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Rev. Sharpton on his weight loss, and staying strong in the face of opposition

Rev. Sharpton debuts his new series “Ask Rev” by responding to questions from viewers on topics ranging from his physical fitness to his fighting spirit.

Can Anthony Weiner make a political comeback?

Chris Hayes talks with MSNBC's Alex Wagner and NY1's Errol Louis about former Congressman Anthony Weiner's attempt at a post-sexting scandal second act as a New York City mayoral candidate.

House May Launch Hearings Over Justice Department Media Spying Scandal

"If we lose the constitutional foundations of a free press in this country, tyranny is at the door. Obviously I am very concerned about that," Rep. Trent Franks said.<p>WASHINGTON — House Republicans are considering holding formal hearings into the Department of Justice's spying campaign against …

Surveillance

Old Germans, a New Wall, and Tears

I was having dinner in Bethlehem with a Greek Orthodox Palestinian family and two older German women who were retired Lutheran pastors. The Muslim call to prayer interrupted our conversation. We went out on the third-floor balcony to hear the confused cacophony of sounds coming from minarets on all …

In Search of Pura Vida: The Magic of Costa Rica

<i>A simple breakfast and stunning view at Nayara Hotel.</i><p><i>Pura</i> <i>vida</i> is a simple phrase that means "pure life." It is a greeting heard as frequently as "hello" -- on every street corner, restaurant and even home in Costa Rica. At the beginning of my travels to La Fortuna de San Carlos in the La Ajuela …

Behind the Candelabra at Cannes: red carpet fashion

David Cross on the New Arrested Development Season and the Real-Life Inspirations for Tobias

Seven years after <i>Arrested Development</i>was tragically ejected from the Fox lineup, the zany Mitch Hurwitz comedy resurfaces on Sunday with a fourth season—all 15 episodes of which will be released at the same time on Netflix. In keeping with <i>Arrested Development</i> tradition, the new installments—which …

A Skyscraper-Style Treehouse With Soaring Mountain Views

The Tower House, designed by GLUCK+ Architects, reflects back the forest canopy.<p>Architects like wordplay. It’s a fun and effective way to condense the main thesis behind a project without resorting to archi-speak. It’s also a good bit of marketing. A simple subversion like “horizontal skyscraper” …

10 Classic Movie Car Chases According to Fast & Furious's Stunt Driver

<b>Robert Nagle doesn't watch car chases</b> like the rest of us. A former rally car driver with a degree in mechanical engineering, Nagle is now a heavyweight in the Hollywood stunt world. So while all we popcorn munchers watch movies to "ohh" and "ahh" at things both fast and furious, he's watched for …

Movies

Chicago Just Carried Out The Biggest Round Of School Closings In American History

Now, MSNBC reports, after a heavily protested meeting where multiple people had to be thrown out, the Chicago Board Of Education voted 4-2 to close 49 schools and one high school program in the largest round of school closures that a single American city has ever attempted.<p>At one point, a man …

Education

Is Tim Dog Alive? Arrest Warrant Issued For 90s Rapper Who May Have Faked His Own Death

Though Tim Dog was announced dead in February, a Mississippi judge seems convinced that the hard-core rapper faked his death to avoid a debt. The …

Amphibians dying off at alarming rate

Amphibians have roamed the Earth for 350 million years, but many species face extinction, a trend seen in a new federal survey of wildlife habitats nationwide.<p>Federal wildlife scientists report Wednesday that frogs, salamanders and toads are dying off at alarming rates nationwide, with the declines …

Netflix plans to double its original content output next year

We're just a few days away from the long-awaited fourth season of <i>Arrested Development</i>, one of the most high-profile Netflix original series to be released. Ted Sarandos, the man behind the company's ever-burgeoning original content strategy, just sat down with <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i> to talk about …

Beijing Startup Builds On Shoulders Of Giants To Go Global And IPO From China

Beijing entrepreneur Alan Guo makes the point that today, big companies serve small companies rather than the other way around. And his four-year-old startup Light in the Box is a good example.<p>Meeting with Guo at his office in Beijing, he relates how his global e-commerce business relies on Google …

Tesla pays off its $451 milllion federal loan

The repayment is sure to relieve pressure on the company and the Obama administration<p>Electric car maker Tesla Motors, in a move that is sure to buoy both the company and the Obama administration, announced Wednesday that it has paid off its entire federal loan.<p>It is paying off $451.8 million of the …

Google Glass, What's Not To Like? Quite A Lot Actually

As a marketing case study, GoogleGlass has been an act of genius. From the moment Glass was announced it was positioned as the must-have accessory for the new class of daredevil entrepreneurs. When a Glass wearer wasn’t solving the world’s hardest problems, he was jumping out of airplanes or …

Twitter for Mac 2.2.1 brings Notification Center support, various bug fixes

It's certainly been a long time coming, but the latest version (2.2.1) of Twitter for Mac finally brings support for Notification Center in OS X Mountain Lion. Aside from the side-pane pings for your @replies and DMs, a number of fixes have been implemented that should stabilize your experience …