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    U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefs reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017.

    Nunes Investigated for Spilling Secrets?

    Nunes Investigated for Spilling Secrets?

    The controversy surrounding House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes may just be getting started. Nunes could soon be staring down the barrel of a House Ethics Committee investigation, lawyers familiar with the House’s rules tell The Dail...

    House rules compel Congress to ‘investigate any unauthorized disclosure of intelligence.’ That’s what the intel chair seems to have done when he talked about Team Trump and foreign s...

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    O'Reilly Factor Maxine Waters Response

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    Bill O’Reilly’s initial apology seemed sincere enough. “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” the Fox News host said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon after making fun of her “Ja...

    The Fox News host got his tepid apology out of the way before continuing to go after the Democratic congresswoman Tuesday night — but Waters fired back on MSNBC.

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    The headquarters of Vnesheconombank in Moscow, Russian Federation, 21st July 2014. The US and EU have moved to impose tougher sanctions against Russia over the tense situation in Ukraine. The widened set of restrictions have been placed, among others, on the major bank Vnesheconombank, also known as the Russian Development Bank. (Photo by Wojtek Laski/Getty Images)

    Russia’s Bank of Spies Tempted Kushner

    Russia’s Bank of Spies Tempted Kushner

    Not every bank lists a convicted spy serving 30 months in an Ohio prison as its active deputy representative in New York. But then, not every bank is headed by a former spy, much less one found to have spent time with Jared Kushner during a “roads...

    Trump’s son-in-law and top aide didn’t just meet with the head of a sanctioned Russian bank. He was meeting with a former spy and Putin crony.

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    U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefs reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017.

    Nunes Investigated for Spilling Secrets?

    Nunes Investigated for Spilling Secrets?

    The controversy surrounding House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes may just be getting started. Nunes could soon be staring down the barrel of a House Ethics Committee investigation, lawyers familiar with the House’s rules tell The Dail...

    House rules compel Congress to ‘investigate any unauthorized disclosure of intelligence.’ That’s what the intel chair seems to have done when he talked about Team Trump and foreign s...

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    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    “You don’t seem so happy,” April Ryan remarked after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called on her during Tuesday’s briefing. She had no idea how right she was.With so many investigations underway regarding Russia, alleged “wiretapping,” a...

    The White House press secretary got into a heated exchange with American Urban Radio Networks’ D.C. bureau chief April Ryan during Tuesday’s briefing.

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    Feds Want to Starve Sanctuary Cities

    Feds Want to Starve Sanctuary Cities

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement––the federal agency responsible for deportations––just got a little more powerful.In a surprise appearance at the White House press briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department ...

    Trump's attorney general delivered a message from the White House: comply with immigration cops or lose your federal funding.

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    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration attempted to shift the national conversation towards something that is apparently less politically controversial than health care or Russian interference in America’s elections: climate change. Or, as the presi...

    The ‘Late Show’ host had some harsh words for President Trump’s ‘energy independence’ plan.

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    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    For most of us, being “banned permanently” from our place of work would be considered a fairly debilitating career setback. Not so for Tomi Lahren, the diminutive blond conservative who courts online clicks through a heady combination of platinum ...

    The very blond, very angry far-right pundit was fired from TheBlaze for sharing her pro-choice stance on daytime TV. But, like her boss Beck, she is still a terribly divisive troll.

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    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Why did President Donald Trump tell his millions of Twitter followers to tune into Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show the same night she opened by calling for Paul Ryan to step down as House speaker? Reince Priebus claimed it was “coincidental” b...

    “Wow, that Fox News shit was insane,” Trevor Noah said on Monday night’s ‘Daily Show,’ referring to President Trump tipping off the public to watch Pirro take down Paul Ryan.

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    Netflix Just Upended The Comedy Game

    Netflix Just Upended The Comedy Game

    “Comics Are Now Selling Laughs by the Download.” That was the headline in The New York Times five years ago this month, marking a new trend in the world of stand-up comedy.Whereas the sign of success for stand-up comedians had once been an appeara...

    Five years ago, Louis C.K. tried to revolutionize the stand-up comedy delivery system. Now, he’s succumbed to the power of Netflix.

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    Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    For most of us, being “banned permanently” from our place of work would be considered a fairly debilitating career setback. Not so for Tomi Lahren, the diminutive blond conservative who courts online clicks through a heady combination of platinum ...

    The very blond, very angry far-right pundit was fired from TheBlaze for sharing her pro-choice stance on daytime TV. But, like her boss Beck, she is still a terribly divisive troll.

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    Colbert Roasts ‘Unqualified’ Kushner

    Colbert Roasts ‘Unqualified’ Kushner

    Washington, D.C. might be a “mess” right now, but that’s going to “end soon,” according to Stephen Colbert, because President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and “leader of the preppy camp across the lake” Jared Kushner has been tapped to lead the newly...

    The ‘Late Show’ host tore apart President Donald Trump’s ‘obvious nepotism’ toward his son-in-law Monday night.

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    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    At this point in his career, Howard Stern is often heralded as a master of the longform interview. His interviewees include luminaries like Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow, and an infamous subcategory of skeevy dudes who have allegedly slept wi...

    The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ star opened up to Howard Stern about the film’s whitewashing controversy and the ‘invasion’ of having her private nude photos leaked.

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    Sarah Silverman to Host Weekly Show

    Sarah Silverman to Host Weekly Show

    Hulu announced Monday that it has ordered a 10-episode series, tentatively titled I Love You, America, to be hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman and produced by Funny or Die. The "weekly half-hour topical show" will focus on the "cur...

    New half-hour Hulu series will focus on politics.

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    Colbert Roasts ‘Unqualified’ Kushner

    Colbert Roasts ‘Unqualified’ Kushner

    Washington, D.C. might be a “mess” right now, but that’s going to “end soon,” according to Stephen Colbert, because President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and “leader of the preppy camp across the lake” Jared Kushner has been tapped to lead the newly...

    The ‘Late Show’ host tore apart President Donald Trump’s ‘obvious nepotism’ toward his son-in-law Monday night.

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    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    ROME—When two men working on their boat in the Adriatic port town of Rimini on Saturday morning noticed a blue suitcase floating in the bay, they thought nothing of it—at first. After all, it is not altogether uncommon for luggage and other debris...

    When a corpse of an Asian woman was found in a bag bobbing in Rimini Harbor, police thought they’d solved one of Italy’s most perplexing cases. Instead, it’s a new gruesome crime.

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    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    MOSUL, Iraq — The dark clouds had opened up once again, drenching Youssef Abut and Tarek Abbas as they waited at a bus terminal outside Mosul with hot food for weary travelers. Rain had long since turned the ground into a muddy quagmire, a furth...

    Coalition airstrikes may have killed scores of civilians during grim urban combat, but collateral damage is not the whole story. Collateral compassion is in evidence, too.

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    Russia Protest

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    MOSCOW — A wave of protests against corrupt Kremlin leaders rolled all across Russian cities, from Moscow and Saint Petersburg to Siberia and Far East on Sunday. Authorities did not permit the rallies and warned that participants would be punished...

    A generation too young to remember when the president supposedly saved the country are incensed at Kremlin corruption.

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    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    Adolf Hitler took power on January 30, 1933, and within no time at all he had:—let loose the police against Jews and Communists to a degree never seen before;—won emergency powers to govern by decree following the incredibly well-timed February 27...

    Elected chancellor of Germany in 1932, Hitler was held in contempt by his opponents, who thought he would be easy to control. They were wrong.

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    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    MOSUL, Iraq — The dark clouds had opened up once again, drenching Youssef Abut and Tarek Abbas as they waited at a bus terminal outside Mosul with hot food for weary travelers. Rain had long since turned the ground into a muddy quagmire, a furth...

    Coalition airstrikes may have killed scores of civilians during grim urban combat, but collateral damage is not the whole story. Collateral compassion is in evidence, too.

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    Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    When people talk about the appearance of Jesus, the controversy is almost always about his skin tone and eye color. A whole tradition of Western artwork and moviemaking erroneously depicts the Galilean rabbi with light-colored eyes and skin, when ...

    His gender has been used to justify a male-dominated church, so the debate has caused quite a stir.

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    Minsk

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    The gray asphalt streets of Minsk, Belarus, looked too clean and almost totally deserted on the eve of a major opposition rally against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The words “arrest” and repression” traveled from mouth...

    It was a sad ‘Freedom Day’ in Minsk, when Belarusians traditionally march for human rights. Over 350 are now in jail.

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    Scientist in jail

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    On the morning of July 23, 2016, 37-year-old NASA physicist Serkan Golge noticed a man slinking around cars in front of his parents’ home in Antakya, Turkey. He’d arrived almost a month earlier, on vacation in his home country with his wife and tw...

    The author met Serkan Golge in jail when she, too, was falsely accused of working for the CIA. She was freed. He was not. And now he’s about to have his day in court.

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    Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    When people talk about the appearance of Jesus, the controversy is almost always about his skin tone and eye color. A whole tradition of Western artwork and moviemaking erroneously depicts the Galilean rabbi with light-colored eyes and skin, when ...

    His gender has been used to justify a male-dominated church, so the debate has caused quite a stir.

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    U.S.

    Mother banned from father-daughter dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    A single mother in Georgia was banned from her daughter’s father-daughter dance after she attempted to go dressed like a man, ABC News reports. Amy Peterson says her daughter, Gracie, was really looking forward to having her mom at the dance, sinc...

    Despite filing paperwork a month before, a Georgia school refused to allow a single mom to attend her daughter’s father-daughter dance.

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    Son of a Murderer Charged With Murder

    Son of a Murderer Charged With Murder

    A Florida man is accused of stabbing his roommate to death after she said goodbye to him on Saturday morning before she was set to leave town. Cops charged 24-year-old Randy Herman Jr. with first-degree murder in connection to the slaying of Bro...

    A Florida man is accused of stabbing his vivacious roommate to death, two years after his father went on the lam for fatally shooting his own girlfriend.

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    Mississippi Rebels and Xavier Musketeers players run by the logo at mid-court during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    NCAA Puts North Carolina On the Clock

    NCAA Puts North Carolina On the Clock

    The NCAA has put a clock on North Carolina. The state now has 48 hours to amend House Bill 2, HB2, or they will lose NCAA events through 2022. In a statement obtained by CBS WNCN, the executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports alliance, Scot...

    Time is running out for North Carolina to change HB2.

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    Mother banned from father-daughter dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    A single mother in Georgia was banned from her daughter’s father-daughter dance after she attempted to go dressed like a man, ABC News reports. Amy Peterson says her daughter, Gracie, was really looking forward to having her mom at the dance, sinc...

    Despite filing paperwork a month before, a Georgia school refused to allow a single mom to attend her daughter’s father-daughter dance.

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    Little girl mistakes heater for a robot

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    This will be the cutest thing you watch all week. A little girl thought a broken water heater was a real robot, and quite honestly, who can blame her? The water heater clearly has eyes.The toddler first greets the “wobot” saying, “Hi wobot! Hi wob...

    An adorable little girl mistakes a water heater for a robot. Nothing else matters today.

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    Why ‘Hillbillies’ Don’t Do Networking

    Why ‘Hillbillies’ Don’t Do Networking

    The world has never been more connected, yet rarely—if ever—has it been more divided. While the networks of the elite have become even more powerful, those of the working-class have deteriorated, and between these two worlds there’s virtually a co...

    Working class Americans used to be linked by work, family, and church, but those links are fraying. Meanwhile, financial elites are more interconnected than ever.

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    Tech

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    Why Humans Love Robots Like People

    Why Humans Love Robots Like People

    Humans are strange creatures. We sleepwalk, pick our noses, and name our cars. Some of us like black licorice and some of us are afraid of cotton balls. Of all our idiosyncratic tendencies, our attachment to things—blankets, stuffed animals, toys,...

    Soldiers refuse to leave war-zone robots behind; people feel pain when asked to torture small mechanized animals. Why do we get so attached to our droids?

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    Was the Kremlin Behind the Yahoo Hacks?

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    In 2012 and again in 2013, federal judges in the U.S. indicted 29-year-old Russian Alexsey Belan on hacking charges. Law enforcement officials hoped the Russians would extradite him.Instead, they hired him. The tale is part of the the bombshell in...

    The Justice Department announced Tuesday it had made an arrest in one of the largest data hacks in the world.

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    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Visions of apocalypse and dystopia fill popular fiction and film and, these days, even the imaginations of many serious people.Geniuses including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have called for an escape from the planet. Billionaires are said to be ...

    No matter how bad it gets here on Earth, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to move off-world anytime soon.

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    Was the Kremlin Behind the Yahoo Hacks?

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    In 2012 and again in 2013, federal judges in the U.S. indicted 29-year-old Russian Alexsey Belan on hacking charges. Law enforcement officials hoped the Russians would extradite him.Instead, they hired him. The tale is part of the the bombshell in...

    The Justice Department announced Tuesday it had made an arrest in one of the largest data hacks in the world.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    A pillar of famously liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington’s biggest gathering of conservatives.Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC, the yearly conferenc...

    The company caught all kinds of flak for its role in the 2016 election. But that isn’t stopping it from bankrolling a huge, often-controversial conservative confab.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    O'Reilly Factor Maxine Waters Response

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    Bill O’Reilly’s initial apology seemed sincere enough. “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” the Fox News host said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon after making fun of her “Ja...

    The Fox News host got his tepid apology out of the way before continuing to go after the Democratic congresswoman Tuesday night — but Waters fired back on MSNBC.

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    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    With the formal process of leaving the European Union due to begin Wednesday when Theresa May triggers Article 50, Britain stands, for good or ill, on the edge of a historic decision.The once-mighty union of Great Britain is divided as never befor...

    The Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism after its front page focused on the ‘shapely’ legs of Britain’s political leaders. Why are we so unsurprised?

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    When The City With No Sun Sees The Light

    When The City With No Sun Sees The Light

    The properties of sound are different in Svalbard, Norway.Each step in the snow is a deafening crunch, like clenching a bolt of velvet fabric. And the jangle of metal bullets in your pocket—necessary protection from roving polar bears—echo off the...

    This is how the world’s northernmost city celebrates the return of the sun after months of wintry darkness.

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    Obama going to write his memoir at a resort on Marlon Brando's island

    Why Obama Chose Brando’s Island Hideaway

    Why Obama Chose Brando’s Island Hideaway

    With his multimillion-dollar book deal in hand, Barack Obama has found his ultimate hideaway to pen his White House memoir: Tetiaroa, a private island in the South Pacific once owned by Marlon Brando.While Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the other islands ...

    Tetiaroa, a private island in the South Pacific once owned by Marlon Brando, is set to become Barack Obama’s luxury hideaway as he writes his memoir.

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    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    With the formal process of leaving the European Union due to begin Wednesday when Theresa May triggers Article 50, Britain stands, for good or ill, on the edge of a historic decision.The once-mighty union of Great Britain is divided as never befor...

    The Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism after its front page focused on the ‘shapely’ legs of Britain’s political leaders. Why are we so unsurprised?

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    An Abbey Road Studios EMI TG 12345 MK IV Recording Console used between 1971-1983, the console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon.

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

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    Sweat

    The Play That Explains Trump’s America

    The Play That Explains Trump’s America

    Only a few months have passed, but Sweat not only feels different the second time around, but the audience's response to it feels different, too. But then, so too are the times.This excellent, highly charged play, written by the Pulitzer Priz...

    In Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat,’ set in a Pennsylvania city, the tragic effects of the economic downturn are explored in a play showing the roots of Trump support.

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    Sequels

    Hollywood Has No New Ideas and That’s OK

    Hollywood Has No New Ideas and That’s OK

    Here’s the new news: Nothing’s new. Not new, true, but true. Just gander at the movie marquee, at what’s on view, nothing new. The podium of box office hits includes resurrections of a malevolent gorilla in Kong: Skull Island, the IRL reanimation ...

    The plethora of movie sequels clogging the multiplex can make you feel as though your life were stuck on spin cycle. But if the movies don’t change, we do, and that’s a blessing.

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    An Abbey Road Studios EMI TG 12345 MK IV Recording Console used between 1971-1983, the console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon.

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

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