Politics

Why the Right Calls Obama a Narcissist

Why the Right Calls Obama a Narcissist

Charles Krauthammer has told Fox News that President Obama is a narcissist. And he should know, because once he was a psychologist.His evidence? Obama apparently says “I” too much. He’s all into himself instead of the country he’s supposed to be r...

Now some on the right think Obama says ‘I’ too much. In fact, he doesn’t. But what does it mean that they can’t stand to hear him say it?

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A California Without Illegal Immigrants

A California Without Illegal Immigrants

On the subject of illegal immigration, the nation’s most populous state may also be the most hypocritical. Despite the fact that there is so much to do in California—so many leisure activities, in fact, that one can ski and surf in the same day—ma...

Citizens of the Golden State love complaining about undocumented immigrants, but the state would collapse without them.

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The US Is Losing a Generation to Poverty

The US Is Losing a Generation to Poverty

When we devised the formula we use to determine poverty in the United States, it was 1964. President Lyndon Johnson had just taken a tour of communities in Appalachia without electricity, running water, or sewage systems. Indeed, even some urban n...

OK, the official poverty rate declined this week. But it’s worth remembering that millions who aren’t officially in poverty are still poor.

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Why the Right Calls Obama a Narcissist

Why the Right Calls Obama a Narcissist

Charles Krauthammer has told Fox News that President Obama is a narcissist. And he should know, because once he was a psychologist.His evidence? Obama apparently says “I” too much. He’s all into himself instead of the country he’s supposed to be r...

Now some on the right think Obama says ‘I’ too much. In fact, he doesn’t. But what does it mean that they can’t stand to hear him say it?

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Donors Won't Give To Pro-Coal Dems

Donors Won't Give To Pro-Coal Dems

In hindsight, it is one of the more cringe-inducing campaign promises Barack Obama ever made.Standing on the stage in St. Paul, Minnesota, having just sewn up the final primary victory in his long slog against Hillary Clinton and preparing to face...

Sure, they want the Democrats to hold the Senate. But several big-ticket Democratic donors say they won’t give to candidates in tight races who don’t talk the talk on climate change.

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Rand Paul Falls for ISIS Hoax

Rand Paul Falls for ISIS Hoax

In an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul discussed the war against ISIS—and in doing so, repeated a thoroughly debunked rumor about John McCain palling around with the Islamic extremist group. Needless to say, a certain famo...

The libertarian senator claims John McCain was pictured with the jihadists, even though that's been proven false.

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Entertainment

Franco's ‘Shining’ Moment

Franco's ‘Shining’ Moment

James Franco is struggling to take himself seriously.We’re at an event for the launch of his Making a Scene with James Franco series with AOL. The series, which could more accurately be called a burst of web content, features Franco and his cohort...

The artist remixed iconic movie scenes like a Garage Band guru, adding scratches of true absurdity—much like the idea of a hype-y James Franco meets AOL content collaboration.

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Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

We’re a society that relishes gratuitous violence, gratuitous sex, gratuitous cruelty, gratuitous language, and gratuitous darkness on our TV shows. We embrace it. We encourage it. We call it edgy and realistic and refreshing. But God forbid a TV ...

There’s something refreshing about how unabashed Fox’s new drama—about dying children, natch—is about tugging at your heartstrings. The result is an imperfectly great new series.

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Game Over: How ‘Gamers’ Pwned Themselves

Game Over: How ‘Gamers’ Pwned Themselves

Games writers are disavowing themselves from “Gamers.” They’re proclaiming the death of the Gamer identity. It’s a bold statement to be sure, but the real question is what took so long?You see, Gamers are angry, and they’re attacking prominent fig...

The reality is that ‘Gamer’ was never meant to be inclusive. There was no ‘Ich bin ein Gamer!’ moment. The term as we know it is dead. What took so long?

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Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Directed by Shawn Levy and based on author Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling novel of the same name, This Is Where I Leave You follows the trials and tribulations of the combative (and largely estranged) Altman family, who are forced to reunite at th...

The cast and crew behind the screwball This Is Where I Leave You, in theaters Sept. 19, open up about the making of the film and why it will resonate with viewers young and old.

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Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

We’re a society that relishes gratuitous violence, gratuitous sex, gratuitous cruelty, gratuitous language, and gratuitous darkness on our TV shows. We embrace it. We encourage it. We call it edgy and realistic and refreshing. But God forbid a TV ...

There’s something refreshing about how unabashed Fox’s new drama—about dying children, natch—is about tugging at your heartstrings. The result is an imperfectly great new series.

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Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

The pastor and his congregants sat around the TV and watched as fists began to fly and blood began to splatter. Two men, literally in a cage, were attacking each other while the pastor and his friends cheered. At one point the stronger one was hol...

The first rule of ‘Fight Church’ is that if God-fearing Christians beat each other into a bloody pulp, they still praise the Lord in Sunday mass.

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Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

It’s fairly common to have foggy memories of getting wasted to “Blurred Lines” in the summer of 2013. The track features an audacious hook that makes you want to take a few shots and go hard; plus, when you eventually realize that “hey hey hey” is...

What rhymes with plagiarism? Robin Thicke says that if he did copy Marvin Gaye’s work, it’s only because he was totally obliterated.

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Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Loathe as anyone should be to find serious consequence in anything that escapes the mouth of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and makes its way through the mangy tangled forest of beard hair and to our ears, it’s become unforgivably irritating tha...

The ‘Duck Dynasty’ star says that AIDS is God’s punishment for immoral conduct. But who will punish him for such ignorance?

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Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

The pastor and his congregants sat around the TV and watched as fists began to fly and blood began to splatter. Two men, literally in a cage, were attacking each other while the pastor and his friends cheered. At one point the stronger one was hol...

The first rule of ‘Fight Church’ is that if God-fearing Christians beat each other into a bloody pulp, they still praise the Lord in Sunday mass.

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World News

New ISIS Hostage Spouts ISIS Propaganda

New ISIS Hostage Spouts ISIS Propaganda

A British journalist who was captured in Syria with American reporter James Foley in November 2012, and who is being held hostage by the so-called Islamic State (also referred to as ISIL and ISIS), has now made a propaganda video for his captors.I...

In what looks like a “teaser” for more rants to come, John Cantlie speaks to the camera and continues to live, at least for now.

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The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his bride, 7-year-old Rajkumari. At the time he was a year older than she, and the two barely interacted for the next six years. By the time the...

The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.

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Scots Must Choose Heart or Head

Scots Must Choose Heart or Head

KINLOCH RANNOCH, Scotland — The chieftain of the Rannoch Highland gathering was leaning on a traditional shepherds’ crook considering the prospect of an independent Scotland. Clad in a green-and-red kilt, with an eagle feather in his cap and a cer...

Faced with the economic reality of independence, many Scots are approaching the referendum nervous about breaking up with the U.K.

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Europe’s Secession Panic

Europe’s Secession Panic

Should I stay or should I go?As the world waits to see how Scotland votes on Thursday, more than a few European regions are watching very closely indeed.If Scotland chooses independence, many regions with highly organized separatist movements like...

Win or lose today, the Scottish independence movement has already had an impact on much of Europe—especially regions with organized separatist movements, like Catalonia and Flanders.

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The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his bride, 7-year-old Rajkumari. At the time he was a year older than she, and the two barely interacted for the next six years. By the time the...

The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.

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Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Finally there is something President Obama and the Shiite extremists can agree on: no ground forces in Iraq.Three top Iraq Shiite militias warned the United States this week not to reoccupy the country—and leading the charge was Muqtada al-Sadr. T...

So much for an alliance of convenience. This week some of the Iraqi militias fighting ISIS issued a warning to President Obama not to send in ground forces.

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Scotland’s ‘Yes We Can’ Vote

Scotland’s ‘Yes We Can’ Vote

“I see us entering a world divided not just between the haves and have-nots, but also between those countries that do nothing about it, and those that do.” — Joseph Stiglitz, writing in The New York Times, October 13, 2013.“We’ve got a saying arou...

Scotland’s pro-independence campaign hinges on the notion that the gulf between the haves and have-nots is too great. But there’s no easy fix to the wealth divide.

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Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

It’s been a tense, worrying time for Iran’s “Happy” group, the seven young men and women arrested in May for posting their version of Pharrell Williams’ music video on YouTube. Over the last few days, they’ve been pacing up and down the hallways o...

The sentences faced by the young people who answered Pharrell Williams’ call are suspended for the moment, but could be carried out any time in the next three years.

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Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Finally there is something President Obama and the Shiite extremists can agree on: no ground forces in Iraq.Three top Iraq Shiite militias warned the United States this week not to reoccupy the country—and leading the charge was Muqtada al-Sadr. T...

So much for an alliance of convenience. This week some of the Iraqi militias fighting ISIS issued a warning to President Obama not to send in ground forces.

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U.S. News

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon strap 58-year-old confessed murderer Hubert Michael Jr. to a gurney inside the State Cor...

The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for September 22, had to be postponed—after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed.

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Gloria Allred Sacks the NFL

Gloria Allred Sacks the NFL

Late Wednesday morning, attorney and feminist Gloria Allred announced her plans to reveal “two individuals” who would speak about acts of violence allegedly committed by an National Football League player. A few hours later, she appeared at a pre...

America’s leading feminist attorney doesn’t just want Brandon Marshall punished for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, she wants to reform the league with Title IX-style trials.

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Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Could it be that irresponsible peddlers of mass murder are finally going to be held accountable? I wouldn’t put my money on it just yet, but I applaud Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Arnold & Porter L...

Only in America can a company sell 4,000 bullets to a single man without asking any questions. The arms industry doesn’t seem to care if it’s dealing to James Holmes or the leader of...

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Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon strap 58-year-old confessed murderer Hubert Michael Jr. to a gurney inside the State Cor...

The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for September 22, had to be postponed—after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed.

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Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

If you are going to judge cops in general by videos, include one that shows Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass being gunned down by a sniper outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove on Friday night.Make sure you c...

State troopers risked their lives to help two of their own who were gunned down, allegedly by a self-declared survivalist. Now they’re out in the woods in a frantic search to find him.

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Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Douglas BirchA senior Energy Department official has requested a special probe of claims by a U.S. nuclear ...

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production has requested an inspector general’s review of the dismissal of analyst James Doyle, who supported Obama’s nuclear-free vision.

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Tech + Health

Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Facebook’s ‘Real Name Policy’ Is a Drag

Leave it to Facebook to squander the good will it had generated in the LGBT community, and piss off everybody—all to make some money.Just a few months ago, Facebook earned kudos from both the gay establishment and grassroots trans, genderqueer, an...

Facebook’s policy requires users’ profiles to show their real, given names—not their chosen names. It’s a policy that unfairly targets drag queens and the LGBTQ community.

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State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

On Wednesday, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions for either failure to sufficiently complete all state-required forms, or to file them within the allotted time period.Attorney General ...

Forget the actual medical procedure, Indiana’s doctors are facing near-impossible requirements when it comes to providing abortions—on the administrative front.

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Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

As the Internet buzzes about a new Maureen Dowd-themed billboard highlighting the dangers of consuming too many marijuana edibles, the New York Times columnist is grinning. “I love the billboard,” she says in an email. “I’m going to make it my Chr...

“New York Times” columnist Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana will live in infamy. Now, her likeness stars in a “Consume Responsibly” billboard.

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

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

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

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State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

State Busts Abortion Docs on Fine Print

On Wednesday, the Indiana Attorney General’s office filed complaints against four doctors who provide abortions for either failure to sufficiently complete all state-required forms, or to file them within the allotted time period.Attorney General ...

Forget the actual medical procedure, Indiana’s doctors are facing near-impossible requirements when it comes to providing abortions—on the administrative front.

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Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

In the tiny seaside town of Yacahts, Oregon, Buck Henderson is ready to die.Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, the 55-year-old spends his days practicing on his electronic drum set, fussing with his cat, Tiger Balm, and smoking pot to keep h...

Reports show that annual CT and nuclear medicine scans may cause 40,000 fatal cancers. Now, one company is trying to minimize the danger of these (often necessary and life-saving) ma...

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Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia is perhaps the most misunderstood mental illness, but a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has just come one step closer to understanding how it works.After analyzing the DNA of over 4,000 pati...

In perhaps the most important study in schizophrenia’s history, researchers have identified that it is not a single inherited disorder as previously believed, but rather eight separa...

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The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

Another summer has passed, and with its passing the rites of autumn have begun. Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time. Pumpkin spice flavoring is regaining its inexplicable seasonal dominanc...

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, student attendance is tied to school funding. That means doctor’s notes aren’t going anywhere, even though they’re a giant waste of time and money.

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Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

In the tiny seaside town of Yacahts, Oregon, Buck Henderson is ready to die.Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, the 55-year-old spends his days practicing on his electronic drum set, fussing with his cat, Tiger Balm, and smoking pot to keep h...

Reports show that annual CT and nuclear medicine scans may cause 40,000 fatal cancers. Now, one company is trying to minimize the danger of these (often necessary and life-saving) ma...

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UK’s No 1 Churchman ‘Doubts’ God

UK’s No 1 Churchman ‘Doubts’ God

It may seem strange to God-crazy America that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Britain’s most senior church leader, and the leader of 80 million Anglicans worldwide, should admit to doubts about the existence of God.“I mean there are moments, sure, w...

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, says there are moments he thinks, “Is there a God” and “Where is God?” His thoughtful words should shock no-one.

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Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander...

Normally more commercial-oriented, NYFW staged a series of performance pieces this season rather than pure runway shows. But is it enough to unseat London as the fashion week to watch?

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Even though the “world’s most talked about couple” was nowhere to be found at London Fashion Week, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian still terrified the runway in the form of a head-turning sweater portrait at the Ashish Spring/Summer 2015 show.The po...

This winter, stay warm—and scare off all your friends—with the latest look from designer Ashish: a sweater emblazoned with a sequined portrait of the world's most talked about co...

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Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

Is NY Fashion Week the New Cool Kid?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander...

Normally more commercial-oriented, NYFW staged a series of performance pieces this season rather than pure runway shows. But is it enough to unseat London as the fashion week to watch?

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Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Earlier this year, Sarah Jessica Parker was on a flight with her three young children, on their way to a spring break vacation, when she suddenly started weeping.        “I burst into tears on Jet Blue,” the Sex and the City star tells me. “And I ...

Three big and small screen projects about journalism are in the works. Viewers’ hunger for deadlines, scoops, hungry reporters, and ruthless editors appears insatiable.

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From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

You couldn’t believe your luck when you found that quaint, affordable apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village—a deal in a city where real estate deals don’t exist. But that was before an ambitious construction project sprung up across the s...

Leasebreak, a new company, aims to be the bridge between Airbnb and traditional brokers. Could it revolutionize renting in NYC?

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Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Given the predeliction of London fashion week organisers to hold their events in half-built office spaces, abandoned warehouses and sites scheduled for demolition, it was perhaps only a matter of time before something like this happened.Still, it ...

Drama strikes final day of Fashion Week

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Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Earlier this year, Sarah Jessica Parker was on a flight with her three young children, on their way to a spring break vacation, when she suddenly started weeping.        “I burst into tears on Jet Blue,” the Sex and the City star tells me. “And I ...

Three big and small screen projects about journalism are in the works. Viewers’ hunger for deadlines, scoops, hungry reporters, and ruthless editors appears insatiable.

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Women

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something approximating rapture. “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights,” wrote Jessica Valenti at The Guardian, while Amanda Marcotte at Slate argued that the singer had put paid to the idea that ...

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

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

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

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

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Books

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

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

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

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

    Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

    “It really was like a traveling circus,” Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride. Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic—a swashbuckling...

    In the upcoming page-turner of a book, ‘As You Wish,’ Cary Elwes, aka the Man in Black, writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time.

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How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A book tour can’t be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond. There, in his cluttered office a...

Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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The Elite American College Pile-On

The Elite American College Pile-On

You’ve probably heard the buzz around William Deresiewicz’s polemic against the “miseducation of the American elite.” In the most widely read article in the history of The New Republic, Deresiewicz lambasted Ivy League schools (and others) for att...

The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz. Standardized tests need more emphasis, says Steven Pinker. What they miss.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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