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Rupert Murdoch Is Leaving Roger Ailes Alone to Handle the Trump Crisis

As Fox News and Donald Trump barrel toward their competing events tonight, Rupert Murdoch and his two sons, Lachlan and James, are making sure people know that this crisis is on Roger Ailes. “Rupert is letting Roger handle this,” a source close to Murdoch said earlier on Thursday. Murdoch, according... More »

Huckabee and Santorum Join Trump’s Pity Party

When Donald Trump announced he'd be putting on some sort of fund-raiser for wounded veterans tonight after deciding to skip the Fox News debate out of pique at his "unfair treatment" from moderator Megyn Kelly last time around, nobody much paid attention to the alternative event. Now it seems he's... More »

This Right-Wing Radio Host Is Starting to Sound Like Bernie Sanders

As America approaches a level of inequality not seen since feudal fiefdoms, a funny thing is happening to American conservatives. First, the GOP’s presidential front-runner called for raising taxes on Wall Street speculators. Now right-wing radio hosts are pining to expropriate the wealth of tech billionaires in the pages of... More »

Vincent ‘Buddy’ Cianci, the Providence Mayor Who Once Put Out a Cigarette in Another Man’s Eye, Dead at 74

Vincent "Buddy" Cianci served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, twice — from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1991 to 2002 — and was responsible for revitalizing the sleepy city and turning it into a tourist destination. He's also a convicted felon. After four decades in politics (he ran... More »

Ted Cruz Is Stealing a Page From Jimmy Carter’s Political Playbook

One of the most common comparisons you hear during this strange campaign season is that Donald J. Trump is a latter-day George Wallace, exploiting racial, ethnic, and religious prejudices; baiting the news media and other enemies; "telling it like it is"; and, most of all, discomfiting the comfortable forces in... More »

Paul Allen’s Yacht Destroyed a Bunch of Protected Coral

The No. 1 rule when you are piloting a very large yacht, like Paul Allen’s Tatoosh, is not to hit anything. Particularly a coral reef. Especially one that has, for 30 years, been designated an official Replenishment Zone by the local government. Oops.MV Tatoosh, the 300-foot superyacht owned by the... More »

No More Mr. Nice Bernie?

To go negative, or not to go negative — that is the question facing the Bernie Sanders campaign. With five days until Iowa gets caucusing, the Vermont senator is contemplating two very different paths to victory. Down one road, America’s friendly neighborhood socialist would stick to the issues and nostalgic... More »

5 Arrests Made in California Jailbreak — But Still No Sign of the Escaped Prisoners

Authorities are still searching for the three inmates who brazenly escaped from prison in Orange Country, California, last week. Though the fugitives have so far dodged police, officials have now arrested five people in the course of their investigation into the break. Some of those taken into custody have alleged... More »

400 Manholes Have Exploded in Flames This Week

On Tuesday, I got out of the subway, and my street was billowing smoke. “What the hell are you doing?” an officer shouted as a distracted pedestrian walked through the emergency zone. It turned out to be a manhole fire — one of dozens burning right then, all over New... More »

The Trans Athlete Behind the Olympic Committee’s New Gender Policy

Chris Mosier still isn’t sure whether he’ll be allowed to toe the starting line of the World Championships sprint duathlon in June — despite qualifying at last year’s U.S. Championships — but thanks in part to his activism, the highest power in sports said this week he and other trans athletes... More »

Police Seize 100 Pounds of Heroin in Queens

D-Money is at it again. On Wednesday, New York police announced they'd discovered 100 pounds of heroin — that's $14 million worth — when they pulled over a truck in Queens. The bust was the result of a Tuesday-night stakeout in Elmhurst in which members of the NYPD, the federal... More »

Bernie Sanders and the God Factor

The "S-word" — socialist — hangs over Bernie Sanders's campaign like a spectral question mark. His self-identification as a "democratic socialist" is a matter of indifference to most supporters — especially the young — and even to many conservatives who assume all Democrats are socialist these days (remember the weird... More »

The 17 Most Fascinating Moments from Weiner, the Documentary On Anthony Weiner's Downfall

"Why have you let me film this?" filmmaker Josh Kreigman asks his subject, disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, as the cameras roll on him at home with his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, the morning after Weiner lost the 2013 New York City Democratic mayoral primary with just 4.9 percent... More »

Fresh Intelligence: More Arrests in Oregon Standoff, Debates About Debates, and More

Good morning and welcome to Fresh Intelligence, our roundup of the stories, ideas, and memes you'll be talking about today. In this edition the Oregon standoff winds down, Trump sparks debate mayhem, and Santa Claus is out of control. Here's the rundown for Thursday, January 28. WEATHERIn a literal calm... More »

What You Need to Know About the Trump-Free Fox News Debate

The first six times we watched Donald Trump were pretty exciting; there were revolts against the moderators, perfectly executed 9/11 slams, and Jeb Bush jabs galore. But as a consummate showman, Trump knew it was time to freshen up the act (also, he might be afraid of Megyn Kelly). Thus,... More »

The U.S. Government Says Patients at Theranos Lab Are in ‘Immediate Jeopardy’

Theranos Lab, an almost-too-good-to-be-true medical startup aimed at revolutionizing blood testing, first found its legitimacy called into question back in October. Before that Theranos and its CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, had been media darlings, praised for groundbreaking technology that would make blood testing inexpensive and even relatively painless. But a Wall Street... More »

O’Reilly Fails to Make Trump Drop Debate Boycott, Succeeds in Boosting His Own Profile

During his interview with Donald Trump on Tuesday night, Bill O'Reilly tried nearly every trick in the book to get the front-runner to reconsider his debate boycott, from noting that Christians are taught to forgive to calling in vanilla milkshake-related favors. After their 16-minute discussion the answer was still no,... More »

Low-Information Candidate Worried About Low-Information Voters

On Wednesday afternoon, Ben Carson told Wolf Blitzer that his biggest threat in the presidential election isn't Donald Trump or Ted Cruz, the two candidates who happen to be beating him right now. No, Carson, whose poll numbers have dropped so far that he could grab a toboggan and slide... More »

Chicago Police Have Been Sabotaging Their Dash Cams

After the notorious video of Laquan McDonald getting shot by Chicago police officers 16 times went viral last November, investigators have been making their way through the other videos of the scene. In doing so, they've discovered that three of the dash cams pointed at McDonald that day did not... More »

Israeli Vulture Detained on Charges of Espionage

An Israeli vulture drifted into Lebanese airspace Tuesday, where it was intercepted and detained on charges of espionage. Residents of the town of Bint Jbeil became alarmed by the bird after discovering that it was equipped with a homing device from Tel Aviv University. Fearing that the rare griffin vulture... More »

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