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U.S. may act again in South Sudan

HONOLULU — President Barack Obama told Congress on Sunday that he may take further military action to protect Americans in violence-plagued South Sudan.<p>In a letter to Congress, Obama said that about 46 U.S. troops were deployed Saturday to help evacuate Americans. That’s in addition to 45 troops …

10 worst right-wing moments of the week — sitting “Duck” edition | Salon.com

10 worst right-wing moments of the week — sitting “Duck” edition<p>Newt Gingrich compares Phil Robertson to the Pope, while Rick Santorum goes off the deep-end over health care<p>Janet Allon<p>December 23, 2013 12:42pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p><b>1. Conservative Hootenanny Over Firing</b> …

E.J. Dionne: Duck Dynasty, meet Pope Francis

By E.J. Dionne Jr.<p>E.J. Dionne Jr.<p>Columnist covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?<p>Please forgive …

Secret Ops and Self-Government Don't Mix

Americans hardly got an opportunity to decide whether they wanted to play a role in assassinating rebel leaders in Colombia. Is that a problem?<p>About the foreign policy being carried out with taxpayer money, in our names: Does the American public <i>want</i> to spend billions of dollars helping Colombia to …

Sorry marriage traditionalists, young people shouldn't rush to the altar | Jill Filipovic

Old views prioritise finding a spouse. But couples who focus on educational and professional development first are happiest<p>Do conservatives think young men are wayward children, needing women to manipulate and direct them into decent behavior? That's New York Times columnist Ross Douthat's opinion, …

Obama warns against using military force to gain power in South Sudan

HONOLULU – President<p>Obamawarned Saturday that using military force to gain power in South Sudan could cost the country international support.<p>Obama was reacting to reports that four U.S. service members were wounded when South Sudanese militias fired on three<p>U.S. militaryaircraft on a mission to …

Benedict Cumberbatch And Jennifer Lawrence Are The King And Queen Of Tumblr

On Dec. 3, Tumblr released its list of the most re-blogged actresses and actors of the year. As Vulture pointed out, there were a ton of British people on the list (as well as a lot of niche, teen shows), but what was mostly unsurprising were the male and female winners: Jennifer Lawrence and …

Miley Cyrus Is The Worst-Dressed Of The Year... And The Best-Dressed, According To TIME

Just as many expected, Miley Cyrus has been named to TIME's 2013 Worst-Dressed List... and its Best-Dressed List.<p>And you thought Miley couldn't find more ways to surprise you.<p>TIME's Best-Dressed and Worst-Dressed lists are just two of the magazine's 54 "Top 10" rolled out today for the end of 2013. …

The 11 Most Absurd Kardashian Christmas Cards

Every December, the Kardashian's send out a Christmas card, capturing the true meaning of the holiday spirit. And obviously, "the true meaning of the holiday spirit" means "evening gowns, illuminati symbols and sometimes dead cats." To help you remember the reason for the season, here are the 11 …

Maria’s von Trapp’s Grandson on New Sound of Music: Don’t Freak Out, Movie Fans

Ever since NBC announced that tonight’s live television version of <i>The Sound of Music</i> was in the works, many devoted fans of the 1965 film version …

U.S. television, Twitter, alive with new version of 'Sound of Music'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. television was alive with “The Sound of Music” on Thursday as country singer Carrie Underwood and “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer starred in a live version of the classic musical about an aspiring nun who falls in love with an Austrian captain.<p>Actress and singer Carrie …

Grammy Nominations Preview: Miley’s Potential Snubs, Taylor’s Surprise Coup, and Lorde’s Anointment

The announcement of the Grammy nominations has become a spectacle in its own right, and Friday night, the noms will be revealed at a mini-concert featuring Lorde, Macklemore, and Robin Thicke—all three of whom had breakout years and will be hoping to hear their names called. Let’s take a look at …

20 Best Celeb Quotes of 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Would Probably Rather Be Drinking a Budweiser Right Now

Just because Jennifer Lawrence’s <i>Hunger Games: Catching Fire</i> promotional marathon has ground to a halt does not mean that the reigning Oscar winner is altogether off publicity duties. With <i>American Hustle</i>, David O. Russell’s follow-up to<i>Silver Linings Playbook</i>, out this December, the actress—whose …

Spencer Pratt Graduates From College After 10 Years

Congratulations are in order because reality star Spencer Pratt, 30, has graduated from college -- 10 years after first enrolling.<p>The real life "Van Wilder" tweeted last Wednesday:<p>"I'm done with classes," Pratt told Us Weekly. "I still have one final, Spanish 3, but thankfully I have two weeks to …

Grammys 2014: The complete list of nominees and winners

Daft Punk took the top honors at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sunday when they took the awards for record of the year for "Get Lucky," with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, and album of the year for "Random Access Memories." They also nabbed the awards for best pop duo/group performance and …

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Rashida Jones has “had enough” with the “pornification of pop stars”

<b>(Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)</b><p>The feminist actress criticizes pop stars for “acting like whores,” without realizing how anti-feminist that is<p>Prachi Gupta<p>December 7, 2013 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Two months ago, after being exposed to Nicki Minaj’s bedazzled breasts, Miley Cyrus’s twerk-a-thon and Rihanna …