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    Grassroots efforts Democrats must make to engage voters in the South

    A Southern Strategy—for the Democrats

    A Southern Strategy—for the Democrats

    Since Richard Nixon’s presidency, Republicans have focused on a Southern Strategy, which has steadily chipped away at white working-class support for Democratic policies. The goal was to provoke white resentment toward the federal government, wher...

    Nixon’s Southern Strategy reached its apotheosis in Trump. The Democrats can fight back, but they have to show up—and stick around.

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    Personalized learning

    School Reform Trump Should Embrace

    School Reform Trump Should Embrace

    Shamefully little was said during the endless presidential election season about the biggest challenge this country faces: our antiquated, fundamentally flawed education system.  No matter what the future brings - technological unemployment, terro...

    The most lasting and fundamental “reform” the new administration should champion is the elimination of the rigid, standardized, one-size-fits-all curriculum and its replacement with ...

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    Kaiser Health report on Tom Price

    Donor Allegedly Pushed Staff to Help GOP

    Donor Allegedly Pushed Staff to Help GOP

    By Marisa Taylor and Christina Jewett - Kaiser Health NewsPresident-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet pick Tom Price counts among his top contributors a Georgia company and its CEO, who sent managers an email demanding donations “IMMEDIATELY” to a poli...

    A donor for Republican Representative Tom Price allegedly pushed employees to give money to support Republican candidates and causes.

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    Grassroots efforts Democrats must make to engage voters in the South

    A Southern Strategy—for the Democrats

    A Southern Strategy—for the Democrats

    Since Richard Nixon’s presidency, Republicans have focused on a Southern Strategy, which has steadily chipped away at white working-class support for Democratic policies. The goal was to provoke white resentment toward the federal government, wher...

    Nixon’s Southern Strategy reached its apotheosis in Trump. The Democrats can fight back, but they have to show up—and stick around.

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    Dwight D. Eisenhower

    Inside Ike’s Farewell Warning

    Inside Ike’s Farewell Warning

    January 17, 1961 The Oval Office The speech had already been sent to the mimeograph machine to be copied and distributed to reporters. But sitting at his desk in the Oval Office, the president was still rewriting. Reporters who were used to Ike’s ...

    With just days until he would hand over the reins of power to the young JFK, Dwight Eisenhower was faced with one final mission—to send his country forth with the proper guidance.

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    Richard Holbrooke

    Richard Holbrooke Would Challenge Trump

    Richard Holbrooke Would Challenge Trump

    I am often asked these days, what would Richard Holbrooke be doing now? Indeed, as we cast about for the right response to this staggeringly dangerous moment for our country and the world, Richard’s life and diplomacy might offer guideposts as wel...

    Our great diplomat—and my late husband—would be a one-man wrecking crew today, pulverizing the misinformation spouted by the President-elect. Who will step up in his absence?

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    Entertainment

    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    CNN’s Tapper Fires Back at Trump

    It doesn’t feel good to have your reporting labeled “fake news” by the man who is about to become president of the United States.Immediately following Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper defended h...

    The CNN anchor has a message for anyone in the media who doesn’t stick up for CNN against Trump: ‘You’re next.’

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    In this March 1, 2016 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the LA Premiere of "London Has Fallen," in Los Angeles. Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year.

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Time-honored actors always make for the best interviews. They’re freewheeling, delivering honest-to-goodness answers in lieu of vague observations prebaked by an army of high-priced publicists. Susan Sarandon, her divisive political views notwiths...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon discusses the second season of his popular Nat Geo series ‘The Story of God,’ belief in the afterlife, and much more.

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    The Affair

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    The Wives of ‘The Affair’ Swap Notes

    Oh really, Alison (Ruth Wilson) as a trainer for grief counselors? Of all the outlandish and strange things The Affair has tried to convince us of over the past three seasons, having the drama’s most unstable, impulsive, miserable, and self-involv...

    In a baffling episode of ‘The Affair,’ Luisa suddenly thought Alison was a great parent, Alison was suddenly a grief sage, and Cole cracked some tear-stained eggs.

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    Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.'

    Baldwin Goes High as Trump Goes Low

    Baldwin Goes High as Trump Goes Low

    With just five days to go until Donald Trump is inaugurated as president of the United States, he is still, unbelievably, complaining about his portrayal on Saturday Night Live.Using the occasion as an excuse to extend his war on the free press to...

    The president-elect is still tweeting about ‘Saturday Night Live’ — and Alec Baldwin is giving it right back to him.

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    In this March 1, 2016 file photo, actor Morgan Freeman attends the LA Premiere of "London Has Fallen," in Los Angeles. Freeman is adding another lifetime achievement prize to his mantelpiece. AARP said Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, the actor will receive its Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at a gala ceremony next year.

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Morgan Freeman on 2016: ‘Keep the Faith’

    Time-honored actors always make for the best interviews. They’re freewheeling, delivering honest-to-goodness answers in lieu of vague observations prebaked by an army of high-priced publicists. Susan Sarandon, her divisive political views notwiths...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon discusses the second season of his popular Nat Geo series ‘The Story of God,’ belief in the afterlife, and much more.

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    Tom Hardy attends UK Premiere of "The Revenant" at Empire Leicester Square on January 14, 2016 in London, England.

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    The new FX miniseries series Taboo is very much a full-circle moment for its co-creator/star, Tom Hardy.As James Delaney, a man who returns to 1814 London from Africa with vengeance on his mind and tattoos cloaking his torso, Hardy’s feral gentili...

    The incredibly talented actor discusses fatherhood, his drama school classmate Michael Fassbender, and the potential of a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond film.

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    Steve Harvey and Trump are two men, one heart

    Trump and Harvey: Two Peas in a Pod

    Trump and Harvey: Two Peas in a Pod

    “They’re kind of beating me up on the internet right now for no reason, but that’s life, isn’t it?”Steve Harvey, the stand-up comedian turned TV host, gave that statement to reporters following the intense backlash he received online for a series ...

    The president-elect and his latest ring-kisser are thrice-married TV hosts who share an affinity for backwards views on women and ill-fitting suits.

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    SNL: Baldwin’s Trump Holds Crazy Presser

    SNL: Baldwin’s Trump Holds Crazy Presser

    Saturday Night Live had no choice but to open its first episode of 2017 with a recreation of Donald Trump’s first press conference as president-elect. And Alec Baldwin was more than happy to channel Trump’s hostility towards the media.“I would lik...

    In the first ‘Saturday Night Live’ cold open of 2017, Alec Baldwin recreated Donald Trump’s terrifying press conference.

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    Tom Hardy attends UK Premiere of "The Revenant" at Empire Leicester Square on January 14, 2016 in London, England.

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    Tom Hardy on the ‘Fury Road’ Sequel

    The new FX miniseries series Taboo is very much a full-circle moment for its co-creator/star, Tom Hardy.As James Delaney, a man who returns to 1814 London from Africa with vengeance on his mind and tattoos cloaking his torso, Hardy’s feral gentili...

    The incredibly talented actor discusses fatherhood, his drama school classmate Michael Fassbender, and the potential of a Christopher Nolan-directed Bond film.

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    World News

    Turkey Attack

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    Turkey Nightclub Siege Suspect Confesses

    The suspected shooter in the New Year’s Eve attack on an upscale nightclub in Istanbul was captured late Monday night and then reportedly confessed to his actions. Abdulkadir Masharipov, reported to be from Uzbekistan, appears in photos posted by ...

    Uzbek national alleged to have killed 39.

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    Cartel Land

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    TIJUANA, Mexico— There seems to be little consensus in the raging binational debate over the issue of who will pay for the “big, beautiful border wall” that incoming President Donald Trump has promised the American people.After months of insisting...

    With so little faith in their government’s promises, many in Mexico believe Mexicans may indeed end up paying for a wall intended to keep them out of the U.S.

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    Serbia Refugees

    Serbia’s Purgatory for Refugees

    Serbia’s Purgatory for Refugees

    KRNJACA, Serbia—It is the bleakness of the place that grabs you first. The steel gray sky, the low slung buildings, the winter grass short and bare, laundry hanging from washing lines outside in the cold winter light. There are kids playing though...

    In grim “asylum centers” the only hope and obsession for thousands is to get on “the waiting list” that might, just might, get them into Hungary.

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    Tomb Raider

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    The Real Origins of Tomb Raider Curses

    International treasure hunters face a number of practical challenges: unfriendly locals, hostile international trade agreements that frown on grave robbing, inclement weather, dangerous travel conditions in unfamiliar terrain, and, of course, the ...

    Archaeologists exploring the "City of the Monkey God" recently contracted a flesh-eating disease, which is quite similar to a number of horrifying tales of woe to befall ar...

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    Cartel Land

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    Mexicans Know ‘The Wall’ Will Cost Them

    TIJUANA, Mexico— There seems to be little consensus in the raging binational debate over the issue of who will pay for the “big, beautiful border wall” that incoming President Donald Trump has promised the American people.After months of insisting...

    With so little faith in their government’s promises, many in Mexico believe Mexicans may indeed end up paying for a wall intended to keep them out of the U.S.

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    US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) boards his campaign plane in San Antonio, Texas, March 3, 2008.

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    LONDON—President Barack Obama cut his political teeth in Chicago. It’s fitting then that he chose that city to deliver his farewell speech as President, soon after its homicide rate hit a 20-year high under his watch. Chicago is a city traumatized...

    To paraphrase the Bard, the evil that he did lives after him, the good will be interrèd by the Republicans.

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    Cloak and Dagger

    The Vatican Spy’s Plot to Kill Hitler

    The Vatican Spy’s Plot to Kill Hitler

    Josef Müller was a self-made lawyer of sturdy peasant stock, a beer-loving Bavarian with sky-blue eyes, and an Iron Cross hero of the Great War. Because he worked his way through school driving an oxcart, friends ribbed him as Ochsensepp, Joey Ox....

    Files on Nazi war crimes show the godfather of the E.U. was not only a CIA agent, but a Vatican spy who linked Pope Pius XII with dissident Germans plotting to kill Hitler.

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    Jane Hartley

    Obama, Terror, and Trump: Parting Shots

    Obama, Terror, and Trump: Parting Shots

    PARIS—Jane Hartley is about to leave the American ambassadorial residence in Paris, which is just down the block from the French president’s palace, and every bit as ostentatious. The 18th-century décor of its receiving rooms, dominated by gilded ...

    U.S. Amb. Jane Hartley leaves France on Jan. 19, the day before Inauguration Day. On her watch: Charlie Hebdo, the Bataclan, Le Pen, Trump and a still-very-popular Obama.

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    US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) boards his campaign plane in San Antonio, Texas, March 3, 2008.

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    Goodbye to Obama’s Imperial Presidency

    LONDON—President Barack Obama cut his political teeth in Chicago. It’s fitting then that he chose that city to deliver his farewell speech as President, soon after its homicide rate hit a 20-year high under his watch. Chicago is a city traumatized...

    To paraphrase the Bard, the evil that he did lives after him, the good will be interrèd by the Republicans.

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    U.S.

    MLK Sr.

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The Reverend Martin Luther King, Ebenezer Baptist’s charismatic pastor, taught his son “not to hate the white man, but that it was my duty, as a Christian, to love him.” The Reverend Martin Luther King fought segregation by riding “the Whites Only...

    Decades before Martin Luther King Jr. altered American history, Martin Luther King Sr.—Daddy King, as he called himself—fought injustice deep in the South.

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    Memphis Coretta Scott King

    What Coretta Scott King Would Say Now

    What Coretta Scott King Would Say Now

    MEMPHIS—When I first set eyes upon her, she was seated in the pulpit of a small red brick church surrounded by luminaries—an ecumenical gathering of clergy and civil rights leaders from around the world. Then-President Bill Clinton delivered a rou...

    So much of the work King and her husband devoted their lives to remains undone. With the world remaining too full of suffering and injustice, we need King’s example more than ever.

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    Civil Rights Leaders vs. FBI

    The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders

    The FBI’s War on Civil Rights Leaders

    On March 8, 1971 an anti-war activist group, the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI, broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania where they discovered a cache of classified documents, many bearing the cryptic code “COINTELPRO.”They le...

    Steeped in its own racism, without any checks or balances, the FBI devoted more resources to harming the civil rights movement than any other task in its purview.

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    MLK Sr.

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The ‘Daddy King’ of Civil Rights

    The Reverend Martin Luther King, Ebenezer Baptist’s charismatic pastor, taught his son “not to hate the white man, but that it was my duty, as a Christian, to love him.” The Reverend Martin Luther King fought segregation by riding “the Whites Only...

    Decades before Martin Luther King Jr. altered American history, Martin Luther King Sr.—Daddy King, as he called himself—fought injustice deep in the South.

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    Planned Parenthood

    Planned Parenthood Saved Me From Cancer

    Planned Parenthood Saved Me From Cancer

    In 2003, my mother passed away from breast cancer. It was her second round of it. Her first time was in 1995. “If a hospital ever puts you in a nice room with a couch, it’s not going to be good news,” I remember my mom saying.In February of 2016, ...

    I never would’ve known I had breast cancer if I hadn’t gone to Planned Parenthood last year. Now Republicans want to shut down an organization that saved my life.

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    Scientists

    When Scientists Hate Science

    When Scientists Hate Science

    With Donald Trump’s recent picks to head the Environmental Protection Agency (Scott Pruitt) and the Energy Department (Rick Perry), it appears that science denialism has now been institutionalized. Pruitt, Perry, and Trump deny the fact that incr...

    Climate denialists have been able to hide behind very misleading science. But this is far from the first time that science has been backstabbed by its own practitioners.

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    Tech

    NSA

    Hackers Blow NSA Secrets in Last ‘F-You’

    Hackers Blow NSA Secrets in Last ‘F-You’

    A mysterious hacking group has been bedeviling the U.S. intelligence community for months, releasing a tranche of secret National Security Agency hacking tools to the public while offering to sell even more for the right price. Now with barely a w...

    A gang of elite hackers, believed by many to be Russian, say they’re quitting—just as Donald Trump gets ready to enter the Oval Office.

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    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software giant told them to just take more smoke breaks, a new lawsuit alleges.Members of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team ...

    Ex-employees of the company’s online safety team say they had to watch horrific online videos of child abuse, bestiality, and murders—and that Microsoft ignored their PTSD.

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    Ben Collins and Gideon Resnick

    4chan: We Invented Trump Golden Showers

    4chan: We Invented Trump Golden Showers

    As news broke of an unverified document detailing supposed Russian dirt on President-elect Donald Trump—including sordid allegations involving urine and prostitutes in Russia—users on the subreddit r/The_Donald and 4chan’s /pol/ forum took a victo...

    The forum alleged an anonymous user invented Tuesday’s bombshell about Donald Trump and Russian prostitutes. But its lack of evidence is turning out to be a bit of a wet blanket.

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    Angela Connell

    Wife Frames Rival With Rape-Fantasy Ads

    Wife Frames Rival With Rape-Fantasy Ads

    A California woman accused of impersonating her ex-boyfriend’s new wife in Craigslist “rape-fantasy” ads has been exonerated, after spending nearly four months in jail for a crime she never committed, authorities say.Orange County prosecutors say ...

    A California woman was arrested for harassing her ex’s new wife and posting her name in Craigslist ‘rape-fantasy’ ads—but police now say the wife herself was the culprit.

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    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    Microsoft Anti-Porn Workers Sue for PTSD

    When former Microsoft employees complained of the horrific pornography and murder films they had to watch for their jobs, the software giant told them to just take more smoke breaks, a new lawsuit alleges.Members of Microsoft’s Online Safety Team ...

    Ex-employees of the company’s online safety team say they had to watch horrific online videos of child abuse, bestiality, and murders—and that Microsoft ignored their PTSD.

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    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    What finally brought me to the edge of emotional break was the carpeting.There’s nothing particularly special about the carpeting in the Las Vegas Convention center. It’s bright red, crisscrossed with other primary colors, loud like most conventio...

    Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was a bad place to take LSD for the first time.

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    Why Robots Always Turn Out Sexist

    Why Robots Always Turn Out Sexist

    As highlighted by Donald Trump’s rhetoric and Hillary Clinton’s treatment by some in the media (and even our living rooms), sexism is still alive and well. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that artificial intelligence (AI)—something coded by hum...

    Want to make the new transformative piece of technology? Hire women. Lots of them.

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    New hacking report is a total piece of shit

    U.S. Spies on Russia Hacks: Trust Us

    U.S. Spies on Russia Hacks: Trust Us

    U.S. spy chiefs presented their case at Trump Tower on Friday that Russia was behind the hacks that rocked the 2016 presidential election. But they didn’t help themselves by releasing a strongly-worded report that is scant on new evidence—and is, ...

    The long-awaited public report on Russia’s role in the DNC hack accused the Kremlin of working to elect Trump—without providing much new information to prove it.

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    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    LSD at CES: What Could Go Wrong?

    What finally brought me to the edge of emotional break was the carpeting.There’s nothing particularly special about the carpeting in the Las Vegas Convention center. It’s bright red, crisscrossed with other primary colors, loud like most conventio...

    Maybe the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas was a bad place to take LSD for the first time.

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    Arts + Culture

    what Trump's vaunted in-White House press ban might mean

    Will Trump Banish the WH Press Corps?

    Will Trump Banish the WH Press Corps?

    President-elect Donald Trump is rumored to be plotting the exile of beat reporters from the White House press room—provoking a collective panic attack among Washington’s media elite, and prompting Beltway denizens to wonder: If the rumor proves tr...

    Reporters are pushing back against rumored plans by the president-elect to eject them from the White House. Others are contemplating a different kind of political journalism.

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    Crac de Chevaliers

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    High on a hill, almost halfway between Homs, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a grand and formidable castle. All imposing turrets and towers, winding parapets, and massive stretches of limestone walls, the Crac des Chevaliers is the stuff of...

    It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.

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    A Great Photographer Gets His Due

    A Great Photographer Gets His Due

    We could all use a respite from the craziness in the air these days. So for a much-needed dose of spiritual nourishment and artistic inspiration, look no further than Personal Vision, the handsome new monograph of the photographer Adger Cowans’s t...

    One of our greatest but too often overlooked contemporary photographers, Adger Cowans has been shooting indelible images for more than half a century.

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    Candyland

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Photo Diary

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

    Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed ‘fogaholic.’

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    Crac de Chevaliers

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    Can a Syrian Castle Survive Civil War?

    High on a hill, almost halfway between Homs, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a grand and formidable castle. All imposing turrets and towers, winding parapets, and massive stretches of limestone walls, the Crac des Chevaliers is the stuff of...

    It was built in 1142. But the magnificent Crac de Chevaliers in Syria may not survive the war presently engulfing it.

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    \A lesbian couple hold hands during the annual Gay Pride rally, on June 8, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel's most cosmopolitan city. Thousands of alternative lifestyle Israelis took advantage of the mild summer weather to celebrate sexual freedom amidst calls from Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders to ban a similar rally in Jerusalem later this month.

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Both of these things are probably true: You have heard that 1 in 10 people are gay and you have no idea where that statistic came from.Estimates of the size of the LGBT population have always been murky, bordering on mythological. The 1-in-10 figu...

    Gallup polling show that 4 percent of Americans are LGBT. But with more millennials self-identifying as LGBT, that number could one day reach the oft-cited ‘1 in 10.’

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    The Fight Over Art at Trump's Inaugural

    The Fight Over Art at Trump’s Inaugural

    The Fight Over Art at Trump’s Inaugural

    The St. Louis Art Museum has an unexpected political controversy on its hands. The museum’s decision to lend one of its most famous paintings, Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham’s The Verdict of the People (1854-55), for use at Donald Trump’s in...

    Protestors object to sending George Caleb Bingham’s painting of the election process to the inaugural, but ‘The Verdict of the People’ should disturb us for other reasons.

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    Will and Kate Have a Work Problem

    Will and Kate Have a Work Problem

    Will and Kate Have a Work Problem

    Kate Middleton made her first public appearance along with her husband Prince William on Wednesday, and the British media were quite breathless in their reporting of the event.Kate and Will, it was reported, had gone back to their “work” of public...

    The number of engagements conducted by Prince William and Kate Middleton still pales next to the Queen’s. They should step up.

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    \A lesbian couple hold hands during the annual Gay Pride rally, on June 8, 2007 Tel Aviv, Israel's most cosmopolitan city. Thousands of alternative lifestyle Israelis took advantage of the mild summer weather to celebrate sexual freedom amidst calls from Jewish, Muslim and Christian religious leaders to ban a similar rally in Jerusalem later this month.

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Just How Many LGBT Americans Are There?

    Both of these things are probably true: You have heard that 1 in 10 people are gay and you have no idea where that statistic came from.Estimates of the size of the LGBT population have always been murky, bordering on mythological. The 1-in-10 figu...

    Gallup polling show that 4 percent of Americans are LGBT. But with more millennials self-identifying as LGBT, that number could one day reach the oft-cited ‘1 in 10.’

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