Politics

No Drama Obama's Israel Ambivalence

No Drama Obama's Israel Ambivalence

Conservatives have for several years wondered aloud about Barack Obama and his seemingly less-than-warm approach to Israel. Could it be, they asked themselves, that he’s an anti-Semite?They should ask themselves instead how anyone as bored and alo...

The right says President Obama hates Israel, but in reality he’s just aloof and smug.

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How America Started the Border Crisis

How America Started the Border Crisis

The leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are meeting with President Obama in the White House on Friday to talk about the surge of children from their countries fleeing gang violence and fearing for their lives if they return. Carolyn Ros...

The kids fleeing to our southern border are escaping criminals who learned their deadly trade in the U.S. Two aid workers explain the roots of Central America’s deadly dysfunction.

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Feds Blew Millions on Afghan Soybeans

Feds Blew Millions on Afghan Soybeans

The residents of northern Afghanistan had never grown soybeans. They have no natural taste for them. And previous research concluded that the area wasn’t viable for soybean cultivation.Despite these obvious hurdles, the United States Department of...

Some $34.4 million in taxpayer dollars went to a U.S. trade group to open Afghanistan to a crop its people couldn’t stomach.

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Anti-IDF, Anti-Hamas, Pro-Judaism

Anti-IDF, Anti-Hamas, Pro-Judaism

What kind of Jew would I be if I were not horrified by the incredible death and destruction being wrought on the Palestinian people? Faith and history command us to abhor all violence. The question is not why am I against Israel’s disproportionate...

Hamas is awful, but how can any faithful Jew look at Israel’s disproportionate violence against innocents and defend it?

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How America Started the Border Crisis

How America Started the Border Crisis

The leaders of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are meeting with President Obama in the White House on Friday to talk about the surge of children from their countries fleeing gang violence and fearing for their lives if they return. Carolyn Ros...

The kids fleeing to our southern border are escaping criminals who learned their deadly trade in the U.S. Two aid workers explain the roots of Central America’s deadly dysfunction.

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The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

Stop the presses: John Boehner admitted Thursday that the Republican Party’s long-awaited alternative to Obamacare needs a little more time in the oven. “You know, the discussions about Obamacare and what the replacement bill would look like conti...

John Boehner says Republicans are planning their Obamacare alternative. Don’t hold your breath. The party has done nada constructive for decades.

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Compassionate Conservatism Gets A Reboot

Compassionate Conservatism Gets A Reboot

After traveling around the country for the last year to better understand what works to combat poverty, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan now has a “discussion draft” with the key ideas he thinks can help the poorest Americans get ahead, and where the fed...

The ex-VP candidate has been touring the country has he formulates an anti-poverty plan Republicans can get behind. Now he’s unveiling some of the details.

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State Dept: ISIS ‘Worse Than Al Qaeda’

State Dept: ISIS ‘Worse Than Al Qaeda’

Top officials crisscrossed the Capitol over the past two days, giving urgent warnings that ISIS represented a threat “worse than Al Qaeda,” in the words of one State Department official, with the capability to create a sanctuary for global jihadis...

Leaders from Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon warn Congress that the group is not just terrorists but a burgeoning state that threatens U.S. Interests.

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The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

The GOP’s 20-Year War on Health Care

Stop the presses: John Boehner admitted Thursday that the Republican Party’s long-awaited alternative to Obamacare needs a little more time in the oven. “You know, the discussions about Obamacare and what the replacement bill would look like conti...

John Boehner says Republicans are planning their Obamacare alternative. Don’t hold your breath. The party has done nada constructive for decades.

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Entertainment

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’: A New Hope?

Disney’s ‘Star Wars’: A New Hope?

As lifelong Star Wars worshippers, it took Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, creators of the hit Disney Channel animated series Phineas and Ferb, mere seconds to spring into action in October 2012 after learning that Disney had acquired Lucas...

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Phineas and Ferb were moisture farmers on Tatooine who stumbled upon Death Star blueprints after hitting R2-D2 with their speeder.

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The Doc the Army Doesn’t Want You to See

The Doc the Army Doesn’t Want You to See

When news broke in 2010 about a group of U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport, it was tempting to assume that they were a bunch of psychopathic creeps—a few bad seeds in an otherwise noble batch.But according to the remarkab...

The U.S. military made them warriors, Afghanistan made them killers. In Dan Krauss’s new film, soldiers convicted of murder ask: Why were we trained for the wrong type of warfare?

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How the Dude Came to Abide

How the Dude Came to Abide

I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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Holy Homophobia, Batman!

Holy Homophobia, Batman!

Batman may be 75, but the confirmed bachelor can still fill a pair of tights, pull off a codpiece, and fly through the night with his various teenaged apprentices. DC Comics commemorated the anniversary with the release of Batman: A Celebration of...

Batman wears tights and has a handsome ward who often stands with his genital region discreetly evident. But really, what does it matter if the caped crusader is gay?

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The Doc the Army Doesn’t Want You to See

The Doc the Army Doesn’t Want You to See

When news broke in 2010 about a group of U.S. soldiers accused of killing Afghan civilians for sport, it was tempting to assume that they were a bunch of psychopathic creeps—a few bad seeds in an otherwise noble batch.But according to the remarkab...

The U.S. military made them warriors, Afghanistan made them killers. In Dan Krauss’s new film, soldiers convicted of murder ask: Why were we trained for the wrong type of warfare?

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Bacon Spiders and Meat Trucks

Bacon Spiders and Meat Trucks

Note: All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.TATER BOTIt's made of tater tots, obviously, grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers. This is what an epic meal looks like when it's created from the brains of children. Recipe80 Red Rope L...

The Epic Meal Time team, led by “Sauce Boss” Harley Morenstein, will premiere their new TV series Epic Meal Empire on FYI July 26th. Here, the whiskey-laced meat masters give you the...

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‘GOT’ Season 5 Cast Revealed

‘GOT’ Season 5 Cast Revealed

We’ll have to wait ‘til April 2015 for the fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the ultraviolent, sex-fueled fantasy series that coined the term “sexposition.” But on Friday at San Diego’s annual gathering of the nerds, Comic-Con, the cable netw...

At Comic-Con on Friday, the cable network announced nine new cast members to join the wild world of Westeros, including the Red Viper’s vengeful daughters.

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Jim Norton And His Many Vices

Jim Norton And His Many Vices

“There are some lovely girls at that table! Delightful! Did you see the young blond one? Woooowwww!”        Jim Norton had never been to lunch at Michael’s—the outlandishly priced Manhattan restaurant populated by media types, literary agents, mog...

After appearing alongside Fallon and Letterman, the comedian Jim Norton has landed his own show at Vice. He talks hookers, booze, and why he expects his guests to bare all.

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Bacon Spiders and Meat Trucks

Bacon Spiders and Meat Trucks

Note: All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit.TATER BOTIt's made of tater tots, obviously, grilled cheese sandwiches, and burgers. This is what an epic meal looks like when it's created from the brains of children. Recipe80 Red Rope L...

The Epic Meal Time team, led by “Sauce Boss” Harley Morenstein, will premiere their new TV series Epic Meal Empire on FYI July 26th. Here, the whiskey-laced meat masters give you the...

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World News

The Ugly Truth About Ugly Politicians

The Ugly Truth About Ugly Politicians

Anthony Weiner stripped to show off his body to women online. Ronald Reagan was the craggy cowboy. Barack Obama can wear board shorts. How pretty do our male politicians have to be? If politics remains show business for ugly people, then at least ...

U.K. opposition leader Ed Miliband has made a startlingly candid speech about his lacking image, contrasted to Prime Minister David Cameron. But that’s not the real problem.

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Sexy Selfies Flood In for Israeli Troops

Sexy Selfies Flood In for Israeli Troops

Here’s one way to raise morale in wartime: Women are stripping down for sexy selfies to show their support for the Israel Defense Forces, now engaged in a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.Submissions are pouring in from all over the world on the...

Remember those pinups who used to inspire soldiers in wars past? There’s a new one for the social media generation: Two-day-old Standing With IDF has more than 16,000 likes on Facebook.

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The Racism of Disaster Coverage

The Racism of Disaster Coverage

ROME, Italy — During the 10-day period from the time the wrecked luxury cruise ship Costa Concordia began to rise from its watery grave off the shore of the small Italian island of Giglio to the moment when it began its impressive journey to Genoa...

While the world watched the refloating of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, it all but ignored the sinking of migrant boats and the deaths of hundreds of people aboard them.

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U.S. Soldiers Accused of Rape in Italy

U.S. Soldiers Accused of Rape in Italy

ROME, Italy — Two American military men based near the northern Italian town of Vicenza have been charged with raping, beating and stealing from a 24-year-old pregnant Romanian woman.The American paratroopers identified in the Italian press as Gra...

Do the military’s controversial status of forces agreements, or SOFAs, wind up protecting criminals? Italian prosecutors think so.

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Sexy Selfies Flood In for Israeli Troops

Sexy Selfies Flood In for Israeli Troops

Here’s one way to raise morale in wartime: Women are stripping down for sexy selfies to show their support for the Israel Defense Forces, now engaged in a ground operation in the Gaza Strip.Submissions are pouring in from all over the world on the...

Remember those pinups who used to inspire soldiers in wars past? There’s a new one for the social media generation: Two-day-old Standing With IDF has more than 16,000 likes on Facebook.

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Iranian Mullahs’ (Western) Sex Manuals

Iranian Mullahs’ (Western) Sex Manuals

By Shima ShahrabiBack in the 1990s when I was in my early teens, I was sent to the school office at Hoda Girls Middle School for being found in possession of a Michael Jackson videotape.The school counselor forced to deal with me pulled her headsc...

Muslim women who wear veils are sexier, kiss better, and are less inclined to bestiality, say these clerics. Western women—well, forget it.

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Anti-IDF, Anti-Hamas, Pro-Judaism

Anti-IDF, Anti-Hamas, Pro-Judaism

What kind of Jew would I be if I were not horrified by the incredible death and destruction being wrought on the Palestinian people? Faith and history command us to abhor all violence. The question is not why am I against Israel’s disproportionate...

Hamas is awful, but how can any faithful Jew look at Israel’s disproportionate violence against innocents and defend it?

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Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War

Europe’s Jews Punished for Israel’s War

Since the beginning of the current war between Israel and Hamas, eight synagogues in France have been attacked. In Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked for Jews to apologize for the actions of the Jewish state. In Germany, a prominent ...

As the fight in Gaza wears on, anti-Semites across Europe are attacking the continent’s Jews under the pretext of protesting Israel’s politics.

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Iranian Mullahs’ (Western) Sex Manuals

Iranian Mullahs’ (Western) Sex Manuals

By Shima ShahrabiBack in the 1990s when I was in my early teens, I was sent to the school office at Hoda Girls Middle School for being found in possession of a Michael Jackson videotape.The school counselor forced to deal with me pulled her headsc...

Muslim women who wear veils are sexier, kiss better, and are less inclined to bestiality, say these clerics. Western women—well, forget it.

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Tech + Health

Quality Bud, but Like, Whoa, The Prices

Quality Bud, but Like, Whoa, The Prices

The day the marijuana retail outlets opened in the state of Washington, I called a certain expert I know for a report. So were you there, I asked, when the doors opened?“Well, I wasn’t there for the grand opening at 11, because what am I, a junkie...

A “friend” reports from Washington state: Yes, the legal pot is of the (ba-da-bing) highest quality. But really—$840 an ounce??

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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The Red Cross Needs Your Blood—Now

The Red Cross Needs Your Blood—Now

As the American Red Cross faces an increasingly dire blood shortage this summer, the culprits are surprisingly banal: a long weekend, balmy weather, college students on holiday. But the causes belie a looming emergency that may leave hospitals scr...

A plunge in American Red Cross blood donations could leave hospitals scrambling, officials say. Time to donate.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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Self-Tracking for N00bz

Self-Tracking for N00bz

Sometimes when I’m hanging out with group of friends, fellow writers, or co-workers, the topic of quantified self comes up. Someone will say, “Ask Jamie, he can tell you how many steps he walked from here to the meeting room. Or how many words he ...

Want to get started with self-tracking fitness, dreams, moods—but aren’t sure how? These three tips will help you begin.

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Hate Feminism? You Don’t Understand It

Hate Feminism? You Don’t Understand It

It’s never a dull week for feminists, and now Women Against Feminism is the most recent ire du jour. The Tumblr photo collection of women holding signs explaining why they “don’t need feminism” is more annoying than frightening. We’ve got bigger f...

The latest anti-feminism campaign is a Tumblr called Women Against Feminism. But the participants aren’t against feminism, exactly. They just don’t get it.

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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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Andreja Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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Andreja Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member: The “Made in the USA” company was serious when they announced plans to shake up the board. In what seems to be an attempt at re-branding the label as more “female-friendly,” American Apparel has...

And Essie is launching a vending machine.

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Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein: Have we found the next Marky Mark? According to the Daily Mail, Pop music bad boy Justin Bieber recently shot a campaign for Calvin Klein that is projected to run later this year. Bieber, who frequently posts photos...

And more than 20,000 Americans set to wed on 12/13/14.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Great Escapes

The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

During cherry blossom season this past spring, I took my husband’s visiting parents to the Bar at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. for a quiet place to enjoy a fine cocktail near the tourist attractions. The service staff, wearing black vests, ties,...

Bars at the top hotels used to be the place to grab a cocktail. After falling out of style, they're back and ready to compete with speakeasies from New Orleans to NYC.

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  • Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

    Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

    The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

    The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

In an ancient stone carving, warriors brandishing shields and swords swarm over the columned facade of a grand temple. On one side, a palace stands with three women perched on top; on the other, above private homes, a ruler on a throne dictates to...

For centuries, scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior. Now, one archaeologist thinks he may have found it. Only problem: It’s in the middl...

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Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

With Virgin Galactic coming closer to offering commercial flights to space, many people’s dreams are about to come true. But for one artist, they already have. Symbolically, at least.Last Week, Japanese artist Azuma Makato launched two botanical o...

While many earthlings are waiting for their chance to blast off into space, one Japanese artist has already achieved his dreams, sending a bonsai tree and floral bouquet high above E...

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Is Organic Vodka Good for You?

Is Organic Vodka Good for You?

Nothing about the sleek blue bar and $13 cocktails at Maui’s Monkeypod Kitchen screams back-to-nature—the décor is Mixology-chic, not Green Acres, and you can’t even see the beach from the landlocked café. But its menu is dedicated to locally sour...

It’s official: the organic movement has infiltrated our bars. But whether or not your martini is made from organic, kosher, locally-sourced vodka, it still isn’t “healthy” for you.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

With Virgin Galactic coming closer to offering commercial flights to space, many people’s dreams are about to come true. But for one artist, they already have. Symbolically, at least.Last Week, Japanese artist Azuma Makato launched two botanical o...

While many earthlings are waiting for their chance to blast off into space, one Japanese artist has already achieved his dreams, sending a bonsai tree and floral bouquet high above E...

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Women

Ray Rice Isn’t the Issue. NFL Fans Are.

Ray Rice Isn’t the Issue. NFL Fans Are.

By now, most every football fan in America (and lots of non-fans) will have read about the arrest of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for an altercation with Janay Palmer, his former fiancé and current wife. The fight took place in February ...

Before football fans get too sanctimonious about the Ray Rice wrist slap, they should worry about their complicity in football’s culture of violence.

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  • Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

    Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

    These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

    One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

SAN DIEGO — “No podemos volver a Guatemala. We cannot return to Guatemala,” Elvina tells me. She’s just arrived at Border Angels, a local San Diego charity, with three of her four children. Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately ...

Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

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British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

More than 137,000 women in England and Wales have undergone female genital mutilation. An estimated 20,000 girls born in Britain are at risk. Seeking to end the practice “everywhere for everyone within this generation,” Prime Minister David Camero...

British law said it was illegal to perform female genital mutilation or to take a girl out of the country for the purpose. Now, parents can be prosecuted for allowing it.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

SAN DIEGO — “No podemos volver a Guatemala. We cannot return to Guatemala,” Elvina tells me. She’s just arrived at Border Angels, a local San Diego charity, with three of her four children. Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately ...

Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

Marni Kotak sits on a gold-painted twin bed, wearing a gold satin nightgown, with matching bedsheets covering her legs. She’s scribbling in gold ink on a cartoonishly large notepad, an expanding list of the day’s emotional fluctuations. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Books

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ron Rosenbaum’s Explaining Hitler made a splash with its examination of historians and conspiracy theories surrounding one of history’s most infamous villains.This summer, Rosenbaum is out with an updated edition th...

Nearly two decades since he published ‘Explaining Hitler,’ Ron Rosenbaum talks about why he reopened his look at the Fuhrer with a new edition of his classic study.

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  • How the Dude Came to Abide

    How the Dude Came to Abide

    I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

    Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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How to Get Laid in Brooklyn

How to Get Laid in Brooklyn

Nathaniel Piven is a Harvard-educated, 30-year-old temp worker, freelance book reviewer, and full-time player in the Brooklyn dating game. Despite getting lucky with a sizeable advance for his forthcoming first novel, Nate wishes he could be like ...

Adelle Waldman’s novel ‘The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.’ brilliantly portrays and often eviscerates a goatish, ambitious author and his ilk.

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The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis

The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis

A century ago, before Tea Parties, Super PACs, and Fox News, a small band of Republican insurgents launched a daring political revolt against the party establishment. Their tactics would be familiar to modern conservatives—sensational filibusters,...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Unreasonable Men,’ Michael Wolraich shows how a century ago it was progressives who splintered the GOP.

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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The Unsinkable Lee Grant

The Unsinkable Lee Grant

To say that actress Lee Grant has seen it all would be an understatement.She barreled onto the Broadway scene at the age of 23 in 1949 with Detective Story, and was nominated for an Oscar two years later when it was adapted into film. Just as her ...

A star at 23, then blacklisted for 12 years, actress Lee Grant rebuilt her career, won a pair of Oscars, and caps it all with a frank and spirited memoir.

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This Week’s Hot Reads

This Week’s Hot Reads

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Maximillian PotterIn his camouflaged lair in the middle of the woods, a career criminal stirs in the dead of night to assemble his tools for a risky but po...

This week, a true-life crime drama set in a famous French vineyard, an impressive debut, and a refreshing spin on the supernatural thriller.

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Immigrants Meet New ‘Grapes of Wrath’

Immigrants Meet New ‘Grapes of Wrath’

The angry protestors who made headlines recently when they confronted three busloads of Central American mothers and their children in Murrieta, California, reflect widespread fears that many now have about uncontrolled immigration. But we should...

The bigotry and fear greeting busloads of Central American mothers and children is almost word for word what Steinbeck’s Joads heard 75 years ago.

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The Unsinkable Lee Grant

The Unsinkable Lee Grant

To say that actress Lee Grant has seen it all would be an understatement.She barreled onto the Broadway scene at the age of 23 in 1949 with Detective Story, and was nominated for an Oscar two years later when it was adapted into film. Just as her ...

A star at 23, then blacklisted for 12 years, actress Lee Grant rebuilt her career, won a pair of Oscars, and caps it all with a frank and spirited memoir.

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