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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  The Hollywood Sign is seen on November 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The historic landmark is undergoing a month-long makeover; erected in 1923 as a giant ad for a housing development and originally read "Hollywoodland", the sign with letters that are 45 feet tall and 36 feet wide was declared a Los Angeles Cultural Historical Monument in 1973.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    America Outsources Our Stories to China

    America Outsources Our Stories to China

    President Donald Trump has spent a significant amount of time talking about our trade balance with China and how American businesses have shipped jobs overseas. However, the real story may be about our stories.I’m speaking of Hollywood: the indust...

    With an eye to a foreign market and government, Hollywood is already self-censoring in its pursuit of profits.

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    Iowa Lawmakers Face Rage-Filled Recess


    Iowa Lawmakers Face Rage-Filled Recess


    So much for “Iowa Nice.”Rowdy town hall forums are the new normal in the Hawkeye state. Contentious scenes of older, grey-haired Iowans lobbing hostile questions at Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst made national news this week. Grassroots an...

    They say you can always go home, but some Iowa lawmakers may have wished they were anywhere but this week.

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    Trump’s Laughable War on Leaks

    Trump’s Laughable War on Leaks

    Leaks about what now resigned National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did or did not convey to Russia Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in a late December phone call not only led to the first administration shakeup but also confirmed that the Washington r...

    Donald Trump has picked a fight no president has or ever will win. At best, it will make him look stupid, at worst, lead to a new Watergate.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16:  The Hollywood Sign is seen on November 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. The historic landmark is undergoing a month-long makeover; erected in 1923 as a giant ad for a housing development and originally read "Hollywoodland", the sign with letters that are 45 feet tall and 36 feet wide was declared a Los Angeles Cultural Historical Monument in 1973.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    America Outsources Our Stories to China

    America Outsources Our Stories to China

    President Donald Trump has spent a significant amount of time talking about our trade balance with China and how American businesses have shipped jobs overseas. However, the real story may be about our stories.I’m speaking of Hollywood: the indust...

    With an eye to a foreign market and government, Hollywood is already self-censoring in its pursuit of profits.

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    Breitbart Toasts Itself with Boat Party

    Breitbart Toasts Itself with Boat Party

    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — Nigel Farage and Dog the Bounty Hunter walk onto a boat with Republican officials and Breitbart staffers to celebrate President Donald Trump, eat a dead pig, and party with scantily clad hula dancers.This isn’t the setu...

    D-list celebrities, booze, and right-wing oddballs mingled at Breitbart's annual CPAC party, but this time they partied as victors.

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2017.

    Will Betsy DeVos Kill Sex Ed in Schools?

    Will Betsy DeVos Kill Sex Ed in Schools?

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted disease that causes head, neck, anal, and genital cancers. Currently, about 79 million Americans, most in their late teens and early twenties, are infected with the virus. The annual statistics ...

    Doctors recommend that teens get vaccinated against the cancer-causing HPV before they are sexually active. But that sort of frank sex-ed could be at risk under our new education czar.

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    Watch Live: NASCAR’s 2017 Daytona 500

    Watch Live: NASCAR’s 2017 Daytona 500

    Held once a year at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona 500 is one of NASCAR’s biggest annual events, marking the opening of the season and beginning of the Cup series. This year, the race is slated for Sunday...

    The 2017 Daytona 500 is one of the biggest NASCAR events of the year—an amazing race with fast cars and tons of adrenaline. Here’s how to watch live.

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    Actress Lupita Nyong'o and director Steve McQueen pose with their awards for "12 Years a Slave" backstage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California March 1, 2014.

    Live: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

    Live: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

    If you really can’t wait for the Academy Awards on Sunday night, tide yourself over with the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.Hosted by comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney—whose chemistry shone on stage in Oh, Hello on Broadway—and featuring ...

    Back for its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will highlight the best in ‘visual storytelling’ from the past year. Here’s how to watch live.

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    Time to Hold Chris Brown Accountable

    Time to Hold Chris Brown Accountable

    “The point is, stop defending these assholes and always blaming the woman. It’s sad & sick, & is why women don’t speak out. Women literally get murdered by men who act like this and y’all thing it’s cute or she just wants attention gtfoh.”...

    Brown is just the latest in a long line of women-beaters, from John Lennon and Miles Davis to Ozzy Osbourne and James Brown, who have not been properly judged for their heinous actio...

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    State representative Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) on HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher.'

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    Issa: Sessions Should Recuse Himself

    This week, CNN broke the news that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus requested to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that the Bureau publicly dismiss numerous media reports concerning communications between Trump’s inner circle and Russia d...

    On ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ the California GOP state representative—and chair of the House Judiciary Committee—advocated for an investigation into Trump and Russia.

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    Actress Lupita Nyong'o and director Steve McQueen pose with their awards for "12 Years a Slave" backstage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California March 1, 2014.

    Live: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

    Live: 2017 Independent Spirit Awards

    If you really can’t wait for the Academy Awards on Sunday night, tide yourself over with the 2017 Film Independent Spirit Awards.Hosted by comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney—whose chemistry shone on stage in Oh, Hello on Broadway—and featuring ...

    Back for its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards will highlight the best in ‘visual storytelling’ from the past year. Here’s how to watch live.

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    Oscars Best Movie

    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    MARLOW: So here it goes: our final very public Academy Awards tête-à-tête. We’ve already covered the year’s biggest awards controversies, why the great Viola Davis better get a goddamn Oscar, and the skeletons in Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck’s ...

    In our final Academy Awards debate, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss what film should win Best Picture, the curious case of Mel Gibson, and much more.

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    Bill Maher’s Transphobia Problem

    Bill Maher’s Transphobia Problem

    It was, even by 2017 standards, an unmitigated disaster.Last Friday, Bill Maher welcomed alt-right fellow traveler Milo Yiannopoulos on his late-night program Real Time. The controversial booking prompted panelist Jeremy Scahill to drop out, with ...

    Last week, the ‘Real Time’ host sided with his transphobic guest Milo Yiannopoulos against the trans community on the bathroom debate. This week, it was more of the same.

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    Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Future Can’t Stop Taking Shots at Ciara

    Imagine your ex-girlfriend was expecting a child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Now imagine your ex-girlfriend was Ciara. The rapper Future doesn’t need to take part in this little thought experiment because it is his literal si...

    Years after their acrimonious breakup, rapper Future is still taking shots at Ciara on his latest album ‘HNDRXX.’

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    Oscars Best Movie

    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    Why ‘Moonlight’ Should Beat ‘La La Land’

    MARLOW: So here it goes: our final very public Academy Awards tête-à-tête. We’ve already covered the year’s biggest awards controversies, why the great Viola Davis better get a goddamn Oscar, and the skeletons in Oscar frontrunner Casey Affleck’s ...

    In our final Academy Awards debate, The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern and Kevin Fallon discuss what film should win Best Picture, the curious case of Mel Gibson, and much more.

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    World News

    Ak-47 in America

    Israeli AK-47s To Flood the U.S. Market?

    Israeli AK-47s To Flood the U.S. Market?

    KIRYAT GAT, Israel—On a balmy Friday afternoon last fall outside Tel Aviv, at a high-end restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, the individuals responsible for bringing one of the world’s best-known brands into the 21st century were seated ...

    An Israeli company with close connections to the country’s elite special forces has been licensed by Russia to produce assault rifles in America.

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    Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Donald Trump presides as he once campaigned: by anecdote. Hard facts, which are hard to digest, do not work well for him. “I’ve seen that information around,” is his typical refrain. Or he saw “something” on TV or heard it from “somebody,” like, y...

    The president quoted a “friend” in saying that “Paris is no longer Paris”—but the unsourced anecdote reveals more about his ignorance than about the city of lights.

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     The President of the EU Parliament Martin Schulz arrives in the plenary room in the European Parliament ahead of the debate on the measures to fight the terrorism on November 25, 2015 in Strasbourg, France. During the meeting members of the European Union will debate new measure in the war against terrorism, almost 2 weeks after terrorist attacks in Paris.

    The Man Beating Back Germany’s Far Right

    The Man Beating Back Germany’s Far Right

    LUBECK, Germany—Was there ever a time when Angela Merkel was not Germany’s chancellor? After someone’s been there for more than 11 years, it starts to get hard to remember. Merkel is more than a leader, she has become an icon, from the color and c...

    He’s the Social Democrat candidate for German chancellor and the antithesis of the Trumpistas in neighboring France and the Netherlands.

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    Al-Bab

    ISIS Bastion Falls to Turkish Push

    ISIS Bastion Falls to Turkish Push

    ISTANBUL—Backed by Turkish air, armor and artillery support, Free Syrian Army forces announced on Thursday the capture Al Bab, a major stronghold of the so-called Islamic State in northern Syria, following a two and a half months of battle.The cit...

    Al Bab has long been at the heart of ISIS operations in Syria—and also against Europe and America. On Thursday, it fell to militias supported by Ankara.

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    Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Trump Knows Nothing About Paris

    Donald Trump presides as he once campaigned: by anecdote. Hard facts, which are hard to digest, do not work well for him. “I’ve seen that information around,” is his typical refrain. Or he saw “something” on TV or heard it from “somebody,” like, y...

    The president quoted a “friend” in saying that “Paris is no longer Paris”—but the unsourced anecdote reveals more about his ignorance than about the city of lights.

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    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Just a few years ago, Maria Butina owned a furniture store in Siberia. Now she’s wheeling and dealing with D.C. think-tankers, Republican strategists, and a Russian bank chief with alleged mob connections.Depending on the audience, Butina has pres...

    Depending on who’s asking, Maria Butina is either a Russian central bank staffer, a gun rights advocate, or a connection between D.C. Republicans and Russia.

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    Pakistan

    The Return of Pakistan’s Taliban

    The Return of Pakistan’s Taliban

    ISLAMABAD—Donald Trump’s new national security advisor, Gen. H. R. McMaster, will be seeing some familiar names and some familiar problems coming across his desk in the next few days, and months, and very likely years. And they’re not good news.Af...

    The Trump administration has not talked much about terror in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but the threat is there, it’s real, and it’s growing.

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    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    From Boko Haram to Europe’s Brothels

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria—It’s minutes past 4:00 p.m. local time, and Sarah, as we’ll call her, has just returned to her tent in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp at the outskirts Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s war-torn Borno state.She had ...

    Fleeing from jihadists, thousands of women and girls wind up in camps where they’re sexually abused. To them, prostitution in Italy sounds like escape.

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    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Kremlin & GOP Bigwigs Have a New Friend

    Just a few years ago, Maria Butina owned a furniture store in Siberia. Now she’s wheeling and dealing with D.C. think-tankers, Republican strategists, and a Russian bank chief with alleged mob connections.Depending on the audience, Butina has pres...

    Depending on who’s asking, Maria Butina is either a Russian central bank staffer, a gun rights advocate, or a connection between D.C. Republicans and Russia.

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    U.S.

    Fashionable male wearing a bowler hat and fur coat standing in the middle of the road on Carnaby Street in London in the heart of the ?Swinging Sixties?.

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    LONDON—Nothing can now reverse the act of self-harm called Brexit. Like the steely headmistress of a Dickensian school, Prime Minister Theresa May is brooking no dissent and pressing on with pulling the country out of Europe.But the more she appli...

    The 1960s set London on the course that made it a great world city. Now the Brexiters are hoping it’s Goodbye Baby & Amen to all of that.

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    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    Did Lincoln's Bromance Change History?

    By Charles B. Strozier, Professor of History, City University of New YorkIn the spring of 1837, a “long, gawky, ugly, shapeless man” walked into Joshua Speed’s dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, requesting supplies for a bed. Speed said the...

    How the president’s best friend helped him through depression and ultimately led him to wed Mary Todd.

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    Ian

    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    The American Greatness of Ian Grillot

    Nobody was ever more American than was Ian Grillot when he leapt from under the table and started towards the gunman in Austins Bar & Grill on Wednesday night.Grillot had been in this sports bar in Olathe, Kansas, watching a basketball game wh...

    “Thank you for standing up to hate!” one contributor wrote him. “You literally took a bullet for a stranger because they were being persecuted.”

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    Fashionable male wearing a bowler hat and fur coat standing in the middle of the road on Carnaby Street in London in the heart of the ?Swinging Sixties?.

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    How Sixties London Changed the World

    LONDON—Nothing can now reverse the act of self-harm called Brexit. Like the steely headmistress of a Dickensian school, Prime Minister Theresa May is brooking no dissent and pressing on with pulling the country out of Europe.But the more she appli...

    The 1960s set London on the course that made it a great world city. Now the Brexiters are hoping it’s Goodbye Baby & Amen to all of that.

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    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    Cops: She Catfished a Rival Into Jail

    The mysterious email arrived days after our story was published.We were investigating the July 2016 arrest of Michelle Hadley, a quiet, goody-two-shoes MBA student in Orange County, California who had been accused of impersonating her ex’s new wif...

    Police arrested a California woman for impersonating her hubby’s ex—and now authorities say she may have stolen the identities of other girls as well.

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    Jeff Sessions

    Trump Makes Private Prisons Great Again

    Trump Makes Private Prisons Great Again

    It’s barely a month in, but the Trump administration has already brought great news for America’s private prison companies.On Feb. 21, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued last summ...

    Trump was the last hope for private prisons that were in the process of being cut off from the federal government. Now he’s come through for them in a big way.

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    Tech

    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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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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    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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    Close up of brown and white pet fancy rat yawning, showing teeth and large tongue.

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    Death by Rat Returns to NYC

    New Yorkers live alongside common pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, considering them a part of daily life, or even a source of entertainment (looking at you, pizza rat). But what happens when these furry friends become dangerous, even deadly...

    A rat-spread disease that claimed one life in the Bronx is raising concerns among residents who note rodent infestation and ongoing building code violations.

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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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    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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    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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    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Secrets of the Oscar Red Carpet Stylists

    Last year, it was Alicia Vikander in a buttercup yellow Louis Vuitton dress that had everyone talking, with the Oscar winner crowned fashion’s breakout red carpet star.This year, all eyes are on Best Actress nominee Emma Stone, who is one of the f...

    There are beautiful dresses, outrageous dresses, and just plain awful dresses. The stylists dressing the stars reveal how to get it right, and the sartorial minefields to avoid.

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    LGBT White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more like an old jalopy spewing smoke, inefficient and dangerous. The only question now: Who’s driving?Twice now in the...

    Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

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    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    Gunning Down the Myth of the Lone Cowboy

    A vengeful bully who plays by nobody’s rules but his own has taken over the town. He is supported by a band of hired thugs and cheered on by a large and vocal minority of the community who nurse a set of grievances against the established order. M...

    The notion of the lone gunman standing off a town of cowards and a vengeful bully was appealing in the ’50s and still resonates today. It’s time we buried that idea.

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    A hand holding up an open book from which paper butterflies are flying away.

    Escapist Fiction Is Now a Dire Necessity

    Escapist Fiction Is Now a Dire Necessity

    Let’s be honest, it’s been a rough couple of months, and the headlines over the past few weeks have been jarring and unsettling. Yet even the most die-hard political activist has to recharge and reboot every now and then.It’s no surprise that smal...

    Real or fake, the news these days is enough to make even hardcore politics junkies look for some relief. Literature is here to help. Let these titles take you away from it all.

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    LGBT White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    The LGBT Fight in the Trump White House

    President Donald Trump recently claimed that his administration is a “fine-tuned machine.” So far, on LGBT issues, it’s behaved more like an old jalopy spewing smoke, inefficient and dangerous. The only question now: Who’s driving?Twice now in the...

    Don’t rely on Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner’s influence. LGBT allies are few in the Trump administration—which could spell disaster for civil rights and equality.

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    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    Jonathan Swift’s “Essay upon the Art of Political Lying” tells us that “post-truth” statements are nothing new. “As the vilest writer hath his readers, so the greatest liar hath his believers: and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only f...

    The creator of Gulliver would have had a field day with the era of alternative facts, because even his most outlandish stories were grounded in research and a love of truth.

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    Ginger Clifton

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    President Trump, Respect My Trans Child

    Even though it’s been two days since I heard what the White House officially thought of my daughter, when President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos decided to withdraw President Obama’s guidance that protected transgender stu...

    Ginger Clifton’s daughter Kylie, 14, is about to start her freshman year. Why, Ginger asks, doesn’t the Trump administration believe trans children “deserve a learning environment th...

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    Jake Tapper

    Tapper Fumes at WH for Blocking Outlets

    Tapper Fumes at WH for Blocking Outlets

    “It was just this morning that Donald Trump said nobody loves the First Amendment more than him,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said at the top of The Lead on Friday, referring to the president’s CPAC screed against so-called “fake news.” He added, snarkily, ...

    The star CNN anchor took a few minutes to excoriate the White House for keeping CNN, The New York Times, and others out of Friday’s press gaggle.

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    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    How Jonathan Swift Attacked Fake News

    Jonathan Swift’s “Essay upon the Art of Political Lying” tells us that “post-truth” statements are nothing new. “As the vilest writer hath his readers, so the greatest liar hath his believers: and it often happens, that if a lie be believed only f...

    The creator of Gulliver would have had a field day with the era of alternative facts, because even his most outlandish stories were grounded in research and a love of truth.

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