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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    Donald Trump’s boundless buffoonery seems tailored to today’s boundary-less and clownish culture, wherein real estate riches and celebrity fame ooze seamlessly into political popularity—at least in sleepy summertime polls.  But The Donald is not A...

    Donald Trump has compared himself to the legendary American showman, but he has more in common with items found in Barnum’s museum than his incredible political legacy.

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    The College That Hates 'Americans'

    The College That Hates ‘Americans’

    The College That Hates ‘Americans’

    The administrator who added a confusing, tin-eared Bias-Free Language Guide—a 4,500-word assault on the English language—to the University of New Hampshire’s website as a resource for students and faculty must have been crazy.Wait, did I say “craz...

    A University of New Hampshire speech guide explains why just about every adjective—including “American”—is somehow problematic.

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    The Unbearable Nuttiness of Huckabee

    The Unbearable Nuttiness of Huckabee

    “Playing the Hitler card” is an infallible sign that a politician has run out of intelligent, substantive and plausible ways to criticize an opponent. This would be amusing (Mel Brooks made Hitler amusing), except “playing the Hitler card” is also...

    Oh go home, you old fundamentalist fool, before you embarrass the Republicans any more.

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    Trump Lawyer: I ‘Destroyed’ Woman’s Life

    Trump Lawyer: I ‘Destroyed’ Woman’s Life

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sometimes-spokesman and special counsel Michael Cohen earned his “pit bull” moniker this week, when he attempted to intimidate a Daily Beast reporter—and claimed that marital rape was a perfectly legal act. Bu...

    Denying that marital rape was illegal was just the start for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s ultra-aggressive legal ‘pit bull.’

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    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    It sucks to live in Washington, D.C.—or so says John Oliver, the surprisingly nimble political satirist and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Yes, if you thought Sen. Marco Rubio making The Hill’s ultra-silly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” ...

    It doesn’t have a voting representative in Congress, and the Republicans seem hell-bent on denying it statehood. Yes, it sucks to live in D.C.

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    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    The word “pundit” has its origins in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge owner.” Today used to describe the denizens of cable news, who shout over one another no matter what the topic, it denotes not so much studiously acquired expertise t...

    The liberal and conservative titans famously tore into each other in an ABC confrontation in 1968. A brilliant documentary reveals that flashpoint's bitter legacy--both personal,...

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    Cast member British actress Rebecca Ferguson poses upon her arrival for the world premiere of "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" in front of State Opera house in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015.

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    This weekend, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson delivers a scene-stealing turn in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as Ilsa, a lithe and lethal double agent who saves IMF spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) only to confound him, time and again, as he hunt...

    Her Ilsa Faust combines old school Hollywood glamour and modern-day ass-kicking. Yes, Swedish stunner Rebecca Ferguson is going to be a very big deal.

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    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    The word “pundit” has its origins in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge owner.” Today used to describe the denizens of cable news, who shout over one another no matter what the topic, it denotes not so much studiously acquired expertise t...

    The liberal and conservative titans famously tore into each other in an ABC confrontation in 1968. A brilliant documentary reveals that flashpoint's bitter legacy--both personal,...

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    Funniest Man Ever Was ... Harry Ritz! Just Ask Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Almost 40 years ago, Esquire published a feature titled, “Mel Brooks Says This Is The Funniest Man In The World.” Want to venture a guess who that was? Richard Pryor? What about Sid Caesar or Spike Milligan or Jonathan Winters? Good guesses all, b...

    The poor man’s Marx Brothers, the three Ritz Brothers had a string of hit comedy movies in the Depression. Decades later, Harry Ritz was still doing anything—anything—for a laugh.

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    KELLY RENO & BLACK HORSE THE BLACK STALLION (1979)

    When Kids Movies Were Dark and Beautiful

    When Kids Movies Were Dark and Beautiful

    It’s conventional wisdom that we never know when we’re living in a golden age, but that line of thinking has its limits.That we’re living in a golden age of children’s movies, and have been for a while, almost goes without saying. Each season seem...

    Children’s movies are better than ever, but the live-action film grappling with bonds between human and animals has disappeared.

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    Meet the First Porn Star Astronaut

    Meet the First Porn Star Astronaut

    The closest porn has come to space was 20 seconds of zero gravity in the 1999 movie The Uranus Experiment: Part 2. Filmed on an airplane flying at an altitude of 11,000 feet, the momentary weightlessness was created when the plane went into a stee...

    Yes, CoCo Brown will be the first porn star to be sent to space, training to travel on a suborbital flight in 2016. She opens up to The Daily Beast’s Aurora Snow about her journey.

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    Funniest Man Ever Was ... Harry Ritz! Just Ask Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Almost 40 years ago, Esquire published a feature titled, “Mel Brooks Says This Is The Funniest Man In The World.” Want to venture a guess who that was? Richard Pryor? What about Sid Caesar or Spike Milligan or Jonathan Winters? Good guesses all, b...

    The poor man’s Marx Brothers, the three Ritz Brothers had a string of hit comedy movies in the Depression. Decades later, Harry Ritz was still doing anything—anything—for a laugh.

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    World News

    A Colombian forensic expert cleans a skull in the Center for Human Identification of the General Prosecutor's laboratory in Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on July 28, 2015. Colombian experts are exhuming for their identification  the bodies of people murdered during the armed conflict and recently found in common graves, using information furnished by demobilized combatants of both the leftist guerrillas and right-wing paramilitary groups, in the framework of the country's peace process. AFP PHOTO / Raul ARBOLEDA        (Photo credit should read RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

    Where Are the Bodies Buried in Colombia?

    Where Are the Bodies Buried in Colombia?

    When members of Colombia’s Crime Scene Investigators (CTI) removed a section of topsoil indicated to them by a demobilized paramilitary member as being the site of a mass grave, they were expecting to unearth skulls, bones and fragments of clothin...

    The government has begun excavating a site believed to be a mass grave in Medellin, but it may turn out to be a false lead. So where are the bodies?

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    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went on holiday more than a century and a quarter ago, and wrote a little pamphlet, Twilight of the Gods, that contained a timeless line: “From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.”You ...

    The terror army took on the world’s superpower—and is still standing. No wonder they’re drawing fresh recruits from around the globe.

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    The famous Fire Tower building in Kostroma town. Russia

    Russia’s Opposition Reboots in Hellhole

    Russia’s Opposition Reboots in Hellhole

    RAI, Russia—The central square of Vokhma town, in the Kostroma region of central Russia, looked like a scene from some brutal documentary about post-Soviet decay: an abandoned diner called Pelmeni, or Dumplings, on the corner; the remains of a hal...

    The Russian opposition has gone to the hinterlands hold primaries and start a democratic process. It’s going to be a long struggle.

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    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    Every nuclear arms negotiation is about a weapon that nobody in their right mind would ever use. So negotiations like those with Iran come with a Kafkaesque twist: The most forceful moral authority for stopping the creation of another nuclear powe...

    It took less than 90 days for the U.S. to turn a theoretical weapon into fearsome reality. President Truman was eager to end World War II and stop Stalin in his tracks.

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    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went on holiday more than a century and a quarter ago, and wrote a little pamphlet, Twilight of the Gods, that contained a timeless line: “From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.”You ...

    The terror army took on the world’s superpower—and is still standing. No wonder they’re drawing fresh recruits from around the globe.

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    An elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013.

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    JUBA, South Sudan — A hopeful myth persists in this region that “wildlife refugees”—fauna in flight from war-ravaged habitats—will return one day when the conflict is over. Would that it were so. But in South Sudan, no end of the conflict appears ...

    South Sudan’s civil war has been a disaster for humans and animals alike. Soldiers on both sides have turned the slaughter of giraffes and other animals into an industry.

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    Spying while gay - 20 years since you could be gay and get a security clearance

    How the CIA Came Out of the Closet

    How the CIA Came Out of the Closet

    Tracey Ballard applied to join the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985. The last step in her months-long vetting was a polygraph exam. Ballard knew that she might be asked about her sexuality. And if she answered truthfully, she thought she probab...

    For decades, gay and lesbian intelligence officers had to keep their sexuality a secret. Then came a remarkable shift.

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    Suspected members of the 18th Street gang are presented to the media after they were arrested and accused of collaboration in the organization of attacks against bus drivers during the third day of a suspension of public transport services in San Salvador, El Salvador July 29, 2015.

    The Street Gangs More Vicious Than ISIS

    The Street Gangs More Vicious Than ISIS

    One of El Salvador’s former guerrilla leaders, who years ago traded olive drab for Irish tweeds and took up residence at Oxford University, can tell you exactly why his homeland is being torn apart right now by gang violence.He can also tell you w...

    El Salvador has been brought to its knees by gang violence, and the groups have infiltrated the U.S., too.

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    An elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013.

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    JUBA, South Sudan — A hopeful myth persists in this region that “wildlife refugees”—fauna in flight from war-ravaged habitats—will return one day when the conflict is over. Would that it were so. But in South Sudan, no end of the conflict appears ...

    South Sudan’s civil war has been a disaster for humans and animals alike. Soldiers on both sides have turned the slaughter of giraffes and other animals into an industry.

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    U.S. News

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    The Best of Breslin: Marvin the Torch

    The Best of Breslin: Marvin the Torch

    Marvin the Torch never could keep his hands off somebody else’s business, particularly if the business was losing money. Now this is accepted behavior in Marvin’s profession, which is arson. But he has a bad habit of getting into places where he s...

    The legendary reporter finds an arsonist who just couldn’t say no.

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    Sheriff Used Taxpayer $$ for Tai Chi

    Sheriff Used Taxpayer $$ for Tai Chi

    Two months ago, Clayton County lawman Victor Hill accidentally shot his friend, real-estate agent Gwenevere McCord, inside a model home. Now a grand jury will decide charges in the case, a local prosecutor announced Thursday.‪Hill, 50, was charged...

    A Georgia sheriff, who is already facing charges in an accidental shooting, used taxpayer funds to attend a thousand-dollar tai chi class.

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    Tech + Health

    white, red and black quinoa grain - top view of teardrop bowls against rustic wood.

    Why You’re a Sucker for ‘Superfoods’

    Why You’re a Sucker for ‘Superfoods’

    Since the new millennium, the term “superfood” has erupted across the States, trending at its highest last summer. It’s still holding strong, and has influenced millions of people to take prejudice in their supermarket aisles.Against what?Ordinary...

    Sorry guys, chia seeds won’t cure cancer and acai berries won’t help you lose weight.

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    Why Dems Don’t Want to Talk About Planned Parenthood

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Over the last three weeks, Planned Parenthood has been the subject of three sting videos that purport to present company officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.The videos, produced by the anti-abortion nonprofit and self-described “citizen ...

    While Republicans are celebrating Planned Parenthood’s PR disaster, Clinton and the other Democratic hopefuls are scrambling to respond.

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    New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    In the midst of rising racial tension nationwide, new data on school discipline is bolstering the argument that America’s race problem begins in school.The study, published in the Sociology of Education, found underprivileged schools with higher l...

    A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.

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    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    Finally, an answer to that age-old kindergarten/cocktail question: Which animal most closely resembles you, and why?I am Buridan’s ass. Because I can never make up my damn mind.The answer comes courtesy of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mast...

    Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin is back—and she’s obsessed with your habits. But is endless habit analysis more burden than beneficial?

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    Why Dems Don’t Want to Talk About Planned Parenthood

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Over the last three weeks, Planned Parenthood has been the subject of three sting videos that purport to present company officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.The videos, produced by the anti-abortion nonprofit and self-described “citizen ...

    While Republicans are celebrating Planned Parenthood’s PR disaster, Clinton and the other Democratic hopefuls are scrambling to respond.

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    The relationship between the exclusively male leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the predominantly male leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been one of the America’s longest bromances. Now, that relatio...

    Closely linked since 1913, the Boy Scouts of America royally pissed off the LDS Church this week. The reason? Allowing gay troop leaders.

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    Virgin Group's Founder billionaire Richard Branson waves from the window of Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. The twin fuselage aircraft WhiteKnightTwo will carry SpaceShipTwo to launch commercial passengers into space.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser  (UNITED STATES) - RTX87IO

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    Feds Caved to Let Unsafe Spaceship Fly

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s oversight of Richard Branson’s “space tourism” program was so lax that it granted Virgin Galactic waivers from safety regulations that Galactic never asked for.That was one of the explosive findings announced ...

    The NTSB says ‘political pressure’ on the FAA prevented it from stopping a dangerous program bankrolled by a delusional billionaire. Sources inside Virgin Galactic describe the break...

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    - UNDATED PHOTO - Scientists expect this year to be one of the worst for solar storms, surges of charged particles that knock out satellites, power grids and even garage door openers. This photo shows the sun's coronal holes in an x-ray image. The outer solar atmosphere, the corona, is structured by strong magnetic fields, which when closed can cause the atmosphere to suddenly and violently release bubbles or tongues of gas and magnetic fields called coronal mass ejections which streak out through the interplanetary medium, impacting any planets or spacecraft in its path. - RTXJJYX

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    BeastStyle

    Russian security forces and their dog walk along the train track to the Soyuz launch pad, Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Launch of the Soyuz rocket is scheduled for March 29 and will send Expedition 35 Soyuz Commander Pavel Vinogradov of Russia, and Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy of NASA and Alexander Misurkin of Russia on a five-and-a-half-month mission aboard the International Space Station.

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    Where Soviet Spaceships Go To Die

    In the middle of the vast desert of Kazakhstan is the hulking spacecraft launch complex called the Baikonur Cosmodrome.It’s the world’s oldest space launch facility, and a place of great mystery. Its remote location and enormous size has kept it i...

    Yuri Gagarin blasted into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. But the launch complex’s glory days are long gone—although its many mysteries remain intact.

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    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

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    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gathered at more than 3,000 house parties on Wednesday to listen to a simulcast from the Vermont socialist senator. Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker attended one of the parties at a...

    On The Daily Beast podcast, Lizzie Crocker reports back on a Bernie Sanders party in Brooklyn.

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    The Party Hard Gangsters of '60s London

    The Party Hard Gangsters of ‘60s London

    The Party Hard Gangsters of ‘60s London

    It was in 1960 that Nigel Dempster got to witness a change in London’s social whirl up really, really close.Dempster, who would go on to become one of the UK’s leading gossip columnists, was in Esmeralda’s Barn, a night spot, which had only been r...

    With the legalization of casinos in 1960, London began swinging, with aristos and crooks drinking up a storm—and murder and scandal not far behind.

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    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    #‎FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives‬ (Photos)

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

    A photographer found beautiful negatives of women taken decades ago and is trying to determine their identities.

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    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    LONDON — It’s what one might call a discovery.Edward Bodenham, the ninth-generation scion of Floris, Britain’s oldest perfume-maker which sits in the heart of Mayfair, usually spends his days introducing clients to famous scents, including one cus...

    Are there really tunnels linking royal palaces to private drinking clubs under the streets of London—and how did these corridors of power come to be?

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    How The Pogues Stayed Sober Enough To Make Their Own Whiskey

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Well, it was only a matter of blurry, inebriated time before there was a branded Pogues whiskey.The Celtic punk band’s hard-drinking, drug-abusing frontman Shane MacGowan is legendary for his many substances of abuse. On their albums and in their ...

    Spider Stacy, co-founder of The Pogues, talks about the band's whiskey brand, why he himself gave up alcohol, Shane MacGowan’s excesses, and the uncertain future of the band.

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    Can D.C. Ever Be Truly Sexy?

    Can D.C. Ever Be Truly Sexy?

    When The Hill released its 12th annual 50 Most Beautiful list on Wednesday, it was all but certain to become fodder for the snarkiest jabs.Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post called The Hill’s Most Beautiful “the most meaningless popularit...

    Behind the annual list that aims to disprove the maxim that politics is show business for ugly people lies a city happy to see its image sexed up in popular culture.

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    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    LONDON — It’s what one might call a discovery.Edward Bodenham, the ninth-generation scion of Floris, Britain’s oldest perfume-maker which sits in the heart of Mayfair, usually spends his days introducing clients to famous scents, including one cus...

    Are there really tunnels linking royal palaces to private drinking clubs under the streets of London—and how did these corridors of power come to be?

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    Books

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    ‘Tis the season of the debut war novel. Halfway through 2015, the year has already yielded a variety of first-time literary offerings that consider modern war and conflict. What’s particularly striking is how many of these books defy the tradition...

    Poet and Army vet Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite discuss the pleasures and pains of collaborating on the highly praised novel ‘War of the Encyclopaedists.’

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    • The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

      The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

      Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution By Karen Weise - Bloomberg Businessweek Is Warren Buffett a feminist icon? His foundation, named for his first wife Susan Thompson Buffett, gave away near half a billion dollars ...

      A billionaire's surprising feminism, Hollywood typecasting, and an unsolved murder in the U.S. capitol.

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    Donald Trump’s boundless buffoonery seems tailored to today’s boundary-less and clownish culture, wherein real estate riches and celebrity fame ooze seamlessly into political popularity—at least in sleepy summertime polls.  But The Donald is not A...

    Donald Trump has compared himself to the legendary American showman, but he has more in common with items found in Barnum’s museum than his incredible political legacy.

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    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    Every nuclear arms negotiation is about a weapon that nobody in their right mind would ever use. So negotiations like those with Iran come with a Kafkaesque twist: The most forceful moral authority for stopping the creation of another nuclear powe...

    It took less than 90 days for the U.S. to turn a theoretical weapon into fearsome reality. President Truman was eager to end World War II and stop Stalin in his tracks.

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

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    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

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