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The 5 worst political villains of 2013 | Salon.com

• Previous<br>• Next<p>Ted Cruz<p>Almost from the very first moment he stepped into the Senate, Ted Cruz has been the political equivalent of a wrecking ball. First and foremost among his sins, of course, was October’s failed, disastrous government shutdown, a hideous spectacle, largely orchestrated by Cruz, …

How Walmart's Low Wages Cost All Americans, Not Just Its Workers

<b>Bloomberg View:</b> Yesterday, we looked at the benefit to McDonald's of having its workers subsidized by state and federal aid. Today, its Wal-Mart’s turn. Recall our discussion last month on the related subject of "How McDonald's and Wal-Mart Became Welfare Queens." We learned that employees of these …

The Hobbit Dominates Weekend Box Office, With One Frame Rate To Rule Them All

With a dragon sitting on a giant pile of coins, one of the most dynamic action sequences of the year, and even skeptics like <i>Vanity Fair</i>'s Richard Lawson sorta-kinda embracing it, <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> had everything going for it in its first weekend at the box office. And though it was …

Macklemore is being used to paint the rest of hip-hop as 'uncivil'

Probably the least surprising aspect of the Grammy nominations announcement was the fact that rapper Macklemore is well on his way to a huge night at America's biggest music awards show. It's been clear for months that Macklemore was headed towards the Grammys – he and producer/collaborator Ryan …

9 Songs That Blatantly Ripped Off Other Songs In 2013

Just try to keep in mind that talent borrows, and genius steals.

25 Books That Changed The Course Of History

But what about the lives of an entire generation? Can a book change the future?<p>Miriam Tuliao, assistant director of central collection development at the New York Public Library, helped us come up with a list of 25 books that changed the course of history.<p>From the Torah to Orwell's "1984," these 25 …

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ALEC’s chilling anti-green plot

Documents reveal the conservative alliance plans to attack state clean energy laws in 2014 — and so much worse<p>Attacking state clean energy laws, blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's every move and fast-tracking approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline: All that and more is …

James Franco Posted a Picture of a Jizz-Covered Batman on Instagram

I don’t know if that’s James Franco behind the mask, but it did come from his Instagram account, and I think that’s him? In any case, James Franco Instagrammed this picture of Batman with what looks like jizz on his… uh… mask? helmet? hat? What’s the preferred nomenclature here?<p>Franco captioned the …

19 Hot Guys We Lost To Relationships In 2013

More men to take off the wish list <\3.

The Day the Rob Ford Story Stopped Being Funny

Of the four men in the most famous image of Ford hanging out in the drug house, one is dead, two are out on bail and the other remains the Mayor of Toronto<p><i>PLUS: The Definitive Rob Ford Timeline</i><p>It's been fun, I'm not going to lie. During the past three weeks in Toronto, you've never had to wonder …

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5 ways America is violated by corporate greed

Arguably the most egregious? We’re paying our telecommunications companies to spy on us<p>We already pay dearly for energy, medicine, banking, and telecommunications services. But a little research reveals that we're paying more -- much more -- in a variety of ways that our business-friendly …

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TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013

John Tlumacki. Boston, Mass., USA. April 15, 2013. The first Boston Marathon bomb exploded about two hours and forty m<p>... VIEW MORE<p>John …

Why the Hunger Games proles have it better than they know

Three cheers for President Snow! Like zillions of people, I've seen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, so I suppose I should be furiously opposed to the fascist state he governs. Donald Sutherland, who plays the president, even said he hoped the film would incite its young fans to revolution. But …

Get Cracking On That Novel — NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over!

The deadline is looming for "wrimos" — writers challenged to clock in a 50,000 word novel by November 30th.<p>"We're the largest writing event in the world," says Grant Faulkner, executive director of the Berkeley-based non-profit NaNoWriMo — short for National Novel Writing Month. "People's to-do …

How to win Thanksgiving: A holiday guide to arguing with right-wing relatives

<b>(Reuters/Yuri Gripas/AP/Paul Sancya/Scott Morgan/DNY59 via iStock/Salon)</b><p>Your guide to dealing with relatives with awful views this long weekend. A special “Obamacare train wreck” edition<p>Alex Pareene<p>November 28, 2013 12:45pm (UTC)<p>Once again, Americans everywhere are spending a wonderful day with …

LOL: What It's Like To See Every Marvel Movie (For Fans and Non-Fans) – /Film

The latest edition of the Dorkly web comic has a great take on what its like for comic book fans to see a Marvel movie vs. non-comic book readers. …

5 Christian right delusions about history

If these extremists are to be believed, Joe McCarthy was a decent man and the Founding Fathers were theocrats<p>The Christian right is most known for their denial of inconvenient science, but in many respects, they’re just as bad when it comes to the facts of history. After all, no matter what the …

Daniel Radcliffe: 'There's no master plan to distance myself from Harry Potter'

Daniel Radcliffe says he has just been called a national treasure, and it has left him discombobulated. He has a point: most people his age have barely started out. But here he is, at 24, more than half his life spent in the business, 16 movies behind him, eight of them Harry Potter blockbusters. …

Aaron Paul Is Out For Revenge In New 'Need For Speed' Trailer

DreamWorks released a new trailer for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's next movie "Need for Speed." If you miss the AMC series, it's full of Aaron Paul, fast cars, explosions, ridiculous stunts, and, of course, more Aaron Paul.<p>Based off of the popular video game series Paul plays a street racer and …

NSA Leaks Fall Into 3 Categories, And America Is Focusing On The Wrong One

1. Sensible espionage activities: "We spy on adversaries against us, so guess what, China, we really do spy on you."<p>2. Questionable espionage activities: "We can have an argument over how much access to American citizens data, whether it's legal or not, doing it from a foreign source or not."<p>3. …

Surprise? Global carbon emissions to set new record in 2013

Global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide are on course to rise yet again in 2013, reaching a new high of nearly 40 billion tons, according to figures released Monday by researchers who track emissions around the globe.<p>The projected 2.1 percent rise over 2012 figures "is not a surprise …

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Donald Sutherland: 'I want Hunger Games to stir up a revolution'

Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the US as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. "I hope that they will take action because it's getting drastic in this country." Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. …

No, Obama didn’t lie to you about your health care plan

Terminated policies were introduced after ACA’s passing — often with insurers’ knowledge they’d be scrapped<p>President Obama has been getting a lot of grief in the last few weeks over his pledge that with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in place, people would be able to keep their insurance if they …

Come On, Apple Fans, It's Time To Admit That The Company Is Blowing It

The message was clear:<p>Apple is getting its clock cleaned by Samsung, which is now by far the dominant smartphone maker in the world. (Samsung had 32% of the global market in Q3, the same share as a year ago. Apple, meanwhile, had only 12% of the market, down from 14% a year ago.)<p>Yes, both companies …

Maps of What the Earth Would Look Like If All Ice Melted

Global warming is a pressing issue that affects everyone. Though it may be hard to tell right now while we still have polar ice caps, National Geographic recently created a series of maps that illustrate how visually different the Earth would look if all the ice on the planet melted. The maps …

‘Thor: The Dark World’ Thunders at the Box Office

WINNERS OF THE WEEK: Supernatural dudes. It’s hammer time, and you can’t touch <i>Thor: The Dark World</i>, this weekend’s only new wide release and by far …

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There Are 2 End-Credit Scenes In The 'Thor' Sequel — Here's What They Mean For Future Marvel Films

If you're heading out to see the "Thor" sequel this weekend, stay around after the film is over for not one, but two extra scenes.<p>Don't make the mistake of leaving after the first end-credit scene — you won't miss much — but there is a brief, second one after ALL of the credits roll.<p>This isn't …

17 Things That Lady Gaga Looks Like

I knew that looked familiar...