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    Wilbur Ross, picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his commerce secretary,  testifies at his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Mr. Ross is a billionaire buisness man

    Senate Ignores Wilbur Ross’ Russian Ties

    Senate Ignores Wilbur Ross’ Russian Ties

    A study prepared exclusively for DCReport.org by James S. Henry reveals deep financial ties between Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, and three Russian oligarchs, whose lives and fortunes depend on staying in the good gra...

    After Ross and his team invested more than $1 billion in the troubled Bank of Cyprus, he became one of its two vice chairmen. Putin appointed the other.

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    U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez speaks during a news conference April 21, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Congressional Democrats held a news conference to call for a raise in the federal minimum wage.

    My Out-of-Bounds Email to Tom Perez

    My Out-of-Bounds Email to Tom Perez

    The story of the email scandal that never was might be the best illustration of the character and talents of the newly elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez. It was the fall of 2014, and Attorney General Eric Holder had ...

    His response when I cracked wise shows why he’s the right pick at the right time for the left.

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    Georgia

    Could A Dem Comeback Start in Georgia?

    Could A Dem Comeback Start in Georgia?

    If national Democrats could grow a near-ideal Congressional candidate in a lab, the product would look a lot like Jon Ossoff, the lanky 30 year-old former Capitol Hill staffer who is running to replace Rep. Tom Price in Georgia’s 6th congressional...

    Democrat Jon Ossoff has money, drive and the backing of Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis in his bid to replace Rep. Tom Price in Georgia. But does he have a prayer to win in the rub...

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    Wilbur Ross, picked by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as his commerce secretary,  testifies at his confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill on January 18, 2017 in Washington, DC.  Mr. Ross is a billionaire buisness man

    Senate Ignores Wilbur Ross’ Russian Ties

    Senate Ignores Wilbur Ross’ Russian Ties

    A study prepared exclusively for DCReport.org by James S. Henry reveals deep financial ties between Donald Trump’s nominee for Commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, and three Russian oligarchs, whose lives and fortunes depend on staying in the good gra...

    After Ross and his team invested more than $1 billion in the troubled Bank of Cyprus, he became one of its two vice chairmen. Putin appointed the other.

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    Sessions

    Trump’s Anti-Trans Plan Will Backfire

    Trump’s Anti-Trans Plan Will Backfire

    It’s widely known that the Trump administration has overturned Obama-era protections for transgender students. It’s less well known that the way it did so, emphasizing states’ rights, was a gigantic tactical mistake that is going to blow up in the...

    States’ rights used to be a conservative value. In the Trump age, it’s a liberal one.

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    Protests

    GOP’s Plan To Take Down Protesters

    GOP’s Plan To Take Down Protesters

    Arizona lawmakers are using Trump-fueled rumors of “paid protesters” to push a new bill that would make rioting prosecutable under the same charges the state currently uses against members of organized crime rings.Senate Bill 1142, which passed Ar...

    Surfing off Trump’s ‘paid protesters’ myth, Arizona’s Republicans are aiming to pass a bill that would prosecute ‘rioters’ under a law that targets crime rings.

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    Fox and Friends

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Doesn’t Get Oscar Flub

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Doesn’t Get Oscar Flub

    Two years ago this morning, Donald Trump was serving as official Oscars recapper for Fox & Friends. Now, apparently, he’s got something better to do.So instead of getting commentary from the president, Trump’s favorite morning show brought in ...

    Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump’s favorite show made it all about Hillary Clinton and political correctness.

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    The Oscars’ Middle Finger to Trumpism

    The Oscars’ Middle Finger to Trumpism

    Well at least we know what a peaceful transition of power can actually look like. Typically, “Biggest Oscar Mistake Ever” is a histrionic label attached to an undeserving winner. For the first time, confusingly, it describes the film that most des...

    Don’t let the shock over the Best Picture snafu drown out the importance of ‘Moonlight’s’ win, and the power of a terrific, political, fiercely anti-Trump Oscars telecast.

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    Beatty

    Inside the Best Picture Oscars Gaffe

    Inside the Best Picture Oscars Gaffe

    The 89th annual Academy Awards went pretty smoothly… until everything went to hell in the final few minutes.Fifty years after they co-starred in Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway emerged after midnight to present the final award of ...

    What on earth just happened in the final moments of the Academy Awards?

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     "When We Rise" is written and created by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.  This mini-series event chronicles the real-life personal and political struggles, set-backs and triumphs of a diverse family of LGBT men and women who helped pioneer one of the last legs of the U.S. Civil Rights movement from its turbulent infancy in the 20th century to the once unfathomable successes of today.

    Can LGBT History Become Must-See TV?

    Can LGBT History Become Must-See TV?

    On the way to meet Dustin Lance Black to talk about his new gay-rights movement miniseries When We Rise, I run into Dustin Lance Black. Leaning against the loading door outside Manhattan’s London hotel, the Oscar winner smiles mischievously.“I don...

    Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black on his landmark LGBT rights miniseries, why he doesn’t care if you think it’s a history lesson, and, yes, tabloid rumors about fiancé Tom Daley.

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    The Oscars’ Middle Finger to Trumpism

    The Oscars’ Middle Finger to Trumpism

    Well at least we know what a peaceful transition of power can actually look like. Typically, “Biggest Oscar Mistake Ever” is a histrionic label attached to an undeserving winner. For the first time, confusingly, it describes the film that most des...

    Don’t let the shock over the Best Picture snafu drown out the importance of ‘Moonlight’s’ win, and the power of a terrific, political, fiercely anti-Trump Oscars telecast.

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    Jimmy Kimmel

    Kimmel Roasts ‘Racist’ Trump at Oscars

    Kimmel Roasts ‘Racist’ Trump at Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel may not have been the most exciting choice to host this year’s Academy Awards, but he rose to the occasion Sunday night with an opening monologue that seized the political moment and really let President Donald Trump have it.The host ...

    In his opening monologue at the Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel gave it to Donald Trump and saluted Meryl Streep’s “lackluster” career.

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    Nicki

    The Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma Beef

    The Nicki Minaj vs. Remy Ma Beef

    “You was screaming ‘Free Remy’ when I was upstate doomed / But now that they freed Remy, you don’t sing the same tune…”The resurrection of Remy Ma has been interesting to watch.The brash Bronx emcee first emerged in the mid-2000s, as the obligator...

    Rap fans have a tendency to write off femcee feuds as “catty.” And that is absurd.

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    US actor Bill Paxton poses during a photocall for the series "Texas Rising" during the MIPTV (Marche International des Programmes de Television), in Cannes, on the French Riviera, on April 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

    RIP Bill Paxton: A Man of Many Faces

    RIP Bill Paxton: A Man of Many Faces

    Here is a story about Bill Paxton, the gifted character actor who passed away Saturday at the age of 61 after complications from heart surgery, that speaks to his character.One of the more head-scratching revelations from the Sony leaks, internal ...

    The star of ‘Aliens,’ ‘Weird Science,’ ‘Titanic,’ and a slew of other celebrated movies passed away on Saturday. But his legacy will live on.

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    Jimmy Kimmel

    Kimmel Roasts ‘Racist’ Trump at Oscars

    Kimmel Roasts ‘Racist’ Trump at Oscars

    Jimmy Kimmel may not have been the most exciting choice to host this year’s Academy Awards, but he rose to the occasion Sunday night with an opening monologue that seized the political moment and really let President Donald Trump have it.The host ...

    In his opening monologue at the Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel gave it to Donald Trump and saluted Meryl Streep’s “lackluster” career.

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    World News

    German Alt-Right's fake news about refugees

    Germany’s Alt-Right Loves This Fake Map

    Germany’s Alt-Right Loves This Fake Map

    By Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith, The Bureau of Investigative JournalismLast year, an anonymously-produced map started to make its way around German social media. It claimed to show viewers the spread of “refugee and migra...

    An anonymously-produced map—with links to a pro-Trump and pro-Putin account—says it shows the spread of ‘refugee and migrant crime’ in Germany. Don’t trust it.

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    Nazi Spy of 1000 faces

    The Nazi Spy with 1,000 Faces

    The Nazi Spy with 1,000 Faces

    “Col. Fritz du Quesne, a fugitive from justice, is wanted by His Majesty’s government for trial on the following charges: Murder on the high seas; the sinking and burning of British ships; the burning of military stores, warehouses, coaling statio...

    “Come and get me,” he taunted authorities, but this spy and killer could not be taken down—until his Nazi spy masters slipped up.

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    Cartel Land

    Turning Back the Immigration Tide

    Turning Back the Immigration Tide

    TIJUANA, Mexico—Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported to Mexico on Tuesday morning. He was handed the last of his possessions in a clear U.S. government-issued plastic bag, and dropped off in Tijuana, at the international border dividing the Unit...

    Fear is spreading in Mexico and in the United States as Trump’s immigration crackdown continues. For some, death is better than deportation.

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    Fashionable male wearing a bowler hat and fur coat standing in the middle of the road on Carnaby Street in London in the heart of the ?Swinging Sixties?.

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    LONDON—Nothing can now reverse the act of self-harm called Brexit. Like the steely headmistress of a Dickensian school, Prime Minister Theresa May is brooking no dissent and pressing on with pulling the country out of Europe.But the more she appli...

    The 1960s set London on the course that made it a great world city. Now the Brexiters are hoping it’s Goodbye Baby & Amen to all of that.

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    Nazi Spy of 1000 faces

    The Nazi Spy with 1,000 Faces

    The Nazi Spy with 1,000 Faces

    “Col. Fritz du Quesne, a fugitive from justice, is wanted by His Majesty’s government for trial on the following charges: Murder on the high seas; the sinking and burning of British ships; the burning of military stores, warehouses, coaling statio...

    “Come and get me,” he taunted authorities, but this spy and killer could not be taken down—until his Nazi spy masters slipped up.

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    Refugees

    Fleeing War, the Things They Carried

    Fleeing War, the Things They Carried

    AMSTERDAM—In the aftermath of a disaster it’s the little things that people recover from the wreckage of their lives that define their tragedy. We see the stories play out on the news in the United States all the time after what some would call ac...

    A little exhibit in the Netherlands reveals some basic truths about the humans behind the numbers in this age of massive immigration and refugee crises.

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    Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Donald Trump presides as he once campaigned: by anecdote. Hard facts, which are hard to digest, do not work well for him. “I’ve seen that information around,” is his typical refrain. Or he saw “something” on TV or heard it from “somebody,” like, y...

    The president quoted a “friend” in saying that “Paris is no longer Paris”—but the unsourced anecdote reveals more about his ignorance than about the city of lights.

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     The President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz arrives in the plenary room in the European Parliament ahead of the debate on the measures to fight the terrorism on November 25, 2015 in Strasbourg, France. During the meeting members of the European Union will debate new measure in the war against terrorism, almost 2 weeks after terrorist attacks in Paris.

    The Man Beating Back Germany’s Far Right

    The Man Beating Back Germany’s Far Right

    LUBECK, Germany—Was there ever a time when Angela Merkel was not Germany’s chancellor? After someone’s been there for more than 11 years, it starts to get hard to remember. Merkel is more than a leader, she has become an icon, from the color and c...

    He’s the Social Democrat candidate for German chancellor and the antithesis of the Trumpistas in neighboring France and the Netherlands.

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    Refugees

    Fleeing War, the Things They Carried

    Fleeing War, the Things They Carried

    AMSTERDAM—In the aftermath of a disaster it’s the little things that people recover from the wreckage of their lives that define their tragedy. We see the stories play out on the news in the United States all the time after what some would call ac...

    A little exhibit in the Netherlands reveals some basic truths about the humans behind the numbers in this age of massive immigration and refugee crises.

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    U.S.

    I'd Never Take Trump's Hair Growth Drug

    I'd Never Take Trump's Hair Growth Drug

    By Bruce HorovitzWhile popping my daily dose of pills the other day—you know, the drugs guys over 60 often take to try to squeeze out another decade or two—I stumbled across a news story describing the drugs President Donald Trump takes, according...

    The president and I take the same daily regimen of drugs—except one.

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    Protests

    GOP’s Plan To Take Down Protesters

    GOP’s Plan To Take Down Protesters

    Arizona lawmakers are using Trump-fueled rumors of “paid protesters” to push a new bill that would make rioting prosecutable under the same charges the state currently uses against members of organized crime rings.Senate Bill 1142, which passed Ar...

    Surfing off Trump’s ‘paid protesters’ myth, Arizona’s Republicans are aiming to pass a bill that would prosecute ‘rioters’ under a law that targets crime rings.

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    Americorps

    The GOP Case for Saving Americorps

    The GOP Case for Saving Americorps

    Last week, The New York Times and other publications reported that the White House had drafted a spending blueprint that would cut funding for a number of domestic programs, including the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). CNCS...

    I was dubious when George W. Bush put me in charge of the agency administering AmeriCorps. But I saw the good in it—and we made it better. The administration should spare it.

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    I'd Never Take Trump's Hair Growth Drug

    I'd Never Take Trump's Hair Growth Drug

    By Bruce HorovitzWhile popping my daily dose of pills the other day—you know, the drugs guys over 60 often take to try to squeeze out another decade or two—I stumbled across a news story describing the drugs President Donald Trump takes, according...

    The president and I take the same daily regimen of drugs—except one.

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    Elixabeth Greenfield

    America's First Black Pop Star

    America's First Black Pop Star

    By Adam Gustafson, Instructor in Music, Pennsylvania State UniversityIn 1851, a concert soprano named Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield embarked on a national tour that upended America’s music scene.In antebellum America, operatic and concert songs were...

    How a former slave became the country’s first African American music sensation.

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    Ian

    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    Nobody was ever more American than was Ian Grillot when he leapt from under the table and started towards the gunman in Austins Bar & Grill on Wednesday night.Grillot had been in this sports bar in Olathe, Kansas, watching a basketball game wh...

    “Thank you for standing up to hate!” one contributor wrote him. “You literally took a bullet for a stranger because they were being persecuted.”

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    Tech

    FB gave to CPAC

    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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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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    LA

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Inside the ISIS drone factory

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    This report was originally published by The Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point.By Don Rassler, Muhammad al-’Ubaydi, Vera MirnovaMuch has been made of the Islamic State drone threat ever since the group killed two Kurdish soldiers in October...

    At a former jihadist-run facility in Mosul, Iraq, researchers uncovered a cache of documents that show how the so-called Islamic State buys, builds, and deploys unmanned aircraft.

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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit, the enormous online community-run forum, announced on Wednesday night that it was banning the white nationalist subreddit r/altright, due to “posting of personal information,” otherwise known as doxxing.“Reddit is the proud home to some of...

    The company, once a haven for right wing extremism, is cracking down on the hub of white nationalists—right after its founder blasted Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    Sessions

    Trump’s Anti-Trans Plan Will Backfire

    Trump’s Anti-Trans Plan Will Backfire

    It’s widely known that the Trump administration has overturned Obama-era protections for transgender students. It’s less well known that the way it did so, emphasizing states’ rights, was a gigantic tactical mistake that is going to blow up in the...

    States’ rights used to be a conservative value. In the Trump age, it’s a liberal one.

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    Beauty Secrets of Red Carpet

    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Last year, it was Alicia Vikander in a buttercup yellow Louis Vuitton dress that had everyone talking, with the Oscar winner crowned fashion’s breakout red carpet star.This year, all eyes are on Best Actress nominee Emma Stone, who is one of the f...

    There are beautiful dresses, outrageous dresses, and just plain awful dresses. The stylists dressing the stars reveal how to get it right, and the sartorial minefields to avoid.

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    On the Exhale

    The Shocking Play Inspired By Sandy Hook

    The Shocking Play Inspired By Sandy Hook

    Watching actress Marin Ireland in the one-woman show On the Exhale, you find it hard to breathe. For much of the short play, the emotion is so intense that (despite the title) you don’t want to inhale or exhale.In this play about the horror—and fa...

    The murders of 20 children and six staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 has inspired ‘On The Exhale,’ a gripping play by Martin Zimmerman, with Marin Ireland supplying a tou...

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    Lost Masterpiece

    $20M Heist at the World’s Biggest Party

    $20M Heist at the World’s Biggest Party

    As anyone who has ever watched a good art heist flick knows, the key is in the planning. First, you need to assemble a trustworthy team with a variety of useful skills. You need to choose your targets…and ensure they’re portable. Then, figure out ...

    In 2006, thieves took advantage of the bustle of the Rio Carnival, stealing five major works of art from a museum and ending up on the FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes list.

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    Beauty Secrets of Red Carpet

    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Last year, it was Alicia Vikander in a buttercup yellow Louis Vuitton dress that had everyone talking, with the Oscar winner crowned fashion’s breakout red carpet star.This year, all eyes are on Best Actress nominee Emma Stone, who is one of the f...

    There are beautiful dresses, outrageous dresses, and just plain awful dresses. The stylists dressing the stars reveal how to get it right, and the sartorial minefields to avoid.

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    Camilla

    Charles’ Plan To Make Camilla ‘Queen’

    Charles’ Plan To Make Camilla ‘Queen’

    Prince Charles will dramatically and unilaterally declare Camilla Parker Bowles to be ‘Queen Camilla’ in the first 24 hours after the death of his mother, an informed source tells the Daily Beast.“They have it all worked out,” the source, who is c...

    An informed Royal source tells the Daily Beast that there is a plan afoot to declare Prince Charles's wife 'queen' soon after the present Queen's death.

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    LGBT White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more like an old jalopy spewing smoke, inefficient and dangerous. The only question now: Who’s driving?Twice now in the...

    Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

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    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    A vengeful bully who plays by nobody’s rules but his own has taken over the town. He is supported by a band of hired thugs and cheered on by a large and vocal minority of the community who nurse a set of grievances against the established order. M...

    The notion of the lone gunman standing off a town of cowards and a vengeful bully was appealing in the ’50s and still resonates today. It’s time we buried that idea.

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    Camilla

    Charles’ Plan To Make Camilla ‘Queen’

    Charles’ Plan To Make Camilla ‘Queen’

    Prince Charles will dramatically and unilaterally declare Camilla Parker Bowles to be ‘Queen Camilla’ in the first 24 hours after the death of his mother, an informed source tells the Daily Beast.“They have it all worked out,” the source, who is c...

    An informed Royal source tells the Daily Beast that there is a plan afoot to declare Prince Charles's wife 'queen' soon after the present Queen's death.

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