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    Trump-Supportive Outside Group Can't Say What It's Doing

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    In the days immediately after Donald Trump’s surprising electoral win, his aides began to publicly express interest in creating a political operation outside of the White House that would help keep his grassroots support alive. Such an outfit coul...

    They were supposed to rally Trump’s base and help push his agenda. But in these early, early days of the administration, they’re nowhere to be found.

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    Milo Press

    Milo’s Symphony of Victimhood

    Milo’s Symphony of Victimhood

    “Please be respectful,” Milo Yiannopoulos admonished—an irony that was lost on no one but him.Ignoring a question about his own disrespectful behavior that he apparently didn’t feel like answering, the embattled Donald Trump groupie and alt-right ...

    Delivering a halfhearted apology for the remarks that led to his exit from CPAC and Breitbart, Yiannopoulos asked the press to be ‘respectful’—before cursing them.

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    FB gave to CPAC

    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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    Trump-Supportive Outside Group Can't Say What It's Doing

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    Pro-Trump Group Is M.I.A.

    In the days immediately after Donald Trump’s surprising electoral win, his aides began to publicly express interest in creating a political operation outside of the White House that would help keep his grassroots support alive. Such an outfit coul...

    They were supposed to rally Trump’s base and help push his agenda. But in these early, early days of the administration, they’re nowhere to be found.

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    Tucker Carlson

    Actor Plays Anti-Trump Organizer on Fox

    Actor Plays Anti-Trump Organizer on Fox

    Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a hard time booking Olga Lexell, the creator and co-organizer of the nationwide Not My President’s Day protests on Monday.So, after repeated refusals, Carlson’s show instead booked Shane Saunders, a Los Angeles-based a...

    When the organizer of the #NotMyPresident protests refused to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show, the Fox News host booked an actor with no ties to its leadership as a replacement.

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    Europe Confronts the Jekyll/Hyde Trump Administration

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    PARIS — European politicians and policy makers have begun to feel they’re watching a horror movie: the tale of an American administration with a split personality as sinister as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—the first perfectly reasonable and sociable, ...

    While the reasonable-sounding Jekylls try to reassure the Europeans that Trump doesn’t mean what he says, the Hydes push an agenda that will destroy the EU.

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    Entertainment

    Katy Perry performing on stage at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. (Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images via Getty Images)

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    Katy Perry Mocks Trump As Dead Body

    American award shows don’t have a monopoly on politics. Meryl Streep called out Donald Trump at the Golden Globes, A Tribe Called Quest denounced the president’s “Muslim ban” at the Grammys. Who knows what might happen at this Sunday’s Oscars? But...

    The skeletons appeared to hold hands, just like the real American and British leaders.

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    Geroge Clooney

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    At the 2006 Academy Awards, after receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a grizzled CIA agent in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, George Clooney strolled up to the rostrum and delivered an acceptance speech touching on “Hollywo...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon went off on how hypocritical the president and his chief strategist are for branding actors as out-of-touch ‘Hollywood elitists.’

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    Joe Scarborough

    Scarborough: Trump Admin ‘Scary as Hell’

    Scarborough: Trump Admin ‘Scary as Hell’

    It was one year ago this week that Joe Scarborough and his Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski cozied up with Donald Trump for an MSNBC town hall, the fairness of which they doth protested a bit too much the following morning.Since then, Scarborou...

    The ‘Morning Joe’ host delivered a surprisingly harsh assessment of the Trump administration on ‘The Late Show.’

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    Social activist Cleve Jones attends the Screening Of ABC's "When We Rise" at Castro Theatre on February 20, 2017 in San Francisco, California.  (

    Cleve Jones: Primetime’s New LGBT Hero

    Cleve Jones: Primetime’s New LGBT Hero

    Cleve Jones still vividly recalls the moment on Nov. 27, 1978, when he saw his friend and mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body at San Francisco City Hall.Jones had heard Mayor George Moscone had been shot, but didn’t know by whom, or much else, as he ra...

    Cleve Jones saw his mentor Harvey Milk’s dead body, and has been a passionate activist for 40 years. Now mainstream stardom beckons thanks to ABC drama ‘When We Rise.’

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    Geroge Clooney

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    At the 2006 Academy Awards, after receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a grizzled CIA agent in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, George Clooney strolled up to the rostrum and delivered an acceptance speech touching on “Hollywo...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon went off on how hypocritical the president and his chief strategist are for branding actors as out-of-touch ‘Hollywood elitists.’

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    Oscar Controversies

    2017’s Biggest Oscar Controversies

    2017’s Biggest Oscar Controversies

    MARLOW: So here we are: the 89th annual Academy Awards. Much about this year’s glitzfest seems underwhelming and culturally passé, from Jimmy Kimmel serving as host to La La Land dominating the proceedings with 14 Oscar nominations. But at least t...

    Ahead of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss this year’s awards season backlash.

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    Singer Chris Brown performs at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas kicking off Drai's LIVE 2016 on January 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    In 2009, Chris Brown went viral for all the wrong reasons when photos of his then-girlfriend Rihanna’s bruised and bloody face hit the world wide web. Just a few months later, the R&B singer released a new album, Graffiti. It featured the lead...

    The R&B superstar’s years-long streak of misogyny and violence continues—meanwhile, the music industry continues to look the other way. Enough.

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    Oscars

    Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles

    Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles

    On Sunday night, Hollywood’s elite will gather at the Dolby Theatre to toast this year’s chosen ones at the 89th annual Academy Awards. There will be laughter, tears, and a deluge of jokes aimed at our remarkably thin-skinned president. There will...

    Before they were the toast of Tinseltown, this year’s Oscar-nominated stars appeared in some, shall we say, less-than-stellar fare.

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    Oscar Controversies

    2017’s Biggest Oscar Controversies

    2017’s Biggest Oscar Controversies

    MARLOW: So here we are: the 89th annual Academy Awards. Much about this year’s glitzfest seems underwhelming and culturally passé, from Jimmy Kimmel serving as host to La La Land dominating the proceedings with 14 Oscar nominations. But at least t...

    Ahead of Sunday night’s Academy Awards, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss this year’s awards season backlash.

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    World News

    Europe Confronts the Jekyll/Hyde Trump Administration

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    Trump’s Jekyll/Hyde Team Spooks Europe

    PARIS — European politicians and policy makers have begun to feel they’re watching a horror movie: the tale of an American administration with a split personality as sinister as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—the first perfectly reasonable and sociable, ...

    While the reasonable-sounding Jekylls try to reassure the Europeans that Trump doesn’t mean what he says, the Hydes push an agenda that will destroy the EU.

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    U.S. border patrol agent Alessio Faccin  walks along the border fence separating Mexican from the United States near Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017. Picture taken February 8, 2017.

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    TIJUANA, Mexico — In the northernmost corner of Mexico, where the United States’ southern border fence extends into the Pacific Ocean, dividing California from its truncated southern limb—the Baja California peninsula—binational seagulls dive for ...

    All along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico you can see clearly where the concrete barrier is supposed to go up, and why it will never be built the way Trump wants it.

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    Nefertiti

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king...

    A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.

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    The German Buzz Saw Murder

    The Heiress Who Buzz Sawed Her Boyfriend

    The Heiress Who Buzz Sawed Her Boyfriend

    MUNICH, Germany—After sawing off the head of her bound and blind-folded boyfriend in the midst of a sex game, Gabi P. just pulled a blanket over the body, closed the door and didn’t enter the room for the next few months. It was only when she went...

    Gabi P’s defense says she was a victim of her boyfriend’s sex games. He was a victim of her circular saw.

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    U.S. border patrol agent Alessio Faccin  walks along the border fence separating Mexican from the United States near Calexico, California, U.S. February 8, 2017. Picture taken February 8, 2017.

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    On the Ground as Trump’s Wall Fails

    TIJUANA, Mexico — In the northernmost corner of Mexico, where the United States’ southern border fence extends into the Pacific Ocean, dividing California from its truncated southern limb—the Baja California peninsula—binational seagulls dive for ...

    All along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico you can see clearly where the concrete barrier is supposed to go up, and why it will never be built the way Trump wants it.

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    FSB

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    KIEV—Only a few months ago Denis Voronenkov and Maria Maksakova were two of the brightest stars in Moscow’s political firmament, trying to improve the system from inside, but very much a part of it. They rode in luxurious cars, dined with the Krem...

    A husband and wife who were members of the Russian parliament have defected to Ukraine. The Kremlin calls them ‘enemies of the people.’ Enemies of Putin is more like it.

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    Espionage

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    The last major Russian spy arrested on U.S. soil was busted for seeking the kind of information retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been accused of dishing out.During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump defended Flynn...

    Talking with Michael Flynn was one of many ways Moscow tried to get inside information about America’s financial war against the Kremlin.

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    Congressman

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    By Rachel Bluth and Emily KoppWhen a small Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, needed a clinical trial for an experimental drug it hoped to turn into a huge moneymaker, the company landed a U.S. partner where it had high-l...

    Why are Republican Chris Collins and his family—and his staffers on the Hill and his wealthy friends—buying up a significant share of an Australian biotech firm?

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    FSB

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    KIEV—Only a few months ago Denis Voronenkov and Maria Maksakova were two of the brightest stars in Moscow’s political firmament, trying to improve the system from inside, but very much a part of it. They rode in luxurious cars, dined with the Krem...

    A husband and wife who were members of the Russian parliament have defected to Ukraine. The Kremlin calls them ‘enemies of the people.’ Enemies of Putin is more like it.

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    U.S.

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Two unrelated serial kidnappers worked the same South Carolina region at the same time, police say. But while one kidnapper allegedly met his victims at a Waffle House, the other allegedly buried his victim behind a different Waffle House approxim...

    On the same day police discovered a tortured woman and her dead boyfriend, cops the town over found another woman buried.

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    The Murderer Who Broke Norman Mailer's Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    When I first entered the netherworld of corruption and violence in 1993 for a first-time, nonviolent LSD conspiracy, the first two books I read when I hit prison were Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Jack Henry Abbott’s In the Belly of t...

    A new book explores the relationship between convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott and his literary mentor.

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     Group of young evacuees wave from special train as it leaves Seattle with Island evacuees, March 30, 1942

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Fear and vengeance have again gripped our nation. It’s not the first time that Americans have acted in a most un-American manner when we have been attacked or feel threatened. Throughout our history, we have branded entire ethnic groups as vague-b...

    75 years ago, FDR issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting Japanese Americans across the West and forcing them into camps. Trump’s paranoid policies on immigrants are sadly similar.

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    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Murder Victim Buried Behind Waffle House

    Two unrelated serial kidnappers worked the same South Carolina region at the same time, police say. But while one kidnapper allegedly met his victims at a Waffle House, the other allegedly buried his victim behind a different Waffle House approxim...

    On the same day police discovered a tortured woman and her dead boyfriend, cops the town over found another woman buried.

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    Father Brian Jordan

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    I was going to write one of those columns about undocumented aliens (no person is illegal) working so hard and adopting American values, until I realized someone had already thought of that. So I decided to write instead about a stop on the underg...

    Like others in the Franciscan order, Father Brian Jordan ministers to the least powerful—the families of undocumented immigrants struggling to make a home here.

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    Dog

    Two Old Dogs in One Fragile World

    Two Old Dogs in One Fragile World

    Not long after I acquired this animal, Stanley ate the ass out of my pants. He was ten years old then, and we'd picked him up—rescued him, as they say—from a shelter not too far from Hollywood. We—Mrs. Nale and I—had been to a romantic Northe...

    "Mileage," the vet says. The condition is a vestibular syndrome, or more commonly, “old dogs’ disease.”

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    Tech

    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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    LA

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Inside the ISIS drone factory

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    ISIS’s Drone Papers Revealed

    This report was originally published by The Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point.By Don Rassler, Muhammad al-’Ubaydi, Vera MirnovaMuch has been made of the Islamic State drone threat ever since the group killed two Kurdish soldiers in October...

    At a former jihadist-run facility in Mosul, Iraq, researchers uncovered a cache of documents that show how the so-called Islamic State buys, builds, and deploys unmanned aircraft.

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    Uber

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    #DeleteUber Activists Hail CEO Decision

    Activists in the quickly mobilized effort to oppose Uber were celebrating Thursday evening after their message finally broke through.Less than a week after a massively successful social media campaign using the hashtag #DeleteUber implored users t...

    The creator of the movement called Travis Kalanick’s exit from the president’s economic council a ‘crushing victory’—but said it’s not yet time for people to start using the app again.

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    LA

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    Russian Arrested for Hacking in L.A.

    A federal investigation into a Russian cybercrime ring led Secret Service agents to the doorstep of a 29-year-old Los Angeles man the United States calls an “extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal” who allegedly used malware to s...

    Alexander Tverdokhlebov, described as an ‘extremely sophisticated and well-connected cybercriminal,’ allegedly robbed thousands of U.S. bank accounts.

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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit Bans Alt-Right Group

    Reddit, the enormous online community-run forum, announced on Wednesday night that it was banning the white nationalist subreddit r/altright, due to “posting of personal information,” otherwise known as doxxing.“Reddit is the proud home to some of...

    The company, once a haven for right wing extremism, is cracking down on the hub of white nationalists—right after its founder blasted Trump’s ban on immigrants and refugees.

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    Unlocking ALS

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Imagine what it would be like to be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, but trapped inside a paralyzed body, not only unable to move, but unable to communicate in any way, for the rest of your life. Unable to express feelings, thoughts...

    When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to be alive.

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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    Will Trump Free a Russian Superhacker?

    The Federal Detention Center near Seattle is home to 563 men and women who are all waiting for something. Some are accused criminals approaching trial, others are immigrants facing deportation, a few are serving a sentence and waiting for their re...

    A Putin ally and his criminal son bet big on Trump winning the White House. Will the new president reward their faith in him?

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    Arts + Culture

     Clinicians and researchers say help trans kids who consistently, persistently, and insistently define themselves as another gender to socially transition

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    Transgender kids are a reliable source of controversy. They are also human beings.Over the past two years, articles and opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Pacific Standard, New York magazine, and more have questioned the p...

    Ignore the alarmist commentators. Parents of trans kids are not rushing their offspring through transitioning. The process is sensitively and carefully overseen.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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    Colbert

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    “It’s loose-bowels time,” Stephen Colbert told me in December, referring to the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump.The CBS Late Show host had shown up at the media holiday party on the 30th floor of the network’s “Black Rock” corporate headqu...

    He may despise Trump’s presidency, but it has given Stephen Colbert rich material—and the possible means by which to emerge victorious over a floundering Jimmy Fallon.

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    Kate Middleton

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    After several months of near invisibility—Kate has only made a handful of public appearances since December—the future Queen was everywhere earlier this week.On Sunday night, she was the star of the show at the BAFTAS, Britain’s cut-price answer t...

    The royal couple have had a busy week. But this burst of activity masks a leisurely lifestyle that is increasingly being called into question.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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Arianna Huffington
Thrive Global launch event, New York, USA - 30 Nov 2016

    Arianna Naps Through Trump’s Nightmare

    Arianna Naps Through Trump’s Nightmare

    Revolutions can start anywhere—harbors. fruit markets, smoky cafes. So why not from the bed, too? That, I suppose, is the premise of Arianna Huffington’s obsession with sleep, embodied in last year’s book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Li...

    Arianna Huffington thinks we’d all be better off if we got more sleep, but her fixation on snoozing comes at precisely the wrong time. In the age of Trump, wakefulness is the key.

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    Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Mile High Illinois"

    The Ghost of Chicago’s Mile-High Tower

    The Ghost of Chicago’s Mile-High Tower

    In 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai opened its doors and accepted the title of tallest building in the world amid a dazzling display of fireworks and light shows.The towering pyramid of glass and steel stretched up towards the sky to reach a toweri...

    In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled plans for The Mile High Illinois, a tower that would be four times the height of the Empire State Building. But it would never be built.

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    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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