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    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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    Tucker Carlson

    Actor Plays Anti-Trump Organizer on Fox

    Actor Plays Anti-Trump Organizer on Fox

    Fox News’ Tucker Carlson had a hard time booking Olga Lexell, the creator and co-organizer of the nationwide Not My President’s Day protests on Monday.So, after repeated refusals, Carlson’s show instead booked Shane Saunders, a Los Angeles-based a...

    When the organizer of the #NotMyPresident protests refused to appear on Tucker Carlson’s show, the Fox News host booked an actor with no ties to its leadership as a replacement.

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    nuke smuggling

    Why America Can’t Spot Dirty Bombs

    Why America Can’t Spot Dirty Bombs

    While President Trump doubles down on the hypothetical threats of incoming terrorists posing as refugees, he might be ignoring a very real concern here at home: The U.S. is largely underprepared to detect or respond to the threat of a radiological...

    As Trump preps a new executive order to stop terrorists before they enter the country, a government report finds we aren’t prepared for the threat from within.

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    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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    Trump is breaking down the walls between politics aND pop culture

    No Pop Culture Walls in the Trump Era

    No Pop Culture Walls in the Trump Era

    Borders have defined the Trump era. Before his election, Trump promised to enforce our nation’s physical boundaries with a wall on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. After his inauguration, Trump hastily signed into law the not-ban Muslim ban...

    Our politician-in-chief is obsessed with television—and our entertainers are expected to make profound political statements or else.

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    General Strikes

    A Dark History Lesson on General Strikes

    A Dark History Lesson on General Strikes

    Jim Maurer stood before a meeting of 500 union bosses in November 1919 and declared it was time to bring Pennsylvania to its knees.“Get ready for the last grand struggle of all,” Maurer said. “Fight with every weapon at your command.” The union b...

    It was November 1919, during the Red Scare, and a radical labor leader in Pennsylvania took to the barricades. What did—and didn’t—happen may prove instructive for today.

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    Entertainment

    Geroge Clooney

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    Clooney: Trump Is a ‘Hollywood Elitist’

    At the 2006 Academy Awards, after receiving the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for portraying a grizzled CIA agent in the geopolitical thriller Syriana, George Clooney strolled up to the rostrum and delivered an acceptance speech touching on “Hollywo...

    The Oscar-winning screen icon went off on how hypocritical the president and his chief strategist are for branding actors as out-of-touch ‘Hollywood elitists.’

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    Singer Chris Brown performs at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas kicking off Drai's LIVE 2016 on January 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    In 2009, Chris Brown went viral for all the wrong reasons when photos of his then-girlfriend Rihanna’s bruised and bloody face hit the world wide web. Just a few months later, the R&B singer released a new album, Graffiti. It featured the lead...

    The R&B superstar’s years-long streak of misogyny and violence continues—meanwhile, the music industry continues to look the other way. Enough.

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    Oscars

    Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles

    Oscar Nominees’ Most Embarrassing Roles

    On Sunday night, Hollywood’s elite will gather at the Dolby Theatre to toast this year’s chosen ones at the 89th annual Academy Awards. There will be laughter, tears, and a deluge of jokes aimed at our remarkably thin-skinned president. There will...

    Before they were the toast of Tinseltown, this year’s Oscar-nominated stars appeared in some, shall we say, less-than-stellar fare.

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    Clooney Excited for Baby ‘Adventure’

    Clooney Excited for Baby ‘Adventure’

    George Clooney has opened up for the first time about the twins that he and his wife are expecting this summer. Clooney told the French TV show Rencontres De Cinema that he and Amal are excited about the “adventure” that awaits them. Rumors of the...

    George Clooney has spoken publicly for the first time about his excitement at the prospect of becoming a dad at 56.

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    Singer Chris Brown performs at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at the Cromwell Las Vegas kicking off Drai's LIVE 2016 on January 1, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    Chris Brown’s Ex: He Tried to Kill Me

    In 2009, Chris Brown went viral for all the wrong reasons when photos of his then-girlfriend Rihanna’s bruised and bloody face hit the world wide web. Just a few months later, the R&B singer released a new album, Graffiti. It featured the lead...

    The R&B superstar’s years-long streak of misogyny and violence continues—meanwhile, the music industry continues to look the other way. Enough.

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    Trevor Noah interview

    Noah: Trump Lacks ‘Balls’ to Debate Me

    Noah: Trump Lacks ‘Balls’ to Debate Me

    Last summer, Trevor Noah told me that if by some crazy turn of events Trump were to be elected, he wasn’t sure he would be “able to stay” in the United States. And if, as promised, Trump decided to “open up the libel laws,” the South African host ...

    In a new interview, ‘The Daily Show’ host challenges President Trump and discusses his new Netflix special.

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    Meyers: Trump Is a Sad ‘Buffoon’

    Meyers: Trump Is a Sad ‘Buffoon’

    It’s Presidents Day and Seth Meyers doesn’t seem to know where to start with President Trump.“On the one hand, you’ve got the genuinely ominous things he’s done, from declaring the free press an ‘enemy of the American people’ to preemptively blami...

    The ‘Late Night’ host tore into Donald Trump’s ‘unhinged’ weekend on Monday night.

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    Colbert Mocks Trump’s Fake Sweden Terror

    Colbert Mocks Trump’s Fake Sweden Terror

    Stephen Colbert will “never fjorget” where he was when he first heard about last week’s totally made up terror attack in Sweden. He was listening to President Donald Trump deliver his entirely too-early campaign rally in Florida. “You look at what...

    The ‘Late Show’ host paid tribute to the victims of the Swedish terrorist attack that President Trump made up last week.

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    Trevor Noah interview

    Noah: Trump Lacks ‘Balls’ to Debate Me

    Noah: Trump Lacks ‘Balls’ to Debate Me

    Last summer, Trevor Noah told me that if by some crazy turn of events Trump were to be elected, he wasn’t sure he would be “able to stay” in the United States. And if, as promised, Trump decided to “open up the libel laws,” the South African host ...

    In a new interview, ‘The Daily Show’ host challenges President Trump and discusses his new Netflix special.

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    World News

    A Very Expensive Poison

    When Putin’s Killers Descended on London

    When Putin’s Killers Descended on London

    Prologue:The Men from Moscow Passport control, Gatwick Airport, Sussex 16 October 2006Two of the Russians arriving that morning stood out. What precisely made them suspicious was hard to identify. But in the mind of Spencer Scott—the detective c...

    In this excerpt from ‘A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin’s War With the West,’ the first vestiges of a global Russian murder ring emerge.

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    Nefertiti

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king...

    A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.

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    The German Buzz Saw Murder

    The Heiress Who Buzz Sawed Her Boyfriend

    The Heiress Who Buzz Sawed Her Boyfriend

    MUNICH, Germany—After sawing off the head of her bound and blind-folded boyfriend in the midst of a sex game, Gabi P. just pulled a blanket over the body, closed the door and didn’t enter the room for the next few months. It was only when she went...

    Gabi P’s defense says she was a victim of her boyfriend’s sex games. He was a victim of her circular saw.

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    FSB

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    Russian Whistleblowers Turn on Putin

    KIEV—Only a few months ago Denis Voronenkov and Maria Maksakova were two of the brightest stars in Moscow’s political firmament, trying to improve the system from inside, but very much a part of it. They rode in luxurious cars, dined with the Krem...

    A husband and wife who were members of the Russian parliament have defected to Ukraine. The Kremlin calls them ‘enemies of the people.’ Enemies of Putin is more like it.

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    Nefertiti

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    Are We About to Find Nefertiti's Tomb?

    The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.”A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king...

    A fresh attempt to discover more secrets in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings offers a tantalizing reward—the tomb of one of history’s most beguiling female monarch.

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    Espionage

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    The last major Russian spy arrested on U.S. soil was busted for seeking the kind of information retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been accused of dishing out.During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump defended Flynn...

    Talking with Michael Flynn was one of many ways Moscow tried to get inside information about America’s financial war against the Kremlin.

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    Congressman

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    Congressman in Bed With Foreign Biotech

    By Rachel Bluth and Emily KoppWhen a small Australian biotechnology company, Innate Immunotherapeutics, needed a clinical trial for an experimental drug it hoped to turn into a huge moneymaker, the company landed a U.S. partner where it had high-l...

    Why are Republican Chris Collins and his family—and his staffers on the Hill and his wealthy friends—buying up a significant share of an Australian biotech firm?

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    AfD

    Springtime for Hitler in Germany?

    Springtime for Hitler in Germany?

    BERLIN—The right-wing populist Alternative for Deutschland party may be slipping in the polls right now, but that sure doesn’t keep them out of the headlines.Last summer, young Elena Roon, previously lauded as the one of the party’s hopeful prospe...

    The populist far-right in Germany likes to scandalize, then retreat once it’s grabbed headlines—a tactic seen in other countries as well.

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    Espionage

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    Russian Spies Targeted U.S. Sanctions

    The last major Russian spy arrested on U.S. soil was busted for seeking the kind of information retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn has been accused of dishing out.During a White House press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump defended Flynn...

    Talking with Michael Flynn was one of many ways Moscow tried to get inside information about America’s financial war against the Kremlin.

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    U.S.

    The Murderer Who Broke Norman Mailer's Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    When I first entered the netherworld of corruption and violence in 1993 for a first-time, nonviolent LSD conspiracy, the first two books I read when I hit prison were Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Jack Henry Abbott’s In the Belly of t...

    A new book explores the relationship between convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott and his literary mentor.

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     Group of young evacuees wave from special train as it leaves Seattle with Island evacuees, March 30, 1942

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Trump Copies the Worst Mistake of FDR

    Fear and vengeance have again gripped our nation. It’s not the first time that Americans have acted in a most un-American manner when we have been attacked or feel threatened. Throughout our history, we have branded entire ethnic groups as vague-b...

    75 years ago, FDR issued Executive Order 9066, uprooting Japanese Americans across the West and forcing them into camps. Trump’s paranoid policies on immigrants are sadly similar.

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    Father Brian Jordan

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    The Priest Who Helps Illegal Immigrants

    I was going to write one of those columns about undocumented aliens (no person is illegal) working so hard and adopting American values, until I realized someone had already thought of that. So I decided to write instead about a stop on the underg...

    Like others in the Franciscan order, Father Brian Jordan ministers to the least powerful—the families of undocumented immigrants struggling to make a home here.

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    The Murderer Who Broke Norman Mailer's Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    The Murderer Who Broke Mailer’s Heart

    When I first entered the netherworld of corruption and violence in 1993 for a first-time, nonviolent LSD conspiracy, the first two books I read when I hit prison were Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and Jack Henry Abbott’s In the Belly of t...

    A new book explores the relationship between convicted killer Jack Henry Abbott and his literary mentor.

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    Faith Healing

    When Faith Healing Kills Kids

    When Faith Healing Kills Kids

    On November 6, 2016, two-year-old Ella Foster, the daughter of Grace and Jonathan Foster of Bethel, Pennsylvania, developed a cold. During the next two days, she became listless, her breathing more labored and rapid. On November 8 she died in her...

    After falling sick, some children in the U.S. are only offered prayers by their parents—and some states allow it.

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    Darwin Would See Right Through Pence

    Darwin Would See Right Through Pence

    Darwin Would See Right Through Pence

    One of the first priorities of demagoguery is the fostering of ignorance. Lies require collaboration from those who are being lied to, and for a propaganda machine to be effective it needs a special kind of public ignorance.This can happen in soci...

    The vice president dodges the question of whether he believes in evolution but he has his own version of intelligent design as he rides the wave of a new kind of ignorance.

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    Tech

    Robot Thinker

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    How Artificial Intelligence ‘Thinks’

    Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty darn smart—at least, at certain tasks. AI has defeated world champions in chess, Go, and now poker. But can artificial intelligence actually think?The answer is complicated, largely because intelligence is...

    AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?

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    LA

    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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    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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    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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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    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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    Unlocking ALS

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

    Imagine what it would be like to be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, but trapped inside a paralyzed body, not only unable to move, but unable to communicate in any way, for the rest of your life. Unable to express feelings, thoughts...

    When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to be alive.

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    Russian super hacker wants to be Trump's Chelsea Manning

    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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    Arts + Culture

     Clinicians and researchers say help trans kids who consistently, persistently, and insistently define themselves as another gender to socially transition

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    The Ridiculous Panic Over Trans Kids

    Transgender kids are a reliable source of controversy. They are also human beings.Over the past two years, articles and opinion pieces published in The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Pacific Standard, New York magazine, and more have questioned the p...

    Ignore the alarmist commentators. Parents of trans kids are not rushing their offspring through transitioning. The process is sensitively and carefully overseen.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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    Colbert

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    Colbert, King of Late Night’s Resistance

    “It’s loose-bowels time,” Stephen Colbert told me in December, referring to the impending presidency of Donald J. Trump.The CBS Late Show host had shown up at the media holiday party on the 30th floor of the network’s “Black Rock” corporate headqu...

    He may despise Trump’s presidency, but it has given Stephen Colbert rich material—and the possible means by which to emerge victorious over a floundering Jimmy Fallon.

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    Kate Middleton

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    William and Kate Have a Work Problem

    After several months of near invisibility—Kate has only made a handful of public appearances since December—the future Queen was everywhere earlier this week.On Sunday night, she was the star of the show at the BAFTAS, Britain’s cut-price answer t...

    The royal couple have had a busy week. But this burst of activity masks a leisurely lifestyle that is increasingly being called into question.

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    Daniel Clowes

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Trump Made Me Forgive Shia LaBeouf

    Lanky and gregarious, Daniel Clowes sat before a blown-up back cover image of his 2016 graphic novel Patience on the wall of Galerie Martel. The Parisian gallery, dedicated to comics and illustration, is hosting a show of his original works throug...

    Daniel Clowes, who created ‘Ghost World,’ is solitary by nature, but since what he calls ‘our horrible event,’ he’s ready to call any Trump enemy a friend.

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    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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Thrive Global launch event, New York, USA - 30 Nov 2016

    Arianna Naps Through Trump’s Nightmare

    Arianna Naps Through Trump’s Nightmare

    Revolutions can start anywhere—harbors. fruit markets, smoky cafes. So why not from the bed, too? That, I suppose, is the premise of Arianna Huffington’s obsession with sleep, embodied in last year’s book The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Li...

    Arianna Huffington thinks we’d all be better off if we got more sleep, but her fixation on snoozing comes at precisely the wrong time. In the age of Trump, wakefulness is the key.

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    Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Mile High Illinois"

    The Ghost of Chicago’s Mile-High Tower

    The Ghost of Chicago’s Mile-High Tower

    In 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai opened its doors and accepted the title of tallest building in the world amid a dazzling display of fireworks and light shows.The towering pyramid of glass and steel stretched up towards the sky to reach a toweri...

    In 1956, Frank Lloyd Wright unveiled plans for The Mile High Illinois, a tower that would be four times the height of the Empire State Building. But it would never be built.

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    \Hillary Clinton and Glenn Close as "Norma Desmond" pose backstage at the hit musical "Sunset Boulevard" on Broadway at The Palace Theater on February 15, 2017 in New York City.

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    When Hillary Clinton Met Norma Desmond

    The whooping started just as we were all seated, with moments to go before the curtain rose on Wednesday evening’s performance of Sunset Boulevard.The applause and cheering were not yet for Glenn Close, back on Broadway 22 years after winning the ...

    On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton came to see Glenn Close’s brilliant incarnation of Norma Desmond in ‘Sunset Boulevard.’ Did she find emotional echoes in the production?

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