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    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Today, the Supreme Court held that you can post a threat to kill your wife on Facebook, but you’re not guilty of making a threat.This is good news if you’re focused on free speech, especially online. It’s bad news if you’re concerned about the cap...

    Citing rap lyrics, the nation’s highest court ruled a death threat on a Facebook wall might not legally be considered one.

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    Muslim woman Samantha Elauf, who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, is pictured at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, February 25, 2015. The court on Wednesday considered whether Elauf, who wears a head scarf, or hijab, was required to specifically request a religious accommodation at her job interview at the store in Tulsa in 2008 when she was 17. The company denied Elauf the job on the grounds that wearing the scarf violated its "look policy" for members of the sales staff. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS LAW BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT RELIGION) - RTR4R51B

    Abercrombie Discriminated Against Muslim

    Abercrombie Discriminated Against Muslim

    Abercrombie & Fitch is known for its shirtless male models, but it might have to get used to women in headscarves.The Supreme Court ruled today that the iconic retailer discriminated against a job applicant, Samantha Elauf, when they refused t...

    The company wouldn’t allow a prospective employee to wear a headscarf. The Supreme Court confirmed today that this is, in fact, discrimination.

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    Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain (R-AZ) poses for a picture with attendees at the 99th annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at the Duke Energy Center July 16, 2008 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    How the GOP Can Win Black Votes

    How the GOP Can Win Black Votes

    If Republicans really care about winning in 2016, then they may want to pay more attention to the voters who haven’t ever voted Republican. With each passing election the Republican electorate has gotten older and whiter, while America is getting ...

    The Kentucky senator gets a lot of attention for his outreach efforts. But he’s not the only Republican looking to win black voters in the post-Obama era.

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    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Today, the Supreme Court held that you can post a threat to kill your wife on Facebook, but you’re not guilty of making a threat.This is good news if you’re focused on free speech, especially online. It’s bad news if you’re concerned about the cap...

    Citing rap lyrics, the nation’s highest court ruled a death threat on a Facebook wall might not legally be considered one.

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    Senator Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa, U.S., on Thursday, May 28, 2015. The rise of Islamic State extremists in the Middle East can be traced to Republicans who backed arming fighters in the region, Paul said in an interview broadcast Wednesday. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Rand Paul Is Now GOP Enemy No. 1

    Rand Paul Is Now GOP Enemy No. 1

    Among many of his Republican colleagues, Senator Rand Paul is, for now, Enemy No. 1.The Patriot Act is (at least temporarily) dead, and his fellow Republicans are blaming the Kentucky senator for the problem. He is grandstanding for political purp...

    The Republican establishment and the libertarian senator were already at odds. Then came the fight over government surveillance.

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    Beau Biden: Death in the American Family

    Beau Biden: Death in the American Family

    We sometimes assume that the pinnacle of American politics provides a sanctuary from heartbreak aside from assassination. The death of Beau Biden at age 46 from brain cancer reminds us that tragedy does not sidestep the families of the powerful. W...

    After beginning his life by surviving a family tragedy, the son of the vice president wanted to forge his own path in public service.

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    RPDR Season 7 Group Shot

    Behind the Scenes at ‘Drag Race’

    Behind the Scenes at ‘Drag Race’

    If ecstatic applause and gay drunken enthusiasm could win people awards, then Boston drag queen Katya Zamolodchikova would be $100,000 richer.But despite her deafeningly apparent status as fan favorite—at least among the few thousand New York City...

    Violet Chachki may have been crowned America’s Next Drag Superstar, but one thing couldn't be more clear: The gays love themselves a certain Russian hooker drag queen.

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    SECRETS & WIVES -- Pictured: (l-r) Andi Black, Amy Miller -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/Bravo)

    Long Island Gets Some Real Housewives

    Long Island Gets Some Real Housewives

    “Obviously, I’ve had my boobs done. They speak for themselves. They walk on their own,” a tan, blond, middle-aged mom giddily told a Bravo film crew.It happened to be Liza Sandler on Bravo’s latest reality television venture, Secrets and Wives, wh...

    Bravo’s latest reality show, featuring yet another group of women relentlessly warring over cocktails, is a depressing mess.

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    ‘Community’s’ Last Episode Ever?

    ‘Community’s’ Last Episode Ever?

    “School’s out, bitches!” Another season, another season/series finale. Thus is life for Community, which ended each of its five seasons on NBC unsure of its fate—a trend that hasn’t abated since it migrated to the overlooked environs of Yahoo for ...

    The sixth season finale to Yahoo Screen’s Community felt like a series finale—although that’s par for the course in the Dan Harmon Metaverse.

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    From Vanity Fair's Tweet about Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce.

    Fox News’ Caitlyn Jenner Transphobia

    Fox News’ Caitlyn Jenner Transphobia

    We live in a cynical world. And, since it is the fourth estate’s duty to hold a mirror to society, when it comes to the realm of celebrity journalism, this aura of contempt manifests itself in the form of severe schadenfreude. So, when the n...

    The conservative-leaning network, which has a dark history of transphobic coverage, tripped over pronouns and branded Jenner’s transition a sign of the end of civilization.

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    SECRETS & WIVES -- Pictured: (l-r) Andi Black, Amy Miller -- (Photo by: Barbara Nitke/Bravo)

    Long Island Gets Some Real Housewives

    Long Island Gets Some Real Housewives

    “Obviously, I’ve had my boobs done. They speak for themselves. They walk on their own,” a tan, blond, middle-aged mom giddily told a Bravo film crew.It happened to be Liza Sandler on Bravo’s latest reality television venture, Secrets and Wives, wh...

    Bravo’s latest reality show, featuring yet another group of women relentlessly warring over cocktails, is a depressing mess.

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    Actor Vince Vaughn displays his hands at a Hand and Footprint Ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, California on March 4, 2015. Vaughn made his cinematic debut in the 1993 underdog film Rudy, where he also became friends with fellow actor, Jon Favreau and forged a creative partnership that led to his break-out role in Favreaus 1996 film-turned-cult-classic Swingers. AFP PHOTO/  FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Vince Vaughn Wants More Guns in Schools

    Vince Vaughn Wants More Guns in Schools

    True Detective and Dodgeball star Vince Vaughn thinks American schools need more guns.“[Mass shootings have] only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” the 45-year-old actor told the British edition of GQ magazine for its July cover story. “I...

    The actor says banning guns doesn’t work—it’s like ‘banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.’ But anyone surprised at his comments hasn’t been paying attention.

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    Jessica Lange Talks Jenner Comparisons

    Jessica Lange Talks Jenner Comparisons

    Caitlyn Jenner is gorgeous. So gorgeous, in fact, people can’t help but see the similarity between her Vanity Fair cover and a certain Oscar-winning actress.Posing in lingerie, her va-va-voom hair glamorously styled to be every bit the pin-up, Cai...

    We broke the news to Jessica Lange that she was trending because of her resemblance to the newly unveiled Caitlyn Jenner…and explained to her what “trending” means.

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    Game of Thrones’ Queen of Thorns

    Game of Thrones’ Queen of Thorns

    A recent episode of Game of Thrones featured a sight to behold: Olenna Tyrell, Westeros’s saltiest septuagenarian—dubbed the Queen of Thorns for her biting barbs and worldly insouciance—standing in the middle of a blood-splattered bordello, surrou...

    The legendary screen actress Diana Rigg opens up about all things Olenna Tyrell, swingin’ ’60s London, and what feminism means to her.

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    Actor Vince Vaughn displays his hands at a Hand and Footprint Ceremony in front of the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, California on March 4, 2015. Vaughn made his cinematic debut in the 1993 underdog film Rudy, where he also became friends with fellow actor, Jon Favreau and forged a creative partnership that led to his break-out role in Favreaus 1996 film-turned-cult-classic Swingers. AFP PHOTO/  FREDERIC J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Vince Vaughn Wants More Guns in Schools

    Vince Vaughn Wants More Guns in Schools

    True Detective and Dodgeball star Vince Vaughn thinks American schools need more guns.“[Mass shootings have] only happened in places that don’t allow guns,” the 45-year-old actor told the British edition of GQ magazine for its July cover story. “I...

    The actor says banning guns doesn’t work—it’s like ‘banning forks in an attempt to stop making people fat.’ But anyone surprised at his comments hasn’t been paying attention.

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    World News

    A police officer stands guard at a locker storage area at Tokyo station on June 1, 2015. The corpse of a woman that had been stuffed in a suitcase and left in a locker at one of the world's busiest train stations went undiscovered for a month, Japanese police said on June 1. The suitcase was abandoned in a locker at Tokyo Station in late April, but removed to the left-luggage storage room after no-one collected it, media reported. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO        (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tokyo Granny Found Stuffed in Suitcase

    Tokyo Granny Found Stuffed in Suitcase

    TOKYO — Coin lockers in Japan aren’t just for dead babies anymore.Tokyo Station, one of Japan’s largest terminals, and “terminal” may be the best word, was plunged into chaos and confusion on Sunday when news leaked that a corpse had been left beh...

    There are laws in Japan against disposing of bodies improperly, but funerals are expensive, and people are creative.

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    Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipality building in the city center of Selehattin, near Aleppo, on July 23, 2012, during fights between rebels and Syrian troops. Syrian rebels "liberated" several districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a Free Syrian Army spokesman in the country's commercial hub said.  AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

    1,000 Rebels to Quit Fighting ISIS

    1,000 Rebels to Quit Fighting ISIS

    A centerpiece of the U.S. war plan against ISIS is in danger of collapsing. A key rebel commander and his men are ready to ready to pull out in frustration of the U.S. program to train a rebel army to beat back the terror group in Syria, The Daily...

    They were ready to accept American guns and training. But a key rebel group can’t accept the Obama administration’s insistence that they lay off Syria’s dictator.

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    A displaced woman from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, worships at their main holy temple in Lalish in Shikhan September 20, 2014. Followers of an ancient religion derived from Zoroastrianism, the Yazidi fled their homeland in the Sinjar mountains as Islamic State militants, who see them as devil worshippers, seized towns and carried out mass killings in August. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT RELIGION) - RTR471OX

    Iraq’s Hot New Religion: Zoroastrian

    Iraq’s Hot New Religion: Zoroastrian

    By Alaa LatifSULAYMANIYAH, Iraq — One of the smallest and oldest religions in the world is experiencing a revival in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. The religion has deep Kurdish roots—it was founded by Zoroaster...

    Confused and disheartened by the religious and ethnic divides in Iraq, Kurds, especially, are turning to a faith that dates back 3,500 years.

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    FIFA president Sepp Blatter attends a press conference on May 30, 2015 in Zurich after being re-elected during the FIFA Congress. Blatter said he was "shocked" at the way the US judiciary has targeted football's world body and slammed what he called a "hate" campaign by Europe's football leaders.  AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

    FIFA’s Impossible, Corrupt Qatar Math

    FIFA’s Impossible, Corrupt Qatar Math

    Sepp Blatter’s FIFA presidential campaign, at least in public, consisted of a single statement—that he would run on his record as a FIFA executive of over 40 years and his record as president over the past 17. To watch him spin his Friday re-elect...

    How did Qatar ever win the right to host the 2022 World Cup? Even by FIFA’s own math, corruption is the only answer.

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    Syrian rebels hunt for snipers after attacking the municipality building in the city center of Selehattin, near Aleppo, on July 23, 2012, during fights between rebels and Syrian troops. Syrian rebels "liberated" several districts of the northern city of Aleppo on Monday, a Free Syrian Army spokesman in the country's commercial hub said.  AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC        (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/GettyImages)

    1,000 Rebels to Quit Fighting ISIS

    1,000 Rebels to Quit Fighting ISIS

    A centerpiece of the U.S. war plan against ISIS is in danger of collapsing. A key rebel commander and his men are ready to ready to pull out in frustration of the U.S. program to train a rebel army to beat back the terror group in Syria, The Daily...

    They were ready to accept American guns and training. But a key rebel group can’t accept the Obama administration’s insistence that they lay off Syria’s dictator.

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    Berlusconi Has the Instagram of a Tween

    Berlusconi Has the Instagram of a Tween

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    Buddhist monks protest alongside activists (not pictured) against United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for using the term Rohingya during the ASEAN summit, in Yangon November 29, 2014. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun (MYANMAR - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4G1C4

    Burma’s Hatemongering Buddhists

    Burma’s Hatemongering Buddhists

    RANGOON — Anti-Muslim protestors supported by Buddhist monks gathered in Burma’s main city of Rangoon this week to denounce the United Nations for “bullying” their country into accepting desperate migrants who have been stranded at sea in abandone...

    Western clichés about peace-loving saffron-robed monks fall by the wayside amid protest marches on the mean streets of the Burmese commercial capital.

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    Defendant Oskar Groening waits for the opening of his trial in a courtroom in Lueneburg April 21, 2015. A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany on Tuesday, accused by prosecutors of being an accessory in the murder of 300,000 people, even though he was not involved in any actual killing at the notorious Nazi death camp. The trial of Groening, who was 21 and by his own admission an enthusiastic Nazi when he was sent to Auschwitz in 1942, may turn out to be one of the last big Holocaust trials because so few Nazis suspected of committing crimes during World War Two are still alive.   REUTERS/Ronny Hartmann/Pool   - RTX19LTS

    The Last Nazis

    The Last Nazis

    As the trial of Oskar Gröning, the 93-year-old bookkeeper of Auschwitz, drags on, the old man appears to be fading fast.Week after week the German court reveals in graphic detail the smoothly run murder machinery behind “the final solution,” the N...

    The trial of the SS bookkeeper from Auschwitz exposes not only the banality but the bean-counting that was integral to the Holocaust.

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    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Today, the Supreme Court held that you can post a threat to kill your wife on Facebook, but you’re not guilty of making a threat.This is good news if you’re focused on free speech, especially online. It’s bad news if you’re concerned about the cap...

    Citing rap lyrics, the nation’s highest court ruled a death threat on a Facebook wall might not legally be considered one.

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    Muslim woman Samantha Elauf, who was denied a sales job at an Abercrombie Kids store in Tulsa in 2008, is pictured at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, February 25, 2015. The court on Wednesday considered whether Elauf, who wears a head scarf, or hijab, was required to specifically request a religious accommodation at her job interview at the store in Tulsa in 2008 when she was 17. The company denied Elauf the job on the grounds that wearing the scarf violated its "look policy" for members of the sales staff. REUTERS/Jim Bourg (UNITED STATES  - Tags: POLITICS LAW BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT RELIGION) - RTR4R51B

    Abercrombie Discriminated Against Muslim

    Abercrombie Discriminated Against Muslim

    Abercrombie & Fitch is known for its shirtless male models, but it might have to get used to women in headscarves.The Supreme Court ruled today that the iconic retailer discriminated against a job applicant, Samantha Elauf, when they refused t...

    The company wouldn’t allow a prospective employee to wear a headscarf. The Supreme Court confirmed today that this is, in fact, discrimination.

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    One World Trade Center Time-Lapse

    One World Trade Center Time-Lapse

    One World Trade Center’s 94 stories took more than a decade to build. Watching the building’s incremental growth condensed into two minutes makes you appreciate just how massive a project it really is. The observation deck at the top of One World ...

    Eleven years of construction in two minutes.

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    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Facebook Death Threats: Now Free Speech

    Today, the Supreme Court held that you can post a threat to kill your wife on Facebook, but you’re not guilty of making a threat.This is good news if you’re focused on free speech, especially online. It’s bad news if you’re concerned about the cap...

    Citing rap lyrics, the nation’s highest court ruled a death threat on a Facebook wall might not legally be considered one.

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    The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. Seated from left to right in front row are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing from left to right in back row are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.      REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTXT6YR

    Supreme Court’s Craziest Month Ever?

    Supreme Court’s Craziest Month Ever?

    One month from now, several core principles of civil rights and governmental power will not be the same as they are today.That’s because the Supreme Court, as it usually does, has saved its most contentious cases for last and will announce its dec...

    The last big decision on Obamacare. The future of same-sex marriage. A potential setback for civil rights. Even if you’re no law junkie, June will be riveting.

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    Bob Schieffer on "Face the Nation" on April 7, 2013 on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Bob Schieffer Says So Long

    Bob Schieffer Says So Long

    For a guy marking the conclusion of a 58-year journalism career, Bob Schieffer looked pretty darned pleased with his lot in life on his final Face the Nation broadcast on Sunday.After all, by dint of his on-camera presence, reporting chops, and do...

    A gray eminence of the Washington Establishment, the host of “Face the Nation” rides off into the sunset.

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    Tech + Health

    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    Millennials may not have God—but they do have YouTube.While baby boomers may wring their hands about what they see as oversharing and over the top vanity on social networks like YouTube and Instagram (looking at you, David Brooks), they fail to gr...

    Joey Graceffa was a bullied, lonely teenager, and then he took to YouTube and became a star. Now he’s published a memoir recounting his journey—and coming out to his fans.

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    MDMA being used to treat social anxiety

    Can Ecstasy Replace Xanax?

    Can Ecstasy Replace Xanax?

    In 1980, “Ecstasy” was “Empathy.”That was one of the original street names for MDMA, now better known as Molly, and it speaks volumes about what the drug actually does: by increasing the amount of serotonin in the bloodstream, it acts like a turbo...

    A new study urges trials of MDMA to treat anxiety in autistic adults, and it's already being tested for PTSD. Is America ready to embrace Molly?

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    Cheating on your diet

    How Lite Food Really Ruins Your Diet

    How Lite Food Really Ruins Your Diet

    With two-thirds of the US overweight or obese, more Americans are eating Nestlé’s Hot Pockets than actually taking the time to cook a healthy meal these days.According to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, more th...

    Food companies have sold us a highly processed bill of goods, with products marketed as healthy often larded with sugar and fat. It’s time to cheat on them.

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    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    Millennials may not have God—but they do have YouTube.While baby boomers may wring their hands about what they see as oversharing and over the top vanity on social networks like YouTube and Instagram (looking at you, David Brooks), they fail to gr...

    Joey Graceffa was a bullied, lonely teenager, and then he took to YouTube and became a star. Now he’s published a memoir recounting his journey—and coming out to his fans.

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    How the Patriot Act might really be dead forever

    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    Barring any last-minute compromises, powerful government surveillance authorities under the Patriot Act will expire at the stroke of midnight Monday. And they may never return.This week, senators have been negotiating over whether to pass a House ...

    The most controversial elements of the spying bill may never be coming back, lawmakers from both parties tell The Daily Beast. Here’s why.

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    Why Lyme Disease Cases Are Spiking

    Why Lyme Disease Cases Are Spiking

    By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Daily Burn When Jennifer Farrell suffered from fever, chills, and fatigue a couple of years ago, she chalked up the flu-like symptoms to crazy spring weather fluctuations that went from hot to cold almost overnight....

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    Silicon Valley’s Eating Up Super Ritalin

    Silicon Valley’s Eating Up Super Ritalin

    In the months before a recent trip to Colombia, off to visit an expat friend living there, I had been hearing about nootropics. Or “smart drugs,” as they’re referred to. Brain enhancers. Mental magic.Depending on which site you’ve read that’s proc...

    Nootropics, the new staple “brain enhancers,” exist in a legal gray area in the U.S. In Colombia, you can pick them up over the counter. I did just that.

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    How the Patriot Act might really be dead forever

    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    The Patriot Act May Be Dead Forever

    Barring any last-minute compromises, powerful government surveillance authorities under the Patriot Act will expire at the stroke of midnight Monday. And they may never return.This week, senators have been negotiating over whether to pass a House ...

    The most controversial elements of the spying bill may never be coming back, lawmakers from both parties tell The Daily Beast. Here’s why.

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    Musician Adam Levine of the band Maroon 5 performs at the Maroon 5 Video Shoot for "Moves Like Jagger" with Christina Aguilera on July 8, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for A&M/Octone)

    The Meaning of Adam Levine’s Perfect Ass

    The Meaning of Adam Levine’s Perfect Ass

    At approximately 25 seconds into “This Summer’s Gonna Hurt like a Motherf**ker,” Adam Levine drops his towel and reveals the perfect ass that many women and men have long fantasized about.While the Maroon 5 frontman’s natural flick of the wrist as...

    Adam Levine is the latest male celebrity to strip off and apparently enjoy all the sexual objectification flowing his way. What has made men such shameless peacocks?

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    Welcome to the World’s First Gitmo

    Welcome to the World’s First Gitmo

    Sometime in June an airplane will land on an island where no airplane has landed before. In fact, the island is so remote that it’s way beyond any of the world’s regular air routes. Although it has been inhabited for more than 500 years, until now...

    Reachable only after five days of sailing, beautiful St. Helena was the perfect place to exile Bonaparte. Now one of the globe’s final outposts is getting an airport.

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    The Deaf Artist Who Hears Everything

    The Deaf Artist Who Hears Everything

    For artist Christine Sun Kim, sound has many personalities.The MFA-holding TED fellow, who has exhibited at MOMA, held residencies at the Whitney Museum and most recently was guest artist at the MIT Media Lab, is challenging conventional ideas abo...

    Christine Sun Kim’s work is an expression of the spaces between sound and silence—the many dimensions that are overlooked simply because no one can hear them.

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    Surf’s Up for Instagrammer Chris Burkard

    Surf’s Up for Instagrammer Chris Burkard

    Chris Burkard is a name a lot of you already know. With three-quarters of a million followers on Instagram, five books, a TED talk, and even viral videos, all spawned from his love of capturing surfing in Iceland in the winter. After spending year...

    From surfing Iceland in the winter to TED talks, Burkard’s life is never-ending adventure.

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    Welcome to the World’s First Gitmo

    Welcome to the World’s First Gitmo

    Sometime in June an airplane will land on an island where no airplane has landed before. In fact, the island is so remote that it’s way beyond any of the world’s regular air routes. Although it has been inhabited for more than 500 years, until now...

    Reachable only after five days of sailing, beautiful St. Helena was the perfect place to exile Bonaparte. Now one of the globe’s final outposts is getting an airport.

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    May 14: Multi-level graves including aboveground and notched burial plots are seen at the Givat Shaul cemetery, on May 14, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel. For a story by William Booth and Ruth Eglash about an underground cemetery being built by the Israeli Burial Society in Jerusalem due to a decrease in available land for traditional Jewish burials (Photo by David Vaaknin for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    Jerusalem’s City of the Dead

    Jerusalem’s City of the Dead

    Holy crypt.The burial method used to entomb Jesus is coming back in style in Jerusalem, where a land shortage has turned burials into a competitive sport, with families jockeying for prime spots of land in one of the world’s holiest cities.In resp...

    They’re running out of room to bury the dead in one of the world’s holiest cities. The solution, authorities say, is to build a $50 million underground necropolis.

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    The Cavs Are The NBA's Kardashians

    The Cavs are the NBA’s Kardashians

    The Cavs are the NBA’s Kardashians

    If you’ve spent more time in the last seven months keeping up with the Kardashians than the New York Knicks’ utter collapse, or you’ve analyzed every episode of How to Get Away With Murder instead of every minute of New Orleans’ Anthony Davis’s su...

    The division between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors off-court is marked: the Cavs’ hard-partying, scandal-drenched ways make the Warriors look a total snoozefest.

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    Palagia, Queen of the Sex Party

    Palagia, Queen of the Sex Party

    Palagia, Queen of the Sex Party

    Palagia was the queen of the baroque sex parties which were a phenomenon in the Manhattan of the early oughts, but I had been studying the geography well before I went to Palagia’s party, familiarizing myself with a narrative which swiftly resolve...

    Palagia’s sex parties were the hot, horny ticket in the early 2000s. Our correspondent remembers a night of moaning, groaning, and swinging.

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    May 14: Multi-level graves including aboveground and notched burial plots are seen at the Givat Shaul cemetery, on May 14, 2015, in Jerusalem, Israel. For a story by William Booth and Ruth Eglash about an underground cemetery being built by the Israeli Burial Society in Jerusalem due to a decrease in available land for traditional Jewish burials (Photo by David Vaaknin for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    Jerusalem’s City of the Dead

    Jerusalem’s City of the Dead

    Holy crypt.The burial method used to entomb Jesus is coming back in style in Jerusalem, where a land shortage has turned burials into a competitive sport, with families jockeying for prime spots of land in one of the world’s holiest cities.In resp...

    They’re running out of room to bury the dead in one of the world’s holiest cities. The solution, authorities say, is to build a $50 million underground necropolis.

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    Nazi Jokes, Sex Addiction, and Murder

    Nazi Jokes, Sex Addiction, and Murder

    Fifty years ago my dad was the host of the number one radio show in the number two market in the country. He was, to the late ’50s and early ’60s morning drive in Los Angeles, what would much later become the province of Howard Stern and Don Imus....

    Bob Crane was the star of “Hogan’s Heroes,” the ’60s sitcom about WWII POWs, and a sex addict, and the victim of an unsolved murder. His son still sifts the weird fallout of celebrity.

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    • The Week’s Best Longreads

      The Week’s Best Longreads

      Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.The Wrath of Grapes By Bruce Schoenfeld, New York Times Magazine A band of upstart winemakers is trying to redefine what California wine should taste like—and enraging America’s...

      Wine wars, water crises and Marvel reboots. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    On the Hunt for Son of Sam

    On the Hunt for Son of Sam

    We put the letter on the table and read it again. In his opening paragraph he writes:“Hello from the gutters of N.Y.C. which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine, and blood. Hello from the sewer of N.Y.C. which swallow up these del...

    In which the notorious serial killer taunts Jimmy.

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    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    When 4 Million Tweens Know Your Name

    Millennials may not have God—but they do have YouTube.While baby boomers may wring their hands about what they see as oversharing and over the top vanity on social networks like YouTube and Instagram (looking at you, David Brooks), they fail to gr...

    Joey Graceffa was a bullied, lonely teenager, and then he took to YouTube and became a star. Now he’s published a memoir recounting his journey—and coming out to his fans.

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    Presidential fanfiction erotica + author interview

    The Fake Sex Lives of Dead Presidents

    The Fake Sex Lives of Dead Presidents

    If walking through the Hall of Presidents or staring at Mount Rushmore has always left you a little hot and bothered, there’s a new erotica series for you (warning: explicit content up ahead).More specially, if you fantasize about Abraham Lincoln ...

    The character Ilene Cumberbatch has been imagining sleeping her way, as explicitly as possible, through all the U.S. presidents. Her creator is a heterosexual man.

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    On the Hunt for Son of Sam

    On the Hunt for Son of Sam

    We put the letter on the table and read it again. In his opening paragraph he writes:“Hello from the gutters of N.Y.C. which are filled with dog manure, vomit, stale wine, urine, and blood. Hello from the sewer of N.Y.C. which swallow up these del...

    In which the notorious serial killer taunts Jimmy.

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    Vanessa Place’s Race Controversy

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Since 2009, Vanessa Place has been tweeting Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, word for word.As of Wednesday, she was nearing the end of Chapter 60, with only three chapters remaining.Place’s intention is to stir up controversy around the rac...

    Vanessa Place says her latest project is intended to explore ‘Gone With The Wind’s’ prejudice—except she has ended up being accused of being a racist.

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    Author Germaine Greer gestures at a media launch in Melbourne August 21, 2008. Greer is the keynote speaker at the Melbourne Writers Festival which begins on August 22.

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    You’d think Germaine Greer, one of the most famous and revered feminist icons of the 20th century, and pop star Elton John might have something in common. They’re both pop-cultural lightning conductors, embraced by the mainstream, yet proudly, ind...

    The author of “The Female Eunuch” just attacked Elton John and David Furnish as parents—the latest in a long line of intemperate denunciations. What’s her beef?

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    Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Fight Club 2, the Graphic Novel during an interview at the London New York hotel in New York City, NY.

    ‘Fight Club’s’ Twisted Mastermind

    ‘Fight Club’s’ Twisted Mastermind

    Chuck Palahniuk exploded onto the literary scene in 1996 with his novel Fight Club, a raging anti-commercialism polemic and outlet to his inner anger. With the release of David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation, he—like the film—became a looming cult...

    Chuck Palahniuk, acclaimed author of ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Choke,’ opens up about his new comic book ‘Fight Club 2’ and short story ‘Expedition’—a prequel to the first ‘Fight Club’ novel.

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    Vanessa Place’s Race Controversy

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Since 2009, Vanessa Place has been tweeting Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, word for word.As of Wednesday, she was nearing the end of Chapter 60, with only three chapters remaining.Place’s intention is to stir up controversy around the rac...

    Vanessa Place says her latest project is intended to explore ‘Gone With The Wind’s’ prejudice—except she has ended up being accused of being a racist.

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