Politics

Early Signs Say Obamacare Will Survive

Early Signs Say Obamacare Will Survive

Despite predictions that King v. Burwell, the Obamacare challenge, was a done deal, a reading of the tea leaves in today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court suggests the opposite: that Obamacare will survive.The reason?  A canon of constitutiona...

Justice Kennedy suggested that the conservative challenger’s reading of the ACA would make it unconstitutional. That means their reading is wrong.

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Why Hillary’s Missing Emails Matter

Why Hillary’s Missing Emails Matter

On January 20, 2001, I sat at my office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building just steps away from the White House to begin the first day of the George W. Bush administration. Before booting up my computer, I had to physically remove a band ...

Personal email account? OK, maybe. But why does Clinton get to pick and choose which emails she turns over? Same old Clinton song.

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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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Early Signs Say Obamacare Will Survive

Early Signs Say Obamacare Will Survive

Despite predictions that King v. Burwell, the Obamacare challenge, was a done deal, a reading of the tea leaves in today’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court suggests the opposite: that Obamacare will survive.The reason?  A canon of constitutiona...

Justice Kennedy suggested that the conservative challenger’s reading of the ACA would make it unconstitutional. That means their reading is wrong.

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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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Will SCOTUS Say Our Vote Doesn’t Matter?

Will SCOTUS Say Our Vote Doesn’t Matter?

If you’re angry about the polarization of American politics, then a case heard by the Supreme Court on Monday matters to you. Because if the justices decide to declare independent redistricting commissions unconstitutional, things are going to get...

If the court strikes down an independent congressional redistricting plan ratified by Arizona voters, the ramifications will be disastrous for election reform—and our democracy.

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Entertainment

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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Lisa Rinna’s ‘Real Housewives’ Throwdown

Lisa Rinna’s ‘Real Housewives’ Throwdown

Ah, Amsterdam. The freshest pop culture memory it conjures is that of a plucky, impossibly gentle teen who, oxygen tank in tow, experiences first love along the picturesque canals in The Fault in Our Stars. This is sort of like that—if you replace...

On Tuesday night’s episode of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ things went from zero to crazy in record time, as Lisa and Kim lost their marbles in an Amsterdam restaurant.

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The History-Making Gay Kiss

The History-Making Gay Kiss

Teenage love—it’s hormonal, complicated, and makes for great television.On Monday night, ABC Family’s The Fosters featured a kiss between 13-year-olds Jude and Connor. So what’s the big deal? The boys’ lip-to-lip contact is apparently the youngest...

Straight teens have watched their television counterparts smooch on-screen for years, but The Fosters made history by showing the youngest same-sex kiss ever on U.S. television.

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WATCH: An Aerial Tour of the Himalayas

WATCH: An Aerial Tour of the Himalayas

There are times when it's best to just sit back and enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Earth, our little rock in a corner of the universe. Here's a good opportunity to do that courtesy of Teton Gravity Research, who bring you an aerial to...

An amazing view of one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

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Lisa Rinna’s ‘Real Housewives’ Throwdown

Lisa Rinna’s ‘Real Housewives’ Throwdown

Ah, Amsterdam. The freshest pop culture memory it conjures is that of a plucky, impossibly gentle teen who, oxygen tank in tow, experiences first love along the picturesque canals in The Fault in Our Stars. This is sort of like that—if you replace...

On Tuesday night’s episode of Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,’ things went from zero to crazy in record time, as Lisa and Kim lost their marbles in an Amsterdam restaurant.

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Is Will Smith Over?

Is Will Smith Over?

Last weekend, a new Will Smith movie opened at No. 1—but don’t break out the champagne just yet. Slipping in after Fifty Shades Of Grey’s quickie box office climax, heist romance Focus beat out the third-week haul of Kingsman: The Secret Service w...

Post-Focus, the ghost of After Earth’s epic fail still haunts Hollywood’s once most bankable star—for now.

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Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart Kicks WWE Wrestler In Nuts

Jon Stewart may be retiring from The Daily Show, but if he plays his cards right, he may have a possible career as a WWE wrestler.The diminutive 52-year-old political satirist may not be the first man you’d peg for a wrestler (call him “The Newsma...

The saga of The Daily Show host and pugilist Seth Rollins reached its inevitable conclusion on Monday night, in the ring.

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The Jocks’ War Over Iggy Azalea

The Jocks’ War Over Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea may have quit social media, but social media is far from done with her.The rapper from Down Under is still the subject of much debate—and things got heated this week after yet another high-profile Iggy diss. On this Sunday’s SportsCent...

An ESPN anchor took a shot at Iggy Azalea on SportsCenter. And then her NBA boyfriend got angry. But if Iggy wants to be ‘hip-hop,’ she needs to learn to fight her own battles.

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Is Will Smith Over?

Is Will Smith Over?

Last weekend, a new Will Smith movie opened at No. 1—but don’t break out the champagne just yet. Slipping in after Fifty Shades Of Grey’s quickie box office climax, heist romance Focus beat out the third-week haul of Kingsman: The Secret Service w...

Post-Focus, the ghost of After Earth’s epic fail still haunts Hollywood’s once most bankable star—for now.

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World News

Should We Give Up on the Iraqi Army?

Should We Give Up on the Iraqi Army?

The Iraqi Army and Shiite militias have now launched an operation to retake Tikrit, a Sunni city 95 miles north of Baghdad that was Saddam Hussein’s hometown. The Americans are standing back. The U.S.-led coalition air forces are not flying missio...

The U.S. is training a national army for a nation that does not exist.

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South Africa’s Madeleine McCann Is Found

South Africa’s Madeleine McCann Is Found

On April 28, 1997, Celeste Nurse gave birth to her first daughter in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her husband, Morné, named her Zephany. The mother, who gave birth by Cesarean section, was heavily medicated but sh...

As a 3-day-old infant, Zephany Nurse was snatched from a Cape Town hospital. Now she has been reunited with her family—after befriending her biological sister at school.

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Will Bibi’s Doomsday Speech Matter?

Will Bibi’s Doomsday Speech Matter?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an aggressive, forceful speech outlining the hostile nature of the Middle East toward his country, the ongoing “game of thrones”-style struggle between ISIS and Iran—both of which threaten its ex...

Netanyahu delivered a speech to the U.S. Congress that veered from passive aggressive to aggressive-aggressive and compared the struggle with Iran and ISIS to ‘Game of Thrones.’

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Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Hey Bibi: Security Means Palestine, Too!

Is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress truly about Israel’s security? Or is the speech, as Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen dubbed it, a “reckless” piece of “high theater for a reelection campaign in Israel”? Th...

If the Israeli prime minister’s speech is really about security, he’ll talk about the powder keg we call Palestine. Not holding my breath.

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South Africa’s Madeleine McCann Is Found

South Africa’s Madeleine McCann Is Found

On April 28, 1997, Celeste Nurse gave birth to her first daughter in the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She and her husband, Morné, named her Zephany. The mother, who gave birth by Cesarean section, was heavily medicated but sh...

As a 3-day-old infant, Zephany Nurse was snatched from a Cape Town hospital. Now she has been reunited with her family—after befriending her biological sister at school.

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The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

ROME — The message was lost on no one when Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s xenophobic Northern League, slid a black T-shirt over his button-down white work shirt to address a crowd in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Saturday, calling for the ove...

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Northern League, donned a black shirt to address an angry crowd in Rome this weekend—and his popularity is soaring.

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The Israeli Right’s Dangerous Attack Ads

The Israeli Right’s Dangerous Attack Ads

TEL AVIV — In what starts out as a chilling, ominous video, jihadists in a four-door pickup truck bounce through a desert landscape, waving a giant Islamic State flag. Upon closer inspection, something is off about this crew—their truck has an ant...

Two weeks before a national election, the no-holds-barred dissemination of fear and anger reminds some of the atmosphere that preceded the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.

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U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

U.S. ‘Surprised’ By Iraq Attack on ISIS

The Iraqi military launched a major campaign to take back a key city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State over the weekend—a move that caught the U.S. “by surprise,” in the words of one American government official.The U.S.-led coalition forces ...

The biggest offensive against ISIS so far happened without American help—but with plenty of assistance from Iran.

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The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

The Most Dangerous Man in Italy

ROME — The message was lost on no one when Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s xenophobic Northern League, slid a black T-shirt over his button-down white work shirt to address a crowd in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Saturday, calling for the ove...

Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Northern League, donned a black shirt to address an angry crowd in Rome this weekend—and his popularity is soaring.

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U.S. News

Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Julien Blanc may be known as “the most hated man in the world,”  but there’s a new pickup artist in town. His methods are so depraved that even Blanc’s company rejected them, and he's been in trouble with the law over allegations of molestati...

John Mulvehill allegedly masturbated on a woman and was kicked out of his community for it. Now he's back with a new name and a new company.

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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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Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

Will the Court Kill Obamacare This Week?

This week, the Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King vs. Burwell. According to many court-watchers, at stake is not just whether more than 6 million Americans will lose their current health care coverage, but the legitimacy of the Court itsel...

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the latest challenge to Obamacare this week. Here’s why the case should be open and shut.

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Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Too Sleazy Even for Pickup Artists

Julien Blanc may be known as “the most hated man in the world,”  but there’s a new pickup artist in town. His methods are so depraved that even Blanc’s company rejected them, and he's been in trouble with the law over allegations of molestati...

John Mulvehill allegedly masturbated on a woman and was kicked out of his community for it. Now he's back with a new name and a new company.

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Petraeus Mistress Got Secret Black Books

Petraeus Mistress Got Secret Black Books

David Petraeus, a retired four-star general and former director of the CIA, pleaded guilty Tuesday to giving highly classified information to his ex-mistress. The information came in the form of eight black books that contained everything from ide...

The one-time CIA director didn’t just disclose secrets to his mistress. He shared with her some of the most sensitive information the Pentagon has.

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Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Iran’s Stealth Jet Thief

Before Mozaffar Khazaee’s arrest, he had access to high-tech military hardware through his jobs with leading defense contractors. The work he did in the engineering field showed a technical acumen missing from his foray into espionage. When federa...

A naturalized American tried to get a job in Iran by sending potential employers secret specs of the Air Force’s F-35 and F-22.

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Tech + Health

Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Hey Parents, DIY Diagnosis Is Dangerous

Internet search engines are marvelously useful for a lot of things.They can help you find recipes and directions and interesting facts. They’ve rendered obsolete almost all the skills my middle school librarian drilled into my skull decades ago. A...

You don’t have cancer. You don’t have radiation sickness. You have a cold and you need to step away from the Internet.

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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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A Crisis in Mothers' Health

A Crisis in Mothers' Health

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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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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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Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

Charge Your Phone By, Um, Wanking

A new device has the antidote to society-fearing, non-sex-having millennials the world over: a phone charger powered by your own masturbation.Indeed, no one need ever leave the house again thanks to Pornhub’s Wankband, a wearable that powers up yo...

The Wankband combines two things millennials love: smartphones and masturbating.

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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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BeastStyle

The Eternal Cool of Lauren Bacall

The Eternal Cool of Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall’s legendary look—sultry eyes, wavy hair, and a bold seductive smile—may look effortless. After all, it has inspired fashion designers and their faithful followers for decades.But, according to Laura Matina, one of the graduate studen...

The bedroom eyes, the pinup waves, the seductive smile—Lauren Bacall’s look was an instant classic.

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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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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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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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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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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future,” the MSNBC host told me on Friday, responding to ...

The TV host rubbishes claims his MSNBC show is about to be axed, and insists he is not out to profit from race controversies.

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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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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