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    Fact Check: Did Dems Vote For the Wall?

    Fact Check: Did Dems Vote For the Wall?

    White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he doesn’t understand Democratic opposition to funding the border wall because top Democrats voted for it just over 10 years ago.During a April 23 segment on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney talked down conc...

    The Secure Fence Act of 2006 isn’t exactly what it might seem.

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    CNN Anchor: Ailes Harassed Me

    CNN Anchor: Ailes Harassed Me

    CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota revealed on Sunday that former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassed her when she was an anchor at the network.Having left the network just three years ago, Camerota maintained that it wasn’t right to criticize her ...

    In an interview on “Reliable Sources,” CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota detailed her own shocking harassment at the hands of Roger Ailes, and how he tried to force his politics on reporters.

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    The Devil and Mr. Jones

    The Devil and Mr. Jones

    I’ve met Alex Jones exactly once: during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last summer. Forget the boring speeches―the only reason you go to political conventions is to experience the surreal milieu. In that regard, I got my money’s ...

    His lawyer says he’s a performance artist. He seems to disagree. Whatever. It’s worse if the lawyer is right, but it’s pretty bad either way.

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    Fact Check: Did Dems Vote For the Wall?

    Fact Check: Did Dems Vote For the Wall?

    White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said he doesn’t understand Democratic opposition to funding the border wall because top Democrats voted for it just over 10 years ago.During a April 23 segment on Fox News Sunday, Mulvaney talked down conc...

    The Secure Fence Act of 2006 isn’t exactly what it might seem.

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    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    One hundred years ago this month, a train pulled by locomotive No. 293 arrived at the Finland Station in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). Though it was late at night, a large crowd waited waving red flags and flowers. Within a sealed railcar was a pass...

    One hundred years ago this month, Lenin detrained at Finland Station. Now, young people think George Bush killed more people than Stalin. We need some history lessons, pronto.

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    Prince presents the award for British Female Solo Artist at The BRIT Awards 2014 at 02 Arena on February 19, 2014 in London, England.

    How the War on Drugs Failed Prince

    How the War on Drugs Failed Prince

    A year later, it still hurts to think of Prince, alone in an elevator, dying.He did so much for so many and meant so much to so many, but at the end, he needed help—yet he was alone. Those closest to him knew he was so out of control that he neede...

    We are in the midst of a national addiction to lethal legal drugs, and the White House is attacking marijuana.

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    Entertainment

    The First Great Black Superhero Movie

    The First Great Black Superhero Movie

    Superhero cinema overload is now a year-round condition, as proven by the fact that Logan and The Lego Batman Movie are still making money at the multiplex, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man: Homecoming are set to rule th...

    From the producers of ‘Get Out’ and WWE Studios comes ‘Sleight,’ a gritty, impressive superhero saga that is like ‘Spider-Man’ meets ‘Boyz n the Hood.’

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    Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947. William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

    Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

    Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

    Ask any group of even token jazz fans who the best composer is in the history of the medium, and a series of hearty cries will go up for Duke Ellington. But are we being wayward if we suggest that Thelonious Monk might be in the runner-up spot?The...

    To mark his centennial, the jazz legend’s lost album, ‘Les liaisons dangereuses 160,’ has finally been made available. And boy, is it special.

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    Prince performs onstage at Warner Theatre on June 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    How a Year Changed Prince's Legacy

    How a Year Changed Prince's Legacy

    In the intervening year since Prince passed away, a lot about the world has changed—from Donald Trump’s election to the United Kingdom’s earth-shattering Brexit move—but one thing remains certain: the loss of The Purple One has left a gaping hole ...

    Ben Greenman, Prince mega-fan and acclaimed author of the new book ‘Dig If You Will the Picture,’ looks back on the way the world has grieved the Purple One.

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    INDIO, CA - APRIL 15:  A festivalgoer attends during day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2017 in Indio, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)

    Look at These Coachella Basics

    Look at These Coachella Basics

    Coachella is the worst.

    Coachella is the worst.

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    Portrait of Thelonious Monk, Minton's Playhouse, New York, N.Y., ca. Sept. 1947. William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.

    Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

    Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

    Ask any group of even token jazz fans who the best composer is in the history of the medium, and a series of hearty cries will go up for Duke Ellington. But are we being wayward if we suggest that Thelonious Monk might be in the runner-up spot?The...

    To mark his centennial, the jazz legend’s lost album, ‘Les liaisons dangereuses 160,’ has finally been made available. And boy, is it special.

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    Young couple lying and holding hands.

    Porn Has Gone Way Too Far

    Porn Has Gone Way Too Far

    Utter the word “incest” and most people will shudder, ill at the thought of being intimate with a family member. The fantasy of incest isn’t socially acceptable; it’s one of the extreme taboos, which could help explain why titles such as Forbidden...

    With porn more readily available, it’s being pushed to greater and greater extremes. And now, ‘Fauxcest’ is one of the most popular porn categories. Not all stars are happy about it.

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    Bill Maher: O’Reilly’s Firing ‘Tragic’

    Bill Maher: O’Reilly’s Firing ‘Tragic’

    Bill Maher is certainly no fan of his right-wing counterpoint, Bill O’Reilly. During his last edition of Real Time, which aired two weeks ago, the outspoken political satirist addressed The New York Times’s report that Fox News superstar Bill O’Re...

    The ‘Real Time’ host addressed Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News exit following a series of sexual harassment allegations, and why the network’s biggest star now, Sean Hannity, is a joke.

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    A River Below

    A Marine Biologist’s Warning to Trump

    A Marine Biologist’s Warning to Trump

    More than three years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, I was contacted by producer Torus Tammer to be part of a movie that I assumed would be focused on the Amazon pink river dolphins. As on other occasions, I figured it would be an initiative on these fa...

    Fernando Trujillo, Scientific Director of Foundation Omacha and subject of the Tribeca Film Fest doc ‘A River Below,’ writes about why environmental protection is of grave importance.

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    Young couple lying and holding hands.

    Porn Has Gone Way Too Far

    Porn Has Gone Way Too Far

    Utter the word “incest” and most people will shudder, ill at the thought of being intimate with a family member. The fantasy of incest isn’t socially acceptable; it’s one of the extreme taboos, which could help explain why titles such as Forbidden...

    With porn more readily available, it’s being pushed to greater and greater extremes. And now, ‘Fauxcest’ is one of the most popular porn categories. Not all stars are happy about it.

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    World News

    Inside Secret Stasi STD Torture Clinics

    Inside Secret Stasi STD Torture Clinics

    HALLE, Germany—“Leave it alone,” she was warned, “you will only harm yourself.” Sixteen-year-old Elke Bauer, as we’ll call her, wasn’t supposed to ask too many questions: not about her sexual assault, not about her mysterious injections, not about...

    The evils of totalitarianism come in many forms. But the STD clinics of the German Democratic Republic were something special.

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    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    One hundred years ago this month, a train pulled by locomotive No. 293 arrived at the Finland Station in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). Though it was late at night, a large crowd waited waving red flags and flowers. Within a sealed railcar was a pass...

    One hundred years ago this month, Lenin detrained at Finland Station. Now, young people think George Bush killed more people than Stalin. We need some history lessons, pronto.

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    Guatemala Mexico Corruption

    Mexico’s Most Wanted Corrupt Governor

    Mexico’s Most Wanted Corrupt Governor

    TIJUANA, Mexico—“I’m good, thanks,” said Mexico’s worst living former governor at his extradition hearing on Wednesday, when asked by a Guatemalan judge if he wanted the Mexican embassy to be informed of his arrest.“From what I understand, Mexico ...

    Javier Duarte was nabbed in Guatemala after allegedly stealing billions from Veracruz, where scores of journalists were murdered under his watch. But questions about his arrest remain.

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    Assange

    The Trumpkins Turn on Assange

    The Trumpkins Turn on Assange

    There is no one more zealous than a convert.CIA Director Mike Pompeo previously welcomed WikiLeaks’ disclosures about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee when these proved helpful to the Republican nominee. Now he has experienced...

    The albinoid antipodean publisher of Wikileaks served the Russians and the Trump campaign well. Now? He's expendable.

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    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    100 Years of Communism’s Bloody Legacy

    One hundred years ago this month, a train pulled by locomotive No. 293 arrived at the Finland Station in Petrograd (St. Petersburg). Though it was late at night, a large crowd waited waving red flags and flowers. Within a sealed railcar was a pass...

    One hundred years ago this month, Lenin detrained at Finland Station. Now, young people think George Bush killed more people than Stalin. We need some history lessons, pronto.

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    Syria’s Cruel ‘Reconciliations’

    Syria’s Cruel ‘Reconciliations’

    The United Nation's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Thursday that it had found “incontrovertible proof” that the Syrian government used “sarin or a sarin-like substance” in a chemical weapons attack on th...

    The deal to evacuate four towns, some besieged by Assad, some by the opposition, involved some extraordinary intrigue—and terrible risks.

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    MH370

    Scientists Press for New MH370 Search

    Scientists Press for New MH370 Search

    A small team of scientists is desperately pressing the Australian and Malaysian governments to resume searching for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. For the second time in four months they have insisted that they are now much more certain of where t...

    A small team in Australia insists that this time they really know where the airplane is. But their first prediction came up empty. Are they putting too much hope on one piece of debris?

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    Paris Shooting

    Paris Attack Could Put Le Pen in Power

    Paris Attack Could Put Le Pen in Power

    PARIS—The scene of the crime was well chosen: the most famous boulevard in Paris, the Champs-Élysées, the prestigious address of Cartier and Louis Vuitton, the Lido nightclub, even the Disney store. On a balmy Thursday night, it was mobbed with to...

    A cop shooting on the Champs-Élysées is claimed by ISIS, which hopes to tilt French elections in favor of anti-immigrant extremist Le Pen. Objective: civil war.

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    Syria’s Cruel ‘Reconciliations’

    Syria’s Cruel ‘Reconciliations’

    The United Nation's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Thursday that it had found “incontrovertible proof” that the Syrian government used “sarin or a sarin-like substance” in a chemical weapons attack on th...

    The deal to evacuate four towns, some besieged by Assad, some by the opposition, involved some extraordinary intrigue—and terrible risks.

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    U.S.

    Martha Moxley

    Will Martha Moxley Ever Rest in Peace?

    Will Martha Moxley Ever Rest in Peace?

    Forty-two years after 15-year-old Martha Moxley was murdered in Greenwich, Connecticut, the case has become a seemingly never-ending legal drama.An elite, dysfunctional family, the influence of wealth, the incompetence of police, the failure of th...

    Beaten to death in 1975, the girl’s killer was convicted in 2002: Michael Skakel, RFK’s nephew. Why it took so long to catch him, and how he got out of prison afterwards, is shocking.

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    Ivanka Trump (L), Harriet Lane (R)

    The Ivanka Trump of the 19th Century

    The Ivanka Trump of the 19th Century

    The Ivanka Trump of pre-Civil War America, Harriet Lane dazzled Americans using the technology of her times: mastering the daguerreotype and the telegram rather than the Internet and Instagram. As the glittering, petticoated star of a beleaguered ...

    She played hostess for the president most often accused of being gay—and used technology to become world famous.

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    Trump playground

    Trump Is the New Insult on Playgrounds

    Trump Is the New Insult on Playgrounds

    It’s a Trumpian take on the playground game “cops and robbers”: one student plays “Trump,” another is “Pence,” and the rest play “Mexicans” who must escape the threat of deportation by being tagged.The students are as young as nine years old and t...

    Bizarrely Trump-themed play is popping up in schools for children as young as four years old.

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    Martha Moxley

    Will Martha Moxley Ever Rest in Peace?

    Will Martha Moxley Ever Rest in Peace?

    Forty-two years after 15-year-old Martha Moxley was murdered in Greenwich, Connecticut, the case has become a seemingly never-ending legal drama.An elite, dysfunctional family, the influence of wealth, the incompetence of police, the failure of th...

    Beaten to death in 1975, the girl’s killer was convicted in 2002: Michael Skakel, RFK’s nephew. Why it took so long to catch him, and how he got out of prison afterwards, is shocking.

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    March for Science

    How the War on Science Is Really Fought

    How the War on Science Is Really Fought

    The advance numbers for this Saturday’s March for Science are impressive: 480 marches around the world, over 200 partner organizations, 1.3 million supporters signed up in seven days.The March for Science has emphasized throughout that it is non-p...

    This week’s march claims to be non-political, but the reality is that the war against science is being fought by the Republican Party in ways you don’t see.

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    Love Drove Her to Meth and Death

    Love Drove Her to Meth and Death

    LITTLE ROCK, California—The $20,000 drop was supposed to be her last job.Monique Figueroa promised to quit dealing crystal meth and enter rehab.Just one last score and then she’d go legit. Maybe start clean in Nevada or Arizona to get out of the g...

    Monique Figueroa was going to do one last job before entering rehab and getting away from her boyfriend, who was locked up for murder.

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    Tech

    Drugmakers Turn Patients Into Lobbyists

    Drugmakers Turn Patients Into Lobbyists

    By Sarah Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health NewsWASHINGTON—Wearing a blue T-shirt and worn jeans, Marc Yale stood near the welcome pole at the annual Rare Disease Legislative Advocates conference handing out money.Envelopes in his left hand held $750 che...

    Patients with the rarest afflictions are being trained as powerful advocates on Capitol Hill for new drugs and legislation that would help the industry.

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    Trump/ NASA

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    President Donald Trump likes tanks, killer drones, and aircraft carriers, for which he has allocated billions of dollars in his proposed federal budget. What he does not seem to like, however, is research in biomedicine, alternative energy, or the...

    The president wants to massively cut most nonmilitary R&D—except for NASA. An interview with ‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ author Stephen Petranek reveals why.

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    Hacker

    FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

    FBI Arrests Hacker Who Hacked No One

    Taylor Huddleston woke early on December 6th, hours before the Arkansas winter morning would stir to life with the sound of roosters and dogs. Since selling off the last piece of his software business two months earlier, Huddleston had nothing in ...

    He built a piece of software. That tool was pirated and abused by hackers. Now the feds want him to pay for the computer crooks’ crimes.

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    Will Trump Pal Use Ties To Beat FDA

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    Will Trump Donor Use Ties to Beat FDA?

    By Marisa Taylor, Kaiser Health NewsParker Petit, a GOP-friendly biotech executive, has a new nickname since the presidential election. His critics call him “the Trump of Georgia.”An early supporter of Donald Trump’s, Petit is unfazed by the compa...

    Parker Petit says he doesn’t think his ties to the president and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who oversees the FDA, will benefit his wound care company.

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    Trump/ NASA

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    Trump’s Space Race Saves NASA—For Now

    President Donald Trump likes tanks, killer drones, and aircraft carriers, for which he has allocated billions of dollars in his proposed federal budget. What he does not seem to like, however, is research in biomedicine, alternative energy, or the...

    The president wants to massively cut most nonmilitary R&D—except for NASA. An interview with ‘How We’ll Live on Mars’ author Stephen Petranek reveals why.

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    Putin

    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    On 26 October 2015, I authored a post at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) entitled “Russia Returns as al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Far Enemy” noting:“The Russians have used social media-driven information campaigns to discredit the...

    Clint Watts is testifying Thursday morning before the Senate’s intelligence committee on Russia’s interference in U.S. politics. Here’s what he told the senators.

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    She Gave Away Your Data. Now Buy Hers.

    She Gave Away Your Data. Now Buy Hers.

    House Telecom Subcommittee Chairman Marsha Blackburn received $84,000 from telecommunications companies in the 2016 election cycle alone.On Tuesday, she and 264 other members of Congress, all Republicans, then voted to reverse a newly instituted F...

    Marsha Blackburn—who got nearly $700K from the telecom industry—voted to make selling private browsing data easier. The guy who raised over $100K to buy hers says he isn't bluffing.

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    Th Uber Technologies Inc. car service application (app) is demonstrated for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. For San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. which recently raised $1.2 billion of investors' financing at $17 billion valuation, New York is its biggest by revenue among the 150 cities in which it operates across 42 countries. The Hamptons are a pop-up market for high-end season weekends where the average trip is three time that of an average trip in New York City.

    Uber Coins Terms ‘Jewbers’ and ‘UberHUE’

    Uber Coins Terms ‘Jewbers’ and ‘UberHUE’

    In response to an alleged harassment scandal that has plagued the company this year, Uber released a report on Tuesday detailing the makeup of its workforce and in turn creating terms like “Jewbers” and “UberHUE.”According to the report, the compa...

    The ridesharing company released a diversity report with terms that are drawing criticism—and jokes—about the company’s apparent tone deafness.

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    Putin

    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    Russia’s Info War on US Started in 2014

    On 26 October 2015, I authored a post at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) entitled “Russia Returns as al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Far Enemy” noting:“The Russians have used social media-driven information campaigns to discredit the...

    Clint Watts is testifying Thursday morning before the Senate’s intelligence committee on Russia’s interference in U.S. politics. Here’s what he told the senators.

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    Arts + Culture

    Annie Baker’s World of Unseen Horrors

    Annie Baker’s World of Unseen Horrors

    The mysterious and esoteric are part of Annie Baker’s everyday. In her last play, John, what seemed like a stay at a cozy bed and breakfast turned into a darker and altogether stranger ghost story. In The Flick, Baker’s play which won the Pulitzer...

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright returns with perhaps her most mysterious play yet—about an endless office meeting taken up with storytelling.

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    Caligula

    Where Is Caligula’s Sunken Orgy Ship?

    Where Is Caligula’s Sunken Orgy Ship?

    The legend was passed down from generation to generation. One can imagine it was the type of story that was relished by listeners and raconteurs alike, given the salacious tales of ancients behaving badly and the shimmering possibility of a rich d...

    Wild tales of sex, affairs, and murder are associated with Roman emperor Caligula’s grand ships. Two vessels have been discovered in Italy’s Lake Nemi—and there may be a third.

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     A general view inside street artist Banksy's newly opened Walled Off Hotel in the Israeli occupied West Bank town of Bethlehem on March 4, 2017 in Bethlehem, West Bank.  Anonymous British street artist Banksy launched a hotel in occupied West Bank and next to Israels controversial separation wall in Bethlehem yesterday. The rooms of the hotel are also filled with the artist's work, much of which being about the conflict. The owners say it will be a functioning hotel along with being part art gallery and part political statement.

    Banksy’s Mysterious West Bank Hotel

    Banksy’s Mysterious West Bank Hotel

    BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Last week, small-scale clashes erupted across the West Bank in solidarity with hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. The largest of these riots took place adjacent to the massive concrete barrier in Be...

    Irony and riots, puns, and prayers for peace make for a surreal experience in the shadow of Israel’s Great Wall.

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    LGBTQ Encyclopedia

    What the LGBT Encyclopedia Doesn’t Know

    What the LGBT Encyclopedia Doesn’t Know

    If you think there are too many letters in the ever-expanding LGBTQIA acronym, wait until you see how many pages there are in the LGBT encyclopedia.When I received a press release about the three-volume SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies receiving...

    Despite the wealth of information in a new LGBT ‘encyclopedia,’ what becomes clear is how much more study and research of LGBT life are needed.

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    Caligula

    Where Is Caligula’s Sunken Orgy Ship?

    Where Is Caligula’s Sunken Orgy Ship?

    The legend was passed down from generation to generation. One can imagine it was the type of story that was relished by listeners and raconteurs alike, given the salacious tales of ancients behaving badly and the shimmering possibility of a rich d...

    Wild tales of sex, affairs, and murder are associated with Roman emperor Caligula’s grand ships. Two vessels have been discovered in Italy’s Lake Nemi—and there may be a third.

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    Communism for Kids

    Hey Kids, How Cool Is Communism?

    Hey Kids, How Cool Is Communism?

    Of his Hitler Youth pledged to him and him alone, Adolf Hitler once said, “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘“Your child belongs to us already.”'And this was cemented not just in community hikes, a...

    A Berlin-based author and MIT have published a kid's book making the case for Communism using fairy tales—minus all the mass murder, of course.

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    Fox News: The Musical

    Fox News Gets Its Own Musical

    Fox News Gets Its Own Musical

    Books of satirical musicals rarely have their raison d’être undermined on opening night, but that’s the way of the 24-hour news cycle and timely parodies. And so it was that the satirical musical Fox News The Musical: A Story of Hope premiered in ...

    As Bill O’Reilly’s ousting rocked Fox News, a musical satire about the network opened in Los Angeles, skewering raging talking heads and our partisan culture.

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    Communism for Kids

    Hey Kids, How Cool Is Communism?

    Hey Kids, How Cool Is Communism?

    Of his Hitler Youth pledged to him and him alone, Adolf Hitler once said, “When an opponent declares, ‘I will not come over to your side,’ I calmly say, ‘“Your child belongs to us already.”'And this was cemented not just in community hikes, a...

    A Berlin-based author and MIT have published a kid's book making the case for Communism using fairy tales—minus all the mass murder, of course.

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