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    Scott Brown's New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox. He sent them.In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he st...

    The short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements.

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    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potenti...

    Why won’t the Republican hopeful come clean about his involvement with two of Wall Street’s biggest banks?

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    Hillary's focus on the gay community during her years as Sec of State, despite being officially anti-marriage until last year

    Hillary Emails Detail Gay Rights Battle

    Hillary Emails Detail Gay Rights Battle

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not openly support gay marriage in 2009, but according to a new set of emails released by the State Department, she was dedicated to expanding gay rights both domestically and abroad from the beginning of her...

    Clinton may not have ‘evolved’ on marriage until 2013, but as secretary of state, she fought to make LGBT people part of her department’s mission, according to newly released emails.

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    Scott Brown's New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox. He sent them.In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he st...

    The short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements.

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    Hollywood's Freebies for U.S. Gov't

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    By Robert Faturechi, ProPublicaHollywood’s efforts to win political clout have always stretched across the country, from glitzy campaign fundraisers in Beverly Hills to cocktail parties with power brokers in Washington.Last year, the film industry...

    Four U.S. embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year, paid for by the lobbying arm of the big studios. The industry and the government say there were no strings attached.

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    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    At 10:03 p.m. on June 23, 2009—five months into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state—she received an email from Sidney Blumenthal, her longtime, and long-controversial, confidant. The subject: “Hillary: If you’re up, give me a call. Sid....

    They weren’t the most popular guys around Washington. But they all had Clinton’s private email address. And boy, did they use it.

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    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    It took three tiny cameras, a few groundbreaking gadgets, next to no budget, and a whole lot of indie spirit to pull off the fiercest, ballsiest, and heartwarming-est film you’ll ever see about a hooker’s rage-fueled odyssey across Los Angeles. Su...

    Shot on tricked out iPhone 5s’s along the streets of L.A., Sean Baker’s no-budget trans-venge odyssey ‘Tangerine’ is not only a staggering achievement, but a brilliant film.

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     Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon together

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina Brown would regularly FaceTime her best friend, Alex Reid, after fights with boyfriend Nick Gordon and show off new bruises and describe the abuse she’d suffered, Reid said in an eye-opening interview with E! News on Thursday evenin...

    Alex Reid claims that Gordon used to beat Brown severely—and that she just wanted to be loved.

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    Inside Rihanna’s Insane ‘BBHMM’ Video

    Inside Rihanna’s Insane ‘BBHMM’ Video

    It's a beautiful day in America. Across the country, badass bitches are smacking their gum a little bit louder, shading their eyebrows in a tad darker, and flipping of street hecklers with even more pep in their step. That's because last...

    Last year, Rihanna won a multimillion-dollar settlement from her shady accountant. Last night, she exacted revenge on a fictional accountant by kidnapping his wife in a music video.

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    ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Is Back!

    ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Is Back!

    Netflix continues to make all of our pop culture fantasies come true (see: Arrested Development), premiering a phenomenal trailer today for its Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp series on the heels of the odd VHS-tinted teaser it released...

    Rudd. Poehler. BCoop. On July 31, Netflix will release all eight episodes of its miniseries ‘Wet Hot American Summer.’ Check out the trailer and all the info on the upcoming show.

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     Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon together

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina Brown would regularly FaceTime her best friend, Alex Reid, after fights with boyfriend Nick Gordon and show off new bruises and describe the abuse she’d suffered, Reid said in an eye-opening interview with E! News on Thursday evenin...

    Alex Reid claims that Gordon used to beat Brown severely—and that she just wanted to be loved.

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    Swim with a Sea Turtle (VIDEO)

    Swim with a Sea Turtle (VIDEO)

    Take a tour through the Great Barrier Reef, from a sea turtle’s perspective. The World Wildlife Fund captured this footage of a turtle with a GoPro on its back—it’s as if your riding atop the turtle as it explores its neighborhood.

    A guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef.

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    Actor Ben Affleck arrives for the premiere of the movie "The Town," which he co-wrote, directed and acted in, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT) - RTR2ICC3

    Did Poker Help Kill Affleck’s Marriage?

    Did Poker Help Kill Affleck’s Marriage?

    Ben Affleck was neatly arranging his $50,000 stack of poker chips during a big game at the Beverly Hills Hotel when a fellow player cleared his throat across the table.“Hey, yo, did that Jennifer Lopez’s ass have cellulite on it, or was it nice?”A...

    Bennifer II is no more, and some gossip outlets are claiming Affleck’s consuming passion for Hollywood’s favorite game is partly to blame. So was Garner really fed up with the tables?

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    Katy Perry’s Complicated Relationship With Religion

    Katy Perry’s Battle with Christianity

    Katy Perry’s Battle with Christianity

    This story’s got it all: angry nuns, lapsed Christianity, disappointed parents, bi-curious kids, and deviled eggs. I mean angel eggs. On the heels of her bossy Forbes cover,  Katy Perry is getting knocked down by none other than the big guy upstai...

    The child of two evangelical ministers, Katy Perry began her career as a Christian singer. Then she ‘kissed a girl,’ and her parents shamed her. Now, the nuns are on her case.

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    Swim with a Sea Turtle (VIDEO)

    Swim with a Sea Turtle (VIDEO)

    Take a tour through the Great Barrier Reef, from a sea turtle’s perspective. The World Wildlife Fund captured this footage of a turtle with a GoPro on its back—it’s as if your riding atop the turtle as it explores its neighborhood.

    A guided tour of the Great Barrier Reef.

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    World News

    A Syrian refugee family waits after crossing the Syrian border on January 16, 2014 in Karkamis, near the town of Gaziantep, south of Turkey. Two weeks of battles between Syrian rebels and jihadists have killed at least 1,069 people, mostly fighters, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday. Among the dead, not all of whom were identified, were 608 Islamist and moderate rebels, 312 jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and 130 civilians, the Britain-based group said..

    The Gateway to ISIS's Caliphate

    The Gateway to ISIS's Caliphate

    KARKAMIS, Turkey — Locals in this desolate border town seemed to mistake this journalist’s Syrian translator for an ISIS jihadist when they paid a visit last Friday. The entrance to the terror group’s so-called “caliphate” sat just a short walk do...

    Only a small border gate manned by Turkish gendarmerie separates NATO country from Jihadistan—and locals are sick of ISIS’s two-way traffic through it.

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    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Reports keep coming in of purported sightings from all around the city but nothing is ever confirmed. It seems incredible but the killer tiger remains uncaptured, the last holdout, over two weeks after floods inundated the Georgian capital’s cente...

    The Tiblisi government blames everyone for floods and escaped killer tigers except the real culprit—itself.

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    ‘God Save the Queer’: Rio's LGBT Church

    ‘God Save the Queer’: Rio's LGBT Church

    “God does not refuse anybody. God is everyone's father.” So says Marcus Lord, the self-defined “drag queen pastor” of the Metropolitan Community Church in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.Founded in the 1960s by a gay American priest, the church has be...

    A ‘drag queen pastor’ tells the story of a welcoming church in Rio.

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    A woman posts a flyer with information about missing women next to cardboard figures after a rally led by Mexican poet Javier Sicilia to support victims of feminicides, in Ciudad Juarez June 10, 2011. Hundreds of Mexicans began a week-long procession through Mexico on Saturday to protest the country's bloody drug war, led by Sicilia, a crusading poet whose son was murdered by suspected cartel hitmen. Human rights activists and families of victims of violence formed a peace caravan and piled into 13 buses and more than two dozen cars to set out on a 12-state tour that will end in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico's most violent drug war city on the U.S. border.

    Juarez’s Missing Girls Were Sex Slaves

    Juarez’s Missing Girls Were Sex Slaves

    In the Juárez media, it is being called the Great Trial, the first in 20 years to tackle the issue of femicides—a term for the hundreds of unsolved murders and forcible disappearances of women in the city that sits just across the Rio Grande from ...

    Hundreds of women have been murdered or simply disappeared in the city in the last five years. This case is about only 11 of them, but it’s a beginning.

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    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Reports keep coming in of purported sightings from all around the city but nothing is ever confirmed. It seems incredible but the killer tiger remains uncaptured, the last holdout, over two weeks after floods inundated the Georgian capital’s cente...

    The Tiblisi government blames everyone for floods and escaped killer tigers except the real culprit—itself.

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    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    The history of yoga is more tangled than the lotus position. This week, it’s taken yet another bizarre twist, as one Russian city has just banned the practice because it has “an occult character.”American yoga practitioners—over 8 percent of the U...

    Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it's a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement, hav...

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    Egypt Proudly Posts ISIS Bodies on Facebook

    Egypt Proudly Puts ISIS Dead on Facebook

    Egypt Proudly Puts ISIS Dead on Facebook

    It was a hearts-and-minds campaign in the form of blood and carnage.The Egyptian army used its Facebook page on Wednesday to highlight the destruction it inflicted on the self-proclaimed Islamic State, proudly posting photos of scores of bodies ly...

    The army’s escalating military and media campaign to wipe out the terror group took a gruesome step Wednesday with two posts featuring dozens of contorted bodies clutching machine guns.

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    Alan Gross & Cuba

    American Freed by Cuba, Ignored by U.S.

    American Freed by Cuba, Ignored by U.S.

    After spending more than five years in a Cuban jail, former USAID contractor Alan Gross is probably in possession of a lot of information that the United States government would like to know. How did Cuban officials become aware of his work bringi...

    Alan Gross was locked up by the Castro regime for half a decade. When he got out, no one in the U.S. government bothered to debrief him about his time in captivity.

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    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    The history of yoga is more tangled than the lotus position. This week, it’s taken yet another bizarre twist, as one Russian city has just banned the practice because it has “an occult character.”American yoga practitioners—over 8 percent of the U...

    Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it's a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement, hav...

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    U.S. News

    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    Banning Fireworks to Stop Wildfires

    Banning Fireworks to Stop Wildfires

    Banning Fireworks to Stop Wildfires

    As fire season progresses in the West and many states start to feel the burn of thousands of acres of forest going up in smoke, this weekend’s Fourth of July holiday, and subsequent tradition of lighting off fireworks, are anything but a cause for...

    Some cities and counties are issuing emergency bans to stop potential disasters in very dry places.

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    Harvard Professor Who Bombed the Capitol

    Harvard Professor Who Bombed the Capitol

    Originally published by The Bowery Boys In the early days of July 1915, the United States was preparing for a subdued celebration of America’s 139th Independence Day. It was hardly a festive time. War was still raging in Europe, and America was de...

    On July 2, 1915, a German sympathizer sought to make America pay for supporting the allies against the Kaiser with a spree of terror.

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    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    GREELEYVILLE, SC - JULY 1:  Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and State Police talk near the burned ruins of the Mt. Zion AME Church July 1, 2015 in Greeleyville, South Carolina.  Federal and state agencies are investigating a recent string of church fires in the South that have occured since the church massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina. Mt. Zion AME was burned twenty years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan.

    The Other July 4th Terror Threat

    The Other July 4th Terror Threat

    Representative Peter King (R-NY) told us to on Wednesday that we need to be afraid, no, very afraid, of Muslims over the July 4th weekend. Why? Well, King, in his typical Muslim fear-mongering style, warned, “Because if there is a threat, if there...

    The government is warning about increased ‘chatter’ leading up to our nation’s birthday. I believe it. But I bet it’s not from Muslims.

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    Cleveland cop has a terrible twitter account

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    A Cleveland police officer is facing criticism from a local Islamic civil rights group over his “racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Obama, and pro-Confederate flag” Twitter posts, according to Clevaland.com.After Frank Woyma was recently promoted to Sergea...

    A Cleveland cop is under fire from an Islamic civil rights group after he posted racist and anti-Muslim tweets.

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    Tech + Health

    How We'll Live On Mars

    How We’ll Live on Mars

    How We’ll Live on Mars

    In 1948, a German scientist named Wernher von Braun wrote a book called Das Marsprojekt—The Mars Project—that explained exactly how to build and fuel 10 spaceships that would carry the first humans to Mars.Von Braun’s fellow scientists mostly dism...

    The latest on efforts to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars—a process that may begin as early as 2027. Interplanetary species, here we come!

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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    Flowers for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School rest at a memorial in Newtown, Connecticut December 18, 2012. U.S.  Authorities continue to investigate the December 14 massacre in Connecticut in which a heavily armed gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary school and shot and killed 20 children and six adults. The incident, resulting in 28 deaths, including the gunman and his mother, has prompted a fresh debate on U.S. gun control.

    Are School Shootings Contagious?

    Are School Shootings Contagious?

    For a time in 2013 and 2014, The Daily Beast tracked school shootings. At the end of 2013, as we approached the two-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, we published an analysis of that count. But less than a day later, our statistics were...

    A new study from Arizona State University found that mass and school shootings increase the incidence of similar events within 13 days.

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    Yes, the Over-the-Counter Pill Is Safe

    Yes, the Over-the-Counter Pill Is Safe

    Editor’s Note: On June 16, The Daily Beast published a post on the contraceptive pill going over-the-counter (OTC) headlined “An Over-the-Counter-Pill Isn’t Safe.” The piece, which included a pro-life OB/GYN discussing the risks, sparked a huge re...

    Pro-life OB/GYNs insist that an over-the-counter birth control puts women at risk of dangerous blood clots. Another doctor says they’re missing the point.

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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    Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

    Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

    The abortion debate tends to focus on the time before a woman receives an abortion.In the United States, there are over 3,500 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs)—most of them “run by conservative Christians,” as The New York Times reports—that pressur...

    Anti-abortion groups are now masquerading as post-abortion care services, and peddling medical lies about the procedure.

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    The Native American Rachel Dolezal

    The Native American Rachel Dolezal

    Andrea Smith—an associate professor at University of California, Riverside, the founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and a leading Native American studies scholar and activist—may not, in fact, be a Cherokee woman, despite repeatedl...

    Andrea Smith is a Native American activist and academic hailed for her Cherokee heritage. One small problem: She’s not Cherokee.

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    A woman holding her mobile phone walks past an advertisement for Beats headphones outside an electronic store in Tokyo August 28, 2014. Japanese household spending fell in July from a year ago, government data showed on Friday, in a sign that consumer spending is struggling to recover after an increase in the national sales tax. Picture taken August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTR446D2

    Millennials Won’t Pay for Apple Music

    Millennials Won’t Pay for Apple Music

    This afternoon Apple Music launched as part of the company’s latest move to become the dominant player in a fierce game that’s shaping up to be an all out streaming music war.The stakes are high. According to the International Federation of the Ph...

    Apple officially launched its new music streaming service Tuesday with a money-based subscription that may scare off a vital 62 million-person market: millennials.

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    Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

    Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions

    The abortion debate tends to focus on the time before a woman receives an abortion.In the United States, there are over 3,500 crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs)—most of them “run by conservative Christians,” as The New York Times reports—that pressur...

    Anti-abortion groups are now masquerading as post-abortion care services, and peddling medical lies about the procedure.

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    BeastStyle

    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    In the ranching heartland of America, a mysterious plot of land has been dubbed “the strangest place of earth.”If tales are to be believed, Skinwalker Ranch is an epicenter of extraterrestrial activity, surrounded for decades by disproportionate a...

    On World UFO Day, the story of the Skinwalker Ranch, which had such a history of weird phenomena it became the subject of scientific study.

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    Actor Ben Affleck arrives for the premiere of the movie "The Town," which he co-wrote, directed and acted in, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts September 14, 2010.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder    (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT) - RTR2ICC3

    Did Poker Help Kill Affleck’s Marriage?

    Did Poker Help Kill Affleck’s Marriage?

    Ben Affleck was neatly arranging his $50,000 stack of poker chips during a big game at the Beverly Hills Hotel when a fellow player cleared his throat across the table.“Hey, yo, did that Jennifer Lopez’s ass have cellulite on it, or was it nice?”A...

    Bennifer II is no more, and some gossip outlets are claiming Affleck’s consuming passion for Hollywood’s favorite game is partly to blame. So was Garner really fed up with the tables?

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    Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson MP attends The British Food Fortnight's Harvest Festival service at Westminster Abbey on October 16, 2013 in London, England.

    Britain’s Deluded MPs Think They’re Sexy

    Britain’s Deluded MPs Think They’re Sexy

    Britain’s MPs have a huge number of issues to grapple with: terrorism, immigration, and the impact of ‘austerity’ cuts.But these piffling matters pale next to their very obvious obsession—rating each other’s hotness via a website dedicated to thei...

    There have been almost half a million attempts to access the banned ‘SexyMP’ website, to vote for the UK’s hottest MPs, from within Parliament itself. Are the Tories really the sexie...

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    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    In the ranching heartland of America, a mysterious plot of land has been dubbed “the strangest place of earth.”If tales are to be believed, Skinwalker Ranch is an epicenter of extraterrestrial activity, surrounded for decades by disproportionate a...

    On World UFO Day, the story of the Skinwalker Ranch, which had such a history of weird phenomena it became the subject of scientific study.

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    The ‘Hazzard’ of Banning Everything

    Ban Everything, Learn Nothing

    Ban Everything, Learn Nothing

    What is achieved by activist Bree Newsome scaling the flagpole outside the South Carolina statehouse, and removing the Confederate flag?Everything.What is achieved by TV Land banning reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard?Nothing.The first was a courageou...

    TV Land has banned re-runs of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ because of the General Lee’s Confederate flag design. Is our ‘banning’ culture out of control?

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28:  A general view of the atmosphere during the 2015 New York City Pride Parade  on June 28, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)

    The One-Man Homophobia Machine

    The One-Man Homophobia Machine

    Amidst the joyous display of rainbows, music, and dancing at the New York City Pride parade on Sunday—a celebration of LGBT rights that was extra joyous because of the recent Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality—there was a group of ...

    According to reports, anti-gay protester Heshy Friedman had to hire people to demonstrate at New York’s Pride parade on Sunday. His hate group may have just one member—himself.

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    Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.  Photo: Queensland Performing Arts Centre/Darren Thomas.

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

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    The ‘Hazzard’ of Banning Everything

    Ban Everything, Learn Nothing

    Ban Everything, Learn Nothing

    What is achieved by activist Bree Newsome scaling the flagpole outside the South Carolina statehouse, and removing the Confederate flag?Everything.What is achieved by TV Land banning reruns of The Dukes of Hazzard?Nothing.The first was a courageou...

    TV Land has banned re-runs of ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ because of the General Lee’s Confederate flag design. Is our ‘banning’ culture out of control?

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    Books

    The Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    A common and colorful way to describe corruption in modern Greek is to say that a particular politician “eats” a lot. This kind of gluttony has nothing to do with baklava or anything else edible; it denotes an appetite sated by the illegal devouri...

    One scenario paints a Greece of breadlines and children fainting from hunger. Another serves up an unflattering portrait of a country of duplicitous, lazy tax cheats. Choose both.

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    • Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

      The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

      The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

      The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

      Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

      Keep Reading

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    Is Memory the Memoirist’s Worst Enemy?

    Is Memory the Memoirist’s Worst Enemy?

    Memoir writers portray themselves as telling it like it is. “Trust us,” they seem to say, “we are not making things up.” As readers, we are asked to credit their veracity. Blatant alteration of the facts is viewed by most as a violation of that tr...

    New research shows that memory may be the most unreliable narrator of all. But what seems like bad news for memoirists may turn out to be their new best friend.

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    How the Weather Became Predictable

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    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

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    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

    The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

    As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

    The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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