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Draft of Dems' policy positions reflects Sanders' influence

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A draft of the Democratic Party's policy positions reflects the influence of Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign: endorsing steps to break up large Wall Street banks, advocating a $15 hourly wage, urging an end to the death penalty.<p>Hillary Clinton's supporters turned back efforts …

Is Netflix About to Copy Amazon?

Image source: Netflix.<p>You may soon be able to<b>Netflix</b>even if your Internet connection chills. Dan Taitz -- COO at mobile video software provider Penthera -- is telling LightReading that Netflix is getting ready to let subscribers download at least some of its content to watch at a later time. Taitz …

Televisions

Tim Dowling: my wife and I are at the cinema, but the real action is off screen

The film begins. I can’t concentrate, because the American woman is scraping the bottom of her popcorn box with long fingernails<p>My wife has read a film review, and now wants to see a film. “We could go tomorrow,” she says. “It’s not as if we’re doing anything else.”<p>“Maybe,” I say. My wife picks up …

WATCH: Why Sloths Almost Die Every Time They Have to Poop

What did we just watch?<p>A sloth’s life seems pretty sweet, right? You get to hang out in trees all day, munching on food, sleeping all the time, and …

It's Not Too Late for a Summer Vegetable Garden

Chioggia Pink Beets<p>Beets are usually thought of as a winter vegetables but work well as a summer crop provided you plant the seeds in full sun or …

Gardening

Tennessee Judge Ignores Supreme Court, Rules Parental Rights Apply Only To ‘Husbands’

Last June, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its historic <i>Obergefell</i> ruling, bringing marriage equality to every part of the nation. But …

LGBTQ

9 Incredibly Dumb Early Versions Of Iconic Characters

Inspiration works in strange ways. Sometimes, our favorite characters look exactly right the first time their creators debut them, but other times, …

H.P. Lovecraft

Scientists have discovered exactly 237 reasons people have sex

Psychologists Cindy Messon and David Buss didn't think that was very realistic.<p>So they gathered 444 people between 17 and 52 years old and asked them to list as many reasons they could think of why they or people they knew had chosen to have sex.<p>Then Messon and Buss went through the 715 responses, …

College & University

Why Trump Can’t Become a Dictator

There are more checks and balances to the presidency than you might think.<p>Not only hasn’t he retracted his pledge to ban Muslims from America’s shores, Donald Trump has doubled down on it over the past week. In the wake of the Orlando shootings, Trump announced that as president he would “suspend …

Donald Trump

This Woman's Quiet Death Epitomizes America's Broken Political System

Cassandra Butts waited 820 days of her life for a confirmation from the Republican-controlled Senate that never came.<p>Cassandra Butts died of leukemia on May 25, 2016, 27 years after she met fellow Harvard Law student Barack Obama and struck up a friendship that would change her life. She was close …

Barack Obama
Gloria Steinem

Here's What John Oliver Missed About Your Retirement

<i>He forgot the qualified hurricane distributions.</i><p>Cute show John Oliver had there, satirizing the middlemen whose fees eat up your 401(k). He left out some things, such as how to protect yourself. Here are a few footnotes to the program.<p>1. The righteous Obama administration, riding to the rescue with …

Retirement

Allow Billy Eichner And John Oliver To Explain Retirement Plans With Hilarious Simplicity

<i>Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</i> was in top form last night, opening with Oliver’s emotional statement about the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and ending with an informative look at retirement planning, capped off with a helpful PSA from Billy Eichner and Kristin Chenoweth starting at the …

Billy Eichner

How the Orlando Shootings Will Shape the General Election

Following the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S soil since September 11, 2001, the U.S. presidential campaign enters uncharted territory. The attack …

Why President Obama Was Right Not to Say ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’

It didn’t take long for the massacre in Orlando to become politicized. Hours after the news broke on Sunday, President Obama addressed the nation and …

Essential Cartoons That Aren’t on Blu-ray

What are your essential films that aren’t available on Blu-ray?<p>In high school, I was a ‘film purest’. That is, I remember arguing with a friend how …

Gun Laws and Terrorism: An American Nightmare

On Sunday, around lunchtime, I took my two daughters and our puppy to a dog park in Brooklyn Heights, near the East River. It was a fine, breezy day, and throngs of people were strolling along the raised promenade, which provides a view of New York Harbor and downtown Manhattan. With Americans of …

Guns
Donald Trump

Why You Can't 'Self-Help' Your Way To Happiness

Thirty years ago, I went to see a very old and highly revered Chinese doctor. One of the first things he said to me was, "I don't deal with disease; I deal with health."<p>In Western culture, self-help is often talked about as though it offers cures to what is inherently wrong with you. But if we take …

Five Emerging Technologies in Science That Will Shape our Lives in the Coming Years

Credit<p>Most of us don't think we are living in a futuristic utopia. But if you look around at many of the exciting advancements in technology, you will see that life is starting to look more and more like science fiction every day.<p>Cool new technologies are emerging constantly in the science world. …

Here Are the Best Books of 2016 So Far

<i>Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets</i> by Svetlana Alexievich<p>The Nobel Prize-winner documents the last days of communism in the Soviet Union and …

Trump and Clinton and their very different responses to the Orlando shootings

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s first tweet Sunday morning was a fairly measured comment about the deadly mass shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub. “Really bad shooting in Orlando. Police investigating possible terrorism. Many people dead and wounded.”<p>His second tweet, an hour and a half …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

The Top 6 Accidents That Have Ravaged Artwork in Museums

Analysis<p>It says "Do not touch" for a reason.<p>,<p>There is a reason why some people feel uptight about visiting museums and galleries: they are packed …

Art

A Cultural History of Ugly Bridesmaids Dresses

Are they really that bad?<p>There is just one complicating detail. In reality, most contemporary bridesmaid dresses seem, on the hanger, to be objectively... sort of fine? "If you saw them on their own, they wouldn't be that ugly," observes Jen Doll, whose memoir <i>Save the Date</i> charts her experiences in …

Instagram Artist Toys With The Stereotypes Of White, Women Artists

And also, she's pregnant.<p>Two weeks ago Amalia Ulman uploaded an image to Instagram, a grainy photo of the artist dressed in a traditional men's business suit, holding what appears to be a pregnant belly. The phrase "I finally did it. I'm part of the problem" hovers in the empty space alongside …

Farewell to Two Long-Lived New Yorker Cartoonists

Ars longa, vita brevis. For cartoonists, especially long-lived ones like Frank Modell, who died two weeks ago, at the age of ninety-eight, or Anatol Kovarsky, who passed away last week, at ninety-seven, it’s often the other way around. That just comes with the territory. The job of the cartoonist …

Libertarians Could Cost Hillary Clinton the White House

The Libertarian Party added considerable gravitas to its ticket when William Weld, former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts, agreed last …

Funny Two Line Joke

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Mike Mignola: Why I'm ending Hellboy to go paint watercolors instead

As the final Hellboy comic is published, Mike Mignola discusses how he started, how Hollywood didn’t kill his creation and why he is embracing ‘blur and mush’<p>Mike Mignola’s Hellboy is one of the most widely praised and visually distinctive comics of the last three decades, spawning two critically …