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    Conservatives Hate Christie's Drug Plan

    Conservatives Hate Christie's Drug Plan

    Few Republicans doubt Chris Christie’s commitment to addressing the nation’s drug crisis, but the New Jersey governor’s appointment to a federal drug addiction panel this week could elevate tactics that have rankled some prominent conservatives.Ch...

    Chris Christie has shown no mercy to insurance companies in New Jersey who have refused to give him the money he wants to fight opioids. Free market conservatives worry he’ll bring t...

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    Trump Tax Bid—He Pays Less, You Pay More

    Trump Tax Bid—He Pays Less, You Pay More

    Now that Donald Trump has failed in his campaign promise to promptly repeal and replace Obamacare with something better, it’s time to turn to his next promise: tax reform.Don’t be fooled. Trump has already severely reduced his big tax cut promise ...

    The higher up the totem pole you already are, the better you’d do under the Trump plan.

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    Melania’s Sad Lip Service to Brave Women

    Melania’s Sad Lip Service to Brave Women

    Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump “made women’s empowerment a priority” during his campaign. But that wasn’t even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration m...

    First lady Melania Trump presented courage awards to women fighting globally for a free press, for environmental rights, and for the right to protest. Cue the awkwardness.

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    Conservatives Hate Christie's Drug Plan

    Conservatives Hate Christie's Drug Plan

    Few Republicans doubt Chris Christie’s commitment to addressing the nation’s drug crisis, but the New Jersey governor’s appointment to a federal drug addiction panel this week could elevate tactics that have rankled some prominent conservatives.Ch...

    Chris Christie has shown no mercy to insurance companies in New Jersey who have refused to give him the money he wants to fight opioids. Free market conservatives worry he’ll bring t...

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    Ex-Writer: Breitbart Broke the Law

    Ex-Writer: Breitbart Broke the Law

    Ex-Writer: Breitbart Broke the Law

    A former Breitbart News writer alleged the site was acting as an illegal influence operation for its Washington, D.C. landlord, an obscure Egyptian politician cited this week by a Capitol Hill media association that denied Breitbart press credenti...

    A Breitbart News writer complained to the DOJ that the media site was allegedly cutting shady deals with its landlord, a wealthy Egyptian politician.

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    The GOP Needs to Reinvent Itself

    The GOP Needs to Reinvent Itself

    When the Republican health care bill collapsed last week, I thought it might be a blessing in disguise. The other two likely options―having it pass the House only to die a slower death in the Senate, or passing a bad bill, only to see premiums inc...

    After the 1994 wipeout, Bubba ate some humble pie, admitted error, remade himself, and became a success. That’s Trump’s template—if he can follow it.

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    Pitt ‘Visited Jolie in Cambodia’

    Pitt ‘Visited Jolie in Cambodia’

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may not exactly be on the point of patching things up, but they are getting on better. Well enough, in fact, that Pitt reportedly made multiple trips to join Jolie on set in Cambodia when she was filming her new Netfli...

    Is Hollywood’s bitterest divorce becoming more civilized? Reports that Brad Pitt visited his wife and children on set in Cambodia suggest the couple are making nice.

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    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration attempted to shift the national conversation towards something that is apparently less politically controversial than health care or Russian interference in America’s elections: climate change. Or, as the presi...

    The ‘Late Show’ host had some harsh words for President Trump’s ‘energy independence’ plan.

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    TMZ Should Stay Out of Politics

    TMZ Should Stay Out of Politics

    TMZ has always been the Donald Trump of celebrity news websites. While Page Six will consistently reach for a clever pun and Lainey Gossip will try to get the whole story, TMZ can be characterized by a permanently broken moral compass and whicheve...

    The celebrity gossip website has a history of slut-shaming, victim-blaming, and general misogyny. Now, that mindlessness has seemingly translated into pro-Trump coverage.

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    Jessica Walter

    Lucille: Bluths ‘Smarter’ Than Trumps

    Lucille: Bluths ‘Smarter’ Than Trumps

    Jessica Walter wants you to know she has precious little in common with her two most iconic characters, Arrested Development’s manipulative matriarch Lucille Bluth and Archer’s snappy spymistress Malory Archer, save one thing: “I do like a good ma...

    The acclaimed actress opens up about her turn as Malory Archer in Season 8 of FX’s ‘Archer,’ the ‘Arrested Development’ negotiations, and how the Trumps compare to her Bluths.

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    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    Colbert Denounces Trump’s Climate Denial

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration attempted to shift the national conversation towards something that is apparently less politically controversial than health care or Russian interference in America’s elections: climate change. Or, as the presi...

    The ‘Late Show’ host had some harsh words for President Trump’s ‘energy independence’ plan.

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    Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    For most of us, being “banned permanently” from our place of work would be considered a fairly debilitating career setback. Not so for Tomi Lahren, the diminutive blond conservative who courts online clicks through a heady combination of platinum ...

    The very blond, very angry far-right pundit was fired from TheBlaze for sharing her pro-choice stance on daytime TV. But, like her boss Beck, she is still a terribly divisive troll.

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    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Why did President Donald Trump tell his millions of Twitter followers to tune into Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show the same night she opened by calling for Paul Ryan to step down as House speaker? Reince Priebus claimed it was “coincidental” b...

    “Wow, that Fox News shit was insane,” Trevor Noah said on Monday night’s ‘Daily Show,’ referring to President Trump tipping off the public to watch Pirro take down Paul Ryan.

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    Netflix Just Upended The Comedy Game

    Netflix Just Upended The Comedy Game

    “Comics Are Now Selling Laughs by the Download.” That was the headline in The New York Times five years ago this month, marking a new trend in the world of stand-up comedy.Whereas the sign of success for stand-up comedians had once been an appeara...

    Five years ago, Louis C.K. tried to revolutionize the stand-up comedy delivery system. Now, he’s succumbed to the power of Netflix.

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    Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    Don’t Be Conned by Tomi Lahren

    For most of us, being “banned permanently” from our place of work would be considered a fairly debilitating career setback. Not so for Tomi Lahren, the diminutive blond conservative who courts online clicks through a heady combination of platinum ...

    The very blond, very angry far-right pundit was fired from TheBlaze for sharing her pro-choice stance on daytime TV. But, like her boss Beck, she is still a terribly divisive troll.

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    World News

    Pulling the trigger on Brexit

    You Hate Brexit? Get Over It!

    You Hate Brexit? Get Over It!

    LONDON—The trigger has been pulled. The United Kingdom has officially notified the European Union of its intention to leave.Most liberals who voted for the U.K. to remain–that’s 48 percent of the country, including me–were shocked, saddened, disma...

    No amount of mourning will reverse the course of Brexit. But if liberals are smart they can make the new reality something that satisfies—and exalts—their values

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    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    ROME—When two men working on their boat in the Adriatic port town of Rimini on Saturday morning noticed a blue suitcase floating in the bay, they thought nothing of it—at first. After all, it is not altogether uncommon for luggage and other debris...

    When a corpse of an Asian woman was found in a bag bobbing in Rimini Harbor, police thought they’d solved one of Italy’s most perplexing cases. Instead, it’s a new gruesome crime.

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    BFF BABIES IN CANADA

    These Moms Are Making History In Canada

    These Moms Are Making History In Canada

    Can you legally parent with a close friend? In Canada it is possible. Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins are making history. They have become the first women in a non-romantic relationship to legally co-parent a child. Collins decided to help Bakht w...

    Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins have become the first women in a non-romantic relationship to legally co-parent a child.

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    Young Russia

    Putin Takes Revenge on Protesters

    Putin Takes Revenge on Protesters

    MOSCOW — On Monday morning hundreds of Russians across the country awaited their hearings in court. After the biggest protests in years against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country was watching a massive crackdown. Some called it “Putin’s...

    Prominent opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s campaign against Kremlin corruption has inspired many of Russia’s young people—and landed them in jail.

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    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    Italy’s Horrific Suitcase Murder Mystery

    ROME—When two men working on their boat in the Adriatic port town of Rimini on Saturday morning noticed a blue suitcase floating in the bay, they thought nothing of it—at first. After all, it is not altogether uncommon for luggage and other debris...

    When a corpse of an Asian woman was found in a bag bobbing in Rimini Harbor, police thought they’d solved one of Italy’s most perplexing cases. Instead, it’s a new gruesome crime.

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    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    MOSUL, Iraq — The dark clouds had opened up once again, drenching Youssef Abut and Tarek Abbas as they waited at a bus terminal outside Mosul with hot food for weary travelers. Rain had long since turned the ground into a muddy quagmire, a furth...

    Coalition airstrikes may have killed scores of civilians during grim urban combat, but collateral damage is not the whole story. Collateral compassion is in evidence, too.

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    Russia Protest

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    MOSCOW — A wave of protests against corrupt Kremlin leaders rolled all across Russian cities, from Moscow and Saint Petersburg to Siberia and Far East on Sunday. Authorities did not permit the rallies and warned that participants would be punished...

    A generation too young to remember when the president supposedly saved the country are incensed at Kremlin corruption.

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    Hitler

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    Adolf Hitler took power on January 30, 1933, and within no time at all he had:—let loose the police against Jews and Communists to a degree never seen before;—won emergency powers to govern by decree following the incredibly well-timed February 27...

    Elected chancellor of Germany in 1932, Hitler was held in contempt by his opponents, who thought he would be easy to control. They were wrong.

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    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    Mercy Amid the Mosul Massacres

    MOSUL, Iraq — The dark clouds had opened up once again, drenching Youssef Abut and Tarek Abbas as they waited at a bus terminal outside Mosul with hot food for weary travelers. Rain had long since turned the ground into a muddy quagmire, a furth...

    Coalition airstrikes may have killed scores of civilians during grim urban combat, but collateral damage is not the whole story. Collateral compassion is in evidence, too.

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    NCAA

    How to Watch NCAA Final Four Games

    How to Watch NCAA Final Four Games

    Only four teams left in March Madness—and this year has definitely lived up to the name. North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Gonzaga will duke (sorry, Duke) it out to see who will play in the championship game Monday, April 3. Three of the ...

    Everything you need to know to watch the Final Four.

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    Juan Thompson

    ‘Jewish Newtown’ Threatened for JCC

    ‘Jewish Newtown’ Threatened for JCC

    Juan Thompson appeared in a Manhattan federal courtroom Wednesday over allegations that he phoned in bomb threats to Jewish community centers to frame his ex-girlfriend.Thompson, 31, appeared in khaki scrubs and white slip-on shoes just after 3:30...

    The disgraced journalist who allegedly sent bomb threats to Jewish centers to frame his ex-girlfriend appeared in federal court where new messages were released.

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    Mother banned from father-daughter dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    Single Mom Banned at Dad-Daughter Dance

    A single mother in Georgia was banned from her daughter’s father-daughter dance after she attempted to go dressed like a man, ABC News reports. Amy Peterson says her daughter, Gracie, was really looking forward to having her mom at the dance, sinc...

    Despite filing paperwork a month before, a Georgia school refused to allow a single mom to attend her daughter’s father-daughter dance.

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    How to Watch NCAA Final Four Games

    How to Watch NCAA Final Four Games

    Only four teams left in March Madness—and this year has definitely lived up to the name. North Carolina, South Carolina, Oregon and Gonzaga will duke (sorry, Duke) it out to see who will play in the championship game Monday, April 3. Three of the ...

    Everything you need to know to watch the Final Four.

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    Texas High School Hazing Sex Assaults//HP: Footballers Accused of Sodomy ‘Hazings’

    Footballers Accused of Sodomy ‘Hazings’

    Footballers Accused of Sodomy ‘Hazings’

    Only two events can empty out the single grocery store in the tiny town of La Vernia, Texas: church on Sunday or a Friday night football game at the local high school.“It’s all about the Bears,” one parent said.But it wasn’t Homecoming or the upco...

    The tiny town of La Vernia, Texas, has been torn apart by accusations that nine students on its football team sexually assaulted boys in the locker room.

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    Mississippi Rebels and Xavier Musketeers players run by the logo at mid-court during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.

    NCAA Puts North Carolina On the Clock

    NCAA Puts North Carolina On the Clock

    The NCAA has put a clock on North Carolina. The state now has 48 hours to amend House Bill 2, HB2, or they will lose NCAA events through 2022. In a statement obtained by CBS WNCN, the executive director of the Greater Raleigh Sports alliance, Scot...

    Time is running out for North Carolina to change HB2.

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    Tech

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    Why Humans Love Robots Like People

    Why Humans Love Robots Like People

    Humans are strange creatures. We sleepwalk, pick our noses, and name our cars. Some of us like black licorice and some of us are afraid of cotton balls. Of all our idiosyncratic tendencies, our attachment to things—blankets, stuffed animals, toys,...

    Soldiers refuse to leave war-zone robots behind; people feel pain when asked to torture small mechanized animals. Why do we get so attached to our droids?

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    Was the Kremlin Behind the Yahoo Hacks?

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    In 2012 and again in 2013, federal judges in the U.S. indicted 29-year-old Russian Alexsey Belan on hacking charges. Law enforcement officials hoped the Russians would extradite him.Instead, they hired him. The tale is part of the the bombshell in...

    The Justice Department announced Tuesday it had made an arrest in one of the largest data hacks in the world.

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    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Visions of apocalypse and dystopia fill popular fiction and film and, these days, even the imaginations of many serious people.Geniuses including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have called for an escape from the planet. Billionaires are said to be ...

    No matter how bad it gets here on Earth, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to move off-world anytime soon.

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    Was the Kremlin Behind the Yahoo Hacks?

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    Feds: Russian Spies Paid Yahoo Hackers

    In 2012 and again in 2013, federal judges in the U.S. indicted 29-year-old Russian Alexsey Belan on hacking charges. Law enforcement officials hoped the Russians would extradite him.Instead, they hired him. The tale is part of the the bombshell in...

    The Justice Department announced Tuesday it had made an arrest in one of the largest data hacks in the world.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    A pillar of famously liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington’s biggest gathering of conservatives.Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC, the yearly conferenc...

    The company caught all kinds of flak for its role in the 2016 election. But that isn’t stopping it from bankrolling a huge, often-controversial conservative confab.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    So, the Queen Isn’t Converting to Islam

    So, the Queen Isn’t Converting to Islam

    Buckingham Palace is well used to outlandish stories about the queen.As arguably the most famous and instantly recognizable individual on the planet, Her Majesty has, over the years, been accused of anything and everything by the international pre...

    Alex Jones claimed on his conspiracy-theory site Infowars that the queen was under pressure to convert to Islam or leave the country. The palace has made it clear they could not care...

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    The War on Breitbart Goes Through Amazon

    The War on Breitbart Goes Through Amazon

    Sleeping Giants has spent the last four months letting advertisers know that their products are being sold next to articles with headlines like, “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or C...

    A group of anonymous marketers is convincing big companies to blacklist Breitbart in their digital ad buys—but their pleas to Amazon are falling on deaf ears.

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    O'Reilly Factor Maxine Waters Response

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    O’Reilly Laughs Through On-Air Apology

    Bill O’Reilly’s initial apology seemed sincere enough. “As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” the Fox News host said in a written statement Tuesday afternoon after making fun of her “Ja...

    The Fox News host got his tepid apology out of the way before continuing to go after the Democratic congresswoman Tuesday night — but Waters fired back on MSNBC.

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    NY Port Authority Cops ‘Target’ Gay Men

    NY Port Authority Cops ‘Target’ Gay Men

    Cornell Holden was arrested in May 2014 after leaving a men’s bathroom in the Port Authority Bus Terminal.Afterwards, he heard Port Authority cops refer to the officer who arrested him as “the gay whisperer,” a new class action lawsuit alleges. T...

    A lawsuit alleges Port Authority PD officers “engage in a pattern and practice of targeting and wrongly arresting men that such officers perceive as gay and/or gender non-conforming,...

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    The War on Breitbart Goes Through Amazon

    The War on Breitbart Goes Through Amazon

    Sleeping Giants has spent the last four months letting advertisers know that their products are being sold next to articles with headlines like, “Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy,” and “Would You Rather Your Child Had Feminism or C...

    A group of anonymous marketers is convincing big companies to blacklist Breitbart in their digital ad buys—but their pleas to Amazon are falling on deaf ears.

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    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    “You don’t seem so happy,” April Ryan remarked after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called on her during Tuesday’s briefing. She had no idea how right she was.With so many investigations underway regarding Russia, alleged “wiretapping,” a...

    The White House press secretary got into a heated exchange with American Urban Radio Networks’ D.C. bureau chief April Ryan during Tuesday’s briefing.

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    O’Reilly’s Racist Maxine Waters Attack

    O’Reilly’s Racist Maxine Waters Attack

    The hosts of Fox & Friends asked their colleague Bill O’Reilly to watch a video of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) speaking on the floor of the House. But he was apparently too distracted by her hair to pay attention to the words she was saying.“We ...

    The Fox News host ‘didn’t hear a word’ Rep. Maxine Waters was saying because he was mocking her hair.

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    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    Brexit Leaders Reduced to Sex Objects

    With the formal process of leaving the European Union due to begin Wednesday when Theresa May triggers Article 50, Britain stands, for good or ill, on the edge of a historic decision.The once-mighty union of Great Britain is divided as never befor...

    The Daily Mail has come in for sharp criticism after its front page focused on the ‘shapely’ legs of Britain’s political leaders. Why are we so unsurprised?

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    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    Spicer Erupts: ‘Stop Shaking Your Head’

    “You don’t seem so happy,” April Ryan remarked after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer called on her during Tuesday’s briefing. She had no idea how right she was.With so many investigations underway regarding Russia, alleged “wiretapping,” a...

    The White House press secretary got into a heated exchange with American Urban Radio Networks’ D.C. bureau chief April Ryan during Tuesday’s briefing.

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