Politics

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

A couple of questions sprang immediately to mind when I heard this week’s news that Mary Cheney is launching a new polling firm with a handful of her GOP buddies.1. How tempting will it be for her to field a poll or two just to see how unpopular B...

Mary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.

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The Court Was Right on Race

The Court Was Right on Race

Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963 to explain his decision to federalize the Alabama National Guard to integrate the University of Alabama.  In part, Kennedy offered:It ought to be possible in ...

The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions. That’s a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems.

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GOP: Ukraine Is Obama’s New Syria

GOP: Ukraine Is Obama’s New Syria

The Obama adminstration is making the same mistakes in Ukraine as it did in Syria according to a top Republican senator.Bob Corker, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is going to Kiev Wednesday to pledge support for ...

Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sees disturbing parallels between the Obama administration's current policy in Ukraine and what he sees ...

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Dem Embraces Obamacare In Ad

Dem Embraces Obamacare In Ad

The Affordable Care Act may still be considered politically toxic in most races but one candidate for Pennsylvania Governor embraced it in a new ad released Tuesday.Allyson Schwartz is a congresswoman from suburban Philadelphia currently lagging f...

In an uphill battle to win the Democratic primary for governor, Rep. Allyson Schwartz is becoming one of the first candidates this year to embrace Obamacare.

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The Court Was Right on Race

The Court Was Right on Race

Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963 to explain his decision to federalize the Alabama National Guard to integrate the University of Alabama.  In part, Kennedy offered:It ought to be possible in ...

The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions. That’s a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems.

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GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy

GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy

Out and about this weekend, I saw no less than three men who appeared to be heterosexual wearing little buns on the tops of their heads.  This must drive the Republican Party crazy.  Because in a way, man-buns are the greatest threat to conservati...

Republicans can mock Obama for having a ‘manhood problem,’ but they’re woefully out of touch with the new masculinity.

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Groupon Government

Groupon Government

Now that Tax Day has come and gone in a ritualized haze of misery and Maalox, can we get serious about, you know, actually settling the bill for the federal government’s expenditures? For all the bitching and moaning about paying taxes, the inconv...

These days only suckers pay retail for restaurants, clothes, and massages. And tanks, medicine, retirement, border patrol, and nearly every other thing the federal government provides.

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KY Dem Runs On, Not From, O'care

KY Dem Runs On, Not From, O'care

Even before the inauspicious launch of the Affordable Care Act, it’s been consensus wisdom among Red America’s chattering class that ambitious Democratic pols should distance themselves—far, far away—from the unpopular President’s eponymous health...

In a bold move, Kentucky pol Elisabeth Jensen has vocalized her support of the Affordable Health Care Act in her bid for Congress.

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GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy

GOP’s Limp ‘Emasculate Obama’ Ploy

Out and about this weekend, I saw no less than three men who appeared to be heterosexual wearing little buns on the tops of their heads.  This must drive the Republican Party crazy.  Because in a way, man-buns are the greatest threat to conservati...

Republicans can mock Obama for having a ‘manhood problem,’ but they’re woefully out of touch with the new masculinity.

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Entertainment

Fargo’s Breakout Star

Fargo’s Breakout Star

You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?“I had such ...

Allison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.

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The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

In 2009, a group of New York prep school kids brought their teen drama to the small screen for one magical season, proving that you don’t have to be a grown-up to play in the docudrama big leagues. Jessie, PC, Sebastian, Camille, Taylor and Kelli ...

With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, ‘NYC Prep’ ploddingly, painfully, approaches something ‘Gossip Girl’ never could—reality.

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Inside Oprah's Bizarre Love Triangle

Inside Oprah's Bizarre Love Triangle

“If it’s not more than friendship, they’re giving every appearance that it is.”Say what!? That’s Barbara Winfrey, stepmother to Oprah, giving her sassy and unfiltered opinion on her most famous woman in the world’s famously conspicuous relationshi...

Oprah's stepmom gives an unfiltered Daily Mail interview about the former Queen of Daytime's unusual relationship with her boyfriend—and even stranger one with her best friend.

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Fargo’s Breakout Star

Fargo’s Breakout Star

You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?“I had such ...

Allison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.

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Viral Vid: Burj Khalifa BASE Jump

Viral Vid: Burj Khalifa BASE Jump

Felix Baumgartner's fall from the edge of space is probably the greatest jump of all time—but this is a close second. Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen, members of the French BASE jumping team Soul Flyers, set a new world record after taking a dive...

It's not exactly a fall from space but still—WOW!

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Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

It’s been six years since the first Record Store Day regaled audiophiles with limited edition EPs, special collaborations, and in-store exclusives, and already the vinyl holiday has a world record under its belt. The record holder? Jack White and ...

Making a record in this day and age takes a lot of time and effort, but Jack White managed to do it in under four hours.

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World News

Pro-Putin Thugs Seize U.S. Journalist

Pro-Putin Thugs Seize U.S. Journalist

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine- Russian-backed insurgents in this eastern Ukraine town, a flashpoint in the tug of war between Moscow and Kiev, seized American journalist Simon Ostrovsky yesterday and claim that under the “laws of war” they had the right.“He ...

Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky was snatched in Ukraine by forces who demand demanding reporting on their terms.

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‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about “New Russia”  last week during a long question-and-answer session on national television. He was giving a little history lesson about the 18th century and making an observation, a promise—or a threat—f...

Demonstrators in Ukraine’s most important port, inspired by Putin, want to declare it part of ‘New Russia.’

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The Long Flight to Afghanistan

The Long Flight to Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Nick Willard is the pen name of a service member serving in Afghanistan during the closing days of America’s longest war. He will write what he sees in an ongoing feature for The Daily Beast. Biographical details have been changed t...

On his way to Afghanistan, an officer is surprised by a strange sight at a layover in the middle of the night.

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Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base

Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadi...

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.

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‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about “New Russia”  last week during a long question-and-answer session on national television. He was giving a little history lesson about the 18th century and making an observation, a promise—or a threat—f...

Demonstrators in Ukraine’s most important port, inspired by Putin, want to declare it part of ‘New Russia.’

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Moscow’s War on Social Media

Moscow’s War on Social Media

As the Russian military has pushed outward into Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin has stepped up its fight on a second front: against its internal opponents and the media they use to organize and spread information. The few voices of Russia’...

The CEO of Europe’s second-largest social network was sacked this week as the Putin regime’s campaign to silence its internal critics went into overdrive.

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Passover Hell Week

Passover Hell Week

Even during the best of years, Passover, with all that Seder plate symbolism and forbidden grains, is usually a tough holiday for Jews. But this year was different from other years, where a subplot marred the happy ending of the Exodus story and w...

The events in Ukraine and Kansas City that occurred around Passover week offer tragic reminders of the heritage of Jewish oppression.

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Venezuela’s Killer Elite

Venezuela’s Killer Elite

Longstanding tradition in Venezuela calls for “Judas burning” on Easter Sunday. People make giant dolls out of old clothes and set them ablaze, remembering the betrayal of Christ. Often, Judas is given the face of a contemporary politician, and th...

Violent demonstrations return to opposition strongholds as families struggle to find justice for their loved ones killed by the military in earlier protests.

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Moscow’s War on Social Media

Moscow’s War on Social Media

As the Russian military has pushed outward into Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin has stepped up its fight on a second front: against its internal opponents and the media they use to organize and spread information. The few voices of Russia’...

The CEO of Europe’s second-largest social network was sacked this week as the Putin regime’s campaign to silence its internal critics went into overdrive.

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Tech + Health

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her multiple sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a til...

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.

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Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

As The Daily Beast highlighted last month, safety is a huge concern when using Uber—the popular app that allows users to beckon a private car with less time and effort than it takes to hail a cab. Uber drivers in most cities, The Daily Beast has f...

Popular ridesharing app Uber announced a $1 “safe rides fee” after a wave of complaints. They say the fee will go towards driver background checks, new safety features, and more.

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Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

It’s been six years since the first Record Store Day regaled audiophiles with limited edition EPs, special collaborations, and in-store exclusives, and already the vinyl holiday has a world record under its belt. The record holder? Jack White and ...

Making a record in this day and age takes a lot of time and effort, but Jack White managed to do it in under four hours.

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Jailed Teens’ Brain Trauma

Jailed Teens’ Brain Trauma

The incidence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussion in America’s youth is likely underreported. Still today, some children are told to “walk off” a blow to the head or shake off having had their “bell rung.” Though the nation’s athletic c...

Though half of 16- to 18-year-old inmates have a history of traumatic brain injury (TBI), very little is understood about how TBI affects young people.

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Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

As The Daily Beast highlighted last month, safety is a huge concern when using Uber—the popular app that allows users to beckon a private car with less time and effort than it takes to hail a cab. Uber drivers in most cities, The Daily Beast has f...

Popular ridesharing app Uber announced a $1 “safe rides fee” after a wave of complaints. They say the fee will go towards driver background checks, new safety features, and more.

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Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive

Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive

A 16-year old boy brought respiratory physiology to the front page yesterday by surviving a stint as a stowaway in the unpressurized, non-oxygenated hub of the wheel well in a Hawaii Airlines plane.The airplane flew at an altitude higher than that...

A runaway teen hitched a ride in the wheel well of a plane that reached 38,000 feet and subzero temperatures. How the hell did he get out alive?

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Are the Feds Hoarding Pot?

Are the Feds Hoarding Pot?

The federal National Institute on Drug Abuse, long perceived as blocking research on marijuana’s medical uses, may be cracking its doors open a bit.The institute is funding a University of California at Davis study on whether vaporized cannabis ca...

Home to the only legal supply of research-grade cannabis, the National Institute on Drug Abuse has the power to shape the future of medical marijuana. Why it isn’t.

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Rape Threats Over a Comic Book

Rape Threats Over a Comic Book

You’ve seen this scenario before, and you’ll see it again (until more of us do something). Woman writes about something traditionally regarded as a male-orientated industry or area of interest; if she’s conveying love, she’s doing it “for attentio...

After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, journalist Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised.

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Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive

Hitchhike a Plane—and Survive

A 16-year old boy brought respiratory physiology to the front page yesterday by surviving a stint as a stowaway in the unpressurized, non-oxygenated hub of the wheel well in a Hawaii Airlines plane.The airplane flew at an altitude higher than that...

A runaway teen hitched a ride in the wheel well of a plane that reached 38,000 feet and subzero temperatures. How the hell did he get out alive?

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Fashion

Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

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Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

People magazine has named Lupita N'yongo its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performa...

Oscar winner gets the title.

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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lip...

And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

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When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According ...

Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

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Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

People magazine has named Lupita N'yongo its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performa...

Oscar winner gets the title.

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Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Richardson Allegedly Bargains Vogue Shoot for Sex: On Sunday, model Emma Appleton posted a screenshot photo to her Instagram account (which has since been deleted) of an alleged message from the notorious photographer Terry Richardson that r...

And Nike is discontinuing its FuelBand.

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Who Wore It Best: Kate or Kate

Who Wore It Best: Kate or Kate

On Sunday, Kate Middleton visited Sydney's Taronga Zoo in a familiar yellow lace dress designed by The Duchess with the help of the Queen's tailors. But that's not the first time she's worn the same outfit twice. A look at the Duchess's love for r...

On Sunday, Kate Middleton visited Sydney's Taronga Zoo in a familiar yellow lace dress designed by The Duchess with the help of the Queen's tailors. But that's not the fi...

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What It Takes to Create a Ballet

What It Takes to Create a Ballet

In Ballet 422, a new documentary debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival, director Jody Lee Lipes captures the two-month conception, preparation, and execution of the New York City Ballet’s 422nd new ballet under the helm of an up-and-coming choreog...

A new movie at the Tribeca Film Festival takes an intimate look at young dancer Justin Peck's road to opening night as he choreographs the 422nd ballet for the New York City Ballet.

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Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Richardson Allegedly Bargains Vogue Shoot for Sex: On Sunday, model Emma Appleton posted a screenshot photo to her Instagram account (which has since been deleted) of an alleged message from the notorious photographer Terry Richardson that r...

And Nike is discontinuing its FuelBand.

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Great Escapes

Restaurants in Strange Places

Restaurants in Strange Places

There nothing quite like a fabulous meal, but it’s even better when you’re eating it in an amazing and unexpected location—like the ocean floor, perhaps, or inside an ice castle.

There nothing quite like a fabulous meal, but it’s even better when you’re eating it in an amazing and unexpected location—like the ocean floor, perhaps, or inside an ice castle.

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  • The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

    The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

    In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

    In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

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America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

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Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

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America’s Best Ballpark Is...

America’s Best Ballpark Is...

Whether you obsessively counted down the days to Spring Training or are one of those one-game-per-summer fans, hot dog season is well upon us. With a long, hot summer of game days ahead, The Daily Beast set out to rank the 30 Major League ballpark...

Baseball season is back, which means it’s time to take in some home runs and hot dogs. Check out The Daily Beast’s ranking of the best Major League Baseball stadiums. Batter up!

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America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

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Saving India’s Magician Colony

Saving India’s Magician Colony

“But no, I must stop all this, and tell the story as simply as possible: while troops chased arrested dragged magicians from their ghetto…while bulldozers moved forwards into the slum, a door was slammed shut…but not all the magicians were capture...

The directors of the documentary ‘Tomorrow We Disappear,’ now playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, on India’s legendary Kathputli slum, the last home to magicians, acrobats, and pup...

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Become a Fried Seafood Believer

Become a Fried Seafood Believer

If you are dubious about fried seafood—and who isn’t?—we recommend a visit to South Beach Market on the Oregon coast where the Yaquina River flows into Yaquina Bay. Here is irrefutable evidence that fresh seafood, fried right, can be among Earth’s...

Like Forrest Gump, South Beach Market prepares their fresh seafood in just about every way possible. But most importantly, eating there will change your mind about fried seafood fore...

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Pharrell to Curate Art Show

Pharrell to Curate Art Show

Dedicated to “strong, free women,” an upcoming exhibition at the Galerie Perrotin’s third Parisian outpost has enlisted a very happy guest curator—singer Pharrell Williams. After successfully organizing last year’s This Is Not a Toy exhibition at ...

Organizes feminist show at Galerie Perrotin.

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Saving India’s Magician Colony

Saving India’s Magician Colony

“But no, I must stop all this, and tell the story as simply as possible: while troops chased arrested dragged magicians from their ghetto…while bulldozers moved forwards into the slum, a door was slammed shut…but not all the magicians were capture...

The directors of the documentary ‘Tomorrow We Disappear,’ now playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, on India’s legendary Kathputli slum, the last home to magicians, acrobats, and pup...

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Women

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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  • Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

    Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

    One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

    They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Oh for God’s sake. It is frankly astonishing that pundits seem to think there is some value to discussing how Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will or will not impact her decision to run for President. Clearly they need something new to talk a...

Pundits are discussing the impact Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will have on a decision to run for President. They need to stop.

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Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Bataa was 13 years-old when her parents took her to a mosque preacher-cum-doctor.  In the top floor of an Egyptian house, he mutilated her genitals, cutting away her clitoris and labia. There, Soheir died. With her death, a doctor is – for ...

Soheir Bataa, 13, died after female genital mutilation in Egypt. Now her doctor is being prosecuted.

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From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless

From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless

Alicia Silverstone, the Clueless star and former Aerosmith video vixen, caused controversy in 2012 after posting a video of herself pre-chewing her son’s food and transferring it from her mouth to his. Now she has written a book urging you to do t...

Diapers are ‘pseudoscience.’ Dairy leaves ‘toxic sludge’ in your uterus. And whatever you do, don’t use tampons! Plus more claims from Alicia Silverstone’s new book, ‘The Kind Mama.’

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Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Oh for God’s sake. It is frankly astonishing that pundits seem to think there is some value to discussing how Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will or will not impact her decision to run for President. Clearly they need something new to talk a...

Pundits are discussing the impact Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will have on a decision to run for President. They need to stop.

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Our Photoshopping Disorder

Our Photoshopping Disorder

Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the w...

The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?

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When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According ...

Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

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Poster Girls for Jihad

Poster Girls for Jihad

They may or may not have gone to fight in Syria. They may or may not have married jihadis there. They may or may not be carrying guns in Facebook pictures, and in the later ones they may or may not be the women staring at the camera through slits ...

Two young teenagers who disappeared from Vienna 10 days ago may have joined the Syrian jihad—or they may have been groomed and trafficked.

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Our Photoshopping Disorder

Our Photoshopping Disorder

Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the w...

The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?

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Books

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

Fifty years ago on a rainy April 22nd morning, the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair began with a 45-minute parade featuring a Chinese drum and bugle corps, Montana cowboys, and Japanese geishas among its 4,000 marchers. More than 250,000 people from ...

The brainchild of Robert Moses lost money, but in retrospect, it summed up the nation’s buoyant embrace of industrial achievement and technological salvation.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014

The Word Exchange: A Novel By Alena Graedon ‘The Word Exchange: A Novel’ by Alena Graedon. 384 pp. Doubleday.$26.95 hardcover.In Alana Graedon’s new novel, her first, the agent of dystopia is a next-step smartphone that isn’t simply omnipresent,...

A dystopic vision of our technological future, a bracing new analysis of capitalistic inequality, and a meditation on history and memoir.

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French Auto-Racer Turns Nazi Spy

French Auto-Racer Turns Nazi Spy

Will readers ever get enough of the debauched, smoke-filled nightclubs of wartime Europe? The warbles of Edith Piaf and Pierre Bernac? The tuxedoed Marlene Dietrich? Hitler’s golden girl Leni Riefenstahl? It seems the answer is no—World War II and...

Francine Prose’s absorbing new novel tackles Europe between the wars, concentrating on a real-life cross-dressing former athlete who cast her lot with Hitler.

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How the World’s Fair Changed Us

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

Fifty years ago on a rainy April 22nd morning, the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair began with a 45-minute parade featuring a Chinese drum and bugle corps, Montana cowboys, and Japanese geishas among its 4,000 marchers. More than 250,000 people from ...

The brainchild of Robert Moses lost money, but in retrospect, it summed up the nation’s buoyant embrace of industrial achievement and technological salvation.

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The Wonky Elite’s False Prophet

The Wonky Elite’s False Prophet

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Frenchman in town. Armed with progressives’ two favorite things—statistics and a European accent—the celebrity economist Thomas Piketty has hit American shores in support of his new book, Capital in the Twen...

Thomas Piketty and his ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ are white hot, but he’s no ‘Tocqueville for Today’—and he and his fan club have Tocqueville all wrong.

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Brilliant, Mysterious Penelope

Brilliant, Mysterious Penelope

“If a story begins with finding, it must end with searching,” says the epigraph of Hermione Lee’s biography of the English writer Penelope Fitzgerald.  The line is one of Fitzgerald’s: she attributes it to the German Romantic poet and philosopher ...

Before she died, she was hailed as England’s greatest living writer, but she had a hard road getting there—at one point she even lived on a freezing, leaky barge.

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