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Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records

The Senate worked late into the night but failed to agree on extending government surveillance programs under the USA Patriot Act before adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday.

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Cruise Control

Your one-stop shop for health and safety data on cruise ships.

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  • Well this cured all desire I had to ever go on a cruise ship. : amiantos

I have to say that my favorite thing about the new Faith No More album is that it's an album almost entirely devoid of stereotypical "suburban white guy ennui" songwriting. Mike Patton is generally a songwriter who eschews the idea of the love or loss song, and I seemed to have forgotten how much I enjoyed listening to music that doesn't revolve around "I love you", or "I miss you" or even, for a lot of hard rock music, "I fucking hate you." Sure, a song like "Black Friday" (and "Motherfucker") takes a turn toward the political, with vague anti-capitalism sentiment, but that's just a little philosophical meat to balance out songs like "Sunny Side Up" (which is just straight up fun) and "Matador" which makes no sense at all but sounds really, really great. Yeah, still listening to this album all the time.

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Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

The bill still must clear the House. The measure would clear the way for President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is unpopular with labor groups and some Democrats.

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Why It Pays To Be A Jerk

Sneer at the customer. Keep your colleagues on edge. Claim credit. Speak first. Put your feet on the table. Withhold approval. Instill fear. Interrupt. Ask for more. And by all means, take that last doughnut. You deserve it.

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  • > James honed a definition that he finally published in his 2012 book, Assholes: A Theory. Formally stated, “The asshole... : amiantos
  • This article inspired me to look up dolphin fights. Nat Geo has one: [link] : amiantos
TLC Pulls '19 Kids And Counting' Amid Reports Of Star's Sexual Misconduct As Minor

Reports say Josh Duggar, 27, molested five underage girls in 2002 and 2003. Duggar has apologized, and his family says they have been open about "one of the most difficult times of our lives."

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Man Convicted Of Killing D.C. Intern Chandra Levy To Get New Trial

Prosecutors have agreed not to oppose a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, who was found guilty in 2010 of killing Levy in 2001.

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Decision On Gay Scout Leaders To Come By October, Group's Head Says

Robert Gates, the former CIA director and former defense secretary, tells NPR that the Boy Scouts of America needs to talk to sponsoring institutions about the potential change.

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How We’re Failing Our Female Veterans

From equipment that doesn’t fit to an ill-equipped VA medical system.

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Thai Authorities Arrest Protesters On Anniversary Of 2014 Coup

At least 13 people were arrested in the capital, Bangkok, and seven others in the country's northeast after they staged protests against Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha's rule.

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ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

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The War on Big Food

How packaged-food companies like Campbell and Hershey are responding to the backlash against pesticides, preservatives, high-fructose corn syrup, growth hormones, antibiotics, gluten, and genetically modified organisms.

Beth Kowitt | Fortune | May 2015
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The Rise And Fall Of Shrek

How Shrek went from the world’s biggest animated franchise to the internet’s creepiest meme.

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Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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#NPRReads: Social Concern And The Drought In California

Also this week, a profile of plus-sized model Tess Holliday, algorithms in plain(ish) English, and suicide clusters in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Some Clinton Emails Were Retroactively Classified

The State Department released the first batch of 296 emails from the former secretary of state's private email account. Some were classified at the request of the FBI after the fact.

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Crossover Potential

A mortuary employee surveys her scene.

Sarah Wambold | Joyland | May 2015
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How To Have Fun When They Say You Can’t Conceive

Over 40, three miscarriages in, and assigned to the five-percent-chance-of-conception club, I kept on plugging the only way I knew how.

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The Star on the Sidewalk

On Arielle Holmes, a burgeoning actress who was, literally, plucked from the streets.

Amy Larocca | New York | May 2015
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Thought Catalog’s Reckoning

Behind the scenes at the outrageously popular — and frequently outrageous — click factory.

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