Politics

The Middle East Cold War and U.S.

The Middle East Cold War and U.S.

The grisly and unspeakable beheading by ISIS of American photojournalist James Foley in Syria will rightly dominate the international news today. It’s a grave tragedy. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that it’s a tragedy that underscores the r...

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?

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Michael Brown, Gaza & Muslim Americans

Michael Brown, Gaza & Muslim Americans

The Muslim-American community of which I’m part hasn’t been great in standing up with and for African Americans. A lack of empathy and racism are the main culprits. What makes this especially astonishing is that 30 percent of the Muslim-American p...

It’s never been exactly cozy between American Muslims and African Americans. But with Ferguson—and Gaza—that’s changing.

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Forget Teens—Black Children Are Suspect

Forget Teens—Black Children Are Suspect

When Salecia Johnson threw a tantrum in her kindergarten class in Georgia, police were called to the scene and the six-year-old girl was handcuffed and arrested. When my daughter threw a tantrum in her kindergarten class in New York, including hit...

Heard about the six-year-old girl who was cuffed and arrested? Or the nine-year-old hauled off to jail? Just guess what they had in common.

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The Middle East Cold War and U.S.

The Middle East Cold War and U.S.

The grisly and unspeakable beheading by ISIS of American photojournalist James Foley in Syria will rightly dominate the international news today. It’s a grave tragedy. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that it’s a tragedy that underscores the r...

As big a threat as ISIS is, the competition that truly defines the Middle East is the one between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Where do we fit in?

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Inside the World of Rand Paul Swag

Inside the World of Rand Paul Swag

In 2008, Shepard Fairey created what The New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl called “the most efficacious American political illustration since ‘Uncle Sam Wants You,’” the depiction of then-Sen. Barack Obama, his face shaded in patriotic hues, captioned...

If the Ready for Hillary PAC has dog shirts, why can’t Rand Paul? That’s the thinking of the founder of Rand Paul Swag—who first set out to ‘make liberty sexy’ with Papa Ron.

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Jay Nixon's Ferguson Fail

Jay Nixon's Ferguson Fail

The images from Ferguson, Missouri, of protesters clashing with the police, of looters raiding local shops, the sirens, the tear gas, the gunshots, recall the long, hot summers of the 1960s. It’s fair to ask what, if anything, local elected offici...

The late arrival in Ferguson, the disastrous curfew—the governor’s handling of the shooting of Michael Brown reveals how little our politicians have learned from the riots of the 1960s.

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Entertainment

The Love Story of the Year

The Love Story of the Year

It almost feels sacrilegious—and maybe even a little bit gross—to call Love Is Strange profound, or important, or a painfully necessary film.An achingly beautiful chamber piece about an older gay couple whose lives are upended by financial downtur...

Few film love stories are as profound, rich, and devastating as Alfred Molina and John Lithgow’s in ‘Love Is Strange.’ It just happens that they’re gay, too.

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The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

Since news broke of the death of Robin Williams, a gallery of usual suspects couldn’t help themselves from saying deafeningly stupid things about the comedian’s suicide. For instance, Rush Limbaugh—the legendary conservative radio host who thought...

Peter Sprigg blogged that Robin Williams’s mental health issues, as well as his struggles with alcohol and drugs, conclusively prove that gay conversion therapy is a good thing.

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Cultural Appropriation? Shake It Off!

Cultural Appropriation? Shake It Off!

When Taylor Swift dropped her new video for “Shake It Off” yesterday, The Daily Beast’s Kevin Fallon heralded Swift’s final descent into cookie cutter pop star conformity, noting that the song’s “we’re all freaks who love to dance!” message is com...

One white celebrity plus potentially harmful stereotypes plus the appropriation of black bodies as casual props equals some complicated math that no one in America is in the mood for.

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'SNL' Voice Announced JFK's Death

'SNL' Voice Announced JFK's Death

On Monday, Don Pardo—the announcer for NBC’s Saturday Night Live starting with its debut in October 1975—passed away at the age of 96. But before he became the iconic voice of SNL, Pardo worked as a war reporter, and was later one of the first peo...

Before he became the voice of Saturday Night Live, the late Don Pardo reported on World War II and announced President Kennedy’s death to America.

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The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

Since news broke of the death of Robin Williams, a gallery of usual suspects couldn’t help themselves from saying deafeningly stupid things about the comedian’s suicide. For instance, Rush Limbaugh—the legendary conservative radio host who thought...

Peter Sprigg blogged that Robin Williams’s mental health issues, as well as his struggles with alcohol and drugs, conclusively prove that gay conversion therapy is a good thing.

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Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

For the last few weeks, social media has been saturated—maybe oversaturated—with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness for amytrophic lateral sclerosis. Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Lady Gaga to your mo...

As only Charlie Sheen can.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Stop Demonizing Rappers for Ferguson

Stop Demonizing Rappers for Ferguson

There are many people who have yet to be held adequately responsible in Ferguson, Missouri. America is starving for information from the higher-ups that allowed and condoned police brutality in Ferguson, and simultaneously calling for Michael Brow...

Demanding that every black celebrity with a hit single or Twitter following say something about Ferguson implies that Michael Brown's murder is a minority issue—not a human right...

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Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

For the last few weeks, social media has been saturated—maybe oversaturated—with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness for amytrophic lateral sclerosis. Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Lady Gaga to your mo...

As only Charlie Sheen can.

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World News

Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

KERCH, Crimea — After Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine earlier this year, declared it part of Russia (again), and called on true patriots to vacation on its beaches this summer, he waxed a little apologet...

Vladimir Putin snatched Crimea from Ukraine as a strategic, patriotic, and touristic prize. You can scratch that last one off the list.

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On ISIS, Pope Francis Is No Crusader

On ISIS, Pope Francis Is No Crusader

To listen to the wave of breathless media coverage of Pope Francis’ recent remarks regarding intervention in Iraq on behalf of persecuted minorities, one would think the pontiff had expressed unqualified enthusiasm about the use of military force....

It’s true that the Pope is worried about religious minorities that are threatened with extinction from ISIS, but it’s absurd to say that he’s calling for war, much less a medieval-st...

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Her Five Sisters Were Kidnapped by ISIS

Her Five Sisters Were Kidnapped by ISIS

DOHUK, Iraq — When word reached Hanifa and her family that the fighters of the so-called Islamic State were approaching their village, they knew they would have to flee, and fast. The fanatics were coming on like a storm sweeping through the deser...

Obama’s limited military help has raised hopes for some in Iraq. But Yazidi families despair as they begin to doubt they’ll ever find their sisters and daughters taken away by ISIS.

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Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

On Monday evening in Cairo, Hamas reluctantly agreed to extend a 72-hour ceasefire by another day. Palestinian negotiators warned that unless negotiations primarily conducted with Egypt made some progress, violence could erupt in Gaza.That will li...

Since 2008, Israel has fought three wars with Hamas. While most of the world has condemned Israel’s heavy-handed approach in Gaza, one top diplomat Monday said that heavy hand would ...

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On ISIS, Pope Francis Is No Crusader

On ISIS, Pope Francis Is No Crusader

To listen to the wave of breathless media coverage of Pope Francis’ recent remarks regarding intervention in Iraq on behalf of persecuted minorities, one would think the pontiff had expressed unqualified enthusiasm about the use of military force....

It’s true that the Pope is worried about religious minorities that are threatened with extinction from ISIS, but it’s absurd to say that he’s calling for war, much less a medieval-st...

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Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Like all great heists, the assault on a Saudi prince’s convoy of vans and limos Sunday night just outside Paris looks, in retrospect, like a crime that was waiting to happen.The French authorities say that between five and eight attackers brandish...

The gunmen took more than cash; they grabbed ‘sensitive documents,’ according to French police. And those could be very sensitive indeed.

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Missouri Protest Descends into Chaos ...

Missouri Protest Descends into Chaos ...

Anger and frustration has driven peaceful protests into violent riots and looting following the shooting of Michael Brown last week.

Anger and frustration has driven peaceful protests into violent riots and looting following the shooting of Michael Brown last week.

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Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

When it comes to international affairs, Rand Paul is the new Ronald Reagan. At least, that’s what the junior Kentucky senator’s foreign policy advisers would have you believe. Throughout Paul’s short political career, he has tried to position hims...

The libertarian senator is famously skeptical of foreign wars. So why are his advisers suddenly comparing him to the coldest of Cold Warriors?

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Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Like all great heists, the assault on a Saudi prince’s convoy of vans and limos Sunday night just outside Paris looks, in retrospect, like a crime that was waiting to happen.The French authorities say that between five and eight attackers brandish...

The gunmen took more than cash; they grabbed ‘sensitive documents,’ according to French police. And those could be very sensitive indeed.

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U.S. News

From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

The two-term incumbent in Ferguson’s first ward, Councilwoman Fran Grecco, had resigned after being disbarred as lawyer for “professional misconduct” that allegedly included collecting legal fees without performing the promised legal work.One of t...

In 2009, a man was charged with destruction of property for bleeding on city police officers’ uniforms as they allegedly beat him. Now one of those officers sits on the City Council.

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ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage,...

James Foley was executed in the most horrific way possible on video so the jihadists can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.

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Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Michael Brown died, ostensibly, because police considered him a suspect in the theft of a $50 box of cigars. On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man apparently died for much the same reason, again at the hands of police.The unnamed ma...

Police killed a young black man Tuesday who allegedly stole from a convenience store just three miles away from where last week's infamous incident occured.

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From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

The two-term incumbent in Ferguson’s first ward, Councilwoman Fran Grecco, had resigned after being disbarred as lawyer for “professional misconduct” that allegedly included collecting legal fees without performing the promised legal work.One of t...

In 2009, a man was charged with destruction of property for bleeding on city police officers’ uniforms as they allegedly beat him. Now one of those officers sits on the City Council.

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Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an an...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Bunnies

Whole Foods Wants to Feed You Bunnies

Are bunnies as delicious as they are cute? Whole Foods has launched a pilot program to find out, sparking protests from outraged pro-rabbit activists.On Sunday, rabbit-lovers organized a national day of action to draw attention to the production a...

Are bunnies cute—or delicious? Whole Foods is launching a pilot program to sell the meat, and activists are up in arms. But it turns out Americans have a long history of eating rabbit.

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Tech + Health

Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

It’s a carnivore’s worst nightmare: a virus is sweeping through America’s hog farms, causing massive die-offs among piglets. Pork prices have spiked, rising 14 percent in the past year, due in large part to the seven million casualties from the Po...

A virus called PEDv is killing 100,000 pigs and piglets each week, and shows no signs of stopping.

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Full Frontal Disney

Full Frontal Disney

I am going to assume it was not only a slow day in the office, but an amnesiac one as well, when the feminist website Jezebel decided to create “Disney Dudes’ Dick.” Don’t get me wrong. I genuinely appreciate the level of creativity needed to com...

From Jezebel's "Disney Dudes' Dick" gallery to Slate's ogling of World Cup players, some feminist sites have a double standard when it comes to physical objecti...

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Uber Grabs Ex-Obama Campaign Manager

Uber Grabs Ex-Obama Campaign Manager

Travis Kalanick, CEO of the popular ride-sharing app Uber, announced Tuesday that the company had brought on David Plouffe, the manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and his former adviser, to oversee its political operations. Uber ...

David Plouffe has a new gig, and this time, it’s not with a presidential candidate.

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Are Water Filters B.S.?

Are Water Filters B.S.?

Earlier this month, Toledo, Ohio, watched its municipal water supply descend into an undrinkable stew of algal toxins. It’s amazing, really, that events like this are so rare. Since human beings started gathering in settlements millennia ago, prov...

The United States has one of the best public water systems in the world, yet its citizens are still shelling out big bucks on water filters. Is it worth the dough or just a waste?

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Full Frontal Disney

Full Frontal Disney

I am going to assume it was not only a slow day in the office, but an amnesiac one as well, when the feminist website Jezebel decided to create “Disney Dudes’ Dick.” Don’t get me wrong. I genuinely appreciate the level of creativity needed to com...

From Jezebel's "Disney Dudes' Dick" gallery to Slate's ogling of World Cup players, some feminist sites have a double standard when it comes to physical objecti...

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Gaza PTSD Could Last Generations

Gaza PTSD Could Last Generations

War is terrible for children. Saying so is to make a statement so obvious as to defy the need for citation.Nothing arrests the attention of the public as much as images of dead or injured children from a warzone. For those who escape direct physic...

Fleeing home. Hearing bombs go off. Being used as a human shield. This, and worse, is what kids in Gaza experience, and the mental anguish lasts long after the fighting stops.

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Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents. My boss had gone to Yale, and I remember a striking story about him that circulated around the office: on the day he graduat...

The Ivy League promotes itself as the gold standard of American high education, but a new book argues convincingly that these schools are enemies of humanistic self-discovery.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Prepare for the latest head-scratcher from that strange genre known as “performance art.” In “Save the Date,” the German-based artist Mischa Badasyan aims to explore the connection between sex and loneliness using popular gay “hook-up” apps, such ...

The artist Mischa Badasyan is planning to have sex with one guy a day for a year to highlight how lonely apps like Grindr and Scruff make him feel. But is his analysis too simplistic?

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eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

Henry Stephenson is a self-described art addict. The walls of his Washington, D.C., home are collages of framed paintings, lithographs, and drawings, the culmination of a lifetime collecting art. In his early 30s, he bought his first investment pi...

When art enthusiasts go shopping for original Warhols, Picassos, and Basquiats on eBay, they are easy prey for forgers and scam artists.

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Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Ninety percent of magicians perform other magicians’ material. They don’t just take the tricks; they take the whole routines—the lines, the timing, the movement. Sometimes they steal proprietary illusions like Losander’s Floating Table or Piff the...

There’s nothing wrong with recycling the tried-and-testeds of magic. Most magicians do. But it’s time to shock and delight audiences anew.

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The Hell of the Hamptons

The Hell of the Hamptons

It’s nearly midnight on a Friday in July at the Surf Lodge in Montauk, a hotel-restaurant-bar famed for being among the hottest spots in the Hamptons. Perhaps it’s because I have been queuing for over an hour to get in, only upon entering to encou...

You may think New York’s rich and glamorous decamp there for weekends of sun and high-end socializing, but don’t be fooled—it’s a nightmare this writer is desperate to escape.

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eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

Henry Stephenson is a self-described art addict. The walls of his Washington, D.C., home are collages of framed paintings, lithographs, and drawings, the culmination of a lifetime collecting art. In his early 30s, he bought his first investment pi...

When art enthusiasts go shopping for original Warhols, Picassos, and Basquiats on eBay, they are easy prey for forgers and scam artists.

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Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royals?

Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royals?

August is a time for kicking back and relaxing in Spain. The urban population abandons the sweltering cities and heads to the beach for the month. Phone calls to businesses are greeted with messages informing them that the proprietors are on holid...

Could Juan Carlos, the former king, get caught up in an embezzlement court case involving his daughter’s husband? The royal family and their advisers (nervously) hope not.

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Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Elizabeth will be 90 in 2016, and one of the things that seems to keep her rolling – indeed, she visibly brightens at the prospect – is spending time in Scotland. She loves her Scottish estate at Balmoral where she is now, as she is every ye...

Scotland will vote on whether to stay in the U.K. next month, but there’s no getting rid of the Scottish blood in the Royal Family thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s lusty great great grand...

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Mining Instagram for Models

Mining Instagram for Models

“Getting discovered” has always been a bit of a wild card. Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, and Kate Moss are just a handful of models spotted by agents as they were going about their everyday business; now they have multimillion-dol...

Fashion hopefuls used to cross their fingers that they would be spotted and signed while living their everyday lives. Now, all it takes is posting the perfect selfie.

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Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royals?

Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royals?

August is a time for kicking back and relaxing in Spain. The urban population abandons the sweltering cities and heads to the beach for the month. Phone calls to businesses are greeted with messages informing them that the proprietors are on holid...

Could Juan Carlos, the former king, get caught up in an embezzlement court case involving his daughter’s husband? The royal family and their advisers (nervously) hope not.

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Women

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an anti-discrimination bill that would allow transgender individuals to use bathrooms and other gender-specific facilities as they feel comfortable.The proposal, which is going before the Fayetteville city council on Tuesday,...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was one of the first of 55 institutes of higher education declared to be under investigation for Title IX violations over the way it handled sexual violence and assault. As a result, its ability to protec...

Two new lawsuits say the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is overzealous in its prosecution and punishment of male students in Title IX assault hearings.

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Stop Blaming Christy Mack

Stop Blaming Christy Mack

In his online avatar, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver (better known as “War Machine”) is wearing a tank top bearing the slogan “I DO ALPHA MALE SHIT.” Right now, that image hangs hauntingly over a Twitter feed in which Koppenhaver reveals that he...

A few days after the adult film actress allegedly suffered a brutal beating at the hands of her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend, the victim blaming has already begun.

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Lauren Bacall Was a Great Liberal

Lauren Bacall Was a Great Liberal

Lauren Bacall was an amazing actress. The great black-and-white films are fading now from our collective memory now that the video stores are gone, and with Netflix keeping just a fraction of them available to us. But Robert Osborne, the godhead o...

Of course we know Bacall, who died Tuesday at 89, for her wonderful acting. But we should remember her also as a smart and sharp liberal and anti-communist.

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Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was one of the first of 55 institutes of higher education declared to be under investigation for Title IX violations over the way it handled sexual violence and assault. As a result, its ability to protec...

Two new lawsuits say the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is overzealous in its prosecution and punishment of male students in Title IX assault hearings.

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Books

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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  • Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

    Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

    Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million a...

    Could beat Nicolas Cage's record.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents. My boss had gone to Yale, and I remember a striking story about him that circulated around the office: on the day he graduat...

The Ivy League promotes itself as the gold standard of American high education, but a new book argues convincingly that these schools are enemies of humanistic self-discovery.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Most Wanted Man in the World By James Bamford, Wired The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by ...

From finding Edward Snowden to coming out gay and Christian, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Born in 1829 near the Gila River in what is now Arizona, the legendary Indian warrior Geronimo was a Chiracahua Apache. The Chiracahua in the 19th century were a nomadic people who lived by raiding, trading, and a bit of hardscrabble farming in th...

Football coach and now biographer Mike Leach thinks the Apache warrior can teach us a lot about leadership, but he has to overlook a lot of unsavory details to make his case.

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Williams More Than A Shtick Figure

Williams More Than A Shtick Figure

It will take many of us a long time to wrap our heads around the loss of Robin Williams. I’ve talked about him with friends and co-workers the past few days, and watched a ton of YouTube, where you can find some of Williams’s f...

In 1990, the gifted film critic Joe Morgenstern profiled the one-man clown car that was Robin Williams and found a man as complex as he was funny. And he was very funny.

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Murakami’s Weird, Wonderful World

Murakami’s Weird, Wonderful World

I’m always amazed by what the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami can do with a narrator’s voice. From book to book, it’s pretty much the same—at least as rendered into English: calm, unhurried, lucid, bemused, wry without being sarcastic, and alway...

Part sci-fi, part detective story, part fairy tale quest, ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ is the Japanese novelist at his strangest and best.

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Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Born in 1829 near the Gila River in what is now Arizona, the legendary Indian warrior Geronimo was a Chiracahua Apache. The Chiracahua in the 19th century were a nomadic people who lived by raiding, trading, and a bit of hardscrabble farming in th...

Football coach and now biographer Mike Leach thinks the Apache warrior can teach us a lot about leadership, but he has to overlook a lot of unsavory details to make his case.

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