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    Perry and Franken

    Perry and Franken’s Awkward SNL Moment

    Perry and Franken’s Awkward SNL Moment

    Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has struggled mightily over the past eight years to downplay his previous career as a writer and performer for Saturday Night Live so that he might be taken more seriously as a member of Congress. But sometimes, his natur...

    Trump’s nominee to lead the Energy Department had a hilariously uncomfortable exchange with Sen. Al Franken on Thursday.

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    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    During the presidential inauguration on Friday and during the “Women’s March on Washington” the following day, police body cameras will be off. Outrage!Many activists have expressed vitriol over the blackout. “Civil rights groups are concerned tha...

    Trump’s inauguration and the next day’s protest won’t be recorded by police body-cams. The ACLU, maybe surprisingly, is backing the decision, saying it protects protesters.

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    National Security

    Trump Transition Team: We Got This

    Trump Transition Team: We Got This

    Outgoing Obama administration officials are muttering darkly of a Team Trump unstaffed and unprepared to take on major crises on Day One. But Trump transition officials tell The Daily Beast the controlled-chaos standard in any White House handover...

    To Obama officials’ public and private complaints about the president-elect’s transition process, Team Trump retorts: ‘This is the best you can expect.’

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    Perry and Franken

    Perry and Franken’s Awkward SNL Moment

    Perry and Franken’s Awkward SNL Moment

    Senator Al Franken (D-MN) has struggled mightily over the past eight years to downplay his previous career as a writer and performer for Saturday Night Live so that he might be taken more seriously as a member of Congress. But sometimes, his natur...

    Trump’s nominee to lead the Energy Department had a hilariously uncomfortable exchange with Sen. Al Franken on Thursday.

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    Gamers

    Gamergate’s New Army of Bad Bitches

    Gamergate’s New Army of Bad Bitches

    If change can be described using the vocabulary of earthquakes, Brianna Wu has spent her last 18 months enduring the sort of seismic activity that comes with living over an active fault line. As the center of the phenomenon known as Gamergate (act...

    Brianna Wu lived through hell at the center of the online harassment scandal known as Gamergate. She figures that running for office can’t be nearly that bad.

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    Jackie Evancho performs at Brown Theatre on December 18, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

    Bravo, Jackie Evancho!

    Bravo, Jackie Evancho!

    When it was announced that Jackie Evancho had agreed to perform at the inauguration of Donald Trump there were three primary reactions:1)   How could she? How could any self-respecting entertainer perform there?2)   Finally! An entertainer with th...

    She’s sold gajillions of records, so no, she doesn’t ‘need’ Donald Trump. We should cheer someone who does something for her country and puts politics aside.

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    Entertainment

    Samantha Bee

    Sam Bee Tears Apart Kellyanne Conway

    Sam Bee Tears Apart Kellyanne Conway

    It took long enough for Samantha Bee to get around to dedicating an entire segment of her Full Frontal show to Trump campaign manager-turned-counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway. But it was worth the wait.As “one of the top five or six femi...

    The ‘Full Frontal’ host wonders why Kellyanne Conway isn’t president of the United States instead of Donald Trump.

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    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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    Noah: Obama Baby-Proofing U.S. for Trump

    Noah: Obama Baby-Proofing U.S. for Trump

    Like many Americans, Trevor Noah is worried about what will happen to this country when President Barack Obama leaves the White House and Donald Trump moves in at the end of the week.“President Obama has been busy over the last few weeks, not only...

    ‘The Daily Show’ host explained that this makes sense ‘because America has essentially elected a giant baby.’

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    Lin-Manuel, Oscar Lopez Rivera

    Finally, Freedom for Oscar López Rivera

    Finally, Freedom for Oscar López Rivera

    In a last-minute clemency push on Tuesday, President Obama issued 64 pardons and 209 commutations. Coming in just under the wire, Obama’s actions will free a number of high-profile Americans, including former army intelligence analyst Chelsea Mann...

    President Obama’s commutation of the political prisoner’s sentence has made prominent Puerto Ricans like Lin-Manuel Miranda shed tears of joy.

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    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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    World News

    Kim Kardashaian

    The Over-The-Hill-Gang That Robbed Kim K

    The Over-The-Hill-Gang That Robbed Kim K

    PARIS — It was a shockingly bold crime if only for its target. A home-invasion-style robbery in Paris of one of America’s most well-known women: reality-television star Kim Kardashian. The haul was nothing to sneer at either. The armed assailants ...

    As more details come in about the bumbling band of silver-haired criminals accused in the Kim Kardashian heist, it’s safe to say that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

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    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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    Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 17, 2017.

    Explaining Trump to the Unsettled Elite

    Explaining Trump to the Unsettled Elite

    PARIS — What a relief! The World Economic Forum in Davos learned today that everything’s going to be okay. President-Elect Donald Trump didn’t really dump all over Europe and its unifying institutions over the weekend, or, well, he did but he didn...

    At Davos this year China’s premier appeared the un-Trumpian paladin of free trade, while U.S. president-elect’s “translator” seemed unsure just what his boss believes.

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    Flight officer Rayan Gharazeddine looks out of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) AP-3C Orion as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean during the search for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Rob Griffith/Pool/File Photo - RTSIYV7

    MH370 Search Empty, but Not Over

    MH370 Search Empty, but Not Over

    The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has come up empty. After 28 months of operations in the southern Indian Ocean the last remaining vessel, the Dutch-owned Equator, is heading back to port in Australia having completed its final sweeps. A...

    A last-minute switch to a new area indicates preparation for another mission, after 28 months of the most demanding and terrifying underwater search in history.

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    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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    U.S.

    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    During the presidential inauguration on Friday and during the “Women’s March on Washington” the following day, police body cameras will be off. Outrage!Many activists have expressed vitriol over the blackout. “Civil rights groups are concerned tha...

    Trump’s inauguration and the next day’s protest won’t be recorded by police body-cams. The ACLU, maybe surprisingly, is backing the decision, saying it protects protesters.

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a Bollywood-themed charity concert put on by the Republican Hindu Coalition in Edison, New Jersey, U.S. October 15, 2016.

    Live: Trump Inauguration Welcome Concert

    Live: Trump Inauguration Welcome Concert

    On Friday, Jan. 20, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. If you’re not ready for the celebration just yet, have no fear—there are plenty of events planned for Jan. 19 that may help ease you into the inauguratio...

    Inauguration festivities will begin Thursday, with a celebratory march and the ‘Make America Great Again! Welcome Concert.’ Here’s how to watch live.

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    NH

    Lawmaker to Rape Victims: ‘Prove It’

    Lawmaker to Rape Victims: ‘Prove It’

    Though sexual assault is rarely reported—and even then, only occasionally prosecuted—its victims have had it way too easy for far too long, according to a New Hampshire Republican representative. He’s made it his first legislative order of busines...

    A new bill by a New Hampshire Republican would force rape victims—including children—to give extra proof of assault before a case goes to trial.

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    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    Cop Body-Cams Shut Down for Inauguration

    During the presidential inauguration on Friday and during the “Women’s March on Washington” the following day, police body cameras will be off. Outrage!Many activists have expressed vitriol over the blackout. “Civil rights groups are concerned tha...

    Trump’s inauguration and the next day’s protest won’t be recorded by police body-cams. The ACLU, maybe surprisingly, is backing the decision, saying it protects protesters.

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    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III puts his helmet back on after being tackled by the Baltimore Ravens defense in the first half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland December 9, 2012.

    SCOTUS May Allow ‘Redskins’ Slurs

    SCOTUS May Allow ‘Redskins’ Slurs

    The Washington Redskins may have just won at the Supreme Court without even entering the building.On Wednesday, the Court heard arguments in Lee v. Tam, a case that involves not a major league sports team but a largely obscure Asian American dance...

    In a case about an Asian-American band called ‘The Slants,’ justices seemed skeptical of the trademark office’s ban on disparaging terms like the one used by Washington’s NFL team.

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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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    Tech

    The Science of Transgender Brains

    The Science of Transgender Brains

    What does gender dysphoria feel like?For those who are not transgender themselves—and, in the United States, that’s all but 1.4 million of us—the idea of our actual gender not matching the one we were assigned at birth might seem foreign or, worse...

    A study has shown that trans people may sense touch differently than cisgender people according to particular body parts. We should be curious, but also careful, what we extrapolate ...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Arts + Culture

    CIA Tests Found TV Psychic Was Real

    CIA Tests Found TV Psychic Was Real

    In the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, George Clooney played a psychic recruited by the CIA as part of its ‘New Earth Army,’ a unit that seeks to employ paranormal powers to thwart America’s enemies around the world.The film was a fictionalized v...

    The British TV psychic Uri Geller was much mocked for his claims of paranormal powers. But CIA experiments in 1973 proved his abilities ‘unambiguously.’

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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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    $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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    Axios

    Meet Mikey, The D.C. Power Whisperer

    Meet Mikey, The D.C. Power Whisperer

    Former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s choice for treasury secretary, woke up Tuesday morning to upsetting news: He’s made formidable enemies on the president-elect’s transition team—senior Trump advisors who would just as soo...

    Mike ‘Mikey’ Allen and his colleagues at Axios are aiming to scoop their competitors with the hottest gossip surrounding the Trump administration’s power players.

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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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    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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