Politics

Those Grimes Obituaries Were Premature

Those Grimes Obituaries Were Premature

Several weeks ago, it looked like I had made a bad bet when I picked the young, brash filly to upset the old war horse in the high-profile U.S. Senate derby in Kentucky this fall. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was ahead of his challe...

When Kentucky’s Democratic Senate nominee refused to say whether she voted for Obama, the media rushed to pronounce her toast. But Kentucky’s hatred of the Establishment was stronger.

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Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing

Why D.C. Wants an Election About Nothing

Less than two weeks away, the midterm elections seem like an episode of Seinfeld: They’re about nothing. The most riveting stories so far deal with trivial matters that sound like deleted scenes from a George Costanza fever dream. Did Charlie Cri...

This midterm election matters. But until we demand better from our politicians, they’ll keep pretending that nothing serious is at stake.

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‘Christian’ Chapel Forced to Marry Gays?

‘Christian’ Chapel Forced to Marry Gays?

The first thing you need to know is that most “wedding chapels” are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis imperso...

A ‘Christian’ wedding chapel—a private business—in Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.

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Those Grimes Obituaries Were Premature

Those Grimes Obituaries Were Premature

Several weeks ago, it looked like I had made a bad bet when I picked the young, brash filly to upset the old war horse in the high-profile U.S. Senate derby in Kentucky this fall. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was ahead of his challe...

When Kentucky’s Democratic Senate nominee refused to say whether she voted for Obama, the media rushed to pronounce her toast. But Kentucky’s hatred of the Establishment was stronger.

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Border-Obsessed GOP Silent on Canada

Border-Obsessed GOP Silent on Canada

Politicians have long warned of the threat of Islamist terrorists crossing the United States’ southern border, despite relatively little evidence that ISIS or al Qaeda or any other terrorist group is present in Mexico. But with two terror attacks ...

GOP lawmakers have been talking up the threat of ISIS jihadists crossing the Mexican border—but even with two Canadian terrorist attacks this week, they’re not saying much about Canada.

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America’s Wackiest Referendums

America’s Wackiest Referendums

The 2014 election is not just about Democrats and Republicans. In some places, it’s also about Berettas, bongs, and bear hunting.That’s because on November 4, in addition to electing lawmakers, voters across the country will cast their ballots on ...

Should Mainers be allowed to hunt bears with doughnuts? Will Washington gun laws get both tougher and laxer? These and other key questions will be on ballots across the U.S. next month.

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Entertainment

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

The Revival of Kieran Culkin

There’s a sequence in Igby Goes Down where the titular hero, played with seemingly effortless charm and panache by Kieran Culkin, struts down a Manhattan sidewalk in slow-mo like a miniature master of the universe. His floppy hair dances in the wi...

He went from child stardom to a Golden Globe nod in Igby Goes Down. Then he disappeared. Now, he’s back in the Broadway play This Is Our Youth. Culkin opens up about his unusual jour...

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Comedians in Bras Getting Feminism

Comedians in Bras Getting Feminism

In Astoria, Queens, nestled in a packed auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image, I absorb an exciting retrospective on the late ‘60s sitcom That Girl with Marlo Thomas in conversation with Gloria Steinem and Debra Messing. Amazingly, Thomas w...

From Joan Rivers to Marlo Thomas to Lena Dunham, comedy and feminism have been longstanding bedfellows.

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaks

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaks

“It’s the end,” utters a shell-shocked Tony Stark. “The end of the path I started us on.” Yes, the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the superhero smorgasbord/’roided-up sequel to 2012’s $1.5 billion-grossing Marvel’s The Avengers, has leaked o...

The trailer for one of the most anticipated films of 2015 has leaked online and offers an embarrassment of riches, from a glimpse at Marvel’s pending Civil War to new cast members. W...

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The Hoverboard is (Finally Almost) Real

The Hoverboard is (Finally Almost) Real

On October 21, 2014—a year to the day before Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrive in “the future”; don’t let the memes fool you—a Kickstarter campaign was launched that aims to make one of the most sought-after fictional toys a reality.Greg and Jill H...

Kickstarter campaign makes ‘Back to the Future’ toy a real thing

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Comedians in Bras Getting Feminism

Comedians in Bras Getting Feminism

In Astoria, Queens, nestled in a packed auditorium at the Museum of the Moving Image, I absorb an exciting retrospective on the late ‘60s sitcom That Girl with Marlo Thomas in conversation with Gloria Steinem and Debra Messing. Amazingly, Thomas w...

From Joan Rivers to Marlo Thomas to Lena Dunham, comedy and feminism have been longstanding bedfellows.

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The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Scam?

The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Scam?

When Wayne Campbell, the public-access cable host/hockey enthusiast played by Mike Myers, visits a music store in the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World, he knows exactly what he wants to play. Picking up a guitar, he launches into the first few notes of L...

Is Led Zeppelin guilty of plagiarizing its most iconic song? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ would hardly be the first time the band faced legal action for borrowing too liberally.

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Thank God! Church Says She’s a Skank

Thank God! Church Says She’s a Skank

Eri Hayward is cheerful, even as she drops verbal bombs that demolish mainstream conceptions about being transgender. “I always say being gay is harder than identifying as a heterosexual girl or boy trapped in the other body, at least in this soci...

Eri Hayward is a Mormon who lives with her boyfriend, so according to the church she’s ‘living in sin.’ Which is great, because no one’s concerned with her being transgender.

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Is Reality TV Dead?

Is Reality TV Dead?

Nigel Lythgoe has a knack for resuscitating pop culture tenets that seem on their death bed.He was among the original executive producers of American Idol in 2002, the show credited with rescuing the flailing reality TV talent competition genre an...

Nigel Lythgoe, the producer behind ‘American Idol’ and ‘So You Think You Can Dance,’ talks candidly about the startling state of reality TV and producing his first Broadway show.

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The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Scam?

The ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Scam?

When Wayne Campbell, the public-access cable host/hockey enthusiast played by Mike Myers, visits a music store in the 1992 comedy Wayne’s World, he knows exactly what he wants to play. Picking up a guitar, he launches into the first few notes of L...

Is Led Zeppelin guilty of plagiarizing its most iconic song? ‘Stairway to Heaven’ would hardly be the first time the band faced legal action for borrowing too liberally.

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World News

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

HONG KONG, China — In its fourth week, Occupy Hong Kong has lost steam, and the bright smiles that were on young, idealistic faces have been displaced by weary, suntanned brows. The long haul has become a slow grind. The crowds have thinned, and t...

Mainland Chinese come to take selfies, and leave with a notion of the outside world, and the workings of democracy, they’d never seen before.

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Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

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Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence

Terrorist Ends Canada’s Innocence

An unprecedented attack shook Canada on Wednesday as at least one gunman attacked parliament and the country's war memorial in the capital, Ottawa. A fundamentally quiet and orderly town, Ottawa was rocked by the shooting of a uniformed Canad...

A gunman attacked parliament in an unprecedented attack, bringing violence to the very heart of Canadian democracy.

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Photos: Gunman Attacks Canada Parliament

Photos: Gunman Attacks Canada Parliament

A Canadian soldier is dead after a gunman shot him and went on to attack the national parliament on Wednesday. See photos from the scene.

A Canadian soldier is dead after a gunman shot him and went on to attack the national parliament on Wednesday. See photos from the scene.

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Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

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Have We Reached Peak ISIS?

Have We Reached Peak ISIS?

For a few months, the marauding jihadis of ISIS might have looked like an unstoppable army. That’s when they were moving at high speeds, their power blurred by hype and velocity. Slowed down by real resistance, a clearer picture takes shape and th...

Gone are the days when ISIS could take down cities in an instant. Now the extremist movement is bogged down in a small Syrian town. Has the West found the way to beat the group back?

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Proud to Be a Coal Miner Fraudster

Proud to Be a Coal Miner Fraudster

It is no exaggeration to say that Carlo Cani, a 60-year-old coal miner from the Italian island of Sardinia, never did an honest day’s work in his life. In fact, the miner, who retired on a state pension in 2006, admitted that he has spent 35 years...

Carlo Cani spent 35 years fabricating every excuse in the book to avoid a proper day’s work. Italy’s workplace laws helped him grandly cheat the system.

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Should Obama Take North Korea’s Bait?

Should Obama Take North Korea’s Bait?

North Korea is offering no reason for its decision Tuesday to release 56-year-old American Jeffrey Fowle, but the move could be the start of something big.Fowle, of Miamisburg, Ohio, had been held by North Korea for almost six months. Charged with...

By releasing American prisoner Jeffrey Fowle, Pyongyang is signaling it’s ready to talk. How a shift within the Kim regime should affect Washington’s response.

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Have We Reached Peak ISIS?

Have We Reached Peak ISIS?

For a few months, the marauding jihadis of ISIS might have looked like an unstoppable army. That’s when they were moving at high speeds, their power blurred by hype and velocity. Slowed down by real resistance, a clearer picture takes shape and th...

Gone are the days when ISIS could take down cities in an instant. Now the extremist movement is bogged down in a small Syrian town. Has the West found the way to beat the group back?

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U.S. News

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

GARY, Indiana—Over a din of smart-ass comments and after-work banter, Peg at Bugsy’s Tavern asks the obvious question: “You guys wanna watch the news?” The answer is yes, of course, and the crowd at the tiny bar off the main drag in this busted to...

Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies. Even worse, it's a place where women disappear without being missed.

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Women: D.C. Rabbi Spied on Us in Nude

Women: D.C. Rabbi Spied on Us in Nude

New details on the top Washington, D.C. rabbi arrested last week for voyeurism show how he allegedly lured women into the sights of his spy cams.Prosecutors allege Rabbi Barry Freundel recorded women in Kesher Israel synagogue’s ritual bath, or mi...

Multiple converts at Barry Freundel’s synagogue say he asked them to take nude practice baths, which prosecutors say is when he used hidden cameras to record them.

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Last of the Newspaper Giants

Last of the Newspaper Giants

Even his alliterative name had mythic qualities: Ben Bradlee. That sounds like the name of a dynamic, fearless, big-city newspaper editor as it might have been invented by a Hollywood screenwriter. But even though he was portrayed in one movie and...

Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic says his boss, who died Tuesday at 93, justified the description ‘legendary’ a hundred times over.

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Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

GARY, Indiana—Over a din of smart-ass comments and after-work banter, Peg at Bugsy’s Tavern asks the obvious question: “You guys wanna watch the news?” The answer is yes, of course, and the crowd at the tiny bar off the main drag in this busted to...

Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies. Even worse, it's a place where women disappear without being missed.

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U. of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is BS

U. of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is BS

We are all familiar with the “nanny state.” Now, at the University of New Orleans, we have a “nanny university.” As of this semester, our university president has circumvented state law and dictated where legal-age adults can and cannot smoke ciga...

The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality.

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Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Let’s begin by making it clear at the outset, as Floyd Abrams did in his piece in The Wall Street Journal, that the First Amendment here operates to protect both parties to the dispute over the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghof...

The former New York City mayor joined a demonstration outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night before the first performance. He explains why John Adams’s opera is so damaging.

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Tech + Health

The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola

The 6-Year-Old Who Beat Ebola

MONROVIA, Liberia—Miatta Urey, 6, walked out of the Island Clinic Ebola Treatment Unit on Wednesday, smiles beaming on her face in the afternoon sun. Her eyes lit up as she saw her uncle and aunt, there to welcome her back into the real world.Miat...

After losing her father and young sibling to Ebola, 6-year-old Liberian Miatta Urey is a symbol of hope in the midst of tragedy.

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Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

When I walk into the Stephen Knolls School’s greenhouse, cheerfully bright even on an overcast day, the humidity frizzes my hair into a delirious halo. The school’s principal, Kim Redgrave, is explaining the school’s gardening program to me when t...

Sensory gardens are outdoor spaces designed to stimulate the senses and increase awareness of the body. Why they are so important for physically and cognitively disabled kids (and th...

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Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloa...

It features a radical design and next-gen gear. But the U.S. Navy’s most advanced ship may have a wee problem: it just might fall into the sea.

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NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

When there are free bagels and coffee going untouched at a New York City event, something serious is at hand.This was the scene Tuesday where nearly 7,000 doctors, nurses, and health care workers in jeans, scrubs, and nursing shoes sat listening t...

At an Ebola education meeting in New York City, attendees were concerned but calm. As one NYC nurse put it, “We roll with the punches.”

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Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

When I walk into the Stephen Knolls School’s greenhouse, cheerfully bright even on an overcast day, the humidity frizzes my hair into a delirious halo. The school’s principal, Kim Redgrave, is explaining the school’s gardening program to me when t...

Sensory gardens are outdoor spaces designed to stimulate the senses and increase awareness of the body. Why they are so important for physically and cognitively disabled kids (and th...

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The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

She may be a Barbie girl but she’s no longer living in a Barbie world.Last week, toy manufacturer Mattel announced on a conference call that sales for their flagship doll have been on a precipitous decline for three consecutive quarters. As Forbes...

Mattel recently announced a huge decline in Barbie sales, resulting in $11.2 million lost. Is the Barbie era over? And if so, how will the doll be remembered?

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Ebola Doctors at Breaking Point

Ebola Doctors at Breaking Point

“Contact tracing” sounds like something that would excite only the grimmest of health-care operations implementation scientists. But actually, contact tracing is the core principle of all public-health endeavors. It is the very thing that separate...

Contact tracing—tracking down an Ebola patient’s immediate circle—is doable in the West. But in West Africa, with limited transportation, fuel, and health workers, it’s daunting.

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U.S. Fighter Jocks Dream of ISIS Jets

U.S. Fighter Jocks Dream of ISIS Jets

The ISIS terrorist group may have acquired a few old Soviet-built MiG fighters, according to a Syrian opposition group. But even if ISIS does have jet fighters, there is little chance that the group can do any real damage with those antiques beyon...

Syrian rebels say ISIS now has a few aircraft. American pilots can’t wait to shoot the things down.

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The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

She may be a Barbie girl but she’s no longer living in a Barbie world.Last week, toy manufacturer Mattel announced on a conference call that sales for their flagship doll have been on a precipitous decline for three consecutive quarters. As Forbes...

Mattel recently announced a huge decline in Barbie sales, resulting in $11.2 million lost. Is the Barbie era over? And if so, how will the doll be remembered?

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BeastStyle

How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

Last week Jay-Z brought his trademark “real Brooklyn” charisma to Paris when he privately toured the Louvre with wife Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy. But even before this celebrity benediction, Brooklyn was thriving in the City of Lights.Paris’ nor...

In Paris, you can go to the Brooklyn Café, or have brunch à la Brooklyn. There’s a Brooklyn Coffee in London. How did the borough become an international brand?

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A City Hall Affair to Remember

A City Hall Affair to Remember

This is a story about sharp elbows, rude words, constant combat, insinuating gossip, and bitter rivalries—most of it occurring in a tiny, cramped pressroom in the most media-centric metropolis on the planet—and it’s also about the power of love an...

Capital New York’s City Hall correspondent is in a relationship with the mayor’s chief spokesman, but the website’s editor insists there is no conflict of interest.

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De La Renta: First Ladies’ First Choice

De La Renta: First Ladies’ First Choice

A fortnight ago, Michelle Obama wore a navy embroidered cocktail dress by the American designer Oscar de la Renta to a cocktail party for the Fashion Education Workshop she hosted at the White House. The dress was, of course, beautiful and elegant...

From Jacqueline Kennedy to Michelle Obama—via Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush—Oscar de la Renta created regal dresses for American first ladies.

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Renee, We Like You Just as You Are

Renee, We Like You Just as You Are

Renee Zellweger’s new look has attracted more medical scrutiny than Ebola.The Oscar-winning actress appeared noticeably different at Monday night’s Elle Women in Hollywood benefit. Within 12 hours, Zellweger’s years of relative obscurity ended. He...

The worldwide panic over her new look is rooted in a sense of betrayal to the "be yourself" values that Bridget Jones embodied.

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A City Hall Affair to Remember

A City Hall Affair to Remember

This is a story about sharp elbows, rude words, constant combat, insinuating gossip, and bitter rivalries—most of it occurring in a tiny, cramped pressroom in the most media-centric metropolis on the planet—and it’s also about the power of love an...

Capital New York’s City Hall correspondent is in a relationship with the mayor’s chief spokesman, but the website’s editor insists there is no conflict of interest.

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The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one....

A show of mourning clothing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals how high fashion dramatically presented itself at 19th-century funerals.

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Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva

Ariana Grande, This Is How to Be a Diva

Ariana Grande has been on the phone to Miley Cyrus, apparently in despair, she told Britain’s Mirror. “I said, ‘Miley, I’m so sad—what do I do? This isn’t true. My heart is broken, I feel so bad.’”What was Grande denying? That she had stolen Cyrus...

The 21-year-old pop star is upset people think she’s a diva—but she should feel flattered. We salute a venerable lineage of strong women, big hair, and drama.

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Oscar de la Renta, American Great

Oscar de la Renta, American Great

One of the last pictures of the fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who died aged 82 at 7:40 p.m. Monday night at his home in Kent, Conn., was featured in Vogue. It pictured him leaning against a work-desk alongside his last high-profile client—Am...

His dresses were worn by Hollywood stars and first ladies, exuding glamour and sophistication. In a fashion world full of drama, his quiet, assured mastery did all the talking.

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The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one....

A show of mourning clothing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals how high fashion dramatically presented itself at 19th-century funerals.

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Women in the World

Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

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A Formula for Success

A Formula for Success

Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, says the seven campuses in the foundation’s system have found much success in their mission to educate young women. The foundation partners with independent school districts to create all-g...

With 4,100 students in seven schools across the state, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network — a beneficiary of Women in the World Texas — is demonstrating the effectiveness of singl...

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Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani; former U.S. Senator from TexasWho are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at WITW Texas?
Diane von Furstenberg has been an original throughout her life – the wrap dress ...

We posed three questions to three participants in anticipation of Women in the World Texas, which takes place October 22 in San Antonio.

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How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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A Formula for Success

A Formula for Success

Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, says the seven campuses in the foundation’s system have found much success in their mission to educate young women. The foundation partners with independent school districts to create all-g...

With 4,100 students in seven schools across the state, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network — a beneficiary of Women in the World Texas — is demonstrating the effectiveness of singl...

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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She Gives the Gift of Language

She Gives the Gift of Language

Maile Molin had her “eureka moment,” as she calls it, while working in Guero’s Taco Bar, a taqueria in South Austin.She was watching her fellow coworkers, many of whom were immigrants, struggle as they balanced two jobs, cared for their families a...

Maile Molin, the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honoree at WITW Texas, redefined innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to devise a creative approach to bring English-language educa...

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Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Defying terror attacks and civil unrest during Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, a courageous cohort of women from remote corners of the country came together in Kabul to pursue a common goal: gaining a serious role for women in building...

With training provided by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security, Afghan women are leveraging their hard-won gains

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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Books

Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

Reading Richard Brookhiser’s Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln, reminded me of a visit I made 12 or so years ago to the National Mall with friend and fellow historian Michael Kazin. It was a typically hot and humid summer’s evening in the capital, ...

A new biography of Abraham Lincoln shows that he spent his life asking himself what the Founding Fathers would do and then enlarging his vision accordingly.

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  • Stop Calling Me Cormac!

    Stop Calling Me Cormac!

    The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms...

    Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

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How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Rich People Want You to Work for Free

In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building bl...

Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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