Politics

How to Really Empower Black Voters

How to Really Empower Black Voters

For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispan...

Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

With his scheduled visit to an ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Tuesday, did Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signal his interest in running for President in 2016? Probably not.While Nixon has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate i...

Jay Nixon, the two-term Democratic governor of Missouri, is visiting Iowa on Tuesday. Does this mean there’s yet another Democratic contender in 2016?

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Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues?Surprisingly, Stewar...

This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of civilians, thanks in large part to The Daily Show.

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7 Weird Facebook Questions For Hillary

7 Weird Facebook Questions For Hillary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a chat on Facebook Monday to promote her new book, Hard Choices. While the former First Lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate got a number of serious questions, she also got quite a few stran...

Hillary Clinton did a chat on Facebook to promote her new book Hard Choices. Some of the questions she was asked were quite peculiar.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

With his scheduled visit to an ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Tuesday, did Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signal his interest in running for President in 2016? Probably not.While Nixon has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate i...

Jay Nixon, the two-term Democratic governor of Missouri, is visiting Iowa on Tuesday. Does this mean there’s yet another Democratic contender in 2016?

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Why Women Should Forget the White House

Why Women Should Forget the White House

With Hillary Clinton's book tour leaving much to be desired among her fans, the drumbeat has already begun for another presidential contender who can break America's last major glass ceiling. Progressives are practically begging Sen. Eli...

Hillary! Warren! Kagan? A female president would be great, but the fact is we need more women on the bench.

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American Statesmanship Is MIA

American Statesmanship Is MIA

It’s been the most depressing two weeks of the Obama presidency. The child border crisis, the new Gaza war, the Russian separatists shooting down that plane—these aren’t just infuriating political squabbles of the sort we follow every week but pro...

Kid refugees at the border, 300 souls shot down, Gaza aflame—we’re lurching from crisis to awful crisis, but gone are the days when our politicians could put aside partisanship to act.

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Obama and Latinos at the Breaking Point

Obama and Latinos at the Breaking Point

For Latino Democrats, especially Mexican-Americans, supporting President Obama’s reelection in 2012 was about voting for the lesser of two evils. Now, given the Obama administration’s callous treatment of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing ...

The deportations have been bad enough, but Obama’s inaction on the border crisis might be the straw that breaks the donkey’s back.

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Why Women Should Forget the White House

Why Women Should Forget the White House

With Hillary Clinton's book tour leaving much to be desired among her fans, the drumbeat has already begun for another presidential contender who can break America's last major glass ceiling. Progressives are practically begging Sen. Eli...

Hillary! Warren! Kagan? A female president would be great, but the fact is we need more women on the bench.

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Entertainment

Han Solo for the Facebook Generation

Han Solo for the Facebook Generation

It began, like so many great American success stories, with a selfie. While Chris Pratt was training to play a member of SEAL Team Six in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, his brother convinced him to take a picture of his chiseled bod and unvei...

The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star opens up about his journey from stripping at bachelorette parties to headlining this summer’s hottest superhero movie, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

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Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Kim Jong-un is getting a lesson on how the Internet works. Last week, a student in China put together this video depicting the North Korean leader’s head superimposed over the bodies of people dancing, fighting and participating in Jackass-style p...

Not that Seth Rogen movie this time

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Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues?Surprisingly, Stewar...

This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of civilians, thanks in large part to The Daily Show.

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True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood, the HBO series created by Alan Ball that’s full of vampire carnage and aberrant sex, frequently gets political. The whole thing is essentially about LGBT rights and civil rights, enough so that GLAAD declared it the most gay-friendly s...

On Sunday night’s episode of the kinky HBO vampire/werewolves/fairies series, two characters dress like stereotypical Republicans and go undercover at a Ted Cruz fundraising event. C...

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Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Kim Jong-un is getting a lesson on how the Internet works. Last week, a student in China put together this video depicting the North Korean leader’s head superimposed over the bodies of people dancing, fighting and participating in Jackass-style p...

Not that Seth Rogen movie this time

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Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

J.J. Abrams has been shaking a few things out of his ‘mystery box’ of late. The Star Wars Episode VII director has been showing off sets and effects to get us all pumped for the long-awaited return to a galaxy far far away. His latest is a look at...

New Star Wars director shows off new (old) ship as part of charity drive

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James Cameron Dives into the Abyss

James Cameron Dives into the Abyss

The first two explorers to reach the very bottom of the ocean—a point in the Mariana Trench 35,798 feet below the surface—were Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard. They traveled there in a submersible called Trieste. This was way back in 1960. Their fea...

In his documentary 'Deepsea Challenge 3D,' James Cameron shows us what it's like to climb into a cramped sphere and plunge 35,798 feet into darkness at the bottom of the ...

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Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Kim Jae-beom told the police he wasn’t sure what killed his daughter, and that “she was a premature baby from the beginning.” But the cause of death determined by authorities was less vague: The baby had died of malnutrition as a result of her par...

When the death of their daughter interrupted the gaming fantasy they’d been sucked into, a South Korean couple was actually caring for a virtual child in 12-hour online binges.

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Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

J.J. Abrams has been shaking a few things out of his ‘mystery box’ of late. The Star Wars Episode VII director has been showing off sets and effects to get us all pumped for the long-awaited return to a galaxy far far away. His latest is a look at...

New Star Wars director shows off new (old) ship as part of charity drive

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World News

MH17 Investigation Is a Historic First

MH17 Investigation Is a Historic First

As U.S. intelligence officials briefed reporters on the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine they were reflecting a striking fact: this air crash investigation is being conducted by an entirely new method: detailed scrutiny by journ...

Without access to the site, reporters, social media, and governments put together pieces of the puzzle. Try as they did, there’s no way the rebels could conceal what happened.

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Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Liam McKnight, a 6-year-old Canadian suffering from epilepsy, is legally allowed to use marijuana to ease his severe symptoms—but only if he smokes it.Since he was 9 months old, Liam has been battered up to 60 times a day by a series of violent co...

Desperate to help their son, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, the McKnights are giving him marijuana oil extracts. Why that’s illegal, though he has a medical marijuana lice...

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Israel’s Mystery MIA in Gaza

Israel’s Mystery MIA in Gaza

GAZA CITY — Intense guerilla fighting to slow Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza is being fought on multiple fronts. The Palestinian death toll is spiraling; there are increasing Israeli losses; and claims that an Israeli soldier has been captured ...

Did Hamas capture an Israeli soldier, or drag away his corpse? The answer will have far-reaching consequences.

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China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

From an old cardboard box, Li Wen drew a clear glass bottle filled with a dark brown liquid. The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades ago.“I have newer batches too,” Li said in a voice stained by caffeine and nicotine, “and I’m also...

Despite official bans on the sales of tiger bones, wine made from exotic animal remains thrives on China’s black market.

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Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Liam McKnight, a 6-year-old Canadian suffering from epilepsy, is legally allowed to use marijuana to ease his severe symptoms—but only if he smokes it.Since he was 9 months old, Liam has been battered up to 60 times a day by a series of violent co...

Desperate to help their son, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, the McKnights are giving him marijuana oil extracts. Why that’s illegal, though he has a medical marijuana lice...

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Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

BAGHDAD — A little girl toddles around shopping bags brimming with relief supplies that are heading for Iraqi refugees and into the arms of Dalal Jumaa, who heads this office of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Jumaa hugs the little gi...

Religious groups are threatening to kill the members one of the few Iraqi organizations dedicated to helping women and gays.

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ISIS to Christians: Convert, Exit or Die

ISIS to Christians: Convert, Exit or Die

After being issued an ultimatum from ISIS in Mosul, some of the city’s last Christian families have fled, only to be robbed of their last possessions at ISIS checkpoints. Friday at noon was the deadline for Christian families to meet ISIS’s demand...

The last Christians have left one of their holiest cities, running from ISIS demands to become Muslim or be slain—but as a final indignity, their money and even crucifixes were stolen.

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Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

When you see #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong begin to trend, it’s a good time to question whether Twitter, Facebook, and social media have made a horribly painful, decades-long (centuries-long) conflict somehow even more painful.The cri...

From hashtags praising Hitler to Facebook groups demanding ‘revenge’ on Gaza, the social mediasphere has reached a new low.

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Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

BAGHDAD — A little girl toddles around shopping bags brimming with relief supplies that are heading for Iraqi refugees and into the arms of Dalal Jumaa, who heads this office of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Jumaa hugs the little gi...

Religious groups are threatening to kill the members one of the few Iraqi organizations dedicated to helping women and gays.

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Tech + Health

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

A recent study in the International Journal of Paleopathology revealed a 5th- or 6th-century AD skull found in the French town of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes is likely that of a child with Down syndrome. This 5- to 7-year-old child is now the earliest p...

A newly discovered ancient skeleton showed signs of Down syndrome, yet it was given the same burial as other members of its community. What it tells us about the history of disability.

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Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

When you see #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong begin to trend, it’s a good time to question whether Twitter, Facebook, and social media have made a horribly painful, decades-long (centuries-long) conflict somehow even more painful.The cri...

From hashtags praising Hitler to Facebook groups demanding ‘revenge’ on Gaza, the social mediasphere has reached a new low.

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Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Kim Jae-beom told the police he wasn’t sure what killed his daughter, and that “she was a premature baby from the beginning.” But the cause of death determined by authorities was less vague: The baby had died of malnutrition as a result of her par...

When the death of their daughter interrupted the gaming fantasy they’d been sucked into, a South Korean couple was actually caring for a virtual child in 12-hour online binges.

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How I Killed My Twitter Impostor

How I Killed My Twitter Impostor

The monkey avatar stared back at me, its tongue lolling out of its mouth. It was just another crazy Twitter account, with one exception: this ugly ape represented me, without my permission. It was the profile photo for a handle displaying my name,...

Celebrities, corporations, and politicians have impostor Twitter accounts pop up all the time. But what do you do when it happens to you?

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Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

When you see #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong begin to trend, it’s a good time to question whether Twitter, Facebook, and social media have made a horribly painful, decades-long (centuries-long) conflict somehow even more painful.The cri...

From hashtags praising Hitler to Facebook groups demanding ‘revenge’ on Gaza, the social mediasphere has reached a new low.

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Drumming for Your Health

Drumming for Your Health

YouTube user MrFasthands65 has posted more than 1,000 videos of himself drumming on top of popular songs. “Fun is learning something and doing it well in your own mind,” Lou, as he’s known on the Web, writes. “Perfection or striving for it is work...

A growing body of research shows that drumming has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and more.

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How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

As a geriatrician, I spend my time exploring life beyond adulthood. I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging. Perhaps there is no better example of this than the way in which we tre...

The concept is elegantly simple: Provide a dementia sufferer with an MP3 player that has been loaded with music tailored to their taste. Let them listen. Ask them about it.

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The Best Map of Mars Yet

The Best Map of Mars Yet

Mars is not just Earth without oceans, similar as they are in many ways. If it harbors life, the red planet hasn’t been shaped in nearly the dramatic fashion Earth has. Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moo...

A new infrared map of Mars, created by the US Geological Survey and Arizona State University, reveals the red planet like never before.

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Drumming for Your Health

Drumming for Your Health

YouTube user MrFasthands65 has posted more than 1,000 videos of himself drumming on top of popular songs. “Fun is learning something and doing it well in your own mind,” Lou, as he’s known on the Web, writes. “Perfection or striving for it is work...

A growing body of research shows that drumming has a positive effect on Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression, PTSD, and more.

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Fashion

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Who can forget the 2001 American Music Awards, when then-idyllic couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears took to the red carpet in matching Canadian tuxedos? Or the numerous times Posh and Becks sported nearly identical looks, from the purple ...

We may all snicker at gooey-eyed couples who begin to coordinate their outfits, but matching may actually be a sign of a strong relationship. Unless the look is truly hideous, of cou...

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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Olivia Palermo Now a Shoe Designer

Olivia Palermo Now a Shoe Designer

Olivia Palermo, Shoe Designer: Already dubbed an unofficial ambassador for Aquazzura, style maven Olivia Palermo now has entered into a partnership with the Italian shoe label. Palermo, who is often photographed in the brand's designs, has cr...

And powerful women choose powerful drinks, according to new study.

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Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

On Saturday night, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wed supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Jonah—sorry, I used a Homophobic Slur but it’s OK because my friend is gay—Hill, and the majority of bridesmaids were Vi...

The douchey Maroon 5 singer married Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo over the weekend, thus sparing the rest of womankind.

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

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Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display: There’s one thing the world’s most powerful celebrity hasn’t been given—a museum exhibition. But, that’s about to change. On Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new exhibition of outfits from Beyo...

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be designing for Paige.

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Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested

Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested

Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested: New York-based fashion blogger David Tripp has been arrested for identity theft and grand larceny after posing as actor Johnny Depp's stylist to numerous design labels. Tripp reportedly requested...

And Leighton Meester pens feminist essay on 'Of Mice and Men.'

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The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

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Great Escapes

China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

From an old cardboard box, Li Wen drew a clear glass bottle filled with a dark brown liquid. The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades ago.“I have newer batches too,” Li said in a voice stained by caffeine and nicotine, “and I’m also...

Despite official bans on the sales of tiger bones, wine made from exotic animal remains thrives on China’s black market.

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  • Prince George, 1, Saves the Royals

    Prince George, 1, Saves the Royals

    Prince George’s first birthday party this afternoon will be much like that of any other upper-class child of his peer group—tea and cake at his parents’ London home, a visit from granny, conspicuously tasteful wooden presents (probably neglected b...

    New Pictures of Prince George admiring butterflies with his parents are released to mark his first birthday

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Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Could a prescription for creativity be on the horizon?According to a new study, a link has been found between surges of creativity and the drug levodopa—but only in Parkinson’s patients. Several doctors noticed that their patients receiving the sy...

A new study shows that Parkinson’s patients on the drug levodopa are much more creative than their peers. But don’t hold your breath for a cure for writer’s block.

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The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

Before Interstate 40 relieved travelers of the necessity (and the joys) of driving along the main streets of Southwestern towns and cities, Route 66 was the only way to go. In Oklahoma, it was the major artery between the Osage Frontier and the pa...

Route 66 used to be the only way to drive cross country. While it's now an American icon, travelers are still rewarded by a trip through El Reno, where onion-fried burgers are a ...

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Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

I visited Normandy for the first time a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of tasting cider at one specific estate. Eric Bordelet, a former sommelier at Alain Passard’s three-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant, L’Arpege, left city life over two ...

Most ciders have gotten a bad rap as being too sweet and fruity. But that’s starting to change. Case in point—a Normandy estate that is making cider that rivals the area's fine w...

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Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Could a prescription for creativity be on the horizon?According to a new study, a link has been found between surges of creativity and the drug levodopa—but only in Parkinson’s patients. Several doctors noticed that their patients receiving the sy...

A new study shows that Parkinson’s patients on the drug levodopa are much more creative than their peers. But don’t hold your breath for a cure for writer’s block.

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The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and St. Barts.

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and S...

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Israel Had a Secret Bullet Factory

Israel Had a Secret Bullet Factory

There are two ways to get into Israel’s secret bullet factory: one, is beneath an industrial washing machine, lifted with the press of a button, in what was—for all intents and purposes—a laundry room (a setup that would make Walter White proud). ...

‘Breaking Bad’ wasn't the only one to hide illicit activities beneath a laundry. In the early days, Israel did the same, secretively producing millions of bullets below a fake ki...

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A Wacky History of One-Man Nations

A Wacky History of One-Man Nations

In 1865, a West Indies trader and preacher named Matthew Shiel sailed by an uninhabitable craggy rock near the Caribbean island of Monserrat. Eager to gift his newborn son, also called Matthew, with a royal title, he pronounced the island the King...

On Monday, a Virginia man proclaimed a piece of land in Sudan a new nation so his daughter could be a princess. Turns out, this isn't even close to being the weirdest landgrab in...

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The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and St. Barts.

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and S...

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Women

Talking to Daughters About Rape

Talking to Daughters About Rape

In recent months there’s been much discussion about how, and how badly, colleges, as a whole, have failed students who have been victims of sexual assault. Much of the dialogue has centered on the “victim-blaming” that goes on (and on). Victim-bla...

Wasted Youth: One mom's plea to daughters who drink.

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  • How to Really Empower Black Voters

    How to Really Empower Black Voters

    For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispan...

    Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

BAGHDAD — A little girl toddles around shopping bags brimming with relief supplies that are heading for Iraqi refugees and into the arms of Dalal Jumaa, who heads this office of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Jumaa hugs the little gi...

Religious groups are threatening to kill the members one of the few Iraqi organizations dedicated to helping women and gays.

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How Do You Imagine Equality?

How Do You Imagine Equality?

Global Fund for Women has just launched a new campaign, “Imagining Equality,” which asked women around the world to share what they pictured when they imagined equality. With over 400 submissions, responses ranged from the broad ("Equality is...

Global Fund For Women’s new campaign asks women to picture an equal world.

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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Whither the Women’s Movement?

Whither the Women’s Movement?

William Barnett, my paternal grandfather, came to America in 1910, and became a union organizer with the International Cap Makers Union.  Although William was enamored with his newly-found freedoms in America, and angered by the horrendous working...

Despite massive gains in the 20th century, the women’s movement has reached a stalemate in the 21st. How to move forward?

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Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

 This week, on the heels of the World Cup, leaders of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) held a summit meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil. At this meeting, the leaders of these ascendant powers agreed to form an international development ...

Has hosting the World Cup helped or hurt the woman in charge?

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Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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Books

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

Like Babe Ruth, late in his career, pointing toward the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field before sending a ball soaring out of the stadium, James Lee Burke has managed, in one swift maneuver, to confirm and enhance his legacy. At the age of ...

Abandoning the badasses in his usual Louisiana haunts, the Edgar-winning author crafts his first historical novel about oil, movies, and the American Dream.

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  • The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Wrong AnswerRachel Aviv, The New YorkerIn the era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small ScreenLarry Smith, MatterThe other true story behind Orange is the New Black.The Cultu...

    From a school forced by a brutal testing regime into a cheating scandal to a 14-hour trip to T.G.I Friday’s, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

“He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look l...

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

Just as the world stops reeling from the latest twists in Game of Thrones—or just in time to remember the characters’ names—Joe Abercrombie has grabbed hold of Occam’s razor and slit open the obsessively complicated worlds constructed by today’s f...

Well known as a fantasy author for adults, Joe Abercrombie makes his first foray in young adult fiction with ‘Half a King,’ about a boy’s violent (but chaste) struggle to rule.

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Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

“He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look l...

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When New York City Hit Its Stride

When New York City Hit Its Stride

Donald L. Miller’s Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America is an awesome book on an awesome subject, a time in the history of New York City when commerce and culture engaged in a symbiotic relationship, spurring an unprec...

In the ’20s, the Big Apple took off when culture and commerce started going steady. Until the Depression, New York was the red hot center of everything.

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Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Living in apartheid South Africa, as I did, was easy in moral terms. Living in Israel, as I do now, is difficult.In apartheid South Africa the choice was clear and beyond escape: It was good versus evil. Apartheid, apartness, which meant racial se...

Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.

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Barry Goldwater Is Hot Again

Barry Goldwater Is Hot Again

Fifty years ago on July 16, 1964, Arizona’s conservative senator Barry Goldwater began his presidential run with a speech at the Republican National Convention that is still remembered for its peroration. “I would remind you that extremism in the ...

On the 50th anniversary of his ‘extremism in the defense of liberty’ speech to the 1964 GOP convention, it’s time to credit Goldwater as the true father of the Tea Party.

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When New York City Hit Its Stride

When New York City Hit Its Stride

Donald L. Miller’s Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America is an awesome book on an awesome subject, a time in the history of New York City when commerce and culture engaged in a symbiotic relationship, spurring an unprec...

In the ’20s, the Big Apple took off when culture and commerce started going steady. Until the Depression, New York was the red hot center of everything.

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