How San Francisco billionaire Tom Steyer, the richest Democratic candidate, spends his money

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The Democratic presidential candidate appears on pace to fulfill the Giving Pledge. Maybe. Tom Steyer does everything really big. That is one inescapable conclusion to be found in 10 years of tax returns released by the San Francisco billionaire and 2020 Democratic candidate on Thursday, which offer a revealing window into how the wealthiest Americans spend their money. That wealth has allowed Steyer to accumulate enormous political and philanthropic power — the…

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What happened to the formerly fearsome right-wing media troll?

Milo Yiannopoulos leaving a “Demand Free Speech” rally in Washington, DC, in July 2019. | Stephanie Keith/Getty Images Milo Yiannopoulos and his right-wing peers seemed state of the art in 2016. CNN’s Oliver Darcy talks about what changed since then. In the aftermath of the 2016 election, a new cast of political characters popped up on the national media’s radar: right-wing provocateurs who had built previously ignored followings on the internet and who seemed suddenly relevant…

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More than 2 million people have RSVP’d to “storm Area 51,” in the name of memes

Universal Pictures A jokey Facebook event has gone viral thanks to the power of shitposting. Amid its many failings, Facebook remains good for two things: sending birthday greetings to people you haven’t talked to in years, and sharing hilariously inane jokes. Nowhere has that been better exemplified by a public Facebook event that’s gone viral due to its bizarre, intentionally meme-friendly premise. More than 2 million people have RSVP’d to ambush Nevada’s famed Area 51…

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The scandalous painting that helped create modern art

Western art followed the same rules for centuries. Until “Olympia.” In 1865, Edouard Manet’s painting “Olympia” debuted in the Paris Salon, changing the art world forever. Controlled by the French Academy of Fine Arts, the annual Salon was the most important art exhibit in the world. Getting into the Salon could make an artist’s career, paving the way to financial and critical success. The Academy had a narrow idea of what great art should look…

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