Politics

How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

He’s sitting in a gently lit living room, wearing a blue, button-down shirt a pullover sweater, and a small smile. The pitch of his voice is soft; the words are reflective, self-critical.“They saw your greatest strength is your greatest weakness,”...

In the midst of a dead-heat mayoral runoff, Rahm Emanuel borrows a page from New York’s John Lindsay.

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Politician Bullied to Death?

Politician Bullied to Death?

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.—Shortly after Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich killed himself last week, questions about whether politics—and politicians themselves—were to blame hovered quietly beneath the surface.But on Tuesday, as the state’s political establ...

Tom Schweich accused fellow Missouri Republicans of starting a whisper campaign with anti-Semitic undertones. Just before he was scheduled to go public with his claims, he shot himself.

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Scott Walker’s Got Email Drama, Too

Scott Walker’s Got Email Drama, Too

Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democrats have a problem. It looks like the former Secretary of State worries more about complying with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests than about spying by foreign governments and intrusion by hackers. In...

The Wisconsin Governor kept a secret email system too, and some of his aides were found guilty of other crimes too. And it’s not over yet.

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How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

How Big City Mayors Eat Crow

He’s sitting in a gently lit living room, wearing a blue, button-down shirt a pullover sweater, and a small smile. The pitch of his voice is soft; the words are reflective, self-critical.“They saw your greatest strength is your greatest weakness,”...

In the midst of a dead-heat mayoral runoff, Rahm Emanuel borrows a page from New York’s John Lindsay.

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: ‘Don’t talk to the media.’

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The Progressive Case for Rahm’s Re-Elect

The Progressive Case for Rahm’s Re-Elect

In five weeks, Chicago will face its first runoff election for mayor. While Rahm Emanuel is the better known candidate, polls show a horse race. National interest groups are circling, declaring the race a referendum on the future of the Democratic...

The Chicago mayor, who is facing a runoff election, deserves more credit than he’s getting for the city’s resurgence.

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Entertainment

The Last Woman on Earth

The Last Woman on Earth

The last time Will Forte and Kristen Schaal were on the same TV show, they were at their respective weirdo bests. He was bewigged and in drag playing a Jane Krakowski impersonator-lover on 30 Rock. She was a sociopathic, sexually-charged intern wi...

It’s taken a civilization-eradicating apocalypse to give veteran comedian Kristen Schaal the showcase she finally deserves. Meet Last Man on Earth’s last woman.

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Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Brian Connelly is having a ball. You see, ever since Kanye West’s Beck-dissing stunt at the Grammys, Connelly’s website www.loser.com has redirected to the Wikipedia page of the musician/entrepreneur. It took a few weeks for the media to catch on...

Brian Connelly registered the domain www.loser.com in 1995. Since then, he’s redirected the site to the pages of Barack Obama, WikiLeaks, Reddit, and most recently: Kanye West.

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Jude Foster On His History-Making Kiss

Jude Foster On His History-Making Kiss

In the pilot of The Fosters, 13-year-old Jude Jacob, played by Hayden Byerly, is welcomed into Stef Adams Foster and Lena Adams Foster’s home after being tossed around the broken foster care system. In Stef, Lena, and a household full of other sib...

Last week, the progressive ABC Family drama The Fosters broke new ground, featuring the youngest gay kiss in TV history. Here, the teen who received the kiss dishes on the scene.

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When a Teen Family Band Grows Up

When a Teen Family Band Grows Up

When it comes to so-called popular music, the family-as-band is a known entity. A shtick. Where country celebrates relatives who rock—think the Alvin Brothers—the contrived corny-cute legacy of the Hansons and Partridge Families in pop’s spectrum ...

What would happen if Hanson were good? Echosmith, easily pegged as a teen, sibling pop band, is too Zen—and good—to knock.

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Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Meet Kanye West’s No. 1 Online Troll

Brian Connelly is having a ball. You see, ever since Kanye West’s Beck-dissing stunt at the Grammys, Connelly’s website www.loser.com has redirected to the Wikipedia page of the musician/entrepreneur. It took a few weeks for the media to catch on...

Brian Connelly registered the domain www.loser.com in 1995. Since then, he’s redirected the site to the pages of Barack Obama, WikiLeaks, Reddit, and most recently: Kanye West.

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Fake Oscar Winner Owns H'Wood For Night

Fake Oscar Winner Owns H'Wood For Night

“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to win an Oscar?” our daring host, Mark, asks to begin this clip. Mark certainly has, and he has made it his mission to get a taste of the treatment that the winners of Hollywood’s most prized hunk of gol...

With a tux and a gold statue, this guy gets to do pretty much whatever he wants on Oscar night in Hollywood

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Why Over-40 Actresses Are Turning To TV

Why Over-40 Actresses Are Turning To TV

You knew it, I knew it, the American people knew it. And Patricia Arquette sure as hell knew it, too. On the night of February 26, the journeywoman actress proved the awards punditry world correct when she ambled up the steps of Hollywood’s Dolby ...

With precious few film roles for women—especially women of a certain age—even Oscar-nominated actresses must turn to television for lead roles worthy of their talents.

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Will Smith Is ‘Not a Scientologist’

Will Smith Is ‘Not a Scientologist’

For years, there’s been rampant speculation that Will Smith, the blockbuster star of alien-themed films like Independence Day, Men in Black, and After Earth, was a card-carrying member of the Church of Scientology. It’s inescapable. When Smith’s...

We sat down with ex-Church of Scientology fixer and senior executive Mike Rinder and Scientology expert Tony Ortega, who claim that the rumors about Will Smith are false.

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Fake Oscar Winner Owns H'Wood For Night

Fake Oscar Winner Owns H'Wood For Night

“Have you ever wondered what it feels like to win an Oscar?” our daring host, Mark, asks to begin this clip. Mark certainly has, and he has made it his mission to get a taste of the treatment that the winners of Hollywood’s most prized hunk of gol...

With a tux and a gold statue, this guy gets to do pretty much whatever he wants on Oscar night in Hollywood

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World News

Screaming Attacker Slashes Ambassador

Screaming Attacker Slashes Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert is in stable condition after he was attacked and slashed in the face and left hand Thursday morning at a breakfast meeting in Seoul by a knife-wielding Korean man who reportedly was calling for the two K...

Obama confidant Mark Lippert was left bloodied after a Korean man shouting about reunification attacked him with a 10-inch blade Thursday morning at a breakfast meeting in Seoul.

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Turkey’s Thought Police

Turkey’s Thought Police

ISTANBUL — A 16-year-old high school student goes on trial in Turkey this Friday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while the editor of the country’s leading opposition newspaper is facing up to nine years in jail for publishing an inte...

Angering President Erdogan can land you in jail—even if you’re just a kid.

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The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

The Pope’s Homeless Guests Are Moving In

VATICAN CITY — It is nearly 8 p.m. on a Tuesday in early March, and the Vatican is locked up for the night. A few stray tourists pose for pictures in front of the glistening basilica of St. Peter, and cassock-wearing clergy skim the perimeter of t...

In numbers that have doubled in the last six months, the homeless are coming to Vatican City to sleep in church-donated sleeping bags—at the invitation of the pontiff.

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Listening to Sex Workers

Listening to Sex Workers

Imagine the scene: Meena Seshu, an experienced social worker turned activist for women’s rights in India, meeting a group of sex workers to help them organize. Seshu thought she knew what to do: “guide them,” as she had been trained to do. And yet...

Meena Seshu, a longtime women’s rights activist in India, thought she had all the answers. Then the people she was trying to help taught her something more.

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Turkey’s Thought Police

Turkey’s Thought Police

ISTANBUL — A 16-year-old high school student goes on trial in Turkey this Friday for insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while the editor of the country’s leading opposition newspaper is facing up to nine years in jail for publishing an inte...

Angering President Erdogan can land you in jail—even if you’re just a kid.

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: ‘Don’t talk to the media.’

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What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

What It's Like to Be Displaced by ISIS

BAB AL SALAMA CAMP, Syria — Fatima, an 80-year-old Syrian refugee stands in front of the tattered remains of her tent in this camp for internally displaced persons near the border with Turkey. She watched her home burn down late last month after t...

They don’t want to leave their country, but for years now they have been living in tents under increasingly dangerous conditions.

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Child Soldiers Forced To Fight For ISIS

Child Soldiers Forced To Fight For ISIS

Boys as young as 12, many of them captured Yazidis, are forced to convert to Islam and fight for the Islamic State, sometimes against their own communities. This report from France 2...

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Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

Pentagon Chief: Everybody STFU

The Pentagon is still shaking, after the rhetorical bomb Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter dropped on the place yesterday. The new Secretary of Defense blasted military officials for telling reporters that Iraqi and U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The new Defense Secretary criticized his own people in public for talking to the press. And in the Pentagon, they’re taking that as a message: ‘Don’t talk to the media.’

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U.S. News

Inside the Sex Cult of ‘Christ’

Inside the Sex Cult of ‘Christ’

“Christ in the flesh” has been captured. And now, his alleged victims and embittered kin are left to process the damage he’s wrought. Self-professed holy man Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was busted in a beachside community in Brazil on Friday after a...

He claimed to be a Savior. But he turned on the teenage girls in his flock. And when they spoke up, he went on the lam.

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Boston Bomber’s Defense Worked Before

Boston Bomber’s Defense Worked Before

In an unusual opening statement this morning Judy Clarke, whose client Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pleading not guilty to charges he bombed the 2013 Boston marathon, told the jury, “It was him.”“You might say, why a trial?” said Judy Clark. “The indictme...

Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s defense is banking on a jury that believes he was too brainwashed by his brother to think straight. Sound far fetched? It worked a little over a decade ago.

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How the Justice Dept. Let Ferguson Rot

How the Justice Dept. Let Ferguson Rot

Those revolting racist emails that hit the news turn out to be just a few of many such missives written by cops and court clerks in Ferguson.“Our review of documents revealed many additional email communications that exhibited racial or ethnic bia...

Federal officials rightly condemn the city in their report on its ugly racism and civil-rights abuses, but they also bear blame for failing to act sooner.

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Inside the Sex Cult of ‘Christ’

Inside the Sex Cult of ‘Christ’

“Christ in the flesh” has been captured. And now, his alleged victims and embittered kin are left to process the damage he’s wrought. Self-professed holy man Victor Arden Barnard, 53, was busted in a beachside community in Brazil on Friday after a...

He claimed to be a Savior. But he turned on the teenage girls in his flock. And when they spoke up, he went on the lam.

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The 6 Most Racist Ferguson Police Emails

The 6 Most Racist Ferguson Police Emails

The Justice Department’s investigation of the Ferguson Police Department uncovered an array of racially discriminatory practices made commonplace in the St. Louis, Missouri suburb. Along with systemic issues, a pattern of personal racial bias amon...

A federal investigation uncovers a blight of disturbing casual racism in law enforcement

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Can Statheads ‘Shut Up and Look’?

Can Statheads ‘Shut Up and Look’?

On February 11,  during TNT’s postgame show, NBA all-time great Charles Barkley chose to stand athwart history, loudly and proudly.“I’ve always believed analytics were crap. They’re just some crap that some people who are really smart made up to t...

Now that analytics absolutists are the ruling class in sports, can they get over themselves long enough to make the game more fun?

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Tech + Health

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

Heroin Overdoses Tripled in Three Years

A government study confirms what local police departments and anguished families have known for several years: Overdose deaths from heroin are exploding.The study, by a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that heroin-...

While U.S. law enforcement cracks down on prescription opioid use, heroin use—and overdose—is skyrocketing.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

Why ‘Special K’ Is Good Medicine

In the global world of illicit drug policies, the granddaddy of them all is the United States. But as the U.S. starts to, perhaps, question the effectiveness of its abstinence-or-incarceration approach, China seems more than happy to pick up and g...

It’s on the WHO’s list of essential medicines, and is invaluable in developing countries. So why is the UN discussing increased regulation of ketamine?

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Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

Why a Wandering Mind Is Good for You

I am one of those people who will be unlikely to finish writing this paragraph without checking my Twitter account, staring out the window blankly, changing my mind about what to have for dinner, and mentally rewriting what I will say three paragr...

If you can’t get through this article without checking your Facebook, walking to the fridge, scrolling through your phone, and choosing something on Netflix, don’t worry.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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A Crisis in Mothers' Health

A Crisis in Mothers' Health

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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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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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BeastStyle

The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

The Met’s Secret Gay Art Collection

If there was any doubt that New Yorkers would flock to make a homoerotic lap around one of the world’s preeminent art institutions, it was swiftly quashed by an overeager crowd of Ivy Leaguers.In mid-February, art historian and professor Andrew Le...

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Andrew Lear guides our correspondent through a cornucopia of statues and pictures, thrumming with same-sex desire.

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The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

When my boyfriend surprises me with a Viagra pill one evening, all I can see are the four straight hours of pounding that will follow if he ingests a drug designed to increase blood flow to the genitals. It’s not as if the man suffers from erectil...

After our correspondent mistakes Aleve for Viagra, and has amazing sex with her boyfriend, she creates a horny action-plan to bring even more lust into their relationship.

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You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

You Stay Crazy, ‘Downton’

Downton Abbey is making its fans mad. Not angry. Insane. We quite like it, to be honest.Because the show proceeds at such a snail’s pace—a snail wearing a big hat, obviously, with a lady-in-waiting holding a bustle making the snail even slower—the...

The Season 5 finale featured the show’s usual crazy carousel of declarations, secrets, goodbyes, and plot twists. And that’s fine. As long as Edith doesn’t wind up too happy.

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Behold, the Paparazzi-Repellent Jacket

Behold, the Paparazzi-Repellent Jacket

When Coco Chanel decided to make pajamas fashionable for women by day, and design them as luxurious couture pieces, only courtesans and artists would have been seen dead in them. Now, you’ll see people running out to the deli in them.The boundarie...

When Coco Chanel popularized pajamas, the garment was seen as ridiculously exotic. Maybe we’ll say the same one day about shoes sprouting vegetation.

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The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

The Great Viagra Placebo Effect

When my boyfriend surprises me with a Viagra pill one evening, all I can see are the four straight hours of pounding that will follow if he ingests a drug designed to increase blood flow to the genitals. It’s not as if the man suffers from erectil...

After our correspondent mistakes Aleve for Viagra, and has amazing sex with her boyfriend, she creates a horny action-plan to bring even more lust into their relationship.

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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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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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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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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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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

How the Bauhaus Built Your House

How the Bauhaus Built Your House

Here's a brilliant visual history of the Bauhaus school, arguably the most influential design movement of the 20th century (think Interstate signs, think Ikea), courtesy of Aram ...

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  • Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

    Why We Need a Libertarian Manifesto

    There are few things that can bring an idea more publicity that a presidential campaign. With the potential candidacy of Rand Paul, who just won the CPAC straw poll again, libertarian ideas are going to get their day in the sun. In addition, the K...

    David Boaz has spent his life trying to persuade America that libertarianism doesn’t stop with entitled white guys and Rand Paul. He feels good about his chances.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

“Turn around and bend over.” Nearly 40 years ago, on March 3,1976, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment t...

Nearly 40 years ago, female rowers at Yale got creative to highlight inequality. As the recent controversy at the University of Minnesota shows, the battle isn’t over.

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The PR Firms Killing the Planet

The PR Firms Killing the Planet

Wei-Hock Soon doesn’t appear in the new documentary Merchants of Doubt, but he might as well be its poster child. That’s because director Robert Kenner’s film, which opens in select cities on March 6, is about how the tobacco, fossil-fuel and othe...

A new documentary, ‘Merchants of Doubt,’ shows how you’re being lied to.

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America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

America’s 200-Year-Old War on Islamists

An Islamic state where Christians were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslims deemed to be “barbarians” by the West. An embarrassed U.S. government forced to pay ransoms and tributes to free the hostages.Such was the situation 200 years ago when, on Ma...

Two hundred years ago, the U.S. declared war on an Islamic power enslaving its citizens and ransoming them for millions.

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Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

Millennials Can’t Even Protest Right

“Turn around and bend over.” Nearly 40 years ago, on March 3,1976, one of my teammates, wielding a Yale-blue magic marker, stood poised to inscribe my back as I prepared to join a protest destined to make history. Not that I thought for a moment t...

Nearly 40 years ago, female rowers at Yale got creative to highlight inequality. As the recent controversy at the University of Minnesota shows, the battle isn’t over.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague.The operative, who uses the ali...

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to crush him.

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Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

In the final pages of Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel, Green On Blue, is an observation about separation often made about wartime efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the setting for the book: “Across the high plain, tucked among the foothills, is FOB S...

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach.

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Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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