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Can Great Lit Change Your Life?

Stop beating yourself over not reading the “right” books. Fiction is about two things: curiosity and pleasure.

Imagining the Internet in 1929

How José Ortega y Gasset's ‘The Revolt of the Masses’ helps us understand everything from YouTube to ‘Duck Dynasty.’

How to Stick to Your Resolutions

It’s simple: decide not to decide. Here is how behavioral economics can help shape your habits and how you can make your New Year’s Resolution stick for good.

7 Easy Steps to Jailing Obama

It’s 2014, but birthers are still a thing, Republicans are less convinced by Darwin than ever, and ‘Glee’ has corrupted America’s youth. Happy New Year from the Fringe.

The Stacks: When Royko Roared

Today The Daily Beast introduces a fascinating new weekly feature, The Stacks, edited by Alex Belth, who has uncovered non-fiction classics in news, sports, and the arts. First up, a classic profile of the cantankerous but lovable Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko.

The Week in Viral Videos

From the new ‘Veronica Mars’ trailer to Johnny Football’s last hurrah, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

Kerry says Israel, Palestinians making progress on peace 'puzzle'

By Arshad Mohammed JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Israelis and Palestinians were making some progress in peace talks, though there was still a chance no accord would be reached. Speaking before he flew to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to brief them about his 10th set of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Kerry said both sides had a sharper idea of the compromises needed to secure an agreement. "We have had very positive - but I have to say very serious, very intensive - conversations." Kerry said all of the major issues in the conflict - borders, security, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem - were under discussion. And it is becoming much more apparent to everybody what the remaining tough choices are," he said, adding he would not be flying to meet the kings of Jordan and Saudi Arabia if he did not believe both sides were grappling with the issues.

Kerry says South Sudan peace talks 'must be serious'

Secretary of State John Kerry voiced support for direct South Sudanese peace talks set to begin on Sunday and cautioned against any use of force to try to gain the upper hand. The government of South Sudan and representatives of rebel forces met on Saturday evening in Ethiopia for the formal inauguration of peace talks, part of the diplomatic effort to halt weeks of fighting in the young nation. They cannot be a delay gimmick in order to continue the fighting and try to find advantage on the ground at the expense of the people of South Sudan," Kerry told reporters during a visit to Israel. President Salva Kiir accused his former vice president, Riek Machar, of leading an attempted coup.

Kerry: US will support Iraq, but without troops

JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that America would support Iraq as it combats al-Qaida-linked militants who have seized cities in the country's west, but said the U.S. wouldn't send troops, calling the battle "their fight."

Kerry heads to Jordan and Saudi Arabia

JERUSALEM (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Jordan and Saudi Arabia to discuss his effort to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians, yet his conversations with the U.S. allies will undoubtedly turn to other Mideast trouble spots.

Iraqi Sheiks Prepare to Strike Back

The tribal sheiks who aligned with the U.S. military and defeated al Qaeda have been abandoned by their allies as terrorists retake the country. Now they’re getting ready to fight back.

Local labor influence takes hit in Boeing contract

SEATTLE (AP) — Under pressure from regional leaders, machinists in Washington state took a late-night vote that defied their local union bosses by narrowly approving a new labor contract that secures a coveted plane project for the Seattle area but moves workers away from pensions.

Early days of Obamacare bring trickle, not flood, of patients

By Sharon Begley and Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. medical providers are seeing only a trickle of patients newly insured under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, as insurers, hospitals and doctors try to work out any hitches in coverage. More than 2 million people have signed up for new private health plans that took effect on Wednesday under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. Already on Friday, Senate Republicans opposed to the law seized on scattered media reports of a handful of people having difficulty confirming their new insurance policies, feeding into a narrative of Obamacare's harms that is expected to intensify ahead of Congressional elections in November. Central Ohio Primary Care, a 250-physician practice, is holding off on filing claims for patients who say they bought plans through the HealthCare.gov exchange, said Chief Executive Officer Dr. William Wulf.

Kerry says making progress towards Israeli-Palestinian framework deal

Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters on Saturday. Kerry spoke after about three hours of talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the West Bank. Kerry is on his tenth trip to the region in the past year as he seeks to secure a peace deal. He was to meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem later on Saturday.

Ascendant Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown faces challenges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown is sprinting into the final year of his third term as governor with a series of policy successes and powerful financial backers boosting his all-but-certain run for another term.

Kerry shuttles from Palestinian to Israeli leaders

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is meeting for the second time in two days with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') in the West Bank.