The artists behind the striking Obama portraits

Aretha Franklin performs during the inauguration of President Barack Obama.Image: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images) Since news of Aretha Franklin’s death broke on Thursday morning, the internet has been flooded with memories, condolences, and tributes to the Queen of Soul.  Former president Barack Obama — who,  like many of us, has…

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Texas governor gets ripped for tweeting fake Winston Churchill quote

"'Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows.' George Washington said that."Image: Getty Images Sharing fake inspirational quotes is a pretty pervasive thing on the internet. It’s easy to ignore and laugh off — at least until a high-ranking elected official posts a…

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Crying ‘Pedophile’ Is the Oldest Propaganda Trick in the Book

Almost a year ago, a woman accused Tom Hanks of sexually abusing her as a child and began posting reconstructed memories on Twitter. The accounts are disturbing and specific, but incomplete and unproven—something Hanks’ accuser attributes to the trauma-based mind control she believes herself a victim of. Even though (or…

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Freaked-Out Americans Desperately Seek to Escape the News

Last week, Jen Wrenn, a children’s literacy advocate in San Diego, attended her first political protest after reading about the Trump administration policy of separating small children from their immigrant parents at the border. She had heard Deadline. “A character like Fred takes us back to how we treat each other.”…

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