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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following the Republican Senate weekly policy lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015. 
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    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    In the midnight hour Saturday, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records and renew surveillance tools that the Obama administration says are vital to investigating te...

    The upper chamber failed to approve a bill renewing the NSA surveillance programs pass by the House earlier this week, but will reconvene on June 1 with only hours to spare.

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    The depleted water level caused by a prolonged drought in the Western United States can be seen on Lake Mead in Nevada May 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Blake  - RTX1BW0D

    Only Capitalism Can Save the Planet

    Only Capitalism Can Save the Planet

    A warming planet poses a threat to our way of life whether it’s man-made or a natural phenomenon, and government efforts to combat and slow its impact so far have been minimal. President Obama says our failure to act weakens national security, yet...

    Lester Brown, environmentalist nonpareil, isn’t waiting for government. He thinks the free market is the way to address climate change.

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    Former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee speaks at the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, January 24, 2015.

    Huckabee Defends Duggar

    Huckabee Defends Duggar

    Mike Huckabee took to Facebook on Friday to express his support for a truly underrepresented constituency: admitted sexual predator reality TV stars – specifically those named Josh Duggar.“Janet and I want to affirm our support for the Duggar fami...

    Against molestation claims.

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following the Republican Senate weekly policy lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015. 
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    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    In the midnight hour Saturday, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records and renew surveillance tools that the Obama administration says are vital to investigating te...

    The upper chamber failed to approve a bill renewing the NSA surveillance programs pass by the House earlier this week, but will reconvene on June 1 with only hours to spare.

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    Hillary Emails

    The Hillary Benghazi Emails Are Duds

    The Hillary Benghazi Emails Are Duds

    If Republicans were looking for a silver bullet to use against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the State Department’s Friday document dump about Benghazi wasn’t it.There’s no illicit weapons Libyan program to be found in the ema...

    Conspiracy-minded conservatives, be warned: The trove of Clinton emails doesn’t prove much about her culpability for the infamous 9/11 anniversary attacks.

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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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    Entertainment

    The Week in Viral Videos

    The Week in Viral Videos

    5. Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa  Do not proceed with this video until you’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road. Two reasons: first, because it’s completely bonkers; second, because this mash-up of footage from the movie with the opening credits to Tina Fey...

    From a Mad Max/Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt mash-up to Justin Bieber doing a Rubik’s Cube in James Corden’s car, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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    French actress Adele Exarchopoulos poses during a photocall to promote the release of the movie "La Vita di Adele" (Blue Is the Warmest Colour - La Vie d'Adele) on October 16, 2013 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Life After ‘Blue is the Warmest Color'

    Life After ‘Blue is the Warmest Color'

    Two years ago at Cannes, the previously unknown Adèle Exarchopoulos and her more famous co-star, Lėa Seydoux, became the toast of the town after Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, and the ...

    The Palme d’Or-winning actress opens up about the ‘Blue’ backlash, her relationship with its demanding director, Abdellatif Kechiche, and new film ‘The Anarchists’.

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    Tom Six Director of Human Centipede

    ‘The Human Centipede’ Vs. The Right-Wing

    ‘The Human Centipede’ Vs. The Right-Wing

    I meet with Tom Six the day after the modest L.A. premiere of his latest shock sequel, The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence), where one hardcore fan of Six’s ass-to-mouth horror cringefests proudly showed off the tattoo of three prostrate figures...

    Sicko Dutch filmmaker Tom Six, the brains behind The Human Centipede trilogy, on how his third film skewers right-wingers and why the Bush Administration will love it.

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    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Since TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting first premiered in 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have amazed their less fecund audience members with their ability to “extreme parent” nine girls and 10 boys. For 10 seasons, viewers—either in admiration or gui...

    The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.

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    French actress Adele Exarchopoulos poses during a photocall to promote the release of the movie "La Vita di Adele" (Blue Is the Warmest Colour - La Vie d'Adele) on October 16, 2013 in Rome.  AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABI        (Photo credit should read TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Life After ‘Blue is the Warmest Color'

    Life After ‘Blue is the Warmest Color'

    Two years ago at Cannes, the previously unknown Adèle Exarchopoulos and her more famous co-star, Lėa Seydoux, became the toast of the town after Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color won the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, and the ...

    The Palme d’Or-winning actress opens up about the ‘Blue’ backlash, her relationship with its demanding director, Abdellatif Kechiche, and new film ‘The Anarchists’.

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    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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    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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    Screenwriter Damon Lindelof poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "Tomorrowland" in Beverly Hills, California May 8, 2015. The movie will be released on May 22. Picture taken May 8.,Screenwriter Damon Lindelof poses for a portrait while promoting the upcoming movie "Tomorrowland" in Beverly Hills, California May 8, 2015. The movie will be released on May 22. Picture taken May 8. To match FILM-TOMORROWLAND/    REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTX1CGMG

    Damon Lindelof Knows He Pissed You Off

    Damon Lindelof Knows He Pissed You Off

    In the year and a half that Tomorrowland co-writer Damon Lindelof has been off Twitter, he’s been a much happier person for it. “I couldn’t resist knowing what everybody was saying about me and it just ended up making me feel bad,” admits Lindelof...

    The ‘Lost’ showrunner dishes on his new film ‘Tomorrowland,’ fellow geek god Joss Whedon’s Twitter exit, and how being off Twitter has changed his life for the better.

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    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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    World News

    CXD5EF American War Cemetery (World War II), Florence, Tuscany, Italy

    Video: World War II’s Hellish Numbers

    Video: World War II’s Hellish Numbers

    Editor’s Note: Neil Halloran has created a moving tribute to the fallen of World War II, which can be fully experienced at the website Fallen.io, which launches on Memorial Day. He has graciously allowed The Daily Beast to use the video on our sit...

    On Memorial Day, it’s how we remember the fallen.

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23:  A general view of the exterior facade of the United Nations Headquarters on March 23, 2015 in New York City. The site of the UN Headquarters has extraterritoriality status

    UN Is Broken, But There’s Nothing Else

    UN Is Broken, But There’s Nothing Else

    Ideally, right now, from April 25 through June 26, millions should be re-enacting the United Nations’ founding seventy years ago, day by day, like pilgrims reenacting Jesus’s steps toward Calvary. Indeed, most Americans greeted the world body’s es...

    The United Nations has been a disappointment, but look on the bright side: No World War III.

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    Major General Michael J. Ingelido

    The Big Life Of A World War II Ace

    The Big Life Of A World War II Ace

    Major General Michael J. Ingelido, who died on April 28 after suffering a stroke, was the veteran of 195 combat missions during the Second World War flying fighter aircraft, and commanded the 2nd and 412th Fighter Squadrons between June 1942 and J...

    Michael J. Ingelido was a World War II fighter ace, with four downed German planes, and 16 more on the ground.

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    Georgian servicemen take part in the joint U.S.-Georgian exercise Noble Partner 2015 at the Vaziani training area outside Tbilisi, on May 21, 2015. Some 600 US and Georgian troops are taking part in the "Noble Partner" military exercise, aimed at enhancing the two countries' military relationship and training Georgian troops for contribution to the NATO Response Force.

    The Week in Photos

    The Week in Photos

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

    From desperate boatpeople fleeing Myanmar to the oil-slick shores of Santa Barbara, the most compelling images from the last seven days.

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    NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 23:  A general view of the exterior facade of the United Nations Headquarters on March 23, 2015 in New York City. The site of the UN Headquarters has extraterritoriality status

    UN Is Broken, But There’s Nothing Else

    UN Is Broken, But There’s Nothing Else

    Ideally, right now, from April 25 through June 26, millions should be re-enacting the United Nations’ founding seventy years ago, day by day, like pilgrims reenacting Jesus’s steps toward Calvary. Indeed, most Americans greeted the world body’s es...

    The United Nations has been a disappointment, but look on the bright side: No World War III.

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    A rebel fighter of the Al-Furqan brigade covers his ears as a fellow fighter fires a vehicle's weapon during what the rebels said is an offensive to take control of the al-Mastouma army base which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Idlib city May 17, 2015. Picture taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Two successive months and two stunning battlefield reversals for the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—one dealt him in the east by the so-called Islamic State, the other in the north by a new coalition of rebel forces that includes an af...

    Assad is in trouble. But ISIS moving in from the east may hit the rebels closing in from the north.

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    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX1AOQB

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West—and claims the first lady won’t fetch a large price.“I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every...

    The latest issue of an ISIS propaganda magazine puts a price on the First Lady in the slavery market it says will one day come to the United States.

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    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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    A rebel fighter of the Al-Furqan brigade covers his ears as a fellow fighter fires a vehicle's weapon during what the rebels said is an offensive to take control of the al-Mastouma army base which is controlled by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad near Idlib city May 17, 2015. Picture taken May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Syrian Rebels Closing In On… Each Other

    Two successive months and two stunning battlefield reversals for the embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad—one dealt him in the east by the so-called Islamic State, the other in the north by a new coalition of rebel forces that includes an af...

    Assad is in trouble. But ISIS moving in from the east may hit the rebels closing in from the north.

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    U.S. News

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following the Republican Senate weekly policy lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015. 
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1DOM0

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    In the midnight hour Saturday, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records and renew surveillance tools that the Obama administration says are vital to investigating te...

    The upper chamber failed to approve a bill renewing the NSA surveillance programs pass by the House earlier this week, but will reconvene on June 1 with only hours to spare.

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    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Women Must ‘Submit’ In Duggars’ Church

    Since TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting first premiered in 2008, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have amazed their less fecund audience members with their ability to “extreme parent” nine girls and 10 boys. For 10 seasons, viewers—either in admiration or gui...

    The Quiverfull movement preaches that women must be subservient to all of men’s needs. It’s not impossible to see how abuse could flourish.

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    U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, visit Great Falls Elementary School in Great Falls, Virginia, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX1AOQB

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    ISIS Says Michelle Worth $40—As A Slave

    The newest issue of English-language ISIS propaganda mag Dabiq promises to bring slave markets to the West—and claims the first lady won’t fetch a large price.“I swear by Allah, O you who feign to be knowledgeable and shout with falsehood in every...

    The latest issue of an ISIS propaganda magazine puts a price on the First Lady in the slavery market it says will one day come to the United States.

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    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters following the Republican Senate weekly policy lunch in the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015. 
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1DOM0

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    Senate Kicks Can On Patriot Act

    In the midnight hour Saturday, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would end the National Security Agency’s collection of Americans’ phone records and renew surveillance tools that the Obama administration says are vital to investigating te...

    The upper chamber failed to approve a bill renewing the NSA surveillance programs pass by the House earlier this week, but will reconvene on June 1 with only hours to spare.

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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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    DEA Agents’ Jersey Strip Club

    Feds Ran Jersey’s Sleaziest Strip Club

    Feds Ran Jersey’s Sleaziest Strip Club

    SOUTH HACKENSACK, New Jersey — Nobody was ordering the special: ribeye steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Maybe that’s because the night was still young at the Twins Go-Go Lounge. So were the bikini-clad babes tangled around the two brass ...

    They were supposed to be enforcing the law. Instead, the FBI alleges, a pair of rogue agents ran a sex-for-hire stable, staffed with illegal talent.

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    Tech + Health

    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Jeff Johnson has made a name for himself in both the outdoor and photography worlds. As staff photographer for Patagonia, he has embarked upon countless excursions with adventure lifestyle legends, as well as starred in Chris Malloy’s seminal adve...

    Jeff Johnson had to be tricked into using Instagram. Now he has one of the best accounts in the world—even if he’s not sold on using a cell phone for much of anything at all.

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    USARIEM

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    Four years have passed since the Army revamped what’s known as the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) program, and yogic exercises are increasingly incorporated into much of the new training. The twist? The Army doesn’t call it yoga in the P...

    The U.S. Army has been incorporating yogic exercises into its training program, but it’s not telling soldiers they’re doing yoga.

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    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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    Why Parents Should Skip the Waiting Room

    Why Parents Should Skip the Waiting Room

    Crimes committed against children are invariably horrifying. Crimes committed against children by their medical providers send my blood pressure into stroke-risk range.Such is the case of Dr. Howard Schneider, a Florida pediatric dentist whose sto...

    Shocking allegations of a pediatric dentist gratuitously pulling teeth and assaulting patients exposes the dangers of a common practice: keeping parents in the waiting room.

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    USARIEM

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    Four years have passed since the Army revamped what’s known as the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) program, and yogic exercises are increasingly incorporated into much of the new training. The twist? The Army doesn’t call it yoga in the P...

    The U.S. Army has been incorporating yogic exercises into its training program, but it’s not telling soldiers they’re doing yoga.

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    Lock on Computer Chip --- Image by © Corbis

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Yesterday, an international group of researchers revealed a set of attacks on Diffie-Hellman, one of the fundamental cryptographic protocols that protect all our communication. They disclosed two attacks, one which allows anyone to break the secre...

    U.S. cyberspies have all kinds of success breaking into supposedly encrypted messages. But how exactly the NSA pulled off this trick has remained a mystery.

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    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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    Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

    Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

    Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s disabled. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal.“It’s one of those things I forget—that ...

    Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act?

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    Lock on Computer Chip --- Image by © Corbis

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Is This the NSA’s Internet Master Key?

    Yesterday, an international group of researchers revealed a set of attacks on Diffie-Hellman, one of the fundamental cryptographic protocols that protect all our communication. They disclosed two attacks, one which allows anyone to break the secre...

    U.S. cyberspies have all kinds of success breaking into supposedly encrypted messages. But how exactly the NSA pulled off this trick has remained a mystery.

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    BeastStyle

    Cast member Cate Blanchett poses during a photocall for the film "Carol" in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 17, 2015.     REUTERS/Eric Gaillard  - RTX1DB2U

    Cate Blanchett and the Hollywood Closet

    Cate Blanchett and the Hollywood Closet

    Envision an era when same-sex encounters were shameful secrets to be hidden at all costs. Imagine a time when homosexuality was still “the love that dare not speak its name,” a subject only discussed in hushed whispers and, even then, without the ...

    As the Cannes success of “Carol” shows, Hollywood is content to mine historical eras to create its gay dramas, seemingly unaware how closely its own culture resembles those oppressiv...

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    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Back in February, I missed the opening night event for Porchlight—Danny Meyer’s laid back Southern cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—but casually monitored the goings-on via social media.I quickly noticed something interesting: an obscene a...

    Sumptuous pictures of cocktails make for the best kind of drink-porn on Instagram. Does their taste always match their good looks?

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    Elle Breastfeeding Cover

    Why Breast Is Best for Elle

    Why Breast Is Best for Elle

    Supermodel and supermom Nicole Trunfio looks at us with heavy, expectant eyes as she breastfeeds her naked baby on the June cover of Elle Australia, her suede Burberry trench slipping off her left shoulder.She cradles the child against her bare ch...

    Motherhood and glamor collide on the cover of the subscribers’ edition of Australian Elle, which features a model breastfeeding her baby.

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    A Yes supporter shows of her campaign badge in central Dublin in Ireland May 21, 2015. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said on Sunday that Ireland must seize its opportunity to become the first country to approve same-sex marriage in a popular vote when it holds a referendum on the issue on Friday.REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton - RTX1DY6C

    Irish #HomeToVote For Marriage Equality

    Irish #HomeToVote For Marriage Equality

    If, as expected, the Irish people today vote to extend the constitutional definition of marriage to include same-sex couples, it will represent the final step in a transformational but astonishingly brief cultural journey for the country, given th...

    A mood of celebration and positivity pervades social media as the Irish vote on marriage equality. But could there be a late rally by the “No” campaign?

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    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Back in February, I missed the opening night event for Porchlight—Danny Meyer’s laid back Southern cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—but casually monitored the goings-on via social media.I quickly noticed something interesting: an obscene a...

    Sumptuous pictures of cocktails make for the best kind of drink-porn on Instagram. Does their taste always match their good looks?

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    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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    Frida Kahlo's NY Botanical Garden exhibit

    Frida Kahlo’s Garden Grows Again

    Frida Kahlo’s Garden Grows Again

    Lush foliage and vivid yellow flowers surround a bright blue wall proclaiming “Frida y Diego vivieron en etsa casa, 1929-1954.”Visitors pass this entrance and enter an oasis of nature—zinnias, calla-lillies, Lady’s Eardrops, giant green philodendr...

    The New York Botanical Garden has made a colorful, vivid re-creation of the legendary artist’s Mexico City garden. It perfectly echoes her passionate, vibrant life.

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    How To Fall In Love With Fly Fishing

    How to Fall in Love With Fly Fishing

    How to Fall in Love With Fly Fishing

    Set in a nondescript back lot in a slowly revitalizing western Massachusetts factory town, Marc Aroner has been crafting some of the finest bamboo fly fishing rods in the world for more than 30 years.In a sport where the vast majority of implement...

    If you want to practice the glorious art of fly fishing in style, then a bespoke rod is the way to go. Marc Aroner describes a craft rooted in passion.

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    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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    Books

    1999

    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed just a handful of new songs in the tour that reached the U.S. in the summer of 1999. That year, he debuted the “secular gospel” of “The Land of Hope and Dreams,” now an unintended requiem for the l...

    Beanie Babies were hot, Napster debuted, ‘Star Wars’ returned, Bruce reunited with the E Street Band, and Pedro Martinez won 26 games. For a while there, it was heaven.

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