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No, poor people don't eat more junk food than everyone else

Fast food isn’t actually that cheap.<p>Fast food is frequently blamed for damaging our health. As nutrition experts point out, it typically has excessive amounts of fat, salt, and calories per serving. More broadly, it’s seen as a key factor in the growing obesity epidemic in the US and throughout the …

At the White House, an abrupt chain reaction: Spicer out; Scaramucci and Sanders in

By Ashley Parker<p>, Reporter<p>Abby Phillip<p>, Reporter<p>Damian Paletta<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel’s widening Russia investigation, a …

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'Game of Thrones' season 7 kicked off with a vicious opening scene that left fans cheering

HBO<p><b>Warning: Spoilers ahead for Sunday's "Game of Thrones" episode.</b><p>"Game of Thrones" stunned fans by starting the seventh season with a cold open. …

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US returns 'looted' royal seals to South Korea after 60 years

<b>The US has returned two ancient royal seals to South Korea, looted from the country more than 60 years ago.</b><p>The Chosun dynasty artefacts, dating from the 16th and 17th Centuries, are believed to be worth a combined $1.5m (£1.15m).<p>The royal seals, depicting turtles, were presented to President Moon …

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4 Things the Most Respected Leaders Do for Their Employees

These common human traits seem so logical in every day relationships. Why are they so rare to find in bosses?<p>Whenever I conduct workshops for leadership teams, I break them into groups of three and ask the question, "Think of a time when you worked for the best boss you ever had. What made him or …

The sexiest movies that somehow passed Netflix’s porn censors

Does Netflix have porn? Well, technically no. You won’t find the type of porn on Netflix that you’d see on Pornhub or Brazzers. But there are plenty …

No. of foreign residents in S. Korea more than doubles in decade

SEOUL, June 21 (Yonhap) -- The number of foreign residents in South Korea has more than doubled over the past decade, with Vietnamese nationals …

How to Complain and Get Results

The blender does not blend. Your vacation was spoiled by a late flight. Or the cabinet you bought is as sturdy as wet cardboard.<p>When products or services fail, it’s easy to feel as if your complaints to the company responsible disappear into a black hole. While there are no magic words, there are a …

Sessions: I can’t discuss conversations with the president. 9 legal experts: Yes, you can.

During his public testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to answer any questions about conversations he might have had with President Donald Trump.<p>“It would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the …

“They’re not even people”: why Eric Trump’s dehumanizing language matters

The psychology of what happens when we think our opponents are less than human is troubling.<p>On Tuesday night, Eric Trump told Sean Hannity how he really feels about Democrats and his father’s political opponents: “I’ve never seen hatred like this. To me, they’re not even people.”<p>The statement is of …

Why James Comey’s prepared testimony reads like a great American short story

Former FBI Director James Comey’s prepared testimony about President Donald Trump — delivered on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee — is gripping.<p>But it’s not just gripping because of its contents, or its allegations that President Trump asked Comey to stop investigating Michael …

Comey Bluntly Raises Possibility of Trump Obstruction and Condemns His ‘Lies’

WASHINGTON — James B. Comey, the recently fired F.B.I. director, said Thursday in an extraordinary Senate hearing that he believed President Trump had tried to derail an investigation into his national security adviser, and accused the president of lying and defaming him and the F.B.I.<p>Mr. Comey, no …

'The Problem Is That Some People Can't Read,' Says Critic Who Wrote Sexist Wonder Woman Review

<i>New York Magazine</i> film critic David Edelstein published a review of <i>Wonder Woman</i> last week that, unsurprisingly, dedicated a lot of words to star Gal …

“I Don’t Treat Whores Like Human Beings”: Understanding The History and Culture That Puts Black Girls at Risk

<i>I don’t treat whores like human beings.</i> It was my sophomore year of college when I read those words in a tweet from a guy who, much later, I found …

Baltimore Archdiocese Responds To "The Keepers" Director's Comment On "Sickening" PR Strategy

UPDATE: A spokesperson for the archdiocese told BuzzFeed News it exercised some “bad judgment” in trying to discredit the Netflix documentary series, which tells the story of an alleged serial rapist priest and a murdered nun who’s said to have known about the abuse.<p><i>The Keepers</i> is a complex …

In Japan, single mothers struggle with poverty and a ‘culture of shame’

By Anna Fifield<p>, Bureau chief<p>OSAKA, Japan — The country suffered a “lost decade,” and then another one, after its bubble burst some 25 years ago. To this day, despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to reinvigorate it, Japan’s economy remains in the doldrums.<p>Now, experts are warning of a “lost …

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Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S.

By Michael Birnbaum<p>, Bureau chief<p>Rick Noack<p>, Reporter<p>LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday declared a new chapter in U.S.-European relations after contentious meetings with President Trump last week, saying that Europe “really must take our fate into our own hands.”<p>It was the toughest …

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Scandal in Brazil Raises Fear of Turmoil’s Return

RIO DE JANEIRO — Just a few days ago, Brazil seemed to be turning a corner. The stock market was soaring. Bankers were cheering. The nation’s cutthroat lawmakers were lining up to curb spending. Inflation had been tamed.<p>Brazil, it appeared, was finally on the mend.<p>Then, in a matter of hours, it all …

Former CIA Director Tells Lawmakers About 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling

<b>Updated at 3:38 p.m. ET</b><p>Former CIA Director John Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee Tuesday that Russia "brazenly interfered in the 2016 election process," despite U.S. efforts to warn it off. Brennan testified in an open session of the committee, one of a handful of congressional …

Senators make new push to rein in Trump's military powers

As President Donald Trump increasingly flexes the might of the military he now controls, the Senate is reviving efforts to claw back some of that authority from the White House.<p>Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are joining forces to reintroduce an Authorization of the Use of Military …

S. Korea OKs first civilian inter-Korean contact since Moon took office

SEOUL, May 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's unification ministry on Friday approved a plan by a non-governmental organization for contact with North …

Trump told Duterte about two nuclear subs near Korea and the Pentagon is not happy

<b>Rodrigo Duterte; Donald Trump (Getty/Noel Celis/Alex Wong)</b><p>Trump’s carelessness with sensitive information is not going unnoticed<p>Charlie May<p>May 24, 2017 6:22pm (UTC)<p>During a phone call in late April with the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, President Trump told Duterte that two U.S. nuclear …

CIA director alerted FBI to pattern of contacts between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates

By Greg Miller<p>, Reporter<p>The CIA alerted the FBI to a troubling pattern of contacts between Russian officials and associates of the Trump campaign last year, former agency director John Brennan testified on Tuesday, shedding new light on the origin of a criminal probe that now reaches into the White …

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Stealthing: the scary sex trend you need to know about

Be careful out there!<p>Maria Loreto<p>May 21, 2017 9:29pm (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on The Fresh Toast.<p>Tinder, Bumble, Grindr, and plenty of other social media apps have facilitated hook ups and dates between people who are basically strangers. These apps allow people to meet, relationships to …

The Poisoned Generation

The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.<p>Casey Billieson was fighting against the world.<p>Hers was a charge carried by many mothers: moving mountains to make the best future for her two sons. But the …

Watch the more realistic, more depressing alternate ending of Get Out (VIDEO).

Part of what makes <i>Get Out</i> work so well as a “social thriller” is that, for all of its keen horror movie references and devices, it still feels so …

The end of Trump

<b>(AP/Richard Shiro/Salon)</b><p>Nothing will happen until a majority of the House decides on bringing a bill of impeachment<p>Robert Reich<p>May 19, 2017 11:10pm (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on Robert Reich‘s blog.<p>The question is no longer whether there are grounds to impeach Donald Trump. It is when …

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James Comey to testify in public session

<b>FBI Director James Comey, left, and National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers, testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott</b> …

Thailand Warns Facebook After Video Seems to Show King in Crop Top

HONG KONG — Facebook came under increasing pressure from Thailand’s government on Tuesday to remove dozens of pages from its servers, a few weeks after a video that appears to show the country’s new king walking through a shopping mall in a crop top was widely shared on the site.<p>The standoff is the …

The Pentagon Is Almost Ready for Its Close-Up

The Trump administration is pledging to audit the Department of Defense for the first time in its history while simultaneously demanding a record spending increase. Can it do both?<p>The Pentagon will spend the next several months gearing up for a mission so complicated that many officials doubt it …

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