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Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Chris Christie’s presence at Congressman Steve King’s subtly titled Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines seemed, on the surface, somewhat odd.Christie enjoys a reputation as a moderate conservative, while other speakers at the weekend event—Sarah Pal...

Chris Christie and Steve King may seem like polar opposites, but that’s how the best love stories begin.

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You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York called it a “long, rambling, and at times...

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.

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Why We’re Stuck With Saudi Arabia

Why We’re Stuck With Saudi Arabia

So who wants to take a stab at explaining why Barack Obama couldn’t adjust his schedule to attend a massive march in Paris dedicated to the values of the Enlightenment, but somehow did manage to find a way to make exactly such a schedule change to...

Obama couldn’t get to Paris, but somehow he managed a late schedule change to go see the new Saudi king. Can this ever change? Not likely.

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Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Christie's Bromance With Iowa Nut

Chris Christie’s presence at Congressman Steve King’s subtly titled Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines seemed, on the surface, somewhat odd.Christie enjoys a reputation as a moderate conservative, while other speakers at the weekend event—Sarah Pal...

Chris Christie and Steve King may seem like polar opposites, but that’s how the best love stories begin.

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Boehner’s Canny Immigration Gambit

Boehner’s Canny Immigration Gambit

Even Republican supporters of immigration reform aren’t inherently opposed to a potential congressional lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the president’s executive action on immigration.Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday morning th...

The speaker’s plan to sue Obama over his immigration executive action may capture support of even those lawmakers who back reform.

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I’m Not a Politician, I Just Blog a Lot

I’m Not a Politician, I Just Blog a Lot

Congress has reality television stars, hog castrators and large animal veternarians,  so what would be so weird about a blogger? As first reported by the New York Times, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas has mooted the idea of running for Congres...

Markos Moulitsas may run for Congress someday—a move that could pave the way for bloggers to turn outrage into actual action.

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Entertainment

Key & Peele Take Us to the Super Bowl

Key & Peele Take Us to the Super Bowl

To promote their Super Bowl special, airing Friday on Comedy Central, Key & Peele brought back one of the skits that put them on the map: the East West College Bowl. In this edition, the comedians pepper their lineup of creative monikers with ...

Comics’ latest batch of crazy football player names—some of them real.

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The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

Eight years ago, Courtney Love approached filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) about directing the first fully authorized documentary on late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. But Love had already sold much of Nirvana’s publishing ri...

Combining hundreds of hours of unreleased audio footage, songs, and home videos, a new doc provides the most intimate glimpse ever of the Nirvana front man.

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How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

“Wisdom is an interesting word,” Simon Helberg says. “I’d say this would be the opposite of wisdom.”Helberg, known best to you as gregarious geek Howard Wolowitz on the decade’s most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, is questioning the wisdom o...

As he releases his directorial debut, ‘We’ll Never Have Paris,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Simon Helberg reflects on the pitfalls and privileges of starring on TV’s most popular show.

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2 Chainz for Mayor?

2 Chainz for Mayor?

Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz (born Tauheed Epps) has appeared on platinum records, collaborated with Kanye West and is perhaps the only rapper ingenious enough to rhyme “booty” with “booty.” So obviously the next step for him is electoral politics.In t...

The hip-hop musician says he wants to run for mayor of his hometown of College Park, but he apparently does not live in the Atlanta suburb—which could pose a problem.

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The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

The Secret Life of Kurt Cobain

Eight years ago, Courtney Love approached filmmaker Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture) about directing the first fully authorized documentary on late Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain. But Love had already sold much of Nirvana’s publishing ri...

Combining hundreds of hours of unreleased audio footage, songs, and home videos, a new doc provides the most intimate glimpse ever of the Nirvana front man.

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The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

America’s Sweetheart is under attack.On Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Swift’s Twitter account, boasting a mammoth 51.4 million followers, was reportedly hacked by a self-described “cyber caliphate” called Lizard Squad, which released the following twe...

They’ve claimed to have hacked the PlayStation Network, North Korea, and now Taylor Swift, threatening to release nude photos. And their members are reportedly as young as 13.

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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Tesla Car Drives People ‘Insane’

Tesla Car Drives People ‘Insane’

Brooks Weisblat, CEO of car enthusiast site DragTimes.com, took people on a test drive of the Tesla Model S P85D. Apart from having a six-digit price tag, the P85D distinguishes itself with its “Insane Mode,” which sends the car zooming from 0-60 ...

Riders get surprising test drive of P85D’s super-fast 'insane mode.'

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The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

America’s Sweetheart is under attack.On Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Swift’s Twitter account, boasting a mammoth 51.4 million followers, was reportedly hacked by a self-described “cyber caliphate” called Lizard Squad, which released the following twe...

They’ve claimed to have hacked the PlayStation Network, North Korea, and now Taylor Swift, threatening to release nude photos. And their members are reportedly as young as 13.

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World News

Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

Chinese Money Is Backing Putin’s War

After capturing the long-contested Donetsk airport last week, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine are now surrounding government troops near a rail hub in Debaltseve. The militants are advancing in Ukraine, as President Obama said on Sunday, “wit...

The growing Chinese-Russian alliance is one of the most important geopolitical developments of the century.

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$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

Nuns using visions of God to persuade novices to have sex, threesomes with priests, the poisoning of a fat German princess, a prominent theologian shacking up with a vicaress, young nuns murdered, fetuses removed from an abbess, and cardinals, the...

In the 19th century, a scandal involving sex and murder at a Rome convent ensnared practically every major player in the church hierarchy.

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UK Inquiry Accuses Putin of Murder

UK Inquiry Accuses Putin of Murder

LONDON — Vladimir Putin was today accused of running Russia like a reckless mob boss, ordering an international act of nuclear terrorism that risked thousands of lives as part of a personal vendetta.The allegations against him and his murderous “M...

Details of the defector Alexander Litvinenko’s gruesome death in 2006 finally get aired in a public hearing. Thousands of innocents were put at risk.

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$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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Crazy Clerics Who Rule the World’s Oil

Crazy Clerics Who Rule the World’s Oil

Despite the passing of King Abdullah, Saudia Arabia’s new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud claims it’ll be business as usual in the controversial desert kingdom where a recent spate of public floggings and beheadings overshadowed the ailing 90-ye...

Yes, Saudi Arabia has banned snowmen and lashes women, but it also has a lot of internal debate.

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Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American s...

Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.

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Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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U.S. News

NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

The NFL is trying its damndest to not be considered the league that protects domestic abusers—and it’s pulling out all the stops for its biggest night of the year.On Tuesday, the NFL released its PSA to air during a Super Bowl commercial break, th...

The NFL is throwing a lot of advertising money at a domestic abuse problem it shouldn’t have had in the first place.

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Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

If there is such a thing as an ideal way for onlookers to respond to campus sexual assault, the arrest and indictment of 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner would be it.Turner, a former Stanford freshman and star swimmer, has been charged by Santa Clar...

When passersby caught a star swimmer allegedly raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat, they didn’t call the university. They jumped on him. They called police. Now he’ll face ...

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The NFL Loves Punishing the Wrong Things

The NFL Loves Punishing the Wrong Things

In what was perhaps one of the more nakedly honest, unmediated pre-Super Bowl moments since Joe Namath guaranteed a win while working on his tan, Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks’ bruising running back, spent his league-mandated five minutes d...

With seven words, Marshawn Lynch was able to out the NFL for the circus that it is. So will the NFL evolve to make itself less of a sideshow? And does it even want to?

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NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

NFL Spends 1 Whole Minute On Abuse

The NFL is trying its damndest to not be considered the league that protects domestic abusers—and it’s pulling out all the stops for its biggest night of the year.On Tuesday, the NFL released its PSA to air during a Super Bowl commercial break, th...

The NFL is throwing a lot of advertising money at a domestic abuse problem it shouldn’t have had in the first place.

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The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

In the 1990s, a small, mostly black neighborhood in south Florida developed a problem: Neighborhood kids started selling drugs at a stop sign in a development of about 200 houses known as “Homes of Lawrence.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Richard P. W...

When a police officers becomes a member of the community and not an occupying force, crime goes down. Almost every single study proves it. So why is the NYPD doing the opposite?

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Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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Tech + Health

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

What do Uber and Harvard have in common? Both only use the top 10 percent or so of their rating scales. For a Harvard student, the median grade is an A- and for an Uber driver, anything below a 4.7 out of 5 average rating from passengers spells tr...

Ever wonder how and why Uber drivers get banned? If it’s not for criminal behavior, the waters get murky.

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Lil’ Drone That Crashed the White House

Lil’ Drone That Crashed the White House

The drone that crashed on the lawn of the White House reveals less about unmanned aircraft systems than it does about the people using them.The government employee operating the drone was evidently taking it on a 3 a.m. joy ride when it crashed on...

A government employee crashed a tiny drone on the White House’s South Lawn. It was likely a Christmas present gone awry, not a cause for concern about U.S. safety.

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Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Sunday, "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city.” The National Weather Service (NWS) and Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce have both said the impending storm...

The East Coast already looks like a snow globe thanks to winter storm Juno, but the worst is yet to come.

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Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

What do Uber and Harvard have in common? Both only use the top 10 percent or so of their rating scales. For a Harvard student, the median grade is an A- and for an Uber driver, anything below a 4.7 out of 5 average rating from passengers spells tr...

Ever wonder how and why Uber drivers get banned? If it’s not for criminal behavior, the waters get murky.

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Get the Most From Your Tracker

Get the Most From Your Tracker

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn If you were gifted a fitness tracker this year, we bet you had grand ambitions of using it to finally get fit. You swore you’d take 10,000 steps a day, log miles, track calories, count your zzz’s and maybe e...

Tips to Get the Most From Your Tracker

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

An eye-opening app produced by a non-profit startup in Copenhagen hopes to change life for people who are visually impaired.Backed by the Danish Blind Society, the Velux Foundations, and Danish software studio Robocat, Be My Eyes connects sighted ...

A new app connects sighted people with blind people in a way only smartphones can.

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Get the Most From Your Tracker

Get the Most From Your Tracker

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn If you were gifted a fitness tracker this year, we bet you had grand ambitions of using it to finally get fit. You swore you’d take 10,000 steps a day, log miles, track calories, count your zzz’s and maybe e...

Tips to Get the Most From Your Tracker

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BeastStyle

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and c...

She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.

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Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

The Louisiana State Penitentiary boasts such pleasant nicknames as “Alcatraz of the South” and “The Bloodiest Prison in America,” but when pulled up on Google maps, it has a 4.4 star rating. “Was the loveliest place on earth. Loved it!” one review...

From ‘Gruesome Gertie,’ the electric chair, to the warden who lashed inmates with a leather strap, Louisiana State Penitentiary celebrates its hellish past in a museum.

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Indiana's Taxpayer-Funded Fake News Org

Indiana's Taxpayer-Funded Fake News Org

Q: When does the conservative governor of a majority-Republican state start to resemble an old-line Communist apparatchik?A: When he uses taxpayer money to fund government-approved “journalism” to compete with privately-owned, independent news out...

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has attracted ridicule for his plan to set up a state-run news service. Now he says it was an ‘understandable misunderstanding.’

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The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

Somewhere between the silk worms and the sound of funk and the beautiful clothing at Paris' men's autumn/winter 2015 shows--and the infamous outbreak of penis at Rick Owens--one could glimpse the dapper gentlemen from yesteryear.He was m...

At the Paris men's collections, suits and silk belied some handsome looks. But with toga-like draping, the standout looks of the week brilliantly blurred gender lines.

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Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

Inside America’s Bloodiest Prison

The Louisiana State Penitentiary boasts such pleasant nicknames as “Alcatraz of the South” and “The Bloodiest Prison in America,” but when pulled up on Google maps, it has a 4.4 star rating. “Was the loveliest place on earth. Loved it!” one review...

From ‘Gruesome Gertie,’ the electric chair, to the warden who lashed inmates with a leather strap, Louisiana State Penitentiary celebrates its hellish past in a museum.

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ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

“Numbah one! Numbah one!” rang out in a deafeningly unified cry among the fans that trecked over the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridge, traversed the Major Deegan and Cross-County expressways to see Mike Francesa, the man whose voice that had acco...

One thousand fans paid $15 each to attend this year’s FrancesaCon—a day of loud celebration dedicated to the Rush Limbaugh of sports. He told them they were ‘nuts.’

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Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Ryan Ferguson is the prototypical polite Midwesterner, the type of kid parents dream their daughter will bring home: affable and well-mannered, charming but deferential, intelligent but unassuming. In some ways he seems younger than he is, despite...

After serving nearly a decade in jail for a crime authorities now say he didn’t commit, Ryan Ferguson has reinvented himself as a health expert.

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Delivery Guys Are First Responders

Delivery Guys Are First Responders

New Yorkers are already in the middle of a weather emergency, with 3 feet of snow set to dump on us in the next 24 hours. Is it wise for their mayor to start a full-on culture war, too?Journalists, trying to ascertain how draconian Bill de Blasio’...

New York City’s mayor wants food delivery staff off the streets Monday night, saying they’re not an ‘emergency service.’ Lazy, busy, convenience-addicted New Yorkers beg to differ.

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ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

“Numbah one! Numbah one!” rang out in a deafeningly unified cry among the fans that trecked over the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridge, traversed the Major Deegan and Cross-County expressways to see Mike Francesa, the man whose voice that had acco...

One thousand fans paid $15 each to attend this year’s FrancesaCon—a day of loud celebration dedicated to the Rush Limbaugh of sports. He told them they were ‘nuts.’

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Women in the World

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

For female urbanites—and New Yorkers in particular—Eloise represented their wildest fantasy come to life: a free-spirited, wildly independent young girl who lives in the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel and embarks on an endless array of First World adventures.And for Lena Dunham, the series of children’s books was her everything. She obtained her first copy when she was just two years old, and consuming the colorful mini-tomes became an addiction.“I had a copy of El...

The creator and star of HBO’s Girls sat down at Sundance to discuss her Eloise documentary, Hannah’s Iowa mess, and her legion of haters.

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Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

By Mahrokh GholamhosseinpourWhen I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of virginity effectively became a death sentence. Clearest in my mind is th...

In a culture where women who do not bleed on their wedding night may pay with their lives, there’s a creative way to fool the groom.

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Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Does Hillary Clinton need binders full of women?Some Democrats, particularly women and people of color, think so.In interviews with The Daily Beast, nearly a dozen Democrats, said they were worried Clinton’s hires for the top echelons of her pre-c...

Hillary Clinton’s pre-presidential campaign has made some high-profile hires recently—but all of them, so far, are white males. And Democrats have noticed.

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India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, offspring of a deposed Maharajah, and fashion icon—Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was as unlikely an activist as one could find, let alone one who would garner headlines for her support and funding ...

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, scion of the Lion of the Punjab, feminist revolutionary, Princess Sophia finally gets a worthy biography.

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Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

By Mahrokh GholamhosseinpourWhen I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of virginity effectively became a death sentence. Clearest in my mind is th...

In a culture where women who do not bleed on their wedding night may pay with their lives, there’s a creative way to fool the groom.

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Broad City Has Thoughts on Rape Culture

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler may have taken the first jab at rape culture at the 2015 Golden Globes ceremony with their Bill Cosby joke, “I put the pills in the people,” but it was Broad City’s Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson that took it to the next l...

What happens when the guy you’re trying to get some with passes out during sex?

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The Media Is Making Rape Culture Worse

The Media Is Making Rape Culture Worse

The frenzy over college sexual assault now sweeping the nation was triggered by a specific event.In 2010, a small team of investigative journalists published a report revealing, so they claimed, an epidemic of college rape. The report was a jumble...

College sexual assault is a very real problem—but news organizations and government bureaucrats do victims no favors when they exaggerate its prevalence.

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The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

The Girls Training To Fight ISIS

SURUÇ, Turkey — Jalilia Shikho, 50, has been living in a plastic-sheet tent camp next to a warehouse here close to the Syrian border for four months. When she fled a village near the besieged town of Kobani with her family, her 16-year-old daughte...

The refugee camps in Turkey are prime recruiting grounds for the defenders of Kobani—when Ankara permits.

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Books

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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  • Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

    Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

    Though Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience beyond running the Olympics, he is staking his potential political redemption on the idea that he can make America safer. At a speech in San Diego to the Republican National Committee’s winter me...

    While a potential Mitt Romney comeback seems partially tied to his supposed prescience about Russia and the Middle East, his lack of actual policies speak volumes to the contrary.

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When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

January 27 is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their eighties and nineties.

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

Mohsin Hamid’s first three novels are canny, intimate reader-writer transactions. His debut, Moth Smoke (2000) casts the reader as judge (“Your gavel falls like the hammer of God”). The Pakistani protagonist of his second novel, The Reluctant Fund...

One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why Pakistan has become so messy.

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When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The secret history of same-sex marriage By Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Guardian Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-c...

The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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