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Pitbull Moves Beyond Hip-Hop and Into the Unknown on ‘Climate Change’

Over the last four decades, hip-hop has emerged as the lingua franca of global pop culture, a force that has gleefully imposed itself in every corner and crevice. Television and film, politics, fashion and more — hip-hop has reshaped them all. Throughout the genre’s ascent, the message has been …

LOGAN Doesn’t Fit Into the X-MEN Universe, Plus Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison

Happy Monday, my fellow Movie Morselers! Let’s get this work week started with the most intriguing news we’ve yet heard about Hugh Jackman’s final …

Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard just took a secret 'fact-finding trip' to Syria

Foreign Policy first reported that the Hawaii representative visited Damascus, Syria's capital, during her trip. The visit was kept a secret for security reasons, according to her spokeswoman.<p>"As a Member of the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, and as an individual committed to doing …

Samantha Power’s diagnosis of the threat from Russia is brilliant. Her solutions aren’t.

Samantha Power, the outgoing US ambassador to the United Nations, gave her final public speech in office on Wednesday — and she devoted basically all of it to the threat Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to global stability. Speaking at the Atlantic Council, Power offered what might be the simplest and …

Zebra Shark Has Babies Without a Male After Years of Isolation

A female zebra shark in Australia has shocked scientists by producing three offspring after spending years away from her male partner. Subsequent …

These Pro-Lifers Are Headed to the Women’s March on Washington

Is there room in the movement for people who morally object to abortion?<p><i>Updated on Monday, January 16 at 4:05 p.m.</i><p>Pro-life women are headed to D.C. Yes, they’ll turn out for the annual March for Life, which is coming up on January 27. But one week earlier, as many as a few hundred pro-lifers are …

Feminism

Trump just threatened to dismantle the European-American alliance as we know it

Donald Trump just lobbed a grenade into the normally staid world of European-American diplomacy, using a joint interview with two of Europe’s biggest newspapers to call NATO “obsolete,” predict that the European Union would fall apart and announce that the US wouldn’t really care if it did, and …

DNC candidates: Chairman's race isn't about Bernie and Hillary

The seven candidates competing to run the Democratic National Committee want to make one thing clear: The race for chairman isn't a repeat of the Hillary Clinton vs. Bernie Sanders primary.<p>In their first appearance onstage together — the first of four regional forums hosted by the DNC — the …

Joe Biden’s Medal of Freedom moment perfectly captures the sense of achievement we’re all working for

In a final celebration of their partnership in office, Barack Obama paid an emotional tribute to his vice president, which he concluded with bestowing upon a surprised Joe Biden the highest American civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.<p>“For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your …

The Trouble With Publishing the Trump Dossier

In distributing a set of inflammatory allegations that it admitted it could not vouch for, BuzzFeed sidestepped a basic principle of journalism.<p>There’s no set of rules for when to publish and not to publish an explosive, sensitive story—decisions are made with limited knowledge, and the full impact …

Donald Trump

Obama in Science: The Renewable Revolution Will Outlast Trump

The president makes the case for his energy legacy in one of the nation’s preeminent scientific journals.<p>For the past five years, solar and wind energy have exploded in popularity in the United States. Since the election of Donald Trump, energy analysts have been trying to figure out if that trend …

Fossil Fuels

Rex Tillerson's Corporate Realpolitik

How one deal in Iraq from Tillerson's past could complicate his future<p>Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee to be America’s chief diplomat, doesn’t technically have any government experience. Yet as CEO of ExxonMobil, he led for nearly 11 years what journalist Steve Coll once described as a “vast …

Middle East

The Case for the Cuba Embargo

Senator Robert Menendez explains why he thinks Obama opened to the island too soon.<p>On November 26, the New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez held a press conference at the Union of Ex-Political Prisoners of Cuba, a human rights group based in Union City. Known colloquially as “Havana on the Hudson,” …

Cuba

So, Why Can't You Call Taiwan?

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are.<p><i>Updated on December 2 at 7:49 p.m.</i><p>It’s hardly remembered now, having been overshadowed a few months later on September 11, but the George W. Bush administration’s …

China

Through climate change denial, we're ceding global leadership to China

Remember when China was the climate-action outcast, the obstacle standing in the way of progress in the global fight against a warming planet? What a difference a few years — and an election — can make.<p>Over the past few weeks, world leaders, delegates to the climate change conference in Marrakech …

You can now delete (almost) all trace of yourself from the web at the click of a button

The internet never forgets. What may have been an embarrassing Facebook photo eight years ago could be dredged up to affect future job prospects, or …

Describing Words Finds Adjectives For the Noun You're Writing About

When you’re writing, adjectives give you the most flexibility to create a vivid picture. It’s also easy to slip into a cliche series of mundane, …

Senior Catholic Joseph Zen says the pontiff ‘may not know the Communist persecutors who have killed hundreds of thousands’<p>The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six …

Christianity

Stephen Colbert and John Oliver on Donald Trump's Election: 'Don't Give Him an Inch'

Stephen Colbert and John Oliver have both spent the past year making it perfectly clear to their shows’ viewers how they feel about Donald Trump, but …

Facebook, Google Take Steps To Confront Fake News

Since Donald Trump's election victory, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come out not once, but twice, to address the issue of fake news, inaccurate or simply false information that appears on the Web in the guise of journalism.<p>Zuckerberg made his remarks at the Techonomy 16 media conference and …

Does the Democratic Party Have a Future?

The leaderless party is beset by structural disadvantages and policy defeats.<p>Long, long ago, on Monday, when a Hillary Clinton victory seemed likely, the forecast for the Democratic Party looked grim. The party was confident that its aging candidate, the spouse of another former Democratic …

Democratic Party

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’ top our summer TV binge list

Life in the digital age means it’s never too late to catch up on all those shows you’ve been hearing so much about, and there’s no better time than summer.<p>To aid in this endeavor, I have compiled a shortlist, which is (a) completely, and even randomly, subjective, and (b) specific to the notion of …

TV

It's Time to Ditch the $2 Bill

Now that Alexander Hamilton is safe on the sawbuck, and Andrew Jackson is banished to the back of the $20 note, could we please tackle a rather more …

Marvel’s NIGHTHAWK: A 'Black Superhero In a Country Infected By the Disease of Racism'

Credit: Ramon Villalobos (Marvel Comics)<p>Squadron Supreme’s Nighthawk may have roots as a Batman stand-in, but writer David Walker and the art team of …

Archaeologists Discovered a 5,000-Year-Old Beer Recipe in China

Step aside with your claims to long legacies, craft breweries! This reconstructed beer recipe is over 5,000 years old. It’s the earliest beer …

Archaeology

8 European right-wing parties celebrating the rise of Donald Trump

Ethno-nationalists from France to Italy and Holland have been effusive in their praise of the Republican strongman<p>Donald Trump’s campaign is truly testing the limits of the old saying “Every cloud has a silver lining.” Unless one operates under the assumption that a hate-filled platform fueled by …

Awesome Art Picks: Superman, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …