Politics

How FDR, Reagan, and Ike Almost Lost

How FDR, Reagan, and Ike Almost Lost

They are the three American political giants; the only three 20th Century candidates who won two consecutive landslide Presidential elections; three whose triumphs are seen now as the inevitable victories of larger-than-life figures riding powerfu...

A reminder that the three giants of 20th Century American politics all came close to being also-rans.

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Making Free Trade Sexy

Making Free Trade Sexy

In his State of the Union address, the president told us he wants to craft a trade policy agenda fit for the 21st Century. If only!A true free trade agenda should be the cornerstone of any “middle class economics” platform. Open international mark...

The president’s lukewarm embrace of truly unfettered international trade leaves a lot to be desired.

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GOP Summit—The Good, The Bad & The Crazy

GOP Summit—The Good, The Bad & The Crazy

You’re going to read a lot of analysis of this weekend’s Freedom Summit as the unofficial beginning of the Iowa caucus.  Whether that’s true depends entirely on how many of those who attended are still standing one long year from now—and how many ...

GOP presidential contenders flocked to Iowa on Saturday to try out their pitches on the unofficial beginning of the Iowa Caucus. Hint: Sarah Palin has lost her mind.

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How FDR, Reagan, and Ike Almost Lost

How FDR, Reagan, and Ike Almost Lost

They are the three American political giants; the only three 20th Century candidates who won two consecutive landslide Presidential elections; three whose triumphs are seen now as the inevitable victories of larger-than-life figures riding powerfu...

A reminder that the three giants of 20th Century American politics all came close to being also-rans.

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Right Wing #Fail on 'Jihadi Hobby Lobby'

Right Wing #Fail on 'Jihadi Hobby Lobby'

This week, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that the Arkansas state prison system must allow a Muslim inmate to grow a beard. The right-wing “religious liberty” crowd—whose law firm, the Becket Fund, represented the inmate—crowed that this was another ...

Conservative activists are cheering the court’s unanimous decision supporting a prisoner’s religious liberty—but the case actually shows how far we’ve wandered from the term’s true m...

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Obama’s G.I. Bill

Obama’s G.I. Bill

President Obama this month gave the best State of the Union address of his presidency but it was largely written in disappearing ink. Like the vast majority of presidential speeches, little of it lingers.But one proposal in the speech could prove ...

The president’s plan to make community college free for everyone is the best news for the middle class in a long time.

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Entertainment

Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is arguably the most hotly anticipated film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.HBO Documentary Films, which is releasing the eye-opening documentary on the Church of Scient...

Alex Gibney’s highly anticipated documentary ‘Going Clear,’ which premiered at Sundance, makes some shocking claims about the Scientology A-lister’s split from Nicole Kidman.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

LONDON - Between them, the Royal Family and Downton Abbey have pretty well sewn up the market for The Great British Fantasy theme park. The fact that one is “real” and the other fiction doesn’t seem to matter.In the eyes of their adoring fans they...

Queen Elizabeth, like Hugh Bonneville, is a master thespian outshining their supporting casts.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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Deflategate Is Trumped Up Nonsense

Deflategate Is Trumped Up Nonsense

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that he is “not a scientist,” but a basic law of physics taught in high school may well vindicate his team in the controversy dubbed DeflateGate.On a blackboard, the Ideal Gas Law is written thus:PV=n...

Note to scandal seekers: Gases lose volume when it’s cold, meaning the Patriots may not have done anything wrong.

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Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

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

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

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Bill Maher Blasts ‘American Sniper’

Bill Maher Blasts ‘American Sniper’

Another day, another American Sniper controversy.Yes, Clint Eastwood’s biopic of the late Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills over four tours of Iraq, has captured the fascination of the American pu...

The outspoken satirist addressed the controversy surrounding the Clint Eastwood film American Sniper on Friday’s episode of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher.

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Deflategate Is Trumped Up Nonsense

Deflategate Is Trumped Up Nonsense

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says that he is “not a scientist,” but a basic law of physics taught in high school may well vindicate his team in the controversy dubbed DeflateGate.On a blackboard, the Ideal Gas Law is written thus:PV=n...

Note to scandal seekers: Gases lose volume when it’s cold, meaning the Patriots may not have done anything wrong.

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World News

If Mariupol Falls, Is Kiev Next?

If Mariupol Falls, Is Kiev Next?

MOSCOW—The war in eastern Ukraine expanded from the Donetsk region to the outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol on Saturday as rockets fell on cars and pedestrians. At least 30 people were killed, including a 15-year old girl and a litt...

If the port city falls to Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, the road to Russia’s dream of empire opens as well.

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Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

On Nelli Radzhabova’s desk, a pile of materials was growing: hand-written accounts, complaints to local and federal authorities, flash drives with videos and photographs. Dozens of letters. All of it evidence of the destruction caused by a recent ...

Residents of Dagestan say that Russian forces destroyed their homes and trashed Korans during anti-terror raids last fall.

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How Europe Won The '70s War On Terror

How Europe Won The '70s War On Terror

ROME — On May 7, 1978, five-time Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro wrote a farewell letter to his wife from the secret cell in a Roman apartment where he was being held by Italy’s notorious Red Brigade terrorists.  "They have told me that they...

From the Red Brigades to ISIS, Aldo Moro to Charlie Hebdo, lessons learned and unlearned.

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Ten Beacons of Light in the Muslim World

Ten Beacons of Light in the Muslim World

I remember Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh, a man of great piety, confronted with the tragedy of tens of thousands of women raped by Pakistani soldiers during the months of war in 1971 and then banned from society. When he made the...

The most important clash of civilizations is among Muslims.

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Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

On Nelli Radzhabova’s desk, a pile of materials was growing: hand-written accounts, complaints to local and federal authorities, flash drives with videos and photographs. Dozens of letters. All of it evidence of the destruction caused by a recent ...

Residents of Dagestan say that Russian forces destroyed their homes and trashed Korans during anti-terror raids last fall.

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The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

LONDON - Between them, the Royal Family and Downton Abbey have pretty well sewn up the market for The Great British Fantasy theme park. The fact that one is “real” and the other fiction doesn’t seem to matter.In the eyes of their adoring fans they...

Queen Elizabeth, like Hugh Bonneville, is a master thespian outshining their supporting casts.

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ISIS Butchers Kill A Japanese Hostage

ISIS Butchers Kill A Japanese Hostage

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—Even by the barbaric standards of the Islamic State, the video distributed today by the jihadists plumbs new depths of depravity. It shows a Japanese captive, 47-year-old journalist Kenji Goto Jogo, holding up a picture of his fe...

The surviving hostage was forced to hold a picture showing his friend’s severed head and pleads for his life.

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The Greek Who Could Break Europe

The Greek Who Could Break Europe

In 2012, when Alexis Tsipras last ran to be prime minister of Greece, his compatriots were quite literally killing themselves  in public squares because of the tough austerity measures that had strangled the country’s economy. Tsipras, just 37 yea...

Sunday’s elections in Greece could bring to power a party that’s pitting the debt-ridden south of Europe against the rich north. Can its leader’s charisma carry the day?

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The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

LONDON - Between them, the Royal Family and Downton Abbey have pretty well sewn up the market for The Great British Fantasy theme park. The fact that one is “real” and the other fiction doesn’t seem to matter.In the eyes of their adoring fans they...

Queen Elizabeth, like Hugh Bonneville, is a master thespian outshining their supporting casts.

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U.S. News

America’s 5 Biggest Blizzards

America’s 5 Biggest Blizzards

In the East Coast’s first big winter storm of 2015, Mother Nature is threatening the stretch between New Jersey and northern New England with a snowfall dump of up to 3 feet. Winter storm Juno has already led to the cancellation of thousands of fl...

Think it’s a drag to shovel two feet of snow? Try the 50 inches that hit the East Coast in 1888—way before snowblowers. A look at the real storms of the centuries.

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I Was Wrongly Jailed As An Ecoterrorist

I Was Wrongly Jailed As An Ecoterrorist

Eric McDavid says a lot with his eyes. He’s constantly using his hands, too, as if feeling for the temperature of a question before answering it, stroking the air to smooth out a kink or sometimes using all five fingers to pluck and draw down the ...

After a decade in prison for an alleged bomb plot, Eric McDavid was released this month—ten years early—after documents proved that he was entrapped by the FBI. Here’s his story.

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

Taken together, the title and subtitle of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suggest it’s either another contribution to an increasingly crowded genre—a memoir from an American soldier who has ...

Both a soldier and a scholar, Gen. Daniel Bolger seems ideally equipped to hash out what went wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan, but even his expertise and honesty are not enough.

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America’s 5 Biggest Blizzards

America’s 5 Biggest Blizzards

In the East Coast’s first big winter storm of 2015, Mother Nature is threatening the stretch between New Jersey and northern New England with a snowfall dump of up to 3 feet. Winter storm Juno has already led to the cancellation of thousands of fl...

Think it’s a drag to shovel two feet of snow? Try the 50 inches that hit the East Coast in 1888—way before snowblowers. A look at the real storms of the centuries.

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Before Randy Andy Accuser, A Jane Doe 1

Before Randy Andy Accuser, A Jane Doe 1

Years ago, when she was only 14, a very pretty and naive young girl from West Palm Beach, Florida met billionaire Jeffrey Epstein at his Palm Beach mansion on El Brillo Way.In police reports, and later in interviews with me, the girl—known as Jane...

The first young girl to accuse Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse tells her story for the very first time in an exclusive video.

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We Need More Lunchpail Liberals

We Need More Lunchpail Liberals

The blue team may have lost the political battle last year, but with the rapid fall of oil and commodity prices, they have temporarily gained the upper hand economically. Simultaneously, conditions have become more problematical for those interior...

Blue state tech and clean energy economies sound nice, but they don’t do much for manufacturing, construction, or farming, and the real losers are middle-class Americans.

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Tech + Health

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

An eye-opening app produced by a non-profit startup in Copenhagen hopes to change life for people who are visually impaired.Backed by the Danish Blind Society, the Velux Foundations, and Danish software studio Robocat, Be My Eyes connects sighted ...

A new app connects sighted people with blind people in a way only smartphones can.

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

It’s been years since I visited California’s Disneyland, only just once as a small boy. Now that I have kids of my own, I know that sooner or later a trip to its bigger Florida cousin, Disney World, is probably in the cards. (They did right by my ...

A measles outbreak has sickened 70 people at Disneyland, and could be the spark that brings the once-eradicated disease back in force.

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For $25, Get an Invisible Girlfriend

For $25, Get an Invisible Girlfriend

The nonsense idea that only desperate people use dating sites can be put in the dustbin of recent history. Online dating just is dating—much like online work is work (how some of us feed ourselves), online harassment is harassment (ask the FBI and...

You can now buy yourself an ‘invisible girlfriend,’ complete with voicemails and a social media trail. Weird or simply of the Internet age?

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

In this day and age, science questions can be answered with a split-second Google search. Compare this to just a few decades ago when you had to go through a doctor or (gasp!) hunt through the library.We now have access to a knowledge base origina...

Focused on the invisible forces that drive human behavior, Invisibilia ushers in a new era of science reporting.

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One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

No need to feel guilty about hitting the vino after work each night: a daily dose of alcohol is better for you than none at all. A new study has found that consuming seven drinks per week—the equivalent of one glass of wine or beer each night—can ...

A comprehensive new study says that having one drink each day is better for you than abstaining.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Spain’s supreme court recently decided that it would, after all, hear a paternity suit from Ingrid Sartiau, a Belgian woman who claims the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, who stepped down last year in favor of his son Felipe, is her father.The ...

As the former Spanish King faces a paternity suit, we look back at a lifetime of womanizing, including an alleged tryst with Princess Diana.

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NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

Would media mogul Mike Bloomberg like to buy The New York Times? That question has been raised continually over the past decade, and it’s the subject of renewed speculation today in a gossipy, hypothetical piece posted on New York magazine’s web ...

The NYT stoutly maintains it is not for sale, after a flurry of rumors that the former New York City Mayor is considering a bid to purchase the paper.

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The Best-Looking Show on TV

The Best-Looking Show on TV

Patrick J. Adams embodies a picture-perfect young Hollywood star: chiseled features, a leading role on a hit TV show (Suits) and an equally successful and attractive fiancé (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars).But what you might not know about...

He’s known as the badass lawyer Mike Ross on the hit show Suits, but Patrick J. Adams’ true passion of photography is rooted in a dramatic childhood.

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Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

The last time Ali Rezaian saw his kid brother, Jason—who today, Jan. 23, is marking 185 days of incarceration in Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for the torture and execution of political dissidents since the reign of the shah—they were in Istanbul ...

Iranian authorities refuse to say why Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is incarcerated at the notorious Evin jail. His brother is leading the fight for his freedom.

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NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

Would media mogul Mike Bloomberg like to buy The New York Times? That question has been raised continually over the past decade, and it’s the subject of renewed speculation today in a gossipy, hypothetical piece posted on New York magazine’s web ...

The NYT stoutly maintains it is not for sale, after a flurry of rumors that the former New York City Mayor is considering a bid to purchase the paper.

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O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

Before Casey Anthony was splashed across the cover of People magazine; before CNN was dissecting every detail of Jodi Arias’ volatile relationship with her ex-boyfriend, the O.J. Simpson trial set a new precedence for transforming the criminal jus...

It’s the 20th anniversary of the start of O.J. Simpson’s trial, a media event which led to an explosion of courtroom TV and loud legal experts—even spawning the success of the far le...

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The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

The Penis Comes Out on the Catwalk

It’s one of the most oft-quoted nightmares: You’re walking down the street, only to suddenly realize you’re naked.Now the dream is a pricey reality if you buy certain pieces from the Rick Owens fall/winter collection—tunic-y outfits that recall a ...

There it was, peeping out from Rick Owens’s tunic-like creations at the menswear collections. Will men buy clothes that publicly display their genitalia? Warning: Pictures are NSFW.

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Cannes Wunderkind Heads To Hollywood

Cannes Wunderkind Heads To Hollywood

The first sight of Xavier Dolan I have is of the 25-year-old film Québécois director draped over one of his promotional team in the lobby of New York’s Mercer Hotel, the kind of place so fashionable the first trick it plays on mere mortals is to n...

He’s 25, and has made five movies, with his latest, ‘Mommy,’ winning a top prize at Cannes. And the charismatic Xavier Dolan’s life is as dramatic as his movies.

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O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

Before Casey Anthony was splashed across the cover of People magazine; before CNN was dissecting every detail of Jodi Arias’ volatile relationship with her ex-boyfriend, the O.J. Simpson trial set a new precedence for transforming the criminal jus...

It’s the 20th anniversary of the start of O.J. Simpson’s trial, a media event which led to an explosion of courtroom TV and loud legal experts—even spawning the success of the far le...

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Women in the World

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. However, it was in her recurring role as Artemis Dubois on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that the actress has been able to flex her comedic and dramatic muscles. With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole...

With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

The light pink shirt that Ross Ulbricht was wearing when he came into Manhattan federal court from the holding pen on Wednesday seemed to make his mom forget everything else for one wonderful moment.“It looks good,” she told him.Lyn Ulbricht appea...

Lyn Ulbricht was like any other mother, worrying about her son Ross, what he wore at trial. But she couldn’t look at him as testimony laid bare his life as an alleged drug kingpin.

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‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

For centuries, the pervasive power of the Madonna-whore complex has dictated society’s view of women, limiting them to the either the role of the nurturing virgin or seductive siren. In the past 100 years, this dichotomy has morphed into the gee...

A computer genius never without pink lipstick and heels, Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a fully-fleshed out female character amidst a sea of superhero bulge.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

On page one of filmmaker and artist Miranda July’s novel The First Bad Man, the narrator, Cheryl Glickman, is driving to a doctor’s appointment, imagining how she might look to passersby on the street and in other cars: “When I stopped at red ligh...

In her debut novel, filmmaker/artist/author Miranda July creates the indelible Cheryl Glickman, the anti-romantic likes of whom we rarely see in fiction.

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America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

Lawmaking officially began last week in most states, and it should surprise no one that abortion is again high on the list of priorities for a number of legislatures going into 2015.Since the 2010 election tipped statehouses Republican, states ado...

Republican state legislatures are getting an early start on draconian bills that would make it harder than ever for women to get an abortion.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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Books

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The secret history of same-sex marriage By Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Guardian Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-c...

The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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  • The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

    The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

    I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

    In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

Taken together, the title and subtitle of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suggest it’s either another contribution to an increasingly crowded genre—a memoir from an American soldier who has ...

Both a soldier and a scholar, Gen. Daniel Bolger seems ideally equipped to hash out what went wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan, but even his expertise and honesty are not enough.

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India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

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

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

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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The Wedding Day Cop Killing

The Wedding Day Cop Killing

We should all be Okies from Muskogee.From that small Oklahoma town comes an example for the entire country on how a police department should conduct itself, starting with equipping its officers with body cameras and following through with a promis...

A recently issued body camera to a Muskogee, Okla., cop shows the value of openness, especially when guns are drawn.

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Read This! ISIS & Peekaboo Penises

Read This! ISIS & Peekaboo Penises

In Graphic Photos and On Twitter, ISIS Members Record and Tout Executions of Gay Men By Jacob Siegel The attacks, which also include the stoning of an adulterer, appear to have taken place in Mosul and were distributed by ISIS social media acc...

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A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

A Gitmo Sergeant Cries Murder

The dedication to Murder At Camp Delta: A Staff Sargeant’s Pursuit Of The Truth About Guantanamo Bay reads, “To Talal al Zahrani father of Yasser al Zahrani who died at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, while in U.S. custody June 9, 2006.”It is an unusual tri...

The official version says three Guantanamo inmates committed suicide in their cells. Former Army sergeant Joseph Hickman insists the men were killed.

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The Wedding Day Cop Killing

The Wedding Day Cop Killing

We should all be Okies from Muskogee.From that small Oklahoma town comes an example for the entire country on how a police department should conduct itself, starting with equipping its officers with body cameras and following through with a promis...

A recently issued body camera to a Muskogee, Okla., cop shows the value of openness, especially when guns are drawn.

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