Politics

Barbara Hall of Little Rock, far right, cheers with about 200 other demonstrators on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The rally was in protest of a bill passed by the state House that critics say will lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas’ War Over Religious Freedom

Arkansas’ War Over Religious Freedom

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For nearly 30 years, Capi Peck has owned Trio’s, a hip restaurant and Little Rock tradition.Peck comes from a family of restaurant owners, including her grandfather who owned a famous Little Rock hotel, which hosted celebrities...

The Natural State’s religious freedom law has split families—including the governor’s—as well as pitted politicians against the business community.

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U.S. Senator Bob Menendez exits the podium after a news conference in Newark, New Jersey March 6, 2015. Menendez denied any wrongdoing on Friday and said he was "not going anywhere" after CNN reported the U.S. Justice Department is preparing criminal corruption charges against the New Jersey Democrat.    REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4SE6J

Why Jersey Politicians Are All Crooks

Why Jersey Politicians Are All Crooks

Bob Menendez has just been indicted on 14 criminal counts, including eight counts of bribery. While it’s not every day that a member of the United States Senate is hit with criminal charges, it might as well be every day that a politician from New...

With his indictment, Bob Menendez joins a long list of New Jersey politicians who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

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Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTXY5TM

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson surprised a lot of people on Wednesday, requesting changes to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or offering an executive order to clarify it.Breakthrough? Not really. Read the fine print. “The b...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised many by requesting changes to the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law. But what he proposes is still not enough to protect LGBT citizens.

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Barbara Hall of Little Rock, far right, cheers with about 200 other demonstrators on the steps of the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 31, 2015. The rally was in protest of a bill passed by the state House that critics say will lead to discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas’ War Over Religious Freedom

Arkansas’ War Over Religious Freedom

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For nearly 30 years, Capi Peck has owned Trio’s, a hip restaurant and Little Rock tradition.Peck comes from a family of restaurant owners, including her grandfather who owned a famous Little Rock hotel, which hosted celebrities...

The Natural State’s religious freedom law has split families—including the governor’s—as well as pitted politicians against the business community.

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A member of Romania's gay community holds a rainbow flag during a gay parade in Bucharest June 3, 2006.  REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel  (ROMANIA) - RTR1E224

Supreme Court’s Big Gay Pandora’s Box

Supreme Court’s Big Gay Pandora’s Box

Everybody’s up in arms about Mike Pence, Mike Pence, Mike Pence. My arms are up too. In fact I have anti-Pence cred going way back, to his chairmanship while in the House of the Republican Study Group, which played a key role in dragging the whole...

The idea that we should make gay marriage the law of the land and yet refuse to force businesses to follow that law is unjust and absurd.

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Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Last Thursday, on the one-month anniversary of the suicide of his boss, Missouri’s Republican auditor and a candidate for governor, Spence Jackson took the day off.Tom Schweich’s suicide came amid what had become a brutal cam...

Spence Jackson, former spokesman for Missouri’s Republican auditor Tom Schweich, remained a loyal soldier weeks after his boss committed suicide in the wake a nasty campaign for gove...

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Entertainment

Musician Joni Mitchell performs at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute in Hollywood October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Max Morse (UNITED STATES) - RTR1VG0Z

Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

When news broke Tuesday night that music legend Joni Mitchell had been rushed to the hospital, the Internet feared the worst. Authorities found Mitchell unconscious inside her Bel Air home—releasing few other details about the events leading up to...

The music legend may be resting comfortably in the ER, but a bizarre disease that causes colorful fibers to agonizingly slither through her skin is a battle she'll still have to ...

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My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

“The Rock would never hit a woman—but I have a very good friend who would be happy to… I just have to tell you what that look means. That look means that if you keep running your mouth, she’s going to reach down your throat, pull your insides out,...

It was a night that saw The Rock and Ronda Rousey flex, LL Cool J lip-lick, and Jerry Springer mug for the cameras. WrestleMania is a strange beast—but then so is the WWE.

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The Band Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

Radio icon Casey Kasem died hard and silent. He was gravely sick while his family was warring over facetime and launching lawsuits that remain open to this day. Criminal investigations are also still pending, leading to questions over the record h...

The man who cemented his Hollywood star as the inventor of the American Top 40 was secretly ducking death threats from fanatics—and lovers of an art-rock band, too.

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FILE -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE MARCH 1, 2015. -- Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who star together in the play "Skylight," in London, Feb. 20, 2015. David Hare?s play, which has transferred from London to Broadway in a production directed by Stephen Daldry, finds two former lovers, played by Mulligan and Nighy, reuniting. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

The plot of David Hare’s extraordinary play Skylight, currently in a limited revival on Broadway, could be summed up as “Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl.” That inversion of the old cliché is the first hint that this drama will not be...

You feel every emotional beat of David Hare’s extraordinary play ‘Skylight,’ thanks to Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan’s astonishing performances.

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My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

“The Rock would never hit a woman—but I have a very good friend who would be happy to… I just have to tell you what that look means. That look means that if you keep running your mouth, she’s going to reach down your throat, pull your insides out,...

It was a night that saw The Rock and Ronda Rousey flex, LL Cool J lip-lick, and Jerry Springer mug for the cameras. WrestleMania is a strange beast—but then so is the WWE.

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Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

America, I’m sick of you.I’m sick and tired of your scared, whiny, bullshit fake rage and your pompous-ass attitude.I’m sick of weakness. I’m sick of wimps. I’m sick and tired of your soft, weak-kneed, oh-I’m-so-offended response to anything that ...

A firestorm over a handful of old tweets has got new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah in hot water. Why can’t we all grow up and just let comedians be comedians again?

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep.

Why ‘Veep’ Made Selina President

Why ‘Veep’ Made Selina President

Sunday nights in April have become, thanks to HBO’s spring slate, simultaneously blissful and anxiety-inducing. We’re a nation obsessed with Game of Thrones, for example, but also scarred by its penchant for whacking our favorite characters willy-...

Ahead of the Season Four premiere of TV’s funniest comedy, ‘Veep’ creator Armando Iannucci explains how the show’s biggest twist yet—President Meyer—will affect the new season.

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, where he serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director, in New York City.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson needs no introduction, but what the hell. The 56-year-old astrophysicist and cosmologist is this generation’s preeminent scientific voice—a man who’s championed the sciences across a variety of modes, including publishing nume...

The acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist also discusses his big bone to pick with ‘Whiplash,’ why he’s intrigued by ‘The Walking Dead,’ and Indiana’s ‘religious freedom law.’

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Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

America, I’m sick of you.I’m sick and tired of your scared, whiny, bullshit fake rage and your pompous-ass attitude.I’m sick of weakness. I’m sick of wimps. I’m sick and tired of your soft, weak-kneed, oh-I’m-so-offended response to anything that ...

A firestorm over a handful of old tweets has got new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah in hot water. Why can’t we all grow up and just let comedians be comedians again?

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World News

Quorom video: Essy

Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

Kenya’s Secret LGBTI Activist

Many LGBTI people hide their faces because they have no choice. They have to hide their identities or from threats of violence. But Essy, an activist from Kenya, shields her identity in this Quorum: Global LGBT Voices video not to hide but to work...

When meeting anonymously with anti-gay religious leaders, Kenyan LGBTI activist Essy asks, “Do you really think that I should be beaten, now that you know me?”

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Members of the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, which allied with Iraqi forces, chant slogans against the Islamic State in Tikrit March 30, 2015. Iraqi security forces continued their offensive against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tikrit on Monday, in an operation slowed by bombs and booby traps. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

Iraqi forces moved into parts of downtown Tikrit on Tuesday, which means the city’s recapture from the self-proclaimed Islamic State could be “imminent,” U.S. defense officials told the Daily Beast.But those wins were short of Iraqi Prime Minister...

U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi troops may soon push the terror group out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown. But the cries of victory are, for the moment, premature.

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses after remembering Ted Kennedy as "my friend" during his remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTR4VI2J

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

On the surface, it was an arcane Biblical reference—but beneath it, another sign of the sea change in Israel-American relations, and the evaporation of Israel’s moderate Right.Saturday night, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said in a speech, “The president of...

Why would a respected rabbi make such an outrageous statement? Look at the company he keeps.

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of troubled Ricky Shawatza Hall, and she seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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Members of the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, which allied with Iraqi forces, chant slogans against the Islamic State in Tikrit March 30, 2015. Iraqi security forces continued their offensive against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tikrit on Monday, in an operation slowed by bombs and booby traps. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

Iraqi forces moved into parts of downtown Tikrit on Tuesday, which means the city’s recapture from the self-proclaimed Islamic State could be “imminent,” U.S. defense officials told the Daily Beast.But those wins were short of Iraqi Prime Minister...

U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi troops may soon push the terror group out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown. But the cries of victory are, for the moment, premature.

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Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr reacts during a news conference in Cologne-Bonn airport March 26, 2015. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps last week told the Lufthansa flight training school about a previous period of depression, Lufthansa said on March 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay - RTR4VMVB

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Andreas Lubitz did not conceal his “episode of severe depression” from his airline as had been previously reported. In fact, Lufthansa now admits he disclosed it.This shocking revelation from Lufthansa shifts the responsibility away from the 27-ye...

A week after saying Andreas Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly,” the airline admits he told them of a serious depressive episode while training.

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Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

ROME, Italy — A young Italian model finds herself the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a powerful older man—for the third time.When 22-year-old Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian of Philippine descent now working on her modeling career in New ...

In her native Italy, this young model took two alleged lechers to court for sexual improprieties. Now she’s told police that one of Hollywood’s biggest moguls groped her, too.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin  chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014.  Putin told yesteday rebels in Ukraine to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border, but his apparent change of heart received short shrift from Kiev and Washington.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Andrei Sakharov must be rolling in his grave.The late Russian nuclear physicist was the most prominent dissident in the Soviet Union. For his warnings against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in defense of basic civil rights, the Kremlin t...

The World Russia Forum was once a respectable affair. Now it’s just a nest of Putin apologists and has-beens and both. Dead Souls indeed.

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Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr reacts during a news conference in Cologne-Bonn airport March 26, 2015. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps last week told the Lufthansa flight training school about a previous period of depression, Lufthansa said on March 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay - RTR4VMVB

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Andreas Lubitz did not conceal his “episode of severe depression” from his airline as had been previously reported. In fact, Lufthansa now admits he disclosed it.This shocking revelation from Lufthansa shifts the responsibility away from the 27-ye...

A week after saying Andreas Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly,” the airline admits he told them of a serious depressive episode while training.

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U.S. News

Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTXY5TM

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson surprised a lot of people on Wednesday, requesting changes to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or offering an executive order to clarify it.Breakthrough? Not really. Read the fine print. “The b...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised many by requesting changes to the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law. But what he proposes is still not enough to protect LGBT citizens.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Senator Bill Cadman takes a look at the new joint committee room a the Capitol. Republican state senator Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs will become the first Republican to lead the Colorado Senate since they lost the majority in 2004.

State Seeks Fetal Murder Law Post-Attack

State Seeks Fetal Murder Law Post-Attack

Energized by national outrage over a grisly attack on a pregnant woman whose unborn baby died after being cut from her womb, a Colorado lawmaker is poised to push a new fetal homicide law in the state, leading to concern that Republicans might be ...

Abortion advocates fear a gruesome attack on a pregnant woman in Colorado will be used to push through strict ‘personhood’ laws that could be used to prosecute women terminating thei...

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The Band Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

Radio icon Casey Kasem died hard and silent. He was gravely sick while his family was warring over facetime and launching lawsuits that remain open to this day. Criminal investigations are also still pending, leading to questions over the record h...

The man who cemented his Hollywood star as the inventor of the American Top 40 was secretly ducking death threats from fanatics—and lovers of an art-rock band, too.

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Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTXY5TM

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson surprised a lot of people on Wednesday, requesting changes to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or offering an executive order to clarify it.Breakthrough? Not really. Read the fine print. “The b...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised many by requesting changes to the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law. But what he proposes is still not enough to protect LGBT citizens.

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Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

In my office there’s a stack of books, all pretty recent, on higher education. The titles say a lot. The “end of college” seems gleeful compared to the more sober guides to “American higher education in crisis.” Students are said to be “academical...

It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of troubled Ricky Shawatza Hall, and she seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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Tech + Health

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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Kanye West and Jay Z attend the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

On Monday, hip-hop mogul Jay Z and a parade of superstars announced the official launch of the rebranded music streaming service Tidal in New York City. Alongside the rapper were other pop icons and shareholders in the service: Alicia Keys, Kanye ...

Yes, the launch event for the new artist-owned streaming service Tidal was over-the-top. But we shouldn’t fault Jay Z and other A-list artists for demanding a place at the table.

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Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

The Costa Rican addiction treatment clinic where the reality TV star Scott Disick spent a week this March announced his coming via a press release while flying him there by private jet. And maybe that’s to be expected, given the constant media sur...

Kardashian consort Scott Disick made headlines for the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center, which promotes the use of ibogaine to treat addiction—but the drug carries its own risks.

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Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

“We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as p...

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

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Kanye West and Jay Z attend the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

On Monday, hip-hop mogul Jay Z and a parade of superstars announced the official launch of the rebranded music streaming service Tidal in New York City. Alongside the rapper were other pop icons and shareholders in the service: Alicia Keys, Kanye ...

Yes, the launch event for the new artist-owned streaming service Tidal was over-the-top. But we shouldn’t fault Jay Z and other A-list artists for demanding a place at the table.

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When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

As the world grapples with the horrific news about the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and its shift from unexplained tragedy to terrible crime, focus has tightened on the background and condition of Andreas Lubitz, cop...

Depression doesn’t cause mass murder. Something more was at play in the Germanwings co-pilot’s mind—and the only person that was told Lubitz was unfit to fly was Lubitz himself.

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How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we’re much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought.A new research review has ...

Great news for the lovelorn: Our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

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When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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BeastStyle

FILE -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE MARCH 1, 2015. -- Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who star together in the play "Skylight," in London, Feb. 20, 2015. David Hare?s play, which has transferred from London to Broadway in a production directed by Stephen Daldry, finds two former lovers, played by Mulligan and Nighy, reuniting. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

The plot of David Hare’s extraordinary play Skylight, currently in a limited revival on Broadway, could be summed up as “Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl.” That inversion of the old cliché is the first hint that this drama will not be...

You feel every emotional beat of David Hare’s extraordinary play ‘Skylight,’ thanks to Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan’s astonishing performances.

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James Corden’s Show and Tell

James Corden’s Show and Tell

Last night on The Late Late Show, a buff David Beckham appeared exactly how the world has come to recognize him post-soccer stardom—as an underwear model.A minute-and-a-half sultry and seductive advert had Beckham stripped down, smizing and tussli...

In a skit, The Late Late Show’s presenter stripped down to his underwear for a manly, body-focused love-in with David Beckham. And James Corden has a glorious stripping past…

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January Jones as Betty Francis, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

For the past eight years, Mad Men fans have been watching to see when Don Draper’s shaky, alcohol-fueled facade would crumble, to see if Peggy will ever be taken as seriously as the boys, and to see what impeccable number Betty will button up next...

“Mad Men” returns Sunday, and as well as the complexities of Don, Peggy, and Betty’s destinies, is the small matter of how good they all look while they suffer and ponder.

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How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news” anchor who...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

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James Corden’s Show and Tell

James Corden’s Show and Tell

Last night on The Late Late Show, a buff David Beckham appeared exactly how the world has come to recognize him post-soccer stardom—as an underwear model.A minute-and-a-half sultry and seductive advert had Beckham stripped down, smizing and tussli...

In a skit, The Late Late Show’s presenter stripped down to his underwear for a manly, body-focused love-in with David Beckham. And James Corden has a glorious stripping past…

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The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

“In a city of 8 million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife,” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) says in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. The remark was facetious, but 25 years later, where social media allows you to connect—in any number of above-...

When it began, it seemed so quick, simple, and discreet. But, given the myriad ways we connect and know one another, online dating isn't so anonymous after all. And, it seems, pe...

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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Books

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt's Vicious Family Feud

    Eleanor Roosevelt’s Vicious Family Feud

    Eleanor Roosevelt’s Vicious Family Feud

    While the U.S. technically has no royal family, various families have ruled Washington throughout its history. None, however, did it for as long, or with quite as much élan, as the Roosevelt clan.While the two Roosevelts who actually ruled were ma...

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Eleanor Roosevelt were cousins who spent the greater part of their lives loathing each other, and letting the world know what they thought.

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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: to chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

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How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: to chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

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Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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