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March 7, 2016
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Some among the political elite are keeping a deep, dark secret from their colleagues — they haven't seen Hamilton.

The phenomenally popular Broadway musical boasts fans such as Vice President Joe Biden, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and even President Barack Obama. Hamilton has become so popular among politicians, in fact, that it is now "an essential barometer of professional coolness," The Wall Street Journal reports.

But as many fans are already aware, tickets to Hamilton are sold out through January 2017, which leaves some in politics scrambling to pull strings to get into the show. "It's like the grown-up equivalent of sitting alone in the cafeteria," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's chief of staff Melissa DeRosa said of being the one among her friends who hasn't seen the show. DeRosa described a party where she pretended to check her phone in order to avoid admitting she hadn't seen Hamilton. And she isn't alone:

All the fuss has created a sort of stage fright among some political aides, advisers, and elected officials. Many admit to bouts of acute professional and social anxiety about being a Hamilton no-show.

Jonathan Rosen, one of Mr. de Blasio's closest outside advisers, is so self-conscious about his deficiency that he tries to fake his way through the inescapable Hamilton chitchat.

"When someone brings it up I have no choice but to pretend I know what they're talking about," Mr. Rosen said. [The Wall Street Journal]

Risa Heller, a Hamilton devotee and former communications director to Sen. Chuck Schumer, had advice to those shut out of the show. "Just buy the album and pretend you've seen it,” she said. "Save yourself the embarrassment!" Jeva Lange

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Author Alvin Toffler, whose 1970 book Future Shock sold millions of copies and was translated into dozens of languages, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 87.

His Virginia-based consulting firm Toffler Associates confirmed his death. Toffler was born and raised in Brooklyn to immigrants from Poland, and started writing when he was a child. He gained international fame with Future Shock, and in the book, he "synthesized disparate facts from every corner of the globe" and "concluded that the convergence of science, capital, and communications was producing such swift change that it was creating an entirely new kind of society," The New York Times says.

Toffler popularized the phrase "information overload," and foresaw the development of cloning, the influence of computers on the world, and the invention of cable television and the internet. He followed Future Shock up with two more successful books: The Third Wave in 1980 and Powershift in 1990. He is survived by his wife, Heidi, and sister, Caroline Sitter. His daughter, Karen, died in 2000. Catherine Garcia

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Authorities in Montana are searching for a grizzly bear they say attacked and killed a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer as he biked through the Flathead National Forest outside of Glacier National Park Wednesday afternoon.

In a statement, Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said Brad Treat, 38, was fatally attacked at around 2 p.m. while riding on a trail with another person. "It appears they likely surprised the bear and Treat was taken off his bike by the bear," Curry said. The other rider was able to escape uninjured, ABC News reports. Treat was pronounced dead at the scene. It's rare for a bear to attack in the area, and since Glacier National Park was established in 1910, park officials say there have been 10 bear-related human deaths. Catherine Garcia

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Even though he lost the 2012 presidential election, Mitt Romney says his family wants him to give the White House another shot this year.

"My wife and kids wanted me to run again this time," he told CBS News anchor John Dickerson Wednesday at the Aspen Ideas Festival. "I got an email from one of my sons yesterday, saying, 'You gotta get in, Dad. You gotta get in.'" He won't run, he said, as he doesn't think an independent candidate can win, and he wants to spare the feelings of his wife and children. "It's hard on family," Romney said. "It's hard on your spouse sitting there in debates agonizing over what you're going to say next or what your kids go through and your grandkids go through." Catherine Garcia

June 29, 2016
An Everest University campus.

The U.S. Department of Education will forgive $171 million of debt owed by more than 11,000 former students of the for-profit school Corinthian Colleges Inc., which declared bankruptcy in 2015.

The government is forgiving the loans under a federal law known as the "borrower defense," the Los Angeles Times reports, which relieves the debt of people able to prove they've been defrauded. The now-defunct Corinthian ran several colleges, including Heald, Everest, and WyoTech, which had high tuition rates and few admission requirements. In March, a judge in San Francisco County found that Corinthian made false or misleading statements about job placement rates for graduates, and the company was ordered to pay $820 million to students. When it claimed bankruptcy, Corinthian claimed to have $143 million in liabilities and only $19 million in assets.

The government is only looking at claims of students who took out loans in 2010 or later, and the average amount of debt relief per student is $15,280, the Times reports. Since 2010, nearly 350,000 Corinthian students have taken out about $3.5 billion in federal loans. Former student Tasha Rincon, 34, told the Times she owes more than$46,000 in loans for classes she took at an Everest campus in Ontario, California. She said she studied to become a probation officer, and was told by Corinthian that 93 percent of students in the program would get well-paying jobs. She could only find a minimum wage job as a security guard, and now works three hours a day serving lunch at a high school. Catherine Garcia

June 29, 2016
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An estimated 250 Islamic State militants were killed Wednesday after a series of U.S.-led airstrikes hit a convoy south of Fallujah, Iraq, U.S. officials told Reuters.

The strikes also destroyed at least 40 vehicles, and if the figures are confirmed, this would be one of the deadliest operations against the group. The airstrikes came one day after suicide bombers attacked an airport in Istanbul, killing 42 people. No organization has claimed responsibility, but ISIS is the prime suspect. Catherine Garcia

June 29, 2016
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On Wednesday, Michael Phelps became the first American male swimmer to qualify for five Olympic teams over the course of his career.

During the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, the 22-time Olympic medalist finished first in the men's 200-meter butterfly, at 1:54.84, automatically qualifying for the 2016 games in Rio. The 31-year-old will likely swim in multiple events. "Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me," he said. "Getting on this team is what I wanted to do." Catherine Garcia

June 29, 2016
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CIA Director John Brennan is warning Americans that a deadly attack like the one Tuesday at an airport in Istanbul could soon happen in the United States.

No group has claimed responsibility yet for the attack, which left 42 people dead, but it has the hallmarks of an Islamic State operation. "I am worried from the standpoint of an intelligence professional who looks at the capabilities of Daesh…and their determination to kill as many people as possible and to carry out attacks abroad," he told Yahoo! News, using an acronym for ISIS. "I'd be surprised if Daesh is not trying to carry out that kind of attack in the United States." While the terrorists in San Bernardino and Orlando were inspired by ISIS, the group did not direct them to attack inside the U.S., and Brennan credits effective homeland security from preventing attacks plotted by ISIS.

Brennan said one reason why it looks like ISIS was behind the Istanbul attack is the fact the group often uses suicide vests during operations. "It's not that difficult to actually construct and fabricate a suicide vest…so if you have a determined enemy and individuals who are not concerned about escape, that they are going into it with a sense that they are going to die, that really does complicate your strategy in terms of preventing attacks," he said. Read more about why Brennan believes ISIS is targeting Turkey and how setbacks on the battlefield are driving militants to more attacks at Yahoo! News. Catherine Garcia

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