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'Nomadland' Tracks Rising Number Of Americans Living On The Road

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CBS' 'Star Trek: Discovery' Goes Boldly Where No Trek Show Has Gone Before

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Speechwriter David Litt, who helped craft the president's comedy routine that night, says, "Some of the joke is always that it's the president telling a joke." Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

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For decades, the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami has been a favorite spot for South Floridians to get engaged, get married, and have their quinceañera photos taken. But the meticulously landscaped 50 acres were seriously damaged by Hurricane Irma, and now staffers and volunteers are working to restore this picturesque spot. Anderson Gonzalez/Vizcaya Museum and Gardens hide caption

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Lucille Simpson, far right, and her daughter Gwendolyn Norman, both from Detroit, Mich., wait in line to enter the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Cultural on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on May 1. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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'Unforgivable Love' Resets Steamy 'Dangerous Liaisons' In 1940s Harlem

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"We don't read much Torah, but we've read every word Philip Roth ever wrote," says On the Media host Bob Garfield. "We don't necessarily even believe in God, but we believe deeply in lox and bagels." Adam Baker/Flickr hide caption

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'We Believe Deeply In Lox And Bagels': What It Means To Be A Secular Jew

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New York City Ballet Director of Costumes Marc Happel and Draper Kellie Sheehan conduct a costume fitting with soloist Indiana Woodward for Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations, with costumes designed by Tsumori Chisato. Erin Baiano/Courtesy of New York City Ballet hide caption

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Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made

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Not My Job: 'Empire' Creator Lee Daniels Gets Quizzed On Cookies

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'Battle Of The Sexes' Poised To Be A Crowd-Pleaser All Over Again

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'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs

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