Politics

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

Facing a spirited challenge from a woman half his age who is determined to turn out female voters to defeat him, Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is portraying his role in resolving a sexual harassment scandal in the 1990s as evidence o...

In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood. The whole story is pretty different.

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Tarheel Senate Democrat Keeps Slim Lead

Tarheel Senate Democrat Keeps Slim Lead

The Senate election in North Carolina is very simple. If it’s about education, Democrats win. If it’s about Ebola, Republicans win.For months, first term Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has managed to cling to slim lead that has defied national fac...

It’s going to be a squeaker, but if North Carolina Democrats can keep the focus on education and not fear of Ebola, they might just keep Kay Hagan’s Senate seat.

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How (TM) Do You Trademark ‘How’?

How (TM) Do You Trademark ‘How’?

Every year—maybe every month—America is disgraced with an especially heinous lawsuit. Some are frivolous. Some are malicious. Some cough up preposterous jury awards, while others lay bare the egregious failures of the criminal justice system. Some...

A dispute between a yogurt company and a corporate-friendly guru over the word “how” reveals a culture completely unmoored from reality.

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And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

Facing a spirited challenge from a woman half his age who is determined to turn out female voters to defeat him, Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is portraying his role in resolving a sexual harassment scandal in the 1990s as evidence o...

In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood. The whole story is pretty different.

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The Ugly Truth About Jersey’s Golden Boy

The Ugly Truth About Jersey’s Golden Boy

It’s eight o’clock on a Sunday night in Jersey City, and for the first time this October it’s cold enough to see your breath in front of you with a deep exhale of the Hudson River air. It’s curious, given that, to see a group of a few dozen reside...

Corruption scandals. Skyrocketing crime. Abandoned allies. There are reasons why New Jersey is lukewarm about its own Sen. Cory Booker—even while the rest of the country swoons.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Jon Greenberg and Aaron SharockmanTalk show host Tavis Smiley bemoaned politicians and the media for Ebola fear-mongering on ABC’s This Week Sunday, saying things aren’t as bad as people are claiming.At about the same time on Fox News Sunday, c...

Tavis Smiley criticized the media for Ebola fear-mongering, and George Will claimed the virus could spread through the air. Good thing PunditFact checks the talking heads against the...

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Entertainment

The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

Elsbeth Tascioni has been called many things.The Good Wife scene-stealer has been called crazy. A genius. A crazy genius. Quirky. Off-kilter. Odd.So we asked her portrayer, Emmy-winner Carrie Preston, what she thinks best describes Elsbeth’s appar...

Is Elsbeth Tascioni crazy, genius or both? Emmy-winner Carrie Preston breaks down the fan-favorite, quirky lawyer’s big episode Sunday night.

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The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

Robbie Howell abducted his wife and their toddler across state lines. He poured Mountain Dew and urine into his wife’s hair and beat her senseless with a flashlight, teaching his daughter that “it’s okay to hit Mommy” because she “doesn’t love you...

‘Private Violence’ illustrates not only how much domestic abuse slips through the legal and social cracks of society but also how poorly we understand the victim’s point of view.

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Snowden Documentary Is Only Half True

Snowden Documentary Is Only Half True

About halfway through Laura Poitras’s highly acclaimed new documentary Citizenfour, the film’s key protagonist Edward Snowden offers an explanation to Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill of The Guardian* newspaper as to why he stole thousands, perh...

‘Citizenfour’ is a simplistic tale of Snowden and white hats and black hats, where subtlety and context play little roles and the existence of smoke always indicates fire.

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A WWII Movie More Violent Than Tarantino

A WWII Movie More Violent Than Tarantino

LONDON—You want to know how awful, futile, and dehumanizing war is? Well, it’s bad enough to make Brad Pitt stab somebody right through the eyeball.In two and a quarter long, brutal hours of Fury, the examples don’t stop there. Acts of violence in...

It’s a novel premise: take the moral ambiguity of the Vietnam movie canon and transplant it into the heart of Nazi Germany. Despite Brad Pitt and buckets of blood, this isn’t fun.

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The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

Robbie Howell abducted his wife and their toddler across state lines. He poured Mountain Dew and urine into his wife’s hair and beat her senseless with a flashlight, teaching his daughter that “it’s okay to hit Mommy” because she “doesn’t love you...

‘Private Violence’ illustrates not only how much domestic abuse slips through the legal and social cracks of society but also how poorly we understand the victim’s point of view.

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The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain

The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain

On October 17, Rebecca More embarked on a cross-country tour of Britain. If you’re picturing the cheeky, epicurean excursion of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip, well, think again.More, a busty porn star who goes by the cutting-edge sobrique...

A porn star is filming a reality show in which she travels across England picking up random locals for sex in the back of a van. Local politicians are furious.

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A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead concluded with a scene now permanently etched into millions of traumatized brains: Gareth (Andrew J. West), leader of Terminus, forcing Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) to watch as he takes a bite out of his newly ...

And you were afraid of zombies. The ‘Walking Dead’s latest episode ended with the return of the Terminans—and they’re ready to eat. Warning: TV and comic book spoilers ahead.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Breakdance Conversation’Whether he’s playing beer pong with nonagenarian Betty White or lip-sync battling Emma Stone, Jimmy Fallon knows how to have fun with his Tonight Show guests. Rather than conduct a standard ...

From Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon breakdancing to a clever but gory chainsaw massacre prank, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain

The X Factor of Sex Invades Britain

On October 17, Rebecca More embarked on a cross-country tour of Britain. If you’re picturing the cheeky, epicurean excursion of Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s The Trip, well, think again.More, a busty porn star who goes by the cutting-edge sobrique...

A porn star is filming a reality show in which she travels across England picking up random locals for sex in the back of a van. Local politicians are furious.

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World News

Pope Wins a Battle to Welcome Gays

Pope Wins a Battle to Welcome Gays

As the prelates pack up to leave Rome after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, there seems to be some confusion about whether liberal Catholics or staunch traditionalists carried the day. The synod midterm report softened the tone on gays and div...

The war’s not over. But make no mistake, the Vatican synod paved the way for significant changes to come in the lives of gay and divorced Catholics.

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How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My husband, Ra'if Badawy, has been in prison in Saudi Arabia since 2012 for disrespecting Islam. At first, he was sentenced to execution for being an apostate. In May, his sentence was reduced to 10 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 and 1,0...

The wife of Saudi Arabia’s most famous jailed blogger speaks out on her husband’s draconian detention.

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The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

New figures from the U.K. are finally revealing the true extent of female genital mutilation: In just six months, nearly 2,000 women and girls have been treated by Britain’s National Health Service after undergoing the brutal procedure.And with th...

The U.K. alone is now treating 300 women and girls each month for the aftereffects of the brutal, unnecessary surgery. We need Obama to follow through on his promise to eradicate it.

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How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

It’s a common sight in this city, as it is in Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia: idle men plucking leaves out of a flimsy plastic bag, grinding them into mush between their teeth, filling every crevice with bits of green.A few local women warned me about...

The Qat plant, a staple in Middle Eastern cities, has become popular in China for its mild buzz—but the government says it’s a dangerous gateway drug.

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U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

GAZIANTEP, Turkey—While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their ter...

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

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India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 and had several crises that went to the brink of war. Both tested nuclear weapons in 1998. Now tensions are escalating between the two again.It began in May, when a heavily armed squad of Pakista...

A crisis is brewing between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan that could be their most dangerous ever.

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China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

It’s a common sight in this city, as it is in Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia: idle men plucking leaves out of a flimsy plastic bag, grinding them into mush between their teeth, filling every crevice with bits of green.A few local women warned me about...

The Qat plant, a staple in Middle Eastern cities, has become popular in China for its mild buzz—but the government says it’s a dangerous gateway drug.

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U.S. News

Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Let’s begin by making it clear at the outset, as Floyd Abrams did in his piece in The Wall Street Journal, that the First Amendment here operates to protect both parties to the dispute over the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghof...

The former New York City mayor joined a demonstration outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night before the first performance. He explains why John Adams’s opera is so damaging.

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At U.VA, Grief Mixes With Relief

At U.VA, Grief Mixes With Relief

While throngs of University of Virginia students poured into the basketball arena to hear a talk by Kevin Spacey this past Saturday, a smaller, much more somber gathering took place across town at the Charlottesville police station. At 6 p.m., Cha...

While there’s no confirmation that the body of Hannah Graham has been found, many at the university are finding some closure.

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Ferguson’s Only Unsolved Murder

Ferguson’s Only Unsolved Murder

FERGUSON, Mo.—Captain Dan DeCarli of the Ferguson Police Department wants to make one point crystal clear: This town still needs cops to fight crime.  The detectives who are working the murder case of Robin “Jerry” Poindexter, a St. Louis man gunn...

Two months after Michael Brown’s death, a father of two was gunned down by accident. Now the cops who are seen as responsible for that first death have to try to solve the second.

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Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Let’s begin by making it clear at the outset, as Floyd Abrams did in his piece in The Wall Street Journal, that the First Amendment here operates to protect both parties to the dispute over the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghof...

The former New York City mayor joined a demonstration outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night before the first performance. He explains why John Adams’s opera is so damaging.

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Frats Clash With Riot Police

Frats Clash With Riot Police

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, faced a massive cleanup Sunday following a spate of riots that raged throughout much of the day Saturday and into the early morning hours of Sunday, as parties celebrating the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival turned ...

Tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and SWAT teams were hard pressed to contain the rioters who seemed to delight in destruction at the Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival.

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Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

The increasingly contentious debate about the proper response to sexual assault on college campuses took a new turn on Oct. 15, when The Boston Globe ran an op-ed signed by twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors expressing ...

New regulations regarding how to handle sexual assault at Harvard have attracted an interesting cast of opponents, and echo the national debate about sex on campus.

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Tech + Health

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

That’s no space station: It really is a small moon, even though it looks like the Death Star. Saturn’s moon Mimas is most remarkable for a huge crater, the result of an impact that must have nearly shattered it. But it’s weird in other respects, t...

Mimas, the wobbly little moon orbiting Saturn, is a ringer for the space station from ‘Star Wars,’ but that’s not the only odd thing about it—it may have a huge ocean under its surface.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

With yesterday’s news that a second nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, it is quite clear that the story is heading in three distinct directions.First, the West Africa epidemic is a nightmare of almost unheard of proportions w...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You don’t have, and you aren’t going to get, Ebola.

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Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Hold on to your ovaries. Silicon Valley is about to disrupt motherhood.Starting in January 2015, Apple will join Facebook in covering the cost of egg freezing for female employees, hypothetically allowing them to work further into their childbeari...

$20,000 for egg freezing sure makes for a flashy PR announcement, but Apple and Facebook’s latest employee benefit is more of the same for women in tech.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

By K. Aleisha Fetters for Life by DailyBurn How did you sleep last night? If you just consulted your sleep tracker, you’re not alone. With the $2.2 billion activity-tracking industry zeroing in on zzz’s, more people are turning to technology in ...

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Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer. A media kit from the fast-food chain—best known for its waitress’s impressive bosoms and its subpar wings—arrived in my mailbox this week. In the press release, Miss Hooters 2014,...

Hooters is the latest company to declare a burning interest in the battle against breast cancer, who else is joining the ‘pinkwashing’ epidemic?

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Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

One of the most powerful Orthodox rabbis in America was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying on nude women in his synagogue, but possibly sinful behavior by Barry Freundel may be more damaging.Documents obtained by The Jewish Channel several mont...

Barry Freundel was busted for allegedly spying on female congregants. Last year, he booked a trip with a woman who's not his wife, which is prohibited under Orthodox law.

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A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

By K. Aleisha Fetters for Life by DailyBurn How did you sleep last night? If you just consulted your sleep tracker, you’re not alone. With the $2.2 billion activity-tracking industry zeroing in on zzz’s, more people are turning to technology in ...

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An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

The first time I spoke with 48-year-old Victor Mooney, he had just reached the Samaná Province in the Dominican Republic. The previous five days were spent isolated and alone, rowing from Anguilla by way of the Mona Passage, which separates the Do...

One of Victor Mooney’s brothers died of AIDS. Another has the disease. Dedicated to them, he’s over halfway through his fourth attempt to row across the Atlantic.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

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Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Which songwriter just jumped past Mariah Carey’s famous Beatle-nipping number three slot on Billboard’s all-time list of number one hit makers? And scooped up ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year a fourth year in a row— for a lifetime tally of seven—bas...

When Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sing about falling in love or dumping erring boyfriends, their words may have been written by Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swedish man.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

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Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

If you’ve never heard of Jason Hirschhorn—and it’s unlikely that you have, unless you’re deep into the disruptive clash of content and technology—you’ve probably heard of some of the people who hang on his every word.At the very least, you know th...

While his REDEF website curates the best of the web, Jason Hirschhorn has become one of the most popular, and well-respected, seers of the media world.

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The Girl Scouts Vs. The Grrrl Scouts

The Girl Scouts Vs. The Grrrl Scouts

“We’ve got a group of people organized,” says Marty Woelfel. “I won’t tell you how many.”What she will tell me is that there’s a plan that’s been brewing for a year and a half, and that “a whole lot of people” are involved.A proud volunteer with t...

At their convention, Girls Scouts USA is facing a split between traditional and modern—should its young members be campfire-building, or debating female body image?

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Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

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Women in the World

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade patting themselves on the back for what they touted as exceptional work supporting schools for the beleaguered girls of Afghanistan. They talked about bringing women out of purdah, literally as well as figuratively, so the...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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She Gives the Gift of Language

She Gives the Gift of Language

Maile Molin had her “eureka moment,” as she calls it, while working in Guero’s Taco Bar, a taqueria in South Austin.She was watching her fellow coworkers, many of whom were immigrants, struggle as they balanced two jobs, cared for their families a...

Maile Molin, the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honoree at WITW Texas, redefined innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to devise a creative approach to bring English-language educa...

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Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Defying terror attacks and civil unrest during Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, a courageous cohort of women from remote corners of the country came together in Kabul to pursue a common goal: gaining a serious role for women in building...

With training provided by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security, Afghan women are leveraging their hard-won gains

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Finding the Thread of Peace

Finding the Thread of Peace

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe may be a nun, but the topic of gender inequality in Africa and first world indifference brings out her inner Muhammad Ali. This spring, the Ugandan humanitarian got feisty with Stephen Colbert in a guest appearance on his ...

Long before #bringbackourgirls swept the Internet, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was working to save thousands of young women in Uganda. She’s still fighting

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Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

When world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly recently, women’s empowerment took center stage.  Countries all over the world reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all women and young people have the information and res...

There’s been global progress in expanding reproductive rights for women but a 40-year-old U.S. law continues to hurt women in foreign countries

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Books

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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  • You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

    You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

    Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

    In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

With their economy cratering and their government shaky, the Greeks are praying that Alexander the Great—or rather, his mother or son, or one of his generals—will come to their rescue. Greece has high hopes that the giant tomb now being excavated ...

Archeological finds at the Amphipolis tomb may date back to Alexander the Great. That news delights modern Greeks. But what if the tomb is Roman?

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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