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The CrossFit-ification of Christianity

Plenty has been written about the cult of CrossFit—the widely popular, DIY workout craze. But maybe CrossFit isn’t a cult at all. Maybe it’s a new religion.

Behind Ralph Steadman’s Most Famous Work

Inside the mind of Ralph Steadman, the legendary artist and provocateur known for ghoulish humans, ink splatter marks, and distorted Polaroids of historical figures and celebrities.

Who Died and Made Him Pope?

Catholic tradition claims that the pope’s authority extends directly back to Saint Peter. But a new book argues Peter never even set foot in Rome.

Boy Scouts Boot Gay Leader’s Troop

Boy Scouts are being punished for not discriminating. Georgia makes it legal to bring a gun just about everywhere. And fear not! The KKK is here to keep you safe.

Just Let Me Chainsaw!

Why won’t my chainsaw start after a bad winter? It’s all the U.S. government’s fault—and it’s enough to get a person Tea Party mad and start reciting the Constitution.

Black Hole Pair Caught in Feeding Frenzy

Astronomers have identified a pair of black holes that “help” each other dismantle stars. This discovery could reveal how the Universe’s biggest black holes form.

Weed Reads: The 10 Best Books on Pot

Marijuana must inspire writers, since there are thousands and thousands of titles on the subject. Here’s a short list of essentials, from public policy to a T.C. Boyle satire.

The Texas Church of Beef

BBQ aficionados know the real finger lickin’ loins come from the Lone Star State, but the best of the best can be found at Louie Mueller, which has been smokin’ and grilling since 1949.

Philippines, U.S. to sign new 10-year military pact, part of U.S. pivot

The United States and the Philippines will sign a new security pact on Monday allowing American forces an increased military presence in the Southeast Asian country now struggling to raise its defense capabilities amid territorial disputes with China. The Enhanced Defense Cooperation agreement will run for 10 years, shorter than what the United States was originally asking for, two senior government officials said on Sunday, asking for anonymity due to lack of authority to speak on details of the pact. The pact will be signed just a few hours before U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Philippine President Benigno Aquino in Manila, as part of Obama's week-long tour of four Asian allies. The agreement allows the United States to rotate ships, aircraft and troops for a period longer than the current maximum of two weeks during joint military exercises by the two nations, a senior military source told Reuters.

Counterattacking the Gay Evangelical

In response to Matthew Vines's new book, R. Albert Mohler spouted anti-gay gospel via the immediate release of his own e-publication. Can’t we all just get along? asks Michael Paul Turner.

The Bards of the Bayou

The Neville Brothers were formed by the hard life and hard times, but they are also heirs to America’s richest musical tradition: the aural gumbo of New Orleans.

Humanists in the Foxhole

Days before the anniversary of Pat Tillman’s death, the Army added Humanism to its list of official religious preferences. It’s an overdue recognition of Tillman and other secular believers.

Killing Net Neutrality Kills Dreams

The FCC’s proposal to end net neutrality will fatally erode the Obama administration’s efforts to help tech-savvy young minority students.

Democrat Aiken goes for GOP-heavy House district

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Clay Aiken doesn't have a problem with name recognition. But that doesn't mean voters in North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District will send the "American Idol" star to Washington to represent them in Congress.

Obama: Myanmar won't succeed if Muslims are oppressed

U.S. President Barack Obama said on Sunday that the rights of Myanmar's minority Muslim population were not being fully protected and warned that the Southeast Asian country would not succeed if Muslims there were oppressed. On a visit to Malaysia, Obama praised political reforms under way in once-isolated Myanmar but said the danger of democratization was that it could unleash religious and ethnic conflicts and that such developments could move Myanmar in a bad direction. "You have a Muslim minority (in Myanmar) … that the broader population has historically looked down upon and whose rights are not being fully protected," Obama told a townhall-style meeting of young leaders from across Southeast Asia. "Myanmar won't succeed if the Muslim population is oppressed." Members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have been the victims of attacks and widespread abuse in recent years blamed by human rights groups and other observers on security forces and anti-Muslim mobs in the country's Rakhine state.

Obama raises human rights issues in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that he had raised the need for improved human rights in Malaysia with the country's prime minister, but pushed back against suggestions that his failure to meet with a top opposition leader means he is not concerned.

US lawmaker urges China to expand religious freedoms

China should act to ensure religious freedoms, a top US opposition lawmaker said at the close of an Asia trip held as President Barack Obama also visits the region. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the number-two Republican in the lower chamber of the US Congress, was speaking in China as a bipartisan congressional delegation he was leading concluded. "Religion is something that's constitutionally protected for us, and we want to be able to promote that as a human right across the world," Cantor told AFP from Shanghai late Saturday at the end of a trip to China, South Korea and Japan.

Obama says must send message to Russia to stop destabilizing Ukraine

President Barack Obama said on Sunday it was necessary to send a message to Russia that its "destabilizing" actions in eastern and southern Ukraine must stop, as the United States and its European partners prepared to impose new sanctions on Moscow. Speaking at a news conference during a visit to Malaysia, Obama said any decision on whether to slap "sectoral" sanctions on the Russian economy at a later time would depend on whether the United States and its allies could find a unified position on how to proceed. "We're going to be in a stronger position to deter Mr Putin when he sees that the world is unified and the United States and Europe is unified rather than this is just a U.S.-Russian conflict," Obama told reporters. He said Russia had not "lifted a finger" to get pro-Russian separatist rebels in Ukraine to comply with an international agreement to defuse the crisis.