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    Ex-DLC Head: Tax Energy and Wall Street

    Ex-DLC Head: Tax Energy and Wall Street

    Out of power and out of ideas. That’s where Democrats are today, and that’s where they were in the late 1980s when Al From co-founded the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), which brought Democrats back from the dead on the strength of “New Democ...

    Years ago, Al From drove the Democrats’ move to the center. Now he has some ideas that don’t sound very...Al From-ish.

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    Pentagon Trained Foreign Torturers

    Pentagon Trained Foreign Torturers

    By Lauren Chadwick, Center for Public IntegrityThe Defense Department trained at some of its top schools at least 17 high-ranking foreigners who were later convicted or accused of criminal and human-rights abuses in their own cou...

    Foreign officers who attended top Pentagon schools were later accused of rape, murder, genocide, and coups, according to State Department reports.

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    The border is a barrier for the last wild jaguars

    Trump’s Wall Threatens Last U.S. Jaguars

    Trump’s Wall Threatens Last U.S. Jaguars

    It was thought that there was only one wild jaguar left in the U.S. But a second “big cat” was spotted recently in Southern Arizona and now experts are working to learn more about it.The North American jaguar is on the brink of extinction in the...

    Jaguars need vast amounts of land to survive and reproduce. There are only two males of the species left in the United States—and the closet known females are on the Mexican side of ...

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    Democrats

    Ex-DLC Head: Tax Energy and Wall Street

    Ex-DLC Head: Tax Energy and Wall Street

    Out of power and out of ideas. That’s where Democrats are today, and that’s where they were in the late 1980s when Al From co-founded the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), which brought Democrats back from the dead on the strength of “New Democ...

    Years ago, Al From drove the Democrats’ move to the center. Now he has some ideas that don’t sound very...Al From-ish.

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    Obama's legacy, the five good and five bad

    The Best and Worst of the Obama Years

    The Best and Worst of the Obama Years

    Back in December, it was possible to pretend this week would somehow never come. But here it is. Donald Trump is going to be the president of the United States. And Barack Obama is going to give that final salute as he steps aboard Marine One. Wel...

    With just a handful of days until Donald Trump is president, now is the perfect time to take stock of the Obama presidency—good and bad.

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    Celebs skipping the inauguration

    Even Pro-Trump Celebs Are Skipping D.C.

    Even Pro-Trump Celebs Are Skipping D.C.

    It is unlikely that Donald Trump’s successful inauguration-concert booking of Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Lee Greenwood, and Jon Voight will do much to ease his hurt feelings toward liberal Hollywood.The president-elect has reportedly been “very unh...

    Hollywood surrogate Jon Voight is a guest of Team Trump. Don King and Fabio are hard maybes. Ann Coulter is set to stay far, far away.

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    Entertainment

    Russians ‘Hack Sherlock’ in War on BBC

    Russians ‘Hack Sherlock’ in War on BBC

    In a mystery worthy of the master detective himself, the BBC is investigating the possibility that the final episode of its hit sleuth series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, was illegally leaked online by a state-sponso...

    Reports are circulating that state-sponsored agents circulated a Russian-language copy of the finale of the hit BBC series as part of Moscow’s war with the British broadcaster.

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    Colbert Hammers Trump for Lewis Tweets

    Colbert Hammers Trump for Lewis Tweets

    Stephen Colbert couldn’t wait for his show Monday night to express his displeasure with Donald Trump’s decision to go after Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congressman John Lewis during Martin Luther King weekend, tweeting from his personal accou...

    The ‘Late Show’ host defended his good friend John Lewis from Trump’s unwarranted Twitter attack Monday night.

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    Did Lindsay Lohan Convert to Islam?

    Did Lindsay Lohan Convert to Islam?

    The world’s second largest-religion is receiving a revolutionary rebranding, courtesy of the star of such films as Mean Girls, The Canyons, and Herbie: Fully Loaded. Lindsay Lohan, already the celebrity face of overtanning, cautionary tales, and m...

    The ‘Mean Girls’ star has scrubbed her social media, leaving behind just an Arabic greeting. Rumor has it she’s converted to Islam after months of shilling for Erdogan.

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    In this March 1, 2016 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the LA Premiere of "London Has Fallen," in Los Angeles. Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year.

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Time-honored actors always make for the best interviews. They’re freewheeling, delivering honest-to-goodness answers in lieu of vague observations prebaked by an army of high-priced publicists. Susan Sarandon, her divisive political views notwiths...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon discusses the second season of his popular Nat Geo series ‘The Story of God,’ belief in the afterlife, and much more.

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    Colbert Hammers Trump for Lewis Tweets

    Colbert Hammers Trump for Lewis Tweets

    Stephen Colbert couldn’t wait for his show Monday night to express his displeasure with Donald Trump’s decision to go after Civil Rights icon and Democratic Congressman John Lewis during Martin Luther King weekend, tweeting from his personal accou...

    The ‘Late Show’ host defended his good friend John Lewis from Trump’s unwarranted Twitter attack Monday night.

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    The Affair

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    Oh really, Alison (Ruth Wilson) as a trainer for grief counselors? Of all the outlandish and strange things The Affair has tried to convince us of over the past three seasons, having the drama’s most unstable, impulsive, miserable, and self-involv...

    In a baffling episode of ‘The Affair,’ Luisa suddenly thought Alison was a great parent, Alison was suddenly a grief sage, and Cole cracked some tear-stained eggs.

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    Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.'

    Baldwin Goes High as Trump Goes Low

    Baldwin Goes High as Trump Goes Low

    With just five days to go until Donald Trump is inaugurated as president of the United States, he is still, unbelievably, complaining about his portrayal on Saturday Night Live.Using the occasion as an excuse to extend his war on the free press to...

    The president-elect is still tweeting about ‘Saturday Night Live’ — and Alec Baldwin is giving it right back to him.

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    Tom Hardy attends UK Premiere of "The Revenant" at Empire Leicester Square on January 14, 2016 in London, England.

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    The new FX miniseries series Taboo is very much a full-circle moment for its co-creator/star, Tom Hardy.As James Delaney, a man who returns to 1814 London from Africa with vengeance on his mind and tattoos cloaking his torso, Hardy’s feral gentili...

    The incredibly talented actor discusses fatherhood, his drama school classmate Michael Fassbender, and the potential of a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond film.

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    The Affair

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    Oh really, Alison (Ruth Wilson) as a trainer for grief counselors? Of all the outlandish and strange things The Affair has tried to convince us of over the past three seasons, having the drama’s most unstable, impulsive, miserable, and self-involv...

    In a baffling episode of ‘The Affair,’ Luisa suddenly thought Alison was a great parent, Alison was suddenly a grief sage, and Cole cracked some tear-stained eggs.

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    World News

    Tillerson hearing ratchet up Beijing

    China Threatens ‘Large-Scale War’ on US

    China Threatens ‘Large-Scale War’ on US

    Beijing on Friday—the 13th no less—threatened the United States with “large-scale war.”“Prepare for a military clash” said the Global Times in an editorial.Beijing was hitting back hard against remarks made by Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s pick fo...

    Trump’s secretary of State nominee signals radical change in Washington’s policy toward Beijing—and the reaction is immediate. But how far will either side go?

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    China

    China: Trade War or Tirade War?

    China: Trade War or Tirade War?

    HONG KONG—No matter how some pundits frame current U.S.-China relations, Beijing wants no part in armed conflict with America. Open war—whether framed as escalation of tensions across the Taiwan Strait, in the South China Sea, or due to geopolitic...

    The big risk—that a trade war would lead to a shooting war—probably is overrated. But that’s because China has so many economic weapons at its disposal.

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    Cartel Land

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    TIJUANA, Mexico— There seems to be little consensus in the raging binational debate over the issue of who will pay for the “big, beautiful border wall” that incoming President Donald Trump has promised the American people.After months of insisting...

    With so little faith in their government’s promises, many in Mexico believe Mexicans may indeed end up paying for a wall intended to keep them out of the U.S.

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    Serbia Refugees

    Serbia’s Purgatory for Refugees

    Serbia’s Purgatory for Refugees

    KRNJACA, Serbia—It is the bleakness of the place that grabs you first. The steel gray sky, the low slung buildings, the winter grass short and bare, laundry hanging from washing lines outside in the cold winter light. There are kids playing though...

    In grim “asylum centers” the only hope and obsession for thousands is to get on “the waiting list” that might, just might, get them into Hungary.

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    China

    China: Trade War or Tirade War?

    China: Trade War or Tirade War?

    HONG KONG—No matter how some pundits frame current U.S.-China relations, Beijing wants no part in armed conflict with America. Open war—whether framed as escalation of tensions across the Taiwan Strait, in the South China Sea, or due to geopolitic...

    The big risk—that a trade war would lead to a shooting war—probably is overrated. But that’s because China has so many economic weapons at its disposal.

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    Tomb Raider

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    International treasure hunters face a number of practical challenges: unfriendly locals, hostile international trade agreements that frown on grave robbing, inclement weather, dangerous travel conditions in unfamiliar terrain, and, of course, the ...

    Archaeologists exploring the "City of the Monkey God" recently contracted a flesh-eating disease, which is quite similar to a number of horrifying tales of woe to befall ar...

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    US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) boards his campaign plane in San Antonio, Texas, March 3, 2008.

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    LONDON—President Barack Obama cut his political teeth in Chicago. It’s fitting then that he chose that city to deliver his farewell speech as President, soon after its homicide rate hit a 20-year high under his watch. Chicago is a city traumatized...

    To paraphrase the Bard, the evil that he did lives after him, the good will be interrèd by the Republicans.

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    Cloak and Dagger

    The Vatican Spy’s Plot to Kill Hitler

    The Vatican Spy’s Plot to Kill Hitler

    Josef Müller was a self-made lawyer of sturdy peasant stock, a beer-loving Bavarian with sky-blue eyes, and an Iron Cross hero of the Great War. Because he worked his way through school driving an oxcart, friends ribbed him as Ochsensepp, Joey Ox....

    Files on Nazi war crimes show the godfather of the E.U. was not only a CIA agent, but a Vatican spy who linked Pope Pius XII with dissident Germans plotting to kill Hitler.

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    Tomb Raider

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    International treasure hunters face a number of practical challenges: unfriendly locals, hostile international trade agreements that frown on grave robbing, inclement weather, dangerous travel conditions in unfamiliar terrain, and, of course, the ...

    Archaeologists exploring the "City of the Monkey God" recently contracted a flesh-eating disease, which is quite similar to a number of horrifying tales of woe to befall ar...

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    She Had Her Man Kill for Street Justice

    She Had Her Man Kill for Street Justice

    Della Nichols was enraged when she thought her half-brother had molested her 6-year-old daughter. So the former Oklahoma City stripper had her boyfriend kill him, police say.Nichols and Adrian Escajeda, the boyfriend, were arrested last week for t...

    ‘I love you I did this for you,’ he allegedly texted after her mother discovered the body.

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    The Racist Origins of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

    The Fake News Pioneer of Ringling Bros.

    The Fake News Pioneer of Ringling Bros.

    In the shameful time before the Emancipation Proclamation, P.T. Barnum took a first step toward becoming America’s premiere showman with the $1,000 purchase of an elderly African-American woman whose owner had been exhibiting her as the 161-year-o...

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is calling it quits this year after more than a century in show business, but few know the racist fraud that launched P.T. Barnum’s career.

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    MLK Sr.

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The Reverend Martin Luther King, Ebenezer Baptist’s charismatic pastor, taught his son “not to hate the white man, but that it was my duty, as a Christian, to love him.” The Reverend Martin Luther King fought segregation by riding “the Whites Only...

    Decades before Martin Luther King Jr. altered American history, Martin Luther King Sr.—Daddy King, as he called himself—fought injustice deep in the South.

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    She Had Her Man Kill for Street Justice

    She Had Her Man Kill for Street Justice

    Della Nichols was enraged when she thought her half-brother had molested her 6-year-old daughter. So the former Oklahoma City stripper had her boyfriend kill him, police say.Nichols and Adrian Escajeda, the boyfriend, were arrested last week for t...

    ‘I love you I did this for you,’ he allegedly texted after her mother discovered the body.

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    Memphis Coretta Scott King

    What Coretta Scott King Would Say Now

    What Coretta Scott King Would Say Now

    MEMPHIS—When I first set eyes upon her, she was seated in the pulpit of a small red brick church surrounded by luminaries—an ecumenical gathering of clergy and civil rights leaders from around the world. Then-President Bill Clinton delivered a rou...

    So much of the work King and her husband devoted their lives to remains undone. With the world remaining too full of suffering and injustice, we need King’s example more than ever.

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    Chase Wall

    Mom Left to Die with Demon Inscription

    Mom Left to Die with Demon Inscription

    Before he allegedly beat his mother, stole her car, and left her for dead with a demon’s name scrawled across her chest, Chase Wall wrote a Tumblr post about the demon and asked the internet to help him deflect government mind control.Wall, 33, wa...

    Chase Wall, a 33-year-old with a record of meth production and domestic abuse, has been charged with the attempted murder of his mother, who was left with a demon’s name on her chest.

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    Tech

    NSA

    Hackers Blow NSA Secrets in Last ‘F-You’

    Hackers Blow NSA Secrets in Last ‘F-You’

    A mysterious hacking group has been bedeviling the U.S. intelligence community for months, releasing a tranche of secret National Security Agency hacking tools to the public while offering to sell even more for the right price. Now with barely a w...

    A gang of elite hackers, believed by many to be Russian, say they’re quitting—just as Donald Trump gets ready to enter the Oval Office.

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    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software giant told them to just take more smoke breaks, a new lawsuit alleges.Members of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team ...

    Ex-employees of the company’s online safety team say they had to watch horrific online videos of child abuse, bestiality, and murders—and that Microsoft ignored their PTSD.

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    Ben Collins and Gideon Resnick

    4chan: We Invented Trump Golden Showers

    4chan: We Invented Trump Golden Showers

    As news broke of an unverified document detailing supposed Russian dirt on President-elect Donald Trump—including sordid allegations involving urine and prostitutes in Russia—users on the subreddit r/The_Donald and 4chan’s /pol/ forum took a victo...

    The forum alleged an anonymous user invented Tuesday’s bombshell about Donald Trump and Russian prostitutes. But its lack of evidence is turning out to be a bit of a wet blanket.

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    Angela Connell

    Wife Frames Rival With Rape-Fantasy Ads

    Wife Frames Rival With Rape-Fantasy Ads

    A California woman accused of impersonating her ex-boyfriend’s new wife in Craigslist “rape-fantasy” ads has been exonerated, after spending nearly four months in jail for a crime she never committed, authorities say.Orange County prosecutors say ...

    A California woman was arrested for harassing her ex’s new wife and posting her name in Craigslist ‘rape-fantasy’ ads—but police now say the wife herself was the culprit.

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    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software giant told them to just take more smoke breaks, a new lawsuit alleges.Members of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team ...

    Ex-employees of the company’s online safety team say they had to watch horrific online videos of child abuse, bestiality, and murders—and that Microsoft ignored their PTSD.

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    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    What finally brought me to the edge of emotional break was the carpeting.There’s nothing particularly special about the carpeting in the Las Vegas Convention center. It’s bright red, crisscrossed with other primary colors, loud like most conventio...

    Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was a bad place to take LSD for the first time.

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    Why Robots Always Turn Out Sexist

    Why Robots Always Turn Out Sexist

    As highlighted by Donald Trump’s rhetoric and Hillary Clinton’s treatment by some in the media (and even our living rooms), sexism is still alive and well. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that artificial intelligence (AI)—something coded by hum...

    Want to make the new transformative piece of technology? Hire women. Lots of them.

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    New hacking report is a total piece of shit

    U.S. Spies on Russia Hacks: Trust Us

    U.S. Spies on Russia Hacks: Trust Us

    U.S. spy chiefs presented their case at Trump Tower on Friday that Russia was behind the hacks that rocked the 2016 presidential election. But they didn’t help themselves by releasing a strongly-worded report that is scant on new evidence—and is, ...

    The long-awaited public report on Russia’s role in the DNC hack accused the Kremlin of working to elect Trump—without providing much new information to prove it.

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    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    What finally brought me to the edge of emotional break was the carpeting.There’s nothing particularly special about the carpeting in the Las Vegas Convention center. It’s bright red, crisscrossed with other primary colors, loud like most conventio...

    Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was a bad place to take LSD for the first time.

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    Arts + Culture

    Resist

    Meet the Women Drawing Against Trump

    Meet the Women Drawing Against Trump

    Uteruses and ovaries. Penis rainstorms. A revolver barrel plugged with a tampon. A declaration that “a woman's place is in the revolution!”These are some of the images that decorate RESIST!, a 40-page tabloid newspaper of comics and cartoons ...

    The comic RESIST! is a reaffirmation of the liberal principles—free speech, a free press, racial and gender equality—that its creators see as threatened by a Trump presidency.

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    Michelle Obama

    What We Learned From Michelle Obama

    What We Learned From Michelle Obama

    In The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Veronica Chambers, 16 writers and artists pay tribute to Michelle Obama. In the following excerpted chapter, “The Composer and the Brain: A Conversation about Music, Marriage, Power, Creativity Partnership … a...

    Husband and wife Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, both highly accomplished musicians, talk about the first lady’s inspiring influence on their lives, their marriage and art.

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    Crac de Chevaliers

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    High on a hill, almost halfway between Homs, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a grand and formidable castle. All imposing turrets and towers, winding parapets, and massive stretches of limestone walls, the Crac des Chevaliers is the stuff of...

    It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.

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    A Great Photographer Gets His Due

    A Great Photographer Gets His Due

    We could all use a respite from the craziness in the air these days. So for a much-needed dose of spiritual nourishment and artistic inspiration, look no further than Personal Vision, the handsome new monograph of the photographer Adger Cowans’s t...

    One of our greatest but too often overlooked contemporary photographers, Adger Cowans has been shooting indelible images for more than half a century.

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    Michelle Obama

    What We Learned From Michelle Obama

    What We Learned From Michelle Obama

    In The Meaning of Michelle, edited by Veronica Chambers, 16 writers and artists pay tribute to Michelle Obama. In the following excerpted chapter, “The Composer and the Brain: A Conversation about Music, Marriage, Power, Creativity Partnership … a...

    Husband and wife Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, both highly accomplished musicians, talk about the first lady’s inspiring influence on their lives, their marriage and art.

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    Candyland

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

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    \A lesbian couple hold hands during the annual Gay Pride rally, on June 8, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel's most cosmopolitan city. Thousands of alternative lifestyle Israelis took advantage of the mild summer weather to celebrate sexual freedom amidst calls from Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders to ban a similar rally in Jerusalem later this month.

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Both of these things are probably true: You have heard that 1 in 10 people are gay and you have no idea where that statistic came from.Estimates of the size of the LGBT population have always been murky, bordering on mythological. The 1-in-10 figu...

    Gallup polling show that 4 percent of Americans are LGBT. But with more millennials self-identifying as LGBT, that number could one day reach the oft-cited ‘1 in 10.’

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    The Fight Over Art at Trump's Inaugural

    The Fight Over Art at Trump’s Inaugural

    The Fight Over Art at Trump’s Inaugural

    The St. Louis Art Museum has an unexpected political controversy on its hands. The museum’s decision to lend one of its most famous paintings, Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham’s The Verdict of the People (1854-55), for use at Donald Trump’s in...

    Protestors object to sending George Caleb Bingham’s painting of the election process to the inaugural, but ‘The Verdict of the People’ should disturb us for other reasons.

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    Candyland

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

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