12:44 PM, November 20th, 2013

The Youngs are revolting against Obama (and it’s not just because of Obamacare). 

11:58 AM, November 13th, 2013

JFK’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe, takes us behind the scenes of America’s Camelot with some AMAZING, never-before-seen photos


John and Jacqueline Kennedy were virtually unknown in much of the U.S. in the late fall of 1959, when he began to search for support. Here, they are having breakfast with Steve Smith, John’s brother-in-law, in a small town in Oregon. They had spent the night before at the Let ‘Er Buck Motel.

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(Estate of Jacques Lowe)

2:46 PM, November 1st, 2013

This week’s ‘SNL’ opened with a blistering takedown of the Obamacare website catastrophe, complete with outlandish figures about enrollment. It turns out, those stats were… gulp… pretty much accurate

4:18 PM, October 23rd, 2013

A new report concludes that there have been half a million war-related deaths in Iraq. We break down what that number means

4:20 PM, October 9th, 2013

On last week’s Saturday Night Live, Miley Cyrus did an impression of Michele Bachmann twerking with House Speaker John Boehner. Afterwards, Congresswoman Bachmann said that her office received calls from people who thought it was actually her in the parody

1:43 PM, October 4th, 2013

To comprise or not to comprise: Boehner can keep the insanity going, or step up and bring a budget resolution to the floor, saving the country from economic collapse. It’s not rocket science. 

5:23 PM, October 1st, 2013


Museums, parks and governmental offices are on lockdown; their employees told not to come in, the tourist outside turned away. Away from the front lines, bloated egos in 3-piece suits are whipped into a frenzy in an attempt to spin the narrative and bank votes for coming elections.

The United States is closed for business and deep political divides are poised to keep it that way. With no agreement reached on a budget, the government has shut down and all essential employees have been told to stay home.

That was then, this is now. But sometimes it’s hard to tell.

In 1995, our last shutdown, President BIll Clinton was in the thick of the melee with republicans unhappy with budget proposals, sparking weeks of government shutdowns.

Today President Obama faces an eerily similar situation.

As these diptychs show, with 1995 on the left and 2013 on the right, nothing really changes.

The more things change…

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10:51 AM, July 3rd, 2013

Front page — July 3rd, 2013

  1. Snowden Flight Rumors Irk Bolivia: Bolivian President Evo Morales had to make an unscheduled stop in Austria after France, Portugal, and Spain denied his plane access to their airspace. It all began earlier this week in Moscow, when Morales offhandedly suggested that he might be willing to take in the fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  2. Patients HIV-Free After Marrow Transplant: Researchers are celebrating what looks like a major step on the road to eventually finding a cure for the AIDS virus. At an international AIDS conference Wednesday, it was announced that following bone-marrow transplants for blood cancers, two HIV-infected patients in Boston are now virus-free and off their antiretroviral drugs.
  3. Morsi Defiant Ahead of Deadline: The clock is ticking on the Egyptian military’s threat to overthrow President Mohamed Morsi, but the stubborn leader is showing no signs of backing down. There are now only mere hours left until what looks slated to be a clash between the military and members of Morsi’s Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.
  4. Firefighter Memorial Draws Thousands: Thousands of people gathered at a high school in Prescott, Arizona, on Tuesday night to honor the 19 firefighters who were killed battling raging forest fires in the state. Nineteen purple balloons—one for each firefighter—were released during the ceremony, which had a notably religious tone.
  5. Tiffany Exec Accused of Stealing: Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun, vice president of product development for Tiffany & Co., was arrested in Connecticut on Wednesday morning and accused of stealing and reselling over $1.2 million worth of jewelry. Perhaps the most fascinating part of this story was that after 20 years of working for the ubiquitous high-end jeweler, Lederhaas-Okun had allegedly been pocketing bling for only two years.

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PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Cairo and cities across Egypt to protest against President Mohamed Morsi on June 30, the end of his first full year in office. (Amr Nabil/AP) Read more here.

2:52 PM, June 26th, 2013

The Supreme Court made a million new best friends Wednesday. See the best photos

10:38 AM, June 26th, 2013

Front Page — June 26, 2013

  1. Texas Abortion Bill Did Not PassIt might not have been easy to stand on the Texas House floor in those pink running shoes for over 10 hours, but it looks like Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster actually worked.
  2. SCOTUS Strikes Down DOMAIn a historic victory for same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the 1996 law that prevented the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriage.
  3. Bodies Recovered in India Chopper CrashThe bodies of 20 people were recovered Wednesday, one day after a helicopter carrying survivors of major landslides and flooding crashed into a hillside in northern India. Over 1,000 people have died and thousands of homes have been destroyed in the floods, which have ravaged the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand since the middle of June.
  4. Patriots Star Aaron Hernandez ArrestedAaron Hernandez was arrested at his Massachusetts home Wednesday morning, one day after his attorney unleashed an attack on the media for falsely reporting that the police had a warrant for the New England Patriot on an obstruction-of-justice charge.
  5. Markey Wins Mass. Senate SeatDemocratic Congressman Edward J. Markey is the new U.S. senator from Massachusetts, beating out Republican businessman Gabriel E. Gomez with 54 percent of the vote in a special election.

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PHOTO: In Rawalpindi, Pakistan, a child sits on the window of a train, while he and others try to escape the heat trapped inside the cabin, as temperatures reached 109.4 degrees Fahrenheit at Rawalpindi railway station. (Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

5:51 PM, June 25th, 2013

In Texas, a bill known as SB 5 is before the State Senate that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. State Senator Wendy Davis is currently filibustering the bill— you can watch live here.

Davis began her filibuster at 11:18 am CDT. To derail the bill, she’ll have to make it to midnight CDT. She is not allowed to lean against something for support, or take breaks for the restroom or meals, for 13 hours. 

Above is a gif of a map of what the bill would do to abortion access for Texan women more than 20 weeks pregnant. Here is the full map

4:38 PM, June 25th, 2013




Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.


Less than 8 hours to go!

She’s reading letters of support out loud and I’m crying.





Senator Wendy Davis will be filibustering SB5, a bill that if passed could shut down almost all of the abortion clinics operating in Texas. The special session ends at midnight Tuesday which means Davis could kill the legislation by talking nonstop for thirteen hours.



Less than 8 hours to go!

She’s reading letters of support out loud and I’m crying.

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11:37 AM, June 25th, 2013

Front Page— June 25, 2013

  1. SCOTUS Strikes Down Key Section of Voting Rights ActIn a decision that will have major repercussions for future elections, the Supreme Court struck down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which mandated which regions with a history of racial discrimination had to get federal approval for changes in election law.
  2. Defense: Block Zimmerman’s Calls: Prosecutors in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial sought on Monday to have the self-appointed neighborhood vigilante’s previous calls to police be admitted into evidence, while the defense has tried to block them as irrelevant to the case at hand.
  3. U.S. to Russia: ‘Do the Right Thing’: Hope Edward Snowden is enjoying those long June nights in Moscow—Washington doesn’t want him to stay there much longer. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday urged Russia to “do the right thing” and return the fugitive leaker, who is believed to still be in Moscow despite rumors Monday that he had boarded a flight to Cuba en route to Ecuador.
  4. Gunmen Attack Afghan Palace: Gunmen attacked the Afghan presidential palace early Tuesday morning while reporters were present for a press event with President Hamid Karzai, according to Reuters. Explosions and gunfire reportedly shook the city center and debris was visible.
  5. Turkish Police Arrest 20 Protesters: Turkey on Tuesday cracked down on the widespread protests that have swept the country since May, detaining 20 people in Ankara. The protests began as demonstration against a planned development on a park in Istanbul, but turned into a massive statement against Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan—and there have been daily demonstrations in the capital since then.

PHOTO:  The season for pineapples (yakuza slang for hand grenades) may finally be over. Jake Adelstein and Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky on the bloody, seven-year battle between the Dojin-kai and the Seido-kai. Read more here.

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