Politics

Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming! one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues?Surprisingly, Stewart...

This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of Palestinian civilians. And we have Jon Stewart to thank.

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American Statesmanship Is MIA

American Statesmanship Is MIA

It’s been the most depressing two weeks of the Obama presidency. The child border crisis, the new Gaza war, the Russian separatists shooting down that plane—these aren’t just infuriating political squabbles of the sort we follow every week but pro...

Kid refugees at the border, 300 souls shot down, Gaza aflame—we’re lurching from crisis to awful crisis, but gone are the days when our politicians could put aside partisanship to act.

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Obama and Latinos at the Breaking Point

Obama and Latinos at the Breaking Point

For Latino Democrats, especially Mexican-Americans, supporting President Obama’s reelection in 2012 was about voting for the lesser of two evils. Now, given the Obama administration’s callous treatment of thousands of unaccompanied minors fleeing ...

The deportations have been bad enough, but Obama’s inaction on the border crisis might be the straw that breaks the donkey’s back.

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Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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American Statesmanship Is MIA

American Statesmanship Is MIA

It’s been the most depressing two weeks of the Obama presidency. The child border crisis, the new Gaza war, the Russian separatists shooting down that plane—these aren’t just infuriating political squabbles of the sort we follow every week but pro...

Kid refugees at the border, 300 souls shot down, Gaza aflame—we’re lurching from crisis to awful crisis, but gone are the days when our politicians could put aside partisanship to act.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Aaron SharockmanU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows making a strong case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and that Russia is c...

On the political talk shows, John Kerry claimed that Russia-backed rebels were responsible for shooting down MH17, and that the U.S. removed 100 percent of the chemical weapons from ...

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My Problem With People Who Agree With Me

My Problem With People Who Agree With Me

I have just returned from a confab of people who agree with me, at one of the nation’s largest annual gatherings of individuals and organizations devoted to libertarianism and libertarian-conservatism. And this presented certain difficulties.No, i...

A libertarian gathering in Las Vegas shows the basic weakness of small-government advocacy.

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Congressman Loves Putin, Hates Fluoride

Congressman Loves Putin, Hates Fluoride

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher had an odd warning last week for the Heartland Institute. The conservative think tank was hosting a conference challenging the notion of “whether man-made global warming is a problem worth addressing.” Rohrabacher, a prominen...

Republican Dana Rohrabacher is Putin’s most reliable defender on Capitol Hill. Now he’s joined the old far-right crusade against fluoridated drinking water, which conspiracy theorist...

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Aaron SharockmanU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry appeared on all five major Sunday news shows making a strong case that Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists were responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, and that Russia is c...

On the political talk shows, John Kerry claimed that Russia-backed rebels were responsible for shooting down MH17, and that the U.S. removed 100 percent of the chemical weapons from ...

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Entertainment

Emma Stone and Colin Firth’s Lovefest

Emma Stone and Colin Firth’s Lovefest

“We’ve talked about this so many times, Colin! Gosh!” I’ve just entered a fancy suite at a ritzy hotel in Midtown Manhattan to interview Colin Firth and Emma Stone, the two affable, easy on the eyes stars of Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. D...

The amiable co-stars of Woody Allen’s 44th feature, 'Magic in the Moonlight,' discuss ghosts, skinny-dipping, and that time Stone live-texted Bridget Jones to Firth.

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True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood, the HBO series created by Alan Ball that’s full of vampire carnage and aberrant sex, frequently gets political. The whole thing is essentially about LGBT rights and civil rights, enough so that GLAAD declared it the most gay-friendly s...

On Sunday night’s episode of the kinky HBO vampire/werewolves/fairies series, two characters dress like stereotypical Republicans and go undercover at a Ted Cruz fundraising event. C...

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Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

Viral Vid: New Star Wars X-Wing Fighter

J.J. Abrams has been shaking a few things out of his ‘mystery box’ of late. The Star Wars Episode VII director has been showing off sets and effects to get us all pumped for the long-awaited return to a galaxy far far away. His latest is a look at...

New Star Wars director shows off new (old) ship as part of charity drive

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Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Kim Jae-beom told the police he wasn’t sure what killed his daughter, and that “she was a premature baby from the beginning.” But the cause of death determined by authorities was less vague: The baby had died of malnutrition as a result of her par...

When the death of their daughter interrupted the gaming fantasy they’d been sucked into, a South Korean couple was actually caring for a virtual child in 12-hour online binges.

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True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood’s Tea Party Massacre

True Blood, the HBO series created by Alan Ball that’s full of vampire carnage and aberrant sex, frequently gets political. The whole thing is essentially about LGBT rights and civil rights, enough so that GLAAD declared it the most gay-friendly s...

On Sunday night’s episode of the kinky HBO vampire/werewolves/fairies series, two characters dress like stereotypical Republicans and go undercover at a Ted Cruz fundraising event. C...

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How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

As a geriatrician, I spend my time exploring life beyond adulthood. I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging. Perhaps there is no better example of this than the way in which we tre...

The concept is elegantly simple: Provide a dementia sufferer with an MP3 player that has been loaded with music tailored to their taste. Let them listen. Ask them about it.

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DC Comics’ Diversity Crisis

DC Comics’ Diversity Crisis

Despite what the knuckle-draggers in comment sections would have you think, America is beginning to care about diversity in comic books. Look at the media explosion which erupted this week when Marvel Comics announced that both Captain America and...

Marvel is willing to chance that a tentpole property like Thor will retain iconic status, even if a woman wields the hammer for a bit. Meanwhile, DC is still banning gay marriages.

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Cinema’s Nutty Professor

Cinema’s Nutty Professor

He is cinema’s Doc Brown—a mélange of filmmaker and quirky inventor whose digital canvases resemble abstract works of art sprung to life. Michel Gondry began his career directing avant-garde music videos for the likes of Björk, Daft Punk, and Radi...

Michel Gondry discusses his latest surrealist picture, ‘Mood Indigo,’ behind-the-scenes tales from the making of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,’ and much more.

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How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s

As a geriatrician, I spend my time exploring life beyond adulthood. I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging. Perhaps there is no better example of this than the way in which we tre...

The concept is elegantly simple: Provide a dementia sufferer with an MP3 player that has been loaded with music tailored to their taste. Let them listen. Ask them about it.

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World News

Blair to Europe: Quit Begging the U.S.

Blair to Europe: Quit Begging the U.S.

Tony Blair has called for Europe to pull itself together and stop begging the United States for help every time something goes wrong.The former British prime minister said it was time the continent stood on its own two feet more than 70 years afte...

The former British prime minister and partner of George W. Bush says 70 years is enough time depending on Washington.

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Salvagers After the Costa Concordia

Salvagers After the Costa Concordia

It is not uncommon to find vials of blood from venerated martyrs and saints in Catholic churches all across Italy. But inside the church of San Lorenzo in Giglio harbor, Father Lorenzo Pasquotti keeps something slightly different. There, on a wood...

On the Isola del Giglio, the men who salvaged the doomed cruise ship have become part of the island’s family. What will the Giglese do when they’re gone?

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Copycat MH17 Attacks?

Copycat MH17 Attacks?

The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 by what was probably a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile battery is a nightmare scenario for airlines, governments and travelers. Many might worry that terrorist groups such as the Islamic State in ...

Shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missiles remain a concern for commercial jets as they take off and land, but last week’s tragedy in eastern Ukraine isn’t cause for fresh alarm.

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Saddam’s Former Deputy Turns to ISIS

Saddam’s Former Deputy Turns to ISIS

BAGHDAD — He’s like a ghost from the nightmare world of Saddam Hussein. Izzat Ibrahim al Douri was for decades one of the Iraqi tyrant’s blood-covered right-hand men and—this is what’s important now—Saddam’s liaison with radical jihadists the worl...

Despite a $10 million reward for his capture, the Iraqi tyrant’s liaison to the world’s most radical jihadists, now 72, is on the loose and in cahoots with the so-called Caliph Ibrahim.

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Salvagers After the Costa Concordia

Salvagers After the Costa Concordia

It is not uncommon to find vials of blood from venerated martyrs and saints in Catholic churches all across Italy. But inside the church of San Lorenzo in Giglio harbor, Father Lorenzo Pasquotti keeps something slightly different. There, on a wood...

On the Isola del Giglio, the men who salvaged the doomed cruise ship have become part of the island’s family. What will the Giglese do when they’re gone?

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Gazans Have ‘Nowhere to Run’

Gazans Have ‘Nowhere to Run’

AL SHEJAIYA, GAZA — On the deadliest day so far in the new Gaza war, at least 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting that, in less than two weeks has killed at least 348 Palestinians and wounded 2,700. Hamas also claimed it captured one Israe...

As the Gaza war marks its deadliest day so far, Palestinians seek safety and rely on each other.

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The Wicked History of Russia’s Missiles

The Wicked History of Russia’s Missiles

The Russian Buk missile now established as the weapon that brought down Malaysia Flight 17 is the progeny of a Russian missile technology that has long challenged U.S. military might, particularly in the form of one system that in its durability a...

The Buk that brought down MH17 is the high-tech equivalent of the ubiquitous AK-47. Its predecessor sparked an international crisis and almost started World War III.

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The Children Who Saw the MH17 Atrocity

The Children Who Saw the MH17 Atrocity

TOREZ, Ukraine — Blue-eyed orphan Christina Shevts, 15, stared at the empty air before her, trying to visualize again the horror she had witnessed. That day, last Thursday, at about 4:45 p.m., kids at the Torez orphanage finished their afternoon s...

Investigators will have a hard time explaining why the Malaysia Airlines plane was shot down. But no one who saw the bodies fall will ever forget.

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Gazans Have ‘Nowhere to Run’

Gazans Have ‘Nowhere to Run’

AL SHEJAIYA, GAZA — On the deadliest day so far in the new Gaza war, at least 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting that, in less than two weeks has killed at least 348 Palestinians and wounded 2,700. Hamas also claimed it captured one Israe...

As the Gaza war marks its deadliest day so far, Palestinians seek safety and rely on each other.

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Tech + Health

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Kim Jae-beom told the police he wasn’t sure what killed his daughter, and that “she was a premature baby from the beginning.” But the cause of death determined by authorities was less vague: The baby had died of malnutrition as a result of her par...

When the death of their daughter interrupted the gaming fantasy they’d been sucked into, a South Korean couple was actually caring for a virtual child in 12-hour online binges.

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The Best Map of Mars Yet

The Best Map of Mars Yet

Mars is not just Earth without oceans, similar as they are in many ways. If it harbors life, the red planet hasn’t been shaped in nearly the dramatic fashion Earth has. Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moo...

A new infrared map of Mars, created by the US Geological Survey and Arizona State University, reveals the red planet like never before.

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The I.V. Doc Fights Hangovers and Wins

The I.V. Doc Fights Hangovers and Wins

Hangovers are a unique type of hell. Headache, anxiety, body aches, fatigue—all exacerbated by the nauseating notion that the only way out is the same way you got in: liquids. (In this case, water).In a society obsessed with comfort, it’s only rea...

A new service promises to bring you back from even the worst hangovers, all in the comfort of your own home. The price? $219 and up. Is it worth it?

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Snowden: Hackers of the World, Unite

Snowden: Hackers of the World, Unite

Edward Snowden addressed a packed-to-capacity crowd at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference with a message reminiscent of a line from the hacker scene's favorite campy movie: Hackers of the world, unite.“Technology enables dissent,” ...

Snowden gives the hacker community its marching orders: Fight surveillance by making privacy tools for everyone.

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The Best Map of Mars Yet

The Best Map of Mars Yet

Mars is not just Earth without oceans, similar as they are in many ways. If it harbors life, the red planet hasn’t been shaped in nearly the dramatic fashion Earth has. Mars has no tectonic plates—no continents, in other words—and no ginormous moo...

A new infrared map of Mars, created by the US Geological Survey and Arizona State University, reveals the red planet like never before.

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Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming

Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming

“It’s the children that I can’t forget.”Time and time again, in my psychiatrist’s office at a military clinic, a soldier would tell me this. Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variation...

According to reports, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not yet contacted his family. That seems strange to most, but the reintegration process after war (and especially after capture) is anyth...

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How Air Tragedy Reawakens the Fear

How Air Tragedy Reawakens the Fear

You always see us on a flight, if you’re watching. The ones who know it’s time to swallow that small pill when the flight attendants call for first-class passengers and any who may need extra time to board. The ones who take slow, deep breaths as ...

We are horrified, of course, we who are terrified of flying, but ever-so-slightly vindicated: We knew this all along. We are not in control.

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What's the Deal with Waist Training?

What's the Deal with Waist Training?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn Beyoncé has one. Scarlett Johansson and Marilyn Monroe do, too. According to some, these women possess the quintessential (and covetable) female body shape—the hourglass figure with a large bust, small waist...

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Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming

Bergdahl’s Bitter Homecoming

“It’s the children that I can’t forget.”Time and time again, in my psychiatrist’s office at a military clinic, a soldier would tell me this. Strong, young, crisply uniformed, he or she would shake, sigh, stare blankly, or cry, recounting variation...

According to reports, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has not yet contacted his family. That seems strange to most, but the reintegration process after war (and especially after capture) is anyth...

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Fashion

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Who can forget the 2001 American Music Awards, when then-idyllic couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears took to the red carpet in matching Canadian tuxedos? Or the numerous times Posh and Becks sported nearly identical looks, from the purple ...

We may all snicker at gooey-eyed couples who begin to coordinate their outfits, but matching may actually be a sign of a strong relationship. Unless the look is truly hideous, of cou...

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Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

On Saturday night, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wed supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Jonah—sorry, I used a Homophobic Slur but it’s OK because my friend is gay—Hill, and the majority of bridesmaids were Vi...

The douchey Maroon 5 singer married Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo over the weekend, thus sparing the rest of womankind.

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The Rise of the Social Supermodel

The Rise of the Social Supermodel

With her candid personality, social media over-shares, and bubbly, ‘could easily be your new best friend’ vibes, it’s no surprise that Chrissy Teigen has been referred to as the “Jennifer Lawrence of the modeling world.”“Some people, I think, thin...

Sports Illustrated covergirl Chrissy Teigen—who has become a Twitter phenomenon for her raunchy, funny, oversharing posts—is a far cry from the remote supermodels of old. And we like...

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The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

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Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

On Saturday night, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wed supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Jonah—sorry, I used a Homophobic Slur but it’s OK because my friend is gay—Hill, and the majority of bridesmaids were Vi...

The douchey Maroon 5 singer married Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo over the weekend, thus sparing the rest of womankind.

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Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display: There’s one thing the world’s most powerful celebrity hasn’t been given—a museum exhibition. But, that’s about to change. On Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new exhibition of outfits from Beyo...

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be designing for Paige.

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Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested

Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested

Johnny Depp's Faux-Stylist Gets Arrested: New York-based fashion blogger David Tripp has been arrested for identity theft and grand larceny after posing as actor Johnny Depp's stylist to numerous design labels. Tripp reportedly requested...

And Leighton Meester pens feminist essay on 'Of Mice and Men.'

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Gisele Bundchen Is Worth $128k a Day

Gisele Bundchen Is Worth $128k a Day

Is Gisele Bundchen Worth $128k A Day?: Linda Evangelista once proclaimed that she doesn’t get out of bed for less than $10,000 a day. Well, that’s petty cash compared Gisele Bundchen's rate, who has been named the world’s highest-paid supermo...

And Kate Bosworth is launching an app.

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Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display: There’s one thing the world’s most powerful celebrity hasn’t been given—a museum exhibition. But, that’s about to change. On Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new exhibition of outfits from Beyo...

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be designing for Paige.

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Great Escapes

The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

Before Interstate 40 relieved travelers of the necessity (and the joys) of driving along the main streets of Southwestern towns and cities, Route 66 was the only way to go. In Oklahoma, it was the major artery between the Osage Frontier and the pa...

Route 66 used to be the only way to drive cross country. While it's now an American icon, travelers are still rewarded by a trip through El Reno, where onion-fried burgers are a ...

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  • Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

    Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

    I visited Normandy for the first time a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of tasting cider at one specific estate. Eric Bordelet, a former sommelier at Alain Passard’s three-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant, L’Arpege, left city life over two ...

    Most ciders have gotten a bad rap as being too sweet and fruity. But that’s starting to change. Case in point—a Normandy estate that is making cider that rivals the area's fine w...

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The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and St. Barts.

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and S...

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Israel Had a Secret Bullet Factory

Israel Had a Secret Bullet Factory

There are two ways to get into Israel’s secret bullet factory: one, is beneath an industrial washing machine, lifted with the press of a button, in what was—for all intents and purposes—a laundry room (a setup that would make Walter White proud). ...

‘Breaking Bad’ wasn't the only one to hide illicit activities beneath a laundry. In the early days, Israel did the same, secretively producing millions of bullets below a fake ki...

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A Wacky History of One-Man Nations

A Wacky History of One-Man Nations

In 1865, a West Indies trader and preacher named Matthew Shiel sailed by an uninhabitable craggy rock near the Caribbean island of Monserrat. Eager to gift his newborn son, also called Matthew, with a royal title, he pronounced the island the King...

On Monday, a Virginia man proclaimed a piece of land in Sudan a new nation so his daughter could be a princess. Turns out, this isn't even close to being the weirdest landgrab in...

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The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

The Sexiest Nude Beaches in the World

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and St. Barts.

Lovers of sunbathing sans suit don't have to go all the way to Europe these days. There are nude-friendly beaches all over the world, from Miami and San Diego to Costa Rica and S...

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Mike Myers’s Colonel Sanders Obsession

Mike Myers’s Colonel Sanders Obsession

Where the hell has Mike Myers been?You know, the guy behind blockbuster comedy films Wayne’s World and Austin Powers. It’s been six years since we’ve seen his face on the big screen. And even then, The Love Guru was kind of an epic fail.As it turn...

The actor has been absent from the big screen lately, but that doesn’t mean he hasn't been working. He’s just found a new interest—painting art history-inspired portraits of KFC’...

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The Artist Trapped in the West Bank

The Artist Trapped in the West Bank

A pivotal new exhibition, Here and Elsewhere, opens today at The New Museum, spotlighting the work of 45 Arab artists from over 15 countries. But in a true art-meets-life scenario, one artist is now living the subject of his piece. Against the bac...

Khaled Jarrar has spent much of his career exploring the restrictions and humiliations Palestinians face trying to leave their territory. Now he, too, has found himself trapped.

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Japan’s Hypocritical Vagiphobia

Japan’s Hypocritical Vagiphobia

Who knew a country notorious for selling used underwear in vending machines could be so prudish?Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi was arrested this week for distributing “obscene” design files to make 3-D-printed models of her vagina. Igarashi, who ...

Child porn was legal until a month ago in Japan, and you can still find vending machines selling soiled underwear. But a woman who wanted to make a vagina-shaped kayak is behind bars.

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Mike Myers’s Colonel Sanders Obsession

Mike Myers’s Colonel Sanders Obsession

Where the hell has Mike Myers been?You know, the guy behind blockbuster comedy films Wayne’s World and Austin Powers. It’s been six years since we’ve seen his face on the big screen. And even then, The Love Guru was kind of an epic fail.As it turn...

The actor has been absent from the big screen lately, but that doesn’t mean he hasn't been working. He’s just found a new interest—painting art history-inspired portraits of KFC’...

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Women

How Do You Imagine Equality?

How Do You Imagine Equality?

Global Fund for Women has just launched a new campaign, “Imagining Equality,” which asked women around the world to share what they pictured when they imagined equality. With over 400 submissions, responses ranged from the broad ("Equality is...

Global Fund For Women’s new campaign asks women to picture an equal world.

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  • Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

    Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

    In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

    She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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Whither the Women’s Movement?

Whither the Women’s Movement?

William Barnett, my paternal grandfather, came to America in 1910, and became a union organizer with the International Cap Makers Union.  Although William was enamored with his newly-found freedoms in America, and angered by the horrendous working...

Despite massive gains in the 20th century, the women’s movement has reached a stalemate in the 21st. How to move forward?

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Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

 This week, on the heels of the World Cup, leaders of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) held a summit meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil. At this meeting, the leaders of these ascendant powers agreed to form an international development ...

Has hosting the World Cup helped or hurt the woman in charge?

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Winners for National Cowgirl Hall of ...

Winners for National Cowgirl Hall of ...

Did you know there was a National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame? Located in Forth Worth, TX, it’s the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West. After a rigorous and competitive selection process – since 1975 only...

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame has selected five women to induct as part of the 39th Annual Competition.

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Whither the Women’s Movement?

Whither the Women’s Movement?

William Barnett, my paternal grandfather, came to America in 1910, and became a union organizer with the International Cap Makers Union.  Although William was enamored with his newly-found freedoms in America, and angered by the horrendous working...

Despite massive gains in the 20th century, the women’s movement has reached a stalemate in the 21st. How to move forward?

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The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The reproductive rights debate has taken a startling turn over the past few years. Somehow abortion stopped being the preeminent issue, and was instead replaced by heated debates over birth control, insurance and a craft store called Hobby Lobby. ...

Why the pro-choice movement can’t get bogged down in a fight over laws to protect newborns.

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Wife-Beating Is Rampant In Turkey

Wife-Beating Is Rampant In Turkey

Residents of an upscale Istanbul neighborhood flocked to their windows this month to watch a neighbor brutally beat his wife. One onlooker—a European woman—recounted the woman’s screams and her neighbors’ apathy in a post to an Istanbul Facebook g...

Violence against women continues to plague Turkey, and a pioneering new female political party blames Erdogan's machismo.

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The New Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The reproductive rights debate has taken a startling turn over the past few years. Somehow abortion stopped being the preeminent issue, and was instead replaced by heated debates over birth control, insurance and a craft store called Hobby Lobby. ...

Why the pro-choice movement can’t get bogged down in a fight over laws to protect newborns.

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Books

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

Like Babe Ruth, late in his career, pointing toward the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field before sending a ball soaring out of the stadium, James Lee Burke has managed, in one swift maneuver, to confirm and enhance his legacy. At the age of ...

Abandoning the badasses in his usual Louisiana haunts, the Edgar-winning author crafts his first historical novel about oil, movies and the American Dream.

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  • The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Wrong AnswerRachel Aviv, The New YorkerIn the era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small ScreenLarry Smith, MatterThe other true story behind Orange is the New Black.The Cultu...

    From a school forced by a brutal testing regime into a cheating scandal to a 14-hour trip to T.G.I Friday’s, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

“He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look l...

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

Just as the world stops reeling from the latest twists in Game of Thrones—or just in time to remember the characters’ names—Joe Abercrombie has grabbed hold of Occam’s razor and slit open the obsessively complicated worlds constructed by today’s f...

Well known as a fantasy author for adults, Joe Abercrombie makes his first foray in young adult fiction with ‘Half a King,’ about a boy’s violent (but chaste) struggle to rule.

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Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

“He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look l...

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Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Living in apartheid South Africa, as I did, was easy in moral terms. Living in Israel, as I do now, is difficult.In apartheid South Africa the choice was clear and beyond escape: It was good versus evil. Apartheid, apartness, which meant racial se...

Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.

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When New York City Hit Its Stride

When New York City Hit Its Stride

Donald L. Miller’s Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America is an awesome book on an awesome subject, a time in the history of New York City when commerce and culture engaged in a symbiotic relationship, spurring an unprec...

In the ’20s, the Big Apple took off when culture and commerce started going steady. Until the Depression, New York was the red hot center of everything.

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Researching Your Great American Novel

Researching Your Great American Novel

Like storytelling, in the mind of a writer the research never stops. Isaac Asimov once said he was writing every minute he wasn’t in the shower; in the shower, he was only thinking about his writing. In the same way, research for my novels has bec...

You don’t research a novel, you research a world, and you better get it right, because today’s readers demand that even fiction writers be reliable witnesses.

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Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Living in apartheid South Africa, as I did, was easy in moral terms. Living in Israel, as I do now, is difficult.In apartheid South Africa the choice was clear and beyond escape: It was good versus evil. Apartheid, apartness, which meant racial se...

Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.

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