Politics

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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Congress Goes After Injured Workers

Congress Goes After Injured Workers

In the late 1990s, as he approached 50, my dad started to have a series of small strokes. Many of them went undiagnosed, until the summer of 2000, when he finally went to the hospital. He slowly stopped working after that until, finally, in the fa...

Under the banner of fighting “fraud,” Republicans are out to slash federal dollars that support people who’ve been injured at work. Nice.

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The Guy Behind the Guy Behind 'Red Eye'

The Guy Behind the Guy Behind 'Red Eye'

On Thursday, FOX News announced that Greg Gutfeld would be leaving Red Eye to develop a one-hour weekend program. For readers that never tuned in, (looking at you, President Obama) Red Eye was a big ole middle finger to the omnipresent panel-with-...

A former FOX News correspondent/”repulsive sidekick” weighs in on his old boss leaving his old show.

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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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Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones!

Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones!

So here’s something I’ve often wondered over the last few years. What exactly would happen if John Boehner bucked the right-wingers in the House? You know—if he gave us one of those heroic Hollywood moments that we so long for in this sail-trimmin...

How the DHS fight shows that the right wing is (thankfully) toothless, and that Congress is essentially leaderless.

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Entertainment

House of Cards’ Vladimir Putin Villain

House of Cards’ Vladimir Putin Villain

Yes, your favorite sleazy politicians are back.The hotly anticipated third season of House of Cards premiered on Netflix at 3 a.m. ET Friday, and the stakes have never been higher. Southern Democrat Frank Underwood has initiated a coup within his ...

In Season 3 of House of Cards, President Underwood squares off against Russian President Victor Petrov, a.k.a. Vladimir Putin. Also, Pussy Riot makes a very memorable cameo.

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Spock, the Sexiest Being in the Universe

Spock, the Sexiest Being in the Universe

Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished actor, director, photographer—and an unlikely sex symbol.The actor behind Star Trek’s Spock died Friday morning at age 83 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In his wake everyone from Holly...

Leonard Nimoy's most famous role turned him into an unlikely object of carnal desire for women.

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Spock’s Voyage Home

Spock’s Voyage Home

When Leonard Nimoy titled his 1975 autobiography I Am Not Spock, some Star Trek fans took it as an insult, thinking Nimoy was trying to distance himself from the role that made him famous. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Rarely doe...

Leonard Nimoy was our beloved Mr. Spock—a role that defined a long and prosperous film and TV career.

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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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Spock, the Sexiest Being in the Universe

Spock, the Sexiest Being in the Universe

Leonard Nimoy was an accomplished actor, director, photographer—and an unlikely sex symbol.The actor behind Star Trek’s Spock died Friday morning at age 83 after suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In his wake everyone from Holly...

Leonard Nimoy's most famous role turned him into an unlikely object of carnal desire for women.

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We Banged On National Television

We Banged On National Television

“I have one question for you: Are you ready to go into the Sex Box?”That is a very good question, and it is asked in each episode of the new series Sex Box. And, before the show even aired, at least one group has made their answer very clear: hell...

A candid conversation with a couple who took part in WEtv’s controversial new series ‘Sex Box’, in which couples have sex in a box and then talk about it with relationship experts.

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Kanye West’s Vanilla Protege

Kanye West’s Vanilla Protege

“Your using been bumping—you just waiting to breakout. And I been waiting all goddamn year. I can tell that it’s near but ‘near’ ain’t here.”Despite hit singles and a personal life that is consistently picked apart on gossip blogs—thanks to his re...

He’s been tapped by Mr. Yeezus as next in line to the rap throne, but Big Sean’s “breakthrough” album doesn’t quite get him there.

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The Tao of Kobe

The Tao of Kobe

For most of my life, I despised Kobe Bryant and very actively rooted against him.I grew up in Boston loving the Celtics during their ‘80s heyday, so it’s a big part of my DNA to be a Laker Hater. And thus, like a loyal ‘Masshole,’ for the first 15...

Gotham Chopra—son of Deepak—writes about how filming his new Showtime documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, gave him a greater appreciation of the basketball icon.

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We Banged On National Television

We Banged On National Television

“I have one question for you: Are you ready to go into the Sex Box?”That is a very good question, and it is asked in each episode of the new series Sex Box. And, before the show even aired, at least one group has made their answer very clear: hell...

A candid conversation with a couple who took part in WEtv’s controversial new series ‘Sex Box’, in which couples have sex in a box and then talk about it with relationship experts.

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World News

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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Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

MOSCOW—The leader and driving force for the Russian opposition, Boris Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead on Friday night on Moskvoretskiy bridge, a few meters away from the Kremlin. A gunman fired at Nemtsov’s back at least six times from the open window ...

In an assassination that has roiled Russia, a former deputy prime minister and the driving force of Russia’s opposition, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered steps away from the Kremlin.

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Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Mayor

Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Mayor

Clashes erupted once again this week in Venezuela when anti-government demonstrators took to the streets to protest economic shortages. And this in the wake of the arrest of the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, who was dragged out of his office ...

The arrest of the mayor of Caracas and the killing of a 14-year-old boy in San Cristóbal show just how desperate President Maduro and his circle have become.

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Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack on ISIS

Pentagon Scrubs Major Attack on ISIS

The U.S. military’s goal to retake Iraq’s second largest city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State has been pushed back several months at least, defense officials told The Daily Beast. That’s a major shift for the Pentagon, which recently announ...

Just days ago, the generals were trumpeting plans to knock ISIS out of its most important stronghold in Iraq. Now, those plans are on indefinite hold.

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Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

MOSCOW—The leader and driving force for the Russian opposition, Boris Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead on Friday night on Moskvoretskiy bridge, a few meters away from the Kremlin. A gunman fired at Nemtsov’s back at least six times from the open window ...

In an assassination that has roiled Russia, a former deputy prime minister and the driving force of Russia’s opposition, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered steps away from the Kremlin.

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India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

“Holy-men” are hardly a novelty in modern India. Devotees from across the country regularly pay homage to their chosen spiritual guides, either by tuning into televised sermons or attending massive public processions. But the “gurus” sometimes go ...

Former devotees have alleged that pop-star ascetic, Ram Rahim Singh, had them castrate themselves to prove “loyalty.”

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Emma Thompson on Tax Strike Over HSBC

Emma Thompson on Tax Strike Over HSBC

LONDON — One of Britain’s leading actresses has decided to take the HSBC tax avoidance scandal into her own hands.Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, are threatening to boycott the tax man until HSBC executives have been prosecuted for opera...

The Harry Potter star and her husband are threatening to avoid paying tax until HSBC is punished.

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Is Greece Russia’s Next Satellite?

Is Greece Russia’s Next Satellite?

ATHENS — Just above a designer clothes shop on a main road in downtown Athens, Ukraine’s crisis has come to Greece. While customers browse expensive dresses and high-heeled shoes below, two floors up volunteers pack boots and thermal underwear int...

The Kremlin’s strategy of supporting the far left and the far right, playing on resentment of Berlin and Brussels, is bearing fruit.

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India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

“Holy-men” are hardly a novelty in modern India. Devotees from across the country regularly pay homage to their chosen spiritual guides, either by tuning into televised sermons or attending massive public processions. But the “gurus” sometimes go ...

Former devotees have alleged that pop-star ascetic, Ram Rahim Singh, had them castrate themselves to prove “loyalty.”

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U.S. News

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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Birth of a Brooklyn Jihadi

Birth of a Brooklyn Jihadi

Around a month ago Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, told his boss that he would be quitting his job soon and returning to his native Uzbekistan. Instead, Juraboev was placed in handcuffs Wednesday after his roommate Akhror Saidakhmetov, was ...

The owner of a Brooklyn takeout restaurant where an alleged ISIS recruit worked before his arrest says that Abdurasul Juraboev was a reserved and severely religious young man.

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Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

In yet another seismic shudder in the traumatized journalism business, billionaire real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman—the owner of the New York Daily News since 1993—announced on Thursday that he plans to sell the venerabl...

The beleaguered tabloid’s billionaire owner wants to sell—and a new owner best be ready to hemorrhage $20 million a year. Could Rupert Murdoch be that man?

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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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The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The suspect who allegedly pledged to kill as many police officers and FBI agents as possible if he were not able to join ISIS was only 6 years old when we began our long war on terror.Akhror Saidakhmetov is now 19 but looked younger as he was led ...

They were Central Asian immigrants who dressed in hoodies and high-tops and looked younger than their 19 and 24 years. But prosecutors say they were headed to wage jihad in Syria.

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Tech + Health

A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

A Head Transplant Is a Terrible Idea

Please allow me to introduce the opening scene of a science fiction film to you. If you don’t like science fiction, just pretend it’s another a formulaic Kate Hudson or Katherine Heigl rom-com or a Daniel Craig 007 action flick. Whatever floats yo...

An Italian doctor says head transplants could be possible in the next two years. But just because we can, does that mean we should?

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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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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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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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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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Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

I don’t get it.I wish I could get paid for every time I’ve said that phrase when discussing complementary and alternative medicine…or women. With even a small stipend for each utterance I could have retired to a warm, sandy island by now.Doctors u...

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

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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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BeastStyle

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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The Godfather of CSI

The Godfather of CSI

LONDON — Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.He persuaded the city of Lyons in southern France to establish the world’s fir...

It all seems so exciting on ‘CSI,’ the sleuths glamorous in Armani suits. But real forensics is messy and intricate, as its French inventor, Edmond Locard, showed in the early 1900s.

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Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

I was somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, standing in the Mata Atlântica rainforest. Massive trees stretched endlessly above my head as I stepped over vines, crushed fallen leaves, and dodged the occasional bush. Everything seemed lifelike,...

The work of 50 artists at the New Museum show ‘Surround Audience’ focuses on the hot-button issues of race, the environment, and fear of disease.

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How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

Poor Bill O’Reilly.The beleaguered Fox News star—who in recent days has faced unwelcome scrutiny for his tall tales about covering the 1982 Falklands war, and on Tuesday had his veracity further challenged by a report that he fabricated an account...

It doesn’t matter what accusations are leveled at the veteran Fox News host, whatever the new evidence he will shout it down louder than ever.

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The Godfather of CSI

The Godfather of CSI

LONDON — Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.He persuaded the city of Lyons in southern France to establish the world’s fir...

It all seems so exciting on ‘CSI,’ the sleuths glamorous in Armani suits. But real forensics is messy and intricate, as its French inventor, Edmond Locard, showed in the early 1900s.

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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

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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Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

Will Swenson is officially an American war hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s most prestigious decoration for his actions in Afghanistan. But in the eyes of the Army, he was, for a time, a target of surveillance. Army investigators s...

President Obama gave this outspoken, brave soldier the Medal of Honor. The Army dug through his trash and bothered his girlfriend.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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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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Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Aside from a final chapter that even he suggests is something of an afterthought, John Cleese’s new memoir, So, Anyway … ends in 1969, the year Monty Python’s Flying Circus made its BBC debut. Some readers might wonder if this isn’t a bit curious....

John Cleese’s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner.

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The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

A friend and I were talking the other day when the conversation ran up against a maddening mystery: How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he...

With 36 excellent books—novels, poems, memoir, even food writing—under his belt, Jim Harrison ought to be a literary superstar known to all. But we do not live in a just world.

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Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Trigger warnings are notes posted at the beginning of articles and stories to warn people that they might be offended or traumatized by something inside. Author Neil Gaiman is so obsessed with them, he named his most recent collection of short fic...

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, “The Lord of the Rings,” and his new collection, “Trigger Warning.”

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Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Aside from a final chapter that even he suggests is something of an afterthought, John Cleese’s new memoir, So, Anyway … ends in 1969, the year Monty Python’s Flying Circus made its BBC debut. Some readers might wonder if this isn’t a bit curious....

John Cleese’s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner.

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