Politics

The Progressive Case for Rahm's Re-Elect

The Progressive Case for Rahm's Re-Elect

In five weeks, Chicago will face its first runoff election for mayor. While Rahm Emanuel is the better known candidate, polls show a horse race. National interest groups are circling, declaring the race a referendum on the future of the Democratic...

The Chicago mayor, who is facing a run-off election, deserves more credit than he’s getting for the city’s resurgence.

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Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

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

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

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Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

This week, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King vs. Burwell. According to many court-watchers, at stake is not just whether more than six million Americans will lose their current health care coverage, but the legitimacy of the Court its...

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the latest challenge to Obamacare this week. Here’s why the case should be open and shut.

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The Progressive Case for Rahm's Re-Elect

The Progressive Case for Rahm's Re-Elect

In five weeks, Chicago will face its first runoff election for mayor. While Rahm Emanuel is the better known candidate, polls show a horse race. National interest groups are circling, declaring the race a referendum on the future of the Democratic...

The Chicago mayor, who is facing a run-off election, deserves more credit than he’s getting for the city’s resurgence.

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How Ann Coulter Became VP of ‘Sharknado’

How Ann Coulter Became VP of ‘Sharknado’

That pesky tornado of bloodthirsty sharks is once again attacking America this summer, and this time, it’s happening on Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter’s watch.On Monday, it was announced that the stunt-casting for Sharknado 3 includes the Dallas Maver...

Ann Coulter costars with Mark Cuban, Jerry Springer, and a towering tornado of bloodthirsty sharks in Syfy’s newest installment of ‘Sharknado.’

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Hillary Email ‘Scandal’? Not So Fast

Hillary Email ‘Scandal’? Not So Fast

It looks bad for Hillary Clinton—again. This New York Times story alleging that she might have violated federal rules by using a personal email account instead of an official government one for her communications seems to raise all the old questio...

She reportedly violated federal regulations by using private email for official business—but the report looks wrong.

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Entertainment

Big Sean on Ariana Grande and Kanye West

Big Sean on Ariana Grande and Kanye West

Big Sean’s “IDFWU” has been one of those inescapable songs; a hot jam that seem to touch a nerve in popular culture and latch onto the public consciousness for months. The bitterness of the lyrics and gleefully profane chorus don’t exactly scream ...

The 26-year-old rapper spoke to The Daily Beast about his new album, ‘Dark Sky Paradise,’ making beautiful music with Ariana Grande, and coming into his own.

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The History-Making Gay Kiss

The History-Making Gay Kiss

Teenage love—it’s hormonal, complicated, and makes for great television.On Monday night, ABC Family’s The Fosters featured a kiss between 13-year-olds Jude and Connor. So what’s the big deal? The boys’ lip-to-lip contact is apparently the youngest...

Straight teens have watched their television counterparts smooch on-screen for years, but The Fosters made history by showing the youngest same-sex kiss ever on US television.

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WATCH: An Aerial Tour of the Himalayas

WATCH: An Aerial Tour of the Himalayas

There are times when it's best to just sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Earth, our little rock in a corner of the universe. Here's a good opportunity to do that courtesy of Teton Gravity Research, who bring you an aerial to...

An amazing view of one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

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Is Will Smith Over?

Is Will Smith Over?

Last weekend, a new Will Smith movie opened at No. 1—but don’t break out the champagne just yet. Slipping in after Fifty Shades Of Grey’s quickie box office climax, heist romance Focus beat out the third-week haul of Kingsman: The Secret Service w...

Post-Focus, the ghost of After Earth’s epic fail still haunts Hollywood’s once most bankable star—for now.

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The History-Making Gay Kiss

The History-Making Gay Kiss

Teenage love—it’s hormonal, complicated, and makes for great television.On Monday night, ABC Family’s The Fosters featured a kiss between 13-year-olds Jude and Connor. So what’s the big deal? The boys’ lip-to-lip contact is apparently the youngest...

Straight teens have watched their television counterparts smooch on-screen for years, but The Fosters made history by showing the youngest same-sex kiss ever on US television.

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Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart may be retiring from The Daily Show, but if he plays his cards right, he may have a possible career as a WWE wrestler.The diminutive 52-year-old political satirist may not be the first man you’d peg for a wrestler (call him “The Newsma...

The saga of The Daily Show host and pugilist Seth Rollins reached its inevitable conclusion on Monday night, in the ring.

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The Jocks’ War Over Iggy Azalea

The Jocks’ War Over Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea may have quit social media, but social media is far from done with her.The rapper from Down Under is still the subject of much debate—and things got heated this week after yet another high-profile Iggy diss. On this Sunday’s SportsCent...

An ESPN anchor took a shot at Iggy Azalea on SportsCenter. And then her NBA boyfriend got angry. But if Iggy wants to be ‘hip-hop,’ she needs to learn to fight her own battles.

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Shahs of Sunset’s Micropenis Melee

Shahs of Sunset’s Micropenis Melee

“You cannot marry into this,” my mother said to me as we watched Bravo’s Shahs of Sunset. I can’t remember if she made this declaration when a drunk, disgruntled GG was being restrained from fighting Asa at a pool party, or that time Mike bragge...

The fourth season of the Bravo reality TV series is appropriately crazy, filled with Persian stereotypes, blowjob jokes, and serious ‘size issues.’

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Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart may be retiring from The Daily Show, but if he plays his cards right, he may have a possible career as a WWE wrestler.The diminutive 52-year-old political satirist may not be the first man you’d peg for a wrestler (call him “The Newsma...

The saga of The Daily Show host and pugilist Seth Rollins reached its inevitable conclusion on Monday night, in the ring.

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World News

Burying a Martyr in Moscow

Burying a Martyr in Moscow

Russian intellectuals, opposition leaders, oligarchs, and state bureaucrats rarely meet in one place. But they gathered Tuesday in Moscow to offer a last tribute and say a few words in memory of Boris Nemtsov, the reformer, true democrat, and fear...

A historic day in the Russian capital brought together opposition leaders, bureaucrats, and thousands of ordinary citizens to bid adieu to slain politician Boris Nemtsov.

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Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress truly about Israel’s security? Or is the speech, as Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen dubbed it, a “reckless” piece of “high theater for a reelection campaign in Israel”? Th...

If the Israeli prime minister’s speech is really about security, he’ll talk about the powder keg we call Palestine. Not holding my breath.

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The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

ROME — The message was lost on no one when Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s xenophobic Northern League, slid a black T-shirt over his button-down white work shirt to address a crowd in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Saturday, calling for the ove...

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Northern League, donned a black shirt to address an angry crowd in Rome this weekend—and his popularity is soaring.

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The Israeli Right’s Dangerous Attack Ads

The Israeli Right’s Dangerous Attack Ads

TEL AVIV — In what starts out as a chilling, ominous video, jihadists in a four-door pickup truck bounce through a desert landscape, waving a giant Islamic State flag. Upon closer inspection, something is off about this crew—their truck has an ant...

Two weeks before a national election, the no-holds-barred dissemination of fear and anger reminds some of the atmosphere that preceded the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.

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Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress truly about Israel’s security? Or is the speech, as Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen dubbed it, a “reckless” piece of “high theater for a reelection campaign in Israel”? Th...

If the Israeli prime minister’s speech is really about security, he’ll talk about the powder keg we call Palestine. Not holding my breath.

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U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official.The U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran.

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The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

Monday the Iraqi military launched its largest operation to date against the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS, to retake control of the city of Tikrit. Alongside the Iraqi military the coalition fighting IS in Tikrit includes Kur...

Can the U.S. do anything to stop Iran’s influence from expanding in Iraq while it counts on the country as a quiet partner against ISIS?

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

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

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

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U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official.The U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran.

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U.S. News

This Technicality Could Save Obamacare

This Technicality Could Save Obamacare

Could the Supreme Court dodge a bullet by dismissing King v. Burwell, the case that could kill Obamacare, on procedural grounds?Maybe, says a growing chorus of legal observers. It turns out that one of the most basic requirements of a legal case—t...

Newly revealed information suggests that King v. Burwell, the case against Obamacare, should be dismissed for lack of standing.

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Can Statheads 'Shut Up and Look'?

Can Statheads 'Shut Up and Look'?

On February 11th,  during TNT’s postgame show, NBA all-time great Charles Barkley chose to stand athwart history, loudly and proudly.“I’ve always believed analytics were crap. They’re just some crap that some people who are really smart made up to...

Now that analytics absolutists are the ruling class in sports, can they get over themselves long enough to make the game more fun?

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Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

This week, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King vs. Burwell. According to many court-watchers, at stake is not just whether more than six million Americans will lose their current health care coverage, but the legitimacy of the Court its...

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the latest challenge to Obamacare this week. Here’s why the case should be open and shut.

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This Technicality Could Save Obamacare

This Technicality Could Save Obamacare

Could the Supreme Court dodge a bullet by dismissing King v. Burwell, the case that could kill Obamacare, on procedural grounds?Maybe, says a growing chorus of legal observers. It turns out that one of the most basic requirements of a legal case—t...

Newly revealed information suggests that King v. Burwell, the case against Obamacare, should be dismissed for lack of standing.

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Petraeus Mistress Got Secret Black Books

Petraeus Mistress Got Secret Black Books

David Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA, pleaded guilty Tuesday to giving highly classified information to his ex-mistress. The information came in the form of eight black books that contained everything from ide...

The one-time CIA director didn't just disclose secrets to his mistress. He shared with her some of the most sensitive information the Pentagon has.

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Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Before Mozaffar Khazaee’s arrest, he had access to high-tech military hardware through his jobs with leading defense contractors. The work he did in the engineering field showed a technical acumen missing from his foray into espionage. When federa...

A naturalized American tried to get a job in Iran by sending potential employers secret specs of the Air Force’s F-35 and F-22.

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Tech + Health

How Safe Were Hillary’s Secrets?

How Safe Were Hillary’s Secrets?

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

The Secretary of State relied on a personal email account. How safe was it from foreign spies?

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Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

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

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

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A Crisis in Mothers' Health

A Crisis in Mothers' Health

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The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

This is the first of a series of columns for The Daily Beast about the intersection of medical technologies on the cusp of changing our lives, and how they fit into the real world. Join me every other Saturday.Call it a tale of two brains: the ext...

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

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Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

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

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

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A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

Please allow me to introduce the opening scene of a science fiction film to you. If you don’t like science fiction, just pretend it’s another a formulaic Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl rom-com or a Daniel Craig 007 action flick. Whatever floats yo...

An Italian doctor says head transplants could be possible in the next two years. But just because we can, does that mean we should?

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Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

A new device has the antidote to society-fearing, non-sex-having millennials the world over: a phone charger powered by your own masturbation.Indeed, no one need ever leave the house again thanks to Pornhub’s Wankband, a wearable that powers up yo...

The Wankband combines two things millennials love: smartphones and masturbating.

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Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Can’t afford a $300 tracking device to record your steps? Turns out you might not need to shell out the big bucks just to hit your daily goal of 10,000 paces per day.A new study published in the Journal of t...

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A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

Please allow me to introduce the opening scene of a science fiction film to you. If you don’t like science fiction, just pretend it’s another a formulaic Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl rom-com or a Daniel Craig 007 action flick. Whatever floats yo...

An Italian doctor says head transplants could be possible in the next two years. But just because we can, does that mean we should?

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The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

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

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

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Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

Two years ago, the Pertwee, Anderson & Gold gallery in London explored the idea of life, death and time through a Memento Mori exhibition. It’s a long-standing art reference that death is inevitable and various artists were invited to give the...

The food historian says her amazing edible creations are made to be destroyed, when you eat them.

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Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen tried to kill himself in February 2010 by binging on cocaine, sleeping pills, and painkillers. He also slit his wrists with various kitchen knives, but they proved too dull, so he sharpened them and cut deeper. H...

A new book dishes on all the backstage excesses and internal demons of two legendary fashion designers.

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R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

If you root for a sports team over a considerable period of time, you’re going to find that there are players who encapsulate what it means to be alive at a particular moment and place in history. It’s not at all the same as the relatively uncompl...

No one basketball player defined the '90s better than Anthony Mason, a bulldog who led the brutish and flawed Knicks almost all the way to the finish line.

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Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

Two years ago, the Pertwee, Anderson & Gold gallery in London explored the idea of life, death and time through a Memento Mori exhibition. It’s a long-standing art reference that death is inevitable and various artists were invited to give the...

The food historian says her amazing edible creations are made to be destroyed, when you eat them.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future,” the MSNBC host told me on Friday, responding to ...

The TV host rubbishes claims his MSNBC show is about to be axed, and insists he is not out to profit from race controversies.

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Spock is no longer with us.Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared Star Trek character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. The actor and philanthropist had recently revealed he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulm...

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret Selves.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

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

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

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

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

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

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Books

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

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

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

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  • Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

    Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

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

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

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

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

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

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America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

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

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

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

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

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

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

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

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

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

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

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

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Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

In the final pages of Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel, Green On Blue, is an observation about separation often made about wartime efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the setting for the book: “Across the high plain, tucked among the foothills, is FOB S...

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

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

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

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