Politics

United States Vice President Joe Biden talks to Stephanie Carter (R) as her husband Ash Carter (not pictured) delivers his acceptance speech as the new Secretary of Defense at the White House in Washington February 17, 2015. Carter served as the deputy defense secretary, the department's number two position, from 2011 to 2013.

Joe Biden, America’s Favorite Uncle

Joe Biden, America’s Favorite Uncle

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

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New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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Flip-Flopping in the Age of Facebook

Geez, Can’t a Guy Flip-Flop Anymore?

Geez, Can’t a Guy Flip-Flop Anymore?

It’s 2015, and three presidential cycles and more than 10 years after John Kerry earned the tag Flip Flopper, we’re still replaying what has already become one of the oldest and most tiresome sketches in modern American politics.  I’m talking abou...

Sorry, no. In an era when people can find a candidate’s old quotes in seconds, it’s better to stand your ground and take your lumps.

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The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

The Muslims Are Coming…to the Subways!

How do you respond to a $100,000 campaign of hateful, anti-Muslim ads in the New York City bus and subway system? Do you deface them? Do you stand in front of each poster yelling at passersby “Don’t look at this poster!”? Do you shutter yourself a...

Last fall, a certain bigot put up anti-Muslim posters in the subways. Starting next week, we get our revenge. With laughs.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton smiles before delivering the keynote address at the Women in the World summit in New York April 23, 2015.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX1A1Q0

Fired-up Hillary Channels Obama

Fired-up Hillary Channels Obama

Meet the new Barack Obama: Her name is Hillary Clinton.As Democrats transfer their allegiance from the candidate of “Yes We Can” and the rallies with hundreds of thousands to the candidate of the understated YouTube campaign kickoff and the small ...

Before a friendly audience in Manhattan on Thursday, Clinton took a page from the president’s speech playbook, placing her candidacy within women’s larger struggle for equality.

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Entertainment

KERMIT THE FROG THE MUPPET SHOW (1976)

Are The Muppets Nazis, Or Merely Drunks?

Are The Muppets Nazis, Or Merely Drunks?

Fans of all ages rejoiced this week when ABC made public details of its planned Muppets reboot. The documentary-style update will follow the Muppets on and off the set, exploring their personal lives in a “more adult” version of America’s favorite...

It sounds so nice, this ABC Muppets reboot. But we’ve obtained behind-the-scenes memos. If you adore Kermit, don’t read on.

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The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

When I was a kid, The New Yorker would arrive every week in the mail—a bulky, substantive tome with a headline-free cover that made it feel like a deeply serious thing, not meant to be trifled with or pawed at, but rather treasured and read leisur...

Once heralded as highbrow-aspirational cultural institutions—the epitome of class and sophistication—“The New Yorker” and MoMA have been accused of “starfucking” for profit.

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(L-R)  Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, John Oliver, and Terry Jones pose for a photo backstage at the "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" special screening during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

Monty Python’s first visit to the USA in 1973 did not go well at all. The groundbreaking British comedic troupe appeared on The Tonight Show being guest hosted by Joey Bishop.“We looked out and it was like The Producers film where the jaws of the ...

At a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail,' the surviving cast—moderated by HBO's star Brit—gathered to dish war stories...

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Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

On Friday evening, the nation tuned in to see something courageous and groundbreaking happen.In a two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News’ 20/20, former Olympian Bruce Jenner came out as a woman. “For all intents and purposes, I am a wo...

On Friday night, after hearing the news of Jenner’s touching “I am a woman” admission to Diane Sawyer, Kardashian’s dimwitted ex-husband of 72 days had something stupid to say.

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The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

When I was a kid, The New Yorker would arrive every week in the mail—a bulky, substantive tome with a headline-free cover that made it feel like a deeply serious thing, not meant to be trifled with or pawed at, but rather treasured and read leisur...

Once heralded as highbrow-aspirational cultural institutions—the epitome of class and sophistication—“The New Yorker” and MoMA have been accused of “starfucking” for profit.

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Guy and woman expressing domestic violence

Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

During my first adult convention, chatting with fans and signing my name on glossy 8 x 10’s,  it never occurred to me that I’d be groped. It was a public event, not a porn set. Yet more than a few eager fans tried to sneak their fingers down my pa...

Many women in porn deal with sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis and don’t know if the cruel and judgmental general public will believe them when they come forward.

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Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Consider the plight of the televised health professional.There was a time when all it took was the right couple of letters in front of your name and the divine blessing of Oprah Winfrey, daytime TV’s resplendent queen, and you could find yourself ...

Dr. Oz has come under fire due to his ‘egregious lack of integrity,’ but he pales in comparison to the fame-whoring Dr. Phil. Here’s why it’s time to get rid of the ‘daytime doc.’

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Bruce Jenner: 'I Am a Woman'

Bruce Jenner: 'I Am a Woman'

Bruce Jenner will be doing no more interviews. From this point forward, he will be "her.""I am a woman." The Olympian and erstwhile member of the Kardashian reality TV empire, definitively ended months—decades, even—of speculat...

Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner about his transition into a woman might be as influential as Ellen DeGeneres coming out 18 years ago.

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Guy and woman expressing domestic violence

Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

During my first adult convention, chatting with fans and signing my name on glossy 8 x 10’s,  it never occurred to me that I’d be groped. It was a public event, not a porn set. Yet more than a few eager fans tried to sneak their fingers down my pa...

Many women in porn deal with sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis and don’t know if the cruel and judgmental general public will believe them when they come forward.

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World News

Members of the social group "Umeed Jawan Peace Society" hold pictures of prominent women's rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was killed by unknown gunmen, during a demonstration to condemn her killing, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Lahore, Pakistan. Gunmen on a motorcycle killed Mahmud in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

This past Friday evening, a bright-eyed woman with a wide smile, cropped hair and infectious charisma strode up the stairs of a squat building on Sunset Lane in a tony section of Karachi called Defense Housing Authority Phase 2 and into a bustling...

Gunmen murdered Sabeen Mahmud on a Karachi street last Friday. She had asked too many questions about government brutality—and she’d got others asking them, too.

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In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, center, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

PALERMO, Italy—The Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who ended up being collateral damage in an American drone operation in January was a good person. He had worked extensively in the Central African Republic and in Haiti, and had years of fie...

The delay in confirming Giovanni Lo Porto’s death has left Italians wondering what took so long?

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The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

First there were embraces and then the barbaric execution by stoning. Photographs of hugs that jihadists gave a condemned gay couple before killing them in north Syria have gone viral, prompting outrage in the West. For Islamic State sympathizers ...

The viral video of a couple being hugged before they were murdered by stoning is not only tragic, it tells you a lot about the killers.

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Quorum: Alice Nkom

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

Despite clients in jail and threats from the government, Alice N’kom, the first female lawyer in Cameroon, is undaunted.

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In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, center, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

PALERMO, Italy—The Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who ended up being collateral damage in an American drone operation in January was a good person. He had worked extensively in the Central African Republic and in Haiti, and had years of fie...

The delay in confirming Giovanni Lo Porto’s death has left Italians wondering what took so long?

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Italian police stand in front of St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican on March 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO  MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

PALERMO, Italy — Italian counter-terrorism operatives issued arrest warrants for 18 men and arrested nine across Italy on Thursday. They are thought to be part of an al Qaeda terrorism ring based on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Am...

Italian police have busted what they claim is a major al Qaeda cell in Sardinia smuggling migrants and planning attacks in the mainland.

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

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New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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Armenians killed by Turks during the Armenian Genocide, 1915.

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Genocide is not the murder of people but the murder of a people.In his first publication using the term he had coined, the lawyer Raphael Lemkin explained, “The practice of extermination of nations and ethnic groups as carried out by the invaders ...

The Turkish government may not want to admit it, but the murder and removal of millions of Armenians was genocide.

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Italian police stand in front of St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican on March 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO  MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

PALERMO, Italy — Italian counter-terrorism operatives issued arrest warrants for 18 men and arrested nine across Italy on Thursday. They are thought to be part of an al Qaeda terrorism ring based on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Am...

Italian police have busted what they claim is a major al Qaeda cell in Sardinia smuggling migrants and planning attacks in the mainland.

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U.S. News

Author Christina Hoff Sommers (no caps).  (Photo by Paula Lerner/Woodfin Camp/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

Beyond its entertainment value, mockery plays a useful role in a society as riven and weary as ours: it substitutes for understanding. Confronted with incomprehensible public rage, the quickest way to survive is simply to denigrate it from a safe ...

So the anti-feminist feminist got heckled again by the PC kids. We can disdain them. But instead let’s turn to Plato, who can explain them.

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The Union’s Only Native American General

The Union’s Only Native American General

Most anniversary commemorations of the Confederacy’s surrender 150-years ago in April, 1865, overlooked a meaningful exchange at that little courthouse in Appomattox, Va. After the proud defeated commander, Robert E. Lee, formally surrendered to t...

Called a “real American” by Robert E. Lee, Parker was a uniquely American success story.

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Baltimore protests

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

No chokehold seems to have been used in arresting 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, as there was in arresting Eric Garner on Staten Island.But cellphone videos show that in both incidents the arresting officer evidenced a disturbing deafness ...

The great majority of cops take the oath because they want to help people. But a corrosive cynicism can poison their initial sense of purpose.

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What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

Beyond its entertainment value, mockery plays a useful role in a society as riven and weary as ours: it substitutes for understanding. Confronted with incomprehensible public rage, the quickest way to survive is simply to denigrate it from a safe ...

So the anti-feminist feminist got heckled again by the PC kids. We can disdain them. But instead let’s turn to Plato, who can explain them.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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African American men, women and children pick cotton in a cotton field and place it in straw bushel baskets, circa 1890. (Photo by Lightfoot/Getty Images)

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

Perhaps the most durable myth about slavery is that it was utterly incompatible with capitalism. Well before historians in the twentieth century began legitimating the idea, abolitionists suggested the disconnect themselves. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, ...

Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.

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Tech + Health

Egyptian art. Fragment of a papyrus with hieroglyphic writing. Egyptian Museum of Turin. Italy. (Photo by: Prisma/UIG via Getty Images)

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

If a night of revelry has awoken you to a morning of agony, you’re in luck.According to a medical papyri from ancient Egypt, the leaves of the Alexandrian shrub chamaedaphne are the answer. If you’ve never heard of them you aren’t alone. The direc...

A 1900-year-old text medical papyri suggests that wearing a leathery-leafed plant will cure a night of drinking. Why the ancient Egyptians may be the best doctor we have.

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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How the Pot Business Is Whitewashed

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

When Alaska and Vermont decriminalized recreational marijuana over the past year, they doubled an already massive market of legal weed. Estimated to be worth upwards of $35 billion, it’s attracted everyone from marketing gurus to venture capitalis...

Valued at upwards of $35 million, the new legal weed market has cultivated an ambitious group of ganjapreneurs. Why African Americans aren’t among them.

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You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

Is your refrigerator crisper a graveyard of spoiled produce and expired goods? Those squandered products add up — and fast. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family throws out up to $43 worth of food each mon...

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

Evangelicals have just voted another intellectual off their island.On the eve of April Fools’ Day, while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Professor Tom Oord got an email from the president of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) notifying him t...

A beloved professor forced from a Nazarene university this month is the latest casualty in a war that’s being waged against thinking evangelical Christians.

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Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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E. E. Cummings, (1894-1962), undated self portrait of the poet and painter. --- Image by © Corbis

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

American greats like Dorothea Lange, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol are the artists one expects to find within the walls of the new Whitney Museum when it opens its doors to the public on May 1 in New York City’s Meatpacking Dis...

The great modernist poet had a sideline passion—creating a multitude of visual art: 1,600 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings during his lifetime.

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Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Every photographer—hell, everyone in general—has had at least the fleeting dream of exploring the world as a National Geographic adventurer. Their exploits have been drilled into our brains since we were children, via countless breathtaking docume...

Around the world and back with a NatGeo explorer

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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Prince Charles wears headphones as learns how to scratch and fade with a turntable while he tours an employment skills workshop in Toronto May 22, 2012. The royal couple is on a four-day visit to Canada to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  REUTERS/Paul Chiasson/Pool (CANADA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR32H7O

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

The next few weeks are likely to be particularly trying ones for Prince Charles.As the nation rejoices in the birth of a new royal baby—fourth in line to the throne regardless of gender—Prince Charles, never keen on sharing the limelight, has a le...

He doesn’t seem to be the most doting grandfather. The country wants William to be the next King, rather than him. Can Prince Charles turn it around?

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Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Every photographer—hell, everyone in general—has had at least the fleeting dream of exploring the world as a National Geographic adventurer. Their exploits have been drilled into our brains since we were children, via countless breathtaking docume...

Around the world and back with a NatGeo explorer

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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Countess Teresa Foscari Foscolo at a masked costume ball at the Palazzo Labia, Venice, 3rd September 1951. Named 'Le Bal Oriental' and described in the press as 'the party of the century', the ball was given by Spanish-Mexican multi-millionaire Carlos de Beistegui. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

It’s not hard to see why Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia, which took place on September 3, 1951, is still routinely described as the Ball of the Century—not when you contemplate the remarkable event itself.The h...

The guests who flocked to Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951, bought the city to a glamorous standstill.

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Columbia student Paul Nungesser, accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz, who began carrying a 50-pound mattress around campus after Columbia cleared Nungesser to symbolize the burden, on the school's campus in New York, Dec. 11, 2014. Nungesser says he is innocent, that the mattress project is an act of bullying, and that the university has now abdicated its own responsibility, letting mob justice overrule its official procedures. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Columbia University is one of the many schools to be accused of failing to protect the rights of sexual assault victims. This week, it became one of the first to be singled out for failing to protect the rights of the accused.On Wednesday, Paul Nu...

The male student at the center of the Columbia University rape controversy claims he has suffered gender discrimination. Other male students are also fighting to clear their names.

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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    Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

    Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

    Like so many military catastrophes, the amphibious assault on the Ottoman Turks at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 by an Anglo-French force began with the best of intentions and a hefty dose of wishful thinking. On January 2, 1915, the British War Cou...

    It nearly ruined Winston Churchill’s career and launched Ataturk’s. On this day 100 years ago, tens of thousands died in one the most global battles in WWI.

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Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Editor’s note: On July 16, 1964, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan killed 15-year-old James Powell, an African-American kid from the Bronx. What followed were six nights of rioting that roiled Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. More than 4,0...

After a white cop killed a black kid in 1964, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn exploded in violence.

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974. (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers' Big Flop

The Wright Brothers' Big Flop

There isn’t a more perplexing puzzle among all the stirring tales of American innovation than the one inherent in the story of the Wright brothers. As David McCullough says of them in his new biography: “They had no college education, no formal te...

David McCullough’s new book shows that the Ohioans didn’t build the first plane but the first plane that was worth flying. Then they stopped.

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Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Editor’s note: On July 16, 1964, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan killed 15-year-old James Powell, an African-American kid from the Bronx. What followed were six nights of rioting that roiled Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. More than 4,0...

After a white cop killed a black kid in 1964, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn exploded in violence.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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1924 --- American comic actor, director and producer Buster Keaton on the set of his movie Sherlock Jr.. --- Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

As the modern world swirled around him, Buster Keaton maintained what critic James Agee called a “mulish imperturbability.” In his seminal Life magazine essay on the silent film comics, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” Agee wrote, “Very early in his movie...

He never cracked a smile on screen, but Keaton’s silent films are as funny as anything Hollywood ever made. Also melancholy, profound, and … but let’s go with funny.

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How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

Perhaps the most durable myth about slavery is that it was utterly incompatible with capitalism. Well before historians in the twentieth century began legitimating the idea, abolitionists suggested the disconnect themselves. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, ...

Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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