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    U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R), speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017.

    Priebus: Move On. Trump: Hell No!

    Priebus: Move On. Trump: Hell No!

    President Donald Trump’s chief of staff says the White House is ready to move on from the president’s failed push to repeal Obamacare, but the boss isn’t listening.The Trump team failed to win over the House Freedom Caucus, whose strident oppositi...

    The president’s tweets and surrogates go after Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus, while the White House chief of staff sings kumbaya on TV.

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    Matt Lewis and wife  Janell

    Godspeed, Other Matt Lewis (and Wife)

    Godspeed, Other Matt Lewis (and Wife)

    I’ve long suspected a love-hate relationship exists between people who share the same name. This is especially true for those of us in an industry where we are, to one degree or another, a brand. This means we compete over Google rankings, Twitter...

    I was predisposed not to like the truly famous people with my name. Then I met one who’s getting yanked around by Obamacare.

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    When Nixon Gaslit a Female SCOTUS Pick

    When Nixon Gaslit a Female SCOTUS Pick

    If he survives this ugly nomination fight where partisanship trumps ideology and qualifications—yet again—Judge Neil Gorsuch won’t be joining his daddy’s and granddaddy’s Supreme Court. America’s most exclusive fraternity used to be such a boys’ c...

    The notorious president came close to naming a woman to the Supreme Court, sneering: ‘One thing about the woman conservative. These bastards can’t vote against her.’

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    U.S. President Donald Trump, flanked by Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (R), speaks by phone with Russia's President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017.

    Priebus: Move On. Trump: Hell No!

    Priebus: Move On. Trump: Hell No!

    President Donald Trump’s chief of staff says the White House is ready to move on from the president’s failed push to repeal Obamacare, but the boss isn’t listening.The Trump team failed to win over the House Freedom Caucus, whose strident oppositi...

    The president’s tweets and surrogates go after Paul Ryan and the Freedom Caucus, while the White House chief of staff sings kumbaya on TV.

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    Lying

    Inside Big Tobacco’s Academy of Lies

    Inside Big Tobacco’s Academy of Lies

    The world is warmer than it’s ever been since records began to be kept in 1880. The Antarctic ice sheet is melting so fast it alone is responsible for 10 percent of the global rise in sea levels. The coral bleaching of Australia’s Great Barrier Re...

    Don’t like the science? Then invent one you do like. It was one of America’s greatest snow jobs, costing millions of lives. And it’s happening again with climate change and this time...

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    In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    Russia Scandal Costs Another Trump Job

    Russia Scandal Costs Another Trump Job

    The swirling maelstrom around President Donald Trump and his team’s alleged ties to Russia may have claimed another victim on Thursday.Rick Gates, one of six former Trump campaign aides who joined the nonprofit group America First Policies to supp...

    The president’s ex-campaign manager was bounced thanks to his alleged ties to Moscow, but his No. 2 never really left—until now.

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    Chuck Barris

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Three decades ago, game show producer Chuck Barris predicted how his obituaries would begin: "Gonged!"And that he has been. If there is a celestial game show host, He has rung the bell for Barris, who died this past week at the age of 89...

    Chuck Barris gave us our first schlocky reality TV in “The Dating Game” and “The Gong Show” but he yearned for a more dangerous biography.

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    Bill Maher

    Maher Mocks GOP’s Trumpcare Fail

    Maher Mocks GOP’s Trumpcare Fail

    It took them seven years. Seven years. But on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans, despite holding a huge congressional majority, failed to pass their problematic Obamacare replacement bill. After it became readily apparent that th...

    The ‘Real Time’ host did not mince words when discussing the GOP’s failed bid to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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    Prince's Racial Revolution

    Prince’s Racial Revolution

    Prince’s Racial Revolution

    One of Prince’s most famous songs, “1999,” was about dancing in the face of nuclear apocalypse. It wasn’t only weapons that worried Prince. He fretted about income inequality, about the environment, about social justice, about the hubristic deploy...

    In a forthcoming biography, Ben Greenman examines Prince’s songs for evidence of what the late artist believed about race. The answer, he discovered, changed from song to song.

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    ‘Love Actually’ Reunion? Funny, Actually

    ‘Love Actually’ Reunion? Funny, Actually

    In the original and beloved schmaltz-fest that is Love Actually, Hugh Grant, playing an ass-waggling British prime minister, pulls off a legendary scene dancing to “Jump (for My Love)” by the Pointer Sisters.And thus it was only natural that in a ...

    The British holiday-time film was reimagined for 2017, with hilarious results.

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    Bill Maher

    Maher Mocks GOP’s Trumpcare Fail

    Maher Mocks GOP’s Trumpcare Fail

    It took them seven years. Seven years. But on Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and the Republicans, despite holding a huge congressional majority, failed to pass their problematic Obamacare replacement bill. After it became readily apparent that th...

    The ‘Real Time’ host did not mince words when discussing the GOP’s failed bid to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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    FILE PHOTO British singer George Michael performs on stage during his "Symphonica" tour concert in Vienna September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTX2WG8M

    The Last Days of George Michael

    The Last Days of George Michael

    George Michael’s former bandmate Andrew Ridgley attacked a documentary about the singer's last days screened on British TV last night as “mucky” and “insensitive.”But British network Channel 5 defended the show, entitled The Last Days of Geor...

    A British documentary screened last night purported to tell the true story of George Michael’s final days. But fans and his former bandmate were outraged by it.

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    SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is photographed for Self Assignment in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by William Lacalmontie/Getty Images)

    Jaime Lannister Gets Dark

    Jaime Lannister Gets Dark

    “I love the idea of playing with your expectations,” offers Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, unleashing a naughty grin.We’re huddled together at a hotel suite in downtown Austin, Texas, where his latest film, the pitch-black noir Small Crimes, is making its...

    The Danish actor best known as Jaime Lannister discusses his new Netflix film ‘Small Crimes,’ where his character is going on ‘Thrones,’ and that melting ice debacle.

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    The drag queens of VH1's 'RuPaul's Drag Race.'

    ‘Drag Race’ Queens Take on Trump

    ‘Drag Race’ Queens Take on Trump

    Season 9 of RuPaul’s Drag Race arrives with a lot of “new.”It’s on a new network, being promoted to VH1 after eight years airing on the LGBT-centric Logo channel. Coupled with a gag-worthy guest spot by Lady Gaga in Friday’s premiere, it’s got new...

    The fabulous queens from the new season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ talk the power of the hit show and doing drag in the age of Trumpism.

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    FILE PHOTO British singer George Michael performs on stage during his "Symphonica" tour concert in Vienna September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader/File Photo FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY - RTX2WG8M

    The Last Days of George Michael

    The Last Days of George Michael

    George Michael’s former bandmate Andrew Ridgley attacked a documentary about the singer's last days screened on British TV last night as “mucky” and “insensitive.”But British network Channel 5 defended the show, entitled The Last Days of Geor...

    A British documentary screened last night purported to tell the true story of George Michael’s final days. But fans and his former bandmate were outraged by it.

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    World News

    Minsk

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    The gray asphalt streets of Minsk, Belarus, looked too clean and almost totally deserted on the eve of a major opposition rally against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The words “arrest” and repression” traveled from mouth...

    It was a sad “Freedom Day” in Minsk, when Belarusians traditionally march for human rights. Over 350 are now in jail.

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    Putin Le Pen

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, an...

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen—anti-American, anti-NATO, pro-Trump—was received in Moscow Friday as if she already were a head of state.

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    Venezula

    How Does Venezuela Regime Hang On?

    How Does Venezuela Regime Hang On?

    Socialist solidarity appears to be alive and well; Karl Marx would be oh so proud. China, whose one-party system has managed to successfully open up much of its economy in recent decades, has decided to prop up one of the worst socialist experimen...

    Things are so bad under the Maduro regime in Caracas, it’s hard to figure out how it survives. Until you look at the bucks coming in from Beijing.

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    Khalid Masood

    London Killer Was Middle Aged Teacher

    London Killer Was Middle Aged Teacher

    LONDON—A middle-aged man described as a former English teacher has been named by Scotland Yard as the suspected terrorist who carried out Britain’s most deadly terror attack in more than a decade.The suspected killer was born Adrian Russell Ajao o...

    Khalid Masood’s age is not typical for the current crop of ISIS-inspired terrorists. But his petty criminal background fits right in.

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    Putin Le Pen

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, an...

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen—anti-American, anti-NATO, pro-Trump—was received in Moscow Friday as if she already were a head of state.

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    Kiev Shooting

    Anti-Putin Exile Gunned Down in Kiev

    Anti-Putin Exile Gunned Down in Kiev

    MOSCOW — Ukraine has been shaken by a new Russia-related assassination. A former member of the Russian parliament, Denis Voronenkov, was shot dead in the heart of Kiev, on the corner of Shevchenko and Pushkin streets.Voronenkov, a colonel in the R...

    Denis Voronenkov was once part of the Moscow elite. Then he fled Russia and started to speak out against Russian security services. Now he’s dead.

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    UK attack

    Londoners Reject Fox’s Terror Dystopia

    Londoners Reject Fox’s Terror Dystopia

    LONDON — Furious Londoners have rejected the defeated and divisive narrative being sold to American television viewers by British pundits like Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins in the aftermath of the city’s worst terror attack since the 7/7 bombings...

    Britain’s capital carried on in defiance of terror attacks Thursday while British ‘traitors’ tell Fox News that London is divided and cowering in fear.

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    Donald Trump Jr. comments about London mayor and the terror attack

    Terror Hits London, Trump Jr. Rips Mayor

    Terror Hits London, Trump Jr. Rips Mayor

    Donald Trump Jr. is ready to throw off the mockery that recently came with dressing up in a flannel shirt and sitting awkwardly on a tree-stump for a New York Times photographer.With victims of Wednesday’s terror attack in Westminster, London, var...

    As London reeled from Wednesday’s terror attack, Donald Trump Jr. insulted the city’s Mayor Sadiq Khan on Twitter, by partially quoting an old interview he had given.

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    Kiev Shooting

    Anti-Putin Exile Gunned Down in Kiev

    Anti-Putin Exile Gunned Down in Kiev

    MOSCOW — Ukraine has been shaken by a new Russia-related assassination. A former member of the Russian parliament, Denis Voronenkov, was shot dead in the heart of Kiev, on the corner of Shevchenko and Pushkin streets.Voronenkov, a colonel in the R...

    Denis Voronenkov was once part of the Moscow elite. Then he fled Russia and started to speak out against Russian security services. Now he’s dead.

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    Elite Colleges Aren't Always the Answer

    Elite Colleges Aren't Always the Answer

    It’s that time of year again, when a new cohort of graduating high-school seniors finalize decisions on which college they will attend come fall. As colleges sell their worth and endless rankings are released in a dizzying array of information lea...

    The stakes are high, and the critical questions to ask before placing your bet are which college and what major, and how much debt those are worth.

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    Lying

    The Truth About Lies & How to Fight Them

    The Truth About Lies & How to Fight Them

    To those of us who care about details and facts (there, I said the “f” word), these past few months have been troubling times. We are told by the highest office in the country that facts don’t matter, that those who think they have facts are corru...

    There are simple things we can do to become more rational decision makers, and to avoid being taken in by liars and con-artists who prey on ignorance.

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    Kaepernick Trump

    Kaepernick Is Trump's Bad Week Scapegoat

    Kaepernick Is Trump's Bad Week Scapegoat

    This was Trump’s worst week in office. By far. His approval rating dropped down to 37 percent—a historic low. His lie about Obama wiretapping him was debunked by the FBI. That same FBI told us that it is currently investigating Trump’s connections...

    The President is ever on the prowl for events and people he can exploit to reassure his America that he’s looking out for them. And boy did he find one.

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    Elite Colleges Aren't Always the Answer

    Elite Colleges Aren't Always the Answer

    It’s that time of year again, when a new cohort of graduating high-school seniors finalize decisions on which college they will attend come fall. As colleges sell their worth and endless rankings are released in a dizzying array of information lea...

    The stakes are high, and the critical questions to ask before placing your bet are which college and what major, and how much debt those are worth.

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    Black Market

    Colorado's War on Black Market Weed

    Colorado's War on Black Market Weed

    DENVER—Neighbors had no idea that a multi-million dollar illegal weed business was allegedly operating behind the fancy front door of the mansion on the hill.According to prosecutors, Michael Stonehouse’s black market pot business was as lucrative...

    Legalizing marijuana in Colorado was supposed to obliterate the pot black market there. Instead, a loophole in medical marijuana laws has done exactly the opposite.

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    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    In 2015, Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver proudly held up Kim Davis’s hand in front of a Kentucky crowd after she had spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Now, a Vermont court has allowed both S...

    Anti-gay activists have been named as defendants in a lawsuit over an evangelical ‘converted lesbian’ who fled the country in order to keep her ex-partner from seeing their daughter.

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    Tech

    Humans Vs. Robtos

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Let’s call them Homo muskus. They’re the new species of human-machine hybrids that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says scientists will need to invent if we want to stay as smart as our gizmos, and the rapidly expanding digital brain.“Over...

    SpaceX and Tesla visionary Elon Musk says we may need to go cyborg to keep up with our machines. How realistic is this?

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    space

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Visions of apocalypse and dystopia fill popular fiction and film and, these days, even the imaginations of many serious people.Geniuses including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have called for an escape from the planet. Billionaires are said to be ...

    No matter how bad it gets here on Earth, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to move off-world anytime soon.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    A pillar of famously liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington’s biggest gathering of conservatives.Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC, the yearly conferenc...

    The company caught all kinds of flak for its role in the 2016 election. But that isn’t stopping it from bankrolling a huge, often-controversial conservative confab.

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    Robot Thinker

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

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

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

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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Arts + Culture

    Carmen Carrera

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Transgender glamor may be having a moment, but bookers are still telling model and actress Carmen Carrera that they’re “not ready” to feature a woman like her.“What do you mean you’re ‘not ready’?” the former RuPaul’s Drag Race star thinks when sh...

    The Drag Race star reveals why she was determined to draw attention to the often-dire situation of transgender women in Brazil.

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    Royal Brothers

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Princes Harry and William were complementing halves of a whole growing up, but, as William becomes more protective of his privacy and Harry loosens up as he contemplates marriage to his actress girlfriend, the styles and manners of the two princes...

    One is extremely responsible, albeit by birth necessity, and the other seems free and easy. Will Prince Harry always be preferred by the public?

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    the art exhibition devoted to Bitcoin

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The image of Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, an aghast look on her face, TARGET: INFLATION inscribed on her bra and a Wall Street bull bursting from her groin area, dominates the rear wall of WhiteBox, the art space on Broome Street in...

    The virtual currency continues its bid for world domination with an art exhibition in Downtown Manhattan.

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    Allen

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    In the seemingly endless debate over transgender people, one figure has become inescapable: Dr. Paul McHugh.Whether the former Johns Hopkins psychiatry chair is being cited in anti-transgender articles for conservative media outlets—like Breitbart...

    Dr. McHugh fires back after 600 LGBT health experts claim he “does not represent prevailing expert consensus opinion about sexual orientation or gender identity related research or c...

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    Royal Brothers

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Princes Harry and William were complementing halves of a whole growing up, but, as William becomes more protective of his privacy and Harry loosens up as he contemplates marriage to his actress girlfriend, the styles and manners of the two princes...

    One is extremely responsible, albeit by birth necessity, and the other seems free and easy. Will Prince Harry always be preferred by the public?

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    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    In 2015, Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver proudly held up Kim Davis’s hand in front of a Kentucky crowd after she had spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Now, a Vermont court has allowed both S...

    Anti-gay activists have been named as defendants in a lawsuit over an evangelical ‘converted lesbian’ who fled the country in order to keep her ex-partner from seeing their daughter.

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    Sexism, Race & the Mess of ‘Miss Saigon’

    Sexism, Race & the Mess of ‘Miss Saigon’

    Is it impossible to find the entertainment in Miss Saigon, the epic musical that follows the tragedy of a virginal Vietnamese woman who falls for an American G.I. just as Saigon is falling in 1975, and the sacrifice she makes to ensure their son h...

    ‘Miss Saigon’ is back, and the tragic tale of a prostitute and G.I. falling for each other at the end of the Vietnam War feels offensively outdated.

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    Emmett Till Picture Stays at the Whitney

    Emmett Till Picture Stays at the Whitney

    On Thursday afternoon at the Whitney Museum, the artist Robert Goldman was standing near Dana Schutz’s controversial Open Casket painting at this year’s Biennial exhibition, hoping to engage with protesters who had called for its removal and destr...

    An artist’s letter that proved to be a hoax, and a now-extinct petition demanding the removal of a racist artwork: the Whitney Biennial’s Emmett Till painting controversy continues.

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    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    In 2015, Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver proudly held up Kim Davis’s hand in front of a Kentucky crowd after she had spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Now, a Vermont court has allowed both S...

    Anti-gay activists have been named as defendants in a lawsuit over an evangelical ‘converted lesbian’ who fled the country in order to keep her ex-partner from seeing their daughter.

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