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Stunning Shots of the Most Gorgeous Sculpture at Burning Man

One of the most eye-catching artworks at this year's Burning Man festival was a 55-feet tall sculpture of a woman in a beautifully elegant pose. <i>Truth is Beaut</i>y is the second of three sculptures in a series called The Bliss Project by artist Marco Cochrane. Constructed of welded steel rods and balls …

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The Beatles' Secretary Shares 11 Years Worth Of Stories About Groupies, Drugs, And John's Mood Swings

She was a shy teenager from Liverpool, England who managed a local band's fan club. Then in 1961, the group's manager, Brian Epstein, asked if she'd like to help them make it big.<p>Kelly remained with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr for 11 years as their secretary, …

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Assad did not order Syria chemical weapons attack, says German press

President Bashar al-Assad did not personally order last month's chemical weapons attack near Damascus that has triggered calls for US military intervention, and blocked numerous requests from his military commanders to use chemical weapons against regime opponents in recent months, a German …

The silent military coup that took over Washington | John Pilger

Syria,Barack Obama,Obama administration,Chemical weapons,Drones (military),US military,US news,US politics,Middle East and North Africa,World news<p>This time it's Syria, last time it was Iraq. Obama chose to accept the entire Pentagon of the Bush era: its wars and war crimes<p>On my wall is the Daily …

The incredibly dumb obsession with John Kerry’s “gaffes”

<b>John Kerry testifyies on Capitol Hill, Sept. 4, 2013, before a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Syria. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)</b><p>The secretary of state is not great at this drumbeat for war thing. So what?<p>Brian Beutler<p>September 9, 2013 6:20pm (UTC)<p>Events in Syria are unfolding quickly at the …

JOB OPENING: Junior Math-Obsessed Reporter Who Wants To Tell Great Stories With Data

Business Insider is launching a new endeavor called <b>BI: Quant</b> to do more math and data-based storytelling. Examples of what we've done include breaking down IMDB scores of television shows over time, to help demonstrate when shows peaked, running polls about the American experience and teaching our …

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War Powers Act author: Obama lacks war authority

Former Rep. Paul Findley reminds us that Bush Presidents got Congressional approval for Gulf wars<p>Alex Halperin<p>September 9, 2013 8:52pm (UTC)<p>Paul Findley, a former Congressman who co-authored the War Powers Act of 1973, stepped back into the fray this weekend with an editorial arguing that Obama can …

Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose Syria Strike, Want Obama to Back Down

Pres­id­ent Obama con­tin­ues to face broad pub­lic op­pos­i­tion to mil­it­ary in­ter­ven­tion in Syr­ia and an over­whelm­ing con­sensus that he …

Bashar al-Assad Coldly Asks: ‘What Red Line?’

Brian Resnick @b_resnick<p>Sept. 9, 2013, 7:02 p.m.<p>It’s strange to watch a lead­er of a coun­try an­swer ques­tions for an Amer­ic­an audi­ence, …

“The World Is Not Enough”

God save James Bond.<p>Charles Taylor<p>November 19, 1999 5:00pm (UTC)<p><b>P</b>robably nothing has done as much in recent years to make James Bond a figure of fantasy once again as the photo spread in the premiere issue of Talk magazine showing Rupert Everett as a bisexual Bond. The thought of an actor with …

Obama Needs a Friend in Congress—Like Bush Had

Perhaps if the president had bothered to cultivate a relationship with Republicans, the Syria vote wouldn’t be so tough. Lloyd Green recalls George …

Starting an Unpopular War Still Won't Make Obama Better Off Politically

Yet journalists keep airing the idea that his presidency depends on it.<p>Supposedly savvy political observers keep writing as if <i>failing</i> to intervene in Syria poses greater risks to President Obama than refraining from striking the country. Some articles go so far as to treat seriously the notion …

Staying Out Of War Is Hard

Obama's way out of conflict returns to a less instantly fulfilling method of foreign policy.<p>WASHINGTON — War is hell. Not going to war is a total mess.<p>President Obama's promised break from the foreign policy attitude of his predecessor — exemplified this week by his decision to ratchet down the war …

Purported NSA Slides Refer To iPhone Owners As 'Zombies' And Steve Jobs As 'Big Brother'

According to internal NSA documents seen by SPIEGEL, the NSA has the ability to access a lot of data on smartphones.<p>The agency reportedly has special task forces focusing on smartphone operating systems — specifically Apple's iOS, Android, and BlackBerry — as well as departments responsible for …

The men who held the NYPD to account

<b>NEW YORK - JUNE 12: Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Matt Apuzzo, left, and Adam Goldman, right, pose for a portrait inside the Associated Press headquarters on June 12, 2013, in New York City. (Photo by Landon Nordeman) (Landon Nordeman)</b><p>Matt Apuzzo and Adam Goldman talk to Salon about blowing the …

Obama’s embarrassing Syria scramble

A troubling time for the president, when Vladmir Putin looks reasonable and measured by comparison<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 10, 2013 2:15pm (UTC)<p>Anyone nostalgic for Cold War-era ideology need look no further than media messaging attempts by the Obama administration over Syria Tuesday. Therein, a …

Here's What It's Like To Be A Republican Voter In NYC

This morning, around 9 a.m., I went to my polling place in Sunnyside to vote in New York City's Republican mayoral primary. Without checking my party affiliation, the poll workers handed me a Democratic voter card. Then I told them I was a Republican, and they looked confused.<p>"You're the first …

A Viewer's Guide To Obama's Syria Speech

If ever a speech seemed to be President Obama's last, best chance to win public and congressional support for his plan to launch military strikes against Syria, it's his prime-time talk to the nation Tuesday.<p>With polls indicating that 60 percent of Americans oppose action against Syria for using …

Obama’s Foreign Policy by Faux Pas

Alex Seitz-Wald<p>Sept. 10, 2013, 8:33 a.m.<p>The U.S. got in­to its con­front­a­tion with Syr­ia over an al­legedly un­scrip­ted state­ment from …