Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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Grandparents in these sweet family pictures are so supposedly threatening they need to be banned

July 2, 2017

Trump's revised travel ban is keeping certain relatives from coming to the U.S.Image: David McNew/Getty Images The Trump administration’s travel ban from earlier this year just won’t go away. Now it’s affecting grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family members that don’t make the cut as “bona fide” relations at least, as the State Department sees it. SEE ALSO: Hilarious photo series shows the alarmingly normal lives of immigrants After…

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Joe and Mika ask Trump not to watch their show in blistering, but sticky, editorial

July 1, 2017

Image: michael stewart/WireImage After Trump tweeted about “Psycho Joe” and “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” yesterday, the two decided to fight back with more than his trademark, lazy 140 characters. Scarborough and Brzezinski wrote a powerful op-ed for The Washington Post Friday morning, alleging that the President had an “unhealthy obsession” with the show and encouraging him to “keep his 60-inch-plus flat-screen TV tuned to Fox & Friends instead.” SEE ALSO:…

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Reality Check: How long will Theresa May’s majority last? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Image copyright NT Between 1966 and 1970 Labour’s net loss was 15 seats. That was a particularly tough Parliament for the Labour Party because 20 sitting MPs died, as those elected two decades earlier in the 1945 landslide fell to ill health and old age. In the 1960s, many Labour MPs had endured harder lives than their Conservative counterparts because they often came from manual professions such as mining or…

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The rise of the Facebook star

June 24, 2017

Image: Laura Clery Laura Clery lives the Hollywood dream. She moved to Los Angeles at 17 to be an actress. She slept on friends’ couches and ate their food as she worked to get an agent and learn the ins and out of the industry. She ended up landing the first commercial she auditioned for. “I was like, ‘Oh, this is easy,’” Clery said with a laugh. Thirteen years later,…

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Republicans Hold On To Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat In South Carolina

June 21, 2017

Norman, a 63-year-old real estate developer and former state lawmaker, replaces fellow Republican Mick Mulvaney, who left Congress to become President Donald Trumps budget director. Parnell, a 66-year-old tax attorney, mounted an unusually ambitious challenge in the district where the conservative Mulvaney cruised to re-election in 2016.His scrappy campaign, and the support it received from the national Democratic Party, excited local activists accustomed to being written off by party leaders….

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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Trump Killed A Key Obama Immigration Program. But What He Didn’t Do Matters More.

June 17, 2017

WASHINGTON The Trump administration formalized an immigration policy shift on Thursday evening that was notable for what it didnt do as much as what it did. The Department of Homeland Security rescinded DAPA, a never-implemented program that would have allowed some undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to stay in the country. But more significantly, it left in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a…

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The Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog because why the hell not

June 10, 2017

Image: mashable composite; max knoblauch The primary duty of a journalist is to speak truth to power to lift “the veil” and expose the true nature of the people who control different aspects of our everyday lives. As America struggles with massive political change in 2017, that role is especially important. And that is why I have chosen to draw the Trump administration as Sonic the Hedgehog. SEE ALSO: 5…

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Election 2017: The area of Scotland where two votes are taking place – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Voters in one part of Scotland will be choosing their MSP as well as their MP on 8 June. Here’s all you need to know about the by-election in Ettrick, Roxburgh and Selkirk. Why two elections? Under previous boundaries, as Roxburgh and Berwickshire, it was won by Lib Dem Euan Robson in 1999 and 2003, with the Conservatives in second place each of those years. Mr Lamont then dethroned Mr…

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Who is Leanne Wood? A profile of the Plaid Cymru leader – BBC News

May 29, 2017

Born in 1971 to parents Jeff and Avril, she and her sister Joanna were raised in the village of Penygraig. Image caption Described as very clever by school friends, Leanne Wood became interested in political issues around the time of the miners’ strike in 1984-85 She has recalled how her father was laid off from the builders’ yard where he worked, and talked about the experience of joining a separate…

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J.K. Rowling claps back at Fox contributor in the wake of the Manchester attack

May 26, 2017

J.K. Rowling was not impressed with Laura Ingraham's tweet.Image: James Gourley/REX/Shutterstock/mashable composite Tributes and vigils have been taking place across the world in the days following Monday’s bomb attack in Manchester. The Eiffel Tower went dark on Tuesday to honour the victims. This is something that’s been done before in the wake of previous terror attacks. It’s meant as a show of solidarity, and a way to pay tribute to…

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Parents Of Slain DNC Staffer Call Conspiracy Theories ‘Unspeakably Cruel’

May 24, 2017

Writing in The Washington Post,Mary and Joel Rich describe the nightmare that has become their lives. Each day, instead of receiving news from police about a break in their sons unsolved slaying, they are bombarded with phone calls from reporters asking about the lies or conspiracies being spread about him, they wrote. Mary and Joel Rich say their son’s murder has been “turned into a political football.” We have seen…

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Defending students’ Mike Pence walkout using the words of … Mike Pence.

May 24, 2017

On Sunday, a group of about 150 students walked out during Vice President Mike Pence’s commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Conservative outlets blasted the silent protest as a form of intolerance to opposing views and an affront to free speech. But according to Mike Pence’s own speech, that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. In his address, Pence railed against political correctness, intolerance to others’ opinions,…

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Reactions to the death of a Fox News titan vary wildly

May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes speaks at the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media," in 2012.Image: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images The past two decades saw Roger Ailes rise from obscurity into perhaps the most influential and allegedly abusive person at the intersection of American politics and media. That rise earned him rabidly loyal fans, begrudging respect from others, and an army of detractors, which is easy to see in…

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