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The Sci-Fi Sex Scene That Changed My Life

Spark Notes is a recurring series about the lightbulb moments in sexual development.

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The Real Value of Cambridge Analytica

This story was published by theCenter for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington.

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Chicago‘s Abusive Police State Is Untenable

Early Saturday evening, a Chicago police officer shot and killed Harith Augustus, a 37-year-old black American barber working in the neighborhood where the police had confronted him. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) released body-camera video that shows Augustus becoming agitated after being surrounded and grabbed by officers. As he attempts to flee and appears to reach for a gun in his waistband, an officer begins firing on him, and Augustus

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Now Within Reach

Seventy years ago this week, on July 21, 1948, a B-29 bomber conducting a secret test of a missile guidance system crashed into Lake Mead, the large reservoir near Las Vegas. Though the plane initially sank to a depth of about 260 feet, the wreckage now rests within a recreational scuba diver‘s reach, less than 130 feet from the surface, as ongoing drought conditions have continued to lower Lake Mead‘s water levels. You may use the co

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Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Who Is America? Can Be Cruel, but Some of His Targets Deserve It

At the climax of the first episode of Who Is America?, the trickster Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new Showtime series, Baron Cohen gets a number of politicians-let‘s name names: former Sen. Trent Lott, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, and former Rep. Joe Walsh-to enthusiastically announce their support for ‘Kinderguardians,‘ a plan to arm ‘gifted‘ children as young as 3 in order to stop school shootings. It will teach ‘rudi

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Trump Administration Declares War on Poverty ‘Largely Over‘ Because of Huge Success

Republicans have long railed against the country‘s social safety nets as expensive and inefficient. The long-running War on Poverty was frequently a target for these critics who were fond of saying it was a huge failure that did not actually help a significant number of Americans out of poverty. But now the Trump administration is trying a new tactic, saying that the reason why social safety net programs need to change is because the War on

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Kavanaugh Must Explain His Views on Presidential Immunity

A debate has erupted over Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s views on legal issues that could arise out of the pending investigations into the man who has nominated him for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump. These issues include whether a sitting president should be immune from criminal processes such as investigation and indictment. We now find ourselves in a problematic and historically unprecedented situation: a president who is the subject

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Chicago Police Release Bodycam Footage of Fatal Shooting That Sparked Protests

The 37-year-old man who was fatally shot by police officers in Chicago Saturday was carrying a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot when he appeared to be reaching for his waist. That is what police are saying after releasing bodycam footage from an officer who was involved in the Saturday shooting of Harith Augustus. Police ordered the release of the video much more quickly than normal to combat rumors that Augustus was unarmed when he was s

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The Eight Craziest Moments of a Truly Bonkers World Cup Final

The 2018 World Cup was the wildest sporting tournament in recent memory, and its final was fittingly off the rails. France‘s 42 victory over Croatia had own goals, VAR, screamers, punk rock political demonstrations, and one very pumped-up Emmanuel Macron. As we say goodbye to a rapturous month of soccer, let‘s take a second to relish Sunday‘s craziest moments.

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Watch Sacha Baron Cohen Trick Republicans Into Supporting Guns for Toddlers Program

After lots of talk and expectation, we finally got an extended look into comedian Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new show, Who is America? And it involves Cohen poking fun at the gun lobby as well as Republican lawmakers and leaders who seem all too eager to come out in favor of firearms, no matter what the proposal.

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This Photo of a Celebrating Macron Captures the Excitement of France‘s World Cup Win

French President Emmanuel Macron did not hide his emotions when France beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final Sunday. A photo that immediately went viral on social media shows Macron jumping for joy like any regular fan at the official box, where staid faces and composed clapping seem to be the norm.

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France Won the World Cup With the Handbrake On

If you watched a bunch of France‘s games during the 2018 World Cup, the idea that this particular group has been crowned the planet‘s best international soccer team might leave you with some questions, among them: Really? These guys?

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Pussy Riot Claims Responsibility for Protest on the Field During World Cup Final

The Russian government has been working hard to avoid controversy during the World Cup. Yet during the tournament‘s final match, activist feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot made sure that Russia‘s political reality shone through at least a little bit at a time when much of the world‘s eyes were on the country.

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How Does a Tattoo Artist Do His Job?

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France Wins 2018 World Cup Final, Should Be Favored to Win in 2022, 2026

France is the 2018 World Cup champion. A tournament full of surprises concluded with an expected result, as the heavily favored French national team beat Croatia 42 in Moscow on Sunday. France went into halftime with a 21 lead thanks to an own goal and a VAR-awarded penalty, but the champions‘ talent proved undeniable as the game wore on.

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Trump Calls the European Union ‘a Foe‘ to U.S. Ahead of Summit With Putin

President Donald Trump left the United Kingdom Sunday making clear he had no interest in playing nice with historical allies. When CBS News anchor Jeff Glor asked Trump who is his ‘biggest foe globally right now,‘ the European Union was the first thing that popped into his head. ‘Well, I think we have a lot of foes. I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn‘t think of the European Un

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May Says Trump Told Her She Should Sue the EU

At a news conference Friday, Donald Trump said he gave a suggestion to British Prime Minister Theresa May that she found ‘too brutal.‘ May finally revealed what that piece of advice was during an interview with the BBC Sunday. ‘He told me I should sue the EU.‘ May then repeated the gist of the message: ‘Sue the EU, not go into negotiations with them, sue them.‘ May said she was ignoring the U.S. president&lsquo

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Apple Music Is Beating Spotify. What Should Spotify Do About It?

Spotify has led the streaming music space for some time now, but over the past year, Apple Music has evolved into a serious threat. Apple Music‘s growth accelerated past Spotify‘s, and now, for the first time, Apple has pulled ahead. According to a report from Digital Music News last week, Apple Music has become the top on-demand streaming music service in the U.S. in terms of users. (The exact user numbers weren‘t released.) Bo

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Top Senate Democrats Are Urging Trump to Not Meet With Putin One-on-One

A group of prominent Senate Democrats, including Minority Leader Charles Schumer, are urging President Donald Trump to not go to the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on his own. A day after several Democrats called on Trump to outright cancel the meeting with Putin in Helsinki following the latest round of indictments by special counsel Robert Mueller, on Saturday a smaller group seemed to want to put forward a compromise considering

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Jaguar Escapes Enclosure in New Orleans Zoo, Kills Six Animals, Injures Three

A male jaguar somehow managed to slip out of its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans early Saturday morning, killing six animals and injuring three others. The three-year-old jaguar, Valerio, escaped at around 7:20 a.m. and it took almost an hour before the zoo‘s veterinarian staff managed to sedate him and return him back to his quarters at around 8:15 a.m. By the time he had been recaptured, Valiero had killed four alpaca, one emu,

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Donald Trump Responds to Latest Mueller Indictments by Blaming Obama

President Donald Trump issued his first public reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller‘s indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the presidential election. And in a familiar move, he decided to point the finger at his predecessor for failing to do ‘something about‘ the interference in the election. He also got into conspiracy theory territory by questioning whether the ‘deep state‘ had p

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Ranking Harry Kane‘s Impressive Haul of Unimpressive Goals

England concluded its surprisingly uplifting World Cup on Saturday with a 20 loss to Belgium in the third-place game. Football might not be coming home, but at least one English player should be returning with something to put in his trophy case. Harry Kane finished the tournament with six goals, and the captain is in prime position to win the tournament‘s Golden Boot.

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Why Does Microsoft Want a Government Crackdown on Face Recognition?

A cogent and forceful argument for the government to regulate face-recognition technology was published on Friday-not by a legislator, pundit, or advocacy group, but by Microsoft.

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Miami Beach Man Arrested While Trying to Burn Down Condo to ‘Kill All the Jews‘

Police arrested a 72-year-old man in Miami Beach on Thursday right as he appeared to be moving forward with a plan to burn down his condominium building and ‘kill all the Jews‘ inside, according to the police report. Witnesses said they heard the man say he was going to burn down the building ‘with all of the fucking Jews.‘ Walter Stolper now faces charges of attempted arson and attempted murder as police seem to have stop

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