Politics

Dems’ New Boogeyman: Burger King

Dems’ New Boogeyman: Burger King

Top Senate Democrats warned Burger King that it was in for a whopper of a surprise if it thought moving to Canada for the tax benefits would come without a heavy cost.It’s the latest episode in the long history of corporate moves as political hot ...

When the fast food giant announced a merger with a Canadian chain, politicians wasted no time applying the special sauce.

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Why Killer Cops Walk Free

Why Killer Cops Walk Free

When I was a white, I viewed the police as a friend.  But now that I’m a minority, my view has changed.I know that to many I still look like a white guy. However, since I’m of Arab heritage and Muslim, I morphed into a minority in the post-9/11 wo...

Cops kill hundreds of people every year, and hardly ever are brought up on criminal charges. In the wake of Ferguson, it’s time to try and rebuild the trust between police and the co...

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Angry About Ferguson? Oppose Voter ID

Angry About Ferguson? Oppose Voter ID

When a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this month, a community took to the streets in protest. In response, people all over the world began to think seriously about issues of race in policing, ...

An obvious way for everyone to help right the wrongs of Ferguson is to oppose voter ID laws, which are designed to suppress the black vote nationwide.

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Dems’ New Boogeyman: Burger King

Dems’ New Boogeyman: Burger King

Top Senate Democrats warned Burger King that it was in for a whopper of a surprise if it thought moving to Canada for the tax benefits would come without a heavy cost.It’s the latest episode in the long history of corporate moves as political hot ...

When the fast food giant announced a merger with a Canadian chain, politicians wasted no time applying the special sauce.

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Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

You can count on Miley Cyrus to always be trendy. A year ago at MTV’s Video Music Awards, she was “twerking” while wearing a sequined teddy bear corset and sticking her tongue out. Thankfully, at this year’s VMAs, the trend she showcased was activ...

The singer is no trendsetter. She’s a trend appropriator, and her VMA acceptance is an encouraging sign of just how hip celebrity activism has really become.

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D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Like ISIS

D’Souza: Ferguson Protesters Like ISIS

Dinesh D'Souza has a book to sell. It was certainly with that in mind that in an interview with the conservative Newsmax TV, D'Souza offered his opinion on the unrest in Ferguson, following the killing by police of an unarmed, black teen...

Convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza is hawking a new book and making outlandish comparisons, again.

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Entertainment

Viral Vid: Other Uses for GoPro

Viral Vid: Other Uses for GoPro

While GoPro is already known for its use as a camera for thrillseekers and daredevils, this week has seen other creative and beautiful uses.For the gastronomically inclined, here’s an underwater look at an egg being poached. Apparently, someone th...

It's not just for skydiving

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Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Who won at this year's Emmys? We'll save you some time: pretty much everybody who won last year. While not entirely true—hi, Allison Janney!—this year's winners retraced the same steps to the stage they made last year. So while the ...

Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey wasn't the only actor whose Emmy night didn't end as planned. Here's a look at the biggest shockers from Monday night's...

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The Best Emmys Moments

The Best Emmys Moments

Seth Meyers’ Monologue Was Great and Also TerribleSeth Meyers’ opening monologue went from zero to hilarious very fast. But when we say zero, we mean zero. Like really unfunny. Like a joke about how MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore unfunny. (...

From moving speeches to inspired comedy bits—Amy Poehler is Beyoncé!—a round-up of the craziest, funniest, most moving moments from the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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The Perfect Tribute to Robin Williams

The Perfect Tribute to Robin Williams

In the short time since Robin Williams passed away, there seems to have been some distress over how we should mourn the legendary entertainer. What is the proper way to pay tribute? What's in good taste? What measures up?Leave it to Billy Cry...

Summarizing our sadness while honoring the joy of Robin Williams, Billy Crystal delivered a heartbreaking, pitch-perfect homage to his longtime friend at Monday night's Emmy Awards.

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Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Who won at this year's Emmys? We'll save you some time: pretty much everybody who won last year. While not entirely true—hi, Allison Janney!—this year's winners retraced the same steps to the stage they made last year. So while the ...

Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey wasn't the only actor whose Emmy night didn't end as planned. Here's a look at the biggest shockers from Monday night's...

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Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

You can count on Miley Cyrus to always be trendy. A year ago at MTV’s Video Music Awards, she was “twerking” while wearing a sequined teddy bear corset and sticking her tongue out. Thankfully, at this year’s VMAs, the trend she showcased was activ...

The singer is no trendsetter. She’s a trend appropriator, and her VMA acceptance is an encouraging sign of just how hip celebrity activism has really become.

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Win or Lose On The Emmys Red Carpet

Win or Lose On The Emmys Red Carpet

Fashion watchers worried that the Emmys would be the Plain Jane next to the outrageous VMAs needn't have worried. For one, Lena Dunham came as an unemployed flamenco dancer.

Fashion watchers worried that the Emmys would be the Plain Jane next to the outrageous VMAs needn't have worried. For one, Lena Dunham came as an unemployed flamenco dancer.

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Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

At Lebowski Fest New York City, The Dudes come out in full force.There are at least nine of them. Some are in bathrobes, others in bowling shirts. They all wear sandals. One man is dressed as a rug.It really ties the room together.Dedicated to the...

Along with Valkyries, Walter Sobchaks, and many guys in bathrobes, The Daily Beast goes inside Lebowski Fest and recalls the mysteries within the Coen Brothers’ cult classic.

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Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

Embracing Activism Like a Stripper Pole

You can count on Miley Cyrus to always be trendy. A year ago at MTV’s Video Music Awards, she was “twerking” while wearing a sequined teddy bear corset and sticking her tongue out. Thankfully, at this year’s VMAs, the trend she showcased was activ...

The singer is no trendsetter. She’s a trend appropriator, and her VMA acceptance is an encouraging sign of just how hip celebrity activism has really become.

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World News

Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Russia — Hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sat down for their first serious peace talks in Minsk on Tuesday, angry families of Russian paratroopers gathered outside a military base at Ka...

Captured Russian paratroopers bolster charges of a stealth invasion while their families protest against what could become a very unpopular war.

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U.S. & Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other

U.S. & Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other

U.S. warplanes striking targets in Iraq. Iranian tanks are reportedly moving into the northern part of the country. But the two foreign militaries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are not talking to one another.  U.S. and Iraq...

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s armies.

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Meet the Ali G of Evil

Meet the Ali G of Evil

The world now knows him as the hip-hop jihadist who allegedly helped behead an American journalist. But L. Jinny is a man of peace, looking for love. That is, if you believe his lyrics.In the video of the murder of James Foley, his executioner cou...

Before the 23-year-old suspected of being the masked ISIS executioner ‘Jihadi John’ joined the fight in Syria, he called himself L. Jinny and spit terrible rhymes like ‘my belly hurts.’

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Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum

Welcome to the Billion-Man Slum

When our urban pundit class speaks of the future of cities, we are offered glittering images of London, New York, Singapore, or Shanghai. In reality, the future for most of the world’s megacities—places with more than 10 million people—may look mo...

As megacities (urban areas with more than 10 million people) mushroom across the globe, we need to start thinking about how to make cities better, not simply bigger.

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U.S. & Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other

U.S. & Iran Hit ISIS, Ignore Each Other

U.S. warplanes striking targets in Iraq. Iranian tanks are reportedly moving into the northern part of the country. But the two foreign militaries fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) are not talking to one another.  U.S. and Iraq...

With ISIS over-running Syrian bases, the time might seem right for a grand alliance against the Islamic State. But so far, the U.S. isn’t talking to Iran or Syria’s armies.

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Ukraine Parades Under Putin's Shadow

Ukraine Parades Under Putin's Shadow

Blue-and-yellow outfits, streets and homes decorated with flags, blue and yellow ribbons on baby carriages—this was Independence Day across Ukraine on Sunday, at least away from the war zone. The two symbolic colors of the country’s flag, blue for...

While the rest of the country took to the streets to celebrate Kiev’s 23 years of independence from Moscow, rebels in the east dragged out prisoners of war for a ‘parade of shame.’

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Obama's Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Rebels Say

Obama's Just 'Tickling' ISIS, Rebels Say

U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, even if they extend into Syria as several Obama administration officials are signaling, don’t have a chance of destroying the terror group, moderate political and rebel leaders inside the country are cautioning. They ...

The Free Syrian Army is not impressed with President Obama’s new threat to attack ISIS inside Syria. That’s like ‘tickling’ the terror group, the FSA says—and is too little, too late.

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Did a Hip-Hop Jihadi Really Kill Foley?

Did a Hip-Hop Jihadi Really Kill Foley?

Sick as this may sound, the super-slick HD depiction of a pseudo-ninja murdering American journalist James Foley is, not least, a recruiting video. In the warped world of new-generation jihadists—especially those coming out of Western cities—hacki...

Whoever killed James Foley likely thinks he’s serving a noble cause. But it’s not his God, it’s his ego that tells him so.

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Ukraine Parades Under Putin's Shadow

Ukraine Parades Under Putin's Shadow

Blue-and-yellow outfits, streets and homes decorated with flags, blue and yellow ribbons on baby carriages—this was Independence Day across Ukraine on Sunday, at least away from the war zone. The two symbolic colors of the country’s flag, blue for...

While the rest of the country took to the streets to celebrate Kiev’s 23 years of independence from Moscow, rebels in the east dragged out prisoners of war for a ‘parade of shame.’

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U.S. News

Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

The cow is dead on the side of the road. She is hollowed and blistered, her brown-and-white hide dried and leathery from the days, maybe weeks, in the unforgiving desert sun.“That’s what migrants look like when we find them out here,” Mike Wilson ...

Inside the Tohono O’odham Native American Nation in southern Arizona, Border Patrol agents wield deadly force on unarmed Americans with near-impunity.

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Time to Get Serious About Police & Race

Time to Get Serious About Police & Race

As we watched the shocking confrontations in Ferguson, Missouri, America’s long history of racial repression and conflict, and of police over-reaction, were suddenly again thrust into our public consciousness.We have seen this saga before. In 1964...

More than 45 years ago, America learned a lesson about police and minority relations after race riots engulfed American cities. Today, it has forgotten this lesson; it needs to learn...

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

The cow is dead on the side of the road. She is hollowed and blistered, her brown-and-white hide dried and leathery from the days, maybe weeks, in the unforgiving desert sun.“That’s what migrants look like when we find them out here,” Mike Wilson ...

Inside the Tohono O’odham Native American Nation in southern Arizona, Border Patrol agents wield deadly force on unarmed Americans with near-impunity.

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Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?

Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?

On Saturday, Henry Rollins finally responded to days of criticism and apologized for a column he wrote that appeared critical of Robin Williams’ suicide. Rollins became just the latest media figure to spark controversy for his thoughts on the Will...

At least one observer wonders whether $30 million-plus in payments helped kill Robin Williams. Is alimony hopelessly antiquated and un-feminist?

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Prosecuting Wilson Won’t Bring Justice

Prosecuting Wilson Won’t Bring Justice

No parent should outlive a child. Michael Brown’s parents received this most shocking of news and in their grief are demanding to know the circumstances of their son’s death and who is responsible for it. In the long run, their son’s death may spa...

Michael Brown’s family and community deserve more than the slim chance of his killer going to jail. Another Midwestern town, torn by a police shooting, has the answer.

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Tech + Health

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

The current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has lasted almost six months. Small progress has been made in terms of control, but yesterday’s modest advance often appears offset by tomorrow’s new catastrophe. The best news is fr...

With the DR-Congo now Ebola-stricken, fears of an Armageddon are rising. Until the affected nations can satisfy basic health care needs, the fear is warranted.

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Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Imagine a drone skimming above the ocean waves, steered by scientists on a research ship in the distance. As it approaches a pod of sperm whales surfacing after a long dive, it homes in on a single animal and touches down on the cetacean’s broad b...

Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays. Now, scientists hope that robots can revolutionize the study of animal migrations.

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Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health NewsDevin Payne had gone years without health insurance—having little need and not much money to pay for it.Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man.In her early 40s, sh...

The nation’s health law opens the door for transgender people to gain coverage for gender reassignment surgeries they previously could not afford.

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The Goldilocks of Black Holes

The Goldilocks of Black Holes

The cosmos is riddled with black holes, both big and small. But the middle ground — medium-sized black holes — is a little trickier. While most big galaxies harbor at least one supermassive black hole, and low-mass black holes like Cygnus X-1 are ...

Scientists may have discovered the best way to find mid-sized black holes. Just look for their light-show harmonics

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Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Imagine a drone skimming above the ocean waves, steered by scientists on a research ship in the distance. As it approaches a pod of sperm whales surfacing after a long dive, it homes in on a single animal and touches down on the cetacean’s broad b...

Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays. Now, scientists hope that robots can revolutionize the study of animal migrations.

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Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn On the surface, it seems to make sense. Exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and your body should burn more fat. After all, without food intake for eight to 12 hours, you are in a fasted s...

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How To Tell If a Study Is B.S.

How To Tell If a Study Is B.S.

“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear,” wrote Edgar Allan Poe. (Or maybe Benjamin Franklin.) Somewhere in between is how you should approach new medical research.Truth be told, most of the medical studies you read about are ...

New studies are published every day claiming breakthroughs. But most of them are full of bad science. Here’s what to look out for.

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The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

Your social conscience: What a drag.Before the modern information age, there was a sort of justified ignorance. With no political data on the products you purchased, corporate activism largely consisted of memorizing a list of behemoth companies t...

Does the CEO of your pasta maker support gay marriage? What about the Koch brothers? Buycott, BuyPartisan, and other new apps offer you the chance to find out—if you must know.

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Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn On the surface, it seems to make sense. Exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and your body should burn more fat. After all, without food intake for eight to 12 hours, you are in a fasted s...

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BeastStyle

'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

For a certain generation of English private schoolboy (mine to be precise), the name of Eddie Davenport will always be legendary, synonymous with a particularly debauched series of pay-per-invite parties held in the 1990s, known as the Gatecrasher...

Eddie Davenport made his name organizing the infamous Gatecrasher Balls for rich U.K. teens. Now he’s returning to a life of freedom—and orgies—after being jailed for multimillion-do...

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

At Lebowski Fest New York City, The Dudes come out in full force.There are at least nine of them. Some are in bathrobes, others in bowling shirts. They all wear sandals. One man is dressed as a rug.It really ties the room together.Dedicated to the...

Along with Valkyries, Walter Sobchaks, and many guys in bathrobes, The Daily Beast goes inside Lebowski Fest and recalls the mysteries within the Coen Brothers’ cult classic.

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Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

Phones on desks, linens on beds, catalog cards spilling out of the filing cabinets—all covered with a fine patina of dust. Neglected for years, and abandoned in seconds, it’s like a modern-day Pompeii in which the earth suddenly reclaimed its soul...

From ‘Dirty Dancing’ to just dirty: Sullivan County—100 miles from New York City—once had more than 500 resorts. Today all that remains of them is a constellation of derelict buildings.

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Flesh Flashing On The VMA Red Carpet

Flesh Flashing On The VMA Red Carpet

On the MTV Video Music Award red carpet, things got a little risqué as glamorously-gowned celebrities vied for who could rock the highest slit. And the winner is...

On the MTV Video Music Award red carpet, things got a little risqué as glamorously-gowned celebrities vied for who could rock the highest slit. And the winner is...

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For Sale: The $3M British Mountain

For Sale: The $3M British Mountain

Gazing upon the stern might of Blencathra mountain, rising almost 3,000 foot into the cloud above England’s Lake District national park, it’s easy to understand why ancient Britons believed the peak was the home of Afallach, the Celtic god of the ...

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The Most Powerful Liquor in the World

The Most Powerful Liquor in the World

In 1972, President Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit the People's Republic of China in a monumental effort to open up what had been a cold relationship between the two countries. Premier Zhou Enlai and Nixon toasted the n...

President Nixon and Premier Zhou took a shot during the pivotal China trip, business deals hinge on it, and billions of cases are imbibed each year. Baijiu is China's favorite sp...

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Flesh Flashing On The VMA Red Carpet

Flesh Flashing On The VMA Red Carpet

On the MTV Video Music Award red carpet, things got a little risqué as glamorously-gowned celebrities vied for who could rock the highest slit. And the winner is...

On the MTV Video Music Award red carpet, things got a little risqué as glamorously-gowned celebrities vied for who could rock the highest slit. And the winner is...

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Women

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for al...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

My son doesn’t think women can play sports. He’s five. Who taught him this?When I looked around to point the finger at the forces corrupting my child, I was surprised when my search led right back to us: We love to watch sports on TV. And on TV wo...

Thanks to Title IX, more American women are playing sports than ever before—so why is coverage of women’s sports actually declining?

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in...

Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

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Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in...

Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

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Books

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest abs...

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: It was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

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  • The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

    The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

    The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

    A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Hedge Fund and the Despot By Cam Simpson and Jesse Westbrook, BloombergBuisinessweek James McGee wouldn’t find out for years, but as he worked with Washington to financially isolate Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a Wall Street consortiu...

From financing Mugabe to football in Ferguson, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

This month Paris will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its escape from German occupation. For the citizens of that city, this event has a deeper, more sentimental meaning than even D-Day. Yet, as with so many French memories of World War II, the ...

The liberation of Paris from the Nazis has a deep and emotional meaning for the French, but like so much about that nation, it’s complicated.

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The following is an edited excerpt of chapter three, “God in the Hands of Angry People” from the new book Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by author, blogger, and Daily Beast contributor Matthew Paul Turner. In...

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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Beast Fiction: The Saints Are Coming

Beast Fiction: The Saints Are Coming

XII. An Altercation, Denver The parking lot was lined with lights. Increasingly, he didn’t like well-lit places. “It’s a metaphor,” she’d said. “You don’t want to look at things.” But that wasn’t it, he was all for looking; he’d made his life’s wo...

Here’s the latest installment in a new series, featuring short stories and works of fiction. This one’s got: war, lies, love, disappointment and Bob Dylan.

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How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List

How We Got to Ferguson—a Reading List

In his eulogy for Rosa Parks, Jesse Jackson gave a history lesson to the American people—and to then President George W. Bush. He explained that when politicians promise to “export democracy” around the world, they aren’t referring to the chattel ...

Rage, despair, and confusion trail in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. Here’s a reading list that exposes the deep roots in U.S. history that produces such tragedy.

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The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The following is an edited excerpt of chapter three, “God in the Hands of Angry People” from the new book Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by author, blogger, and Daily Beast contributor Matthew Paul Turner. In...

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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