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    Sam Bee Rips ‘Thin-Skinned’ Trump

    Sam Bee Rips ‘Thin-Skinned’ Trump

    There is a new #NerdProm in town and Samantha Bee is its queen.Long before President Donald Trump had even announced that he would not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the host of Full Frontal decided it was up to her t...

    In an interview before her own ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Samantha Bee explains what makes her unafraid to speak her mind.

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    DOJ Lawyers ‘Encouraged’ to Leave

    DOJ Lawyers ‘Encouraged’ to Leave

    The Jefferson Sessions Show rolled into Long Island Friday, carting familiar themes in its caravan: Terrifying Criminal Aliens! … “Crime in Baltimore and St. Louis!” “Gang murderers and thugs assaulting!” whom Sessions vowed “must not be allowed t...

    While President Trump may have few real achievements with legislation or the economy, he has managed to turn the clock back decades in the Department of Justice and created a climate...

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    Trump's Only Playing the Madman on Korea

    Trump's Only Playing the Madman on Korea

    When President Donald Trump predicted Thursday that there could soon be a “major, major conflict” with North Korea, critics were quick to write it off as yet another needlessly provocative and un-presidential outburst from the man occupying the Ov...

    Trump’s tweeted threats may sound unhinged. But the crazy talk is carefully planned, administration officials insist.

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    Sam Bee Rips ‘Thin-Skinned’ Trump

    Sam Bee Rips ‘Thin-Skinned’ Trump

    There is a new #NerdProm in town and Samantha Bee is its queen.Long before President Donald Trump had even announced that he would not be attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the host of Full Frontal decided it was up to her t...

    In an interview before her own ‘Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Samantha Bee explains what makes her unafraid to speak her mind.

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    Wal-Mart: Climate Hero?

    Wal-Mart: Climate Hero?

    This week, an estimated 100,000 people will take part in the People’s Climate March, a national effort to somehow, someway persuade the U.S. government to take action on the most pressing environmental crisis of our time.But after the march, they ...

    While the U.S. government fiddles as the planet burns, the nation’s retail giant is stepping up.

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    NSA Ends U.S.-Foreign Email Collection

    NSA Ends U.S.-Foreign Email Collection

    The National Security Agency will no longer use a controversial surveillance tactic that lets the spy agency sift through electronic communications to find communications about its surveillance targets, according to an official who has been briefe...

    Officials tell The Daily Beast the decision came as a result of intel analysts failing to comply with measures designed to protect citizens’ constitutional rights.

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    Porn Industry Irate Over Netflix Show

    Porn Industry Irate Over Netflix Show

    Following the debut of the Rashida Jones-produced Netflix documentary Hot Girls Wanted in 2015, the porn industry was gun-shy—fearful of allowing mainstream media to film them lest they be portrayed in such a one-dimensional, unfavorable light.The...

    In addition to the show’s exploitative nature, some in the adult industry claim they were tricked into participating in the series.

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    Frye Festival

    Inside Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Disaster

    Inside Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Disaster

    Hot off the heels of Coachella, trust fund babies and funemployed douchebags made plans to jet to Miami for the first-ever Fyre Festival. From there, the festival—which was slated to take place over two weekends, April 27 to 28 and May 5 through 7...

    It was supposed to a luxurious weekend in the Bahamas, with tickets ranging from $4,000 to $250,000. Instead, festivalgoers say, “it looked like a refugee camp.”

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    Joanie-Chachi Row Goes Below the Belt

    Joanie-Chachi Row Goes Below the Belt

    Scott Baio’s wife Renee has defended the size of her husband’s manhood.Baio was the recipient of one of the oldest male insults in the book from Tony Moran, the brother of Baio’s former Happy Days co-star Erin, who mocked the size of his penis in ...

    The fight over Scott Baio’s insensitive comments surrounding Erin Moran’s death now pivots on an unlikely fulcrum: the size of Scott Baio’s penis.

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    ELLEN, Ellen DeGeneres, Laura Dern, 'The Puppy Episode', (aka The Coming Out Episode, Season 4, aired April 30, 1997), 1994-1998.

    The Story Behind Ellen’s Coming Out

    The Story Behind Ellen’s Coming Out

    On April 30, it will be 20 years since Ellen DeGeneres told Laura Dern, the passengers at an airport terminal, and, with them, the world that she is gay.It was a week after her famous “Yep, I’m Gay” Time magazine cover, in an hour-long special epi...

    Twenty years ago, DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom, a move that nearly cost her career. On the anniversary of ‘The Puppy Episode,’ its writers remember scripting history.

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    Frye Festival

    Inside Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Disaster

    Inside Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival Disaster

    Hot off the heels of Coachella, trust fund babies and funemployed douchebags made plans to jet to Miami for the first-ever Fyre Festival. From there, the festival—which was slated to take place over two weekends, April 27 to 28 and May 5 through 7...

    It was supposed to a luxurious weekend in the Bahamas, with tickets ranging from $4,000 to $250,000. Instead, festivalgoers say, “it looked like a refugee camp.”

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    Dear White People

    Dear Racist Trolls: Watch This Show

    Dear Racist Trolls: Watch This Show

    If there is one creative endeavor that exemplifies the power of television over film in the streaming age, it’s Dear White People.Made in just 19 days on a budget of around $1 million, the film was a modest success by indie film standards, grossin...

    The filmmaker-turned-Netflix showrunner thinks his racist trolls will identify with the black characters in ‘Dear White People.’

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    Colbert Hammers ‘Zombie Trumpcare’

    Colbert Hammers ‘Zombie Trumpcare’

    Stephen Colbert is so ready for President Donald Trump’s first 100 days to be over. “It’s just so exhausting watching this man try to accomplish something,” he said Thursday night. While Trump promised his voters “everything,” he has failed by alm...

    The ‘Late Show’ host goes after the president for trying to bring his Obamacare replacement back from the dead.

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    Trevor Noah: Let Ann Coulter Speak

    Trevor Noah: Let Ann Coulter Speak

    First Trevor Noah defended Tomi Lahren. Now he has Ann Coulter’s back. Well, sort of.After opening Thursday night’s edition of The Daily Show with a vigorous defense of President Barack Obama’s right to get paid for his speeches to Wall Street fir...

    ‘Even though Ann Coulter is clearly trolling,’ Noah said, ‘they should just let her speak.’

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    Dear White People

    Dear Racist Trolls: Watch This Show

    Dear Racist Trolls: Watch This Show

    If there is one creative endeavor that exemplifies the power of television over film in the streaming age, it’s Dear White People.Made in just 19 days on a budget of around $1 million, the film was a modest success by indie film standards, grossin...

    The filmmaker-turned-Netflix showrunner thinks his racist trolls will identify with the black characters in ‘Dear White People.’

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    World News

    Venezuelan riot police fired tear gas Thursday at groups of protesters seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro, who have vowed new mass marches after a day of deadly unrest. Police in western Caracas broke up scores of opposition protesters trying to join a larger march, though there was no immediate repeat of Wednesday's violent clashes, which left three people dead.

    Nude Activist Exposes Venezuela Dictator

    Nude Activist Exposes Venezuela Dictator

    A thin young man, totally naked, clambers onto the hood of an armored vehicle from what’s called the National Bolivarian Police force. “Don’t throw any more bombs, brother, por favor!” he begs. But in Venezuela, the forces of the government have n...

    As protests rage and the death toll mounts in Venezuela, powerful symbolic acts are keeping emotions high and the revolt alive.

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    Heineken owns Pepsi ad

    Heineken Owns Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad

    Heineken Owns Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad

    Pepsi, take note. Heineken dropped an ad that follows three couples who are complete strangers and have opposing viewpoints — and miraculously it doesn’t end in chaos.The ad, titled “World’s Apart,” is how Pepsi should have handled their controver...

    The Dutch beer company released the ad Pepsi should have.

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    We Almost Went to War With North Korea

    We Almost Went to War With North Korea

    You can smell war.China, according to a U.S. defense official speaking to CNN, has put cruise missile-capable bombers “on high alert” and brought up other planes to a full state of readiness. The moves are meant, according to the official, to “red...

    Last time tensions on the Korean Peninsula got this high, President Carter jetted in to Pyongyang. This time North Korea is a much bigger threat.

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    Russia Gave to Citgo, Then Citgo Gave to Trump

    New Trump-Russia Link Discovered

    New Trump-Russia Link Discovered

    The oil company’s half-million donation to Donald Trump’s Inaugural Committee wasn’t illegal. But it certainly wasn’t moral. And the cash may have come from the Kremlin, at least indirectly.Recently released Federal Election Commission filings sho...

    Many big oil companies funded Trump’s inauguration. Only one is deeply in debt to the Kremlin.

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    Heineken owns Pepsi ad

    Heineken Owns Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad

    Heineken Owns Pepsi’s Kendall Jenner Ad

    Pepsi, take note. Heineken dropped an ad that follows three couples who are complete strangers and have opposing viewpoints — and miraculously it doesn’t end in chaos.The ad, titled “World’s Apart,” is how Pepsi should have handled their controver...

    The Dutch beer company released the ad Pepsi should have.

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    North Korea

    Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze N. Korea

    Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze N. Korea

    It’s not a sonic boom or bunker buster Pyongyang should most fear from the Trump administration. It’s the sound of cash registers falling silent, and doors to the outside world shutting, as the U.S. works to convince China and other allies to cut ...

    After weeks of tweeted threats, the White House admits ‘there are no good military options’ against Pyongyang—and tries to turn up the geopolitical heat.

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    Kony

    Will Kony Make a Murderous Comeback?

    Will Kony Make a Murderous Comeback?

    GULU, Uganda — Peter Kidega didn’t know the man at the end of his rifle. Only that someone had to die. “The rebels told me I was to kill this man,” Kidega says. “If I refused, they would kill me.” At the time, Kidega was 19 years old.Both Kidega a...

    Lord’s Resistance Army defectors say infamous warlord Joseph Kony will revive his gruesome campaign to impose his rule based on a warped version of the Ten Commandments.

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    Pope Gives a TED Talk—and a Warning

    Pope Gives a TED Talk—and a Warning

    ROME—It wasn’t exactly your usual TED talk with the narrator moving suavely around a carpeted stage, a radio mic poised at his cheek. Instead, in what was Pope Francis’s first TED talk, the pontiff stared into a fixed camera in a very Italian orna...

    Among the pieties, some down-home wisdom for world leaders: Power is ‘like drinking gin on an empty stomach.’

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    North Korea

    Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze N. Korea

    Team Trump’s Plan to Squeeze N. Korea

    It’s not a sonic boom or bunker buster Pyongyang should most fear from the Trump administration. It’s the sound of cash registers falling silent, and doors to the outside world shutting, as the U.S. works to convince China and other allies to cut ...

    After weeks of tweeted threats, the White House admits ‘there are no good military options’ against Pyongyang—and tries to turn up the geopolitical heat.

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    U.S.

    I Met My Syrian Neighbors in LA Traffic

    I Met My Syrian Neighbors in LA Traffic

    Here’s something I never thought I’d say: There’s an upside to the Los Angeles traffic.It was only because the ride to Los Angeles International Airport, 24 miles from my home, took a whopping 96 minutes that I chatted up my UBER driver. We were h...

    Chatting up her Syrian Uber driver on the way to LAX, she discovered that they were practically neighbors. Then she unearthed a much more abiding tie.

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    Alex Jones’ New Nemesis: ‘Spider Goats’

    Alex Jones’ New Nemesis: ‘Spider Goats’

    Before launching into a tirade about “human animal chimeras” and “spider goats” on Friday, Infowars founder Alex Jones took aim at Greek yogurt.Standing on the steps of the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Jones threatened a countersuit against...

    Jones’ comments on the lawsuit came during a rambling, bizarre press conference held outside the courthouse where late Thursday night he lost a custody battle over his three children.

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    Truther, Boris in the Bunker and the Pee Pee Tape

    Boris in the Bunker and the Pee Tape

    Boris in the Bunker and the Pee Tape

    Ben survived his run-in with some nasty shrimp and has returned to us. We made Kelly Weill (@kellyweill) join us to talk about Russiagate, posting for Putin on Twitter, and the next film in the 21 Jump Street franchise. Also we talk to Jeb Lund (@...

    This week we talk about Russiagate, posting for Putin on Twitter, and the next film in the ‘21 Jump Street’ franchise.

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    I Met My Syrian Neighbors in LA Traffic

    I Met My Syrian Neighbors in LA Traffic

    Here’s something I never thought I’d say: There’s an upside to the Los Angeles traffic.It was only because the ride to Los Angeles International Airport, 24 miles from my home, took a whopping 96 minutes that I chatted up my UBER driver. We were h...

    Chatting up her Syrian Uber driver on the way to LAX, she discovered that they were practically neighbors. Then she unearthed a much more abiding tie.

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    Legal Weed’s Warrior Puts Down His Pipe

    Legal Weed’s Warrior Puts Down His Pipe

    For drug-policy reformers, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. Marijuana legalization seems to have hit a tipping point, and even Republicans now regard opioid addiction as a health crisis rather than a criminal one. Yet here comes ...

    Ethan Nadelmann is retiring after 20 years of leading the movement to reform marijuana laws in dozens of states. He’s worried about the future under Trump.

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    FBI Weed Sting Descended Into Murder

    FBI Weed Sting Descended Into Murder

    One cold January night in 1977, David Goodwin went to the beach for business.Goodwin had been hired to unload bales of marijuana from a boat anchored at a Florida beach, and haul the bales of weed onto waiting trucks. Goodwin didn’t know he was wa...

    An informant hired David Goodwin to unload drugs. He was still on the beach when another man drove three bystanders away, shot, and dumped them. Yet he went to prison.

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    Tech

    The Republican Lawmaker Who Secretly Created Reddit's Women-Hating Red Pill

    GOP Lawmaker Created Reddit’s ‘Red Pill’

    GOP Lawmaker Created Reddit’s ‘Red Pill’

    Last November, voters in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region re-elected to the state house of representatives a man who appears to be one of the secret architects of the internet’s misogynistic “Manosphere.”The homegrown son of a preacher, 31-year-old Ro...

    A web of secret online identities connects the creator of the misogynistic Red Pill forum to a New Hampshire state representative.

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    Fake News' Blows Up in Trolls' Faces

    ‘Fake News’ Blows Up in Trolls’ Faces

    ‘Fake News’ Blows Up in Trolls’ Faces

    It was a startling claim from a YouTube star with 3 million subscribers and 40 million viewers in the last month: “Evidence that WSJ used FAKE screenshots.”That was the title on Ethan Klein’s H3H3Productions YouTube video last week. The video itse...

    A YouTube star scored a viral hit claiming The Wall Street Journal faked a story about YouTube. The allegation raced round the world, but it wasn’t true.

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    Trump/ NASA

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    President Donald Trump likes tanks, killer drones, and aircraft carriers, for which he has allocated billions of dollars in his proposed federal budget. What he does not seem to like, however, is research in biomedicine, alternative energy, or the...

    The president wants to massively cut most nonmilitary R&D—except for NASA. An interview with ‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ author Stephen Petranek reveals why.

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    Hacker

    FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

    FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

    Taylor Huddleston woke early on December 6th, hours before the Arkansas winter morning would stir to life with the sound of roosters and dogs. Since selling off the last piece of his software business two months earlier, Huddleston had nothing in ...

    He built a piece of software. That tool was pirated and abused by hackers. Now the feds want him to pay for the computer crooks’ crimes.

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    Fake News' Blows Up in Trolls' Faces

    ‘Fake News’ Blows Up in Trolls’ Faces

    ‘Fake News’ Blows Up in Trolls’ Faces

    It was a startling claim from a YouTube star with 3 million subscribers and 40 million viewers in the last month: “Evidence that WSJ used FAKE screenshots.”That was the title on Ethan Klein’s H3H3Productions YouTube video last week. The video itse...

    A YouTube star scored a viral hit claiming The Wall Street Journal faked a story about YouTube. The allegation raced round the world, but it wasn’t true.

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    Will Trump Pal Use Ties To Beat FDA

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    By Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health NewsParker Petit, a GOP-friendly biotech executive, has a new nickname since the presidential election. His critics call him “the Trump of Georgia.”An early supporter of Donald Trump’s, Petit is unfazed by the compa...

    Parker Petit says he doesn’t think his ties to the president and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who oversees the FDA, will benefit his wound care company.

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    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    On 26 October 2015, I authored a post at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) entitled “Russia Returns as al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Far Enemy” noting:“The Russians have used social media-driven information campaigns to discredit the...

    Clint Watts is testifying Thursday morning before the Senate’s intelligence committee on Russia’s interference in U.S. politics. Here’s what he told the senators.

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    Marsha Blackburn

    She Gave Away Your Data. Now Buy Hers.

    She Gave Away Your Data. Now Buy Hers.

    House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn received $84,000 from telecommunications companies in the 2016 election cycle alone.On Tuesday, she and 264 other members of Congress, all Republicans, then voted to reverse a newly instituted F...

    Marsha Blackburn—who got nearly $700K from the telecom industry—voted to make selling private browsing data easier. The guy who raised over $100K to buy hers says he isn't bluffing.

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    Will Trump Pal Use Ties To Beat FDA

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    By Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health NewsParker Petit, a GOP-friendly biotech executive, has a new nickname since the presidential election. His critics call him “the Trump of Georgia.”An early supporter of Donald Trump’s, Petit is unfazed by the compa...

    Parker Petit says he doesn’t think his ties to the president and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who oversees the FDA, will benefit his wound care company.

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    Arts + Culture

    The Story Banned by Israeli Schools

    The Story Banned by Israeli Schools

    We turned back to Broadway and headed south this time, from Twenty-eighth toward Tenth Street. We walked briskly, purposefully, alert to every metallic glimmer on the sidewalk. Down to Union Square, right, then left, and down Sixth Avenue, Hilmi t...

    Read an excerpt from the award-winning story of young, forbidden love between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man.

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    Laurie Metcalf’s ‘Doll’s House’ Triumph

    Laurie Metcalf’s ‘Doll’s House’ Triumph

    If you should see any ashen-faced individuals wandering near Times Square, looking up at the bright hoardings announcing plays on theaters, be kind to them. For these broken people are likely theater critics who have just endured a full-on battery...

    Ibsen’s classic play saw heroine Nora close the door on an oppressive marriage. ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ asks what happened if she returned 15 years later.

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    Jesse Watters on Fox.

    Watters Isn't Getting Fired Over Ivanka

    Watters Isn't Getting Fired Over Ivanka

    Like his long-time mentor Bill O’Reilly before him, Fox News host Jesse Watters took a vacation abruptly after he found himself the butt of public outrage.However, unlike O’Reilly before him, don’t expect this to mean he’s done at the network.“I’m...

    While “vacations” in the past have spelled the end of the road for controversial Fox News hosts, sources say Jesse Watters’ trip amid outrage over his Ivanka remarks was pre-planned.

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    Shepard Fairey & Ai Weiwei Take On Trump

    Shepard Fairey & Ai Weiwei Take On Trump

    Among the colorful poster art from the Women’s March protests, you may have seen the red-white-and-blue face of a Muslim-American woman wearing an American flag hijab--one of a series of inauguration-inspired “We the People” images by graphic arti...

    “A lot of people felt defeated and hopeless by Trump’s election,” Fairey tells the Daily Beast. “But I feel his election should energize people to resist apathy, ignorance, sexism, x...

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    Laurie Metcalf’s ‘Doll’s House’ Triumph

    Laurie Metcalf’s ‘Doll’s House’ Triumph

    If you should see any ashen-faced individuals wandering near Times Square, looking up at the bright hoardings announcing plays on theaters, be kind to them. For these broken people are likely theater critics who have just endured a full-on battery...

    Ibsen’s classic play saw heroine Nora close the door on an oppressive marriage. ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ asks what happened if she returned 15 years later.

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    Prince Harry

    How Meghan Helped Harry Talk About Diana

    How Meghan Helped Harry Talk About Diana

    Prince Harry found the courage to speak out about the effects on his mental health of the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, thanks to the encouragement and support of his new girlfriend Meghan Markle, according to insiders quoted by U...

    The prince has undergone a remarkable transformation from out-of-control party boy to emotionally intelligent adult. New girlfriend Meghan Markle was the catalyst, sources say.

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    Bandstand

    Broadway’s ‘Bandstand’ Is Lost in Time

    Broadway’s ‘Bandstand’ Is Lost in Time

    The wars that are ripping the culture apart around the world really come down to a single question: was life a little bit better not so long ago, or not? It’s the “Again” part of the exhortation on those red baseball caps, promising a return to a ...

    Don’t expect to be challenged by ‘Bandstand’ on Broadway. The soft-focus nostalgia on display is unapologetic and relentless.

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    David Wigdor

    Fox News’ Explosive Racism Lawsuit

    Fox News’ Explosive Racism Lawsuit

    “This hurts,” Fox News Channel anchor Kelly Wright declared. “This hurts,” he repeated, while appearing at a press conference Wednesday with nine other current and former Fox News employees who are claiming systemic racial discrimination at the to...

    According to current and former employees, Fox News chiefs ridiculed, denigrated, and mocked them, in a station that itself practices ‘systemic and institutional racial bias.’

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    Prince Harry

    How Meghan Helped Harry Talk About Diana

    How Meghan Helped Harry Talk About Diana

    Prince Harry found the courage to speak out about the effects on his mental health of the death of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, thanks to the encouragement and support of his new girlfriend Meghan Markle, according to insiders quoted by U...

    The prince has undergone a remarkable transformation from out-of-control party boy to emotionally intelligent adult. New girlfriend Meghan Markle was the catalyst, sources say.

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