicle: A Funny or Die spoof for American Eagle’s new line of casual-sporty Flex/Denim je...

    The ‘New Girl’ star dishes on his hilarious parkour video for Funny or Die and talks about balancing indies and ‘Jurassic World,’ and how his Fox sitcom got back on track.

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    NEW YORK - OCTOBER 27:  Wrestler Hulk Hogan attends the launch of his book "My Life Outside the Ring" at Madison Square Garden on October 27, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Hulk Hogan

    Hulk Hogan Slams Obama Over N-Word

    Hulk Hogan Slams Obama Over N-Word

    Hulk Hogan said some very racist things about black people. Hulk Hogan is also very white.In case you missed it, late Thursday night, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) mysteriously scrubbed all mentions of arguably its most famous wrestler ever,...

    The ex-wrestler, who was caught on videos saying very racist things and is persona non grata at the WWE, retweeted a boneheaded tweet Sunday night about Obama’s use of the N-word.

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    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

    Lianne La Havas is coming, and you’d better believe you’re going to hear about her. This Friday, July 31, the British singer-songwriter releases Blood, the follow up to 2012’s award-winning Is Your Love Big Enough?, which gained her Album of the Y...

    The sultry British songwriter’s Jeff Buckley-esque, stripped-down take on her new album’s first single.

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    Cast member Cara Delevingne poses for photos at a photo call promoting her film "Paper Towns" at Claridges in London, Britain June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett - RTX1H4HX

    Can Cara Delevingne Act?

    Can Cara Delevingne Act?

    Here’s the thing about Paper Towns, the latest John Green adaptation to make its way to the big screen, this one about a boy on a mission to find his dreamy disappearing neighbor. You could cast a young Meryl Streep, and Margo Roth Spiegelman woul...

    The star of this past weekend’s ‘Paper Towns’ has been tapped as ‘Hollywood’s next big thing,’ with roles in a half-dozen big-name flicks. So how does she fare?

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    Inside The Gathering of the Juggalos

    Inside The Gathering of the Juggalos

    THORNVILLE, Ohio—Fuckin’ concert logistics, how do they work? And really, who cares?Thousands of Juggalos, most of them clutching tickets to the Gathering of the Juggalos, stood in a muddy line for six hours Wednesday in a withering summer sun wai...

    Fighting the FBI’s ‘gang’ designation in court, Insane Clown Posse held its 16th annual festival in Ohio filled with clowns and Faygo galore.

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    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24:  Director/writer Jon Watts from "Cop Car" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

    Meet the New ‘Spider-Man’ Director

    Meet the New ‘Spider-Man’ Director

    “I still don’t quite believe it,” says Jon Watts, the 34-year-old director who was plucked from the indie world this summer and handed the reins to Sony and Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man re-reboot. “I’m still waiting for someone to tell me it was a...

    Jon Watts was plucked from relative obscurity to direct the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ reboot, starring Tom Holland. Watts opens up about his new film ‘Cop Car’ and the gig of a lifetime.

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    Cast member Cara Delevingne poses for photos at a photo call promoting her film "Paper Towns" at Claridges in London, Britain June 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett - RTX1H4HX

    Can Cara Delevingne Act?

    Can Cara Delevingne Act?

    Here’s the thing about Paper Towns, the latest John Green adaptation to make its way to the big screen, this one about a boy on a mission to find his dreamy disappearing neighbor. You could cast a young Meryl Streep, and Margo Roth Spiegelman woul...

    The star of this past weekend’s ‘Paper Towns’ has been tapped as ‘Hollywood’s next big thing,’ with roles in a half-dozen big-name flicks. So how does she fare?

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    World News

    U.S. President Barack Obama arrives aboard Air Force One at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 26, 2015.  REUTERS/ Tiksa Negeri - RTX1LVCA

    How Obama Glossed Over Africa’s Troubles

    How Obama Glossed Over Africa’s Troubles

    NAIROBI — In what may give the term “birther” new meaning, it’s rumored that in Kogelo, President Barack Hussein Obama’s father’s hometown on the shore of Lake Victoria, boy babies born over the weekend were named “Air Force One” and “POTUS.”All p...

    To keep his visit to Kenya and Ethiopia upbeat, Obama declined to address some of the really big problems in both countries.

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    FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy" in Washington July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1JL17

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    ASPEN, Colorado — The head of the FBI has spent the last several months in something of a panic, warning anyone who will listen that terrorists are “going dark”—using encrypted communications to hide from the FBI—and insisting that the bureau need...

    The FBI director says he needs the power and technology to unlock the talks that terror suspects are having online. Veteran intelligence officials aren’t buying it.

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    File photo dated 16/12/1997 of Lord Sewel, who has resigned as Lords Deputy Speaker after The Sun on Sunday published video of him allegedly taking drugs with prostitutes, sources at the House of Lords said.

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

    If ever there was a case of setting oneself up for an almighty fall, then the article of staggering pomposity written just 10 days ago—for the UK Huffington Post—by Lord Sewel of Gilcomstoun, head of standards in Britain’s House of Lords, the uppe...

    Days after writing about ‘personal honor,’ the deputy speaker of the House of Lords allegedly has been caught on video snorting drugs off the breasts of a prostitute.

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    Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene wave to their twins during  the celebration of the 10th anniversary of his 
accession to the throne, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Monaco. On 31 March 2005, the Palace of Monaco announced that Hereditary Prince Albert would take over the duties of his father as regent since Rainier was no longer able to exercise his functions as sovereign. On 6 April 2005, Prince Rainier III died and Hereditary Prince Albert became Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. REUTERS/Lionel Cironneau/Pool - RTX1K0F2

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    MONTE CARLO, Monaco — At first glance, the splashy photos and gushing coverage of the glamorous wedding in this famously sunny place for shady people made sense. Princess Caroline’s handsome son Pierre Casiraghi wed Beatrice Borromeo, from one of ...

    The scions of Grace Kelly have been mighty colorless the last few years. But now they’ve launched a media blitz with lavish family weddings and Dior-clad babies.

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    FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy" in Washington July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1JL17

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    ASPEN, Colorado — The head of the FBI has spent the last several months in something of a panic, warning anyone who will listen that terrorists are “going dark”—using encrypted communications to hide from the FBI—and insisting that the bureau need...

    The FBI director says he needs the power and technology to unlock the talks that terror suspects are having online. Veteran intelligence officials aren’t buying it.

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    An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilization units holds an Islamic State (IS) group patch as he inspects a council building in the city of Baiji, north of Tikrit, in the Salahaddin province, on June 7, 2015. Iraqi forces advanced against the IS jihadist group in Baiji as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    ASPEN, Colorado—Ask some members of the Obama administration here, and they’ll say ISIS is on the run in Iraq and Syria. Ask others, and you’d think that members of the so-called Islamic State were rampaging through your neighborhood shopping mall...

    ‘ISIS is losing,’ says one administration official. ‘It’s currently the threat that we’re worrying about most of all,’ says another. What’s going on here?

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    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russian is a tough language to learn not because of the complex tenses and six cases, but because the style of communication is what matters most. The Russian style not only expresses the mood of the speaker or writer, a certain political situatio...

    A Russian linguist closely examines how the Russian Foreign Ministry’s communication has resurrected the creepy old Soviet style.

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    People take the train at a tube station in Rome, Italy, July 14, 2015. Dirty and disorganised, Rome is once more in decline. City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration, its basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public transport network. For generations, the Italian capital has rested on past glories rather than built on them. The years of neglect, corruption and bureaucratic bungling have taken a fierce toll, reflecting a wider malaise that afflicts Italy as a whole. Picture taken July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi   - RTX1KCCH

    The Second Fall of Rome

    The Second Fall of Rome

    There are few worse places to be during the current Roman heat wave—the hottest ever recorded in a city where the cobblestones retain their heat like a brick oven—than on an un-air-conditioned city bus. Except perhaps out on the street. But when y...

    All Roads may lead to Rome, but they are full of potholes

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    An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilization units holds an Islamic State (IS) group patch as he inspects a council building in the city of Baiji, north of Tikrit, in the Salahaddin province, on June 7, 2015. Iraqi forces advanced against the IS jihadist group in Baiji as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    ASPEN, Colorado—Ask some members of the Obama administration here, and they’ll say ISIS is on the run in Iraq and Syria. Ask others, and you’d think that members of the so-called Islamic State were rampaging through your neighborhood shopping mall...

    ‘ISIS is losing,’ says one administration official. ‘It’s currently the threat that we’re worrying about most of all,’ says another. What’s going on here?

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    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

    “Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with,” Bill Cosby said in his 2005 deposition. And that is probably the image most of us have of the pills, popular in the ’70s, the decade of disco and decadence. “Disco...

    Some of Cosby’s accusers weren’t unconscious when he allegedly assaulted them. Many were awake, and unable to do anything about it.

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    Decapitation Suspect’s Violent History

    Decapitation Suspect’s Violent History

    A Phoenix resident checking on his married neighbors made a gruesome discovery Saturday morning when the husband allegedly answered the door naked and missing his right eye. His arm was nearly hacked off and blood covered the walls and cabinets of...

    A man accused of decapitating his wife and mutilating his dogs had been previously charged with attempted murder.

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    A Costa Rican athlete marches in the Parade of Athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of white folding chairs were set up in long rows that stretched from one end zone to the other on the burnt lawn of the Los Angeles Coliseum as a brutal sun began to fade and slowly slide into the horizon over the Pacific. ...

    Young men and women of tremendous courage have come from all over the world to L.A. to compete in the Special Olympics. If only our politicians had a shred of their honor.

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    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

    “Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with,” Bill Cosby said in his 2005 deposition. And that is probably the image most of us have of the pills, popular in the ’70s, the decade of disco and decadence. “Disco...

    Some of Cosby’s accusers weren’t unconscious when he allegedly assaulted them. Many were awake, and unable to do anything about it.

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    A couple of men against the Ku Klux Klan attempt to burn part of a Confederate flag after they stole it from members of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina July 18, 2015. A Ku Klux Klan chapter and an African-American group planned overlapping demonstrations on Saturday outside the South Carolina State House, where state officials removed the Confederate battle flag last week. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1KURM

    Mom Arrested for Confederate Flag Arson

    Mom Arrested for Confederate Flag Arson

    COLORADO SPRINGS — It was an hour before midnight on July 22 when a cop knocked on the door of local Black Lives Matter activist Patricia Cameron. She was asleep at home with her 8-year-old son. The officer called out her name and asked her to com...

    Patricia Cameron, an activist with Black Lives Matter, was woken in the middle of the night by Colorado police–for organizing a burning of the Confederate flag.

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    Pallbearers carry the casket of Sandra Bland during the funeral service in the Chicago suburb of Willow Springs, Illinois, United States, July 25, 2015.  Bland was found dead in a Texas jail days after she was arrested following a traffic stop and investigators are gathering more details about the circumstances of her incarceration and death.

    A Black Church Mourns, Again

    A Black Church Mourns, Again

    On Saturday morning in America, the nation's attention was once again turned to a black church in mourning.Sandra Bland was laid to rest today in front of friends, family, supporters and the media who have been trying to unearth every detail ...

    On Saturday morning in Lisle, Illinois, friends and family gathered to remember a different Sandra Bland than the one in the media.

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    Tech + Health

    Louis Arevalo holds his Truvada pills at his home in Los Angeles, California on Friday, July 17, 2015. The drug Truvada, used to halt HIV infection, has been shown to be over 90 percent effective when used correctly (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    LOS ANGELES — Late on a Friday night at The New Jalisco Bar downtown, a drag show featuring dancers dressed in sequined leotards and feathered headdresses had drawn a crowd—most of them gay Latino men.Inside the bar and out, three health workers c...

    Health workers are running into challenges educating the Latino gay community about Truvada, a pill that prevents HIV.

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    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    For a number of years, startups in the area of human resource analytics (also called people analytics or talent analytics) have been making dramatic claims. These companies sell software that turns administrative data to predictions. Some of these...

    Can software perform better than humans on matters of hiring and retaining employees?

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    FBI Director James Comey testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on "Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balance Between Public Safety and Privacy" in Washington July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1JL17

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    ASPEN, Colorado — The head of the FBI has spent the last several months in something of a panic, warning anyone who will listen that terrorists are “going dark”—using encrypted communications to hide from the FBI—and insisting that the bureau need...

    The FBI director says he needs the power and technology to unlock the talks that terror suspects are having online. Veteran intelligence officials aren’t buying it.

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    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    I am a birth feminist. Scoff if you like and call me a radical. But indulge me by imagining this scenario:You’re having a healthy pregnancy. You have a doctor who you like well enough. You assume that because women all over the world are doing it,...

    My C-section experience felt completely out of my hands and led to much pain and suffering. But there’s a way for women to make more empowered decisions about giving birth.

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    Job applicants coming from computer monitor. Image shot 2011. Exact date unknown.

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    For a number of years, startups in the area of human resource analytics (also called people analytics or talent analytics) have been making dramatic claims. These companies sell software that turns administrative data to predictions. Some of these...

    Can software perform better than humans on matters of hiring and retaining employees?

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    A ‘Brave New World’ Brain Implant

    A ‘Brave New World’ Brain Implant

    Last week, a team of researchers developed a new implant that has the ability to wirelessly deliver drugs directly into the brain with the press of a button, like changing the channel on a TV.No wider than a strand of human hair, the device combin...

    A new implant that wirelessly delivers drugs directly into the brain brings up challenging questions for neuroethicists.

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    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    On July 11, 2015, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory McDonald were slinging furious punches at each other’s skulls, slick to the elbows with blood. When the bell rang, Lawler, who has tattoos of a gladiator and the Roman C...

    In a truly tragic irony, a measure introduced to quell concerns about the brutality of MMA fighting has become the source of serious brain trauma.

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    Anti-Vaxxers Hate Planned Parenthood

    Anti-Vaxxers Hate Planned Parenthood

    Anti-vaxxers couldn’t be happier about the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation programs. Many in the anti-vaccine movement have long maintained that fetal tissue in vaccines is behind increasing rates of autism, even...

    The man behind those undercover Planned Parenthood videos has ties to anti-vaccine leaders, who claim fetal tissue in vaccines causes autism.

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    A ‘Brave New World’ Brain Implant

    A ‘Brave New World’ Brain Implant

    Last week, a team of researchers developed a new implant that has the ability to wirelessly deliver drugs directly into the brain with the press of a button, like changing the channel on a TV.No wider than a strand of human hair, the device combin...

    A new implant that wirelessly delivers drugs directly into the brain brings up challenging questions for neuroethicists.

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    BeastStyle

    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

    I sit at my desk, eating a “light” vanilla yogurt, reflecting on the countless times I’ve narcissistically stared at my midsection with concern, and very much wanting to believe that Erica Jean Schenk’s cover for Women’s Running will make a lastin...

    Erica Jean Schenk became the latest poster child for plus-size women with a much-hyped ‘Women’s Running’ cover. One day, she hopes it will be no big deal.

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    Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, speaks during the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) MIXX 2010 conference and expo during Advertising Week in New York, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. The mobile advertising market may more than double in the U.S. to almost $500 million this year, researchers say. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Caption *** Nick Denton

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

    One night in mid-June, weeks before his privately-held company suffered a very public meltdown over the widely condemned outing of a heterosexually married Condé Nast executive, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had dinner with Mark Cuban at Congee...

    Today the controversy-beset website moved to new offices. But is its founder really in it for the long haul, as he insists?

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    A man waits in line at a Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris on June 26, 2015, six months after a bloody hostage drama during a jihadist attack in January. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

    A young woman with long, raven-colored hair sings the classic Jewish love song Tumbalalaika while accompanying herself on the accordion.On this quiet Sunday the lyrical Yiddish fills the air of the Marais, the historically Jewish neighborhood in P...

    After the murderous siege of a kosher supermarket and many other anti-Semitic flashpoints, Jews were reported to be leaving France en masse. Others are resolute about staying put.

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    Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Princess Charlene wave to their twins during  the celebration of the 10th anniversary of his 
accession to the throne, Saturday, July 11, 2015, in Monaco. On 31 March 2005, the Palace of Monaco announced that Hereditary Prince Albert would take over the duties of his father as regent since Rainier was no longer able to exercise his functions as sovereign. On 6 April 2005, Prince Rainier III died and Hereditary Prince Albert became Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. REUTERS/Lionel Cironneau/Pool - RTX1K0F2

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    MONTE CARLO, Monaco — At first glance, the splashy photos and gushing coverage of the glamorous wedding in this famously sunny place for shady people made sense. Princess Caroline’s handsome son Pierre Casiraghi wed Beatrice Borromeo, from one of ...

    The scions of Grace Kelly have been mighty colorless the last few years. But now they’ve launched a media blitz with lavish family weddings and Dior-clad babies.

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    Nick Denton, founder of Gawker Media, speaks during the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) MIXX 2010 conference and expo during Advertising Week in New York, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010. The mobile advertising market may more than double in the U.S. to almost $500 million this year, researchers say. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images *** Local Caption *** Nick Denton

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

    One night in mid-June, weeks before his privately-held company suffered a very public meltdown over the widely condemned outing of a heterosexually married Condé Nast executive, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton had dinner with Mark Cuban at Congee...

    Today the controversy-beset website moved to new offices. But is its founder really in it for the long haul, as he insists?

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    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    “I’m gayyyyyy,” Matt Jones answers when I ask him how he identifies sexually. “Add or remove one of the y’s as you see fit.”See, Jones is gay. But the letters act as a buffer of sorts: He’s a Christian and believes that sex is reserved for marriag...

    ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’ has led evangelicals to push gay celibacy as a way to accept homosexuals. But is it any better than conversion therapy?

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    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    It is 3 in the afternoon on a scorching, sunny afternoon in Paris, but inside a large underground space inside the Palais de Tokyo art gallery, it feels like night.Transcendental beats boom around a room filled with kitsch paraphernalia, like a st...

    His work is drenched with sexual imagery and bizarre mischief, but Tianzhuo Chen insists his art is really about breaking the boundaries of self-expression.

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    Woman rider in a show jumping competition at Pandy Show, nr Abergavenny, Wales, UK. Brown & white horse jumps a fence.

    The Social Hell of Pony Club

    The Social Hell of Pony Club

    Across the length and breadth of the sun-kissed English countryside this week, what look like anachronistic re-creations of Napoleonic cavalry camps have been springing up in fields, farms, and pasture land.Makeshift stables built from slotted-tog...

    It should be about teaching children who love horses how to ride, but—thanks to their parents—Pony Club is a hotbed of snobbery and social one-upmanship.

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    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    “I’m gayyyyyy,” Matt Jones answers when I ask him how he identifies sexually. “Add or remove one of the y’s as you see fit.”See, Jones is gay. But the letters act as a buffer of sorts: He’s a Christian and believes that sex is reserved for marriag...

    ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’ has led evangelicals to push gay celibacy as a way to accept homosexuals. But is it any better than conversion therapy?

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    How David Gates Slow Cooks Great Stories

    How David Gates Slow Cooks Great Stories

    American writers—like other Americans who work in office cubicles and hospitals, in factories and on farms—are under constant pressure to work harder, work longer, produce more. Never mind that the rewards rarely keep up with the ever-increasing p...

    The novelist got everyone’s attention with the indelible ‘Jernigan’ in 1991. Since then he’s taken his sweet time about publishing more, but the quality has never varied.

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    • The Death of Satire

      The Death of Satire

      How did satire get so stupid?Not long ago, satire reigned as the highest form of comedy. It could shake political regimes, and spur social change. But in the Internet age, satire mostly subsists as fake news stories served up as clickbait on socia...

      Once the smartest form of comedy, satire has turned into fake news and dumbed-down clickbait. From Colbert to The Onion, the tide is going out.

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    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    Seventy years ago on July 27, 1945, J.D. Salinger, then serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, sent Ernest Hemingway a letter that reflected the friendship the two had begun a year earlier during the midst of World War II.Whether Salinger expected...

    Papa was a literary star and Salinger was a soldier when they met during the liberation of Paris in 1944. Each admired the other’s writing and the aversion to BS.

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    The problem with gloves in UFC for Brain Trauma

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    On July 11, 2015, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory McDonald were slinging furious punches at each other’s skulls, slick to the elbows with blood. When the bell rang, Lawler, who has tattoos of a gladiator and the Roman C...

    In a truly tragic irony, a measure introduced to quell concerns about the brutality of MMA fighting has become the source of serious brain trauma.

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    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    A6FX8J BEATLES John Lennon and Yoko Ono with manager Allen Klein in 1969

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Fred Goodman’s savvy, evenhanded biography of one of the music industry’s most controversial figures is likely start arguments even with its title: Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.A...

    Allen Klein, the controversial music executive often accused of getting rich off his artists is recast in a more sympathetic light.

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    Death in the Quiet Car

    Murder in the Quiet Car

    Murder in the Quiet Car

    An old saw has it that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t. I’d always thought I belonged to the second category, but it turns out that there really are two ki...

    Amtrak’s designated quiet cars ought to be conducive to silence and peaceful contemplation. Turns out they’re tense battlegrounds between the entitled and the noise police.

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    They're Banning Books in Italy Again

    They’re Banning Books in Italy Again

    They’re Banning Books in Italy Again

    When Luigi Brugnaro took over as mayor of Venice in June, most people thought his priorities might include cleaning up corruption in the city of light.After all, he came to power after his predecessor resigned in one of the greasiest scandals to r...

    The city of light’s new mayor has outlawed ‘dirty books,’ which are seen as portraying non-traditional families, from public schools.

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    A6FX8J BEATLES John Lennon and Yoko Ono with manager Allen Klein in 1969

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Fred Goodman’s savvy, evenhanded biography of one of the music industry’s most controversial figures is likely start arguments even with its title: Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.A...

    Allen Klein, the controversial music executive often accused of getting rich off his artists is recast in a more sympathetic light.

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