Politics

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam

Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam

It’s Thanksgiving, a national holiday since 1863. And that’s a problem now that giving thanks to God no longer plays a prominent role in American civic life.I know, I know, America is still ”one Nation under God.” We believe in Him by a landslide ...

Taking the time to thank our federal, state, and local bureaucracies for all the joy they bring us every day.

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Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’

Ferguson, Immigration, and ‘Us Vs. Them’

In his brilliant book At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson describes the relationship between servants in mid-19th-century England and their masters/employers: “Perhaps the hardest part of the job was simply being attached to and ...

Reactions to both events are driven by ignorance, disregard, and dehumanization of an underclass of people of color.

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Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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Hunger Games Comes to New York’s Schools

Hunger Games Comes to New York’s Schools

As Hunger Games-Mockingjay I opens this weekend, some commentators have noted that the hunger, as it were, for Hunger Games derives from our sense that it mimics some of the darker aspects of our politics. The closest parallel I see is in the curr...

The same billionaires who just bought the New York State Senate now want to own public education. It’s starve, test, and destroy.

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The Race to Be Hillary’s Karl Rove

The Race to Be Hillary’s Karl Rove

Wherever two or more Democrats are gathered these days, there is only one thing they talk about.“Who is going to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager?” asked one political operative in the hallways of a Midtown Manhattan hotel where some of the p...

Bereft of a competitive 2016 primary, Democrats are backing candidates for Clinton campaign manager. How the top three—Obama-style, classic Clinton, true left—would shape her run.

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Entertainment

Shia LaBeouf: My Performance Art Rape

Shia LaBeouf: My Performance Art Rape

This past February in Downtown Los Angeles, Shia LaBeouf fused the meta-celebrity of James Franco and Marina Abramovic’s audacious performance art to create #IAMSORRY—a piece wherein the former Even Stevens star sat alone in a room dressed in a tu...

The beleaguered actor claims that a woman raped him during his L.A. performance art project where he sat in a room silent—and that her boyfriend was right outside the door.

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What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

Much has been made of recent videos documenting how women are too often treated on the streets of our cities. The more serious videos have brought attention to the issue and spawned numerous parodies.Street harassment and catcalling are sadly comm...

How does it feel to be harassed while walking down the street?

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A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. You love Thanksgiving. Your Mom loves Thanksgiving. But what about turkeys? Do they?That’s the question Jenny Brown asked herself, and her answer was to open the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Sh...

See the world from a turkey's point of view, literally

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Robert Downey Sr.: We Knew About Cosby

Robert Downey Sr.: We Knew About Cosby

Poll a bunch of random youths today, and nine out of ten will say they know the name Robert Downey Jr. He is Iron Man, after all, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But precious few kids these days understand that Tony Stark’s father...

The gonzo director responsible for cult classics like Putney Swope sat down to discuss his filmmaking legacy, his son’s wild journey to the top, and the Bill Cosby allegations.

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What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

Much has been made of recent videos documenting how women are too often treated on the streets of our cities. The more serious videos have brought attention to the issue and spawned numerous parodies.Street harassment and catcalling are sadly comm...

How does it feel to be harassed while walking down the street?

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Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Tsukino Usagi is back.Starting this past summer, streaming video service Hulu broadcast the long-delayed, but all new, episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーン).Adapted from the 20-year-old manga, Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of middle...

In a world where comic book fantasy stubbornly lingers in male-oriented storytelling, ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ tells the story of a flibbertigibbet who becomes a guardian of the galaxy.

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Necrophiliac Penguins Headline Kids Film

Necrophiliac Penguins Headline Kids Film

Who doesn’t love penguins? Whether the flightless birds are entering loving gay relationships or being narrated by Morgan Freeman, penguins are cute sons of guns.And the flightless birds will once again enjoy some good publicity with the Wednesday...

Sure, the Adélie penguins in ‘Penguins of Madagascar’ look cute. But the species is also noted for its ‘astonishing depravity,’ including necrophilia and infanticide.

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What Unites Bill Cosby’s Defenders?

What Unites Bill Cosby’s Defenders?

If there is one place I had prayed we would not see partisanship rear its head, it is in connection with the Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal. But disgustingly, it has happened.Last week we heard Glenn Beck say Cosby was “raped” by the AP reporte...

Are they all conservative? All liberal? All white? All black? No, no, no, and no. But funny thing—they are all men.

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Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Tsukino Usagi is back.Starting this past summer, streaming video service Hulu broadcast the long-delayed, but all new, episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーン).Adapted from the 20-year-old manga, Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of middle...

In a world where comic book fantasy stubbornly lingers in male-oriented storytelling, ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ tells the story of a flibbertigibbet who becomes a guardian of the galaxy.

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World News

Turkish Premier’s Politics of Childhood

Turkish Premier’s Politics of Childhood

ISTANBUL — In Istanbul, in the middle of a city block dubbed “Children’s Street,” a community center provides services for mothers and children. The street is closed to traffic and kids run unfettered across inviting hopscotch squares and bicycle ...

As he attempts to Islamize Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using women and their children.

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Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—“I am the father of the martyr,” says Ibrahim Hijazi, a well-dressed pensioner with milky blue eyes and a mark on his forehead gained by years of Muslim prayer. He has just emerged from one of the many homes that sit on top of a small hi...

The terrorists are dead, but Israeli authorities punish their families by destroying their houses. This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

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Britain’s Patriot Act on Steroids

Britain’s Patriot Act on Steroids

LONDON — Britain has had enough: the government will announce radical plans to end centuries of free speech on Wednesday in an unprecedented terror crackdown that would force Internet companies to monitor users; restrict the movement of suspects a...

The proposed law is meant to silence or force into exile anyone advocating violent jihad in the UK or waging it outside.

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Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

“Countries have promised resources to fight Ebola. Which have delivered?”It’s this question that inspired nonprofit ONE.org to create an Ebola tracker to figure out just that. While the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), t...

Little has been delivered of the millions countries pledged to fight the disease: 7 percent of China’s $122M, 17 percent of the EU’s $265M, and 43 percent of the United States’ $572M.

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Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—“I am the father of the martyr,” says Ibrahim Hijazi, a well-dressed pensioner with milky blue eyes and a mark on his forehead gained by years of Muslim prayer. He has just emerged from one of the many homes that sit on top of a small hi...

The terrorists are dead, but Israeli authorities punish their families by destroying their houses. This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

From practically the day he took office as the 24th Secretary of Defense less than two years ago, Chuck Hagel was a marked man. After one of the more brutal confirmation hearings of a senior Cabinet official in recent memory—Hagel had to apologize...

He's stepping down after less than two lackluster years inside the Pentagon walls and disastrous developments around the world.

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Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine—When skirmishes began in this corner of eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Yuriy Bereza decided to use “direct action” (read fists and clubs), threats, and incentives to ensure this fourth largest city—and a mainly Russian-...

In an exclusive interview, one of the top pro-Kiev militia commanders talks about the cowardice of some of Ukraine’s regular army officers and his need for U.S. weapons.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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U.S. News

The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis

The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL  — If you have information regarding the murder of Antonio Jones—a Ferguson man whose bullet-riddled body was found burned in the trunk of a car in East St. Louis last month—don't call the Major Case Squad. At least not at ...

Police investigating the mysterious murder of a Ferguson man suddenly packed up and left. The murder tipline now goes to a charity organization.

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This Is America Outraged

This Is America Outraged

Ferguson protests swept the nation yesterday, after a grand jury declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown.

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90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson

90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson

As Michael Brown and Police Officer Darren Wilson struggled furiously in the open window of the squad car, the teen’s friend could only wish for a peacemaker to appear.“I almost feel like someone needs to come out here and say something to either ...

We need to understand what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Ferguson before we can begin to change how we police ourselves.

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The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis

The Disappearing Cops of East St. Louis

East St. Louis, IL  — If you have information regarding the murder of Antonio Jones—a Ferguson man whose bullet-riddled body was found burned in the trunk of a car in East St. Louis last month—don't call the Major Case Squad. At least not at ...

Police investigating the mysterious murder of a Ferguson man suddenly packed up and left. The murder tipline now goes to a charity organization.

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Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

When Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies Christopher Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl responded to a call about a house fire in Tallahassee last Saturday, they were greeted by the burning home’s occupant, 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley, brandishing a .40 cali...

Just last week an anti-government extremist ambushed and killed a police officer after setting his own house on fire. One ex-police chief is telling local law enforcement how to spot...

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Tech + Health

12 Thanksgiving Diet Hacks

12 Thanksgiving Diet Hacks

By Barbara Brody for Life by DailyBurn Gravy-drenched drumsticks, buttery mashed potatoes, and gooey pecan pie all sound scrumptious — until you think about what they’ll do to your waistline. While you shouldn’t deprive yourself of all your favo...

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Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

The vast majority of people who drink too much are not alcohol-dependent, indicating that with help, many can be helped to moderate their consumption, a new government report has found.These findings, published by researchers from the Centers for ...

A new survey shows that while many Americans drink excessively, they aren’t dependent on alcohol. This is problematic—but promising.

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Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Six-figure salaries. Flexible hours. Luxury housing. Ah, the life of an intern.This past weekend, high school senior Tiffany Zhong, the chief product officer of the app Glimpse and one of the tech industry’s “55 Unknown Rock Stars” according to in...

$8,000 each month with another $3,000 for housing. Welcome to the life of a Silicon Valley intern.

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Insurance Killed Me, Despite Obamacare

Insurance Killed Me, Despite Obamacare

How far will a health-insurance company go to deny coverage when you are really sick?How willing are they to risk their customers’ health and possibly their lives? Well let me tell you my experience with Health Republic and its affiliate MagnaCare...

Malcolm MacDougall’s insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite his premiums being paid. The Affordable Care Act did nothing to save his life.

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Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

The vast majority of people who drink too much are not alcohol-dependent, indicating that with help, many can be helped to moderate their consumption, a new government report has found.These findings, published by researchers from the Centers for ...

A new survey shows that while many Americans drink excessively, they aren’t dependent on alcohol. This is problematic—but promising.

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Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Welcome to the brave new world of technology-enhanced human reproduction with its promise of alleviating the heartache of infertility, and its dangers of crossing ethical and moral lines.  At a time when more options are available for women to con...

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?

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The Black Hole Tango

The Black Hole Tango

Something fascinating is going on in the gravitational dance of galaxies, from watching the slow twirls of the dancers.Galaxies in the Universe are not spread out randomly; instead, they form a vast web, forming clusters with long filaments connec...

A new paper reveals that black holes seem to know their place in the cosmic web, aligning with one another despite huge separations in space.

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The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

With viral hashtags like #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen and #DropDunham, it’s easier than ever for activists to finally make headway against feminism’s traditional allegiance to white, straight, cisgender, and non-disabled women only.After the Isla Vi...

Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.

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Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Welcome to the brave new world of technology-enhanced human reproduction with its promise of alleviating the heartache of infertility, and its dangers of crossing ethical and moral lines.  At a time when more options are available for women to con...

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?

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Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow, some of New York City’s best chefs reveal their ingenious takes on traditional dishes in our special seasonal video. Bobby Hellen of GG’s prepares a beautiful dish sourced from the restaurant’s picturesque (...

Thanksgiving lunch doesn’t need to end with turkey and mashed potatoes. A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.

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Flying Coach Is the New Hell

Flying Coach Is the New Hell

Some 24.6 million people (equal to the whole population of Australia) will be heading down the aisle toward a seat on an American airline during this Thanksgiving holiday. That’s an average 31,000 a day more than last year—including international ...

The rears of planes are becoming hell with smaller, harder seats to jam as many passengers in as possible. Meanwhile, first class has never been more opulent.

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Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix

Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix

“Take off your clothes,” was the first thing I heard. The voice was deep, husky, and stern. My heart palpitated. My whole body shook. I had no idea what was happening, or what to expect.I was in a fifth-floor apartment in New York’s East Village...

In a dramatic life that has included a police raid and prosecution, Dr. Charlayne Grenci has made delivering pain and pleasure into both a business and area of study.

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The Death of the English Eccentric

The Death of the English Eccentric

The obituaries marking the death of the 88-year-old Duchess of Alba, or Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, to give her full name, are a reminder of just how dull the modern aristocracy can some...

Sure, there are some colorful English aristocrats still around, but is the age of the delightfully nutty toff at an end? Will any, ever again, invent a revolver for killing wasps?

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Flying Coach Is the New Hell

Flying Coach Is the New Hell

Some 24.6 million people (equal to the whole population of Australia) will be heading down the aisle toward a seat on an American airline during this Thanksgiving holiday. That’s an average 31,000 a day more than last year—including international ...

The rears of planes are becoming hell with smaller, harder seats to jam as many passengers in as possible. Meanwhile, first class has never been more opulent.

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Rocking The AMA Red Carpet

Rocking The AMA Red Carpet

It was a night of the full-length and fitted, the barely there, and the very yellow (go Rita Ora!). Here is the best and worst from the red carpet at Sunday's 2014 American Music Awards.

It was a night of the full-length and fitted, the barely there, and the very yellow (go Rita Ora!). Here is the best and worst from the red carpet at Sunday's 2014 American Music...

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The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

Every year for about six weeks—from mid-November until early January—the Christmas windows of New York’s most famous stores attract millions of visitors and New Yorkers—and for a very good reason. They are striking, incredibly elaborate, and they ...

From classic holiday tunes to sculpture, the big New York stores hope their beautifully designed Christmas windows will attract millions of onlookers and customers.

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Drawing Room Coup at 'Brideshead'

Drawing Room Coup at 'Brideshead'

In the latest twist to a decades-long family feud, Simon Howard and his wife Rebecca have been forced out of Castle Howard, the Yorkshire stately home which was the setting for the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, in a dr...

Sources tell the Royalist that Simon and Becci Howard (nee Sief) have conceded defeat in the battle, and have moved out of Castle Howard

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Rocking The AMA Red Carpet

Rocking The AMA Red Carpet

It was a night of the full-length and fitted, the barely there, and the very yellow (go Rita Ora!). Here is the best and worst from the red carpet at Sunday's 2014 American Music Awards.

It was a night of the full-length and fitted, the barely there, and the very yellow (go Rita Ora!). Here is the best and worst from the red carpet at Sunday's 2014 American Music...

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Women in the World

To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Girls

To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Girls

When Gugu was a 14-year-old girl in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was raped, shot and left for dead. Miraculously, she survived after spending three months in a coma, but when she woke up, the doctor had another potential death sentence to deliver: she had contracted HIV. And if that news wasn't enough to deal with, she was also pregnant.This fate is unfortunately not rare for girls, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. And as it turns out, violence against g...

A powerful public-private partnership is working urgently to stop violence against children, reports Together for Girls director Michele Moloney-Kitts.

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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Books

Why We Can’t Quit the Circus

Why We Can’t Quit the Circus

Like vaudeville routines or swimming holes, the circus, a once-ubiquitous institution, now lives a double life, scrubbed to high polish in most of its rare physical incarnations but boasting a whole galaxy of warts in its enduring presence in othe...

A new book takes us through the Big Top’s weird and wacky history as one of the most popular tropes in Western culture.

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  • Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

    Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

    I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

    Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

The case of Amanda Knox has captivated readers on both sides of the Atlantic for seven years. And why not? It has all the elements necessary for drama, controversy, and suspense. A beautiful, fresh-faced 20-year-old college junior from Seattle goe...

Novelist Nina Darnton spins a story with strong parallels to Amanda Knox’s, to imagine what a mother must feel like when her child gets accused of murder.

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The National Book Award-Winning Vet

The National Book Award-Winning Vet

Redeployment, Phil Klay’s National Book Award-winning book of short stories, opens with the lines: “We shot dogs. Not by accident. We did it on purpose, and we called it Operation Scooby. I’m a dog person so I thought about that a lot.”“We shot do...

Phil Klay, who served in Iraq, talked to The Daily Beast after winning the National Book Award about the fascination of war, whether Brooklyn is ‘cancerous with novelists,’ and more.

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James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

Author James Patterson is calling out President Obama with a video of burning books.The best-selling author has released the video of individuals, including children, burning books to draw attention to what he believes is a lack of emphasis in the...

The best-selling author talks to The Daily Beast about why he’s setting books on fire to get the president’s attention.

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Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

The case of Amanda Knox has captivated readers on both sides of the Atlantic for seven years. And why not? It has all the elements necessary for drama, controversy, and suspense. A beautiful, fresh-faced 20-year-old college junior from Seattle goe...

Novelist Nina Darnton spins a story with strong parallels to Amanda Knox’s, to imagine what a mother must feel like when her child gets accused of murder.

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Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

Andrew Lohse’s Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy is a strong contender for the one of the year’s most scandalous books.Lohse, the former Dartmouth College student turned anti-fraternity activist profiled in Rolling Stone’s March 2012 hazing ex...

In ‘Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy,’ the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.

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How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

It’s very hard indeed to think of a single thinker or writer who looms as large over their chosen field of study as Carl von Clausewitz. Clausewitz, on the odd chance you haven’t heard of him in this age of wars and rumors of wars, was a Prussian ...

Inspired by his combat experience in the Napoleonic wars, Carl von Clausewitz developed theories of warfare so effective that he is still the most quoted man on the battlefield.

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The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.To s...

Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star.’

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Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

Andrew Lohse’s Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy is a strong contender for the one of the year’s most scandalous books.Lohse, the former Dartmouth College student turned anti-fraternity activist profiled in Rolling Stone’s March 2012 hazing ex...

In ‘Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy,’ the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.

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