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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Elizabeth Warren: The Feds Are Far Too "Cozy" With Wall Street

Pointing to recently leaked audio recordings between officials at the Federal Reserve and Goldman Sachs bankers, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is slamming regulators for being far too timid and compliant when it comes to laying down...Show More Summary

This Is the GOP Campaign Ad Everyone Is Laughing About

On Wednesday, the College Republican National Committee released a slew of nominally "culturally relevant" campaign ads. Unsurprisingly, they are bad and the internet is having a lot of fun mocking them. Here is the one they made for...Show More Summary

This Stunning Drone Footage Reveals Just How Massive Hong Kong's Protests Really Are

Protests in Hong Kong show no sign of stopping, as hundreds of thousands of demonstrators continue to demand greater autonomy from the government in Beijing. This video, featured on Storyful, by Nero Chan, (uploaded to his Facebook account on September 29), offers a glimpse into the magnitude of the movement. Show More Summary

George Zimmerman's Family Describes Living in a Paranoid World of Color-Coded Threats

In an incredibly absorbing article in GQ, the family of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted after fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, discusses its attempts to "rebrand" while living in paralyzing fear. The Zimmermans'...Show More Summary

Watch John Oliver Call Out America For Blindly Supporting Obama's Drone War

On the latest "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver looked into how Americans have come to widely accept President Obama's growing reliance on drone strikes, while knowing little to nothing about the administration's rules for using them. "Because...Show More Summary

Bluesman Gary Clark Jr. Is the Guitar Hero for Our Time

Gary Clark Jr. Live Warner Bros. A guitar hero for the modern era, Gary Clark Jr. plays bluesy rock with a blistering urgency that makes the hoariest conventions feel brand new. For all his flashy expertise, the muscular solos and buzzing riffs never feel gratuitous, while Clark's terse, tough singing nicely complements his fretwork. Show More Summary

Here Is A Video Of Sarah Palin Petting An Alligator

Sarah Palin went down to Louisiana Saturday to help raise money for Republican US Senate candidate Rob Maness. Maness—who is challenging incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu—and Palin served alligator dishes to around 100 attendees, according...Show More Summary

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on What It Means For Him to Be a Proud, Male Feminist

Joseph Gordon-Levitt produced a thoughtful video exploring what it means for him to identify as a feminist and the nuances surrounding the label. "To me it just means that your gender doesn't have to define who you are," Gordon-Levitt explains. Show More Summary

If It Weren’t For the Dashcam, Would This White Cop Be Punished for Shooting An Unarmed Black Man?

A white South Carolina state trooper is facing up to 20 years in prison after shooting an unarmed black man who was attempting to grab his driver's license during a simple seatbelt check. The disturbing incident occurred on September...Show More Summary

NYPD Officer Allegedly Caught on Video Throwing Pregnant Woman to the Ground

Yet another video has surfaced capturing what appears to be a violent arrest conducted by an officer of the New York Police Department. In the video caught by a bystander over the weekend, a visibly pregnant Sandra Amezquita and herShow More Summary

Watch Jon Stewart Explain Science to the Climate Deniers in Congress

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of our Climate Desk collaboration. If you ever catch me in a moment of weakness about the weapons-grade dumbosity of global warming denial on the Republican side of the US House of Representatives, it might look a lot like what Jon Stewart did on The Daily Show on the Sept. Show More Summary

Emma Watson Explains Why Feminism Has Nothing to Do With "Man-Hating"

Speaking at the United Nations headquarters this past weekend, actress Emma Watson delivered a moving speech on the importance of gender equality, explaining why feminism is a crucial issue for everyone, not just the ladies. "The more...Show More Summary

Listen to Some of Liberia's Top Artists Sing about Ebola

Since it started in March, West Africa's Ebola outbreak has spread to five countries in the region. But its toll on the Liberian people—who account for more than half of the 5,700 cases—has been especially devastating. To instill a sense...Show More Summary

Watch John Oliver Explain Just How Mind-Boggling Ridiculous Beauty Pageants Are

Beauty pageants are a pretty insane and demeaning thing for us to still be doing as a society in 2014. I mean, yes, Miss Congeniality was an OK film, but the sequel was awful. Also, the whole thing—beauty pageants, not the Miss Congeniality...Show More Summary

Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier Delivers a Captivating New Solo Album

Laetitia Sadier Something Shines Drag City Best known as the singer for the long-running British-French band Stereolab—now on an indefinite hiatus—Laetitia Sadier has always been able to address pointedly political and deeply personal concerns with equal eloquence. Show More Summary

Guy Buys First New iPhone, Immediatley Drops It On National TV

It's new iPhone day! All around the globe thousands of hungry ducks are lining up to be one of the first few to get their hands on Cupertino's fresh new phones. In Perth, "a boy called Jack" got the very first one. Naturally, he wasShow More Summary

Book Review: The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallow Test By Walter Mischel LITTLE, BROWN Much ado has been made of the titular psych test, in which kids able to wait 20 minutes to earn two marshmallows instead of settling for one right away were shown, decades later, to rate better on everything from educational level to their risk of becoming a drug addict. Show More Summary

Declassified Documents Reveal the CIA's Sense of Humor (and Literary Aspirations)

Within a trove of recently declassified articles from Studies in Intelligence, the CIA's in-house journal, we found a number of humor pieces based on the agency's internal employee evaluations. Here is one such piece in its entirety, from the Spring 1984 issue. Show More Summary

Here Are the 10 Best Songs for Scotland's Historic Vote for Independence

Scotland is heading to the polls right now to decide on whether or not to become an independent country. A "Yes" vote would be the biggest constitutional change for the United Kingdom in over three centuries, splintering a long-held relationship that has seen the good times and the bad, and weathered plenty of mutual disagreements up until now. Show More Summary

Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul

The Underground Girls of Kabul By Jenny Nordberg CROWN PUBLISHING It sucks to be female in Afghanistan. No surprise there. Journalist Jenny Nordberg's revelation—to Western eyes, anyway—is that more than a few Afghan families raise their girls as boys. Show More Summary

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