Politics

The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

When President Obama announces his executive order giving legal status to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, he will do it over the objections of nearly every Republican in Congress. And that’s just fine with Democrats.“We have waited l...

With an executive order this week that will affect 5 million undocumented immigrants, the president is daring the Republicans to fight back—and alienate Latino voters.

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Could This Governor Make History in ’16?

Could This Governor Make History in ’16?

If Republican scientists, deep in the bowels of a lab somewhere in a nondescript office park in northern Virginia, were going to design the perfect politician, he would probably look something like Brian Sandoval.Sandoval is a governor at a time w...

Hispanic Republican moderate Brian Sandoval just won a landslide reelection in Nevada. But does he need to stop kicking his party’s base in the shins to take his popularity national?

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

When President Obama announces his executive order giving legal status to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, he will do it over the objections of nearly every Republican in Congress. And that’s just fine with Democrats.“We have waited l...

With an executive order this week that will affect 5 million undocumented immigrants, the president is daring the Republicans to fight back—and alienate Latino voters.

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Why Keystone XL May Not Be Built

Why Keystone XL May Not Be Built

When viewed as a political grudge match, the ongoing battle over the Keystone XL pipeline remains one of the hottest fights in Washington. Proof of that can be seen by looking at yesterday’s vote in the Senate on the project, which failed to get t...

Forget about the fight in Washington—the pipeline might not make economic sense anymore.

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‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’?

‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’?

The term “anchor baby” pops up every so often in the immigration reform debate but has failed so far to gain traction beyond the fringe on the right. That may change if President Obama goes ahead with an executive order that is expected to grant l...

The president’s planned executive action for undocumented immigrant parents of U.S. citizens is about to bring the derogatory term ‘anchor babies’ into the mainstream, advocates fear.

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Entertainment

Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

“That joke isn’t funny anymore.” It is, of course, the title to one of The Smiths’ more poignant ballads, but also an apt assessment of Eminem’s bland, woman-bashing brand. For the better part of two decades, the hip-hop provocateur has directed t...

In his new song ‘Vegas,’ the walking therapy session formerly known as Marshall Mathers raps about raping Iggy Azalea. It’s only the latest in a long line of woman-bashing garbage.

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Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

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I Warned You About Bill Cosby

I Warned You About Bill Cosby

In 2007—seven years before she publicly came forward—I spoke with Joan Tarshis, a former Hollywood publicist who claimed that Bill Cosby raped her. After our talk—and, of course, much more research—I filed a version of the following story on my we...

The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.

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The Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet

The Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet

The Hunger Games has always been for kids. For that reason, it’s never really been taking that seriously. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, which hits theaters Friday, that’s about to change.Our Girl on Fire is all grown up, and the blaze ...

Filled with graphic imagery and disturbing themes, ‘Mockingjay—Part 1’ is the most mature entry the franchise has ever produced. It’s also a bit of a tease.

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Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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Wyclef on Lauryn & the Haiti Controversy

Wyclef on Lauryn & the Haiti Controversy

Wyclef Jean, the 45-year-old music maestro, has dabbled in many things. He served as the leader of the Fugees, a Jersey hip-hop group that also featured Lauryn Hill and Pras; he’s a Grammy winning solo artist who’s responsible for hits like “Gone ...

The musical mastermind behind the Fugees and countless other hits discusses his new AIDS charity track, his controversial charity organization, and a Fugees reunion.

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Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of The Little Mermaid, the beloved G-rated Disney movie-musical about a mermaid finding true love outside of her hybrid sea-creature species. “What The Little Mermaid Taught Us About Being Grown-...

Liberal sex propaganda or just something that sort of looked like an erection?

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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World News

Adiós to the Diva Duchess

Adiós to the Diva Duchess

ROME, Italy — If ever there was a role model for divas and cougars, it was María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, or “Cayetana de Alba” for short.  The 88-year-old Duchess of Alba, as she was also ...

A flamboyant, multi-titled, multiply married royal to remember, the Duchess of Alba died Thursday at the age of 88.

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The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

Maria Jose Alvarado was headed to London to appear in this year’s Miss World pageant on Sunday. In April, the 19-year-old brunette in an emerald gown was crowned Miss Honduras. Bright-eyed and hopeful, she had become a national celebrity in her ho...

The killing of a 19-year-old beauty queen and her sister has shocked Honduras—but it’s just the latest horrifically violent crime in the world’s most murderous country.

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East Ukraine: Back in the USSR

East Ukraine: Back in the USSR

DONETSK, Ukraine — They shuffled in the hallway wrapped up to withstand the cold, waiting to register documents with the health authorities of the separatist authorities in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, and as they waited they shared wh...

Gone are the wild-eyed revolutionaries in Donetsk and Luhansk, replaced by steely-eyed bureaucrats and seasoned combat veterans.

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‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK

‘Pick-Up Artist’ to Be Banned from UK

LONDON, England — After weeks of sustained negative publicity, things are about to get a whole lot worse for the self-proclaimed, self-promoting Swiss-American “pick-up artist” Julien Blanc. Even a public apology on CNN for some of his behavior...

Julien Blanc says he can teach any man to bed women successfully thanks to easy—and very abusive—techniques. But not in Britain, it seems.

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The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

Maria Jose Alvarado was headed to London to appear in this year’s Miss World pageant on Sunday. In April, the 19-year-old brunette in an emerald gown was crowned Miss Honduras. Bright-eyed and hopeful, she had become a national celebrity in her ho...

The killing of a 19-year-old beauty queen and her sister has shocked Honduras—but it’s just the latest horrifically violent crime in the world’s most murderous country.

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Is This the Start of a New Intifada?

Is This the Start of a New Intifada?

JERUSALEM—What next in Israel? Last night was oddly calm in East Jerusalem. I did hear firecrackers and what may have been some gunshots and tear-gas launchers, although the Israeli media isn’t full of anecdotes about violence. Instead, the lead n...

As Israeli PM Netanyahu reacts to the murder of four rabbis in Jerusalem, he lashes out at supposed enemies around the world—and a new Arab uprising takes shape.

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Could El Chapo Go Free?

Could El Chapo Go Free?

Murder and bribes are said to have been Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera’s prime tools running the Sinaloa cartel.But the Mexican marines who grabbed him back in February were unafraid and incorruptible.So, from his cell at Altiplano prison, El Cha...

The notorious Sinaloa cartel boss is trying to use Mexican law to get himself out of jail—and it just might work. His weapons charges have been tossed, and racketeering could be next.

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The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue

The Radicals Who Slaughtered a Synagogue

BETHLEHEM—In a shared taxi driving through Bethlehem on Tuesday morning, news broke over Arabic radio: The two suspects in an attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that left four rabbis and a police officer dead were from the Popular Front for t...

Two cousins with an almost-forgotten terrorist group may have just started a third intifada.

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Is This the Start of a New Intifada?

Is This the Start of a New Intifada?

JERUSALEM—What next in Israel? Last night was oddly calm in East Jerusalem. I did hear firecrackers and what may have been some gunshots and tear-gas launchers, although the Israeli media isn’t full of anecdotes about violence. Instead, the lead n...

As Israeli PM Netanyahu reacts to the murder of four rabbis in Jerusalem, he lashes out at supposed enemies around the world—and a new Arab uprising takes shape.

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U.S. News

What We Know About the FSU Shooter

What We Know About the FSU Shooter

A pre-exams late night at the library erupted into chaos at around 12:30am Thursday, when a single shooter opened fire on Florida State University’s crowded Strozier Library. Students hid among the stacks, and one even used a book as a shield, pos...

A shooter opened fire inside the library at Florida State University this morning. Here's what we know so far about the man allegedly behind the carnage.

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I Warned You About Bill Cosby

I Warned You About Bill Cosby

In 2007—seven years before she publicly came forward—I spoke with Joan Tarshis, a former Hollywood publicist who claimed that Bill Cosby raped her. After our talk—and, of course, much more research—I filed a version of the following story on my we...

The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.

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What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon

What Ferguson Can Learn From Trayvon

As an anxious nation awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, the Florida law enforcement officials who handled another controversial interracial shooting have come forward to describe the lessons learned—and what goes on behind the sce...

As Ferguson waits for the grand jury decision on whether to charge a police officer in the death of Michael Brown, the Sanford, Florida police department talks about lessons learned ...

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What We Know About the FSU Shooter

What We Know About the FSU Shooter

A pre-exams late night at the library erupted into chaos at around 12:30am Thursday, when a single shooter opened fire on Florida State University’s crowded Strozier Library. Students hid among the stacks, and one even used a book as a shield, pos...

A shooter opened fire inside the library at Florida State University this morning. Here's what we know so far about the man allegedly behind the carnage.

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Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of The Little Mermaid, the beloved G-rated Disney movie-musical about a mermaid finding true love outside of her hybrid sea-creature species. “What The Little Mermaid Taught Us About Being Grown-...

Liberal sex propaganda or just something that sort of looked like an erection?

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Top Ten Uber Horror Stories

Top Ten Uber Horror Stories

Uber pridefully wears its evil reputation the way other on-demand ride-sharing services wear fuzzy pink mustaches.Since its founding (as UberCab) in 2009 in San Francisco, Uber has become more than just a success, it has become a household name wi...

Uber recently threatened to use the personal data of a tech journalist to destroy her because she dared criticize them. Par for the course, says Olivia Nuzzi.

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Tech + Health

Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

It is often the least visible but sometimes deadliest of injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI). With the recent statement released by Tracy Morgan’s lawyer that the famous comedian-actor suffered a “severe brain injury” in an August highway crash...

Tracy Morgan’s lawyer says the star suffered ‘severe brain injury’ after his car accident. What will this mean for the actor’s future?

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

AOL, that relic of a bygone age, has in its employ a person, Shingy, whose job title is as future-winning as it gets: “Digital Prophet.” The existence of Shingy—“real” name David Shing—has been an open secret in tech circles for ages, much like th...

Critics of AOL’s “digital prophet” say he’s everything that’s wrong with corporate America. But if he’s tech journalism’s new punchline, then perhaps the joke’s on us.

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Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

As an infectious-disease specialist, I still surprise friends and family with my unworried attitude regarding my risk of catching most infectious diseases. I have cared for patients with highly resistant TB without a pause; I have weathered anthra...

More than 150 passengers on a California cruise ship came down with norovirus, continuing a trend that happens every year. From a medical standpoint, it’s time to call it quits on cr...

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Professional and citizen journalists rely on social media to tell stories. But as anyone—and essentially everyone—fooled by Bachelor producer Elan Gale’s “epic” in-flight note-passing war, or Notre Dame's Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend, ca...

Twitter is a hotbed for starting—and busting—rumors.

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I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips

I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips

Back in July, Cosmopolitan brought its signature brand of sex advice to lesbians for the first time with an illustrated slideshow called “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions” and, at the time, I was one of its harshest critics. After an awkward ...

Cosmo’s back with another round of lesbian sex tips after a failed list last summer. And you know what? This time, they’re awesome.

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Temple Grandin Talks to Reddit

Temple Grandin Talks to Reddit

Most people know Temple Grandin because Claire Danes portrayed her in a 2010 HBO movie. But 67-year-old Grandin has been known for decades to two seemingly very different communities: autism advocates and livestock specialists.Grandin was diagnose...

Renowned livestock specialist and autism advocate Temple Grandin brought her unique intellect and wit to Reddit. Here’s what she had to say about sexism, autism, and more.

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Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Professional and citizen journalists rely on social media to tell stories. But as anyone—and essentially everyone—fooled by Bachelor producer Elan Gale’s “epic” in-flight note-passing war, or Notre Dame's Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend, ca...

Twitter is a hotbed for starting—and busting—rumors.

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Grow Up, Bill Cosby Isn’t Cliff Huxtable

Grow Up, Bill Cosby Isn’t Cliff Huxtable

Bill Cosby is losing everything, very quickly. The allegations of rape and sexual assault he faces are grave, the detail contained within the accounts awful and damning: a sixteenth woman has come forward to allege he attacked her.The 77-year-old ...

TV Land has canceled ‘The Cosby Show’ reruns. Is this a mature expression of understandable judgment, or a bid to erase history while conflating fiction and reality?

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The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France. But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, Fra...

Walking his delivery route one day in the late 1800s, a French postman stumbled upon a rock that inspired him to embark on a 33-year journey to build a fantastical palace by hand.

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Dress Smart For Kate, US Media Told

Dress Smart For Kate, US Media Told

Journalists are an ill-dressed lot, by and large.From Bernstein and Woodward in All The President’s Men to Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the global army of ink-stained wretches may have a certain effortless style, but they are not often held up a...

Buckingham Palace issues communiqué advising journalists covering William and Kate's US trip to dress smart

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Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Anyone familiar with Paul Cézanne’s portraits will recognize the solemn woman with the oval face, tight lips, and large dark eyes, her dark hair invariably pulled back and parted in the center. But very few know this woman as the French painter’s ...

An exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art features 24 portraits of the French painter’s wife, but her mystery remains intact.

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The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France. But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, Fra...

Walking his delivery route one day in the late 1800s, a French postman stumbled upon a rock that inspired him to embark on a 33-year journey to build a fantastical palace by hand.

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Kissy-Face The Nation

Kissy-Face The Nation

That giant sucking sound emanating from Washington’s Newseum Monday night had nothing to with nutty billionaire (and almost-president) Ross Perot’s famous prophesy of jobs draining south to Mexico, and everything to do with the collective moist, n...

At Face The Nation’s 60th anniversary party, love for host Bob Schieffer ran wild. Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.

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Will ‘Twilight’ Director Rule Broadway?

Will ‘Twilight’ Director Rule Broadway?

Bill Condon is nervous, but not quaking. The night before we meet, the all-powerful New York Times has been to see Side Show, the Hollywood director’s first-ever Broadway show. The paper’s review is published Tuesday, and Condon will discover if h...

The director has won an Oscar and made ‘Twilight’ movies. As he debuts on Broadway, he talks Beyoncé, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the ‘gay sensibility’ in all he does.

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Call Her Miss Ross, Fashion Superstar

Call Her Miss Ross, Fashion Superstar

She outdid herself in a glittering jumpsuit last night, but from her early days as the big-haired, disco-loving lead of The Supremes, Diana Ross has had an eye for style.

She outdid herself in a glittering jumpsuit last night, but from her early days as the big-haired, disco-loving lead of The Supremes, Diana Ross has had an eye for style.

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Kissy-Face The Nation

Kissy-Face The Nation

That giant sucking sound emanating from Washington’s Newseum Monday night had nothing to with nutty billionaire (and almost-president) Ross Perot’s famous prophesy of jobs draining south to Mexico, and everything to do with the collective moist, n...

At Face The Nation’s 60th anniversary party, love for host Bob Schieffer ran wild. Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.

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Women in the World

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job as a grocery store cashier and living in a two-bedroom apartment with her sister and her niece. Since Medicaid doesn’t cover an abortion, she thought of ways to circumvent the high-cost procedure. “I thought about throwin...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

BENTIU, South Sudan — The vast majority of the more than two million people in South Sudan facing severe food insecurity – the worst food crisis in the world – are not living in camps. Major logistical issues and concerns about security continue t...

South Sudan faces the worst food crisis in the world – and it’s about to dramatically worsen. The need for aid is urgent and growing.

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Books

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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  • The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

    The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

    The picture of hooded Klansmen riding to the rescue of an imperiled heroine and a ravaged South in The Birth of a Nation is an iconic image that is as mesmerizing as it is repellant. It did not appear so to the enraptured audience who cheered the ...

    In 1915, black journalist Monroe Trotter tried to get D.W. Griffith’s troubling film banned in Boston, igniting a furious debate over racism, censorship, and free expression.

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They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fans of Virginia Woolf may enjoy the following list of books written by her less famous female contemporaries. All these writers were known to Woolf, and one of them, Dorothy Richardson, is the subject of Louisa Treger’s new biographical novel, Th...

If only women had written in Woolf’s day, the English novel would have still been in very capable hands. From Mansfield to Gibbons to Hall, here are authors who need not stand in Woo...

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Short Stories From the New China

Short Stories From the New China

Jack Livings’s first story collection, The Dog, offers up dispatches from an unsettled China, snapshots simultaneously tidily contained and generously open-ended, grounded in meticulously fashioned portraits of divers individuals in eight stories,...

Jack Livings’s debut story collection focuses on people outside the center of power to paint a subtle and convincing group portrait of China since Mao.

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This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

Nelson Rockefeller led an interesting life (and had an interesting death, which we’ll get to shortly). He was involved in the development of the Museum of Modern Art’s building on 53rd Street and Rockefeller Plaza around the corner. He was a scion...

A social progressive and a fiscal conservative, Nelson Rockefeller was closer to FDR than Reagan, says his biographer Richard Norton Smith.

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They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fans of Virginia Woolf may enjoy the following list of books written by her less famous female contemporaries. All these writers were known to Woolf, and one of them, Dorothy Richardson, is the subject of Louisa Treger’s new biographical novel, Th...

If only women had written in Woolf’s day, the English novel would have still been in very capable hands. From Mansfield to Gibbons to Hall, here are authors who need not stand in Woo...

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The Next Greatest Generation

The Next Greatest Generation

For the past year, Starbucks has aimed to round out its reputation for frothy frappuccinos and global coffee domination with a noble cause: veterans’ issues.The war in Afghanistan is winding down and boots are (for the most part) off the ground in...

Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan need help with the transition to civilian life and their next career—and that’s where Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz comes in.

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Naomi Klein’s Toothless New Manifesto

Naomi Klein’s Toothless New Manifesto

Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything recently dropped from No. 7 to No. 14 on The New York Times bestseller list. For most authors, just getting on any bestseller list would be a huge victory. But we’re talking about Naomi Klein, author of the be...

Just get rid of carbon. And capitalism. And leaders. A look at the author-activist’s new ‘This Changes Everything,’ a curiously clueless manifesto on climate change.

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Greil Marcus on Rock’s Most Iconic Songs

Greil Marcus on Rock’s Most Iconic Songs

To the post-Woodstock generation, the name Greil Marcus is as authoritative on the subject of pop music as Pauline Kael’s is to lovers of film. His first book, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ’n’ Roll Music (1975), was the first indicatio...

Challenged to write a history of rock and roll, the revered critic naturally went at it his own way, picking songs that each somehow summed up rock, changing us in the bargain.

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The Next Greatest Generation

The Next Greatest Generation

For the past year, Starbucks has aimed to round out its reputation for frothy frappuccinos and global coffee domination with a noble cause: veterans’ issues.The war in Afghanistan is winding down and boots are (for the most part) off the ground in...

Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan need help with the transition to civilian life and their next career—and that’s where Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz comes in.

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