Politics

Jindal: US Muslims Must Assimilate

Jindal: US Muslims Must Assimilate

On Saturday, at a gathering of religious conservatives, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal doubled down on his belief that there are “no go” zones in Europe where Islamic law rules the streets and talked about his fear of America having “no go zones,...

The Louisiana governor is gearing up for a likely presidential run by appealing to fears of a sharia law in the US.

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Obama’s G.I. Bill

Obama’s G.I. Bill

President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers.But one proposal in the speech could prove ...

The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time.

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The Corrupt Pol I Kinda Loved

The Corrupt Pol I Kinda Loved

Plated before me was a sandwich of warm kosher bison meat on rye. Across the dining room, Shelly Silver was serving up some icy stares in my direction.It was August 2008, and I trailed the Assembly Speaker to the only kosher restaurant in Denver. ...

Sheldon Silver is the last of his breed: Simultaneously repulsive and endearing, New York’s Assembly leader has never forgotten his NYC roots.

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Jindal: US Muslims Must Assimilate

Jindal: US Muslims Must Assimilate

On Saturday, at a gathering of religious conservatives, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal doubled down on his belief that there are “no go” zones in Europe where Islamic law rules the streets and talked about his fear of America having “no go zones,...

The Louisiana governor is gearing up for a likely presidential run by appealing to fears of a sharia law in the US.

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A Muslim Cleric Walks Into a Gay Bar...

A Muslim Cleric Walks Into a Gay Bar...

It’s hard to be a conservative in America these days.  When fundamentalist Islamists terrorize innocent citizens, you tweet something about how we have to stop all Muslims from imposing their Sharia law on “us.” And when the Supreme Court announce...

No, non-discrimination laws don’t just affect Christian bakers. Everyone deserves equal treatment, and businesses should be forced to serve everyone.

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Rep. Gohmert Accused of Ethics Violation

Rep. Gohmert Accused of Ethics Violation

Congressman Louie Gohmert has long had his intellect and judgment questioned. But, until Thursday, no one ever doubted his integrity.In a complaint filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a left leaning watchdog group...

The Congressman’s spokesman denies any wrongdoing and says the he didn’t draw from official funds for his trip to the UK.

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Entertainment

Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have taken the first jab at rape culture at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony with their Bill Cosby joke, “I put the pills in the people,” but it was Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson that took it to the next l...

What happens when the guy you’re trying to get some with passes out during sex?

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The Onion's Secret Time Machine

The Onion's Secret Time Machine

Does The Onion have access to a time machine? It’s a valid question, given the satirical newspaper’s seeming ability to predict the future.This week, retailer Overstock.com announced that it will launch streaming and video-on-demand services, pitt...

America’s finest news source has an uncanny ability to predict news, culture, and how many blades are going on your razor.

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An Awful Movie Will Save J. Lo’s Career

An Awful Movie Will Save J. Lo’s Career

There are a few simple truths about Jennifer Lopez’s new movie, The Boy Next Door.It is not a good film. In fact, it might just be a horrible film. But there’s a shrewd self-awareness about its terribleness from everyone involved. Because of that ...

Few movies are as absurd—or as fun—as Lopez’s cheeky new erotic thriller, ‘The Boy Next Door.’ The so-bad-it’s-good flick could resuscitate J.Lo’s waning movie career, to boot.

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The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. ...

With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

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The Onion's Secret Time Machine

The Onion's Secret Time Machine

Does The Onion have access to a time machine? It’s a valid question, given the satirical newspaper’s seeming ability to predict the future.This week, retailer Overstock.com announced that it will launch streaming and video-on-demand services, pitt...

America’s finest news source has an uncanny ability to predict news, culture, and how many blades are going on your razor.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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Bad NFL Lip Reading 2015

Bad NFL Lip Reading 2015

American sports fans love when players and coaches are "mic'd up." It offers a window into the lives of their heroes, a taste of what it feels like to step out onto the field or court to play in front of thousands.They would probabl...

It turns out NFL players and coaches were speaking nonsense to each other all season

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Tina Fey's New Netflix Comedy

Tina Fey's New Netflix Comedy

After putting her savvy spin on the teen comedy (Mean Girls) and the workplace sitcom (30 Rock), Tina Fey breathes new life into the tired “girl in the big city” show with Netflix’s The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The Office’s Ellie Kemper stars as...

‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ stars Ellie Kemper, premieres March 6.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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World News

The Greek Who Could Break Europe

The Greek Who Could Break Europe

In 2012, when Alexis Tsipras last ran to be prime minister of Greece, his compatriots were quite literally killing themselves  in public squares because of the tough austerity measures that had strangled the country’s economy. Tsipras, just 37 yea...

Sunday’s elections in Greece could bring to power a party that’s pitting the debt-ridden south of Europe against the rich north. Can its leader’s charisma carry the day?

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Jimmy Breslin At Churchill’s Deathbed

Jimmy Breslin At Churchill’s Deathbed

LONDON — He was dying in a bedroom on the first floor of a three-story attached brick house that has a tangle of black drainpipes running down its front. His wife stood at the open front window, white curtains blowing in on her while she arranged ...

Sir Winston Churchill died 50 years ago today. This column from Jimmy Breslin appears online for the first time.

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The Week in Photos

The Week in Photos

From violence in Yemen and Ukraine to a rocket’s arc over the Florida horizon, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

From violence in Yemen and Ukraine to a rocket’s arc over the Florida horizon, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Civilian Blood Stains Donetsk’s Streets

Civilian Blood Stains Donetsk’s Streets

DONETSK, Ukraine—Lena Parshikova should be at school on Friday afternoon like any other 16-year-old. But classes were cancelled in her district because a bus was hit by shelling a short drive from her home on Jan. 22. Standing ...

Increasing violence in Ukraine’s east means civilians have fewer and fewer places where they can feel safe.

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Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down

The director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, the storied home of the agency’s most secretive intelligence operations, has announced that he plans to retire, The Daily Beast has learned.CIA spokesman Dean Boyd confirmed that the director...

The secretive head of the agency’s National Clandestine Service is retiring amid reports of infighting over a reorganization of the intelligence service.

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King Abdullah: The Failed Peacemaker

King Abdullah: The Failed Peacemaker

President George W. Bush held his hand and walked with him through a field of flowers at the ranch in Crawford, Texas. President Barack Obama, when he first met him, performed a courtly bow. For Saudi Arabia’s aged King Abdullah, whose death was a...

The king succeeded in bringing some stability to Saudi Arabia, but he could do nothing but despair as chaos descended on the rest of the region.

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Civilian Blood Stains Donetsk’s Streets

Civilian Blood Stains Donetsk’s Streets

DONETSK, Ukraine—Lena Parshikova should be at school on Friday afternoon like any other 16-year-old. But classes were cancelled in her district because a bus was hit by shelling a short drive from her home on Jan. 22. Standing ...

Increasing violence in Ukraine’s east means civilians have fewer and fewer places where they can feel safe.

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U.S. News

Obama’s Ephemeral Economy

Obama’s Ephemeral Economy

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior...

Blue state tech and clean energy economies sound nice, but they don’t do much for manufacturing, construction, or farming, and the real losers are middle-class Americans.

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A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

The dedication to Murder At Camp Delta: A Staff Sargeant’s Pursuit Of The Truth About Guantanamo Bay reads, “To Talal al Zahrani father of Yasser al Zahrani who died at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while in U.S. custody June 9, 2006.”It is an unusual tri...

The official version says three Guantanamo inmates committed suicide in their cells. Former Army sergeant Joseph Hickman insists the men were killed.

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The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

On January 24, Bob Moses will be honored with an 80th birthday party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his home since 1976. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., whose January birthday is a national holiday, Moses is not widely known for his role in t...

Too often eclipsed by more famous Civil Rights leaders, Bob Moses rarely gets the credit he deserves as one of the movement’s most successful organizers.

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Obama’s Ephemeral Economy

Obama’s Ephemeral Economy

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior...

Blue state tech and clean energy economies sound nice, but they don’t do much for manufacturing, construction, or farming, and the real losers are middle-class Americans.

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One Company’s Kidnapping Video Payday

One Company’s Kidnapping Video Payday

When a hostage crisis brought downtown Sydney to a standstill, Uber began charging four times normal rates to customers. In the wake of Ferguson and Eric Garner, entrepreneurial T-shirt-makers plastered slogans on everything from Garner’s last wor...

The Getty photographic agency is charging a fortune for rare footage of Japan’s ISIS hostage. Where do we draw the line between good capitalism and profiting from misery?

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Nobody Messes With Chicken, Alaska

Nobody Messes With Chicken, Alaska

Sen. Dan Sullivan’s (R-Alaska) first amendment as a lawmaker sent a clear message to the federal government: Nobody messes with Chicken, Alaska. Nobody.Sullivan's amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline bill—expected to be voted as soon as Mond...

The new Senator from the Klondike is making sure that nobody—not even the Environmental Protection Agency—tries to bully Alaska's scrappiest town.

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Tech + Health

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

In this day and age, science questions can be answered with a split-second Google search. Compare this to just a few decades ago when you had to go through a doctor or (gasp!) hunt through the library.We now have access to a knowledge base origina...

Focused on the invisible forces that drive human behavior, Invisibilia ushers in a new era of science reporting.

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One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

No need to feel guilty about hitting the vino after work each night: a daily dose of alcohol is better for you than none at all. A new study has found that consuming seven drinks per week—the equivalent of one glass of wine or beer each night—can ...

A comprehensive new study says that having one drink each day is better for you than abstaining.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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Real Housewife, Fake Disease

Real Housewife, Fake Disease

Let’s get the disclaimers out of the way.I have never seen an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. My one brief viewing experience of any Real Housewives program left me awash in perplexity, and didn’t whet my appetite for a second hel...

‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a controversial diagnosis with no scientific backing, no matter how much celebrity attention it gets.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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The 17-Year-Old OB/GYN Impersonator

The 17-Year-Old OB/GYN Impersonator

It’s a busy time for fraudulent doctors. First came the news from Cambodia that a fake physician had spread HIV to hundreds of people by reusing syringes and other medical equipment. And now a more bizarre story from West Palm Beach describes a 17...

A 17-year-old Florida boy dressed up as a doctor and got away with it for a month. What?!

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Real Housewife, Fake Disease

Real Housewife, Fake Disease

Let’s get the disclaimers out of the way.I have never seen an episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. My one brief viewing experience of any Real Housewives program left me awash in perplexity, and didn’t whet my appetite for a second hel...

‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a controversial diagnosis with no scientific backing, no matter how much celebrity attention it gets.

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Spain’s supreme court recently decided that it would, after all, hear a paternity suit from Ingrid Sartiau, a Belgian woman who claims the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, who stepped down last year in favor of his son Felipe, is her father.The ...

As the former Spanish King faces a paternity suit, we look back at a lifetime of womanizing, including an alleged tryst with Princess Diana.

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The Best-Looking Show on TV

The Best-Looking Show on TV

Patrick J. Adams embodies a picture-perfect young Hollywood star: chiseled features, a leading role on a hit TV show (Suits) and an equally successful and attractive fiancé (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars).But what you might not know about...

He’s known as the badass lawyer Mike Ross on the hit show Suits, but Patrick J. Adams’ true passion of photography is rooted in a dramatic childhood.

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Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

The last time Ali Rezaian saw his kid brother, Jason—who today, Jan. 23, is marking 185 days of incarceration in Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for the torture and execution of political dissidents since the reign of the shah—they were in Istanbul ...

Iranian authorities refuse to say why Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is incarcerated at the notorious Evin jail. His brother is leading the fight for his freedom.

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O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

Before Casey Anthony was splashed across the cover of People magazine; before CNN was dissecting every detail of Jodi Arias’ volatile relationship with her ex-boyfriend, the O.J. Simpson trial set a new precedence for transforming the criminal jus...

It’s the 20th anniversary of the start of O.J. Simpson’s trial, a media event which led to an explosion of courtroom TV and loud legal experts—even spawning the success of the far le...

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The Best-Looking Show on TV

The Best-Looking Show on TV

Patrick J. Adams embodies a picture-perfect young Hollywood star: chiseled features, a leading role on a hit TV show (Suits) and an equally successful and attractive fiancé (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars).But what you might not know about...

He’s known as the badass lawyer Mike Ross on the hit show Suits, but Patrick J. Adams’ true passion of photography is rooted in a dramatic childhood.

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The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

It’s one of the most oft-quoted nightmares: You’re walking down the street, only to suddenly realize you’re naked.Now the dream is a pricey reality if you buy certain pieces from the Rick Owens fall/winter collection—tunic-y outfits that recall a ...

There it was, peeping out from Rick Owens’s tunic-like creations at the menswear collections. Will men buy clothes that publicly display their genitalia? Warning: Pictures are NSFW.

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Cannes Wunderkind Heads To Hollywood

Cannes Wunderkind Heads To Hollywood

The first sight of Xavier Dolan I have is of the 25-year-old film Québécois director draped over one of his promotional team in the lobby of New York’s Mercer Hotel, the kind of place so fashionable the first trick it plays on mere mortals is to n...

He’s 25, and has made five movies, with his latest, ‘Mommy,’ winning a top prize at Cannes. And the charismatic Xavier Dolan’s life is as dramatic as his movies.

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Britain’s Fashion Revolution

Britain’s Fashion Revolution

From Mods to Punk to New Wave, Acid House and beyond, young Brits have always been at the forefront of trends. A new book opens up their wardrobes years later.

From Mods to Punk to New Wave, Acid House and beyond, young Brits have always been at the forefront of trends. A new book opens up their wardrobes years later.

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The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

It’s one of the most oft-quoted nightmares: You’re walking down the street, only to suddenly realize you’re naked.Now the dream is a pricey reality if you buy certain pieces from the Rick Owens fall/winter collection—tunic-y outfits that recall a ...

There it was, peeping out from Rick Owens’s tunic-like creations at the menswear collections. Will men buy clothes that publicly display their genitalia? Warning: Pictures are NSFW.

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Women in the World

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. However, it was in her recurring role as Artemis Dubois on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that the actress has been able to flex her comedic and dramatic muscles. With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole...

With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

The light pink shirt that Ross Ulbricht was wearing when he came into Manhattan federal court from the holding pen on Wednesday seemed to make his mom forget everything else for one wonderful moment.“It looks good,” she told him.Lyn Ulbricht appea...

Lyn Ulbricht was like any other mother, worrying about her son Ross, what he wore at trial. But she couldn’t look at him as testimony laid bare his life as an alleged drug kingpin.

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‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

For centuries, the pervasive power of the Madonna-whore complex has dictated society’s view of women, limiting them to the either the role of the nurturing virgin or seductive siren. In the past 100 years, this dichotomy has morphed into the gee...

A computer genius never without pink lipstick and heels, Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a fully-fleshed out female character amidst a sea of superhero bulge.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

On page one of filmmaker and artist Miranda July’s novel The First Bad Man, the narrator, Cheryl Glickman, is driving to a doctor’s appointment, imagining how she might look to passersby on the street and in other cars: “When I stopped at red ligh...

In her debut novel, filmmaker/artist/author Miranda July creates the indelible Cheryl Glickman, the anti-romantic likes of whom we rarely see in fiction.

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America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

Lawmaking officially began last week in most states, and it should surprise no one that abortion is again high on the list of priorities for a number of legislatures going into 2015.Since the 2010 election tipped statehouses Republican, states ado...

Republican state legislatures are getting an early start on draconian bills that would make it harder than ever for women to get an abortion.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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Books

Read This! ISIS & Peekaboo Penises

Read This! ISIS & Peekaboo Penises

In Graphic Photos and On Twitter, ISIS Members Record and Tout Executions of Gay Men By Jacob Siegel The attacks, which also include the stoning of an adulterer, appear to have taken place in Mosul and were distributed by ISIS social media acc...

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  • A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

    A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

    The dedication to Murder At Camp Delta: A Staff Sargeant’s Pursuit Of The Truth About Guantanamo Bay reads, “To Talal al Zahrani father of Yasser al Zahrani who died at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while in U.S. custody June 9, 2006.”It is an unusual tri...

    The official version says three Guantanamo inmates committed suicide in their cells. Former Army sergeant Joseph Hickman insists the men were killed.

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The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

On January 24, Bob Moses will be honored with an 80th birthday party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his home since 1976. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., whose January birthday is a national holiday, Moses is not widely known for his role in t...

Too often eclipsed by more famous Civil Rights leaders, Bob Moses rarely gets the credit he deserves as one of the movement’s most successful organizers.

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Where the Wealthy Wind Up Dead

Where the Wealthy Wind Up Dead

Before it was displaced from the front pages by the terrorist slaughter in Paris, the biggest crime story of the month, at least in New York City, was the murder of 70-year-old hedge-fund founder Thomas Gilbert Sr., allegedly by his 30-year-old so...

Beekman Place has long been one of New York City’s most prestigious addresses. It’s also been the scene of some of the city’s most notorious murders.

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I Was Raped by the Women of Guantanamo

I Was Raped by the Women of Guantanamo

President Obama’s promise to close Guantanamo Bay sounded terribly hollow during his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, six years after he first pledged to shut down the military detention center.One of those who has waited most desperat...

A just-published diary from one of Guantanamo Bay’s longtime detainees shares in gruesome detail the abuses he suffered, and alleges he was sexually assaulted by female guards.

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The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

The Unknown Giant Behind Freedom Summer

On January 24, Bob Moses will be honored with an 80th birthday party in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his home since 1976. In contrast to Martin Luther King Jr., whose January birthday is a national holiday, Moses is not widely known for his role in t...

Too often eclipsed by more famous Civil Rights leaders, Bob Moses rarely gets the credit he deserves as one of the movement’s most successful organizers.

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Here Lies Alexander the Great's Family?

Here Lies Alexander the Great's Family?

The dead who are housed in the huge circular tomb at Amphipolis may lie at rest, but they seem determined not to allow others to do so. An announcement this week from the archaeological authority handling the dig, in northwest Greece—the territory...

Five bodies are recovered from an ancient tomb that look tantalizingly like the conqueror's kin, but the truth is bound to disappoint.

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

On page one of filmmaker and artist Miranda July’s novel The First Bad Man, the narrator, Cheryl Glickman, is driving to a doctor’s appointment, imagining how she might look to passersby on the street and in other cars: “When I stopped at red ligh...

In her debut novel, filmmaker/artist/author Miranda July creates the indelible Cheryl Glickman, the anti-romantic likes of whom we rarely see in fiction.

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The Golden Age of American Paranoia

The Golden Age of American Paranoia

It’s an excellent time to be paranoid in America. The NSA is tracking your email. Your social network is running social experiments on you. A torture report reveals an intelligence community run amok, while a hostile foreign government hacked a st...

Maniacal terrorists, plague-like diseases, and missing planes—times are pretty frightening. However, the last time the U.S. was this paranoid it led to significant cultural innovation.

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Here Lies Alexander the Great's Family?

Here Lies Alexander the Great's Family?

The dead who are housed in the huge circular tomb at Amphipolis may lie at rest, but they seem determined not to allow others to do so. An announcement this week from the archaeological authority handling the dig, in northwest Greece—the territory...

Five bodies are recovered from an ancient tomb that look tantalizingly like the conqueror's kin, but the truth is bound to disappoint.

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