Politics

Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

By Robert Faturechi and Jonathan Stray, ProPublica The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their own theaters.More of them also are walling off their political contributions from other big an...

Super PACs bankrolled by a single donor quadrupled their share of overall fundraising in 2014. And there’s no sign of letup in ’16.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House in LeClaire, Iowa. The board of the Clinton Foundation says it will continue accepting donations from foreign governments but only six nations, a move aimed at insulating presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton from controversies over the charity's reliance on millions of dollars from abroad. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

2016 Hopefuls’ Dark Money Talk Is Cheap

2016 Hopefuls’ Dark Money Talk Is Cheap

Republican Lindsey Graham’s support for a constitutional amendment to limit unregulated and often undisclosed “dark money” in political campaigns didn’t get the same attention that Hillary Clinton’s surprise declaration did last week, but taken to...

There is bipartisan support for a constitutional amendment to reform how campaigns are funded in the U.S.—but politicians don’t seem willing to do much more than talk about that poss...

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Former Florida Governor and probable 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4XT2W

Jeb Fights New Hampshire RINO Hunters

Jeb Fights New Hampshire RINO Hunters

Jeb Bush’s strategy in New Hampshire seemed simple: appeal to the steely primary voters, both fans and doubters, by killing them with kindness.The former governor headed to the Granite State this weekend, touting his record in Florida and courting...

The former Florida governor tried out his best sunny persona this weekend in New Hampshire—and in return he got angry voters calling out “Republicans in Name Only.”

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Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

Billionaires’ New Way to Buy Elections

By Robert Faturechi and Jonathan Stray, ProPublica The wealthiest Americans can fly on their own jets, live in gated compounds and watch movies in their own theaters.More of them also are walling off their political contributions from other big an...

Super PACs bankrolled by a single donor quadrupled their share of overall fundraising in 2014. And there’s no sign of letup in ’16.

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In this April 15, 2015, file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J. takes a questions during a town hall meeting with area residents in Londonderry, N.H., Nearly 20 Republican White House prospects will court primary voters in New Hampshire this weekend at a GOP meeting in Nashua. It’s the first gathering of its kind in New Hampshire as contenders deliver speeches, answer questions and hope to make a mark.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

The GOP’s Weird Social Security Gambit

The GOP’s Weird Social Security Gambit

Now I know we don’t really care about Chris Christie and he’s less popular in New Jersey these days than air pollution in Elizabeth, but he actually said something interesting in his little “Hey, I’m still here” media blitz. He went after Social S...

Chris Christie wants to means-test it. And he, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio want to raise the retirement age. But most Americans hate the idea. How Hillary Clinton can capitalize.

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Rider warning Minutemen the British are marching to Lexington 1775 beginning the Revolutionary War

My Ancestor Was Punk’d by Patriot's Day

My Ancestor Was Punk’d by Patriot's Day

This Monday Boston, its marathon, and the rest of America will be “strong” in remembering the victims and butchered survivors that came courtesy of the most psychotic brothers since the Kray twins (and, to a slightly lesser extent, those so-called...

The progeny of the forgotten patriot of Patriot’s Day is clear: He doesn’t revere Revere.

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Entertainment

The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

The Best Sitcom Pilot You Haven’t Seen

“Immigrant parents leave their country for one reason alone: bragging rights.”That’s the bane and the blessing of every first generation American’s life—and the point where heads butt in a new family sitcom in development called First Gen. It’s a ...

Yvonne Orji tells the story of becoming her first-generation Nigerian-American family’s worst nightmare: a comedian.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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‘Mad Men’: Creepy Glen Bishop Got Hot

‘Mad Men’: Creepy Glen Bishop Got Hot

After what was—let’s be honest—a pretty pedestrian episode of Mad Men last week, one that devoted a head-scratching amount of time to Don and the mystery waitress’s who gives a shit affair and Megan’s awful French-ish family, the fifth-to-last epi...

There was plenty of treachery afoot on the fifth-to-last episode of AMC’s Mad Men, but the biggest surprise came in the form of Betty obsessive Glen’s hunky transformation.

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LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER Feb. 22, 2015. photo: Eric Liebowitz/HBO

John Oliver: Save Polar Bear Penises!

John Oliver: Save Polar Bear Penises!

Polar bear penises are in serious jeopardy, people.Hear John Oliver out. The deliciously droll host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight is an expert at deconstructing—nay, atomizing—complex issues and reframing the conversation to make it more palatable fo...

Yes, pollution is helping destroy polar bear penises, thus screwing with their ability to procreate. John Oliver shed light on this horrific development on Last Week Tonight.

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Actress Roseanne Barr attends the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere of "Roseanne For President!" at the SVA Theatre on Saturday, April 18, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

Roseanne: I'm Going Blind

The Roseanne Barr of today, sitting in an airless meeting room of a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, looks very different from the Roseanne Barr captured in Eric Weinrib’s intimate and brilliantly observed documentary Roseanne For Pr...

As a documentary of her 2012 presidential run is released, Roseanne Barr talks about political power, mortality, and why a Hillary Clinton win wouldn’t be as symbolic as many hope.

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Mortal Kombat X: Most Violent Game Ever?

Mortal Kombat X: Most Violent Game Ever?

Jax grabs his opponent’s arms, holds them up over their head, and then—with a squish—he jams them all the way into their body so only the hands are visible. He takes a moment to light a cigar. He grabs his opponent’s mouth and rips the head in hal...

With its gruesome symphony of spine-ripping fatalities, the tenth (!) installment in the Mortal Kombat video game franchise is gory as hell—but is it any good?

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Game of Thrones’ Women Jockey For Power

Game of Thrones’ Women Jockey For Power

Game of Thrones blessed us with a series of firsts in Sunday night’s episode, “The House of Black and White”: we got our first glimpse of sunny Dorne, Prince Oberyn “Red Viper” Martell’s southern peninsula homeland. His older brother Prince Doran ...

After a meteoric rise, Daenerys is floundering as ruler and Cersei is being replaced. It’s all downhill for the female rulers of Westeros.

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Actor Ben Affleck, founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, listens during a Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The hearing was titled "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security." Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Affleck’s Embarrassing Ties to Slavery

Affleck’s Embarrassing Ties to Slavery

In the seemingly never ending Internet treasure trove of headline-grabbing hacked Sony emails, purveyor of down and dirty inside details on celebrities and Hollywood in general, another name has been cast upon the altar of salacious sacrifice: Ben...

Further proof you can’t keep a salacious story down.

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Mortal Kombat X: Most Violent Game Ever?

Mortal Kombat X: Most Violent Game Ever?

Jax grabs his opponent’s arms, holds them up over their head, and then—with a squish—he jams them all the way into their body so only the hands are visible. He takes a moment to light a cigar. He grabs his opponent’s mouth and rips the head in hal...

With its gruesome symphony of spine-ripping fatalities, the tenth (!) installment in the Mortal Kombat video game franchise is gory as hell—but is it any good?

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World News

Members of Libya's coast guard recover the body of a migrant who drowned off Tripoli's coast, August 23, 2014. The Libyan coast guard recovered more bodies on Saturday after a wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants sunk just one kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, with most passengers were feared drowned. Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. Many head for Italy, and so far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week. Libya is a major departure point for this journey, and human traffickers are exploiting the political chaos and lack of security that has blighted the country since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in an uprising in 2011. Picture taken August 23, 2014.

Italy Finally Cracks Down on Slave Trade

Italy Finally Cracks Down on Slave Trade

Mered Medhanie and Ermias Ghermay are businessmen who apparently take pride in their work. Too bad their jobs are heading up two of the most lucrative and deadly human trafficking rings to ever operate in the waters between Libya and Sicily.They a...

How braggadocio helped police crack a smugglers’ ring “in which people are bought and sold like merchandise.”

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Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

DAQUQ, Iraq — Of the American volunteers who have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling against ISIS in Iraq, Mickey stands out. The blond hair combed back on his head comes to a point on his chin in a goatee, like the kind he might have worn w...

From Colorado biker gang to the front lines in Iraq, “Mickey” is the American the Kurds respect.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. first lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence on the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the White House in Washington September 11, 2014. Politicians, dignitaries and victims' relatives were gathering in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania on Thursday to commemorate the nearly 3,000 people killed in al Qaeda's attack on the United States 13 years ago on Sept. 11.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS DISASTER SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR45UAW

Obama Vs. His Own Lawyers

Obama Vs. His Own Lawyers

President Obama has said the United States’ combat mission in Afghanistan is over, and that the 13-year-long war there has come to an end. Top lawyers in his administration have a different message: Not so fast.Obama stated unconditionally in his ...

When the president says a war is done, you’d think his attorneys would fall in line. Think again.

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Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Iraq (L) and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano read prayers at the start of an afternoon session during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Annual Spring Assembly in Atlanta, Georgia June 13, 2012.    REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY) - RTR33KAC

Catholic Bishops Want Iran Deal

Catholic Bishops Want Iran Deal

Who’s supporting the P5+1 deal with Iran? Many Democrats, liberal celebrities, and… the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.The result could be a conundrum for Republican presidential candidates seeking to woo Catholic voters—but more lik...

Why are some Catholic teachings worth more than others?

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Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

Biker: ISIS Put a Bounty on My Head

DAQUQ, Iraq — Of the American volunteers who have joined Kurdish Peshmerga forces battling against ISIS in Iraq, Mickey stands out. The blond hair combed back on his head comes to a point on his chin in a goatee, like the kind he might have worn w...

From Colorado biker gang to the front lines in Iraq, “Mickey” is the American the Kurds respect.

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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

The Mediterranean Sea has only given up 24 bodies from a migrant ship that capsized Saturday night with an estimated 950 people on board. Only 28 people survived the disaster, which happened when a Portuguese merchant vessel called the King Jacob ...

The death toll from the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean could hit 900, as beleaguered cargo-trade ship owners urge the EU to boost search-and-rescue efforts.

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Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party hold torches during a gathering in Athens February 2, 2013. Thousands of supporters gathered to pay tribute to three Greek officers who were killed when their helicopter crashed during a crisis with Turkey over the eastern Aegean isle of Imia back in 1996. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR3DA30

Greece’s Extremist Murder Trial Begins

Greece’s Extremist Murder Trial Begins

ATHENS—Back in early 2012 the graffiti all over the streets of central Athens took a disturbing turn for the worse. Pervasive anti-government impulses that exist deep within Greek society have long stained the city with spray-painted symbols and m...

Members of the far-right Golden Dawn, the third-biggest party in Greece, go on trial Monday. If left-wing Syriza fails, they could grow still further—and their trial, which starts ma...

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The Power of Music in a War Zone

The Power of Music in a War Zone

The Power of Music in a War Zone

RAMALLAH—The white van, carrying young musicians riding home from a concert in Bethlehem, suddenly came upon a military barrier erected hastily in the road. “halt!” commanded a sign in Arabic and Hebrew. Just beyond, an olive-clad soldier was chec...

A few Palestinian children protect themselves from trauma and stress by playing the violin and other instruments.

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Italian coastguard and Armed Forces of Malta personnel in protective clothing carry the body of a dead immigrant off the ship Bruno Gregoretti in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, April 20, 2015. As many as 700 migrants were feared dead on Sunday after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean, raising pressure on Europe to face down anti-immigrant bias and find money for support as turmoil in Libya and the Middle East worsens the crisis.

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

Can Europe Stop Migrants Drowning?

The Mediterranean Sea has only given up 24 bodies from a migrant ship that capsized Saturday night with an estimated 950 people on board. Only 28 people survived the disaster, which happened when a Portuguese merchant vessel called the King Jacob ...

The death toll from the ship that capsized in the Mediterranean could hit 900, as beleaguered cargo-trade ship owners urge the EU to boost search-and-rescue efforts.

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U.S. News

Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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DENVER, CO - APRIL 19: Caiti Beckwith and Lemarcus Gaskins of Denver, Colorado smoke a joint while watching the Snoop Lion documentary Reincarnated during the first ever "Green Carpet" event as a part of the High Times US Cannabis Cup at the Fillmore Auditorium on April 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

On the Ground At Coachella for Stoners

On the Ground At Coachella for Stoners

As the world focused its voyeuristic tendencies on the Southern California desert for Coachella’s second weekend, tens of thousands of freaky folks flew their freak flag in far more temperate Denver, Colorado, for the annual High Times Cannabis Cu...

Ringing in 4/20 with High Times’ “Cannabis Cup,” a Willy Wonka-esque expo of weed.

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Rich Hate George Lucas for Helping Poor

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

As a real estate developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas hasn’t had much success lately. Last year, his pitch for a museum in the Presidio, the national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, went to Chicag...

George Lucas’ wealthy neighbors want to stop him from building middle-class housing because they’re worried what will happen to their property values.

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Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

Running a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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California Is So Over

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result,...

California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.

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The Disney-fication of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Is Getting A Mall

The Grand Canyon Is Getting A Mall

If a collective of big money investment interests have their way, the 5 million people who flock to the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking vistas every year will also soon be able to get in some shopping and catch a film on an IMAX theatre built right on...

Investment interests want to build a multi-tier mall at the Grand Canyon, and they’re paying off Navajo leaders—at least one who years ago resigned in disgrace—to do so.

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Tech + Health

John Betar, 102, and his wife Ann, 98, are seen at their home in Fairfield, Connecticut, November 20, 2013. The couple who eloped in 1932 and will be celebrating their 81st wedding anniversary on November 25, recently received the longest-marriage award from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter. REUTERS/Michelle McLoughlin (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTX15M7X

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

In The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai Jen Poo uses a lot of numbers: 10,000 people turn 65 every day; the average cost of a year in a nursing home is $83,000; by 2050, the number of people needing long-term ...

With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the problems of the elderly are exploding, and we have no decent care system in place, says one expert.

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Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

New words with the suffix “-sexual” are like catnip for trendy straight people.In the late ’90s and early aughts, we collectively endured the “metrosexual,” a completely unnecessary term for a man who shaves and dares to have a few pastels in his ...

‘Sapiosexual’ has to be one of the stupidest sexual ‘identities’ to come along in years.

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Energy injections becoming popular at spas

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Spa days typically consist of massages and face masks — but now, some “wellness spas” are offering more on the menu. How about an energizing injection of vitamin B, rather than a rub down?Launched by a group...

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David Graeber's 'The Utopia of Rules,' About the Good and Bad of Technology and Bureaucracy

Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Has the officialdom of rules, regulations, and hierarchical structures ever left you so confused and bereft of dignity that you felt hopelessly alienated?If the answer is no, I suspect you may not immediately recognize the symptoms. Let me begin w...

Orwell saw the state as the enemy, but maybe he never had trouble with his bank. The fact is, bureaucracy is baked into practically every aspect of our lives, and we hardly know it.

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Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

Pretentious Is Not A Sexual Orientation

New words with the suffix “-sexual” are like catnip for trendy straight people.In the late ’90s and early aughts, we collectively endured the “metrosexual,” a completely unnecessary term for a man who shaves and dares to have a few pastels in his ...

‘Sapiosexual’ has to be one of the stupidest sexual ‘identities’ to come along in years.

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, performs a low altitude pass during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in this November 13, 2005 USAF handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Hall/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3DF76

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as “Lend-Lease.”Now a group of lawmakers is proposing a 21st-century equivalent. Except this time, the ...

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

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Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Iranian hackers are trying to identify computer systems that control infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid, presumably with an eye towards damaging those systems, according to a new report from a cyber security firm and ...

Cyber-savvy agents are stepping up their efforts to ID critical infrastructure that may compromise national security.

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Gang Rape on South Padre Island

A Kitty Genovese for the YouTube Era

A Kitty Genovese for the YouTube Era

In Panama City, Florida, a horror show is playing out.After phone footage of a girl being gang-raped in front of hundreds was discovered by cops, it has been revealed that a string of such incidents had taken place; on different days—maybe—and rec...

Like the neighbors 50 years ago who looked on as a young woman was murdered, why did hundreds of onlookers just watch—and film—the gang rape in Panama City?

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, performs a low altitude pass during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in this November 13, 2005 USAF handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Hall/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3DF76

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as “Lend-Lease.”Now a group of lawmakers is proposing a 21st-century equivalent. Except this time, the ...

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

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Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

Brooklyn Artists In Love With The Past

"Do they have a hashtag?"This is the type of thing one overhears at the opening of “Brooklyn Is the Future,” a street art exhibition and charity event in Bushwick. The once-shabby, working-class neighborhood has been transformed by recen...

At a new art show, ‘Brooklyn Is The Future,’ many of the works fetishize gritty “old Brooklyn” that has been lost to gentrification.

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Paula Hawkins, author of the best selling book "The Girl on the Train," in the offices of her publisher in London, Jan. 27, 2015.  In less than a month, "The Girl on the Train," a slow-building suspense novel that hinges on a young woman's disappearance and features three shifty female narrators, has catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists. (Anna Huix/The New York Times)

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

What do Gywneth Paltrow, Stephen King, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? They are all big fans of the newest thriller dominating bestseller lists, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee...

Stephen King is a fan. Dreamworks just bought the movie rights. Your book club is definitely reading it. Author Paula Hawkins discusses her debut mega-hit, “The Girl on the Train.”

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Elephant Kills Hunter, Internet Cheers

Elephant Kills Hunter, Internet Cheers

In a week that saw the Internet direct its self-righteous rancor at the sport of big game hunting, nature itself has lashed out against rifle-toting sportsmen. Professional big game hunter and guide Ian Gibson was killed by a young bull elephant...

The web loves a good irony or outrage, but does it really care?

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Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Whitstable’s beachesAs a child, I was a British beach bum, living on an all but forgotten beach. If remembered at all, it was due to the beautiful sunsets that lit up behind the Neptune pub perched on the pebbles, with the sun disappearing into th...

Skip Saint-Tropez and Santorini and head to Britain this summer for beaches that offer beautiful views, oyster feasts, and--of course--fish and chips.

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Paula Hawkins, author of the best selling book "The Girl on the Train," in the offices of her publisher in London, Jan. 27, 2015.  In less than a month, "The Girl on the Train," a slow-building suspense novel that hinges on a young woman's disappearance and features three shifty female narrators, has catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists. (Anna Huix/The New York Times)

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

What do Gywneth Paltrow, Stephen King, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? They are all big fans of the newest thriller dominating bestseller lists, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee...

Stephen King is a fan. Dreamworks just bought the movie rights. Your book club is definitely reading it. Author Paula Hawkins discusses her debut mega-hit, “The Girl on the Train.”

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Chicago, UNITED STATES: Celebrity Chef Homaro Cantu holds a piece of passion fruit pasta 15 May, 2007 in the kitchen of his new restaurant called "Moto" in Chicago, Illinois. Haute cuisine and extreme science collide in the kitchen Chef Cantu

Being a Celebrity Chef Can Kill You

Being a Celebrity Chef Can Kill You

“You think it’s glorious to date a chef? Not only does he not cook for you, you usually end up eating alone,” Phillip Foss, the chef and owner at Michelin-starred EL Ideas in Chicago, tells me, a hint of dark humor to his voice as he recounts the ...

The suspected suicide of Chicago chef Homaro Cantu has shone a harsh light on the high-stakes, high-pressure lives of chefs, for whom success is an all-or-nothing game.

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25 Nov 1981, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- Portrait of Hugh Hefner, chief of Playboy Enterprises.

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

So here I was in the Playboy Mansion West. Are cranes strutting elegantly on the perfect lawn? Yes. Is water gushing from the white marble fountain? Certainly. Are gibbons swinging in the trees, koi floating in a pool? Naturally. And are there Bun...

Our correspondent joined guests including Groucho Marx, Jack Nicholson, and Linda Lovelace at the 1973 Playmate of The Year party.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, takes part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa July 1, 2011. Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are on a royal tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8.

Kate’s Royal Birth Plan

Kate’s Royal Birth Plan

Sometime in the next few days, an equerry’s mobile phone will ring in a distant corner of Kensington Palace.On the other end of the line, Kate Middleton will utter into the mouthpiece the time-honored words of all new mums since time immemorial—“I...

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the coming days, and it seems the Royals want to keep the media craziness to a minimum.

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Chicago, UNITED STATES: Celebrity Chef Homaro Cantu holds a piece of passion fruit pasta 15 May, 2007 in the kitchen of his new restaurant called "Moto" in Chicago, Illinois. Haute cuisine and extreme science collide in the kitchen Chef Cantu

Being a Celebrity Chef Can Kill You

Being a Celebrity Chef Can Kill You

“You think it’s glorious to date a chef? Not only does he not cook for you, you usually end up eating alone,” Phillip Foss, the chef and owner at Michelin-starred EL Ideas in Chicago, tells me, a hint of dark humor to his voice as he recounts the ...

The suspected suicide of Chicago chef Homaro Cantu has shone a harsh light on the high-stakes, high-pressure lives of chefs, for whom success is an all-or-nothing game.

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Paula Hawkins, author of the best selling book "The Girl on the Train," in the offices of her publisher in London, Jan. 27, 2015.  In less than a month, "The Girl on the Train," a slow-building suspense novel that hinges on a young woman's disappearance and features three shifty female narrators, has catapulted to the top of the best-seller lists. (Anna Huix/The New York Times)

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

The Fastest-Selling Thriller in History

What do Gywneth Paltrow, Stephen King, and Reese Witherspoon have in common? They are all big fans of the newest thriller dominating bestseller lists, Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train.The novel tells the story of Rachel, an alcoholic divorcee...

Stephen King is a fan. Dreamworks just bought the movie rights. Your book club is definitely reading it. Author Paula Hawkins discusses her debut mega-hit, “The Girl on the Train.”

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  • Animals Getting Stoned

    Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

    Animals Like to Get High in the Wild

    In the running battle between the nervous systems of animals and the chemical production factories of plants, animals have learned to convert aversions into affections. Reports of wildlife consuming psychotropic, hallucinogenic, stimulating, or se...

    Humans aren’t the only ones who turn to drugs for a little bit of escape. In a new book on the science of hedonism, the quest by animals to get high is documented.

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Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

In The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai Jen Poo uses a lot of numbers: 10,000 people turn 65 every day; the average cost of a year in a nursing home is $83,000; by 2050, the number of people needing long-term ...

With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the problems of the elderly are exploding, and we have no decent care system in place, says one expert.

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Washington, UNITED STATES: Musician Irvin Mayfield performs for US President George W. Bush during an evening of blues music to honor Black Music Month 26 June 2006 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

Not yet 38, Irvin Mayfield is a trumpeter and force of the cosmos who leads the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Now in its 13th year, the Grammy-winning group has a travel schedule, like that of classical symphonies, that relies on foundation, ...

Irvin Mayfield and Ronald S. Markham are the driving forces behind the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Now they’ve wrangled America’s art form a fine new concert hall.

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Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass smokes a pipe during a news conference to promote his latest book "Peeling the onion" in Madrid May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera (SPAIN) - RTR1PXR7

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

There is a rough schematic one should follow when eulogizing Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and critic who died Monday at his home in Lübeck, Germany.It goes something like this: Grass was a prolific writer of mediocre novels, but ...

“The Tin Drum,” his masterpiece, was his only good novel. The rest of the time the late German Nobelist could hardly stop lecturing us long enough to tell a story.

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Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

Getting Old Shouldn’t Have to Suck

In The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America, Ai Jen Poo uses a lot of numbers: 10,000 people turn 65 every day; the average cost of a year in a nursing home is $83,000; by 2050, the number of people needing long-term ...

With 10,000 people turning 65 every day, the problems of the elderly are exploding, and we have no decent care system in place, says one expert.

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May 2005, Cannes, France, France --- American writer Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  --- Image by © Micheline Pelletier/Corbis

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

In the last couple of years, the American novel’s male elders have been springing surprises on their readers. Earnest E. L. Doctorow published a radically unreliable narration, Andrew’s Brain, influenced by neuroscience. Norman Rush left his usual...

America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.

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Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

The trajectory of any new artistic genre—oil painting, the novel, video installation—is almost always to improve, or at least grow more inventive. Except in those rare cases when it might not. Edward Gorey, in one of his more esoteric opinions, on...

Nighttime was the right time for Winsor McCay, whose early 20th century comic strip about a little boy’s dreams proved forever that comics could be both mass entertainment and high a...

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To mark the 30th birthday of BILLY, the worldÕs most versatile bookcase, IKEA this morning created the worldÕs longest outdoor bookcase on Bondi Beach. For one day only, Bondi beach is being transformed with 30 red BILLY bookcases snaking their way along the sand, featuring 1000Õs of books to choose from. To take a book, people are being invited to swap one of their books for a book from BILLYÕs shelves or make a gold coin donation, with all donations going to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. BILLY on the beach is a day celebrating budgie smugglers, board shorts, bikinis and BILLY bookcases. And as soon as the sun rose on the beach at 6am, locals and visitors began taking to the shelves.

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

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May 2005, Cannes, France, France --- American writer Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.  --- Image by © Micheline Pelletier/Corbis

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

In the last couple of years, the American novel’s male elders have been springing surprises on their readers. Earnest E. L. Doctorow published a radically unreliable narration, Andrew’s Brain, influenced by neuroscience. Norman Rush left his usual...

America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.

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