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Facebook ‘Likes’ Art

During Facebook’s first few years, Mark Zuckerberg commissioned a street artist named David Choe to bring some life to the office’s walls. Choe accepted, covering them with his rough and tumble, graffiti-imbued figures, and was paid in the form of stock options that were valued at about $200 million when the company went public in 2012. With the Choe commission, so began Facebook’s reputation as a patron of street art, the genre that many in the art world consider youthful, raw, and rebellious. The move was even parodied on a recent episode of the HBO series Silicon Valley. But, just as the company has matured, expanding from its five founders to 4,000 employees at its Menlo Park campus in the past decade alone, so has the art that graces its offices.

Rubio’s Climate Change Doublespeak

The senator wants it both ways for 2016—his comments over the weekend align him with the deniers for the GOP primaries, but his Tuesday walk-back positions him for the general election.

Why U Still Love Usher, Baby

Baby-faced and with a voice like honey, Usher's evolved from middling ‘90s R&B novelty to genuine pop star. And with ‘Good Kisser,’ he reminds us why he’s still relevant.

Citizen Nader Is Still on the Case

National party politics are dead, but Ralph Nader argues in ‘Unstoppable’ that there's life after death in new political alliances that actually get things done.

Gay Marriage Doesn't Play in Arkansas

An Arkansas judge's ruling strike down a same-sex marriage ban is getting national attention—so why are local politicians from both parties keeping mum?

Killed by Sterling’s Racism

Instead of fixing his blind, partially paralyzed tenant’s apartment, the Clippers owner asked, ‘Is she one of those black people that stink?’ Then she died when he tried to evict her.

A WWII Battle Frozen in Time

Seventy years ago, a deadly battle took place in the Micronesian Sea. Today, extensive remains of the Japanese fleet lie at the bottom of the ocean, ready to be explored...if you dare.

New Benghazi Investigation Spooks GOP

It’s not just the Democrats who are opposed to a new select committee looking into the Benghazi attacks. Many top Republicans are uneasy, too.

The Climax of ‘Portnoy’s Complaint’

It took a timely death and a stint at Yaddo to jolt Philip Roth out of the writer’s block that had kept him from finishing his breakthrough comic novel of lust and masturbation.

Pentagon OKs Manning transfer for gender treatment

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for her gender disorder, defense officials said.

Burwell takes Obamacare hot seat before Senate finance panel

By David Morgan and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans get their last chance to grill President Barack Obama's nominee for U.S. health secretary on Wednesday, but seem likely to take a harder line on the alleged failings of Obamacare than the job qualifications of Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The widely respected White House budget director, who got a cordial reception from both Republicans and Democrats at her first hearing last week, will appear before the Senate Finance Committee for a final hearing at which she is again likely to find support on both sides of the aisle. Finance Committee members could take a harder line with Burwell, since they are responsible for deciding whether to move her nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote, aides said. Democrats who control the Senate still hope to have her confirmation wrapped up before the May 26 Memorial Day holiday.

Tea party favorite wins Nebraska's GOP primary

WASHINGTON (AP) — The tea party scored a win in Nebraska on Tuesday as university president Ben Sasse captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in a bitter race that highlighted fissures within the GOP. Two women set the stage for history-making in West Virginia.

How S.H.I.E.L.D. Finally Found Its Way

Things were looking grim for the Joss Whedon-curated ABC mega-series, but the season finale proved that these scrappy agents might be here to stay.

Obama renews commitments to Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Syrian opposition leaders that President Bashar Assad has lost all legitimacy to rule Syria and has no place in the future of the nation.

U.S. judge overturns Idaho ban on gay marriage

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge struck down Idaho's ban on gay marriage on Tuesday, saying it relegated same-sex couples to a second-class status in violation of constitutional guarantees of equal protection under the law. The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale was the latest in a string of decisions by federal judges against state bans on same-sex matrimony that, if upheld by higher courts, would sharply broaden access to marriage for U.S. gay couples. Dale said her decision would go into effect on Friday at 9 a.m. ...