Politics

The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

If you want to get a sense of just how incredibly powerful the Federal Reserve really is, forget about interest rates, reserve requirements, or even the ways in which a random nose-pick or burp by Janet Yellin during lunch at a Jackson Hole delica...

The Federal Reserve, which was just caught paying footsie with Goldman Sachs, is as shadowy as it is powerful. So why can’t Congress bring itself to actually audit the damn thing?

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Bill Clinton’s Arkansas Obsession

Bill Clinton’s Arkansas Obsession

Bill Clinton’s name won’t be on the ballot in Arkansas this November, but you wouldn’t know it from the 42nd president’s schedule, which takes him back to his home state nearly every month, including next week, when he’ll headline four—yes, four—r...

The former president will headline four home-state events next week. Think keeping a little blue in this deep-red state matters to him just a little?

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Secret Service Chief Shown the Door

Secret Service Chief Shown the Door

White House officials told the world they had confidence in Secret Service Director Julia Pierson—until suddenly she was out of a job on Wednesday.It had been a terrible 24 hours for Pierson: a stiff performance before a congressional committee in...

The Obama team had full confidence in Julia Pierson—until it didn’t. How the mounting scandals, from the White House intruder to the armed felon in Obama’s elevator, took her down.

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The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

The Sane Case for Auditing the Fed

If you want to get a sense of just how incredibly powerful the Federal Reserve really is, forget about interest rates, reserve requirements, or even the ways in which a random nose-pick or burp by Janet Yellin during lunch at a Jackson Hole delica...

The Federal Reserve, which was just caught paying footsie with Goldman Sachs, is as shadowy as it is powerful. So why can’t Congress bring itself to actually audit the damn thing?

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Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

These days, if you’re a rising star in Democratic politics, it is downright weird if you don’t have Eva Longoria in your corner.The 39-year-old actress starred on the long-running ABC satire Desperate Housewives and in more lackluster theatrical f...

From working behind the scenes in the midterms to making a new farm labor documentary, actress Eva Longoria has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in liberal politics.

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The Fox News Apology Tour

The Fox News Apology Tour

What a week for Fox News! The “fair and balanced” network was transformed into the “I’m totally sorry” network after we were treated to four—yes, four—on-air apologies from different Fox personalities.First, we had “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Er...

Four apologies in one week over at Fox News! But it’s interesting to observe what they are and aren’t sorry about.

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Entertainment

How Cristin Milioti Met Sitcom Stardom

How Cristin Milioti Met Sitcom Stardom

Cristin Milioti just wanted some answers. Her new NBC sitcom A to Z (premiering Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) chronicles the romantic relationship between her lawyer Zelda and online dating employee Andrew (Ben Feldman), which the first episode say...

The Mother from ‘How I Met Your Mother’ gets another shot at onscreen love in ‘A to Z,’ the story of a romance that lasts for eight months, three weeks, five days and one hour.

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First Look at Birdman in All His Glory

First Look at Birdman in All His Glory

One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year is Birdman. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu (21 Grams), and blessed with the lengthy subtitle “Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” the film is a showcase for the actor formerly known as Bat...

‘Birdman’ features Michael Keaton as a fading star known for playing the titular superhero who’s attempting a comeback. Check out a sneak peek of one of the highly anticipated film.

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The Gays Are Taking Over TV

The Gays Are Taking Over TV

You might have suspected it when you saw Mitch and Cam get married. You may have really gotten the picture when a hot male lawyer had graphic sex with a guy he met at a bar on last week’s How to Get Away With Murder premiere. But now it’s official...

An encouraging report from GLAAD reveals that responsible portrayals of LGBT characters are increasing across the major networks. What’s changed—and how far is there still to go?

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Viral Vid: Great White Shark Deathmatch

Viral Vid: Great White Shark Deathmatch

The great white shark is a classic predator species. They’re a popular subject for blockbuster movies and super-HD documentaries with voiceovers by posh British guys. Like most such predators, their danger to humans is often blown out of proportio...

Sharks beef over bait; awesomeness ensues

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First Look at Birdman in All His Glory

First Look at Birdman in All His Glory

One of the most hotly anticipated films of the year is Birdman. Directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu (21 Grams), and blessed with the lengthy subtitle “Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” the film is a showcase for the actor formerly known as Bat...

‘Birdman’ features Michael Keaton as a fading star known for playing the titular superhero who’s attempting a comeback. Check out a sneak peek of one of the highly anticipated film.

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‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’

‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’

Modern Family debuted five years ago. It was a huge hit. It still is a huge hit. But five years in, it’s looking considerably less, well, modern. And ABC has never been able to find another sitcom for the five-time Emmy winner to, if not pass its ...

A little bit of controversy, a little bit of diversity, and a lot of sharp writing: after five interminable years, ABC finally found a worthy companion to its Emmy-winning hit.

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Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

These days, if you’re a rising star in Democratic politics, it is downright weird if you don’t have Eva Longoria in your corner.The 39-year-old actress starred on the long-running ABC satire Desperate Housewives and in more lackluster theatrical f...

From working behind the scenes in the midterms to making a new farm labor documentary, actress Eva Longoria has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in liberal politics.

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Restless Prince Returns From Wilderness

Restless Prince Returns From Wilderness

In most respects, Prince and The Simpsons don’t have much in common. One’s a self-created, sui generis musical force from the Twin Cities, the other’s a brainchild of cartoonist Matt Groening that’s been shepherded and modified by many other creat...

‘PlectrumElectrum’ and ‘Art Official Age’ show Prince’s willingness to shape his material into coherent and compelling albums that’s been absent for a while. He’s not coasting anymore.

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‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’

‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’

Modern Family debuted five years ago. It was a huge hit. It still is a huge hit. But five years in, it’s looking considerably less, well, modern. And ABC has never been able to find another sitcom for the five-time Emmy winner to, if not pass its ...

A little bit of controversy, a little bit of diversity, and a lot of sharp writing: after five interminable years, ABC finally found a worthy companion to its Emmy-winning hit.

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World News

Goodbye to the Last of Syria’s Good Guys

Goodbye to the Last of Syria’s Good Guys

In November of 2012, Iyas Kadouni, an activist from the town of Saraqeb in northwestern Syria, grew disenchanted with the abuses of some rebel brigades in the area. A few days earlier, a YouTube video had been posted online showing rebels beating ...

Let’s dispense with wishful illusions. The idealists who started the Syrian revolution have been killed, quieted or forced out of the country.

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Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Just a block from United Nations Headquarters, on the corner of Second Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, a street sign marks “Kudirat Abiola Corner.”The positioning is discreet, but significant—it’s on the same street as the Nigerian embassy. A...

‘The Supreme Price’ traces the legacy of the Abiola family, who battled for gender equality and political freedom in a nation where both have been brutally repressed for decades.

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A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

Tear gas and government warnings haven’t stopped the protesters demanding democratic elections in Hong Kong. But a bit of spyware injected into the activist movement may have been sent to do the trick.A mobile app marketed as a tool to help activi...

A mobile app marketed as a tool for activists is actually a spying program, protesters have discovered.

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ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad

ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad

The release by ISIS of another video, in which British captive John Cantlie narrates their propaganda message, highlights that efforts to disrupt the ISIS media campaign, and claims made about the impact of current measures, are overstated.This is...

Despite Western efforts, distribution of ISIS propaganda is as strong as it has ever been.

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Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Just a block from United Nations Headquarters, on the corner of Second Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, a street sign marks “Kudirat Abiola Corner.”The positioning is discreet, but significant—it’s on the same street as the Nigerian embassy. A...

‘The Supreme Price’ traces the legacy of the Abiola family, who battled for gender equality and political freedom in a nation where both have been brutally repressed for decades.

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Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

HONG KONG, China — As Hong Kong’s protests continued to mutate and spread to more parts of the territory on Tuesday, at the same time about 1,500 kilometers to the north, the entire Chinese leadership was attending a carefully choreographed event ...

As China’s independence day arrives, the massive protests in Hong Kong unsettle the Beijing leadership and underscore the territory’s hopes for political freedom.

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Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Turkish government is deploying tanks along the border with Syria and its parliament is poised to pass measures that would authorize Turkish soldiers from NATO’s second-largest army to deploy south of the frontier. But desp...

President Erdogan may have promised President Obama support, and moved tanks to the Syrian border, but Turkey is pretending to support a war it doesn’t believe in.

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U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

In a press conference Tuesday evening, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden provided more information about a patient confirmed to be carrying Ebola—the first to be diagnosed in the United States.The patient, wh...

A patient in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, marking America’s first diagnosis. CDC Director Tom Frieden on what’s next.

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Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

Beijing/Hong Kong: A Tale of Two Cities

HONG KONG, China — As Hong Kong’s protests continued to mutate and spread to more parts of the territory on Tuesday, at the same time about 1,500 kilometers to the north, the entire Chinese leadership was attending a carefully choreographed event ...

As China’s independence day arrives, the massive protests in Hong Kong unsettle the Beijing leadership and underscore the territory’s hopes for political freedom.

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U.S. News

Backstage With the Secret Service

Backstage With the Secret Service

There’s no wiggle room in Secret Service standard operation procedures for presidential visits: The security guard who pushed elevator buttons for President Obama and his entourage at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 16 ...

The agent tasked with securing the Atlanta site where an armed civilian rode an elevator with Obama has one of the toughest jobs in the agency. What goes into protecting the president.

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The Girls Who Were Taken Before Hannah

The Girls Who Were Taken Before Hannah

The woman was grabbed from behind as she was walking from a grocery store to a friend’s home in Fairfax, Virginia, on the night of September 24, 2005.The attacker dragged the 26-year-old into a darkened park and beat her and raped her. He then beg...

One was snatched as she carried groceries. Another was trying to get home from a Metallica show. Now both are linked to Jesse Matthew, charged in 18-year-old Graham’s disappearance.

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Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

A series of missteps by a top Secret Service official during a congressional grilling has lawmakers openly questioning the agency’s leadership—especially their claim that the $1.5 billion organization charged with protecting the president didn’t h...

Agency officials say that they need more taxpayer cash to do their job, but lawmakers from both parties say that’s nonsense.

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Backstage With the Secret Service

Backstage With the Secret Service

There’s no wiggle room in Secret Service standard operation procedures for presidential visits: The security guard who pushed elevator buttons for President Obama and his entourage at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on September 16 ...

The agent tasked with securing the Atlanta site where an armed civilian rode an elevator with Obama has one of the toughest jobs in the agency. What goes into protecting the president.

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The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The cops in Ohio did not know it when they struggled to fingerprint her, but their prisoner would prove to be a mystery woman who would seem to outdo Dillinger.After what one cop called “a heck of a fuss,” they finally managed to print her. They w...

Behind bars in the same jail as the ‘Public Enemy No. 1,’ the Jane Doe had succeeded at erasing her fingerprints where Dillinger had failed. But cops still unraveled her baffling story.

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My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul

My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul

The office of Senator Rand Paul, advocate of limited government, is in the Russell Senate Office Building — monumentally huge, forbidding, and labyrinthine to the extent that I got lost three times trying to find him.Senators and their staffers us...

The Kentucky small-l libertarian (and likely presidential candidate) talks with P.J. O’Rourke about philosophy, money, and hopelessness.

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Tech + Health

Viagra Is So Over

Viagra Is So Over

Everyone knows that the way to a man’s penis is through his wife. Or, at least, that’s the rationale behind Pfizer’s latest ad campaign for Viagra which was released this Tuesday, marking the first time in the company’s history that they have expl...

It has revolutionized the sex lives of some, but Viagra’s greatest impact has been on a generation of erection-obsessed comedians.

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This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

The facts of Kelli Stapleton’s attempted murder-suicide of her 14-year-old daughter, Issy, are not disputed. Kelli invited the girl to go camping and make s’mores. When the two were together inside the family van, Kelli lit two charcoal grills, an...

Dr. Phil recently interviewed Kelli Stapleton, a mother who tried to kill her teenage autistic daughter. Why were no autism advocates included in the conversation?

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A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

Tear gas and government warnings haven’t stopped the protesters demanding democratic elections in Hong Kong. But a bit of spyware injected into the activist movement may have been sent to do the trick.A mobile app marketed as a tool to help activi...

A mobile app marketed as a tool for activists is actually a spying program, protesters have discovered.

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Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

In Hollywood, one of the quickest ways to an award nomination is to be a straight man playing gay.Similarly, television shows that include gay characters are lauded for being so “brave” and for changing culture for the better. GLAAD even does an a...

The popular novelist says he’s never had gay sex (‘Not yet’), but that’s never stopped him from quietly but repeatedly including gay men in his fiction.

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This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

The facts of Kelli Stapleton’s attempted murder-suicide of her 14-year-old daughter, Issy, are not disputed. Kelli invited the girl to go camping and make s’mores. When the two were together inside the family van, Kelli lit two charcoal grills, an...

Dr. Phil recently interviewed Kelli Stapleton, a mother who tried to kill her teenage autistic daughter. Why were no autism advocates included in the conversation?

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U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

The U.S. Air Force’s $150 million F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which made its combat debut last week, is the most advanced operational warplane on Earth. But under the Raptor’s hood is dated computer hardware that’s creakier than your grandpappy’s...

The Pentagon is counting on the F-22 Raptor for missions over Syria—and maybe, one day, against Russia, too. Too bad so much of its hardware is so retro.

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U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

In a press conference Tuesday evening, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden provided more information about a patient confirmed to be carrying Ebola—the first to be diagnosed in the United States.The patient, wh...

A patient in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, marking America’s first diagnosis. CDC Director Tom Frieden on what’s next.

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The Coming New Cold War

The Coming New Cold War

Four years ago, a North American Aerospace Defense Command officer sang the praises of a joint counter-terrorism exercise with Russian forces, named Vigilant Eagle. “This exercise is one milestone in working together. Our folks are proud to be a p...

The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines. Another round of “Mutually Assured Destruction,” anyone?

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U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

The U.S. Air Force’s $150 million F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which made its combat debut last week, is the most advanced operational warplane on Earth. But under the Raptor’s hood is dated computer hardware that’s creakier than your grandpappy’s...

The Pentagon is counting on the F-22 Raptor for missions over Syria—and maybe, one day, against Russia, too. Too bad so much of its hardware is so retro.

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BeastStyle

Farfetch Brings Couture to Your Couch

Farfetch Brings Couture to Your Couch

Jose Neves entered the world of fashion when he was 20, launching a cyberpunk shoe label. But when he realized small boutiques were having trouble online, he turned to high fashion.

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Rich Russian Regrets Firing Staff ‘Tips’

Rich Russian Regrets Firing Staff ‘Tips’

Maria Baibakova, the Russian oligarch who wrote an article in Russian Tatler which gave tips on how to fire one’s staff, has told the Daily Beast she is “ashamed” of the piece and “apologises wholeheartedly” for the ‘offensive’ article.Ms. Baibako...

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Russian oligarch Maria Baibakova says she is ‘ashamed’ of advising how to dispose of staff ruthlessly.

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The Cult of Blondie

The Cult of Blondie

The staff at the Blondie 40th Anniversary show at the Chelsea Hotel’s Storefront Gallery on West 23rd Street have seen it all these last few days. There was the guy who stood in front of the video screen at the back of the pop-up gallery, where Bl...

In the Chelsea Hotel’s exhibition space, Debbie Harry has helped curate a Blondie video, picture, and memorabilia show. Go there, gawp, and dance to one of rock’s most enduring bands.

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Screw George—Amal Alamuddin Is the Catch

Screw George—Amal Alamuddin Is the Catch

The photo album for the wedding of the season has just been released. And we’re embarrassed to admit: We. Are. Jealous. No, not that Amal Alamuddin nabbed the guy that every woman secretly pined over (after all, as a perennial bachelor, he always ...

We were already envious of Amal Alamuddin…for her career, not her marriage to George Clooney. But her wedding weekend wardrobe reveals she's a flawless fashionista as well. Swoon.

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Rich Russian Regrets Firing Staff ‘Tips’

Rich Russian Regrets Firing Staff ‘Tips’

Maria Baibakova, the Russian oligarch who wrote an article in Russian Tatler which gave tips on how to fire one’s staff, has told the Daily Beast she is “ashamed” of the piece and “apologises wholeheartedly” for the ‘offensive’ article.Ms. Baibako...

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, Russian oligarch Maria Baibakova says she is ‘ashamed’ of advising how to dispose of staff ruthlessly.

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Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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UK Tabloid’s ‘Public Interest’ Sex Sting

UK Tabloid’s ‘Public Interest’ Sex Sting

A married politician is sent a series of lascivious photographs by an attractive female admirer. She asks him to respond in kind. He stupidly obliges, after being assured “on a stack of Bibles” that his online paramour will keep the photo private....

The “Sunday Mirror” says it was in the ‘public interest’ to entrap a Conservative MP in an elaborate sex sting. Many are questioning the paper’s justification.

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WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

There is probably nothing more futile for a celebrity to attempt than changing their name.For millions of us, despite their best efforts to the contrary, Puff Daddy is still Puff Daddy, Prince is still Prince and Posh Spice will forever be Posh Sp...

Whether or not she can help reduce the incidence of HIV in Africa in her new role for the U.N., there can be no doubt Posh Spice has come a long way from “Spiceworld.”

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Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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Women in the World

Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

Eva: The Democrats’ Secret Power Player

These days, if you’re a rising star in Democratic politics, it is downright weird if you don’t have Eva Longoria in your corner.The 39-year-old actress starred on the long-running ABC satire Desperate Housewives and in more lackluster theatrical f...

From working behind the scenes in the midterms to making a new farm labor documentary, actress Eva Longoria has emerged as a force to be reckoned with in liberal politics.

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  • Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

    Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

    The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

    She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

For the millions of women and girls displaced by conflicts across the globe, it has been a summer of extreme hardship. As a seemingly unbroken series of crises have unfolded from South Sudan to Mount Sinjar, from Gaza to Syria, women and girls com...

Despite legislation meant to help women and girls in conflict zones, much more must be done to ensure rapid action on the ground—especially in Syria.

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James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

The day I knew my marriage was over was Thursday, March 7, 2007, two days before Dad was to be buried on my sister’s property in Beech Island. I know the exact date because it’s on the arrest report. The legal wrangling over the estate was in f...

After growing up witnessing her father, James Brown, violently abuse her mother, Yamma left her abusive husband just days after her father died in 2006—and was arrested for defending...

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

For days, New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley has been mired in controversy. The coverage generated by her recent piece on television powerhouse and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has officially disproved the age-old adage “all press is goo...

Alessandra Stanley, the ‘New York Times’ writer behind the paper’s much-mocked profile of Shonda Rhimes, has a long history of attacking prominent women in media.

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

When Lucky Strike server Laura Ramadei reportedly felt a male customer touch her ass “ever so gently” as he told her that he’d like to take her “to go,” she knew exactly what to do. Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went h...

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?

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From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

There is, rather unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence that numerous Hollywood stars were generated in a farcical, fame-seeking incubator buried beneath Mount Lee. When you speak to them, they speak at you, regurgitating vacuous mini-monologu...

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman in Hollywood.

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A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

For days, New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley has been mired in controversy. The coverage generated by her recent piece on television powerhouse and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has officially disproved the age-old adage “all press is goo...

Alessandra Stanley, the ‘New York Times’ writer behind the paper’s much-mocked profile of Shonda Rhimes, has a long history of attacking prominent women in media.

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Books

The First Political Sex Scandal Casualty

The First Political Sex Scandal Casualty

If Matt Bai becomes the instrument of redemption for former senator Gary Hart, best known as the central figure in a sex scandal that sank his front-running presidential campaign and provided endless fodder for the late-night comics, he’s probably...

In a new book on the 1987 episode that wrecked Gary Hart’s presidential chances, Matt Bai argues that it marks the moment when political reporting went tabloid.

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  • Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

    Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

    In Hollywood, one of the quickest ways to an award nomination is to be a straight man playing gay.Similarly, television shows that include gay characters are lauded for being so “brave” and for changing culture for the better. GLAAD even does an a...

    The popular novelist says he’s never had gay sex (‘Not yet’), but that’s never stopped him from quietly but repeatedly including gay men in his fiction.

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Fun With Philosophical Fiction

Fun With Philosophical Fiction

A common thread runs through a few outstanding novels with the name Wittgenstein in the title—Thomas Bernhard’s Wittgenstein’s Nephew, David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress and Lars Iyer’s new novel, Wittgenstein Jr. All three are first-person w...

Reading a Lars Iyer novel, you find yourself becoming one with the author and his obsessions. When he’s at his best, the results are strangely, genuinely pleasurable.

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Read All About It: The History of Print

Read All About It: The History of Print

Before printing processes developed, books took an incredibly long time to make as they had to be painstakingly written by hand. This meant that each book was unique and incredibly valuable, but it also made them rare and too expensive for anyone ...

Thanks to Steve Jobs, we are all font savvy these days, but few of us can explain much else about how the printed word gets printed. Herewith, a graphic history to fill the gap.

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Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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Fun With Philosophical Fiction

Fun With Philosophical Fiction

A common thread runs through a few outstanding novels with the name Wittgenstein in the title—Thomas Bernhard’s Wittgenstein’s Nephew, David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress and Lars Iyer’s new novel, Wittgenstein Jr. All three are first-person w...

Reading a Lars Iyer novel, you find yourself becoming one with the author and his obsessions. When he’s at his best, the results are strangely, genuinely pleasurable.

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Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

The allure and odor of books got me into this business. Small-town libraries are tough to pass by. By virtue of being readers we are also writers, I now believe, but that was not always the case. As a child I harbored the hope that, if I could wri...

A Florida author recommends several inspiring, sustaining, but too little known books about the Sunshine State that are often overlooked but to which he returns repeatedly.

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Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

The allure and odor of books got me into this business. Small-town libraries are tough to pass by. By virtue of being readers we are also writers, I now believe, but that was not always the case. As a child I harbored the hope that, if I could wri...

A Florida author recommends several inspiring, sustaining, but too little known books about the Sunshine State that are often overlooked but to which he returns repeatedly.

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