Politics

Protesters hold a pro-gay rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on April 25, 2015, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court meets on April 28 to hear arguments whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.       AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gay Marriage Could Lose Tomorrow

Gay Marriage Could Lose Tomorrow

Oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case will take place on Tuesday, together with plenty of media hype, vocal protests on both sides–and, most likely, a fair amount of confusion regarding what’s actually at stake. Here’s what ...

This week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court have generated more heat than light. So is gay marriage in every state what’s next? Here’s an explainer.

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Behind the Man Who Outed Clinton’s Cash

Behind the Man Who Outed Clinton’s Cash

It’s a mistake for the Clinton campaign to write off conservative author Peter Schweizer as a right-wing hack. It won’t work, and it’s not true. If he were as off-base as the campaign and its allies portray him, would a high-quality publication li...

Author Peter Schweizer may be a conservative, but that doesn’t mean his investigations don’t have merit, and his allegations won’t stick.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Did foreign interests curry favor with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by paying huge speaking fees to her husband?That’s the question raised in the forthcoming book Clinton Cash by author and political consultant Peter Schweizer. On the Sunday...

Did foreign interests curry favor with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by paying huge speaking fees to her husband? PunditFact checks it out.

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Protesters hold a pro-gay rights flag outside the US Supreme Court on April 25, 2015, countering the demonstrators who attended the March For Marriage in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court meets on April 28 to hear arguments whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed in the United States, with a final decision expected in June.       AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS        (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Gay Marriage Could Lose Tomorrow

Gay Marriage Could Lose Tomorrow

Oral arguments in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case will take place on Tuesday, together with plenty of media hype, vocal protests on both sides–and, most likely, a fair amount of confusion regarding what’s actually at stake. Here’s what ...

This week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court have generated more heat than light. So is gay marriage in every state what’s next? Here’s an explainer.

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US President Barack Obama attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, DC on April 25, 2015. AFP PHOTO/YURI GRIPAS        (Photo credit should read YURI GRIPAS/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Hits Its ‘F**k It’ Phase

White House Hits Its ‘F**k It’ Phase

There comes a time, late in every president’s second term—if he (or possibly she) is both fortunate and unfortunate enough to have one—where exhaustion overtakes ambition and the brilliant veneer of pomp and circumstance begins to strip away.When ...

Expensively catered, generously liquored, and elaborately produced to be sure, but this year Washington’s schmooze and booze-fest seemed forced and hollow.

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Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

At some point over the past few days, you might have noticed a corner of the Internet rolling its eyes at a piece published in The Daily Signal, the news site owned by the conservative Heritage Foundation. It was penned by Gene Schaerr, the lawyer...

Civil war. So many abortions. Polygamy. Widespread bestiality. You name it, marriage equality will cause it.

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Entertainment

Cookie Monster Hulks Out in 'Aveggies'

Cookie Monster Hulks Out in 'Aveggies'

You wouldn't like him when he's hungry.In the latest edition of Crumby Pictures, Sesame Street's segment that stars Cookie Monster in movie parody trailers, the googly-eyed carb-loading Muppet is part of 'The Aveggies,' a ...

Sesame Street spoofs 'The Avengers' to teach kids how to focus.

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Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson - Mad Men _ Season 7, Episode 6 - Photo Credit; Justina Mintz/AMC

‘Mad Men’: Peggy’s Feminist Speech

‘Mad Men’: Peggy’s Feminist Speech

Peggy Olson has long been Mad Men’s Joan of Arc—a trailblazing, career-oriented woman whose personal life has been sacrificed at the altar of sexism.And nowhere was this iniquity more present than in the third-to-last episode of the AMC series’ se...

The third-to-last episode saw the SC&P crew thrown into chaos, the redemption of Pete Campbell, and Peggy Olson deliver a heartrending confession.

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John Oliver Obliterates Dr. Oz

John Oliver Obliterates Dr. Oz

Last year, Last Week Tonight host John Oliver dedicated a 16-minute segment on his half-hour HBO show to examining Dr. Oz’s propensity for recommending highly dubious dietary supplements. Oliver’s not done with misleading Mehmet.On Sunday night’s...

The brilliantly droll host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight tore the embattled Dr. Oz to shreds.

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‘Game of Thrones’: Cersei Gets Served

‘Game of Thrones’: Cersei Gets Served

Poor, poor Cersei Baratheon.Life for Cersei in Season 5 has devolved into the equivalent of her first scene in Sunday’s episode, “The High Sparrow”: a long, anonymous carriage ride through her own city, with throngs of admirers screaming another w...

In the latest episode of HBO’s violent fantasy epic, an empowered Margaery verbally undresses Cersei while Sansa remains the unluckiest girl in Westeros.

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Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson - Mad Men _ Season 7, Episode 6 - Photo Credit; Justina Mintz/AMC

‘Mad Men’: Peggy’s Feminist Speech

‘Mad Men’: Peggy’s Feminist Speech

Peggy Olson has long been Mad Men’s Joan of Arc—a trailblazing, career-oriented woman whose personal life has been sacrificed at the altar of sexism.And nowhere was this iniquity more present than in the third-to-last episode of the AMC series’ se...

The third-to-last episode saw the SC&P crew thrown into chaos, the redemption of Pete Campbell, and Peggy Olson deliver a heartrending confession.

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Musician Jay-Z performs at Yankee Stadium during his "Legends of the Summer" tour with singer Justin Timberlake (not pictured) in New York, July 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX11SIA

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Disaster

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Disaster

Jay Z is on the defensive. No, he’s not being showered with a security cam-friendly array of Mortal Kombat-worthy punches and kicks courtesy of the inimitable Solange. Rather, the hip-hop icon turned entrepreneur who once rapped, “I’m not a busin...

The artist-owned streaming music service Tidal, lorded over by Jay Z, has come under fire from a bevy of artists, so Jigga has gone on the defensive against its many detractors.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at a spring training baseball game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4SNGU

Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

If you think Alex Rodriguez is the most despised player in New York Yankees history—and he is—just wait a few days till he passes up Willie Mays for 4th place on the all-time home run list. (As we go to press, he’s at 658, two behind Willie at 660...

As Alex Rodriguez draws ever closer to beating Hank Aaron’s home run record, get set for a blizzard of media condemnation. But in case you haven’t noticed, the fans are cheering. 


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Bruce Jenner’s Republican Challenge

Bruce Jenner’s Republican Challenge

The paparazzi pictures of Bruce Jenner on Sunday tell their own meaningful story.Just a few days ago he was being photographed, without his knowledge, from a hillside near his home by paparazzi training their telephoto lenses on a figure in a stri...

On Friday night, Bruce Jenner’s TV interview surprised everyone for its honesty and depth. Could he turn out to be an influential, inspirational activist?

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Musician Jay-Z performs at Yankee Stadium during his "Legends of the Summer" tour with singer Justin Timberlake (not pictured) in New York, July 19, 2013.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTX11SIA

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Disaster

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Disaster

Jay Z is on the defensive. No, he’s not being showered with a security cam-friendly array of Mortal Kombat-worthy punches and kicks courtesy of the inimitable Solange. Rather, the hip-hop icon turned entrepreneur who once rapped, “I’m not a busin...

The artist-owned streaming music service Tidal, lorded over by Jay Z, has come under fire from a bevy of artists, so Jigga has gone on the defensive against its many detractors.

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World News

My Father, the Spy in the Hanoi Hilton

My Father, the Spy in the Hanoi Hilton

The late Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale was flying a mission over North Vietnam on September 9, 1965, when his plane was struck by enemy fire. He ejected from the aircraft and parachuted into a tiny North Vietnamese village, where he was taken pr...

For seven and a half years, my father James B. Stockdale led a POW espionage network that linked tortured Americans inside North Vietnam directly to the Pentagon.

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George Galloway speaks to supporters at a town hall meeting in Toronto October 3, 2010. Galloway, an anti-war activist and former British member of Parliament, was denied entry into Canada in 2009 and was accused of supporting the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which Canada considers a terrorist organization. 


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He’s Made a Career Hating the USA

He’s Made a Career Hating the USA

BRADFORD, United Kingdom — It didn’t take long. It rarely does. Forty-four seconds into his latest election debate, George Galloway had already pivoted to the war in Iraq. Describing the 2003 invasion as a “gigantic crime,” the member of Parliamen...

Even before he started running for office in a largely Muslim community, Galloway was winning kudos from fans of Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez.

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People search for family members trapped inside collapsed houses a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. A shallow earthquake measuring 7.9 magnitude struck west of the ancient Nepali capital of Kathmandu on Saturday, killing more than 100 people, injuring hundreds and leaving a pall over the valley, doctors and witnesses said.

Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

Aftermath of Devastating Earthquake

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An injured person is carried by rescue members to be airlifted by rescue helicopter at Everest Base Camp on April 26, 2015, a day after an avalanche triggered by an earthquake devastated the camp. Rescuers in Nepal are searching frantically for survivors of a huge quake on April 25, that killed nearly 2,000, digging through rubble in the devastated capital Kathmandu and airlifting victims of an avalanche at Everest base Camp. The bodies of those who perished lie under orange tents. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT        (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Terrifying Footage of Everest Avalanche

Terrifying Footage of Everest Avalanche

One can only imagine the horror of being caught in an earthquake the magnitude of which struck Nepal on Saturday, leaving thousands dead and wounded and a swath of destruction that will continue to unfold for days. A new video has emerged showing ...

Watch the unbelievable footage of the Everest avalanche.

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George Galloway speaks to supporters at a town hall meeting in Toronto October 3, 2010. Galloway, an anti-war activist and former British member of Parliament, was denied entry into Canada in 2009 and was accused of supporting the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which Canada considers a terrorist organization. 


   REUTERS/Mike Cassese   (CANADA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTXT0DR

He’s Made a Career Hating the USA

He’s Made a Career Hating the USA

BRADFORD, United Kingdom — It didn’t take long. It rarely does. Forty-four seconds into his latest election debate, George Galloway had already pivoted to the war in Iraq. Describing the 2003 invasion as a “gigantic crime,” the member of Parliamen...

Even before he started running for office in a largely Muslim community, Galloway was winning kudos from fans of Saddam Hussein and Hugo Chavez.

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

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

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

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

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Nepalese rescue workers and onlookers gather at Kathmandu's Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was severely damaged by an earthquake on April 25, 2015. A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed hundreds of people April 25 as it ripped through large parts of Nepal, toppling office blocks and towers in Kathmandu and triggering a deadly avalanche that hit Everest base camp. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA        (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Everest Guide Recounts Horror of Quake

Everest Guide Recounts Horror of Quake

As the numbers of injured and killed—currently 5,900 and 2,400, respectively—rise in the wake of yesterday’s earthquake in Nepal and aftershocks continue to rock the countryside, the first groups of evacuees from nearby Mount Everest’s base camp h...

High in the Himalayas, Everest climbers can only hope for the best after Saturday's devastating earthquake.

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BENITO MUSSOLINI, January 31, 1939

Inside the Mussolini Museum

Inside the Mussolini Museum

ROME — Every year around Italy’s April 25 liberation day festivities, a group of unapologetic Italians hold a commemoration of their own—they mark the death of Benito Mussolini, who was killed on April 28, 1945, in Giulina di Mezzegra in northern ...

As the 70th anniversary of Il Duce’s death approaches, Italians struggle with his place in their country’s history.

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

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

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

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

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Chimpanzees

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Possumus habere corpus?May we have the body?On April 20, a New York state judge granted an order to “show cause & writ of habeas corpus” to the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) on behalf of two chimps, Hercules and Leo. The defendant, president o...

In what could be a landmark case for animal rights, a New York state judge has issued a ruling that may grant two chimpanzeess the legal protection of humans.

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College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

My 17-year-old sister, Anna, is in the midst of choosing the college where she will spend the next four (hopefully) happy years of her life. While much is yet to be determined about her undergraduate experience, I can say with certainty it won’t...

The writers of 'Her Campus' spout advice for college that ranges from fearmongering to inaccurate, with not a word on abortion, coming out, or even learning itself.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About ISIS

How to Talk to Your Kids About ISIS

A few weeks back, while watching the unity rally in Paris in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks with my sons, I got misty. When my 11-year-old asked why I was tearing up, I told him I was touched by the collective courage in the face ...

When we shield our kids from the evils of the world, we’re not protecting them; we’re making them weaker.

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Chimpanzees

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Possumus habere corpus?May we have the body?On April 20, a New York state judge granted an order to “show cause & writ of habeas corpus” to the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) on behalf of two chimps, Hercules and Leo. The defendant, president o...

In what could be a landmark case for animal rights, a New York state judge has issued a ruling that may grant two chimpanzeess the legal protection of humans.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at a spring training baseball game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4SNGU

Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

If you think Alex Rodriguez is the most despised player in New York Yankees history—and he is—just wait a few days till he passes up Willie Mays for 4th place on the all-time home run list. (As we go to press, he’s at 658, two behind Willie at 660...

As Alex Rodriguez draws ever closer to beating Hank Aaron’s home run record, get set for a blizzard of media condemnation. But in case you haven’t noticed, the fans are cheering. 


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Scholars Who Think Gays Cause Abortions

Scholars Who Think Gays Cause Abortions

On April 2, a group of 100 conservative lawyers and university professors filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing, in part, that marriage equality will cause 900,000 abortions over the next 30 years. The claim may come as a shock to t...

An amicus brief filed by conservatives opposing gay marriage is ridiculous, but there is a link between same-sex nuptials and abortion—it’s just not what you think.

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Tech + Health

Chimpanzees

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Can You Take a Chimp to Court?

Possumus habere corpus?May we have the body?On April 20, a New York state judge granted an order to “show cause & writ of habeas corpus” to the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP) on behalf of two chimps, Hercules and Leo. The defendant, president o...

In what could be a landmark case for animal rights, a New York state judge has issued a ruling that may grant two chimpanzeess the legal protection of humans.

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

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

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

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

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

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

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

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

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More Sex Means More Money

More Sex Means More Money

Employees with active sex lives perform better at work, a new study reports. Those who get it on two or three times a week earn 4.5 percent more than their less coitus-inclined colleagues, proving that our bedroom and boardroom behaviors are more ...

A new study finds that those who have more sex bring home bigger paychecks. How bedroom behavior deepens your pockets.

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

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

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

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

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Painting Depicting Gulliver's Travels, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

On Friday the Apple watch will launch on a million wrists. The last time a timepiece sparked such a flummery of excitement was 300 years ago when the Lilliputians laid eyes on the pocket watch of the “great man mountain” in Jonathan Swift’s 1726 s...

The Lilliputians gape at Gulliver’s pocket watch just as we drool over the Apple Watch. Swift himself would have sniffed at our techno-frenzy (but he would have loved the watch).

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

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

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

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How the Pot Business Is Whitewashed

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

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

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

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Painting Depicting Gulliver's Travels, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

On Friday the Apple watch will launch on a million wrists. The last time a timepiece sparked such a flummery of excitement was 300 years ago when the Lilliputians laid eyes on the pocket watch of the “great man mountain” in Jonathan Swift’s 1726 s...

The Lilliputians gape at Gulliver’s pocket watch just as we drool over the Apple Watch. Swift himself would have sniffed at our techno-frenzy (but he would have loved the watch).

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BeastStyle

College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

My 17-year-old sister, Anna, is in the midst of choosing the college where she will spend the next four (hopefully) happy years of her life. While much is yet to be determined about her undergraduate experience, I can say with certainty it won’t...

The writers of 'Her Campus' spout advice for college that ranges from fearmongering to inaccurate, with not a word on abortion, coming out, or even learning itself.

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Kazakhstan’s Sleepy Hollow

Kazakhstan’s Sleepy Hollow

A small town in Kazakhstan has been cursed with a mysterious sleeping spell that sends residents into long, unexplainable fits of sleep, and may now force them to pack up their homes and flee for safety in neighboring communities.Nearly a quarter ...

Is radon poisoning making the residents of the tiny town of Kalachi fall into fits of sleep? Officials may close the village down if an answer isn't found.

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The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

The New Yorker & MoMA: Still Relevant?

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

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

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

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

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

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

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Kazakhstan’s Sleepy Hollow

Kazakhstan’s Sleepy Hollow

A small town in Kazakhstan has been cursed with a mysterious sleeping spell that sends residents into long, unexplainable fits of sleep, and may now force them to pack up their homes and flee for safety in neighboring communities.Nearly a quarter ...

Is radon poisoning making the residents of the tiny town of Kalachi fall into fits of sleep? Officials may close the village down if an answer isn't found.

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Anthony Bourdain films CNN's Parts Unknown in Miami, Florida on November 18, 2014. (photo by David S. Holloway/CNN)

Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup

Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup

CNN will begin its new season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown tonight (9 p.m. ET/PT) with a twist. Like the film Memento or your memory the morning after a long night 0f cocktails and canapes with power-drinking Korean businessmen, the first epi...

The globe-girdling chef and TV star talks about power-drinking in Korea, skin sloughing, the beauties of Beirut, and the agony of doing jujitsu with a hangover.

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

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

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

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

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A beautiful hawk quietly perched in a tree at sunrise near Boulder, CO.

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

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

Around the world and back with a NatGeo explorer

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Anthony Bourdain films CNN's Parts Unknown in Miami, Florida on November 18, 2014. (photo by David S. Holloway/CNN)

Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup

Anthony Bourdain Loves Cow Foot Soup

CNN will begin its new season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown tonight (9 p.m. ET/PT) with a twist. Like the film Memento or your memory the morning after a long night 0f cocktails and canapes with power-drinking Korean businessmen, the first epi...

The globe-girdling chef and TV star talks about power-drinking in Korea, skin sloughing, the beauties of Beirut, and the agony of doing jujitsu with a hangover.

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Books

College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

College Advice Book to Women: Be Afraid

My 17-year-old sister, Anna, is in the midst of choosing the college where she will spend the next four (hopefully) happy years of her life. While much is yet to be determined about her undergraduate experience, I can say with certainty it won’t...

The writers of 'Her Campus' spout advice for college that ranges from fearmongering to inaccurate, with not a word on abortion, coming out, or even learning itself.

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  • New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez (13) hits a RBI single during the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at a spring training baseball game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports - RTR4SNGU

    Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

    Enough With the A-Rod Hypocrisy

    If you think Alex Rodriguez is the most despised player in New York Yankees history—and he is—just wait a few days till he passes up Willie Mays for 4th place on the all-time home run list. (As we go to press, he’s at 658, two behind Willie at 660...

    As Alex Rodriguez draws ever closer to beating Hank Aaron’s home run record, get set for a blizzard of media condemnation. But in case you haven’t noticed, the fans are cheering. 


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Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck could learn a thing or two to learn from Edward Ball.As a participant in Henry Louis Gates’s PBS show about genealogy, Finding Your Roots, Affleck got shellacked in the media this week after he asked Gates to suppress the fact that one...

Ben Affleck tried and failed to hide a slave owner in his family tree. He would have done better to follow Edward Ball’s example—face the ugly past head on.

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

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

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

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

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

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

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

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Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck could learn a thing or two to learn from Edward Ball.As a participant in Henry Louis Gates’s PBS show about genealogy, Finding Your Roots, Affleck got shellacked in the media this week after he asked Gates to suppress the fact that one...

Ben Affleck tried and failed to hide a slave owner in his family tree. He would have done better to follow Edward Ball’s example—face the ugly past head on.

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British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

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

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

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A steel-helmeted policeman wields his club on fleeing African American youths at West 125th Street during violence in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, July 20, 1964. Demonstrators were protesting the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old African American, James Powell, by a white police officer. (AP Photo)

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

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

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

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A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

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

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

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British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

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

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

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