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    Pence Is Right on Trump’s County Wins

    Pence Is Right on Trump’s County Wins

    By Allison Graves and Louis JacobsonPresident-elect Donald Trump’s closest advisers fanned across the news shows Sunday to quell concern about the businessman’s transition to the White House following a diplomat-rattling phone call with the presid...

    Pence says Trump claimed more counties than any GOP candidate since 1984. He’s right—but the size of some of those counties explains Hillary Clinton’s 2.6 million popular vote lead.

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    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    Trump Team Scrambles on Taiwan

    President-elect Donald Trump’s surrogates on Sunday defended his controversial phone call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, which critics say threatens to cause a rift with China and upend decades-long diplomatic protocol.Trump and his advisers ...

    After lots of hand-wringing by establishment foreign policy figures about Donald Trump’s phone call with Taiwan’s president, his team spent Sunday explaining why.

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    Pundifact

    Pence Is Right on Trump’s County Wins

    Pence Is Right on Trump’s County Wins

    By Allison Graves and Louis JacobsonPresident-elect Donald Trump’s closest advisers fanned across the news shows Sunday to quell concern about the businessman’s transition to the White House following a diplomat-rattling phone call with the presid...

    Pence says Trump claimed more counties than any GOP candidate since 1984. He’s right—but the size of some of those counties explains Hillary Clinton’s 2.6 million popular vote lead.

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    What Trump‘s Cuba policy should be

    Trump: Don’t Backtrack on Cuba

    Trump: Don’t Backtrack on Cuba

    Since Fidel Castro’s death, speculation about the future of U.S.-Cuba relations under President-elect Donald Trump’s administration has been intense. Will Trump continue President Obama’s opening, as many urge, or will he work to bring it to a hal...

    Things have gotten worse in Cuba since Obama’s opening, not better. But Trump shouldn’t just re-shut the door. There’s a middle way.

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    Bannon

    Steve Bannon’s Steamy Space Sex Scene

    Steve Bannon’s Steamy Space Sex Scene

    The most important thoughts from Stephen K. Bannon, the incoming chief strategist in the Donald Trump White House, that you’ll read this weekend aren’t his thoughts on the economy or foreign policy. Instead, we look back to the ’90s, when the then...

    Once upon a time, the incoming chief White House strategist was a hobbyist screenwriter who adapted Shakespeare’s work. One time, one of those works included space sex.

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    Entertainment

    Models celebrate at the end of the 2016 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, November 30, 2016.

    Watch: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

    Watch: Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

    Every year the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show gets bigger, flashier, and more celebrity-filled. The pre-filmed hour-long runway show will air on December 5 on CBS beginning at 10 p.m. EST.The 2016 edition of the lingerie company’s annual fashion s...

    The 2016 Victoria’s Secret fashion show features Kendall Jenner, musical guests Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, and The Weeknd, along with the Victoria’s Secret Angels and that $3M ‘Fantasy B...

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks towards the media as he arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the Harbor, New York, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich - RTSUJH9

    Trump Tweets Against SNL Again

    Trump Tweets Against SNL Again

    This time, he didn't even wait for the show to be over. About halfway through Saturday Night Live's episode this week, President-elect Donald Trump weighed in on Twitter, writing, "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchab...

    Before the episode was even over.

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    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    SNL’s Trump Goes Twitter Crazy

    Donald Trump is still the president-elect of the United States and Alec Baldwin is still playing him on Saturday Night Live. And this week’s cold open brought us inside a Trump security briefing where the easily-distracted Trump couldn’t help but ...

    In the cold open for this week’s ‘Saturday Night Live,’ President-elect Donald Trump would rather retweet teenagers than learn about foreign policy.

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    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    SNL Turns Hillary Into Bigfoot

    Since she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton has made just a handful of public appearances, once at a charity gala in Washington D.C. and the other to deliver a UNICEF award to Katy Perry in New York City last week. Ot...

    ‘Saturday Night Live’ went deep into the Chappaqua woods this week to search for the elusive Hillary Clinton.

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    Donald Glover stars in FX's 'Atlanta.'

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    “I don’t see them as priorities, I see them all as one thing. I see them as another form of expressing yourself. I think it’s important to express yourself and show people who you are. It is one of those things where I feel like... I never look at...

    With his extraordinary FX show ‘Atlanta’ and new ’70s-inspired album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Glover has emerged as one of his generation’s most powerful voices.

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    Mariah's World

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    Mariah Carey’s New Show Is a Total Riot

    It’s Mariah Carey’s time. Both immediately and seasonally.The pop music icon is launching her new docuseries, Mariah’s World, on E! Sunday night, a cleverly timed debut at the height of what’s become Mariah’s season: Christmastime.Thanks to her ca...

    Few reality shows are as fun to watch as ‘Mariah’s World’ and its famous star. Come for the diva. Stay for the diva making fun of herself.

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    RCA Studios in NYC, December 1966

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    Nina Simone As You’ve Never Seen Her

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

    See never-before-seen images of Nina Simone recording her classic album ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’ at RCA Studios in New York City.

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    Donald Glover stars in FX's 'Atlanta.'

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    Donald Glover’s Millennial Revolution

    “I don’t see them as priorities, I see them all as one thing. I see them as another form of expressing yourself. I think it’s important to express yourself and show people who you are. It is one of those things where I feel like... I never look at...

    With his extraordinary FX show ‘Atlanta’ and new ’70s-inspired album ‘Awaken, My Love!’ Glover has emerged as one of his generation’s most powerful voices.

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    World News

    French Ideologues

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    The Alt-Right’s French Inspiration

    NICE, France—Alain de Benoist is the prolific and quintessentially Gallic icon of France’s New Right, the political and philosophical school of thought that formed in Nice in January 1968—and somehow wound up as a principal inspiration for America...

    Elderly Frenchmen Alain de Benoist and Guillaume Faye are far from household names in Europe and the U.S. But their ideas have fueled white nationalism across both continents.

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     Excerpt from her bio of her father who was a forger for the Resistance

    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    When I was little I knew nothing about the story of my father's life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else's, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about h...

    As a child, Sarah Kaminsky couldn't fathom her father’s cloudy past, but slowly it came out: he had worked against the Nazis as a forger. She knew she had to get that story told.

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    Captain William M. Callaghan

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    American Who Buried a Kamikaze Enemy

    The 75th anniversary commemorations of the dastardly Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor seem to be a great gift to the Alt-Right’s xenophobic nationalists. That Day of Infamy – December 7, 1941 – seemingly confirms fears of treacherous foreigners whi...

    In April of 1945, Captain William Callaghan and the USS Missouri were attacked by a kamikaze pilot intent on destroying all on board. His attack failed, and Callaghan stood up to his...

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    Fidel Castro

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    Zoé Valdés Bids Fidel Castro Adieu

    PARIS — The moment exiled Cuban novelist and poet Zoé Valdés learned of Fidel Castro's death last Saturday she felt ecstatic, and draped a Cuban flag from the window of her apartment overlooking the Seine. "I was joyous," she told T...

    The legendary Cuban writer who was exiled to Paris will shed no tears for the late dictator, and has slim hope for her home island's future.

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     Excerpt from her bio of her father who was a forger for the Resistance

    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    My Dad Was a Forger for the Resistance


    When I was little I knew nothing about the story of my father's life. I was the youngest of three children. As far as I could see, I had a father like everyone else's, who always taught me to obey the law. At home he never talked about h...

    As a child, Sarah Kaminsky couldn't fathom her father’s cloudy past, but slowly it came out: he had worked against the Nazis as a forger. She knew she had to get that story told.

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    march through Munich in remembrance of the Putsch. Front row, L to R: Dr. Weber, Goering, Hitler, and Graf. 2nd row: unidentified, Professor Schultze, and Rosenberg.

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    As arts editor for one of Vienna’s principal newspapers, Moriz Scheyer knew many of the city’s foremost artists and was an important literary journalist. With the advent of the Nazis, he was forced from both job and home. In 1943, in hiding in Fra...

    Moris Scheyer’s vivid account of successfully evading the Nazis is finally being published, and the decades have not blunted his anger at those who accommodated the Fuhrer.

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    Italy Referendum

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    Italy Heads for Chaos

    ROME—On Sunday, Italians will be asked to vote on major legislative reforms in a referendum that, if it passes, would be the most progressive move Italy has ever made in streamlining its famously top-heavy government. Or, in the far more likely sc...

    Italians head to the ballot box on Sunday to vote on a flawed referendum that will change the face of Italy no matter the outcome.

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    Members of a powerful group inside the Institutional Revolutionary Party pose after a news conference in Mexico City.  (L-R) Tomas Yarrington, Enrique Martinez, Enrique Jackson, Natividad Gonzalez, Arturo Montiel, members of a powerful group inside the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who have organized a faction called "Tucom", pose after a news conference in Mexico City May 23, 2005. Tucom members said today that will try to prevent PRI president Roberto Madrazo from using "ill means" to become the presidential candidate for 2006 elections. The group wants party members to choose their candidate freely. REUTERS/Daniel Aguilar - RTRC7J7

    Mexican Governors on the Lam

    Mexican Governors on the Lam

    MEXICO CITY — Whether draining funds from public coffers, racketeering and laundering cash from drug cartels, ordering killings, allegedly having sex with children, or fleeing from international and national authorities, Mexico’s renegade governor...

    You knew there was massive cartel-fueled corruption south of the border. You had no idea it was like this.

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    march through Munich in remembrance of the Putsch. Front row, L to R: Dr. Weber, Goering, Hitler, and Graf. 2nd row: unidentified, Professor Schultze, and Rosenberg.

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    Nazi Survivor: Your Silence Aided Hitler

    As arts editor for one of Vienna’s principal newspapers, Moriz Scheyer knew many of the city’s foremost artists and was an important literary journalist. With the advent of the Nazis, he was forced from both job and home. In 1943, in hiding in Fra...

    Moris Scheyer’s vivid account of successfully evading the Nazis is finally being published, and the decades have not blunted his anger at those who accommodated the Fuhrer.

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    NC Murders

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    The broken window on Dawn Ward’s trailer was the family’s first warning sign. Inside the trailer, Ward, 40, and her daughter Taylor Carroll, 14, were nowhere to be found. It would be another three days until police found the pair dead at the botto...

    The missing woman’s estranged husband and his younger brother were arrested 800 miles from where she and her daughter disappeared.

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    Warehouse Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Inside the Oakland Party Fire

    Editor's Note: This story has been updated throughout.OAKLAND, California—The only way to the second floor of the warehouse known as the Ghost Ship was up a rickety staircase constructed of wood pallets. The makeshift staircase felt unsteady ...

    At least 30 are dead after a building went up in flames Friday night. I was there and saw why it was so dangerous.

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    Alaska Railroad

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    The Coolest Caboose to Alaska’s Frontier

    “Moose! Moose! We’ve got three moose on the right!” Warren Redfearn beamed with excitement as he directed the passengers’ attention toward the wildlife idling beside the Aurora Winter Train. A stream of “oohs” and “ahhs” followed as the 40 or so...

    For the hardy few travelers who opt to hop on the Alaska Railroad’s off-season Aurora Winter Train, it’s a ride into a real-life snow globe.

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    NC Murders

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    Brothers Arrested in Mom-Daughter Murder

    The broken window on Dawn Ward’s trailer was the family’s first warning sign. Inside the trailer, Ward, 40, and her daughter Taylor Carroll, 14, were nowhere to be found. It would be another three days until police found the pair dead at the botto...

    The missing woman’s estranged husband and his younger brother were arrested 800 miles from where she and her daughter disappeared.

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    Immigrants flocking to churches to feel safe in the age of Trump

    Hispanic Churches Fear Trump

    Hispanic Churches Fear Trump

    If Donald Trump keeps all his campaign promises, thousands of churches could disappear.That’s according to Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, who heads the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, an evangelical group with more than 40,000 affiliate...

    Churches across the U.S. are worried their pews will be emptied out by Trump’s deportation plans—and some say they will become sanctuaries.

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     USS West Virginia Burning in Pearl Harbor

    Why Were We Napping at Pearl Harbor?

    Why Were We Napping at Pearl Harbor?

    On a bright, sunny morning 75 years ago this Wednesday, 181 warplanes of the Imperial Japanese Navy swept down out of the sky from the north over the blue-green hills of Kahuku Point on the island of Oahu, and attacked the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Flee...

    There have been paranoid theories aplenty to explain why the US Navy was so unprepared on December 7, 1941, but the simple truth is that we did not believe it could happen.

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    Tech

    Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    Pregnancy Bracelet Lets Dad Feel Kicks

    There is nothing weirder, wilder, or more magical than a baby’s movement in utero. For many mothers (it certainly was for me), the quickening, those first flutters, are the moment when a pregnancy starts to feel real, when a bump becomes a baby. A...

    Thanks to the Scandinavians, fathers can choose to be even more involved in their partner’s pregnancy—now where’s that bracelet for morning sickness?

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    Cult of Fitness: When ‘energy’ drinks actually contained radioactive energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    When ‘Energy’ Drinks Had Real Energy

    By Timothy J. Jorgensen, Georgetown University Modern life have you feeling frazzled? Flagging a bit as you rush through your day? Maybe you’re one of the millions of consumers who lean on energy drinks to put a little extra pep in your step.Thou...

    Millions of people consume energy drinks every day, but back in the day those drinks were a little more, um, energetic.

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    Fake facebook news

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    Here’s How to Fix Facebook’s Fake News

    For those of us who (despite a big blow to our confidence) still believe in the power of ideas to generate good, Facebook’s fake news problem should be a lightning rod.Nobody wins in a system that rewards lying. If stories stating that Pope Franci...

    Transparent algorithms and unfiltered newsfeeds may not be enough to fix the digital delivery systems that have made fake news a fixture. What’s needed is a software overhaul.

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    Fake Facebook News

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    I Write Fake News. Here’s What Works.

    At first, I created fake news stories stories that were meant to be head-turning: Hillary sold passport-making machines directly to ISIS. Obama won’t say the words “Radical Islam” because it would break an Islamic Spell he thinks he is protected b...

    Here’s what I learned trapping trending algorithms and the people of Facebook, even when I wasn’t really trying to.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    Amazon Battles Trolls Over Megyn Kelly

    The angry online male masses, seen recently mass-downvoting the trailer for Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters,” Phoebe Robinson’s podcast “So Many White Guys,” and many shows that feature women doing things other than supporting male characters, have turn...

    An online war is taking place over on the Amazon page for Megyn Kelly’s new book, with one-star reviews from Trumpkins popping up and being deleted with lightning speed.

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    Facebook Shitshow

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    48 Hours in Facebook’s Unreality

    In the fact-free world of what trends on Facebook, everything is going swimmingly in Donald Trump’s America over the last 48 hours—even if none of it is true.America’s biggest celebrities are flipping to Trump, manufacturing plants are shutting do...

    Mark Zuckerberg thinks it’s a ‘crazy idea’ that fake news on Facebook helped elect Trump. He should look at the most shared stories of the last two days.

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    A Lt. Col. on video games inspiring violence

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Breeding an Assassination Generation

    Imagine your child, or grandchild, or your niece or nephew, or your friend’s child have gone off to school, the mall, or the theater. Hours later, you hear the breaking-news story every parent in the United States fears most: Shooting in Progress....

    There’s a proven correlation between video games and gun violence, yet we still allow our children free access to these games, breeding an assassination generation.

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    Arts + Culture

    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    A Teen Suicide Electrifies Broadway

    From Stephen Sondheim through Rent to Next To Normal, Broadway musicals have long left their traditional moorings of boy-meets-girl, a bit of fluffy complication, uplifting self-discovery, and cheery ensemble dance routines. With the fascinating D...

    In ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ a teenager’s mysterious suicide is the spur for another teenager’s lie—and an examination of truth, memory, and internet lunacy.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    The City Without Jews

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Nazi Film With the Missing Ending

    Anti-Semitism was flourishing in Austria in 1924 when the filmmaker Hans Karl Breslauer first screened The City Without Jews, a prescient silent film about a “legendary republic of Utopia” that collapses when those in power blame economic woes and...

    As Hitler was brooding in prison, a film hinting at the portending devastation for Jews was released in Austria. And then it went missing for nearly a century.

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    Buck Angel, Major Griffin Gracy, Shane Ortega

    The Truth About Being Trans

    The Truth About Being Trans

    Miss Major Griffin-Gracy is remembering the time she was arrested, after fighting with a cop and knocking him out. “He tore my silk organza dress, girl. That is not a thing to do. Took me too long to find that dress in my size.”One of the takeaway...

    In HBO’s ‘The Trans List,’ a range of transgender groundbreakers and trailblazers, including Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, reveal how diverse the trans community is.

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    A demonstrator puts a banner with an image depicting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as he takes part in a protest against Trump, outside the U.S. embassy in Mexico City, Mexico November 14, 2016.

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    Sinclair Lewis Predicted Trump—And Us

    It’s an election year, in a time of economic uncertainty. Running for president is a ranting populist type who has a bestselling book that is part biography, and part shameless boasting. He promises to “make America a proud, rich land again,” rail...

    In his 1935 novel, ‘It Can’t Happen Here,’ the Nobel prize winning author created a demagogue remarkably similar to Trump. He also nailed America’s love affair with demagogues.

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    Pedro Almodovar poses for a portrait on August 12, 2016 in London, England.

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    Is there anyone like Pedro Almodóvar?For those who know his work—and for a sometimes-experimental queer Spanish director, that’s more people than you’d expect—he is a rara avis: an artist whose work has grown over the decades, who has known both c...

    The Spanish director’s films are famed for their insane plots, bright colors, and high emotions—and a radical queer sensibility, even when the protagonists are straight.

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    Interview with author Mark Shriver, author of new biography of Pope Francis

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    The Pope Prepares for President Trump

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, whose deeply Catholic family has been enjoying private audiences with popes for decades, pulled every string he could think of, including enlisting the help of two cardinals, in order to land an interview with the subject of ...

    Mark Kennedy Shriver, author of a new book about Pope Francis, says the pontiff is not necessarily opposed to Donald Trump: ‘He’s teaching. He is also challenging.’

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    It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra
Shown from left: Henry Travers (as Clarence), James Stewart (as George Bailey)

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Becomes an Opera

    There have been several operas based on short stories or books that became movies recently including Brokeback Mountain (2014), and Minnesota Opera’s The Shining (2016).But nothing has quite the popular resonance of It’s A Wonderful Life.“One of t...

    Composer Jake Heggie has turned the classic Christmas movie, about desperate George Bailey and Clarence the angel, into an opera—inspired by his own father’s suicide.

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    Pedro Almodovar poses for a portrait on August 12, 2016 in London, England.

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    The Queer Heart of Pedro Almodóvar

    Is there anyone like Pedro Almodóvar?For those who know his work—and for a sometimes-experimental queer Spanish director, that’s more people than you’d expect—he is a rara avis: an artist whose work has grown over the decades, who has known both c...

    The Spanish director’s films are famed for their insane plots, bright colors, and high emotions—and a radical queer sensibility, even when the protagonists are straight.

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