Politics

Hey, Grandpa: End Mandatory Minimums!

Hey, Grandpa: End Mandatory Minimums!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s findings regarding the Ferguson, Missouri, police, it has become even clearer that criminal justice reforms are needed, both to address inequality and to achieve greater efficacy. No policy is a panacea, but...

Gen X Senators—including a number of Republicans—are looking for serious criminal justice reform. But their elders are getting in the way.

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Clinton: Not a Scandal, Yet. But...

Clinton: Not a Scandal, Yet. But...

So by now we’ve read every possible interpretation of why Hillary Clinton used a personal email account to conduct her State Department business. There’s a lot that isn’t clear, and a lot we still don’t know. The main thing we know that is the ori...

The Times was sloppy, and the Beltway overheated as usual. But even if this story floats away, Clinton needs to learn some lessons from it.

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Chris Matthews’ Marital Curve Ball

Chris Matthews’ Marital Curve Ball

Six years ago, MSNBC host Chris Matthews briefly flirted with running for public office—a Senate seat from his native Pennsylvania—and then quickly dropped the idea. But now it looks like his wife, Kathleen, might actually take the plunge.“Last ni...

The MSNBC host said he had the strongest belief in wife Kathleen’s judgment and values, and if she runs for office her campaign will be covered fairly by the network.

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Hey, Grandpa: End Mandatory Minimums!

Hey, Grandpa: End Mandatory Minimums!

In the wake of the Justice Department’s findings regarding the Ferguson, Missouri, police, it has become even clearer that criminal justice reforms are needed, both to address inequality and to achieve greater efficacy. No policy is a panacea, but...

Gen X Senators—including a number of Republicans—are looking for serious criminal justice reform. But their elders are getting in the way.

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Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

They say old Rahm Emanuel came out last night—or maybe it was the real one hiding in plain sight all the time: a sneering, aggressive pol who went “nose-to-nose” with a mental-health advocate demanding, “You’re gonna respect me!”The alleged exchan...

Chicago’s mayor allegedly blew up when he was asked why he closed clinics. Looks like ‘Rahmbo’ is back.

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Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Republican megadonor Foster Friess is shifting his sights from political campaigns to a military campaign: to fight ISIS and save Kurdish lives.Behind the scenes, the conservative Christian has been traveling to the Middle East to support the vuln...

He’s best known for bankrolling Republicans Rick Santorum and Scott Walker afloat, but Foster Friess has a new cause a long way from D.C.

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Entertainment

Has Frank Underwood Lost His Mojo?

Has Frank Underwood Lost His Mojo?

The highly anticipated third season of Netflix’s House of Cards opens with a baptism.Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey), the devious and extravagantly-accented Southern Democrat has, through a series of blackmails and double-crosses, toppled all his f...

Sex. Scandal. Underwoods. The third season of Netflix’s House of Cards is back. Our two resident Frankophiles debate the first half of Season 3—including that very weird sex scene.

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Harrison Ford’s Terrifying Crash-Landing

Harrison Ford’s Terrifying Crash-Landing

Harrison Ford is lucky to be alive after crash-landing his vintage WWII-era single-engine airplane into the greens of a golf course in Venice, California, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson tells The Daily Beast.The 72-year-old screen lege...

The film icon was left seriously injured after his plane crashed onto a golf course Thursday, but ‘fortunate in making a fairly safe landing,’ a firefighter tells The Daily Beast.

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Trayvon, Ferguson, And ‘American Crime’

Trayvon, Ferguson, And ‘American Crime’

“It is a provocative show,” says John Ridley.The name “John Ridley” may not be familiar to the masses just yet, but you’ve no doubt heard his words. After getting his start writing for sitcoms like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Martin, and crank...

The Oscar-winning screenwriter of ‘12 Years A Slave’ discusses his hot-button ABC drama about a murder that triggers lingering issues of race, religion, and the legal system.

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The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

There she was, beaconlike, at the Balmain show for Paris Fashion Week: Kim Kardashian has gone blonde—icy, fluorescent, extraterrestrial blonde—in her latest move to transform from trashy TV star to serious fashion player, and (not to be outpaced ...

Kim Kardashian debuted dramatic blonde locks in Paris—the latest attempt by her to escape the trash culture to become a serious style player.

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Harrison Ford’s Terrifying Crash-Landing

Harrison Ford’s Terrifying Crash-Landing

Harrison Ford is lucky to be alive after crash-landing his vintage WWII-era single-engine airplane into the greens of a golf course in Venice, California, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson tells The Daily Beast.The 72-year-old screen lege...

The film icon was left seriously injured after his plane crashed onto a golf course Thursday, but ‘fortunate in making a fairly safe landing,’ a firefighter tells The Daily Beast.

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Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

“The Hunting Ground” opens with gleeful shrieking and tears of joy from high school girls reading college acceptance letters. All that SAT tutoring and toiling over college essays was worth it: these promising students are off to prestigious Ivy L...

A documentary about campus rape contains the damning stories of many victims. But what about the alleged perpetrators?

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WATCH This Legendary Bar Mitzvah Invite

WATCH This Legendary Bar Mitzvah Invite

When I was a youth in New York City, most young members of the tribe would invite you to their bar or bat mitzvahs with a paper invitation. But the times they are a changin’, and kids these days are getting a bit more creative.So it is with Mr. Br...

A young man-to-be creates something inspirational and slightly disturbing

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News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

When Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to us...

Of all the roadblocks Alex Gibney encountered to make his documentary, the most surprising was outlets’ resistance to supplying footage.

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Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

“The Hunting Ground” opens with gleeful shrieking and tears of joy from high school girls reading college acceptance letters. All that SAT tutoring and toiling over college essays was worth it: these promising students are off to prestigious Ivy L...

A documentary about campus rape contains the damning stories of many victims. But what about the alleged perpetrators?

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World News

Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Republican megadonor Foster Friess is shifting his sights from political campaigns to a military campaign: to fight ISIS and save Kurdish lives.Behind the scenes, the conservative Christian has been traveling to the Middle East to support the vuln...

He’s best known for bankrolling Republicans Rick Santorum and Scott Walker afloat, but Foster Friess has a new cause a long way from D.C.

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France’s Littlest Drug Mules

France’s Littlest Drug Mules

NICE, France — They must be the two youngest—and most adorable—drug mules in the world, and when they grow up they’ll be able to see the photos of themselves splashed on the front pages of Wednesday’s tabloid newspaper Nice-Matin: “Baby Connection...

What was that stuff in their diapers? Five kilos of cocaine. When the cops caught on to the mother’s game, the kids were abandoned.

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Turkey’s Thought Police

Turkey’s Thought Police

ISTANBUL — A 16-year-old high school student goes on trial in Turkey this Friday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while the editor of the country’s leading opposition newspaper is facing up to nine years in jail for publishing an inte...

Angering President Erdogan can land you in jail—even if you’re just a kid.

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The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

VATICAN CITY — It is nearly 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in early March, and the Vatican is locked up for the night. A few stray tourists pose for pictures in front of the glistening basilica of St. Peter, and cassock-wearing clergy skim the perimeter of t...

In numbers that have doubled in the last six months, the homeless are coming to Vatican City to sleep in church-donated sleeping bags—at the invitation of the pontiff.

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France’s Littlest Drug Mules

France’s Littlest Drug Mules

NICE, France — They must be the two youngest—and most adorable—drug mules in the world, and when they grow up they’ll be able to see the photos of themselves splashed on the front pages of Wednesday’s tabloid newspaper Nice-Matin: “Baby Connection...

What was that stuff in their diapers? Five kilos of cocaine. When the cops caught on to the mother’s game, the kids were abandoned.

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Listening to Sex Workers

Listening to Sex Workers

Imagine the scene: Meena Seshu, an experienced social worker turned activist for women’s rights in India, meeting a group of sex workers to help them organize. Seshu thought she knew what to do: “guide them,” as she had been trained to do. And yet...

Meena Seshu, a longtime women’s rights activist in India, thought she had all the answers. Then the people she was trying to help taught her something more.

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: “Don’t talk to the media.”

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What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

BAB AL SALAMA CAMP, Syria — Fatima, an 80-year-old Syrian refugee stands in front of the tattered remains of her tent in this camp for internally displaced persons near the border with Turkey. She watched her home burn down late last month after t...

They don’t want to leave their country, but for years now they have been living in tents under increasingly dangerous conditions.

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Listening to Sex Workers

Listening to Sex Workers

Imagine the scene: Meena Seshu, an experienced social worker turned activist for women’s rights in India, meeting a group of sex workers to help them organize. Seshu thought she knew what to do: “guide them,” as she had been trained to do. And yet...

Meena Seshu, a longtime women’s rights activist in India, thought she had all the answers. Then the people she was trying to help taught her something more.

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U.S. News

Can an Abuser Outrun All of Facebook?

Can an Abuser Outrun All of Facebook?

The Yelp reviews for Brooklyn’s Morning Star Tattoo are almost perfect. Customers’ raves about an artist nicknamed “Painless Wayne” basically say it all. Pictures of their ink masterpieces adorn the page: a lotus flower on a hip, magpies on a ches...

Dakota Bond is on the lam after he allegedly beat his girlfriend until she was unrecognizable. Now that his face and her story have gone viral, will he be caught?

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Why MLK wore a Lei at Selma

Why MLK wore a Lei at Selma

Bright Hawaiian lei will be on full display this weekend when President Barack Obama, civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and others march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to mark the anniversary of the civil rights protests.There's an ...

Ever wonder why civil rights leaders wore Hawaiian lei as they marched through Selma? Here is the untold story.

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The Civil War is Not Just For Americans

The Civil War is Not Just For Americans

Of all the conflicts that have raged in American history the Civil War remains the bloodiest.On battlefields such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg, the death toll averaged out to 425 men per day. This continued for 1,458 consecutive days, leavi...

Most Americans think of the Civil War as a series of battles that mattered most to the U.S. A new book shows that it also mattered a great deal worldwide.

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Can an Abuser Outrun All of Facebook?

Can an Abuser Outrun All of Facebook?

The Yelp reviews for Brooklyn’s Morning Star Tattoo are almost perfect. Customers’ raves about an artist nicknamed “Painless Wayne” basically say it all. Pictures of their ink masterpieces adorn the page: a lotus flower on a hip, magpies on a ches...

Dakota Bond is on the lam after he allegedly beat his girlfriend until she was unrecognizable. Now that his face and her story have gone viral, will he be caught?

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Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

There are 24,000 correctional officers in the California prison system. Only one is transgender.For almost eight years, Mandi Camille Hauwert, 35, has been a CO at San Quentin State Prison, which houses, among others, wife-killer Scott Peterson, s...

Mandi Camille Hauwert spent five years as a prison guard at the notorious state prison. Then she did it for three years as a woman.

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How the Feds Let Ferguson Rot

How the Feds Let Ferguson Rot

Those revolting racist emails that hit the news turn out to be just a few of many such missives written by cops and court clerks in Ferguson.“Our review of documents revealed many additional email communications that exhibited racial or ethnic bia...

The Justice Department rightly condemns the city's racism and civil-rights abuses, but it should blame itself for not acting sooner.

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Tech + Health

You Can Be Deathly Allergic to Weed

You Can Be Deathly Allergic to Weed

Just weeks after scientists learned how to cure peanut allergies, there’s a new nut to crack: cannabis.A paper published this week by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology combines a wealth of research to prove that cannabis alle...

Marijuana allergies are real, and can cause everything from sneezing and itchy eyes to full-blown anaphylactic shock.

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Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

A government study confirms what local police departments and anguished families have known for several years: Overdose deaths from heroin are exploding.The study, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that heroin-...

While U.S. law enforcement cracks down on prescription opioid use, heroin use—and overdose—is skyrocketing.

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Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Internet search engines are marvelously useful for a lot of things.They can help you find recipes and directions and interesting facts. They’ve rendered obsolete almost all the skills my middle school librarian drilled into my skull decades ago. A...

You don’t have cancer. You don’t have radiation sickness. You have a cold and you need to step away from the Internet.

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Hil’s Personal Email Was Bait for Spies

Hil’s Personal Email Was Bait for Spies

When she served as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was steeped in every imaginable foreign policy issue and regularly dealt with highly classified information. But not, apparently, over email.Clinton “did not have a classified email system” at...

A server at home kept every message she sent and received as secretary of state—and it was built by a mystery man.

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Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

A government study confirms what local police departments and anguished families have known for several years: Overdose deaths from heroin are exploding.The study, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that heroin-...

While U.S. law enforcement cracks down on prescription opioid use, heroin use—and overdose—is skyrocketing.

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Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effectiveness of its abstinence-or-incarceration approach, China seems more than happy to pick up and g...

It’s on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, and is invaluable in developing countries. So why is the UN discussing increased regulation of ketamine?

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

I am one of those people who will be unlikely to finish writing this paragraph without checking my Twitter account, staring out the window blankly, changing my mind about what to have for dinner, and mentally rewriting what I will say three paragr...

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on Netflix, don’t worry.

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Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effectiveness of its abstinence-or-incarceration approach, China seems more than happy to pick up and g...

It’s on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, and is invaluable in developing countries. So why is the UN discussing increased regulation of ketamine?

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BeastStyle

How Casablanca Lost Its Romance

How Casablanca Lost Its Romance

Through the decrepit interiors of the Marche Central in Casablanca, a Gypsy quartet meander in sneakers and dirty jeans, a forgotten violinist, a stumbling fiddle player, and a singer performing what feels like the last dance of time, as the sun d...

The 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart immortalized Casablanca in gauzy splendor, but the winds of economic change stalk its dusty streets today.

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The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

There she was, beaconlike, at the Balmain show for Paris Fashion Week: Kim Kardashian has gone blonde—icy, fluorescent, extraterrestrial blonde—in her latest move to transform from trashy TV star to serious fashion player, and (not to be outpaced ...

Kim Kardashian debuted dramatic blonde locks in Paris—the latest attempt by her to escape the trash culture to become a serious style player.

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The Weird and Wonderful Armory Show

The Weird and Wonderful Armory Show

The largest art fair in the country, New York City's Armory Show, is back, introducing new talent along with many international greats. The Daily Beast captured some of the most eye-catching pieces.

The largest art fair in the country, New York City's Armory Show, is back, introducing new talent along with many international greats. The Daily Beast captured some of the most ...

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Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

“The Hunting Ground” opens with gleeful shrieking and tears of joy from high school girls reading college acceptance letters. All that SAT tutoring and toiling over college essays was worth it: these promising students are off to prestigious Ivy L...

A documentary about campus rape contains the damning stories of many victims. But what about the alleged perpetrators?

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The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

There she was, beaconlike, at the Balmain show for Paris Fashion Week: Kim Kardashian has gone blonde—icy, fluorescent, extraterrestrial blonde—in her latest move to transform from trashy TV star to serious fashion player, and (not to be outpaced ...

Kim Kardashian debuted dramatic blonde locks in Paris—the latest attempt by her to escape the trash culture to become a serious style player.

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News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

When Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to us...

Of all the roadblocks Alex Gibney encountered to make his documentary, the most surprising was outlets’ resistance to supplying footage.

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The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

If there was any doubt that New Yorkers would flock to make a homoerotic lap around one of the world’s preeminent art institutions, it was swiftly quashed by an overeager crowd of Ivy Leaguers.In mid-February, art historian and professor Andrew Le...

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Andrew Lear guides our correspondent through a cornucopia of statues and pictures, thrumming with same-sex desire.

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You Can’t Re-create a Fashion Great

You Can’t Re-create a Fashion Great

Call it a kind of post-mortem Cinderella story. A designer—in this case, Charles James, who dressed society’s most beautiful swans in the 1940s and ’50s—dies forgotten and penniless in a squalid room in New York’s then-seedy Chelsea Hotel.Decades ...

The decision to use Zac Posen to recustomize the brilliance of fashion designer Charles James may make financial sense—but it’s an insult to James’s memory and aesthetic.

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News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

When Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to us...

Of all the roadblocks Alex Gibney encountered to make his documentary, the most surprising was outlets’ resistance to supplying footage.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

IGUALA, Mexico — Beside the open casket at the funeral of Norma Angélica Bruno Román, age 25, was neither the time nor the place to mourn her murder.Norma’s wake was held inside the home she shared with her parents and her two small children. It is a modest concrete dwelling on a street corner in the neighborhood of San Gerardo. Outside, a blue tarp was hoisted to shade a few rows of plastic chairs rented from the local funeral parlor. Halfway down the block, the...

Despite government efforts to impose law and order in Iguala after more than 40 students disappeared there, murderers still operate with impunity.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for women’s rights and wage equality during her Oscars acceptance speech Sunday night. Her rousing words prompted a “#YesAllWomen” moment from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were seated next to each...

Sunday night at the Oscars, the actress made a powerful plea for gender equality. On Monday she was deemed to have not been radical enough.

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

For the majority of Sunday night’s three-hour-and-45-minute Academy Awards telecast, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was being held hostage by host Neil Patrick Harris, a comedy captive in a flailing running gag about guarding a briefcase th...

On a night dominated by male-driven films, it was the powerful messages by a handful of Hollywood women that we’re all talking about. It’s about damned time.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

When the White House announced a new national campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses last year, the treatment of victims was the chief concern. But now, after a more than a year filled with a flurry of campus reforms, some universit...

Due process is not “window dressing,” the professors argue. It’s necessary to establish a process’s legitimacy.

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Pundits can’t stop snatching Hillary's defeat from the jaws of victory, insisting that her commanding lead in the polls is itself a problem. A Vox piece last week is typical: “Hillary Clinton’s uncontested nomination is dangerous for her and ...

And how exactly is it a bad thing for her or Democrats that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all but sewn up? News flash: It’s not.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Books

WWII's Secret Battle in the Woods

WWII's Secret Battle in the Woods

Just three weeks after Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, a group of economic representatives from the Allied countries gathered in the small town of Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Thousands of miles from the front lines, the r...

The battlefield wasn't the only place the future of the world was being forged during WWII. At the Bretton Woods Conference, the modern financial system was created.

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  • The Civil War is Not Just For Americans

    The Civil War is Not Just For Americans

    Of all the conflicts that have raged in American history the Civil War remains the bloodiest.On battlefields such as Shiloh, Antietam, and Gettysburg, the death toll averaged out to 425 men per day. This continued for 1,458 consecutive days, leavi...

    Most Americans think of the Civil War as a series of battles that mattered most to the U.S. A new book shows that it also mattered a great deal worldwide.

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‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

When I meet Helen Macdonald to discuss her astonishing book H is for Hawk, she recounts an uncanny encounter on the banks of the Syr Darya River in central Asia. It was long before she’d even thought about owning a goshawk of her own, yet left an ...

Helen Macdonald talks about ‘H Is for Hawk,’ her extraordinary memoir about the death of her father, the training of a goshawk, and the author T.H. White.

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Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

There are few things that can bring an idea more publicity that a presidential campaign. With the potential candidacy of Rand Paul, who just won the CPAC straw poll again, libertarian ideas are going to get their day in the sun. In addition, the K...

David Boaz has spent his life trying to persuade America that libertarianism doesn’t stop with entitled white guys and Rand Paul. He feels good about his chances.

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How the Bauhaus Built Your House

How the Bauhaus Built Your House

Here's a brilliant visual history of the Bauhaus school, arguably the most influential design movement of the 20th century (think Interstate signs, think Ikea), courtesy of Aram ...

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‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

When I meet Helen Macdonald to discuss her astonishing book H is for Hawk, she recounts an uncanny encounter on the banks of the Syr Darya River in central Asia. It was long before she’d even thought about owning a goshawk of her own, yet left an ...

Helen Macdonald talks about ‘H Is for Hawk,’ her extraordinary memoir about the death of her father, the training of a goshawk, and the author T.H. White.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

“Turn around and bend over.” Nearly 40 years ago, on March 3,1976, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment t...

Nearly 40 years ago, female rowers at Yale got creative to highlight inequality. As the recent controversy at the University of Minnesota shows, the battle isn’t over.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

An Islamic state where Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims deemed to be “barbarians” by the West. An embarrassed U.S. government forced to pay ransoms and tributes to free the hostages.Such was the situation 200 years ago when, on Ma...

Two hundred years ago, the U.S. declared war on an Islamic power enslaving its citizens and ransoming them for millions.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

“Turn around and bend over.” Nearly 40 years ago, on March 3,1976, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment t...

Nearly 40 years ago, female rowers at Yale got creative to highlight inequality. As the recent controversy at the University of Minnesota shows, the battle isn’t over.

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