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White House Bans CNN, LA Times, NY Times and Politico From Press Conference (February 24, 2017): Journalists were stunned today when Press Secretary Sean Spicer blocked CNN, The NY Times and the LA Times from a news gaggle in his office.
A French Translator Describes the Difficulty of Translating President Trump (January 29, 2017): French translator Berengere Viennot explains why translating President Donald Trump's speeches into French is so difficult.
Merriam-Webster Calls Out Kellyanne Conway for 'Alternative Facts' (January 22, 2017): Merriam-Webster lectured Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway on what facts are in a tweet today. Conway advocated the use of alternative facts, which are actually falsehoods.
Trump Nominee Monica Crowley Felled by Plagiarism Scandal (January 17, 2017): Trump nominee Monica Crowley has withdrawn from consideration for NSC post after major plagiarism scandal.
Hunter S. Thompson's Favorite Marijuana Strains Coming Soon to a Dispensary Near You (December 1, 2016): Hunter S. Thompson, gonzo journalist, loved his marijuana. Now that it's legal in many states, his widow is marketing his favorite strains. But will the feds put a stop to it?
Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (November 21, 2016): Post-Truth is the 2016 Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year
Vietnam Jails Human Rights Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh (October 11, 2016): The Vietnam government has arrested and jailed activist blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh for her story about the worst environmental disaster in the country's history.
Donald Trump in Twitter War with The Art of the Deal Ghostwriter (September 10, 2016): Donald Trump is engaged in a Twitter war with his former ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz.
George Orwell to be Honored With Bronze Sculpture by BBC his Former Employer (August 13, 2016): George Orwell, author of 1984, will be immortalized in a bronze sculpture outside the BBC, his inspiration for the always lying Ministry of Truth.
Melania Trump's RNC Speech Triggers Plagiarism Allegations (July 19, 2016): Melania Trump gave an excellent speech at the RNC last night. But now she is being accused of plagiarism Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to the DNC.
Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Says a President Trump Will Lead to the End of Civilization (July 18, 2016): Donald Trump's ghostwriter gives a blistering critique of the presidential candidate. And he says it's his fault Trump is such as success.
Moist, Crevice and Slacks: Study Reveals the Most Repulsive English Words (May 7, 2016): The word moist is absolutely despised by Americans, as are the words crevice, slacks and phlegm. A new study looks at word avulsion in America.
Walt Whitman's Manly Health Tips (May 4, 2016): Walt Whitman is one of the best known American poets. He also gave some health advice in articles for the New York Atlas.
Egypt Jails Female Poet Fatima Naoot for Insulting Islam (January 27, 2016): Poet Fatima Naoot has been sentenced to jail for 3 years by an Egyptian court for insulting Islam.
Japanese Librarians Furious Over Haruki Murakami Privacy Breach (December 3, 2015): Japanese librarians are furious about a leak to a newspaper of what books Nobel Prize winning author Haruki Murakami read in high school. The newspaper refused to apologize.
Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature (October 8, 2015): Investigative journalist and nonfiction author Svetlana Alexievich has won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature. She is an outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Brain Fart, Bants and Fur Baby Added to Oxford Online Dictionary (August 31, 2015): The Oxford Dictionaries have added brain fart, bants, fur baby, blockchain and manic pixie dream girl to the online dictionary. They also added beer o'clock for some reason.
Scholars Find Treasure Trove of Mark Twain's Early Writing (May 7, 2015): Scholars at UC Berkeley have tracked down Mark Twain's early columns written while he lived in San Francisco nearly 150 years ago. They also found personal letters.
Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman Step in as Table Hosts for PEN Gala (May 4, 2015): Neil Gaiman, Alison Bechdel, Art Spiegelman, George Packer, Azar Nafisi and Alain Mabanckouand will step in as table hosts at the PEN Gala which will honor Charlie Hebdo.
Author Oliver Sacks Discusses Terminal Cancer Diagnosis (February 19, 2015): Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of Awakenings, discusses his diagnosis with terminal cancer in a new op-ed. He lays out his plan for the time he has left.