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Jimmy Kimmel’s Homophobic Attacks on Sean Hannity Expose a Liberal Blind Spot

Comedians Jimmy Kimmel and Chelsea Handler resorted to homophobic jokes while targeting Trump-connected conservatives this week. It’s lazy and …

He was wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS.’ He was shot dead covering a protest in Gaza.

GAZA CITY — Yaser Murtaja had often filmed from the sky, but he never lived to fulfill his dream of flying on an airplane through the clouds.<p>The young journalist shot drone images and video for Ain Media, a small Gaza-based news agency he started five years ago. Just two weeks ago, he posted an …

Israel

Republicans Seize on Impeachment for Edge in 2018 Midterms

WASHINGTON — As Republican leaders scramble to stave off a Democratic wave or at least mitigate their party’s losses in November, a strategy is emerging on the right for how to energize conservatives and drive a wedge between the anti-Trump left and moderate voters: warn that Democrats will …

Fundraising

This Afro-Latina Singer Had The Best Response After She Was Compared To Food And Shamed For Her Hair

Billboard Charts

Pirates aboard Blackbeard's notorious ship were readers, researchers discover

Pirates liked to drink, shoot and plunder. They also read books, at least the notoriously nasty ones aboard Queen Anne's Revenge did.<p>Blackbeard, nee Edward Teach, captained the 18th century ship, famed for its reign of terror around the open waters of North Carolina. The ship sunk off the coast of …

Captain Marvel Casts DeWanda Wise in Supporting Role

Opening in theaters on March 8, 2019.<p>DeWanda Wise has joined the cast of Captain Marvel.<p>According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wise will have a …

Captain Marvel

Depiction of mythical Aztec universe discovered in natural pond near Mexico's Iztaccihuatl volcano

The mirror effect of the pond gives the underwater stone shrine a 'floating' effect.<p>A team of archaeologists in Mexico have discovered a stone shrine …

Lawmakers Are Furious Over Justice Department Decision on Marijuana Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice decision to rescind Obama-era guidance on marijuana enforcement elicited furious statements from lawmakers on both …

Everyone in Trumpworld Knows He’s an Idiot

One of the more alarming anecdotes in “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s incendiary new book about Donald Trump’s White House, involves the firing of James Comey, former director of the F.B.I. It’s not Trump’s motives that are scary; Wolff reports that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were …

Donald Trump

Michael Wolff, From Local Media Scourge to National Newsmaker

Michael Wolff has, for years, been a prime piranha in the Manhattan media pond, using his caustic columns to tear into his lunchmates at Michael’s, the Midtown mogul canteen, and cutting a memorable figure at star-speckled dinner parties, clad in Charvet ties and shirts by the London haberdashery …

Donald Trump

16-Year-Old Accepted into Harvard

Ayrton Little is only 16 years old, yet he's a senior at TM Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He'll be 17 in February. But …

NASA And Google Just Announced They've Found Another Solar System Like Ours

It also has 8 planets.<p>NASA and Google announced a "major discovery" on Thursday: another solar system with eight planets.<p>That finding is due to the …

Trump allies say Tillerson has ‘not learned his lesson’ and cannot continue in job for long

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees — holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is "learning" to enjoy his job.<p>But then he went …

North Korea

Murder Charge Increases in Charlottesville Protest Death

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — A man who has voiced racist and pro-Nazi views faces the possibility of life in prison in the death of a woman during clashes in Charlottesville, Va., in August. Prosecutors on Thursday increased the top charge against him, and a judge said the case could proceed.<p>State …

Rights & Freedoms

Alabama’s women wrote the verdict on Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Women drew the line at Roy Moore.<p>There are many reasons why Moore became the first Republican nominee to lose an Alabama Senate race since 1992 on Tuesday night, including a strong turnout by African-American voters and a lack of enthusiasm among Moore's base.<p>But with Moore …

Republicans

Trump and Bannon Can’t Save the Day

Mobile, Ala. — Donald Trump and Steve Bannon are politically impotent.<p>The president and his former grand strategist threw considerable weight behind Roy Moore, the polarizing Republican Senate candidate in Alabama. For the second time this year, the state that gave Mr. Trump crucial early support …

Roy Moore

The end of American prison visits: jails end face-to-face contact – and families suffer

It’s been described as ‘Skype for the jailed’ and is being sold as safer and more convenient. But it begs the question: are in-person visits a human right?<p>One sunny day in October, at the Jefferson Parish correctional center just across the river from downtown New Orleans, Tiffany Burns, 34, was …

Death Row

White People Are Upset That Amazon’s Alexa Believes Black Lives Matter

No matter how infinitely imaginative I may consider myself, there are some things I am still unable to fathom. I cannot imagine feeling so loyal to a …

“You’re black! You can’t afford it!”: A music executive and actress demonstrate, once again, that be it America or Brazil, black people are treated the same

<b>Note from BW of Brazil</b>: <i>It’s so funny to me that, for decades, Brazilians have insisted that racist absurdities only happen in the United States, even</i> …

Ronald Reagan

A Century Later, a Little-Known Mass Hanging of Black Soldiers Still Haunts Us

×<p>1 of 5<p>Sixty-three black soldiers were represented by one lawyer in the largest court martial in U.S. history, the first of three that followed the …

The little-known tale of the African slave girl adopted by Queen Victoria

The chemistry between Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was just as strong in the 19th-century as it is between Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes on our …

Trump hails civil rights heroes; protesters pan his record

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute Saturday to the leaders and foot soldiers of the civil rights movement whose sacrifices …

Black History

F.B.I. Warned Hope Hicks About Emails From Russian Operatives

WASHINGTON — F.B.I. officials warned one of President Trump’s top advisers, Hope Hicks, earlier this year about repeated attempts by Russian operatives to make contact with her during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the events.<p>The Russian outreach efforts show that, …

Donald Trump

US clerk Kim Davis faces gay man she would not let marry in election

David Ermold is standing against Kentucky clerk who was jailed in 2015 for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses<p>Kentucky’s Rowan county town clerk Kim Davis came to international prominence when she was briefly jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses after they were …

LGBTQI

Ryan Shazier's Spinal Injury Is 'Severe,' NFL Players Union Doctor Says

"He may not play football again."<p>Early optimism for the recovery of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has taken a hit.<p>Dr. Anthony Alessi, a neurologist who consults for the NFL Players Association, delivered discouraging news after Shazier underwent spinal stabilization surgery this week. …

Football (U.S.)

Scientists Thought an Alaskan Weather Station Was Broken, But It Was Just Climate Change

That climate change is rapidly warming the Arctic is a given, but apparently the news hasn’t reached our algorithmic overlords.<p>Scientists monitoring …

Papadopoulos' fiancée counters claim he was just a 'coffee boy'

The fiancée of George Papadopoulos told ABC News that her soon-to-be husband was not the low-level volunteer at the Trump campaign that others have painted him as, countering that Papadopoulos was “constantly in touch with high-level officials in the campaign.”<p>She said Papadopoulos will instead be …

Donald Trump

3.6-million-year-old human skeleton found, shocking scientists

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Researchers in South Africa have unveiled what they call “by far the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor older than 1.5 million years ever found.”<p>The University of the Witwatersrand displayed the virtually complete Australopithecus fossil on Wednesday.<p>The skeleton dates …

South Africa

2017 in Photos: Wrapping Up the Year

As the year comes to a close, it's time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2017. Among the events covered in this essay (the last of a three-part photo summary of the year): California wildfires, the resignation of Robert Mugabe, the funeral of a Thai king, …