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    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    For many Christians, God isn’t just their copilot—he’s their lawyer, too. And he’s a good one, with lots of ways to get around laws and regulations that they’d rather not obey.Consider two of the most contentious Supreme Court decisions of the las...

    Work-arounds provide conservative Christians a way out of laws they don’t like.

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    Jon Stewart - Indecision 2006 "Battlefield Ohio: 'The Daily Show's' Midwest Midterm Midtacular" Photo Credit: Kevin Fitzsimons

    That One Time Jon Stewart Was Wrong

    That One Time Jon Stewart Was Wrong

    Jon Stewart has been heralded by the media in recent weeks as everything from a “genius” to the Walter Cronkite of our generation to even a “messiah” who “changed the world.” But as we approach the end of his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show ...

    It was when he told me he didn’t think he’d had any practical influence on issues. Ree-diculous. He had about as much as a pundit can have.

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    New Jersey governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie speaks with supporters after a town hall event in Sandown, New Hampshire, June 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter - RTX1IIN1

    Republicans Flail at N.H. Cattle Call

    Republicans Flail at N.H. Cattle Call

    MANCHESTER, New Hampshire — This Republican primary season is going to be awesome for masochists.If you like boredom, and especially if you like boredom punctuated with anguish and pain, then you should move to New Hampshire and start going to eve...

    Three piped-in senators. Rick Perry calling the moderator the wrong name. And no future President Trump. Monday night’s forum is a sad harbinger of an epically painful primary season.

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    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    For many Christians, God isn’t just their copilot—he’s their lawyer, too. And he’s a good one, with lots of ways to get around laws and regulations that they’d rather not obey.Consider two of the most contentious Supreme Court decisions of the las...

    Work-arounds provide conservative Christians a way out of laws they don’t like.

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    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden gestures at the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation's 2015 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington, April 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTR4X6FN

    Why I’m Not Ridin’ With Biden

    Why I’m Not Ridin’ With Biden

    Several weeks before Maureen Dowd was feeding us dialogue from Beau Biden’s deathbed, the chief promoter of a Joe Biden presidential candidacy was a fellow named Dick Harpootlian, the former chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Here, f...

    Like most liberals, I like our vice president. But this idea that he’s some kind of white knight savior for Dems is more than a little far fetched.

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    Whole Foods Protest

    Whole Foods Invaded by Angry Vegans

    Whole Foods Invaded by Angry Vegans

    In the Whole Foods on P Street in Washington, D.C.—somewhere between the dairy section, the dairy-alternative section, and the aisles of aromatherapy soap and organic toothpaste—the unlikeliest of protests erupted on Monday afternoon. The demonstr...

    ‘There is no humane way to kill someone who does not want to die,’ the animal-rights protester said, not too far from an aromatherapy display. By ‘someone,’ he meant poultry.

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    TRUE DETECTIVE episode 11 (season 2, episode 3): Gabriel Luna, Taylor Kitsch. photo: Lacey Terrell

    True Detective’s Big Gay Problem

    True Detective’s Big Gay Problem

    Well, it happened. After six episodes of wheel-spinning and tragedy-teasing, True Detective finally put its money where its mouth is and killed a main character.After a season of inner turmoil and outer stoicism, the end has come for Paul Woodrugh...

    The character of Paul Woodrugh, a closeted ex-military man portrayed by Taylor Kitsch, has been mismanaged all season long. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03:  Comedian Amy Schumer speaks at a press conference with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York City. A gunman killed two women last month in Louisiana during a showing of Schumer's movie "Trainwreck."  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Amy Schumer, NRA Public Enemy No. 1?

    Amy Schumer, NRA Public Enemy No. 1?

    “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last,” Amy Schumer vowed Monday. The actress-comedian had been invited to join her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), at a press confe...

    The star is throwing her support behind her senator-cousin’s gun-control bill after a mass shooting at a ‘Trainwreck’ showing. Gun-control groups are thrilled—but what about the NRA?

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    Why ‘UnREAL’ Is Summer’s Best TV Show

    Why ‘UnREAL’ Is Summer’s Best TV Show

    After watching the first season of Lifetime’s freshman drama series UnREAL, you may feel at once gratified and disturbed, aroused and disgusted, excited and depressed. And while navigating the tension between all of these opposing forces, you’ll a...

    A series about the making of a reality TV show? That airs on Lifetime? ‘UnREAL’ shouldn’t be this good. With its season finale of airing Monday night, we look at why it is.

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    Ice Cube on the Drake/Meek Mill Beef

    Ice Cube: Drake ‘Winning’ Meek Mill Feud

    Ice Cube: Drake ‘Winning’ Meek Mill Feud

    A lifetime ago, before rap beefs boiled down to one-sided massacres over ghostwriters and courtesy tweets, diss tracks used to carry real stakes. They were pointed, personal, vicious. They ignited rivalries that erupted in actual shots fired (R.I....

    The rap legend and former N.W.A. member—who knows a thing or two about hip-hop feuds—says Drake is winning the battle against Meek Mill.

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    NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03:  Comedian Amy Schumer speaks at a press conference with U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calling for tighter gun laws in an effort to stop mass shootings and gun violence on August 3, 2015 in New York City. A gunman killed two women last month in Louisiana during a showing of Schumer's movie "Trainwreck."  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    Amy Schumer, NRA Public Enemy No. 1?

    Amy Schumer, NRA Public Enemy No. 1?

    “These are my first public comments on the issue of gun violence, but I can promise you they will not be my last,” Amy Schumer vowed Monday. The actress-comedian had been invited to join her cousin, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), at a press confe...

    The star is throwing her support behind her senator-cousin’s gun-control bill after a mass shooting at a ‘Trainwreck’ showing. Gun-control groups are thrilled—but what about the NRA?

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    ‘True Detective’: Sex and Sabotage

    ‘True Detective’: Sex and Sabotage

    Now that we’ve all recovered from taking in the haziest, least satisfying orgy ever, our intrepid trio of detectives is back on the job—and things are looking grimmer than ever.Antigone Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), who’s got knife skills like Seag...

    The penultimate episode of Season 2 saw plenty of people kick the bucket—including a major character. (Warning: Spoilers)

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    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    It sucks to live in Washington, D.C.—or so says John Oliver, the surprisingly nimble political satirist and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Yes, if you thought Sen. Marco Rubio making The Hill’s ultra-silly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” ...

    It doesn’t have a voting representative in Congress, and the Republicans seem hell-bent on denying it statehood. Yes, it sucks to live in D.C.

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    BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "Episode 201B" - On MONDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network, "Bachelor in Paradise" continues when Clare returns with a date card in hand and a mission to find herself a man. To her disappointment, all of the guys that she's into seem to be taken. Mikey T. seizes the opportunity by inviting himself on the date and without any other options, Clare accepts. The pair head off to an uncomfortably intimate session of tantric yoga followed by a swim under a waterfall. They soon discover their feelings are not mutual. (ABC/Rick Rowell)
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    ‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Sex on the Beach

    ‘Bachelor in Paradise’: Sex on the Beach

    Bachelor in Paradise is the fruity summer cocktail we all need after gulping down the bitter Irish stout that was last season of The Bachelorette. Mercifully, it has arrived before our buzz wears off.However you feel about Kaitlyn Bristowe’s engag...

    This season will wash the taste of stale Guinness and Kaitlyn Bristowe out of your mouth—and focus on the trainwreck reality show behavior we know and love.

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    ‘True Detective’: Sex and Sabotage

    ‘True Detective’: Sex and Sabotage

    Now that we’ve all recovered from taking in the haziest, least satisfying orgy ever, our intrepid trio of detectives is back on the job—and things are looking grimmer than ever.Antigone Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams), who’s got knife skills like Seag...

    The penultimate episode of Season 2 saw plenty of people kick the bucket—including a major character. (Warning: Spoilers)

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    World News

    When Empires Fall, It’s Never Pretty

    When Empires Fall, It’s Never Pretty

    At some moment in the 15th century, Prince Henry the Navigator must have looked out from the rocky shores of southern Portugal, his English wife Philippa by his side, his storied school of adventure and seamanship behind him, and dreamed that his ...

    As they collapse, colonial empires usually show us what they are really made of. For proof, look no further than the miserable example of Portugal.

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    Pablo Escobar’s Hitman: Now on Facebook

    Pablo Escobar’s Hitman: Now on Facebook

    Tracking down the man who served as the top assassin of Pablo Escobar’s infamous Medellín Cartel sounds like an equal parts terrifying and hopeless task.Terrifying because Jhon Jairo Velásquez “Popeye” Vásquez has confessed to killing about 300 pe...

    Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and taking questions.

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    The Foster Moms Taking In Child Soldiers

    The Foster Moms Taking In Child Soldiers

    Cylvie and Neema sit side by side in a living room stuffed with furniture in Goma, the war-torn eastern capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Petite, with matching braids and shy demeanors, the teenagers could be twins. But the pair are...

    Meet the amazing foster families taking in Congo’s former child soldiers to help them heal.

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    A streetside vendor stands on the pavement next to her cow as it rains in Mumbai July 10, 2013. The vendor sells grass stalks to passersby for 5-10 Indian rupees ($0.11-$0.22), which are then fed to her cow. Over 80 percent of India's population are Hindus, and many believe cows are sacred. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui (INDIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION BUSINESS ANIMALS) - RTX11IKI

    Nothing’s Secular in Modi’s India

    Nothing’s Secular in Modi’s India

    MUMBAI — The stench of slowly rotting bovine entrails lingers in the air on a sultry June afternoon at the Deonar abattoir. A few men desultorily tend to a handful of water buffaloes in a muddy pen, but otherwise the grounds of the slaughterhouse—...

    A regional ban on selling or consuming cows by forces close to Modi’s Hindu government has traditional Muslim butchers starving—and others worried about the country’s secular future.

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    Pablo Escobar’s Hitman: Now on Facebook

    Pablo Escobar’s Hitman: Now on Facebook

    Tracking down the man who served as the top assassin of Pablo Escobar’s infamous Medellín Cartel sounds like an equal parts terrifying and hopeless task.Terrifying because Jhon Jairo Velásquez “Popeye” Vásquez has confessed to killing about 300 pe...

    Popeye Vásquez admitted to killing about 300 people as a righthand man to Pablo Escobar. Now he’s out of prison, on Facebook and Univisión, and taking questions.

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    The company getting rich off the ISIS war

    The Company Cashing In on the ISIS War

    The Company Cashing In on the ISIS War

    The war against ISIS isn’t going so great, with the self-appointed terror group standing up to a year of U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.But that hasn’t kept defense contractors from doing rather well amidst the fighting. Lockheed Martin has rec...

    For the Middle East, the growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been a catastrophe. For one American firm, it’s been a gold mine.

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    A Colombian forensic expert cleans a skull in the Center for Human Identification of the General Prosecutor's laboratory in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on July 28, 2015. Colombian experts are exhuming for their identification  the bodies of people murdered during the armed conflict and recently found in common graves, using information furnished by demobilized combatants of both the leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups, in the framework of the country's peace process. AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Where Are the Bodies Buried in Colombia?

    Where Are the Bodies Buried in Colombia?

    When members of Colombia’s Crime Scene Investigators (CTI) removed a section of topsoil indicated to them by a demobilized paramilitary member as being the site of a mass grave, they were expecting to unearth skulls, bones and fragments of clothin...

    The government has begun excavating a site believed to be a mass grave in Medellin, but it may turn out to be a false lead. So where are the bodies?

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    Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2015. Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks which could make or break an ambitious trade deal that aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Canada's refusal so far to accept more dairy imports is a major sticking point in the talks, infuriating the United States as well as New Zealand, which has said it will not sign a deal that fails to open new dairy markets. ,Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2015. Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks which could make or break an ambitious trade deal that aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Canada's refusal so far to accept more dairy imports is a major sticking point in the talks, infuriating the United States as well as New Zealand, which has said it will not sign a deal that fails to open new dairy markets. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1LW06

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From the MH370 mystery on Réunion to the stabbing caught on camera at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From the MH370 mystery on Réunion to the stabbing caught on camera at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    The company getting rich off the ISIS war

    The Company Cashing In on the ISIS War

    The Company Cashing In on the ISIS War

    The war against ISIS isn’t going so great, with the self-appointed terror group standing up to a year of U.S. airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.But that hasn’t kept defense contractors from doing rather well amidst the fighting. Lockheed Martin has rec...

    For the Middle East, the growth of the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been a catastrophe. For one American firm, it’s been a gold mine.

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    U.S. News

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    For many Christians, God isn’t just their copilot—he’s their lawyer, too. And he’s a good one, with lots of ways to get around laws and regulations that they’d rather not obey.Consider two of the most contentious Supreme Court decisions of the las...

    Work-arounds provide conservative Christians a way out of laws they don’t like.

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    That One Time Jon Stewart Was Wrong

    That One Time Jon Stewart Was Wrong

    Jon Stewart has been heralded by the media in recent weeks as everything from a “genius” to the Walter Cronkite of our generation to even a “messiah” who “changed the world.” But as we approach the end of his 16-year run as host of The Daily Show ...

    It was when he told me he didn’t think he’d had any practical influence on issues. Ree-diculous. He had about as much as a pundit can have.

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    Video: MotoX Surfing Is X-Tremely Dumb

    Video: MotoX Surfing Is X-Tremely Dumb

    Proof that just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    Wanna Fire Gays? Create a Fake Church!

    For many Christians, God isn’t just their copilot—he’s their lawyer, too. And he’s a good one, with lots of ways to get around laws and regulations that they’d rather not obey.Consider two of the most contentious Supreme Court decisions of the las...

    Work-arounds provide conservative Christians a way out of laws they don’t like.

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    Cops: Mom Killed Daughter Over Boyfriend

    Cops: Mom Killed Daughter Over Boyfriend

    A Florida woman called police Saturday morning to report her father and 6-year-old daughter missing. The next day, she was charged with their murder.Cheyanne Jessie, 25, is accused of killing her little girl, Meredith Jessie, and 50-year-old dad, ...

    Cheyanne Jessie told police her 6-year-old and dad were missing. Now cops say she murdered them to keep the girl from messing up her new relationship.

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    The Teen Who Exposed a Professor’s Myth

    The Teen Who Exposed a Professor’s Myth

    Rebecca Fried had no intention of preserving the record of a persecuted people whose strife was ready to be permanently written off in the eyes of history as exaggerated, imagined, or even invented.That's because Rebecca was too busy trying t...

    The Internet has been buzzing about how discrimination against the Irish was a myth. All it took was a high schooler to prove them wrong.

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    Tech + Health

    Real-Life Vampires: We 'Feed' During Sex

    Real-Life Vampires: We 'Feed' During Sex

    “Merticus” is an Atlanta-native, husband, and dog owner. The 37-year-old listens to Radiohead, watches The Shawshank Redemption, and sells antiques. He’s a world traveler, voracious reader, and occasional poet.Once a week, he drinks human blood.Ex...

    Outside their community, real-life vampires exist mostly in secret. And once or twice a week, they drink human blood.

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    Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs

    Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs

    Future American President Donald J. Trump began his controversy-courting, Senator-doxxing presidential run, in part, by railing against the narcotics, crime, and rape that Mexico has apparently been sending our way.“When Mexico sends its people, t...

    At least, that’s what the currently anti-pot Republican front-runner used to say.

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    Peggy McMartin Buckey wipes a tear right after verdicts were read in Los Angeles courtroom, acquitting her and her son, Raymond Buckey, in the McMartin Preschool molestation case in this Jan, 18, 1990 photo. Buckey died Friday morning, Dec. 15, 2000 in Torrance, Calif. She was 74. (AP Photo/ Douglas Pizac)

    The Sex Abuse Scandal That Never Was

    The Sex Abuse Scandal That Never Was

    It started in August 1983 with Judy Johnson, a resident of a wealthy and bucolic Los Angeles suburb, who told police she suspected her 3-year-old son, Matthew, was being molested by one of his preschool teachers. Matthew had been complaining of an...

    A wave of scandals about brutal child sex abuse in the 1980s caused widespread panic. But many of the stories, pursued with zeal through the courts, were false and extremely destruct...

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    Pentagon Preps for War in Space

    Pentagon Preps for War in Space

    Aerospace giant Boeing just snagged a $6.6 million contract to design a cheap, reusable spaceplane for the U.S. military. The idea: to equip America’s space forces with an airplane-like vehicle that can fly to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere and qu...

    The XS-1 could replace satellites lost in battle—fast and cheap.

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    Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs

    Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs

    Future American President Donald J. Trump began his controversy-courting, Senator-doxxing presidential run, in part, by railing against the narcotics, crime, and rape that Mexico has apparently been sending our way.“When Mexico sends its people, t...

    At least, that’s what the currently anti-pot Republican front-runner used to say.

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    Kardashian-ing Your Vulva

    Kardashian-ing Your Vulva

    In a mix of French and Spanish, Protégé Intima means “an intimate protected one,” which is the worst euphemism for female genitalia this side of “lady garden.” It’s also the name for a cosmetic device that uses heat to stimulate collagen productio...

    A new cosmetic device promises to “contour” your lady parts using electrical current. Oh hell no.

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    This Exoskeleton Will Change Health Care

    This Exoskeleton Will Change Health Care

    The marriage of man and machine has long been a touchstone of sci-fi—and now real life—combat. Video games in particular (MechWarrior, BattleTech, and Shogo: Mobile Armor Division) have had fruitful relationships maxing out on mechanical muscle.Bu...

    A groundbreaking mechanical suit is helping people with disabilities to stand, walk, and carry objects.

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    We’re Eating Less But Fatter Than Ever

    We’re Eating Less But Fatter Than Ever

    Americans are getting some frustrating nutrition news right now: We’ve managed to cut calorie intake nationally over the last decade, but our obesity rates are going up—outpacing our overweight rates in general. The problem seems to be that everyo...

    The good news: Americans are consuming less calories. The bad news: obesity rates are through the roof. What gives?

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    Kardashian-ing Your Vulva

    Kardashian-ing Your Vulva

    In a mix of French and Spanish, Protégé Intima means “an intimate protected one,” which is the worst euphemism for female genitalia this side of “lady garden.” It’s also the name for a cosmetic device that uses heat to stimulate collagen productio...

    A new cosmetic device promises to “contour” your lady parts using electrical current. Oh hell no.

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    Being a Mom Won’t Make Me a Better Woman

    Being a Mom Won’t Make Me a Better Woman

    Forget the Mommy Wars. Yes, moms still—and will—continue to battle over which parenting styles produced the happier, smarter, better-adjusted tots.But that has apparently distracted from the larger war, the undercurrent of tensions and judgment be...

    A magazine writer says motherhood transformed her into a better worker and person. It may well have done, but not having children is absolutely fine—and we should celebrate that choi...

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    Russian security forces and their dog walk along the train track to the Soyuz launch pad, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for March 29 and will send Expedition 35 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russia, and Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Russia on a five-and-a-half-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    In the middle of the vast desert of Kazakhstan is the hulking spacecraft launch complex called the Baikonur Cosmodrome.It’s the world’s oldest space launch facility, and a place of great mystery. Its remote location and enormous size has kept it i...

    Yuri Gagarin blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. But the launch complex’s glory days are long gone—although its many mysteries remain intact.

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    Frank Meier, The Ritz’s Bartender Spy

    Frank Meier, The Ritz’s Bartender Spy

    The Hôtel Ritz Paris is famous for its Bar Hemingway, which is a top destination for cocktail lovers around the world.In 1994, the establishment was named for—you guessed it—famed author and noted bon vivant Ernest Hemingway because of his patrona...

    The enigmatic Frank Meier was not just a brilliant cocktail-maker, he also helped the French Resistance when the Germans occupied Paris.

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    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    The word “pundit” has its origins in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge owner.” Today used to describe the denizens of cable news, who shout over one another no matter what the topic, it denotes not so much studiously acquired expertise t...

    The liberal and conservative titans famously tore into each other in an ABC confrontation in 1968. A brilliant documentary reveals that flashpoint's bitter legacy--both personal,...

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    Russian security forces and their dog walk along the train track to the Soyuz launch pad, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for March 29 and will send Expedition 35 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russia, and Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Russia on a five-and-a-half-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    In the middle of the vast desert of Kazakhstan is the hulking spacecraft launch complex called the Baikonur Cosmodrome.It’s the world’s oldest space launch facility, and a place of great mystery. Its remote location and enormous size has kept it i...

    Yuri Gagarin blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. But the launch complex’s glory days are long gone—although its many mysteries remain intact.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth views the interior of the refurbished East Wing of Somerset House at King's College in London February 29, 2012. The Queen is celebrating her sixtieth anniversary as Regent in 2012.  REUTERS/Eddie Mulholland/POOL  (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2YMK3

    The Queen Is the Ultimate Royal Badass

    The Queen Is the Ultimate Royal Badass

    With an indefatigability of which the Energizer Bunny would be proud, the Queen, it has often been noted, just keeps going.Incredibly, this 89-year-old lady completed 393 official engagements in 2014, and although she has given up long haul travel...

    At 89, she still does a phenomenal number of engagements, and the Queen will soon become the longest serving monarch in British history.

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    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

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    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gathered at more than 3,000 house parties on Wednesday to listen to a simulcast from the Vermont socialist senator. Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker attended one of the parties at a...

    On The Daily Beast podcast, Lizzie Crocker reports back on a Bernie Sanders party in Brooklyn.

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    Britain's Queen Elizabeth views the interior of the refurbished East Wing of Somerset House at King's College in London February 29, 2012. The Queen is celebrating her sixtieth anniversary as Regent in 2012.  REUTERS/Eddie Mulholland/POOL  (BRITAIN - Tags: ROYALS ENTERTAINMENT EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR2YMK3

    The Queen Is the Ultimate Royal Badass

    The Queen Is the Ultimate Royal Badass

    With an indefatigability of which the Energizer Bunny would be proud, the Queen, it has often been noted, just keeps going.Incredibly, this 89-year-old lady completed 393 official engagements in 2014, and although she has given up long haul travel...

    At 89, she still does a phenomenal number of engagements, and the Queen will soon become the longest serving monarch in British history.

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    Books

    Peggy McMartin Buckey wipes a tear right after verdicts were read in Los Angeles courtroom, acquitting her and her son, Raymond Buckey, in the McMartin Preschool molestation case in this Jan, 18, 1990 photo. Buckey died Friday morning, Dec. 15, 2000 in Torrance, Calif. She was 74. (AP Photo/ Douglas Pizac)

    The Sex Abuse Scandal That Never Was

    The Sex Abuse Scandal That Never Was

    It started in August 1983 with Judy Johnson, a resident of a wealthy and bucolic Los Angeles suburb, who told police she suspected her 3-year-old son, Matthew, was being molested by one of his preschool teachers. Matthew had been complaining of an...

    A wave of scandals about brutal child sex abuse in the 1980s caused widespread panic. But many of the stories, pursued with zeal through the courts, were false and extremely destruct...

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      Alexander the Great: Good for the Jews?

      Alexander the Great: Good for the Jews?

      Alexander the Great silver-screen hero and global conqueror is back in the news, but this time because his face was discovered on the floor of an ancient Jewish synagogue.In July of this year, news reports announced the discovery of a non-Biblical...

      While the conqueror is still seen as being good for the Jews, his death brought about a tough new era.

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    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    ’Tis the season of the debut war novel. Halfway through 2015, the year has already yielded a variety of first-time literary offerings that consider modern war and conflict. What’s particularly striking is how many of these books defy the tradition...

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

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    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

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    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

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