Politics

New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban

New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban

The state of New York has banned fracking—for now, anyway. Environmentalists have cheered, the fracking industry has scowled, and for the most part, coverage of the decision has focused on the political factors weighing on Governor Andrew Cuomo: t...

New York blinks in the face of uncertainty and bans hydraulic fracturing. The reasons may be a lot more boring than you think.

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Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving

Congress’ Gift That Keeps on Giving

The Holiday Season is a time of family togetherness. The kids are out of school, Mom is out of get-up-and-go, Dad is out of work. We gather around the cozy fireplace. We sip hot chocolate. We sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Jingle Bells...

P.J. O’Rourke highlights the special gifts to taxpayers in the $1.1 trillion “cromnibus” spending bill.

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Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

If President Obama is going to respond with “the utmost seriousness” to the crippling cyberattack on Sony, as he promised in a press conference Friday, then he should be looking to China, not North Korea.“Our best response,” a former senior intell...

Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest ally. And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.

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New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban

New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban

The state of New York has banned fracking—for now, anyway. Environmentalists have cheered, the fracking industry has scowled, and for the most part, coverage of the decision has focused on the political factors weighing on Governor Andrew Cuomo: t...

New York blinks in the face of uncertainty and bans hydraulic fracturing. The reasons may be a lot more boring than you think.

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The Rand-Rubio Catfight Over Cuba

The Rand-Rubio Catfight Over Cuba

Senators Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are sparring over Cuba, in what may be the first overt philosophical debate between two likely Republican presidential candidates in the run-up to the 2016 primaries.Rubio threw the first punch, telling Megyn Kel...

The senator from Kentucky likes to sound smarter than everyone while the senator from Florida was in high dudgeon on Obama's opening to the Castros.

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Why Congress Hates Your Cuban Rum

Why Congress Hates Your Cuban Rum

Forget a real war with Cuba. Enter the prospect of a rum war.With the Cold War in the rearview mirror, President Obama’s decision to loosen American trade restrictions on Cuba has made a diplomatic détente possible—but could also set off a corpora...

Havana Club or ‘American’ Havana Club? How untangling decades of Washington’s embargo politics could start a rum war among the world’s most powerful alcohol companies.

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Entertainment

Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Even before the whip hit, the slave’s fingers curled into a fist. A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose. His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck. A metal ring accented its front, at the Adam...

After a turkey-meatloaf dinner, they went down to the dungeon and she undressed, tied her hair up, put on a cat mask and leather collar, and assumed slave position on her knees.

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Hackers: Sony ‘Very Wise’ to Pull Film

Hackers: Sony ‘Very Wise’ to Pull Film

According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, hackers of Sony Pictures has sent the company a messaging praising its decision to pull The Interview as a “very wise decision.” The collective had threatened attacks on theaters if the movie was not pulled. Accor...

Wants trailer pulled, too.

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'Colbert Report' Signs Off With a Song

'Colbert Report' Signs Off With a Song

Based on the number of people on stage singing along with Stephen Colbert on the final episode of The Colbert Report, there’s a strong chance that you were there yourself.Colbert wrapped up his show singing "We’ll Meet Again," joined at ...

Stephen Colbert’s goodbye includes, pretty much, everyone.

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Stephen Colbert’s Sublime & Truthy End

Stephen Colbert’s Sublime & Truthy End

After nine years and 1,447 episodes of The Colbert Report, this is how it ends: with Stephen Colbert grabbing his Captain America shield, climbing into Santa’s sleigh next to Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek and a vaping Abraham Lincoln, and flying off ...

The man behind the desk is a fictional character—a ferocious patriot exposing the limits of rigid ideology. But the real Colbert has always been on that stage too.

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Hackers: Sony ‘Very Wise’ to Pull Film

Hackers: Sony ‘Very Wise’ to Pull Film

According to CNN’s Brian Stelter, hackers of Sony Pictures has sent the company a messaging praising its decision to pull The Interview as a “very wise decision.” The collective had threatened attacks on theaters if the movie was not pulled. Accor...

Wants trailer pulled, too.

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Right-Wing Billionaire Bows To N. Korea

Right-Wing Billionaire Bows To N. Korea

When the top movie-theater chains in the United States dropped Seth Rogen and James Franco’s Kim Jong Un assassination comedy The Interview—ostensibly over fear of terrorist attacks against their theaters—Regal Cinemas was the greatest loss.Regal ...

He may own some tough-talking, hard-right media outlets. But when a movie controversy crested, Philip Anschutz’s Regal Cinemas caved.

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Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook

Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook

There may be some wonderful places to watch the rightly acclaimed scary movie The Babadook, but screen five of New York’s IFC cinema the night I went was not to be one of them.At a packed-to-capacity recent screening, there was a couple making out...

It’s being hailed as a great horror film. But at its heart it is also about the realities of grieving and loss—both monsters that don’t have to consume us.

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Biggest Bombs of the Year

Biggest Bombs of the Year

Each new year brings with it great hope and excitement. And with that great hope and excitement comes crippling, embarrassing disappointment. It’s with the utmost respect—in most cases—that we shame the movies, TV shows, musicians, and celebrities...

It was the year no one wanted to see Cameron Diaz have sex, everyone cringed at Mariah Carey’s singing, and everyone threw out their TVs after the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ finale.

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Right-Wing Billionaire Bows To N. Korea

Right-Wing Billionaire Bows To N. Korea

When the top movie-theater chains in the United States dropped Seth Rogen and James Franco’s Kim Jong Un assassination comedy The Interview—ostensibly over fear of terrorist attacks against their theaters—Regal Cinemas was the greatest loss.Regal ...

He may own some tough-talking, hard-right media outlets. But when a movie controversy crested, Philip Anschutz’s Regal Cinemas caved.

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World News

Venezuela Says Bye to Its Lil Friend

Venezuela Says Bye to Its Lil Friend

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Most Latin Americans celebrated the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. Many perceived the 53-year-old impasse as a remnant of a Cold War mentality that had lasted too long and interfered in relationships between t...

The U.S.-Cuban détente is already shaking up Latin America.

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Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Woody Allen once remarked that 80 or 90 % of life was just showing up. But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.So what is it that the Arabs, Palestinians and Europeans do...

The EU and the Palestinians would be better to wait until after the Israeli elections to push for change on the ground.

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From Gitmo To ISIS Governor

From Gitmo To ISIS Governor

LONDON — Few sayings of the Prophet Mohammed have a stronger hold on the imagination of the world’s jihadists than his prophecy about the flags: "If you see the black banners coming from Khorasan, join that army, even if you have to crawl ove...

Former U.S. detainee pledges his allegiance to the so-called Islamic State as ISIS sets its sights on expanding into Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran.

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Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist

Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist

MIAMI — Fidel Castro seized power in January 1959 after waging a guerilla war against then-dictator Fulgencio Batista. The charismatic bearded revolucionario dressed in a dark olive uniform promised to restore order and hold elections. People on t...

It’s not communism that’s the problem in Cuba, it’s the Castro brothers’ winking at corruption.

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Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Woody Allen once remarked that 80 or 90 % of life was just showing up. But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.So what is it that the Arabs, Palestinians and Europeans do...

The EU and the Palestinians would be better to wait until after the Israeli elections to push for change on the ground.

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Is The MLB Ready For Cuba’s Players?

Is The MLB Ready For Cuba’s Players?

The end of the embargo and resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba could transform Major League Baseball. While the impact of the Obama Administration’s deal with the Castro regime for those who love cigars or simply want to vacation (like Ja...

Cuban athletes have been highly prized in the U.S. despite the embargo—and even because of it. How the thaw will affect our national pastime.

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America's Craven Capitulation To Terror

America's Craven Capitulation To Terror

If the noble experiment of American democracy is to mean anything, it is fidelity to the principle of freedom. It is to champion the idea that all men and women are endowed with certain unalienable rights—free to think our thoughts, speak our mind...

Americans are giving in to North Korean blackmail—and it will only get worse.

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Putin Needs A Hug

Putin Needs A Hug

Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference disappointed many in Russia, despite the fact that his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, had promised the announcement of some “special measures” to save the economy. But nothing of the sort happened during the thr...

Putin’s press conference today gave no solutions for Russia’s plummeting economy—but he did spend a lot of time talking about bears.

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Is The MLB Ready For Cuba’s Players?

Is The MLB Ready For Cuba’s Players?

The end of the embargo and resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba could transform Major League Baseball. While the impact of the Obama Administration’s deal with the Castro regime for those who love cigars or simply want to vacation (like Ja...

Cuban athletes have been highly prized in the U.S. despite the embargo—and even because of it. How the thaw will affect our national pastime.

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U.S. News

Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters

Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters

After weeks of escalating protests in New York City, there was a gesture of reconciliation Friday when Mayor Bill de Blasio held his first meeting with an activist group to address their demands. Then the anger came back at night. Pro-police pro...

By day, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the ‘Broken Windows’ theory to members of the Justice League. Then the sun went down and the confrontation began again.

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Inside the $11 Billion Big Box Ripoff

Inside the $11 Billion Big Box Ripoff

She appeared to be just a happy American consumer out shopping at a big-box store.On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse. No alarms were triggered as she stro...

A Gameboy with a sardine can inside. A printer stuffed with a piñata. ‘Return fraud’ is costing retailers billions—and the ingenious swindles are sometimes breathtaking.

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NYC’s Cop-Puncher Is a $100K Union Rep

NYC’s Cop-Puncher Is a $100K Union Rep

A protester who has been charged with assaulting a New York police officer was making six-figures working for one the country’s largest unions, The Daily Beast has learned.Robert Murray, 43, of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, surrendered to police at Man...

Robert Murray, an SEIU organizing coordinator, has been charged for Saturday night’s assault on police officers on the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters

Garner Protesters vs. Pro-Cop Protesters

After weeks of escalating protests in New York City, there was a gesture of reconciliation Friday when Mayor Bill de Blasio held his first meeting with an activist group to address their demands. Then the anger came back at night. Pro-police pro...

By day, Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the ‘Broken Windows’ theory to members of the Justice League. Then the sun went down and the confrontation began again.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

MIAMI — Cuban-American leaders and lawmakers were blindsided by the possible end of the half-century old U.S. embargo towards Cuba, leaving congressional aides scrambling and anti-Castro activists fuming.It was clear the secret negotiations over 1...

News of an opening with Havana has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down. But the younger generation is ready for change.

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Tech + Health

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water af...

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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane is a familiar chemical, whether you know it by that name or not. It’s the major component of natural gas, which heats my house and possibly yours too. Methane is also a large part of human gas, which means I could start this article with a...

NASA’s Curiosity rover has measured methane—often a sign of life—on Mars. Could it be?

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

Last week, Robert Wayne Holsey of Georgia and Paul Goodwin of Missouri were executed within just a few hours of each other. Each of them had IQs that hovered around 70. An IQ below 70 generally indicates someone with intellectual disability (ID). ...

From arrest to trial, suspects with intellectual disabilities face a system they don’t understand—often leading to false imprisonment or even execution.

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Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane is a familiar chemical, whether you know it by that name or not. It’s the major component of natural gas, which heats my house and possibly yours too. Methane is also a large part of human gas, which means I could start this article with a...

NASA’s Curiosity rover has measured methane—often a sign of life—on Mars. Could it be?

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Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong

Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong

How can a chilled, acidic, and bubbly liquid make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?Champagne has become the drink of special occasions and Christmas, a status symbol in a delicate flute (Erik Segelbaum, a sommelier for D.C. restaurant Le Diploma...

For starters, your bottle shouldn’t pop. For the holidays, the experts’ tips on how to do bubbly right every day of the year.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Despite virtually unlimited resources, Team Cosby has been losing the PR war. They’re frustrated and disillusioned, although munificently paid. The media playing field is hardly level, the zeitgeist is unfavorable, and victory (whatever that means...

The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue. Who’s advising him, and why are they getting it so wrong?

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The Year In Fashion Tech

The Year In Fashion Tech

The biggest trend in fashion this year? Transparency. No, we’re not talking about see-through garments—though judging from the red carpet, those were in vogue too. We’re talking about fashion designers and manufacturers using technology in innovat...

From germ-repelling jackets and dresses that change color to a sweater that tells you about the sheep you're wearing, here are the most exciting—and life-changing—innovations of ...

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island. Apart from the dug-out canoes transporting bundles of thin trees from its shores, there’s little sign that the land is inh...

An island in the Congo River was once a prime vacation hub and prosperous rubber plantation. Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect 100 Gift, $100The Merchants of Beverage mission is to perfectly outfit every tippler’s home bar. With this gift package, you can help save your friends from bar embarrassment (and ensure your own highfalutin drinking during your next v...

For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Blue Ivy

The Perfect Gifts For…Blue Ivy

The Memory of an Elephant, $14Marcel the elephant takes readers on a journey through his life, recounting his memories full of travel and adventure. With rich illustrations and lots of facts, this children’s book is an enthralling and educational ...

For your cute little diva (or divo)-in-training.

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A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island. Apart from the dug-out canoes transporting bundles of thin trees from its shores, there’s little sign that the land is inh...

An island in the Congo River was once a prime vacation hub and prosperous rubber plantation. Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.

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Women in the World

The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less than half of the more than 100 entities that are currently challenging the mandatory coverage of birth control, have also won the right to stop paying for their employees’ birth control. Twenty-five more for-profits are...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—On days when self-described 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the war court, he is removed from his cell at the detention facility here and moved swiftly into an area designated Area of Operati...

The accused mass murderer has a rather, um, unusual life in captivity—from the body scanners to the anti-sniper netting to the demands that female guards stay far, far away.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Books

Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas (Penguin)Arenas is both tremendously poetic and explicit in his memoir of growing up, coming out, and rebelling in—and then eventually departing from—Cuba. Nothing captures the exuberance and sensory experience ...

From fiction to reportage to history, a Cuba expert selects her favorite books that capture the beauty, heartache, and inextinguishable soul of this Caribbean island.

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  • Read This! Sony, Congo and U-Va

    Read This! Sony, Congo and U-Va

    Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’ By William Boot CEO Michael Lynton showed a rough cut of the movie to U.S. officials before moving ahead. Now hackers are threatening to bomb any ...

    Also, the next Hobby Lobbys, female Kurdish fighters and more. The Beast’s best from this past week.

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The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

I first arrived in Havana in February 2000, during the political kiddie porn of Elian Gonzalez fought across 90 miles. A joke was still circulating around the island then about the pope’s visit to Cuba a couple of years before. Fidel rode with him...

After Olympic boxer Guillermo Rigondeux defected, his family suffered a form of domestic exile. You couldn’t even find a cab driver who’d go down their street.

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The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

This may well be the peak year of historians’ fascination with the ’60s—and particularly political and civil rights history. Here are 15 notable books published in 2014 about the decade of the moment.The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vol. VII...

Half a century ago, everything seemed to turn upside down, from civil rights to the arms race to the sexual revolution and womens’ rights. Historians are just beginning to cope with ...

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The Five Best Books on Cuba

The Five Best Books on Cuba

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire (Free Press)Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted as part of Operation Pedro Pan from Cuba in 1962. His painful memoir, which won the National Book Award, depicts a vibr...

It’s only 90 miles from the U.S., but to most Americans, Cuba could be on the moon. Here are five books that make the terra slightly less incognita.

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The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

I first arrived in Havana in February 2000, during the political kiddie porn of Elian Gonzalez fought across 90 miles. A joke was still circulating around the island then about the pope’s visit to Cuba a couple of years before. Fidel rode with him...

After Olympic boxer Guillermo Rigondeux defected, his family suffered a form of domestic exile. You couldn’t even find a cab driver who’d go down their street.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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The Many Faces of Chuck Close

The Many Faces of Chuck Close

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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