Politics

Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

They say old Rahm Emanuel came out last night—or maybe it was the real one hiding in plain sight all the time: a sneering, aggressive pol who went “nose-to-nose” with a mental-health advocate demanding, “You’re gonna respect me!”The alleged exchan...

Chicago’s mayor allegedly blew up when he was asked why he closed clinics. Looks like ‘Rahmbo’ is back.

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Maryland Race Could Expose Dem Divisions

Maryland Race Could Expose Dem Divisions

The ongoing battle between centrist and liberal Democrats looks set to open up a new front in next year’s Maryland Senate race.Democracy for America and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, two progressive outfits that have worked to steer t...

The Maryland Senate race could bring family feud between centrist and liberal Democrats out in the open.

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GOP Knives Out for Walker

GOP Knives Out for Walker

The early campaign has been kind to Scott Walker.He tops the competition in Iowa and New Hampshire, and is a close second in South Carolina. He gets high marks among social conservatives, among the moderate establishment, from Tea Party types. The...

Scott Walker has been at the top of the polls in recent weeks but has he peaked too early? His rivals hope so.

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Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

Rahm Snaps at Mental-Health Advocates

They say old Rahm Emanuel came out last night—or maybe it was the real one hiding in plain sight all the time: a sneering, aggressive pol who went “nose-to-nose” with a mental-health advocate demanding, “You’re gonna respect me!”The alleged exchan...

Chicago’s mayor allegedly blew up when he was asked why he closed clinics. Looks like ‘Rahmbo’ is back.

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Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Christian Millionaire’s Private ISIS War

Republican megadonor Foster Friess is shifting his sights from political campaigns to a military campaign: to fight ISIS and save Kurdish lives.Behind the scenes, the conservative Christian has been traveling to the Middle East to support the vuln...

He’s best known for bankrolling Republicans Rick Santorum and Scott Walker afloat, but Foster Friess has a new cause a long way from D.C.

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How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

He’s sitting in a gently lit living room, wearing a blue, button-down shirt, a pullover sweater, and a small smile. The pitch of his voice is soft; the words are reflective, self-critical.“They saw your greatest strength is your greatest weakness,...

In the midst of a dead-heat mayoral runoff, Rahm Emanuel borrows a page from New York’s John Lindsay.

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Entertainment

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

Is Campus Rape Really An Epidemic?

“The Hunting Ground” opens with gleeful shrieking and tears of joy from high school girls reading college acceptance letters. All that SAT tutoring and toiling over college essays was worth it: these promising students are off to prestigious Ivy L...

A documentary about campus rape contains the damning stories of many victims. But what about the alleged perpetrators?

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The Queen of Bounce’s Twerk Of Art

The Queen of Bounce’s Twerk Of Art

After setting the Guinness World Record for twerking by showing the universe what 358 booties popping in unison looks like, bounce MC Big Freedia is out to prove that the ass-shaking dance, and the deep-rooted culture that birthed it, is more than...

Big Freedia’s been twerking since Miley Cyrus was on The Disney Channel. The self-described “Queen of Bounce” dishes on the art of butt-shakin’. PLUS see a gallery of Freedia's b...

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Big Freedia's 'Twerk of Art' (PHOTOS)

Big Freedia's 'Twerk of Art' (PHOTOS)

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The Last Woman on Earth

The Last Woman on Earth

The last time Will Forte and Kristen Schaal were on the same TV show, they were at their respective weirdo bests. He was bewigged and in drag playing a Jane Krakowski impersonator-lover on 30 Rock. She was a sociopathic, sexually-charged intern wi...

It’s taken a civilization-eradicating apocalypse to give veteran comedian Kristen Schaal the showcase she finally deserves. Meet Last Man on Earth’s last woman.

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The Queen of Bounce’s Twerk Of Art

The Queen of Bounce’s Twerk Of Art

After setting the Guinness World Record for twerking by showing the universe what 358 booties popping in unison looks like, bounce MC Big Freedia is out to prove that the ass-shaking dance, and the deep-rooted culture that birthed it, is more than...

Big Freedia’s been twerking since Miley Cyrus was on The Disney Channel. The self-described “Queen of Bounce” dishes on the art of butt-shakin’. PLUS see a gallery of Freedia's b...

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Dawson Leery, Cyber Cop

Dawson Leery, Cyber Cop

It’s 24 hours before CBS’s newest procedural, CSI: Cyber, premieres and the show’s leading man, James Van Der Beek, can’t get the network to show him the first episode.“I’ve asked them, but apparently it’s top secret,” he laughs (he laughs a lot d...

James Van Der Beek talks about working with Oscar winner Patricia Arquette on CBS’s newest crime drama, ‘CSI: Cyber,’ and sword fighting as an evil Red Power Ranger.

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Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Brian Connelly is having a ball. You see, ever since Kanye West’s Beck-dissing stunt at the Grammys, Connelly’s website www.loser.com has redirected to the Wikipedia page of the musician/entrepreneur. It took a few weeks for the media to catch on...

Brian Connelly registered the domain www.loser.com in 1995. Since then, he’s redirected the site to the pages of Barack Obama, WikiLeaks, Reddit, and most recently: Kanye West.

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Jude Foster On His History-Making Kiss

Jude Foster On His History-Making Kiss

In the pilot of The Fosters, 13-year-old Jude Jacob, played by Hayden Byerly, is welcomed into Stef Adams Foster and Lena Adams Foster’s home after being tossed around the broken foster care system. In Stef, Lena, and a household full of other sib...

Last week, the progressive ABC Family drama The Fosters broke new ground, featuring the youngest gay kiss in TV history. Here, the teen who received the kiss dishes on the scene.

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Dawson Leery, Cyber Cop

Dawson Leery, Cyber Cop

It’s 24 hours before CBS’s newest procedural, CSI: Cyber, premieres and the show’s leading man, James Van Der Beek, can’t get the network to show him the first episode.“I’ve asked them, but apparently it’s top secret,” he laughs (he laughs a lot d...

James Van Der Beek talks about working with Oscar winner Patricia Arquette on CBS’s newest crime drama, ‘CSI: Cyber,’ and sword fighting as an evil Red Power Ranger.

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World News

Screaming Attacker Slashes Ambassador

Screaming Attacker Slashes Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is in stable condition after he was attacked and slashed in the face and left hand Thursday morning at a breakfast meeting in Seoul by a knife-wielding Korean man who reportedly was calling for the two K...

Obama confidant Mark Lippert was left bloodied after a Korean man shouting about reunification attacked him with a 10-inch blade Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.

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Turkey’s Thought Police

Turkey’s Thought Police

ISTANBUL — A 16-year-old high school student goes on trial in Turkey this Friday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while the editor of the country’s leading opposition newspaper is facing up to nine years in jail for publishing an inte...

Angering President Erdogan can land you in jail—even if you’re just a kid.

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The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

VATICAN CITY — It is nearly 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in early March, and the Vatican is locked up for the night. A few stray tourists pose for pictures in front of the glistening basilica of St. Peter, and cassock-wearing clergy skim the perimeter of t...

In numbers that have doubled in the last six months, the homeless are coming to Vatican City to sleep in church-donated sleeping bags—at the invitation of the pontiff.

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Listening to Sex Workers

Listening to Sex Workers

Imagine the scene: Meena Seshu, an experienced social worker turned activist for women’s rights in India, meeting a group of sex workers to help them organize. Seshu thought she knew what to do: “guide them,” as she had been trained to do. And yet...

Meena Seshu, a longtime women’s rights activist in India, thought she had all the answers. Then the people she was trying to help taught her something more.

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Turkey’s Thought Police

Turkey’s Thought Police

ISTANBUL — A 16-year-old high school student goes on trial in Turkey this Friday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while the editor of the country’s leading opposition newspaper is facing up to nine years in jail for publishing an inte...

Angering President Erdogan can land you in jail—even if you’re just a kid.

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: “Don’t talk to the media.”

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What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

BAB AL SALAMA CAMP, Syria — Fatima, an 80-year-old Syrian refugee stands in front of the tattered remains of her tent in this camp for internally displaced persons near the border with Turkey. She watched her home burn down late last month after t...

They don’t want to leave their country, but for years now they have been living in tents under increasingly dangerous conditions.

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Child Soldiers Forced To Fight For ISIS

Child Soldiers Forced To Fight For ISIS

Boys as young as 12, many of them captured Yazidis, are forced to convert to Islam and fight for the Islamic State, sometimes against their own communities. This report from France 2...

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: “Don’t talk to the media.”

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U.S. News

Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

There are 24,000 correctional officers in the California prison system. Only one is transgender.For almost eight years, Mandi Camille Hauwert, 35, has been a CO at San Quentin State Prison, which houses, among others, wife-killer Scott Peterson, s...

Mandi Camille Hauwert spent five years as a prison guard at the notorious state prison. Then she did it for three years as a woman.

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Molester Cult Messiah's Victims Speak

Molester Cult Messiah's Victims Speak

“Christ in the flesh” has been captured. And now, his alleged victims and embittered kin are left to process the damage he’s wrought. Self-professed holy man Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was busted in a beachside community in Brazil on Friday after a...

He claimed to be a Savior. But he turned on the teenage girls in his flock. And when they spoke up, he went on the lam.

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Boston Bomber’s Defense Worked Before

Boston Bomber’s Defense Worked Before

In an unusual opening statement this morning Judy Clarke, whose client Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pleading not guilty to charges he bombed the 2013 Boston marathon, told the jury, “It was him.”“You might say, ‘Why a trial?’” said Judy Clarke. “The indic...

Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers banking on a jury that believes he was brainwashed by his brother. It worked in the case of the D.C. sniper.

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Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

Meet San Quentin’s Trans Prison Guard

There are 24,000 correctional officers in the California prison system. Only one is transgender.For almost eight years, Mandi Camille Hauwert, 35, has been a CO at San Quentin State Prison, which houses, among others, wife-killer Scott Peterson, s...

Mandi Camille Hauwert spent five years as a prison guard at the notorious state prison. Then she did it for three years as a woman.

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How the Feds Let Ferguson Rot

How the Feds Let Ferguson Rot

Those revolting racist emails that hit the news turn out to be just a few of many such missives written by cops and court clerks in Ferguson.“Our review of documents revealed many additional email communications that exhibited racial or ethnic bia...

The Justice Department rightly condemns the city's racism and civil-rights abuses, but it should blame itself for not acting sooner.

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Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Julien Blanc may be known as “the most hated man in the world,”  but there’s a new pickup artist in town. His methods are so depraved that even Blanc’s company rejected them, and he's been in trouble with the law over allegations of molestati...

John Mulvehill allegedly masturbated on a woman and was kicked out of his community for it. Now he's back with a new name and a new company.

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Tech + Health

You Can Be Deathly Allergic to Weed

You Can Be Deathly Allergic to Weed

Just weeks after scientists learned how to cure peanut allergies, there’s a new nut to crack: cannabis.A paper published this week by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology combines a wealth of research to prove that cannabis alle...

Marijuana allergies are real, and can cause everything from sneezing and itchy eyes to full-blown anaphylactic shock.

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Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

A government study confirms what local police departments and anguished families have known for several years: Overdose deaths from heroin are exploding.The study, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that heroin-...

While U.S. law enforcement cracks down on prescription opioid use, heroin use—and overdose—is skyrocketing.

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Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Internet search engines are marvelously useful for a lot of things.They can help you find recipes and directions and interesting facts. They’ve rendered obsolete almost all the skills my middle school librarian drilled into my skull decades ago. A...

You don’t have cancer. You don’t have radiation sickness. You have a cold and you need to step away from the Internet.

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Hil’s Personal Email Was Bait for Spies

Hil’s Personal Email Was Bait for Spies

When she served as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was steeped in every imaginable foreign policy issue and regularly dealt with highly classified information. But not, apparently, over email.Clinton “did not have a classified email system” at...

A server at home kept every message she sent and received as secretary of state—and it was built by a mystery man.

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Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

A government study confirms what local police departments and anguished families have known for several years: Overdose deaths from heroin are exploding.The study, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that heroin-...

While U.S. law enforcement cracks down on prescription opioid use, heroin use—and overdose—is skyrocketing.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effectiveness of its abstinence-or-incarceration approach, China seems more than happy to pick up and g...

It’s on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, and is invaluable in developing countries. So why is the UN discussing increased regulation of ketamine?

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Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

I am one of those people who will be unlikely to finish writing this paragraph without checking my Twitter account, staring out the window blankly, changing my mind about what to have for dinner, and mentally rewriting what I will say three paragr...

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on Netflix, don’t worry.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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BeastStyle

The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

The Day Hollywood Went Platinum

There she was, beaconlike, at the Balmain show for Paris Fashion Week: Kim Kardashian has gone blonde—icy, fluorescent, extraterrestrial blonde—in her latest move to transform from trashy TV star to serious fashion player, and (not to be outpaced ...

Kim Kardashian debuted dramatic blonde locks in Paris—the latest attempt by her to escape the trash culture to become a serious style player.

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News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

When Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to us...

Of all the roadblocks Alex Gibney encountered to make his documentary, the most surprising was outlets’ resistance to supplying footage.

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You Can’t Re-create a Fashion Great

You Can’t Re-create a Fashion Great

Call it a kind of post-mortem Cinderella story. A designer—in this case, Charles James, who dressed society’s most beautiful swans in the 1940s and ’50s—dies forgotten and penniless in a squalid room in New York’s then-seedy Chelsea Hotel.Decades ...

The decision to use Zac Posen to recustomize the brilliance of fashion designer Charles James may make financial sense—but it’s an insult to James’s memory and aesthetic.

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The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

If there was any doubt that New Yorkers would flock to make a homoerotic lap around one of the world’s preeminent art institutions, it was swiftly quashed by an overeager crowd of Ivy Leaguers.In mid-February, art historian and professor Andrew Le...

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Andrew Lear guides our correspondent through a cornucopia of statues and pictures, thrumming with same-sex desire.

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News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

News Networks Fear Church of Scientology

When Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney was putting the finishing touches on Going Clear—his expose of the Church of Scientology that premieres March 29 on HBO—he asked for permission from America’s broadcast and cable networks to us...

Of all the roadblocks Alex Gibney encountered to make his documentary, the most surprising was outlets’ resistance to supplying footage.

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Inside the Psychedelic Mind of Björk

Inside the Psychedelic Mind of Björk

In a mesmerizing video from 1988, Björk, the Icelandic musician and diminutive sprite, dismantles a clunky television and sensuously declares its knobs, chips, and cables to be “like a little model of a city,” with “houses, streets, and an elevato...

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer’s magical world.

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The Eternal Cool of Lauren Bacall

The Eternal Cool of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall’s legendary look—sultry eyes, wavy hair, and a bold seductive smile—may look effortless. After all, it has inspired fashion designers and their faithful followers for decades.But, according to Laura Matina, one of the graduate studen...

The bedroom eyes, the pinup waves, the seductive smile—Lauren Bacall’s look was an instant classic.

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The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

When my boyfriend surprises me with a Viagra pill one evening, all I can see are the four straight hours of pounding that will follow if he ingests a drug designed to increase blood flow to the genitals. It’s not as if the man suffers from erectil...

After our correspondent mistakes Aleve for Viagra, and has amazing sex with her boyfriend, she creates a horny action-plan to bring even more lust into their relationship.

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Inside the Psychedelic Mind of Björk

Inside the Psychedelic Mind of Björk

In a mesmerizing video from 1988, Björk, the Icelandic musician and diminutive sprite, dismantles a clunky television and sensuously declares its knobs, chips, and cables to be “like a little model of a city,” with “houses, streets, and an elevato...

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer’s magical world.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

IGUALA, Mexico — Beside the open casket at the funeral of Norma Angélica Bruno Román, age 25, was neither the time nor the place to mourn her murder.Norma’s wake was held inside the home she shared with her parents and her two small children. It is a modest concrete dwelling on a street corner in the neighborhood of San Gerardo. Outside, a blue tarp was hoisted to shade a few rows of plastic chairs rented from the local funeral parlor. Halfway down the block, the...

Despite government efforts to impose law and order in Iguala after more than 40 students disappeared there, murderers still operate with impunity.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for women’s rights and wage equality during her Oscars acceptance speech Sunday night. Her rousing words prompted a “#YesAllWomen” moment from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were seated next to each...

Sunday night at the Oscars, the actress made a powerful plea for gender equality. On Monday she was deemed to have not been radical enough.

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

For the majority of Sunday night’s three-hour-and-45-minute Academy Awards telecast, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was being held hostage by host Neil Patrick Harris, a comedy captive in a flailing running gag about guarding a briefcase th...

On a night dominated by male-driven films, it was the powerful messages by a handful of Hollywood women that we’re all talking about. It’s about damned time.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

When the White House announced a new national campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses last year, the treatment of victims was the chief concern. But now, after a more than a year filled with a flurry of campus reforms, some universit...

Due process is not “window dressing,” the professors argue. It’s necessary to establish a process’s legitimacy.

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Pundits can’t stop snatching Hillary's defeat from the jaws of victory, insisting that her commanding lead in the polls is itself a problem. A Vox piece last week is typical: “Hillary Clinton’s uncontested nomination is dangerous for her and ...

And how exactly is it a bad thing for her or Democrats that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all but sewn up? News flash: It’s not.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Books

‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

‘H is for Hawk’ Is The New ‘Goldfinch’

When I meet Helen Macdonald to discuss her astonishing book H is for Hawk, she recounts an uncanny encounter on the banks of the Syr Darya River in central Asia. It was long before she’d even thought about owning a goshawk of her own, yet left an ...

Helen Macdonald talks about ‘H Is for Hawk,’ her extraordinary memoir about the death of her father, the training of a goshawk, and the author T.H. White.

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Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

There are few things that can bring an idea more publicity that a presidential campaign. With the potential candidacy of Rand Paul, who just won the CPAC straw poll again, libertarian ideas are going to get their day in the sun. In addition, the K...

David Boaz has spent his life trying to persuade America that libertarianism doesn’t stop with entitled white guys and Rand Paul. He feels good about his chances.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

“Turn around and bend over.” Nearly 40 years ago, on March 3,1976, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment t...

Nearly 40 years ago, female rowers at Yale got creative to highlight inequality. As the recent controversy at the University of Minnesota shows, the battle isn’t over.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

There are few things that can bring an idea more publicity that a presidential campaign. With the potential candidacy of Rand Paul, who just won the CPAC straw poll again, libertarian ideas are going to get their day in the sun. In addition, the K...

David Boaz has spent his life trying to persuade America that libertarianism doesn’t stop with entitled white guys and Rand Paul. He feels good about his chances.

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America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

An Islamic state where Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims deemed to be “barbarians” by the West. An embarrassed U.S. government forced to pay ransoms and tributes to free the hostages.Such was the situation 200 years ago when, on Ma...

Two hundred years ago, the U.S. declared war on an Islamic power enslaving its citizens and ransoming them for millions.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague.The operative, who uses the ali...

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to crush him.

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America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

An Islamic state where Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims deemed to be “barbarians” by the West. An embarrassed U.S. government forced to pay ransoms and tributes to free the hostages.Such was the situation 200 years ago when, on Ma...

Two hundred years ago, the U.S. declared war on an Islamic power enslaving its citizens and ransoming them for millions.

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