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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1FFQQ

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    In their fight against the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration:  Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (PDF), the collection of notes that King smug...

    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong.

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    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

    The Men Who Wouldn’t Leave Hillary Alone

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

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

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    How Jeb Got Real Rich, Real Fast

    How Jeb Got Real Rich, Real Fast

    Ever wonder how much Jeb! Bush paid in taxes? Then this might be the most glorious night of your life. Late this afternoon—and a few minutes ahead of schedule—Jeb Bush released a cache of tax returns, starting in 1981.Bush’s income skyrocketed aft...

    Jeb Bush wants you to see how much money he made over three decades—and to judge Hillary for paying less in taxes than him.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee speaks during a "Roast & Ride" campaign event sponsored by Iowa Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) at the Central Iowa Expo in Boone, Iowa June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Dave Kaup - RTX1FFQQ

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    How the Right Hijacked MLK

    In their fight against the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, leading conservatives have been turning to an unlikely source for inspiration:  Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” (PDF), the collection of notes that King smug...

    A number of prominent conservatives seem convinced that Martin Luther King Jr. would have fought marriage equality. They are probably wrong.

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    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    By Carrie LevineSuper PACs have been formed by journalists, by space nerds, and even by Stephen Colbert.Now, for the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC. It may raise and s...

    Adam Savader, a former Romney and Gingrich campaign intern who was convicted of holding hacked nude photos for ransom, now has a super PAC of his own—which he operates from behind bars.

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    Republican U.S. presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination as his wife Mary Pat looks on during a kickoff rally at Livingston High School in Livingston, New Jersey, June 30, 2015.

    Christie Promises Cringeworthy Campaign

    Christie Promises Cringeworthy Campaign

    Bill “Jules” Giuliano, a friend of Chris Christie’s, stood next to the small, circular stage in the gymnasium at Livingston High School. He wore a khaki blazer and his hair was slicked back. In a few minutes, Christie himself would come out, and h...

    The governor isn’t letting New Jersey’s failing economy or the Bridgegate scandal get in the way of his quest for the White House.

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    Fassbinder Delivers in 'Steve Jobs'

    Fassbinder Delivers in 'Steve Jobs'

    Assembling the best talent for your team is crucial for success, be it a business like Apple, or a film about a business like Apple. As Steve Jobs himself once said, “you're well advised to go after the cream of the cream.”The producers of th...

    He makes egomania and turtlenecks look good.

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    Musician and executive producer Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Lawless",  in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2012.         REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR32AXO

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    By now, we’ve all seen the memes and GIFs of Sean “Diddy” Combs’s fall at the 2015 BET Awards. The mogul took a tumble during the show’s high-powered tribute to his Bad Boy Records, a highlight of the night even without the unexpected hilarity of ...

    Yes, Diddy has encountered more legal trouble, has a spotty résumé, and fell into the stage at the BET Awards. But he’s also—for better or worse—responsible for the modern-day rap bl...

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    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    Raised in Captivity in New York City

    The Wolfpack rolls deep. Werner Herzog deep. In their first trip to Los Angeles the six Angulo brothers—Bhagavan, Govinda, Narayana, Mukunda, Glenn, and Eddie—are on a whirlwind spree through Hollywood, a place they’d dreamed about while cooped u...

    The Angulo brothers were raised in captivity in a New York City apartment by their paranoid father. Now they’re free, and the subject of the riveting doc ‘The Wolfpack.’

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    CANNES, FRANCE - JUNE 24:  Kim Kardashian attends a 'Sudler' talk during Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on June 24, 2015 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Francois G. Durand/Getty Images)

    Kim Kardashian Endorses Hillary Clinton

    Kim Kardashian Endorses Hillary Clinton

    The Commonwealth Club of California, a prestigious institution founded in 1903, has hosted speakers including Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan. On Tuesday evening, it hosted an open conversation with Kim Kardash...

    The reality-TV star-entrepreneur sat down with LaDoris Cordell, the first black female judge in Northern California, for a wide-ranging conversation.

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    Musician and executive producer Sean "Diddy" Combs arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film "Lawless",  in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2012.         REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE  - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)   - RTR32AXO

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    Diddy’s Complicated Hip-Hop Legacy

    By now, we’ve all seen the memes and GIFs of Sean “Diddy” Combs’s fall at the 2015 BET Awards. The mogul took a tumble during the show’s high-powered tribute to his Bad Boy Records, a highlight of the night even without the unexpected hilarity of ...

    Yes, Diddy has encountered more legal trouble, has a spotty résumé, and fell into the stage at the BET Awards. But he’s also—for better or worse—responsible for the modern-day rap bl...

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    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    On Tuesday morning Howard Stern vet Amy Schumer went on the infamously raunchy radio show to talk about her upcoming movie, turning down The Daily Show, and pranking Kimye on the red carpet:On Opening For MadonnaAccording to Schumer, comedian Chri...

    The comedienne returned to ‘The Howard Stern Show’ and opened up about everything from receiving Kanye shade on the red carpet to ABC’s interest in her for ‘The Bachelorette.’

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    Deen Castronovo of Journey arrives at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

    Angry Journey Drummer Charged With Rape

    Angry Journey Drummer Charged With Rape

    Tuesday is the Journey drummer’s day in court—and the charges include rape and sexual abuse.Deen Castronovo, who started playing with arena-rock giants Journey in 1998 and has also worked with Ozzy Osbourne and Paul Rodgers, was arrested earlier t...

    Arena-rock drummer Deen Castronovo, who’s been with the classic rock band since 1998, has a history of violence against women.

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    Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner step out together on April 24, 2015 in Brentwood, California. Ben has apologized for attempting to remove a segment about his slave owning ancestors on PBS show "Finding Your Roots." Affleck took to Facebook to say, "I was embarrassed. The very thought left a bad taste in my mouth. I regret my initial thoughts that the issue of slavery not be included in the story. We deserve neither credit nor blame for our ancestors and the degree of interest in this story suggests that we are, as a nation, still grappling with the terrible legacy of slavery. It is an examination well worth continuing. I am glad that my story, however indirectly, will contribute to that discussion. While I don’t like that the guy is an ancestor, I am happy that aspect of our country’s history is being talked about." FameFlynet, Inc - Beverly Hills, CA, USA - +1 (818) 307-4813

    The Agonizing End of Bennifer

    The Agonizing End of Bennifer

    In the whiplash age of TMZ, there’s something to be said for the rare slow march to inevitability that was Tuesday’s official announcement that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner split.The pair, who spent 10 years proudly reigning as the couple I mos...

    Hollywood’s most adorable couple is divorcing. We are inconsolable. But through the tears we see the light: a bright future for Jennifer Garner.

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    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    Amy Schumer on Kimye and ‘Bachelorette’

    On Tuesday morning Howard Stern vet Amy Schumer went on the infamously raunchy radio show to talk about her upcoming movie, turning down The Daily Show, and pranking Kimye on the red carpet:On Opening For MadonnaAccording to Schumer, comedian Chri...

    The comedienne returned to ‘The Howard Stern Show’ and opened up about everything from receiving Kanye shade on the red carpet to ABC’s interest in her for ‘The Bachelorette.’

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    World News

    A family arrives to lay flowers at the site of a shooting attack on the beach in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 28, 2015. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility on June 27 for the massacre in the seaside resort that killed nearly 40 people, most of them British tourists, in the worst attack in the country's recent history. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Terrorists’ New Target: You

    Terrorists’ New Target: You

    The photograph of Seifeddine Rezgui that surfaced after he slaughtered dozens of mainly Western vacationers in the Tunisian resort of Sousse is a picture of beachside nonchalance. Take away the Kalashnikov held languidly in his right hand with the...

    Only good intelligence gathering can stop terror attacks before they begin, and that’s harder to do post-Snowden. Meanwhile jihadist targets are getting ever more random.

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    A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9BH

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    Today marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic States’s “caliphate.” To mark the occasion, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (aka Caliph Ibrahim) is due to deliver another Ramadan sermon as he did, famously, almost a year ago...

    Who knew that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was so in tune with decadent Western ways?

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    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Drones Find Russian Base Inside Ukraine

    Dnipro-1, one of Ukraine’s many pro-government volunteer regiments, today released a video compiling drone footage of a Russian military camp just south of the village of Sontsevo in the Donetsk region.Two drone flights were made over the sa...

    Aerial footage finds smoking-gun evidence of Russian army involvement in the conflict. More war is inevitable.

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    Spies Warned Feds About Mega-Hack Danger

    Spies Warned Feds About Mega-Hack Danger

    Five years ago, U.S. officials refused to merge a database containing classified personnel records of intelligence-agency employees with another run by the Office of Personnel Management, fearing that if the two systems were linked, it could expos...

    U.S. intelligence agencies initially refused to share data with the now-infamously insecure OPM. Then the spies apparently handed over their files anyway.

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    A man purported to be the reclusive leader of the militant Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has made what would be his first public appearance at a mosque in the centre of Iraq's second city, Mosul, according to a video recording posted on the Internet on July 5, 2014, in this still image taken from video. There had previously been reports on social media that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi would make his first public appearance since his Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) changed its name to the Islamic State and declared him caliph. The Iraqi government denied that the video, which carried Friday's date, was credible. It was also not possible to immediately confirm the authenticity of the recording or the date when it was made. REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV (IRAQ - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - RTR3X9BH

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    The Caliph’s Year in Review

    Today marks the first anniversary of the establishment of the Islamic States’s “caliphate.” To mark the occasion, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (aka Caliph Ibrahim) is due to deliver another Ramadan sermon as he did, famously, almost a year ago...

    Who knew that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was so in tune with decadent Western ways?

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    Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1I5FV

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    PARIS — As I write on June 30, no one knows what turn the crisis in Greece will take.I have written enough about my anger at today’s soulless Europe, a Europe without a plan worthy of the name, one unfaithful both to its values and to its founding...

    The Greek prime minister is trying to pass off responsibility for a looming train wreck that he, and he alone, has engineered.

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    Pentagon Fires Trans Troops in Secret

    Pentagon Fires Trans Troops in Secret

    Marriage equality is the law of the land. And now, the push is on for the next frontier of civil rights—transgender rights, including the right to serve openly in the military.And yet, no one in the military even knows how many have been forced to...

    Willfully clueless: That’s the best way to describe the Pentagon’s current attitude toward transgender service members. But there may be changes ahead.

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    Canadian Killer Gets a Dating Profile

    Canadian Killer Gets a Dating Profile

    Luka Magnotta is searching for that special someone.The man known as “the Cannibal Killer” posted a profile on a dating website connecting Canadian inmates with potential companions.Magnotta’s wish list stipulates the murder’s suitor must be a “si...

    ‘Cannibal Killer’ Luka Magnotta is looking for love online, while serving a life sentence for the grisly murder of his previous lover. Yikes.

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    Anti-austerity protesters burn a euro note during a demonstration outside the European Union (EU) offices in Athens, Greece June 28, 2015. Greece said it may impose capital controls and keep its banks shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a dangerous new level. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1I5FV

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    The Pyromaniac Demagogue of Greece

    PARIS — As I write on June 30, no one knows what turn the crisis in Greece will take.I have written enough about my anger at today’s soulless Europe, a Europe without a plan worthy of the name, one unfaithful both to its values and to its founding...

    The Greek prime minister is trying to pass off responsibility for a looming train wreck that he, and he alone, has engineered.

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    U.S. News

    Cleveland cop has a terrible twitter account

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    A Cleveland police officer is facing criticism from a local Islamic civil rights group over his “racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Obama, and pro-Confederate flag” Twitter posts, according to Clevaland.com.After Frank Woyma was recently promoted to Sergea...

    A Cleveland cop is under fire from an Islamic civil rights group after he posted racist and anti-Muslim tweets.

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    A demonstrator confronts police near Camden Yards during a protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015. At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of Gray, 25, while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team. REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz - RTX1AA03

    Blame Rises With Body Count in Baltimore

    Blame Rises With Body Count in Baltimore

    It’s been two months since violent protests burned a path of destruction through some of Baltimore’s worst neighborhoods. While some sense of normalcy has returned to the streets, the legacy of Freddie Gray—whose death in police custody sparked th...

    Police say the riots after Freddie Gray’s death emboldened criminals. The mayor blames the police. Residents are fed up with it all.

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    Singer Katy Perry performs during the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLIX halftime on February 1, 2015 at the at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.        AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Nuns Banish Katy Perry From Convent

    Nuns Banish Katy Perry From Convent

    The nuns in a real estate face-off with Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles can still hope their past loyalty will be rewarded in heaven.A half-century ago, this same small faction of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary opted to ...

    The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in L.A. are putting their historic convent up for sale—but one superstar’s offer for the property has been snubbed.

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    Cleveland cop has a terrible twitter account

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    Cleveland Cop Accused Of Racist Tweets

    A Cleveland police officer is facing criticism from a local Islamic civil rights group over his “racist, anti-Muslim, anti-Obama, and pro-Confederate flag” Twitter posts, according to Clevaland.com.After Frank Woyma was recently promoted to Sergea...

    A Cleveland cop is under fire from an Islamic civil rights group after he posted racist and anti-Muslim tweets.

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    How I Escaped Becoming Dylann Roof

    How I Escaped Becoming Dylann Roof

    In 1975 Baton Rouge, when I was 16, my racist Svengali and I conspired to burn a house occupied by black people we didn’t know as revenge for the stabbing of a friend.I was certain no one in the house had done the stabbing, even though my Svengali...

    My racist parents, church, and friends told me blacks were “taking what’s ours.” I almost burned down a black family’s home in revenge.

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    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    Can This Man Buy an Election From Jail?

    By Carrie LevineSuper PACs have been formed by journalists, by space nerds, and even by Stephen Colbert.Now, for the first time, a super PAC is being masterminded from behind bars.Adam Savader this week formed Second Chance PAC. It may raise and s...

    Adam Savader, a former Romney and Gingrich campaign intern who was convicted of holding hacked nude photos for ransom, now has a super PAC of his own—which he operates from behind bars.

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    Tech + Health

    A woman holding her mobile phone walks past an advertisement for Beats headphones outside an electronic store in Tokyo August 28, 2014. Japanese household spending fell in July from a year ago, government data showed on Friday, in a sign that consumer spending is struggling to recover after an increase in the national sales tax. Picture taken August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS) - RTR446D2

    Millennials Won’t Pay for Apple Music

    Millennials Won’t Pay for Apple Music

    This afternoon Apple Music launched as part of the company’s latest move to become the dominant player in a fierce game that’s shaping up to be an all out streaming music war.The stakes are high. According to the International Federation of the Ph...

    Apple officially launched its new music streaming service Tuesday with a money-based subscription that may scare off a vital 62 million-person market: millennials.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device.    (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Siri has always been too clever by half, yet with the new iOS 8, your iPhone’s operating system received a significant comedy upgrade.And Twitter caught on to the virtual assistant’s chicanery Monday night.If you ask Siri the following: “What’s ze...

    The Twitterverse lost their marbles Monday night over a fabulous in-joke from the tech wizards at Apple. Feel the burn.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  A man uses 'Siri' on the new iPhone 4S after being one of the first customers in the Apple store in Covent Garden on October 14, 2011 in London, England. The widely anticipated new mobile phone from Apple has seen customers queue in cities around the world for hours to be amongst the first to buy the device.    (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Ask Siri What Zero Divided By Zero Is

    Siri has always been too clever by half, yet with the new iOS 8, your iPhone’s operating system received a significant comedy upgrade.And Twitter caught on to the virtual assistant’s chicanery Monday night.If you ask Siri the following: “What’s ze...

    The Twitterverse lost their marbles Monday night over a fabulous in-joke from the tech wizards at Apple. Feel the burn.

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    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    Biologists vs. Engineers

    Biologists vs. Engineers

    In less than a generation, IT has smashed, recast and obliterated entire industries. Now the wunderkinds who brought us the Internet and apps for buying Jimmy Choos are laying siege to health care, eager to shake up this most bloated of industries...

    As IT feverishly vies to disrupt health care—and to hack the human organism—engineers are running up against a mindset that’s planets apart from their own.

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    What’s So Fun About Fake Data?

    What’s So Fun About Fake Data?

    Fake data have been in the news lately. First there was Michael LaCour, the grad student who claimed to have done a study last year on political persuasion and attitudes toward gay rights. No voters were harmed in this nonexistent survey, but LaC...

    From fabricated studies on changing attitudes toward gay rights to stats-skewing by esteemed columnists, we’re awash in fake data. So what’s a reader to do?

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    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    We’re Not The Dinos: We’re The Asteroid

    Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful. No less an authority than Charles Darwin wrote in The Origi...

    Yes, humans are probably to blame for the Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, which is wiping out species at a rate 53 times greater than normal.

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    BeastStyle

    Misty Copeland in Swan Lake.  Photo: Queensland Performing Arts Centre/Darren Thomas.

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    Misty Copeland's Iconic Performances

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

    The dancer made history this week as the first black female principal at the American Ballet Theater.

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    Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump—who boasted that “I’m really rich” during his stream-of-consciousness announcement speech in which he also insulted Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers—is going to be a little less rich becau...

    Donald Trump and NBC may be headed to court after the network fired the presidential candidate over his speech trashing Mexican immigrants.

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    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    Miami’s Wild Museum of Sex

    MIAMI BEACH, Florida — I’m in a dark room above a Miami Beach nightclub surrounded by penises.No, I’m not at TWIST, the famous South Beach gay club with seven bars, two stories, and one ornately framed portrait of Ricky Martin, although that’s onl...

    Miami’s World Erotic Art Museum is every bit as raunchy as you would hope, with penises, vulvas, and the Kama Sutra carved into a four-poster bed.

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    A boy runs near a Cuban flag painted on a shack with the words reading: "Always on alert" in Havana February 25, 2008. Young Cubans frustrated by a regimented and austere life under socialism said on Monday their hopes of change were disappointed by the naming of old guard revolutionaries to run Cuba after Fidel Castro.

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Don’t Buy the ‘Cuba Libre’ Lie

    Growing up in Cuba, Jorge Gomez would sneak up to his roof with a metal coat hanger late at night and fashion it into a makeshift antenna, desperate to pick up sound waves from Miami radio stations. The fuzzy, clipped beats and melodies that cross...

    The musician Jorge Gomez has always fallen afoul of the Cuban authorities—and now he’s planning a musical about growing up under Castro’s dictatorship.

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    Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts, speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon in Washington, DC, on May 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Adios, Señor Trump!

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump—who boasted that “I’m really rich” during his stream-of-consciousness announcement speech in which he also insulted Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers—is going to be a little less rich becau...

    Donald Trump and NBC may be headed to court after the network fired the presidential candidate over his speech trashing Mexican immigrants.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    Philippe Parreno, Danny La Rue, 2013(detail)

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    When Creepy Kids Are Part of an Art Show

    Her body is limp. Her eyes are void. A tiny girl—about 9 years old—is surrounded by a group of people who stared silently as she tried to understand what was happening around her.Slowly, her head spins almost 180 degrees. Her vacant eyes lock on m...

    H {N}Y P N{Y} OSIS, Philippe Parreno’s latest large-scale exhibition, is as mystifying as it is memorable.

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    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    The Molecular Music Written In DNA

    On a recent Friday in London, an audience was bathed in music—and not in a metaphorical sense.UK-based artist Charlotte Jarvis, in collaboration with the biochemist Dr. Nick Goldman, encoded a new musical composition by the Kreutzer Quartet into D...

    An artist suspended the ‘musical DNA’ of a Kreutzer Quartet composition into soap bubbles.

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    Male Contraception

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Best Way to Stop Men Making Babies

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived another round at the highest court in the land last week.It was one of the many battles that have been fought over it., but the resounding 6-3 decision in support of the ACA may make it one of the last, at le...

    Contraception may traditionally be seen as women’s responsibility, but it may make more sense—financial included—to focus on men.

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    Books

    How the Weather Became Predictable

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Darwin’s Captain Was 1800s’ Al Roker

    Growing up, I was advised that one of the better careers to seek out was that of weatherman—they managed to get plenty wrong and yet keep their jobs.In reality, the modern weather prediction we largely take for granted is pretty reliable, certainl...

    Only in the 19th century did scientists get a grip on weather prediction, and the storms they studied often paled when compared the ferocity of the partisan infighting.

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    • Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

      Blame Jefferson for the Confederate Flag

      As the call to remove the Confederate flag from its official position in states across the South gathers momentum, the question that remains is, How far should this process go?New York Times columnist David Brooks has responded to that question by...

      The Confederate flag debate has lately included the problematical Robert E. Lee. But Lee is not our real problem regarding slavery’s legacy. Thomas Jefferson is.

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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.‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law’ By Justice Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court of the United States Read Justice Kennedy’s historic and moving ruling that states ...

    Marriage equality, hostage negotiations, and the Internet sleuths. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

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    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Congress: It’s Time to Legalize Drugs

    Let me come right our and say what you won’t tell the American people. The War on Drugs is unwinnable. It was unwinnable for Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and now Obama. At forty-four years, it’s America’s longest war and t...

    Bestselling author Don Winslow, whose new novel ‘The Cartel’ is now available, on how the only way to win the trillion-dollar War on Drugs is to stop fighting. This piece is also run...

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    Remains of a burned-out U.S. helicopter lies in front of abandoned chopper in the eastern desert region of Iran, April 27,1980, one day after an abortive American commando raid to free the U.S. Embassy hostages. (AP Photo)

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    A Husband’s Death And Hostages’ Freedom

    Editor’s note: On April 24, 1980, the United States mounted a risky rescue attempt of American diplomats being held hostage by Iran—Operation Eagle Claw. It failed horribly, leaving eight U.S. servicemen and one Iranian civilian dead. It also help...

    The widow of an American engineer who died trying to save hostages being held by Iran finally finds some peace with their release.

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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.‘They Ask for Equal Dignity in the Eyes of the Law’ By Justice Anthony Kennedy, The Supreme Court of the United States Read Justice Kennedy’s historic and moving ruling that states ...

    Marriage equality, hostage negotiations, and the Internet sleuths. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the Web this week.

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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    Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage at the Tivoli Concert Hall in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    How the Grateful Dead Became Immortal

    On July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead performed for the last time with Jerry Garcia, their extraordinarily talented lead guitarist and songwriter who died the following month at the age of 53. Twenty years later, the Dead ...

    Over the 4th of July weekend, the Grateful Dead culminate 50 years of performing with a series of final concerts. Here’s a great portrait of the band in its heyday.

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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
Directed by David Yates
Shown: Daniel Radcliffe (as Harry Potter)

    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    Harry Potter’s Sex and Drugs Years?

    LONDON — A decade after J.K. Rowling completed the final Harry Potter book, the world’s favorite wizard will return to action next summer.Muggles desperate for another glimpse into the wizarding world will have to travel to London to find out what...

    Harry Potter is back. J.K. Rowling announced that the next installment of Harry’s story will appear on stage in London next year.

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    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    She Paved the Way for Helen Keller

    The last week of June is annually designated as Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week, as decreed in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to coincide with the anniversary of Helen Keller’s birth on June 27, 1880.The emphasis of this national campaign,...

    In the 19th century, Helen Keller was just ‘the second Laura Bridgman,’ a blind-deaf pioneer called the most famous woman alive after Queen Victoria.

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