Politics

Cuomo’s Do-Gooders Done Wrong

Cuomo’s Do-Gooders Done Wrong

Andrew Cuomo, meet Louis XIV, France’s Sun King. As tradition has it the Bourbon monarch, who ruled from the mid-1600s until 1715, quipped “L’État, c’est moi,” which translates “I am the State.” Fast-forward three centuries, and Cuomo II sounds aw...

The New York state governor’s disbanding of an anti-corruption commission was shocking—and his straight-out-of-Nixon justification even more so.

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The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

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The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop

The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop

Silly season has started—and both parties are trying to fund-raise off the fringe.One-third of Americans now say that President Obama should be impeached, according to a CNN/ORC poll. This carries about as much constitutional weight as previous fr...

Impeachment is the final fantasy for obsessive hyper-partisans. So why are Democrats playing along too?

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lauren Carroll and Aaron SharockmanIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended military operations in Gaza on Sunday, while U.S. officials debated what should be done in Ukraine, where Russia-backed separatists continue to cause turmoil....

From the Israel-Gaza conflict to pot legalization, PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

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'Gaystapo' Claims Its Latest 'Victim'

'Gaystapo' Claims Its Latest 'Victim'

In April, the goateed editor of the Jasper County, Iowa Newton Daily News, Bob Eschliman, took to his personal blog to talk about Jesus and compare homosexuals to the Gestapo, as one does. When he was then fired, he felt as though he was under att...

A newspaper editor was fired after comparing gays to Nazis. Now he claims his First Amendment rights to write stupid things were violated.

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CIA Torture Report Coming Soon

CIA Torture Report Coming Soon

ASPEN — The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is set to publicly release — as early as next week — selected and carefully redacted portions of its 6,300 page report on controversial CIA detention, rendition, and interrogation techniques used...

Soon the world will be able to read the Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques after 9/11 that caused a war between the CIA and the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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No Drama Obama's Israel Ambivalence

No Drama Obama's Israel Ambivalence

Conservatives have for several years wondered aloud about Barack Obama and his seemingly less-than-warm approach to Israel. Could it be, they asked themselves, that he’s an anti-Semite?They should ask themselves instead how anyone as bored and alo...

The right says President Obama hates Israel, but in reality he’s just aloof and smug.

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'Gaystapo' Claims Its Latest 'Victim'

'Gaystapo' Claims Its Latest 'Victim'

In April, the goateed editor of the Jasper County, Iowa Newton Daily News, Bob Eschliman, took to his personal blog to talk about Jesus and compare homosexuals to the Gestapo, as one does. When he was then fired, he felt as though he was under att...

A newspaper editor was fired after comparing gays to Nazis. Now he claims his First Amendment rights to write stupid things were violated.

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Entertainment

The Misunderstood Juggalos

The Misunderstood Juggalos

THORNVILLE, Ohio—Notable omission: The drug bridge is no more. And as always, there are undercover officers in the crowd of 4,500 at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos.The demise of the bridge is not a bad thing, said a spokesman for Psychopathi...

‘They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, then they hold the door for people and say “thank you.”’ A dispatch from the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Viral Vid: ‘Simpsons’ Meet ‘Family Guy’

Viral Vid: ‘Simpsons’ Meet ‘Family Guy’

This could get as ugly as a chicken fight. Or Whacking Day, for that matter.On Saturday, Comic Con 2014 saw the first footage of a Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode scheduled to air September 28, wherein the Griffins of Family Guy find themsel...

Comic-Con unveils footage of the animation crossover sure to inspire debates and end friendships

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Tupac’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks

Tupac’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks

The history of friendship has few more improbable stories than that of the bond formed between Tupac Shakur and Joey Fama in an upstate New York prison two decades ago, but only reported now.As the whole world knows, Tupac was a rap star and a kin...

Joey Fama, serving 32 years to life for the murder of 16-year-old Yusuf Hawkins, reveals how he and Tupac hit it off behind bars—and how his view of race changed.

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Watch the Best Of Comic-Con 2014

Watch the Best Of Comic-Con 2014

Each year, hundreds of thousands of geeks make the pilgrimage out to San Diego—which of course in German means “a whale’s vagina”—to get a sneak peek at the finest nerd-offerings from the realms of film, television, and of course, comics.There wer...

Couldn’t make the trip out to San Diego for Comic-Con? No matter. We’ve compiled the best clips and footage that premiered at the nerd convention, from the Interstellar panel with Mc...

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Viral Vid: ‘Simpsons’ Meet ‘Family Guy’

Viral Vid: ‘Simpsons’ Meet ‘Family Guy’

This could get as ugly as a chicken fight. Or Whacking Day, for that matter.On Saturday, Comic Con 2014 saw the first footage of a Simpsons/Family Guy crossover episode scheduled to air September 28, wherein the Griffins of Family Guy find themsel...

Comic-Con unveils footage of the animation crossover sure to inspire debates and end friendships

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Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay

Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay

Once upon a time there was coal and ambition in Rich Hill—a rural town in southwestern Missouri with a population of 1,330—but shortly after World War II most of both ran dry. For me, the most important thing about Rich Hill is family. It’s the to...

Businesses closed, the town center turned ghost-like, homes had tarps on their roof and plastic over broken windows. This was the Rich Hill I grew up in.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. The LeBron RedemptionLeBron James made more than a few enemies in Ohio when he decided to take his talents from Cleveland to Miami in 2010. This summer, he announced his return to the Cavaliers in a heart-felt letter to Sports Illustrated.The “...

From a Morgan Freeman impersonator reading Lebron’s letter to a grandpa really cutting a rug, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show

‘Manhattan’ Is Summer’s Best New Show

There is a set of hurdles a new television series typically needs to clear in order to get viewers to watch it. First, it should be good—something that the compelling new period drama Manhattan, which premieres Sunday night, certainly has going fo...

With summer’s best new series, WGN’s ‘Manhattan,’ airing on a network you’ve never heard of, we wonder if the glut of quality programming is more of a curse than a blessing.

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Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay

Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay

Once upon a time there was coal and ambition in Rich Hill—a rural town in southwestern Missouri with a population of 1,330—but shortly after World War II most of both ran dry. For me, the most important thing about Rich Hill is family. It’s the to...

Businesses closed, the town center turned ghost-like, homes had tarps on their roof and plastic over broken windows. This was the Rich Hill I grew up in.

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World News

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

“Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himse...

The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests.

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The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

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Hamas Still Blamed for Kidnappings

Hamas Still Blamed for Kidnappings

Over the weekend it appeared that an Israeli official conceded something very valuable to Hamas. A BBC reporter in Israel tweeted out comments from the spokesman for Israel’s national police who allegedly said Hamas was not behind the kidnapping a...

After a weekend blowup on Twitter, it’s a case of 'he said, he said' between an Israeli spokesman and a BBC reporter.

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What Would Jesus Do in Gaza?

What Would Jesus Do in Gaza?

PARIS — As the slaughter continues in Gaza, as bodies rain from the sky over Ukraine, as barbaric jihadists conquer swathes of Syria and Iraq, butchering their enemies and erasing the history of the Bible and of humankind, it seems empathy, sympat...

The Pontiff makes a heartfelt appeal for peace in Gaza, Iraq, Syria ... but is anyone listening?

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The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

The Craziest, Bloodiest Political Brawls

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

Things got physical in parliament in Kiev this week, with Ukrainian lawmakers at each others’ throats once again. From Somalia to Seoul, a look at legislators who’ve lost it.

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Marines, Diplos Flee Shores of Tripoli

Marines, Diplos Flee Shores of Tripoli

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Under the watchful eye of a military drone and three F-16 warplanes flying protective cover, 158 U.S. diplomats and 80 U.S. Marines evacuated the American embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday. Although there was no specific thr...

Chaos, in-fighting and jihadists in Libya prompt American diplomats to evacuate to avoid another potential Banghazi.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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How Three Dicks Rehabed Their Reputation

How Three Dicks Rehabed Their Reputation

You have to admire their nerve. This summer Dick Cheney, his wife Lynne and daughter Liz have embarked upon a sustained campaign of reputation rehabilitation. Invading Iraq was “absolutely the right thing to do.” No apologies needed.They are a uni...

Men die but their reputations live, grow, and change as was the case 500 years ago and still today.

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Marines, Diplos Flee Shores of Tripoli

Marines, Diplos Flee Shores of Tripoli

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Under the watchful eye of a military drone and three F-16 warplanes flying protective cover, 158 U.S. diplomats and 80 U.S. Marines evacuated the American embassy in Tripoli, Libya, on Saturday. Although there was no specific thr...

Chaos, in-fighting and jihadists in Libya prompt American diplomats to evacuate to avoid another potential Banghazi.

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Tech + Health

About That ‘World-Ending’ Solar Storm...

About That ‘World-Ending’ Solar Storm...

The Universe is trying to kill us! Or at least, it’s not a very friendly place beyond the comforting confines of planet Earth. A recent study by solar physicists points out that we had a near-miss with a strong solar storm back in 2012. But how cl...

News of a devastating solar storm ‘just missing’ Earth in 2012 made the rounds last week. Turns out that storm was nowhere near us, and similar storms have happened before.

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Like Google Earth for the Universe

Like Google Earth for the Universe

The observable Universe contains 100 billion galaxies, give or take (not that we’ve mapped all of them, not least since many of them are too far for reliable imaging). Many astronomical projects are dedicated to the task of placing as many galaxie...

In just 64 nights, SAMI, an instrument attached to the Anglo-Australian telescope in Australia, has recorded demographic information for 1,000 galaxies. Its goal: 3,400 galaxies in t...

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There Will Never Be a Female Viagra

There Will Never Be a Female Viagra

Perhaps it’s just the programs I choose to watch, but every time I turn on the television I’m bombarded with commercials featuring attractive middle-aged couples in the midst of a smiling, playful, emotionally intimate moment—with the bedroom as t...

Drug companies are wasting millions of dollars in research on “female Viagra.” They need to realize that female and male arousal are completely different—and a Viagra-like pill isn’t...

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10 Unexpected Ways to Stay Hydrated

10 Unexpected Ways to Stay Hydrated

By Emily Faherty for Life by DailyBurn When it comes to a sweaty summer workout, we love a water break reward as much as the next fitness fiend. But as the mercury rises, it’s more important than ever to focus on our fluids all day long. After a...

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Like Google Earth for the Universe

Like Google Earth for the Universe

The observable Universe contains 100 billion galaxies, give or take (not that we’ve mapped all of them, not least since many of them are too far for reliable imaging). Many astronomical projects are dedicated to the task of placing as many galaxie...

In just 64 nights, SAMI, an instrument attached to the Anglo-Australian telescope in Australia, has recorded demographic information for 1,000 galaxies. Its goal: 3,400 galaxies in t...

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The Biggest Myths About Baby Making

The Biggest Myths About Baby Making

“No thanks,” I said when my mother offered me dessert after dinner. My husband’s head whipped around: Who was this person purporting to be his wife who had just turned down dessert?When we were trying to get pregnant with our third child, I gave u...

Get acupuncture! Cut out fatty food! Just relax! If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ve heard all of these. But what’s true and what’s not?

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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The Red Cross Needs Your Blood—Now

The Red Cross Needs Your Blood—Now

As the American Red Cross faces an increasingly dire blood shortage this summer, the culprits are surprisingly banal: a long weekend, balmy weather, college students on holiday. But the causes belie a looming emergency that may leave hospitals scr...

A plunge in American Red Cross blood donations could leave hospitals scrambling, officials say. Time to donate.

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The Biggest Myths About Baby Making

The Biggest Myths About Baby Making

“No thanks,” I said when my mother offered me dessert after dinner. My husband’s head whipped around: Who was this person purporting to be his wife who had just turned down dessert?When we were trying to get pregnant with our third child, I gave u...

Get acupuncture! Cut out fatty food! Just relax! If you’re trying to get pregnant, you’ve heard all of these. But what’s true and what’s not?

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Fashion

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member: The “Made in the USA” company was serious when they announced plans to shake up the board. In what seems to be an attempt at re-branding the label as more “female-friendly,” American Apparel has...

And Essie is launching a vending machine.

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Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein: Have we found the next Marky Mark? According to the Daily Mail, Pop music bad boy Justin Bieber recently shot a campaign for Calvin Klein that is projected to run later this year. Bieber, who frequently posts photos...

And more than 20,000 Americans set to wed on 12/13/14.

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA is Keeping Up With The Kardashians: On Monday night, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water announced it was just another desperate C-Lister fighting for validation in Kim Kardashian’s world. “I’m now a C-List celebrity in K...

And Blake Lively launches a lifestyle blog.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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Great Escapes

Small-Batch Rye Whiskey’s Big Scandal

Small-Batch Rye Whiskey’s Big Scandal

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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  • Why I Hate The Beach

    Why I Hate The Beach

    I just came back from a family vacation at the beach. Will someone please explain the beach to me?What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of gro...

    The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you. It’s time we were honest with ourselves about the horror of beach vacations.

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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

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The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

During cherry blossom season this past spring, I took my husband’s visiting parents to the Bar at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. for a quiet place to enjoy a fine cocktail near the tourist attractions. The service staff, wearing black vests, ties,...

Bars at the top hotels used to be the place to grab a cocktail. After falling out of style, they're back and ready to compete with speakeasies from New Orleans to NYC.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

During cherry blossom season this past spring, I took my husband’s visiting parents to the Bar at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. for a quiet place to enjoy a fine cocktail near the tourist attractions. The service staff, wearing black vests, ties,...

Bars at the top hotels used to be the place to grab a cocktail. After falling out of style, they're back and ready to compete with speakeasies from New Orleans to NYC.

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Women

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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  • ‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

    ‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

    SAN DIEGO — “No podemos volver a Guatemala. We cannot return to Guatemala,” Elvina tells me. She’s just arrived at Border Angels, a local San Diego charity, with three of her four children. Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately ...

    Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

More than 137,000 women in England and Wales have undergone female genital mutilation. An estimated 20,000 girls born in Britain are at risk. Seeking to end the practice “everywhere for everyone within this generation,” Prime Minister David Camero...

British law said it was illegal to perform female genital mutilation or to take a girl out of the country for the purpose. Now, parents can be prosecuted for allowing it.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

Marni Kotak sits on a gold-painted twin bed, wearing a gold satin nightgown, with matching bedsheets covering her legs. She’s scribbling in gold ink on a cartoonishly large notepad, an expanding list of the day’s emotional fluctuations. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Books

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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  • The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

    The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

    Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

    He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

A Kiss, a Prayer: The Last Hours of MH17’s VictimsKristen Gelineau, The Associated PressFlight 17 took off around 12:15 p.m. on what should have been an 11 hour and 45 minute flight. It lasted two hours.The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling ...

From the last hours of MH17’s victims to the history of autocorrect, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ron Rosenbaum’s Explaining Hitler made a splash with its examination of historians and conspiracy theories surrounding one of history’s most infamous villains.This summer, Rosenbaum is out with an updated edition th...

Nearly two decades since he published ‘Explaining Hitler,’ Ron Rosenbaum talks about why he reopened his look at the Fuhrer with a new edition of his classic study.

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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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How the Dude Came to Abide

How the Dude Came to Abide

I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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How to Get Laid in Brooklyn

How to Get Laid in Brooklyn

Nathaniel Piven is a Harvard-educated, 30-year-old temp worker, freelance book reviewer, and full-time player in the Brooklyn dating game. Despite getting lucky with a sizeable advance for his forthcoming first novel, Nate wishes he could be like ...

Adelle Waldman’s novel ‘The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.’ brilliantly portrays and often eviscerates a goatish, ambitious author and his ilk.

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How the Dude Came to Abide

How the Dude Came to Abide

I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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