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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    Donald Trump’s boundless buffoonery seems tailored to today’s boundary-less and clownish culture, wherein real estate riches and celebrity fame ooze seamlessly into political popularity—at least in sleepy summertime polls. But The Donald is not Am...

    Donald Trump has compared himself to the legendary American showman, but he has more in common with items found in Barnum’s museum than his incredible political legacy.

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    The Unbearable Nuttiness of Huckabee

    The Unbearable Nuttiness of Huckabee

    “Playing the Hitler card” is an infallible sign that a politician has run out of intelligent, substantive and plausible ways to criticize an opponent. This would be amusing (Mel Brooks made Hitler amusing), except “playing the Hitler card” is also...

    Oh go home, you old fundamentalist fool, before you embarrass the Republicans any more.

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    The College That Hates 'Americans'

    The College That Hates ‘Americans’

    The College That Hates ‘Americans’

    The administrator who added a confusing, tin-eared Bias-Free Language Guide—a 4,500-word assault on the English language—to the University of New Hampshire’s website as a resource for students and faculty must have been crazy.Wait, did I say “craz...

    A University of New Hampshire speech guide explains why just about every adjective—including “American”—is somehow problematic.

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    Trump Lawyer: I ‘Destroyed’ Woman’s Life

    Trump Lawyer: I ‘Destroyed’ Woman’s Life

    Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s sometimes-spokesman and special counsel Michael Cohen earned his “pit bull” moniker this week, when he attempted to intimidate a Daily Beast reporter—and claimed that marital rape was a perfectly legal act. Bu...

    Denying that marital rape was illegal was just the start for Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s ultra-aggressive legal ‘pit bull.’

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    Entertainment

    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    John Oliver: D.C. Should Be 51st State

    It sucks to live in Washington, D.C.—or so says John Oliver, the surprisingly nimble political satirist and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. Yes, if you thought Sen. Marco Rubio making The Hill’s ultra-silly list of the “50 Most Beautiful People” ...

    It doesn’t have a voting representative in Congress, and the Republicans seem hell-bent on denying it statehood. Yes, it sucks to live in D.C.

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    All Our ’80s Heroes Are Zeros

    All Our ’80s Heroes Are Zeros

    In 1991, actor Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure at an adult movie theater in Sarasota, Florida. The story made worldwide headlines, as Reubens had risen to fame over the previous decade as the beloved oddball children’s entertainer ...

    My entire 1980s childhood was a lie.

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    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    Why Did Vidal & Buckley Hate Each Other?

    The word “pundit” has its origins in an ancient Sanskrit term meaning “knowledge owner.” Today used to describe the denizens of cable news, who shout over one another no matter what the topic, it denotes not so much studiously acquired expertise t...

    The liberal and conservative titans famously tore into each other in an ABC confrontation in 1968. A brilliant documentary reveals that flashpoint's bitter legacy--both personal,...

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    All Our ’80s Heroes Are Zeros

    All Our ’80s Heroes Are Zeros

    In 1991, actor Paul Reubens was arrested for indecent exposure at an adult movie theater in Sarasota, Florida. The story made worldwide headlines, as Reubens had risen to fame over the previous decade as the beloved oddball children’s entertainer ...

    My entire 1980s childhood was a lie.

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    Cast member British actress Rebecca Ferguson poses upon her arrival for the world premiere of "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" in front of State Opera house in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015.

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    This weekend, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson delivers a scene-stealing turn in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as Ilsa, a lithe and lethal double agent who saves IMF spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) only to confound him, time and again, as he hunt...

    Her Ilsa Faust combines old school Hollywood glamour and modern-day ass-kicking. Yes, Swedish stunner Rebecca Ferguson is going to be a very big deal.

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    Funniest Man Ever Was ... Harry Ritz! Just Ask Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Almost 40 years ago, Esquire published a feature titled, “Mel Brooks Says This Is The Funniest Man In The World.” Want to venture a guess who that was? Richard Pryor? What about Sid Caesar or Spike Milligan or Jonathan Winters? Good guesses all, b...

    The poor man’s Marx Brothers, the three Ritz Brothers had a string of hit comedy movies in the Depression. Decades later, Harry Ritz was still doing anything—anything—for a laugh.

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    When Kids Movies Were Dark and Beautiful

    When Kids Movies Were Dark and Beautiful

    It’s conventional wisdom that we never know when we’re living in a golden age, but that line of thinking has its limits.That we’re living in a golden age of children’s movies, and have been for a while, almost goes without saying. Each season seem...

    Children’s movies are better than ever, but the live-action film grappling with bonds between human and animals has disappeared.

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    Cast member British actress Rebecca Ferguson poses upon her arrival for the world premiere of "Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation" in front of State Opera house in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015.

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    The Second Coming of Lauren Bacall

    This weekend, Swedish actress Rebecca Ferguson delivers a scene-stealing turn in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation as Ilsa, a lithe and lethal double agent who saves IMF spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) only to confound him, time and again, as he hunt...

    Her Ilsa Faust combines old school Hollywood glamour and modern-day ass-kicking. Yes, Swedish stunner Rebecca Ferguson is going to be a very big deal.

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    World News

    Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2015. Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks which could make or break an ambitious trade deal that aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Canada's refusal so far to accept more dairy imports is a major sticking point in the talks, infuriating the United States as well as New Zealand, which has said it will not sign a deal that fails to open new dairy markets. ,Dairy cows nuzzle a barn cat as they wait to be milked at a farm in Granby, Quebec July 26, 2015. Pacific Rim officials meet in Hawaii this week for talks which could make or break an ambitious trade deal that aims to boost growth and set common standards across a dozen economies ranging from the United States to Brunei. Canada's refusal so far to accept more dairy imports is a major sticking point in the talks, infuriating the United States as well as New Zealand, which has said it will not sign a deal that fails to open new dairy markets. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1LW06

    The Week in Pictures

    The Week in Pictures

    From the MH370 mystery on Réunion to the stabbing caught on camera at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

    From the MH370 mystery on Réunion to the stabbing caught on camera at Jerusalem’s gay pride parade, the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went on holiday more than a century and a quarter ago, and wrote a little pamphlet, Twilight of the Gods, that contained a timeless line: “From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.”You ...

    The terror army took on the world’s superpower—and is still standing. No wonder they’re drawing fresh recruits from around the globe.

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    The famous Fire Tower building in Kostroma town. Russia

    Russia’s Opposition Reboots in Hellhole

    Russia’s Opposition Reboots in Hellhole

    RAI, Russia—The central square of Vokhma town, in the Kostroma region of central Russia, looked like a scene from some brutal documentary about post-Soviet decay: an abandoned diner called Pelmeni, or Dumplings, on the corner; the remains of a hal...

    The Russian opposition has gone to the hinterlands hold primaries and start a democratic process. It’s going to be a long struggle.

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    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    Every nuclear arms negotiation is about a weapon that nobody in their right mind would ever use. So negotiations like those with Iran come with a Kafkaesque twist: The most forceful moral authority for stopping the creation of another nuclear powe...

    It took less than 90 days for the U.S. to turn a theoretical weapon into fearsome reality. President Truman was eager to end World War II and stop Stalin in his tracks.

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    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    Bombing ISIS Made Them Stronger

    The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche went on holiday more than a century and a quarter ago, and wrote a little pamphlet, Twilight of the Gods, that contained a timeless line: “From life’s school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger.”You ...

    The terror army took on the world’s superpower—and is still standing. No wonder they’re drawing fresh recruits from around the globe.

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    An elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013.

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    JUBA, South Sudan — A hopeful myth persists in this region that “wildlife refugees”—fauna in flight from war-ravaged habitats—will return one day when the conflict is over. Would that it were so. But in South Sudan, no end of the conflict appears ...

    South Sudan’s civil war has been a disaster for humans and animals alike. Soldiers on both sides have turned the slaughter of giraffes and other animals into an industry.

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    Spying while gay - 20 years since you could be gay and get a security clearance

    How the CIA Came Out of the Closet

    How the CIA Came Out of the Closet

    Tracey Ballard applied to join the Central Intelligence Agency in 1985. The last step in her months-long vetting was a polygraph exam. Ballard knew that she might be asked about her sexuality. And if she answered truthfully, she thought she probab...

    For decades, gay and lesbian intelligence officers had to keep their sexuality a secret. Then came a remarkable shift.

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    Suspected members of the 18th Street gang are presented to the media after they were arrested and accused of collaboration in the organization of attacks against bus drivers during the third day of a suspension of public transport services in San Salvador, El Salvador July 29, 2015.

    The Street Gangs More Vicious Than ISIS

    The Street Gangs More Vicious Than ISIS

    One of El Salvador’s former guerrilla leaders, who years ago traded olive drab for Irish tweeds and took up residence at Oxford University, can tell you exactly why his homeland is being torn apart right now by gang violence.He can also tell you w...

    El Salvador has been brought to its knees by gang violence, and the groups have infiltrated the U.S., too.

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    An elephant that was killed by poachers with a poison arrow three weeks ago in the Tsavo East game park in Kenya 6 June 2013.

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    War Is Hell For These Wild Animals

    JUBA, South Sudan — A hopeful myth persists in this region that “wildlife refugees”—fauna in flight from war-ravaged habitats—will return one day when the conflict is over. Would that it were so. But in South Sudan, no end of the conflict appears ...

    South Sudan’s civil war has been a disaster for humans and animals alike. Soldiers on both sides have turned the slaughter of giraffes and other animals into an industry.

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    U.S. News

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    ’Tis the season of the debut war novel. Halfway through 2015, the year has already yielded a variety of first-time literary offerings that consider modern war and conflict. What’s particularly striking is how many of these books defy the tradition...

    Poet and Army vet Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite discuss the pleasures and pains of collaborating on the highly praised novel ‘War of the Encyclopaedists.’

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    Developer Donald Trump answers questions of reporters about his divorce from wife Ivana at a news conferencein New York on December 11, 1990. A Manhattan judge granted a divorce to the Trumps citing the millionaire's "cruel and inhuman treatment" of his ex-wife.   AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Watch The Doc Trump Fought To Kill

    Donald Trump is no stranger to the spotlight, and it’s no secret he, and his organization, like to try to control the way it shines on him. Yet even as far back as 1991, while most of us were rocking out to Nirvana and contemplating the deeper mea...

    Even 25 years ago, Trump was an incorrigible buffoon who stopped at nothing to crush his enemies—and freedom of the press.

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    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    ’Tis the season of the debut war novel. Halfway through 2015, the year has already yielded a variety of first-time literary offerings that consider modern war and conflict. What’s particularly striking is how many of these books defy the tradition...

    Poet and Army vet Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite discuss the pleasures and pains of collaborating on the highly praised novel ‘War of the Encyclopaedists.’

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

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    Will These 23 Colleges Punish Cosby?

    Will These 23 Colleges Punish Cosby?

    Serial (alleged) rapist and comedian/father figure Bill Cosby has a huge number of awards and major honors to his name. He can still cling to his Presidential Medal of Freedom, Kennedy Center Honor, Twain Prize, and a Bob Hope Humanitarian Award b...

    The alleged rapist holds honorary degrees from 23 colleges and universities—but the schools are waffling on whether to rescind the honor.

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    Tech + Health

    We’re Eating Less But Fatter Than Ever

    We’re Eating Less But Fatter Than Ever

    Americans are getting some frustrating nutrition news right now: We’ve managed to cut calorie intake nationally over the last decade, but our obesity rates are going up—outpacing our overweight rates in general. The problem seems to be that everyo...

    The good news: Americans are consuming less calories. The bad news: obesity rates are through the roof. What gives?

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    Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, and Chief Investigator of the trials with the ebola vaccine called Chimp Adenovirus type 3 (ChAd3), holds up the vaccine before the first healthy UK volunteer receives their ebola vaccine, at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) on September 17, 2014 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    The Race for the Ebola Vaccine

    The Race for the Ebola Vaccine

    UPDATE: According to a statement from WHO Friday, Merck & Co.’s VSV-EBOV vaccine has proven “highly effective,” with 100 percent efficacy in clinical trials. The vaccine was developed by an Ames-Iowa based pharmaceutical called NewLink and com...

    With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up. Which drug company will be first to the finish line?

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    Why Dems Don’t Want to Talk About Planned Parenthood

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Hillary’s Planned Parenthood Dodge

    Over the last three weeks, Planned Parenthood has been the subject of three sting videos that purport to present company officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue.The videos, produced by the anti-abortion nonprofit and self-described “citizen ...

    While Republicans are celebrating Planned Parenthood’s PR disaster, Clinton and the other Democratic hopefuls are scrambling to respond.

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    New School Study Shows Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    Black Kids Get Cops, White Kids Get Docs

    In the midst of rising racial tension nationwide, new data on school discipline is bolstering the argument that America’s race problem begins in school.The study, published in the Sociology of Education, found underprivileged schools with higher l...

    A new study says black students are more likely to get criminalized discipline, while white students receive medical intervention.

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    Professor Adrian Hill, Director of the Jenner Institute, and Chief Investigator of the trials with the ebola vaccine called Chimp Adenovirus type 3 (ChAd3), holds up the vaccine before the first healthy UK volunteer receives their ebola vaccine, at the Oxford Vaccine Group Centre for Clinical Vaccinology and Tropical Medicine (CCVTM) on September 17, 2014 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Steve Parsons-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

    The Race for the Ebola Vaccine

    The Race for the Ebola Vaccine

    UPDATE: According to a statement from WHO Friday, Merck & Co.’s VSV-EBOV vaccine has proven “highly effective,” with 100 percent efficacy in clinical trials. The vaccine was developed by an Ames-Iowa based pharmaceutical called NewLink and com...

    With Ebola still raging in West Africa, the race to find a vaccine is heating up. Which drug company will be first to the finish line?

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    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    Finally, an answer to that age-old kindergarten/cocktail question: Which animal most closely resembles you, and why?I am Buridan’s ass. Because I can never make up my damn mind.The answer comes courtesy of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mast...

    Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin is back—and she’s obsessed with your habits. But is endless habit analysis more burden than beneficial?

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    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    A 12-Hour Warning Before Sun-Pocalypse

    LONDON — Last time it happened, in 1859, the world’s telegraph machines sparked into life on their own—setting fires and electrocuting their operators. Next time the results could be truly devastating.The next super solar storm could paralyze the ...

    The British government is preparing for the next solar storm, which could drastically disrupt life on Earth. How scared should we be?

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    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    Boy Scouts Break Up With Mormon Church

    The relationship between the exclusively male leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the predominantly male leadership of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been one of the America’s longest bromances. Now, that relatio...

    Closely linked since 1913, the Boy Scouts of America royally pissed off the LDS Church this week. The reason? Allowing gay troop leaders.

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    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    How to Hack Your Bad Habits

    Finally, an answer to that age-old kindergarten/cocktail question: Which animal most closely resembles you, and why?I am Buridan’s ass. Because I can never make up my damn mind.The answer comes courtesy of Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before: Mast...

    Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin is back—and she’s obsessed with your habits. But is endless habit analysis more burden than beneficial?

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    BeastStyle

    Frank Meier, The Ritz’s Bartender Spy

    Frank Meier, The Ritz’s Bartender Spy

    The Hôtel Ritz Paris is famous for its Bar Hemingway, which is a top destination for cocktail lovers around the world.In 1994, the establishment was named for—you guessed it—famed author and noted bon vivant Ernest Hemingway because of his patrona...

    The enigmatic Frank Meier was not just a brilliant cocktail-maker, he also helped the French Resistance when the Germans occupied Paris.

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    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gathered at more than 3,000 house parties on Wednesday to listen to a simulcast from the Vermont socialist senator. Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker attended one of the parties at a...

    On The Daily Beast podcast, Lizzie Crocker reports back on a Bernie Sanders party in Brooklyn.

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    The Party Hard Gangsters of '60s London

    The Party Hard Gangsters of ‘60s London

    The Party Hard Gangsters of ‘60s London

    It was in 1960 that Nigel Dempster got to witness a change in London’s social whirl up really, really close.Dempster, who would go on to become one of the UK’s leading gossip columnists, was in Esmeralda’s Barn, a night spot, which had only been r...

    With the legalization of casinos in 1960, London began swinging, with aristos and crooks drinking up a storm—and murder and scandal not far behind.

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    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    The Secret Tunnels for Drunks & Royals

    LONDON — It’s what one might call a discovery.Edward Bodenham, the ninth-generation scion of Floris, Britain’s oldest perfume-maker which sits in the heart of Mayfair, usually spends his days introducing clients to famous scents, including one cus...

    Are there really tunnels linking royal palaces to private drinking clubs under the streets of London—and how did these corridors of power come to be?

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    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    The Daily Beast Podcast: Hipsters for...

    Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders gathered at more than 3,000 house parties on Wednesday to listen to a simulcast from the Vermont socialist senator. Daily Beast reporter Lizzie Crocker attended one of the parties at a...

    On The Daily Beast podcast, Lizzie Crocker reports back on a Bernie Sanders party in Brooklyn.

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    How The Pogues Stayed Sober Enough To Make Their Own Whiskey

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Well, it was only a matter of blurry, inebriated time before there was a branded Pogues whiskey.The Celtic punk band’s hard-drinking, drug-abusing frontman Shane MacGowan is legendary for his many substances of abuse. On their albums and in their ...

    Spider Stacy, co-founder of The Pogues, talks about the band's whiskey brand, why he himself gave up alcohol, Shane MacGowan’s excesses, and the uncertain future of the band.

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    Can D.C. Ever Be Truly Sexy?

    Can D.C. Ever Be Truly Sexy?

    When The Hill released its 12th annual 50 Most Beautiful list on Wednesday, it was all but certain to become fodder for the snarkiest jabs.Christopher Ingraham at The Washington Post called The Hill’s Most Beautiful “the most meaningless popularit...

    Behind the annual list that aims to disprove the maxim that politics is show business for ugly people lies a city happy to see its image sexed up in popular culture.

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    Bernie Sanders patches are displayed at a volunteer event in Bushwick, New York.

    Bernie-acs Swarm Bushwick

    Bernie-acs Swarm Bushwick

    Early Wednesday evening at a sweaty loft party in Bushwick, hipster clichés sipped all-natural, hibiscus- and mint-flavored soda and admired their host’s artwork: small swaths of canvas stenciled with slogans for Bernie Sanders’s grassroots 2016 p...

    In Brooklyn at a special ‘online party,’ there are ‘Bernie Is Bae’ placards, and—in a sea of Converse sneakers, crop tops, and tattoos—passionate support for Sanders.

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    How The Pogues Stayed Sober Enough To Make Their Own Whiskey

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Now You Can Drink Like The Pogues

    Well, it was only a matter of blurry, inebriated time before there was a branded Pogues whiskey.The Celtic punk band’s hard-drinking, drug-abusing frontman Shane MacGowan is legendary for his many substances of abuse. On their albums and in their ...

    Spider Stacy, co-founder of The Pogues, talks about the band's whiskey brand, why he himself gave up alcohol, Shane MacGowan’s excesses, and the uncertain future of the band.

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    Books

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    Two Novelists Double Down on Iraq War

    ’Tis the season of the debut war novel. Halfway through 2015, the year has already yielded a variety of first-time literary offerings that consider modern war and conflict. What’s particularly striking is how many of these books defy the tradition...

    Poet and Army vet Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite discuss the pleasures and pains of collaborating on the highly praised novel ‘War of the Encyclopaedists.’

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    • The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

      The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

      Warren Buffett’s Family Secretly Funded a Birth Control Revolution By Karen Weise - Bloomberg Businessweek Is Warren Buffett a feminist icon? His foundation, named for his first wife Susan Thompson Buffett, gave away near half a billion dollars ...

      A billionaire's surprising feminism, Hollywood typecasting, and an unsolved murder in the U.S. capitol.

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    PT Barnum Makes Trump Look Like a Clown

    Donald Trump’s boundless buffoonery seems tailored to today’s boundary-less and clownish culture, wherein real estate riches and celebrity fame ooze seamlessly into political popularity—at least in sleepy summertime polls. But The Donald is not Am...

    Donald Trump has compared himself to the legendary American showman, but he has more in common with items found in Barnum’s museum than his incredible political legacy.

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    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    The 90-Day Rush to Nuke Japan

    Every nuclear arms negotiation is about a weapon that nobody in their right mind would ever use. So negotiations like those with Iran come with a Kafkaesque twist: The most forceful moral authority for stopping the creation of another nuclear powe...

    It took less than 90 days for the U.S. to turn a theoretical weapon into fearsome reality. President Truman was eager to end World War II and stop Stalin in his tracks.

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    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    What Jane Jacobs Got Wrong About Cities

    Few people have had more influence on thinking about cities than the late Jane Jacobs.The onetime New Yorker turned Torontonian, Jacobs, who died in 2006, has become something of a patron saint for American urbanists, and the moral and economic ca...

    The peerless urban theorist misunderstood the suburbs and failed to see how gentrification would make urban neighborhoods unaffordable to all but the rich.

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

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    Funniest Man Ever Was ... Harry Ritz! Just Ask Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Mel Brooks Called Him Funniest Man Ever

    Almost 40 years ago, Esquire published a feature titled, “Mel Brooks Says This Is The Funniest Man In The World.” Want to venture a guess who that was? Richard Pryor? What about Sid Caesar or Spike Milligan or Jonathan Winters? Good guesses all, b...

    The poor man’s Marx Brothers, the three Ritz Brothers had a string of hit comedy movies in the Depression. Decades later, Harry Ritz was still doing anything—anything—for a laugh.

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    How to Write a Novel In a Tiny NYC Apartment

    How to Write a Novel in the Dark

    How to Write a Novel in the Dark

    It’s 9 o’clock on a Wednesday and our daughter is in bed. The old rabbit-lady has whispered “hush” for the last time (the nameless, knitting, mysteriously-disappearing bunny-lady who is of course the creepiest part of Goodnight Moon). Her magical ...

    Writing fiction while sharing a tiny New York apartment with a husband and child, Siobhan Adcock discovered that the enforced intimacy was good for all, even the novel.

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    In this Sept. 4, 1941 file photo,  Lt. Samuel Battle gets a kiss from his 4-year-old granddaughter, Yvonne, at City Hall in New York where he was sworn in as the city's first black parole commissioner.  Tuesday, June 28, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of when Battle became the first black person appointed to the New York Police Department. The road was far from easy. His circuitous trip into the history books included stints as a houseboy at the Sagamore Hotel in Lake George and a $32-a-month red cap at Grand Central Terminal.

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    NYC’s First Black Cop and a Boy’s Racism

    What I am about to confess I remember on a day in summer at the start of the ’60s, when I was a boy of nine or ten or eleven. I know exactly where I was, and although I cannot pinpoint the date, I can say for sure that I was very wrong.I was in th...

    Writing the biography of Samuel Battle, New York City’s first black policeman, Arthur Browne learned a lot about himself and a society’s not-so-subtle racism that formed him.

    Keep Reading