Politics

Who Will Win the Matt Drudge Primary?

Who Will Win the Matt Drudge Primary?

SEATTLE TO FINE RESIDENTS… FOR THROWING AWAY FOOD!ISIS TO OBAMA: WE’LL BEHEAD YOU!APPLE REPORTS LARGEST PROFIT IN HISTORY OF MANKINDOn Wednesday afternoon, those were the stories leading the Drudge Report. And just below such lurid fodder were thr...

In the battle to win positive headlines, past favorites Romney and Clinton would seem to have an advantage—but they’re being eclipsed by new faces.

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Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

“Will she or won’t she?” That’s the hot question on Capitol Hill.And it’s not about whether Hillary Clinton will formally declare for 2016, but whether she will ever appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.The latest drama involving t...

Republicans want Clinton to testify before the controversial House Select Committee on Benghazi in the never-ending probe into the 2012 attack. Democrats don’t see the point.

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The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November.In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, ...

The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.

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Who Will Win the Matt Drudge Primary?

Who Will Win the Matt Drudge Primary?

SEATTLE TO FINE RESIDENTS… FOR THROWING AWAY FOOD!ISIS TO OBAMA: WE’LL BEHEAD YOU!APPLE REPORTS LARGEST PROFIT IN HISTORY OF MANKINDOn Wednesday afternoon, those were the stories leading the Drudge Report. And just below such lurid fodder were thr...

In the battle to win positive headlines, past favorites Romney and Clinton would seem to have an advantage—but they’re being eclipsed by new faces.

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Black Caucus to Revolt Against Pelosi

Black Caucus to Revolt Against Pelosi

Black lawmakers are on the verge of a revolt over a proposal that could marginalize their political power, and are warning House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to crush the idea before it is discussed further -- or face an backlash.The Congressional...

African American Democrats are vowing to block a proposal they say will diminish the political power they’ve waited a generation to attain.

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You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times...

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.

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Entertainment

One Last ‘Parenthood’ Ugly Cry

One Last ‘Parenthood’ Ugly Cry

I kept a running tally.Tears streamed down my face nine times during the series finale of Parenthood.Four of those were single-tear byproducts of my eyes pooling with moisture, struck by fleeting but powerful moments between the wonderful Braverma...

How an emotional, pitch-perfect series finale cemented this special show in our hearts. A tear-soaked homage to TV’s most perfect, most underrated series. (Got a Kleenex handy?)

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Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Well, Jonathan Chait recently said something “un-PC” and he pretty much instantly got the response to being “un-PC” that one thinks he would reasonably have expected—and, some uncharitable readers might say, probably sought out.Alex Pareene’s thor...

There’s something deeply ironic in complaining about the Internet PC Police on the Internet, then telling PC people to shut up because their anti-free speech PC orthodoxy isn’t wanted.

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Only North West Can Make Kanye Human

Only North West Can Make Kanye Human

There’s been no more hospitable place for music industry’s biggest douchebags this week than the set of Ellen, where Ellen DeGeneres has been readily hosting them, tails between their legs, as they plead for forgiveness by showing softer sides.Fir...

Kanye West’s new music video for ‘Only One’ features home footage of his daughter. Is he the World’s Greatest Dad? Or the World’s Grossest Stagedad?

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Make Andrew W.K. the 'Twin Peaks' Killer

Make Andrew W.K. the 'Twin Peaks' Killer

Face it, you’re excited about Showtime’s forthcoming Twin Peaks reboot. How could you not be? It’s either going to let you rekindle the pie and coffee soaked nights of your youth, or, if you fall under the Millennial banner, provide direct access ...

The hipster rocker petitions for the role of Killer BOB in the ‘Twin Peaks’ reboot. We vote YES.

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Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Well, Jonathan Chait recently said something “un-PC” and he pretty much instantly got the response to being “un-PC” that one thinks he would reasonably have expected—and, some uncharitable readers might say, probably sought out.Alex Pareene’s thor...

There’s something deeply ironic in complaining about the Internet PC Police on the Internet, then telling PC people to shut up because their anti-free speech PC orthodoxy isn’t wanted.

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Man vs. Tank on the Tennis Courts

Man vs. Tank on the Tennis Courts

If you’ve ever wanted to see tennis star Novak Djokovic play tennis against an M1 Abrams tank, today is your lucky day. Special-effects wiz Michael Shanks created this clip, showing Djokovic vs. “Abrams” facing off at the Australian Open.It has to...

Effects wizard shows Novak Djokovic playing against M1 Abrams tank.

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Vance Joy Finds Balance in the Riptide

Vance Joy Finds Balance in the Riptide

Even if you haven’t heard of James Keogh, AKA Vance Joy, you know his song, 2013’s platinum-certified “Riptide,” three minutes and 24 seconds of lilting, mildly subversive folk that to this day is dominating airwaves and forcing you to sing along....

The Australian behind the earworm ‘Riptide’ on how to be famous without giving it all away. And, you know, touring with Taylor Swift.

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Khal Drogo Is The New Aquaman

Khal Drogo Is The New Aquaman

At any given moment, Jason Momoa may brandish a sharp blade and plunge it deep into my aorta. Such is the enormity of his enmity. It’s evident in his green-eyed glare, the menace augmented by a lengthy scar above his left eye; a wound attained aft...

The towering Hawaiian actor, who currently stars on the Sundance drama The Red Road, opens up about how his career has come full-circle from Baywatch to Aquaman.

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Man vs. Tank on the Tennis Courts

Man vs. Tank on the Tennis Courts

If you’ve ever wanted to see tennis star Novak Djokovic play tennis against an M1 Abrams tank, today is your lucky day. Special-effects wiz Michael Shanks created this clip, showing Djokovic vs. “Abrams” facing off at the Australian Open.It has to...

Effects wizard shows Novak Djokovic playing against M1 Abrams tank.

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World News

China's Anti-Graft Fridays

China's Anti-Graft Fridays

HONG KONG — Let’s call them anti-graft Fridays.China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) typically rolls out news at the end of the work week, announcing major busts before weekend revelry kicks into gear. It’s the designated wat...

The Chinese President's anti-corruption campaign is picking up steam, but is it truly just for the good of the country or is he building a new power base?

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

MUMBAI — As U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India came to a close on Tuesday, he emphasized the importance of religious toleration, opining that India will be a great success “so long as it is not splintered along the lines of rel...

PM Modi’s crucial development agenda is being disrupted by his own Hindu nationalist backers campaigning to “re-convert” Christians and Muslims to the ancient faith.

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Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

After capturing the long-contested Donetsk airport last week, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine are now surrounding government troops near a rail hub in Debaltseve. The militants are advancing in Ukraine, as President Obama said on Sunday, “wit...

The growing Chinese-Russian alliance is one of the most important geopolitical developments of the century.

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ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

TOKYO—A new audio clip attributed to a Japanese hostage held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State said a Jordanian would be executed “immediately” unless Jordan released a woman terrorist by Thursday at sunset. “I’m Kenji Goto Jogo,” the voice in ...

Mixing ruthlessness with political acumen, the terror group is now threatening a Jordanian pilot with immediate execution unless a female terrorist is freed by sunset Thursday.

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Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

MUMBAI — As U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India came to a close on Tuesday, he emphasized the importance of religious toleration, opining that India will be a great success “so long as it is not splintered along the lines of rel...

PM Modi’s crucial development agenda is being disrupted by his own Hindu nationalist backers campaigning to “re-convert” Christians and Muslims to the ancient faith.

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U.S. News

Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

So I guess Andrew Sullivan is giving up blogging? As the kids say on the interwebs, tl; dr very closely. Reading Sullivan on not blogging was the first time I’ve read him in a long time. There’s a tree-announcing-it’s-falling quality to the announ...

Take it from me—blogs were great in their day. But now, there are just so many more ways to be an underpaid writer.

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America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter

America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter

John Corcoran has always been fascinated with civil service. As a kid, he would stop by his local police station so frequently bemused officers nicknamed him “Little Johnny.” As an adult, before he was found out, he volunteered as a firefighter.Th...

At 20, John Corcoran was a volunteer firefighter in suburban Philadelphia. He’s now facing arson charges and 161 counts of sexual assault against children.

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

So I guess Andrew Sullivan is giving up blogging? As the kids say on the interwebs, tl; dr very closely. Reading Sullivan on not blogging was the first time I’ve read him in a long time. There’s a tree-announcing-it’s-falling quality to the announ...

Take it from me—blogs were great in their day. But now, there are just so many more ways to be an underpaid writer.

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How to Ground a Plane With a Tweet

How to Ground a Plane With a Tweet

Teenage pranksters are likely behind a recent spate of Twitter bomb threats targeting passenger planes, according to U.S. officials and airline employees. At least 20 planes have been targeted since Saturday, NBC News reported, and commercial fl...

A spate of tweets this week at airlines claiming there’s a bomb on one of their planes is the handiwork of teen pranksters craving attention, officials say.

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NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

The NFL is trying its damndest to not be considered the league that protects domestic abusers—and it’s pulling out all the stops for its biggest night of the year.On Tuesday, the NFL released its PSA to air during a Super Bowl commercial break, th...

The NFL is throwing a lot of advertising money at a domestic abuse problem it shouldn’t have had in the first place.

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Tech + Health

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy.When I was a child, I was told t...

Elders announced Tuesday their provisional support of certain LGBT legal protections—with some conditions.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued an updated policy statement about the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use in the United States. Since its last statement about the matter in 2004, many ...

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ newest statement about marijuana opposes legalization. Here’s why it’s wrong.

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Why #BlizzardOf2015 Was a Bust

Why #BlizzardOf2015 Was a Bust

Despite forecasts for a “potentially historic” storm, it seems the only history the #blizzardof2015 made in New York City was that the subway was shut down for a snowstorm for the first time. Storm totals in Manhattan so far are around 8", fa...

New York City was bracing for 20”+ inches of snow, but only 8” fell. What happened?

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Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

What do Uber and Harvard have in common? Both only use the top 10 percent or so of their rating scales. For a Harvard student, the median grade is an A- and for an Uber driver, anything below a 4.7 out of 5 average rating from passengers spells tr...

Ever wonder how and why Uber drivers get banned? If it’s not for criminal behavior, the waters get murky.

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Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued an updated policy statement about the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use in the United States. Since its last statement about the matter in 2004, many ...

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ newest statement about marijuana opposes legalization. Here’s why it’s wrong.

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Is This The End Of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Is This The End Of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Mrs. Patmore, bake, bake, bake. Bake as fast as you can. Daisy, don’t dawdle. Thomas, you’ll have to find another keyhole to listen at. Lady Mary, it’s time to take your freewheeling “Hear my vagina roar” sex positivity elsewhere. And Edith. Well,...

A British tabloid reports the axe is about to fall on the hit period drama, with its creators and stars ready to move on. So, how should it end?

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Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

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Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

It’s a good thing that the Internet—and not print on paper—is serving as the main forum for intellectuals, polemicists, bloggers, trollers, leftists and wingnuts to weigh in on New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait’s 4,700-word essay attacking t...

After writing an article attacking the shrill liberal left, Jonathan Chait was attacked by…guess who? He’s loving every moment.

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Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and c...

She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.

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Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

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Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

It is just after three on a frosty afternoon and hands, dozens of moulded brown hands, hang suspended from strings dangling over makeshift massage tables that are part of a vast mechanical massage machine.People, 12 in total, will lay on the table...

He puts vegetables into his designs, delights in the craziest concepts, and for his latest Paris show Henrik Vibskov recreated a surreal Thai massage parlor.

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The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

Suddenly, “the Catskills” is everywhere, branded and proud. First you notice the word on the cheese at the local greenmarket, then you try Catskills craft brew at your favorite pub, the Catskills then makes the news when its casino plans get the g...

The gorgeous rural area, 100 miles outside New York, has languished for years—until now, with craft bars, cool inns, and ex-urbanite incomers looking to radically change their lives.

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Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

The Louisiana State Penitentiary boasts such pleasant nicknames as “Alcatraz of the South” and “The Bloodiest Prison in America,” but when pulled up on Google maps, it has a 4.4 star rating. “Was the loveliest place on earth. Loved it!” one review...

From ‘Gruesome Gertie,’ the electric chair, to the warden who lashed inmates with a leather strap, Louisiana State Penitentiary celebrates its hellish past in a museum.

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Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

It is just after three on a frosty afternoon and hands, dozens of moulded brown hands, hang suspended from strings dangling over makeshift massage tables that are part of a vast mechanical massage machine.People, 12 in total, will lay on the table...

He puts vegetables into his designs, delights in the craziest concepts, and for his latest Paris show Henrik Vibskov recreated a surreal Thai massage parlor.

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Women in the World

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotional collapse and ensuing self-help prescriptions.Even when written well—with a fair amount of objectivity and respect for the former spouse—the divorce memoir is still too often cringeworthy, discomfiting, and formulaic....

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

If there is such a thing as an ideal way for onlookers to respond to campus sexual assault, the arrest and indictment of 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner would be it.Turner, a former Stanford freshman and star swimmer, has been charged by Santa Clar...

When passersby caught a star swimmer allegedly raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat, they didn’t call the university. They jumped on him. They called police. Now he’ll face ...

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

For female urbanites—and New Yorkers in particular—Eloise represented their wildest fantasy come to life: a free-spirited, wildly independent young girl who lives in the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel and embarks on an endless array of First World a...

The creator and star of HBO’s Girls sat down at Sundance to discuss her Eloise documentary, Hannah’s Iowa mess, and her legion of haters.

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Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

By Mahrokh GholamhosseinpourWhen I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of virginity effectively became a death sentence. Clearest in my mind is th...

In a culture where women who do not bleed on their wedding night may pay with their lives, there’s a creative way to fool the groom.

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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Books

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

After a brief flurry of positive news for environmentalists out of the Obama White House—from a deal with China on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to a plan to restrict oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness—a news report this week felt like some...

The administration swore it would profit from the mistakes of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to allow drilling in the Atlantic makes you wonder if it learned anything at all.

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  • The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    Nuns using visions of God to persuade novices to have sex, threesomes with priests, the poisoning of a fat German princess, a prominent theologian shacking up with a vicaress, young nuns murdered, fetuses removed from an abbess, and cardinals, the...

    In the 19th century, a scandal involving sex and murder at a Rome convent ensnared practically every major player in the church hierarchy.

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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Though Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience beyond running the Olympics, he is staking his potential political redemption on the idea that he can make America safer. At a speech in San Diego to the Republican National Committee’s winter me...

While a potential Mitt Romney comeback seems partially tied to his supposed prescience about Russia and the Middle East, his lack of actual policies speak volumes to the contrary.

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When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

Mohsin Hamid’s first three novels are canny, intimate reader-writer transactions. His debut, Moth Smoke (2000) casts the reader as judge (“Your gavel falls like the hammer of God”). The Pakistani protagonist of his second novel, The Reluctant Fund...

One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why Pakistan has become so messy.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

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