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    U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while talking about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX15DNW

    Obama’s New ISIS War Plan: Nothing

    Obama’s New ISIS War Plan: Nothing

    The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed a major provincial capital in Iraq and taken over another strategically key city in Syria. In response, the Obama administration plans to do—well, not much of anything new.Four defense officials told T...

    Defeats? What defeats? The terror group may have romped in Ramadi and Palmyra, but the Obama administration isn’t changing its strategy.

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    U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) announces his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2016 U.S. presidential election race during a speech in Miami, Florida April 13, 2015. Rubio, 43, announced his candidacy at Miami's Freedom Tower, where thousands of Cuban exiles fleeing the communist-run island in the 1960s were first registered by U.S. authorities.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri  - RTR4X7J9

    Is Rubio Really Hillary’s ‘Nightmare’?

    Is Rubio Really Hillary’s ‘Nightmare’?

    Well, 14 more Republicans announced their candidacies, but clearly, Marco Rubio was the It Boy on the Republican side this week. It started last weekend with a Times article advancing the idea that Rubio as the GOP nominee is a “scary thought” for...

    The Florida senator has strengths some of the other Republicans lack. But if this is a nightmare, Hillary is getting a good night’s sleep.

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    New Threat From Freed Gitmo Detainees

    New Threat From Freed Gitmo Detainees

    New Threat From Freed Gitmo Detainees

    There are growing concerns in some corners of the American government that six former Guantanamo Bay detainees freed by the Obama administration could pose a threat to the safety of U.S. personnel.Those detainees were sent to Uruguay in December. ...

    The U.S. Embassy in Montevideo is beefing up security, but the Obama administration insists the six former detainees released to Uruguay pose no danger. Republicans beg to differ.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while talking about the Affordable Care Act in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, November 14, 2013. Obama bowed to political pressure from his fellow Democrats on Thursday and announced a plan to let insurers renew for one year the health plans for Americans whose policies would be otherwise canceled due to Obamacare. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX15DNW

    Obama’s New ISIS War Plan: Nothing

    Obama’s New ISIS War Plan: Nothing

    The self-proclaimed Islamic State has claimed a major provincial capital in Iraq and taken over another strategically key city in Syria. In response, the Obama administration plans to do—well, not much of anything new.Four defense officials told T...

    Defeats? What defeats? The terror group may have romped in Ramadi and Palmyra, but the Obama administration isn’t changing its strategy.

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    Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the US House of Representatives, attends the annual meeting of the Iranian resistance, presided over by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte, near Paris, on June 22, 2013. Some 500 parliamentarians from the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Arab countries were expected to join the gathering on June 22, one week after Hassan Rowhani, a moderate cleric, was declared winner of Iran's presidential election, ending an eight-year conservative grip on the Islamic republic's administration under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Maryam Rajavi, president of the NCRI, denounced the 'sham election' in Iran and called on the West to stand firm with respect to Hassan Rohani, 'responsible for the machine or repression'. AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON (Photo credit should read JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images)

    Feds Indict Ex-Speaker for FBI Lies

    Feds Indict Ex-Speaker for FBI Lies

    The news stopped the Washington political class cold:Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker in history, was indicted late Thursday by the Justice Department, accused of lying to the FBI about a series of bank w...

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was indicted on Thursday for “bad acts,” shocking Washington and leaving those who knew him best with a host of questions.

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    Wacko Bird Cruz Addicted to ‘Angry Birds’

    Ted Cruz, Secret Video Game Addict

    Ted Cruz, Secret Video Game Addict

    Long before Ted Cruz became a senator from Texas, he was a gamer. He’s known for being pugilistic on the Senate floor, but sometimes he’d rather be fighting cartoon zombies on his iPhone. It’s an uncommon lens through which to view Cruz, a controv...

    The senator is known as a Tea Party firebrand. What he’s not known as is a hidden geek who can’t get enough of “Candy Crush.” He tells The Daily Beast why he can’t have a console.

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    Entertainment

    'Kung Fury' is Here! And It's Insane!

    'Kung Fury' is Here! And It's Insane!

    Months ago, David Hasselhoff premiered a music video, “True Survivor,” featuring scenes from a near-indescribable movie called Kung Fury. That short has now been unleashed upon the world.A crowdfunded send-up of cheap 80s action movies, Kung Fury ...

    Crowdfunded grindhouse short film makes its premiere on TV and internet.

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    Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to the media with his daughter, Riley Curry, after Game Five of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Riley Curry Is NBA Playoffs MVP

    Riley Curry Is NBA Playoffs MVP

    Riley Curry is not apologizing.This Wednesday night, after some basketball happened, the 2-year old daughter of two-time NBA All-Star (and league MVP) Golden State Warrior player Stephen “Steph” Curry once again reminded us who the real star in he...

    She is the Wilt Chamberlain of hijacking press conferences. Meet the cutest Playoffs MVP in NBA history.

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    How many more chat shows can daytime TV take?

    Why Daytime TV Is a Talk-Obsessed Hell

    Why Daytime TV Is a Talk-Obsessed Hell

    If you turn the TV on during the day, you will hear a lot of talk—a great, relentless babble of commentary, views, polemics, judgments, and advice—and also, alongside this finger-pointing and verbal one-upmanship, stuff being sold.Products, promot...

    It’s rumored Meredith Vieira’s chat show may be replaced by another ‘View’ clone. Why has daytime become such a terminal hell of babbling chatter?

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    Emma Stone stars in Columbia Pictuers' "Aloha," also starring Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams.

    The Unbearable Whiteness of ‘Aloha’

    The Unbearable Whiteness of ‘Aloha’

    In the cinematic universe of Cameron Crowe, douchebag heroes find redemption—and they’re always exclusively white. Why should Aloha, Crowe’s latest romantic dramedy set in Hawaii, where local tradition still bristles under the weight of over a cen...

    In Cameron Crowe’s new film, Hawaii is 99 percent white and Emma Stone is…Asian. Yes, the Bradley Cooper and Bill Murray starrer is a bigger disaster than ‘Pearl Harbor.’

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    Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors speaks to the media with his daughter, Riley Curry, after Game Five of the Western Conference Finals against the Houston Rockets during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 27, 2015 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

    Riley Curry Is NBA Playoffs MVP

    Riley Curry Is NBA Playoffs MVP

    Riley Curry is not apologizing.This Wednesday night, after some basketball happened, the 2-year old daughter of two-time NBA All-Star (and league MVP) Golden State Warrior player Stephen “Steph” Curry once again reminded us who the real star in he...

    She is the Wilt Chamberlain of hijacking press conferences. Meet the cutest Playoffs MVP in NBA history.

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    Chris Pratt teaches his son the Pledge of Allegiance

    Chris Pratt Makes Son a Facebook Star

    Chris Pratt Makes Son a Facebook Star

    No matter what your politics, no matter how cynical you’ve become, no matter how much you think the Illuminati lizard overlord Freemasons run things and it’s all just a big konspiracy—if this video of Jurassic Park star Chris Pratt teaching his so...

    Here he is teaching his kid the Pledge of Allegiance on his Facebook page in a video that will help you determine whether or not you still have an active soul.

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    MARCH 9:  Sly Stone of the psychedelic soul group 'Sly And The Family Stone' tries on a necklace on March 9, 1969. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

    Exclusive Sly & the Family Stone Song

    Exclusive Sly & the Family Stone Song

    If you want to sit down and talk musical legends with impossible-to-overstate cultural influence, seminal San Francisco psych funk group Sly & the Family Stone are going to be at the top of your list.Formed in 1967 when Sly and his brother Fre...

    A brand new, unreleased recording from the psych funk legends from the very guts of their heyday.

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    The Rock: A Real American Hero

    The Rock: A Real American Hero

    To love Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is, in so many ways, to love America.When Hollywood’s beefiest emblem of masculine cool carries his latest action vehicle San Andreas into theaters Friday, it won’t be his co-stars (Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddari...

    Here’s how The Rock pummeled his way from pro wrestler and “Choice Movie Sleazebag” to the biggest action movie star in the world.

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    Chris Pratt teaches his son the Pledge of Allegiance

    Chris Pratt Makes Son a Facebook Star

    Chris Pratt Makes Son a Facebook Star

    No matter what your politics, no matter how cynical you’ve become, no matter how much you think the Illuminati lizard overlord Freemasons run things and it’s all just a big konspiracy—if this video of Jurassic Park star Chris Pratt teaching his so...

    Here he is teaching his kid the Pledge of Allegiance on his Facebook page in a video that will help you determine whether or not you still have an active soul.

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    World News

    FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures after he was re-elected at the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, Switzerland, May 29, 2015.          REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann  - RTR4Y28R

    How the Hell Did Sepp Blatter Win?

    How the Hell Did Sepp Blatter Win?

    LONDON — Hey, FIFA delegates, what first attracted you to human ATM Sepp Blatter?The president of soccer’s governing body was comfortably re-elected Friday in the midst of FIFA’s greatest crisis in more than a century.Just two days ago, seven of F...

    Easy: bribes. Just ask the people who took them.

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    Smoke billows in the background as a member of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units flashes the "V" for victory sign after regaining control of the village of Albu Ajil, near the city of Tikrit, from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 9, 2015. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, police and the increasingly influential paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units, which are dominated by Shiite militias, have been involved in a week-old operation to recapture Tikrit, one of the jihadists' main hubs since they overran large parts of Iraq nine months ago.

    ISIS Wins No Matter What Happens Next

    ISIS Wins No Matter What Happens Next

    The Obama administration is being slammed from all sides for its failing strategy against ISIS—and rightly so. But amid all the scorn, one question has yet to be asked about the resiliency of the terror army, which actually goes to the heart of it...

    The latest planned attack on the terror army could be playing right into their hands.

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    Italian Pasquale Scotti is seen in this undated handout photo distributed by Brazil's Federal Police after his arrest in Recife, Brazil, May 26, 2015. Brazilian police on Tuesday said they captured Scotti, the Italian man wanted in Italy for more than 20 years for connections to the Italian mafia. Scotti was convicted in Italy in 1991 for more than 20 murders in addition to weapons charges, extortion and other crimes. REUTERS/Brazilian Federal Police/Handout via Reuters

    Wife Didn’t Know He Was a Mafia Hitman

    Wife Didn’t Know He Was a Mafia Hitman

    ROME — Notorious mobster Pasquale Scotti’s rap sheet reads like it is straight out of screenplay for the next Godfather movie. He had been on the run for 31 years after escaping from a suburban Neapolitan hospital on Christmas Day 1984, where he w...

    Pasquale Scotti allegedly murdered at least 20 people for the Neapolitan Camorra, but in Brazil people thought he was a quiet, shy family guy.

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    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 01: Concacaf General Secretary, Chuck Blazer during the 61st FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on June 1, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Clive Mason - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    The Soccer Dad Who Brought Down FIFA

    The Soccer Dad Who Brought Down FIFA

    One apartment in Trump Tower for himself.A second next door for his cats.More luxury apartments in Florida and the Bahamas.Credit card charges topping $26 million.Another $20 million in his pocket.A blog titled “Travels with Chuck Blazer and His F...

    Chuck Blazer went from suburban New York kiddie coach to flying on private jets with soccer’s global elite. Now he’s the Mr. Big of informants.

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    Smoke billows in the background as a member of the Iraqi paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units flashes the "V" for victory sign after regaining control of the village of Albu Ajil, near the city of Tikrit, from jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) group, on March 9, 2015. Some 30,000 Iraqi soldiers, police and the increasingly influential paramilitary Popular Mobilisation units, which are dominated by Shiite militias, have been involved in a week-old operation to recapture Tikrit, one of the jihadists' main hubs since they overran large parts of Iraq nine months ago.

    ISIS Wins No Matter What Happens Next

    ISIS Wins No Matter What Happens Next

    The Obama administration is being slammed from all sides for its failing strategy against ISIS—and rightly so. But amid all the scorn, one question has yet to be asked about the resiliency of the terror army, which actually goes to the heart of it...

    The latest planned attack on the terror army could be playing right into their hands.

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    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    LONDON — The biggest sports corruption bust in history was just the beginning.American and Swiss authorities are closing in on the total destruction of soccer’s rotten leadership in dual bribery investigations that threaten to take out the FIFA pr...

    The U.S. will use the same RICO legislation that shut down big mafia families to get to FIFA’s boss, Sepp Blatter.

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    Walter De Gregorio, FIFA Director of Communications and Public Affairs gestures during a news conference at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, May 27, 2015. Six soccer officials were arrested in Zurich on Wednesday and detained pending extradition to the United States over suspected corruption at soccer's governing body FIFA, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice said in a statement.

    Team America Smashes Corrupt FIFA

    Team America Smashes Corrupt FIFA

    LONDON — The United States is leading an unlikely charge to save the rest of the world from its beloved beautiful game. Soccer has wallowed in accusations of bribery and corruption for decades, culminating in the ludicrous and ...

    After an unprecedented FBI investigation, Swiss police swooped on FIFA moguls in Zurich this morning and turned the world’s favorite sport upside down.

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    Coffins containing bodies of migrants who died are carried off a navy ship at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta August 26, 2014. At least 24 migrants trying to reach Europe from Africa died after their boat sank in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said on Tuesday after completing a two day search for bodies. A further 364 migrants were rescued by navy and coastguard vessels after the fishing boat capsized on Sunday evening, the latest in a series of similar shipwrecks.

    Mission Creep Madness in North Africa

    Mission Creep Madness in North Africa

    TUNIS — In this small North African country where the Arab Spring started and chaos now threatens from every direction, developments in Europe are followed with growing anxiety. Each time the powerful nations across the Mediterranean make dramatic...

    A newly revealed classified document and a history of grave misjudgments warn against the dangers of the new E.U. plan to stop migrants.

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    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    Feds Will Break FIFA Like the Mafia

    LONDON — The biggest sports corruption bust in history was just the beginning.American and Swiss authorities are closing in on the total destruction of soccer’s rotten leadership in dual bribery investigations that threaten to take out the FIFA pr...

    The U.S. will use the same RICO legislation that shut down big mafia families to get to FIFA’s boss, Sepp Blatter.

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    U.S. News

    California's Mad Max-Style Water Thieves

    California Crooks Are Now Stealing Water

    California Crooks Are Now Stealing Water

    In drought-plagued California, thieves are getting mighty thirsty. At least one managed to make off with a 500-gallon water tanker. The wide load just up and vanished from a highway offramp.It was early morning last Thursday when the Marina landsc...

    Forget gold or cash, credit cards or gas: The hot new commodity in the land of drought is H20.

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    Indiana's pot smoking church?

    Indiana’s First Church of Pot

    Indiana’s First Church of Pot

    Hoosiers, get your Hookahs.In the latest Unintended Consequence of the “Religious Freedom” laws now sweeping the country, an Indiana church today was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. But not just any church: The First Church of Cannabis, whic...

    Be careful what you wish for: A “church of cannabis” is the latest unintended consequence of the right’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act madness.

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    An attendee wears a 2nd amendment shirt while inspecting an assault rifle during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 5, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  More than 70,000 people attended the NRA's 3-day annual meeting that featured nearly 550 exhibitors, a gun trade show and a political rally.

    Can Texas Pass a Gun Bill?

    Can Texas Pass a Gun Bill?

    They are so close. In spite of years of fierce lobbying from advocates, a willing governor, and a legislature full of Tea Party Republicans, the two major gun-rights bills before the Texas state legislature—House Bill 910 which would overturn a ba...

    Open Carry and Campus Carry laws seemed destined to fly through the state’s Tea Party legislature. How they almost imploded.

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    California's Mad Max-Style Water Thieves

    California Crooks Are Now Stealing Water

    California Crooks Are Now Stealing Water

    In drought-plagued California, thieves are getting mighty thirsty. At least one managed to make off with a 500-gallon water tanker. The wide load just up and vanished from a highway offramp.It was early morning last Thursday when the Marina landsc...

    Forget gold or cash, credit cards or gas: The hot new commodity in the land of drought is H20.

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    Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

    Man Threatens Suicide, Police Kill Him

    On May 11, Justin Way was drinking and threatening to hurt himself. His father, George Way, said his son was a recovering alcoholic and had been alcohol-free for five weeks.“He just lost his job, and he had a setback,” he said.Way’s live-in girlfr...

    Justin Way was in bed with a knife. His girlfriend called a non-emergency number to try to get him into a hospital. Minutes later, cops shot him dead.

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    Silicon Valley’s Eating Up Super Ritalin

    Silicon Valley’s Eating Up Super Ritalin

    In the months before a recent trip to Colombia, off to visit an expat friend living there, I had been hearing about nootropics. Or “smart drugs,” as they’re referred to. Brain enhancers. Mental magic.Depending on which site you’ve read that’s proc...

    Nootropics, the new staple “brain enhancers,” exist in a legal gray area in the U.S. In Colombia, you can pick them up over the counter. I did just that.

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    Tech + Health

    A Deer or Sheep Tick now a considerable pest in the UK. Carries many diseases including Lyme disease. About to re-engage with victim's skin.

    Why Lyme Disease Cases Are Spiking

    Why Lyme Disease Cases Are Spiking

    By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Daily Burn When Jennifer Farrell suffered from fever, chills, and fatigue a couple of years ago, she chalked up the flu-like symptoms to crazy spring weather fluctuations that went from hot to cold almost overnight....

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    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, is seen in a picture released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation taken March 28, 2014. Norsworthy, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1987, is seeking to become the first inmate in state history to have a gender reassignment surgery. REUTERS/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Handout FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy has been in prison for 28 years. But she only needed to stay there a few more months to establish one of the more elusive precedents in LGBT history.Norsworthy, 51, is transgender and began her transition from male to fema...

    A 51-year-old inmate was about to make history as the first to undergo a court-ordered sex reassignment surgery. How parole may affect her fate—and that of transgender inmates everyw...

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    A Doc's View: Are Cellphones Harmful To Kids' Health?

    Yes, That Screen Time’s Bad for Your Kid

    Yes, That Screen Time’s Bad for Your Kid

    In my parents’ day, if they had questions on child rearing, all they had were a few books and the advice of their own parents. And as any parent will tell you, grandparents are never shy about giving their children advice on how to raise their own...

    Smartphones and tablets are today’s version of the idiot box, and it turns out parents’ fears are true: Staring at a screen for hours is detrimental. Here’s how to get kids to stop.

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    Your New Bionic Lenses Are B.S.

    Your New Bionic Lenses Are B.S.

    Imagine a simple “taco-shaped” device that can be injected into your eye by a trained eyeball-injecting specialist that will make your vision better than 20/20 for the rest of your life!Never mind that no one knows quite how it works—or whether it...

    A British Columbia doctor claims to have invented a bionic lens that gives you three times better vision than 20/20. Meet the latest entry into the realm of health-care magical realism.

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    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, is seen in a picture released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation taken March 28, 2014. Norsworthy, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1987, is seeking to become the first inmate in state history to have a gender reassignment surgery. REUTERS/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Handout FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy has been in prison for 28 years. But she only needed to stay there a few more months to establish one of the more elusive precedents in LGBT history.Norsworthy, 51, is transgender and began her transition from male to fema...

    A 51-year-old inmate was about to make history as the first to undergo a court-ordered sex reassignment surgery. How parole may affect her fate—and that of transgender inmates everyw...

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    A3YYGK fine arts, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Ishtar as Goddess of Love, sculpture and form, clay, Old Babylonian, 2nd millennium BC, Briti

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    When it comes to religion and erotica, you could be forgiven for thinking that the two are mutually exclusive. When Christian clergy talk about sex it’s almost always to tell people what they shouldn’t be doing (almost everything) and when they sh...

    Ancient Babylonian plaques are totally Not Safe For Temple, but they also reveal ancient enlightened views on doing it.

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    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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    New Mexico's Pot Industry Being Taken Over by Foreign Investors

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    California, Colorado, and Washington have long been championed as destinations to participate in the green gold rush. But as a recent story in NM Political Report shows, New Mexico—a state whose medical marijuana entities are supposed to be struct...

    News that a Canadian company acquired 51 percent of a Santa Fe medical marijuana company is sparking fears about how foreign investments in the industry may harm patients.

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    A3YYGK fine arts, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Ishtar as Goddess of Love, sculpture and form, clay, Old Babylonian, 2nd millennium BC, Briti

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    When it comes to religion and erotica, you could be forgiven for thinking that the two are mutually exclusive. When Christian clergy talk about sex it’s almost always to tell people what they shouldn’t be doing (almost everything) and when they sh...

    Ancient Babylonian plaques are totally Not Safe For Temple, but they also reveal ancient enlightened views on doing it.

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    BeastStyle

    "RICHARD PRINCE: New Portraits"

    ‘Instagram Art Thief’ Gets Away With It

    ‘Instagram Art Thief’ Gets Away With It

    Whether you like it or not, you may be worth $100,000—that is, if Richard Prince stumbles across your Instagram profile.For the past year, the notoriously known appropriation artist has been cultivating images from the social media platform and tu...

    There are no legal actions so far arising from the controversy, but was the artist Richard Prince stealing when he used other artists’ Instagram work for his own pieces?

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    Vanessa Place’s Race Controversy

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Since 2009, Vanessa Place has been tweeting Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, word for word.As of Wednesday, she was nearing the end of Chapter 60, with only three chapters remaining.Place’s intention is to stir up controversy around the rac...

    Vanessa Place says her latest project is intended to explore ‘Gone With The Wind’s’ prejudice—except she has ended up being accused of being a racist.

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    Don't Mess With J.K. Rowling, as Westboro Found Out The Hard Way

    J.K. Rowling Takes On Homophobic Trolls

    J.K. Rowling Takes On Homophobic Trolls

    The Westboro Baptist Church—those odd, hateful people who randomly picket funerals and spout virulent bigotry—really should have thought twice before taking on J.K. Rowling.She has sold 450 million Harry Potter books. She knows how to spin the bes...

    The “Harry Potter” author struck back—deliciously—against an anti-gay group after it attacked her for supporting Irish marriage equality.

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    Author Germaine Greer gestures at a media launch in Melbourne August 21, 2008. Greer is the keynote speaker at the Melbourne Writers Festival which begins on August 22.

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    You’d think Germaine Greer, one of the most famous and revered feminist icons of the 20th century, and pop star Elton John might have something in common. They’re both pop-cultural lightning conductors, embraced by the mainstream, yet proudly, ind...

    The author of “The Female Eunuch” just attacked Elton John and David Furnish as parents—the latest in a long line of intemperate denunciations. What’s her beef?

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    Vanessa Place’s Race Controversy

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

    Since 2009, Vanessa Place has been tweeting Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, word for word.As of Wednesday, she was nearing the end of Chapter 60, with only three chapters remaining.Place’s intention is to stir up controversy around the rac...

    Vanessa Place says her latest project is intended to explore ‘Gone With The Wind’s’ prejudice—except she has ended up being accused of being a racist.

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    This Swimsuit Cut Is Too Damn High

    This Swimsuit Cut Is Too Damn High

    Nicki Minaj saved my summer—or so, I thought.After she and Beyoncé released their “Feeling Myself” video, a slew of fashion articles jumped on the fact that both of the style icon songstresses were wearing one-piece bathing suits in it.My heart sa...

    The one-piece used to be the modest, cover-up option when it came to women’s swimsuits. No longer. Ladies, prepare to show everything.

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    Ian Reisner, left, and Mati Weiderpass, co-owners of The Out NYC hotel, cut the ribbon for New York's new gay resort hotel, Thursday, March 1, 2012. The straight-friendly urban resort is located on 42nd Street, a few blocks from Times Square.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Fire Island’s Ted Cruz Boycott Fizzles

    Fire Island’s Ted Cruz Boycott Fizzles

    Looking up as if he’d half heard the only interesting part of the conversation I was having with his friend, a handsome—and barely dressed—twentysomething interjected with a slight slur: “Ted Cruz? Wasn’t he in Mission Impossible?”No, that was Tom...

    There had been calls to boycott Ian Reisner’s businesses on Fire Island after he hosted the Texas senator. But Memorial Day weekend in the gay mecca passed off protest-free.

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    A model walks a runway show as a part of New York Fashion Week

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    The True Cost opens on the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013, a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed 1,129 lives and left 2,500 more injured. We see bloody bodies trapped under the wreckage; wives and mothers screaming for their lov...

    A new documentary highlights the exploitation at the heart of the fashion industry. But beyond empty sloganeering, it lacks a prescription for change.

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    This Swimsuit Cut Is Too Damn High

    This Swimsuit Cut Is Too Damn High

    Nicki Minaj saved my summer—or so, I thought.After she and Beyoncé released their “Feeling Myself” video, a slew of fashion articles jumped on the fact that both of the style icon songstresses were wearing one-piece bathing suits in it.My heart sa...

    The one-piece used to be the modest, cover-up option when it came to women’s swimsuits. No longer. Ladies, prepare to show everything.

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    Presidential fanfiction erotica + author interview

    The Fake Sex Lives of Dead Presidents

    The Fake Sex Lives of Dead Presidents

    If walking through the Hall of Presidents or staring at Mount Rushmore has always left you a little hot and bothered, there’s a new erotica series for you (warning: explicit content up ahead).More specially, if you fantasize about Abraham Lincoln ...

    The character Ilene Cumberbatch has been imagining sleeping her way, as explicitly as possible, through all the U.S. presidents. Her creator is a heterosexual man.

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    • Vanessa Place’s Race Controversy

      Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

      Racist to Tweet ‘Gone With the Wind’?

      Since 2009, Vanessa Place has been tweeting Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, word for word.As of Wednesday, she was nearing the end of Chapter 60, with only three chapters remaining.Place’s intention is to stir up controversy around the rac...

      Vanessa Place says her latest project is intended to explore ‘Gone With The Wind’s’ prejudice—except she has ended up being accused of being a racist.

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    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    You’d think Germaine Greer, one of the most famous and revered feminist icons of the 20th century, and pop star Elton John might have something in common. They’re both pop-cultural lightning conductors, embraced by the mainstream, yet proudly, ind...

    The author of “The Female Eunuch” just attacked Elton John and David Furnish as parents—the latest in a long line of intemperate denunciations. What’s her beef?

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    Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks about the long-awaited unveiling of the Mitchell Report on steroids during a news conference in New York, December 13, 2007. Dozens of baseball stars from Barry Bonds to Roger Clemens were named on Thursday in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on steroids use, which Major League Baseball hopes will help clean its tarnished image. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES) - RTX4PV1

    How Bud Selig Almost Ruined Baseball

    How Bud Selig Almost Ruined Baseball

    Chicks may have dug the long ball in the ’90s, but as the game of professional baseball entered the 2000s the story became less about the home runs and more about the reason behind all those home runs—steroids.This shift was overseen by one of the...

    In a scathing and often surprising new book, the former baseball commissioner comes off as a greedy manipulator who did little to clean up baseball while Steinbrenner looks, well, be...

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    Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club and Fight Club 2, the Graphic Novel during an interview at the London New York hotel in New York City, NY.

    ‘Fight Club’s’ Twisted Mastermind

    ‘Fight Club’s’ Twisted Mastermind

    Chuck Palahniuk exploded onto the literary scene in 1996 with his novel Fight Club, a raging anti-commercialism polemic and outlet to his inner anger. With the release of David Fincher’s 1999 film adaptation, he—like the film—became a looming cult...

    Chuck Palahniuk, acclaimed author of ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Choke,’ opens up about his new comic book ‘Fight Club 2’ and short story ‘Expedition’—a prequel to the first ‘Fight Club’ novel.

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    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    Germaine Greer Vs. The Modern World

    You’d think Germaine Greer, one of the most famous and revered feminist icons of the 20th century, and pop star Elton John might have something in common. They’re both pop-cultural lightning conductors, embraced by the mainstream, yet proudly, ind...

    The author of “The Female Eunuch” just attacked Elton John and David Furnish as parents—the latest in a long line of intemperate denunciations. What’s her beef?

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    A model walks a runway show as a part of New York Fashion Week

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    The True Cost opens on the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013, a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed 1,129 lives and left 2,500 more injured. We see bloody bodies trapped under the wreckage; wives and mothers screaming for their lov...

    A new documentary highlights the exploitation at the heart of the fashion industry. But beyond empty sloganeering, it lacks a prescription for change.

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    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    By far my most successful ad was Marianne Dashwood. It was on Backpage, which looks like a craigslist knockoff, but only the escort section has any activity. You can get just about anything for any price, including the girl from Taken, or so hyste...

    “Marianne Dashwood” was by far my most successful Backpage ad: Men wanted to date her, save her, own her.

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    Interview with Ann Coulter

    Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

    Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

    When it comes to Ann Coulter—the conservative blond avenger, the loud-mouthed provocateur, the human hot-button of mass-media notoriety who is forever tossing turds into liberals’ punch bowls—people always want to know: Is she for real?Even the ti...

    The motormouth claims the U.S. is being ruined by an influx of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Is this performance art or is she for real?

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    A model walks a runway show as a part of New York Fashion Week

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    The True Cost opens on the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013, a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed 1,129 lives and left 2,500 more injured. We see bloody bodies trapped under the wreckage; wives and mothers screaming for their lov...

    A new documentary highlights the exploitation at the heart of the fashion industry. But beyond empty sloganeering, it lacks a prescription for change.

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