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Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Forget the so-called "miracle" diet pills that claim to rev up metabolism.<p>Slowly but surely, we're entering a new era of clinically tested drugs to combat obesity; most of the newest ones try to do that by suppressing appetite. And while no one's giving up on old-fashioned diet and exercise to help …

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The perils of a desperate and cornered Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin may be trying to escalate the conflict in Ukraine to reshape Russia's borders and cement his sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. But what is the endgame for Putin? And what will he do next?<p>Many who know him, like his biographer, Nataliya Gevorkyan, say that Putin …

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A long-time friend recalls the laughter and joy that epitomized Maya Angelou

Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou met in New York City more than 40 years ago, though the exact date has been lost to the folds of history. They both ran in the same circles of 1950s and 1960s poets, musicians and activists. But they quickly found they had much in common.<p>Angelou, a world-renowned …

Maya Angelou was a poet and activist, but she got her start as a Calypso star

A poet, writer, actor and activist, Maya Angelou died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86.<p>Her 1969 award winning autobiography, "I Know Why the Cage Bird Sings" was her calling card for readers around the globe. But 25 years before she wrote that, Maya Angelou was a …

The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood

The freewheeling opportunity associated with 20th-century California was not available to black residents, and that exclusion reverberates in our neighborhoods and communities today.<p>Before you read this post, read Ta-Nehisi's Coates powerful case for reparations, our cover story this month. In it, …

11 Things The Koch Brothers Don't Want You To Know, From Robert Greenwald's Newly Updated Documentary

The mega-billionaire brothers, David and Charles Koch, stand apart in the world of Republicans.<p>In 2012, their network of hardcore libertarian …

How The Koch Brothers Remade America's Political Landscape

Brothers Charles and David Koch are the subject of the new book <i>Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty</i>. The author, Daniel Schulman, describes the Kochs as having pumped hundreds of millions into remaking the American political landscape, trying to …

How to master Android Voice Commands, beyond Google Now

When Apple first introduced Siri with the iPhone 4S, it was not the first time the world had seen voice control, but it did mark the first time a major company was releasing it to the world simultaneously on millions of mobile devices as their most prominent feature.<p>Despite its innumerable flaws …

Jackie Kennedy's personal letters to Dublin priest to be auctioned off

Their marriage was notoriously shrouded in mystery.<p>But Jackie Kennedy’s deepest and darkest moments with President John F Kennedy have been exposed …

Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From Timothy Geithner’s New Memoir

A punching bag as treasury secretary, Geithner finally gets to unload in ‘Stress Test.’ From confessing his ‘kind of like’ for Boehner to digs at …

Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap

The former secretary of labor on American society’s single greatest obstacle — and what we can do about it<p>Some inequality of income and wealth is inevitable, if not necessary. If an economy is to function well, people need incentives to work hard and innovate.<p>The pertinent question is not whether …

The Snowden Effect, Continued: On The Matter Of Mr. Greenwald

<b>Glenn Greenwald,</b> through whom the world received the information released by Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, is out there on a book tour now, and many of the usual suspects are flexing at him again. I have attempted in this shebeen to be a complete agnostic on the question of whether …

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“I have been to the darkest corners of government, and what they fear is light”

The untold story of how Edward Snowden risked everything to contact Glenn Greenwald — and changed the world forever<p>On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him.<p>The contact came in the form of an email from …

The Supreme Court Is About to Decide the Future of TV

The Su­preme Court will hear ar­gu­ments Tues­day in a case that could shape the fu­ture of tele­vi­sion and even the In­ter­net.<p>All of the ma­jor TV …

On race, the US is not as improved as some would have us believe

Despite the legacy of civil rights, some doors remain firmly closed. And across the US, schools are resegregating<p>At the march on Washington in August 1963, where Martin Luther King made his "I have a dream" speech, the United States Information Agency, the nation's propaganda wing devoted to …

Flash Boys: Author Michael Lewis on His New Book

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Why the GOP’s civil war is only going to get uglier

Again, they misunderstand Econ 101 — and the ride they’re being taken on by the Tea Party and religious right<p>When it comes to explaining complex political dynamics, the media tends to adopt simple narratives rather than sophisticated commentary. This has been particularly evident when examining …

Obama faces digital divide growing wider on heels of FCC court ruling

The great digital divide that President Obama repeatedly has pledged to fix could grow even wider, after a recent federal court ruling put the president's promise of leveling the tech playing field in jeopardy.<p>The concern comes ahead of his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday. Last year, …

Paul Krugman slams the 1% for “paranoia” and “megalomania”

The New York Times columnist thinks the super-wealthy’s hatred for Obama is a sign of profound insecurity<p>In his latest for the New York Times, award-winning economist and best-selling author Paul Krugman chastises those members of the 1% who regard every proposal to raise their taxes as equivalent …

Paul Ryan is wrong: Wealthiest Americans are not “makers,” they’re mercenary takers

Richest Americans are takers: Only place money is trickling from these job-creating “makers” is in their pockets<p>The top individuals on the 2013 Forbes 400 list are generally believed to be makers of great companies or concepts. They are the role models of Paul Ryan, who laments, "We're going to a …

Robert Reich: Where is the angry middle-class revolution?

Our incomes are shrinking while the 1 percent profits. Change will only happen when the middle class gets mad<p>People ask me all the time why we don’t have a revolution in America, or at least a major wave of reform similar to that of the Progressive Era or the New Deal or the Great Society.<p>Middle …

The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much?

In the debate over income inequality, the right and left seem to agree on one point: The U.S. is more the land of equal opportunity than the land of equal outcomes.<p>But what's the real relationship between the growing income gap and opportunity? A new report out last week has triggered more debate …

War on inequality … may take awhile

Coming up next: President Barack Obama solves inequality? Don’t hold your breath.<p>He’s building his new agenda around an issue that has been in the making for decades: economic inequality. It’s expected to be the major theme of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, and when Capitol Hill doesn’t act …

N.Y. teachers turn on Common Core

The board of the New York state teachers union this weekend unanimously withdrew its support for the Common Core standards as they have been implemented — a major blow for Common Core advocates who have been touting support from teachers as proof that the standards will succeed in classrooms …

The Races That Matter This Year

The 2014 midterm elections will mark the last electoral judgments that will shape the Obama era -- a chance, perhaps, to untangle the complicated …

How Does History Change The Meaning Of Words?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About Mark Forsyth's TEDTalk</b><p>Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."<p><b>About Mark Forsyth</b><p>Mark Forsyth is an author, blogger, journalist, proofreader and ghostwriter. On his blog, the Inky Fool, he …