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    Thiel-Backed PAC Paid Bannon’s Company

    Thiel-Backed PAC Paid Bannon’s Company

    New Federal Elections Commission filings show that a pro-Trump super PAC funded in part by Peter Thiel paid more than $134,000 to a company helmed by Steve Bannon in the final weeks of the presidential campaign—a set-up the watchdog group Campaign...

    A pro-Trump super PAC paid Bannon’s company $134,000 in the final weeks of the campaign—those payments may have been illegal if they were made in place of an official campaign salary.

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    Gangster Trump

    Donald Trump’s Gangster Capitalism

    Donald Trump’s Gangster Capitalism

    If you’re wondering if the new normal in American politics includes a president-elect rage-tweeting at companies he dislikes, engaging in near-daily hissy-fits over media coverage he finds insufficiently obsequious, and engaging in constant social...

    The self-enriching commander in chief is bringing his children into the family business as he puts the bully in the bully pulpit.

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    Donald Trump

    Unions See Through Trump’s Sham

    Unions See Through Trump’s Sham

    Donald Trump, the supposed voice for the forgotten man who descended from his gold-encrusted New York City shrine to speak to the American voter who had been left behind, bullied a union boss by name on Wednesday night.“Chuck Jones, who is Preside...

    The self-proclaimed friend of the working man earned some points for helping save Carrier jobs, but when a labor boss told the truth about it, he got attacked. Fellow unions vow soli...

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    Steve Bannon

    Thiel-Backed PAC Paid Bannon’s Company

    Thiel-Backed PAC Paid Bannon’s Company

    New Federal Elections Commission filings show that a pro-Trump super PAC funded in part by Peter Thiel paid more than $134,000 to a company helmed by Steve Bannon in the final weeks of the presidential campaign—a set-up the watchdog group Campaign...

    A pro-Trump super PAC paid Bannon’s company $134,000 in the final weeks of the campaign—those payments may have been illegal if they were made in place of an official campaign salary.

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    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump gestures as Andy Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, departs after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016.

    Trump Picks Worst Possible Labor Sec.

    Trump Picks Worst Possible Labor Sec.

    Apparently, Donald Trump will pick Andy Puzder as his Secretary of Labor.Having myself served as Secretary of Labor, I cannot imagine someone more unsuited to the job of advancing the cause of working people in America.If Puzner is confirmed, the ...

    The former secretary of labor fears the coming one intends to eviscerate the protections American workers have gained over the past 70 years.

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    State of Ivanka's personal brand now that she's sort of an adjacent public servant, and the possible pitfalls

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Ivanka Trump’s White House Bind

    Over 77 weeks, it’s accumulated over 10,400 “likes” on Instagram: a picture of Ivanka Trump standing at a lectern in the lobby of Trump Tower, before a row of American flags. With her blond hair swept into a studious bun, her statuesque frame drap...

    How can Donald Trump’s favorite child advise her father, protect her personal brand, and keep the United States from looking like a banana republic?

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    Meyers Dismantles Trump’s Carrier Deal

    Meyers Dismantles Trump’s Carrier Deal

    This past week, President-elect Donald Trump took a “victory lap” in Indiana after his transition team announced a deal he had struck with Carrier parent company United Technologies Corp. that would keep a certain number of factory jobs in the U.S...

    The ‘Late Night’ host took a much-needed ‘closer look’ at Donald Trump’s flawed jobs deal with Carrier.

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    Noah: Trump ‘Trolling’ Us With Cabinet

    Noah: Trump ‘Trolling’ Us With Cabinet

    It’s been exactly one month since Donald Trump was elected president, and for Trevor Noah, every day has felt like an “emotional roller coaster.”“What makes it worse than a roller coaster is that this ride is going to be four years long,” Noah sai...

    The ‘Daily Show’ host took on the bizarro cast of characters that will form the Trump administration.

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    Is Princess Eugenie Engaged?

    Is Princess Eugenie Engaged?

    Are you ready for another royal wedding?No, not Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (at least not yet) but speculation that Princess Eugenie—the younger daughter of Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson and Prince Andrew, the Duke of York—may be engaged was fuelled ...

    Princess Eugenie stepped out of a London club wearing a ring on her engagement finger last night. Is this why her father is seeking to upgrade any future spouse's official status?

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    Sofia Vegara

    Vergara Embryo Case May Open Floodgates

    Vergara Embryo Case May Open Floodgates

    The year-long fight between Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiancé Nick Loeb concerning the fate of two frozen embryos seemed all but over this week. Now a surprise and bizarre lawsuit filed in Louisiana on behalf of the embryos themselves by a mysteriou...

    The Daily Beast has obtained the extraordinary petition filed on behalf of two frozen embryos created by Sofia Vergara and her former partner. The case could change family law.

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    Noah: Trump ‘Trolling’ Us With Cabinet

    Noah: Trump ‘Trolling’ Us With Cabinet

    It’s been exactly one month since Donald Trump was elected president, and for Trevor Noah, every day has felt like an “emotional roller coaster.”“What makes it worse than a roller coaster is that this ride is going to be four years long,” Noah sai...

    The ‘Daily Show’ host took on the bizarro cast of characters that will form the Trump administration.

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    Honorees Kim Kardashian and Kanye West  attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York.   AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kimye: We Are Not Getting Divorced

    Kimye: We Are Not Getting Divorced

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are pushing back hard against divorce rumors, and now their friend Jonathan Cheban has come to their defence.Us Weekly magazine reported yesterday that the couple were on the verge of a formal break up. The magazine a...

    It's been a traumatic few months in Kimye-land. But the Kardashian Wests are insisting they won't split up, contrary to some reports.

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    Madonna on Corden's Carpool Karaoke

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    Madonna’s Carpool Karaoke with Corden

    When James Corden traveled to London for his “Carpool Karaoke” session with Adele, it delivered his show the most-watched late-night clip of the year (136 million views and counting).This week, he went to New York City to try to top that feat with...

    The Material Girl was the latest star to drop her facade on The Late Late Show’s most popular segment.

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    Colbert Breaks Down #Pizzagate ‘Madness’

    Colbert Breaks Down #Pizzagate ‘Madness’

    There was a time when Stephen Colbert was described as a “fake news” anchor, first on The Daily Show and then on The Colbert Report. But in 2016, “fake news” has come to mean something very different.On Wednesday night’s Late Show, Colbert told hi...

    The ‘Late Show’ host explains how Hillary Clinton’s emails about pizza led a deranged man to shoot up a D.C. pizzeria.

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    Honorees Kim Kardashian and Kanye West  attend the Time 100 Gala celebrating the Time 100 issue of the Most Influential People at The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York.   AFP PHOTO /  TIMOTHY  A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kimye: We Are Not Getting Divorced

    Kimye: We Are Not Getting Divorced

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are pushing back hard against divorce rumors, and now their friend Jonathan Cheban has come to their defence.Us Weekly magazine reported yesterday that the couple were on the verge of a formal break up. The magazine a...

    It's been a traumatic few months in Kimye-land. But the Kardashian Wests are insisting they won't split up, contrary to some reports.

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    World News

    The Dutch Uphold Law on Trumpspeak, Convict Wilders for Inciting Hate

    Wilders Convicted for Hatespeak

    Wilders Convicted for Hatespeak

    AMSTERDAM—It was a very Trumpian moment years before Donald Trump was PEOTUS, or even close. In fact, he played no direct role in it. But it tells you a lot about why and how his message has such surprising reach in what we previously thought were...

    Rarely has a convict been so pleased. Wilders gets to play the victim while building his fan base among bigots in the U.S. as well as the Netherlands.

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    Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 23, 2016.

    Why the Pope Compares Fake News to Feces

    Why the Pope Compares Fake News to Feces

    ROME — Popular Pope Francis will turn 80 on December 18, and he seems to be getting feistier with age.Although the pope has never been one to mince words, condemning idle gossip, shaming fundamentalism as idolatry, and even questioning president-e...

    His language was Greek, not blunt Anglo-Saxon, but the message was perfectly clear: Scandal-mongering disinformation is crap.

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    Russian Colonel Killed in Aleppo

    Russian Rising Star Killed in Syria

    Russian Rising Star Killed in Syria

    A high-ranking Russian officer, Col. Ruslan Galitsky, who was accused of commanding pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, has been killed in Aleppo, Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin personally confirmed the colonel’s death.The Russian...

    Col. Galitsky was set for a major promotion, but got a little too close to the action in the slaughterhouse that is Aleppo.

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    How to Salvage Syria

    How to Salvage Syria

    How to Salvage Syria

    The war in Syria is more straightforward today than it was two years ago. That may sound counterintuitive, but “Syria,” properly speaking, exists now only in name.A near-genocidal policy undertaken by the President Bashar Assad in Damascus has bee...

    Donald Trump wants to smash ISIS. We agree. But he can do so by giving a large number of Syrians what they’ve always wanted: American protection.

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    Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican November 23, 2016.

    Why the Pope Compares Fake News to Feces

    Why the Pope Compares Fake News to Feces

    ROME — Popular Pope Francis will turn 80 on December 18, and he seems to be getting feistier with age.Although the pope has never been one to mince words, condemning idle gossip, shaming fundamentalism as idolatry, and even questioning president-e...

    His language was Greek, not blunt Anglo-Saxon, but the message was perfectly clear: Scandal-mongering disinformation is crap.

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    Trump's AF1 plans

    Trump Even Lies About Air Force One

    Trump Even Lies About Air Force One

    Air Force One, the heavily modified, white-and-blue-painted Boeing 747 that transports the president of the United States, is an enduring symbol of American power and prestige.It’s also the target of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter r...

    Yes, replacing Air Force One will be costly, but the president-elect is wrong about how much and why.

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    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    How Russia Makes—and Humiliates—Refugees

    MOSCOW — Salekh carried a slender black leather briefcase and his long, skinny fingers were running nervously all over it, drumming as if on piano keys.  Several times during the interview he unzipped the folder to pull out two envelopes, the lett...

    Civil Assistance is the only legal aid organization helping tens of thousands of refugees fleeing war zones where Russia is fighting.

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    Blair: We Need a Muscular Third Way

    Blair: We Need a Muscular Third Way

    With Donald Trump’s upset win foreshadowed by the U.K. referendum to leave the European Union known as Brexit, who better to console shell-shocked Washington than former British Prime Minister Tony Blair?“Your election was close,” he told a ballro...

    ‘The alternative to a strongman can’t be a weak center,’ the former prime minister said at a moment when faith in democracy appears to be in decline.

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    Trump's AF1 plans

    Trump Even Lies About Air Force One

    Trump Even Lies About Air Force One

    Air Force One, the heavily modified, white-and-blue-painted Boeing 747 that transports the president of the United States, is an enduring symbol of American power and prestige.It’s also the target of President-elect Donald Trump’s latest Twitter r...

    Yes, replacing Air Force One will be costly, but the president-elect is wrong about how much and why.

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    U.S.

    A Visit to Capt. Khan & Lt. Kelly

    A Visit to Capt. Khan & Lt. Kelly

    So many visitors had asked for the grave that the man at the information booth at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon needed only to hear the name to recite the number.“7986,” he said.The route there took you from the visitor’s cent...

    The president-elect who got elected despite belittling a Gold Star family has chosen a Gold Star father for his Cabinet.

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    Nazareth

    Cops Called on Muslims at Church

    Cops Called on Muslims at Church

    A concerned congregant called the Department of Homeland Security to a Rochester, New York, church on Sunday after spotting two Muslims in their midst.The Muslims weren’t terrorists, they were students.The two men were students from nearby Nazaret...

    A congregant at an evangelical church called police after seeing local Muslim students there, asking questions about Christianity. It was their homework assignment.

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    Company Has No Gay Clients, Sues Anyway

    Company Has No Gay Clients, Sues Anyway

    A Minnesota couple with a video company wants to make it their official policy: Gay couples can take their business elsewhere.Carl and Angel Larsen of St. Cloud are suing the state for the right to deny service to LGBTQ customers. The couple, who ...

    No one asked this anti-gay Minnesota couple to photograph a same-sex wedding. But they’re attacking the state’s human-rights laws, just to be safe.

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    A Visit to Capt. Khan & Lt. Kelly

    A Visit to Capt. Khan & Lt. Kelly

    So many visitors had asked for the grave that the man at the information booth at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon needed only to hear the name to recite the number.“7986,” he said.The route there took you from the visitor’s cent...

    The president-elect who got elected despite belittling a Gold Star family has chosen a Gold Star father for his Cabinet.

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    Harambe on a plane

    Can I Fly With Harambe?

    Can I Fly With Harambe?

    The holiday season is one for visiting family, and for many, that means air travel. While long lines, security checks, and long flights are irritating, knowing whether you can pack something in your carry-on bag doesn’t have to be. The funny and o...

    From a single potato to a mummified head, find out what’s OK to fly with before you jet out for the holidays.

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    Cops Killed Man, Then Fist-Bumped

    Cops Killed Man, Then Fist-Bumped

    Police handcuffed Ben Anthony C de Baca, threw him on his stomach, pulled a mask over his face, and planted their knees in his back. While he cried that he couldn’t breathe, the officers were busy laughing at a joke. They stopped laughing when the...

    After a disturbed man bit an officer, a ‘spit sock’ was put over his mouth, and then more officers got on his back. Yet police say the man’s death wasn’t their fault.

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    Tech

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    Syrian War Footage Is Now a Video Game

    Syrian War Footage Is Now a Video Game

    One day in late August, a lone Syrian BMP-1—a Soviet-designed cross between a tank and a tracked armored personnel carrier—made its way between the besieged Syrian Air Force Academy and advanced combat positions on the front. Throughout the summer...

    Military footage captured from drones and body cameras has created a new generation of military propaganda auteurs to the point where terrorist videos posted online are as captivatin...

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    Here's How Trump Kills Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Donald Trump has tapped two telecommunications lobbyists to head his FCC transition team. That’s bad news for net neutrality, the policy that says internet service providers must treat all data equally.Last Monday, Trump named Jeffrey Eisenach and...

    The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to overturn that on the FCC.

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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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    Here's How Trump Kills Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Trump Team Wants to End Net Neutrality

    Donald Trump has tapped two telecommunications lobbyists to head his FCC transition team. That’s bad news for net neutrality, the policy that says internet service providers must treat all data equally.Last Monday, Trump named Jeffrey Eisenach and...

    The principle that internet service providers should treat data equally was championed by the Obama administration, but corporate lackeys are set to overturn that on the FCC.

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    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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    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

    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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    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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    Arts + Culture

    Author Tom Wolfe poses in his New York apartment, Nov. 12, 1998. Wolfe, 68, just published his first novel in 11 years, a novel about Atlanta in the 1990s called "A Man in Full." (AP Photo/Jim Cooper)

    Tom Wolfe on Fake News

    Tom Wolfe on Fake News

    In the spring of 1966, Tom Wolfe was working on a story for New York magazine about Ken Kesey, the novelist and counterculture icon who had faked his own suicide and fled to Mexico to avoid going to trial on marijuana charges. As would become a ha...

    The father of New Journalism says he’s ‘not surprised’ by what happens when the press can’t control the facts in the Donald Trump era.

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    trump election

    Jerry Springer: TV Networks Made Trump

    Jerry Springer: TV Networks Made Trump

    It has been a week since CNN President Jeff Zucker received a merciless public thrashing from enraged Republican campaign operatives over his cable network’s conspicuous weakness for all things Donald Trump.But the issues raised by the jeering par...

    Jerry Springer says Donald Trump is the naughty kid at the back of the class who spoke loudest and rudest, as operatives and journalists criticize CNN boss Jeff Zucker for giving Tru...

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    Palin and Beck

    Beck: Has Palin ‘Had a Brain Aneurysm?’

    Beck: Has Palin ‘Had a Brain Aneurysm?’

    “Let me go back, real quick, Sarah Palin. Sincerely, has she had a brain aneurysm?” Glenn Beck asked during his weekly televised staff meeting on his TheBlaze network Monday night. “Because I don’t know what has happened to her.”Such animus goes b...

    Once conservative allies, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin have split irrevocably over President-elect Donald Trump.

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    Singer Adele holds her six Grammy Awards at the 54th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 12, 2012. Soul singer Adele triumphed in her return to music's stage on Sunday, scooping up six Grammys and winning every category in which she was nominated including album of the year for "21" and best record with "Rolling In the Deep."

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Watch Live: 2016 Grammy Nominations

    Nominations for the 59th annual Grammy Awards will be announced Tuesday, December 6th. The awards show itself is scheduled for January 12, 2017 and set to be hosted by James Corden.The nominations will be released in two waves, with the noms for ‘...

    The 2016 Grammy Nominations will be presented Tuesday morning by Meghan Trainor and released by the Recording Academy.

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    Jerry Springer: TV Networks Made Trump

    Jerry Springer: TV Networks Made Trump

    It has been a week since CNN President Jeff Zucker received a merciless public thrashing from enraged Republican campaign operatives over his cable network’s conspicuous weakness for all things Donald Trump.But the issues raised by the jeering par...

    Jerry Springer says Donald Trump is the naughty kid at the back of the class who spoke loudest and rudest, as operatives and journalists criticize CNN boss Jeff Zucker for giving Tru...

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    The Babylon Line

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    When the lights first come up on the play The Babylon Line, actor Josh Radnor, alone on stage, looks intently at the audience and says, “The End.”It’s a terrific start for a play that ultimately wants to be about the stories we tell ourselves and ...

    In ‘The Babylon Line,’ Josh Radnor plays a floundering writer teaching an adult ed creative writing class—and maybe finding love.

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    Art Basel

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    Politics Fires Up Art Basel Miami 2016

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

    As 2016 draws to a close, artists have descended upon Miami for Art Basel—where political discourse and stress serve as inspiration for many.

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    The Affair

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Real Violence Hits Home in ‘The Affair’

    Just over a year ago, the playwright David Henry Hwang, who wrote Sunday night’s episode of The Affair, was stabbed in the neck while walking home from the grocery store in a random attack in his Brooklyn neighborhood, Fort Greene. The attack almo...

    The writer of Sunday night’s episode, David Henry Hwang, was stabbed—almost fatally—in the neck, just like Noah. The terror of the character carried an all-too-real charge.

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    The Babylon Line

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    Learn a Hard Lesson in Relationships

    When the lights first come up on the play The Babylon Line, actor Josh Radnor, alone on stage, looks intently at the audience and says, “The End.”It’s a terrific start for a play that ultimately wants to be about the stories we tell ourselves and ...

    In ‘The Babylon Line,’ Josh Radnor plays a floundering writer teaching an adult ed creative writing class—and maybe finding love.

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