Politics

Bigger Problems Than a Confederate Flag

Bigger Problems Than a Confederate Flag

You know we’re making serious progress on race in the USA when California is about to pass a bill that would prohibit the state from displaying Confederate flag and selling merchandise that features it. Free At Last! No longer will we have to endu...

A California bill that would ban displays of the Confederate flag does nothing to fight racism.

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Hillary’s Got a Millennial Problem

Hillary’s Got a Millennial Problem

Sure, projecting a winner in a presidential election a couple of years in advance is a mug’s game. But don’t you know that Hillary Clinton has already won the 2016 contest? It’s just like 2008 all over again: Hillary can’t lose.Seriously, though, ...

The former Secretary of State looks like she’ll clobber a Republican like Rand Paul in 2016—but only if she doesn’t alienate the young.

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Election 2014 Is Drowning in Dark Money

Election 2014 Is Drowning in Dark Money

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton is a dangerous man and a hypocrite. Cotton—a Republican who is running to unseat Democratic Senator Mark Pryor—wants to “end Medicare as we know it” while also treating himself and his friends in Congress to “taxpay...

So-called educational groups like the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity are spending more money than ever before—and don’t have to disclose their donors.

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Bigger Problems Than a Confederate Flag

Bigger Problems Than a Confederate Flag

You know we’re making serious progress on race in the USA when California is about to pass a bill that would prohibit the state from displaying Confederate flag and selling merchandise that features it. Free At Last! No longer will we have to endu...

A California bill that would ban displays of the Confederate flag does nothing to fight racism.

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Senate Pigs Called Her ‘Porky’

Senate Pigs Called Her ‘Porky’

Kirsten Gillibrand may be one of the 100 members of America’s most exclusive club. But to her U.S. Senate colleagues, she’s just another piece of meat, apparently. That’s the takeaway from excerpts of a People magazine interview published Wednesda...

No woman, no matter how powerful, is immune from unprompted body appraisal, it seems—in a new interview, the New York senator says colleagues on Capitol Hill told her things like ‘Yo...

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Jindal’s Giant Common Core Flip Flop

Jindal’s Giant Common Core Flip Flop

Bobby Jindal was for Common Core before he was against it.The Louisiana governor and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful announced on Wednesday that he would sue (PDF) the federal government over the now-controversial Common Core educational standards t...

The Louisiana Gov and likely GOP presidential hopeful does a 180 to please the base.

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Entertainment

Why Are Gamers So Angry?

Why Are Gamers So Angry?

Okay, gamers, let’s have a talk.First of all, my cred—rest assured I am one of your tribe. I have saved the princess, I have united the Triforce, I have shot rockets into the giant goat skull to blow up John Romero’s head. There is documentary evi...

The subset of entitled, belligerent gamers convinced that being ‘objectively’ right entitles them to defend their rightness by any means necessary are overwhelmingly male.

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Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

The trailer opens with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The camera sweeps over to a room filled with seemingly holographic monitors as two technicians scramble. Then the voiceover: “It was the first global terrorist attack in history. They struck nuc...

Don’t be fooled by Kevin Spacey or bombastic visuals or pseudo-cinematic camerawork. It doesn’t make sense for video games to compete with blockbuster movies.

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Are You Ready For Some Exploitation?

Are You Ready For Some Exploitation?

How do you know we’re about ready to kick off the college football season? This commercial, featuring all-time NCAA greats that were...let’s say...god-awful in the pros, has been getting heavy airtime.In case the identity of the participants has f...

Tonight, the College Football season will kick off—which means it’s that time of year where we overlook the most morally bankrupt league in the land and indulge in some “amateur” gri...

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Viral Vid: Jon Stewart's Ferguson Rant

Viral Vid: Jon Stewart's Ferguson Rant

The Daily Show was on hiatus when the tensions in Ferguson, MO escalated. Tuesday night, Jon Stewart and company came back in full force, making up for lost time.Stewart took Fox News commentators to task for asking where the media coverage of bla...

It's like they never left

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Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

The trailer opens with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The camera sweeps over to a room filled with seemingly holographic monitors as two technicians scramble. Then the voiceover: “It was the first global terrorist attack in history. They struck nuc...

Don’t be fooled by Kevin Spacey or bombastic visuals or pseudo-cinematic camerawork. It doesn’t make sense for video games to compete with blockbuster movies.

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The Bachelor Farmville: They Chose Him?!

The Bachelor Farmville: They Chose Him?!

It’s official: The next season of The Bachelor will be the most boring ever. ABC has, in its limited wisdom, chosen 32-year-old corn and soybean farmer Chris Soules to be the reality show’s next star stag.But we already guessed as much yesterday. ...

Chris Soules isn’t a bad guy and he looks pretty good in denim overalls. But by choosing this fauxhawked farmer, ‘The Bachelor’ promises to be as exciting as watching soybeans grow.

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One Man ‘Breaking Bad’ Kills on Stage

One Man ‘Breaking Bad’ Kills on Stage

EDINBURGH — How much do you love Breaking Bad? Not as much as Miles Allen, that’s for sure; this Midwestern boy’s superfandom has transformed him from a wannabe actor struggling in Hollywood to a rising star with a smash-hit show.After sell-out ru...

Yo, theater kids! Nothing was quite made for the stage like the hilarious story of a teacher with cancer who turns into a meth-dealing drug lord. Told in 60 minutes, of course.

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Shanks For The Memories

Shanks For The Memories

Nineteen ninety-four was a time of runaway white Ford Broncos, physically assaulted figure skaters, and bad shit going on in Rwanda, or something. But most importantly, this year-of-years established Zihuatanejo as THE vacation destination for wro...

Are you institutionalized when it comes to loving these prison guys? Enjoy these ‘Shawshank Redemption’ fun facts in celebration of the film’s 20th anniversary.

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The Bachelor Farmville: They Chose Him?!

The Bachelor Farmville: They Chose Him?!

It’s official: The next season of The Bachelor will be the most boring ever. ABC has, in its limited wisdom, chosen 32-year-old corn and soybean farmer Chris Soules to be the reality show’s next star stag.But we already guessed as much yesterday. ...

Chris Soules isn’t a bad guy and he looks pretty good in denim overalls. But by choosing this fauxhawked farmer, ‘The Bachelor’ promises to be as exciting as watching soybeans grow.

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World News

Rome’s Nightmare: ISIS Plot to Kill Pope

Rome’s Nightmare: ISIS Plot to Kill Pope

VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is...

Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the crosshairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security.

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Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

ERBIL, Iraq — Thousands of Iraq’s Yazidis, driven from their homes by ISIS and trapped in the desperate siege of Mt. Sinjar, have captured the world’s attention and received some relief from U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid. But hundreds of Ya...

Held by the terror group, women and girls as young as 14 who are not sold as wives are subjected to rape and torture. One woman is trying to buy their freedom—but time is running out.

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Still Fighting the Opium Wars

Still Fighting the Opium Wars

The politics of victimization are a potent force in the world today. In the U.S., the dredge of cable news seems to be a daily battle between conservatives and liberals over who has been most victimized by the cruelty of the opposing side. On the ...

The 19th century Opium Wars between England and China had lasting ramifications for both countries—so much so that in some ways the wars never ended.

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French Court to Lagarde: J’Accuse!

French Court to Lagarde: J’Accuse!

PARIS, France — Christine Lagarde, one of the world’s most powerful women, has been placed under formal investigation for potential criminal negligence in Paris. The decision in a sinewy corruption inquiry known as the Tapie Affair stems from alle...

Christine Lagarde is under fire from French judges in a scandal dating back to President Sarkozy—but she denies any wrongdoing and plans to soldier on in Washington.

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Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

ERBIL, Iraq — Thousands of Iraq’s Yazidis, driven from their homes by ISIS and trapped in the desperate siege of Mt. Sinjar, have captured the world’s attention and received some relief from U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid. But hundreds of Ya...

Held by the terror group, women and girls as young as 14 who are not sold as wives are subjected to rape and torture. One woman is trying to buy their freedom—but time is running out.

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Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse

Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse

The mystery warplanes that thundered in on Islamist militias fighting for control of the Libyan capital this week are harbingers of a widening regional conflict. The Libyan chaos following the U.S.-backed ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 201...

Secretive air raids on Tripoli expose the widening outside interference in the midst of Libya’s chaos

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Don’t Start a War Over a Hostage

Don’t Start a War Over a Hostage

As the first reconnaissance drones cross the Syrian border, the United States is moving into open conflict with ISIS on its home turf. The U.S. was already increasing military engagement with the group and, given the fanatical aims of ISIS, war ma...

The United States should not be allowing ISIS propaganda and the murder of one American to dictate its foreign policy strategy in the Middle East.

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Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Crouching towards a dirt road strewn with pebbles, Emmanuel Boyah, a Liberian primary health care manager , grips a box of enormous yellow rubber boots with both hands.Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the b...

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola’s frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no ‘secret serum’ waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

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Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse

Libya’s Proxy Apocalypse

The mystery warplanes that thundered in on Islamist militias fighting for control of the Libyan capital this week are harbingers of a widening regional conflict. The Libyan chaos following the U.S.-backed ouster of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 201...

Secretive air raids on Tripoli expose the widening outside interference in the midst of Libya’s chaos

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U.S. News

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab...

If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.

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25 Best High Schools in the Midwest

25 Best High Schools in the Midwest

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What Charter Schools Are Getting Right

What Charter Schools Are Getting Right

It’s not a stretch to say that charter schools are some of the biggest winners in this year’s high school rankings list. Even though charters educate just five percent of American students, they represent 30 percent of the top ten schools in this ...

Charters educate just five percent of America’s student—yet they dominate this year’s rankings, thanks to one very simple key to success.

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American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab...

If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.

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Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

The Daily Beast reached out to the nation’s best high schools to find out which were turning out the top students. To come up with our initial pool, we consulted 2012/2013 data from the Department of Education and contacted public schools with abo...

Over a thousand of the most successful U.S. high schools participated in The Daily Beast’s quest to find the top public institutions. Which schools turn out the best students?

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Evolution of the American Jihadi

Evolution of the American Jihadi

Douglas McAuthur McCain is just the latest in a long line of U.S. citizens-turned-self-proclaimed jihadis who have joined up with foreign terror groups.

Douglas McAuthur McCain is just the latest in a long line of U.S. citizens-turned-self-proclaimed jihadis who have joined up with foreign terror groups.

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Tech + Health

Geek Fandom’s Hairball of Hatred

Geek Fandom’s Hairball of Hatred

A harmless woman is being harassed online by a nerdy subculture. The fact that I can use that sentence in a unique way every day should be another strike against our species. But it appears there’s some ray of hope. It’s small, it’s flickering, bu...

Pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian’s latest video was met with death and rape threats. The men who defended her were accused of “white knighting.” Nobody wins.

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Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Crouching towards a dirt road strewn with pebbles, Emmanuel Boyah, a Liberian primary health care manager , grips a box of enormous yellow rubber boots with both hands.Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the b...

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola’s frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no ‘secret serum’ waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

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Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

There is a kind of comfort in an objective finding.When I’m taking care of a patient, something abnormal on the exam will often be the one helpful piece of information that leads me toward the correct diagnosis and plan. A knee that wiggles when i...

The DEA’s newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America’s most prescribed drug: Vicodin. Will the crackdown help our country’s opiate addiction?

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Buzz Your Way to Better Posture

Buzz Your Way to Better Posture

The Lumo Lift, a new $100 wearable device, aims to buzz desk jockeys into the habit of good posture. A simple magnetic shirt clip recognizes a hunched back and slouched shoulders, pulsing gentle vibrations until the user is back into a straighter ...

A new wearable promises to help you improve your posture. Is it worth the cost?

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Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Crouching towards a dirt road strewn with pebbles, Emmanuel Boyah, a Liberian primary health care manager , grips a box of enormous yellow rubber boots with both hands.Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the b...

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola’s frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no ‘secret serum’ waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

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Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

The current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has lasted almost six months. Small progress has been made in terms of control, but yesterday’s modest advance often appears offset by tomorrow’s new catastrophe. The best news is fr...

With the DR-Congo now Ebola-stricken, fears of an Armageddon are rising. Until the affected nations can satisfy basic health care needs, the fear is warranted.

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Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care. One is that doctors need to work more efficiently and that technology will help; another, that conservatives have no legitimate ideas for health care reform.For practici...

Some docs are now claiming fitness tracker data holds no medical value. Meet the tech-savvy Kansas doctor who is proving them wrong.

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GOP Shies Away From Obamacare Repeal

GOP Shies Away From Obamacare Repeal

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News JUPITER, Florida — Beverly Hires, a former nurse running for Congress here in one of the nation’s rare competitive House races, ticks off her problems with the federal health care law: higher premiums, cancelle...

The health-care law is still ‘red meat’ for GOP candidates, but they’re changing their messaging.

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Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

The current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has lasted almost six months. Small progress has been made in terms of control, but yesterday’s modest advance often appears offset by tomorrow’s new catastrophe. The best news is fr...

With the DR-Congo now Ebola-stricken, fears of an Armageddon are rising. Until the affected nations can satisfy basic health care needs, the fear is warranted.

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Morocco’s Secret Blue City

Morocco’s Secret Blue City

Holland’s multi-colored hamlets are nice, there’s no place quainter than England’s yellow-brick Cotswolds, and Greece has beautiful whitewashed islands. But few cities can compete with the magical charm of a hilly northern Moroccan outpost that wa...

A city high in the mountains of Morocco remained shut off from the world for almost 500 years. Now its labyrinthine streets decked in shades of blue are open to visitors.

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Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive—or at least a book-length facsimile thereof.News executives and network publicists have been distracting themselves from this summer’s seriously depress...

In a juicy new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

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Ken Kesey’s (Drug-Free) Acid Test

Ken Kesey’s (Drug-Free) Acid Test

On July 26, an aging school bus—its yellow paint disguised under psychedelic colors and abstract artwork—pulled into a music festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Spilling from the old vehicle were hippies of all eras decked out in tie-dye and top hats ...

The acid-fueled, hippie-run bus of ‘Electric Kool-Aid’ fame has emerged from our psychedelic legends and is back on the road, helmed by Kesey’s son Zane and—shockingly—substance free.

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A Royal Staycation for William and Kate

A Royal Staycation for William and Kate

You probably won’t have noticed it, but the summer of 2014 has been the best summer for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since they got married.The reason? Well, precisely that they haven’t been noticed. William and Kate have avoided the media fo...

After Kate was photographed topless in France, the appeal of foreign holidays has faded for the young royal couple. This summer, she and her husband are staying on the Queen’s privat...

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Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive—or at least a book-length facsimile thereof.News executives and network publicists have been distracting themselves from this summer’s seriously depress...

In a juicy new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

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A Model Way to Make Art

A Model Way to Make Art

In one post on her blog, paridust, the fashion blogger Pari Ehsan poses in front of a 1980s Keith Haring work. The painting is a giant abstract canvas full of vibrant, thick black lines and smaller red squiggles on a white background. Ehsan stands...

Fashion blogger Peri Ehsan has made a name for herself posing in gorgeous dresses in front of striking works of art. She reveals how to bring the gallery to the catwalk.

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'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

For a certain generation of English private schoolboy (mine to be precise), the name of Eddie Davenport will always be legendary, synonymous with a particularly debauched series of pay-per-invite parties held in the 1990s, known as the Gatecrasher...

Eddie Davenport made his name organizing the infamous Gatecrasher Balls for rich U.K. teens. Now he’s returning to a life of freedom—and orgies—after being jailed for multimillion-do...

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Why We Should Hate ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

Why We Should Hate ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

As she gyrated and shimmied at the VMAs on Sunday night, Taylor Swift did not seem like a person under attack. With a troupe of tuxedo-clad male dancers—recalling Madonna’s video for “Material Girl”—she seemed like the reigning pop queen she is, t...

It’s the worst phrase in pop culture—overused, meaningless, and hugged close by celebs like Taylor Swift who unconvincingly claim victimhood. Drop it, and vacate the playground.

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A Model Way to Make Art

A Model Way to Make Art

In one post on her blog, paridust, the fashion blogger Pari Ehsan poses in front of a 1980s Keith Haring work. The painting is a giant abstract canvas full of vibrant, thick black lines and smaller red squiggles on a white background. Ehsan stands...

Fashion blogger Peri Ehsan has made a name for herself posing in gorgeous dresses in front of striking works of art. She reveals how to bring the gallery to the catwalk.

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Women

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not come far enough.  American women are increasingly divided along a schizophrenic split.  Unemployed, on the one hand. Over-worked and over-stressed, on the other. This can hardly be what our hard-fighting suffragists and ...

Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more par...

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Me...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth...

Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

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Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

My son doesn’t think women can play sports. He’s five. Who taught him this?When I looked around to point the finger at the forces corrupting my child, I was surprised when my search led right back to us: We love to watch sports on TV. And on TV wo...

Thanks to Title IX, more American women are playing sports than ever before—so why is coverage of women’s sports actually declining?

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Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in...

Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

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An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth...

Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

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Books

The Twisted History of the Noose

The Twisted History of the Noose

Jack Shuler’s The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose features an evocative account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which reached its infamous nadir when 38 American Indians were hanged in public in Mankato, Minnesota. At the heart of this chr...

The story of hanging is long—there are hangings in Homer and the Bible—and often tragic—if for lynching alone—but rarely less than fascinating.

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  • This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

    This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

    Flings: Stories By Justin TaylorPerhaps the most immediately striking feature of Flings, a new collection of short stories from Justin Taylor (author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy) is the spectrum of the stori...

    This week, a biography of the cowboy gangster who created the World Series of Poker, a new collection from a talented young writer, and a 12th novel from a veteran at the height of h...

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest abs...

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: It was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Hedge Fund and the Despot By Cam Simpson and Jesse Westbrook, BloombergBuisinessweek James McGee wouldn’t find out for years, but as he worked with Washington to financially isolate Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a Wall Street consortiu...

From financing Mugabe to football in Ferguson, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

This month Paris will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its escape from German occupation. For the citizens of that city, this event has a deeper, more sentimental meaning than even D-Day. Yet, as with so many French memories of World War II, the ...

The liberation of Paris from the Nazis has a deep and emotional meaning for the French, but like so much about that nation, it’s complicated.

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The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The following is an edited excerpt of chapter three, “God in the Hands of Angry People” from the new book Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by author, blogger, and Daily Beast contributor Matthew Paul Turner. In...

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Hedge Fund and the Despot By Cam Simpson and Jesse Westbrook, BloombergBuisinessweek James McGee wouldn’t find out for years, but as he worked with Washington to financially isolate Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a Wall Street consortiu...

From financing Mugabe to football in Ferguson, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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