Politics

Elizabeth Warren Is Still Not Running

Elizabeth Warren Is Still Not Running

If Elizabeth Warren had to repeat herself this many times inside her Harvard Law classroom, she would have had to start failing students.On Friday, the first-term Massachusetts senator sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission saying, yet a...

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Elizabeth Warren's lawyer reiterated again that she's not running for President.

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The DNC Knows Everything About You

The DNC Knows Everything About You

With fewer than 75 days left until Election Day, Democrats across the country are feverishly moving from planning to implementing a vast, multilayered turnout operation that they hope will make the 2014 mid-term elections look more like a victorio...

Learning from the Obama presidential campaigns, the Democrats are rolling out a sophisticated national ground game they hope will get ‘souls to the polls.’

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How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

How Rick Perry Could Get Convicted

We finally found a political issue that unites liberals and conservatives. No, it’s not something that could benefit millions of Americans like raising the minimum wage. Instead, it’s the indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry for his alleged abu...

Everyone right and left is mocking it. But the Texas governor ignored statutory procedure and acted unilaterally. Sorry, that’s serious.

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Elizabeth Warren Is Still Not Running

Elizabeth Warren Is Still Not Running

If Elizabeth Warren had to repeat herself this many times inside her Harvard Law classroom, she would have had to start failing students.On Friday, the first-term Massachusetts senator sent a letter to the Federal Election Commission saying, yet a...

In a letter to the Federal Election Commission Friday, Elizabeth Warren's lawyer reiterated again that she's not running for President.

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Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

Gay Marriage Vs. the First Amendment

As is only to be expected, a fresh wave of controversy is swirling around a court’s imposition of massive fines on two New York farmers who don’t want a gay couple to get married on their property.In today’s news cycle, where outrage is instinctiv...

Two New York farmers who hold weddings on their property have been fined after disinviting a gay couple who hoped to tie the knot there. Is this a win for gay rights, or an encroachm...

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Pols Troll Ice Bucket Challenge

Pols Troll Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge—the social-media phenomenon that involves pouring freezing water over your head and body or cutting a check to ALS disease research—has already resulted in quite a bit of good. Donations have topped $41 million, and awaren...

From Vladimir Putin to Barack Obama to NRA chief Wayne LaPierre, political figures are getting trolled pretty hard in the name of ALS research.

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Entertainment

Viral Vid: Lego 'Ghostbusters'

Viral Vid: Lego 'Ghostbusters'

The classic comedy Ghostbusters is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a theatrical re-release over Labor Day weekend. If you can’t wait that long, you could watch it on Netflix right now—or better yet, you could watch this loving Lego tribute.T...

Because the Internet wanted it for itself

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GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

EDINBURGH — Every actor can recall their worst review; but most try to keep them under wraps. Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones), on the other hand, has put on an entire stage show to celebrate the crushing moments when a crit...

Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones,’ has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play. Her advice to the young stars of Westeros: Do theater!

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Loss Is in Our DNA

Loss Is in Our DNA

Forgotten, but not gone—such is the plight of Native Americans in the modern U.S.Debates about immigration, profiling Muslims, or police brutality ensure that the causes of many minority groups see their time in the spotlight.The same cannot be sa...

The author talks about the new movie based on James Welch’s ‘Winter in the Blood,’ addiction among Native Americans, and the odiousness of certain sports mascots.

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Gaming Misogyny Gets Infinite Lives

Gaming Misogyny Gets Infinite Lives

The chronic problem of misogyny had another flare-up this week with a disturbing harassment campaign organized against indie game developer Zoe Quinn, the mind behind Depression Quest. It’s a story that demonstrates, yet again, how serious the pro...

A lady developer was harassed by her vindictive ex-boyfriend. Some gamers ‘rape’ other avatars in ‘Grand Theft Auto V.’ Is there no game over to sexism in the industry?

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GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

GOT’s Queen of Thorns Speaks

EDINBURGH — Every actor can recall their worst review; but most try to keep them under wraps. Dame Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones), on the other hand, has put on an entire stage show to celebrate the crushing moments when a crit...

Dame Diana Rigg, who plays Lady Olenna Tyrell in ‘Game of Thrones,’ has turned tales of critical bashing into a delightful play. Her advice to the young stars of Westeros: Do theater!

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What’s TV’s Best Drama?

What’s TV’s Best Drama?

How dark and brooding are you feeling?That’s the question, basically, being asked of Emmy voters in this year’s drama races, with nominees dominated by cable TV’s now-notorious crop of slow-burning dark dramas. (You’d think the Golden Age of TV wo...

Will voters shower Breaking Bad with farewell trophies, or is the enthusiasm for True Detective impossible to beat? Our picks for who will and who should win in the Emmy drama races.

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‘Sex Box’: A New Low for Reality TV

‘Sex Box’: A New Low for Reality TV

If you thought Dating Naked, VH1’s boner-poppin’, trolltastic reality series where contestants do just that—and whose participant, Jesse Nizewitz, is suing the network for $10 million for showing a brief flash of her unpixelated crotch while she p...

On Thursday afternoon, WE tv announced plans to bring the controversial UK reality series to the United States in 2015. And reality TV has, unsurprisingly, reached a new low.

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Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

Pamela Freezes Out Ice Challenge

The #IceBucketChallenge has become the latest double-dog-dare-you stunt that social media feeds us on a daily basis, soaking everyone across the nation. Even celebrities have joined in on the action—Lady Gaga, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, and Lebron J...

Even celebrities known as ice queens are taking up the cold challenge sweeping social media. Not so Pamela Anderson, who used her nomination to condemn the ALS Association.

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What’s TV’s Best Drama?

What’s TV’s Best Drama?

How dark and brooding are you feeling?That’s the question, basically, being asked of Emmy voters in this year’s drama races, with nominees dominated by cable TV’s now-notorious crop of slow-burning dark dramas. (You’d think the Golden Age of TV wo...

Will voters shower Breaking Bad with farewell trophies, or is the enthusiasm for True Detective impossible to beat? Our picks for who will and who should win in the Emmy drama races.

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World News

Hostage Families Fear Worst After Foley

Hostage Families Fear Worst After Foley

For the last three weeks, Antonella Ramelli has not been able to talk publicly about her 21-year-old daughter, Greta, who disappeared along with her 20-year-old colleague, aid worker Vanessa Marzullo, near Aleppo, Syria in late July. Instead she f...

Conflicting media reports and Italy’s military support for Kurds leave families of Italians held by terrorist group in a fearful limbo.

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Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

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Was Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?

Was Steven Sotloff a Marked Man?

When pro-regime and anti-government factions started killing each other in the 8,000-year-old Syrian city of Aleppo, a little town in Turkey called Kilis blossomed into relevance at their expense. Located just four miles north of the Syrian border...

Just before the American journalist was abducted in Syria, his fixer’s identity may have been compromised.

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Is U.S. About to Ramp Up War With ISIS?

Is U.S. About to Ramp Up War With ISIS?

Since U.S. airstrikes began targeting ISIS on August 7, the group, which had been steadily expanding its territory, has been losing ground in Iraq. Now there are signs indicating that the air campaign could be expanding. If it does, the model for ...

In the wake of James Foley’s execution, Obama announced no plans to widen his air campaign against the group. Military officials hint it’s expanding—but not to a ground offensive.

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Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State,...

Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions.

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The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

I have not steeled myself yet to click and watch the video posted by jihadists Wednesday of the final minutes in the life of American journalist James Foley. I am not sure I ever will.I try to avoid watching, to the extent I can, the online produc...

The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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U.S. News

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor

The Ferguson Police have now released a video that shows police Officer Darren Wilson receiving a commendation six months before he became known to the whole nation as the cop who gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old.The irony is obvious to anyone w...

In the chamber where Officer Wilson received a commendation six months before killing Michael Brown, a minor court generates major money from the city’s poor and working people.

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My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My Loser Kid Should Get a Trophy

My 4-year-old is starting soccer in the fall. Now, I don’t care how good he is at the sport. Win or lose, that kid’s coming home with a trophy.This idea that we should reward children for merely trying their best? The majority of people are over i...

Of course children shouldn’t always get a prize for participating. But despite a new poll showing a majority think ‘only winners’ should be rewarded, the ‘good job’ medal isn’t all bad.

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The War on Drugs Is Making Thugs

The War on Drugs Is Making Thugs

On Ferguson, the respectable person isn’t supposed to say it, or even think it: that there’s something wrong with the fact that black people start burning things down when one white cop kills one black guy, but seem to think of it as business as u...

Why do blacks vent when a white cop shoots a kid but say little about daily black-on-black murder? Black outrage is selective—but rational.

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Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor

The Ferguson Police have now released a video that shows police Officer Darren Wilson receiving a commendation six months before he became known to the whole nation as the cop who gunned down an unarmed 18-year-old.The irony is obvious to anyone w...

In the chamber where Officer Wilson received a commendation six months before killing Michael Brown, a minor court generates major money from the city’s poor and working people.

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War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times

Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times

The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage,...

James Foley was beheaded on video by ISIS so they can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.

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Tech + Health

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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The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

Your social conscience: What a drag.Before the modern information age, there was a sort of justified ignorance. With no political data on the products you purchased, corporate activism largely consisted of memorizing a list of behemoth companies t...

Does the CEO of your pasta maker support gay marriage? What about the Koch brothers? Buycott, BuyPartisan, and other new apps offer you the chance to find out—if you must know.

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Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

Let’s Talk About Silicon Valley Racism

In a culture that maintains its belief in the individualism of the American entrepreneurial spirit, we tend to turn Silicon Valley tech founders into heroes and public figures. When Steve Jobs passed away, shrines were built for him around the wor...

America’s fastest growing financial and political powerbase is totally dominated by white men. This is not progress.

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‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

It’s no longer just your mom who thinks trashy TV is bad for you: a new study has found that reality shows make viewers more aggressive.Research into the effects of “harmless entertainment” was undertaken by psychologists at Central Michigan Unive...

Move over crime dramas—turns out, reality TV makes viewers more aggressive and violent after watching.

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The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

The Awful Consequences of Political Apps

Your social conscience: What a drag.Before the modern information age, there was a sort of justified ignorance. With no political data on the products you purchased, corporate activism largely consisted of memorizing a list of behemoth companies t...

Does the CEO of your pasta maker support gay marriage? What about the Koch brothers? Buycott, BuyPartisan, and other new apps offer you the chance to find out—if you must know.

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When Patients Rise From the Dead

When Patients Rise From the Dead

That afternoon, on 7-North, the cardiac ward, I quickly saw three CCU outliers, patients who had been stabilized and no longer required intensive monitoring. When I sat down to write my notes, it was almost 3:30 p.m. How limited our interactions w...

In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Jackass Tips For #IceBucketChallenge

Its origin may be nebulous, but its impact is colossal. Since permeating social media this month, the “Ice Bucket Challenge” has boosted the ALS Association’s fundraising nearly twenty-fold when compared to money raised in August of last year. But...

Is the viral fundraising effort vulnerable to celebrity self-promotion? Probably—but it doesn’t matter.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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When Patients Rise From the Dead

When Patients Rise From the Dead

That afternoon, on 7-North, the cardiac ward, I quickly saw three CCU outliers, patients who had been stabilized and no longer required intensive monitoring. When I sat down to write my notes, it was almost 3:30 p.m. How limited our interactions w...

In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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A Decades-Old Houdini Mystery Solved

A Decades-Old Houdini Mystery Solved

In 1974, a small classified ad in an issue of Magic Magazine allegedly offered up an unusual prop for sale. A wooden box, slightly larger than 2 feet by 3 feet, with a quadruple-padlocked lid that secured a removable, oversized milk can inside. Bu...

A death-defying magical box. Handcuffs. A scrapbook kept by the magician himself. Eighty-eight years after Houdini’s death, his mystery and legend persist—and are now for sale.

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Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

It’s 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve got a hankering for Paris. With a quick click of an app, I find that I can take off on my own private jet at noon the very next day with seven guests of my choosing for as low as $70,000. No, wait, r...

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And next it’s targeting those in coach.

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The Ukrainian Face Collector

The Ukrainian Face Collector

In the centuries before photographs and videos could preserve each wrinkle, the exact angle of a nose, and the curve of a smile, a molded cast was used to capture the final likeness of the deceased for posterity. This so-called death mask was hung...

Before the photo, there was the death mask. From Ataturk to Lenin, a collector in Ukraine’s capital has amassed one of the world’s largest collections—and it’s going on view this week.

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Inside the Yezidis’ Last Refuge

Inside the Yezidis’ Last Refuge

It was a religion I had never heard of before 2007. During visits to Kurdistan in the north of Iraq that year, I met members of the religious sect the Yezidis (sometimes spelled Yazidis). Never having heard of the religion before, there was nothin...

On a visit to the Yazidi Temple Complex in Lalish, Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, a colorful, happy day of worship unfolds, for a group whose faith and way of life is grievously threat...

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Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

It’s 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve got a hankering for Paris. With a quick click of an app, I find that I can take off on my own private jet at noon the very next day with seven guests of my choosing for as low as $70,000. No, wait, r...

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And next it’s targeting those in coach.

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

When the average person thinks of women in the world of polo, they are likely to envision celebrities and socialites clad in designer sundresses and chic hats observing the action; of Kate Middleton cheering her husband Prince William on.They are ...

For years, polo was the preserve of men—one leading female player even dressed as a man to participate. No longer. We meet the women saddling up and playing to win.

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Is Sleeping Apart Good for Couples?

Is Sleeping Apart Good for Couples?

Ricky and Lucy did it. Bert and Ernie, too. And for Jennifer Adams, sleeping apart from her husband, Fraser Mackay, is also the key to their happy marriage. Together for 10 years and married for seven, the couple—she is 48, he 46—sleep in neighbor...

The film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin, sleep separately most nights of the week. Are separate beds a sign of a healthy relationship, or one heading for the ro...

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Women

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 vocabulary usage, and suggests citations. Grammarly delivers a passive learning experience that identifies writing patterns and sends users personal recommendations to help understand their most common mistakes and opport...

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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500 Days and Counting

500 Days and Counting

As of earlier this week, only 500 days remain before the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire.  This final phase of a 15-year campaign, which aimed to achieve eight key targets ranging from gender equality to ending extreme poverty, gives us...

The millennium development goals expire in 500 days. Equality Now asks what still needs be achieved when it comes to gender equality.

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Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an an...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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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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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Books

Loss Is in Our DNA

Loss Is in Our DNA

Forgotten, but not gone—such is the plight of Native Americans in the modern U.S.Debates about immigration, profiling Muslims, or police brutality ensure that the causes of many minority groups see their time in the spotlight.The same cannot be sa...

The author talks about the new movie based on James Welch’s ‘Winter in the Blood,’ addiction among Native Americans, and the odiousness of certain sports mascots.

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  • When Patients Rise From the Dead

    When Patients Rise From the Dead

    That afternoon, on 7-North, the cardiac ward, I quickly saw three CCU outliers, patients who had been stabilized and no longer required intensive monitoring. When I sat down to write my notes, it was almost 3:30 p.m. How limited our interactions w...

    In the Bible, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. In medicine, a ‘Lazarus patient’ is one who spontaneously starts circulating blood.

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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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How Religion Turned Texas Red

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes its complicated history of religion, politics, and race.That complicated history has been met by a commensurately large tome from Princeton social scientist Robert Wuthnow in the exhaustive Rough Cou...

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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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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Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million a...

Could beat Nicolas Cage's record.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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