Politics

Scott Walker’s Second Choice Strategy

Scott Walker’s Second Choice Strategy

Headline writers can be forgiven for needing to look past “PAUL WINS STRAW POLL” for a fresh angle in writing about the Conservative Political Action Conference’s least surprising outcome. One Paul or another has won CPAC for five or the past six ...

Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll, but the buzz seems to be all about Scott Walker. Just don’t look too hard for his true believers.

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Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian

Why I’m Coming Out as a Christian

Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try?I’ve lately observed conservatives questioning Obama’s faith with more than professional interest. Because if Obama’s not Christian, what does that make me?I have not been public about my fai...

I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel like an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will.

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DC Top Cop’s Showdown Over Pot

DC Top Cop’s Showdown Over Pot

Congress threatening city officials with arrest if they implement a lawfully passed citizen initiative to legalize marijuana is “a little bit of a problem for a police chief,” observed DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier with a wry laugh. She had spent t...

After the District passed a referendum legalizing weed, Police Chief Cathy Lanier was faced with upholding the law in the face of Congressional opposition.

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Scott Walker’s Second Choice Strategy

Scott Walker’s Second Choice Strategy

Headline writers can be forgiven for needing to look past “PAUL WINS STRAW POLL” for a fresh angle in writing about the Conservative Political Action Conference’s least surprising outcome. One Paul or another has won CPAC for five or the past six ...

Rand Paul won the CPAC straw poll, but the buzz seems to be all about Scott Walker. Just don’t look too hard for his true believers.

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GOP Bombs On Homeland Security

GOP Bombs On Homeland Security

It used to be that Congress was broken, and was forced to repeatedly kick the can down the road. Now it seems that Congress can’t even properly kick the can down the road.At a time of alarming national security threats, the House of Representative...

In a squishy and unsatisfying resolution that funds Homeland Security for a week, the GOP’s internal tensions bubble to the surface once again.

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How Jeb Survived CPAC

How Jeb Survived CPAC

It’s fair to say CPAC is not friendly territory for Jeb Bush.His warm-up acts at the Conservative Political Action Conference included professional fear-monger Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fam...

Despite persistent heckles and a severe line of questioning from professional pain-in-his-ass Sean Hannity, Jeb Bush may have survived the conservative base at CPAC.

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Entertainment

Will Forte Is The 'Last Man on Earth'

Will Forte Is The 'Last Man on Earth'

“There’s no wrong way to use a margarita pool.” We all have a new life mantra thanks to Phil Miller, the resigned Everyman inhabited by Saturday Night Live vet Will Forte. Phil Miller is salting the rim of an inflatable kiddie pool filled with teq...

The former 'SNL' star sports an epic beard and no pants to play the only survivor of a plague in Fox's inspired new comedy. As he tells us, it's the role he was born ...

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The Battle to Make Opera Cool

The Battle to Make Opera Cool

When Michael Marcotte did the best show of his life his friends hated it. When Kamala Sankaram wanted to be a composer her parents made her do a practical masters degree. When Beth Morrison realized she'd rather produce opera than sing in it,...

A generation of performers disillusioned by Broadway musicals gambles their careers on making opera cool again in the Big Apple.

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Michelle Rodriguez's Superhero Race Bait

Michelle Rodriguez's Superhero Race Bait

“I stuck my foot in my mouth once again…”Actress Michelle Rodriguez came under fire after TMZ released footage of the Fast and the Furious and Avatar star making comments about race and Hollywood. Rodriguez, in typical TMZ fashion, was asked by a ...

The Fast and the Furious star ranted about Hollywood getting non-white actors to play traditionally white superheroes. Then she apologized. But the actress is pretty off base.

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The Havana Hilton. Paris Hilton.

The Havana Hilton. Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton is in Cuba and she’s snapping photos and posting them all over Instagram.“Posing in front of the original ‘Habana Hilton Hotel’ that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958,” Hilton wrote.If a picture is worth more than a thou...

Paris Hilton is in Havana, touring her family’s digs from before Castro took over. So naturally she took a selfie with el Comandante’s son.

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The Battle to Make Opera Cool

The Battle to Make Opera Cool

When Michael Marcotte did the best show of his life his friends hated it. When Kamala Sankaram wanted to be a composer her parents made her do a practical masters degree. When Beth Morrison realized she'd rather produce opera than sing in it,...

A generation of performers disillusioned by Broadway musicals gambles their careers on making opera cool again in the Big Apple.

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Kirk Is Missing Spock’s Funeral

Kirk Is Missing Spock’s Funeral

The word felt a little less magical yesterday when news broke that Leonard Nimoy, who was immortalized as the cerebral Vulcan Spock on Star Trek, had passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy revealed last month that he was suffering from chronic obstru...

They were Star Trek co-stars and lifelong friends, but in a series of tweets Saturday, William Shatner said he won’t be attending Leonard Nimoy’s funeral.

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

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

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

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

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Monica Lewinsky’s Post-Clinton New York

Monica Lewinsky’s Post-Clinton New York

On Sunday, Monica Lewinsky was photographed by Mark Seliger wearing what appears (to my eye at least) to be a tangerine-colored dress to Vanity Fair’s annual post-Oscars shindig in Beverly Hills. It was a good look for Lewinsky, who in June penned...

A new satirical 6-part web series follows the world’s most notorious White House intern as she tries to cut it in the Big Apple. Its creator tells all.

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Kirk Is Missing Spock’s Funeral

Kirk Is Missing Spock’s Funeral

The word felt a little less magical yesterday when news broke that Leonard Nimoy, who was immortalized as the cerebral Vulcan Spock on Star Trek, had passed away at the age of 83. Nimoy revealed last month that he was suffering from chronic obstru...

They were Star Trek co-stars and lifelong friends, but in a series of tweets Saturday, William Shatner said he won’t be attending Leonard Nimoy’s funeral.

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World News

Don’t Speak English. Grazie.

Don’t Speak English. Grazie.

ROME — La lingua italiana è la quarta più studiata al mondo.  So, how does it feel to see a language you don’t necessarily understand? Or one that you think you maybe do on a superficial level, but you aren’t quite sure what the phrase really mean...

Furious Italians are defending the sanctity of their native tongue after a navy ad campaign and an aggressive PM trigger worries of an English invasion.

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Why ISIS Just Beheaded History

Why ISIS Just Beheaded History

A video released by ISIS on Thursday shows members of the terrorist organization and self-proclaimed state destroying important artifacts at Mosul’s museum in Iraq and Assyrian statues at the nearby archeological site of Nineveh. The footage shows...

ISIS isn’t original in smashing the past to prop up the present. It’s been the practice of totalitarians throughout the ages.

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The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

Thousands of men cram into Japan’s Naked Festival. Turkey’s Iwo Jima moment. A look at the most compelling images of the past seven days.

Thousands of men cram into Japan’s Naked Festival. Turkey’s Iwo Jima moment. A look at the most compelling images of the past seven days.

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The Havana Hilton. Paris Hilton.

The Havana Hilton. Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton is in Cuba and she’s snapping photos and posting them all over Instagram.“Posing in front of the original ‘Habana Hilton Hotel’ that my great grandfather Conrad opened here in 1958,” Hilton wrote.If a picture is worth more than a thou...

Paris Hilton is in Havana, touring her family’s digs from before Castro took over. So naturally she took a selfie with el Comandante’s son.

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Why ISIS Just Beheaded History

Why ISIS Just Beheaded History

A video released by ISIS on Thursday shows members of the terrorist organization and self-proclaimed state destroying important artifacts at Mosul’s museum in Iraq and Assyrian statues at the nearby archeological site of Nineveh. The footage shows...

ISIS isn’t original in smashing the past to prop up the present. It’s been the practice of totalitarians throughout the ages.

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La Tuta: A Drug Capo for the YouTube Age

La Tuta: A Drug Capo for the YouTube Age

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico—In the history of the drug war in Mexico, drug lords more powerful than Servando Gómez Martínez have come and gone. But none of his predecessors have as readily embraced the role of villain, nor more directly asserted the prer...

Servando Gómez was arrested last week—at last—but his social media legend is likely to live on.

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The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

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

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

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Tiny Hercules Escapes Italy's Thieves

Tiny Hercules Escapes Italy's Thieves

ROME — On Jan. 7, 1964, a gang of thieves broke into the Archeological Museum of Oliveriano in Pesaro, Italy, a city on the Adriatic Sea about midway up the calf of Italy’s boot. They took dozens of ancient artifacts including coins, ninth-century...

Italy’s heritage police were chasing a tiny stolen statuette for 50 years when it turned up in New York. It’s back in Rome, where even more lost treasures are now heading.

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La Tuta: A Drug Capo for the YouTube Age

La Tuta: A Drug Capo for the YouTube Age

CHILPANCINGO, Mexico—In the history of the drug war in Mexico, drug lords more powerful than Servando Gómez Martínez have come and gone. But none of his predecessors have as readily embraced the role of villain, nor more directly asserted the prer...

Servando Gómez was arrested last week—at last—but his social media legend is likely to live on.

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U.S. News

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

In news, the details matter. Just look at NBC’s Brian Williams, and maybe even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Williams, who was in the actual war zone of Iraq, has been suspended for six months for his harrowing account of a helicopter trip that wasn’t ...

Details matter. Truth matters. Fact-checkers are needed more than ever in a time of persistent spin.

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Mass Murder in God’s Country

Mass Murder in God’s Country

CABOOL, Mo. — The only sounds inside Vikings bar are the clacking of billiard balls and the drone of a TV set to whatever-is-on. At 8:30 on a Friday night, the sound of a car door shutting on deserted Main Street in front of the town’s only tavern...

One man with no apparent motive killed seven people then himself in tiny Tyrone, Missouri where people are judged for frequenting the town’s only bar.

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Read This! Army Heroes & ISIS Punks

Read This! Army Heroes & ISIS Punks

Exclusive: Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon ReviewBy Jacob Siegel President Obama gave this outspoken, brave soldier the Medal of Honor. The Army dug through his trash and bothered his girlfriend.Life in Prison for Selling $20 of WeedBy Abby Haglag...

The Beast’s best from this past week.

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Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

In news, the details matter. Just look at NBC’s Brian Williams, and maybe even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Williams, who was in the actual war zone of Iraq, has been suspended for six months for his harrowing account of a helicopter trip that wasn’t ...

Details matter. Truth matters. Fact-checkers are needed more than ever in a time of persistent spin.

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The Farmers’ Almanac Nailed It This Year

The Farmers’ Almanac Nailed It This Year

Like the rest of us poor lost Yankee souls in southern New England, I’m surrounded on all sides by what amounts to a glacier’s worth of white desolation. Record-setting snow dumped in back-to-back-to-back winter storms with such density that publi...

Last summer the 200-year-old publication forecast this hellish winter. Nobody believed them, but their secret weatherman was right.

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Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

The risk of a catastrophic cyber attack that disables a key piece of national infrastructure, such as a portion of the power grid, is “remote at this time” and not the biggest threat to U.S. national security in cyberspace, the country’s top intel...

Good news: the U.S. is getting better at detecting cyber attacks already underway. Bad news: they’re multiplying.

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Tech + Health

The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

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

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

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Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

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

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Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

PART IOn September 5, 2008, Fate Vincent Winslow watched a plainclothes stranger approach him. Homeless and hungry, on a dark street rife with crime, the 41-year-old African American was anxious to make contact, motivated by one singular need: foo...

Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop.

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Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

If you don’t know who Hunter Moore is, consider yourself blessed.Moore operated the most notorious revenge porn site, where, says Nicky Woolf, “jilted lovers could post sexually explicit pictures without the subjects’ consent. Often, such pictures...

Revenge porn king Hunter Moore is headed for jail, and Reddit is cracking down on unconsented photos. Is it the end of an era, or too little too late?

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Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

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

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The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

For some, it’s mildly amusing. For others, it breeds crippling existential dread.But one thing is certain: The dress is most definitely white and gold. Right?Well, maybe not.An innocuous photo of a dress posted to Tumblr on Wednesday has created a...

A seemingly simple photo of an apparently blue-and-black dress has stumped millions of netizens over what color the garment is. So what hues do you see?

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Comcast Now Says It Will Not Sue FCC

Comcast Now Says It Will Not Sue FCC

Despite tens of millions of corporate dollars in last-minute lobbying, the Federal Communications Commission passed new rules Thursday reclassifying the Internet as a public utility and preventing Internet service providers from artificially slowi...

The company says the FCC overreached by passing rules to stop Internet service providers from blocking sites and slowing traffic. The problem is, Comcast’s admitted to doing just that.

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‘The Hunting Ground’ Tackles Campus Rape

‘The Hunting Ground’ Tackles Campus Rape

Rape has always been a taboo topic in our society, but lately that seems to be changing thanks to activists like Annie Clark and Andrea Pino.Clark and Pino are leading the crusade for Title IX—a federal legislation most famous for sports equality,...

A new documentary follows two activists around the country as they talk to fellow survivors about the trauma of rape and the triumph of survival.

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The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

For some, it’s mildly amusing. For others, it breeds crippling existential dread.But one thing is certain: The dress is most definitely white and gold. Right?Well, maybe not.An innocuous photo of a dress posted to Tumblr on Wednesday has created a...

A seemingly simple photo of an apparently blue-and-black dress has stumped millions of netizens over what color the garment is. So what hues do you see?

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BeastStyle

Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

Yum, This Skull Is Delicious

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

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

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

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

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

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

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

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

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The Picasso of Pin-Ups

The Picasso of Pin-Ups

Given Pop Artist Mel Ramos turns 80 in July, it might be too late for him to ever contemplate a second career as an agony uncle on a men’s magazine. But he would surely be well suited to such a role since Ramos has painted naked women on canvas fo...

The artist Mel Ramos has painted naked women coming out of bananas, and inside martini glasses. Unsurprisingly his work is not loved by feminists.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

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

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

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We Are All Llamas Now

We Are All Llamas Now

Hours later, long after the final, successful lasso had been thrown—and in a heartening nod to humanity’s curiosity—“Llamawatch” was still victorious above “Jihadi John” in Thursday’s top Twitter searches.We wanted to know more about the escape, a...

On Thursday afternoon, a pair of escaped llamas led Arizona authorities on a merry chase. The Internet went rightly, completely nuts.

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The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

“You’re still in the running toward becoming America’s next top model.”There was a time when those words, pumped with 10,000 cc’s of ersatz sincerity by host Tyra Banks, were greeted with a huge sigh of relief. You’d staved off backstabbing BFFs, ...

‘ANTM’ contestant Mirjana Puhar was just killed in what authorities have deemed a drug-related triple homicide. Why do so many ‘Top Model’ contestants lose their way?

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The British Town at War With Russia

The British Town at War With Russia

For the first half of the 20th century, residents of a small town straddling the border between England and Scotland believed they were engaged in a long-simmering war with Russia.Thanks to a bureaucratic mistake, it appeared that all 12,000 resid...

Did an administrative oversight really mean a bucolic English town ended up at war with Russia? Whatever, the locals still like to re-enact it.

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We Are All Llamas Now

We Are All Llamas Now

Hours later, long after the final, successful lasso had been thrown—and in a heartening nod to humanity’s curiosity—“Llamawatch” was still victorious above “Jihadi John” in Thursday’s top Twitter searches.We wanted to know more about the escape, a...

On Thursday afternoon, a pair of escaped llamas led Arizona authorities on a merry chase. The Internet went rightly, completely nuts.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

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

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

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

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

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

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

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

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

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

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

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

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

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

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

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Books

Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Each year in early spring, during the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter, a plenitude of books, magazine articles, and television shows about Jesus appear. The reasons for this are many and, mostly, obvious. Jesu...

In a new book and TV series, scholars and theologians examine the Shroud of Turin and other relics as a means of weighing facts and faith.

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  • Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

    Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

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

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

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Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

“Nobody will ever believe how they looked. Descriptions aren’t any good when it comes to women, and I never was good at descriptions anyhow. But it’s got to be done somehow…”Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s proto-feminist utopian novel, has the...

A century ago, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published ‘Herland,’ in which a team of male explorers uncovers a society run by women. It’s very clean, and all about the children.

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Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

In news, the details matter. Just look at NBC’s Brian Williams, and maybe even Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. Williams, who was in the actual war zone of Iraq, has been suspended for six months for his harrowing account of a helicopter trip that wasn’t ...

Details matter. Truth matters. Fact-checkers are needed more than ever in a time of persistent spin.

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The Cop Who Loved the Oak Bar

The Cop Who Loved the Oak Bar

Richard Price's latest novel, The Whites, written under the pseudonym Harry Brandt, is getting rave reviews. Last week, Price was asked by The New York Times about his favorite New York stories. The first magazine piece he mentioned was “The ...

Jack Maple was a New York City cop with champagne taste and a beer wallet. When he fell for the swank charms of the Plaza Hotel, his life began to unravel.

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Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

“Nobody will ever believe how they looked. Descriptions aren’t any good when it comes to women, and I never was good at descriptions anyhow. But it’s got to be done somehow…”Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s proto-feminist utopian novel, has the...

A century ago, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published ‘Herland,’ in which a team of male explorers uncovers a society run by women. It’s very clean, and all about the children.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

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

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

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The Few, the Proud, the Indie Bookstores

The Few, the Proud, the Indie Bookstores

Kimberly Daniels doesn’t like to give her age. She recently became the co-owner and manager of a 61-year-old independent bookstore in Southern Pines, North Carolina, and she’s considerably younger than most of her staff and customers—an unpredicta...

Contending first with the chains and more recently with Amazon, independent booksellers find survival tough but not impossible, and lately new stores are thriving.

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Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

“A quick but powerful and for me painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq,” said President Obama by way of characterizing a contemporary work about the Second Iraq War. Suitability to presidential interest aside, Ph...

In an audacious Pynchonesque debut, novelist Mark Doten channels a host of Babel-like voices that conjure the chaos and paranoia of the dawn of the 21st century.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

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

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

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