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    State of Ivanka's personal brand now that she's sort of an adjacent public servant, and the possible pitfalls

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Over 77 weeks, it’s accumulated over 10,400 “likes” on Instagram: a picture of Ivanka Trump standing at a lectern in the lobby of Trump Tower, before a row of American flags. With her blond hair swept into a studious bun, her statuesque frame drap...

    How can Donald Trump’s favorite child advise her father, protect her personal brand, and keep the United States from looking like a banana republic?

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    Steve Bannon’s Biggest Fan Was Jesus Himself, Jim Caviezel

    Jesus Actor Loves Trump’s Devil

    Jesus Actor Loves Trump’s Devil

    Stephen K. Bannon, the incoming White House chief strategist, has built up a unique roster of fans over the years: rabid white supremacists, Breitbart commenters, Matt Boyle, and Hollywood actor Jim Caviezel.Yes, Mel Gibson’s Jesus was tight with ...

    Jim Caviezel thought Steve Bannon’s Reagan film was ‘the greatest thing ever made.’ And Bannon thought he could use Caviezel’s name to sell his projects.

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    NSA Spies

    Everyone’s a Target to the NSA

    Everyone’s a Target to the NSA

    Next month, President-elect Donald Trump will be handed the keys to the NSA’s vast spying apparatus. As a candidate, he supported mass surveillance of Americans’ phone calls, called for expanded spying on American Muslims, and even invited Russia ...

    With Trump about to take power, the courts have a chance to rein in the NSA’s ‘Upstream’ surveillance powers as oral arguments begin in Wikimedia v. NSA.

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    State of Ivanka's personal brand now that she's sort of an adjacent public servant, and the possible pitfalls

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Over 77 weeks, it’s accumulated over 10,400 “likes” on Instagram: a picture of Ivanka Trump standing at a lectern in the lobby of Trump Tower, before a row of American flags. With her blond hair swept into a studious bun, her statuesque frame drap...

    How can Donald Trump’s favorite child advise her father, protect her personal brand, and keep the United States from looking like a banana republic?

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    A woman walks past the Trump Towers building in Istanbul on July 30, 2015. US billionaire Donald Trump handily leads all fellow Republicans in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats trump him in head-to-head matchups, a poll said July 30. AFP PHOTO/ OZAN KOSE        (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump’s Huge Turkey Conflict of Interest

    Trump’s Huge Turkey Conflict of Interest

    Two buildings in Turkey may have more potential to upend American national security than any of president-elect Donald Trump’s other foreign business dealings.Trump’s business ties in the country center around two massive buildings mixing resident...

    A businessman who allegedly helped the Iranians duck U.S. sanctions used to operate in one of the Istanbul towers bearing the name of the next American president.

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    Trump Taps Climate Denier, EPA's greatest enemy to run it

    Trump’s EPA Pick Is Worse Than You Think

    Trump’s EPA Pick Is Worse Than You Think

    Every scientist not on the corporate dole is upset about Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.Like Betsy DeVos, who wants to destroy public education, and Jeff Sessions, who wants to destroy the Voting Righ...

    Climate change may grab headlines, but the destructive impact of an anti-environment EPA chief will be far more insidious.

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    Is Princess Eugenie Engaged?

    Is Princess Eugenie Engaged?

    Are you ready for another royal wedding?No, not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (at least not yet) but speculation that Princess Eugenie—the younger daughter of Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York—may be engaged was fuelled ...

    Princess Eugenie stepped out of a London club wearing a ring on her engagement finger last night. Is this why her father is seeking to upgrade any future spouse's official status?

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    Madonna on Corden's Carpool Karaoke

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    When James Corden traveled to London for his “Carpool Karaoke” session with Adele, it delivered his show the most-watched late-night clip of the year (136 million views and counting).This week, he went to New York City to try to top that feat with...

    The Material Girl was the latest star to drop her facade on The Late Late Show’s most popular segment.

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    Colbert Breaks Down #Pizzagate ‘Madness’

    Colbert Breaks Down #Pizzagate ‘Madness’

    There was a time when Stephen Colbert was described as a “fake news” anchor, first on The Daily Show and then on The Colbert Report. But in 2016, “fake news” has come to mean something very different.On Wednesday night’s Late Show, Colbert told hi...

    The ‘Late Show’ host explains how Hillary Clinton’s emails about pizza led a deranged man to shoot up a D.C. pizzeria.

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    A Bad Year That Was Good for Music

    A Bad Year That Was Good for Music

    As the Age of Trump dawns, many artists are rediscovering resistance, rebellion, and political commentary. In that spirit, here’s a list of my favorite albums of 2016, with a heavy emphasis on music that spoke to our moment.Beyoncé—LemonadeIn taki...

    In this lowdown, sorry year, such disparate artists as Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Bob Mould created albums that directly addressed our dire straits. Here’s the best of it.

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    Madonna on Corden's Carpool Karaoke

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    When James Corden traveled to London for his “Carpool Karaoke” session with Adele, it delivered his show the most-watched late-night clip of the year (136 million views and counting).This week, he went to New York City to try to top that feat with...

    The Material Girl was the latest star to drop her facade on The Late Late Show’s most popular segment.

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    rappers 21 Savage & Tyga feuding over Kylie Jenner

    How Kylie Became the Savviest Kardashian

    How Kylie Became the Savviest Kardashian

    In the words of Kylie Jenner, 2016 really was the year of realizing stuff. Of course, Jenner was probably just talking about learning basic facts. As one of two recent graduates of a Kris Jenner-orchestrated home school experience, Kylie’s educati...

    At 19, Kris Jenner’s youngest owns three houses, is the seventh most-followed person on Instagram, and rules a makeup empire. Meanwhile, two rappers are fighting for her attention.

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    ‘Hairspray Live!’ Brought Me to Tears

    ‘Hairspray Live!’ Brought Me to Tears

    There's a powerful moment right before Jennifer Hudson's powder-keg voice blows the roof off the Hairspray Live set and brings the entire viewing audience to tears. "There's a whole lot of ugly comin' at you from a never-e...

    You can’t stop the beat when Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, and Harvey Fierstein are this brilliant and a musical’s message is this timely. Why hate when you can dance?

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    Inside TV’s Most Addictive New Comedy

    Inside TV’s Most Addictive New Comedy

    Like Netflix’s Stranger Things before it, the new comedy series Search Party seemingly came out of nowhere this fall. TBS decided to drop all 10 episodes of the show on its streaming platforms over Thanksgiving weekend and it quickly became the pe...

    Michael Showalter talks about his newest cult hit Search Party and what to expect from Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later.

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    rappers 21 Savage & Tyga feuding over Kylie Jenner

    How Kylie Became the Savviest Kardashian

    How Kylie Became the Savviest Kardashian

    In the words of Kylie Jenner, 2016 really was the year of realizing stuff. Of course, Jenner was probably just talking about learning basic facts. As one of two recent graduates of a Kris Jenner-orchestrated home school experience, Kylie’s educati...

    At 19, Kris Jenner’s youngest owns three houses, is the seventh most-followed person on Instagram, and rules a makeup empire. Meanwhile, two rappers are fighting for her attention.

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    World News

    Russian Colonel Killed in Aleppo

    Russian Rising Star Killed in Syria

    Russian Rising Star Killed in Syria

    A high-ranking Russian officer, Col. Ruslan Galitsky, who was accused of commanding pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, has been killed in Aleppo, Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally confirmed the colonel’s death.The Russian...

    Col. Galitsky was set for a major promotion, but got a little too close to the action in the slaughterhouse that is Aleppo.

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    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    MOSCOW — Salekh carried a slender black leather briefcase and his long, skinny fingers were running nervously all over it, drumming as if on piano keys.  Several times during the interview he unzipped the folder to pull out two envelopes, the lett...

    Civil Assistance is the only legal aid organization helping tens of thousands of refugees fleeing war zones where Russia is fighting.

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    Blair: We Need a Muscular Third Way

    Blair: We Need a Muscular Third Way

    With Donald Trump’s upset win foreshadowed by the U.K. referendum to leave the European Union known as Brexit, who better to console shell-shocked Washington than former British Prime Minister Tony Blair?“Your election was close,” he told a ballro...

    ‘The alternative to a strongman can’t be a weak center,’ the former prime minister said at a moment when faith in democracy appears to be in decline.

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    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures during a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 21, 2016.

    Why Abe Is Really Going to Pearl Harbor

    Why Abe Is Really Going to Pearl Harbor

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan (Liberal Democratic Party) soberly remembers the lessons of Pearl Harbor: A surprise attack can strike a devastating blow.By announcing his intentions, on the night of Dec. 5 in Tokyo, to pay respect to the dead ...

    No one is better at burying a story than Japanese officials.

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    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    MOSCOW — Salekh carried a slender black leather briefcase and his long, skinny fingers were running nervously all over it, drumming as if on piano keys.  Several times during the interview he unzipped the folder to pull out two envelopes, the lett...

    Civil Assistance is the only legal aid organization helping tens of thousands of refugees fleeing war zones where Russia is fighting.

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    Torture

    Poll: Americans Warm to Torture, Bombing

    Poll: Americans Warm to Torture, Bombing

    Bombarded by President-Elect Donald Trump’s election rhetoric promising to step up the campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Americans are more likely to accept torture and indiscriminate bombing of suspected terrorists than they were two ...

    An International Red Cross poll shows more Americans and other Westerners than ever before are OK with harsh tactics, yet those under fire still hope the laws of war apply to them.

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    Rome Falls to Trump's Barbarian Horde

    Rome Falls to Trump’s Barbarian Horde

    Rome Falls to Trump’s Barbarian Horde

    ROME — “A casa! A casa!” shouted the crowds marching through the streets of the Eternal City. Their demand: that Prime Minister Matteo Renzi “go home” after the crushing defeat of the constitutional referendum on which he foolishly staked his poli...

    Putin is stealth-invading the EU empire of liberal democracy. Vienna held out against the right-wing onslaught, but the Italian PM is out after a crushing loss.

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    Assad

    How ISIS Returned to Syria

    How ISIS Returned to Syria

    This is the final chapter in a groundbreaking investigation by Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter Roy Gutman that documents Bashar al-Assad’s sinister contributions to the creation of the so-called Islamic State. It demonstrates the dictator’s compli...

    After nearly a decade of sponsoring jihad in next-door Iraq, Assad lost a third of his country to the same proxies.

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    Torture

    Poll: Americans Warm to Torture, Bombing

    Poll: Americans Warm to Torture, Bombing

    Bombarded by President-Elect Donald Trump’s election rhetoric promising to step up the campaign against the so-called Islamic State, Americans are more likely to accept torture and indiscriminate bombing of suspected terrorists than they were two ...

    An International Red Cross poll shows more Americans and other Westerners than ever before are OK with harsh tactics, yet those under fire still hope the laws of war apply to them.

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    U.S.

    John Glenn

    John Glenn, Space Pioneer, Dies

    John Glenn, Space Pioneer, Dies

    John Herschel Glenn Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving of member of the nation’s original astronaut corps, died Thursday at age 95.In 1962, Glenn blasted 162 miles into space atop a volatile Atlas rocket and was laun...

    The war hero gave America its first decisive win in the Space Race and made it possible for man to walk on the moon.

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    NSA Spies

    Everyone’s a Target to the NSA

    Everyone’s a Target to the NSA

    Next month, President-elect Donald Trump will be handed the keys to the NSA’s vast spying apparatus. As a candidate, he supported mass surveillance of Americans’ phone calls, called for expanded spying on American Muslims, and even invited Russia ...

    With Trump about to take power, the courts have a chance to rein in the NSA’s ‘Upstream’ surveillance powers as oral arguments begin in Wikimedia v. NSA.

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    FDR infamy speech

    Watch FDR’s Day of Infamy Speech

    Watch FDR’s Day of Infamy Speech

    Full transcript below: Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.The United States was at peace with that Nation...

    See the president’s famed address to Congress following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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    John Glenn

    John Glenn, Space Pioneer, Dies

    John Glenn, Space Pioneer, Dies

    John Herschel Glenn Jr., the first American to orbit the Earth and the last surviving of member of the nation’s original astronaut corps, died Thursday at age 95.In 1962, Glenn blasted 162 miles into space atop a volatile Atlas rocket and was laun...

    The war hero gave America its first decisive win in the Space Race and made it possible for man to walk on the moon.

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    A large group of protesters follows a supporter (C) of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer after Spencer spoke at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge - RTSV06D

    ‘Leave, Nazis!’ Greets Alt-Right

    ‘Leave, Nazis!’ Greets Alt-Right

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas—An anarchist in a black mask picked up a handful of rocks and threw them at a trio of white nationalists.“Leave, Nazis!” he screamed.The men ducked slightly and kept walking. They were the target of students and protesters a...

    Rocks were thrown amid violent confrontations as thousands of protesters faced down white supremacists, national socialists, and alt-right activists in Texas.

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    Baby being born via Caesarean Section coming out

    No, C-Sections Aren’t Changing Humanity

    No, C-Sections Aren’t Changing Humanity

    Within just two generations, the cesarean section has revolutionized the birth process for millions of women and their babies. Now researchers are making headlines with the theory that the dramatic rise in the procedure is set to affect the very w...

    Cesarean sections have changed the way women bring children into the world, yes, but a study claiming C-sections are bucking evolution may be misguided.

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    Tech

    Syrian War

    Syrian War Footage Is Now a Video Game

    Syrian War Footage Is Now a Video Game

    One day in late August, a lone Syrian BMP-1—a Soviet-designed cross between a tank and a tracked armored personnel carrier—made its way between the besieged Syrian Air Force Academy and advanced combat positions on the front. Throughout the summer...

    Military footage captured from drones and body cameras has created a new generation of military propaganda auteurs to the point where terrorist videos posted online are as captivatin...

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    Here's How Trump Kills Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Donald Trump has tapped two telecommunications lobbyists to head his FCC transition team. That’s bad news for net neutrality, the policy that says internet service providers must treat all data equally.Last Monday, Trump named Jeffrey Eisenach and...

    The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to overturn that on the FCC.

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    Cult of Fitness: When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.Thou...

    Millions of people consume energy drinks every day, but back in the day those drinks were a little more, um, energetic.

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    Here's How Trump Kills Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Donald Trump has tapped two telecommunications lobbyists to head his FCC transition team. That’s bad news for net neutrality, the policy that says internet service providers must treat all data equally.Last Monday, Trump named Jeffrey Eisenach and...

    The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to overturn that on the FCC.

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    Fake facebook news

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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     Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    The angry online male masses, seen recently mass-downvoting the trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” Phoebe Robinson’s podcast “So Many White Guys,” and many shows that feature women doing things other than supporting male characters, have turn...

    An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews from Trumpkins popping up and being deleted with lightning speed.

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    Fake facebook news

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Arts + Culture

    What's next for Prince and Meghan

    Prince Harry’s Toronto Layover Scandal

    Prince Harry’s Toronto Layover Scandal

    Prince Harry looked distinctly bleary-eyed when he showed up Wednesday morning for a long-standing charity fundraiser in the city of London.He couldn’t keep the smile off his face, however, and the reason for his happy dishevelment was a busted se...

    The young royal’s detour, and the lies told about said detour, are only the latest in an escalating war between Kensington Palace and the British media.

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    Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music's stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for "21" and best record with "Rolling In the Deep."

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Tuesday, December 6th. The awards show itself is scheduled for January 12, 2017 and set to be hosted by James Corden.The nominations will be released in two waves, with the noms for ‘...

    The 2016 Grammy Nominations will be presented Tuesday morning by Meghan Trainor and released by the Recording Academy.

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    The Babylon Line

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    When the lights first come up on the play The Babylon Line, actor Josh Radnor, alone on stage, looks intently at the audience and says, “The End.”It’s a terrific start for a play that ultimately wants to be about the stories we tell ourselves and ...

    In ‘The Babylon Line,’ Josh Radnor plays a floundering writer teaching an adult ed creative writing class—and maybe finding love.

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    Art Basel

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

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    Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music's stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for "21" and best record with "Rolling In the Deep."

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Tuesday, December 6th. The awards show itself is scheduled for January 12, 2017 and set to be hosted by James Corden.The nominations will be released in two waves, with the noms for ‘...

    The 2016 Grammy Nominations will be presented Tuesday morning by Meghan Trainor and released by the Recording Academy.

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    The Affair

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Just over a year ago, the playwright David Henry Hwang, who wrote Sunday night’s episode of The Affair, was stabbed in the neck while walking home from the grocery store in a random attack in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Fort Greene. The attack almo...

    The writer of Sunday night’s episode, David Henry Hwang, was stabbed—almost fatally—in the neck, just like Noah. The terror of the character carried an all-too-real charge.

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    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    From Stephen Sondheim through Rent to Next To Normal, Broadway musicals have long left their traditional moorings of boy-meets-girl, a bit of fluffy complication, uplifting self-discovery, and cheery ensemble dance routines. With the fascinating D...

    In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ a teenager’s mysterious suicide is the spur for another teenager’s lie—and an examination of truth, memory, and internet lunacy.

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    David Sterling

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Fighting the Nazis From a Hospital Bed

    Five months before Operation Squatter, a tall, thin soldier lay grumpy and immobile in a Cairo hospital bed. The 25-year-old officer had been brought into the Scottish Military Hospital on June 15, 1941, paralyzed from the waist down. A letter to ...

    David Stirling was no one’s idea of a good soldier, yet as Ben Macintyre’s new book reveals, the British officer was an inspired strategist, even while hospitalized.

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    The Affair

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Just over a year ago, the playwright David Henry Hwang, who wrote Sunday night’s episode of The Affair, was stabbed in the neck while walking home from the grocery store in a random attack in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Fort Greene. The attack almo...

    The writer of Sunday night’s episode, David Henry Hwang, was stabbed—almost fatally—in the neck, just like Noah. The terror of the character carried an all-too-real charge.

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