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    The Confederate flag is seen next to the monument of the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male suspected of carrying out the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church bloodbath, was one of many southern Americans who identified with the 13-star saltire in red, white and blue. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    On July 18, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan—“The Largest Klan in America!” according to the group’s website—are holding a rally on the South Carolina statehouse grounds to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag.The group is...

    They may have proposed removing the Confederate flag, but now down in Columbia they’re bracing for the Klan. This terror must end.

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    U.S. Republican presidential candidate, real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump acknowledges supporters while formally announcing his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York June 16, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY   - RTX1GR6Q

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Mexican Elites Secretly Agree With Trump

    Of the many different reactions to Donald Trump’s inaccurate and insulting comments about how Mexican migrants to the United States come from the bottom of the barrel, one of the most interesting has been that of wealthy and powerful Mexican elite...

    They’re all hating on him now, but the fact is, when they’re just among themselves, Mexico’s elites roundly agree with The Donald on Mexican immigrants.

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    Maine Governor Paul LePage testifies before a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing to review draft legislation on hydropower, on Capitol Hill in Washington May 13, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1CT1C

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    The Idiot Thug Running Maine

    Last week, members of the Maine legislature’s Government Oversight Committee unanimously called for an investigation into Tea Party Governor Paul LePage. At question is whether or not he inappropriately—and potentially illegally—abused his control...

    Maine’s ultra-conservative governor might have finally messed with the wrong people: a school for disadvantaged kids. Now, he could get impeached for it.

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    The Confederate flag is seen next to the monument of the victims of the Civil War in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old white male suspected of carrying out the Emanuel African Episcopal Methodist Church bloodbath, was one of many southern Americans who identified with the 13-star saltire in red, white and blue. AFP PHOTO/MLADEN ANTONOV        (Photo credit should read MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    Coming Next to S.C.: Big Klan Rally

    On July 18, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan—“The Largest Klan in America!” according to the group’s website—are holding a rally on the South Carolina statehouse grounds to protest the removal of the Confederate battle flag.The group is...

    They may have proposed removing the Confederate flag, but now down in Columbia they’re bracing for the Klan. This terror must end.

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    Tax Dollars Paid for Pol’s Glam Shots

    Tax Dollars Paid for Pol’s Glam Shots

    Currently under federal investigation for his use (and abuse) of taxpayer money, former Congressman Aaron Schock has been hard to find since he announced his resignation this year. His Twitter has been silent since May 1, he hasn’t posted to Faceb...

    ‘The Aaron Schock Show’ was canceled earlier this year, but what a production it was.

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    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    How Episcopalians Embraced Gay Marriage

    It’s hard to remember how difficult life in the Episcopal Church was for me a mere 12 years ago. In June of 2003, I had become the first openly gay priest to be elected a Bishop in historic Christianity. Not the first gay bishop, mind you, but the...

    Gene Robinson received death threats when he became the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop. Twelve years later, his church is performing gay weddings. That’s progress.

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    The Power of Black Twitter

    The Power of Black Twitter

    Black Twitter can move mountains.On the night of June 28, Twitter erupted. The occasion was the 2015 BET Awards, which attracted 12 million TV viewers—less than half of the 25.3 million who tuned in to this year’s Grammys. Yet, at any given moment...

    Most evenings, Black Twitter dominates the top 10 trending topics in the U.S. But if this constitutes such a strong, galvanizing movement, why is it so marginalized?

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Recording artist Miguel performs onstage during the Miguel "Centric Live" taping during the 2015 BET Experience at Club Nokia on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    R&B innovator Miguel Pimentel is the kind of guy who’ll tell you he feels “vulnerable” even when he sings lyrics like, “I wanna fuck you like we’re filming in the Valley.”The lyrics are from “The Valley,” the most sexually upfront song on the ...

    The Grammy-winning R&B star opens up about his new album, ‘Wildheart’—an ode to sex and porn—and his ‘aggressive’ bedroom proclivities.

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    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    The Persecution of Amy Schumer

    Comedian Amy Schumer found herself at the center of controversy this past week, as a think piece in The Guardian put a spotlight on criticisms of Schumer’s treatment of race in her standup, claiming she has “a shockingly large blind spot around ra...

    The pitchforks have come out against the world’s most beloved comedian of the moment. But have we become too PC when it comes to comedy, or is institutional prejudice the issue?

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26:  Recording artist Miguel performs onstage during the Miguel "Centric Live" taping during the 2015 BET Experience at Club Nokia on June 26, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jerod Harris/BET/Getty Images for BET)

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    Miguel Talks Sex: ‘I Love Porn!’

    R&B innovator Miguel Pimentel is the kind of guy who’ll tell you he feels “vulnerable” even when he sings lyrics like, “I wanna fuck you like we’re filming in the Valley.”The lyrics are from “The Valley,” the most sexually upfront song on the ...

    The Grammy-winning R&B star opens up about his new album, ‘Wildheart’—an ode to sex and porn—and his ‘aggressive’ bedroom proclivities.

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    Khloe Kardashian talks on the phone prior to Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 93-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    For weeks, there have been tabloid rumblings that reality star Khloe Kardashian has been trying to rekindle her relationship with estranged husband—and former NBA player—Lamar Odom, with very dubious reports that she had a “meltdown” during Kanye ...

    For weeks, there have been rumblings that the coolest Kardashian has been dating NBA All-Star James Harden. Now, we can confirm it.

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    The Week in Viral Videos

    The Week in Viral Videos

    5. Stephen Colbert and Eminem on Michigan Public Access TVTotally unpredictable, and perfect in every way. Stephen Colbert fills in as host for ‘Only in Monroe,’ a local Michigan cable access show, and Eminem stops by for a chat.4. John Cage: Gay ...

    From a new ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ prequel to Colbert’s transcendent cable access performance, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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    Director Alan Taylor poses with Endoskeleton during the France Photocall of 'Terminator Genisys' at the Publicis Champs Elysees on June 19, 2015 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Dominique Charriau/Dominique Charriau/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures) *** Local Caption *** Alan Taylor

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    ‘Terminator Genisys' Makes No Damn Sense

    When I rang him to pick his brain about the new reboot in hopes of making sense of the wannabe blockbuster’s willy-nilly logic, confusing time travel conceits, and overcomplicated plotting, he was already bracing for endured endless queries from s...

    The ‘Game of Thrones’ veteran hopes audiences (and critics) will shrug off the film’s unanswered questions. We didn’t let him off that easy. [Warning: movie spoilers ahead!]

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    Khloe Kardashian talks on the phone prior to Game 2 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball series between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 93-81. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    Khloe Kardashian’s New Boyfriend

    For weeks, there have been tabloid rumblings that reality star Khloe Kardashian has been trying to rekindle her relationship with estranged husband—and former NBA player—Lamar Odom, with very dubious reports that she had a “meltdown” during Kanye ...

    For weeks, there have been rumblings that the coolest Kardashian has been dating NBA All-Star James Harden. Now, we can confirm it.

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    World News

    Members of the Druze community carry flags at they walk towards the border fence between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, near the Druze village of Majdal Shams, to watch the fighting in Syria's ongoing civil war June 16, 2015. Israel's president expressed his concern to the United States last week about the fate of the Druze minority in Syria, saying around 500,000 of them were under threat from Islamist militants in an area near the Israeli border. REUTERS/Baz Ratner  - RTX1GR7V

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    Israel’s Ties to Syria Rebels Get Messy

    MAJDAL SHAMS, Israel — When an ambulance rolled through Druze villages near the Israeli-Syrian border last month, it was met by an angry mob of stone-throwing protesters shouting that they’d been betrayed by Israel. Surrounding the emergency vehic...

    Israel may have good reasons to help Syrian rebels, but do those rebels include an al Qaeda affiliate? And are they about to slaughter relatives of Israel’s Druze minority?

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end six years of austerity, extolled a packed Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1IY3E

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    The Greeks invented democracy and, let’s not forget, tragedy. That should be kept in mind as the returns for the Greek referendum trickle in. The country went to the polls on Sunday to cast what could turn out to be one of the most consequential v...

    Pay now or pay more later? That seems to be the choice not only for Greece, but for Europe as well.

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    Children play at an algae-covered beach in Haiyang, Shandong province, China, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1I453

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From mourning on Tunisia’s beaches to Girl Scouts camping out on the White House lawn, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From mourning on Tunisia’s beaches to Girl Scouts camping out on the White House lawn, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin holds the first major press conference of his third term in power in Moscow, on December 20, 2012. Putin denied today that his system is authoritarian, saying that if this were the case, he would have made changes to the Constitution. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV        (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    America’s Losing Russia Strategy

    America’s Losing Russia Strategy

    American hawks flapped their wings with joy when Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced recently that more military muscle would be deployed to the Baltics and Eastern Europe, and as word seeped out of significant covert U.S. military aid to Ukrai...

    Confronting Putin isn’t enough to restore peace on Russia’s borders. What’s needed is Détente Plus.

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    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras delivers a speech at an anti-austerity rally in Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015. Tsipras, elected in January on a promise to end six years of austerity, extolled a packed Syntagma square in central Athens to spurn the tough terms of an aid deal offered by international creditors to keep the country afloat. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis - RTX1IY3E

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    What Just Happened in Greece?

    The Greeks invented democracy and, let’s not forget, tragedy. That should be kept in mind as the returns for the Greek referendum trickle in. The country went to the polls on Sunday to cast what could turn out to be one of the most consequential v...

    Pay now or pay more later? That seems to be the choice not only for Greece, but for Europe as well.

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    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    LONDON — Twenty-five prisoners with their hands bound behind their backs were lined up along a stage which had been constructed two millennia before. Stunning Roman colonnades in Palmyra, besmirched by the black flag of ISIS, bore witness as a row...

    It could be the plot of an adventure movie: Archaeologists race against time to save cultural treasures from marauding barbarians. Only it’s real.

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    Jun 30, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; United States forward Kelley O'Hara (5) celebrates her goal during the second half against Germany in the semifinals of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports - RTX1IILX

    Want to Fix FIFA? Hire Women

    Want to Fix FIFA? Hire Women

    It’s been one month since FIFA combusted on the world stage, implicating the governing body’s highest-ranking leadership in massive-scale corruption and cronyism. So far, 14 individuals—including seven FIFA officials—have been indicted, and none o...

    Countless studies say women are less corruptible than men. So, there’s never been a better time for a female head of world soccer.

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    A Cuban gives the thumbs up from his balcony decorated with the US and Cuban flags in Havana, on January 16, 2015. The United States will ease travel and trade restrictions with Cuba on Friday, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. AFP PHOTO/YAMIL Lage        (Photo credit should read YAMIL LAGE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    Can Airbnb Help Turn Cuba Capitalist?

    COJIMAR, Cuba — The streets of Cojimar are confusing. In this small city about 13 miles outside Havana, signs are scarce, roads are winding, and native taxi drivers often have to stop and ask for directions block by block.After 15 minutes of stop-...

    More than 2,000 listings have been posted on the site since it began operations on the island in April. A growing number of these are illegal. Why Cubans are willing to take the risk.

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    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    Real-Life Indiana Jones Vs. ISIS

    LONDON — Twenty-five prisoners with their hands bound behind their backs were lined up along a stage which had been constructed two millennia before. Stunning Roman colonnades in Palmyra, besmirched by the black flag of ISIS, bore witness as a row...

    It could be the plot of an adventure movie: Archaeologists race against time to save cultural treasures from marauding barbarians. Only it’s real.

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    U.S. News

    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori fails to stop a long range shot from Carli Lloyd of USA during FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    There aren’t many ways to view the U.S. as an underdog in international competition, sporting or otherwise, and these American women were anything but. But the U.S. Women’s National Team had internal problems to solve, something to prove, and ques...

    The U.S. Women’s National Team trounced Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup, overcoming a legacy that may have held it back and becoming one of the greatest teams in history—of any stripe.

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    US player Serena Williams serves against Hungary's Timea Babos during their women's singles second round match on day three of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 1, 2015.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  --   AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The Secret World of Tennis Gambling

    The bookies knew something was up. Eleven bettors, nine of them based in Russia, had just put millions of dollars via the English sportsbook Betfair on Martin Vassallo Arguello beating Nikolay Davydenko in their match at the Orange Prokrom Open in...

    One study concludes over 20 first-round pro tennis matches are fixed every year. Why? Because it's almost too easy to throw a match.

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    An evening view of the Emanuel AME Church June 18, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. Dylann Storm Roof has been arrested in connection with a mass shooting at the Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    The Battle To Renovate Emanuel AME

    CHARLESTON, S.C. — Congregants at Emanuel AME Church will have to repair more than their torn hearts: The church they call home is riddled with bullets, termites, and decay.After Dylann Roof allegedly killed nine parishioners here in the study roo...

    Many parishioners can’t bear to be in the study room where Dylann Roof’s bullets pockmarked the floor—and that’s not the worst of the damage.

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    VANCOUVER, BC - JULY 05:  Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori fails to stop a long range shot from Carli Lloyd of USA during FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Final between USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    U.S. Women World Cup Champs Make History

    There aren’t many ways to view the U.S. as an underdog in international competition, sporting or otherwise, and these American women were anything but. But the U.S. Women’s National Team had internal problems to solve, something to prove, and ques...

    The U.S. Women’s National Team trounced Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup, overcoming a legacy that may have held it back and becoming one of the greatest teams in history—of any stripe.

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    Teddy Roosevelt’s Safari Photos

    Teddy Roosevelt’s Safari Photos

    Scenes from the adventurous life of the Rough Rider, as captured in the New York Explorers Club’s collection of hand-painted glass.

    Scenes from the adventurous life of the Rough Rider, as captured in the New York Explorers Club’s collection of hand-painted glass.

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    Inside The ‘July 4th’ Terror Busts

    Inside The ‘July 4th’ Terror Busts

    As the Fourth of July neared, the White House and FBI headquarters decided to shut down two ISIS-inspired terror cells that appeared to be ratcheting up towards attacks, a senior law enforcement official told The Daily Beast.This year’s Fourth of ...

    A pair of extremist groups, growing increasingly volatile. A double holiday—Independence Day and Ramadan. The FBI felt it had to pounce before things got out of hand.

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    Tech + Health

    The Power of Black Twitter

    The Power of Black Twitter

    Black Twitter can move mountains.On the night of June 28, Twitter erupted. The occasion was the 2015 BET Awards, which attracted 12 million TV viewers—less than half of the 25.3 million who tuned in to this year’s Grammys. Yet, at any given moment...

    Most evenings, Black Twitter dominates the top 10 trending topics in the U.S. But if this constitutes such a strong, galvanizing movement, why is it so marginalized?

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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    Prince Harvey at the Apple Store, Manhattan, New York City

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    He Made a Secret Album in an Apple Store

    Standing in the middle of the Upper West Side’s Apple Store in Manhattan, 25-year-old artist and rapper Prince Harvey seemed at home, almost like he knew what was going to happen next. “As soon as I jump on the table, they’re going to kick us out....

    Prince Harvey needed to make an album. So after his computer crashed, he spent four months in an Apple store singing the entire thing into a display computer.

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    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Why We Believe in Alien Abductions

    Recently, Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves, best known for her hit single “Follow Your Arrow,” declared that her greatest fear is being abducted by aliens. It might surprise you to learn that such a successful, rational-appearing person...

    It’s no coincidence that alien abductions, which presumably never happen, are described so consistently. Inside the neurological patterns that bring extraterrestrial fears to life.

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    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    The Mentally Ill Have Never Had It Easy

    Among the many systems designed and evolved to maintain clean lines of separation between groups, perhaps few remain as unexplored as those barriers between the mentally well and the mentally ill.Despite society’s fascination with mental illness, ...

    How society as viewed those deemed mad has never been pleasant. What will future generations think about how we treat the mentally ill today?

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    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Over dinner at a recently renovated firehouse-turned-pizza-kitchen in downtown Durham, NC, Dan Ariely, noted scholar of irrationality (and my boss), hosted a talk on the science of dating and relationships.While he was speaking, an assistant affix...

    A study from the journal of Psychological Science found a bigger disparity in attractiveness among couples that were friends before dating. Why the friendzone may be a path to love.

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    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Who Cut California’s Internet Cables?

    Someone (or some crew) has been skulking around northern California, possibly dressed as a cable technician, and snipping the fiber-optic lines that provide Internet, cable, and phone service. His motives are yet unknown. But the FBI has counted 1...

    Eleven times in the last year, fiber-optic lines have been snapped—cutting off 911 service in at least one community and leaving investigators scrambling.

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    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    Where to Work Out With Zombies

    The universal ingredient of action-adventure video games, like the much-anticipated Batman Arkham Knight or Star Wars Battlefront, is movement.But as the video gamers propel the protagonist of their epic story forward—diving, ducking, and dashing ...

    A new breed of apps for your smart phones are played as you exercise.

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    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Dating Friends Brings Benefits

    Over dinner at a recently renovated firehouse-turned-pizza-kitchen in downtown Durham, NC, Dan Ariely, noted scholar of irrationality (and my boss), hosted a talk on the science of dating and relationships.While he was speaking, an assistant affix...

    A study from the journal of Psychological Science found a bigger disparity in attractiveness among couples that were friends before dating. Why the friendzone may be a path to love.

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    BeastStyle

    Melody Thomas Scott  stars as Nikki Newman and Eric Braeden  stars as Victor Newman in Daytime’s #1 Drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, broadcast weekdays on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Melody Thomas Scott & Eric Braeden Photo: Robert Voets/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    The Secret to Being Young and Restless

    The Secret to Being Young and Restless

    Will the real Jack ever wake up from his coma, and if so what will his doppelgänger—the dangerous Marco—do next?Will the full extent of mustachioed overlord Victor Newman’s crimes and deceptions be uncovered?What will Chelsea do when she discovers...

    Doppelgängers, characters back from the dead, affairs, and plane crashes: Life in Genoa City is rarely dull. But how does ‘Y&R’ keep the drama going five days a week?

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    BLUE HAWAII, BLUE HAWAII US 1961 ELVIS PRESLEY Date 1961. Photo by: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection(10303435)

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    There are no leg-shaking, pelvis-thrusting ballads being sung at the Coco Palms Resort any more.Half a century ago, this was the Elvis-anointed vacation hotspot that inspired thousands of glamour-seeking vacationers and starry-eyed newlyweds.But u...

    After Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii at Hawaii’s Coco Palms Resort, the venue hosted 500 weddings a year. Can it be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a hurricane?

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    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    My Sex-Segregated Party Boycott

    It’s the same scene over and over: men and women dressed in their brand-name best, shimmering and besuited, men’s hair gelled and women’s highlighted and curled, tumbling to their waists. They walk in the party together and then separate. The men ...

    The sexes rarely interact at parties in my Afghan-American community—and I’ve had enough of the segregation.

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    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

    Instagrammer of the Week: Lazy Mom

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    BLUE HAWAII, BLUE HAWAII US 1961 ELVIS PRESLEY Date 1961. Photo by: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection(10303435)

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    Elvis’ Haunted Tiki Bar

    There are no leg-shaking, pelvis-thrusting ballads being sung at the Coco Palms Resort any more.Half a century ago, this was the Elvis-anointed vacation hotspot that inspired thousands of glamour-seeking vacationers and starry-eyed newlyweds.But u...

    After Elvis filmed Blue Hawaii at Hawaii’s Coco Palms Resort, the venue hosted 500 weddings a year. Can it be rebuilt after it was destroyed by a hurricane?

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    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram has transcended merely showcasing great photographers and artsy portraits of your latest gourmet meals, and has become a perfect digital gallery for visual artists of all kinds. One of our favorites is a collaboration between Josie Keefe...

    Pop and culture have never gone so well together.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    Sir Nicholas Winton attends a ceremony to receive the Order of White Lion, the highest order of the Czech Republic, from Czech President Milos Zeman during the Independence Day at Prague Castle on October 28, 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic. 105-year-old Winton saved 669 mostly Jewish children by organising their escape from occupied Czechoslovakia to Great Britain, earning him the nickname the 'British Schindler'.  (Photo by Matej Divizna/Getty Images)

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    ‘British Schindler’ Saved 669 Kids

    Between March and August 1939, eight trains carrying 669 children—most of them Jewish—left Prague for London, a journey that saved their lives and which was organised by Nicholas Winton. He died on July 1, aged 106.Inevitably, Winton was hailed by...

    Despite claiming he wasn’t heroic because he was never in danger, generations survived because of Nicholas Winton’s work on the Kindertransport.

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    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram’s Absurdist Dynamic Duo

    Instagram has transcended merely showcasing great photographers and artsy portraits of your latest gourmet meals, and has become a perfect digital gallery for visual artists of all kinds. One of our favorites is a collaboration between Josie Keefe...

    Pop and culture have never gone so well together.

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    Books

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Many thanks to our friends at Longreads who inspire us every week.Philanthropy for Hackers By Sean Parker, Wall Street Journal Today’s young Internet barons should use the talents that made them rich to transform the world of givingEverything Is...

    Philanthropy for hackers, fleeing genocide and America’s most influential photographer. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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    • Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
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      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Green Pope Goes Medieval on Planet

      Some future historian, searching for the origins of a second Middle Ages, might fix on the summer of 2015 as its starting point. Here occurred the marriage of seemingly irreconcilable world views—that of the Catholic Church and official science—in...

      Pope Francis’s embrace of the direst ideas about climate change could usher in a new feudalism that stalls progress and penalizes the world’s poor in the name of environmental safety.

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

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    A port bow view of the aircraft carrier USS INDEPENDENCE (CV-62) underway.

    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    Best of Breslin: War And Independence

    The Independence was 120 miles out through darkness and rain squalls which began when the plane left the drab coastline and ended when the plane flew out of towering clouds and into the bright sun over the carrier, which was moving at 16 knots in ...

    Jimmy Breslin learns the aircraft carrier Independence was fighting a ‘grimy little thing.’

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    Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong playing his trumpet. (Photo by Eliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    How Louis Armstrong Taught Us to Swing

    Louis Armstrong was a Yankee Doodle Dandy, born on July 4, 1900. At least that's the story Armstrong told. “They named me the firecracker baby,” he said. Who cares that it wasn't true—he was actually born on August 4, 1901 and died on Ju...

    This genius with a trumpet did not invent jazz, as some have said, but when he got through with it, America’s homegrown art form was changed almost beyond recognition.

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    The Man Who Photographed the West

    The Man Who Photographed the West

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

    Edward S Curtis’s photographs of Native Americans and the West have been known to move viewers to tears.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    Revolution's Losers Weren't All British

    The story of the American Revolution has been so often told that it’s sometimes hard to believe there’s anything new left to say.Even those traditionally left out—women, Native and African Americans, the poor—have seen their lives folded into the ...

    Pawns of the colonists, the British, and other colonial powers with a stake in North America, African American slaves and Native American tribes were often collateral damage in the...

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    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    America’s Presidential Daddy Issues

    Americans have always looked back to the Founders, formerly “the Founding Fathers.” And why shouldn’t we?For all of their shared and respective sins, faults, and failings, which historians have been doing a pretty good job of exposing, they didn’t...

    Who would Jefferson have liked best: FDR, Reagan—or the Tea Party? Three new books look at Americans’ never-ending fixation with what our formative figures would want us to do.

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    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Harry Truman’s Bourbon Rituals

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the 2016 presidential election race, the media is obsessed with weighing the merits of one candidate’s platform versus another.   But let’s be honest: we are interested in more than just their politics...

    Truman’s fondness for bourbon not only broadened his appeal, but also helped him defeat his much-heralded opponent, Republican Thomas Dewey.

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