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

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

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

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

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    Twitter’s Right-Wing Civil War

    Twitter’s Right-Wing Civil War

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

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

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    Huck’s ‘Oven’ Attack Called ‘Sickening’

    Huck’s ‘Oven’ Attack Called ‘Sickening’

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

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

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

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

    The Cancer on Rand Paul’s Campaign

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

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

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    Anti-Racism as a Religion

    Antiracism, Our Flawed New Religion

    Antiracism, Our Flawed New Religion

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

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

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    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

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

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

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    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    Kimmel Chokes Up Over Lion’s Death

    The usually jovial Jimmy Kimmel got choked up talking about Cecil the Lion on his talk show Tuesday. Cecil, who was being tracked by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), was illegally hunted and killed in Zimbabwe by an American dent...

    Late night host pleads for positive response to death of protected African lion Cecil.

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    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

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

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

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    How ‘Healthy Foods’ Are Killing You

    How ‘Healthy Foods’ Are Killing You

    Australian film director Damon Gameau performed an experiment on himself. For 60 days, he exclusively ate what most Americans believe is “healthy food.” By the end of this period, he had self-induced what we in medical research call Metabolic Synd...

    Professor Laura A. Schmidt of UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine writes about the perils of sugar—explored in the documentary ‘That Sugar Film,’ in theaters and on demand July 31.

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    THE BACHELORETTE - "Episode 1110 - Season Finale - In this week's dramatic conclusion, Kaitlyn gave her final rose to finalist Shawn Booth, on the Season Finale of "The Bachelorette," airing MONDAY, JULY 27 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Rick Rowell)
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    ‘The Bachelorette’: Kaitlyn’s Last Stand

    ‘The Bachelorette’: Kaitlyn’s Last Stand

    Tonight’s Bachelorette finale was hardly a surprise. Those of us invested enough in the ABC franchise to mine the web for insights and spoilers learned via accidental Snapchat back in June to whom Kaitlyn would give her final rose.Yet knowing that...

    Yes, the most sexually liberated Bachelorette has finally chosen her Eskimo Brother. Drum roll please…

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    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

    My ‘True Detective’ Orgy Experience

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

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

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    Joffrey: Thrones Misogyny Is ‘Unjust’

    Joffrey: Thrones Misogyny Is ‘Unjust’

    LONDON — Joffrey’s gone soft.Sweet, self-effacing, and quick to laugh, the actor who played television’s most hated teenager is also thoughtful, sensitive, and happy to share his doubts about the orgy of violence and misogyny that runs right throu...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ actor has turned his back on Hollywood and grisly TV epics to focus on a family stage show with friends from college.

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    How Abby Elliott Moved On From ‘SNL’

    How Abby Elliott Moved On From ‘SNL’

    It’s a rare blessing when a person enjoys his or her job. “I really like playing a bitch,” Abby Elliott says, accordingly.On the new Bravo comedy Odd Mom Out, which finishes its breezily quotable and sharply funny first season next week, Elliott p...

    Three years after departing Studio 8H, Abby Elliott is starring on Bravo’s ‘Odd Mom Out’—and is one of the funniest women on TV right now.

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    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

    Video: La Havas’s Unstoppable Guitar

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

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

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    GAME OF THRONES episode 32 (season 4, episode 2): Jack Gleeson. photo: Macall B. Polay/courtesy of HBO

    Joffrey: Thrones Misogyny Is ‘Unjust’

    Joffrey: Thrones Misogyny Is ‘Unjust’

    LONDON — Joffrey’s gone soft.Sweet, self-effacing, and quick to laugh, the actor who played television’s most hated teenager is also thoughtful, sensitive, and happy to share his doubts about the orgy of violence and misogyny that runs right throu...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ actor has turned his back on Hollywood and grisly TV epics to focus on a family stage show with friends from college.

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    World News

    The Animal Serial Killer Who Shot Cecil

    The Animal Serial Killer Who Shot Cecil

    In early July, a Minnesota dentist traded in his spray nozzle for a bow and arrow and apparently spent 40 hours stalking through a national park in Zimbabwe on the trail of a dying lion.Cecil the lion was beloved by his home country and the touris...

    A Minnesota dentist who allegedly shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion had a history of shooting big game outside of legal hunting zones.

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    Should Palestinians Visit Nazi Camps?

    Should Palestinians Visit Nazi Camps?

    “We are breaking a big taboo. We are challenging the collective narrative of the Palestinians regarding the Holocaust.” Dr. Mohammed Dajani has become known worldwide as the Palestinian professor who led a group of students to visit the Auschwitz ...

    A Palestinian professor takes his students to visit Auschwitz to learn about the roots of their conflict with the Israelis.

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    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin receives a handshake during the "Russia Calling" VTB Capital forum in Moscow, October 5, 2010. The Russian government may eventually reduce its stakes in large state companies to a minority holding, but this will take time, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov  (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTXT2KN

    How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin

    How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin

    Last June, three months after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and just weeks before Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine shot down a civilian airliner, killing nearly 300 people, a small group of Americans and Russians gathered on th...

    The Carnegie Moscow Center used to be a hub of Russian liberalism. Now it stands accused of being a ‘Trojan horse’ for Russian influence.

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

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

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

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

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    Should Palestinians Visit Nazi Camps?

    Should Palestinians Visit Nazi Camps?

    “We are breaking a big taboo. We are challenging the collective narrative of the Palestinians regarding the Holocaust.” Dr. Mohammed Dajani has become known worldwide as the Palestinian professor who led a group of students to visit the Auschwitz ...

    A Palestinian professor takes his students to visit Auschwitz to learn about the roots of their conflict with the Israelis.

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

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

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

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

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

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

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

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

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

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

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

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

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

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

    British Lord Resigns Over ‘Cocaine’ Vid

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

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

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    U.S. News

    Virgin Group's Founder billionaire Richard Branson waves from the window of Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. The twin fuselage aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch commercial passengers into space.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES) - RTX87IO

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Richard Branson’s “space tourism” program was so lax that it granted Virgin Galactic waivers from safety regulations that Galactic never asked for.That was one of the explosive findings announced ...

    The NTSB says ‘political pressure’ on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the break...

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    Executive Editor Noah Shachtman explains why The Daily Beast published an article examining an allegation of rape from Donald Trump’s past. Shachtman describes the response from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who argued that marital rape does not exist, as “legally untrue and morally despicable.”src="http://cdn.thedailybeast.com/content/dailybeast/videos/2015/07/28/trump-lawyer-denies-marital-rape-exists/jcr:content/image.crop.410.273.jpg/47940304.cached.jpg"

    Trump Lawyer Denies Marital Rape Exists

    Trump Lawyer Denies Marital Rape Exists

    Executive Editor Noah Shachtman explains why The Daily Beast published an article examining an allegation of rape from Donald Trump’s past. Shachtman describes the response from Trum...

    The Animal Serial Killer Who Shot Cecil

    The Animal Serial Killer Who Shot Cecil

    In early July, a Minnesota dentist traded in his spray nozzle for a bow and arrow and apparently spent 40 hours stalking through a national park in Zimbabwe on the trail of a dying lion.Cecil the lion was beloved by his home country and the touris...

    A Minnesota dentist who allegedly shot and killed Zimbabwe’s most famous lion had a history of shooting big game outside of legal hunting zones.

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    • Executive Editor Noah Shachtman explains why The Daily Beast published an article examining an allegation of rape from Donald Trump’s past. Shachtman describes the response from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who argued that marital rape does not exist, as “legally untrue and morally despicable.”

      Trump Lawyer Denies Marital Rape Exists

      Executive Editor Noah Shachtman explains why The Daily Beast published an article examining an allegation of rape from Donald Trump’s past. Shachtman describes the response from Trum...

    Virgin Group's Founder billionaire Richard Branson waves from the window of Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. The twin fuselage aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch commercial passengers into space.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES) - RTX87IO

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Richard Branson’s “space tourism” program was so lax that it granted Virgin Galactic waivers from safety regulations that Galactic never asked for.That was one of the explosive findings announced ...

    The NTSB says ‘political pressure’ on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the break...

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    LA Gang Bet: Kill 100 People in 100 Days

    LA Gang Bet: Kill 100 People in 100 Days

    Under the hashtag #100Days100Nights, users on Instagram and Twitter are issuing a stark warning: Two Los Angeles gangs are betting which one can kill 100 people—in a gang, or innocent—within the next 100 days.A law enforcement source confirmed the...

    After the death of a Rollin 100 gang member, gangs issued a challenge to kill 100 people as fast as possible. One of the first victims appears to be a 4-year-old boy.

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

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

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

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

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    Tech + Health

    Virgin Group's Founder billionaire Richard Branson waves from the window of Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. The twin fuselage aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch commercial passengers into space.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES) - RTX87IO

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Richard Branson’s “space tourism” program was so lax that it granted Virgin Galactic waivers from safety regulations that Galactic never asked for.That was one of the explosive findings announced ...

    The NTSB says ‘political pressure’ on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the break...

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

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

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

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

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    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

    Cosby’s Quaaludes: Worse Than You Think

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

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

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    Philly Pill Doctor Conspired With Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    The Gang Behind Philly’s Prime Pill Mill

    The Gang Behind Philly’s Prime Pill Mill

    Before building a multimillion-dollar pill mill—an operation where doctors prescribe pain pills for profit—with one of America’s deadliest motorcycle gangs, Philadelphia physician William J. O’Brien, 49, went by the name “Doctor Bear.”The logo for...

    How a Philadelphia doctor and a notoriously violent motorcycle gang joined forces to sell mass quantities of prescription pills.

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

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

    Why Latinos Aren’t Using Truvada

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

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

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    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

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

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

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    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

    Ex-NSA Chief Slams FBI Surveillance Push

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

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

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    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

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

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

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

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

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

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

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    BeastStyle

    Singer and actress Jane Birkin gestures during a press conference at the French ambassador's residence in Montevideo on March 9, 2008. Birkin is in Uruguay in the framework of the "Rendez-Vous" tour through 42 countries.   AFP PHOTO/Pablo PORCIUNCULA (Photo credit should read PABLO PORCIUNCULA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin Wants Her Name Off Handbag

    Jane Birkin, the English actress and namesake for the famed Hermès Birkin bag, has asked the French luxury goods maker to remove her name from the popular handbag.“Having been alerted to the cruel practices endured by crocodiles during their slaug...

    Citing the cruel methods in extracting crocodile skin, Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to remove her name from the famed bag.

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    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

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

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

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    Is 14 Too Young to Model Couture?

    Is 14 Too Young to Model Couture?

    It’s been weeks since 14-year-old Sofia Mechetner headlined Christian Dior’s haute couture show in a diaphanous white chiffon gown.Look closely and you can see a pair of nude boy-shorts beneath the sheer gown and the Israeli teen’s jewel-like, sal...

    The media proclaimed ‘outrage’ over young Israeli model Sofia Mechetner on the catwalk—but fashion’s obsession with youth is long-enduring.

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    A Mountain Lion Walks Into a Podcast

    A Mountain Lion Walks Into a Podcast

    A mountain lion, a drag queen and a saucy beauty winner walk into a podcast…The BeastStyle crew had quite a range of topics to discuss this week.First up, a decision to ban drag queen performers from an upcoming gay pride event in Glasgow, Scotlan...

    In this week’s Daily Beast Podcast, Team BeastStyle discusses a Scottish drag controversy, a beauty pageant like no other, and a mountain lion in Milwaukee.

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    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

    The Minuses of Being Plus-Size Models

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

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

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

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

    Nick Denton’s Gawker Exit Strategy?

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

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

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

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

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

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

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

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

    The Monaco Royals’ Kate and Will Envy

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

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

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

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    The problem with gloves in UFC for Brain Trauma

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

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