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    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    In Austin, some courts might have to be crowdfunded.That’s because the city is what President Donald Trump calls a “sanctuary city”—and it’s facing extraordinary pressure, both political and financial, to join the Trump administration’s mass depor...

    Veterans courts and drug-addiction services in Austin, Texas, are being squeezed by the state because the sanctuary city’s sheriff won’t comply with ICE.

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    Russia

    Will the Senate Save the Russia Probe?

    Will the Senate Save the Russia Probe?

    Amid all the scandal and drama surrounding the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia, the Congressional body that comes out looking best is the silent Senate.The Senate Intelligence Committee will have its time in the spotlight ...

    As the House intel probe descends into chaos, the Senate prepares for its own open hearings this week on Russian interference in U.S. elections.

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    Trump

    Why Trump Should Fund the Arts

    Why Trump Should Fund the Arts

    For decades, conservatives questioned the need for the government to financially support the arts and humanities. Now they may have the opportunity to put an end to what they believe are the unnecessary, even destructive cultural agencies set up i...

    There’s no serious reason to take away small, local grants for schools, music, dance, and jazz festivals, not to mention programs for veterans and museum exhibitions.

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    Austin

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    In Austin, some courts might have to be crowdfunded.That’s because the city is what President Donald Trump calls a “sanctuary city”—and it’s facing extraordinary pressure, both political and financial, to join the Trump administration’s mass depor...

    Veterans courts and drug-addiction services in Austin, Texas, are being squeezed by the state because the sanctuary city’s sheriff won’t comply with ICE.

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    Robert Norohaus

    When Public Servants Respect the Public

    When Public Servants Respect the Public

    Last Thursday afternoon, while the Republican health care bill was unraveling, I went to a memorial service. Robert Nordhaus isn’t a name you’re likely to know, and if I just told you in the usual journalistic shorthand that he was a Washington la...

    As the shoddy GOP health bill unraveled last week, other Washingtonians were celebrating a life and remembering a time when things were really different.

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    Hugh Hewitt

    Obamacare's Not In A 'Death Spiral'

    Obamacare's Not In A 'Death Spiral'

    Republican leaders say they will table health care talks following the defeat of the House GOP to replace Obamacare. As House Speaker Paul Ryan put it, “Obamacare is the law of the land.”But some conservatives say that President Barack Obama’s sig...

    The idea that Obamacare is in a “death spiral” — a specific term used in the health insurance industry — is a claim we’ve heard before. It's incorrect.

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    Entertainment

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    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Noah: Fox News Like North Korean TV

    Why did President Donald Trump tell his millions of Twitter followers to tune into Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Fox News show the same night she opened by calling for Paul Ryan to step down as House speaker? Reince Priebus claimed it was “coincidental” b...

    “Wow, that Fox News shit was insane,” Trevor Noah said on Monday night’s ‘Daily Show,’ referring to President Trump tipping off the public to watch Pirro take down Paul Ryan.

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    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    At this point in his career, Howard Stern is often heralded as a master of the longform interview. His interviewees include luminaries like Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow, and an infamous subcategory of skeevy dudes who have allegedly slept wi...

    The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ star opened up to Howard Stern about the film’s whitewashing controversy and the ‘invasion’ of having her private nude photos leaked.

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    Sarah Silverman to Host Weekly Show

    Sarah Silverman to Host Weekly Show

    Hulu announced Monday that it has ordered a 10-episode series, tentatively titled I Love You, America, to be hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman and produced by Funny or Die. The "weekly half-hour topical show" will focus on the "cur...

    New half-hour Hulu series will focus on politics.

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    Danielle Bregoli on 'Dr. Phil.'

    ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Coming to Your TV

    ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Coming to Your TV

    In news that is likely to be greeted by all struggling parents and lovers of obedient and virtuous children as an omen betokening the end of civilization, Danielle Bregoli, better known as the “Cash Me Outside Girl,” has been given her own reality...

    The end is nigh, folks.

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    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    ScarJo on ‘Devastating’ Nude Photo Hack

    At this point in his career, Howard Stern is often heralded as a master of the longform interview. His interviewees include luminaries like Paul McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow, and an infamous subcategory of skeevy dudes who have allegedly slept wi...

    The ‘Ghost in the Shell’ star opened up to Howard Stern about the film’s whitewashing controversy and the ‘invasion’ of having her private nude photos leaked.

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    Tony Robbins

    Tony Robbins: I’m ‘Not Bullish’ on Trump

    Tony Robbins: I’m ‘Not Bullish’ on Trump

    When Tony Robbins speaks breathlessly on a subject, whether it’s finance or self-improvement, the veins coursing through his neck and forehead tumefy to the point where you are convinced that, should their power be harnessed, they could provide tr...

    The life expert sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss his new financial investment book, ‘Unshakeable,’ and his thoughts on POTUS—a man he’s personally advised over the years.

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    Kim Kardashian recalls her robbery on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'

    Robert Kardashian’s Spirit ‘Warned’ Kim

    Robert Kardashian’s Spirit ‘Warned’ Kim

    Kim Kardashian’s mother Kris Jenner believes the spirit of her deceased husband, Robert, sought to “warn” Kim Kardashian that she was about to be attacked by a gang of armed robbers by activating the alarm on her BlackBerry “right before she was r...

    Kris Jenner thinks her late husband’s shade may have sought to warn his daughter Kim ahead of the Paris gem robbery. His communication method? Her cellphone.

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    Racial Humor

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    This week, superstar comedian Dave Chappelle made his big return with two new Netflix specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Chappelle’s comeback has been building steadily over the past few years: He performed well-received gig...

    What the success of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and Dave Chappelle’s resurgence tell us about the state of America.

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    Tony Robbins

    Tony Robbins: I’m ‘Not Bullish’ on Trump

    Tony Robbins: I’m ‘Not Bullish’ on Trump

    When Tony Robbins speaks breathlessly on a subject, whether it’s finance or self-improvement, the veins coursing through his neck and forehead tumefy to the point where you are convinced that, should their power be harnessed, they could provide tr...

    The life expert sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss his new financial investment book, ‘Unshakeable,’ and his thoughts on POTUS—a man he’s personally advised over the years.

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    World News

    Young Russia

    Putin Takes Revenge on Protesters

    Putin Takes Revenge on Protesters

    MOSCOW — On Monday morning hundreds of Russians across the country awaited their hearings in court. After the biggest protests in years against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country was watching a massive crackdown. Some called it “Putin’s...

    Prominent opposition leader Aleksei Navalny’s campaign against Kremlin corruption has inspired many of Russia’s young people—and landed them in jail.

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    Hitler

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    Adolf Hitler took power on January 30, 1933, and within no time at all he had:—let loose the police against Jews and Communists to a degree never seen before;—won emergency powers to govern by decree following the incredibly well-timed February 27...

    Elected chancellor of Germany in 1932, Hitler was held in contempt by his opponents, who thought he would be easy to control. They were wrong.

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    Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    Finding Jesus’ Privates in Turin Shroud

    When people talk about the appearance of Jesus, the controversy is almost always about his skin tone and eye color. A whole tradition of Western artwork and moviemaking erroneously depicts the Galilean rabbi with light-colored eyes and skin, when ...

    His gender has been used to justify a male-dominated church, so the debate has caused quite a stir.

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    Minsk

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    The gray asphalt streets of Minsk, Belarus, looked too clean and almost totally deserted on the eve of a major opposition rally against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The words “arrest” and repression” traveled from mouth...

    It was a sad ‘Freedom Day’ in Minsk, when Belarusians traditionally march for human rights. Over 350 are now in jail.

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    Hitler

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    How Hitler Turned the Tables on Germany

    Adolf Hitler took power on January 30, 1933, and within no time at all he had:—let loose the police against Jews and Communists to a degree never seen before;—won emergency powers to govern by decree following the incredibly well-timed February 27...

    Elected chancellor of Germany in 1932, Hitler was held in contempt by his opponents, who thought he would be easy to control. They were wrong.

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    Scientist in jail

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    On the morning of July 23, 2016, 37-year-old NASA physicist Serkan Golge noticed a man slinking around cars in front of his parents’ home in Antakya, Turkey. He’d arrived almost a month earlier, on vacation in his home country with his wife and tw...

    The author met Serkan Golge in jail when she, too, was falsely accused of working for the CIA. She was freed. He was not. And now he’s about to have his day in court.

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    Stalin’s Mad Scientists

    Stalin’s Mad Scientists

    “Natural science will … incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.”—Karl Marx, 1844You can take the peasant out of the countryside, and Stalin did...

    The Soviet Union more or less wrote the book on bending science to ideology, and the result was that hacks, has beens, and nut cases became the Newtons and Burbanks of Russia.

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    Putin Le Pen

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, an...

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen—anti-American, anti-NATO, pro-Trump—was received in Moscow Friday as if she already were a head of state.

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    Scientist in jail

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    On the morning of July 23, 2016, 37-year-old NASA physicist Serkan Golge noticed a man slinking around cars in front of his parents’ home in Antakya, Turkey. He’d arrived almost a month earlier, on vacation in his home country with his wife and tw...

    The author met Serkan Golge in jail when she, too, was falsely accused of working for the CIA. She was freed. He was not. And now he’s about to have his day in court.

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    U.S.

    Little girl mistakes heater for a robot

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    This will be the cutest thing you watch all week. A little girl thought a broken water heater was a real robot, and quite honestly, who can blame her? The water heater clearly has eyes.The toddler first greets the “wobot” saying, “Hi wobot! Hi wob...

    An adorable little girl mistakes a water heater for a robot. Nothing else matters today.

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    NEtworking

    Why ‘Hillbillies’ Don’t Do Networking

    Why ‘Hillbillies’ Don’t Do Networking

    The world has never been more connected, yet rarely—if ever—has it been more divided. While the networks of the elite have become even more powerful, those of the working-class have deteriorated, and between these two worlds there’s virtually a co...

    Working class Americans used to be linked by work, family, and church, but those links are fraying. Meanwhile, financial elites are more interconnected than ever.

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    Accused Killer Gets House Arrest for Now SEO: Parents Post $2.5 Million Bond to Free Son Arrested for Murder

    $2.5M Bond Frees Son Jailed for Murder

    $2.5M Bond Frees Son Jailed for Murder

    A young man charged with brutally slaying a Washington state ranch hand and dumping his corpse in the river has been bailed out of jail.Jeremy Leininger, 20, is back in the comfort of his parents’ home after posting a $2.5 million bond in the grue...

    Jeremy Leininger allegedly slayed a ranch hand for insulting his uncle. Now he’s back at home awaiting trial after his parents put down serious cash and assets.

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    Little girl mistakes heater for a robot

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    Cute Kid Makes Friends With ‘Robot’

    This will be the cutest thing you watch all week. A little girl thought a broken water heater was a real robot, and quite honestly, who can blame her? The water heater clearly has eyes.The toddler first greets the “wobot” saying, “Hi wobot! Hi wob...

    An adorable little girl mistakes a water heater for a robot. Nothing else matters today.

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    Storm Chasing

    On the Hunt for Thunderstorms

    On the Hunt for Thunderstorms

    Seeking the fury of Mother Nature but unwilling to risk danger? Michael Sachweh’s new book on stormchasing gets you up close.

    Seeking the fury of Mother Nature but unwilling to risk danger? Michael Sachweh’s new book on stormchasing gets you up close.

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    Rikers

    Complaint: Rikers Guard Beat Inmate

    Complaint: Rikers Guard Beat Inmate

    A guard at the Rikers Island prison complex in New York City cuffed an inmate’s hands behind his back and punched him in the face three times, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court this week. The inmate had asked the guard for h...

    The officer, Rodiny Calypso, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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    Tech

    Humans Vs. Robtos

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Let’s call them Homo muskus. They’re the new species of human-machine hybrids that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says scientists will need to invent if we want to stay as smart as our gizmos, and the rapidly expanding digital brain.“Over...

    SpaceX and Tesla visionary Elon Musk says we may need to go cyborg to keep up with our machines. How realistic is this?

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    space

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Visions of apocalypse and dystopia fill popular fiction and film and, these days, even the imaginations of many serious people.Geniuses including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have called for an escape from the planet. Billionaires are said to be ...

    No matter how bad it gets here on Earth, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to move off-world anytime soon.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    Why Is Facebook Helping Fund CPAC?

    A pillar of famously liberal Silicon Valley is underwriting Washington’s biggest gathering of conservatives.Sources with direct knowledge of the matter tell The Daily Beast that Facebook made a six-figure contribution to CPAC, the yearly conferenc...

    The company caught all kinds of flak for its role in the 2016 election. But that isn’t stopping it from bankrolling a huge, often-controversial conservative confab.

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    Robot Thinker

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty darn smart—at least, at certain tasks. AI has defeated world champions in chess, Go, and now poker. But can artificial intelligence actually think?The answer is complicated, largely because intelligence is...

    AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?

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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Arts + Culture

    An Abbey Road Studios EMI TG 12345 MK IV Recording Console used between 1971-1983, the console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon.

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams Rock and Roll Memorabilia

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

    Bonhams offers a glimpse into their catalog of rock and roll memorabilia.

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    Carmen Carrera

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Transgender glamor may be having a moment, but bookers are still telling model and actress Carmen Carrera that they’re “not ready” to feature a woman like her.“What do you mean you’re ‘not ready’?” the former RuPaul’s Drag Race star thinks when sh...

    The ‘Drag Race’ star reveals why she was determined to draw attention to the often-dire situation of transgender women in Brazil.

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    'Animal Locomotion, Plate 632' (Horse Galloping With Saddled Clothed Male Rider)
collotype, numbered sequentially in the negative, on a two-toned leaf, with letterpress title, plate number '759,' copyright, and date in the margin, 1887
Overall: 19 by 24 in. (48.3 by 61 cm.)

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Eadweard Muybridge was one of those grand eccentrics who crop up with surprising frequency in American art and particularly American photography. Like Dr. Harold Edgerton and O. Winston Link, he was a man in the grip of an obsession, but creative ...

    Sotheby’s is auctioning off the works of Eadweard Muybridge, a brilliant artist who led a troubled life of accidents, adultery and murder.

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    "The Wounded Table" by Frida Kahlo

    Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting

    Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting

    From the beginning, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s relationship was an exceptional blend of passion and turbulence. Only a few days after meeting, the famous Mexican muralist began an affair with the 18-year-old art student 20 years his junior. Th...

    After Frida Kahlo discovered that her beloved husband Diego Rivera had conducted an affair with her younger sister Cristina, she painted ‘The Wounded Table.’ Then it disappeared.

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    Carmen Carrera

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Carmen Carrera’s Fight For Justice

    Transgender glamor may be having a moment, but bookers are still telling model and actress Carmen Carrera that they’re “not ready” to feature a woman like her.“What do you mean you’re ‘not ready’?” the former RuPaul’s Drag Race star thinks when sh...

    The ‘Drag Race’ star reveals why she was determined to draw attention to the often-dire situation of transgender women in Brazil.

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    Royal Brothers

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Princes Harry and William were complementing halves of a whole growing up, but, as William becomes more protective of his privacy and Harry loosens up as he contemplates marriage to his actress girlfriend, the styles and manners of the two princes...

    One is extremely responsible, albeit by birth necessity, and the other seems free and easy. Will Prince Harry always be preferred by the public?

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    the art exhibition devoted to Bitcoin

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The image of Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, an aghast look on her face, TARGET: INFLATION inscribed on her bra and a Wall Street bull bursting from her groin area, dominates the rear wall of WhiteBox, the art space on Broome Street in...

    The virtual currency continues its bid for world domination with an art exhibition in Downtown Manhattan.

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    Allen

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    In the seemingly endless debate over transgender people, one figure has become inescapable: Dr. Paul McHugh.Whether the former Johns Hopkins psychiatry chair is being cited in anti-transgender articles for conservative media outlets—like Breitbart...

    Dr. McHugh fires back after 600 LGBT health experts claim he “does not represent prevailing expert consensus opinion about sexual orientation or gender identity related research or c...

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    Royal Brothers

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Princes Harry and William were complementing halves of a whole growing up, but, as William becomes more protective of his privacy and Harry loosens up as he contemplates marriage to his actress girlfriend, the styles and manners of the two princes...

    One is extremely responsible, albeit by birth necessity, and the other seems free and easy. Will Prince Harry always be preferred by the public?

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