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    A Gay Syrian Refugee's Message to Trump

    A Gay Syrian Refugee's Message to Trump

    When I learned about President Trump’s executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from the United States, I was devastated. As a gay Syrian refugee who was able to build a new life in the United States, I had flashbacks to the terrifying...

    I yearn for my LGBT friends in Syria and around the world to experience the love of the American people that I know is characteristic of this country.

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    Trump

    Enemy of the People? Yes, and Proud!

    Enemy of the People? Yes, and Proud!

    When I saw Donald Trump’s tweet Friday night declaring the press the “enemy of the American people,” I thought instantly of the phrase’s modern origin. For a project I was working on about five years ago, I had occasion to read Henrik Ibsen’s An E...

    Donald Trump likely has never heard of Henrik Ibsen, but the president just put journalists sticking up to him in excellent company.

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    Trump

    Authoritarian? No. He’s a Monarchist.

    Authoritarian? No. He’s a Monarchist.

    Critics have accused the President of being authoritarian, but this is unfair. An authoritarian requires an understanding of the democracy he is usurping. Donald Trump shows no such appreciation. His cause is himself. His style is his substance. A...

    He governs by decree. He surrounds himself with courtiers. He rules by whim, and his moods can turn on a dime. Recognize any of those traits?

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    Gay Syrian Refugee

    A Gay Syrian Refugee's Message to Trump

    A Gay Syrian Refugee's Message to Trump

    When I learned about President Trump’s executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from the United States, I was devastated. As a gay Syrian refugee who was able to build a new life in the United States, I had flashbacks to the terrifying...

    I yearn for my LGBT friends in Syria and around the world to experience the love of the American people that I know is characteristic of this country.

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    Politifact

    Priebus: Russia Story is ‘Fake News’

    Priebus: Russia Story is ‘Fake News’

    If Reince Priebus—who serves as Donald Trump’s White House Chief of Staff—were a popular comic strip, Priebus would be the adorable little dog, wearing a hat, calmly sipping coffee from a mug as the dining room around him is engulfed in flames and...

    Instead of doing the usual clean up, Reince Priebus told journalists on Sunday to take Trump’s attacks on the press seriously, and called serious reporting on Russian connections “fa...

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    Events shape generations, and the Millennials were forged in a crashing economy

    The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

    The Screwed Generation Turns Socialist

    Increasingly American politics are driven by generational change. The election of Donald Trump was not just a triumph of whiter, heartland America. It also confirmed the still considerable voting power of the older generation. Yet over time, as th...

    The Depression and WWII shaped the greatest generation, and postwar prosperity shaped the Baby Boomers. Millennials, battered by capitalism, move ever leftward.

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    Entertainment

    Cristela Alonzo speaks onstage during the "Christela" panel at the Disney/ABC Television Group 2014 Summer TCA at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

    A Mexican-American Comic Takes on Trump

    A Mexican-American Comic Takes on Trump

    Three years ago, Mexican-American comedian Cristela Alonzo became a trailblazer: the first Latina to create, produce, write, and star in her own TV show, a multi-cam ABC sitcom inspired by her life as a feminist Tejana from an immigrant working-cl...

    “I don’t remember anybody sticking up for us when Trump called my people rapists,” says the comedian, whose stand-up special is now playing on Netflix.

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    Lion

    The Astonishing True Story Behind ‘Lion’

    The Astonishing True Story Behind ‘Lion’

    Saroo Brierley may be the subject of the Best Picture nominee Lion at this month’s Academy Awards, but for now his adoptive mother Sue is just “waiting for him to move out of my spare room.” At 35, Saroo still lives in Australia with the parents w...

    The real mother and son from ‘Lion’ take us inside the year’s most moving Best Picture nominee. Warning: Contains spoilers.

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    Old Television on white. Includes Clipping Path.

    President Trump: Turning TV Upside Down

    President Trump: Turning TV Upside Down

    What if I told that you could relive the 2016 presidential election all over again—only this time, as a Ryan Murphy-directed American Horror Story installment? I imagine your first question would be “why?” closely followed by “will Lady Gaga be in...

    The election of Trump will have major ramifications for television, including programming targeting Trumpsters, tweaked storylines, and even an election-themed ‘American Horror Story.’

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    The Man Making Porn Great Again

    The Man Making Porn Great Again

    LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Velvet ropes and beefy security guards line the perimeter. To enter, you must first be admitted and then ascend a few steps—just enough to elevate those within above the crowd. Inside is a world unto itself: a plethora of gorge...

    The tao of Greg Lansky, an award-winning porn director whose more elegant, arthouse approach has dazzled audiences.

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    Lion

    The Astonishing True Story Behind ‘Lion’

    The Astonishing True Story Behind ‘Lion’

    Saroo Brierley may be the subject of the Best Picture nominee Lion at this month’s Academy Awards, but for now his adoptive mother Sue is just “waiting for him to move out of my spare room.” At 35, Saroo still lives in Australia with the parents w...

    The real mother and son from ‘Lion’ take us inside the year’s most moving Best Picture nominee. Warning: Contains spoilers.

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    Larry Wilmore faces off against Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

    Larry Wilmore Schools Milo Yiannopoulos

    Larry Wilmore Schools Milo Yiannopoulos

    Bill Maher may have treated Milo Yiannopoulos with kid gloves, but Larry Wilmore was not here for the alt-right troll’s transphobic nonsense.The former Daily Show correspondent and Nightly Show host, who now serves as the executive producer of ABC...

    During the Overtime segment, the former ‘Nightly Show’ host took it to the alt-right troll.

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    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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    Johnny Rotten

    How Johnny Rotten Joined the Sex Pistols

    How Johnny Rotten Joined the Sex Pistols

    Malcolm McLaren used to like exaggerating how close Richard Hell or Sylvain Sylvain came to joining the band, but there was one plan to import a vocalist that did almost happen. The source was a lot closer to home, but still just as unlikely as th...

    In his scabrously delightful memoir, ‘Lonely Boy,’ the guitarist for the Sex Pistols describes how they auditioned the wrong John, hired him anyway, and why it all worked out.

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    Larry Wilmore faces off against Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

    Larry Wilmore Schools Milo Yiannopoulos

    Larry Wilmore Schools Milo Yiannopoulos

    Bill Maher may have treated Milo Yiannopoulos with kid gloves, but Larry Wilmore was not here for the alt-right troll’s transphobic nonsense.The former Daily Show correspondent and Nightly Show host, who now serves as the executive producer of ABC...

    During the Overtime segment, the former ‘Nightly Show’ host took it to the alt-right troll.

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    World News

    Nefertiti

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king...

    A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.

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    Espionage

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    The last major Russian spy arrested on U.S. soil was busted for seeking the kind of information retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been accused of dishing out.During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump defended Flynn...

    Talking with Michael Flynn was one of many ways Moscow tried to get inside information about America’s financial war against the Kremlin.

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    Congressman

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    By Rachel Bluth and Emily KoppWhen a small Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, needed a clinical trial for an experimental drug it hoped to turn into a huge moneymaker, the company landed a U.S. partner where it had high-l...

    Why are Republican Chris Collins and his family—and his staffers on the Hill and his wealthy friends—buying up a significant share of an Australian biotech firm?

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    AfD

    Springtime for Hitler in Germany?

    Springtime for Hitler in Germany?

    BERLIN—The right-wing populist Alternative for Deutschland party may be slipping in the polls right now, but that sure doesn’t keep them out of the headlines.Last summer, young Elena Roon, previously lauded as the one of the party’s hopeful prospe...

    The populist far-right in Germany likes to scandalize, then retreat once it’s grabbed headlines—a tactic seen in other countries as well.

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    Espionage

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    The last major Russian spy arrested on U.S. soil was busted for seeking the kind of information retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been accused of dishing out.During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump defended Flynn...

    Talking with Michael Flynn was one of many ways Moscow tried to get inside information about America’s financial war against the Kremlin.

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    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the opening of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of Vatican City at the Vatican, January 11, 2014.

    Conspiracy in the Curia!

    Conspiracy in the Curia!

    ROME — Catholic conspiracy theorists unite! After weeks of speculation that American Cardinal Raymond Burke had been secretly slapping up anti-Pope posters and stirring up a schism among conservatives who oppose Pope Francis, the American has sudd...

    An American cardinal who opposes Pope Francis has just been sent to the remote Pacific island of Guam.

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gives a speech at the 9th Congress of the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on August 29, 2016.

    North Korea: Macbeth With Nukes

    North Korea: Macbeth With Nukes

    On my Thursday, Malaysian authorities arrested the second of two women in connection with the death Monday of Kim Jong Nam, once in line to lead the North Korean regime.Kim, the elder half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un, died on his way to a hospit...

    The Kimster is desperate, his risk threshold is low, and he has dangerous weapons. A very frightening mix.

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    Amanda Todd

    Did a Sextortionist Drive Her to Death?

    Did a Sextortionist Drive Her to Death?

    AMSTERDAM—Her name was Amanda Todd. She was 15 years old, and she became a tragic symbol of what has come to be called sextortion. Persuaded on a live chat to flash her breasts, she then was told that all her social media friends and email contact...

    It’s been more than four years since the Canadian teenager was driven to suicide. But now in a Dutch court it looks like justice will be done.

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    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke leads a Holy Mass in the chapel of the Vatican Governorate to mark the opening of the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of Vatican City at the Vatican, January 11, 2014.

    Conspiracy in the Curia!

    Conspiracy in the Curia!

    ROME — Catholic conspiracy theorists unite! After weeks of speculation that American Cardinal Raymond Burke had been secretly slapping up anti-Pope posters and stirring up a schism among conservatives who oppose Pope Francis, the American has sudd...

    An American cardinal who opposes Pope Francis has just been sent to the remote Pacific island of Guam.

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    U.S.

    Father Brian Jordan

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    I was going to write one of those columns about undocumented aliens (no person is illegal) working so hard and adopting American values, until I realized someone had already thought of that. So I decided to write instead about a stop on the underg...

    Like others in the Franciscan order, Father Brian Jordan ministers to the least powerful—the families of undocumented immigrants struggling to make a home here.

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    Faith Healing

    When Faith Healing Kills Kids

    When Faith Healing Kills Kids

    On November 6, 2016, two-year-old Ella Foster, the daughter of Grace and Jonathan Foster of Bethel, Pennsylvania, developed a cold. During the next two days, she became listless, her breathing more labored and rapid. On November 8 she died in her...

    After falling sick, some children in the U.S. are only offered prayers by their parents—and some states allow it.

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    Bully Pulpit

    Our New Biblical Kings

    Our New Biblical Kings

    “Mr. President, in the Bible rain is a sign of God’s blessing. And it started to rain...when you came to the platform,” said Reverend Franklin Graham in his inaugural benediction before President Donald J. Trump. Graham, President of Samaritan’s P...

    Few world leaders have reaped so much politically as Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin from embracing their faith. But what does God’s flock see in such blatantly flawed men?

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    Father Brian Jordan

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    I was going to write one of those columns about undocumented aliens (no person is illegal) working so hard and adopting American values, until I realized someone had already thought of that. So I decided to write instead about a stop on the underg...

    Like others in the Franciscan order, Father Brian Jordan ministers to the least powerful—the families of undocumented immigrants struggling to make a home here.

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    Dog

    Two Old Dogs in One Fragile World

    Two Old Dogs in One Fragile World

    Not long after I acquired this animal, Stanley ate the ass out of my pants. He was ten years old then, and we'd picked him up—rescued him, as they say—from a shelter not too far from Hollywood. We—Mrs. Nale and I—had been to a romantic Northe...

    "Mileage," the vet says. The condition is a vestibular syndrome, or more commonly, “old dogs’ disease.”

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    Dreamer detained

    Dreamer: ICE Threatened to Kick Me Out

    Dreamer: ICE Threatened to Kick Me Out

    A 19-year-old Honduran immigrant detained this week said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told him he would be deported despite receiving legal protection from an Obama-era program.Josue Romero of San Antonio, Texas, was arrested by police...

    An immigrant with no criminal record protected by an Obama order said the feds wanted to put him on a flight to Honduras. He’s free for now.

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    Tech

    Congressman

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    By Rachel Bluth and Emily KoppWhen a small Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, needed a clinical trial for an experimental drug it hoped to turn into a huge moneymaker, the company landed a U.S. partner where it had high-l...

    Why are Republican Chris Collins and his family—and his staffers on the Hill and his wealthy friends—buying up a significant share of an Australian biotech firm?

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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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    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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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    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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    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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    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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    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Imagine what it would be like to be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, but trapped inside a paralyzed body, not only unable to move, but unable to communicate in any way, for the rest of your life. Unable to express feelings, thoughts...

    When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to be alive.

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    Robot Love

    Can Your Robot Love You?

    Can Your Robot Love You?

    On one of our last walks with my dad, when he was very sick, my brother Dan lamented that we would miss having him as a sounding board for advice. “You generally know what I would say,” my dad responded. And we thought, actually, that was often tr...

    How scientists are betting on unconditional love as the greatest AI hack.

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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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    Arts + Culture

    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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    n The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    In The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    In The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    I was sounding like a cranky radiator and my chest heaves would have figured on the Richter Scale so, no, boxing training was not going well at all. But too many people knew about it, a venue had been picked, a date announced. I was stuck.It was t...

    Anthony Haden-Guest was approaching 80, and wanted to prove there was still a lot of life left in him—so he stepped into the ring to box.

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    Religious Right’s Anti-Gay Rollercoaster

    Religious Right’s Anti-Gay Rollercoaster

    The Trump administration has been a rollercoaster for anti-LGBT groups on the religious right.This Monday the State Department announced that Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons under President Obama, would keep “h...

    The religious right is angry the Trump administration will keep Obama’s LGBT rights envoy. But they may still get the anti-gay legislation they desire.

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    Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones Live on stage at the Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield UK. Voodoo Lounge Tour.

    The Mystery of Mick Jagger’s LSD Memoir

    The Mystery of Mick Jagger’s LSD Memoir

    A British publisher has told The Daily Beast that a “lost” Mick Jagger autobiography that is the equivalent of the “dead sea scrolls” for Rolling Stones fans is “gathering dust” on his desk after Jagger declined to allow it to be published.John Bl...

    Mick Jagger’s memoir, detailing how he bought a crumbling multimillion-pound country mansion while high on LSD, may never be published.

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    n The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    In The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    In The Ring With The 80-Year-Old Boxer

    I was sounding like a cranky radiator and my chest heaves would have figured on the Richter Scale so, no, boxing training was not going well at all. But too many people knew about it, a venue had been picked, a date announced. I was stuck.It was t...

    Anthony Haden-Guest was approaching 80, and wanted to prove there was still a lot of life left in him—so he stepped into the ring to box.

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    Street style at the Dion Lee runway show

    The Standout Street Style at NYFW

    The Standout Street Style at NYFW

    It’s not all celebrities and the super-rich. Outside the shows, the colorfully dressed, the influencers, bloggers, and simply stylish also descended.

    It’s not all celebrities and the super-rich. Outside the shows, the colorfully dressed, the influencers, bloggers, and simply stylish also descended.

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    Marc Jacobs

    Ralph and Marc’s Fashion Week Farewell

    Ralph and Marc’s Fashion Week Farewell

    Ralph Lauren by Lizzie CrockerUnlike last season, there was no shopping extravaganza following Ralph Lauren’s see-now-buy-now fashion show on Wednesday night at the designer’s New York City flagship store. The designer made his first foray into th...

    To close out NYFW, Lauren transformed his mansion into an orangerie of sorts, while Jacobs staged a piece of hip-hop-inspired fashion theater at the Armory.

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    Tapper Response

    Tapper Rips Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Presser

    Tapper Rips Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Presser

    “Wow, what an amazing an hour-and-15-minute briefing by the president of the United States,” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said moments after Donald Trump walked off the stage at his most contentious press conference to date.While the event was designed to i...

    Immediately following Trump’s press conference on Thursday, Jake Tapper laid into the president for leaving his voters behind.

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    Street style at the Dion Lee runway show

    The Standout Street Style at NYFW

    The Standout Street Style at NYFW

    It’s not all celebrities and the super-rich. Outside the shows, the colorfully dressed, the influencers, bloggers, and simply stylish also descended.

    It’s not all celebrities and the super-rich. Outside the shows, the colorfully dressed, the influencers, bloggers, and simply stylish also descended.

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