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    Senate Dems Criticize Trump-Russia Probe

    Senate Dems Criticize Trump-Russia Probe

    Spurred by a Daily Beast report pointing out the deficiencies of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, Democratic members of the committee began openly criticizing ...

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has not conducted any interviews with figures in President Trump’s orbit, or begun looking into possible Trump-Russia ties.

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    State Department Pimping Out Mar-A-Lago

    State Department Pimping Out Mar-A-Lago

    State Department Pimping Out Mar-A-Lago

    A media arm of the State Department is using federal resources to promote President Donald Trump’s private Florida golf club, fueling scrutiny of the nexus between the president’s official duties and his personal financial interests.Share America,...

    The State Department’s promotion of Mar-a-Lago adds to the controversy over the place Donald Trump has spent a quarter of his presidency.

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    Former U.S. President Barack Obama visits with youth leaders at the University of Chicago to help promote community organizing on April 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The visit marks Obama's first formal public appearance since leaving office.

    No-Drama Obama’s All-Too-Cool Return

    No-Drama Obama’s All-Too-Cool Return

    Well, if you were thinking that Barack Obama was going to come out in his first public post-presidential appearance Monday and start throwing partisan haymakers, you were mistaken. What was billed—or at least described as, in the account I read Mo...

    Yes, the former president needs to pick his spots carefully. But that means that he needs to start taking some shots.

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    Russia Probe

    Senate Dems Criticize Trump-Russia Probe

    Senate Dems Criticize Trump-Russia Probe

    Spurred by a Daily Beast report pointing out the deficiencies of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, Democratic members of the committee began openly criticizing ...

    The Senate Intelligence Committee has not conducted any interviews with figures in President Trump’s orbit, or begun looking into possible Trump-Russia ties.

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    James Comey’s Fear of a GOP Planet

    James Comey’s Fear of a GOP Planet

    Everyone spent the weekend talking about the big New York Times James Comey piece, an informative (and infuriating) tick-tock about what was going through the FBI director’s head last year as he said what he said about Hillary Clinton—and didn’t s...

    Comey thought a lot about the rabid Republican zealots he could offend by doing his job and enforcing the law, and not at all about the Democrats he trusted would be docile and play ...

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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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    Entertainment

    Christian Bale on Trump’s ‘Dictatorship’

    Christian Bale on Trump’s ‘Dictatorship’

    Christian Bale’s feral intensity has been breathlessly documented in print, where agents provocateur have endeavored to summon his inner Dark Knight; on film, as the growling billionaire obscured by cape and cowl; and online, with his viral we’re ...

    The Oscar-winning actor opens up about his new period epic ‘The Promise,’ recognizing the Armenian genocide, and the importance of a free press.

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    Oliver: Ivanka Has Duped America

    Oliver: Ivanka Has Duped America

    On this week’s edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated his show’s main story to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner—who are “like America’s William and Kate, except in this case, both of them are attractive.”Oliver attempted to break d...

    The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host attempted to demystify the president’s two favorite people, who are often credited as good influences on Trump based on little evidence.

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    Is ‘Great News’ the Next ‘30 Rock’?

    Is ‘Great News’ the Next ‘30 Rock’?

    “What do you think?” Tracey Wigfield asks when I tell her I’ve seen half the first season of her new show Great News. “I feel like I’m being pathetic, like, ‘Did you like it?’” she jokes, an air of comic desperation in her voice. “No one’s seen it...

    Ex-‘30 Rock’ writer Tracey Wigfield got the opportunity of a lifetime and nailed it with her sharp new comedy ‘Great News.’

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    The Art of Writing About Death

    The Art of Writing About Death

    Obit opens with the sight of The New York Times obituary reporter Bruce Weber (who’s since retired) on the phone with a source, asking for key details regarding a deceased person about whom he’s writing. It’s a predictable list of items: full birt...

    A fascinating new documentary shines a light on the New York Times obituary desk, and how its work reveals crucial truths about our society and culture.

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    Oliver: Ivanka Has Duped America

    Oliver: Ivanka Has Duped America

    On this week’s edition of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver dedicated his show’s main story to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner—who are “like America’s William and Kate, except in this case, both of them are attractive.”Oliver attempted to break d...

    The ‘Last Week Tonight’ host attempted to demystify the president’s two favorite people, who are often credited as good influences on Trump based on little evidence.

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    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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    The Joker ‘Didn’t Kill’ Heath Ledger

    The Joker ‘Didn’t Kill’ Heath Ledger

    As the audience at Sunday’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere of I Am Heath Ledger finished dabbing up their tears, the late actor’s sisters Kate Ledger and Ashleigh Bell took the stage for a rare public interview about losing their brother—and why i...

    In a rare interview about his death, Heath Ledger’s sisters react to the new ‘I Am Heath Ledger’ documentary and discuss rumors that playing The Joker took a dark toll on him.

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    HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with wife Gisele Bundchen and daughter Vivian Brady after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    Brady Ex-Teammate: Not Gisele’s Fault!

    Brady Ex-Teammate: Not Gisele’s Fault!

    Last week, Tom Brady announced at the eleventh hour that he would be missing the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots’ customary White House visit.“Thank you to the President for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team fo...

    When star QB Tom Brady didn’t visit the White House with his fellow New England Patriots, many speculated it was because of his supermodel wife’s aversion to President Trump.

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    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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    World News

    French Far Right and Center Face Off

    French Far Right and Center Face Off

    PARIS—Two days after Donald Trump declared that anti-immigrant, anti-European Union, anti-NATO, pro-Russian, anti-American, pro-Steve-Bannon Marine Le Pen was the “strongest on borders, and she’s the strongest on what’s been going on in France,” s...

    Trump’s tacit endorsement of France’s far right may have backfired, as France’s centrist candidate took the lead in the first runoff. But Le Pen is still standing.

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    Where’s the Cross Jesus Christ Died On?

    Where’s the Cross Jesus Christ Died On?

    Last week, Christians around the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. An integral part of this, the foundational moment in Christian history, is that three days earlier Jesus was hung on a wooden cross in a humiliating and agonizing death. ...

    For 2,000 years, Christians have sought a piece of the cross Jesus died on—and some have been willing to use their teeth.

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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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    Where’s the Cross Jesus Christ Died On?

    Where’s the Cross Jesus Christ Died On?

    Last week, Christians around the world celebrated the resurrection of Jesus. An integral part of this, the foundational moment in Christian history, is that three days earlier Jesus was hung on a wooden cross in a humiliating and agonizing death. ...

    For 2,000 years, Christians have sought a piece of the cross Jesus died on—and some have been willing to use their teeth.

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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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    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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    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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    U.S.

    U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at someone in the audience as he takes the stage to deliver remarks at a 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on the White House campus in Washington April 16, 2015.

    Internet to President Obama: WE MISS YOU

    Internet to President Obama: WE MISS YOU

    It has been just about 100 days of President Donald Trump, and some people are at their wits end. So when former President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago on Monday, the Internet was reminded of what they lost.

    Former President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Chicago Monday, and the Internet is having all the feels.

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    Lawyers Are Killing the Death Penalty

    Lawyers Are Killing the Death Penalty

    Last Thursday, Arkansas executed Ledell Lee for murder, the first execution in the state since 2005. It was also the first of eight scheduled executions the state originally planned to carry out before its supply of one of its lethal injection dru...

    Attorneys saved four lives last week during the Arkansas’s execution mania. By driving up the cost of killing, they will save many more across the country.

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    O’Reilly’s Latest: Killing O’Reilly

    O’Reilly’s Latest: Killing O’Reilly

    PROLOGUEFirst it was the fabulous number one bestseller Killing Lincoln. Then the fabulous number one bestseller Killing Kennedy. Then, number one again, Killing Jesus. We are up now to the year 2013. In 2014 came Killing Patton, the following yea...

    Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus, Patton, Reagan, Japan—and now, himself. And this is the only entertaining tale he’s ever told.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama smiles at someone in the audience as he takes the stage to deliver remarks at a 'Champions of Change' event to highlight middle class economic issues on the White House campus in Washington April 16, 2015.

    Internet to President Obama: WE MISS YOU

    Internet to President Obama: WE MISS YOU

    It has been just about 100 days of President Donald Trump, and some people are at their wits end. So when former President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago on Monday, the Internet was reminded of what they lost.

    Former President Barack Obama spoke at the University of Chicago Monday, and the Internet is having all the feels.

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    Can Rudy Free Alleged Iran Crook?

    Can Rudy Free Alleged Iran Crook?

    Even as President Donald Trump says Iran is “not living up to the spirit” of its nuclear deal, his friend Rudy Giuliani— formerly a harsh critic of the mullahs — is working to bypass the Justice Department and cut a deal for a Turkish gold trader ...

    A judge wants to know more about the work of President Trump’s pals to get U.S. charges dropped against a Turkish gold trader charged with helping Tehran dodge sanctions.

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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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    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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    Summer of Love

    1967: The Summer of Love

    1967: The Summer of Love

    Acclaimed journalist Harvey Kubernik explores the summer that defined an era through the lens of rock 'n' roll.

    Acclaimed journalist Harvey Kubernik explores the summer that defined an era through the lens of rock 'n' roll.

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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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    Summer of Love

    1967: The Summer of Love

    1967: The Summer of Love

    Acclaimed journalist Harvey Kubernik explores the summer that defined an era through the lens of rock 'n' roll.

    Acclaimed journalist Harvey Kubernik explores the summer that defined an era through the lens of rock 'n' roll.

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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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    Hello, Dolly!
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    Bette Midler Owns Broadway in ‘Dolly!’

    Bette Midler Owns Broadway in ‘Dolly!’

    It may be true that New York City’s gay bars are in sad decline. But Broadway’s Shubert Theatre on West 44th Street is one venue where, if you are prepared to part with a few hundred dollars, you can be around as many gay men (and many happy heter...

    With big hats, the best song and dance numbers, and sheer, unbridled joy, Bette Midler and company helm a fantastic revival of ‘Hello, Dolly!’

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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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