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Could any further proof be required of the republicancomplexion of this system, the most decisive one might be found in its absoluteprohibition of titles of nobility, both under the federal and the Stategovernments; and in its express guaranty of the republican form to each of thelatter?<p>-- <i>James</i> …

Four-Wheeled Future: Volkswagen Builds the World’s Most Fuel-Efficient Car, but You Can’t Buy It

The VW XL1 is a paragon of petroleate parsimony, wringing from a gallon of gas a travel distance of 261 miles. Just to put that in perspective, that means that this two-seat, limited-production, diesel/electric-hybrid automobile can go <i>three times</i> as far on four quarts of compressed dinosaur juice …

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George Orwell’s Letter On Why He Wrote ‘1984’

In 1944, three years before writing and five years before publishing 1984, George Orwell penned a letter detailing the thesis of his great novel. The …

The 25 Best Hotels In The World

We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.<p>The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual …

Mandarin Oriental

Perseids 2013: Meteor shower peaks again on last night to enjoy show

Stargazers, you've got one more night to enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, one of the best meteor showers of 2013, so make the most of it.<p>The meteor shower is expected to put on almost as good a display Monday night into Tuesday morning as it did on Sunday night, and as you can see in the photo …

Perseids

14 alternatives to Hyperloop, Elon Musk’s mysterious transportation device

BILLIONAIRE INVENTOR Elon Musk is set to unveil a mysterious new high-speed transportation technology. The Hyperloop will allegedly be cheaper than a …

Hyperloop

Victoria Beckham's Life Isn't Always So Posh (PHOTO)

Victoria Beckham may be known for her aloof, cold persona, but that doesn't mean the designer's all ego and no humility. In fact, she's even willing to let us commoners in on her less-than-glam circumstances.<p>While hitting up Malibu Beach with friend Tana Ramsay, Posh tweeted a snap of the pair …

Holder Decries 'Draconian Mandatory Minimum Sentences'

<i>(We put a new top on this post at 1:40 p.m. ET.)</i><p>Arguing that it is "well past time to address persistent needs and unwarranted disparities," Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday laid out more of the Obama administration's thinking on changes it wants to make to the way nonviolent offenders are …

Why ‘Stop and Frisk’ Was Ruled Unconstitutional

A U.S. Dis­trict Court judge has ruled that New York’s con­tro­ver­sial prac­tice of “stop and frisk” is un­con­sti­tu­tion­al, on grounds that it …

Stop And Frisk