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    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

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

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

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

    Jeb’s War on Gay Adoption

    Jeb’s War on Gay Adoption

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

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

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

    America’s Most Awful Liberal

    America’s Most Awful Liberal

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

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

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    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

    Pro-Clinton Super PAC Wasted Millions

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

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

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

    New L.A. Minimum Wage May Hurt the Poor

    New L.A. Minimum Wage May Hurt the Poor

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

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

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

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

    Scott Walker’s Death Panels

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

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

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    Entertainment

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

    Coldplay’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Musical

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

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

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

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

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

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

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

    Gyllenhaal’s Hollywood Expiration Date

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

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

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    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

    Foo Fighters Play Letterman’s Farewell

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

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

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

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

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

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

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

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

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

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

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

    Jay Z’s Charity Problem

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

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

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    Hillary and Fiddy

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    50 Cent Really, Really Loves Hillary

    “It’s Hillary time!” proclaims rapper 50 Cent, announcing to The Daily Beast that he is backing Hillary Clinton to be the next president. Back in 2007, the Grammy-winning rapper, actor, and entrepreneur told Time magazine that he wouldn’t be publi...

    The hip-hop impresario sat down with The Daily Beast and opened up about why he’s supporting Hillary Clinton for president in 2016.

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

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

    Janet Jackson Deserves Our Respect

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

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

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    World News

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

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

    No One Is Looking for 5,000 Missing Kids

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

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

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

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

    U.S. Admits Syria Strike Killed 2 Kids

    U.S. Admits Syria Strike Killed 2 Kids

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

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

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

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

    Iraqis Blame U.S. for Losing Ramadi

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

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

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

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

    Irish Gay Marriage Isn’t Like America’s

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

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

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

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

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

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

    Oceans 64: The $300M Old Guy Heist

    Oceans 64: The $300M Old Guy Heist

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

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

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    Irina, worker of a petrol station, now member of reconnaissance team of pro-Russian rebels' in the town of Makievka, eastern Ukraine, October 6, 2014. Before fighting broke out in eastern Ukraine, Irina was a croupier in a casino who never dreamt of taking up arms. Now she is gambling with her life. Using the nom de guerre "Gaika", a cartoon character that translates as Gadget, she has joined an artillery unit in a pro-Russian separatist group fighting government forces. "When your home is being destroyed, everything that is dear to you, friends, work ... It's about character. Girls who go into combat are real Russian women," she said in an interview, explaining why she joined up. It has proved a tough experience but she has no regrets. Picture taken October 6.

    The Mother Courage of Ukraine

    The Mother Courage of Ukraine

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine — She is a tall, confident woman with piercing blue eyes and a big smile, and Galina Odnorog has become a celebrity volunteer on Ukraine’s front lines outside the threatened city of Mariupol. In the last three months of almost da...

    A woman takes the lead defending her city against Russian-backed separatists. But her biggest enemies may be duplicitous oligarchs ostensibly fighting for the same cause.

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    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

    Stephen Fry’s Irish Gay Marriage Plea

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

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

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    U.S. News

    William James McAdams

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

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

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

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

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

    Baltimore: Murders Way Up, Arrests Down

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

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

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

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

    Americans Want the Patriot Act to Die

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

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

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    William James McAdams

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

    He Stole a Plane and Might Get Away

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

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

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    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

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

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

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    Wall Street bitcoin exchange

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

    Bitcoin’s Overblown Wall St. Debut

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

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

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    Tech + Health

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

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

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

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

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    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

    Fighting the Silence Around Miscarriage

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

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

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    Serena Williams of the U.S. walks off the court with her broken racquet during her WTA Finals singles semi-final tennis match against Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SPORT TENNIS) - RTR4BJMR

    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

    Are Super Athletes the Secret to Health?

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

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

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

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

    This Story Made Them Cover AIDS Drugs

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

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

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    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

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

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

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    Destroying the Lazy Dad Myth

    Destroying the Lazy Dad Myth

    Josh Levs really just wants one little thing: “For men and women to join forces and stand together against the backward policies that are hurting us.”He said this to me during a phone conversation this week in response to my having tentatively sug...

    A new book argues that the pop culture image of dads as lazy and uninvolved is not only false but damaging, perpetuating a sexist social structure that pigeon holes women too.

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    The Natural Style of Reema Desai

    The Natural Style of Reema Desai

    Washington, D.C.-based photographer Reema Desai’s work is immediately recognizable with its clean aesthetic and natural-feeling light. A look through her Instagram feed is immediately familiar. It’s like your own life, but idealized, and with much...

    She posts only photos she takes with her phone for the challenge and the creativity of it.

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    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

    The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

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

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

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    BeastStyle

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

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

    Inside Cannes’ Most Glamorous Party

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

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

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    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

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

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

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    Cambridge Students on Grade Shaming

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

    Let’s Get Real About Grade ‘Shaming’

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

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

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

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

    A Paris Affair Landed Her at ‘Vogue’

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

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

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    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

    When Straight Women Sext (Each Other)

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

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

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

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

    Letterman’s Dry-Eyed Farewell

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

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

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

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

    Prince Charles Makes Peace With The Past

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

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

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