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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks at a campaign stop in Haverhill, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1KV5P

    Walker-Slayers Dish: How They Beat Him

    Walker-Slayers Dish: How They Beat Him

    Scott Walker has been running for office in some way, shape, or form, since 1988. And for the most part, he’s been a winner.Walker has only lost two races in his more than 25 years in politics—not counting the bid he dropped to be the Wisconsin Re...

    Scott Walker has been remarkably successful in politics, winning all but two of the races he’s run. But the victors of the two contests are more than willing to dish.

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    Senator Al Franken, D-MI, speaks during a hearing on body cameras in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 19, 2015 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/ MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Al Franken: Why I Want a Bite of Apple

    Al Franken: Why I Want a Bite of Apple

    Al Franken may have traded in his tie-dye shirts for suits, but at his core he’s a Dead Head.“I don’t use Apple Music. I tend to be kind of archaic in this area and listen a lot to the Grateful Dead,” the senator said before heartily laughing at h...

    The Minnesota senator could soon follow in the sparkly footsteps of Taylor Swift to strike a blow to the tech giant Apple.

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    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

    By Linda QiuRepublican presidential candidates turned their fire away from each other and toward Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Sunday over her use of personal email while secretary of state.Clinton’s emails are again ...

    Did Hillary Clinton’s State Department really admonish an ambassador for using a personal email server while the secretary was flouting the policy?

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks at a campaign stop in Haverhill, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1KV5P

    Walker-Slayers Dish: How They Beat Him

    Walker-Slayers Dish: How They Beat Him

    Scott Walker has been running for office in some way, shape, or form, since 1988. And for the most part, he’s been a winner.Walker has only lost two races in his more than 25 years in politics—not counting the bid he dropped to be the Wisconsin Re...

    Scott Walker has been remarkably successful in politics, winning all but two of the races he’s run. But the victors of the two contests are more than willing to dish.

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    A Costa Rican athlete marches in the Parade of Athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of white folding chairs were set up in long rows that stretched from one end zone to the other on the burnt lawn of the Los Angeles Coliseum as a brutal sun began to fade and slowly slide into the horizon over the Pacific. ...

    Young men and women of tremendous courage have come from all over the world to L.A. to compete in the Special Olympics. If only our politicians had a shred of their honor.

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    A U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber aircraft flies over the Syrian town of Kobani, as seen from the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in Sanliurfa province, following an air strike November 15, 2014 . REUTERS/Osman Orsal (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT TRANSPORT) - RTR4E961

    No-Go for Syrian No-Fly Zones

    No-Go for Syrian No-Fly Zones

    Is a no-fly zone about to be imposed over northern Syria? “No,” says U.S. State Department spokesperson Mark Toner. Only don’t tell that to Turkey, which has, after months of contentious negotiation, agreed to allow the Incirlik air base at Adana ...

    Turkish media says a ‘partial’ NFZ will be part of Turkey’s participation in the anti-ISIS coalition. Washington denies.

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    Entertainment

    PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 24:  Director/writer Jon Watts from "Cop Car" poses for a portrait at the Village at the Lift Presented by McDonald's McCafe during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2015 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

    Meet the New ‘Spider-Man’ Director

    Meet the New ‘Spider-Man’ Director

    “I still don’t quite believe it,” says Jon Watts, the 34-year-old director who was plucked from the indie world this summer and handed the reins to Sony and Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man re-reboot. “I’m still waiting for someone to tell me it was a...

    Jon Watts was plucked from relative obscurity to direct the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ reboot, starring Tom Holland. Watts opens up about his new film ‘Cop Car’ and the gig of a lifetime.

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    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    I am a birth feminist. Scoff if you like and call me a radical. But indulge me by imagining this scenario:You’re having a healthy pregnancy. You have a doctor who you like well enough. You assume that because women all over the world are doing it,...

    My C-section experience felt completely out of my hands and led to much pain and suffering. But there’s a way for women to make more empowered decisions about giving birth.

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    The Mormon DJ Taking Over the World

    The Mormon DJ Taking Over the World

    “I don’t know what day it is, truth be told!” says Kaskade, surging with adrenaline. It’s 4:30 on the morning of July 5, and the acclaimed DJ has just rampaged through a three-plus-hour set at the Encore Resort’s XS Nightclub—a 40,000-square-foot...

    Kaskade has been DJing dance parties for 20 years, and last year was the No. 8 highest-paid DJ in the world, raking in $17 million. But he isn’t like other DJs.

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    The Look of Silence

    Mass Murder: Examining Our Damaged Souls

    Mass Murder: Examining Our Damaged Souls

    If you ask filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer about the origins of his documentary The Look Of Silence—perhaps the best film of the year so far—he answers not with himself, but with his subject and collaborator, the film’s central character: the optomet...

    In the wake of yet another mass killing in the U.S., there are many lessons to be learned by watching Joshua Oppenheimer’s brilliant documentary ‘The Look of Silence.’

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    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    Why I Am a Birth Feminist

    I am a birth feminist. Scoff if you like and call me a radical. But indulge me by imagining this scenario:You’re having a healthy pregnancy. You have a doctor who you like well enough. You assume that because women all over the world are doing it,...

    My C-section experience felt completely out of my hands and led to much pain and suffering. But there’s a way for women to make more empowered decisions about giving birth.

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    ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 22:  Actress Nina Hoss and director Christian Petzold attend the 'Phoenix' Red Carpet during the 9th Rome Film Festival on October 22, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    The Greatest Actor-Director Duo Today

    The Greatest Actor-Director Duo Today

    When discussing iconic actor-director duos, the teams of John Ford and John Wayne, Francois Truffaut and Jean Pierre Leaud, Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, Woody Allen and Diane Ke...

    The brilliant filmmaker and his gifted muse have collaborated on six films, none more brilliant than this weekend’s riveting WWII drama ‘Phoenix.’

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    Rapper Drake performs Drake Vs Lil Wayne Tour at the Susquehanna Bank Center on August 21, 2014 in Camden, New Jersey.  (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)

    Drake Responds With Meek Mill Diss Track

    Drake Responds With Meek Mill Diss Track

    Earlier this week, the rapper Meek Mill unleashed a series of tweets that sought to expose the much more famous rapper Drake as a fraud. You see, the two had recently collaborated on the Meek Mill single “R.I.C.O.,” and Meek seemed a bit salty tha...

    Meek Mill accused Drake of faking his raps by using a ghostwriter on their track ‘R.I.C.O.,’ and the Internet erupted. Now Drake has responded with a diss track aimed at Meek.

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    Pornhub Reveals Women's Search History

    Pornhub Reveals Women's Search History

    On her sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer, the eponymous host aired a hilarious sketch titled “POV Porn.” In it, Schumer sat down with her reticent pal Amber Tamblyn, the latter voicing her displeasure with the so-called efficacy of porn. ...

    A special statistical collaboration by Pornhub and Redtube published exclusively at The Daily Beast reveals some eye-opening insights into the porn viewing habits of women.

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    ROME, ITALY - OCTOBER 22:  Actress Nina Hoss and director Christian Petzold attend the 'Phoenix' Red Carpet during the 9th Rome Film Festival on October 22, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

    The Greatest Actor-Director Duo Today

    The Greatest Actor-Director Duo Today

    When discussing iconic actor-director duos, the teams of John Ford and John Wayne, Francois Truffaut and Jean Pierre Leaud, Ingmar Bergman and Liv Ullmann, Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa, Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski, Woody Allen and Diane Ke...

    The brilliant filmmaker and his gifted muse have collaborated on six films, none more brilliant than this weekend’s riveting WWII drama ‘Phoenix.’

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    World News

    Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin receives a handshake during the "Russia Calling" VTB Capital forum in Moscow, October 5, 2010. The Russian government may eventually reduce its stakes in large state companies to a minority holding, but this will take time, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday.  REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov  (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTXT2KN

    How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin

    How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin

    Last June, three months after Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula and just weeks before Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine shot down a civilian airliner, killing nearly 300 people, a small group of Americans and Russians gathered on th...

    The Carnegie Moscow Center used to be a hub of Russian liberalism. Now it stands accused of being a ‘Trojan horse’ for Russian influence.

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    An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilization units holds an Islamic State (IS) group patch as he inspects a council building in the city of Baiji, north of Tikrit, in the Salahaddin province, on June 7, 2015. Iraqi forces advanced against the IS jihadist group in Baiji as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    ASPEN, Colorado—Ask some members of the Obama administration here, and they’ll say ISIS is on the run in Iraq and Syria. Ask others, and you’d think that members of the so-called Islamic State were rampaging through your neighborhood shopping mall...

    ‘ISIS is losing,’ says one administration official. ‘It’s currently the threat that we’re worrying about most of all,’ says another. What’s going on here?

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    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russia’s Stalinist Diplospeak

    Russian is a tough language to learn not because of the complex tenses and six cases, but because the style of communication is what matters most. The Russian style not only expresses the mood of the speaker or writer, a certain political situatio...

    A Russian linguist closely examines how the Russian Foreign Ministry’s communication has resurrected the creepy old Soviet style.

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    People take the train at a tube station in Rome, Italy, July 14, 2015. Dirty and disorganised, Rome is once more in decline. City hall is paralysed by allegations of Mafia infiltration, its basic services are in tatters, the main airport is partially closed, and wild cat strikes have frayed an already ropey public transport network. For generations, the Italian capital has rested on past glories rather than built on them. The years of neglect, corruption and bureaucratic bungling have taken a fierce toll, reflecting a wider malaise that afflicts Italy as a whole. Picture taken July 14, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi   - RTX1KCCH

    The Second Fall of Rome

    The Second Fall of Rome

    There are few worse places to be during the current Roman heat wave—the hottest ever recorded in a city where the cobblestones retain their heat like a brick oven—than on an un-air-conditioned city bus. Except perhaps out on the street. But when y...

    All Roads may lead to Rome, but they are full of potholes

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    An Iraqi Shiite fighter from the Popular Mobilization units holds an Islamic State (IS) group patch as he inspects a council building in the city of Baiji, north of Tikrit, in the Salahaddin province, on June 7, 2015. Iraqi forces advanced against the IS jihadist group in Baiji as they battled to retake the strategic town for a second time. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE        (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    Team Obama’s ISIS Doublespeak

    ASPEN, Colorado—Ask some members of the Obama administration here, and they’ll say ISIS is on the run in Iraq and Syria. Ask others, and you’d think that members of the so-called Islamic State were rampaging through your neighborhood shopping mall...

    ‘ISIS is losing,’ says one administration official. ‘It’s currently the threat that we’re worrying about most of all,’ says another. What’s going on here?

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    The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4INHD

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    A seal cools off at Belgrade Zoo during a heatwave on July 21, 2015. In Serbia where the meteoalarm has been raised to 'red', extremely hot weather with temperatures up to 39 degrees Celsius is expected to continue over the next several days.

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From a 7-year-old Barack Obama in Kenya to the Syrian newborn on the migrants’ path to Europe, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From a 7-year-old Barack Obama in Kenya to the Syrian newborn on the migrants’ path to Europe, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    Tomas van Houtryve, A North Korean woman loads a pistol for firing practice in Pyongyang, North Korea, 2007

    North Korea: Art or Propaganda?

    North Korea: Art or Propaganda?

    A compare and contrast of the government’s official version of North Korea, juxtaposed against the work of artists who offer alternative observations of the country.

    A compare and contrast of the government’s official version of North Korea, juxtaposed against the work of artists who offer alternative observations of the country.

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    The rising sun lights smoke in the air as a man crosses the street near Forward Operating Base Fenty in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan December 19, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS MILITARY CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4INHD

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    U.S. News

    A Costa Rican athlete marches in the Parade of Athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of white folding chairs were set up in long rows that stretched from one end zone to the other on the burnt lawn of the Los Angeles Coliseum as a brutal sun began to fade and slowly slide into the horizon over the Pacific. ...

    Young men and women of tremendous courage have come from all over the world to L.A. to compete in the Special Olympics. If only our politicians had a shred of their honor.

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    A couple of men against the Ku Klux Klan attempt to burn part of a Confederate flag after they stole it from members of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally at the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina July 18, 2015. A Ku Klux Klan chapter and an African-American group planned overlapping demonstrations on Saturday outside the South Carolina State House, where state officials removed the Confederate battle flag last week. REUTERS/Chris Keane - RTX1KURM

    Mom Arrested for Confederate Flag Arson

    Mom Arrested for Confederate Flag Arson

    COLORADO SPRINGS — It was an hour before midnight on July 22 when a cop knocked on the door of local Black Lives Matter activist Patricia Cameron. She was asleep at home with her 8-year-old son. The officer called out her name and asked her to com...

    Patricia Cameron, an activist with Black Lives Matter, was woken in the middle of the night by Colorado police–for organizing a burning of the Confederate flag.

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    close up of happy male gay couple holding hands

    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    Gay Celibacy Is the New Ex-Gay Therapy

    “I’m gayyyyyy,” Matt Jones answers when I ask him how he identifies sexually. “Add or remove one of the y’s as you see fit.”See, Jones is gay. But the letters act as a buffer of sorts: He’s a Christian and believes that sex is reserved for marriag...

    ‘Hate the sin, not the sinner’ has led evangelicals to push gay celibacy as a way to accept homosexuals. But is it any better than conversion therapy?

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    A Costa Rican athlete marches in the Parade of Athletes at the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, July 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  The Special Olympics, the world's largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, will be the single largest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, with more that 7,000 athletes from 165 countries participating. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    What DC Can Learn From Special Olympians

    LOS ANGELES — Thousands of white folding chairs were set up in long rows that stretched from one end zone to the other on the burnt lawn of the Los Angeles Coliseum as a brutal sun began to fade and slowly slide into the horizon over the Pacific. ...

    Young men and women of tremendous courage have come from all over the world to L.A. to compete in the Special Olympics. If only our politicians had a shred of their honor.

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    Dec. 12, 2006 - Sacramento, CALIFORNIA - Black panthers storm the California Capitol with guns in Sacramento May 2nd, 1967...SAMCC SBPM 840 (Credit Image: a© Samcc/Sacramento Bee/ZUMAPRESS.com)

    Whitewashing the Black Panthers

    Whitewashing the Black Panthers

    When his captors uncinched the noose around his neck and shoved him into a wooden chair, Alex Rackley might have assumed his ordeal was over. He had already endured a flurry of kicks and punches, the repeated crack of a wooden truncheon, ritual hu...

    A new PBS documentary tries to excuse a murderous and totalitarian cult.

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    Dies the Victim, Dies the City

    Dies the Victim, Dies the City

    They were walking alone in the empty grey afternoon, three of them, Allen Burnett, Aaron Freeman, and Billy Mabry, Burnett the eldest at 17, walking up Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn and singing out Mohammed Ali rhymes into the chill air. As the reach...

    The legendary reporter shines a light on murders largely ignored by the city in 1976.

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    Tech + Health

    Job applicants coming from computer monitor. Image shot 2011. Exact date unknown.

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    Banks Want Robots to Do Their Hiring

    For a number of years, startups in the area of human resource analytics (also called people analytics or talent analytics) have been making dramatic claims. These companies sell software that turns administrative data to predictions. Some of these...

    Can software perform better than humans on matters of hiring and retaining employees?

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    The problem with gloves in UFC for Brain Trauma

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    On July 11, 2015, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory McDonald were slinging furious punches at each other’s skulls, slick to the elbows with blood. When the bell rang, Lawler, who has tattoos of a gladiator and the Roman C...

    In a truly tragic irony, a measure introduced to quell concerns about the brutality of MMA fighting has become the source of serious brain trauma.

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    Anti-Vaxxers Hate Planned Parenthood

    Anti-Vaxxers Hate Planned Parenthood

    Anti-vaxxers couldn’t be happier about the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood’s fetal tissue donation programs. Many in the anti-vaccine movement have long maintained that fetal tissue in vaccines is behind increasing rates of autism, even...

    The man behind those undercover Planned Parenthood videos has ties to anti-vaccine leaders, who claim fetal tissue in vaccines causes autism.

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    Pascale Bercovitch carries her daughter Mica, 3, on her wheelchair as they cross a road near their home in Tel Aviv May 16, 2012. Bercovitch, 44, who lost her legs in a train accident in France in 1984, will represent Israel at the London Paralympics in hand cycling events.  Picture taken May 16, 2012.

    How the ADA Changed My Life

    How the ADA Changed My Life

    Twenty-five years ago this Sunday, the landmark disability rights legislation known the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law.Following years of protests on lobbying from disability rights organizations—most notably the “crawl-...

    Twenty-five-year-old Heather Lucas was born with Cri du Chat syndrome the same week the ADA became law.

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    The problem with gloves in UFC for Brain Trauma

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    On July 11, 2015, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory McDonald were slinging furious punches at each other’s skulls, slick to the elbows with blood. When the bell rang, Lawler, who has tattoos of a gladiator and the Roman C...

    In a truly tragic irony, a measure introduced to quell concerns about the brutality of MMA fighting has become the source of serious brain trauma.

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    FBI Briefing on China and Counterintelligence

    FBI Probes ‘Hundreds’ of China Spy Cases

    FBI Probes ‘Hundreds’ of China Spy Cases

    The FBI has seen a surge in cases of economic espionage in the past year, and the bureau says that China is largely to blame.China’s intelligence services are “as aggressive now as they’ve ever been,” said Assistant Director Randall Coleman, who r...

    American companies are getting their secrets stolen like never before, the bureau says. And an ultra-aggressive China is to blame for almost all of it.

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    This Doctor Took The Dumbest Selfie Ever

    This Doctor Took The Dumbest Selfie Ever

    As a general rule, medical students are pretty smart. Medical school admissions are very competitive, after all, and it takes high test scores and pristine grades to get in. It stands to reason that those who do so are of high intelligence.And the...

    Doctors shouldn’t stop to take a snap for Instagram as their patient is giving birth. But that’s just what one Venezuelan medical student did.

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    Artist impression of the surface of Kepler 452b. With a radius 60% larger than Earth, the planet has a better than even chance of having a rocky composition, and is likely to have a thick atmosphere and a significant amount of water. Because we can’t yet measure the mass of Kepler 452b, astronomers rely on models to estimate a range of possible masses, with the most likely being 5 times that of Earth. Such a massive rocky planet would likely still have active volcanism. Kepler 452b is orbiting a close cousin of our Sun, but one that is 1.5 billion years older.  In the scenario depicted here, the planet is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history.  The increasing energy from its aging sun could be evaporating any oceans, leaving behind large lakes ringed with mineral deposits. Kepler 452b could be giving us a preview of what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter.

    NASA’s Kepler Finds ‘Earth’s Cousin’

    NASA’s Kepler Finds ‘Earth’s Cousin’

    If humankind ever is to escape this not-so-gently-used rock called Earth, we’ll have to find somewhere hospitable to stay.That’s what makes NASA’s Thursday announcement of the discovery of a planet much like ours so, ahem, earth shattering. Kepler...

    NASA announced Thursday the discovery of Kepler-452b, an exoplanet that’s a ‘close cousin’ to Earth.

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    FBI Briefing on China and Counterintelligence

    FBI Probes ‘Hundreds’ of China Spy Cases

    FBI Probes ‘Hundreds’ of China Spy Cases

    The FBI has seen a surge in cases of economic espionage in the past year, and the bureau says that China is largely to blame.China’s intelligence services are “as aggressive now as they’ve ever been,” said Assistant Director Randall Coleman, who r...

    American companies are getting their secrets stolen like never before, the bureau says. And an ultra-aggressive China is to blame for almost all of it.

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    BeastStyle

    A man waits in line at a Hypercacher kosher supermarket in Paris on June 26, 2015, six months after a bloody hostage drama during a jihadist attack in January. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

    The Jews Determined to Stay in France

    A young woman with long, raven-colored hair sings the classic Jewish love song Tumbalalaika while accompanying herself on the accordion.On this quiet Sunday the lyrical Yiddish fills the air of the Marais, the historically Jewish neighborhood in P...

    After the murderous siege of a kosher supermarket and many other anti-Semitic flashpoints, Jews were reported to be leaving France en masse. Others are resolute about staying put.

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    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    It is 3 in the afternoon on a scorching, sunny afternoon in Paris, but inside a large underground space inside the Palais de Tokyo art gallery, it feels like night.Transcendental beats boom around a room filled with kitsch paraphernalia, like a st...

    His work is drenched with sexual imagery and bizarre mischief, but Tianzhuo Chen insists his art is really about breaking the boundaries of self-expression.

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    Woman rider in a show jumping competition at Pandy Show, nr Abergavenny, Wales, UK. Brown & white horse jumps a fence.

    The Social Hell of Pony Club

    The Social Hell of Pony Club

    Across the length and breadth of the sun-kissed English countryside this week, what look like anachronistic re-creations of Napoleonic cavalry camps have been springing up in fields, farms, and pasture land.Makeshift stables built from slotted-tog...

    It should be about teaching children who love horses how to ride, but—thanks to their parents—Pony Club is a hotbed of snobbery and social one-upmanship.

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    Buildings & bicycles in Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Inside Denmark’s Hippy, Druggy Paradise

    Inside Denmark’s Hippy, Druggy Paradise

    Just a 10-minute walk from the Danish parliament exists a hippie utopia of colorful houses, plentiful marijuana, and communal living.Cars are banned, along with weapons, “hard drugs,” and talking on cellphones.In 1971, a group of 700 citizens ente...

    Christiania, a utopian paradise of communal living and plentiful marijuana, was founded in 1971 in Copenhagen—and still thrives today.

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    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    Is He China's Most Sex-Obsessed Artist?

    It is 3 in the afternoon on a scorching, sunny afternoon in Paris, but inside a large underground space inside the Palais de Tokyo art gallery, it feels like night.Transcendental beats boom around a room filled with kitsch paraphernalia, like a st...

    His work is drenched with sexual imagery and bizarre mischief, but Tianzhuo Chen insists his art is really about breaking the boundaries of self-expression.

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    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    With all the shark attacks this summer, it’s hard to imagine slipping off the safety of a boat and descending in to the blue unknown intentionally seeking them out in their natural habitat, mano-e-mano.But that’s just what National Geographic phot...

    In open water face to face with potentially lethal fish, Andy Mann just feels tranquility.

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    The 400 Hottest New Yorkers…of 1892

    The 400 Hottest New Yorkers…of 1892

    Yes, a difficult situation. Imagine a Manhattan with parvenus moving in, vulgarly flaunting New Money, some way, way richer than the Old Money.Sounds familiar? Well, this was the last half of the 19th century and the new money was born of the Indu...

    Caroline Astor’s 1892 party featured the 400 hottest high society names. And—major FOMO—the list of invitees was printed in the New York Times.

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    Inside the School for Escorts: RentU's Lessons in Sex and Money

    Inside the School for Male Escorts

    Inside the School for Male Escorts

    For Kevin Slater, being a male escort was always a lone wolf industry, even when you had a friend or two in the field.“Every so often a client will book me and another escort I’ve never met before for an extended period, 3 or 4 hours,” he said, “a...

    ‘Rent U’ offers seminars in sexual health education, financial and legal advice, and building your brand—and getting the best tips from other sex workers.

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    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    The Man Who Takes Selfies With Sharks

    With all the shark attacks this summer, it’s hard to imagine slipping off the safety of a boat and descending in to the blue unknown intentionally seeking them out in their natural habitat, mano-e-mano.But that’s just what National Geographic phot...

    In open water face to face with potentially lethal fish, Andy Mann just feels tranquility.

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    Books

    How David Gates Slow Cooks Great Stories

    How David Gates Slow Cooks Great Stories

    American writers—like other Americans who work in office cubicles and hospitals, in factories and on farms—are under constant pressure to work harder, work longer, produce more. Never mind that the rewards rarely keep up with the ever-increasing p...

    The novelist got everyone’s attention with the indelible ‘Jernigan’ in 1991. Since then he’s taken his sweet time about publishing more, but the quality has never varied.

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    • The Death of Satire

      The Death of Satire

      How did satire get so stupid?Not long ago, satire reigned as the highest form of comedy. It could shake political regimes, and spur social change. But in the Internet age, satire mostly subsists as fake news stories served up as clickbait on socia...

      Once the smartest form of comedy, satire has turned into fake news and dumbed-down clickbait. From Colbert to The Onion, the tide is going out.

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    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    When Salinger Bonded With Hemingway

    Seventy years ago on July 27, 1945, J.D. Salinger, then serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, sent Ernest Hemingway a letter that reflected the friendship the two had begun a year earlier during the midst of World War II.Whether Salinger expected...

    Papa was a literary star and Salinger was a soldier when they met during the liberation of Paris in 1944. Each admired the other’s writing and the aversion to BS.

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    The problem with gloves in UFC for Brain Trauma

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    Hey UFC, Bring Back Bare-Knuckle Fights

    On July 11, 2015, UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory McDonald were slinging furious punches at each other’s skulls, slick to the elbows with blood. When the bell rang, Lawler, who has tattoos of a gladiator and the Roman C...

    In a truly tragic irony, a measure introduced to quell concerns about the brutality of MMA fighting has become the source of serious brain trauma.

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    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    15 Great Books About Iraq, Afghanistan

    While working on my novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them I had the chance to reflect on the literature of our nation’s 21st century wars, as well as their vital creative lineage. The titles brought forth when considering even a smal...

    From the familiar to the obscure, novelist and military man Jesse Goolsby runs down the poetry, fiction, memoir and history you need to make sense of war in the 12st century.

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    A6FX8J BEATLES John Lennon and Yoko Ono with manager Allen Klein in 1969

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Fred Goodman’s savvy, evenhanded biography of one of the music industry’s most controversial figures is likely start arguments even with its title: Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.A...

    Allen Klein, the controversial music executive often accused of getting rich off his artists is recast in a more sympathetic light.

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    Death in the Quiet Car

    Murder in the Quiet Car

    Murder in the Quiet Car

    An old saw has it that there are two kinds of people in the world: those who like to divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t. I’d always thought I belonged to the second category, but it turns out that there really are two ki...

    Amtrak’s designated quiet cars ought to be conducive to silence and peaceful contemplation. Turns out they’re tense battlegrounds between the entitled and the noise police.

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    They're Banning Books in Italy Again

    They’re Banning Books in Italy Again

    They’re Banning Books in Italy Again

    When Luigi Brugnaro took over as mayor of Venice in June, most people thought his priorities might include cleaning up corruption in the city of light.After all, he came to power after his predecessor resigned in one of the greasiest scandals to r...

    The city of light’s new mayor has outlawed ‘dirty books,’ which are seen as portraying non-traditional families, from public schools.

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    A6FX8J BEATLES John Lennon and Yoko Ono with manager Allen Klein in 1969

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Was Allen Klein the Real Yoko?

    Fred Goodman’s savvy, evenhanded biography of one of the music industry’s most controversial figures is likely start arguments even with its title: Allen Klein: The Man Who Bailed out the Beatles, Made the Stones, and Transformed Rock & Roll.A...

    Allen Klein, the controversial music executive often accused of getting rich off his artists is recast in a more sympathetic light.

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