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    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    President-elect Donald Trump’s surrogates on Sunday defended his controversial phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which critics say threatens to cause a rift with China and upend decades-long diplomatic protocol.Trump and his advisers ...

    After lots of hand-wringing by establishment foreign policy figures about Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s president, his team spent Sunday explaining why.

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    What Trump‘s Cuba policy should be

    Trump: Don’t Backtrack on Cuba

    Trump: Don’t Backtrack on Cuba

    Since Fidel Castro’s death, speculation about the future of U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration has been intense. Will Trump continue President Obama’s opening, as many urge, or will he work to bring it to a hal...

    Things have gotten worse in Cuba since Obama’s opening, not better. But Trump shouldn’t just re-shut the door. There’s a middle way.

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    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    President-elect Donald Trump’s surrogates on Sunday defended his controversial phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which critics say threatens to cause a rift with China and upend decades-long diplomatic protocol.Trump and his advisers ...

    After lots of hand-wringing by establishment foreign policy figures about Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s president, his team spent Sunday explaining why.

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    Localism

    How Localism Can Cure Polarization

    How Localism Can Cure Polarization

    The ever worsening polarization of American politics—demonstrated and accentuated by the Trump victory—is now an undeniable fact of our daily life. Yet rather than allowing the guilty national parties to continue indulging political brinkmanship, ...

    Polarization is now only going to get worse? The only real answer? Localism. Let Birmingham be Birmingham and Berkeley be Berkeley.

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    Time for Democratic Feudalism

    Here’s How to Stop Trump

    Here’s How to Stop Trump

    Republicans, led by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the incoming president (as signaled by his Billionaire’s Club Cabinet picks), are set to unleash long-stored plans to gut and privatize Medicare, repeal 20 million Americans’ health insurance through...

    Of course we think first about Congress. But Democratic governors, mayors, and state legislatures are the ones now with the real power to stop Trumpism.

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    Entertainment

    Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on SNL.

    Alec Baldwin Taunts Trump on Twitter

    Alec Baldwin Taunts Trump on Twitter

    Late Saturday night, after SNL aired another sketch of liberal actor Alec Baldwin mocking President-elect Donald Trump—this time poking fun at his twitchy Twitter fingers, which resemble that of a reactionary, basement-dwelling teen—the soon-to-be...

    Responds to president-elect’s criticisms.

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    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    Donald Trump is still the president-elect of the United States and Alec Baldwin is still playing him on Saturday Night Live. And this week’s cold open brought us inside a Trump security briefing where the easily-distracted Trump couldn’t help but ...

    In the cold open for this week’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ President-elect Donald Trump would rather retweet teenagers than learn about foreign policy.

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    Donald Glover stars in FX's 'Atlanta.'

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    “I don’t see them as priorities, I see them all as one thing. I see them as another form of expressing yourself. I think it’s important to express yourself and show people who you are. It is one of those things where I feel like... I never look at...

    With his extraordinary FX show ‘Atlanta’ and new ’70s-inspired album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Glover has emerged as one of his generation’s most powerful voices.

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    Mariah's World

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    It’s Mariah Carey’s time. Both immediately and seasonally.The pop music icon is launching her new docuseries, Mariah’s World, on E! Sunday night, a cleverly timed debut at the height of what’s become Mariah’s season: Christmastime.Thanks to her ca...

    Few reality shows are as fun to watch as ‘Mariah’s World’ and its famous star. Come for the diva. Stay for the diva making fun of herself.

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    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    Donald Trump is still the president-elect of the United States and Alec Baldwin is still playing him on Saturday Night Live. And this week’s cold open brought us inside a Trump security briefing where the easily-distracted Trump couldn’t help but ...

    In the cold open for this week’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ President-elect Donald Trump would rather retweet teenagers than learn about foreign policy.

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    RCA Studios in NYC, December 1966

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

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    The Painful Death of Death By Audio

    The Painful Death of Death By Audio

    People come and go. Bars, restaurants, bodegas and bagel shops close and change hands. That’s a part of living in New York. Maybe it’s the fertilizer that feeds new generations of immigrants. My friends skew more towards artists and musicians, and...

    Matthew Conboy’s new doc ‘Goodnight Brooklyn—The Story of Death By Audio’ chronicles the painful death of his Williamsburg music haven. Here, he writes about its bitter end.

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    'La La Land' Love letter to L.A.

    The Magic of ‘La La Land’

    The Magic of ‘La La Land’

    Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, the old-fashioned musical charming its way to the Oscars, opens on the most Los Angeles of modern Los Angeles showstoppers imaginable: A traffic jam on the 110 freeway turns into a symphony of strangers dancing out of...

    Damien Chazelle’s (‘Whiplash’) Oscar-worthy movie-musical was inspired by a lesser-known love story that all should see.

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    RCA Studios in NYC, December 1966

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

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    World News

    Captain William M. Callaghan

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    The 75th anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners whi...

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his...

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    Italy Referendum

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    ROME—On Sunday, Italians will be asked to vote on major legislative reforms in a referendum that, if it passes, would be the most progressive move Italy has ever made in streamlining its famously top-heavy government. Or, in the far more likely sc...

    Italians head to the ballot box on Sunday to vote on a flawed referendum that will change the face of Italy no matter the outcome.

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    Members of a powerful group inside the Institutional Revolutionary Party pose after a news conference in Mexico City.  (L-R) Tomas Yarrington, Enrique Martinez, Enrique Jackson, Natividad Gonzalez, Arturo Montiel, members of a powerful group inside the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who have organized a faction called "Tucom", pose after a news conference in Mexico City May 23, 2005. Tucom members said today that will try to prevent PRI president Roberto Madrazo from using "ill means" to become the presidential candidate for 2006 elections. The group wants party members to choose their candidate freely. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar - RTRC7J7

    Mexican Governors on the Lam

    Mexican Governors on the Lam

    MEXICO CITY — Whether draining funds from public coffers, racketeering and laundering cash from drug cartels, ordering killings, allegedly having sex with children, or fleeing from international and national authorities, Mexico’s renegade governor...

    You knew there was massive cartel-fueled corruption south of the border. You had no idea it was like this.

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    Cuban President Fidel Castro addresses the audience during an event with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on Havana's Revolution Square February 3, 2006. Chavez arrived in Cuba on Friday for a 24-hour visit to accept an international award from UNESCO and open the Havana international book fair honoring Venezuela.  Picture taken February 3, 2006   REUTERS/Stringer - RTR15UFC

    Hollywood, Havana and Me

    Hollywood, Havana and Me

    Deep breath. Exhale. Out with the bad…I was an American abroad, working overseas on this recent election night 2016. By midnight Dublin-time, having watched tidbits of news coverage, I was able to put myself to sleep, confidently, arrogantly, supr...

    Trying to discern common sense and common humanity through the fog of sensation and anger.

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    Italy Referendum

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    ROME—On Sunday, Italians will be asked to vote on major legislative reforms in a referendum that, if it passes, would be the most progressive move Italy has ever made in streamlining its famously top-heavy government. Or, in the far more likely sc...

    Italians head to the ballot box on Sunday to vote on a flawed referendum that will change the face of Italy no matter the outcome.

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    Alt-Right

    The Alt-Right’s All-American Past

    The Alt-Right’s All-American Past

    If they raise their right arms and chant “Hail Trump” (carefully avoiding the Heil) are they really Nazis?It’s springtime for people like Richard Spencer’s odious column of avowed alt-right racists, who felt that they could openly make the salute ...

    It has happened here before—and its most shameless voice was Charles Lindbergh.

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Iraq Inquiry, London, UK - 06 Jul 2016
The Iraq Inquiry, Chaired by Sir John Chilcot, is finally being published today, six years after it was started. The long awaited report into the Iraq war, the run-up to the conflict in Iraq, the military action and its aftermath is 2.6 million words long.

    Tony Blair’s New Project: Block Brexit

    Tony Blair’s New Project: Block Brexit

    If all political careers end in failure, Tony Blair’s political afterlife is a failure most of us would be happy to inhabit.Blair, the most controversial former British prime minister to still draw breath, earns around $200,000 a pop for speaking ...

    The former British prime minister jumps back into the political game with a new organization to counter anti-EU populism.

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    ISIS Frustrated By Mosul Bridge Strikes

    ISIS Frustrated By Mosul Bridge Strikes

    The so-called Islamic State is finding it harder to get to work on the battlefields around Mosul, thanks to a series of U.S. coalition strikes that have taken out all but one major bridge across the indigo-blue Tigris River that bisects Iraq’s sec...

    Aerial images reveal how U.S. air strikes cut the terrorist army off from major bridges, but also trapped civilians.

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    Alt-Right

    The Alt-Right’s All-American Past

    The Alt-Right’s All-American Past

    If they raise their right arms and chant “Hail Trump” (carefully avoiding the Heil) are they really Nazis?It’s springtime for people like Richard Spencer’s odious column of avowed alt-right racists, who felt that they could openly make the salute ...

    It has happened here before—and its most shameless voice was Charles Lindbergh.

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    Alaska Railroad

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    “Moose! Moose! We’ve got three moose on the right!” Warren Redfearn beamed with excitement as he directed the passengers’ attention toward the wildlife idling beside the Aurora Winter Train. A stream of “oohs” and “ahhs” followed as the 40 or so...

    For the hardy few travelers who opt to hop on the Alaska Railroad’s off-season Aurora Winter Train, it’s a ride into a real-life snow globe.

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    Immigrants flocking to churches to feel safe in the age of Trump

    Hispanic Churches Fear Trump

    Hispanic Churches Fear Trump

    If Donald Trump keeps all his campaign promises, thousands of churches could disappear.That’s according to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an evangelical group with more than 40,000 affiliate...

    Churches across the U.S. are worried their pews will be emptied out by Trump’s deportation plans—and some say they will become sanctuaries.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    Alaska Railroad

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    “Moose! Moose! We’ve got three moose on the right!” Warren Redfearn beamed with excitement as he directed the passengers’ attention toward the wildlife idling beside the Aurora Winter Train. A stream of “oohs” and “ahhs” followed as the 40 or so...

    For the hardy few travelers who opt to hop on the Alaska Railroad’s off-season Aurora Winter Train, it’s a ride into a real-life snow globe.

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     USS West Virginia Burning in Pearl Harbor

    Why Were We Napping at Pearl Harbor?

    Why Were We Napping at Pearl Harbor?

    On a bright, sunny morning 75 years ago this Wednesday, 181 warplanes of the Imperial Japanese Navy swept down out of the sky from the north over the blue-green hills of Kahuku Point on the island of Oahu, and attacked the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Flee...

    There have been paranoid theories aplenty to explain why the US Navy was so unprepared on December 7, 1941, but the simple truth is that we did not believe it could happen.

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    Cop Charged With Trump-Like P*ssy Grab

    Cop Charged With Trump-Like P*ssy Grab

    As the president-elect winged off to Indianapolis to take a bow for saving jobs, an NYPD precinct commander was in a Bronx courtroom on criminal charges of hoohah grabbing such as Donald Trump bragged about on the Access Hollywood hot mic tape.Thr...

    A few days before Donald Trump was elected by voters apparently unruffled by his bragging about sexual assault, a Bronx precinct commander was arrested by cops who do care.

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    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    There is nothing weirder, wilder, or more magical than a baby’s movement in utero. For many mothers (it certainly was for me), the quickening, those first flutters, are the moment when a pregnancy starts to feel real, when a bump becomes a baby. A...

    Thanks to the Scandinavians, fathers can choose to be even more involved in their partner’s pregnancy—now where’s that bracelet for morning sickness?

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    Cult of Fitness: When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.Thou...

    Millions of people consume energy drinks every day, but back in the day those drinks were a little more, um, energetic.

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    Fake facebook news

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    The angry online male masses, seen recently mass-downvoting the trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” Phoebe Robinson’s podcast “So Many White Guys,” and many shows that feature women doing things other than supporting male characters, have turn...

    An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews from Trumpkins popping up and being deleted with lightning speed.

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    Facebook Shitshow

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    In the fact-free world of what trends on Facebook, everything is going swimmingly in Donald Trump’s America over the last 48 hours—even if none of it is true.America’s biggest celebrities are flipping to Trump, manufacturing plants are shutting do...

    Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s a ‘crazy idea’ that fake news on Facebook helped elect Trump. He should look at the most shared stories of the last two days.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Arts + Culture

    1983, pigment print, image, 18 1/4 x 23 inches

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    William Christenberry’s Haunted South

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

    The noted photographer, who died this week, returned each year to obsessively and meticulously photograph the ever changing Alabama landscape that shaped his vision.

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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    Pedro Almodovar poses for a portrait on August 12, 2016 in London, England.

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    Is there anyone like Pedro Almodóvar?For those who know his work—and for a sometimes-experimental queer Spanish director, that’s more people than you’d expect—he is a rara avis: an artist whose work has grown over the decades, who has known both c...

    The Spanish director’s films are famed for their insane plots, bright colors, and high emotions—and a radical queer sensibility, even when the protagonists are straight.

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    Interview with author Mark Shriver, author of new biography of Pope Francis

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, whose deeply Catholic family has been enjoying private audiences with popes for decades, pulled every string he could think of, including enlisting the help of two cardinals, in order to land an interview with the subject of ...

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, author of a new book about Pope Francis, says the pontiff is not necessarily opposed to Donald Trump: ‘He’s teaching. He is also challenging.’

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
Shown from left: Henry Travers (as Clarence), James Stewart (as George Bailey)

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    There have been several operas based on short stories or books that became movies recently including Brokeback Mountain (2014), and Minnesota Opera’s The Shining (2016).But nothing has quite the popular resonance of It’s A Wonderful Life.“One of t...

    Composer Jake Heggie has turned the classic Christmas movie, about desperate George Bailey and Clarence the angel, into an opera—inspired by his own father’s suicide.

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    Klu Klux Klan photography controversy in Salem

    The Klan Picture Behind the Curtain

    The Klan Picture Behind the Curtain

    The piece of art is now surrounded by a black curtain, with arrow signs on its exterior directing viewers to enter on one side. It looks strange: a one-work, self-enclosed gallery within a gallery, like its own mini-peep show or a mysterious polli...

    Gerry Harley’s work featuring klansmen drew such a furious student response that Salem State shut its art gallery. Now the picture is back on display, but concealed behind a drape.

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    Hipster Dads Want to Be Called ‘Papa’

    Hipster Dads Now Want to Be Called Papa

    Hipster Dads Now Want to Be Called Papa

    Last year, the writer Elissa Strauss reported that cool, modern mothers have adopted “mama” as their go-to maternal sobriquet because “mom” and “mommy” are too associated with stereotypes about motherhood (as one Brooklyn mother put it, the terms ...

    After the vogue for ‘mama’ comes the attempt to supplant ‘dad’ with ‘papa.’ Will it sweep the country—or stay in Brooklyn?

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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
Shown from left: Henry Travers (as Clarence), James Stewart (as George Bailey)

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    There have been several operas based on short stories or books that became movies recently including Brokeback Mountain (2014), and Minnesota Opera’s The Shining (2016).But nothing has quite the popular resonance of It’s A Wonderful Life.“One of t...

    Composer Jake Heggie has turned the classic Christmas movie, about desperate George Bailey and Clarence the angel, into an opera—inspired by his own father’s suicide.

    Keep Reading