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    Michael Bloomberg speaks on the third evening session of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    How a Billionaire Tamed the Bernie Bros

    How a Billionaire Tamed the Bernie Bros

    PHILADELPHIA — One mayor was too extreme. One was too lame. And one was intended to be just right. The last option was Michael Bloomberg, who billed himself as an “outsider” (he’s a billionaire) when he trotted onstage after Joe Biden took the con...

    Michael Bloomberg had a mixed record with Democrats as mayor of New York, but his speech captivated the crowd in Philly—and nary a chant of “Bernie” was heard.

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    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016.  REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RTSJZ2Y

    Ask Trump Anything, Racists and Crazies!

    Ask Trump Anything, Racists and Crazies!

    Ask Me Anything…about how wonderful I am.Donald Trump held an Ask Me Anything session on his central subreddit, The_Donald, on Wednesday night, during the Democratic National Convention’s prime-time programming.The premise of these things is, well...

    Instead of a typical ‘Ask Me Anything’ free-for-all, Reddit hosted a tightly controlled production Wednesday night—with even mildly probing questions quickly deleted.

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    Actress Sigourney Weaver speaks during day three of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    Sigourney: Trump Will Kill Planet Earth

    Sigourney: Trump Will Kill Planet Earth

    PHILADELPHIA — Actress Sigourney Weaver has already basically played Hillary Clinton on TV—and at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, she urged her fans and fellow Americans to help put Clinton in the White House...

    Kinda like our very own Alien.

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    Michael Bloomberg speaks on the third evening session of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

    How a Billionaire Tamed the Bernie Bros

    How a Billionaire Tamed the Bernie Bros

    PHILADELPHIA — One mayor was too extreme. One was too lame. And one was intended to be just right. The last option was Michael Bloomberg, who billed himself as an “outsider” (he’s a billionaire) when he trotted onstage after Joe Biden took the con...

    Michael Bloomberg had a mixed record with Democrats as mayor of New York, but his speech captivated the crowd in Philly—and nary a chant of “Bernie” was heard.

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    US Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland waits for a meeting with Sen. Brian E. Schatz (D-HI) on Capitol Hill May 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Could SCOTUS Fight Swing the Senate?

    Could SCOTUS Fight Swing the Senate?

    Could the Supreme Court swing the Senate? New data says yes.Studies released today at the Democratic National Convention reveal significant voter disapproval of the Senate’s refusal to give a hearing to Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, espec...

    When it comes to picking Supreme Court justices, voters trust Donald Trump as much as they trust Taylor Swift. And they trust Mitch McConnell even less.

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    Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during his joint press conference with Finland's President Sauli Niinisto (not pictured) at Kultaranta summer residence in Naantali, Finland July 1, 2016.

    Trump’s Plea to Putin Might Be a Felony

    Trump’s Plea to Putin Might Be a Felony

    Did Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump just call for a felony to be committed? On Wednesday, he urged a foreign government to hack an American citizen and release personal emails.“Russia, if you're listening, I hope you’re able to f...

    The GOP nominee says lots of crazy things on the campaign trail. But this one could open him up to prosecution—if the DOJ was willing to go there.

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    Entertainment

    Oliver: Tim Kaine Is ‘America’s Stepdad’

    Oliver: Tim Kaine Is ‘America’s Stepdad’

    As the clock approaches 1 a.m. on the East Coast Wednesday night, John Oliver came out swinging during Stephen Colbert’s post-DNC live show. And he didn’t want to talk about Joe Biden or Barack Obama. No, Oliver is “all about Tim Kaine.”“Where are...

    The two Daily Show alums came together on Wednesday night’s live Late Show to break down the DNC.

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    Stranger Things

    The Best References in ‘Stranger Things’

    The Best References in ‘Stranger Things’

    Netflix’s Stranger Things is the word-of-mouth TV hit of the summer, an infectiously creepy mix of ’80s nostalgia, Amblinesque wonder, and sci-fi horror. Part of the fun of the series is recognizing its many, many—seriously, so many—loving homages...

    Matt and Ross Duffer’s cult hit is packed with references to the most beloved genre films of the ’80s. Here, see side-by-side shot comparisons with the brilliant Netflix series.

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    VMA Taylor Swift snubbed, Beyonce gets two nominations

    The VMAs Are Totally Over Taylor Swift

    The VMAs Are Totally Over Taylor Swift

    Yesterday, MTV announced their 2016 Video Music Award nominations: two for Kanye West, two for Calvin Harris, 11 for Beyoncé, and none for Taylor Swift. Sad! Throw on your largest “Formation”-inspired sun hat, pull over a full coverage beach umbre...

    Seven years ago, Kanye West was ridiculed for pointing out that Beyoncé deserved an award over Taylor Swift. My, how the tables have turned.

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    Samira Wiley’s Life After OITNB

    Samira Wiley’s Life After OITNB

    When Samira Wiley smiles, the world smiles with her. It is as if her entire face transmogrifies into pure jollity, and this, followed by that unmistakable laugh, is nothing if not contagious. It’s what made her Poussey Washington (accent à droite,...

    The actress opens up about her new film ‘Nerve,’ her character’s tragic end on ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and much more.

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    Stranger Things

    The Best References in ‘Stranger Things’

    The Best References in ‘Stranger Things’

    Netflix’s Stranger Things is the word-of-mouth TV hit of the summer, an infectiously creepy mix of ’80s nostalgia, Amblinesque wonder, and sci-fi horror. Part of the fun of the series is recognizing its many, many—seriously, so many—loving homages...

    Matt and Ross Duffer’s cult hit is packed with references to the most beloved genre films of the ’80s. Here, see side-by-side shot comparisons with the brilliant Netflix series.

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    How Black Heroes Matter Was Born

    How Black Heroes Matter Was Born

    Cosplaying Harley Quinns and Jedis and a burgeoning Hamilton horde swarmed San Diego Comic-Con last week, but only one costume sent a perfectly succinct ripple of Black Lives Matter realness surging through the colliding fandoms of fantasy and mak...

    A small group of comic book artists and writers started #BlackHeroesMatter to highlight underrepresentation of black people in superhero properties.

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    Khloe Kardashian suggests using vitamin E in your vagina

    Kardashian Vagina Oil Is a Bad Idea

    Kardashian Vagina Oil Is a Bad Idea

    When celebrities and bloggers tell you to do something unusual to your vagina, don’t.Steaming it, like Gwyneth Paltrow, is a bad idea, as is contouring your vulva with an electrical current. You shouldn’t waste your money on a trendy “yoni massage...

    Koko is telling her young female followers to moisturize their ‘vaginal lining’ with Vitamin E. Definitely do not do this.

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    Booker: Bernie Fans Not ‘Ridiculous’

    Booker: Bernie Fans Not ‘Ridiculous’

    The most memorable line of the night at the Democratic National Convention on Monday was ad-libbed by comedian Sarah Silverman. “You’re being ridiculous,” the Bernie Sanders supporter turned Hillary Clinton backer told those in the crowd who were ...

    Democratic Senator Cory Booker defended the vocal Bernie Sanders supporters on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

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    How Black Heroes Matter Was Born

    How Black Heroes Matter Was Born

    Cosplaying Harley Quinns and Jedis and a burgeoning Hamilton horde swarmed San Diego Comic-Con last week, but only one costume sent a perfectly succinct ripple of Black Lives Matter realness surging through the colliding fandoms of fantasy and mak...

    A small group of comic book artists and writers started #BlackHeroesMatter to highlight underrepresentation of black people in superhero properties.

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    World News

    Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) meets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon her arrival at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Vladivostok September 8, 2012.

    DNC Hacker Unmasked: He Works for Russia

    DNC Hacker Unmasked: He Works for Russia

    The hacker who claims to have stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee and provided them to WikiLeaks is actually an agent of the Russian government and part of an orchestrated attempt to influence U.S. media coverage surrounding the p...

    The hacker who claimed to compromise the DNC swore he was Romanian. But new research shows he worked directly for the Vladimir Putin government in Moscow.

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    VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION:  Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Mobility 2004 military manoeuvres at the Sergeevsky training ground, near Vladivostok, 23 June 2004. Putin is in Russia's Far East, overseeing military exercises aimed at preventing local attacks just like the one staged by rebels in Ingushetia 22 June 2004. Ivanov, admitted during the exercises "that our military preparedness has to be more intense - for now it is not yet at the required level." AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV / GAZETA  (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia’s Record of Wicked Leaks

    Russia’s Record of Wicked Leaks

    Lord Byron observed, in skewering one of his favorite poetic targets of derision, that while the English have no word so good as the French longueurs to describe tedious, uninterrupted stretches of writing, they nevertheless “have the thing.” Simi...

    Russia’s intelligence services have a long history of mingling sinister fiction with shards of fact and leaking through third parties to cover their tracks.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with leaders of political parties, presented at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia, July 14, 2016.

    FBI: Russia No. 1 Suspect in DNC Hack

    FBI: Russia No. 1 Suspect in DNC Hack

    The FBI suspects that Russian government hackers breached the networks of the Democratic National Committee and stole emails that were posted to the anti-secrecy site WikiLeaks on Friday. It’s an operation that several U.S. officials now suspect w...

    Did the Russian government hack the DNC to bring down Clinton? That’s the view quickly emerging inside American intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

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    Russian doping whistleblower Yuliya Stepanova who runs under a neutral flag leaves the track after suffering an injury in a women's 800m heat during the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Olympics Surrenders Integrity to Russia

    Olympics Surrenders Integrity to Russia

    The International Olympic Committee just cast a devastating shadow over its own showpiece event that will linger long after the world’s athletes return home from Rio.Faced with a clear-cut case of institutionalized, systematic cheating, the IOC wa...

    Deplorable Olympic bosses have tainted the legacy of the entire sporting movement by failing to stand up to Russia’s blatant cheating.

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    VLADIVOSTOK, RUSSIAN FEDERATION:  Russian President Vladimir Putin watches the Mobility 2004 military manoeuvres at the Sergeevsky training ground, near Vladivostok, 23 June 2004. Putin is in Russia's Far East, overseeing military exercises aimed at preventing local attacks just like the one staged by rebels in Ingushetia 22 June 2004. Ivanov, admitted during the exercises "that our military preparedness has to be more intense - for now it is not yet at the required level." AFP PHOTO / MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV / GAZETA  (Photo credit should read MIKHAIL KLIMENTIEV/AFP/Getty Images)

    Russia’s Record of Wicked Leaks

    Russia’s Record of Wicked Leaks

    Lord Byron observed, in skewering one of his favorite poetic targets of derision, that while the English have no word so good as the French longueurs to describe tedious, uninterrupted stretches of writing, they nevertheless “have the thing.” Simi...

    Russia’s intelligence services have a long history of mingling sinister fiction with shards of fact and leaking through third parties to cover their tracks.

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    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    I had to know the risks my mother and her lover—my father—were taking in Saigon: laughing together in a jeep with balloons, living together though the Foreign Office forbade it, making love with an armed guard posted outside his official residence...

    In ‘The Quiet American,’ Graham Greene lied about my diplomat parents and other innocents.

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    How the Lost Girls of Panama Disappeared

    How the Lost Girls of Panama Disappeared

    This is the first in a three-part investigation into what may have been a savage crime or a tragic accident. In addition to a trove of documents and photographs revealing hitherto unexamined aspects of the case, The Daily Beast has consulted sever...

    The mysterious deaths of two young tourists in Panama puzzled examiners and shocked nations on both sides of the Atlantic; now secretly leaked documents could reveal what happened.

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    The White Christians myth

    The Myth of ‘White’ Christianity

    The Myth of ‘White’ Christianity

    On the first day of the Republican National Convention congressman Steve King suggested that white people had been responsible for humanity’s greatest achievements including, among other things, the spread of Christianity. 
It came about during an...

    Despite what one prominent Donald Trump supporter claims, the success of Christianity had very little to do with what many Trump supporters would see as white people.

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    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    When Graham Greene Lied About My Mom

    I had to know the risks my mother and her lover—my father—were taking in Saigon: laughing together in a jeep with balloons, living together though the Foreign Office forbade it, making love with an armed guard posted outside his official residence...

    In ‘The Quiet American,’ Graham Greene lied about my diplomat parents and other innocents.

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    Entrepreneurship

    Cash-Starved Startups See Some Daylight

    Cash-Starved Startups See Some Daylight

    Entrepreneurs perhaps never have been more celebrated in American culture than they are today. But that popularity is at odds with a startling long-term trend: The U.S. economy has been getting less entrepreneurial for decades. From 1977 to 2013, ...

    In the wake of the Great Recession, seed money for entrepreneurs has mostly gone to a very few locations, but the good news is that this is beginning to change. A little.

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    BLM Hipster

    Hipster Tears Down Pro-Cop Ribbons

    Hipster Tears Down Pro-Cop Ribbons

    A hipster hairstylist cut off more than he could chew when he tore down several blue ribbons on Staten Island honoring police.Stephen Varvaro was captured on video by a motorist on Tuesday who posted the footage of the twentysomething bearded barb...

    Stephen Varvaro went wild on Staten Island, yelling “f**k blue lives!” and arguing with a passerby who defended men and women in uniform.

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    Cleve Heidelberg, Prison for Loaning His Car to Cop-Killer SEO: 45 Years in Prison for Loaning His Car to a Cop-Killer

    Prison for Loaning His Car to Cop-Killer

    Prison for Loaning His Car to Cop-Killer

    Andrew Hale is used to defending cops, not cop-killers.The Chicago attorney made his name defending police officers in high-profile misconduct cases, but now he’s fighting to free Cleve Heidelberg who is serving a 100-year prison sentence for the ...

    When Cleve Heidelberg let a friend use his vehicle on May 26, 1970, he couldn’t imagine it would lead to him being arrested for murder and sent to prison for life.

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    Entrepreneurship

    Cash-Starved Startups See Some Daylight

    Cash-Starved Startups See Some Daylight

    Entrepreneurs perhaps never have been more celebrated in American culture than they are today. But that popularity is at odds with a startling long-term trend: The U.S. economy has been getting less entrepreneurial for decades. From 1977 to 2013, ...

    In the wake of the Great Recession, seed money for entrepreneurs has mostly gone to a very few locations, but the good news is that this is beginning to change. A little.

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    Bank Thieves Went Through Roof for Loot

    Bank Thieves Went Through Roof for Loot

    A trio of burglars stole more than $5 million from two New York City banks by cutting their way through walls and roofs, law enforcement announced Tuesday.Michael Mazzara, Charles Kerrigan, and Anthony Mascuzzio were all hit with conspiracy bank b...

    Wielding torches, Shop Vacs, and plywood, three men are accused of breaking into vaults undetected and making off with cash, jewels, and more.

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    Video: Jailer Chokes Inmate to Death

    Video: Jailer Chokes Inmate to Death

    Video obtained by The Daily Beast shows a corrections officer strangling an inmate to death for more than a minute inside an Oklahoma jail.A state medical examiner ruled that Darius Robinson was killed by “manual compression of the neck” and ruled...

    Darius Robinson was locked up in an Oklahoma jail when officers pepper sprayed him and crushed his windpipe in what was ruled as a homicide.

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    Tech + Health

    Khloe Kardashian suggests using vitamin E in your vagina

    Kardashian Vagina Oil Is a Bad Idea

    Kardashian Vagina Oil Is a Bad Idea

    When celebrities and bloggers tell you to do something unusual to your vagina, don’t.Steaming it, like Gwyneth Paltrow, is a bad idea, as is contouring your vulva with an electrical current. You shouldn’t waste your money on a trendy “yoni massage...

    Koko is telling her young female followers to moisturize their ‘vaginal lining’ with Vitamin E. Definitely do not do this.

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    Tech's Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    Tech’s Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    Tech’s Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    On July 8, 2015, as I was in the midst of working on this book, United Airlines suffered a computer problem and grounded its planes. That same day, the New York Stock Exchange halted trading when its system stopped working properly. The Wall Stree...

    Complex technologies have made our world easier to navigate and infinitely more baffling. The author of ‘Overcomplicated’ walks us down the middle path.

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    EMTs Took Pics with Unconscious Patients

    EMTs Took Pics with Unconscious Patients

    Two paramedics from Okaloosa County, Florida, were arrested on Thursday under several felony charges, stemming from a “selfie war” using patients, many of whom were unconscious, intubated, or sedated. Christopher Wimmer, 33, turned himself in foll...

    Two Florida paramedics face felony charges after engaging in a ‘selfie war,’ where they competed to get photos with patients inside ambulances.

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    B2GPX3 Pro-choice protest group opposing bill lowering limit for abortions being brought down by four weeks to 20 weeks.. Image shot 2008. Exact date unknown.

    GOP’s Despicable Fetal Cremation Laws

    GOP’s Despicable Fetal Cremation Laws

    Striking down abortion restrictions is a game of whack-a-mole: Courts can declare some of them unconstitutional but, inevitably, more laws will pop up.Now, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health, which struck down sign...

    Instead of standard medical waste disposal, GOP lawmakers are pushing for fetal tissue to be buried or cremated.

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    Tech's Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    Tech’s Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    Tech’s Not Our God. Or Our Devil.

    On July 8, 2015, as I was in the midst of working on this book, United Airlines suffered a computer problem and grounded its planes. That same day, the New York Stock Exchange halted trading when its system stopped working properly. The Wall Stree...

    Complex technologies have made our world easier to navigate and infinitely more baffling. The author of ‘Overcomplicated’ walks us down the middle path.

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    A woman rides in a water chute.

    ‘Heat Dome’ to Fry the U.S.?

    ‘Heat Dome’ to Fry the U.S.?

    The term “heat dome” is only the latest in a newly adopted lexicon of apocalyptic weather terminology, along with polar vortex and arctic death spiral.While these words are meteorologically-accurate and describe real weather phenomena, they are be...

    We’ve got a new word for your apocalyptic weather dictionary.

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    Twitter’s Never Going to Stop Trolls

    Twitter’s Never Going to Stop Trolls

    Milo Yiannopoulos, who pointed his hate mob toward Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones this week, had his Twitter account suspended for life on Tuesday night.He had made a living out of that sort of thing, and that’s deplorable. But Twitter also made a...

    Don’t praise Twitter for one high-profile fix. The rest of us are still screwed.

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    : How AirBnB Tolerates Gay Hate

    Can Airbnb Do More to Fight Gay Hate?

    Can Airbnb Do More to Fight Gay Hate?

    Buddy Fisher wanted a place to stay during Austin’s Pride Festival. Then he got a message from his potential Airbnb host: “No LGBT people, please. I do not support people who are against humanity. Sorry.”Fisher’s experience, first reported by KHOU...

    It bars homophobic hosts on a case-by-case basis, but campaigners argue the home-sharing site could be doing more to protect LGBT guests from discrimination.

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    A woman rides in a water chute.

    ‘Heat Dome’ to Fry the U.S.?

    ‘Heat Dome’ to Fry the U.S.?

    The term “heat dome” is only the latest in a newly adopted lexicon of apocalyptic weather terminology, along with polar vortex and arctic death spiral.While these words are meteorologically-accurate and describe real weather phenomena, they are be...

    We’ve got a new word for your apocalyptic weather dictionary.

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    Arts + Culture

    Prince George

    Prince George Turns 3, Gets Trolled

    Prince George Turns 3, Gets Trolled

    Wow, Prince George’s third birthday turned out to be pretty rough.First came ‘Ice-Cream Gate’, in which Prince George shared some ice cream with family pet Lupo, leading to tweets for the young prince to be thrown in jail “for irresponsible animal...

    An employee of a British government-supported organization took to Facebook to accuse the tot of embodying white privilege.

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    From Personal Trainer to Star Designer

    From Personal Trainer to Star Designer

    His trio of initials spells out MAP. Then there’s that flexed-bicep-emoji of a middle name. So a résumé boasting both “personal trainer” and “world traveler” seemed assured for Mark Armstrong Peddigrew. Less obvious, perhaps, is the inclusion of “...

    From gym rat to folk music to flea markets—Mark Armstrong Peddigrew’s journey from Rufus Wainwright’s personal trainer to New York’s most badass jewelry designer.

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    Benicio Del Toro poses for a portrait in promotion of his upcoming role in "Sicario" at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 in Toronto.

    Benicio Del Toro, Beer & Hunter Thompson

    Benicio Del Toro, Beer & Hunter Thompson

    Do you prefer beer in a glass or in a bottle? “Bottle. Just because it’s more convenient. It’s a straight line from the bottle to me. There are no pit stops. No changing of planes.”What is your ideal beer temperature? “Cold. I can drink coffee if ...

    The Academy Award–winning actor talks about drinking beer, Hunter S. Thompson, and hangovers.

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    Andrew Kirell

    Farewell to the Cat Who Saved My Life

    Farewell to the Cat Who Saved My Life

    I never wanted to get a cat.But there we were, my future wife and I at a local animal shelter in SoHo, browsing a room full of caged felines. Jen had grown up with cats, but I’d only ever known dogs. I long lived with the perception that cats were...

    My first cat died suddenly at the age of 5. Ernest was an extraordinary creature—one who helped rescue this writer from the darkness of severe depression and anxiety.

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    From Personal Trainer to Star Designer

    From Personal Trainer to Star Designer

    His trio of initials spells out MAP. Then there’s that flexed-bicep-emoji of a middle name. So a résumé boasting both “personal trainer” and “world traveler” seemed assured for Mark Armstrong Peddigrew. Less obvious, perhaps, is the inclusion of “...

    From gym rat to folk music to flea markets—Mark Armstrong Peddigrew’s journey from Rufus Wainwright’s personal trainer to New York’s most badass jewelry designer.

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    Seagull Princess

    The Flap Over This Seagull With Breasts

    The Flap Over This Seagull With Breasts

    Donna Dodson’s sculpture, “Seagull Cinderella,” is of a very regal and human-looking seagull, with upturned yellow beak, bold, petal-patterned dress, and a proudly pert pair of breasts. The gull appears to be a racy Mother Courage of the skies.Thi...

    Donna Dodson’s eight-foot sculpture, ‘Seagull Cinderella,’ has stood happily and proudly in her backyard and elsewhere—but its presence in New Bedford, Mass., has outraged some locals.

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    DE5HBP Ghent Altarpiece (Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, completed 1432) by Jan van Eyck at Saint Bavo Cathedral, Ghent. Flemish region,

    The Painting Hitler Fought For

    The Painting Hitler Fought For

    In 1432, Jan van Eyck put the finishing touches on the large masterpiece that he began with his brother years earlier.The lesser known Hubert van Eyck didn’t live to see the completed magnificence of the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, which consist...

    The Ghent Altarpiece is one of the world’s most abused and threatened artworks, even becoming the center of a tug of love between Hitler and Goring.

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    Robert Smalls

    The Slave Who Stole the Reb Codes

    The Slave Who Stole the Reb Codes

    We don’t know precisely why the three white officers on board a Confederate transport and gunboat called the CSS Planter decided to go ashore in Charleston, South Carolina, the night of May 12, 1862.Maybe they went to see their families. Maybe the...

    When three Confederate officers decided to go ashore for a night in Charleston, they left their gunboat in the hands of an enslaved pilot. It was a critical mistake.

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    Seagull Princess

    The Flap Over This Seagull With Breasts

    The Flap Over This Seagull With Breasts

    Donna Dodson’s sculpture, “Seagull Cinderella,” is of a very regal and human-looking seagull, with upturned yellow beak, bold, petal-patterned dress, and a proudly pert pair of breasts. The gull appears to be a racy Mother Courage of the skies.Thi...

    Donna Dodson’s eight-foot sculpture, ‘Seagull Cinderella,’ has stood happily and proudly in her backyard and elsewhere—but its presence in New Bedford, Mass., has outraged some locals.

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