Politics

Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

Senator Marco Rubio has a foreign policy vision that looks a lot like what Mitt Romney put forward in his 2012 presidential campaign.It wasn’t so long ago that Obama was ridiculing Romney for calling Russian America’s number one geopolitical foe a...

The Florida senator is warning about the threat of big powers like Russia and the need for a bigger U.S. military. If that sounds a lot like Romney to you, you're paying attention.

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Rand Paul Falls for ISIS Hoax

Rand Paul Falls for ISIS Hoax

In an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul discussed the war against ISIS—and in doing so, repeated a thoroughly debunked rumor about John McCain palling around with the Islamic extremist group. Needless to say, a certain famo...

The libertarian senator claims John McCain was pictured with the jihadists, even though that's been proven false.

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GOP’s Latest Bid to Fool Women

GOP’s Latest Bid to Fool Women

Suddenly, Republicans like birth control. Or at least that’s the conclusion they would like you to draw based on a recent spate of GOP candidates announcing their support for making birth control pills available over the counter. But the truth is ...

It sounds great—four GOP Senate candidates call for over-the-counter birth control access. But it’s all a stunt, and it won’t succeed.

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Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

Rubio: We Need Romney’s Foreign Policy

Senator Marco Rubio has a foreign policy vision that looks a lot like what Mitt Romney put forward in his 2012 presidential campaign.It wasn’t so long ago that Obama was ridiculing Romney for calling Russian America’s number one geopolitical foe a...

The Florida senator is warning about the threat of big powers like Russia and the need for a bigger U.S. military. If that sounds a lot like Romney to you, you're paying attention.

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The GOP’s 2016 Dark Horse: This Guy?!

The GOP’s 2016 Dark Horse: This Guy?!

The days may be getting shorter and the nights colder, but for politicians dreaming of a long shot presidential campaign, spring is here already.It’s the season of hope, new beginnings, and first visits to early primary states for this crowd, and ...

It’s that magic time before a presidential election when politicians with a ghost of a dream start visiting New Hampshire. First up: former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich.

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Grimes’s Embarrassing Gun Gaffe

Grimes’s Embarrassing Gun Gaffe

Kentucky senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) lectured Sen. Mitch McConnell (R ) in a new ad designed to up her firearm bona fides, that in reality may turn out to be more of a gun gaffe. In the new ad, titled “Skeet Shooting,” Grimes confid...

The Kentucky Senate candidate tries to show Mitch McConnell how it’s done on guns (and therefore politics) in her new TV ad—but only ends up shooting herself in the foot.

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Entertainment

Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

“It really was like a traveling circus,” Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride. Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic—a swashbuckling...

In the upcoming page-turner of a book, ‘As You Wish,’ Cary Elwes, aka the Man in Black, writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time.

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Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Directed by Shawn Levy and based on author Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling novel of the same name, This Is Where I Leave You follows the trials and tribulations of the combative (and largely estranged) Altman family, who are forced to reunite at th...

The cast and crew behind the screwball This Is Where I Leave You, in theaters Sept. 19, open up about the making of the film and why it will resonate with viewers young and old.

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Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

The pastor and his congregants sat around the TV and watched as fists began to fly and blood began to splatter. Two men, literally in a cage, were attacking each other while the pastor and his friends cheered. At one point the stronger one was hol...

The first rule of ‘Fight Church’ is that if God-fearing Christians beat each other into a bloody pulp, they still praise the Lord in Sunday mass.

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Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

It’s fairly common to have foggy memories of getting wasted to “Blurred Lines” in the summer of 2013. The track features an audacious hook that makes you want to take a few shots and go hard; plus, when you eventually realize that “hey hey hey” is...

What rhymes with plagiarism? Robin Thicke says that if he did copy Marvin Gaye’s work, it’s only because he was totally obliterated.

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Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Directed by Shawn Levy and based on author Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling novel of the same name, This Is Where I Leave You follows the trials and tribulations of the combative (and largely estranged) Altman family, who are forced to reunite at th...

The cast and crew behind the screwball This Is Where I Leave You, in theaters Sept. 19, open up about the making of the film and why it will resonate with viewers young and old.

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Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Loathe as anyone should be to find serious consequence in anything that escapes the mouth of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and makes its way through the mangy tangled forest of beard hair and to our ears, it’s become unforgivably irritating tha...

The ‘Duck Dynasty’ star says that AIDS is God’s punishment for immoral conduct. But who will punish him for such ignorance?

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Viral Vid: Queen is Back!

Viral Vid: Queen is Back!

Queen were one of the 20th century’s truly iconic bands. With a constantly evolving sound and an extraordinary frontman in Freddie Mercury, Queen helped fill the Beatles-shaped void in popular music left by their fellow Brits from the beginning of...

Panic! At The Disco bravely covers a legendary ballad

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Meet The Mindy Project’s Weirdo

Meet The Mindy Project’s Weirdo

Being a scene stealer is hard enough. But Ike Barinholtz, who plays what could possibly be the weirdest and somehow most endearing character on TV, well-meaning and boundary-less nurse Morgan Tookers on The Mindy Project, is balancing his breakout...

It takes a really smart and well-adjusted person to play someone so odd as Morgan Tookers. We grilled the brilliant Ike Barinholtz on how he does it.

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Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Loathe as anyone should be to find serious consequence in anything that escapes the mouth of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and makes its way through the mangy tangled forest of beard hair and to our ears, it’s become unforgivably irritating tha...

The ‘Duck Dynasty’ star says that AIDS is God’s punishment for immoral conduct. But who will punish him for such ignorance?

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World News

Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

It’s been a tense, worrying time for Iran’s “Happy” group, the seven young men and women arrested in May for posting their version of Pharrell Williams’ music video on YouTube. Over the last few days, they’ve been pacing up and down the hallways o...

The sentences faced by the young people who answered Pharrell Williams’s call are suspended for the moment, but could be carried out any time in the next three years.

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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

In his major address explaining America’s new war against ISIS, President Obama pledged that there would be no U.S. combat troops. On Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he may recommend ground forces in t...

The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.

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We Should Stop Airstrikes on ISIS

We Should Stop Airstrikes on ISIS

Too many times in recent history the United States has responded militarily to provocations and threats in ways that have resulted in spiraling war and violence at great long-term cost to the American people. We believe that the latest escalation ...

Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs and the Quakers’ Michael Shank call on Obama to stop the airstrikes—and stop supporting anti-Assad rebels.

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King Charles? No Wonder Scots Want Out

King Charles? No Wonder Scots Want Out

LONDON — Many of her subjects would like Queen Elizabeth to live forever. During her 62 years on the throne she has managed to carry the monarchy from a time when it seemed increasingly an anachronism to being an object of wide adulation. And not ...

The wonderful reign of Queen Elizabeth has everyone worried about what will happen when her crank of a son takes the throne.

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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

In his major address explaining America’s new war against ISIS, President Obama pledged that there would be no U.S. combat troops. On Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he may recommend ground forces in t...

The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.

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If Scotland Goes, Labour Gets Woes

If Scotland Goes, Labour Gets Woes

Imagine with me for a moment that the states of New England left the United States of America. Yes, absurd—if anyone ought to leave someday, it’s the yellow-bellies who left the last time so that they could preserve their God-given right to keep o...

Forget North Sea oil. The biggest implications of tomorrow’s Scottish vote are political, and they aren’t good for Labour in the long term.

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The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War

The Young Girls Escaping the ISIS War

In the refugee camps for Syrians and Palestinians at Shatila in southern Beirut, I met a 12-year-old refugee named Maryam whose face would give Adriana Lima a run for her money. Her skin radiates deep golden-brown and her light olive eyes evoke th...

Syrian women and girls are facing increased danger from sexual exploitation in the very refugee camps where they sought safety.

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Iran Could Be Our Shadow Enemy in Syria

Iran Could Be Our Shadow Enemy in Syria

At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation was notably left out. But Iran claims it didn’t want to be there anyway, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling American pronoun...

In Iraq, Tehran was our silent partner, working to break an ISIS siege and edging out Maliki. But it’s not in Obama’s new coalition—and may try to destabilize U.S.-led efforts in Syria.

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If Scotland Goes, Labour Gets Woes

If Scotland Goes, Labour Gets Woes

Imagine with me for a moment that the states of New England left the United States of America. Yes, absurd—if anyone ought to leave someday, it’s the yellow-bellies who left the last time so that they could preserve their God-given right to keep o...

Forget North Sea oil. The biggest implications of tomorrow’s Scottish vote are political, and they aren’t good for Labour in the long term.

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U.S. News

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Could it be that irresponsible peddlers of mass murder are finally going to be held accountable? I wouldn’t put my money on it just yet, but I applaud Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Arnold & Porter LL...

Only in America can a company sell 4,000 bullets to a single man without asking any questions. The arms industry doesn’t seem to care if it’s dealing to James Holmes or the leader of...

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Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

If you are going to judge cops in general by videos, include one that shows Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass being gunned down by a sniper outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove on Friday night.Make sure you c...

State troopers risked their lives to help two of their own who were gunned down, allegedly by a self-declared survivalist. Now they’re out in the woods in a frantic search to find him.

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Peterson Changed My Mind on Spanking

Peterson Changed My Mind on Spanking

I grew up in a Florida suburb, the youngest of four children raised by two loving, God-fearing, middle-class parents. When we misbehaved, they, guided by the Bible’s teachings and their own deeply Southern rearing, spanked us. And, as spanking pro...

The Adrian Peterson child abuse allegations show that it’s a hazy line between acceptable and criminal corporal punishment—and that those of us on the moderate side of spanking can d...

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Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Could it be that irresponsible peddlers of mass murder are finally going to be held accountable? I wouldn’t put my money on it just yet, but I applaud Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Arnold & Porter LL...

Only in America can a company sell 4,000 bullets to a single man without asking any questions. The arms industry doesn’t seem to care if it’s dealing to James Holmes or the leader of...

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A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A book tour can’t be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond. There, in his cluttered office a...

Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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Tech + Health

Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ My Pot Billboard

As the Internet buzzes about a new Maureen Dowd-themed billboard highlighting the dangers of consuming too many marijuana edibles, the New York Times columnist is grinning. “I love the billboard,” she says in an email. “I’m going to make it my Chr...

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s experience with edible marijuana will live in infamy. Now, her likeness stars in a “Consume Responsibly” billboard.

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Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia is perhaps the most misunderstood mental illness, but a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has just come one step closer to understanding how it works.After analyzing the DNA of over 4,000 pati...

In perhaps the most important study in schizophrenia’s history, researchers have identified that it is not a single inherited disorder as previously believed, but rather eight separa...

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The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

Another summer has passed, and with its passing the rites of autumn have begun. Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time. Pumpkin spice flavoring is regaining its inexplicable seasonal dominanc...

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, student attendance is tied to school funding. That means doctor’s notes aren’t going anywhere, even though they’re a giant waste of time and money.

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Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Writing about science-and-society controversies can be a bit like running laps on a track, or watching Teletubbies, or listening to a fugue. The same things keep happening again and again.Take this recent experience of déjà vu: Back in the day (i....

Cute labels saying products haven't been genetically modified are designed to profit off of fear, not protect you with science.

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Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia is perhaps the most misunderstood mental illness, but a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has just come one step closer to understanding how it works.After analyzing the DNA of over 4,000 pati...

In perhaps the most important study in schizophrenia’s history, researchers have identified that it is not a single inherited disorder as previously believed, but rather eight separa...

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

A long time ago, there were no galaxies—not even galaxies far far away. One of the big challenges in astronomy involves determining when the first galaxies formed, and what they looked like. According to conventional wisdom, small galaxies were bo...

New research shows early galaxies were much bigger—some 10 times the mass of the Milky Way—than astronomers expected. What does that mean about the origins of the Universe?

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Why Does This School Need a Tank?

Why Does This School Need a Tank?

My twin daughters just finished their second week of kindergarten at the local elementary school, one of 226 learning facilities in the San Diego Unified School District.They love it so far, and so do my wife and I. Their teacher is fantastic, the...

A San Diego school district just got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle—admins claim it will be used in case of a shooting or other disaster. Is it really necessary?

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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BeastStyle

Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Even though the “world’s most talked about couple” was nowhere to be found at London Fashion Week, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian still terrified the runway in the form of a head-turning sweater portrait at the Ashish Spring/Summer 2015 show.The po...

This winter, stay warm—and scare off all your friends—with the latest look from designer Ashish: a sweater emblazoned with a sequined portrait of the world's most talked about co...

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Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Given the predeliction of London fashion week organisers to hold their events in half-built office spaces, abandoned warehouses and sites scheduled for demolition, it was perhaps only a matter of time before something like this happened.Still, it ...

Drama strikes final day of Fashion Week

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North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

On a parcel of land shaped like double almonds, where once stood the world headquarters of the Bata Shoe empire, one of the world’s wealthiest men appeared, a scoot up from downtown Toronto.The other shoe had indubitably dropped—in this case, Nort...

The Aga Khan opened the museum in Toronto, as tension rises between Islam and the West. He hopes it will stand as a counterpoint to the divisiveness of extremism.

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Naked on a New York Street—for Art

Naked on a New York Street—for Art

A flaccid human penis painted sea-foam green isn’t what one generally anticipates encountering on her way bank from the ATM on a sunny afternoon. I could have walked by the man to which that penis belonged and his peers, who were also naked and co...

On a busy Manhattan thoroughfare, the artist Andy Golub painted the bodies of nude models. Passing New Yorkers tried not to gawk.

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Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Given the predeliction of London fashion week organisers to hold their events in half-built office spaces, abandoned warehouses and sites scheduled for demolition, it was perhaps only a matter of time before something like this happened.Still, it ...

Drama strikes final day of Fashion Week

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession

Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession

There are photographs of ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky on the walls of the SoHo loft that musician Pryor Dodge—he plays the flute—shares with his wife, also a musician. “My father saw him dance in New York 1916,” Dodge says. “Because of that, he w...

In 1971, the musician fell in love with a high-wheeled bicycle in the window of the shop. Four decades later, he has over 125 bikes and isn’t slowing down.

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The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

I am no stranger to Cannes and the French Riviera. For many years I have been going to its eponymous, crazy film festival—as well as its TV festival--to watch and report on the deals being done, the premieres, the dresses, and the rich and famous ...

Everyone knows Cannes for its famous film festival. When the stars and paparazzi have departed, it’s an even weirder place—with rich Russians and topless old ladies—but still enchant...

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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Women

(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple major in college, was accepted to one of the nation’s top law schools, and still finds time for public service — done to provoke this vitriol?  She believes that everyone should have access to sex education and reproducti...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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The Christian Case for Abortion

The Christian Case for Abortion

When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of li...

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Books

How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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  • A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

    A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

    A book tour can’t be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond. There, in his cluttered office a...

    Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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The Elite American College Pile-On

The Elite American College Pile-On

You’ve probably heard the buzz around William Deresiewicz’s polemic against the “miseducation of the American elite.” In the most widely read article in the history of The New Republic, Deresiewicz lambasted Ivy League schools (and others) for att...

The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz. Standardized tests need more emphasis, says Steven Pinker. What they miss.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

David Mitchell’s new novel enthralls, soars, and crackles, but in the end, it lets you down.In whirlwind fashion, The Bone Clocks follows British teenage runaway Holly Sykes from small town England in 1984 right through to a dystopian future in 20...

One of the best novelists alive, Mitchell probably couldn’t write a truly bad book, but while his latest effort is always entertaining, nothing about it sticks with you.

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Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns is America’s premier storyteller and historical “remembrancer.” His 26 documentary television series for PBS—including Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Statue of Liberty (1985), The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The West (1996), Lewis &a...

Arguably America’s most influential historian, Burns fashions a fascinating documentary from the lives of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. But his story has grave gaps.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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