Politics

Will Christie Bow to Iowa’s Pork Kings?

Will Christie Bow to Iowa’s Pork Kings?

At the height of his national and home-state popularity, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seemed to be making legislative decisions with another state in mind—the presidential primary state of Iowa. In what was seen as a nod to pork-producing st...

Even McDonalds has stopped housing its pigs in tiny cages. So why did Chris Christie veto a bill to ban the practice? Iowa’s politically connected pork barons might know.

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Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween

Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween

Let us mark the passing of our country’s most symbolically important socio-political holiday—the night when hordes of little beggars descend upon us with their implicit threats and explicit demands. They come dressed as absurd impostors of superhe...

This Tuesday, a bunch of vampires and would-be superheroes will knock on our doors and ask us to reward them. Let’s instead remember a time when there were at least one or two good a...

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GOP Takeover? Dems Have Nothing to Fear

GOP Takeover? Dems Have Nothing to Fear

Midterm elections are here again. Republicans are projected to gain control of Congress this time around, worrying some Democrats that major shifts in policies, cutbacks in spending, and reductions in the size and scope of government are right aro...

Hey, Democrats, trust me on this one: The all-talk, no-action Republicans aren’t going to challenge business as usual. They never really do.

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Will Christie Bow to Iowa’s Pork Kings?

Will Christie Bow to Iowa’s Pork Kings?

At the height of his national and home-state popularity, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie seemed to be making legislative decisions with another state in mind—the presidential primary state of Iowa. In what was seen as a nod to pork-producing st...

Even McDonalds has stopped housing its pigs in tiny cages. So why did Chris Christie veto a bill to ban the practice? Iowa’s politically connected pork barons might know.

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Will Arkansas’ Prohibition Finally End?

Will Arkansas’ Prohibition Finally End?

The residents of Arkansas decide Tuesday whether to legalize the sale of an intoxicating substance statewide. Arkansans will not be voting to legalize marijuana though—they’re voting on booze.Issue 4, better known as the “Arkansas Alcoholic Bevera...

Half of the state’s counties are dry and a ballot initiative seeks to change that by letting booze be sold everywhere. Winning won’t be easy though: Patchwork Prohibition has survive...

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Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

“The horror film is a very political genre,” writer/director Guillermo del Toro said in an interview with Time magazine in 2011.He was speaking from a place of experience. Del Toro’s creature-filled Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) showed the horrors of Fra...

A political history of liberal, countercultural horror.

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Entertainment

True Detective Plays To The Ladies

True Detective Plays To The Ladies

I have to admit, I was skeptical about True Detective from the start.I saw the raves, I got the recommendations from friends and family, I love Cary Fukunaga, and just like everyone else I was riding high on the new wave of Matthew McConaughey.But...

Taylor Kitsch is masculine of course, but not like the boorish man’s men that were at the center of the first season of ‘True Detective.’ Tim Riggins invites an audience of women.

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Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Of all the Halloween horrors to send shivers up your spine today, few can top this fright from J.K. Rowling: Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person.The prolific Harry Potter author, in honor of Halloween, released an essay on her Pottermore w...

J.K. Rowling celebrates Halloween with a new essay on her website describing the inspiration for Dolores Umbridge, the horribly human, pink-clad, kitten-loving villain.

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Alpacas Talk Income Inequality

Alpacas Talk Income Inequality

This may not be a Halloween-themed video, but we can pretend that Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Silverman, and Andy Richter dressed up as alpacas in honor of the holiday. Because that’s what happened in this short film, directed by Adam McKay, ...

Adam McKay takes on inequality with llama-like creatures

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Aidy Bryant’s Secret ‘SNL’ Domination

Aidy Bryant’s Secret ‘SNL’ Domination

For one, oh-so-brief moment, Aidy Bryant thought I was one of Iggy Azalea’s backup dancers.The Saturday Night Live star was told I’d be in a green room at 30 Rockefeller Center waiting for her so we could start gabbing about her breakout year on t...

The breakout star of ‘SNL’ recounts her journey to Studio 8H, talks about her favorite sketches, and consoles one mourning journalist who recently lost his fish, Beyoncé.

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Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Of all the Halloween horrors to send shivers up your spine today, few can top this fright from J.K. Rowling: Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person.The prolific Harry Potter author, in honor of Halloween, released an essay on her Pottermore w...

J.K. Rowling celebrates Halloween with a new essay on her website describing the inspiration for Dolores Umbridge, the horribly human, pink-clad, kitten-loving villain.

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Scorsese’s Scariest Movies of All Time

Scorsese’s Scariest Movies of All Time

1. THE HAUNTING“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!” was the tagline for this absolutely terrifying 1963 Robert Wise picture about the investigation of a house plagued by violently assaultive spirits.2. ISLE OF THE DEADThere’...

Just in time for Halloween and exclusively for The Daily Beast, the director shares his favorite horror movies of all time. Plus, watch clips of the scariest scenes.

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Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Matthew VanDyke has a producer credit and will share in the profits, if any, but he can barely stand the opening scene of Point and Shoot, a film documenting his metamorphosis from mollycoddled man-boy to combat-hardened freedom fighter.But Marsha...

Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar. Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ chronicles the metamorphosis.

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Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies

Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies

I chose to name films that were in the era where I first really started watching movies and fell in love with cinema. I didn’t watch movies as a kid because my family was a member of a church that didn’t think movies were a good thing—they thought...

From Psycho to Frankenstein, watch scenes from the director's 10 favorite creepy classics.

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Scorsese’s Scariest Movies of All Time

Scorsese’s Scariest Movies of All Time

1. THE HAUNTING“You may not believe in ghosts but you cannot deny terror!” was the tagline for this absolutely terrifying 1963 Robert Wise picture about the investigation of a house plagued by violently assaultive spirits.2. ISLE OF THE DEADThere’...

Just in time for Halloween and exclusively for The Daily Beast, the director shares his favorite horror movies of all time. Plus, watch clips of the scariest scenes.

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World News

Britain’s Let-Em-All-Die Law

Britain’s Let-Em-All-Die Law

LONDON — Europe’s unofficial “Let Them Drown” immigration policy came into force on Saturday with new naval patrols in the Mediterranean under orders to act as border guards rather than search and rescue teams. This, even when rickety boats carryi...

Europe no longer wants to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean. But as it takes away the safety net, their corpses wind up in fishing nets.

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Ebola’s Terrifying Unknown

Ebola’s Terrifying Unknown

Actual cases of Ebola in Liberia, according the World Health Organization, are decreasing. This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The first indication of this co...

WHO officials say they’re seeing a decrease in cases in Liberia—but that’s because no one can say how many newly infected people they haven’t been able to count.

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How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

Yeonmi Park was four years old when she learned to silence her feelings and free will. Her mother warned her that the birds at school could hear her when she whispered, that her thoughts were never hers alone.Five years later, she watched as her f...

The 21-year-old North Korea defector Yeonmi Park watched her father die, her friend’s mother executed, and much more horror. In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life...

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Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Matthew VanDyke has a producer credit and will share in the profits, if any, but he can barely stand the opening scene of Point and Shoot, a film documenting his metamorphosis from mollycoddled man-boy to combat-hardened freedom fighter.But Marsha...

Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar. Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ chronicles the metamorphosis.

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Ebola’s Terrifying Unknown

Ebola’s Terrifying Unknown

Actual cases of Ebola in Liberia, according the World Health Organization, are decreasing. This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The first indication of this co...

WHO officials say they’re seeing a decrease in cases in Liberia—but that’s because no one can say how many newly infected people they haven’t been able to count.

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Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Thirty years ago today, following the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in apparent retaliation for the Indian army’s assault on the Sikhs’ Golden Temple in Amritsar, a wave of anti-Sikh massacres swe...

A man tells of his lucky escape from a mob and finding acceptance in America.

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Russia Rehearsing Nuke Attacks?

Russia Rehearsing Nuke Attacks?

Russian bombers may be flying nuclear strike drills over the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, current and former U.S. Air Force officers believe. At the very least, these officers tell The Daily Beast, the Russian Air Force is aggressively probing wh...

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers are flying over the North Sea and the Atlantic. And U.S. Air Force officers are very concerned at what could be a rehearsal of a deadly mission.

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UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

LONDON — It’s the recreational drug report they didn’t want you to see. A comprehensive study of international narcotics regulations commissioned by Britain has concluded that there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels of ...

The government commissioned a massive study on the impact of international anti-drug laws—but its conclusions have the Conservatives spooked.

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Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Thirty years ago today, following the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in apparent retaliation for the Indian army’s assault on the Sikhs’ Golden Temple in Amritsar, a wave of anti-Sikh massacres swe...

A man tells of his lucky escape from a mob and finding acceptance in America.

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U.S. News

ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

Did someone mix up April Fool's Day and Halloween? On Wednesday a government employee on a run in the town of Quantico discovered a leaflet bearing the ISIS flag and Arabic script reading, "We are here from Mexico and came by train."...

Somebody scattered some leaflets with an ISIS flag through the town of Quantico. Odds are it’s a hoax. But base officials are still taking them “seriously.”

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Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just...

As more and more people inherit considerable wealth, a new class has emerged with progressive ideals and strong opinions about how the rest of us should live.

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Wisconsin’s Badgers Buck Ticket Drop

Wisconsin’s Badgers Buck Ticket Drop

Across the country, from Ann Arbor to Gainesville and from Chapel Hill to Tucson, student football attendance is down at big colleges, with empty seats dotting the massive stadiums. But in Madison, Wisconsin, students still come out in droves for ...

At universities across the country, student ticket sales are in steep decline, but University of Wisconsin-Madison is the big exception to the trend – and it’s paying off outside the...

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ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

ISIS Fliers on a Marine Corps Base?

Did someone mix up April Fool's Day and Halloween? On Wednesday a government employee on a run in the town of Quantico discovered a leaflet bearing the ISIS flag and Arabic script reading, "We are here from Mexico and came by train."...

Somebody scattered some leaflets with an ISIS flag through the town of Quantico. Odds are it’s a hoax. But base officials are still taking them “seriously.”

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Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

George Washington wanted to die rich, and we have that to thank for the Constitution.In the aftermath of the American Revolution, George Washington was keen to rebuild his personal finances. At the same time, the new nation’s leaders were equally ...

His support for the Constitutional Convention was what sold it to his countrymen, but Washington’s motives, as always, had more than a touch of self-interest.

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Couple Sues Over Disabled Adoption

Couple Sues Over Disabled Adoption

A Long Island couple is trying to “vacate,” or undo, the adoption of two Russian-born children who suffer serious mental disorders and are living in state mental-health facilities.Judges handling cases like these typically close courts to the publ...

A Long Island couple is trying to undo the adoption of two Russian children, saying agencies misled them about the kids’ identity and their mental-health problems.

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Tech + Health

SpaceShipTwo Flew on Untested Rocket

SpaceShipTwo Flew on Untested Rocket

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the California desert Friday after testing a new rocket motor for the first time in flight. The company said an “in-flight anomaly” occurred. Law enforcement said one pilot was killed and the other was ser...

Richard Branson’s plane meant to carry tourists into space never tested a new engine using new fuel before it flew—and exploded—over California on Friday.

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UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

LONDON — It’s the recreational drug report they didn’t want you to see. A comprehensive study of international narcotics regulations commissioned by Britain has concluded that there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels of ...

The government commissioned a massive study on the impact of international anti-drug laws—but its conclusions have the Conservatives spooked.

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Ladies' Men Live Longer

Ladies' Men Live Longer

Congratulations, Casanovas—men who have slept with a high number of women are statistically far less likely to develop prostate cancer.Researchers at the University of Montreal and INRS—Institut Armand-Frappier found that those who had more than 2...

A new study claims that men who have sex with more than 20 women have a significantly less chance of getting prostate cancer. Ladies men, this is your moment.

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Meditation Tips for the A.D.D. Crowd

Meditation Tips for the A.D.D. Crowd

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. Despite its many proven benefits, meditation is easy to brush off — who really wants to spend time o...

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UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

LONDON — It’s the recreational drug report they didn’t want you to see. A comprehensive study of international narcotics regulations commissioned by Britain has concluded that there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels of ...

The government commissioned a massive study on the impact of international anti-drug laws—but its conclusions have the Conservatives spooked.

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The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

Morris Kromah, 40, a resident of Chicken Soup factory—one of Monrovia’s slum communities—has lost 35 members of his family to the deadly Ebola virus. Now his community refers to him as an Ebola carrier. He had to get the police intervention for me...

He lost his wife, his son, and his daughter in a Liberian Ebola ward—along with 31 other family members—and now even his neighbors have turned against him.

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Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

There’s only one way to describe erotic filmmaker Erika Lust’s new project: XConfessions is PostSecret for porn. After directing four erotic films, Lust, a Swedish filmmaker who is now based in Barcelona, stopped to take stock of the many requests...

Xconfessions is like PostSecret for porn, with a twist: Filmmaker Erika Lust wants to bring female-friendly fantasies to life.

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Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola

Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola

Two hundred girls are weaving in and out of dirty alleys in the seaside slum of West Point, Liberia. One man, straddling a large drum, keeps time as their voices rise in song: “Believe it, people, Ebola can kill.” Passers-by emerge from concrete b...

In a Monrovia slum, a group of teenage girls has formed to go door to door to educate residents about the disease—and they’re already changing behaviors, with lifesaving results.

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The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

Morris Kromah, 40, a resident of Chicken Soup factory—one of Monrovia’s slum communities—has lost 35 members of his family to the deadly Ebola virus. Now his community refers to him as an Ebola carrier. He had to get the police intervention for me...

He lost his wife, his son, and his daughter in a Liberian Ebola ward—along with 31 other family members—and now even his neighbors have turned against him.

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The Queer Genius of Derek Jarman

The Queer Genius of Derek Jarman

What would Derek Jarman have made of Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coming out, of full legal LGBT equality in his home country of Britain? Of gays being persecuted viciously in countries like Russia and Iran?As a season of his films opens at New York’s BAM...

Film director, artist, pop video director for The Smiths and Pet Shop Boys, author, passionate gay rights activist—Derek Jarman was so many things. Now see his movies at BAM.

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Samantha Power Praises Cuba

Samantha Power Praises Cuba

During the past 54 years, the United States has had no diplomatic relations with Cuba, has plotted to assassinate Cuba’s Communist dictator, Fidel Castro, orchestrated the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, and has continued to impose a severe econo...

Does Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations’ praise of Cuban medical professionals signal a thawing of relations between the two countries?

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How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

Yeonmi Park was four years old when she learned to silence her feelings and free will. Her mother warned her that the birds at school could hear her when she whispered, that her thoughts were never hers alone.Five years later, she watched as her f...

The 21-year-old North Korea defector Yeonmi Park watched her father die, her friend’s mother executed, and much more horror. In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life...

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Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner

Inside New York’s Most Powerful Diner

Two men are seated in a booth inside 3 Guys Restaurant, on Madison Avenue between 75th and 76th Street, talking about transactions. One with a toned figure, black suit and dark sunglasses looks more like a US Secret Service agent than a financier....

Michael Bloomberg, Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon—with a little Clint Eastwood on the side. At 3 Guys on the Upper East Side, the powerful meet and deals are done—with a sprinkling of ...

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Samantha Power Praises Cuba

Samantha Power Praises Cuba

During the past 54 years, the United States has had no diplomatic relations with Cuba, has plotted to assassinate Cuba’s Communist dictator, Fidel Castro, orchestrated the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, and has continued to impose a severe econo...

Does Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations’ praise of Cuban medical professionals signal a thawing of relations between the two countries?

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When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World

When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World

Monumental sandstone statues, tools more than a million years old, a gold funerary mask from the tomb of a young girl, and gilded silver doors from Mecca’s most holy site, the Ka’ba, are some of the more than 200 pieces in Roads of Arabia: Archaeo...

Thousands of years ago, Saudi Arabia fortuitously sat in the middle of the raging incense trade. As the Arabian Peninsula flourished, the area became the center of cultural developme...

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Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

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Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough

Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough

The story leading the news today is a man coming out as gay. Of course he’s not any man, but Tim Cook, CEO of the world’s most valuable company: Apple.“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” ...

Plaudits were showered on Apple’s CEO for coming out, but they miss the subtext of his declaration: The gay and powerful should use their power to effect change.

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When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World

When Saudi Arabia Ruled the World

Monumental sandstone statues, tools more than a million years old, a gold funerary mask from the tomb of a young girl, and gilded silver doors from Mecca’s most holy site, the Ka’ba, are some of the more than 200 pieces in Roads of Arabia: Archaeo...

Thousands of years ago, Saudi Arabia fortuitously sat in the middle of the raging incense trade. As the Arabian Peninsula flourished, the area became the center of cultural developme...

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Women in the World

Why I Removed the Veil

Why I Removed the Veil

No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a spectrum, of course, from its most radical embodiments, the niqab, which covers the entire face, to loose fitting headscarves.Saudi Arabia comes come second only to Iran in using the power of the stick (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice or the religious police) to impose a particular form ...

One of Saudi Arabia’s preeminent activists, who led the right-to-drive movement, describes her decision to take off the niqab.

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Hillary, Call Dilma

Hillary, Call Dilma

On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff won re-election to continue her service as president of the fifth largest country in the world. As Brazil’s first female president fought for re-election one thing was clear, the economy would be the focus of the race. As...

Rousseff won reelection as Brazil’s president because she championed economic policies that protected and advanced the economic security of women and children, not investors and markets

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Lone Star Leaders

Lone Star Leaders

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wits ar...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on issues as vast as the Lone Star State: Ebola, honor killings, reproductive rights, the strains of military life, and peace t...

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What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

I have some advice for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani about his conflicts with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It comes from an unlikely source. Normally I might look to Samantha Power or Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton for foreign po...

It’s time for Iran’s President Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to take a page from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin — and “consciously uncouple.”

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Hillary, Call Dilma

Hillary, Call Dilma

On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff won re-election to continue her service as president of the fifth largest country in the world. As Brazil’s first female president fought for re-election one thing was clear, the economy would be the focus of the race. As...

Rousseff won reelection as Brazil’s president because she championed economic policies that protected and advanced the economic security of women and children, not investors and markets

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

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Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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Books

Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Rowling Says Umbridge Was, Ugh, Real

Of all the Halloween horrors to send shivers up your spine today, few can top this fright from J.K. Rowling: Dolores Umbridge was based on a real person.The prolific Harry Potter author, in honor of Halloween, released an essay on her Pottermore w...

J.K. Rowling celebrates Halloween with a new essay on her website describing the inspiration for Dolores Umbridge, the horribly human, pink-clad, kitten-loving villain.

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  • Charlie Manson's Home on the Range

    Charlie Manson's Home on the Range

    Gay Talese is one of our great writers; Charles Manson, one of our most infamous criminals. Talese wrote about Manson in the March 1970 issue of Esquire. The story, “Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range” is featured in The Library of America’s True ...

    All stories about the murderous cult leader are creepy, but Gay Talese’s portrait of an old blind rancher visited by the Manson gang out-creeps them all.

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Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

Trick Or TreatPart I October 25, 1981I can’t tell you what a feeling I have of the privilege of participating in this perfectly beautiful event, in this magical atmosphere of these lovely windows, and the music that we’ve heard, and the amusing en...

In the first of two speeches on the symbolism of All Hallows’ Eve, myth master Joseph Campbell delves into the holiday’s Celtic roots and its eternal resonance.

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Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

George Washington wanted to die rich, and we have that to thank for the Constitution.In the aftermath of the American Revolution, George Washington was keen to rebuild his personal finances. At the same time, the new nation’s leaders were equally ...

His support for the Constitutional Convention was what sold it to his countrymen, but Washington’s motives, as always, had more than a touch of self-interest.

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When West Point Football Turned Fatal

When West Point Football Turned Fatal

On Oct. 30, 1909, in a football game between Army and Harvard, Army’s left tackle Eugene Byrne died trying to stop a running play that ended with him at the bottom of a pileup. As the Harvard Crimson noted, Byrne “had been bearing the brunt of the...

On this day 105 years ago, a West Point player died in a game with Harvard. Similarities between that tragedy and injuries today prove that not much has changed in a century.

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Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

Trick Or TreatPart I October 25, 1981I can’t tell you what a feeling I have of the privilege of participating in this perfectly beautiful event, in this magical atmosphere of these lovely windows, and the music that we’ve heard, and the amusing en...

In the first of two speeches on the symbolism of All Hallows’ Eve, myth master Joseph Campbell delves into the holiday’s Celtic roots and its eternal resonance.

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Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen’s novels—the wizards at Cartridge Discount have counted so you don’t have to. So here’s literature by th...

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Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Officially, CBS News has zero to say about veteran CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and her soon-to-be-released memoir, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Wash...

A much-praised and award-winning journalist resigns amid rumors her allegedly right-wing politics were getting in the way of her reporting. Now Sharyl Attkisson prepares to have her ...

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Poehler Quizzes ‘Game of Thrones’ Author

Poehler Quizzes ‘Game of Thrones’ Author

On Tuesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, comedic actress extraordinaire Amy Poehler quizzed fantasy author extraordinaire George R.R. Martin on his Song of Ice and Fire novels, basis for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. The rules were simple: ...

Fantasy author knows more than Jon Snow, but got “Hodor!” clue wrong.

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Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen’s novels—the wizards at Cartridge Discount have counted so you don’t have to. So here’s literature by th...

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