Politics

No, We Don’t Hate the Surveillance State

No, We Don’t Hate the Surveillance State

Citizenfour may have won at the Oscars, but its subject, Edward Snowden, has lost.That’s the big takeaway from last week’s CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. When it comes to mass surveillance—despite the strenuous efforts of Glen...

Edward Snowden won at the Oscars, but he’s losing in RL. We don’t hate the surveillance state. We’re embracing it more and more.

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Breakup to Makeup: the U.S.-Israel Dance

Breakup to Makeup: the U.S.-Israel Dance

Last week, administration anger against Israel and its prickly prime minister metastasized. “Fuck the Jews,” a leading official reportedly muttered. “They’ll vote for us anyway.” “We’re conducting foreign policy, this isn’t a synagogue,” the Secre...

The U.S.-Israeli friendship is genuine, but Obama and Bibi are sorely testing it beyond its traditional tensions.

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The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

So Bibi Netanyahu did not back down, and he’s here now in the United States, and he’s giving the speech Tuesday. In doing so, he has forced a true low point in U.S.-Israel relations. As has been often observed, he’s turning Israel into a partisan ...

Israel’s prime minister is in Washington to build American support, bolster his re-election campaign, and (clandestinely) push for war on Iran. He should be careful what he wishes for.

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No, We Don’t Hate the Surveillance State

No, We Don’t Hate the Surveillance State

Citizenfour may have won at the Oscars, but its subject, Edward Snowden, has lost.That’s the big takeaway from last week’s CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference. When it comes to mass surveillance—despite the strenuous efforts of Glen...

Edward Snowden won at the Oscars, but he’s losing in RL. We don’t hate the surveillance state. We’re embracing it more and more.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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An Atheist at Conservative Woodstock

An Atheist at Conservative Woodstock

It wasn’t a coveted time slot, but Jamila Bey was happy to have it. It was Day Two of the Conservative Political Action Conference, and she been allotted a small window in the early afternoon to address the assembled politicos at the conservative ...

Conservative evangelicals dominate the base of the Republican Party. Is there room for non-believers, too?

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Entertainment

Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart may be retiring from The Daily Show, but if he plays his cards right, he may have a possible career as a WWE wrestler.The diminutive 52-year-old political satirist may not be the first man you’d peg for a wrestler (call him “The Newsma...

The saga of The Daily Show host and pugilist Seth Rollins reached its inevitable conclusion on Monday night, in the ring.

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Justin Bieber Trolls Seth Rogen

Justin Bieber Trolls Seth Rogen

It looks like we have a Canadian civil war on our hands.Justin Bieber, the tatted, perma-teen plague, has offered himself up to a gaggle of comedians with his upcoming Comedy Central Roast, hosted by Kevin Hart. Now, he’s vying for the attention o...

Seth Rogen once called Bieber a “piece of shit.” Now, pop’s biggest brat wants to be given the business again in his upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s Bieber-Fueled Return

Carly Rae Jepsen’s Bieber-Fueled Return

Carly Rae Jepsen is back and if you haven’t heard, she really, really, really, really, really, really likes you. The Canadian songstress behind the summer 2012 anthem “Call Me Maybe” has returned with the relentlessly catchy and aptly-named, “I Re...

Carly Rae Jepsen had the song of 2012 with the instantly viral hit “Call Me Maybe.” Now, she’s been rebranded by Team Bieber and is ready for her second act.

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You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

Downton Abbey is making its fans mad. Not angry. Insane. We quite like it, to be honest.Because the show proceeds at such a snail’s pace—a snail wearing a big hat, obviously, with a lady-in-waiting holding a bustle making the snail even slower—the...

The Season 5 finale featured the show’s usual crazy carousel of declarations, secrets, goodbyes, and plot twists. And that’s fine. As long as Edith doesn’t wind up too happy.

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Justin Bieber Trolls Seth Rogen

Justin Bieber Trolls Seth Rogen

It looks like we have a Canadian civil war on our hands.Justin Bieber, the tatted, perma-teen plague, has offered himself up to a gaggle of comedians with his upcoming Comedy Central Roast, hosted by Kevin Hart. Now, he’s vying for the attention o...

Seth Rogen once called Bieber a “piece of shit.” Now, pop’s biggest brat wants to be given the business again in his upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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Skydiver Has Seizure in Midair

Skydiver Has Seizure in Midair

Skydiving is scary enough under normal circumstances, but how about when a diver suffers a debilitating medical event while in the air?That’s exactly what happened to the diver in this video, who began having a seizure in midair shortly after jump...

A daredevil is saved after he seizes up and loses consciousness during a dive

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'LEGO' Directors On Sony Hack and Spidey

'LEGO' Directors On Sony Hack and Spidey

After a year of extraordinary highs and peculiar lows, everything’s still pretty awesome for The LEGO Movie’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Currently master-building three franchises at different studios – the Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs films...

Hollywood’s hottest directors open up about all things 'LEGO Movie,' the rumors that they'll be directing 'Spider-Man,' and much more.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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World News

The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

ROME — The message was lost on no one when Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s xenophobic Northern League, slid a black T-shirt over his button-down white work shirt to address a crowd in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Saturday, calling for the ove...

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Northern League, donned a black shirt to address an angry crowd in Rome this weekend—and his popularity is soaring.

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The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

Monday the Iraqi military launched its largest operation to date against the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS, to retake control of the city of Tikrit. Alongside the Iraqi military the coalition fighting IS in Tikrit includes Kur...

Can the U.S. do anything to stop Iran’s influence from expanding in Iraq while it counts on the country as a quiet partner against ISIS?

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague.The operative, who uses the ali...

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to crush him.

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How to Pack Your ISIS Fanny Pack

How to Pack Your ISIS Fanny Pack

You’ve decided on martyrdom. Being a loner is a drag, and now it’s time to dedicate all your teenage wisdom to a cause—a bloody one, overseas. But there are logistics to consider when waging war against infidels in a far-off desert in Syria or Ira...

An anonymous young Brit has assembled an online jihadi go-kit for those dreaming of joining the terrorists in Raqqa. From nightlights to knives and extra underwear, see the essentials.

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The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

Monday the Iraqi military launched its largest operation to date against the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS, to retake control of the city of Tikrit. Alongside the Iraqi military the coalition fighting IS in Tikrit includes Kur...

Can the U.S. do anything to stop Iran’s influence from expanding in Iraq while it counts on the country as a quiet partner against ISIS?

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Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Not much was heard about the kidnapping-for-ransom business in Nigeria until the abduction of an American missionary was reported last Monday.According to the local police commissioner, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, five “hoodlums,” some of them masked, j...

A female missionary has been missing for a week, the victim of a kidnapping in Nigeria’s populous Kogi state, where abductions are increasingly common.

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The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

So Bibi Netanyahu did not back down, and he’s here now in the United States, and he’s giving the speech Tuesday. In doing so, he has forced a true low point in U.S.-Israel relations. As has been often observed, he’s turning Israel into a partisan ...

Israel’s prime minister is in Washington to build American support, bolster his re-election campaign, and (clandestinely) push for war on Iran. He should be careful what he wishes for.

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'We Will Stop Women Murders'

'We Will Stop Women Murders'

ISTANBUL — Last month, shortly after the charred body of 20-year-old college student Ozgecan Aslan was found in the woods in southern Turkey, Gulsum Kav’s phone started ringing off the hook.As one of the most prominent women’s activists in the cou...

For too long, Turkish law allowed men to literally get away with murdering their wives and daughters. That is finally changing, but not fast enough.

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Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Not much was heard about the kidnapping-for-ransom business in Nigeria until the abduction of an American missionary was reported last Monday.According to the local police commissioner, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, five “hoodlums,” some of them masked, j...

A female missionary has been missing for a week, the victim of a kidnapping in Nigeria’s populous Kogi state, where abductions are increasingly common.

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U.S. News

Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Before Mozaffar Khazaee’s arrest, he had access to high-tech military hardware through his jobs with leading defense contractors. The work he did in the engineering field showed a technical acumen missing from his foray into espionage. When federa...

How a 60-year-old naturalized American tried to get a job in Iran by sending potential employers secret specs of the Air Force’s F-35 and F-22—and now faces up to 20 years in jail.

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Is the Boston Bomb-Maker on the Loose?

Is the Boston Bomb-Maker on the Loose?

Lawyers in the case against 21-year-old Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev are set to present their opening statements on Wednesday. He’s pleading not guilty to all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty. The cas...

The government admits there's no evidence showing Dzhokar Tsarnaev actually built the bombs he's accused of setting off.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

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

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

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Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Before Mozaffar Khazaee’s arrest, he had access to high-tech military hardware through his jobs with leading defense contractors. The work he did in the engineering field showed a technical acumen missing from his foray into espionage. When federa...

How a 60-year-old naturalized American tried to get a job in Iran by sending potential employers secret specs of the Air Force’s F-35 and F-22—and now faces up to 20 years in jail.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

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

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

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FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

The family of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of alleged marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot dead by an FBI agent, filed a wrongful-death claim today demanding $30 million.The 27-year-old Chechnyan national was killed by agent Aaron McFa...

A Chechen national was killed in his home by the FBI during their investigation into the Tsarnaev brothers; today his family has filed a wrongful-death claim.

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Tech + Health

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

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

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

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The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

This is the first of a series of columns for The Daily Beast about the intersection of medical technologies on the cusp of changing our lives, and how they fit into the real world. Join me every other Saturday.Call it a tale of two brains: the ext...

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

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A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

Please allow me to introduce the opening scene of a science fiction film to you. If you don’t like science fiction, just pretend it’s another a formulaic Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl rom-com or a Daniel Craig 007 action flick. Whatever floats yo...

An Italian doctor says head transplants could be possible in the next two years. But just because we can, does that mean we should?

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Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

A new device has the antidote to society-fearing, non-sex-having millennials the world over: a phone charger powered by your own masturbation.Indeed, no one need ever leave the house again thanks to Pornhub’s Wankband, a wearable that powers up yo...

The Wankband combines two things millennials love: smartphones and masturbating.

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The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

This is the first of a series of columns for The Daily Beast about the intersection of medical technologies on the cusp of changing our lives, and how they fit into the real world. Join me every other Saturday.Call it a tale of two brains: the ext...

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

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Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Can’t afford a $300 tracking device to record your steps? Turns out you might not need to shell out the big bucks just to hit your daily goal of 10,000 paces per day.A new study published in the Journal of t...

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Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

PART IOn September 5, 2008, Fate Vincent Winslow watched a plainclothes stranger approach him. Homeless and hungry, on a dark street rife with crime, the 41-year-old African American was anxious to make contact, motivated by one singular need: foo...

Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop.

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Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

If you don’t know who Hunter Moore is, consider yourself blessed.Moore operated the most notorious revenge porn site, where, says Nicky Woolf, “jilted lovers could post sexually explicit pictures without the subjects’ consent. Often, such pictures...

Revenge porn king Hunter Moore is headed for jail, and Reddit is cracking down on unconsented photos. Is it the end of an era, or too little too late?

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Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Can’t afford a $300 tracking device to record your steps? Turns out you might not need to shell out the big bucks just to hit your daily goal of 10,000 paces per day.A new study published in the Journal of t...

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You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

Downton Abbey is making its fans mad. Not angry. Insane. We quite like it, to be honest.Because the show proceeds at such a snail’s pace—a snail wearing a big hat, obviously, with a lady-in-waiting holding a bustle making the snail even slower—the...

The Season 5 finale featured the show’s usual crazy carousel of declarations, secrets, goodbyes, and plot twists. And that’s fine. As long as Edith doesn’t wind up too happy.

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Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen tried to kill himself in February 2010 by binging on cocaine, sleeping pills, and painkillers. He also slit his wrists with various kitchen knives, but they proved too dull, so he sharpened them and cut deeper. H...

A new book dishes on all the backstage excesses and internal demons of two legendary fashion designers.

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R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

If you root for a sports team over a considerable period of time, you’re going to find that there are players who encapsulate what it means to be alive at a particular moment and place in history. It’s not at all the same as the relatively uncompl...

No one basketball player defined the '90s better than Anthony Mason, a bulldog who led the brutish and flawed Knicks almost all the way to the finish line.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

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Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen tried to kill himself in February 2010 by binging on cocaine, sleeping pills, and painkillers. He also slit his wrists with various kitchen knives, but they proved too dull, so he sharpened them and cut deeper. H...

A new book dishes on all the backstage excesses and internal demons of two legendary fashion designers.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future,” the MSNBC host told me on Friday, responding to ...

The TV host rubbishes claims his MSNBC show is about to be axed, and insists he is not out to profit from race controversies.

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Spock is no longer with us.Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared Star Trek character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. The actor and philanthropist had recently revealed he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulm...

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret Selves.

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The Picasso of Pin-Ups

The Picasso of Pin-Ups

Given Pop Artist Mel Ramos turns 80 in July, it might be too late for him to ever contemplate a second career as an agony uncle on a men’s magazine. But he would surely be well suited to such a role since Ramos has painted naked women on canvas fo...

The artist Mel Ramos has painted naked women coming out of bananas, and inside martini glasses. Unsurprisingly his work is not loved by feminists.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future,” the MSNBC host told me on Friday, responding to ...

The TV host rubbishes claims his MSNBC show is about to be axed, and insists he is not out to profit from race controversies.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

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

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

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

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

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

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Books

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

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

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

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  • America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

    America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

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

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

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague.The operative, who uses the ali...

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to crush him.

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Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

In the final pages of Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel, Green On Blue, is an observation about separation often made about wartime efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the setting for the book: “Across the high plain, tucked among the foothills, is FOB S...

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Burn After Reading By Gabriel Thompson, Harper’s Magazine In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.MC Jin’s Second Chan...

The Anarchist’s Cookbook, Jewish treasure troves and surviving immigration. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Each year in early spring, during the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter, a plenitude of books, magazine articles, and television shows about Jesus appear. The reasons for this are many and, mostly, obvious. Jesu...

In a new book and TV series, scholars and theologians examine the Shroud of Turin and other relics as a means of weighing facts and faith.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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