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TIME Cover: ‘Help! My Parents Are Millennials



‘Critical Race and Legal Theory’ Duke Law Professor Renee Cramer’s Shameless Propaganda Defense of #PlannedParenthood




REWIND: Trump TIME Cover, 1989


EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren’s Hand-Written Message to Hillary Clinton


[MAP] From Here to 2019: How All the Future Marvel Movies Are Connected


A guide to the 19 Marvel movies and TV shows coming out in the next four years

Eliana Dockterman and Heather Jones write: Whether you love or hate Avengers: Age of Ultron, there are plenty more Marvel superheroes to come. Disney and Marvel are releasing 19 movies and TV shows between now and 2019, and they are all interconnected. All these titles are building up to Avengers: Infinity Wars, Parts I and II, out in 2018 and 2019. These films will focus on the villain Thanos, who will try to gather six powerful gems called Infinity Stones to create an Infinity Gauntlet with the power to destroy the universe.


The Avengers (and probably some other heroes, like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange) will have to stop him. See how the heroes and villains connect to one another, and plan out your viewing schedule…


Boston Bombing Jury Sees Tsarnaev’s Blood-Stained Manifesto

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Photographing Black Lives in America’s South

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Mysterious Drones Spotted Over Paris

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Read Stephen Hawking’s Sweet Note to Eddie Redmayne After His Oscar Win

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Apple Is Now Worth Over $700 Billion

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The Walking Dead Watch: ‘What Happened and What’s Going On’

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Where to Buy the New Charlie Hebdo

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A Belgian Chocolate Company Called ISIS Has Decided to Change Its Name

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Umbrella Up, Hong Kong Makes TIME


TIME Magazine: Home of Revolving White House Staffers, Keepin’ it Classy

 reports: “Not the first time they’ve hit him with a headline on the cover that can easily be taken the wrong way. Last time they called him “the boss,” which I’m pretty sure was a Springsteen allusion but which Christie himself took as a mafia reference.”

Coming in early 2016: “A jumbo-sized victory.”


The Greenroom

A Century of American Dreams and Nightmares of China

Jeff Wasserstrom writes: Communist Party spokesmen in Beijing have been talking a lot lately about the ‘China Dream’, President Xi Jinping’s call for national goals befitting China’s era of economic prosperity. Yet dark events — from food and pollution scares early in 2013, to July’s beating to death of a watermelon peddler, to the start of yet another crackdown on activist lawyers and bloggers critical of the government — have led to cynical online chatter  about the ‘China Nightmare’ as better capturing the experience of many citizens of the People’s Republic. The currency of this ‘dream’ and ‘nightmare’ rhetoric in China makes this a good time to reflect on a different set of fantasies originating outside China. I mean what might be called the ‘Western China Dream’ (they’re about to buy our goods and convert to our ways!) and the recurring ‘Western China Nightmare’ (they’re so different and there are so many of them!).

These spectral visions of hope and dismay have roots stretching far back into the past. They continue to hinder clear-eyed views of China today, albeit taking different forms in different parts of the West, depending on everything from specific economic relationships to proximity to or distance from Asia. They are also now gaining traction, again in distinctively localised forms, in places such as Africa, where China’s economic influence is surging and more Chinese have moved in recent decades than at any time in the past.

Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu, a film released in 1932. Source: www.toutlecine.comFu Manchu in ‘The Mask of Fu Manchu’, a film released in 1932. Source: www.toutlecine.com

The Western China Dream can be traced back at least to Marco Polo’s day and to Enlightenment thinkers who sometimes used Chinese phenomena as a foil to criticize the Catholic Church and autocratic rule in Europe. It assumed its modern form, though, early in the 1800s when missionaries sought to save heathen souls and traders grew dizzy with the prospect of selling their wares to customers across the massive empire of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912). The counterpart Western China Nightmare, while building on fears dating back to tales of Genghis Khan, found its most important modern expression in ‘Yellow Peril’ rhetoric. A century ago, its most significant personification took the form of Dr Fu Manchu, who first appeared in a novel in 1913 and whose ability to inspire horror was magnified by a series of famous — and infamous — Hollywood films. Read the rest of this entry »

New York Times Editors, Columnists Met With Obama During Syria Push

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 writes:  In his new book, The Message, MSNBC.com editor Richard Wolffe describes how the Obama White House grew frustrated in 2011 with The New York Times after some negative editorials ran in the paper. President Barack Obama ended up calling Andy Rosenthal, the paper’s editorial page editor, and a couple weeks later Rosenthal and the Times editorial board went to the White House for an off-the-record meeting with the president.

But that wasn’t the last time Obama met with Times editorial board members. On Aug. 29, the president again sat down for an off-the-record discussion with Rosenthal and some members of the editorial board, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Read the rest of this entry »

The cyberwar against the media


News organizations have been chronicling the cyberwar against the nation’s high-value targets — financial institutions, the defense establishment and government.Now, it’s the media that finds itself under attack like never before.

On Thursday, The Washington Post announced that its website had been hacked, “with readers on certain stories being redirected to the site” of a group supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And the New York Post on Tuesday became another victim as several reporters’ Twitter accounts were apparently hacked by the same group, the Syrian Electronic Army.

Cybersecurity experts say that hackers — ranging from those linked to foreign governments to shadowy, “hacktivist” groups to lone wolves — are increasingly targeting the press. In the past year, a host of other prominent news outlets, including The Associated Press, The New York Times, Reuters and NPR, among others, have been hit by high-profile assaults. Experts say it’s high time journalists recognize their vulnerability and adopt more safeguards to protect themselves and the information they have.

The media have become a major front on the cyber battlefield because hackers can use news outlets to put out false information instantly to a large audience, exploit a big platform for political propaganda and acquire confidential information on sources or upcoming stories, experts told POLITICO.

“It’s certainly on the rise this year. It is a big ego thing. It’s great publicity, if you want to get your name out, and that’s satisfying all those buttons for them,” said attorney Claudia Rast at the law firm of Butzel Long, who has counseled companies on legal issues related to privacy and data security. “It’s not going away.”

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Would Readers Even Notice if They Never Walk Back in?

“…New York Times staffers plan a short walkout on Monday afternoon, reported Katherine Fung at the Huffington Post. The staffers, members of the Newspaper Guild of New York, will meet up and collectively walk outside of the new but iconic New York Times building in Manhattan to protest management’s position on contract negotiations.Fung reports that “the walkout won’t be the first protest that Times’ staffers have staged over proposed contract terms…”

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