Politics

Pennsylvania’s Shameful NRA Sellout

Pennsylvania’s Shameful NRA Sellout

Two days after losing his reelection bid, Pennsylvania Governor Jim Corbett signed a bill with an amendment that allows the National Rifle Association (NRA) to sue cities and towns that pass ordinances regulating firearms by claiming they infringe...

Right after he lost, the Keystone State’s outgoing GOP governor sold his state out to the NRA. But now some mayors are fighting back.

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Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

“Will she or won’t she?” That’s the hot question on Capitol Hill.And it’s not about whether Hillary Clinton will formally declare for 2016, but whether she will ever appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.The latest drama involving t...

Republicans want Clinton to testify before the controversial House Select Committee on Benghazi in the never-ending probe into the 2012 attack. Democrats don’t see the point.

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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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Pennsylvania’s Shameful NRA Sellout

Pennsylvania’s Shameful NRA Sellout

Two days after losing his reelection bid, Pennsylvania Governor Jim Corbett signed a bill with an amendment that allows the National Rifle Association (NRA) to sue cities and towns that pass ordinances regulating firearms by claiming they infringe...

Right after he lost, the Keystone State’s outgoing GOP governor sold his state out to the NRA. But now some mayors are fighting back.

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The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

The GOP’s Long Love Affair With Schmucks

Conservative Republicans have finally called it quits with short-term former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (she lasted just two-and-a-half years in that position before quitting). The final straw, it seems, is the 2008 vice-presidential candidate’s rece...

Why Republicans fall in love with inexperienced, no-hope candidates every four years.

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Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Chris Christie’s presence at Congressman Steve King’s subtly titled Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines seemed, on the surface, somewhat odd.Christie enjoys a reputation as a moderate conservative, while other speakers at the weekend event—Sarah Pal...

Chris Christie and Steve King may seem like polar opposites, but that’s how the best love stories begin.

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Entertainment

How ‘The Americans’ Turned Me

How ‘The Americans’ Turned Me

There’s a lot of TV that I’m ashamed to admit that I watch. But I’m even more ashamed to admit the TV that I don’t watch.I’ve yet to watch Black Mirror, despite all of Twitter trying to bully the world into watching it. I’ve told myself it’s becau...

After being riddled with guilt over choosing to watched ‘Chopped’ instead of what’s been hailed as TV’s best drama, one writer finally watches ‘The Americans.’ And he LOVES IT.

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The Endless Adolescence of ‘Workaholics’

The Endless Adolescence of ‘Workaholics’

“Whoa, this camera has testicles!”Workaholics stars Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, and Adam DeVine are crowded into their fictional boss’s office, waiting for the cameras to roll. In this scene, Alice (Maribeth Monroe) will harangue the trio over mo...

On set with the overachieving thirtysomethings behind the show about innocently idiotic slackers stuck in dead-end telemarketing jobs.

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The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

Eight years ago, Courtney Love approached filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) about directing the first fully authorized documentary on late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. But Love had already sold much of Nirvana’s publishing ri...

Combining hundreds of hours of unreleased audio footage, songs, and home videos, a new doc provides the most intimate glimpse ever of the Nirvana front man.

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How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

“Wisdom is an interesting word,” Simon Helberg says. “I’d say this would be the opposite of wisdom.”Helberg, known best to you as gregarious geek Howard Wolowitz on the decade’s most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, is questioning the wisdom o...

As he releases his directorial debut, ‘We’ll Never Have Paris,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Simon Helberg reflects on the pitfalls and privileges of starring on TV’s most popular show.

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The Endless Adolescence of ‘Workaholics’

The Endless Adolescence of ‘Workaholics’

“Whoa, this camera has testicles!”Workaholics stars Blake Anderson, Anders Holm, and Adam DeVine are crowded into their fictional boss’s office, waiting for the cameras to roll. In this scene, Alice (Maribeth Monroe) will harangue the trio over mo...

On set with the overachieving thirtysomethings behind the show about innocently idiotic slackers stuck in dead-end telemarketing jobs.

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2 Chainz for Mayor?

2 Chainz for Mayor?

Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz (born Tauheed Epps) has appeared on platinum records, collaborated with Kanye West and is perhaps the only rapper ingenious enough to rhyme “booty” with “booty.” So obviously the next step for him is electoral politics.In t...

The hip-hop musician says he wants to run for mayor of his hometown of College Park, but he apparently does not live in the Atlanta suburb—which could pose a problem.

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The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

America’s Sweetheart is under attack.On Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Swift’s Twitter account, boasting a mammoth 51.4 million followers, was reportedly hacked by a self-described “cyber caliphate” called Lizard Squad, which released the following twe...

They’ve claimed to have hacked the PlayStation Network, North Korea, and now Taylor Swift, threatening to release nude photos. And their members are reportedly as young as 13.

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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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2 Chainz for Mayor?

2 Chainz for Mayor?

Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz (born Tauheed Epps) has appeared on platinum records, collaborated with Kanye West and is perhaps the only rapper ingenious enough to rhyme “booty” with “booty.” So obviously the next step for him is electoral politics.In t...

The hip-hop musician says he wants to run for mayor of his hometown of College Park, but he apparently does not live in the Atlanta suburb—which could pose a problem.

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World News

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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ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

TOKYO—A new audio clip attributed to a Japanese hostage held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State said a Jordanian would be executed “immediately” unless Jordan released a woman terrorist by Thursday at sunset. “I’m Kenji Goto Jogo,” the voice in ...

Mixing ruthlessness with political acumen, the terror group is now threatening a Jordanian pilot with immediate execution unless a female terrorist is freed by sunset Thursday.

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Milan’s New ‘Anti-Mosque’ Law

Milan’s New ‘Anti-Mosque’ Law

ROME — Blatant anti-Islamic racism was bound to happen sooner or later as fear continues to spread across Europe after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris. And there is nothing subtle about a new measure being considered in Italy’s often-xenophobic...

Right-wing politicians in the Lombardy region have passed a provisionary law that would make it almost impossible for new mosques to be built—and that would heavily monitor existing ...

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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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ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

ISIS’s New Hostage Threat

TOKYO—A new audio clip attributed to a Japanese hostage held by the self-proclaimed Islamic State said a Jordanian would be executed “immediately” unless Jordan released a woman terrorist by Thursday at sunset. “I’m Kenji Goto Jogo,” the voice in ...

Mixing ruthlessness with political acumen, the terror group is now threatening a Jordanian pilot with immediate execution unless a female terrorist is freed by sunset Thursday.

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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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UK Inquiry Accuses Putin of Murder

UK Inquiry Accuses Putin of Murder

LONDON — Vladimir Putin was today accused of running Russia like a reckless mob boss, ordering an international act of nuclear terrorism that risked thousands of lives as part of a personal vendetta.The allegations against him and his murderous “M...

Details of the defector Alexander Litvinenko’s gruesome death in 2006 finally get aired in a public hearing. Thousands of innocents were put at risk.

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Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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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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U.S. News

Twitter Bomb Threats Target 20 Planes

Twitter Bomb Threats Target 20 Planes

Teenage pranksters are likely behind a recent spate of Twitter bomb threats targeting passenger planes, according to U.S. officials and airline employees. At least 20 planes have been targeted since Saturday, NBC News reported, and commercial fl...

A spate of tweets this week at airlines claiming there’s a bomb on one of their planes is the handiwork of teen pranksters craving attention, officials say.

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Obama Bets Wrong on Offshore Drilling

Obama Bets Wrong on Offshore Drilling

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 Dirtiest Football Teams Of All Time

The Dirtiest Football Teams Of All Time

With deflategate breathing new life into the NFL’s troubles, the modern gladiator domain remains a magnet for villainy. Every passing week brings another public relations disaster for the league of extraordinarily ungentle men. It’s important to r...

Deflated footballs are nothing compared to the guy who tried to rip off someone’s helmet and then use it as a weapon.

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Twitter Bomb Threats Target 20 Planes

Twitter Bomb Threats Target 20 Planes

Teenage pranksters are likely behind a recent spate of Twitter bomb threats targeting passenger planes, according to U.S. officials and airline employees. At least 20 planes have been targeted since Saturday, NBC News reported, and commercial fl...

A spate of tweets this week at airlines claiming there’s a bomb on one of their planes is the handiwork of teen pranksters craving attention, officials say.

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NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

The NFL is trying its damndest to not be considered the league that protects domestic abusers—and it’s pulling out all the stops for its biggest night of the year.On Tuesday, the NFL released its PSA to air during a Super Bowl commercial break, th...

The NFL is throwing a lot of advertising money at a domestic abuse problem it shouldn’t have had in the first place.

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The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

In the 1990s, a small, mostly black neighborhood in south Florida developed a problem: Neighborhood kids started selling drugs at a stop sign in a development of about 200 houses known as “Homes of Lawrence.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Richard P. W...

When a police officers becomes a member of the community and not an occupying force, crime goes down. Almost every single study proves it. So why is the NYPD doing the opposite?

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Tech + Health

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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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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$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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The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy.When I was a child, I was told t...

Elders announced Tuesday their provisional support of certain LGBT legal protections—with some conditions.

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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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Why #BlizzardOf2015 Was a Bust

Why #BlizzardOf2015 Was a Bust

Despite forecasts for a “potentially historic” storm, it seems the only history the #blizzardof2015 made in New York City was that the subway was shut down for a snowstorm for the first time. Storm totals in Manhattan so far are around 8", fa...

New York City was bracing for 20”+ inches of snow, but only 8” fell. What happened?

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Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

What do Uber and Harvard have in common? Both only use the top 10 percent or so of their rating scales. For a Harvard student, the median grade is an A- and for an Uber driver, anything below a 4.7 out of 5 average rating from passengers spells tr...

Ever wonder how and why Uber drivers get banned? If it’s not for criminal behavior, the waters get murky.

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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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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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Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

The Louisiana State Penitentiary boasts such pleasant nicknames as “Alcatraz of the South” and “The Bloodiest Prison in America,” but when pulled up on Google maps, it has a 4.4 star rating. “Was the loveliest place on earth. Loved it!” one review...

From ‘Gruesome Gertie,’ the electric chair, to the warden who lashed inmates with a leather strap, Louisiana State Penitentiary celebrates its hellish past in a museum.

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Indiana's Taxpayer-Funded Fake News Org

Indiana's Taxpayer-Funded Fake News Org

Q: When does the conservative governor of a majority-Republican state start to resemble an old-line Communist apparatchik?A: When he uses taxpayer money to fund government-approved “journalism” to compete with privately-owned, independent news out...

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has attracted ridicule for his plan to set up a state-run news service. Now he says it was an ‘understandable misunderstanding.’

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The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

Somewhere between the silk worms and the sound of funk and the beautiful clothing at Paris' men's autumn/winter 2015 shows--and the infamous outbreak of penis at Rick Owens--one could glimpse the dapper gentlemen from yesteryear.He was m...

At the Paris men's collections, suits and silk belied some handsome looks. But with toga-like draping, the standout looks of the week brilliantly blurred gender lines.

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Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

The Louisiana State Penitentiary boasts such pleasant nicknames as “Alcatraz of the South” and “The Bloodiest Prison in America,” but when pulled up on Google maps, it has a 4.4 star rating. “Was the loveliest place on earth. Loved it!” one review...

From ‘Gruesome Gertie,’ the electric chair, to the warden who lashed inmates with a leather strap, Louisiana State Penitentiary celebrates its hellish past in a museum.

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ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

“Numbah one! Numbah one!” rang out in a deafeningly unified cry among the fans that trecked over the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridge, traversed the Major Deegan and Cross-County expressways to see Mike Francesa, the man whose voice that had acco...

One thousand fans paid $15 each to attend this year’s FrancesaCon—a day of loud celebration dedicated to the Rush Limbaugh of sports. He told them they were ‘nuts.’

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Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Ryan Ferguson is the prototypical polite Midwesterner, the type of kid parents dream their daughter will bring home: affable and well-mannered, charming but deferential, intelligent but unassuming. In some ways he seems younger than he is, despite...

After serving nearly a decade in jail for a crime authorities now say he didn’t commit, Ryan Ferguson has reinvented himself as a health expert.

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Delivery Guys Are First Responders

Delivery Guys Are First Responders

New Yorkers are already in the middle of a weather emergency, with 3 feet of snow set to dump on us in the next 24 hours. Is it wise for their mayor to start a full-on culture war, too?Journalists, trying to ascertain how draconian Bill de Blasio’...

New York City’s mayor wants food delivery staff off the streets Monday night, saying they’re not an ‘emergency service.’ Lazy, busy, convenience-addicted New Yorkers beg to differ.

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ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

“Numbah one! Numbah one!” rang out in a deafeningly unified cry among the fans that trecked over the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridge, traversed the Major Deegan and Cross-County expressways to see Mike Francesa, the man whose voice that had acco...

One thousand fans paid $15 each to attend this year’s FrancesaCon—a day of loud celebration dedicated to the Rush Limbaugh of sports. He told them they were ‘nuts.’

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Women in the World

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 adventures.And for Lena Dunham, the series of children’s books was her everything. She obtained her first copy when she was just two years old, and consuming the colorful mini-tomes became an addiction.“I had a copy of El...

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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Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Does Hillary Clinton need binders full of women?Some Democrats, particularly women and people of color, think so.In interviews with The Daily Beast, nearly a dozen Democrats, said they were worried Clinton’s hires for the top echelons of her pre-c...

Hillary Clinton’s pre-presidential campaign has made some high-profile hires recently—but all of them, so far, are white males. And Democrats have noticed.

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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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India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, offspring of a deposed Maharajah, and fashion icon—Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was as unlikely an activist as one could find, let alone one who would garner headlines for her support and funding ...

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, scion of the Lion of the Punjab, feminist revolutionary, Princess Sophia finally gets a worthy biography.

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Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Does Hillary Clinton need binders full of women?Some Democrats, particularly women and people of color, think so.In interviews with The Daily Beast, nearly a dozen Democrats, said they were worried Clinton’s hires for the top echelons of her pre-c...

Hillary Clinton’s pre-presidential campaign has made some high-profile hires recently—but all of them, so far, are white males. And Democrats have noticed.

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have taken the first jab at rape culture at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony with their Bill Cosby joke, “I put the pills in the people,” but it was Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson that took it to the next l...

What happens when the guy you’re trying to get some with passes out during sex?

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The Media Is Making Rape Culture Worse

The Media Is Making Rape Culture Worse

The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event.In 2010, a small team of investigative journalists published a report revealing, so they claimed, an epidemic of college rape. The report was a jumble...

College sexual assault is a very real problem—but news organizations and government bureaucrats do victims no favors when they exaggerate its prevalence.

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Books

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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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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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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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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How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

When Francis Ford Coppola first saw a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s second movie, The Last Picture Show, he couldn’t believe the reception. The movie ended, credits rolled, and the audience stood and applauded. That kind of appreciation is the ...

The director hauled a film crew to Larry McMurtry's home town of Archer City, Texas. Grover Lewis tagged along and wrote one of the best stories about moviemaking ever written.

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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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