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    Scott Brown's New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox. He sent them.In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he st...

    The short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements.

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    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush’s Big Lehman Brothers Problem

    Jeb Bush says he released 33 years of tax returns this week because he wants to be the most transparent candidate to run for president in 2016. But if that’s really the case, why is he continuing to obfuscate some of his most lucrative and potenti...

    Why won’t the Republican hopeful come clean about his involvement with two of Wall Street’s biggest banks?

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    Hollywood's Freebies for U.S. Gov't

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    Hollywood’s Freebies for U.S. Gov’t

    By Robert Faturechi, ProPublicaHollywood’s efforts to win political clout have always stretched across the country, from glitzy campaign fundraisers in Beverly Hills to cocktail parties with power brokers in Washington.Last year, the film industry...

    Four U.S. embassies got upgraded screening rooms last year, paid for by the lobbying arm of the big studios. The industry and the government say there were no strings attached.

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    Scott Brown's New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Scott Brown’s New Campaign: Diet Pills

    Last night, shirtless pictures of former Senator Scott Brown appeared in my inbox. He sent them.In one, he stood sunburned on the beach, his belly protruding over his khaki shorts and his arm around his sarong-wrapped wife, Gail. In another, he st...

    The short-lived senator from Massachusetts wants the world to know about his new weight-loss scheme via some very strange supplements.

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    Hillary's focus on the gay community during her years as Sec of State, despite being officially anti-marriage until last year

    Hillary Emails Detail Gay Rights Battle

    Hillary Emails Detail Gay Rights Battle

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not openly support gay marriage in 2009, but according to a new set of emails released by the State Department, she was dedicated to expanding gay rights both domestically and abroad from the beginning of her...

    Clinton may not have ‘evolved’ on marriage until 2013, but as secretary of state, she fought to make LGBT people part of her department’s mission, according to newly released emails.

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    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

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

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

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    Director Alan Taylor poses with Endoskeleton during the France Photocall of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Publicis Champs Elysees on June 19, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Alan Taylor

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    When I rang him to pick his brain about the new reboot in hopes of making sense of the wannabe blockbuster’s willy-nilly logic, confusing time travel conceits, and overcomplicated plotting, he was already bracing for endured endless queries from s...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran hopes audiences (and critics) will shrug off the film’s unanswered questions. We didn’t let him off that easy. [Warning: movie spoilers ahead!]

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    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    It’s the unfortunate circumstance of the legacy of Amy Winehouse: The death may be more famous than the life.Amy, the new documentary from filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), intimately revisits that life—the God-given talent and incandescent soul—as ...

    The new documentary ‘Amy’ points fingers at several people close to the soul singer as culprits in her death. We ask director Asif Kapadia: Who is really to blame?

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    Stars Who Used to Be Strippers

    Stars Who Used to Be Strippers

    In honor of ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ here’s a list of big-name celebrities who began their showbiz careers in the lap dance-giving business.

    In honor of ‘Magic Mike XXL,’ here’s a list of big-name celebrities who began their showbiz careers in the lap dance-giving business.

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    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    How I Shot My Stunning Film on an iPhone

    It took three tiny cameras, a few groundbreaking gadgets, next to no budget, and a whole lot of indie spirit to pull off the fiercest, ballsiest, and heartwarming-est film you’ll ever see about a hooker’s rage-fueled odyssey across Los Angeles. Su...

    Shot on tricked out iPhone 5s’s along the streets of L.A., Sean Baker’s no-budget trans-venge odyssey ‘Tangerine’ is not only a staggering achievement, but a brilliant film.

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    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    Who Killed Amy Winehouse?

    It’s the unfortunate circumstance of the legacy of Amy Winehouse: The death may be more famous than the life.Amy, the new documentary from filmmaker Asif Kapadia (Senna), intimately revisits that life—the God-given talent and incandescent soul—as ...

    The new documentary ‘Amy’ points fingers at several people close to the soul singer as culprits in her death. We ask director Asif Kapadia: Who is really to blame?

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    02 May 1967, Sacramento, California, USA --- Two members of the Black Panther Party are met on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967, by Police Lt. Ernest Holloway, who informs them they will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they cause no trouble and do not disturb the peace. Earlier several members had invaded the Assembly chambers and had their guns taken away.

    Ex-Black Panther Head Slams Documentary

    Ex-Black Panther Head Slams Documentary

    In his film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, black documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson slices and dices the history of the Black Panther Party into a two-dimensional palliative for white people and Negroes who are comfortable in Am...

    Elaine Brown, who led the Black Panther Party from 1974-1977 and ran for president in 2008, dismantles the documentary ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.’

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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     Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon together

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina BFF Calls Ex ‘Pure Evil’

    Bobbi Kristina Brown would regularly FaceTime her best friend, Alex Reid, after fights with boyfriend Nick Gordon and show off new bruises and describe the abuse she’d suffered, Reid said in an eye-opening interview with E! News on Thursday evenin...

    Alex Reid claims that Gordon used to beat Brown severely—and that she just wanted to be loved.

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    02 May 1967, Sacramento, California, USA --- Two members of the Black Panther Party are met on the steps of the State Capitol in Sacramento, May 2, 1967, by Police Lt. Ernest Holloway, who informs them they will be allowed to keep their weapons as long as they cause no trouble and do not disturb the peace. Earlier several members had invaded the Assembly chambers and had their guns taken away.

    Ex-Black Panther Head Slams Documentary

    Ex-Black Panther Head Slams Documentary

    In his film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, black documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson slices and dices the history of the Black Panther Party into a two-dimensional palliative for white people and Negroes who are comfortable in Am...

    Elaine Brown, who led the Black Panther Party from 1974-1977 and ran for president in 2008, dismantles the documentary ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.’

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    World News

    Policemen secure the site of a car bomb attack on the convoy of Egyptian public prosecutor Hisham Barakat near his house at Heliopolis district in Cairo, Egypt, June 29, 2015. Barakat died from wounds sustained in a bomb attack on Monday that had targeted his convoy in Cairo, state news agency MENA said. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RTX1I9M9

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    Egypt’s Self-Inflicted Slaughter

    CAIRO — These last few days have been filled with panic and bloodshed across Cairo and in the Sinai. A car bomb killed Attorney General Hisham Barakat on Monday in the capital, followed the next day by two more car bombs that killed the drivers an...

    The grim record of this week demonstrates the failure of el-Sisi’s notion of law and his struggle for order.

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    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    What sounds more menacing: the Iranian Bomb or the Persian Bomb?They would, in effect, be the same thing, but you never hear “Persian” linked to the now extended negotiations in Vienna dealing with the issue of whether the country’s nuclear progra...

    The country isn’t divided between ethnicities or religions like the rest of the Middle East but by a bipolar identity.

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    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Georgian Zoo Animals Gone Wild

    Reports keep coming in of purported sightings from all around the city but nothing is ever confirmed. It seems incredible but the killer tiger remains uncaptured, the last holdout, over two weeks after floods inundated the Georgian capital’s cente...

    The Tiblisi government blames everyone for floods and escaped killer tigers except the real culprit—itself.

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    ‘God Save the Queer’: Rio's LGBT Church

    ‘God Save the Queer’: Rio's LGBT Church

    “God does not refuse anybody. God is everyone's father.” So says Marcus Lord, the self-defined “drag queen pastor” of the Metropolitan Community Church in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.Founded in the 1960s by a gay American priest, the church has be...

    A ‘drag queen pastor’ tells the story of a welcoming church in Rio.

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    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    Are We Negotiating With Iran or Persia?

    What sounds more menacing: the Iranian Bomb or the Persian Bomb?They would, in effect, be the same thing, but you never hear “Persian” linked to the now extended negotiations in Vienna dealing with the issue of whether the country’s nuclear progra...

    The country isn’t divided between ethnicities or religions like the rest of the Middle East but by a bipolar identity.

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    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    The history of yoga is more tangled than the lotus position. This week, it’s taken yet another bizarre twist, as one Russian city has just banned the practice because it has “an occult character.”American yoga practitioners—over 8 percent of the U...

    Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it's a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement, hav...

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    Egypt Proudly Posts ISIS Bodies on Facebook

    Egypt Proudly Puts ISIS Dead on Facebook

    Egypt Proudly Puts ISIS Dead on Facebook

    It was a hearts-and-minds campaign in the form of blood and carnage.The Egyptian army used its Facebook page on Wednesday to highlight the destruction it inflicted on the self-proclaimed Islamic State, proudly posting photos of scores of bodies ly...

    The army’s escalating military and media campaign to wipe out the terror group took a gruesome step Wednesday with two posts featuring dozens of contorted bodies clutching machine guns.

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    Alan Gross & Cuba

    American Freed by Cuba, Ignored by U.S.

    American Freed by Cuba, Ignored by U.S.

    After spending more than five years in a Cuban jail, former USAID contractor Alan Gross is probably in possession of a lot of information that the United States government would like to know. How did Cuban officials become aware of his work bringi...

    Alan Gross was locked up by the Castro regime for half a decade. When he got out, no one in the U.S. government bothered to debrief him about his time in captivity.

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    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    Russian City Bans Yoga

    The history of yoga is more tangled than the lotus position. This week, it’s taken yet another bizarre twist, as one Russian city has just banned the practice because it has “an occult character.”American yoga practitioners—over 8 percent of the U...

    Is yoga a spiritual practice or physical exercise? Depends on who you ask. But some Russians believe it's a cult and, taking the lead of Vladimir Putin’s revanchist movement, hav...

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    U.S. News

    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Can a Beauty Queen Eat 69 Hot Dogs?

    Sitting in a corner booth at Junior's in Brooklyn, furiously shoveling literal fistfuls of what had mere seconds ago been a pristine slice of strawberry cheesecake into my mouth—my hands now dripping with oleaginous, police siren-red, glucose...

    Well, we’re going to find out. This 23-year-old former Miss Earth New Zealand ate her way into this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. Can she win it?

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    Inside The ‘July 4th’ Terror Busts

    Inside The ‘July 4th’ Terror Busts

    As the Fourth of July neared, the White House and FBI headquarters decided to shut down two ISIS-inspired terror cells that appeared to be ratcheting up towards attacks, a senior law enforcement official told The Daily Beast.This year’s Fourth of ...

    A pair of extremist groups, growing increasingly volatile. A double holiday—Independence Day and Ramadan. The FBI felt it had to pounce before things got out of hand.

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    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Coney Island, Brooklyn

    Old Glory in New York: Flags In The City

    Old Glory in New York: Flags In The City

    From 232nd Street to Coney Island, I canvassed the five boroughs of New York City with a very specific target—interesting moments where people and our national flag combined.

    From 232nd Street to Coney Island, I canvassed the five boroughs of New York City with a very specific target—interesting moments where people and our national flag combined.

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    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    Tech + Health

    Who’s Cutting California Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to members of the media at an Apple press event in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    In recent remarks to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook declared that “people have a fundamental right to privacy.” He has begun an assault on the business model of Big Data as currently shaped by Internet giants Googl...

    Tim Cook has launched an assault on Google and Facebook’s Big Data model, even as most consumers remain in the dark about how companies use their personal information.

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    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit Fired the Woman Trying to Save It

    Reddit execs found themselves at war with their own massive userbase Thursday when over a thousand communities went dark to protest the termination of Victoria Taylor, the website's primary employee tasked with keeping its community less susc...

    After calling for more transparency and less harassment on Reddit, executives let go of one of the only routes to let executives know about the site’s rampant harassment and abuse.

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    How We'll Live On Mars

    How We’ll Live on Mars

    How We’ll Live on Mars

    In 1948, a German scientist named Wernher von Braun wrote a book called Das Marsprojekt—The Mars Project—that explained exactly how to build and fuel 10 spaceships that would carry the first humans to Mars.Von Braun’s fellow scientists mostly dism...

    The latest on efforts to create a self-sustaining colony on Mars—a process that may begin as early as 2027. Interplanetary species, here we come!

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to members of the media at an Apple press event in San Francisco, California on March 09, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / JOSH EDELSON        (Photo credit should read Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images)

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    Apple’s War On Big Data

    In recent remarks to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook declared that “people have a fundamental right to privacy.” He has begun an assault on the business model of Big Data as currently shaped by Internet giants Googl...

    Tim Cook has launched an assault on Google and Facebook’s Big Data model, even as most consumers remain in the dark about how companies use their personal information.

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    Are Sea Horses The Secret To Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    The future of robotics may be defined by an unlikely source: the tails of seahorses.A new study cites the fish appendages as possible inspiration for a breakthrough after finding that its movements facilitate bending and twisting while also provid...

    With unique square-shaped tails, seahorses can bend and twist while still maintaining a resistance to crushing. How their anatomy may be a game changer for robotic engineers.

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    The Truth About Cuba’s HIV Breakthrough

    The Truth About Cuba’s HIV Breakthrough

    The brand new Cuba-USA lovefest took another step forward this week with the loud trumpeting of Cuba’s first-in-class achievement, “eradication” of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.The WHO announced it had certified that Cuba as th...

    Cuba’s ‘eradication’ of mother-to-infant HIV is hopeful but not groundbreaking. The risk for infants there was extremely low—and now, at 2 percent, it’s not entirely gone.

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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    Are Sea Horses The Secret To Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    Are Seahorses the Secret to Robots?

    The future of robotics may be defined by an unlikely source: the tails of seahorses.A new study cites the fish appendages as possible inspiration for a breakthrough after finding that its movements facilitate bending and twisting while also provid...

    With unique square-shaped tails, seahorses can bend and twist while still maintaining a resistance to crushing. How their anatomy may be a game changer for robotic engineers.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    I was introduced to George Plimpton by a Brit friend shortly after moving to Manhattan in the middle 70s and it was one of the early encounters which made it clear to me that Manhattan was absolutely the right place to be.Plimpton was open to the ...

    The founder and editor of the ‘Paris Review’ oversaw the hottest Hamptons fireworks party, where the rich and famous came to mingle, gossip, and make mischief.

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    Will Prince Harry’s African Adventure Be His Last Big Blowout?

    Are Prince Harry’s Fun Times Over?

    Are Prince Harry’s Fun Times Over?

    So, Prince Harry has arrived in Namibia, southern Africa, where he will spend the next three months working as a wildlife ranger. Undoubtedly, Harry is doing worthwhile and valuable work—courtiers are briefing that he will be “at the sharp end” ...

    Harry is in Namibia for three months, working as a wildlife ranger. It’s valuable work, but for how long can his seemingly charmed, globetrotting life continue?

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    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    I was introduced to George Plimpton by a Brit friend shortly after moving to Manhattan in the middle 70s and it was one of the early encounters which made it clear to me that Manhattan was absolutely the right place to be.Plimpton was open to the ...

    The founder and editor of the ‘Paris Review’ oversaw the hottest Hamptons fireworks party, where the rich and famous came to mingle, gossip, and make mischief.

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    The Fall of Diaphragms

    The Death of the Diaphragm

    The Death of the Diaphragm

    The divide between mine and my mother’s generation of women is glaring when it comes to a number of areas. We prefer The Notebook, while they prefer An Officer and a Gentleman. We crush on Ryan Reynolds while they mooned over John F. Kennedy Jr. W...

    Birth control pills and condoms have long superseded the diaphragm as women’s first choices of birth control. Could its popularity ever be revived?

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    Why Japanese Men Are Drawing for Better Sex

    Japanese Are Sketching for Better Sex

    Japanese Are Sketching for Better Sex

    The start of my art school education was an interesting one.Nothing had prepared me for the first day of drawing when a middle-aged woman who I mistook for the teacher began stripping off her clothes one article at a time. It happened class after ...

    In Japan, male virgins are using live drawing classes featuring naked models to get used to female bodies, and conquer their own fears and hang-ups around sex.

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    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    Why Do UFOs Love This Utah Ranch?

    In the ranching heartland of America, a mysterious plot of land has been dubbed “the strangest place of earth.”If tales are to be believed, Skinwalker Ranch is an epicenter of extraterrestrial activity, surrounded for decades by disproportionate a...

    On World UFO Day, the story of the Skinwalker Ranch, which had such a history of weird phenomena it became the subject of scientific study.

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    The Fall of Diaphragms

    The Death of the Diaphragm

    The Death of the Diaphragm

    The divide between mine and my mother’s generation of women is glaring when it comes to a number of areas. We prefer The Notebook, while they prefer An Officer and a Gentleman. We crush on Ryan Reynolds while they mooned over John F. Kennedy Jr. W...

    Birth control pills and condoms have long superseded the diaphragm as women’s first choices of birth control. Could its popularity ever be revived?

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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      Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

      Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

      The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the ...

      Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the...

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    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    Americans have always looked back to the Founders, formerly “the Founding Fathers.” And why shouldn’t we?For all of their shared and respective sins, faults, and failings, which historians have been doing a pretty good job of exposing, they didn’t...

    Who would Jefferson have liked best: FDR, Reagan—or the Tea Party? Three new books look at Americans’ never-ending fixation with what our formative figures would want us to do.

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    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    The Hamptons’ Most Glamorous July 4

    I was introduced to George Plimpton by a Brit friend shortly after moving to Manhattan in the middle 70s and it was one of the early encounters which made it clear to me that Manhattan was absolutely the right place to be.Plimpton was open to the ...

    The founder and editor of the ‘Paris Review’ oversaw the hottest Hamptons fireworks party, where the rich and famous came to mingle, gossip, and make mischief.

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    The Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    How the Greeks ‘Ate’ Their Way to Ruin

    A common and colorful way to describe corruption in modern Greek is to say that a particular politician “eats” a lot. This kind of gluttony has nothing to do with baklava or anything else edible; it denotes an appetite sated by the illegal devouri...

    One scenario paints a Greece of breadlines and children fainting from hunger. Another serves up an unflattering portrait of a country of duplicitous, lazy tax cheats. Choose both.

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    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    Americans have always looked back to the Founders, formerly “the Founding Fathers.” And why shouldn’t we?For all of their shared and respective sins, faults, and failings, which historians have been doing a pretty good job of exposing, they didn’t...

    Who would Jefferson have liked best: FDR, Reagan—or the Tea Party? Three new books look at Americans’ never-ending fixation with what our formative figures would want us to do.

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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    One of pair of stone lions, the symbol of the marble-clad New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is shown in New York, U.S., on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. The library plans to renovate the 1911 building to consolidate two branch circulating libraries with the research collections. Photographer: James. S. Russell/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    How to (Almost) Ruin a Great Library

    When standing in front of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, what one beholds is, in essence, a massive steel cage shrouded in marble and extensive Beaux-Arts stylings. The building’s core is “the stacks”: seven floors...

    Public libraries have lately shifted their mission from culture to social services. The NY Public Library’s main branch was almost a casualty of this trend.

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    Is Memory the Memoirist’s Worst Enemy?

    Is Memory the Memoirist’s Worst Enemy?

    Memoir writers portray themselves as telling it like it is. “Trust us,” they seem to say, “we are not making things up.” As readers, we are asked to credit their veracity. Blatant alteration of the facts is viewed by most as a violation of that tr...

    New research shows that memory may be the most unreliable narrator of all. But what seems like bad news for memoirists may turn out to be their new best friend.

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    Orson Welles, center, explains to reporters on Oct. 31, 1938 his radio dramatization of H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds."  Meanwhile, Columbia Broadcasting System made public the transcript of the dramatization, which was aired the night of Oct. 30 and caused thousands of listeners to panic because of the realistic broadcast of an imaginative invasion of men and machines from Mars.

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The ‘War of the Worlds’ Panic Is a Myth

    The cover of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News features a woman’s face frozen in terror. Author A. Brad Schwartz opens the book with the dramatic account of a Manhattan couple who, hearing Welles’s Octob...

    Orson Welles scared very few people with his 1938 radio version of H.G. Wells’s novel about an alien invasion. The lingering question is, why do we want to believe he did?

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