Politics

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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The Right’s Civil War on Common Core

The Right’s Civil War on Common Core

This past Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich did something surprising and important.On Fox News, a mecca of misinformation about the Common Core academic standards, Governor Kasich expressed strong support for the thoughtfully developed standards f...

The Ohio governor just took a bold stand against Tea Party hysteria about education standards. Call him the anti-Jindal.

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The GOP’s Flip-Flopping Cuban Heartthrob

The GOP’s Flip-Flopping Cuban Heartthrob

“I used to like him.”This is the response I most often hear from fellow Latinos when I ask a simple question: “So, what do you think of Marco?” As in Marco Rubio, the 43-year-old senator from Florida who seems to be gearing up to compete for the R...

The Florida senator and likely White House aspirant has found a way to disappoint everyone on immigration.

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Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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Lindsey Graham Is The Next 2016 Hopeful

Lindsey Graham Is The Next 2016 Hopeful

After three-terms in the Senate, it’s time for Sen. John McCain’s longtime sidekick to have his moment in the spotlight. Sen.  Lindsey Graham,an AR-15 touting, terrorist hating, culture warrior with a soft southern drawl and establishment credenti...

Sen. Lindsey Graham has long been John McCain's sidekick but could he surpass his mentor in 2016?

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The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

The Next Palin Is in Your Pigsty

Before the 2016 campaign for president could even begin in earnest, the greatest political romance of our times has already died. And it could make all the difference next November.In a turn that was perhaps inevitable but nonetheless remarkable, ...

The Embarracuda is finished. Where will her peeps go? To one obvious successor. She may not field dress a moose, but she castrates pigs.

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Entertainment

Bob Dylan Does Sinatra His Way

Bob Dylan Does Sinatra His Way

“Rock and roll smells phony and false,” Frank Sinatra told music fans back during the Age of Elvis. “It is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons and … is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has ...

Is this the strangest tribute album of all time? Dylan singing relatively obscure Sinatra songs over a pedal steel back-up? Weirdest of all? It’s pretty compelling.

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How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

On Thursday morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger released an annual report to shareholders updating them on the status of the upcoming Star Wars films—the rights to which were acquired when Disney purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas on December 12, 2012...

The Star Wars creator opened up about the series of deals he negotiated to gain full rights to his $4 billion space opera franchise in conversation with Robert Redford at Sundance.

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Suge Knight's Shocking Rap Sheet

Suge Knight's Shocking Rap Sheet

Look, at some point in your life, you’ve looked one of your friends in the eyes and said “keep it real.” The difference between you, or your friend, and a certain 49-year-old record company mogul is that you haven’t been implicated in more crimes ...

Homicide allegations, assault and battery, parole violation and more. With the troubled rap mogul wanted for questioning in another death, we take a look at his lengthy rap sheet.

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One Last ‘Parenthood’ Ugly Cry

One Last ‘Parenthood’ Ugly Cry

I kept a running tally.Tears streamed down my face nine times during the series finale of Parenthood.Four of those were single-tear byproducts of my eyes pooling with moisture, struck by fleeting but powerful moments between the wonderful Braverma...

How an emotional, pitch-perfect series finale cemented this special show in our hearts. A tear-soaked homage to TV’s most perfect, most underrated series. (Got a Kleenex handy?)

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How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

On Thursday morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger released an annual report to shareholders updating them on the status of the upcoming Star Wars films—the rights to which were acquired when Disney purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas on December 12, 2012...

The Star Wars creator opened up about the series of deals he negotiated to gain full rights to his $4 billion space opera franchise in conversation with Robert Redford at Sundance.

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Redford On Hollywood’s Women Problem

Redford On Hollywood’s Women Problem

One of the hottest tickets of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was, oddly enough, a panel discussion. But it wasn’t just any panel discussion. Titled Power of Story: Visions of Independence, this conversation was to be between film legends George L...

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and star opened up about what’s to come in cinema (and the world) in conversation with George Lucas at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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Is This The End Of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Is This The End Of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Mrs. Patmore, bake, bake, bake. Bake as fast as you can. Daisy, don’t dawdle. Thomas, you’ll have to find another keyhole to listen at. Lady Mary, it’s time to take your freewheeling “Hear my vagina roar” sex positivity elsewhere. And Edith. Well,...

A British tabloid reports the axe is about to fall on the hit period drama, with its creators and stars ready to move on. So, how should it end?

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Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Welcome to the Internet, Jonathan Chait

Well, Jonathan Chait recently said something “un-PC” and he pretty much instantly got the response to being “un-PC” that one thinks he would reasonably have expected—and, some uncharitable readers might say, probably sought out.Alex Pareene’s thor...

There’s something deeply ironic in complaining about the Internet PC Police on the Internet, then telling PC people to shut up because their anti-free speech PC orthodoxy isn’t wanted.

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Redford On Hollywood’s Women Problem

Redford On Hollywood’s Women Problem

One of the hottest tickets of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival was, oddly enough, a panel discussion. But it wasn’t just any panel discussion. Titled Power of Story: Visions of Independence, this conversation was to be between film legends George L...

The Oscar-winning filmmaker and star opened up about what’s to come in cinema (and the world) in conversation with George Lucas at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

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World News

France’s Pied Piper of Jihad

France’s Pied Piper of Jihad

NICE, France — In the shadow of a lower-income housing project called, ironically, Bon Voyage, Nadine woke up one day last year to discover her 16-year-old son, Bryan, missing. She found out, to her horror, that he’d bought a one-way ticket to Gaz...

Omar Diaby, a career criminal from Nice, has turned into France’s most potent recruiter for Syria’s jihad—and few of his acolytes come from Muslim homes.

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Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

For over half a century, Argentina’s Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat) wielded enormous power, advising dictators and democratically elected presidents alike. According to national laws and decrees, the SI can spy at home and a...

The mysterious “suicide” of a crusading prosecutor investigating the alleged Iranian bombing of a Jewish center 20 years ago continues to amaze and appall the Argentines.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

For over half a century, Argentina’s Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat) wielded enormous power, advising dictators and democratically elected presidents alike. According to national laws and decrees, the SI can spy at home and a...

The mysterious “suicide” of a crusading prosecutor investigating the alleged Iranian bombing of a Jewish center 20 years ago continues to amaze and appall the Argentines.

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Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

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Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

MUMBAI — As U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India came to a close on Tuesday, he emphasized the importance of religious toleration, opining that India will be a great success “so long as it is not splintered along the lines of rel...

PM Modi’s crucial development agenda is being disrupted by his own Hindu nationalist backers campaigning to “re-convert” Christians and Muslims to the ancient faith.

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Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

After capturing the long-contested Donetsk airport last week, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine are now surrounding government troops near a rail hub in Debaltseve. The militants are advancing in Ukraine, as President Obama said on Sunday, “wit...

The growing Chinese-Russian alliance is one of the most important geopolitical developments of the century.

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Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

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U.S. News

American Contractor: Suicide or Murder?

American Contractor: Suicide or Murder?

Hours before his body was found on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Saudi Arabia, Christopher Cramer texted his roommate back in the States, “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight.” It was around 2 a.m. in New Hamp...

Saudi Arabia authorities say Christopher Cramer killed himself, but his nephew and lawyer say he may have been slain for threatening a lucrative arms deal.

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The Subprime Super Bowl Ticket Crisis

The Subprime Super Bowl Ticket Crisis

With average list price for resale tickets to Super Bowl XLIX now above $10,000, the 2015 Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is the ticket market’s Black Swan, and one that will leave a lot of fans out in the cold—and...

Speculators were selling tickets they never had to begin with. Now, some fans might show up to Arizona having paid for tickets they’ll never receive.

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Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

Andrew’s Burnt Out? Blogs Are, Too

So I guess Andrew Sullivan is giving up blogging? As the kids say on the interwebs, tl; dr very closely. Reading Sullivan on not blogging was the first time I’ve read him in a long time. There’s a tree-announcing-it’s-falling quality to the announ...

Take it from me—blogs were great in their day. But now, there are just so many more ways to be an underpaid writer.

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American Contractor: Suicide or Murder?

American Contractor: Suicide or Murder?

Hours before his body was found on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Saudi Arabia, Christopher Cramer texted his roommate back in the States, “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight.” It was around 2 a.m. in New Hamp...

Saudi Arabia authorities say Christopher Cramer killed himself, but his nephew and lawyer say he may have been slain for threatening a lucrative arms deal.

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America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter

America’s Worst Volunteer Firefighter

John Corcoran has always been fascinated with civil service. As a kid, he would stop by his local police station so frequently bemused officers nicknamed him “Little Johnny.” As an adult, before he was found out, he volunteered as a firefighter.Th...

At 20, John Corcoran was a volunteer firefighter in suburban Philadelphia. He’s now facing arson charges and 161 counts of sexual assault against children.

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Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

After a brief flurry of positive news for environmentalists out of the Obama White House—from a deal with China on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to a plan to restrict oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness—a news report this week felt like some...

The administration swore it would profit from the mistakes of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to allow drilling in the Atlantic makes you wonder if it learned anything at all.

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Tech + Health

Plastic Surgery Is Weirder Than Ever

Plastic Surgery Is Weirder Than Ever

Ever wanted some help ditching that double chin? A new procedure might just have the answer. An application for a fat busting face injection is currently being processed in the US, which could reinvent the world of quick, workout free weight loss....

More Americans than ever are tweaking their bodies and faces, but they’re doing it without knives.

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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Goop’s Latest Crazy: Steam Your Vagina

Goop’s Latest Crazy: Steam Your Vagina

Women of America, please do not steam your vaginas.I imagine that for most of you, this advice seems startlingly unnecessary. Like being told not to parboil your feet or have your elbows dry cleaned, presumably it would not occur to most of you to...

Oh Gwyneth. When will you stop passing on your absurdity in the form of healthy, scientific advice?

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Doctor’s Orders: Legalize Weed

Earlier this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued an updated policy statement about the legalization of marijuana for both recreational and medical use in the United States. Since its last statement about the matter in 2004, many ...

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ newest statement about marijuana opposes legalization. Here’s why it’s wrong.

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$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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BeastStyle

Is Newsweek’s ‘Red Heels’ Cover Sexist?

Is Newsweek’s ‘Red Heels’ Cover Sexist?

If the goal of any magazine is to spike newsstand sales by cutting through the clutter and provoking the chattering classes, then Newsweek has scored big-time with the cover of its latest issue.Astride the headline, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of ...

It was supposed to illustrate a story about sexism in Silicon Valley, but the magazine’s cover, showing a cursor lifting up a skirt, has come under fire for being offensive itself.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

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Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

It’s a good thing that the Internet—and not print on paper—is serving as the main forum for intellectuals, polemicists, bloggers, trollers, leftists and wingnuts to weigh in on New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait’s 4,700-word essay attacking t...

After writing an article attacking the shrill liberal left, Jonathan Chait was attacked by…guess who? He’s loving every moment.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and c...

She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.

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The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

Suddenly, “the Catskills” is everywhere, branded and proud. First you notice the word on the cheese at the local greenmarket, then you try Catskills craft brew at your favorite pub, the Catskills then makes the news when its casino plans get the g...

The gorgeous rural area, 100 miles outside New York, has languished for years—until now, with craft bars, cool inns, and ex-urbanite incomers looking to radically change their lives.

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Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

It is just after three on a frosty afternoon and hands, dozens of moulded brown hands, hang suspended from strings dangling over makeshift massage tables that are part of a vast mechanical massage machine.People, 12 in total, will lay on the table...

He puts vegetables into his designs, delights in the craziest concepts, and for his latest Paris show Henrik Vibskov recreated a surreal Thai massage parlor.

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Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and c...

She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.

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Women in the World

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotional collapse and ensuing self-help prescriptions.Even when written well—with a fair amount of objectivity and respect for the former spouse—the divorce memoir is still too often cringeworthy, discomfiting, and formulaic....

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

If there is such a thing as an ideal way for onlookers to respond to campus sexual assault, the arrest and indictment of 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner would be it.Turner, a former Stanford freshman and star swimmer, has been charged by Santa Clar...

When passersby caught a star swimmer allegedly raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat, they didn’t call the university. They jumped on him. They called police. Now he’ll face ...

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

For female urbanites—and New Yorkers in particular—Eloise represented their wildest fantasy come to life: a free-spirited, wildly independent young girl who lives in the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel and embarks on an endless array of First World a...

The creator and star of HBO’s Girls sat down at Sundance to discuss her Eloise documentary, Hannah’s Iowa mess, and her legion of haters.

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Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

By Mahrokh GholamhosseinpourWhen I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of virginity effectively became a death sentence. Clearest in my mind is th...

In a culture where women who do not bleed on their wedding night may pay with their lives, there’s a creative way to fool the groom.

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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Books

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

After a brief flurry of positive news for environmentalists out of the Obama White House—from a deal with China on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to a plan to restrict oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness—a news report this week felt like some...

The administration swore it would profit from the mistakes of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to allow drilling in the Atlantic makes you wonder if it learned anything at all.

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  • The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    Nuns using visions of God to persuade novices to have sex, threesomes with priests, the poisoning of a fat German princess, a prominent theologian shacking up with a vicaress, young nuns murdered, fetuses removed from an abbess, and cardinals, the...

    In the 19th century, a scandal involving sex and murder at a Rome convent ensnared practically every major player in the church hierarchy.

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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Though Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience beyond running the Olympics, he is staking his potential political redemption on the idea that he can make America safer. At a speech in San Diego to the Republican National Committee’s winter me...

While a potential Mitt Romney comeback seems partially tied to his supposed prescience about Russia and the Middle East, his lack of actual policies speak volumes to the contrary.

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When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

Mohsin Hamid’s first three novels are canny, intimate reader-writer transactions. His debut, Moth Smoke (2000) casts the reader as judge (“Your gavel falls like the hammer of God”). The Pakistani protagonist of his second novel, The Reluctant Fund...

One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why Pakistan has become so messy.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

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