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    Pizzagate Truther Hosts Atlanta News

    Pizzagate Truther Hosts Atlanta News

    News anchor Ben Swann aired a six-minute “investigation” into Pizzagate in America’s ninth-largest TV market on Tuesday night.“Media is telling you the entire story is a hoax or fake news, but what does that even mean?” Swann asked on the 11 p.m. ...

    An Atlanta CBS news anchor blocked out six minutes of airtime to imply Pizzagate could be real. It isn’t his first brush with far-right conspiracies.

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    A self-described ‘mutt,’ Obama encouraged us to think about race in ways that erased the color line. But George Herriman, another mutt, and his creation Krazy Kat were there first.

    How Obama Taught Us to Embrace Mutts

    How Obama Taught Us to Embrace Mutts

    A listing of President Barack Obama’s statements about race might start with his campaign speech “A More Perfect Union,” when the self-described son of a “black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas” said that the idea that this nation is g...

    A self-described ‘mutt,’ Obama encouraged us to think about race in ways that erased the color line. But George Herriman, another mutt, and his creation Krazy Kat were there first.

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    Hillary West Wingers

    Hillary’s Inner Circle Hunts for Jobs

    Hillary’s Inner Circle Hunts for Jobs

    Several Democrats slated for jobs in the West Wing if Hillary Clinton had won the election are in limbo now, coming to terms with their regrets and trying to figure out what to do next in Donald Trump’s strange new political world.“Election night ...

    Staffers who want to stay engaged in politics are deciding whether to join ‘the resistance or the rebirth.’

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    Pizzagate

    Pizzagate Truther Hosts Atlanta News

    Pizzagate Truther Hosts Atlanta News

    News anchor Ben Swann aired a six-minute “investigation” into Pizzagate in America’s ninth-largest TV market on Tuesday night.“Media is telling you the entire story is a hoax or fake news, but what does that even mean?” Swann asked on the 11 p.m. ...

    An Atlanta CBS news anchor blocked out six minutes of airtime to imply Pizzagate could be real. It isn’t his first brush with far-right conspiracies.

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    Trump's funding for the wall

    Will Trump’s Wall Actually Work?

    Will Trump’s Wall Actually Work?

    At the center of the newly reignited national dialogue over Donald Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, you’ll find three major questions:Is Trump going to keep his promise and build some sort of barrier on a border ...

    If Congress agrees to fund it up front, Trump can get his wall built, and he even has ways to make Mexico pay. But absent a change in U.S. hiring practices, will it work?

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    Roe v. Wade play opens in DC

    Roe v. Wade: On Stage for the Trump Era

    Roe v. Wade: On Stage for the Trump Era

    Lisa Loomer worked as a stand-up comic along the way to being a playwright, and she’s known for plays about serious issues that also have humor in them. She’s dealt with immigration, breast cancer, and homelessness. Her play Roe, about the Supreme...

    With Trump geared to make Supreme Court appointments, Roe is under threat again. The questions are as relevant today as they were 44 years ago.

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    Entertainment

    Nina Dobrev Flashes Photoshoot Crew

    Nina Dobrev Flashes Photoshoot Crew

    The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev has told how she accidentally flashed a crew member during a photo shoot for Men’s Health magazine. Dobrev, 28, was being interviewed on Build, AOL’s new livestream interview platform, when she got to chatting...

    The ‘Vampire Diaries’ star told of an embarrassing bikini malfunction in a chat that dispelled the rumors of Hollywood glamour.

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    Selena and The Weekend

    Selena & The Weeknd’s Sexy Cold War

    Selena & The Weeknd’s Sexy Cold War

    In the era of fake news and fabulously noncommittal celebrities, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate real relationships from mutually beneficial makeout sessions. Traditionally, rubbing human body parts together can result in affec...

    Selena Gomez and The Weeknd’s suspiciously well-timed affair is causing rifts in Taylor Swift’s circle of friends and pissing off Justin Bieber. It’s a drama lover’s dream.

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    Rob Schneider

    Rob Schneider’s History of Being Racist

    Rob Schneider’s History of Being Racist

    Over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, cockroach actor Rob Schneider—yep, somehow, he’s still around—explained civil rights.He of Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo fame took a break from shooting recent films such as OMG, I’m a Robot! to chime into...

    Among the million reasons Schneider’s tweet explaining civil rights to John Lewis was insane: his long history of perpetuating racial stereotypes. A look at the worst offenses.

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    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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    Selena and The Weekend

    Selena & The Weeknd’s Sexy Cold War

    Selena & The Weeknd’s Sexy Cold War

    In the era of fake news and fabulously noncommittal celebrities, it’s become increasingly difficult to differentiate real relationships from mutually beneficial makeout sessions. Traditionally, rubbing human body parts together can result in affec...

    Selena Gomez and The Weeknd’s suspiciously well-timed affair is causing rifts in Taylor Swift’s circle of friends and pissing off Justin Bieber. It’s a drama lover’s dream.

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    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    It doesn’t feel good to have your reporting labeled “fake news” by the man who is about to become president of the United States.Immediately following Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper defended h...

    The CNN anchor has a message for anyone in the media who doesn’t stick up for CNN against Trump: ‘You’re next.’

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    Neal Brennan Invu with former 'Chappelle's Show' creator pegged to Netflix stand-up special

    Will ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Return?

    Will ‘Chappelle’s Show’ Return?

    Neal Brennan’s new Netflix special 3 Mics begins with a silent explanation. The stage will have three microphones on it. The one all the way to the left is for one-liners. The one in the middle is for “emotional stuff.” And the one on the right is...

    Comedian Neal Brennan talks about his new Netflix special ‘3 Mics’ and helping Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle reach their full potential.

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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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    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    It doesn’t feel good to have your reporting labeled “fake news” by the man who is about to become president of the United States.Immediately following Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper defended h...

    The CNN anchor has a message for anyone in the media who doesn’t stick up for CNN against Trump: ‘You’re next.’

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    World News

    Was Istanbul Nightclub Shooter a Gun for Hire?

    Was Istanbul’s Terror State-Sponsored?

    Was Istanbul’s Terror State-Sponsored?

    ISTANBUL — The Uzbek native accused of killing 39 New Year’s revelers at an Istanbul night club was arrested late Monday with three women and a large stash of money, a scene raising the question whether the Islamic State extremists who claimed cre...

    Turkey believes the New Year’s Eve nightclub massacrist had help from an “intelligence organization.”

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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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    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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    NY kid who went to fight and die for ISIS

    Mom and Dad Hid a Terrible ISIS Secret

    Mom and Dad Hid a Terrible ISIS Secret

    MIDDLETOWN, New York—On Dec. 2, 2015, Mohamed el-Goarany shared a photo of his 25-year-old son on Facebook, along with a common Arabic prayer: “We surely belong to Allah and to Him we shall return.”“With the deepest sorrow and personal sadness, we...

    The Muslim community of Middletown, New York, agonized when young Samy el-Goarany died. But they had no idea how he really lost his life.

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    Shadow hands of the Man behind frosted glass.Blurry hand abstraction.Halloween background.Black and white picture

    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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    Turkey Attack

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by ...

    Uzbek national alleged to have killed 39.

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    Trumpocalypse

    Davos Man Confronts Trumpocalypse

    Davos Man Confronts Trumpocalypse

    PARIS—The village of Davos in the Swiss Alps has seen a lot, but it has never seen anything quite like the impact of Donald Trump. As the men and women who used to be called (or call themselves) “masters of the universe” assemble there at the Worl...

    With Trump an enigma to the movers and shakers of the world, one country has stepped into the breach to seize the attention at the planet's most elite conference: China.

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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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    Turkey Attack

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by ...

    Uzbek national alleged to have killed 39.

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    U.S.

    Missiles removed from Standing Rock

    Missile Launchers Moved From Protesters

    Missile Launchers Moved From Protesters

    The North Dakota National Guard is withdrawing the two unloaded missile launchers it had stationed near the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in order to “observe” peaceful protestors, which The Daily Beast first reported on Tuesday. “Its ...

    A day after The Daily Beast reported heavy-duty weapons were brought to the Dakota Access Pipeline sight, they’ve been removed—for now.

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    Hed: $8K for Wax Lincoln—$675 for Wax Hillary//SEO: Bidders Pay $8.5K for Wax Lincoln—But Only $675 for Wax Hillary

    $8K for Wax Lincoln—$675 for Wax Hillary

    $8K for Wax Lincoln—$675 for Wax Hillary

    They auctioned off the presidents and their wives on Saturday. Between 350 and 400 people crowded into a hotel ballroom in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on a cold, wet day to bid on the contents of the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies wax museum, w...

    The presidential wax figurines auctioned off at the Gettysburg wax museum this weekend fetched thousands of dollars from history nerds. The first ladies… not so much.

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    Covering the Chelsea Manning trial

    Chelsea Manning’s Liberation, and Ours

    Chelsea Manning’s Liberation, and Ours

    I am again at a loss for words. Like I was on that hot summer day in 2013 at Fort Meade when, after years of arduous work documenting and transcribing Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s court-martial, her 35-year sentence came down.For years during those proc...

    She’s been used by the government as a warning, and by other leakers as a prop. Soon, she’ll finally be able to speak for herself.

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    Missiles removed from Standing Rock

    Missile Launchers Moved From Protesters

    Missile Launchers Moved From Protesters

    The North Dakota National Guard is withdrawing the two unloaded missile launchers it had stationed near the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site in order to “observe” peaceful protestors, which The Daily Beast first reported on Tuesday. “Its ...

    A day after The Daily Beast reported heavy-duty weapons were brought to the Dakota Access Pipeline sight, they’ve been removed—for now.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 10, 2017. Picture taken January 10, 2017.

    Live: President Obama’s Final Presser

    Live: President Obama’s Final Presser

    President Barack Obama will deliver his final press conference to the American people at 2:15 p.m. EST on January 18th from the White House briefing room.The press conference will likely be the final time the American people will hear from the out...

    Barack Obama will hold his last press conference as president on Wednesday. Here’s how to watch live.

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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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    Tech

    An anti-drone missile system at standing rock

    Missile Launchers Now at Dakota Pipeline

    Missile Launchers Now at Dakota Pipeline

    The North Dakota Army National Guard has deployed two surface-to-air missile-launchers near a critical work site for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, or DAPL.Protestors spotted one of the Avenger missile systems on Jan. 16 and posted phot...

    The Avenger missile launcher is foremost a weapon of war. What is it doing at the site of a peaceful protest?

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    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines

    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines?

    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines?

    Members of anti-vaccine fringe groups have taken Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s recent meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as a sign that his promise to “Drain the Swamp” will extend to the country’s immunization policy-makers.But it is unclear jus...

    Are the president-elect’s meetings with anti-vaxxers a signal he’s going to change immunization policy? And does he have the power to do so?

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    Urine Sample

    Are ‘Golden Showers’ a Medical Risk?

    Are ‘Golden Showers’ a Medical Risk?

    At Donald Trump’s press conference this morning, the president-elect claimed that the allegations he engaged in urine play– better known as “golden showers”– could not be true because he is “a germaphobe.” As many were quick to note after Trump’s ...

    President-elect Trump denied salacious accusations by claiming to be a ‘germaphobe,’ but are golden showers actually unhealthy?

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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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    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines

    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines?

    What Could Trump Really Do to Vaccines?

    Members of anti-vaccine fringe groups have taken Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s recent meeting with President-elect Donald Trump as a sign that his promise to “Drain the Swamp” will extend to the country’s immunization policy-makers.But it is unclear jus...

    Are the president-elect’s meetings with anti-vaxxers a signal he’s going to change immunization policy? And does he have the power to do so?

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Arts + Culture

    A self-described ‘mutt,’ Obama encouraged us to think about race in ways that erased the color line. But George Herriman, another mutt, and his creation Krazy Kat were there first.

    How Obama Taught Us to Embrace Mutts

    How Obama Taught Us to Embrace Mutts

    A listing of President Barack Obama’s statements about race might start with his campaign speech “A More Perfect Union,” when the self-described son of a “black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas” said that the idea that this nation is g...

    A self-described ‘mutt,’ Obama encouraged us to think about race in ways that erased the color line. But George Herriman, another mutt, and his creation Krazy Kat were there first.

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    Meghan Markle meets Kate

    When Meghan Markle Met Kate Middleton

    When Meghan Markle Met Kate Middleton

    We’ve known for some time that Prince Harry’s relationship with his American actress girlfriend, 35-year old divorcée Meghan Markle, is serious, but there has been fresh confirmation of that fact this week, after Harry introduced Meghan to his sis...

    Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are good friends, so for Kate to get along with Meghan Markle will be a boon for Harry and Meghan’s relationship.

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    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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    what Trump's vaunted in-White House press ban might mean

    Will Trump Banish the WH Press Corps?

    Will Trump Banish the WH Press Corps?

    President-elect Donald Trump is rumored to be plotting the exile of beat reporters from the White House press room—provoking a collective panic attack among Washington’s media elite, and prompting Beltway denizens to wonder: If the rumor proves tr...

    Reporters are pushing back against rumored plans by the president-elect to eject them from the White House. Others are contemplating a different kind of political journalism.

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    Meghan Markle meets Kate

    When Meghan Markle Met Kate Middleton

    When Meghan Markle Met Kate Middleton

    We’ve known for some time that Prince Harry’s relationship with his American actress girlfriend, 35-year old divorcée Meghan Markle, is serious, but there has been fresh confirmation of that fact this week, after Harry introduced Meghan to his sis...

    Prince Harry and Kate Middleton are good friends, so for Kate to get along with Meghan Markle will be a boon for Harry and Meghan’s relationship.

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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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    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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    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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