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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit in Washington May 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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    Marco Rubio Plays the LGBT Victim

    Marco Rubio Plays the LGBT Victim

    Poor Marco Rubio. With history rushing past him, its dust gritty in his eyes, he, the bully, resorts to playing the victim.And so it was on Tuesday, when he tried—in this now-practiced right-wing way—to claim that he and other Christians were the ...

    Marco Rubio’s invoking of “hate speech” to describe “mainstream Christianity” is inflammatory and offensive to LGBTs who have endured—sometimes fatally—the years of “hate speech” pro...

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    Big Trouble in Adelson’s Little China

    Big Trouble in Adelson’s Little China

    Sheldon Adelson has rarely been shy about sharing his opinion. Whether the topic is Israeli politics, online gambling, or the next GOP presidential nominee, the multibillionaire casino man and Republican Party mega-donor has put his mouth wherever...

    The GOP mega donor has been accused of corruption by the man who ran his Macau casinos—and now the case will be heard in an American court.

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    The Ugliest Hillary 2016 Swag Imaginable

    The Ugliest Hillary 2016 Swag Imaginable

    If you have ever thought, “I would like to look as unfashionable as possible but classic pantsuits require too much effort for my casual lifestyle,” you are in luck, because Hillary Clinton is now selling "The Everyday Pantsuit Tee,” a T-shir...

    Hillary Clinton is taking her “woman of the people” message to a whole new level. Meet the pantsuit T-shirt.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers remarks at the National Review Institute 2015 Ideas Summit in Washington May 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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    Marco Rubio Plays the LGBT Victim

    Marco Rubio Plays the LGBT Victim

    Poor Marco Rubio. With history rushing past him, its dust gritty in his eyes, he, the bully, resorts to playing the victim.And so it was on Tuesday, when he tried—in this now-practiced right-wing way—to claim that he and other Christians were the ...

    Marco Rubio’s invoking of “hate speech” to describe “mainstream Christianity” is inflammatory and offensive to LGBTs who have endured—sometimes fatally—the years of “hate speech” pro...

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    US President Barack Obama shakes hands with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg during the US - Africa Business Forum on the sidelines of the US - Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC, August 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Tea Party Case Against Mega Donors

    The Tea Party Case Against Mega Donors

    I recently had a chance to chat with one of the GOP presidential candidates, and suggested to him that we needed to focus on making small donors a bigger part of the campaign finance equation, and he actually finished my sentence by saying, “… bec...

    Small donors need tax breaks more than super wealthy ones, and yet we continue to subsidize the latter. Time for right and left to team up and end this madness.

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    This Lawyer Wants Hillary To Chill on Pot

    Lawyer Wants Hillary to Mellow on Pot

    Lawyer Wants Hillary to Mellow on Pot

    When Hillary Clinton heads to Florida this week, she can expect to talk pot. And she can expect a bit of profanity.That’s because she’s stopping by the home of John Morgan, a powerful trial lawyer who’s one of the state’s most influential Democrat...

    Hillary Clinton heads to the Sunshine State this week but could get some shade from one of the state’s most prominent donors because of her views on marijuana.

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    Entertainment

    Comedian Bill Cosby performs at The Temple Buell Theatre in Denver, Colorado January 17, 2015. Television network NBC canceled plans for a new television show with Bill Cosby because the number of women accusing the comedian of sexual assault reached a level that tainted the project, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said on Friday.  REUTERS/Barry Gutierrez   (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4LU3L

    Nevada Sex-Crime Law Changed Over Cosby

    Nevada Sex-Crime Law Changed Over Cosby

    The flood of sexual-assault allegations against Bill Cosby isn’t just making headlines—it’s now having an effect on state-level public policy.On Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed a bill into law that will extend the statute of limitati...

    The statute of limitations for criminal prosecution of sexual assault has just gone from four years to 20 in Nevada—and that’s because of the wave of accusations against the comedian.

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    Lovesick Teens Summon Fake Mexican Demon

    Lovesick Teens Summon Fake Mexican Demon

    There’s something scary going on in today’s trending Twitter topics. And no, it’s not just the concept of sourcing stories from trending Twitter topics. We’re talking about the Charlie Charlie Challenge, a sort of DIY Ouija-board craze that’s swee...

    The “Charlie Charlie Challenge” is Twitter Ouija for the social media age—too bad its origin story is as authentic as Señor Frog’s.

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    Rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson attends the U.S. film premiere of "Noah" in New York March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

    50 Cent On Mayweather and the Police

    50 Cent On Mayweather and the Police

    50 Cent’s initial public offering was one of pure intimidation: a swoll street disciple whose ubiquitous bulletproof vest could barely contain his bulging pecs. It was a clever bit of hip-hop branding—a stark reminder that the man formerly known a...

    The rapper and entrepreneur talks the return of his Starz series ‘Power,’ his rugged roots, fake rappers, and the epidemic of cops targeting young black men.

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    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Chrissy Teigen’s Takeover

    Three days after hosting the Billboard Music Awards, Chrissy Teigen was exhausted. Not that you could tell as the realest model in the game arrived bright-eyed and dewy-faced to Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel to host a midday cocktail mixer for Capta...

    The model and wife of musical maestro John Legend has evolved into a big-time TV and awards show host. And this is just the beginning.

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    Lovesick Teens Summon Fake Mexican Demon

    Lovesick Teens Summon Fake Mexican Demon

    There’s something scary going on in today’s trending Twitter topics. And no, it’s not just the concept of sourcing stories from trending Twitter topics. We’re talking about the Charlie Charlie Challenge, a sort of DIY Ouija-board craze that’s swee...

    The “Charlie Charlie Challenge” is Twitter Ouija for the social media age—too bad its origin story is as authentic as Señor Frog’s.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Actor Dwayne Johnson attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    In this Friday’s San Andreas, The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) finds himself in the middle of a catastrophic crisis when a historic earthquake strikes the California coast. In its purest form, it’s a saga that pits The Rock against a natural disaster...

    Now that he’s squared off against an earthquake in San Andreas, what else can The Rock smack down? Here are a list of potential villains for the baddest action star in the land.

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    Paul Weller Feature

    Paul Weller: The Modfather Is Back

    Paul Weller: The Modfather Is Back

    “I love the audience in America,” Paul Weller tells me on the phone from his Berlin dressing room, when I ask him about his upcoming U.S. tour. “It's always tough getting stuff played on the radio or whatever, innit? There are some alternativ...

    The Modfather opens up about his impressive new solo album, Saturns Pattern, whether The Jam will ever reunite, and the plight of the aging rocker.

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    Jim Morrison and George Stephen Morrison

    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    Famous Musicians With Military Dads

    The days of great armies marching into battle to the blaring fanfare of a horn section or the rhythmic drive of percussionists are long gone, replaced by the silent hum of drone engines and rumble of Humvees.And despite the fact that every branch ...

    From Michael Stipe and Jim Morrison to Christina Aguilera, meet the military brats turned musical superstars.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image processed using digital filters) Actor Dwayne Johnson attends Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards 2014 on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    You Can’t Stop The Rock

    In this Friday’s San Andreas, The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson) finds himself in the middle of a catastrophic crisis when a historic earthquake strikes the California coast. In its purest form, it’s a saga that pits The Rock against a natural disaster...

    Now that he’s squared off against an earthquake in San Andreas, what else can The Rock smack down? Here are a list of potential villains for the baddest action star in the land.

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    World News

    Quorom video: Essy

    Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

    Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

    Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

    When meeting anonymously with anti-gay religious leaders, Kenyan LGBTI activist Essy asks, “Do you really think that I should be beaten, now that you know me?”

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    The man searching for Gadhafi's billions

    He’ll Find Gaddafi’s Gold—For a Price

    He’ll Find Gaddafi’s Gold—For a Price

    In August 2014, Erik Iskander Goaied formed a company to locate what he claims is $150 billion or more in U.S. currency, gold, diamonds, and other assets. This is the loot that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had squirreled away outside of Libya b...

    Libya’s dictator hid a fortune. One man told the U.S. that he’s authorized to get the money, which would entitle him to a giant finder’s fee. Never mind the forgery accusations.

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    Chinese dredging vessels are purportedly seen in the waters around Mischief Reef in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea in this still image from video taken by a P-8A Poseidon surveillance aircraft provided by the United States Navy May 21, 2015. REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout via Reuters

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    History’s Next Great War Zone

    At the moment, the war is just one of words. On Friday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called a U.S. Navy reconnaissance flight over the hotly contested South China Sea “very irresponsible and dangerous and detrimental to regional peace and stabilit...

    The United States pushes back against Chinese claims over a vast tract of water of enormous importance. It’s a classic win-or-lose confrontation.

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    Beheaded for Exposing Corruption

    Beheaded for Exposing Corruption

    Traffic heading into the Brazilian town of Padre Paraiso was at a standstill on Easter Sunday as I drove up. The sun had just set over the hills, but a crowd was visible around a bus, gawking at something on the ground. Later that night, a grisly ...

    Evany José Metzker just wanted to tell the true stories of people in his part of rural Brazil, and for that he paid with his life.

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    The man searching for Gadhafi's billions

    He’ll Find Gaddafi’s Gold—For a Price

    He’ll Find Gaddafi’s Gold—For a Price

    In August 2014, Erik Iskander Goaied formed a company to locate what he claims is $150 billion or more in U.S. currency, gold, diamonds, and other assets. This is the loot that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi had squirreled away outside of Libya b...

    Libya’s dictator hid a fortune. One man told the U.S. that he’s authorized to get the money, which would entitle him to a giant finder’s fee. Never mind the forgery accusations.

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    People gather to look at a burnt car following a bomb explosion that rocked the busiest roundabout near the crowded Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on July 1, 2014. A truck exploded in a huge fireball killing at least 15 people on July 1 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the latest attack in a city repeatedly hit by Boko Haram Islamists. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Aisha, 9 years old, and her elder sister, Falmata, 13, were both abducted from their home in Damasak, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, during a raid by Boko Haram militants in March. Their much older brother, Bukkar, isn’t s...

    The infamous terror group, Boko Haram, is using female suicide bombers in growing numbers. Are the Chibok girls among them?

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    US Gay Ambassador

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    Promoting U.S. & LGBT Interests Abroad

    HANOI — When U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius, his husband, and their 15-month-old boy came onto the stage at the American Club in Vietnam’s capital last week, the crowd cheered and drew closer. Hundreds of young Vietnamese were there, many of them gay, ...

    Gay American diplomats are beacons, whether in tolerant Western Europe or homophobic Russia and China.

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    Mexico Shootout

    Did the Mexican Army Massacre 42 People?

    Did the Mexican Army Massacre 42 People?

    At dawn on Friday, the Mexican armed forces and federal police swarmed a ranch near the town of Ecuandureo in the western state of Michoacán, sparking a three-hour gun battle. At one point, authorities radioed air and ground support and a Black Ha...

    After a shootout in western Mexico, 42 alleged criminals are dead. The army said they died in a shootout, but it looks like they were executed.

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    People gather to look at a burnt car following a bomb explosion that rocked the busiest roundabout near the crowded Monday Market in Maiduguri, Borno State, on July 1, 2014. A truck exploded in a huge fireball killing at least 15 people on July 1 in the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, the latest attack in a city repeatedly hit by Boko Haram Islamists. AFP PHOTO/STRINGER (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    Bring Back Our Girls Before They Explode

    LAGOS, Nigeria — Aisha, 9 years old, and her elder sister, Falmata, 13, were both abducted from their home in Damasak, in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state, during a raid by Boko Haram militants in March. Their much older brother, Bukkar, isn’t s...

    The infamous terror group, Boko Haram, is using female suicide bombers in growing numbers. Are the Chibok girls among them?

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    U.S. News

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015.McCullough wrapped up with a discussion about higher education in America. “We have cr...

    The great man of letters pays tribute to the tireless many on the American education system’s front lines.

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    Cult Killer Cheats Death Row

    Cult Killer Cheats Death Row

    On a hog farm-turned-doomsday compound in Nebraska, about 20 survivalists prepared for the Battle of Armageddon—and then brutally murdered one of their own after he began to doubt the existence of the god they called “Yahweh.”It was the early 1980...

    Days after Nebraska lawmakers voted to end the death penalty, a notorious murderer who answered only to “Yahweh” died of natural causes in prison.

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    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    On Being Right about Right and Wrong

    Michael Shermer is the Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. His latest book is The Mo...

    An Interview with Michael Shermer.

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    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    McCullough: Build Statues to Teachers

    American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015.McCullough wrapped up with a discussion about higher education in America. “We have cr...

    The great man of letters pays tribute to the tireless many on the American education system’s front lines.

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    How I Used DNA To Find My Birth Family

    How I Used DNA To Find My Birth Family

    Last January, I sat cross-legged with the box in my hands, something inside me tilting and swaying, rising and catching in my throat. “Ancestry DNA,” the box was marked—so official, so scientific, with littl...

    My adoption records were sealed and I had few clues to my birth family’s identity. How a DNA kit broke my search wide open.

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    Michigan Lottery Winners Go Into Hiding

    Michigan Lottery Winners Go Into Hiding

    Joseph Palmarchuk’s longtime wife, Phillis, had a bad heart. It was 2011, and their home had just been foreclosed upon. Both were pinned down in a cramped trailer on their daughter’s Michigan farm.So the 68-year-old ex-Marine and blue-collar retir...

    A new bill in the Michigan House would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous, so their lives aren’t ruined by greedy opportunists. But not everybody wants it to pass.

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    Tech + Health

    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, an inmate at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione, California, is seen in a picture released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation taken March 28, 2014. Norsworthy, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1987, is seeking to become the first inmate in state history to have a gender reassignment surgery. REUTERS/California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/Handout FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Will Parole Keep Her From Transitioning?

    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy has been in prison for 28 years. But she only needed to stay there a few more months to establish one of the more elusive precedents in LGBT history.Norsworthy, 51, is transgender and began her transition from male to fema...

    A 51-year-old inmate was about to make history as the first to undergo a court-ordered sex reassignment surgery. How parole may affect her fate—and that of transgender inmates everyw...

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    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    When it comes to religion and erotica, you could be forgiven for thinking that the two are mutually exclusive. When Christian clergy talk about sex it’s almost always to tell people what they shouldn’t be doing (almost everything) and when they sh...

    Ancient Babylonian plaques are totally Not Safe For Temple, but they also reveal ancient enlightened views on doing it.

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    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Conqueror of the Useless on Social Media

    Jeff Johnson has made a name for himself in both the outdoor and photography worlds. As staff photographer for Patagonia, he has embarked upon countless excursions with adventure lifestyle legends, as well as starred in Chris Malloy’s seminal adve...

    Jeff Johnson had to be tricked into using Instagram. Now he has one of the best accounts in the world—even if he’s not sold on using a cell phone for much of anything at all.

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    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Why We Fall for Fake Science

    Over the last few decades, research in the social, cognitive, and political sciences has shown again and again that earnest, lasting change on a contentious issue is an extremely rare thing.The body of research certainly paints a pessimistic pictu...

    The retraction of a “Science” paper claiming a 20-minute talk with a gay canvasser can change views on gay marriage may not quash the theory. The reason? We trust bogus science.

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    A3YYGK fine arts, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Ishtar as Goddess of Love, sculpture and form, clay, Old Babylonian, 2nd millennium BC, Briti

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    A Babylonian Guide to Sex

    When it comes to religion and erotica, you could be forgiven for thinking that the two are mutually exclusive. When Christian clergy talk about sex it’s almost always to tell people what they shouldn’t be doing (almost everything) and when they sh...

    Ancient Babylonian plaques are totally Not Safe For Temple, but they also reveal ancient enlightened views on doing it.

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    New Mexico's Pot Industry Being Taken Over by Foreign Investors

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    California, Colorado, and Washington have long been championed as destinations to participate in the green gold rush. But as a recent story in NM Political Report shows, New Mexico—a state whose medical marijuana entities are supposed to be struct...

    News that a Canadian company acquired 51 percent of a Santa Fe medical marijuana company is sparking fears about how foreign investments in the industry may harm patients.

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    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    The Downward Facing Dogs Of War

    Four years have passed since the Army revamped what’s known as the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) program, and yogic exercises are increasingly incorporated into much of the new training. The twist? The Army doesn’t call it yoga in the P...

    The U.S. Army has been incorporating yogic exercises into its training program, but it’s not telling soldiers they’re doing yoga.

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    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    It Takes a Village to Save the Planet

    Can you imagine a time when we didn’t know what our own planet looked like from the outside? It was only 50 years ago, in the late 1960s, that astronauts first sent back images of the Earth from space. Those photographs marked a definite shift in ...

    The more we learn about our planet, the more we know that saving it will require all of us to think bigger and be united.

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    New Mexico's Pot Industry Being Taken Over by Foreign Investors

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    The Foreign Cash Buying New Mexico's Pot

    California, Colorado, and Washington have long been championed as destinations to participate in the green gold rush. But as a recent story in NM Political Report shows, New Mexico—a state whose medical marijuana entities are supposed to be struct...

    News that a Canadian company acquired 51 percent of a Santa Fe medical marijuana company is sparking fears about how foreign investments in the industry may harm patients.

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    BeastStyle

    A model walks a runway show as a part of New York Fashion Week

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    How Did Fashion Become So Cruel?

    The True Cost opens on the Rana Plaza disaster in April 2013, a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh that claimed 1,129 lives and left 2,500 more injured. We see bloody bodies trapped under the wreckage; wives and mothers screaming for their lov...

    A new documentary highlights the exploitation at the heart of the fashion industry. But beyond empty sloganeering, it lacks a prescription for change.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Carole Middleton visit sThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn Son at The Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

    Grandma Middleton Takes Royal Control

    Grandma Middleton Takes Royal Control

    It has been quite a month for Kate Middleton. And it has also been quite a month for her mum, Carole. From the very first day of Princess Charlotte’s return home, when Carole and Pippa Middleton were the first guests to call on the new baby at Ken...

    It’s the Middletons, Kate’s family, rather than the Royals that have taken center stage since the birth of Princess Charlotte.

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    Cate Blanchett and the Hollywood Closet

    Cate Blanchett and the Hollywood Closet

    Envision an era when same-sex encounters were shameful secrets to be hidden at all costs. Imagine a time when homosexuality was still “the love that dare not speak its name,” a subject only discussed in hushed whispers and, even then, without the ...

    As the Cannes success of “Carol” shows, Hollywood is content to mine historical eras to create its gay dramas, seemingly unaware how closely its own culture resembles those oppressiv...

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    D987RM epa03739531 An picture made available 11 June 2013 shows an aerial view of buildings under construction of Block II of former Strength Through Joy (KdF) seaside resort in Prora, Ruegen island, Germany, 05 June 2013. After the former Nazi property was sold by the German Federation to private investors, the first holiday apartments in the huge complex are now being sold. Investors advertise the holiday apartments with the beautiful Baltic Sea, sunshine and possible monument conservation tax write-offs.  EPA/

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Should a Nazi Ghost Town Be Saved?

    Some buildings have a hard time shaking their past, and when it comes to architectural relics from the Third Reich, the past becomes even harder to shake.Plans to renovate a former vacation home for Nazi party members, known as “The Colossus of Pr...

    Hitler planned Prora to be the largest beach resort ever created, but plans to revive it have stirred controversy, with some saying the buildings should be left to rot.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23:  Carole Middleton visit sThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their newborn Son at The Lindo Wing, St Mary's Hospital on July 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

    Grandma Middleton Takes Royal Control

    Grandma Middleton Takes Royal Control

    It has been quite a month for Kate Middleton. And it has also been quite a month for her mum, Carole. From the very first day of Princess Charlotte’s return home, when Carole and Pippa Middleton were the first guests to call on the new baby at Ken...

    It’s the Middletons, Kate’s family, rather than the Royals that have taken center stage since the birth of Princess Charlotte.

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    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    In the middle of the Amazon jungle, a town that oddly resembles Dearborn, Michigan, has been eaten by the ravenous fauna of Brazil.The enigmatic settlement of Fordlandia is one of Henry Ford’s most expensive and little-known failures. Ford, one of...

    His aim was to build the world’s largest rubber plantation, but Henry Ford’s dream of “Fordlandia” became an expensive, epic failure.

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    The Douchiest Dating Advice of All Time, With Added Homophobia and Sexism

    The Douchiest Dating Advice Of All Time

    The Douchiest Dating Advice Of All Time

    We arrived at the Angelika Theater with hope that the $40 we each shelled out to attend the Great Love Debate would pay off in some helpful dating advice—or at least funny commiseration with other singles. Instead, we received a heaping dose of ho...

    The ‘Great Love Debate’ was intended to equip men and women with effective dating strategies. Instead it served up appalling, outdated advice, with side helpings of prejudice.

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    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Instagram’s Cocktail Wonderland

    Back in February, I missed the opening night event for Porchlight—Danny Meyer’s laid back Southern cocktail bar in Manhattan’s West Chelsea—but casually monitored the goings-on via social media.I quickly noticed something interesting: an obscene a...

    Sumptuous pictures of cocktails make for the best kind of drink-porn on Instagram. Does their taste always match their good looks?

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    DFGBDD Fordlandia. Tapajos, Brasil.

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    Henry Ford's Lost City in the Amazon

    In the middle of the Amazon jungle, a town that oddly resembles Dearborn, Michigan, has been eaten by the ravenous fauna of Brazil.The enigmatic settlement of Fordlandia is one of Henry Ford’s most expensive and little-known failures. Ford, one of...

    His aim was to build the world’s largest rubber plantation, but Henry Ford’s dream of “Fordlandia” became an expensive, epic failure.

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    Books

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    Jane Austen Inspired My Escort Name

    By far my most successful ad was Marianne Dashwood. It was on Backpage, which looks like a craigslist knockoff, but only the escort section has any activity. You can get just about anything for any price, including the girl from Taken, or so hyste...

    “Marianne Dashwood” was by far my most successful Backpage ad: Men wanted to date her, save her, own her.

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    • Interview with Ann Coulter

      Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

      Coulter Hates ‘the Browning of America’

      When it comes to Ann Coulter—the conservative blonde avenger, the loud-mouthed provocateur, the human hot-button of mass-media notoriety who is forever tossing turds into liberals’ punch bowls—people always want to know: Is she for real?Even the t...

      The motormouth claims the U.S. is being ruined by an influx of immigrants from Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Is this performance art or is she for real?

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    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    In the fifth essay of her new collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, poet Jane Hirshfield writes of a Japanese poem, “windows are the opening through which the luminous arrives.”That idea of windows as luminous openings, whe...

    In essays as forceful as they are graceful, the poet Jane Hirshfield argues that poetry possesses the ability to transform the way its readers perceive the world.

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    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey’s Best Book Jackets

    Edward Gorey thought in black and white, he said. He was helpless when it came to color. “With color,” he told his friend Clifford Ross, “I have a tendency to wish to blow my brains out at some point or other.”We know Gorey—who didn’t blow his bra...

    Famous for his droll, macabre illustrations and stories, nearly all in black and white, Edward Gorey was also a master of color, as he proved repeatedly with his book jacket designs.

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    1999

    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    1999: Our Last Innocent, Giddy Summer

    Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed just a handful of new songs in the tour that reached the U.S. in the summer of 1999. That year, he debuted the “secular gospel” of “The Land of Hope and Dreams,” now an unintended requiem for the l...

    Beanie Babies were hot, Napster debuted, ‘Star Wars’ returned, Bruce reunited with the E Street Band, and Pedro Martinez won 26 games. For a while there, it was heaven.

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    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work

    In the fifth essay of her new collection, Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, poet Jane Hirshfield writes of a Japanese poem, “windows are the opening through which the luminous arrives.”That idea of windows as luminous openings, whe...

    In essays as forceful as they are graceful, the poet Jane Hirshfield argues that poetry possesses the ability to transform the way its readers perceive the world.

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    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 27: Female Marine recruit Natasha Rodenbaugh responds to a command during hand-to-hand combat training in boot camp February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    Whenever I would mention during the last two years that I was writing a special operations-related book, folks were intrigued. Especially after the big-screen success of American Sniper, which threw special operations in genera...

    Too often, the narrative about female soldiers dwells on rape and PTSD. It’s time to recognize them for their incredible valor.

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    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.Judy Blume Knows All Your Secrets By Susan Dominus, New York Times Magazine After 17 years, the confidante for legions of young readers is about to publish a new novel for adults....

    Judy Blume, the Colorado River, and ISIS and antiquities. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    David Benioff, co-creator and show runner of the starkly brutal HBO fantasy "Game of Thrones," at the State University of New York campus in Oswego, N.Y., April 24, 2013. Benioff and his other co-creator, D.B. Weiss, have written an episode of the FX comedy "It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," which they are fans of and describe the collaboration on the fast-paced half-hour format show as a challenge. (Annie Flanagan/The New York Times)

    Game of Thrones’s Other Great Novelist

    Game of Thrones’s Other Great Novelist

    An article in The New York Times not long ago certainly got people talking. Or rather, it got some people in two coastal American cities talking. The rest of the world? Not so much. “Los Angeles and Its Booming Creative Class Lures New Yorkers,” s...

    One of the chief creative powers behind HBO’s epic retelling of “Game of Thrones,” David Benioff, deserves his kudos. But overlooked in all the fuss is what a fine novelist he is.

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    PARRIS ISLAND, SC - FEBRUARY 27: Female Marine recruit Natasha Rodenbaugh responds to a command during hand-to-hand combat training in boot camp February 27, 2013 at MCRD Parris Island, South Carolina. Female enlisted Marines have gone through recruit training at the base since 1949. About 11 percent of female recruits who arrive at the boot camp fail to complete the training, which can be physically and mentally demanding. On January 24, 2013 Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta rescinded an order, which had been in place since 1994, that restricted women from being attached to ground combat units. About six percent of enlisted Marines are female.

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    America’s Bravest Female Special Ops

    Whenever I would mention during the last two years that I was writing a special operations-related book, folks were intrigued. Especially after the big-screen success of American Sniper, which threw special operations in genera...

    Too often, the narrative about female soldiers dwells on rape and PTSD. It’s time to recognize them for their incredible valor.

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