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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire April 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3L04W

Huckabee's Beyoncé Hipocrisy

Huckabee's Beyoncé Hipocrisy

Mike Huckabee is not going to be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee. But he is all set to launch another presidential run.On Friday, the former Arkansas governor told Fox News (his employer until recently) that he will announce his campaign ...

Huckabee wants to be president, but with his taste in music, he’ll find you can’t always get what you want.

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Republican presidential candidate U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4XTAN

Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity

Marco Rubio’s DIY Christianity

American presidential candidates are often a good lens for looking at the state of American religion. For instance, the fact that 2012 was the first election in American history where no candidate was a mainline Protestant, after that branch’s vir...

The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward religion.

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Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at the Heritage Foundation April 15, 2015 in Washington, DC. Rubio took part in a discussion on "The Case for the Lee-Rubio Tax Reform Plan."  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Marco Rubio, Gen-X Fraud

Marco Rubio, Gen-X Fraud

On the surface, Marco Rubio is such a perfect 2016 Republican nominee you might think he was created in a lab. He ticks off all the demographic boxes that the GOP has struggled with for the past decade: A young (43) Latino who likes Tupac! He is a...

It will take more than youthful good Hispanic looks to appeal to today’s Millennial voters. If Marco Rubio doesn’t get that, he won’t go very far.

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Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee speaks during the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in Manchester, New Hampshire April 12, 2014.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3L04W

Huckabee's Beyoncé Hipocrisy

Huckabee's Beyoncé Hipocrisy

Mike Huckabee is not going to be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee. But he is all set to launch another presidential run.On Friday, the former Arkansas governor told Fox News (his employer until recently) that he will announce his campaign ...

Huckabee wants to be president, but with his taste in music, he’ll find you can’t always get what you want.

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New York, UNITED STATES: (FILES) Former US President Bill Clinton (L) speaks to Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R) in this 03 May, 2005 file photo at Public School 128 in New York. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee joined 28 January 2007 the crowded field of Republicans in the race for the White House, saying America needed "positive" leadership to revive the "national soul." Huckabee, a conservative Christian, is an immediate underdog for his party's nomination in 2008, as Republican heavyweights such as Senator John McCain and former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani are eyeing the presidency.

Huckabee’s Feud With The Clintons

Huckabee’s Feud With The Clintons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The story of Mike Huckabee is forever intertwined with the Clintons. And it looks like that connection will get deeper after Huckabee’s appearance on FOX News Friday night saying that he plans to announce his White House plans ...

Huckabee says he’s the only candidate who has beaten the ‘Clinton Machine’ in Arkansas when he served as governor while Bill Clinton was president. Let’s see how he does if he runs a...

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A Hillary Clinton sticker is pictured on a street post near her campaign headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, April 14, 2015. An unknown entity placed ìDonít sayî signs outside Clinton's Brooklyn Heights headquarters before her announcement Sunday.    P

Yes, People, Clinton Can Be Beat

Yes, People, Clinton Can Be Beat

Assuming Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic nominee for president, I offer you something that will defy conventional wisdom at first but will provide Republicans a significant opportunity to win next November if they play their cards right. Th...

No one is invincible. If Republicans are smart about reaching out to young people and black voters, they can move back in to 1600.

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Entertainment

Felicity Jones Interview

Felicity Jones on Franco and ‘Star Wars’

Felicity Jones on Franco and ‘Star Wars’

Journalism is in Felicity Jones’s blood. The rising British star, who recently received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her heartrending turn as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything, is the daughter of journalist Gareth Jones, who...

Fresh off an Oscar nod for The Theory of Everything, the British actress dishes on the crime thriller True Story, the fourth estate, and suiting up for a galaxy far, far away.

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Revenge of the Banana-Suited Wrestler

Revenge of the Banana-Suited Wrestler

A clown, a stripper, and a banana walk into a bar...  It’s not the start of a joke, it’s the setup of our film, Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana.Bodyslam is a strange, twisted, life-is-stranger-than-fiction tale following a group of underground per...

The makers of doc Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana, premiering at Tribeca, write about the bizarre case of a bullied banana-suited wrestler’s government crusade against his league.

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A Cyberbullying-Revenge Horror Film

A Cyberbullying-Revenge Horror Film

The epidemic of cyberbullying has taken center stage in recent weeks thanks in no small part to Monica Lewinsky’s celebrated TED talk, “The Price of Shame.”Over the course of twenty-two impressive minutes, the former White House intern/presidentia...

The latest from Jason Blum’s horror factory is a timely flick about a girl who’s cyberbullied into committing suicide, only to come back and haunt her tormenters.

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Game of Thrones v. Porn Stars

Why Porn Stars Love GoT’s Cersei

Why Porn Stars Love GoT’s Cersei

Game of Thrones has returned for another season of sex, violence, and exciting political maneuvering. In the Season 5 premiere, Varys tries to enlist Tyrion’s help in bringing a worthy leader to Westeros: “The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by...

Cersei Lannister is a woman who’s constantly ‘othered’ by an unforgiving, male-dominated society, and many adult film actresses can relate to her unfair treatment.

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Revenge of the Banana-Suited Wrestler

Revenge of the Banana-Suited Wrestler

A clown, a stripper, and a banana walk into a bar...  It’s not the start of a joke, it’s the setup of our film, Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana.Bodyslam is a strange, twisted, life-is-stranger-than-fiction tale following a group of underground per...

The makers of doc Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana, premiering at Tribeca, write about the bizarre case of a bullied banana-suited wrestler’s government crusade against his league.

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Bill Maher: How Hillary May Lose in 2016

Bill Maher: How Hillary May Lose in 2016

Ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller continued her book/apologia tour Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Sitting in the hot seat to push her new memoir The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, Miller smiled as she blamed the intelligence...

The host of Real Time with Bill Maher also took Times reporter Judith Miller to task for her Iraq reporting and is making a public push to recognize 4-20 as a national holiday.

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‘Rue’ Is Right on Race

‘Rue’ Is Right on Race

Young people get it.Young people are such an integral reflection of a culture. They represent burgeoning ideas, the enthusiasm of a society that believes it can change itself. In America, we’ve become comfortable with young people as leaders of Cu...

Amandla Stenberg, once the target of a racist ‘Hunger Games’ backlash, released a video calling out white popstars who co-opt black aesthetics. She’s the voice of reason in a culture...

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Forgiving My Nazi Father

Forgiving My Nazi Father

Forgiving My Nazi Father

Sometimes it seems we know everything there is to know about the Holocaust. It has been documented and dramatized so exhaustively that it’s hard to imagine existing material that hasn’t been mined already, much of it recycled again and again.But i...

In the documentary A Nazi Legacy, two men deal with their father’s Nazi pasts—with one not willing to accept his father did anything terrible.

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Bill Maher: How Hillary May Lose in 2016

Bill Maher: How Hillary May Lose in 2016

Ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller continued her book/apologia tour Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Sitting in the hot seat to push her new memoir The Story: A Reporter’s Journey, Miller smiled as she blamed the intelligence...

The host of Real Time with Bill Maher also took Times reporter Judith Miller to task for her Iraq reporting and is making a public push to recognize 4-20 as a national holiday.

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Russia Bans Wagner and Twerking

Russia Bans Wagner and Twerking

MOSCOW — Do you twerk in patriotic colors? Do you like movies telling of dark corners in your country’s history? Well, you’re in trouble in Russia as the 70th anniversary of the victory over the Nazis approaches. The Putin government’s hard-drivin...

The Putin administration is trying to make culture in Russia conform to its idea of “moral awareness.” But the result could be the death of art.

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DURABN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 8 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): a Black rhino is airlifted to a new habitat from Ithala Game Reserve on October 8, 2013, in Durban, South Africa. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is focused on the conservation of the critically endangered black rhino. Here, 6 rhino are removed from Ithala Game Reserve to a new, undisclosed conservation area.  The animals airlifted out of an inaccessible bush area and moved to a more accessible area. They are then fitted with a radio transmitter before being crated and moved (by vehicle) to a new, more secure location. (Photo by Martin Harvey/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

I’m Glad All the Black Rhinos are Dead

I’m Glad All the Black Rhinos are Dead

Millions expressed their outrage this week, when news made the rounds on social media that the western black rhino has gone extinct. Sad though they may be, however, people are missing one very important point: the annihilation of this innocent cr...

You’ve made it this far, so why not just push this hot pile of garbage out on social media while you’re at it?

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Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, who had been the most senior aide to Saddam Hussein still on  the run in Iraq, has been captured in the town of Tikrit, Iraq's defence ministry said on September 5, 2004. The ministry said Ibrahim was captured by members of - RTRA14W

The Red Skull of Iraq Killed (Maybe)

The Red Skull of Iraq Killed (Maybe)

He’s been on the loose since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and despite a $10 million bounty for his capture always managed to stay one step ahead of his pursuers, but now Iraqi officials are fairly confident that the King of Clubs can finally...

Only DNA will determine for sure that this former Ba’athist leader who allied with the jihadists finally is out of the picture. If so, what will his followers do?

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas looks on during an opening ceremony of the "Istiqlal" (independence) garden in the West Bank city of Ramallah on April 5, 2015. In his speech Abbas called for "a solution to protect" the 18,000 Palestinian refugees still trapped in the Yarmouk camp, south of Damascus, besieged by the Syrian regime and almost entirely in the hands of jihadists. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI        (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

Palestine Has No Chance in Court

Palestine Has No Chance in Court

Palestine’s membership in the International Criminal Court, formalized on April 1, 2015, caused consternation in both the United States and Israel. The ICC has a mandate to prosecute genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and Israeli P...

American and Israeli leaders expressed consternation at Palestine’s membership in the International Criminal Court. Some believe Palestine will try to prosecute Israel for war crimes...

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DURABN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 8 (SOUTH AFRICA OUT): a Black rhino is airlifted to a new habitat from Ithala Game Reserve on October 8, 2013, in Durban, South Africa. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is focused on the conservation of the critically endangered black rhino. Here, 6 rhino are removed from Ithala Game Reserve to a new, undisclosed conservation area.  The animals airlifted out of an inaccessible bush area and moved to a more accessible area. They are then fitted with a radio transmitter before being crated and moved (by vehicle) to a new, more secure location. (Photo by Martin Harvey/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

I’m Glad All the Black Rhinos are Dead

I’m Glad All the Black Rhinos are Dead

Millions expressed their outrage this week, when news made the rounds on social media that the western black rhino has gone extinct. Sad though they may be, however, people are missing one very important point: the annihilation of this innocent cr...

You’ve made it this far, so why not just push this hot pile of garbage out on social media while you’re at it?

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French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known only as Charb, clenches his fist as he presents to journalists, on September 19, 2012 in Paris, at the headquarters, the last issue which features on the front cover a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2". Inside pages contain several cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine's decision to publish the cartoons came against a background of unrest across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent. The title refers to "Intouchables", a 2012 French movie, the most seen French movie abroad, which is selected to represent France for the Oscars nominees, according to one of his directors, Eric Toledano. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/GettyImages)

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

PARIS — The little book published in France today by the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was gunned down by Muslim fanatics in January may be one of the more provocative essays about racism, Islam, anti-Semitism, intolerance—and France—to come out in ...

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier blasts “Islamophobia” in a new book he was writing days before he was assassinated.

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Iraqi security officials gather at the site of an explosion near U.S. Consulate General in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdish regional government on April 17, 2015. (Photo by Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

ISIS Targets Americans In Iraq

ISIS Targets Americans In Iraq

Erbil, Iraq — An explosion Friday struck near the U.S. consulate in Erbil, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region.Kurdish government sources tell The Daily Beast that at least four people were killed and eight wounded in the attack. They did not con...

ISIS is claiming credit for the explosion near the U.S. consulate in Erbil, which killed at least four.

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LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Vistit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, ...

Think it’s hard to be gay in the United States? Kenita Placide, from St. Lucia, humbly describes her courage in the face of astonishing adversity.

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French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known only as Charb, clenches his fist as he presents to journalists, on September 19, 2012 in Paris, at the headquarters, the last issue which features on the front cover a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2". Inside pages contain several cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine's decision to publish the cartoons came against a background of unrest across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent. The title refers to "Intouchables", a 2012 French movie, the most seen French movie abroad, which is selected to represent France for the Oscars nominees, according to one of his directors, Eric Toledano. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/GettyImages)

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

PARIS — The little book published in France today by the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was gunned down by Muslim fanatics in January may be one of the more provocative essays about racism, Islam, anti-Semitism, intolerance—and France—to come out in ...

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier blasts “Islamophobia” in a new book he was writing days before he was assassinated.

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Rich Hate George Lucas for Helping Poor

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

As a real estate developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas hasn’t had much success lately. Last year, his pitch for a museum in the Presidio, the national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, went to Chicag...

George Lucas’ wealthy neighbors want to stop him from building middle-class housing because they’re worried what will happen to their property values.

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California Is So Over

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

The Big Idea: California Is So Over

California has met the future, and it really doesn’t work. As the mounting panic surrounding the drought suggests, the Golden State, once renowned for meeting human and geographic challenges, is losing its ability to cope with crises. As a result,...

California’s drought and how it’s handled show just what kind of place the Golden State is becoming: feudal, super-affluent and with an impoverished interior.

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The NBA's Dystopian, DNA-Testing Future

The NBA's Dystopian, DNA-Testing Future

On Thursday, right before the before basketball fans were gearing up for the start of what should prove to be a thrilling slate of playoff games, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association slipped in the equivalent of a Friday news du...

The NBA’s new drug testing policy will allow for a lot more than just checking for juiced up players.

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Rich Hate George Lucas for Helping Poor

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

Marin Blocks Lucas’ Plans for Poorhouse

As a real estate developer in the San Francisco Bay Area, billionaire filmmaker George Lucas hasn’t had much success lately. Last year, his pitch for a museum in the Presidio, the national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, went to Chicag...

George Lucas’ wealthy neighbors want to stop him from building middle-class housing because they’re worried what will happen to their property values.

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The Disney-fication of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Is Getting A Mall

The Grand Canyon Is Getting A Mall

If a collective of big money investment interests have their way, the 5 million people who flock to the Grand Canyon’s breathtaking vistas every year will also soon be able to get in some shopping and catch a film on an IMAX theatre built right on...

Investment interests want to build a multi-tier mall at the Grand Canyon, and they’re paying off Navajo leaders—at least one who years ago resigned in disgrace—to do so.

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NYU Threatens to Kick Student Out Over Pamphlets

NYU Blackballs Student Protesters

NYU Blackballs Student Protesters

Two New York University students say officials called security to intimidate them as they were quietly distributing flyers—then demanded one of them withdraw a formal complaint he made about the incident, The Daily Beast has learned. It’s just the...

Two NYU students say officials intimidated and censored them after they tried to peacefully hand out flyers—the latest free-speech snafu for the prestigious university.

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Tech + Health

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

Would Thomas Jefferson Work At GoogleX?

As Americans brace for another presidential election, availing a process invented over 200 years ago, where are this century’s counterparts of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton?They’re working for Google or Facebook, or they’re founding star...

The government needs brilliant minds reinventing it with the same urgency they use to create apps and nanobots. How the tech world stole America’s biggest thinkers.

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Energy injections becoming popular at spas

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Spa days typically consist of massages and face masks — but now, some “wellness spas” are offering more on the menu. How about an energizing injection of vitamin B, rather than a rub down?Launched by a group...

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David Graeber's 'The Utopia of Rules,' About the Good and Bad of Technology and Bureaucracy

Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Big Brother Is a Pain in the Neck

Has the officialdom of rules, regulations, and hierarchical structures ever left you so confused and bereft of dignity that you felt hopelessly alienated?If the answer is no, I suspect you may not immediately recognize the symptoms. Let me begin w...

Orwell saw the state as the enemy, but maybe he never had trouble with his bank. The fact is, bureaucracy is baked into practically every aspect of our lives, and we hardly know it.

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A U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator, unmanned aerial vehicle, armed with AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, performs a low altitude pass during the Aviation Nation 2005 air show at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in this November 13, 2005 USAF handout photo obtained by Reuters February 6, 2013. REUTERS/U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Hall/Handout  (UNITED STATES - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR3DF76

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

America’s New ‘Lend-Lease’ for Drones

In 1941, before the United States formally entered World War II, it gave governments fighting the Nazis military supplies under a program known as “Lend-Lease.”Now a group of lawmakers is proposing a 21st-century equivalent. Except this time, the ...

Lawmakers are pushing Obama take a page out of the World War II playbook—and let Jordan borrow Predator drones to keep the terror group at bay.

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Energy injections becoming popular at spas

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

Are Energy Injections the New Coffee?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Spa days typically consist of massages and face masks — but now, some “wellness spas” are offering more on the menu. How about an energizing injection of vitamin B, rather than a rub down?Launched by a group...

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Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Iranian hackers are trying to identify computer systems that control infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid, presumably with an eye towards damaging those systems, according to a new report from a cyber security firm and ...

Cyber-savvy agents are stepping up their efforts to ID critical infrastructure that may compromise national security.

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A Kitty Genovese for the YouTube Era

A Kitty Genovese for the YouTube Era

In Panama City, Florida, a horror show is playing out.After phone footage of a girl being gang-raped in front of hundreds was discovered by cops, it has been revealed that a string of such incidents had taken place; on different days—maybe—and rec...

Like the neighbors 50 years ago who looked on as a young woman was murdered, why did hundreds of onlookers just watch—and film—the gang rape in Panama City?

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Hundreds Beaten, Raped in CA Asylums

Beatings, Murder, Rape in Asylums

Beatings, Murder, Rape in Asylums

In December of 2010, a resident of Porterville Development Center (a California facility for the intellectual and developmental disabled, or I/DD), broke a rule. The directive he ignored was a simple one, issued by an employee named Alex* who had ...

A 900-page report exposes horrific crimes in five California institutions, 13 of which ended in death. America's broken mental-health system is downright lethal.

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Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Report: Iranian Hackers Eye U.S. Grid

Iranian hackers are trying to identify computer systems that control infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid, presumably with an eye towards damaging those systems, according to a new report from a cyber security firm and ...

Cyber-savvy agents are stepping up their efforts to ID critical infrastructure that may compromise national security.

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Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Britain's Secretly Smashing Beaches

Whitstable’s beachesAs a child, I was a British beach bum, living on an all but forgotten beach. If remembered at all, it was due to the beautiful sunsets that lit up behind the Neptune pub perched on the pebbles, with the sun disappearing into th...

Skip Saint-Tropez and Santorini and head to Britain this summer for beaches that offer beautiful views, oyster feasts, and--of course--fish and chips.

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25 Nov 1981, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- Portrait of Hugh Hefner, chief of Playboy Enterprises.

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

So here I was in the Playboy Mansion West. Are cranes strutting elegantly on the perfect lawn? Yes. Is water gushing from the white marble fountain? Certainly. Are gibbons swinging in the trees, koi floating in a pool? Naturally. And are there Bun...

Our correspondent joined guests including Groucho Marx, Jack Nicholson, and Linda Lovelace at the 1973 Playmate of The Year party.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, takes part in Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa July 1, 2011. Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, are on a royal tour of Canada from June 30 to July 8.

Kate’s Royal Birth Plan

Kate’s Royal Birth Plan

Sometime in the next few days, an equerry’s mobile phone will ring in a distant corner of Kensington Palace.On the other end of the line, Kate Middleton will utter into the mouthpiece the time-honored words of all new mums since time immemorial—“I...

The Duchess of Cambridge is expected to give birth in the coming days, and it seems the Royals want to keep the media craziness to a minimum.

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Big Life: OBIT: Percy Sledge,DNKY22 PERCY SLEDGE circa 1960s Courtesy Granamour Weems Collection.  Editorial use only.. Image shot 1960. Exact date unknown.

The Big Life: Percy Sledge

The Big Life: Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge, who died Tuesday at the age of 74, was a singer who became indelibly associated with his first hit, When a Man Loves a Woman, a song that became not only a huge hit, but one of the all-time classics of soul music.It was the first mil...

From sharecropper’s son to one of the classic soul singers, Percy Sledge reminded us all that love won’t let us think about nothing else.

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25 Nov 1981, Chicago, Illinois, USA --- Portrait of Hugh Hefner, chief of Playboy Enterprises.

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

My Wild Night at the Playboy Mansion

So here I was in the Playboy Mansion West. Are cranes strutting elegantly on the perfect lawn? Yes. Is water gushing from the white marble fountain? Certainly. Are gibbons swinging in the trees, koi floating in a pool? Naturally. And are there Bun...

Our correspondent joined guests including Groucho Marx, Jack Nicholson, and Linda Lovelace at the 1973 Playmate of The Year party.

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Australia's LGBT-Only Island

Australia’s LGBT-Only Island

Australia’s LGBT-Only Island

When Australia refused to allow its gay citizens equal rights to marriage, a group of activists deserted the country, sailed 200 nautical miles to an island off the Great Barrier Reef and hoisted a rainbow flag in the highest spot they could find....

Marriage equality discrimination led a group of Australian activists to set their rainbow flag on Cato Island. This ‘homeland’ even has a Gloria Gaynor anthem.

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To mark the 30th birthday of BILLY, the worldÕs most versatile bookcase, IKEA this morning created the worldÕs longest outdoor bookcase on Bondi Beach. For one day only, Bondi beach is being transformed with 30 red BILLY bookcases snaking their way along the sand, featuring 1000Õs of books to choose from. To take a book, people are being invited to swap one of their books for a book from BILLYÕs shelves or make a gold coin donation, with all donations going to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. BILLY on the beach is a day celebrating budgie smugglers, board shorts, bikinis and BILLY bookcases. And as soon as the sun rose on the beach at 6am, locals and visitors began taking to the shelves.

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

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The Darkest Celebrity Instagrammer

The Darkest Celebrity Instagrammer

Many of you know Adam Goldberg from his recent run in the Fargo TV series, or maybe in a little movie called Saving Private Ryan. You know, the “I wanna dance!” guy from Dazed and Confused. Yes, we mean the OG Adam Goldberg, not the sitcom guy of ...

You’ve seen him in just about every movie around. Now check out his photos.

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Australia's LGBT-Only Island

Australia’s LGBT-Only Island

Australia’s LGBT-Only Island

When Australia refused to allow its gay citizens equal rights to marriage, a group of activists deserted the country, sailed 200 nautical miles to an island off the Great Barrier Reef and hoisted a rainbow flag in the highest spot they could find....

Marriage equality discrimination led a group of Australian activists to set their rainbow flag on Cato Island. This ‘homeland’ even has a Gloria Gaynor anthem.

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Washington, UNITED STATES:  Musician Irvin Mayfield performs for US President George W. Bush during an evening of blues music to honor Black Music Month 26 June 2006 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC.   AFP PHOTO / TIM SLOAN  (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

New Orleans Gives Jazz a Hot House

Not yet 38, Irvin Mayfield is a trumpeter and force of the cosmos who leads the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). Now in its 13th year, the Grammy-winning group has a travel schedule, like that of classical symphonies, that relies on foundation, ...

Irvin Mayfield and Ronald S. Markham are the driving forces behind the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Now they’ve wrangled America’s art form a fine new concert hall.

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  • Nobel prize-winning German writer Gunter Grass smokes a pipe during a news conference to promote his latest book "Peeling the onion" in Madrid May 21, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera  (SPAIN) - RTR1PXR7

    Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

    Gunter Grass Was a Finger-Wagging Scold

    There is a rough schematic one should follow when eulogizing Günter Grass, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist and critic who died Monday at his home in Lübeck, Germany.It goes something like this: Grass was a prolific writer of mediocre novels, but ...

    “The Tin Drum,” his masterpiece, was his only good novel. The rest of the time the late German Nobelist could hardly stop lecturing us long enough to tell a story.

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Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

In the last couple of years, the American novel’s male elders have been springing surprises on their readers. Earnest E. L. Doctorow published a radically unreliable narration, Andrew’s Brain, influenced by neuroscience. Norman Rush left his usual...

America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.

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Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

Little Nemo Was a Dream of a Comic Strip

The trajectory of any new artistic genre—oil painting, the novel, video installation—is almost always to improve, or at least grow more inventive. Except in those rare cases when it might not. Edward Gorey, in one of his more esoteric opinions, on...

Nighttime was the right time for Winsor McCay, whose early 20th century comic strip about a little boy’s dreams proved forever that comics could be both mass entertainment and high a...

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To mark the 30th birthday of BILLY, the worldÕs most versatile bookcase, IKEA this morning created the worldÕs longest outdoor bookcase on Bondi Beach. For one day only, Bondi beach is being transformed with 30 red BILLY bookcases snaking their way along the sand, featuring 1000Õs of books to choose from. To take a book, people are being invited to swap one of their books for a book from BILLYÕs shelves or make a gold coin donation, with all donations going to The Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation. BILLY on the beach is a day celebrating budgie smugglers, board shorts, bikinis and BILLY bookcases. And as soon as the sun rose on the beach at 6am, locals and visitors began taking to the shelves.

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

The World’s Weirdest Libraries

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

Camels, manta rays, and tree boxes—people have been getting creative to get folks to take out a book.

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Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

Toni Morrison Spins a Lame Fairy Tale

In the last couple of years, the American novel’s male elders have been springing surprises on their readers. Earnest E. L. Doctorow published a radically unreliable narration, Andrew’s Brain, influenced by neuroscience. Norman Rush left his usual...

America’s only living Nobel prize winning author revisits some familiar themes in her latest novel, but too often she fails to meet her own exacting standards.

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American novelist William Styron (1925 - 2006) in Bridgehampton, New York, July 1975.  He wrote the novel 'Sophie's Choice', which was later made into a film. (Photo by Michael Brennan/Getty Images)

William Styron Was Lit’s Big Game Hunter

William Styron Was Lit’s Big Game Hunter

When Philip Caputo went to profile William Styron for Esquire in the mid-’80s, the two men had something to talk about other than writing—they were both Marines. Ultimately, though, writing occupied the heart of their discussion. Styron, author of...

A white southerner by birth, Styron scorned the label of regional author—the world was his territory and the bigger the subject the better, from American slavery to the Holocaust.

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French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's publisher, known only as Charb, clenches his fist as he presents to journalists, on September 19, 2012 in Paris, at the headquarters, the last issue which features on the front cover a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2". Inside pages contain several cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine's decision to publish the cartoons came against a background of unrest across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent. The title refers to "Intouchables", a 2012 French movie, the most seen French movie abroad, which is selected to represent France for the Oscars nominees, according to one of his directors, Eric Toledano. AFP PHOTO FRED DUFOUR        (Photo credit should read FRED DUFOUR/AFP/GettyImages)

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

Death Couldn’t Stop Charlie Hebdo Editor

PARIS — The little book published in France today by the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was gunned down by Muslim fanatics in January may be one of the more provocative essays about racism, Islam, anti-Semitism, intolerance—and France—to come out in ...

Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier blasts “Islamophobia” in a new book he was writing days before he was assassinated.

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Bravo Porn Star Turned Real Estate King

Bravo Porn Star Turned Real Estate King

Whether it’s putting your best foot forward on a first date or trying to land the next big deal for your company, we all kind of wish we had everything figured out. And even though many of the elite like to turn their noses up at the “self-help” g...

Fredrik Eklund of “Million Dollar Listing” wants to help you sell anything. The reality star talks his career, fatherhood, his past in porn, and what it takes to make a deal.

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American novelist William Styron (1925 - 2006) in Bridgehampton, New York, July 1975.  He wrote the novel 'Sophie's Choice', which was later made into a film. (Photo by Michael Brennan/Getty Images)

William Styron Was Lit’s Big Game Hunter

William Styron Was Lit’s Big Game Hunter

When Philip Caputo went to profile William Styron for Esquire in the mid-’80s, the two men had something to talk about other than writing—they were both Marines. Ultimately, though, writing occupied the heart of their discussion. Styron, author of...

A white southerner by birth, Styron scorned the label of regional author—the world was his territory and the bigger the subject the better, from American slavery to the Holocaust.

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