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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1FFQQ

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    In their fight against the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration:  Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (PDF), the collection of notes that King smug...

    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong.

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    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    At 10:03 p.m. on June 23, 2009—five months into Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state—she received an email from Sidney Blumenthal, her longtime, and long-controversial, confidant. The subject: “Hillary: If you’re up, give me a call. Sid....

    They weren’t the most popular guys around Washington. But they all had Clinton’s private email address. And boy, did they use it.

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    How Jeb Got Real Rich, Real Fast

    How Jeb Got Real Rich, Real Fast

    Ever wonder how much Jeb! Bush paid in taxes? Then this might be the most glorious night of your life. Late this afternoon—and a few minutes ahead of schedule—Jeb Bush released a cache of tax returns, starting in 1981.Bush’s income skyrocketed aft...

    Jeb Bush wants you to see how much money he made over three decades—and to judge Hillary for paying less in taxes than him.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1FFQQ

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    In their fight against the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration:  Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (PDF), the collection of notes that King smug...

    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong.

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    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    By Carrie LevineSuper PACs have been formed by journalists, by space nerds, and even by Stephen Colbert.Now, for the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC. It may raise and s...

    Adam Savader, a former Romney and Gingrich campaign intern who was convicted of holding hacked nude photos for ransom, now has a super PAC of his own—which he operates from behind bars.

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    Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his wife Mary Pat looks on during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, June 30, 2015.

    Christie Promises Cringeworthy Campaign

    Christie Promises Cringeworthy Campaign

    Bill “Jules” Giuliano, a friend of Chris Christie’s, stood next to the small, circular stage in the gymnasium at Livingston High School. He wore a khaki blazer and his hair was slicked back. In a few minutes, Christie himself would come out, and h...

    The governor isn’t letting New Jersey’s failing economy or the Bridgegate scandal get in the way of his quest for the White House.

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    Colbert and Eminem On Public Access TV!

    Colbert and Eminem On Public Access TV!

    In this age of around-the-clock news cycles, paparazzi and instant updates, it’s rare that something has the ability to genuinely surprise us. Stephen Colbert did just that earlier today when he hosted Michigan public access TV show Only in Monroe...

    As great as that sounds, it’s even better.

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    Watch Kendrick Lamar Fly in New Video

    Watch Kendrick Lamar Fly in New Video

    In Kendrick Lamar’s new video for the track “Alright,” cops carry a car full of Lamar and friends on their shoulders like a coffin. Shots are fired, money is thrown out of windows, and Lamar floats through the air above the chaos, flying through t...

    The rapper does his own stunts.

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    Singer Katy Perry performs during the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX halftime on February 1, 2015 at the at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.        AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nuns Banish Katy Perry From Convent

    Nuns Banish Katy Perry From Convent

    The nuns in a real estate face-off with Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles can still hope their past loyalty will be rewarded in heaven.A half-century ago, this same small faction of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opted to ...

    The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in L.A. are putting their historic convent up for sale—but one superstar’s offer for the property has been snubbed.

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    Musician and executive producer Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Lawless",  in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2012.         REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR32AXO

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    By now, we’ve all seen the memes and GIFs of Sean “Diddy” Combs’s fall at the 2015 BET Awards. The mogul took a tumble during the show’s high-powered tribute to his Bad Boy Records, a highlight of the night even without the unexpected hilarity of ...

    Yes, Diddy has encountered more legal trouble, has a spotty résumé, and fell into the stage at the BET Awards. But he’s also—for better or worse—responsible for the modern-day rap bl...

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    Watch Kendrick Lamar Fly in New Video

    Watch Kendrick Lamar Fly in New Video

    In Kendrick Lamar’s new video for the track “Alright,” cops carry a car full of Lamar and friends on their shoulders like a coffin. Shots are fired, money is thrown out of windows, and Lamar floats through the air above the chaos, flying through t...

    The rapper does his own stunts.

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    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    The Wolfpack rolls deep. Werner Herzog deep. In their first trip to Los Angeles the six Angulo brothers—Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Mukunda, Glenn, and Eddie—are on a whirlwind spree through Hollywood, a place they’d dreamed about while cooped u...

    The Angulo brothers were raised in captivity in a New York City apartment by their paranoid father. Now they’re free, and the subject of the riveting doc ‘The Wolfpack.’

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    CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 24:  Kim Kardashian attends a 'Sudler' talk during Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on June 24, 2015 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)

    Kim Kardashian Endorses Hillary Clinton

    Kim Kardashian Endorses Hillary Clinton

    The Commonwealth Club of California, a prestigious institution founded in 1903, has hosted speakers including Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. On Tuesday evening, it hosted an open conversation with Kim Kardash...

    The reality-TV star-entrepreneur sat down with LaDoris Cordell, the first black female judge in Northern California, for a wide-ranging conversation.

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    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    On Tuesday morning Howard Stern vet Amy Schumer went on the infamously raunchy radio show to talk about her upcoming movie, turning down The Daily Show, and pranking Kimye on the red carpet:On Opening For MadonnaAccording to Schumer, comedian Chri...

    The comedienne returned to ‘The Howard Stern Show’ and opened up about everything from receiving Kanye shade on the red carpet to ABC’s interest in her for ‘The Bachelorette.’

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    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    The Wolfpack rolls deep. Werner Herzog deep. In their first trip to Los Angeles the six Angulo brothers—Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Mukunda, Glenn, and Eddie—are on a whirlwind spree through Hollywood, a place they’d dreamed about while cooped u...

    The Angulo brothers were raised in captivity in a New York City apartment by their paranoid father. Now they’re free, and the subject of the riveting doc ‘The Wolfpack.’

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    World News

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L)  meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif at a hotel in Vienna, Austria June 30, 2015.  Kerry and  Zarif held a "productive" meeting in Vienna on Tuesday, the State Department said, as negotiations on curbing Iran's nuclear program were extended. REUTERS/State Department/Handout  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - RTX1IHEE

    A New Marital Twist to the Iran Talks

    A New Marital Twist to the Iran Talks

    By Reza HaghighatNejadAs this week’s final nuclear talks got underway, there was one uninvited guest: Maryam Imanieh, the wife of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. She arrived at Vienna’s Palais Saxe-Coburg Hotel with Hossein Fereydoo...

    For no obvious reason, the spouse of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has showed up at the Vienna nuclear negotiations. Is she bringing mystical inspiration?

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    A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter walks near residents who had fled Tel Abyad, as they re-enter Syria from Turkey after the YPG took control of the area, at Tel Abyad town, Raqqa governorate, Syria, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX1HPW9

    Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria?

    Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria?

    Four years in to Syria’s civil war and same ideas keep coming up. This week, buffer zones were back in the news as they have been periodically since they were first floated in 2012 as to way to protect the civilian population from Bashar al-Assad’...

    Or are they just messaging to Obama that they’ve had enough with his non-policy?

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    Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1I5FV

    The End of Greece’s European Dream?

    The End of Greece’s European Dream?

    UPDATE, 2 a.m. EDT: This story has been updated to reflect Greece going into default.It’s a seemingly nondescript photo. A middle-aged man stands withdrawing money at an ATM near the Greek Parliament in Athens. But this man is Nikos Filas, MP and ...

    At midnight, the country officially went into default, with European officials rejecting last-ditch Greek requests. A referendum looms—and a frightening future.

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    A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9BH

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    Today marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic States’s “caliphate.” To mark the occasion, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (aka Caliph Ibrahim) is due to deliver another Ramadan sermon as he did, famously, almost a year ago...

    Who knew that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was so in tune with decadent Western ways?

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    A Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighter walks near residents who had fled Tel Abyad, as they re-enter Syria from Turkey after the YPG took control of the area, at Tel Abyad town, Raqqa governorate, Syria, June 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rodi Said - RTX1HPW9

    Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria?

    Are Jordan and Turkey Invading Syria?

    Four years in to Syria’s civil war and same ideas keep coming up. This week, buffer zones were back in the news as they have been periodically since they were first floated in 2012 as to way to protect the civilian population from Bashar al-Assad’...

    Or are they just messaging to Obama that they’ve had enough with his non-policy?

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    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Dnipro-1, one of Ukraine’s many pro-government volunteer regiments, today released a video compiling drone footage of a Russian military camp just south of the village of Sontsevo in the Donetsk region.Two drone flights were made over the sa...

    Aerial footage finds smoking-gun evidence of Russian army involvement in the conflict. More war is inevitable.

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    Spies Warned Feds About Mega-Hack Danger

    Spies Warned Feds About Mega-Hack Danger

    Five years ago, U.S. officials refused to merge a database containing classified personnel records of intelligence-agency employees with another run by the Office of Personnel Management, fearing that if the two systems were linked, it could expos...

    U.S. intelligence agencies initially refused to share data with the now-infamously insecure OPM. Then the spies apparently handed over their files anyway.

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    Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1I5FV

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    PARIS — As I write on June 30, no one knows what turn the crisis in Greece will take.I have written enough about my anger at today’s soulless Europe, a Europe without a plan worthy of the name, one unfaithful both to its values and to its founding...

    The Greek prime minister is trying to pass off responsibility for a looming train wreck that he, and he alone, has engineered.

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    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Dnipro-1, one of Ukraine’s many pro-government volunteer regiments, today released a video compiling drone footage of a Russian military camp just south of the village of Sontsevo in the Donetsk region.Two drone flights were made over the sa...

    Aerial footage finds smoking-gun evidence of Russian army involvement in the conflict. More war is inevitable.

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    U.S. News

    FBI Warns U.S. Companies to Be Ready for Chinese Hack Attacks

    FBI Warns of Chinese Hack Attacks

    FBI Warns of Chinese Hack Attacks

    Within the U.S. government, there’s a debate about who’s responsible for the massive hack of federal employees’ darkest secrets. The FBI on Wednesday weighed in with its own answer, strongly implying that it was the work of China.The FBI is warnin...

    In a message obtained by The Daily Beast, the bureau strongly implies Beijing was behind the massive hack that exposed U.S. government employees’ secrets—and U.S. companies are next.

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    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    A Cleveland police officer is facing criticism from a local Islamic civil rights group over his “racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Obama, and pro-Confederate flag” Twitter posts, according to Clevaland.com.After Frank Woyma was recently promoted to Sergea...

    A Cleveland cop is under fire from an Islamic civil rights group after he posted racist and anti-Muslim tweets.

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    New York Mets Bobby Bonilla (R) is congratulated by his teammate Howard Johnson 05 April 1993 after his solo home run in the 5th inning. The Mets won their season opener 3-0 against the new expansion team, the Colorado Rockies.

    Sports Franchises That Pay You to Leave

    Sports Franchises That Pay You to Leave

    For our neighbors to the north, July 1st is Canada Day. But for Mets fans, it’s a chance to rejoice at yet another year in which ex-outfielder/third baseman Bobby Bonilla is handed a nifty check for $1,193,248.20. Amazingly, he’ll pocket this tidy...

    Bobby Bonilla gets paid $1 million per year to not play for the Mets until 2035. Somehow, other teams have wasted money in even more spectacular ways.

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    FBI Warns U.S. Companies to Be Ready for Chinese Hack Attacks

    FBI Warns of Chinese Hack Attacks

    FBI Warns of Chinese Hack Attacks

    Within the U.S. government, there’s a debate about who’s responsible for the massive hack of federal employees’ darkest secrets. The FBI on Wednesday weighed in with its own answer, strongly implying that it was the work of China.The FBI is warnin...

    In a message obtained by The Daily Beast, the bureau strongly implies Beijing was behind the massive hack that exposed U.S. government employees’ secrets—and U.S. companies are next.

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    A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015. At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of Gray, 25, while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz - RTX1AA03

    Blame Rises With Body Count in Baltimore

    Blame Rises With Body Count in Baltimore

    It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked th...

    Police say the riots after Freddie Gray’s death emboldened criminals. The mayor blames the police. Residents are fed up with it all.

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    Is This Kid’s Haircut Too Extreme?

    Is This Kid’s Haircut Too Extreme?

    Jalyn Broussard couldn’t wait to show off his new ‘do. The kindergartener got a haircut he saw on a basketball player and thought he looked pretty good: a “modern fade” that’s longer in the middle and shorter on the sides.Even the principal chirpe...

    Bay Area teachers sent little Jalyn Broussard home for having a ‘distracting’ haircut at school—but his mother says it was a matter of racial discrimination.

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    Tech + Health

    The Native American Rachel Dolezal

    The Native American Rachel Dolezal

    Andrea Smith—an associate professor at University of California, Riverside, the founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and a leading Native American studies scholar and activist—may not, in fact, be a Cherokee woman, despite repeatedl...

    Andrea Smith is a Native American activist and academic hailed for her Cherokee heritage. One small problem: She’s not Cherokee.

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    Paleos and Vegans Unite for ‘Pegan’ Diet

    Paleos and Vegans Unite for ‘Pegan’ Diet

    By Carey Rossi for Life by DailyBurn If you thought meat-loving paleo folks couldn’t have less in common with vegans, it may be hard to believe the latest trend catching the eye of nutritionists and high-profile doctors nationwide. Yes, the pegan ...

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device.    (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Siri has always been too clever by half, yet with the new iOS 8, your iPhone’s operating system received a significant comedy upgrade.And Twitter caught on to the virtual assistant’s chicanery Monday night.If you ask Siri the following: “What’s ze...

    The Twitterverse lost their marbles Monday night over a fabulous in-joke from the tech wizards at Apple. Feel the burn.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    Paleos and Vegans Unite for ‘Pegan’ Diet

    Paleos and Vegans Unite for ‘Pegan’ Diet

    By Carey Rossi for Life by DailyBurn If you thought meat-loving paleo folks couldn’t have less in common with vegans, it may be hard to believe the latest trend catching the eye of nutritionists and high-profile doctors nationwide. Yes, the pegan ...

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    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    Biologists vs. Engineers

    Biologists vs. Engineers

    In less than a generation, IT has smashed, recast and obliterated entire industries. Now the wunderkinds who brought us the Internet and apps for buying Jimmy Choos are laying siege to health care, eager to shake up this most bloated of industries...

    As IT feverishly vies to disrupt health care—and to hack the human organism—engineers are running up against a mindset that’s planets apart from their own.

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    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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    BeastStyle

    Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.  Photo: Queensland Performing Arts Centre/Darren Thomas.

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

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    Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump—who boasted that “I’m really rich” during his stream-of-consciousness announcement speech in which he also insulted Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers—is going to be a little less rich becau...

    Donald Trump and NBC may be headed to court after the network fired the presidential candidate over his speech trashing Mexican immigrants.

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    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida — I’m in a dark room above a Miami Beach nightclub surrounded by penises.No, I’m not at TWIST, the famous South Beach gay club with seven bars, two stories, and one ornately framed portrait of Ricky Martin, although that’s onl...

    Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum is every bit as raunchy as you would hope, with penises, vulvas, and the Kama Sutra carved into a four-poster bed.

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    A boy runs near a Cuban flag painted on a shack with the words reading: "Always on alert" in Havana February 25, 2008. Young Cubans frustrated by a regimented and austere life under socialism said on Monday their hopes of change were disappointed by the naming of old guard revolutionaries to run Cuba after Fidel Castro.

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Gomez would sneak up to his roof with a metal coat hanger late at night and fashion it into a makeshift antenna, desperate to pick up sound waves from Miami radio stations. The fuzzy, clipped beats and melodies that cross...

    The musician Jorge Gomez has always fallen afoul of the Cuban authorities—and now he’s planning a musical about growing up under Castro’s dictatorship.

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    Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump—who boasted that “I’m really rich” during his stream-of-consciousness announcement speech in which he also insulted Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers—is going to be a little less rich becau...

    Donald Trump and NBC may be headed to court after the network fired the presidential candidate over his speech trashing Mexican immigrants.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue, 2013(detail)

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    Her body is limp. Her eyes are void. A tiny girl—about 9 years old—is surrounded by a group of people who stared silently as she tried to understand what was happening around her.Slowly, her head spins almost 180 degrees. Her vacant eyes lock on m...

    H {N}Y P N{Y} OSIS, Philippe Parreno’s latest large-scale exhibition, is as mystifying as it is memorable.

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    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in music—and not in a metaphorical sense.UK-based artist Charlotte Jarvis, in collaboration with the biochemist Dr. Nick Goldman, encoded a new musical composition by the Kreutzer Quartet into D...

    An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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    • Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

      Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

      As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

      The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law’ By Justice Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court of the United States Read Justice Kennedy’s historic and moving ruling that states ...

    Marriage equality, hostage negotiations, and the Internet sleuths. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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