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    Donald Trump speaks with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Monday, June 29, 2015 in Chicago. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    This afternoon, future United States President Donald Trump released a statement intended to clarify his remark that illegal immigrants from Mexico are “rapists.”Trump is unhappy that people are interpreting his statement to mean that he believes ...

    Trump issued a statement Monday to clarify that when he said illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists he actually meant illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists.

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    Businessman Donald Trump speaks at the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire April 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR3KZII

    Trump Sued Everyone but His Hairdresser

    Trump Sued Everyone but His Hairdresser

    Future United States President Donald Trump sued Univision last week, after the Spanish-language network said it would not be airing Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants due to his claim that illegal immigrants are “rapists.”Trump, w...

    There might be one thing The Donald likes more than talking about himself: suing people, places, and things.

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    The Confederate flag is seen next to the monument of the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male suspected of carrying out the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church bloodbath, was one of many southern Americans who identified with the 13-star saltire in red, white and blue. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    On July 18, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan—“The Largest Klan in America!” according to the group’s website—are holding a rally on the South Carolina statehouse grounds to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag.The group is...

    They may have proposed removing the Confederate flag, but now down in Columbia they’re bracing for the Klan. This terror must end.

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    Donald Trump speaks with the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board Monday, June 29, 2015 in Chicago. (Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    Trump Insults Immigrants Again

    This afternoon, future United States President Donald Trump released a statement intended to clarify his remark that illegal immigrants from Mexico are “rapists.”Trump is unhappy that people are interpreting his statement to mean that he believes ...

    Trump issued a statement Monday to clarify that when he said illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists he actually meant illegal immigrants from Mexico were rapists.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX1GR6Q

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elite...

    They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants.

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    Glenn Beck Hates This Unmade Film

    Glenn Beck Hates This Unmade Film

    Glenn Beck — an ostensibly contrite conservative conspiracy theorist and former Fox News employee who now moonlights as a hipster clothing salesman — hates an unmade Disney movie, and he wants you to hate it, too.Beck recently complained about lib...

    A proposed Disney film about Charles Darwin—as an action hero!—has the hipster clothing hawker fighting mad.

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    Entertainment

    Canadian singer, songwriter and actor Justin Bieber looks on at a musical event hosted by Calvin Klein Jeans in Hong Kong June 11, 2015.       REUTERS/Bobby Yip - RTX1G4CE

    Bieber in the Buff

    Bieber in the Buff

    Beliebers are freaking out.On Monday night, Justin Bieber’s fervent social media army became very acquainted with the Caps Lock and exclamation point keys when the pop superstar posted a photo of himself to Instagram (and his 32 million followers ...

    Beliebers are losing their marbles over a photo the pop sensation posted to Instagram of him in the buff while on a boat in Bora Bora.

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    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    The third episode of HBO’s True Detective, “Maybe Tomorrow,” opens with an overstated dream sequence meant to further diminish its sad sack protagonist, Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). When we last left him, he was on the brink of losing shared...

    The third episode of HBO’s potboiler featured an ass-kicking Vince Vaughn, more layers of bureaucracy, and one big character reveal. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Recording artist Miguel performs onstage during the Miguel "Centric Live" taping during the 2015 BET Experience at Club Nokia on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    R&B innovator Miguel Pimentel is the kind of guy who’ll tell you he feels “vulnerable” even when he sings lyrics like, “I wanna fuck you like we’re filming in the Valley.”The lyrics are from “The Valley,” the most sexually upfront song on the ...

    The Grammy-winning R&B star opens up about his new album, ‘Wildheart’—an ode to sex and porn—and his ‘aggressive’ bedroom proclivities.

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    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    Comedian Amy Schumer found herself at the center of controversy this past week, as a think piece in The Guardian put a spotlight on criticisms of Schumer’s treatment of race in her standup, claiming she has “a shockingly large blind spot around ra...

    The pitchforks have come out against the world’s most beloved comedian of the moment. But have we become too PC when it comes to comedy, or is institutional prejudice the issue?

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    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    ‘True Detective’: The Big Gay Reveal

    The third episode of HBO’s True Detective, “Maybe Tomorrow,” opens with an overstated dream sequence meant to further diminish its sad sack protagonist, Det. Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell). When we last left him, he was on the brink of losing shared...

    The third episode of HBO’s potboiler featured an ass-kicking Vince Vaughn, more layers of bureaucracy, and one big character reveal. [Warning: Spoilers]

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    Khloe Kardashian talks on the phone prior to Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 93-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    For weeks, there have been tabloid rumblings that reality star Khloe Kardashian has been trying to rekindle her relationship with estranged husband—and former NBA player—Lamar Odom, with very dubious reports that she had a “meltdown” during Kanye ...

    For weeks, there have been rumblings that the coolest Kardashian has been dating NBA All-Star James Harden. Now, we can confirm it.

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    The Week in Viral Videos

    The Week in Viral Videos

    5. Stephen Colbert and Eminem on Michigan Public Access TVTotally unpredictable, and perfect in every way. Stephen Colbert fills in as host for ‘Only in Monroe,’ a local Michigan cable access show, and Eminem stops by for a chat.4. John Cage: Gay ...

    From a new ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ prequel to Colbert’s transcendent cable access performance, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    World News

    Pope Francis waves as he boards a plane for his pastoral trip, at Fiumicino airport in Rome, Italy, July 5, 2015. Pope Francis leaves for the trip to the continent of his birth, visiting Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The July 6-13 visit will include a visit to one of Latin America's most violent prisons when he will enter the notorious Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on July 10, his last day in the country.

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    Francis’s Climate Warmup Act

    VATICAN CITY — There are few people you’re less likely to see at the head table of a Vatican conference than a secular feminist Jew.But Naomi Klein, Canadian author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, didn’t feel out of place a...

    With new allies like Naomi Klein and a tour of his Latin home turf, the pope is clearly getting ready to face off with Republican deniers and Big Oil during his U.S. visit in Septemb...

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    Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, to watch the fighting in Syria's ongoing civil war June 16, 2015. Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States last week about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  - RTX1GR7V

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel — When an ambulance rolled through Druze villages near the Israeli-Syrian border last month, it was met by an angry mob of stone-throwing protesters shouting that they’d been betrayed by Israel. Surrounding the emergency vehic...

    Israel may have good reasons to help Syrian rebels, but do those rebels include an al Qaeda affiliate? And are they about to slaughter relatives of Israel’s Druze minority?

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    The Women Who Secretly Run ISIS

    The Women Who Secretly Run ISIS

    The U.S. military campaign against self-proclaimed Islamic State may be focused on the male fighters conducting attacks across Iraq and Syria. But the richest human intelligence source to fall into U.S. hands to date is the widow of a senior ISIS ...

    A captured ISIS ‘bride’ reveals the inner workings of a women’s network responsible for recruiting, spying, and enforcing sexual slavery in the so-called caliphate.

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    People shout slogans in front of the White Tower, city's landmark, in Thessaloniki on July 5, 2015, after early results showed those who rejected further austerity measures in a crucial bailout referendum were poised to win. Over 61 percent of Greek voters on July 5 rejected fresh austerity demands by the country's EU-IMF creditors in a historic referendum, official results from 50 percent of polling stations showed. AFP PHOTO /Sakis Mitrolidis        (Photo credit should read SAKIS MITROLIDIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    Greece Tells Off EU, Asks For More Money

    Greece Tells Off EU, Asks For More Money

    ATHENS—“No to the Troika.” The message is stark and clear as I sit in a car outside a branch of Piraeus Bank in the working-class district of Ilion in western Athens. The words, two feet high, are graffitied on the bank’s wall. Next to them a man ...

    The rich people of Athens voted ‘yes’ in Sunday’s referendum. Almost no one else did—in a nightmare scenario both for Greece and the eurozone.

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    Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, to watch the fighting in Syria's ongoing civil war June 16, 2015. Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States last week about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  - RTX1GR7V

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel — When an ambulance rolled through Druze villages near the Israeli-Syrian border last month, it was met by an angry mob of stone-throwing protesters shouting that they’d been betrayed by Israel. Surrounding the emergency vehic...

    Israel may have good reasons to help Syrian rebels, but do those rebels include an al Qaeda affiliate? And are they about to slaughter relatives of Israel’s Druze minority?

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end six years of austerity, extolled a packed Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1IY3E

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    The Greeks invented democracy and, let’s not forget, tragedy. That should be kept in mind as the returns for the Greek referendum trickle in. The country went to the polls on Sunday to cast what could turn out to be one of the most consequential v...

    Pay now or pay more later? That seems to be the choice not only for Greece, but for Europe as well.

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    Children play at an algae-covered beach in Haiyang, Shandong province, China, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1I453

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From mourning on Tunisia’s beaches to Girl Scouts camping out on the White House lawn, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From mourning on Tunisia’s beaches to Girl Scouts camping out on the White House lawn, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012. Putin denied today that his system is authoritarian, saying that if this were the case, he would have made changes to the Constitution. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    America’s Losing Russia Strategy

    America’s Losing Russia Strategy

    American hawks flapped their wings with joy when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced recently that more military muscle would be deployed to the Baltics and Eastern Europe, and as word seeped out of significant covert U.S. military aid to Ukrai...

    Confronting Putin isn’t enough to restore peace on Russia’s borders. What’s needed is Détente Plus.

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end six years of austerity, extolled a packed Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1IY3E

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    The Greeks invented democracy and, let’s not forget, tragedy. That should be kept in mind as the returns for the Greek referendum trickle in. The country went to the polls on Sunday to cast what could turn out to be one of the most consequential v...

    Pay now or pay more later? That seems to be the choice not only for Greece, but for Europe as well.

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    U.S. News

    Maine Governor Paul LePage testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1CT1C

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    Last week, members of the Maine legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously called for an investigation into Tea Party Governor Paul LePage. At question is whether or not he inappropriately—and potentially illegally—abused his control...

    Maine’s ultra-conservative governor might have finally messed with the wrong people: a school for disadvantaged kids. Now, he could get impeached for it.

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    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori fails to stop a long range shot from Carli Lloyd of USA during FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    There aren’t many ways to view the U.S. as an underdog in international competition, sporting or otherwise, and these American women were anything but. But the U.S. Women’s National Team had internal problems to solve, something to prove, and ques...

    The U.S. Women’s National Team trounced Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup, overcoming a legacy that may have held it back and becoming one of the greatest teams in history—of any stripe.

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    US player Serena Williams serves against Hungary's Timea Babos during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The bookies knew something was up. Eleven bettors, nine of them based in Russia, had just put millions of dollars via the English sportsbook Betfair on Martin Vassallo Arguello beating Nikolay Davydenko in their match at the Orange Prokrom Open in...

    One study concludes over 20 first-round pro tennis matches are fixed every year. Why? Because it's almost too easy to throw a match.

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    Maine Governor Paul LePage testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1CT1C

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    Last week, members of the Maine legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously called for an investigation into Tea Party Governor Paul LePage. At question is whether or not he inappropriately—and potentially illegally—abused his control...

    Maine’s ultra-conservative governor might have finally messed with the wrong people: a school for disadvantaged kids. Now, he could get impeached for it.

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    An evening view of the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Congregants at Emanuel AME Church will have to repair more than their torn hearts: The church they call home is riddled with bullets, termites, and decay.After Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine parishioners here in the study roo...

    Many parishioners can’t bear to be in the study room where Dylann Roof’s bullets pockmarked the floor—and that’s not the worst of the damage.

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    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Sitting in a corner booth at Junior's in Brooklyn, furiously shoveling literal fistfuls of what had mere seconds ago been a pristine slice of strawberry cheesecake into my mouth—my hands now dripping with oleaginous, police siren-red, glucose...

    Well, we’re going to find out. This 23-year-old former Miss Earth New Zealand ate her way into this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Can she win it?

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    Tech + Health

    Japanese Robot To Duel American MegaBot

    Japanese Robot To Duel American MegaBot

    A real-life transformer battle is about to take place.The megabot duel out of Michael Bay’s fever dreams will pit America against Japan—and this fight promises to be much more competitive than the last time these two countries duked it out.It’ll b...

    Get ready for a massive duel of epic proportions as the United States and Japan face off with giant robots.

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    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    When the science fiction writer William Gibson first looked inside a computer, he was surprised by its antiquated mechanical guts. He described the moment like this: “I'd been expecting an exotic crystalline thing, a cyberspace deck or someth...

    Artificial intelligence systems can turn structured data into stories so sophisticated they're indistinguishable from those penned by humans. How robots are taking over the newsr...

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    The Geek That Will Replace All Reporters

    When the science fiction writer William Gibson first looked inside a computer, he was surprised by its antiquated mechanical guts. He described the moment like this: “I'd been expecting an exotic crystalline thing, a cyberspace deck or someth...

    Artificial intelligence systems can turn structured data into stories so sophisticated they're indistinguishable from those penned by humans. How robots are taking over the newsr...

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    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Recently, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, best known for her hit single “Follow Your Arrow,” declared that her greatest fear is being abducted by aliens. It might surprise you to learn that such a successful, rational-appearing person...

    It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring extraterrestrial fears to life.

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    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Over dinner at a recently renovated firehouse-turned-pizza-kitchen in downtown Durham, NC, Dan Ariely, noted scholar of irrationality (and my boss), hosted a talk on the science of dating and relationships.While he was speaking, an assistant affix...

    A study from the journal of Psychological Science found a bigger disparity in attractiveness among couples that were friends before dating. Why the friendzone may be a path to love.

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    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Recently, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, best known for her hit single “Follow Your Arrow,” declared that her greatest fear is being abducted by aliens. It might surprise you to learn that such a successful, rational-appearing person...

    It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring extraterrestrial fears to life.

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    BeastStyle

    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Why Did Frontline Kill This Documentary?

    Can this media marriage be saved?Given that the separation has been prompted by the cancellation of a documentary on the gambling industry, the odds are probably less than 50 to 1.Meanwhile, a once-devoted partnership is—like many divorces—devolvi...

    Recriminations and accusations are flying after the PBS series shelved veteran reporter Lowell Bergman’s documentary about the gambling industry in Macau.

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    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    Everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. Literally.The digital age has allowed consumers to purchase almost anything from their laptop, handheld device or über-luxe Apple Watch.Want a hover scooter? Click.Some Uranium? Click.Someone t...

    With online shopping's ubiquity, you’d think the shopping catalog would be a retail dinosaur. Not so: it keeps the relationship between store and consumer alive.

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    BLUE HAWAII, BLUE HAWAII US 1961 ELVIS PRESLEY Date 1961. Photo by: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection(10303435)

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    There are no leg-shaking, pelvis-thrusting ballads being sung at the Coco Palms Resort any more.Half a century ago, this was the Elvis-anointed vacation hotspot that inspired thousands of glamour-seeking vacationers and starry-eyed newlyweds.But u...

    After Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii at Hawaii’s Coco Palms Resort, the venue hosted 500 weddings a year. Can it be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a hurricane?

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    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

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    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    The Unkillable Shopping Catalog

    Everything you could ever want is at your fingertips. Literally.The digital age has allowed consumers to purchase almost anything from their laptop, handheld device or über-luxe Apple Watch.Want a hover scooter? Click.Some Uranium? Click.Someone t...

    With online shopping's ubiquity, you’d think the shopping catalog would be a retail dinosaur. Not so: it keeps the relationship between store and consumer alive.

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    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    It’s the same scene over and over: men and women dressed in their brand-name best, shimmering and besuited, men’s hair gelled and women’s highlighted and curled, tumbling to their waists. They walk in the party together and then separate. The men ...

    The sexes rarely interact at parties in my Afghan-American community—and I’ve had enough of the segregation.

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    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram has transcended merely showcasing great photographers and artsy portraits of your latest gourmet meals, and has become a perfect digital gallery for visual artists of all kinds. One of our favorites is a collaboration between Josie Keefe...

    Pop and culture have never gone so well together.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: We are interested in more than just their politics. ...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    It’s the same scene over and over: men and women dressed in their brand-name best, shimmering and besuited, men’s hair gelled and women’s highlighted and curled, tumbling to their waists. They walk in the party together and then separate. The men ...

    The sexes rarely interact at parties in my Afghan-American community—and I’ve had enough of the segregation.

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

      Pope Francis’s embrace of the direst ideas about climate change could usher in a new feudalism that stalls progress and penalizes the world’s poor in the name of environmental safety.

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

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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.Philanthropy for Hackers By Sean Parker, Wall Street Journal Today’s young Internet barons should use the talents that made them rich to transform the world of givingEverything Is...

    Philanthropy for hackers, fleeing genocide and America’s most influential photographer. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    The Independence was 120 miles out through darkness and rain squalls which began when the plane left the drab coastline and ended when the plane flew out of towering clouds and into the bright sun over the carrier, which was moving at 16 knots in ...

    Jimmy Breslin learns the aircraft carrier Independence was fighting a ‘grimy little thing.’

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet.  (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    Louis Armstrong was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on July 4, 1900. At least that's the story Armstrong told. “They named me the firecracker baby,” he said. Who cares that it wasn't true—he was actually born on August 4, 1901 and died on Ju...

    This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: We are interested in more than just their politics. ...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the ...

    Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the...

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet.  (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    Louis Armstrong was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on July 4, 1900. At least that's the story Armstrong told. “They named me the firecracker baby,” he said. Who cares that it wasn't true—he was actually born on August 4, 1901 and died on Ju...

    This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

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