Politics

Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., left, leaves the stage as Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, looks on, after Webb spoke during the IAFF's Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Dems' Most Awkward Party Crasher

The Dems' Most Awkward Party Crasher

Hillary or Elizabeth?That was the question that Walt Pregler, the chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party of Iowa wanted to ask of roughly 60 of his fellow county chairs and committed Democratic activists at a meeting earlier this month of...

Sen. Jim Webb may have been uninvited to a Democratic house party in Iowa earlier this month, but he was very well received.

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Former President George W. Bush listens to remarks after he announced that former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (L), who helped the city respond to the September 11, 2001, attacks and trained Iraqi police, will become the new homeland security secretary, December 3, 2004. Kerik replaces Tom Ridge, who announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Ten years ago, Bernie Kerik was on top. The longtime NYPD officer had hitched his career to Rudy Giuliani and rode that wave all the way to NYPD Commissioner, then leveraged those contacts into lucrative security consulting contracts after 9/11 an...

Former NYPD Commissioner, and recent parolee, Bernie Kerik’s memoir makes a bland case for criminal justice reform, and himself.

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The GOP Primary Will Be Bloody as Hell

The GOP Primary Will Be Bloody As Hell

The GOP Primary Will Be Bloody As Hell

“There will be blood.” That’s not just the title of the Oscar-winning 2007 film starring Daniel Day Lewis that I have watched about 20 times on cable. (I’m sorta of obsessed with it.) It’s also what we can expect to see in the 2016 race for the Re...

The ex-Florida and Arkansas governors say: No intraparty attacks! But last time they had contested primaries, they saw things differently.

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Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., left, leaves the stage as Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, looks on, after Webb spoke during the IAFF's Presidential Forum at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 10, 2015. The day featured addresses by potential presidential candidates. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Dems' Most Awkward Party Crasher

The Dems' Most Awkward Party Crasher

Hillary or Elizabeth?That was the question that Walt Pregler, the chairman of the Dubuque County Democratic Party of Iowa wanted to ask of roughly 60 of his fellow county chairs and committed Democratic activists at a meeting earlier this month of...

Sen. Jim Webb may have been uninvited to a Democratic house party in Iowa earlier this month, but he was very well received.

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Migrant workers harvest strawberries at a farm March 13, 2013 near Oxnard, California. A mess with no easy fix: American crops going unpicked -- it's backbreaking work Americans won't touch -- and poor migrants in need of work are shying away for fear of being abused.  AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR        (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

How California Dems Screw Immigrants

How California Dems Screw Immigrants

In the 1990’s, Republicans controlled the Golden State and made a mess of the immigration issue by leading with emotion and passing half-baked laws that raised serious questions.Today, Democrats control California, and they’re making a mess of the...

Democrats prove they’re no better than Republicans by offering immigrants a counterproductive grab-bag of new rights and privileges.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks to reporters during a roundtable discussion in Washington, Friday April 17, 2015 about his future aspirations to run for President of the United States. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Huckabee Finds His 2016 Opening

Huckabee Finds His 2016 Opening

Like all presidential candidates, Mike Huckabee professes to care about working Americans. And by vocally defending Social Security from attack as he did last week, Huckabee is signaling that he actually means it. In a Republican field where would...

With his populism, emphasis on the middle class, and personal likability, the former governor could run the table in the South—and in Social Security he’s found a tailor-made issue.

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Entertainment

Meet The 'Hookers For Hillary' 2016

Meet the ‘Hookers for Hillary’

Meet the ‘Hookers for Hillary’

“Everyday Americans need a champion,” Hillary Clinton proclaimed in her YouTube video. “And I want to be that champion.”Yes, few were surprised when Hilary Clinton announced her campaign for the 2016 U.S. presidential race, but many were surprised...

Nevada’s infamous brothel Moonlite Bunny Ranch has launched a campaign dubbed “Hookers For Hillary.” Here, the working women explain why they’re Team Hillary 2016.

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The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

“Immigrant parents leave their country for one reason alone: bragging rights.”That’s the bane and the blessing of every first generation American’s life—and the point where heads butt in a new family sitcom in development called First Gen. It’s a ...

Yvonne Orji tells the story of becoming her first-generation Nigerian-American family’s worst nightmare: a comedian.

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Willie Nelson performs at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, Calif., in this May 6, 2007 file photo. Nelson is among the singers featured in a CD whose proceeds will be donated to a ranch where Don Imus hosts children with cancer. (Heidi Schumann/The New York Times)

Willie Celebrates Pot With a New Song

Willie Celebrates Pot With a New Song

Hey, it’s 4/20, the official stoner holiday, and what better way to celebrate than with a couple of fellas who have been championing the cannabis counterculture since way before your hemp jeans were hip (again)? Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are...

The dynamic honky tonk legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard pay homage to herb in new video.

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Does 'Avengers 2' Have a Spider-Cameo?

Does 'Avengers 2' Have a Spider-Cameo?

In the wake of the Sony Hack and subsequent emails that were leaked to the public, the biggest question surrounding the upcoming blockbuster release Avengers: Age of Ultron has been, "Will Spider-Man make an appearance?"Your friendly nei...

Supposed post-credit sequence featuring Spider-Man, possibly fake, leaks online.

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The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

“Immigrant parents leave their country for one reason alone: bragging rights.”That’s the bane and the blessing of every first generation American’s life—and the point where heads butt in a new family sitcom in development called First Gen. It’s a ...

Yvonne Orji tells the story of becoming her first-generation Nigerian-American family’s worst nightmare: a comedian.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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‘Mad Men’: Creepy Glen Bishop Got Hot

‘Mad Men’: Creepy Glen Bishop Got Hot

After what was—let’s be honest—a pretty pedestrian episode of Mad Men last week, one that devoted a head-scratching amount of time to Don and the mystery waitress’s who gives a shit affair and Megan’s awful French-ish family, the fifth-to-last epi...

There was plenty of treachery afoot on the fifth-to-last episode of AMC’s Mad Men, but the biggest surprise came in the form of Betty obsessive Glen’s hunky transformation.

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LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Feb. 22, 2015. photo: Eric Liebowitz/HBO

John Oliver: Save Polar Bear Penises!

John Oliver: Save Polar Bear Penises!

Polar bear penises are in serious jeopardy, people.Hear John Oliver out. The deliciously droll host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight is an expert at deconstructing—nay, atomizing—complex issues and reframing the conversation to make it more palatable fo...

Yes, pollution is helping destroy polar bear penises, thus screwing with their ability to procreate. John Oliver shed light on this horrific development on Last Week Tonight.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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World News

Members of Libya's coast guard recover the body of a migrant who drowned off Tripoli's coast, August 23, 2014. The Libyan coast guard recovered more bodies on Saturday after a wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, with most passengers were feared drowned. Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. Many head for Italy, and so far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week. Libya is a major departure point for this journey, and human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted the country since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011. Picture taken August 23, 2014.

Italy Finally Cracks Down on Slave Trade

Italy Finally Cracks Down on Slave Trade

UPDATE: Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano confirmed that a Tunisian man and a Syrian man who were were among the 28 male survivors of the migrant ship disaster that killed as many as 950 people last weekend were identified as the boat...

How braggadocio helped police crack a smugglers’ ring “in which people are bought and sold like merchandise.”

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Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

DAQUQ, Iraq — Of the American volunteers who have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling against ISIS in Iraq, Mickey stands out. The blond hair combed back on his head comes to a point on his chin in a goatee, like the kind he might have worn w...

From Colorado biker gang to the front lines in Iraq, “Mickey” is the American the Kurds respect.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington September 11, 2014. Politicians, dignitaries and victims' relatives were gathering in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Thursday to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda's attack on the United States 13 years ago on Sept. 11.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR45UAW

Obama Vs. His Own Lawyers

Obama Vs. His Own Lawyers

President Obama has said the United States’ combat mission in Afghanistan is over, and that the 13-year-long war there has come to an end. Top lawyers in his administration have a different message: Not so fast.Obama stated unconditionally in his ...

When the president says a war is done, you’d think his attorneys would fall in line. Think again.

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Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq (L) and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano read prayers at the start of an afternoon session during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia June 13, 2012.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - RTR33KAC

Catholic Bishops Want Iran Deal

Catholic Bishops Want Iran Deal

Who’s supporting the P5+1 deal with Iran? Many Democrats, liberal celebrities, and… the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.The result could be a conundrum for Republican presidential candidates seeking to woo Catholic voters—but more lik...

Why are some Catholic teachings worth more than others?

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Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

DAQUQ, Iraq — Of the American volunteers who have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling against ISIS in Iraq, Mickey stands out. The blond hair combed back on his head comes to a point on his chin in a goatee, like the kind he might have worn w...

From Colorado biker gang to the front lines in Iraq, “Mickey” is the American the Kurds respect.

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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

The Mediterranean Sea has only given up 24 bodies from a migrant ship that capsized Saturday night with an estimated 950 people on board. Only 28 people survived the disaster, which happened when a Portuguese merchant vessel called the King Jacob ...

The death toll from the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean could hit 900, as beleaguered cargo-trade ship owners urge the EU to boost search-and-rescue efforts.

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Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party hold torches during a gathering in Athens February 2, 2013. Thousands of supporters gathered to pay tribute to three Greek officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a crisis with Turkey over the eastern Aegean isle of Imia back in 1996. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3DA30

Greece’s Extremist Murder Trial Begins

Greece’s Extremist Murder Trial Begins

ATHENS—Back in early 2012 the graffiti all over the streets of central Athens took a disturbing turn for the worse. Pervasive anti-government impulses that exist deep within Greek society have long stained the city with spray-painted symbols and m...

Members of the far-right Golden Dawn, the third-biggest party in Greece, go on trial Monday. If left-wing Syriza fails, they could grow still further—and their trial, which starts ma...

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The Power of Music in a War Zone

The Power of Music in a War Zone

The Power of Music in a War Zone

RAMALLAH—The white van, carrying young musicians riding home from a concert in Bethlehem, suddenly came upon a military barrier erected hastily in the road. “halt!” commanded a sign in Arabic and Hebrew. Just beyond, an olive-clad soldier was chec...

A few Palestinian children protect themselves from trauma and stress by playing the violin and other instruments.

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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

The Mediterranean Sea has only given up 24 bodies from a migrant ship that capsized Saturday night with an estimated 950 people on board. Only 28 people survived the disaster, which happened when a Portuguese merchant vessel called the King Jacob ...

The death toll from the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean could hit 900, as beleaguered cargo-trade ship owners urge the EU to boost search-and-rescue efforts.

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U.S. News

Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

A growing movement of defense attorneys, tax dodgers, and legal scholars in Hawaii dismisses their home as the 50th state in the union and instead calls it an occupied kingdom. In the past couple years they’ve been daring D.C. to prove them wrong—...

They say they don’t owe the state of Hawaii any money—because Hawaii is still a kingdom and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the IRS.

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Former President George W. Bush listens to remarks after he announced that former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik (L), who helped the city respond to the September 11, 2001, attacks and trained Iraqi police, will become the new homeland security secretary, December 3, 2004. Kerik replaces Tom Ridge, who announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Top Cop's Criminally Boring Jail Memoir

Ten years ago, Bernie Kerik was on top. The longtime NYPD officer had hitched his career to Rudy Giuliani and rode that wave all the way to NYPD Commissioner, then leveraged those contacts into lucrative security consulting contracts after 9/11 an...

Former NYPD Commissioner, and recent parolee, Bernie Kerik’s memoir makes a bland case for criminal justice reform, and himself.

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A police body camera is seen on an officer during a news conference on the pilot program involving 60 NYPD officers dubbed 'Big Brother' at the NYPD police academy in the Queens borough of New York, December 3, 2014.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR4GL8H

Cops Forced To Buy Their Own Body Cams

Cops Forced To Buy Their Own Body Cams

The Ohio cop praised for holding his fire while taking down a murder suspect recorded the incident on his own body camera—and belongs to a legion of officers nationwide buying the technology themselves, even in the tiniest police departments.Rooki...

The Ohio cop hailed as a hero for disarming a murder suspect recorded the standoff on his own private body cam.

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Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

Are Taxes a War Crime? In Hawaii, Maybe

A growing movement of defense attorneys, tax dodgers, and legal scholars in Hawaii dismisses their home as the 50th state in the union and instead calls it an occupied kingdom. In the past couple years they’ve been daring D.C. to prove them wrong—...

They say they don’t owe the state of Hawaii any money—because Hawaii is still a kingdom and doesn’t fall under the jurisdiction of the IRS.

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Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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Rich Hate George Lucas for Helping Poor

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

As a real estate developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas hasn’t had much success lately. Last year, his pitch for a museum in the Presidio, the national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, went to Chicag...

George Lucas’ wealthy neighbors want to stop him from building middle-class housing because they’re worried what will happen to their property values.

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Tech + Health

Animals Getting Stoned

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

As Americans brace for another presidential election, availing a process invented over 200 years ago, where are this century’s counterparts of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?They’re working for Google or Facebook, or they’re founding star...

The government needs brilliant minds reinventing it with the same urgency they use to create apps and nanobots. How the tech world stole America’s biggest thinkers.

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Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

New words with the suffix “-sexual” are like catnip for trendy straight people.In the late ’90s and early aughts, we collectively endured the “metrosexual,” a completely unnecessary term for a man who shaves and dares to have a few pastels in his ...

‘Sapiosexual’ has to be one of the stupidest sexual ‘identities’ to come along in years.

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Energy injections becoming popular at spas

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Spa days typically consist of massages and face masks — but now, some “wellness spas” are offering more on the menu. How about an energizing injection of vitamin B, rather than a rub down?Launched by a group...

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Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

As Americans brace for another presidential election, availing a process invented over 200 years ago, where are this century’s counterparts of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?They’re working for Google or Facebook, or they’re founding star...

The government needs brilliant minds reinventing it with the same urgency they use to create apps and nanobots. How the tech world stole America’s biggest thinkers.

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, performs a low altitude pass during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in this November 13, 2005 USAF handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Hall/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3DF76

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as “Lend-Lease.”Now a group of lawmakers is proposing a 21st-century equivalent. Except this time, the ...

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

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Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Has the officialdom of rules, regulations, and hierarchical structures ever left you so confused and bereft of dignity that you felt hopelessly alienated?If the answer is no, I suspect you may not immediately recognize the symptoms. Let me begin w...

Orwell saw the state as the enemy, but maybe he never had trouble with his bank. The fact is, bureaucracy is baked into practically every aspect of our lives, and we hardly know it.

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Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Iranian hackers are trying to identify computer systems that control infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid, presumably with an eye towards damaging those systems, according to a new report from a cyber security firm and ...

Cyber-savvy agents are stepping up their efforts to ID critical infrastructure that may compromise national security.

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, performs a low altitude pass during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in this November 13, 2005 USAF handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Hall/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3DF76

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as “Lend-Lease.”Now a group of lawmakers is proposing a 21st-century equivalent. Except this time, the ...

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

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BeastStyle

The Delicious Roman Artichoke: From Jewish Ghetto To Italian Icon

Why Roman Artichokes Are So Delicious

Why Roman Artichokes Are So Delicious

All roads may lead to Rome but the best route is via la gastronomía. Every spring, without exception, artichokes begin to appear in farmers’ markets across the city before arriving at their final destinations, Roman kitchens.Artichokes have long f...

The Roman artichoke has become a staple of Roman diets, but the beautiful vegetable was once considered the lowly option for 16th Century Jews.

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Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

"Do they have a hashtag?"This is the type of thing one overhears at the opening of “Brooklyn Is the Future,” a street art exhibition and charity event in Bushwick. The once-shabby, working-class neighborhood has been transformed by recen...

At a new art show, ‘Brooklyn Is The Future,’ many of the works fetishize gritty “old Brooklyn” that has been lost to gentrification.

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York visits the AkzoNobel Decorative Paints facility at Slough in Berkshire on April 13, 2015 in Slough, England. The Duke is Chairman of Trustees and this is his first public engagement since a US judge ordered that sex allegations made against him, be struck from the record. (Photo by David Parker - WPA Pool/ Getty Images)

Are the Yorks Britain's Laziest Royals?

Are the Yorks Britain's Laziest Royals?

Once again, the most uncomfortable of royal questions is being asked--just what is the purpose of Prince Andrew? And what, furthermore, is the purpose of his family?Once upon a time, the default response to such an impertinent question would have ...

Prince Andrew’s latest controversy may have seen him linked to the disgraced Jeffrey Epstein. But he and his family’s graver problem is that the public see them as living it up on th...

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Paula Hawkins, author of the best selling book "The Girl on the Train," in the offices of her publisher in London, Jan. 27, 2015.  In less than a month, "The Girl on the Train," a slow-building suspense novel that hinges on a young woman's disappearance and features three shifty female narrators, has catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists. (Anna Huix/The New York Times)

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

What do Gywneth Paltrow, Stephen King, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? They are all big fans of the newest thriller dominating bestseller lists, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee...

Stephen King is a fan. Dreamworks just bought the movie rights. Your book club is definitely reading it. Author Paula Hawkins discusses her debut mega-hit, “The Girl on the Train.”

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Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

"Do they have a hashtag?"This is the type of thing one overhears at the opening of “Brooklyn Is the Future,” a street art exhibition and charity event in Bushwick. The once-shabby, working-class neighborhood has been transformed by recen...

At a new art show, ‘Brooklyn Is The Future,’ many of the works fetishize gritty “old Brooklyn” that has been lost to gentrification.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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Elephant Kills Hunter, Internet Cheers

Elephant Kills Hunter, Internet Cheers

In a week that saw the Internet direct its self-righteous rancor at the sport of big game hunting, nature itself has lashed out against rifle-toting sportsmen. Professional big game hunter and guide Ian Gibson was killed by a young bull elephant...

The web loves a good irony or outrage, but does it really care?

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Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Whitstable’s beachesAs a child, I was a British beach bum, living on an all but forgotten beach. If remembered at all, it was due to the beautiful sunsets that lit up behind the Neptune pub perched on the pebbles, with the sun disappearing into th...

Skip Saint-Tropez and Santorini and head to Britain this summer for beaches that offer beautiful views, oyster feasts, and--of course--fish and chips.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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Books

Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners

Inside the Pulitzer Prize Book Winners

Pulitzer Prize for General NonfictionThe Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth KolbertWhen journalist and author Elizabeth Kolbert got the news Monday that she had won a Pulitzer Prize for her book The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural...

Mass extinction. A pope and a fascist. A lost North American tribe. A beguiling WWII tale. Scott Porch, Bill Morris, William O’Connor, and Malcolm Jones on the Pulitzer board’s picks.

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  • Paula Hawkins, author of the best selling book "The Girl on the Train," in the offices of her publisher in London, Jan. 27, 2015.  In less than a month, "The Girl on the Train," a slow-building suspense novel that hinges on a young woman's disappearance and features three shifty female narrators, has catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists. (Anna Huix/The New York Times)

    The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

    The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

    What do Gywneth Paltrow, Stephen King, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? They are all big fans of the newest thriller dominating bestseller lists, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee...

    Stephen King is a fan. Dreamworks just bought the movie rights. Your book club is definitely reading it. Author Paula Hawkins discusses her debut mega-hit, “The Girl on the Train.”

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Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, are seen at their home in Fairfield, Connecticut, November 20, 2013. The couple who eloped in 1932 and will be celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary on November 25, recently received the longest-marriage award from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTX15M7X

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

In The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai Jen Poo uses a lot of numbers: 10,000 people turn 65 every day; the average cost of a year in a nursing home is $83,000; by 2050, the number of people needing long-term ...

With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the problems of the elderly are exploding, and we have no decent care system in place, says one expert.

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Washington, UNITED STATES: Musician Irvin Mayfield performs for US President George W. Bush during an evening of blues music to honor Black Music Month 26 June 2006 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

Not yet 38, Irvin Mayfield is a trumpeter and force of the cosmos who leads the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Now in its 13th year, the Grammy-winning group has a travel schedule, like that of classical symphonies, that relies on foundation, ...

Irvin Mayfield and Ronald S. Markham are the driving forces behind the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Now they’ve wrangled America’s art form a fine new concert hall.

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Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass smokes a pipe during a news conference to promote his latest book "Peeling the onion" in Madrid May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera  (SPAIN) - RTR1PXR7

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

There is a rough schematic one should follow when eulogizing Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and critic who died Monday at his home in Lübeck, Germany.It goes something like this: Grass was a prolific writer of mediocre novels, but ...

“The Tin Drum,” his masterpiece, was his only good novel. The rest of the time the late German Nobelist could hardly stop lecturing us long enough to tell a story.

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Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

In the last couple of years, the American novel’s male elders have been springing surprises on their readers. Earnest E. L. Doctorow published a radically unreliable narration, Andrew’s Brain, influenced by neuroscience. Norman Rush left his usual...

America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.

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Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

The trajectory of any new artistic genre—oil painting, the novel, video installation—is almost always to improve, or at least grow more inventive. Except in those rare cases when it might not. Edward Gorey, in one of his more esoteric opinions, on...

Nighttime was the right time for Winsor McCay, whose early 20th century comic strip about a little boy’s dreams proved forever that comics could be both mass entertainment and high a...

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Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass smokes a pipe during a news conference to promote his latest book "Peeling the onion" in Madrid May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera  (SPAIN) - RTR1PXR7

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

There is a rough schematic one should follow when eulogizing Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and critic who died Monday at his home in Lübeck, Germany.It goes something like this: Grass was a prolific writer of mediocre novels, but ...

“The Tin Drum,” his masterpiece, was his only good novel. The rest of the time the late German Nobelist could hardly stop lecturing us long enough to tell a story.

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