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To Be Totally Frank

Barney Frank on political power-play, a hardly quiet retirement—and defending Alec Baldwin from accusations of homophobia.


Spain’s LGBT Nursing Home

In a country where discrimination is bad enough to push some elderly residents back into the closet, there’s a sign of hope—a new center being built in Madrid catering to gay residents.


US weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia's buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

By Mark Miller CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback. Starting this September, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will resume mailings at five-year intervals to workers who have not signed up to view their statements online, an agency spokesman told Reuters. The statements will be sent to workers at ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 and 60, he said, adding the agency would continue to promote use of the online statements. The SSA stopped mailing most paper statements in 2011 in response to budget pressures, and saved the SSA $70 million annually - about 50 cents per mailed statement.


‘Orphan Black’s Stunning Heroine

The clone saga ‘Orphan Black’ is pulpy, adrenaline-fueled television at its finest. But how long can a show depend on the spellbinding performance of one actress?


'US ground forces to be sent to Poland'

Poland's defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to his country to expand NATO's presence there as events unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported. Tomasz Siemoniak told the Post Friday that details were already being worked out and that Poland would play a leading regional role "under US patronage" in the plan expected to be announced next week. He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO's presence in Central and Eastern Europe.


Ukraine: Truce and Consequences

In an exclusive interview, Ukraine’s foreign minister says that over Easter he has halted confrontations with Russian-backed separatists in the east. But next week may be messy.


Why New York City Needs the Knicks

The documentary ‘When the Garden Was Eden,’ premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, focuses on the ‘70s New York Knicks, and how the basketball team served as a refuge for a city plagued by crime.


US ground forces to be sent to Poland, report says

Poland's defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO's presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported. Tomasz Siemoniak told the Post Friday that military planners were already working on the details and that Poland would play a lead role "under US patronage." He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO's presence in Central and Eastern Europe.


Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.


Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.


Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.


Mark Twain, Writing Coach

Young writers besotted by the image of a swaggering, confident Twain should take heart: Underneath that white suit lurked an author as insecure and neurotic as those who idolize him.


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