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    Road To Victory In New Hampshire Goes Through the VFW

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — In a state with a disproportionate influence over the presidential process, New Hampshire’s veterans stand at the top of the food chain. As dozens of Republicans and a handful of Democrats vie for their respective party’s nomina...

    When it comes to the presidential primary, Granite State veterans have a low tolerance for bullshit and a disproportionate impact on which candidate wins.

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    Donald Trump on CNN

    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    By Lauren Carroll and Aaron SharockmanDonald Trump, who in 1999 said he "was strongly pro-choice," says he's now against abortions and will nominate Supreme Court justices who share his stance.During a Sunday interview with CNN&apos...

    Donald Trump says America is becoming more pro-life. He’s wrong and PunditFact calls him on it.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

    Inside Obama's ‘Amazing Grace’ Moment

    Inside Obama's ‘Amazing Grace’ Moment

    Before the first line of “Amazing Grace” had left the President’s tongue—while he was still gathering his voice, and moving into the song—in that Charleston auditorium, we were already rising to greet him. We rose because this was the man we had ...

    In his speech commemorating Reverend Pinckney, President Obama reminded us yet again why we elected him.

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    Road To Victory In New Hampshire Goes Through the VFW

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    N.H. Vets to 2016ers: Impress Us

    MANCHESTER, N.H. — In a state with a disproportionate influence over the presidential process, New Hampshire’s veterans stand at the top of the food chain. As dozens of Republicans and a handful of Democrats vie for their respective party’s nomina...

    When it comes to the presidential primary, Granite State veterans have a low tolerance for bullshit and a disproportionate impact on which candidate wins.

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    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual "Antitrust Law Spring" meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2011. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    In controversial cases, is the role of jurist to inflame controversy, or quell it? In Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case which found race-based marriage bans unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren built a 9-0 consensus—just as he’d done years...

    The conservative justices’ incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility

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    Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, pauses while speaking during the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, June 19, 2015. The annual Faith & Freedom Coalition Policy Conference gives top-tier presidential contenders as well as long shots a chance to compete for the large evangelical Christian base in the crowded Republican primary contest. Photographer:

    GOP Field Split on Anti-Gay Amendment

    GOP Field Split on Anti-Gay Amendment

    Republicans have all sorts of takes on the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Some urged love and respect. Others sort of called for another Revolutionary War. Unlike yesterday’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act—when every Repu...

    Republican presidential hopefuls are split on what to do about the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality.

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    Joe Manganiello Strips Down

    Joe Manganiello Strips Down

    If there are two topics Joe Manganiello knows a little something about, they’re male strippers and the seminal Orlando boy band the Backstreet Boys.“I think that I speak for them when I say they would be offended by being called a boy band,” the M...

    The ‘True Blood’ star reprises his role as Big Dick Ritchie in the abtastic sequel ‘Magic Mike XXL.’ He discusses stripping, his love for the Backstreet Boys, and bedroom activities.

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    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    In college, my friends and I used to kill time during the oppressively cold Maine winters by playing a little game we invented: The CSI: Miami Drinking Game. Now, the exact rules escape me—this was a decade ago, and there were so many—but I recall...

    The second episode of the HBO drama was even darker than the first, and ended with a bullet-riddled cliffhanger. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    Steve Coogan as Thom in Happyish (Season 1, Episode 08). - Photo:  Mark Schafer/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  happyish_108_02417.R

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    Why We’ll Never Be Happy

    HAPPYish, Showtime’s equal parts provocative and polarizing comedy about our culture’s unhealthy and ill-advised obsession with tarnish-free bliss, began its season with quite the opening salvo: “Fuck you, Thomas Jefferson.”The Founding Father’s g...

    Sunday’s season finale of the Showtime comedy ‘HAPPYish’ was bleak—but also enlightening. We talk with creator Shalom Auslander about why we need to stop pursuing happiness.

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    Shia LaBeouf: Rat-Tailed Rapper

    Shia LaBeouf: Rat-Tailed Rapper

    It seems we have now entered the WTF phase of Shia LaBeouf’s mystifying-yet-fascinating career.The 29-year-old who got his start collecting Daytime Emmys for his turn as a Dennis the Menace-like troublemaker on the Disney Channel’s Even Stevens ha...

    In a video going viral, LaBeouf delivers a freestyle rap comparing himself to Tupac. It’s only the latest in a long line of odd behavior from the former Disney star.

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    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    ‘True Detective’: The Man With No Dick

    In college, my friends and I used to kill time during the oppressively cold Maine winters by playing a little game we invented: The CSI: Miami Drinking Game. Now, the exact rules escape me—this was a decade ago, and there were so many—but I recall...

    The second episode of the HBO drama was even darker than the first, and ended with a bullet-riddled cliffhanger. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    Powerlessness has been a central theme of Orange Is the New Black since the beginning, as is appropriate for a prison show. Unlike its companion Netflix hit House of Cards or other “prestige” TV dramas like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, it’s the opposi...

    The third season of the Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is all about faith—how the ‘lie’ of organized religion lets us down, and it’s better to have faith in the small things.

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    Where ‘Mad Men’ Left Off: TV Goes ‘70s

    Where ‘Mad Men’ Left Off: TV Goes ‘70s

    Ommm. Ommm. Ommm.After seven seasons—spanning eight years—and 92 episodes, Matthew Weiner’s immaculately composed drama Mad Men bid us all adieu. And the melancholic AMC series did so in surprisingly upbeat fashion for its enigmatic ad man, Don Dr...

    Still mourning the loss of ‘Mad Men?’ Well, two of next year’s most anticipated series pick up right where Don Draper left off—one about the birth of hip-hop, the other on porn.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    How ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Found God

    Powerlessness has been a central theme of Orange Is the New Black since the beginning, as is appropriate for a prison show. Unlike its companion Netflix hit House of Cards or other “prestige” TV dramas like Breaking Bad or Mad Men, it’s the opposi...

    The third season of the Netflix series ‘Orange Is the New Black’ is all about faith—how the ‘lie’ of organized religion lets us down, and it’s better to have faith in the small things.

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    World News

    An army soldier stands near a building destroyed during recent fighting between the army and al Qaeda-linked militants in the southern Yemeni city of Zinjibar June 21, 2012.

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    Another Nice Mess the Saudis Got Us Into

    If the results of U.S. policy missteps in the Middle East weren’t so tragic, you could easily run them as a series of Laurel and Hardy episodes. You remember those escapades where the thin and ever timid Stan Laurel and the large and always confid...

    Washington is getting sucked deeper and deeper into the Yemen war, and there is no upside to its involvement.

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    Pope Francis adjusts his glasses in front of his chair, which has an image of the Shroud of Turin woven into the red fabric, as he leads a mass during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino - RTX1HFRA

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    With the ruckus over the Pope’s encyclical on the environment settling down, papal watchers are turning their attention to Francis’s visit in September and, in particular, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Many people are speculati...

    The pontiff didn’t endorse divorce, and marriage is still a sacrament, but Francis’s words on marital separations could save lives.

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    Ukraine’s Wonder Woman

    Ukraine’s Wonder Woman

    ODESSA, Ukraine — The vehicle jumped along the cracked and buckled road that runs from Odessa toward Romania, which is part of the European Union. We passed by poor villages on the left bank of the lower Danube, uncultivated fields, falling-apart ...

    More than 8.3 million people have seen Yulia Marushevska’s video from the Maidan uprising, but now she’s got to face down the bureaucracy she’s supposed to control.

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    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Meet The Middle East’s Atheist Preacher

    Ismail Mohammed is a YouTube preacher who’s trying to turn Middle Easterners into believers–in atheism.Mohammed, 30, left Islam three years ago but he has become evangelical about his new faith. He created his YouTube channel, Black Ducks, in his ...

    In a region increasingly defined by its Islamic fundamentalism, Ismail Mohammed is vocal about his belief that there is no God. And he’s discovering that he’s not alone.

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    Pope Francis adjusts his glasses in front of his chair, which has an image of the Shroud of Turin woven into the red fabric, as he leads a mass during a two-day pastoral visit in Turin, Italy, June 21, 2015. REUTERS/Giorgio Perottino - RTX1HFRA

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    Pope Says Marital Splits Sometimes OK

    With the ruckus over the Pope’s encyclical on the environment settling down, papal watchers are turning their attention to Francis’s visit in September and, in particular, to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Many people are speculati...

    The pontiff didn’t endorse divorce, and marriage is still a sacrament, but Francis’s words on marital separations could save lives.

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    Chefs of the sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai hold a freshly cut piece of a blue fin tuna at the chain's main restaurant at the outer Tsukiji market in Tokyo January 5, 2015. The 180 kg blue fin tuna traded at a price of 4.5 million yen (37,500 USD) and was the most expensive fish at this year's New Year auction at the Tsukiji market, local media reported.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR4K2P2

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Hiroyuki Hirai has been here for 50 years, each day much the same as the last. He smells strongly of saltwater and cheap soap. His face is friendly and flat as a beaten coin.He chuckles a lot, especially at his own jokes, and his smile animates th...

    It’s a vivid scene of blood, guts, and expertise—even tuna is cut according to a ‘conversation.’ What would be lost if Tsukiji fish market was moved to a climate-controlled distribut...

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    A participant attends the Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay parade in Berlin on June 27, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / ADAM BERRY        (Photo credit should read ADAM BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Crazy Global Pride After U.S. Decision

    Crazy Global Pride After U.S. Decision

    After the Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage in the United States on Friday, Gay Pride weekend worldwide was especially heady.

    After the Supreme Court decision legalized same-sex marriage in the United States on Friday, Gay Pride weekend worldwide was especially heady.

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    Kuwaiti security personnel and medical staff carry a man on a stretcher at the site of a suicide bombing that targeted the Shiite Al-Imam al-Sadeq mosque after it was targeted by a suicide bombing during Friday prayers on June 26, 2015, in Kuwait City. The Islamic State group-affiliated group in Saudi Arabia, calling itself Najd Province, said militant Abu Suleiman al-Muwahhid carried out the attack, which it claimed was spreading Shiite teachings among Sunni Muslims. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

    ISIS Unleashes Its Full Terror Arsenal

    ISIS Unleashes Its Full Terror Arsenal

    There are many forms of terror perpetuated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. On Friday, the world saw nearly every type carried out at almost the same time.The group’s desire to inspire lone wolf attacks around the West happened in France when...

    Jihadists struck around the world on Friday, demonstrating the full reach of ISIS—lone wolf attacks to battles for the boundaries of a caliphate.

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    Chefs of the sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai hold a freshly cut piece of a blue fin tuna at the chain's main restaurant at the outer Tsukiji market in Tokyo January 5, 2015. The 180 kg blue fin tuna traded at a price of 4.5 million yen (37,500 USD) and was the most expensive fish at this year's New Year auction at the Tsukiji market, local media reported.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR4K2P2

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Hiroyuki Hirai has been here for 50 years, each day much the same as the last. He smells strongly of saltwater and cheap soap. His face is friendly and flat as a beaten coin.He chuckles a lot, especially at his own jokes, and his smile animates th...

    It’s a vivid scene of blood, guts, and expertise—even tuna is cut according to a ‘conversation.’ What would be lost if Tsukiji fish market was moved to a climate-controlled distribut...

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    U.S. News

    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    In the realm of hate filled religious extremists, the Westboro Baptist Church have their own special planet, one filled with the vilest and vitriolic views and actions. The human filth picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in action and the vi...

    Nate Phelps took to social media to ‘congratulate’ the church for being so awful.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a eulogy in honor of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney during funeral services for Pinckney in Charleston, South Carolina June 26, 2015. Pinckney is one of nine victims of a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTX1HZ68

    In Charleston, Christianity at its Best

    In Charleston, Christianity at its Best

    When President Obama eulogized Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine victims murdered at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., he called him a “model for his faith.” The same could be said for the eight other victims, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda C...

    Although young people are deserting Christianity in waves, the faith and humanity of the families of the Charleston Nine could be an inspiration.

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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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    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    Thanks, Westboro, For Gay Marriage!

    In the realm of hate filled religious extremists, the Westboro Baptist Church have their own special planet, one filled with the vilest and vitriolic views and actions. The human filth picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in action and the vi...

    Nate Phelps took to social media to ‘congratulate’ the church for being so awful.

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    US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia speaks during the American Bar Association (ABA) 59th annual "Antitrust Law Spring" meeting in Washington, DC, on March 31, 2011. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    Did Dissenting Justices Suggest Treason?

    In controversial cases, is the role of jurist to inflame controversy, or quell it? In Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 case which found race-based marriage bans unconstitutional, Chief Justice Earl Warren built a 9-0 consensus—just as he’d done years...

    The conservative justices’ incendiary dissents in Obergefell are a shocking betrayal of judicial responsibility

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    The Unexpected Hero Of Same-Sex Marriage

    The Surprising Hero Of Same-Sex Marriage

    The Surprising Hero Of Same-Sex Marriage

    Washington superlawyer Ted Olson is a happy man.“I can’t even begin to describe how good I feel for the people whose lives are affected in a good way,” he told The Daily Beast on Friday, a few hours after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marria...

    Ted Olson was an unlikely ally in the fight against California’s Prop 8. But along with David Boies, the Bush-era Solicitor General pushed the law in today’s direction.

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    Tech + Health

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    Grumpy Cat isn’t just an Internet phenomenon, movie star and cause of procrastination across the globe: watching the curmudgeonly kitty and her feline friends can actually benefit your health, according to a new study. As if the hours of entertain...

    A new study says cat videos are good for your mental health. So 100 of them in a row must be even better, right?

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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    This colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) depicted a flagellated Vibrio vulnificus bacterium; Mag. 26367x.

Vibrio vulnificus is a bacterium in the same family as those that cause cholera. It normally lives in warm seawater and is part of a group of vibrios that are called  halophilic  because they require salt. V. vulnificus can cause disease in those who eat contaminated seafood or have an open wound that is exposed to contaminated seawater. Among healthy people, ingestion of V. vulnificus can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In immunocompromised persons, particularly those with chronic liver disease, V. vulnificus can infect the bloodstream, causing a severe and life-threatening illness characterized by fever and chills, decreased blood pressure (septic shock), and blistering skin lesions. V. vulnificus bloodstream infections are fatal about 50% of the time.

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Back For Summer

    Flesh-Eating Bacteria Back For Summer

    Vibrio vulnificus.No, it’s not a spell from Harry Potter.When you think of deadly attacks in the Gulf of Mexico, your mind probably fills with images of toothy sharks. But swimmers on the Gulf Coast have something far more insidious–and hard to av...

    The deadly bacteria vibrio vulnificus is back just in time for beach season.

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    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    I Watched 100 Cat Videos for Science

    Grumpy Cat isn’t just an Internet phenomenon, movie star and cause of procrastination across the globe: watching the curmudgeonly kitty and her feline friends can actually benefit your health, according to a new study. As if the hours of entertain...

    A new study says cat videos are good for your mental health. So 100 of them in a row must be even better, right?

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    Gay Conversion-Lawsuit

    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Three Jews and a Mormon walk into a courtroom…No, it’s not the setup to a punchline, it’s the premise behind a major judicial blow to anti-LGBT conversion therapy in the United States.On Thursday, while the nation waited for a Supreme Court ruling...

    Trying to ‘turn’ people straight is medically unsound, but it’s still being practiced across the nation. A landmark verdict Thursday calling it consumer fraud could change that.

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    Should 18-Year-Olds Freeze Their Sperm?

    Should 18-Year-Olds Freeze Their Sperm?

    A UK bioethicist is recommending all 18-year-olds freeze their sperm to be used later in life to avoid the potential health risks that come with fathering a child at an older age.According to a study in the journal JAMA Psychiatry as cited by the ...

    Men should freeze their sperm to protect their future children from health risks, a UK Bioethicist recommends.

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    Doctor Mocked Sedated Patient

    Doctor Mocked Sedated Patient

    Every relationship involves some level of trust. We trust our spouses not to cheat, we trust our children to do their homework and wash their hands, we trust our friends to pick us up at the airport at the correct time, we trust the bank teller to...

    While her patient was asleep, a Virginia anesthesiologist unloaded a toxic verbal assault—and while courts are making her pay, she’s still practicing medicine.

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    Gay Conversion-Lawsuit

    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Gay Conversion Therapy Takes a Legal Hit

    Three Jews and a Mormon walk into a courtroom…No, it’s not the setup to a punchline, it’s the premise behind a major judicial blow to anti-LGBT conversion therapy in the United States.On Thursday, while the nation waited for a Supreme Court ruling...

    Trying to ‘turn’ people straight is medically unsound, but it’s still being practiced across the nation. A landmark verdict Thursday calling it consumer fraud could change that.

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    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in music—and not in a metaphorical sense.UK-based artist Charlotte Jarvis, in collaboration with the biochemist Dr. Nick Goldman, encoded a new musical composition by the Kreutzer Quartet into D...

    An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.

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    Chefs of the sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai hold a freshly cut piece of a blue fin tuna at the chain's main restaurant at the outer Tsukiji market in Tokyo January 5, 2015. The 180 kg blue fin tuna traded at a price of 4.5 million yen (37,500 USD) and was the most expensive fish at this year's New Year auction at the Tsukiji market, local media reported.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR4K2P2

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Hiroyuki Hirai has been here for 50 years, each day much the same as the last. He smells strongly of saltwater and cheap soap. His face is friendly and flat as a beaten coin.He chuckles a lot, especially at his own jokes, and his smile animates th...

    It’s a vivid scene of blood, guts, and expertise—even tuna is cut according to a ‘conversation.’ What would be lost if Tsukiji fish market was moved to a climate-controlled distribut...

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    Max's Kansas City Part II

    Where Punks Always Got the Best Table

    Where Punks Always Got the Best Table

    ‘Same As It Ever Was, Same As It Ever Was,’ a lyric by the Talking Heads, former regulars at Max’s Kansas City, caught the mood at the Bowery Electric during their celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of that long-defunct club.Max’s was on Park...

    First it was the art-world hangout. Then the Punks descended. And Max’s Kansas City story isn’t over.

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    Just 10 kilometres from Postojna Cave stands one of the most picturesque wonders of human history: Predjama Castle. For more than 700 years it has perched proudly on its 123 metre cliff: powerful, defiant and impregnable, the perfect hideout for the bold, headstrong and rebellious knight Erazem of Predjama, a 'robber baron' who is the subject of a romantic and beautiful legend.

    Robin Hood’s Secret Castle

    Robin Hood’s Secret Castle

    A cliffside Slovenian castle sits on not just a network of secret caves that hid an infamously swashbuckling knight—who successfully held off a full offensive by the Holy Roman Empire for more than a year—but also a cache of buried treasure.Fitted...

    A stunning mountain castle served as a fortress for Slovenia’s Robin Hood and once hid a long-buried treasure.

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    Chefs of the sushi restaurant chain Sushi Zanmai hold a freshly cut piece of a blue fin tuna at the chain's main restaurant at the outer Tsukiji market in Tokyo January 5, 2015. The 180 kg blue fin tuna traded at a price of 4.5 million yen (37,500 USD) and was the most expensive fish at this year's New Year auction at the Tsukiji market, local media reported.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ANIMALS FOOD SOCIETY) - RTR4K2P2

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Inside Tokyo’s Amazing Temple Of Fish

    Hiroyuki Hirai has been here for 50 years, each day much the same as the last. He smells strongly of saltwater and cheap soap. His face is friendly and flat as a beaten coin.He chuckles a lot, especially at his own jokes, and his smile animates th...

    It’s a vivid scene of blood, guts, and expertise—even tuna is cut according to a ‘conversation.’ What would be lost if Tsukiji fish market was moved to a climate-controlled distribut...

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    A couple kisses to celebrate the US Supreme Court's historic decision on same sex marriage during a rally outside the Stonewall Tavern in the West Village in New York on June 26, 2015. The US Supreme Court ruled on June 26, that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation. The nation's highest court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, said the US Constitution requires all states to carry out and recognize marriage between people of the same sex. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Want To Feel Gay Pride? Go Here

    Want To Feel Gay Pride? Go Here

    When something momentous happens in the struggle for LGBT equality—and the last three times this has happened on the eve of New York’s Pride event—there is only one place for New Yorkers and those visiting the city to go.The Stonewall Inn in Green...

    The SCOTUS decision was warmly received at the New York bar where the modern LGBT rights movement burst into life in 1969. We shouldn’t forget that night’s rebellious, assertive spirit.

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    The Daily Best: Beach Fun

    The Daily Best: Beach Fun

    Pack up the family and break out those bathing suits—it’s beach time! Whether you’re going for a week or for a weekend, just soaking your feet or hanging ten, we’ve got the best picks to enhance your summer experience.  Here com...

    We’ve picked the very best beach accessories to make a fun day at the shore even better.

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    Porn Addiction Isnt Real

    Your Porn Addiction Isn’t Real

    Your Porn Addiction Isn’t Real

    The last time neuroscientists Nicole Prause (Liberos LLC at UCLA) and Vaughn Steele (Mind Research Network) published on porn addiction, they received six legal threats, several calls for a retraction, and anonymous emails telling them to kill the...

    The brains of those ‘addicted’ to porn bear no neurological resemblance to those of other well-documented addictions while watching it, says a new study. Why the word needs to change.

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    A couple kisses to celebrate the US Supreme Court's historic decision on same sex marriage during a rally outside the Stonewall Tavern in the West Village in New York on June 26, 2015. The US Supreme Court ruled on June 26, that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation. The nation's highest court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, said the US Constitution requires all states to carry out and recognize marriage between people of the same sex. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Want To Feel Gay Pride? Go Here

    Want To Feel Gay Pride? Go Here

    When something momentous happens in the struggle for LGBT equality—and the last three times this has happened on the eve of New York’s Pride event—there is only one place for New Yorkers and those visiting the city to go.The Stonewall Inn in Green...

    The SCOTUS decision was warmly received at the New York bar where the modern LGBT rights movement burst into life in 1969. We shouldn’t forget that night’s rebellious, assertive spirit.

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law’ By Justice Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court of the United States Read Justice Kennedy’s historic and moving ruling that states ...

    Marriage equality, hostage negotiations and the internet sleuths. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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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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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    Remains of a burned-out U.S. helicopter lies in front of abandoned chopper in the eastern desert region of Iran, April 27,1980, one day after an abortive American commando raid to free the U.S. Embassy hostages. (AP Photo)

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    Editor’s note: On April 24, 1980, the United States mounted a risky rescue attempt of American diplomats being held hostage by Iran—Operation Eagle Claw. It failed horribly, leaving eight U.S. servicemen and one Iranian civilian dead. It also help...

    The widow of an American engineer who died trying to save hostages being held by Iran finally finds some peace with their release.

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    On July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead performed for the last time with Jerry Garcia, their extraordinarily talented lead guitarist and songwriter who died the following month at the age of 53. Twenty years later, the Dead ...

    Over the 4th of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here’s a great portrait of the band in its heyday.

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Directed by David Yates
Shown: Daniel Radcliffe (as Harry Potter)

    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    LONDON — A decade after J.K. Rowling completed the final Harry Potter book, the world’s favorite wizard will return to action next summer.Muggles desperate for another glimpse into the wizarding world will have to travel to London to find out what...

    Harry Potter is back. J.K. Rowling announced that the next installment of Harry’s story will appear on stage in London next year.

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    Excerpt From Her Memoir, ‘Getting Real’

    How a Fox News Host Handled Sex Assault

    How a Fox News Host Handled Sex Assault

    Gretchen Carlson was crowned Miss America in 1989. In an excerpt from her new book, Getting Real, the Fox News host describes what it felt like to crown the next winner, Debbye Lynn Turner, and how being Miss America opened doors. She also discuss...

    In her new memoir, Fox News host Gretchen Carlson talks about life post-Miss America, the importance of mentoring, and the scourge of sexual harassment.

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    Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    On July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead performed for the last time with Jerry Garcia, their extraordinarily talented lead guitarist and songwriter who died the following month at the age of 53. Twenty years later, the Dead ...

    Over the 4th of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here’s a great portrait of the band in its heyday.

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