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    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    By Carrie Levine, Center for Public IntegrityLiberals have slammed Priorities USA Action, the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, for not raising enough money, but that didn’t prevent a pair of prominent Democratic operatives from scoring lucrative pay...

    Priorities USA Action is under fire for its disappointing fundraising totals. Wait ’til people see how the Hillary-friendly operation spent what money it managed to bring in.

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    Reporters use their mobile phones to record potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as he answers questions after speaking at a business roundtable in Portsmouth, New Hampshire May 20, 2015.

    Jeb’s War on Gay Adoption

    Jeb’s War on Gay Adoption

    When Jessie Odell asked Jeb Bush to let him and his partner adopt a child 15 years ago, all he got was silence. But his pleas did no go unheard, and despite the governor’s best efforts, Odell is now a father.His story is one of many that play out ...

    Bush defended Florida’s strict ban on LGBT adoption, but emails from his time as governor show he had trouble explaining why.

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    WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 01: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) listens to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke testify during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on October 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on the Federal Reserves financial regulatory reform proposals. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    America’s Most Awful Liberal

    America’s Most Awful Liberal

    One of the fundamentally grotesque facts of the American political system is that we get the politicians we vote for.Which brings me to Alan Grayson, the congressman who is vying to become the political equivalent of @_FloridaMan, a never-ending s...

    Why we should all be ashamed of Alan Grayson, the Sunshine State’s most loathsome congressman.

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    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    By Carrie Levine, Center for Public IntegrityLiberals have slammed Priorities USA Action, the pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC, for not raising enough money, but that didn’t prevent a pair of prominent Democratic operatives from scoring lucrative pay...

    Priorities USA Action is under fire for its disappointing fundraising totals. Wait ’til people see how the Hillary-friendly operation spent what money it managed to bring in.

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    Hotel worker Blanca Aldana (C) cheers after a City Council vote to increase minimum wage at City Hall in Los Angeles, California, September 24, 2014. Workers at large Los Angeles hotels would see their wages rise to $15.37 an hour under a measure given preliminary approval by city leaders on Wednesday that would grant employees in that sector one of the highest wage floors in the nation. The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles City Council by a vote of 12-3, is subject to a final vote next week. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

    New L.A. Minimum Wage May Hurt the Poor

    New L.A. Minimum Wage May Hurt the Poor

    This week, the Los Angeles City Council voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour, from the current $9, by 2020, joining the ranks of other liberal cities like Seattle and San Francisco who are acting despite federal inaction on the issue....

    It’s not just effects on employers. If someone’s pay suddenly doubles, she may lose rental assistance, child care subsidies, and more.

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    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R-WS) speaks to supporters after a barbeque in Greenville, South Carolina, March 19, 2015. Walker is a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on April 7, 2015. REUTERS/JASON MICZEK

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

    Scott Walker could be on the verge of giving Infowars some great conspiracy theory fodder. A move by Wisconsin’s Group Insurance Board to substantially increase how much state employees pay for their health insurance is drawing unqualified and sha...

    The Wisconsin governor and Obamacare critic is catching flak over a proposal to include consultations about end-of-life care—aka Sarah Palin’s dreaded “death panels”—in his budget.

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    Entertainment

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Not to be outdone by U2’s Spider-Man stage show, Coldplay has gone one step further and adapted Game of Thrones as a musical.Actually, they did it for Red Nose Day, Comic Relief UK's benefit for impoverished children that has finally made its...

    Red Nose Day mockumentary unites Brit rockers and the series’ cast.

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    Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC Because He Molested Kids as a Teen

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when ...

    “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar resigned from the Family Research Council for acting “inexcusably” as a teen. Reports say he molested young girls—and his family knew.

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    May 22 will see Ireland vote on a constitutional referendum that, if passed, would allow for same sex marriage. To help get out the vote in favor, Irish comedians Aisling Bea and Jason Byrne employed the help of comedian friends like future Daily ...

    British actor/comedian/activist takes part in “Stand Ups for Yes” video for Friday’s vote.

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    Maggie Gyllenhaal from the BBC miniseries "The Honorourable Woman" arrives at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

    Maggie Gyllenhaal, it would appear, has reached her Last Fuckable Day.Amy Schumer set off a chorus of industry hallelujahs with her signature torching of Hollywood’s sexism in the season premiere of her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer wit...

    The 37-year-old actress was told she was “too old” to play the love interest of a 55-year-old male counterpart in a film. The depressing thing? This isn’t news.

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    Josh Duggar Resigns From FRC Because He Molested Kids as a Teen

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    Sex Abuse in the Duggar Family?

    “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably,” Josh Duggar stated Thursday night in his formal resignation from the conservative Christian Family Research Council. “Inexcusably” is, perhaps, one of the greatest understatements when ...

    “19 Kids and Counting” star Josh Duggar resigned from the Family Research Council for acting “inexcusably” as a teen. Reports say he molested young girls—and his family knew.

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    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Wednesday night was David Letterman’s signoff as host of The Late Show, wrapping up almost 35 years as a talk show host. At the end of the show, last bastions of rock & roll Foo Fighters played their classic “Everlong” under a montage of Lette...

    Live version of “Everlong” is the soundtrack to highlights of Dave’s entire career.

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    U.S. singer Janet Jackson performs on stage during her  "Number Ones - Up Close and Personal" tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London June 30, 2011.

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    “I promised you’d hear it from my lips. And now you will. This year. New music. New world tour. A new movement. I’ve been listening. Let’s keep the conversation going.”That was the message pop megastar Janet Jackson gave to her fans this past week...

    She’s sold over 140 million albums and has a record 18 consecutive top 10 hits. Now, Janet Jackson is returning with a new album and world tour. Don’t call it a comeback.

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    Jay-Z performs during the Budweiser Made In America Festival Benefiting The United Way - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

    Jay Z is the Michael Jordan of hip-hop.Now, before you spew skinny mocha latte all over your keyboard, scream-tweet RAKIM! BIGGIE! TUPAC! NAS! at me in KANYE CAPS, or type so hard you just might break your Macbook Air, I’m not talking about the ag...

    The hip-hop icon has once again come under fire for his charity-giving ways. But all is not as it seems.

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    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Wednesday night was David Letterman’s signoff as host of The Late Show, wrapping up almost 35 years as a talk show host. At the end of the show, last bastions of rock & roll Foo Fighters played their classic “Everlong” under a montage of Lette...

    Live version of “Everlong” is the soundtrack to highlights of Dave’s entire career.

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    World News

    Migrants walk after they disembarked from a navy ship in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta June 1, 2014. Italian navy patrol ships rescued more than 3,500 migrants including hundreds of women and children from boats coming from North Africa, authorities said on Saturday, while Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called for help from the European Union. The rescues, which the coast guard said have been going on since Friday evening, are the latest in a seemingly endless succession as the chronic migrant crisis in the southern Mediterranean has picked up this year. A total of 3,612 migrants from Syria and North Africa were picked up from 11 boats and taken to ports in Sicily and the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, a coastguard spokesman told Reuters. Some 43,000 people have crossed from North Africa to Italy so far this year, the same amount as in the whole of 2013, the coastguard said.  REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - - RTR3RPS1

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    ROME — There are almost 5,000 missing children in Italy right now, and no one is looking for them. Their photos aren’t posted on the Internet, and there are no Amber Alerts notifying the general public to keep a look out for them. They are nameles...

    Among the many thousands of migrants and refugees trying to make it to Europe, as many as two-thirds of the children are unaccompanied: easy pickings for organized crime.

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    The shadow of a gay rights activist is seen behind a flag as she takes part in a march across Kiev May 25, 2013. About 100 Ukrainian gay rights activists defied a court order and held a small 'Equality March' in the capital Kiev on Saturday - the first in the former Soviet republic - behind a cordon of police shielding them from anti-gay demonstrators. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Ireland may be Catholic, but the cathedral is a glass house.If, as expected, today’s country-wide referendum on same-sex marriage passes, one major reason will be the loss of moral authority among those who pretend to speak with moral authority. C...

    Scandals dog both European and American religious conservatives. So why are religious Europeans the only ones reacting to them?

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    SURUC, Turkey
Smoke rises over Syrian town of Kobani after an airstrike, as seen from the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the town of Suruc in this file October 18, 2014 file photo.

A U.S.-led military coalition has been bombing Islamic State fighters who hold a large swathe of territory in both Iraq and Syria, two countries involved in complex multi-sided civil wars in which nearly every country in the Middle East has a stake.



The Turkish military and police had declared the Turkish-Syrian border area a "military zone", which limits the ability of the press to move around.

In these days of modern warfare, the weaponry is more powerful than that in the old days. So all of my colleagues and I have to be doubly careful to ensure we do not end up in the line of fire, as positions of Kurdish YPG fighters and IS militants change quickly.

For all those reasons, to stay away is the only solution at the moment.

We ended up on hills about 2km (1.24 miles) away from Kobani using very long telephoto lenses, often more than 1000mm, to get a peek into the city while listening to the sound of war and smelling its scent.

Sometimes you see a shadow of a fighter hiding behind a building and more often you see the massive impact of heavy airstrikes.

It is a bit strange sitting there with lenses I usually use for sports photography alongside people from the area, who come to the hills to see what's going on. They bring binoculars and make tea - making it almost seems like a tourist attraction. - Kai Pfaffenbach REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (TURKEY - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

    U.S. Admits Syria Strike Killed 2 Kids

    U.S. Admits Syria Strike Killed 2 Kids

    A YouTube video and reports from an NGO prompted the U.S. military to investigate claims of civilians being killed by American airstrikes in Syria last year.The Army’s recently declassified investigation found that two children were likely killed ...

    A military investigation, put in motion by a YouTube video, has found that the U.S. likely killed two children in a strike on jihadists last November.

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    An Iraqi fighter from the Shiite Muslim Al-Abbas popular mobilisation unit monitors from his position in the area surrounding the village of Nukhayb in the embattled Anbar province west of the capital Baghdad, on May 19, 2015. Iraq's army and allied paramilitary forces massed around Ramadi, looking for swift action to recapture the city from the Islamic State (IS) group before it builds up defences.

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

    The Iraqi army may have fled, as ISIS attacked the key city of Ramadi. But it’s the United States that’s now being blamed in Iraq—at least in some quarters—for losing the battle.On the streets of Baghdad, Iraqis said afterward that had Prime Minis...

    The Americans weren’t the ones who ran away as ISIS detonated its car bombs. But they were the ones who held back Iraqi reinforcements, Iraqi politicians and militia leaders say.

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    The shadow of a gay rights activist is seen behind a flag as she takes part in a march across Kiev May 25, 2013. About 100 Ukrainian gay rights activists defied a court order and held a small 'Equality March' in the capital Kiev on Saturday - the first in the former Soviet republic - behind a cordon of police shielding them from anti-gay demonstrators. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich (UKRAINE - Tags: CIVIL UNREST SOCIETY POLITICS)

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Ireland may be Catholic, but the cathedral is a glass house.If, as expected, today’s country-wide referendum on same-sex marriage passes, one major reason will be the loss of moral authority among those who pretend to speak with moral authority. C...

    Scandals dog both European and American religious conservatives. So why are religious Europeans the only ones reacting to them?

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    May 22 will see Ireland vote on a constitutional referendum that, if passed, would allow for same sex marriage. To help get out the vote in favor, Irish comedians Aisling Bea and Jason Byrne employed the help of comedian friends like future Daily ...

    British actor/comedian/activist takes part in “Stand Ups for Yes” video for Friday’s vote.

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    A police officer leaves a safe deposit building on Hatton Garden in central London April 7, 2015. Burglars are believed to have broken into the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit company over the Easter weekend, local media reported.

    Oceans 64: The $300M Old Guy Heist

    Oceans 64: The $300M Old Guy Heist

    LONDON — Detectives believe the gang came out of retirement for one last job.A sophisticated crew of senior citizens stands accused of pulling off one of the greatest jewel heists in history. Thieves walked out of a seemingly unbreakable vault in ...

    Three men, all aged over 67, almost made off with more than $300 million in an elaborate heist that included everything from jammed elevators to rappelling down a building.

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    A general view taken on May 18, 2015 shows the castle of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a day after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists fired rockets into the city and killing five people. Fierce clashes have rocked Palmyra's outskirts since IS launched an offensive on May 13 to capture the 2,000-year-old world heritage site nicknamed "the pearl of the desert".

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    May 22 will see Ireland vote on a constitutional referendum that, if passed, would allow for same sex marriage. To help get out the vote in favor, Irish comedians Aisling Bea and Jason Byrne employed the help of comedian friends like future Daily ...

    British actor/comedian/activist takes part in “Stand Ups for Yes” video for Friday’s vote.

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    U.S. News

    Business woman Martha Stewart (C) stands with lawyer Robert Morvillo (R) after speaking with reporters after her sentencing on obstruction of justice charges in New York on July 16, 2004. Stewart's sentence included five months in prison and five months home confinement, and was fined $30,000, pending appeal. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    On Wednesday, five of the largest banks in the world agreed to pay a combined $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury and then pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges that they had operated for years as a secret cabal to manipulate currency excha...

    After five of the world’s biggest banks pleaded guilty to criminal charges—and no one will face jail time for those crimes—it’s time to admit Stewart should have never been behind bars.

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    William James McAdams

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    What do you do when you’re charged with beating and restraining a woman you were on a date with? Well, if you’re a 24-year-old flight instructor, you could just decide to steal a plane and make for parts unknown.At around 1 a.m. on May 8, police t...

    Police believe William James McAdams stole a Cessna SkyHawk in an effort to flee charges of beating a woman after a date. Now, with the Coast Guard calling off the search, he might g...

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    Police in riot gear return to a staging area after lining up to enforce a curfew imposed in the aftermath of rioting following Monday's funeral for Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore logged its 100th murder of the year on Thursday morning, hitting the milestone after recording more than a murder per day in the month following Freddie Gray’s death.The massive increase in homicide, shootings, and violent crime comes as...

    Murders in one part of town are up 200 percent, shootings 800 percent, but police are locking up fewer people.

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    Business woman Martha Stewart (C) stands with lawyer Robert Morvillo (R) after speaking with reporters after her sentencing on obstruction of justice charges in New York on July 16, 2004. Stewart's sentence included five months in prison and five months home confinement, and was fined $30,000, pending appeal. REUTERS/Peter Morgan PM

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

    On Wednesday, five of the largest banks in the world agreed to pay a combined $5.6 billion to the U.S. Treasury and then pleaded guilty to a series of criminal charges that they had operated for years as a secret cabal to manipulate currency excha...

    After five of the world’s biggest banks pleaded guilty to criminal charges—and no one will face jail time for those crimes—it’s time to admit Stewart should have never been behind bars.

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    A February 11, 2015 photo shows the US Capitol with its dome encased in scaffolding as it undergoes renovation in Washington, DC. The White House revealed to lawmakers on Tuesday details of its request to Congress for a three-year war authority to battle Islamic extremists that would prohibit 'enduring' offensive combat operations. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Congress has just a handful of legislative left days to decide whether to amend, extend, or simply let provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1. And, for now, the ball is in the Senate’s court.Last week, the House of Representatives overwhel...

    One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU’s legislative counsel says ...

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    Omaha Police Death

    Slain Cop Mom Leaves Preemie Daughter

    Slain Cop Mom Leaves Preemie Daughter

    On Thursday, 3-month-old Olivia Ruth Orozco is scheduled to be released from the Nebraska Medical Center, where she has been in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit since her premature birth.“She’s pretty close to 6 pounds!” her mother, 29-year-old Ker...

    The Omaha police officer shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday was a day away from the release of her daughter Olivia Ruth—born prematurely in February—from the hospital.

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    Tech + Health

    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    Can you imagine a time when we didn’t know what our own planet looked like from the outside? It was only 50 years ago, in the late 1960s, that astronauts first sent back images of the Earth from space. Those photographs marked a definite shift in ...

    The more we learn about our planet, the more we know that saving it will require all of us to think bigger and be united.

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    Drunk in Love

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    Drunk in Love isn’t just the best Beyoncé/Jay Z collaboration since Blue Ivy: it also explains new scientific research, which found alcohol and oxytocin—“the love hormone”—produce similar neurological effectsA study this week from the University o...

    Researchers this week unveiled new scientific evidence proving that alcohol can mirror oxytocin—a “love hormone” that plays a major part in bringing two people together.

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    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    Facebook Exposes Domestic Abuse Victims

    “You’ve become eccentric.”In February, Lily, 47, opened Facebook and found this message under the “Other” tab in her inbox. The message could might have come across as an awkward attempt to reconnect if it were from an old friend. It wasn’t. It wa...

    Lily hid from her ex for more than 20 years, but he found her because Facebook forces even women who need anonymity to use their real names.

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    Gilead Sciences Inc.'s Truvada AIDS medication is arranged for a photo at Ansonia Pharmacy in New York, U.S., on Thursday, July 24, 2008. Gilead is the biggest U.S. maker of AIDS drugs. (Photo by Jb Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    Robert Shore walked in his front door, dropped his stuff and sorted through the mail. In among the circulars was a letter from his insurance carrier, Assurant Health. The letters are almost always notices that the New York-based company had receiv...

    Can you trust your insurance company’s drug formulary? Robert Shore thought he could. He was wrong.

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    Drunk in Love

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    The Sober Science Behind ‘Drunk in Love’

    Drunk in Love isn’t just the best Beyoncé/Jay Z collaboration since Blue Ivy: it also explains new scientific research, which found alcohol and oxytocin—“the love hormone”—produce similar neurological effectsA study this week from the University o...

    Researchers this week unveiled new scientific evidence proving that alcohol can mirror oxytocin—a “love hormone” that plays a major part in bringing two people together.

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    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Last month, I miscarried. I was 8½ weeks pregnant when we found out the fetus wasn’t viable. As chance would have it, I had the Dilation and Curettage (D&C) procedure on my birthday. Happy 33rd.  Miscarriage is a universal and timeless truth o...

    When I miscarried on my 33rd birthday, no one knew what to say.

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    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

    Caitlin Compton Gregg has never met a sport she didn’t like.Her parents met at a bike shop and Gregg was riding through her neighborhood in New York City not long after she began to walk. Gregg and her family frequently spent weekends skiing in th...

    They can run farther, jump higher, and swim faster. Now a group of researchers at Stanford thinks super athletes may be the missing link in the search for eternal life.

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    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    “You do look glum! What you need is a gramme of soma.” — Aldous Huxley, Brave New WorldLet’s say you’re feeling blah, and need a jolt of something to pep you up. Or you just berated a barista for no good reason. Wouldn’t it be nice if a technology...

    Brain scientists are working to turn on and off behavior with electricity—and possibly motivation and optimism, too. How a few milli-amps of electric current could change your life.

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    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Last month, I miscarried. I was 8½ weeks pregnant when we found out the fetus wasn’t viable. As chance would have it, I had the Dilation and Curettage (D&C) procedure on my birthday. Happy 33rd.  Miscarriage is a universal and timeless truth o...

    When I miscarried on my 33rd birthday, no one knew what to say.

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    BeastStyle

    Model Toni Garrn attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Gisela Schober/amfAR15/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Toni Garrn

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    CANNES — Isabella Rossellini, head of the jury for this year’s Un Certain Regard section at the Festival de Cannes, stood chatting on the terrace of the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc at this year’s amfAR gala, like a luminous incarnation of her mother, In...

    The annual amfAR gala in Cannes to raise money for AIDS research featured wall-to-wall Hollywood glamour, gorgeous models, and art being auctioned for millions.

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    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    “Frexting” is a truly Frankensteinian portmanteau of “friend” and “sexting.” It’s also a term that some women are using to describe platonic sexting between groups of straight female friends.As author Kelly Williams Brown puts it in a blog post, “...

    Supposedly straight women are sending intimate pictures of themselves to each other. But it’s just platonic, they keep insisting. Right.

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    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Wherever one goes, there is “shaming,” or the possibility of “shaming.” Or the accusation of ‘shaming.” You are “shamed” if you are a celebrity, and look terrible in an outfit, and someone snarks so. You can be “shamed” for too much sex, too littl...

    Cambridge students say the public dissemination of their exam results amounts to “grade shaming.” Why is this most self-publicizing generation so sensitive about their privacy?

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    Tree blossoms frame the Eiffel Tower on a Spring day in Paris March 23, 2015.    REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer   - RTR4UK2G

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    Acid washed jeans and flannel pajamas from LL Bean: When young Kate Betts arrived in Paris in 1986, the items that made it into her single suitcase hardly foretold a career in fashion. Five years later, those icons of questionable taste a distant ...

    The style maven and former Harper’s Bazaar editor found her fashion footing when she went off to live in Paris, where she watched and learned from the best.

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    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    “Frexting” is a truly Frankensteinian portmanteau of “friend” and “sexting.” It’s also a term that some women are using to describe platonic sexting between groups of straight female friends.As author Kelly Williams Brown puts it in a blog post, “...

    Supposedly straight women are sending intimate pictures of themselves to each other. But it’s just platonic, they keep insisting. Right.

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    David Letterman hosts his final broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2015CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    “Save a little for my funeral, OK?”Thus David Letterman, during his final Late Show on CBS (which ran 20 minutes longer than usual, nearly an hour into Thursday morning), acknowledged that the various national expressions of grief and sanctificati...

    The Letterman era came to an end with all the fanfare you would expect, but none of the emotion.

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    Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla greet wellwishers during a visit to the village of Mullaghmore where his great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed in an IRA bomb attack in 1979, in Ireland, May 20, 2015.

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    They were about quarter-mile out to sea, on a clear blue day, when it happened.The peace of the small Irish seaside town of Mullaghmore, County Sligo, was brutally shattered when a boat carrying Lord Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin, was blow...

    In 1979, his great-uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in a boat explosion. Today, Prince Charles returned to where it happened in a spirit of peace and reconcilia...

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    Is Booze to Blame for Campus Rapes?

    Is Booze to Blame for Campus Rapes?

    Sexual assaults among college women have reached “epidemic levels,” according to a study published today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.The report found that 18.6 percent of college women experienced attempted or completed rape during their f...

    A new study confirms that sexual assault has reached ‘epidemic levels’ on campus—with how students consume alcohol coming into the spotlight.

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    David Letterman hosts his final broadcast of the Late Show with David Letterman, Wednesday May 20, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. After 33 years in late night television, 6,028 broadcasts, nearly 20,000 total guest appearances, 16 Emmy Awards and more than 4,600 career Top Ten Lists, David Letterman says goodbye to late night television audiences. The show was taped Wednesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York. Photo: John Paul Filo/CBS ©2015CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    “Save a little for my funeral, OK?”Thus David Letterman, during his final Late Show on CBS (which ran 20 minutes longer than usual, nearly an hour into Thursday morning), acknowledged that the various national expressions of grief and sanctificati...

    The Letterman era came to an end with all the fanfare you would expect, but none of the emotion.

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    A general view taken on May 18, 2015 shows the castle of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, a day after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists fired rockets into the city and killing five people. Fierce clashes have rocked Palmyra's outskirts since IS launched an offensive on May 13 to capture the 2,000-year-old world heritage site nicknamed "the pearl of the desert".

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    Can ISIS Undo 4,000 Years of History?

    “This is the entire world’s battle,” said Syrian antiquities chief Maamoun Abdulkarim on Wednesday, referring to the imminent entry of ISIS troops into the ruin-rich city of Palmyra. It is also the world’s litmus test, to determine just how far ou...

    ISIS has blithely destroyed precious antiquities that it says violate the Islamic injunction against idols. But Palmyra’s ruins are more secular. Will ISIS wreck them anyway?

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    • Tree blossoms frame the Eiffel Tower on a Spring day in Paris March 23, 2015.    REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer   - RTR4UK2G

      A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

      A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

      Acid washed jeans and flannel pajamas from LL Bean: When young Kate Betts arrived in Paris in 1986, the items that made it into her single suitcase hardly foretold a career in fashion. Five years later, those icons of questionable taste a distant ...

      The style maven and former Harper’s Bazaar editor found her fashion footing when she went off to live in Paris, where she watched and learned from the best.

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    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    At first glance, it looks like it’s been a pretty good spring for the folk who would have the world believe that the virtual currency bitcoin is finally happening, especially where it matters most, on Wall Street.In March, a New York-based start u...

    Could the recent announcement by the NYSE that it’s launching a bitcoin price index mean that the virtual curency has finally found legitimacy? Pretty to think so but probably not.

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    NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 3: David Letterman is photographed June 3, 1982 at the taping of his show in New York City. (Photo by Yvonne Hemsey/Getty Images)

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    The Holden Caulfield of Late Night TV

    For those of us who remember David Letterman as the young, skinny, smart-ass hayseed whose self-conscious, comedic sophistication made talk shows seem new again in the ’80s, Letterman’s retirement as the grand old man of the genre is hard to compu...

    The bratty young Letterman of the early ’80s seemingly has little in common with the genuinely honest, albeit ironic, Letterman of late. But there is a through-line narrative.

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    Author Toni Morrison poses for a portrait for her book entitled "Love" in Midtown Manhattan on August 29, 2002 in New York City.

    No, Not Anyone Can Write a Good Book

    No, Not Anyone Can Write a Good Book

    I went into book publishing for the same reason I suspect most people are drawn to the field: I loved books and dreamed of one day writing my own. I started as an editorial intern and transitioned to publicity in academic publishing, small indepen...

    Working in the publishing industry can let you think you know all there is to know about publishing a book, until you set out to write one.

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    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    At first glance, it looks like it’s been a pretty good spring for the folk who would have the world believe that the virtual currency bitcoin is finally happening, especially where it matters most, on Wall Street.In March, a New York-based start u...

    Could the recent announcement by the NYSE that it’s launching a bitcoin price index mean that the virtual curency has finally found legitimacy? Pretty to think so but probably not.

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    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    The last game of chess Earl Smith played was with a man who was about to die.For 23 years, Smith was a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California, often ministering to men sentenced to die. Smith recounts his experience in a new memoir, ap...

    Earl Smith on praying—and playing—with men sentenced to die in San Quentin.

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    Author Harold Bloom at home in his apartment.  (Photo by Ted Thai/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    Who Inspired America’s Greatest Writers?

    Who Inspired America’s Greatest Writers?

    Harold Bloom has read more books than you, and has internalized them as well as anyone can. You may not agree with all of his views, but he would not want you to anyway. For Bloom, reading, like writing, is a solitary activity, though one never do...

    Harold Bloom, “the indispensable critic,” has found the men and women who provided the daemonic spark for America’s literary giants. And he’s even nice to T.S. Eliot.

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.The Last Day of Her Life By Robin Marantz Henig, New York Times Magazine When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she wou...

    Elon Musk, cosmology and friendship. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    Playing Chess With Charles Manson

    The last game of chess Earl Smith played was with a man who was about to die.For 23 years, Smith was a chaplain at San Quentin State Prison in California, often ministering to men sentenced to die. Smith recounts his experience in a new memoir, ap...

    Earl Smith on praying—and playing—with men sentenced to die in San Quentin.

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