Politics

The GOP’s Weird Anti-Dem Video Game

The GOP’s Weird Anti-Dem Video Game

The National Republican Senatorial Committee just released a weird, anti-Democratic video game featuring ravenous tax-ghouls and a heroic frat-boy elephant. All in all, it’s less amusing than Flappy Bird but way better than that game where you bom...

Want to fight ‘Taxers’ and ‘Mudslingers’ as a patriotic elephant in the new ‘Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority’? Just give the National Republican Senatorial Committee all your details.

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Koch Brothers Take On Camo-Wearing Cops

Koch Brothers Take On Camo-Wearing Cops

The convergence of the progressive left and libertarian right over police demilitarization is yielding a liberal-tarian moment—and it’s brought to you by the Koch brothers.Groups on the left have been among the loudest voices condemning police act...

Democrats have long loathed the conservative billionaires, but they’re united on one topic, at least: militarized police. How the Kochs are working to prevent the next Ferguson.

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There’s No Such Thing as ‘Black America’

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Black America’

In light of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown, I’ve been troubled by the notion that a monolithic entity called “Black America” or “the black community” still exists in the 21st century—if it ever existed at all. Moreover, I think that it is si...

The concept of a ‘black community’ or ‘black America’ led by figures like Al Sharpton is counterproductive and, at best, outdated. It’s time we spent more time concentrating on what ...

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The GOP’s Weird Anti-Dem Video Game

The GOP’s Weird Anti-Dem Video Game

The National Republican Senatorial Committee just released a weird, anti-Democratic video game featuring ravenous tax-ghouls and a heroic frat-boy elephant. All in all, it’s less amusing than Flappy Bird but way better than that game where you bom...

Want to fight ‘Taxers’ and ‘Mudslingers’ as a patriotic elephant in the new ‘Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority’? Just give the National Republican Senatorial Committee all your details.

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Why Killer Cops Walk Free

Why Killer Cops Walk Free

When I was a white, I viewed the police as a friend.  But now that I’m a minority, my view has changed.I know that to many I still look like a white guy. However, since I’m of Arab heritage and Muslim, I morphed into a minority in the post-9/11 wo...

Cops kill hundreds of people every year, and hardly ever are brought up on criminal charges. In the wake of Ferguson, it’s time to try and rebuild the trust between police and the co...

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Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall

Tough-Guy Pols Let Wives Take the Fall

People are expected to protect the people they love, which is why spouses aren’t compelled to testify against each other. It’s called spousal privilege. But some politicians operate under a different set of rules—call it “Blame the wife”—and as a ...

Like so many politicians before him, ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is blaming his wife. And though she may have signed off on the strategy, she doesn’t seem happy about it.

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Entertainment

Mr. Simpson Goes to Washington

Mr. Simpson Goes to Washington

The Simpsons binge-athon is in full swing. FXX is airing every episode of the beloved animated comedy in order—breaking for 2007’s The Simpsons Movie—and the marathon has already smashed the cable channel’s ratings records. The event stretches 25 ...

The popularity of ‘The Simpsons,’ which is in the midst of a record-busting FXX marathon, is assured. But what about its political and global reach? From Syria to Clinton, here’s proof.

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Chelsea Handler’s Last Middle Finger

Chelsea Handler’s Last Middle Finger

Introducing the final episode of her long-running E! channel talk show, Chelsea Handler marveled at her once-unlikely run on Chelsea Lately, calling it “seven years of ridiculous stupidity.” Chelsea Handler is nothing if not self-aware.“And I am v...

The host bid adieu to ‘Chelsea Lately’ on Tuesday night in signature style: with celebrity friends, endearing irreverence, and by biting the hand that fed her for seven years.

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Viral Vid: Other Uses for GoPro

Viral Vid: Other Uses for GoPro

While GoPro is already known for its use as a camera for thrillseekers and daredevils, this week has seen other creative and beautiful uses.For the gastronomically inclined, here’s an underwater look at an egg being poached. Apparently, someone th...

It's not just for skydiving

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Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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Chelsea Handler’s Last Middle Finger

Chelsea Handler’s Last Middle Finger

Introducing the final episode of her long-running E! channel talk show, Chelsea Handler marveled at her once-unlikely run on Chelsea Lately, calling it “seven years of ridiculous stupidity.” Chelsea Handler is nothing if not self-aware.“And I am v...

The host bid adieu to ‘Chelsea Lately’ on Tuesday night in signature style: with celebrity friends, endearing irreverence, and by biting the hand that fed her for seven years.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Biggest Emmys Snubs and Surprises

Who won at this year's Emmys? We'll save you some time: pretty much everybody who won last year. While not entirely true—hi, Allison Janney!—this year's winners retraced the same steps to the stage they made last year. So while the ...

Alright, alright, alright: Matthew McConaughey wasn't the only actor whose Emmy night didn't end as planned. Here's a look at the biggest shockers from Monday night's...

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The Best Emmys Moments

The Best Emmys Moments

Seth Meyers’ Monologue Was Great and Also TerribleSeth Meyers’ opening monologue went from zero to hilarious very fast. But when we say zero, we mean zero. Like really unfunny. Like a joke about how MTV doesn’t play music videos anymore unfunny. (...

From moving speeches to inspired comedy bits—Amy Poehler is Beyoncé!—a round-up of the craziest, funniest, most moving moments from the 2014 Emmy Awards.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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World News

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Crouching towards a dirt road strewn with pebbles, Emmanuel Boyah, a Liberian primary health care manager , grips a box of enormous yellow rubber boots with both hands.Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the b...

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola’s frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no ‘secret serum’ waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

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How Britain Made James Foley’s Killer

How Britain Made James Foley’s Killer

The video of James Foley’s execution was shot in HD, edited, and professionally released, designed for sharing. The stoic bravery displayed by Foley, in stills that went around the world, stood in contrast to that of his executioner: lanky, brandi...

Hundreds of young British Muslims have found their way to ISIS and other extremist groups, including Foley’s executioner. How did the U.K. allow so many citizens to become radicalized?

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Mr. Simpson Goes to Washington

Mr. Simpson Goes to Washington

The Simpsons binge-athon is in full swing. FXX is airing every episode of the beloved animated comedy in order—breaking for 2007’s The Simpsons Movie—and the marathon has already smashed the cable channel’s ratings records. The event stretches 25 ...

The popularity of ‘The Simpsons,’ which is in the midst of a record-busting FXX marathon, is assured. But what about its political and global reach? From Syria to Clinton, here’s proof.

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The Prisoner ISIS Wants for an American

The Prisoner ISIS Wants for an American

Few details have emerged about the identity of a 26-year-old American woman now at the center of an apparent terrorist trading plea by the Islamic State (also known as the “caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL).  According to press reports, the unnamed woman...

As the life of another American hangs in the balance in Syria, ISIS shows its hand by demanding more than $6 million and the curious release of a female Pakistani scientist serving a...

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How Britain Made James Foley’s Killer

How Britain Made James Foley’s Killer

The video of James Foley’s execution was shot in HD, edited, and professionally released, designed for sharing. The stoic bravery displayed by Foley, in stills that went around the world, stood in contrast to that of his executioner: lanky, brandi...

Hundreds of young British Muslims have found their way to ISIS and other extremist groups, including Foley’s executioner. How did the U.K. allow so many citizens to become radicalized?

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Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Russia — Hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sat down for their first serious peace talks in Minsk on Tuesday, angry families of Russian paratroopers gathered outside a military base at Ka...

Captured Russian paratroopers bolster charges of a stealth invasion while their families protest against what could become a very unpopular war.

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Italy’s Latest Export: Refugees

Italy’s Latest Export: Refugees

Italy is being applauded by humanitarian groups for saving more than 113,000 refugees and migrants from drowning in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year. But it is increasingly condemned by northern European countries for turning a blind eye as ...

Head north, young migrant! That seems to be Italy’s policy, at least, according to German and other northern European leaders, who are furious at Rome’s handling of the refugee crisis.

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No One on the Ground Can Beat ISIS

No One on the Ground Can Beat ISIS

Back when the Obama administration was contemplating retaliation against the Syrian government for using chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assuage worries that America would become ensnared in Syria’s civil war by promising...

If Washington is counting on the Kurds to defeat the terrorist caliphate with a little support from American drones and warplanes, it had better think again.

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Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

Russians Boots on the Ground in Ukraine

MOSCOW, Russia — Hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko sat down for their first serious peace talks in Minsk on Tuesday, angry families of Russian paratroopers gathered outside a military base at Ka...

Captured Russian paratroopers bolster charges of a stealth invasion while their families protest against what could become a very unpopular war.

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U.S. News

When ‘Feticide’ Really Means ‘Abortion’

When ‘Feticide’ Really Means ‘Abortion’

Anyone who doubts that laws restricting abortion rights actually restrict the freedom of women to fundamentally control their bodies and health should look at Indiana.  In that state, a 33-year-old woman has been charged with “feticide” after suff...

An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide—and faces decades in jail—for aborting an unwanted fetus, the latest in a string of cases that come close to criminalizing pregnancy i...

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The Twisted History of the Noose

The Twisted History of the Noose

Jack Shuler’s The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose features an evocative account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which reached its infamous nadir when 38 American Indians were hanged in public in Mankato, Minnesota. At the heart of this chr...

The story of hanging is long—there are hangings in Homer and the Bible—and often tragic—if for lynching alone—but rarely less than fascinating.

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Benedict Arnold Burger King

Benedict Arnold Burger King

Patriotism may be the last refuge of a scoundrel, as Samuel Johnson put it, but a lack of it may be the last refuge of corporate executives who have run out of ideas on how to improve their business.In recent months, we’ve seen a rash of “inversio...

Fast food doesn’t sell like it once did, so the burger chain is taking over Tim Horton’s—not for their doughnuts, but for their lighter tax burden.

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When ‘Feticide’ Really Means ‘Abortion’

When ‘Feticide’ Really Means ‘Abortion’

Anyone who doubts that laws restricting abortion rights actually restrict the freedom of women to fundamentally control their bodies and health should look at Indiana.  In that state, a 33-year-old woman has been charged with “feticide” after suff...

An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide—and faces decades in jail—for aborting an unwanted fetus, the latest in a string of cases that come close to criminalizing pregnancy i...

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Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

Where Feds Rule With Violence & Secrecy

The cow is dead on the side of the road. She is hollowed and blistered, her brown-and-white hide dried and leathery from the days, maybe weeks, in the unforgiving desert sun.“That’s what migrants look like when we find them out here,” Mike Wilson ...

Inside the Tohono O’odham Native American Nation in southern Arizona, Border Patrol agents wield deadly force on unarmed Americans with near-impunity.

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Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?

Is Alimony Anti-Feminist?

On Saturday, Henry Rollins finally responded to days of criticism and apologized for a column he wrote that appeared critical of Robin Williams’ suicide. Rollins became just the latest media figure to spark controversy for his thoughts on the Will...

At least one observer wonders whether $30 million-plus in payments helped kill Robin Williams. Is alimony hopelessly antiquated and un-feminist?

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Tech + Health

Too Late to Wean America Off Vicodin?

Too Late to Wean America Off Vicodin?

There is a kind of comfort in an objective finding.When I’m taking care of a patient, something abnormal on the exam will often be the one helpful piece of information that leads me toward the correct diagnosis and plan. A knee that wiggles when i...

The DEA’s newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America’s most prescribed drug: Vicodin. Will the crackdown help our country’s opiate addiction?

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Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care. One is that doctors need to work more efficiently and that technology will help; another, that conservatives have no legitimate ideas for health care reform.For practici...

Some docs are now claiming fitness tracker data holds no medical value. Meet the tech-savvy Kansas doctor who is proving them wrong.

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GOP Shies Away From Obamacare Repeal

GOP Shies Away From Obamacare Repeal

By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News JUPITER, Florida — Beverly Hires, a former nurse running for Congress here in one of the nation’s rare competitive House races, ticks off her problems with the federal health care law: higher premiums, cancelle...

The health-care law is still ‘red meat’ for GOP candidates, but they’re changing their messaging.

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Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone

Imagine a drone skimming above the ocean waves, steered by scientists on a research ship in the distance. As it approaches a pod of sperm whales surfacing after a long dive, it homes in on a single animal and touches down on the cetacean’s broad b...

Drones have been used to photograph everything from football games to fireworks displays. Now, scientists hope that robots can revolutionize the study of animal migrations.

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Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Can Your FitBit Save Your Life?

Several stubborn ideas have steered much of the discourse around health care. One is that doctors need to work more efficiently and that technology will help; another, that conservatives have no legitimate ideas for health care reform.For practici...

Some docs are now claiming fitness tracker data holds no medical value. Meet the tech-savvy Kansas doctor who is proving them wrong.

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Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health NewsDevin Payne had gone years without health insurance—having little need and not much money to pay for it.Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man.In her early 40s, sh...

The nation’s health law opens the door for transgender people to gain coverage for gender reassignment surgeries they previously could not afford.

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The Goldilocks of Black Holes

The Goldilocks of Black Holes

The cosmos is riddled with black holes, both big and small. But the middle ground — medium-sized black holes — is a little trickier. While most big galaxies harbor at least one supermassive black hole, and low-mass black holes like Cygnus X-1 are ...

Scientists may have discovered the best way to find mid-sized black holes. Just look for their light-show harmonics

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Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

Does Fasted Cardio Really Burn More Fat?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn On the surface, it seems to make sense. Exercise first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and your body should burn more fat. After all, without food intake for eight to 12 hours, you are in a fasted s...

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Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

Obamacare Pays for Gender Reassignment

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health NewsDevin Payne had gone years without health insurance—having little need and not much money to pay for it.Then Payne, who had a wife and four children, realized she could no longer live as a man.In her early 40s, sh...

The nation’s health law opens the door for transgender people to gain coverage for gender reassignment surgeries they previously could not afford.

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BeastStyle

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive—or at least a book-length facsimile thereof.News executives and network publicists have been distracting themselves from this summer’s seriously depress...

In a juicy new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

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'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

For a certain generation of English private schoolboy (mine to be precise), the name of Eddie Davenport will always be legendary, synonymous with a particularly debauched series of pay-per-invite parties held in the 1990s, known as the Gatecrasher...

Eddie Davenport made his name organizing the infamous Gatecrasher Balls for rich U.K. teens. Now he’s returning to a life of freedom—and orgies—after being jailed for multimillion-do...

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Why We Should Hate ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

Why We Should Hate ‘Haters Gonna Hate’

As she gyrated and shimmied at the VMAs on Sunday night, Taylor Swift did not seem like a person under attack. With a troupe of tuxedo-clad male dancers—recalling Madonna’s video for “Material Girl”—she seemed like the reigning pop queen she is, t...

It’s the worst phrase in pop culture—overused, meaningless, and hugged close by celebs like Taylor Swift who unconvincingly claim victimhood. Drop it, and vacate the playground.

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Win or Lose On The Emmys Red Carpet

Win or Lose On The Emmys Red Carpet

Fashion watchers worried that the Emmys would be the Plain Jane next to the outrageous VMAs needn't have worried. For one, Lena Dunham came as an unemployed flamenco dancer.

Fashion watchers worried that the Emmys would be the Plain Jane next to the outrageous VMAs needn't have worried. For one, Lena Dunham came as an unemployed flamenco dancer.

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'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

'Lord Fraud' Out of Jail, Back in Orgies

For a certain generation of English private schoolboy (mine to be precise), the name of Eddie Davenport will always be legendary, synonymous with a particularly debauched series of pay-per-invite parties held in the 1990s, known as the Gatecrasher...

Eddie Davenport made his name organizing the infamous Gatecrasher Balls for rich U.K. teens. Now he’s returning to a life of freedom—and orgies—after being jailed for multimillion-do...

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

Dudes and Maudes Abide at Lebowski Fest

At Lebowski Fest New York City, The Dudes come out in full force.There are at least nine of them. Some are in bathrobes, others in bowling shirts. They all wear sandals. One man is dressed as a rug.It really ties the room together.Dedicated to the...

Along with Valkyries, Walter Sobchaks, and many guys in bathrobes, The Daily Beast goes inside Lebowski Fest and recalls the mysteries within the Coen Brothers’ cult classic.

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Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

Ghost Hotels of the Catskills

Phones on desks, linens on beds, catalog cards spilling out of the filing cabinets—all covered with a fine patina of dust. Neglected for years, and abandoned in seconds, it’s like a modern-day Pompeii in which the earth suddenly reclaimed its soul...

From ‘Dirty Dancing’ to just dirty: Sullivan County—100 miles from New York City—once had more than 500 resorts. Today all that remains of them is a constellation of derelict buildings.

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Women

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while standing triumphantly in front of the word “feminist.” Bold, but it also felt right after a night of watching female performers dominate the telecast, often with anthems about power and liberation. Feminism is definitel...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Me...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

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Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

Women’s Sports Are Getting Less Airtime

My son doesn’t think women can play sports. He’s five. Who taught him this?When I looked around to point the finger at the forces corrupting my child, I was surprised when my search led right back to us: We love to watch sports on TV. And on TV wo...

Thanks to Title IX, more American women are playing sports than ever before—so why is coverage of women’s sports actually declining?

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in...

Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

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Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can Women in Iran be Equal?

Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in...

Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

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Books

This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

Flings: Stories By Justin TaylorPerhaps the most immediately striking feature of Flings, a new collection of short stories from Justin Taylor (author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy) is the spectrum of the stori...

This week, a biography of the cowboy gangster who created the World Series of Poker, a new collection from a talented young writer, and a 12th novel from a veteran at the height of h...

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  • The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

    The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

    The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

    A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest abs...

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: It was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Hedge Fund and the Despot By Cam Simpson and Jesse Westbrook, BloombergBuisinessweek James McGee wouldn’t find out for years, but as he worked with Washington to financially isolate Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, a Wall Street consortiu...

From financing Mugabe to football in Ferguson, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest abs...

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: It was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

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Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

This month Paris will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its escape from German occupation. For the citizens of that city, this event has a deeper, more sentimental meaning than even D-Day. Yet, as with so many French memories of World War II, the ...

The liberation of Paris from the Nazis has a deep and emotional meaning for the French, but like so much about that nation, it’s complicated.

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The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The following is an edited excerpt of chapter three, “God in the Hands of Angry People” from the new book Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by author, blogger, and Daily Beast contributor Matthew Paul Turner. In...

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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Beast Fiction: The Saints Are Coming

Beast Fiction: The Saints Are Coming

XII. An Altercation, Denver The parking lot was lined with lights. Increasingly, he didn’t like well-lit places. “It’s a metaphor,” she’d said. “You don’t want to look at things.” But that wasn’t it, he was all for looking; he’d made his life’s wo...

Here’s the latest installment in a new series, featuring short stories and works of fiction. This one’s got: war, lies, love, disappointment and Bob Dylan.

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Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

Who Liberated Paris in August 1944?

This month Paris will celebrate the 70th anniversary of its escape from German occupation. For the citizens of that city, this event has a deeper, more sentimental meaning than even D-Day. Yet, as with so many French memories of World War II, the ...

The liberation of Paris from the Nazis has a deep and emotional meaning for the French, but like so much about that nation, it’s complicated.

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