Politics

The Independents’ Kansas Prairie Fire

The Independents’ Kansas Prairie Fire

To the extent politicians are defined by those they entrust with running their campaigns, creating their TV ads, and speaking for them, we suddenly know a lot more about the two candidates for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Incumbent Senator Pat Rober...

Pat Roberts and Greg Orman bring in the heavy artillery in what has suddenly become America’s hottest—and most heated—Senate race.

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The Fox News Apology Tour

The Fox News Apology Tour

What a week for Fox News! The “fair and balanced” network was transformed into the “I’m totally sorry” network after we were treated to four—yes, four—on-air apologies from different Fox personalities.First, we had “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Er...

Four apologies in one week over at Fox News! But it’s interesting to observe what they are and aren’t sorry about.

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The People Vs. the Bank of Walmart

The People Vs. the Bank of Walmart

Walmart is finally getting into the financial services industry. And how you feel about that may tell you everything you need to know about your politics.Here’s the history: After fighting unsuccessfully to get a bank charter last decade, the bigg...

The giant retailer is realizing its dream of getting into the banking business, which should terrify populists of all stripes.

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The Independents’ Kansas Prairie Fire

The Independents’ Kansas Prairie Fire

To the extent politicians are defined by those they entrust with running their campaigns, creating their TV ads, and speaking for them, we suddenly know a lot more about the two candidates for the U.S. Senate in Kansas. Incumbent Senator Pat Rober...

Pat Roberts and Greg Orman bring in the heavy artillery in what has suddenly become America’s hottest—and most heated—Senate race.

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Peter Thiel's Radical Political Vision

Peter Thiel's Radical Political Vision

If Silicon Valley ever secures enough money to take over Washington, D.C., it’s unlikely that they’ll dismantle the government in a fit of bottled-up libertarian rage. “Most of Silicon Valley, most of the executives, tend to be Democrats; I think ...

The right-leaning tech billionaire offers a look into how Silicon Valley could transform the way we think about politics.

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Lawsuits for Me, Not for Thee

Lawsuits for Me, Not for Thee

Long before Thom Tillis was a mountain-biking crusader for tort reform, the North Carolina GOP Senate nominee was a badly injured 17-year-old plaintiff in a lawsuit over a car accident. Just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 1978, Tillis was dri...

North Carolina GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis is a fan of extreme sports and tort reform. But at 17 he sued over a car accident that left him with a ‘35% permanent partial disability.’

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Entertainment

Viral Vid: Great White Shark Deathmatch

Viral Vid: Great White Shark Deathmatch

The great white shark is a classic predator species. They’re a popular subject for blockbuster movies and super-HD documentaries with voiceovers by posh British guys. Like most such predators, their danger to humans is often blown out of proportio...

Sharks beef over bait; awesomeness ensues

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Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Just a block from United Nations Headquarters, on the corner of Second Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, a street sign marks “Kudirat Abiola Corner.”The positioning is discreet, but significant—it’s on the same street as the Nigerian embassy. A...

‘The Supreme Price’ traces the legacy of the Abiola family, who battled for gender equality and political freedom in a nation where both have been brutally repressed for decades.

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Restless Prince Returns From Wilderness

Restless Prince Returns From Wilderness

In most respects, Prince and The Simpsons don’t have much in common. One’s a self-created, sui generis musical force from the Twin Cities, the other’s a brainchild of cartoonist Matt Groening that’s been shepherded and modified by many other creat...

‘PlectrumElectrum’ and ‘Art Official Age’ show Prince’s willingness to shape his material into coherent and compelling albums that’s been absent for a while. He’s not coasting anymore.

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Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal

Ben Affleck Goes Full-Frontal

It is, simply put, one of cinema’s last taboos: the onscreen penis. Whereas (mostly male) filmmakers regularly treat audiences to a plethora of female nudity, the male anatomy is rarely given the same attention and appreciation on film. And when a...

The Oscar-winning director of The Town and Argo—and future Batman—bares all for a brief moment in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

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Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Nigerian Women Fight for Democracy

Just a block from United Nations Headquarters, on the corner of Second Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan, a street sign marks “Kudirat Abiola Corner.”The positioning is discreet, but significant—it’s on the same street as the Nigerian embassy. A...

‘The Supreme Price’ traces the legacy of the Abiola family, who battled for gender equality and political freedom in a nation where both have been brutally repressed for decades.

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Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

When news broke earlier this month that Robert Pattinson was dating the mind-blowingly talented FKA twigs, Twihard fans of the couple Formerly Known As Robsten were predictably incensed. For anyone who isn’t aware of the Twihard phenomenon, calmly...

Inundating FKA twigs’ Twitter with racist, offensive comments does not mean that you Robsten worshippers are fighting on behalf of true love.

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Viral Vid: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is Goofy Fun

Viral Vid: ‘Inherent Vice’ Is Goofy Fun

The Big Lebowski meets Chinatown: That’s the vibe of reclusive author Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 hippie neo-noir novel Inherent Vice. Paul Thomas Anderson, director of Boogie Nights and There Will Be Blood, has taken on the task of adapting Vice for th...

‘There Will Be Blood’ director gets funny with Thomas Pynchon adaptation.

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‘Selfie’ Is Both Brilliant and Terrible

‘Selfie’ Is Both Brilliant and Terrible

Selfie, horrendous title aside, is a peculiar TV show.It’s unusual that a TV show is so simultaneously of-its-time and instantly dated. It’s not often that a comedy is both this endearing and repugnant. It’s hard to remember when a sitcom was as r...

Cute, occasionally clever, and almost instantly dated, it manages to be both fall’s most inventive and most maddening sitcom. What do we make of this modern ‘My Fair Lady’?

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Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

When news broke earlier this month that Robert Pattinson was dating the mind-blowingly talented FKA twigs, Twihard fans of the couple Formerly Known As Robsten were predictably incensed. For anyone who isn’t aware of the Twihard phenomenon, calmly...

Inundating FKA twigs’ Twitter with racist, offensive comments does not mean that you Robsten worshippers are fighting on behalf of true love.

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World News

A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

A Double Agent App Targets Hong Kong

Tear gas and government warnings haven’t stopped the protesters demanding democratic elections in Hong Kong. But a bit of spyware injected into the activist movement may have been sent to do the trick.A mobile app marketed as a tool to help activi...

A mobile app marketed as a tool for activists is actually a spying program, protesters have discovered.

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Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Turkish government is deploying tanks along the border with Syria and its parliament is poised to pass measures that would authorize Turkish soldiers from NATO’s second-largest army to deploy south of the frontier. But desp...

President Erdogan may have promised President Obama support, and moved tanks to the Syrian border, but Turkey is pretending to support a war it doesn’t believe in.

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U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

In a press conference Tuesday evening, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden provided more information about a patient confirmed to be carrying Ebola—the first to be diagnosed in the United States.The patient, wh...

A patient in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, marking America’s first diagnosis. CDC Director Tom Frieden on what’s next.

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Hanged for Doubting ‘Jonah & the Whale’

Hanged for Doubting ‘Jonah & the Whale’

When Iranian President Hassan Rouhani answered questions from media leaders at the United Nations General Assembly about the Iranian nuclear program and ISIS last week, there were only occasional brief references to the human rights situation back...

Iranian President Rouhani speaks reasonably about nuclear negotiations and stabilizing the Middle East, but at home the “hanging judges” are still at work.

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Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

Turkey’s Sympathy for the Devil

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Turkish government is deploying tanks along the border with Syria and its parliament is poised to pass measures that would authorize Turkish soldiers from NATO’s second-largest army to deploy south of the frontier. But desp...

President Erdogan may have promised President Obama support, and moved tanks to the Syrian border, but Turkey is pretending to support a war it doesn’t believe in.

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Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Protesters in Hong Kong launched another day of demonstrations Tuesday with every indication they have lost little of their zeal for democracy—and every signal that China has no intention of caving to their demands for full universal suffrage. “Th...

As Independence Day approaches, more and more people pour into the island’s streets. But it’s less and less clear what they can achieve.

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U.S. Almost Bombed Its Own Syrian Allies

U.S. Almost Bombed Its Own Syrian Allies

Last week, an airstrike from the American-led coalition nearly hit a command-and-control facility affiliated with the Free Syrian Army, the moderate rebels the Obama administration says are America’s “boots on the ground,” according to two opposit...

The White House says it wants to work with Syria’s moderate rebels. But warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition came awfully close to striking one of their HQs.

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Why ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too

Why ISIS Is Putin’s Problem, Too

BIRKIANI, Georgia — Time seems to stop in this sleepy Georgian village high in the green mountains of the Pankisi Gorge. Nothing has changed around the little gray house that was the family home of one of the most senior commanders of the so-cal...

Abu Omar served with the U.S.-trained Georgian army, spent time in jail, and emerged a jihadi. Now at the top of the ISIS leadership, he wants to take the war to Russia.

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Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Protesters in Hong Kong launched another day of demonstrations Tuesday with every indication they have lost little of their zeal for democracy—and every signal that China has no intention of caving to their demands for full universal suffrage. “Th...

As Independence Day approaches, more and more people pour into the island’s streets. But it’s less and less clear what they can achieve.

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U.S. News

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

A series of missteps by a top Secret Service official during a congressional grilling has lawmakers openly questioning the agency’s leadership—especially their claim that the $1.5 billion organization charged with protecting the president didn’t h...

Agency officials say that they need more taxpayer cash to do their job, but lawmakers from both parties say that’s nonsense.

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The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The cops in Ohio did not know it when they struggled to fingerprint her, but their prisoner would prove to be a mystery woman who would seem to outdo Dillinger.After what one cop called “a heck of a fuss,” they finally managed to print her. They w...

Behind bars in the same jail as the ‘Public Enemy No. 1,’ the Jane Doe had succeeded at erasing her fingerprints where Dillinger had failed. But cops still unraveled her baffling story.

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‘Progressive Jail’ Is 21st-Century Hell

‘Progressive Jail’ Is 21st-Century Hell

Cheshire County Jail in Keene, N.H., looks more like a small college campus or a tech start-up than a house of detention. There are no razor wire fences surrounding the 230-bed facility; just well trimmed hedges and green grass; and the face of th...

No outdoor exercise and no family visits, but when video visitation cost $1 per minute, Cheshire County Jail is an expensive form of progress.

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Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

A series of missteps by a top Secret Service official during a congressional grilling has lawmakers openly questioning the agency’s leadership—especially their claim that the $1.5 billion organization charged with protecting the president didn’t h...

Agency officials say that they need more taxpayer cash to do their job, but lawmakers from both parties say that’s nonsense.

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Accused U.Va. Abductor's Rape Past

Accused U.Va. Abductor's Rape Past

Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected and updated as explained below.UPDATE: After this article was published, Liberty University contacted The Daily Beast and disputed certain parts of the story. While the Department of Education informe...

Jesse Matthew was accused of rape 12 years ago at Liberty University.

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From Public Enemy to Power Broker

From Public Enemy to Power Broker

Say the words hip-hop, and several images immediately come to mind: Luxury cars, fine champagne, expensive bling, bright lights, big stages. The U.S. Capitol Building, corporate boardrooms and international parliaments, however, might not be in th...

More than 25 years after N.W.A. rapped ‘fuck tha police,’ the musical genre of America’s urban culture has become powerful and global.

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Tech + Health

This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

This Mom Tried to Kill Her Autistic Kid

The facts of Kelli Stapleton’s attempted murder-suicide of her 14-year-old daughter, Issy, are not disputed. Kelli invited the girl to go camping and make s’mores. When the two were together inside the family van, Kelli lit two charcoal grills, an...

Dr. Phil recently interviewed Kelli Stapleton, a mother who tried to kill her teenage autistic daughter. Why were no autism advocates included in the conversation?

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U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

The U.S. Air Force’s $150 million F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which made its combat debut last week, is the most advanced operational warplane on Earth. But under the Raptor’s hood is dated computer hardware that’s creakier than your grandpappy’s...

The Pentagon is counting on the F-22 Raptor for missions over Syria—and maybe, one day, against Russia, too. Too bad so much of its hardware is so retro.

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U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

U.S. Ebola Patient ‘Critically Ill’

In a press conference Tuesday evening, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden provided more information about a patient confirmed to be carrying Ebola—the first to be diagnosed in the United States.The patient, wh...

A patient in Dallas has tested positive for Ebola, marking America’s first diagnosis. CDC Director Tom Frieden on what’s next.

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The Coming New Cold War

The Coming New Cold War

Four years ago, a North American Aerospace Defense Command officer sang the praises of a joint counter-terrorism exercise with Russian forces, named Vigilant Eagle. “This exercise is one milestone in working together. Our folks are proud to be a p...

The U.S. and Russia are sinking billions into nuclear-capable bombers, missiles, and submarines. Another round of “Mutually Assured Destruction,” anyone?

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U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

U.S. Stealth Jet Flies on 1990s Tech

The U.S. Air Force’s $150 million F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, which made its combat debut last week, is the most advanced operational warplane on Earth. But under the Raptor’s hood is dated computer hardware that’s creakier than your grandpappy’s...

The Pentagon is counting on the F-22 Raptor for missions over Syria—and maybe, one day, against Russia, too. Too bad so much of its hardware is so retro.

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

By Anne Miller for Life by DailyBurn Sugar is bad—we get it. But are artificial sweeteners any better? Found in tons of foods, these zero-calorie sugar substitutes have taken the U.S. market by storm.“They are in everything. Drinks, snacks and d...

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Black Holes Exist. So Does Bad Science

Black Holes Exist. So Does Bad Science

Black holes are weird and challenging to our understanding of space and time. For that reason, a lot of people don't like them. A fair number of half-baked theories I get in my email inbox are devoted to either understanding or eliminating bl...

The press jumped on a new paper that claims that black holes can’t ever form. But it hasn’t been peer-reviewed or published in a scientific journal—and that’s only the beginning.

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The Bioethicist Turned Butcher

The Bioethicist Turned Butcher

When Dan Honig was getting ready to slaughter a steer for the first time, he expected to feel devastated.He was, after all, mostly vegetarian, eating meat only a few times per year. He’d double-majored in philosophy and environmental ethics, and g...

Dan Honig got his master’s degree in bioethics after studying philosophy and environmental ethics. Now, he co-owns Happy Valley Meat Company, a high-quality beef supplier.

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Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

By Anne Miller for Life by DailyBurn Sugar is bad—we get it. But are artificial sweeteners any better? Found in tons of foods, these zero-calorie sugar substitutes have taken the U.S. market by storm.“They are in everything. Drinks, snacks and d...

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BeastStyle

Screw George—Amal Alamuddin Is the Catch

Screw George—Amal Alamuddin Is the Catch

The photo album for the wedding of the season has just been released. And we’re embarrassed to admit: We. Are. Jealous. No, not that Amal Alamuddin nabbed the guy that every woman secretly pined over (after all, as a perennial bachelor, he always ...

We were already envious of Amal Alamuddin…for her career, not her marriage to George Clooney. But her wedding weekend wardrobe reveals she's a flawless fashionista as well. Swoon.

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WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

There is probably nothing more futile for a celebrity to attempt than changing their name.For millions of us, despite their best efforts to the contrary, Puff Daddy is still Puff Daddy, Prince is still Prince and Posh Spice will forever be Posh Sp...

Whether or not she can help reduce the incidence of HIV in Africa in her new role for the U.N., there can be no doubt Posh Spice has come a long way from “Spiceworld.”

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Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy

Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy

When I was in my early 20s, my friend Rupert got what we all considered to be the coolest job in the world, working at London’s most exciting live music venue, the Brixton Academy.The Academy was undoubtedly the best thing about Brixton. The predo...

To turn the Brixton Academy into a success, Simon Parkes had to face down intimidating thugs—and make capital from Kurt Cobain’s death.

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Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

This month, the Daily Mail broke a story that, if it could be proved accurate, would probably qualify as the paper’s biggest scoop in more than a century. In a lengthy “exclusive” timed to coincide with the release of his new book Naming Jack the ...

Armchair sleuths have been competing for years to determine the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers. But they’re still far from answering: who was Jack the Ripper?

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WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

WTF Is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?

There is probably nothing more futile for a celebrity to attempt than changing their name.For millions of us, despite their best efforts to the contrary, Puff Daddy is still Puff Daddy, Prince is still Prince and Posh Spice will forever be Posh Sp...

Whether or not she can help reduce the incidence of HIV in Africa in her new role for the U.N., there can be no doubt Posh Spice has come a long way from “Spiceworld.”

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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George & Amal: After the Wedding

George & Amal: After the Wedding

VENICE, Italy—The Venetian early Sunday morning is a delightful respite from the usual bustle and activity that clogs the city’s narrow streets. Venetians sip their coffee in quiet squares and walk their dogs along the waterfront with nary a touri...

Their marriage was announced on Saturday. Will there be another wedding on Monday?

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Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

Cheryl Haines dealt with a lot of challenges curating the show @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz—nesting birds, restrictions on what she could do in a national park that gets 1.5 million visitors a year, and bringing together in nine months what might...

The confined Chinese dissident’s new exhibition raises important questions about human rights at a site that’s home to America’s own notorious past.

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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Women in the World

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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  • Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

    Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

    For the millions of women and girls displaced by conflicts across the globe, it has been a summer of extreme hardship. As a seemingly unbroken series of crises have unfolded from South Sudan to Mount Sinjar, from Gaza to Syria, women and girls com...

    Despite legislation meant to help women and girls in conflict zones, much more must be done to ensure rapid action on the ground—especially in Syria.

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James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

The day I knew my marriage was over was Thursday, March 7, 2007, two days before Dad was to be buried on my sister’s property in Beech Island. I know the exact date because it’s on the arrest report. The legal wrangling over the estate was in f...

After growing up witnessing her father, James Brown, violently abuse her mother, Yamma left her abusive husband just days after her father died in 2006—and was arrested for defending...

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A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

For days, New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley has been mired in controversy. The coverage generated by her recent piece on television powerhouse and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has officially disproved the age-old adage “all press is goo...

Alessandra Stanley, the ‘New York Times’ writer behind the paper’s much-mocked profile of Shonda Rhimes, has a long history of attacking prominent women in media.

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

When Lucky Strike server Laura Ramadei reportedly felt a male customer touch her ass “ever so gently” as he told her that he’d like to take her “to go,” she knew exactly what to do. Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went h...

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?

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James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

The day I knew my marriage was over was Thursday, March 7, 2007, two days before Dad was to be buried on my sister’s property in Beech Island. I know the exact date because it’s on the arrest report. The legal wrangling over the estate was in f...

After growing up witnessing her father, James Brown, violently abuse her mother, Yamma left her abusive husband just days after her father died in 2006—and was arrested for defending...

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From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

There is, rather unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence that numerous Hollywood stars were generated in a farcical, fame-seeking incubator buried beneath Mount Lee. When you speak to them, they speak at you, regurgitating vacuous mini-monologu...

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman in Hollywood.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

There is, rather unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence that numerous Hollywood stars were generated in a farcical, fame-seeking incubator buried beneath Mount Lee. When you speak to them, they speak at you, regurgitating vacuous mini-monologu...

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman in Hollywood.

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Books

Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

Ken Follett Is an Unsung Gay Icon

In Hollywood, one of the quickest ways to an award nomination is to be a straight man playing gay.Similarly, television shows that include gay characters are lauded for being so “brave” and for changing culture for the better. GLAAD even does an a...

The popular novelist says he’s never had gay sex (‘Not yet’), but that’s never stopped him from quietly but repeatedly including gay men in his fiction.

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  • Fun With Philosophical Fiction

    Fun With Philosophical Fiction

    A common thread runs through a few outstanding novels with the name Wittgenstein in the title—Thomas Bernhard’s Wittgenstein’s Nephew, David Markson’s Wittgenstein’s Mistress and Lars Iyer’s new novel, Wittgenstein Jr. All three are first-person w...

    Reading a Lars Iyer novel, you find yourself becoming one with the author and his obsessions. When he’s at his best, the results are strangely, genuinely pleasurable.

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Read All About It: The History of Print

Read All About It: The History of Print

Before printing processes developed, books took an incredibly long time to make as they had to be painstakingly written by hand. This meant that each book was unique and incredibly valuable, but it also made them rare and too expensive for anyone ...

Thanks to Steve Jobs, we are all font savvy these days, but few of us can explain much else about how the printed word gets printed. Herewith, a graphic history to fill the gap.

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Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

The allure and odor of books got me into this business. Small-town libraries are tough to pass by. By virtue of being readers we are also writers, I now believe, but that was not always the case. As a child I harbored the hope that, if I could wri...

A Florida author recommends several inspiring, sustaining, but too little known books about the Sunshine State that are often overlooked but to which he returns repeatedly.

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Read All About It: The History of Print

Read All About It: The History of Print

Before printing processes developed, books took an incredibly long time to make as they had to be painstakingly written by hand. This meant that each book was unique and incredibly valuable, but it also made them rare and too expensive for anyone ...

Thanks to Steve Jobs, we are all font savvy these days, but few of us can explain much else about how the printed word gets printed. Herewith, a graphic history to fill the gap.

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Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

In the years after the war, Britain was awash with stories and images of Nazi hell. The war crimes trials had revealed the full horror of what Hitler had done. Books like Lord Russell of Liverpool’s “Scourge of the Swastika” made the front pages a...

“Zone of Interest” is Martin Amis’ tour de force, but it couldn't have happened without the influence of Peter Foges, Christopher Hitchens and others.

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Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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