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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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    Former Maryland Governor and probable Democratic Presidential candidate Martin O'Malley (C) arrives to speak at a "Politics and Eggs" breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire March 31, 2015.     REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4VM62

    Team O’Malley: We Ain’t Old Like Hillary

    Team O’Malley: We Ain’t Old Like Hillary

    A new super PAC supporting Martin O’Malley will officially launch on Thursday, and its message is a not-so-subtle dig at Hillary Clinton: Generation Forward. The contents of the group’s first ad, titled “Passing the Torch,” and official site provi...

    The former Maryland governor’s super PAC subtly dings Clinton in a new video ahead of his official presidential campaign launch on Saturday.

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    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23:  Singer Cher peforms on NBC's "Today" at NBC's TODAY Show on September 23, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

    Cher Is Worried About Obama’s ISIS War

    Cher Is Worried About Obama’s ISIS War

    International pop-music icon and Will & Grace guest star Cher is not particularly impressed with how President Obama has been waging war on the Islamic State.Cher (born Cherilyn Sarkisian) is many things. She is an award-winning actress, singe...

    The singer is worried about how America’s campaign against the Islamic State in progressing.

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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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    Presidential hopeful Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference to discuss legislation ìto provide tuition-free higher education for students at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  - RTX1DNVS

    Bernie Sanders’s One Fantastic Idea

    Bernie Sanders’s One Fantastic Idea

    So now at least there’s a primary on the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders is in. And Martin O’Malley is announcing later this week that he’s doing the same.It all hardly means that Hillary Clinton is likely to lose the nomination—the chances of tha...

    He’s not going to win, OK? But if he just gets America talking about free college for all, his candidacy will have accomplished plenty.

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    Sheldon Adelson

    Big Trouble in Adelson’s Little China

    Big Trouble in Adelson’s Little China

    Sheldon Adelson has rarely been shy about sharing his opinion. Whether the topic is Israeli politics, online gambling, or the next GOP presidential nominee, the multibillionaire casino man and Republican Party mega-donor has put his mouth wherever...

    The GOP mega donor has been accused of corruption by the man who ran his Macau casinos—and now the case will be heard in an American court.

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    Entertainment

    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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    The end of down home reality TV exploitation

    The End of Hicksploitation TV

    The End of Hicksploitation TV

    There’s nothing I hate more than when TV lives up to its bad reputation.In the wake of the revelation that Josh Duggar, the eldest of TV’s most famous litter of children, molested five underage girls—among them his sisters—when he was a teenager, ...

    After years of mining “real America” for conservative families to exhibit at the reality TV zoo, it’s time to stop exploiting and oversimplifying the heartland for entertainment.

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    Hollywood’s Comedy Queens Sound Off

    Hollywood’s Comedy Queens Sound Off

    The Hollywood Reporter’s annual gathering of Emmy-contending comedy actresses brought together Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Lena ...

    The cream of the female comedy crop gathered for The Hollywood Reporter’s Emmy roundtable to dish on everything from Hillary Clinton to sexism. Hilarity, of course, ensued.

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    Bill Nye Curses Out the Universe

    Bill Nye Curses Out the Universe

    We’ve all known—or have been—a young lady who interpreted seemingly random happenings as a sign from the magical mystery forces of the great beyond. Or as the indomitable Bill Nye The Science Guy puts it:“We now know the universe is essentially a ...

    Nye supernaturally predicted backlash directed toward him by idiots on Twitter in a truly must-watch sketch from “Inside Amy Schumer” this week.

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    The end of down home reality TV exploitation

    The End of Hicksploitation TV

    The End of Hicksploitation TV

    There’s nothing I hate more than when TV lives up to its bad reputation.In the wake of the revelation that Josh Duggar, the eldest of TV’s most famous litter of children, molested five underage girls—among them his sisters—when he was a teenager, ...

    After years of mining “real America” for conservative families to exhibit at the reality TV zoo, it’s time to stop exploiting and oversimplifying the heartland for entertainment.

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    U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs during "The B.B King 80th Birthday Tour Auctions" at Poble Espanyol in Barcelona July 10, 2006.  REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN) - RTR1FDN9

    B.B. King’s Kids Swear He Was Murdered

    B.B. King’s Kids Swear He Was Murdered

    It’s a battle that would surely have B.B. King singing the blues.Family members of the recently deceased blues guitar legend continue to spar over control of his estate—and now, they’re alleging King was the victim of foul play.In affidavits filed...

    The blues legend’s daughters say he was poisoned to death and have accused his longtime manager of elder abuse. Her team says the claims are just a cheap money grab by disgruntled kin.

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    John Oliver Warned Us: FIFA Is Grotesque

    John Oliver Warned Us: FIFA Is Grotesque

    In light of all the news this week about corrupt and criminal activity involving FIFA, let’s take a look back at an episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, in which host, and soccer aficionado, John Oliver breaks down the “comically grotesque organiza...

    “Last Week Tonight” rant from last June shows us what led to this week’s charges.

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    BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 03:  Actress Kelly Rutherford (C) attends Women's Health Hamptons "Party Under the Stars" for RUN10 FEED10 at Bridgehampton Tennis and Surf Club on August 3, 2013 in Bridgehampton, New York.  (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Women's Health)

    Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Nightmare

    Kelly Rutherford’s Custody Nightmare

    MONTE CARLO, Monaco — Actress Kelly Rutherford appeared to finally get a happy ending late last week in an epic and ultra-messy court battle rooted in what a legal expert once called one of the worst custody decisions ever. A Los Angeles judge rev...

    A U.S. judge awarded the Gossip Girl actress sole custody of her two children this week after a grueling six-year battle with her Monaco-based ex that included wild accusations.

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    U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs during "The B.B King 80th Birthday Tour Auctions" at Poble Espanyol in Barcelona July 10, 2006.  REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino (SPAIN) - RTR1FDN9

    B.B. King’s Kids Swear He Was Murdered

    B.B. King’s Kids Swear He Was Murdered

    It’s a battle that would surely have B.B. King singing the blues.Family members of the recently deceased blues guitar legend continue to spar over control of his estate—and now, they’re alleging King was the victim of foul play.In affidavits filed...

    The blues legend’s daughters say he was poisoned to death and have accused his longtime manager of elder abuse. Her team says the claims are just a cheap money grab by disgruntled kin.

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    World News

    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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    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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    Who's Lying About Syria's Christian Massacre?

    Who Lied About This Christian Massacre?

    Who Lied About This Christian Massacre?

    Patrick Cockburn, the Irish foreign correspondent for The Independent, has an eclectic following. He is admired by Noam Chomsky and Rand Paul; and last December, when he won the British equivalent of a Pulitzer for his coverage of Syria and Iraq, ...

    An esteemed war journalist says he witnessed Syrian jihadis slaughter Christians. Evidence of a war crime—or a Brian Williams moment?

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    Foreign laborers working on the construction site of the al-Wakrah football stadium, one of the Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums, walk back to their accomodation at the Ezdan 40 compound after finishing work on May 4, 2015, in Doha's Al-Wakrah southern suburbs. The Qatari government has announced new projects to provide better accommodation for up to one million migrant workers. Today they organised a media tour of existing housing camps and new ones. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI        (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

    World Cup Slaves: It Gets Worse

    World Cup Slaves: It Gets Worse

    This is what modern-day slavery looks like: Scores of Nepalese migrant workers toiling under horrific conditions to build the stadiums and other facilities required for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been forbidden to return to their homeland fo...

    Nepalese migrant workers on Qatar’s 2022 World Cup stadiums were met with their worst indignity yet: they were disallowed from going home to the funerals of relatives who were killed...

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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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    A man, according to Ukraine's state security service (SBU) one of two Russian servicemen recently detained by Ukrainian forces, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, May 19, 2015. Ukraine on Monday showed two prisoners it said were Russian soldiers who had killed Ukrainian troops in fighting in its east and said they would be prosecuted for "terrorist acts". The Ukrainians seized on the capture of the two Russians, both wounded, to support their accusations of direct Russian involvement in the separatist conflict despite a ceasefire signed in February.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich - RTX1DMUH

    Russia Won’t Admit POWs Are in Ukraine

    Russia Won’t Admit POWs Are in Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine — Groups of armed officers guarded the gate to the Main Military Clinical Hospital in Kiev on Tuesday. No cars were allowed in. “Today we have a special system of passes,” one of the guards told drivers trying to enter the hospital’s...

    The fate of the imprisoned Russians remains unclear. The Kremlin seems intent on forgetting about them.

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    The Roman sarcophagus lid. Source: ICE

    The Case of Italy’s Stolen Sarcophagus

    The Case of Italy’s Stolen Sarcophagus

    ROME — An 1,800-year-old sarcophagus lid depicting a sublime version of a sleeping Ariadne, the goddess of labyrinths and sometimes of passion, came home to Italy this week after more than three decades on the lam. The return of Ariadne, along wit...

    Along with 24 other missing pieces of Italy’s heritage, the lid bearing a gorgeous sleeping Ariadne was returned this week—after 34 years of being smuggled around the world.

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    Quorom video: Essy

    Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

    Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

    Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

    When meeting anonymously with anti-gay religious leaders, Kenyan LGBTI activist Essy asks, “Do you really think that I should be beaten, now that you know me?”

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    A man, according to Ukraine's state security service (SBU) one of two Russian servicemen recently detained by Ukrainian forces, lies on a bed at a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, May 19, 2015. Ukraine on Monday showed two prisoners it said were Russian soldiers who had killed Ukrainian troops in fighting in its east and said they would be prosecuted for "terrorist acts". The Ukrainians seized on the capture of the two Russians, both wounded, to support their accusations of direct Russian involvement in the separatist conflict despite a ceasefire signed in February.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich - RTX1DMUH

    Russia Won’t Admit POWs Are in Ukraine

    Russia Won’t Admit POWs Are in Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine — Groups of armed officers guarded the gate to the Main Military Clinical Hospital in Kiev on Tuesday. No cars were allowed in. “Today we have a special system of passes,” one of the guards told drivers trying to enter the hospital’s...

    The fate of the imprisoned Russians remains unclear. The Kremlin seems intent on forgetting about them.

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    U.S. News

    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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    Members of the media walk in front of the headquarters of soccer's international governing body FIFA 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. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich - RTX1EPB7

    Clinton Foundation Took FIFA Money

    Clinton Foundation Took FIFA Money

    And just like that, another Clinton Foundation donor is in the news.The Clinton global charity has received between $50,000 and $100,000 from soccer’s governing body and has partnered with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association on s...

    Both Bill Clinton and his family’s charity have been tied to soccer’s governing body, as well as Qatar’s disastrous World Cup bid.

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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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    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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    Want Some NRA Confederate Flag Swag?

    Want Some NRA Confederate Flag Swag?

    What’s for sale in the National Rifle Association’s monthly magazine? Bullet-knives, Confederate lamps, and prepper kits galore.

    What’s for sale in the National Rifle Association’s monthly magazine? Bullet-knives, Confederate lamps, and prepper kits galore.

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    Kendall Jenner (L) and Kylie Jenner sign autographs for fans on the red carpet before hosting the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVA) in Toronto, June 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR3TYFT

    A Kardashian Stumbles Upon a Chemtrail

    A Kardashian Stumbles Upon a Chemtrail

    Kylie Jenner has seen some things, and she has questions.On Monday, the 17-year-old star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and daughter of Bruce Jenner and Kris Kardashian, posted a meme on Twitter, where she inexplicably has over 9 million follo...

    Kylie Jenner, worried about the children, wants to know who or what all of this plane exhaust is exterminating, if it’s the honeybees, and who’s paying to kill all of these honeybees.

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    Tech + Health

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Over the last few decades, research in the social, cognitive, and political sciences has shown again and again that earnest, lasting change on a contentious issue is an extremely rare thing.The body of research certainly paints a pessimistic pictu...

    The retraction of a “Science” paper claiming a 20-minute talk with a gay canvasser can change views on gay marriage may not quash the theory. The reason? We trust bogus science.

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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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    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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    BeastStyle

    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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    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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    TO GO WITH NZealand-Japan-quake-architecture-Ban,FEATURE by Neil Sands This photo taken on December 5, 2012 shows Japanese architect Shigeru Ban posing in front of the new Christchurch Cathedral building site which will be made of cardboard in Christchurch. When Ban designed a new cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch, he chose the most unlikely of materials -- cardboard -- for the landmark project. The New Zealand city's magnificent Gothic revival cathedral hewn from local basalt was irreparably damaged in the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that claimed 185 lives on February 22, 2011. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Architect Reshaping Nepal

    The Architect Reshaping Nepal

    Not all notable architects are demanding divas or money-sucking leeches.Some, like Shigeru Ban, use their trained eye and elite status to aid humanitarian efforts in lieu of status-seeking trophy projects.And he could be the man who re-shapes Nepa...

    After helping disaster survivors in Japan, Rwanda, India, and Sri Lanka, the architect Shigeru Ban will next use his building expertise to aid those affected by Nepal’s deadly earthq...

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    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    In the middle of the Amazon jungle, a town that oddly resembles Dearborn, Michigan, has been eaten by the ravenous fauna of Brazil.The enigmatic settlement of Fordlandia is one of Henry Ford’s most expensive and little-known failures. Ford, one of...

    His aim was to build the world’s largest rubber plantation, but Henry Ford’s dream of “Fordlandia” became an expensive, epic failure.

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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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    Books

    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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    • 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Ten Windows by Jane Hirshfield Review

    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    In the fifth essay of her new collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, poet Jane Hirshfield writes of a Japanese poem, “windows are the opening through which the luminous arrives.”That idea of windows as luminous openings, whe...

    In essays as forceful as they are graceful, the poet Jane Hirshfield argues that poetry possesses the ability to transform the way its readers perceive the world.

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    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey thought in black and white, he said. He was helpless when it came to color. “With color,” he told his friend Clifford Ross, “I have a tendency to wish to blow my brains out at some point or other.”We know Gorey—who didn’t blow his bra...

    Famous for his droll, macabre illustrations and stories, nearly all in black and white, Edward Gorey was also a master of color, as he proved repeatedly with his book jacket designs.

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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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