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The Toughest Job in Washington? Being a Pope Francis Protestor

“I saw a news report last night on ‘Pope pizza,’” Becky Ianni, a 57-year-old woman with light-brown hair cropped in a bob, is saying. “We were in Barnes & Noble and it was plastered with stuff about the Pope. Everything was about the Pope.” It’s Monday afternoon, and Ianni and... More »

VW’s Clean Diesel Ads Now Make Us Feel Dirty

Volkswagen's "clean diesel" vehicles have been responsible for emitting more than just a fraudulently outsize helping of asthma-aggravating nitrogen oxide for the last six years: There's also the retrospectively toxic plume of their adorable, ukelele-scored, multimillion-dollar ad campaigns touting these supposedly extra-green vehicles. Show More Summary

Torn Rape-Kit Evidence Bag of Patrick Kane’s Accuser Left on Her Mother’s Doorstep

The attorney for a woman who says Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane sexually assaulted her at his lake house in August held a press conference today and announced a startling new development in the already pretty bizarre case: On Tuesday, someone left the evidence bag that had held the rape... More »

Pope Francis Addresses U.S. Bishops, Says Clergy Abuse Must Not Be Repeated — and Immigrants Must Be Welcomed

After his visit to the White House and a parade in D.C., Pope Francis spoke to the vast majority of American bishops during a prayer session at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. During his remarks, Francis told the bishops that the offenses of the church's sexual-abuse scandal must... More »

Pope Francis’s Security Detail’s Main Job Is Giving Him Babies to Kiss

Pope Francis just finished touring downtown D.C. in the popemobile. During the parade, he waved at thousands of people, many who had waited hours and traveled many miles to get a glimpse of the Catholic leader. He also promoted his security detail — made up of Vatican police, members of... More »

GOP Senators Up for Reelection Are Not Happy About a Potential Shutdown

Republican Senate candidates campaigning in 2014 had a great advantage; since it was a midterm election, potential voters leaned conservative and were mostly unimpressed with the current Democratic president. As a result, Democratic senators who were elected in 2008 — a year with some impressive Democratic coattails — had an... More »

Celebrities Love Pot

This week, Snoop Dogg made an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt. (File that under sentences that will instantly date this story to the frothy, frothy mid-teens in decades hence.) There, he announced the launch of Merry Jane, a site featuring cannabis reviews, regulatory news, and lifestyle videos, opening in beta with... More »

Silicon Alley v. the Prospect of President Trump

This week, New York and the Partnership for New York City convened a panel to talk about Silicon Alley and the city's broader tech economy with Etsy's Chad Dickerson, Goldman Sachs's Gary Cohn, Shutterstock's Jon Oringer, Business Insider and Gilt Groupe's Kevin Ryan, and Nasdaq's Bob Greifeld. The discussion covered... More »

The Pope’s White House Visit in 10 Images

Pope Francis kicked off a busy day in Washington with a visit to the White House this morning. "As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was built by such families," Francis told the assembled crowd of some 11,000 people... More »

The Mayor Probably Hasn’t Read the Book You Sent Him

DNAinfo obtained the list of gifts Mayor Bill de Blasio has received since being elected to office, and it seems that many people — including Governor Andrew Cuomo — are eager to send him books they wrote. Cuomo sent along a pair of cuff links and his autobiography, All Things... More »

Yankees Legend Yogi Berra Has Died

Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame Yankees catcher whose famous "Yogi-isms" helped turn him into one of the most recognizable athletes of the 20th century, has died at 90. His death was announced by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center in New Jersey.Berra became an icon for sayings like... More »

Pope Francis’s Revolution Has Left Out Women

Amid the hosannas and the traffic snarls that will accompany Pope Francis to America this week, amid all the gushing over the singular Argentine who has become, overnight, a moral voice for the entire world, a note of caution must be struck. There is one group that this pope  —... More »

Trump Survives Colbert Interview by Switching Into ‘Low Energy’ Mode

After brilliantly mocking Donald Trump over the past two weeks and forcing Ted Cruz to admit he actually doesn't agree with Ronald Reagan 100 percent of the time, Stephen Colbert was widely expected to skewer Trump in his Late Show appearance on Tuesday night. Thus, many were disappointed that Colbert... More »

The FBI Managed to Recover Hillary Clinton’s Personal Emails

Hillary Clinton will surely be relieved to learn that the FBI has recovered the 60,000 emails she carelessly deleted after her staff identified and printed out the messages they deemed work-related, then sent them to the State Department. While Clinton's team initially argued that there was no reason to hand... More »

The U.S. Will Accept More Refugees, but That Won't Help Many Syrians

Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that in response to the ever-worsening international migrant crisis, the U.S. will raise the annual number of refugees it accepts over the next few years. The Wall Street Journal reports that under the new plan, the U.S. will take on 85,000 refugees in... More »

The ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Is Now Part of the Public Domain

The 2-year-old "Happy Birthday To You" class-action suit that challenged the validity of the song's stringent decades-long artistic copyright finally received a ruling Tuesday: The six-note ditty is now officially part of the public domain and can be used for free, in any piece of art, by anyone. Federal Judge... More »

Report: Upcoming Season of Serial Will Focus on Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

Those eager to hear Serial dig into another little known true crime story should start adjusting their expectations. Maxim reports that one of the upcoming seasons – either two or three – will focus on the widely covered case of Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who was held captive by... More »

European Leaders Come Up With Refugee Quotas

The European Union took a small step toward tackling the continent's refugee crisis on Tuesday, with European leaders okaying a plan to share 120,000 refugees among most of its member states.  The majority of governments made the decision over strong objections and "no" votes from Croatia, Slovakia, Romania, and Hungary.... More »

Bratton Admits Defeat; Times Square Pedestrian Plazas to Stay

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton won't de-Bloombergify Times Square after all. Last month, after a lot of negative attention surrounding body-painted women, aggressive costumed heroes, and their soliciting in the pedestrian piazza the former mayor created between 42nd and 47th, Bratton said, “I’d just prefer to dig the whole damn thing up.”... More »

Americans Tell the Pope What They Want to Hear: All of the Political Positions Francis Has Been Asked to Take

There's no reason to think that Pope Francis is especially open to lobbying, but during his first trip to the United States this week, he’ll nonetheless be met with nearly as many policy suggestions angling for the Papal Seal of Approval (or at least a sliver of his spotlight) as... More »

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