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Founding Fathers Had Warm Relationships With Female Friends

“Our nation’s first presidents had close, loving friendships with women—women who weren’t their wives or close relatives,” Cassandra Good, author of a book on the subject, writes at Smithsonian.com.

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‘A Story of Violence, Bloodshed and Bitter Ironies’

If you can wangle access to the BBC’s iPlayer, a viewing of Adam Curtis’ “Bitter Lake” may improve your chances of making sense of the modern world, TV critic Sam Wollaston writes at The Guardian newspaper.

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Albert Camus: Past and Present

Camus remains the writer who always speaks to individuals, never to groups. He remains perpetually relevant without ever quite being fashionable.

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Wrest in Peace, Charlie

It might be true that in the beginning was the Word, but before that was the Drawing.

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Is It Too Soon to Hope a Woman Takes Jon Stewart’s Spot on ‘The Daily Show’?

We’re probably all still getting our heads around the fact that yet another late-night great is calling it quits, but let’s take a moment to recognize it’s about damn time “The Daily Show” was hosted by a woman.

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Confirmed: Jon Stewart to Leave ‘The Daily Show’

After 16 years transforming a goofball “Weekend Update” knockoff into must-watch programming that frequently embarrassed “real” journalists and elevated national debate, Jon Stewart is calling it quits.

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‘Modern Brides & Modern Grooms’: How Same-Sex Marriage Has Opened Doors for All of Us

The new paradigm explodes restrictive categories and in their place offers greater freedom for both gay and straight couples.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

In 1946 Paul Robeson told President Truman that if the government refused to defend its black citizens, blacks would have to defend themselves. A new book, and history, reveal why Robeson’s words were so tragically prophetic.

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That Bird Has My Wings: An Acrostic Pantoum About Death Row Prisoner Jarvis Jay Masters

Carolyne Wright’s touching poem echoes the powerful words of Jarvis Jay Masters, an African-American on death row in a California prison.

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Over Half a Century After ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Harper Lee Plans to Publish Second Novel

The new book takes place 20 years after the events described in the 1960 best-seller.

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