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    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    In Austin, some courts might have to be crowdfunded.That’s because the city is what President Donald Trump calls a “sanctuary city”—and it’s facing extraordinary pressure, both political and financial, to join the Trump administration’s mass depor...

    Veterans courts and drug-addiction services in Austin, Texas, are being squeezed by the state because the sanctuary city’s sheriff won’t comply with ICE.

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    Russia

    Will the Senate Save the Russia Probe?

    Will the Senate Save the Russia Probe?

    Amid all the scandal and drama surrounding the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia, the Congressional body that comes out looking best is the silent Senate.The Senate Intelligence Committee will have its time in the spotlight ...

    As the House intel probe descends into chaos, the Senate prepares for its own open hearings this week on Russian interference in U.S. elections.

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    Why Trump Should Fund the Arts

    Why Trump Should Fund the Arts

    For decades, conservatives questioned the need for the government to financially support the arts and humanities. Now they may have the opportunity to put an end to what they believe are the unnecessary, even destructive cultural agencies set up i...

    There’s no serious reason to take away small, local grants for schools, music, dance, and jazz festivals, not to mention programs for veterans and museum exhibitions.

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    Austin

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    The Sanctuary City Standing Up to Trump

    In Austin, some courts might have to be crowdfunded.That’s because the city is what President Donald Trump calls a “sanctuary city”—and it’s facing extraordinary pressure, both political and financial, to join the Trump administration’s mass depor...

    Veterans courts and drug-addiction services in Austin, Texas, are being squeezed by the state because the sanctuary city’s sheriff won’t comply with ICE.

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    John Trumbull

    How the Fox News of 1792 Took On Adams

    How the Fox News of 1792 Took On Adams

    “On Wednesday, the Honorable John Adams, Vice-President of the United States, arrived in this city,” reported the National Gazette—the intellectual biweekly of the nation’s then-capital, Philadelphia—on Saturday Dec. 8, 1792, “and on Thursday took...

    The National Gazette loved slinging mud at elites who sneered at the people’s power—chief among them, then-VP John Adams.

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    Hugh Hewitt

    Obamacare's Not In A 'Death Spiral'

    Obamacare's Not In A 'Death Spiral'

    Republican leaders say they will table health care talks following the defeat of the House GOP to replace Obamacare. As House Speaker Paul Ryan put it, “Obamacare is the law of the land.”But some conservatives say that President Barack Obama’s sig...

    The idea that Obamacare is in a “death spiral” — a specific term used in the health insurance industry — is a claim we’ve heard before. It's incorrect.

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    Entertainment

    Danielle Bregoli on 'Dr. Phil.'

    ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Coming to Your TV

    ‘Cash Me Outside’ Girl Coming to Your TV

    In news that is likely to be greeted by all struggling parents and lovers of obedient and virtuous children as an omen betokening the end of civilization, Danielle Bregoli, better known as the “Cash Me Outside Girl,” has been given her own reality...

    The end is nigh, folks.

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    Racial Humor

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    This week, superstar comedian Dave Chappelle made his big return with two new Netflix specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Chappelle’s comeback has been building steadily over the past few years: He performed well-received gig...

    What the success of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and Dave Chappelle’s resurgence tell us about the state of America.

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    Lee Morgan

    A Jazz Master Gunned Down in Public

    A Jazz Master Gunned Down in Public

    “He knew how to tell a story, musically,” says jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter about his friend, trumpeter Lee Morgan, and so too does I Called Him Morgan, a documentary whose potent and fluid style evokes the electric tunes of its sub...

    The documentary ‘I Called Him Morgan’ tells the story of Lee Morgan, an ace trumpeter and Dizzy Gillespie protégé who was gunned down by his girlfriend at a Manhattan jazz club.

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    Sequels

    Hollywood Has No New Ideas and That’s OK

    Hollywood Has No New Ideas and That’s OK

    Here’s the new news: Nothing’s new. Not new, true, but true. Just gander at the movie marquee, at what’s on view, nothing new. The podium of box office hits includes resurrections of a malevolent gorilla in Kong: Skull Island, the IRL reanimation ...

    The plethora of movie sequels clogging the multiplex can make you feel as though your life were stuck on spin cycle. But if the movies don’t change, we do, and that’s a blessing.

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    Racial Humor

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    Black Satire: The Remedy for Trumpism

    This week, superstar comedian Dave Chappelle made his big return with two new Netflix specials, The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Chappelle’s comeback has been building steadily over the past few years: He performed well-received gig...

    What the success of Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’ and Dave Chappelle’s resurgence tell us about the state of America.

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    Chuck Barris

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Three decades ago, game show producer Chuck Barris predicted how his obituaries would begin: "Gonged!"And that he has been. If there is a celestial game show host, He has rung the bell for Barris, who died this past week at the age of 89...

    Chuck Barris gave us our first schlocky reality TV in “The Dating Game” and “The Gong Show” but he yearned for a more dangerous biography.

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    Biggie

    Biggie’s ‘Life After Death’ at 20

    Biggie’s ‘Life After Death’ at 20

    You’d be hard-pressed to find a more grandiose or ostentatious ‘90s hip-hop album than Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death. When it was released on March 25, 1997, the Notorious B.I.G.’s ambitious second album came with an elaborate CD booklet, an...

    There is great beauty in tragedy, as Biggie’s second and final album proves twenty years on.

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    AMERICAN JIHAD

    How Terrorists Are Recruited Online

    How Terrorists Are Recruited Online

    The world was again shaken by terrorism on Wednesday when 52-year-old ex-convict Khalid Masood drove his car through pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge (killing three, injuring 40), crashed the vehicle, and then stabbed a 48-year-old polic...

    The new documentary ‘American Jihad’ premiering Saturday on Showtime, delves into how many of ISIS and al Qaeda’s terrorists are being manipulated into killing online.

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    Chuck Barris

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Reality TV Guru, Fake CIA Assassin

    Three decades ago, game show producer Chuck Barris predicted how his obituaries would begin: "Gonged!"And that he has been. If there is a celestial game show host, He has rung the bell for Barris, who died this past week at the age of 89...

    Chuck Barris gave us our first schlocky reality TV in “The Dating Game” and “The Gong Show” but he yearned for a more dangerous biography.

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    World News

    Russia Protest

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    Russian Youth Slam ‘Putin the Thief’

    MOSCOW — A wave of protests against corrupt Kremlin leaders rolled all across Russian cities, from Moscow and Saint Petersburg to Siberia and Far East on Sunday. Authorities did not permit the rallies and warned that participants would be punished...

    A generation too young to remember when the president supposedly saved the country are incensed at Kremlin corruption.

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    Minsk

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    The gray asphalt streets of Minsk, Belarus, looked too clean and almost totally deserted on the eve of a major opposition rally against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The words “arrest” and repression” traveled from mouth...

    It was a sad ‘Freedom Day’ in Minsk, when Belarusians traditionally march for human rights. Over 350 are now in jail.

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    Scientist in jail

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    From NASA to a Turkish Prison

    On the morning of July 23, 2016, 37-year-old NASA physicist Serkan Golge noticed a man slinking around cars in front of his parents’ home in Antakya, Turkey. He’d arrived almost a month earlier, on vacation in his home country with his wife and tw...

    The author met Serkan Golge in jail when she, too, was falsely accused of working for the CIA. She was freed. He was not. And now he’s about to have his day in court.

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    excerpt from 'Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph and Tragedy 1905-1953

    Stalin’s Mad Scientists

    Stalin’s Mad Scientists

    “Natural science will … incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science.”—Karl Marx, 1844You can take the peasant out of the countryside, and Stalin did...

    The Soviet Union more or less wrote the book on bending science to ideology, and the result was that hacks, has beens, and nut cases became the Newtons and Burbanks of Russia.

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    Minsk

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    Dictatorship Returns to Europe

    The gray asphalt streets of Minsk, Belarus, looked too clean and almost totally deserted on the eve of a major opposition rally against the country’s authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. The words “arrest” and repression” traveled from mouth...

    It was a sad ‘Freedom Day’ in Minsk, when Belarusians traditionally march for human rights. Over 350 are now in jail.

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    Putin Le Pen

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, an...

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen—anti-American, anti-NATO, pro-Trump—was received in Moscow Friday as if she already were a head of state.

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    Venezula

    How Does Venezuela Regime Hang On?

    How Does Venezuela Regime Hang On?

    Socialist solidarity appears to be alive and well; Karl Marx would be oh so proud. China, whose one-party system has managed to successfully open up much of its economy in recent decades, has decided to prop up one of the worst socialist experimen...

    Things are so bad under the Maduro regime in Caracas, it’s hard to figure out how it survives. Until you look at the bucks coming in from Beijing.

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    Khalid Masood

    London Killer Was Middle Aged Teacher

    London Killer Was Middle Aged Teacher

    LONDON—A middle-aged man described as a former English teacher has been named by Scotland Yard as the suspected terrorist who carried out Britain’s most deadly terror attack in more than a decade.The suspected killer was born Adrian Russell Ajao o...

    Khalid Masood’s age is not typical for the current crop of ISIS-inspired terrorists. But his petty criminal background fits right in.

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    Putin Le Pen

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    Putin Picks Le Pen to Rule France

    MOSCOW — Russian interference in the American elections last year was downright subtle compared to what we’ve seen this week in the run-up to French presidential elections.The two-round vote on April 23 and May 7 could change politics, defense, an...

    French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen—anti-American, anti-NATO, pro-Trump—was received in Moscow Friday as if she already were a head of state.

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    U.S.

    Glawe

    700 Attorneys Spied On in Federal Prison

    700 Attorneys Spied On in Federal Prison

    A court-appointed investigator has found that the United States Attorney’s Office for Kansas is in possession of hundreds of phone and video recordings of communications between attorneys and their clients, inmates at a privately run prison facili...

    A U.S. Attorney’s Office is found to have stashed hundreds of calls between inmates and lawyers. A veteran prosecutor says his old colleagues have gone rogue.

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    Truther

    Is Trump Proof We Live in the Matrix?

    Is Trump Proof We Live in the Matrix?

    Truther is a Daily Beast podcast that tells you how conspiracies get started in real-time. Find out today on Truther. Download in iTunes.

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    Rikers

    Complaint: Rikers Guard Beat Inmate

    Complaint: Rikers Guard Beat Inmate

    A guard at the Rikers Island prison complex in New York City cuffed an inmate’s hands behind his back and punched him in the face three times, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court this week. The inmate had asked the guard for h...

    The officer, Rodiny Calypso, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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    Glawe

    700 Attorneys Spied On in Federal Prison

    700 Attorneys Spied On in Federal Prison

    A court-appointed investigator has found that the United States Attorney’s Office for Kansas is in possession of hundreds of phone and video recordings of communications between attorneys and their clients, inmates at a privately run prison facili...

    A U.S. Attorney’s Office is found to have stashed hundreds of calls between inmates and lawyers. A veteran prosecutor says his old colleagues have gone rogue.

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    Fulton County Sheriff's Office

    ‘Poor Man’s Hefner’ Accused of Sex Ring

    ‘Poor Man’s Hefner’ Accused of Sex Ring

    A young Florida woman signed what she believed to be a lucrative modeling contract with no end date. Less than two months later, she called police to ask for help fleeing what she described as a horrifying sex trafficking home.Earlier this month, ...

    Kenndric Roberts’s lawyer says he showered models with gifts and cosmetic surgery in his Georgia mansion. But one former model says Roberts threatened to cut out her implants if she ...

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    Lying

    The Truth About Lies & How to Fight Them

    The Truth About Lies & How to Fight Them

    To those of us who care about details and facts (there, I said the “f” word), these past few months have been troubling times. We are told by the highest office in the country that facts don’t matter, that those who think they have facts are corru...

    There are simple things we can do to become more rational decision makers, and to avoid being taken in by liars and con-artists who prey on ignorance.

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    Tech

    Humans Vs. Robtos

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Could You Be a Droid Elon’s Looking For?

    Let’s call them Homo muskus. They’re the new species of human-machine hybrids that Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, says scientists will need to invent if we want to stay as smart as our gizmos, and the rapidly expanding digital brain.“Over...

    SpaceX and Tesla visionary Elon Musk says we may need to go cyborg to keep up with our machines. How realistic is this?

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    space

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Why Living Off-World Can’t Be Our Plan B

    Visions of apocalypse and dystopia fill popular fiction and film and, these days, even the imaginations of many serious people.Geniuses including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have called for an escape from the planet. Billionaires are said to be ...

    No matter how bad it gets here on Earth, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to move off-world anytime soon.

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    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    David Duke’s Threatening Tweets Are Back

    Twitter temporarily suspended the account of David Duke on Monday, before restoring it hours later, along with anti-Semitic tweets calling to “SHUT DOWN a few synagogues” he posted hours earlier.It is unclear what prompted the ban or the reinstate...

    The ex-KKK grand wizard was suspended and reinstated without explanation. And so were his calls to ‘SHUT DOWN’ synagogues.

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    excerpt from 'The Body Builders,' about the frontiers of bioengineering

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    The Race to Find ‘Viagra for the Brain’

    In The Body Builders, Adam Piore takes us on a spellbinding journey into the field of bioengineering—which can be used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings—and paints a vivid portrait of the people at its center. In the excerpt b...

    One of the most fascinating frontiers in the world of bio-engineering is research in memory enhancement. And it starts with fruit flies.

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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    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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    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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    ALT SPACE

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    An Online Safe Space For Trump Fans

    Gabe Whaley has used the internet in 2017, so he is aware of what happens when many Trump supporters stumble across a story about Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, or anything involving race issues online.What happens is often pure rage.“Most of the ...

    Discussions about Planned Parenthood and Obamacare have been known to trigger certain #MAGA followers. Enter the Chrome extension Alt-Space.

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    Arts + Culture

    Sweat

    The Play That Explains Trump’s America

    The Play That Explains Trump’s America

    Only a few months have passed, but Sweat not only feels different the second time around, but the audience's response to it feels different, too. But then, so too are the times.This excellent, highly charged play, written by the Pulitzer Priz...

    In Lynn Nottage’s ‘Sweat,’ set in a Pennsylvania city, the tragic effects of the economic downturn are explored in a play showing the roots of Trump support.

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    'Animal Locomotion, Plate 632' (Horse Galloping With Saddled Clothed Male Rider)
collotype, numbered sequentially in the negative, on a two-toned leaf, with letterpress title, plate number '759,' copyright, and date in the margin, 1887
Overall: 19 by 24 in. (48.3 by 61 cm.)

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Eadweard Muybridge was one of those grand eccentrics who crop up with surprising frequency in American art and particularly American photography. Like Dr. Harold Edgerton and O. Winston Link, he was a man in the grip of an obsession, but creative ...

    Sotheby’s is auctioning off the works of Eadweard Muybridge, a brilliant artist who led a troubled life of accidents, adultery and murder.

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    "The Wounded Table" by Frida Kahlo

    Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting

    Frida Kahlo’s Missing Adultery Painting

    From the beginning, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s relationship was an exceptional blend of passion and turbulence. Only a few days after meeting, the famous Mexican muralist began an affair with the 18-year-old art student 20 years his junior. Th...

    After Frida Kahlo discovered that her beloved husband Diego Rivera had conducted an affair with her younger sister Cristina, she painted ‘The Wounded Table.’ Then it disappeared.

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    Royal Brothers

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Why The Public Loves Harry, Not William

    Princes Harry and William were complementing halves of a whole growing up, but, as William becomes more protective of his privacy and Harry loosens up as he contemplates marriage to his actress girlfriend, the styles and manners of the two princes...

    One is extremely responsible, albeit by birth necessity, and the other seems free and easy. Will Prince Harry always be preferred by the public?

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    'Animal Locomotion, Plate 632' (Horse Galloping With Saddled Clothed Male Rider)
collotype, numbered sequentially in the negative, on a two-toned leaf, with letterpress title, plate number '759,' copyright, and date in the margin, 1887
Overall: 19 by 24 in. (48.3 by 61 cm.)

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Photography’s Eccentric Genius

    Eadweard Muybridge was one of those grand eccentrics who crop up with surprising frequency in American art and particularly American photography. Like Dr. Harold Edgerton and O. Winston Link, he was a man in the grip of an obsession, but creative ...

    Sotheby’s is auctioning off the works of Eadweard Muybridge, a brilliant artist who led a troubled life of accidents, adultery and murder.

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    the art exhibition devoted to Bitcoin

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The image of Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, an aghast look on her face, TARGET: INFLATION inscribed on her bra and a Wall Street bull bursting from her groin area, dominates the rear wall of WhiteBox, the art space on Broome Street in...

    The virtual currency continues its bid for world domination with an art exhibition in Downtown Manhattan.

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    Allen

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    Anti-LGBT Doc: I Will Not Be Silenced

    In the seemingly endless debate over transgender people, one figure has become inescapable: Dr. Paul McHugh.Whether the former Johns Hopkins psychiatry chair is being cited in anti-transgender articles for conservative media outlets—like Breitbart...

    Dr. McHugh fires back after 600 LGBT health experts claim he “does not represent prevailing expert consensus opinion about sexual orientation or gender identity related research or c...

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    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    Did Anti-LGBT Group Help Kidnap A Kid?

    In 2015, Liberty Counsel attorney Mathew Staver proudly held up Kim Davis’s hand in front of a Kentucky crowd after she had spent five days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Now, a Vermont court has allowed both S...

    Anti-gay activists have been named as defendants in a lawsuit over an evangelical ‘converted lesbian’ who fled the country in order to keep her ex-partner from seeing their daughter.

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    the art exhibition devoted to Bitcoin

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The Art of Bitcoin’s Millions

    The image of Janet Yellen, Chair of the Federal Reserve, an aghast look on her face, TARGET: INFLATION inscribed on her bra and a Wall Street bull bursting from her groin area, dominates the rear wall of WhiteBox, the art space on Broome Street in...

    The virtual currency continues its bid for world domination with an art exhibition in Downtown Manhattan.

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