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RuPaul

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RUPAUL GOT HIS FIRST BREAK IN 1989, AS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BACKUP dancer in the music video for the B-52s hit “Love Shack.” Before then, he was a struggling performer dancing in bars or fronting his band, Wee Wee Pole, in Atlanta’s gay-scruffy music scene. After moving to New York City—becoming a key member of the Pyramid Club’s drag revolution—Ru made a leap from the fringes to the mainstream, beginning with music. His first hit single, “Supermodel (You Better Work),” was prophetic, because he hasn’t stopped, creating a TV reality show spinoff empire that began on Logo in 2008 with the Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, which starts its 10th season, on VH1, on March 22.

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THE FALL OF KING BIBI? When Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington earlier this month, it should have been a political triumph, a moment of exultation. For most of his twelve years in power, the hawkish Israeli prime minister was forced to work with presidents who despised him, left-leaning Democrats who talked about settlements and Palestinian statehood. Now, he has Donald Trump. Their March 5 meeting at the White House was the first since the U.S. announced plans to relocate the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this spring. Israeli politicians had long demanded the move; Netanyahu was the one to deliver it. And yet the whole trip was spoiled from the start. Hours before Netanyahu met with Trump, Israelis learned that one of the prime minister’s closest advisers had turned against him. Nir Hefetz, a former journalist, has been described as “Netanyahu’s spin doctor,” the man responsible for massaging press coverage of the first couple. But after Hefetz’s arrest in February, he agreed to turn state’s evidence and hand over recordings of the Netanyahus discussing an alleged criminal conspiracy. If a series of corruption scandals force Netanyahu out of office, he will leave behind a country that is deeply, perhaps irreparably, divided.