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    A demonstrator holds a sign reading "John Doe for President" outside a campaign stop by U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at One Mile West restaurant in Sunapee, New Hampshire August 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1OZWN

    Scott Walker Is a ‘Yes’ Man

    Scott Walker Is a ‘Yes’ Man

    Scott Walker just can’t say no. And he might talk his way out of the presidency.There’s a funny thing about the former Republican presidential frontrunner: The governor has a curious verbal tic—well known among some Walker watchers but largely ign...

    The Wisconsin governor may say yes to everything, but he doesn’t always mean it.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, United States, August 14, 2015.

    Jeb Just Can’t Quit His Corporate Pals

    Jeb Just Can’t Quit His Corporate Pals

    By Carrie Levine Jeb Bush ditched his corporate jobs to run for president.But the companies aren’t quitting him.Right to Rise USA, the super PAC collecting unlimited contributions to support Bush’s bid for the Republican presi...

    Former associates have pumped more than $1.7 million into Right to Rise, his supportive super PAC.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question at a news conference before a campaign rally in Hampton, New Hampshire August 14, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1OC7E

    The Trump GIF Roundup You Needed

    The Trump GIF Roundup You Needed

    Whether you really think The Donald is going to “Make America Great Again” or you are just happy to sit on the sidelines and watch the battle for the future of our nation unravel like a bad Saturday Night Live skit, you have to hand it to Trump fo...

    A selection of Donald Trump GIFs that are (almost) as animated as he is.

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    A demonstrator holds a sign reading "John Doe for President" outside a campaign stop by U.S. Republican presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at One Mile West restaurant in Sunapee, New Hampshire August 20, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1OZWN

    Scott Walker Is a ‘Yes’ Man

    Scott Walker Is a ‘Yes’ Man

    Scott Walker just can’t say no. And he might talk his way out of the presidency.There’s a funny thing about the former Republican presidential frontrunner: The governor has a curious verbal tic—well known among some Walker watchers but largely ign...

    The Wisconsin governor may say yes to everything, but he doesn’t always mean it.

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    Liberals: Learn to Love Charter Schools

    Liberals: Learn to Love Charter Schools

    Former President George W. Bush’s visit last week to a charter school in New Orleans reinforced the misleading idea that conservatives are for charters and liberals are for traditional district schools. It’s a nonsense narrative, of course: Presid...

    Charter schools may not solve all of America’s education problems, but in cities like New Orleans, they’re still doing a lot of good.

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    American rapper Kanye West poses before French fashion house Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2015/2016 women's ready-to-wear collection show during Paris Fashion Week March 6, 2015.

    Would President Kanye Be a Libertarian?

    Would President Kanye Be a Libertarian?

    Judging by his website, presidential candidate Kanye West’s campaign is narrowly focused on an obscure gathering of libertarians set to take place in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, the weekend of October 10.At the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night, wh...

    If Kanye West runs for president, he’ll be sad to find that KanyeWest2020.com has already been claimed by an New York-based liberatarian.

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    Was Joffrey the Hero of ‘GOT’ All Along?

    Was Joffrey the Hero of ‘GOT’ All Along?

    Fan re-edit shows Joffrey as a decent, noble human being.

    D.C.’s Minister: Guns Must Go

    D.C.’s Minister: Guns Must Go

    “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.’” (Matthew 26:52) Last week, anyone with a television or Web-enabled device could have viewed a double murder by handgun...

    Rev. Rob Schenck is an evangelical minister to top government officials in Washington, D.C., and the subject of the documentary ‘The Armor of Light.’ Here, he writes about why Christ...

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    The Wrestlemania of Crime

    The Wrestlemania of Crime

    Even for a sport with fictional back stories and sensational sagas, , it’s been a week of unscripted lunacy and violence involving WWE fans and wrestlers alike:• WWE legend Jimmy Snuka (“Superfly”) was arrested on Tuesday and charged with third-de...

    From murder charges to Hitler Instagrams, it’s been a violent week for the WWE and its fans.

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    Michael Fassbender Is ‘Macbeth’

    Michael Fassbender Is ‘Macbeth’

    The Scottish Play gets a new adaptation, also starring Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth.

    D.C.’s Minister: Guns Must Go

    D.C.’s Minister: Guns Must Go

    “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword.’” (Matthew 26:52) Last week, anyone with a television or Web-enabled device could have viewed a double murder by handgun...

    Rev. Rob Schenck is an evangelical minister to top government officials in Washington, D.C., and the subject of the documentary ‘The Armor of Light.’ Here, he writes about why Christ...

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    Erroll Garner
1952
Gilles Pétard Collection

    Hear an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

    Hear an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

    At just 5-foot-2, jazz legend Erroll Garner used to stack phone books on his piano bench to properly reach the keys. But that didn’t stop him from making a name for himself as one of the genre’s greats, crafting tunes that would become standards—a...

    Jazz legend has new live album coming out.

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    Kanye West: Comedian?

    Kanye West: Comedian?

    VMA acceptance speech recut to look like a stand-up act.

    Miley Cyrus’s Weird Aural Acid Trip

    Miley Cyrus’s Weird Aural Acid Trip

    In the two years since Miley Cyrus’s latex-covered butt cheeks twerked their way to worldwide notoriety at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, the ex-Disney star’s very name has begun functioning as an adjective; code for a one-woman, id-driven, peac...

    On her fifth studio album, the ex-Disney starlet has transformed from Molly-poppin’ twerker into acid-trippin' psychedelic wailer.

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    Erroll Garner
1952
Gilles Pétard Collection

    Hear an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

    Hear an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

    At just 5-foot-2, jazz legend Erroll Garner used to stack phone books on his piano bench to properly reach the keys. But that didn’t stop him from making a name for himself as one of the genre’s greats, crafting tunes that would become standards—a...

    Jazz legend has new live album coming out.

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    U.K. Police Told to Listen to Psychics

    U.K. Police Told to Listen to Psychics

    Somebody call Patricia Arquette.British police have been told that they should take seriously the suggestions of ‘psychics, witches and clairvoyants’ and others who claim to ‘possess extrasensory perception’ in missing persons investigations.Under...

    Should witches, tarot card readers and crystal ball gazers be listened to by the police? A new policy document is raising eyebrows for suggesting they should.

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    Yekaterinburg, Russia. 20th June, 2014. An image of the Shigir Idol, the most ancient wooden sculpture, at the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore. The idol was discovered on January 24, 1890 at a depth of 4 meters in the peat bog of Shigir, on the e

    The Idol 3 Times as Old as the Pyramids

    The Idol 3 Times as Old as the Pyramids

    An enigmatic wooden idol that has puzzled archaeologists since it was unearthed in a Siberian bog 125 years ago revealed a little more about itself last week.New carbon dating has indicated that the 9-foot-tall sculpture is much older than previou...

    New carbon dating places Siberia’s Shigir Idol at 11,000 years old, more than three times as old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids—but scientists are still puzzling over its secret symb...

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    U.S. Army General David Petraeus (L), the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, testifies on the war in Iraq as U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker (R) rubs his eyes near the end of a joint hearing of the U.S. House Armed Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, September 10, 2007. Petraeus and Crocker testified for more than 6 hours in front of the committee.

    Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda to Fight ISIS

    Petraeus: Use Al Qaeda to Fight ISIS

    Members of al Qaeda’s branch in Syria have a surprising advocate in the corridors of American power: retired Army general and former CIA Director David Petraeus.The former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan has been quietly urging U....

    To take down the so-called Islamic State in Syria, the influential former head of the CIA wants to co-opt jihadists from America’s arch foe.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) sits next to former boxer Natalia Ragozina (Natascha Ragosina) as they attend an international combat sambo tournament in Sochi, Russia, August 29, 2015. Picture taken August 29, 2015.

    Is Putin Dating This Knockout Boxer?

    Is Putin Dating This Knockout Boxer?

    The Russian Internet is abuzz with rumors that a famous female boxer is Vladimir Putin’s new girlfriend after the two were seen together last week.Natalia “Sledgehammer” Ragozina is a 39-year-old blonde who won all major female super middleweight ...

    Natalia ‘Sledgehammer’ Ragozina has been spotted with the Russian leader—and she shares his penchant for getting physical.

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    Yekaterinburg, Russia. 20th June, 2014. An image of the Shigir Idol, the most ancient wooden sculpture, at the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore. The idol was discovered on January 24, 1890 at a depth of 4 meters in the peat bog of Shigir, on the e

    The Idol 3 Times as Old as the Pyramids

    The Idol 3 Times as Old as the Pyramids

    An enigmatic wooden idol that has puzzled archaeologists since it was unearthed in a Siberian bog 125 years ago revealed a little more about itself last week.New carbon dating has indicated that the 9-foot-tall sculpture is much older than previou...

    New carbon dating places Siberia’s Shigir Idol at 11,000 years old, more than three times as old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids—but scientists are still puzzling over its secret symb...

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    Demonstrators, who are against a constitutional amendment on decentralization, clash with police outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015. Several police and members of the Ukrainian national guard were injured on Monday when a grenade was thrown from a crowd of nationalist protesters demonstrating outside parliament in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions, police said.

    A Split Ukraine, and Kiev Bleeds Again

    A Split Ukraine, and Kiev Bleeds Again

    Violence, blood, riots, and the rhetoric of betrayal returned to the heart of Ukraine on Monday.Early in the day, activists from the right-wing opposition, random citizens, far-right Svoboda party members, and Right Sector militants blocked the st...

    Outside, a bomb thrown from a right-wing mob leaves a riot cop dead and dozens severely injured. Inside, a bitter parliament cries treachery, but votes to approve the Minsk ceasefire.

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    Forget France: Britain a Glutton’s Dream

    Forget France: Britain a Glutton’s Dream

    LONDON — There were many reasons to be happy in the English summer of 1945, but food wasn’t one of them. The war against Germany was over but the war against waste was not. Food rationing, in one form or another, continued in the United Kingdom un...

    Richard II was a foodie for the ages and 700 years after his reign, England has rediscovered the wonders of its own, once-mocked cuisine.

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    On Europe’s Highway to Hell

    On Europe’s Highway to Hell

    CALAIS — They call the tented settlement in Calais where migrants and refugees attempt to make their way from France to England “La Jungle.” There, some 3,000 dispossessed take their rest after long, fitful hegiras beginning in conflict zones, ext...

    “The Jungle” is no place you’d ever want to be, but more and more people are making it their home.

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    Demonstrators, who are against a constitutional amendment on decentralization, clash with police outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine, August 31, 2015. Several police and members of the Ukrainian national guard were injured on Monday when a grenade was thrown from a crowd of nationalist protesters demonstrating outside parliament in Kiev against a draft law to give special status to separatist regions, police said.

    A Split Ukraine, and Kiev Bleeds Again

    A Split Ukraine, and Kiev Bleeds Again

    Violence, blood, riots, and the rhetoric of betrayal returned to the heart of Ukraine on Monday.Early in the day, activists from the right-wing opposition, random citizens, far-right Svoboda party members, and Right Sector militants blocked the st...

    Outside, a bomb thrown from a right-wing mob leaves a riot cop dead and dozens severely injured. Inside, a bitter parliament cries treachery, but votes to approve the Minsk ceasefire.

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    U.S. News

    Buy a Confederate Flag From a Black Guy

    Buy a Confederate Flag From a Black Guy

    There’s been controversy and even tears of rage as the U.S. has moved to abandon what many recognize as a symbol of hatred and division in our culture. As the Confederate flag is removed from statehouses and stores, there are those who continue to...

    ‘If the Confederate Flag was a symbol of racism, could you buy one from a black guy?’

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    L.A. Pot Dispensary Goes Up in Smoke After Recent Arson Attack

    100 Firefighters vs. Pot Dispensary Fire

    100 Firefighters vs. Pot Dispensary Fire

    LOS ANGELES — A 4,600-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary caught fire early Tuesday morning, weeks after a neighbor said someone tried to light the building on fire.More than 100 firefighters battled a blaze at the LA Mart Collective that an ...

    A neighbor says surveillance video caught a man throwing an incendiary device at the LA Mart Collective three weeks before it caught fire Tuesday morning.

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    The Wrestlemania of Crime

    The Wrestlemania of Crime

    Even for a sport with fictional back stories and sensational sagas, , it’s been a week of unscripted lunacy and violence involving WWE fans and wrestlers alike:• WWE legend Jimmy Snuka (“Superfly”) was arrested on Tuesday and charged with third-de...

    From murder charges to Hitler Instagrams, it’s been a violent week for the WWE and its fans.

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    Buy a Confederate Flag From a Black Guy

    Buy a Confederate Flag From a Black Guy

    There’s been controversy and even tears of rage as the U.S. has moved to abandon what many recognize as a symbol of hatred and division in our culture. As the Confederate flag is removed from statehouses and stores, there are those who continue to...

    ‘If the Confederate Flag was a symbol of racism, could you buy one from a black guy?’

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    Cops Kill Man Standing With Hands Up

    Cops Kill Man Standing With Hands Up

    Two Bexar County, Texas, sheriff’s deputies have been placed on administrative leave after a video showed them shooting a man who was apparently standing still with his hands up outdoors. Officers Greg Vasquez and Robert Sanchez responded to a dom...

    A bystander recorded the deadly encounter and the district attorney says there’s a second, closer video that is ‘troubling.’

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    Judge: Sex Trafficking Not Violent Crime

    Judge: Sex Trafficking Not Violent Crime

    Sex trafficking is not a crime of violence.At least that is the conclusion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which tossed out this August (PDF) a pimp’s conviction for “possession and use of a firearm in relation to a crime of v...

    While Congress and the Department of Justice have both said that victims of sexual trafficking are likely to be treated violently, a U.S. judge has inexplicably ruled otherwise.

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    Your Heart Is Aging Faster Than You

    Your Heart Is Aging Faster Than You

    A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Tuesday revealed 69 million Americans aged 30-74 to have a heart age five years older than their actual age—a number that puts them at significantly higher risk of heart att...

    A new report says 69 million Americans’ hearts are outpacing them when it comes to aging, putting them at risk for heart disease and stroke.

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    Doctors’ Most Damaging Hit Piece

    Doctors’ Most Damaging Hit Piece

    Nobody is perfect. To err is human. Everyone makes mistakes.There are plenty of ways of saying the same thing, and there is one very good reason for that: because it is true. Most mistakes that people make are relatively benign, but in my line of ...

    With public opinion of medical professionals at an all-time low, an anonymous essay exposing disturbing doctor behavior may have dealt the final blow.

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    Staff members of the Teaching Hospital receive the first vaccination treatment for yellow fever in El Geneina, West Darfur in this November 14, 2012 handout. According to UNAMID, the hospital, which has already treated 106 cases of yellow fever among of which 38 people have died, is expecting to receive thousands more vaccines. A yellow fever outbreak has killed nearly 100 people over the last seven weeks in Sudan's Darfur, the World Health Organisation said, a region where fighting has undermined access to healthcare. The statement said 329 suspected yellow fever cases and 97 deaths had been reported since the last week of September. REUTERS/Albert Gonzalez Farran/UNAMID/Handout (SUDAN - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTR3AETH

    Sudan’s Vaccination Card Black Market

    Sudan’s Vaccination Card Black Market

    KHARTOUM, Sudan — Standing at the junction of two of downtown’s busiest avenues, Ahmed, a slim young man with yellowing teeth and torn drawstring trousers, cuts a shifty figure as he slowly paces around a shopping arcade, steps from the presidenti...

    In Sudan, a yellow fever vaccine costs $25. But for $8, you can get a phony certificate that says you’ve been vaccinated.

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    Game Over for Two-a-Days

    Game Over for Two-a-Days

    Scorching sun. Vomit. The thud of plastic.Football training camps mean pain, which has long been held as a good thing for the guys sweating through this annual rite of passage in the weeks before the season kicks off. And here, in this particular ...

    College football is phasing out two-a-day practices. While that’s good news for players’ health, it obscures a darker side to the modern game.

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    Doctors’ Most Damaging Hit Piece

    Doctors’ Most Damaging Hit Piece

    Nobody is perfect. To err is human. Everyone makes mistakes.There are plenty of ways of saying the same thing, and there is one very good reason for that: because it is true. Most mistakes that people make are relatively benign, but in my line of ...

    With public opinion of medical professionals at an all-time low, an anonymous essay exposing disturbing doctor behavior may have dealt the final blow.

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    How to Get Health Care Like the 1%

    How to Get Health Care Like the 1%

    By the time Catherine came to me for help, in the spring of 2012, the health care system had pretty much destroyed her health.“I’ve been diagnosed with this… condition,” she began. “It’s called Churg-Strauss. They want to do surgery in a few weeks...

    Leslie Michelson has spent the last 30 years helping people get the best possible medical care from a challenging system. His new book ‘The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life ...

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    Are Goths Really More Depressed?

    Are Goths Really More Depressed?

    A scientific research study years in the making was finally released last week. The study, published in The Lancet, implies an increased association between teens who identify as Goth, those diagnosed with depression, and those who self-harm.  “[....

    A new study associates Goth teens with higher rates of depression and self-harm. But what does the community itself have to say?


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    Weed Brides

    Are Weed Bars at Weddings Kosher?

    Are Weed Bars at Weddings Kosher?

    Twenty-eight years after Bob Marley romanticized marijuana, the drug has earned top billing in the ultimate love-fest: weddings. In Washington, Colorado, Alaska, and Oregon—the four states where it’s recreationally legal —“weed weddings” have gone...

    In states where marijuana is legal, a new wedding trend is popping up: open weed bars. How do we get invited? 


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    How to Get Health Care Like the 1%

    How to Get Health Care Like the 1%

    By the time Catherine came to me for help, in the spring of 2012, the health care system had pretty much destroyed her health.“I’ve been diagnosed with this… condition,” she began. “It’s called Churg-Strauss. They want to do surgery in a few weeks...

    Leslie Michelson has spent the last 30 years helping people get the best possible medical care from a challenging system. His new book ‘The Patient’s Playbook: How to Save Your Life ...

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    Miley Isn’t Guilty of ‘Whitesplaining’

    Miley Isn’t Guilty of ‘Whitesplaining’

    Moments after publicly patching up a feud with Taylor Swift at last night’s VMA’s, Nicki Minaj started a new one as she closed her acceptance speech for Best Hip-Hop Video with a dig at Miley Cyrus, “this bitch that had a lot to say about me the o...

    Miley Cyrus found herself the target of Nicki Minaj’s ire at the VMAs, but was the vitriol truly deserved?

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    D.C. Discovers How to Party, Snob-Free

    D.C. Discovers How to Party, Snob-Free

    White people are crazy.Let me rephrase: People who dress entirely in white—from head to toe—and schlep white tablecloths, white chairs, and white plates and napkins to the middle of a city to eat cold food with thousands of strangers, also dressed...

    Washington may be known for its rigid social calendar and order, but the mass foodie experience of “Diner en Blanc” showed another side—people of all kinds just chowing down together.

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    (L -R) Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Gigi Hadid at the 2015 Video Music Awards

    Miley Cyrus Stuns the VMAs Red Carpet

    Miley Cyrus Stuns the VMAs Red Carpet

    The star was all Barbarella and bondage. Taylor Swift came in a restrained crop top. Amber Rose turned abusers’ words back on them…the hot arrivals at the VMAs.

    The star was all Barbarella and bondage. Taylor Swift came in a restrained crop top. Amber Rose turned abusers’ words back on them…the hot arrivals at the VMAs.

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    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

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    D.C. Discovers How to Party, Snob-Free

    D.C. Discovers How to Party, Snob-Free

    White people are crazy.Let me rephrase: People who dress entirely in white—from head to toe—and schlep white tablecloths, white chairs, and white plates and napkins to the middle of a city to eat cold food with thousands of strangers, also dressed...

    Washington may be known for its rigid social calendar and order, but the mass foodie experience of “Diner en Blanc” showed another side—people of all kinds just chowing down together.

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    SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Matisyahu performs on stage at the Showbox on October 16, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

    Matisyahu’s Middle East Problem

    Matisyahu’s Middle East Problem

    It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be a reggae artist, accustomed to festivals filled with marijuana-induced serene audiences, facing a crowd of raised middle fingers along with chants to get out—and feeling physically threatened for the first...

    After refusing to kowtow to a demand he advocate Palestinian statehood, the Jewish reggae hip-hop artist says he is a proponent for peace and ‘building bridges.’

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    Forget France: Britain a Glutton’s Dream

    Forget France: Britain a Glutton’s Dream

    LONDON — There were many reasons to be happy in the English summer of 1945, but food wasn’t one of them. The war against Germany was over but the war against waste was not. Food rationing, in one form or another, continued in the United Kingdom un...

    Richard II was a foodie for the ages and 700 years after his reign, England has rediscovered the wonders of its own, once-mocked cuisine.

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    Roman Catholic missionary who ministered to lepers on the island of Molokai, Hawaii

    Hawaii Still Has a Leprosy Colony

    Hawaii Still Has a Leprosy Colony

    On a picturesque peninsula of one of Hawaii’s smallest islands are the remnants of one of history’s most horrific medical sequesters.Kalaupapa, on the island of Molokai, is Hawaii’s leprosy colony, where 8,000 people were sent into exile over the ...

    The patients remain sequestered at Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai. When they die, the plan is to erect a monument to the 8,000 leprosy patients who once lived there.

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    SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16:  Matisyahu performs on stage at the Showbox on October 16, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)

    Matisyahu’s Middle East Problem

    Matisyahu’s Middle East Problem

    It’s hard to imagine what it’s like to be a reggae artist, accustomed to festivals filled with marijuana-induced serene audiences, facing a crowd of raised middle fingers along with chants to get out—and feeling physically threatened for the first...

    After refusing to kowtow to a demand he advocate Palestinian statehood, the Jewish reggae hip-hop artist says he is a proponent for peace and ‘building bridges.’

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    Commandos vs Iran

    U.S. Commandos’ Shadow War vs. Iran

    U.S. Commandos’ Shadow War vs. Iran

    It was July 25, 2004. Violence was escalating in Iraq, the Taliban were reasserting themselves in Afghanistan, and Joint Special Operations Command—the U.S. military’s cadre of elite special operations forces—was already deploying operators to the...

    The U.S. military’s cadre of elite special operations forces has spent the last 14 years taking on terrorists—and finding Iran’s hand pulling the jihadi strings.

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    • The Knowledge Economy’s Sold-Out Talk

      The Knowledge Economy’s Sold-Out Talk

      Recently, a few English professors here at Chabot College, a community college in Hayward, California, had an email dialogue about the meanings of success for students in our basic skills program. Several cited Debra Humphreys’s 2012 article “What...

      Too much of what we read in the literature for educators is over-determined by the use knowledge has for our pocketbooks or for the nation-state or Silicon Valley or some startup.

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    Tracing a Father’s Escape From Auschwitz

    Tracing a Father’s Escape From Auschwitz

    In January, HBO broadcast the shattering documentary Night Will Fall, the story of a groundbreaking British government documentary from 1945 which featured exclusive footage of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The scenes witnessed and r...

    Two new books attempt to re-create the horrors of the Holocaust and to capture the generation who witnessed the camps firsthand.

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    The Daily Beast's Best Longreads

    The Daily Beast's Best Longreads

    This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest Alex Shoumatoff - Smithsonian MagazineAn extremely rare bear (estimates place the total number at as few as 100) is at the center of the battle over Canada’s rainforests.Hook, Li...

    From a shady treasure hunter to Apple's new leader in Washington, the best in this week's longform journalism.

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    CORAL GABLES, FL - JUNE 15: Author Judy Blume In Conversation With WLRN's Alicia Zuckerman about Judy Blume new book "In the Unlikely Event" at Temple Judea on June 15, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Johnny Louis/WireImage)

    Maybe Judy Blume Should Stick to Teens

    Maybe Judy Blume Should Stick to Teens

    If you grew up reading Judy Blume in the 1970s and ’80s, her novels were likely an illicit, parentally unsanctioned thrill. Forever, about high-school seniors who “go all the way,” was the book you read, by flashlight, under the covers, flipping t...

    She once defied every taboo of YA fiction. Why is her latest book for adult readers so tame?

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    Tracing a Father’s Escape From Auschwitz

    Tracing a Father’s Escape From Auschwitz

    In January, HBO broadcast the shattering documentary Night Will Fall, the story of a groundbreaking British government documentary from 1945 which featured exclusive footage of the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. The scenes witnessed and r...

    Two new books attempt to re-create the horrors of the Holocaust and to capture the generation who witnessed the camps firsthand.

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    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama's supporters listen to his acceptance speech after winning the U.S. presidential election, in Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 2012.

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    Economic Progress Beats Protests

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    Ta-Nehisi Coates and the new wave of black nationalists are selling a line that is inimical to real racial progress in America.

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    The Boy Scout Handbook: Best Y.A. Ever

    When I turned 30 and my dad turned 60, on the same day, we celebrated by meeting up in Yosemite National Park, where he had climbed Half Dome in the 1970s. The sun-faded “Climber’s Map of Yosemite Valley” that he had produced in college, as a majo...

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    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    Le Corbusier's Brutally Complex Legacy

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

    The work of Swiss architect Le Corbusier is the subject of a new edition from Phaidon of Le Corbusier: Ideas and Forms, by the architectural historian William JR Curtis.

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