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    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more like an old jalopy spewing smoke, inefficient and dangerous. The only question now: Who’s driving?Twice now in the...

    Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017.

    Will Betsy DeVos Kill Sex Ed in Schools?

    Will Betsy DeVos Kill Sex Ed in Schools?

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that causes head, neck, anal, and genital cancers. Currently, about 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early twenties, are infected with the virus. The annual statistics ...

    Doctors recommend that teens get vaccinated against the cancer-causing HPV before they are sexually active. But that sort of frank sex-ed could be at risk under our new education czar.

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    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    A vengeful bully who plays by nobody’s rules but his own has taken over the town. He is supported by a band of hired thugs and cheered on by a large and vocal minority of the community who nurse a set of grievances against the established order. M...

    The notion of the lone gunman standing off a town of cowards and a vengeful bully was appealing in the ’50s and still resonates today. It’s time we buried that idea.

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    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more like an old jalopy spewing smoke, inefficient and dangerous. The only question now: Who’s driving?Twice now in the...

    Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

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    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    Jonathan Swift’s “Essay upon the Art of Political Lying” tells us that “post-truth” statements are nothing new. “As the vilest writer hath his readers, so the greatest liar hath his believers: and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only f...

    The creator of Gulliver would have had a field day with the era of alternative facts, because even his most outlandish stories were grounded in research and a love of truth.

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    U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S. February 24, 2017.

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    At CPAC, Trump Ups War with ‘The Media’

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Last year, this was Ted Cruz country. Today, it was The Donald J. Trump Show.At the 2017 Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union at National Harbor, Trump made his triumphant C...

    Speaking to the American Conservative Union on Friday, the president relied on campaign trail standbys and his new favorite target: railing against the media.

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    A line of Oscar statuettes can be seen at a "Meet The Oscars" display in Times Square, New York February 15, 2008. The "Meet The Oscars" exhibit is designed for the public to see and touch the statuettes used during the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

    Watch Live: The 2017 Academy Awards

    Watch Live: The 2017 Academy Awards

    The 89th Academy Awards will air live on ABC from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, on February 26, 2017, beginning with the red carpet arrivals at 5:30 p.m. EST, followed by the main event at 8:30 p.m. EST. First-time host Jimmy Kimmel...

    Hollywood’s biggest night is finally here! Here’s how to watch the 2017 Academy Awards live from the red carpet to the end.

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    State representative Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    This week, CNN broke the news that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus requested to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the Bureau publicly dismiss numerous media reports concerning communications between Trump’s inner circle and Russia d...

    On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ the California GOP state representative—and chair of the House Judiciary Committee—advocated for an investigation into Trump and Russia.

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    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    MARLOW: So here it goes: our final very public Academy Awards tête-à-tête. We’ve already covered the year’s biggest awards controversies, why the great Viola Davis better get a goddamn Oscar, and the skeletons in Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck’s ...

    In our final Academy Awards debate, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss what film should win Best Picture, the curious case of Mel Gibson, and much more.

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    Bill Maher’s Transphobia Problem

    Bill Maher’s Transphobia Problem

    It was, even by 2017 standards, an unmitigated disaster.Last Friday, Bill Maher welcomed alt-right fellow traveler Milo Yiannopoulos on his late-night program Real Time. The controversial booking prompted panelist Jeremy Scahill to drop out, with ...

    Last week, the ‘Real Time’ host sided with his transphobic guest Milo Yiannopoulos against the trans community on the bathroom debate. This week, it was more of the same.

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    State representative Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    This week, CNN broke the news that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus requested to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the Bureau publicly dismiss numerous media reports concerning communications between Trump’s inner circle and Russia d...

    On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ the California GOP state representative—and chair of the House Judiciary Committee—advocated for an investigation into Trump and Russia.

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    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Imagine your ex-girlfriend was expecting a child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Now imagine your ex-girlfriend was Ciara. The rapper Future doesn’t need to take part in this little thought experiment because it is his literal si...

    Years after their acrimonious breakup, rapper Future is still taking shots at Ciara on his latest album ‘HNDRXX.’

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    Clooney Hits Trump at Paris Awards

    Clooney Hits Trump at Paris Awards

    Amal Clooney and her twin baby bump may have “outshone” her husband on the red carpet at the César Film Awards Ceremony in Paris Friday night. But when her husband George got onstage to accept his honorary award, he stole the spotlight back. Cloon...

    The actor quoted Edward R. Murrow and denounced President Trump while accepting an honorary award in Paris.

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    Why Everyone Is Talking About ‘Girls’

    Why Everyone Is Talking About ‘Girls’

    Six seasons in, Girls still knows how to whip up a cultural maelstrom. This week’s provocative episode, “American Bitch,” is poised to be a Category 5. The episode airs on HBO Sunday night but was released early Friday morning on HBO Go, HBO Now, ...

    This week’s ‘Girls’ finds Lena Dunham’s Hannah debating rape and consent with co-star Matthew Rhys, and features a jaw-dropping penis scene. Its director breaks it all down.

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    Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Imagine your ex-girlfriend was expecting a child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Now imagine your ex-girlfriend was Ciara. The rapper Future doesn’t need to take part in this little thought experiment because it is his literal si...

    Years after their acrimonious breakup, rapper Future is still taking shots at Ciara on his latest album ‘HNDRXX.’

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    Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Donald Trump presides as he once campaigned: by anecdote. Hard facts, which are hard to digest, do not work well for him. “I’ve seen that information around,” is his typical refrain. Or he saw “something” on TV or heard it from “somebody,” like, y...

    The president quoted a “friend” in saying that “Paris is no longer Paris”—but the unsourced anecdote reveals more about his ignorance than about the city of lights.

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    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Just a few years ago, Maria Butina owned a furniture store in Siberia. Now she’s wheeling and dealing with D.C. think-tankers, Republican strategists, and a Russian bank chief with alleged mob connections.Depending on the audience, Butina has pres...

    Depending on who’s asking, Maria Butina is either a Russian central bank staffer, a gun rights advocate, or a connection between D.C. Republicans and Russia.

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    Pakistan

    The Return of Pakistan’s Taliban

    The Return of Pakistan’s Taliban

    ISLAMABAD—Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, Gen. H. R. McMaster, will be seeing some familiar names and some familiar problems coming across his desk in the next few days, and months, and very likely years. And they’re not good news.Af...

    The Trump administration has not talked much about terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the threat is there, it’s real, and it’s growing.

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    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—It’s minutes past 4:00 p.m. local time, and Sarah, as we’ll call her, has just returned to her tent in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the outskirts Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s war-torn Borno state.She had ...

    Fleeing from jihadists, thousands of women and girls wind up in camps where they’re sexually abused. To them, prostitution in Italy sounds like escape.

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    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Just a few years ago, Maria Butina owned a furniture store in Siberia. Now she’s wheeling and dealing with D.C. think-tankers, Republican strategists, and a Russian bank chief with alleged mob connections.Depending on the audience, Butina has pres...

    Depending on who’s asking, Maria Butina is either a Russian central bank staffer, a gun rights advocate, or a connection between D.C. Republicans and Russia.

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    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    After what appeared to be a costly misfire, the Trump administration appears ready to release a revised executive order on immigration after massaging the language through the traditional interagency process it skipped the first time around.It sho...

    Iran has been politically or militarily active across the globe—including each of the six other states covered by the disputed U.S. travel ban.

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    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    £1M Gitmo Detainee Just Blew Himself Up

    Almost 13 years ago today, Jamal al-Harith was freed from Guantanamo Bay and returned to the U.K. But he won’t be celebrating the anniversary this year. Instead, he has blown himself up in Mosul on behalf of the so-called Islamic State.What makes ...

    Jamal al-Harith got a million pounds from the British government—and plenty of friendly coverage in the press—after his release from Guantanamo. Now he’s become a martyr for ISIS.

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     Italy's State Funded LGBT "Clubs"

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    Italy Paid for Gay Orgies

    ROME—There is little question that Italy has been slow on the uptake when it comes to recognizing equal rights for the country’s LGBT community. Last year Italy was the last in western Europe to finally pass a same sex union law, though it remains...

    The country’s anti-discrimination department used funds intended to combat homophobia to invest in private prostitution clubs.

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    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    The Real Target of Trump's Ban Is Iran

    After what appeared to be a costly misfire, the Trump administration appears ready to release a revised executive order on immigration after massaging the language through the traditional interagency process it skipped the first time around.It sho...

    Iran has been politically or militarily active across the globe—including each of the six other states covered by the disputed U.S. travel ban.

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    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    By Charles B. Strozier, Professor of History, City University of New YorkIn the spring of 1837, a “long, gawky, ugly, shapeless man” walked into Joshua Speed’s dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, requesting supplies for a bed. Speed said the...

    How the president’s best friend helped him through depression and ultimately led him to wed Mary Todd.

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    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    Nobody was ever more American than was Ian Grillot when he leapt from under the table and started towards the gunman in Austins Bar & Grill on Wednesday night.Grillot had been in this sports bar in Olathe, Kansas, watching a basketball game wh...

    “Thank you for standing up to hate!” one contributor wrote him. “You literally took a bullet for a stranger because they were being persecuted.”

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    FDA Warns Over Toxin in Teething 'Cure'

    FDA Warns Over Toxin in Teething 'Cure'

    The inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States wasn’t the only shakeup to the natural order of things this January. That same month, a drug company rebuffed the FDA over a potentially dangerous product for infants.The ...

    The FDA has asked for a recall of homeopathic teething products that may cause seizures or worse—but consumers can still easily get their hands on the product.

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    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    By Charles B. Strozier, Professor of History, City University of New YorkIn the spring of 1837, a “long, gawky, ugly, shapeless man” walked into Joshua Speed’s dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, requesting supplies for a bed. Speed said the...

    How the president’s best friend helped him through depression and ultimately led him to wed Mary Todd.

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    Can Heavy Rain Really Cause Earthquakes?

    Can Heavy Rain Really Cause Earthquakes?

    By Gillian Foulger, Jon Gluyas, Miles Wilson, Durham UniversityIn recent weeks, California has experienced unusually heavy rainfall. California is also earthquake-prone, hosting the great San Andreas fault zone.If there is an unusual surge of eart...

    With the recent heavy rainfall in California, scientists expect new opportunities to study possible connections between weather and earthquakes.

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    Rubber masks depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump are seen at the Ogawa Studios, a mask making company, in Saitama, Japan, November 21, 2016.

    'Post-Election Stress Disorder’ Is Real

    'Post-Election Stress Disorder’ Is Real

    Wally Pfingsten has always been a news junkie. But since President Donald Trump was elected, he’s been so anxious about the political tumult that even just having the TV news on in the background at home is unbearable.“It’s been crippling,” said t...

    Therapists and mental health professionals have reported an uptick in demand for services in the months since the election.

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    FB gave to CPAC

    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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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Inside the ISIS drone factory

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    This report was originally published by The Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point.By Don Rassler, Muhammad al-’Ubaydi, Vera MirnovaMuch has been made of the Islamic State drone threat ever since the group killed two Kurdish soldiers in October...

    At a former jihadist-run facility in Mosul, Iraq, researchers uncovered a cache of documents that show how the so-called Islamic State buys, builds, and deploys unmanned aircraft.

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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit, the enormous online community-run forum, announced on Wednesday night that it was banning the white nationalist subreddit r/altright, due to “posting of personal information,” otherwise known as doxxing.“Reddit is the proud home to some of...

    The company, once a haven for right wing extremism, is cracking down on the hub of white nationalists—right after its founder blasted Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    Arts + Culture

    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    A vengeful bully who plays by nobody’s rules but his own has taken over the town. He is supported by a band of hired thugs and cheered on by a large and vocal minority of the community who nurse a set of grievances against the established order. M...

    The notion of the lone gunman standing off a town of cowards and a vengeful bully was appealing in the ’50s and still resonates today. It’s time we buried that idea.

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    Ginger Clifton

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    Even though it’s been two days since I heard what the White House officially thought of my daughter, when President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos decided to withdraw President Obama’s guidance that protected transgender stu...

    Ginger Clifton’s daughter Kylie, 14, is about to start her freshman year. Why, Ginger asks, doesn’t the Trump administration believe trans children “deserve a learning environment th...

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    Jake Tapper

    Tapper Fumes at WH for Blocking Outlets

    Tapper Fumes at WH for Blocking Outlets

    “It was just this morning that Donald Trump said nobody loves the First Amendment more than him,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said at the top of The Lead on Friday, referring to the president’s CPAC screed against so-called “fake news.” He added, snarkily, ...

    The star CNN anchor took a few minutes to excoriate the White House for keeping CNN, The New York Times, and others out of Friday’s press gaggle.

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    Sorry, America: Milo Is Staying

    Sorry, America: Milo Is Staying

    Milo Yiannopoulos is working on a ‘secret new media venture’ that will allow him to stay in the United States, according to reports.Given that Yiannopoulos is a British citizen living in the United States on a work visa, some observers had assumed...

    Surely Milo Yiannopoulos will be on his way back home to the U.K. now his gig with Breitbart is over? Alas not, according to reports.

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    Ginger Clifton

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    Even though it’s been two days since I heard what the White House officially thought of my daughter, when President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos decided to withdraw President Obama’s guidance that protected transgender stu...

    Ginger Clifton’s daughter Kylie, 14, is about to start her freshman year. Why, Ginger asks, doesn’t the Trump administration believe trans children “deserve a learning environment th...

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    Journalist and web entrepreneur of Vice, Shane Smith is photographed at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit  on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

    Why Shane Smith Won’t Hit Back at Trump

    Why Shane Smith Won’t Hit Back at Trump

    “What we’re trying to do,” said former Canadian punk-rocker Shane Smith, the co-founder and part-owner of the multi-platform juggernaut Vice Media, “is to be one of the sharks, not the tuna.”Smith, 47, has spent the past decade joining forces with...

    As ‘Vice’ begins its fifth HBO season, Vice Media co-founder and part-owner Shane Smith claims the company is ‘without an agenda and not partisan in any way.’

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    Sundays in the Park with George

    Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway Triumph

    Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway Triumph

    You want to know about Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance, right? Whether, in the New York City Center production of Sunday In The Park With George (a limited-run extension of a one-off performance last October) he nails Stephen Sondheim’s jagged music...

    The Hollywood star and Annaleigh Ashford lead a fantastic cast in a knockout production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical about the pleasures and pain of making art.

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    TV personality/author Alan Colmes promotes the book "Thank The Liberals ... For Saving America" at the New York Friars Club on October 9, 2012 in New York City.

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    RIP Alan Colmes, Fox’s Liberal Charmer

    Doctrinaire liberals tended to underestimate Alan Colmes, who co-hosted Fox News Channel’s Hannity & Colmes for a dozen years and was frequently derided as Sean Hannity’s foil. He was, they claimed, a weak debater, insufficiently aggressive in...

    The Fox News presenter, famed for being a liberal voice in very hostile territory, has died of cancer at 66.

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    Journalist and web entrepreneur of Vice, Shane Smith is photographed at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit  on October 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

    Why Shane Smith Won’t Hit Back at Trump

    Why Shane Smith Won’t Hit Back at Trump

    “What we’re trying to do,” said former Canadian punk-rocker Shane Smith, the co-founder and part-owner of the multi-platform juggernaut Vice Media, “is to be one of the sharks, not the tuna.”Smith, 47, has spent the past decade joining forces with...

    As ‘Vice’ begins its fifth HBO season, Vice Media co-founder and part-owner Shane Smith claims the company is ‘without an agenda and not partisan in any way.’

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