Politics

U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015.

Huck Announces Run in Hope, Sees Doom

Huck Announces Run in Hope, Sees Doom

HOPE, Arkansas — Republican Mike Huckabee launched his second presidential campaign on Tuesday with the hometown gentility of John Mellencamp Americana and the fire and brimstone of the Book of Revelation.The same town gave Clinton his successful ...

The former governor returned to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, to launch his presidential campaign and scare the hell out of his fans. Exactly how they like it.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attends a presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

How Reform Repubs Can Topple Hillary

How Reform Repubs Can Topple Hillary

Strange as it may seem, the strongest Republican presidential candidate will make fixing the corrupt system of influence in Washington a central commitment of their administration.The overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, Hillary Cl...

Republicans aren’t known for their hostility to big money in politics. But a reform Republican who harnesses grassroots hostility to crony capitalism could be perfectly positioned to...

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Mourners pay their respects at the open casket of 25-year old Freddie Gray prior to his funeral services at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland April 27, 2015. Gray died after being taken into police custody and sustaining a mysterious spinal injury, a death that has angered many residents of this predominantly African-American city.   REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton - RTX1AHE8

Why Freddie Gray Never Had a Chance

Why Freddie Gray Never Had a Chance

Whenever something like the death of Freddie Gray happens, we usually get around, by the third or fourth day, to the broader poverty discussion. This debate usually boils down to the Great Society programs. Liberals say they worked, and what we ne...

One answer: lead poisoning. Yes, seriously. It produces social dysfunction, except the kind among members of Congress who won’t fight it.

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U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee formallly launches his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event in Hope, Arkansas May 5, 2015.

Huck Announces Run in Hope, Sees Doom

Huck Announces Run in Hope, Sees Doom

HOPE, Arkansas — Republican Mike Huckabee launched his second presidential campaign on Tuesday with the hometown gentility of John Mellencamp Americana and the fire and brimstone of the Book of Revelation.The same town gave Clinton his successful ...

The former governor returned to his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, to launch his presidential campaign and scare the hell out of his fans. Exactly how they like it.

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Republican U.S. presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in Detroit, Michigan May 4, 2015.

Carson: From Neurosurgeon to Space Cadet

Carson: From Neurosurgeon to Space Cadet

Perhaps more than any other modern-day presidential contender, Ben Carson’s public life is broken in two dramatically different parts. These days he makes news exclusively for his political involvement, which continued Monday with the formal annou...

Before he was a Fox News star, Ben Carson was a world-renowned brain surgeon. Seriously.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Jon Greenberg and Lauren CarrollWarning: The following fact-check may upset your stomach.On NBC’s Meet the Press, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was asked if there was too much money in politics. He offered a novel answer.“We spend more mo...

John Boehner claimed that Americans spend more on antacids than politics. PunditFact checked it out.

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Entertainment

US singer and musician Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson) performs on stage at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on June 30, 2011.

Prince Is Dropping a Song for Baltimore

Prince Is Dropping a Song for Baltimore

Prince is getting political, again. This time, he’s releasing a tribute to Baltimore, in response to the death of Freddie Gray.The as-yet unreleased track, simply titled “Baltimore,” will address “the unrest in Baltimore and the socio/political is...

From Reagan and the Cold War to “Baltimore,” Prince is no stranger to releasing tribute songs in big political moments.

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Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage, Wembley Empire Pool, London, 7th April 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

The magazine editor who called that afternoon long ago had a simple, blunt question for me: “How do you feel about the Grateful Dead?”Having bought Workingman’s Dead when I was 13, I didn’t have to think too long about it. “Well, I love that band,...

As the Grateful Dead turns 50 today, it’s worth considering how they’ve remained respected for never selling out.

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Goodbye, Dave: The Great Agitator

Goodbye, Dave: The Great Agitator

At publications large and small all around the country, TV and media writers have been putting off their obligatory “Farewell, Dave” pieces in the hopes that maybe by doing so, they might somehow help delay David Letterman’s dreaded exit from the ...

David Letterman’s final ‘Late Show’ is May 20. In honor of his stepping down, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic Tom Shales writes about his gloriously ribald and revolutionary legacy.

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What is Justin Timberlake Doing?

What is Justin Timberlake Doing?

Justin Timberlake's new role is bizarre beyond words, starring as a lime in a mockumentary for Sauza tequila. Covered in green makeup and sporting a "Noo Yawk" accent, Timberlake plays a lime that lives an Entourage-like lifestyle u...

Pop star/actor/new dad plays a creepy lime in tequila ad.

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Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage, Wembley Empire Pool, London, 7th April 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

The magazine editor who called that afternoon long ago had a simple, blunt question for me: “How do you feel about the Grateful Dead?”Having bought Workingman’s Dead when I was 13, I didn’t have to think too long about it. “Well, I love that band,...

As the Grateful Dead turns 50 today, it’s worth considering how they’ve remained respected for never selling out.

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Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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Actress Linda Cardellini arrives at the Premiere Of Marvel's 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron' at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)

The Top-Secret ‘Avengers’ Character

The Top-Secret ‘Avengers’ Character

Linda Cardellini is getting great at keeping secrets.She earned an Emmy nomination for her surprise recurring character in Mad Men and is a key player in a big reveal in the blockbuster Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which just grossed $18...

As ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ continues to rack up money at the box office, we speak with the actress behind the film's most surprising—and best—plot point. [Warning: Spoilers]

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Jon Hamm as Don Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Justina Mintz/AMC

Don Draper’s Suicidal Tendencies

Don Draper’s Suicidal Tendencies

Mad Men’s biggest swingin’ dick, Don Draper, wearing the shit out of a bespoke suit—as is his wont—glides through the halls of McCann Erickson and into his new, spacious corner office. By his side is his Helium-voiced secretary, Meredith, who hand...

The third to last episode of ‘Mad Men’ included several moments that foreshadow Don’s potential fate, and also saw Joan reach her BS limit. [Warning: Spoilers]

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Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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World News

A helicopter arrives at a trekkers camp to evacuate Israeli solders after a mission to rescue climbers affected by last week's earthquake from the Himalaya mountains near Dhunche, Nepal, May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris  - RTX1BCKV

In Nepal, the Kindness of Strangers

In Nepal, the Kindness of Strangers

KATHMANDU — Nepal had always been on Sandy Kyin’s travel list. She loved mountains and loved the outdoors. So seven months ago, Sandy, a 29-year-old risk consultant in the banking industry in New York, quit her job and began traveling. On April 17...

U.S. Special Forces helped a few of the Westerners trapped in Nepal after the quake, but most of those who’ve survived were saved by the locals.

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U.K. Candidate Blames U.K. for Terrorism

U.K. Candidate Blames U.K. for Terrorism

LEEDS, England—Parliamentary candidates selected to represent the U.K. Independence Party have told The Daily Beast that they believe 9/11 was a hoax, claimed the British government was to blame for the July 7 London bombings, which killed more th...

Candidates for Britain’s third most popular party share their bizarre conspiracy theories which include 9/11 trutherism and blaming the British government for the 7/7 bombings.

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Men and civil defence members carry an injured man on a stretcher after what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad and hit a school and a residential building in Seif al-Dawla neighborhood of Aleppo May 3, 2015. REUTERS/Hosam Katan - RTX1BC0C

Time for a No-Fly Zone Over Syria

Time for a No-Fly Zone Over Syria

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — “They call these the terrorists,” a volunteer rescue worker shouts as he holds a child in a burial shroud, one of four toddlers killed Sunday by a barrel bomb dropped by the Syrian government on a teaching center in the Seif al...

A new Amnesty International report, “Death Everywhere,” provides ample evidence that the Assad regime must be stopped from waging a terror campaign from the air.

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U.S. Admits It Killed Civilians in Syria

U.S. Admits It Killed Civilians in Syria

An internal military investigation has concluded that two civilians were killed in a U.S.-led coalition airstrike against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, two defense officials confirmed to The Daily Beast, marking the first time the U.S. milita...

For months, officials have said a relentless bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria isn’t killing innocents. But now an internal military investigation concludes otherwise.

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U.K. Candidate Blames U.K. for Terrorism

U.K. Candidate Blames U.K. for Terrorism

LEEDS, England—Parliamentary candidates selected to represent the U.K. Independence Party have told The Daily Beast that they believe 9/11 was a hoax, claimed the British government was to blame for the July 7 London bombings, which killed more th...

Candidates for Britain’s third most popular party share their bizarre conspiracy theories which include 9/11 trutherism and blaming the British government for the 7/7 bombings.

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LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Vistit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, ...

Think it’s hard to be gay in the United States? Kenita Placide, from St. Lucia, humbly describes her courage in the face of astonishing adversity.

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A man poses with the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven"), which shows a caricature of Prophet Mohammad, at a cafe in Nice, southern France January 14, 2015. The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France on Wednesday, with people queuing up to buy copies to support the satirical weekly. A print run of up to three million copies has been set for what has been called "the survivors' edition," dwarfing the usual 60,000 run. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard  (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA) TEMPLATE OUT - RTR4LE1D

The PEN Gala and the Gall of the Boycott

The PEN Gala and the Gall of the Boycott

The writers who have decided to boycott the PEN American Center’s annual gala in New York on Tuesday, an event at which the courage of Charlie Hebdo is to be honored, rely on five arguments.The dissenters cannot, they say, endorse the editorial li...

Blinding ignorance is what really lies behind the statements of those PEN members who’ve attacked the decision to honor Charlie Hebdo.

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A Tale of Two Babies

A Tale of Two Babies

ROME — Around the time Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, then in the early stages of labor, hopped into their armored Land Rover and headed to the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday morning, another pregnant woman s...

She’s not a princess. We don’t even know her name. But the image of this child swaddled in a hazmat suit has brought tears of joy and pain to millions of Italians.

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LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

LGBT Activist Mugged, Robbed…Keeps Going

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Vistit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, ...

Think it’s hard to be gay in the United States? Kenita Placide, from St. Lucia, humbly describes her courage in the face of astonishing adversity.

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U.S. News

A man listens to Beats brand headphones on a street in New York, May 29, 2014. Apple Inc will buy Beats for about $3 billion and bring recording mogul Jimmy Iovine into its ranks, hoping to win points with the music industry and help it catch up in fast-growing music streaming. As expected, Beats co-founders Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre will join Apple as part of the acquisition of the music streaming and audio equipment company.

Apple Wants to End Spotify’s Free Ride

Apple Wants to End Spotify’s Free Ride

Music streaming monster Spotify boasts some 60 million users. That’s nearly the population of the two biggest states, California and Texas, combined. But only 15 million—just 25%—of those subscribers actually shell out for the premium service, whi...

A new report says Apple is trying to end Spotify’s free streaming option—and displace about three-quarters of its users along with it. The DOJ is trying to stop it.

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New York State Senator Dean Skelos (L) and his son Adam Skelos arrive at the Jacob Javits Federal Building in New York May 4, 2015. New York Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a Republican, was taken into custody by federal authorities on Monday morning as part of a public corruption matter, an FBI spokesman said. Skelos and his son, Adam, were seen by a Reuters photographer walking into the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in lower Manhattan earlier in the day following reports that the two men would be charged criminally. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz - RTX1BH79

FBI: Pol Plotted Scam at Cop’s Funeral

FBI: Pol Plotted Scam at Cop’s Funeral

In one of the all-time lows in American politics, the New York state Senate majority leader stood at a murdered cop’s funeral and chatted with his son on a cellphone about an alleged shakedown.According to a federal criminal complaint unsealed on ...

As if the graft allegations against the New York state Senate leader weren’t enough, he is accused of conducting his dirty business as a slain cop’s family mourned nearby.

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US President Barack Obama speaks at an event at Lehman College launching the My Brothers Keeper Alliance, a new non-profit organization, in New York on May 4, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama’s Retirement Plan: Help Black Kids

Obama’s Retirement Plan: Help Black Kids

What is in Barack Obama’s heart? Underneath that cool exterior, it can be hard to tell. When he leaves office in 2017, he will be a fit 55-year-old with decades of productive life likely ahead of him. How will he use them?I went to the Bronx on Mo...

After he leaves the White House, friends say the president will return to his passion: helping African Americans.

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A man listens to Beats brand headphones on a street in New York, May 29, 2014. Apple Inc will buy Beats for about $3 billion and bring recording mogul Jimmy Iovine into its ranks, hoping to win points with the music industry and help it catch up in fast-growing music streaming. As expected, Beats co-founders Iovine and rapper Dr. Dre will join Apple as part of the acquisition of the music streaming and audio equipment company.

Apple Wants to End Spotify’s Free Ride

Apple Wants to End Spotify’s Free Ride

Music streaming monster Spotify boasts some 60 million users. That’s nearly the population of the two biggest states, California and Texas, combined. But only 15 million—just 25%—of those subscribers actually shell out for the premium service, whi...

A new report says Apple is trying to end Spotify’s free streaming option—and displace about three-quarters of its users along with it. The DOJ is trying to stop it.

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Police officers stand near a school bus used to evacuate attendees of the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative after a shooting outside the Curtis Culwell Center where the event was held in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday at the anti-Islam art exhibit near Dallas featuring depictions of the Prophet Mohammad were themselves shot dead at the scene, a local CBS television affiliate and other local media reported, citing police.   REUTERS/Mike Stone - RTX1BEBU

FBI Knew About ‘Draw Muhammad’ Gunman

FBI Knew About ‘Draw Muhammad’ Gunman

Elton Simpson of Arizona has been reportedly identified as one of two gunmen who behind Sunday night’s failed attack on a “Draw Mohammed” event in Garland, Texas. The other man involved is believed to have been his roommate in an Phoenix apartment...

One of two men accused of a failed attack in Texas was a convert to Islam and spoke publicly about jihad even his arrest on terror-related charges in 2010.

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NYC Cop Dies After Brutal Shooting

NYC Cop Dies After Brutal Shooting

On a perfect Sunday in May, police were searching amidst the flowering trees and bright green lawns of Queens Village for a handgun that had been used to shoot a 25-year-old police officer in the head the night before.Police Officer Brian Moore an...

A young police officer fought for his life a day after being shot in the head during a routine patrol but succumbed to his injuries.

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Tech + Health

Shallow, Selfish, Self-Absorbed - book of essays by people who aren't having kids

Childless Adults: Monsters or Awesome?

Childless Adults: Monsters or Awesome?

Not long ago, Pope Francis made a statement in St. Peter’s Square that did serious, perhaps irreparable damage to the Chill Pontiff persona he’d so fruitfully been cultivating. “A society with a greedy generation,” he declared, “that doesn’t want ...

Society, essentially other adults, feels the need to judge the decision not to have children. Don’t.

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Why Do Bi Women Smoke So Much Weed?

Why Do Bi Women Smoke So Much Weed?

“Mary Jane” is just a euphemism, but if she were a person, she’d definitely be bisexual.Public health researchers have already established that bisexual women use cannabis at much higher rates than straight and lesbian women. The 2000 National Alc...

Excluded by both straight and lesbian peer groups, bi women face one of the most challenging psychological spaces.

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Diagnosing a Nigerian ‘Mystery Disease’

Diagnosing a Nigerian ‘Mystery Disease’

A mysterious and highly fatal disease was described in Nigeria two weeks ago. The first wave of reports suggested major trouble: 24 cases, 18 of whom had died precipitously from neurologic collapse: confusion, blindness, coma, death. A more recent...

Whether it’s illness, poison or divine retribution, whatever killed those 23 people has recent roots.

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Is Folic Acid Poison To Pregnant Women?

Is Folic Acid Poison To Pregnant Women?

If you’re a woman of childbearing age, you’ve heard—likely more than once—the message. Whether it’s from special interest groups like the Spina Bifida Association, whether it’s from the buzz surrounding “Folic Acid Awareness Week” every January, o...

Pregnant women need folic acid, right? Well for the 10-15 percent with a genetic condition, it could be dangerous.

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Why Do Bi Women Smoke So Much Weed?

Why Do Bi Women Smoke So Much Weed?

“Mary Jane” is just a euphemism, but if she were a person, she’d definitely be bisexual.Public health researchers have already established that bisexual women use cannabis at much higher rates than straight and lesbian women. The 2000 National Alc...

Excluded by both straight and lesbian peer groups, bi women face one of the most challenging psychological spaces.

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Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book  ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people h...

A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.

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A man takes part in the National semi-final cross-fit competition in Belarus' capital of Minsk on March 22, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKY        (Photo credit should read MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

How To Beat Fitness ADHD

How To Beat Fitness ADHD

In life, variety seems to be good. Variety spices up life—in our diet, our friendships, our television shows and music, and for those who dare, in our love lives. Too much variety, however, in our exercise repertoire—jumping from spin class to Bom...

You can jump from Bombay Jam Bollywood to CrossFit, but doing exercise that you believe in will make you happier in the long run.

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Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book  ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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BeastStyle

Rapper Jay-Z (L) watches Beyonce pose at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala 2015 celebrating the opening of "China: Through the Looking Glass," in Manhattan, New York May 4, 2015.

How Nearly Nude Took Over the Red Carpet

How Nearly Nude Took Over the Red Carpet

As the fashion elite gathered at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday night for their equivalent of Cinderella’s ball, all eyes turned to Beyoncé.Queen B stepped out on the red carpet in front of her legions ...

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian West, and J.Lo caused flashbulbs to explode by wearing next to nothing on Monday night’s Met Gala red carpet. Why is so little being worn by so many?

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This Is How to Rock the Met Gala

This Is How to Rock the Met Gala

Monday night’s red carpet had a Chinese theme, which celebrities, models, and designers interpreted loosely as a sign to go nuts. The result: brilliance—and Beyoncé (naturally) triumphed over all.

Monday night’s red carpet had a Chinese theme, which celebrities, models, and designers interpreted loosely as a sign to go nuts. The result: brilliance—and Beyoncé (naturally) trium...

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Pamela Geller Fans See Sharia Everywhere

Pamela Geller Fans See Sharia Everywhere

We now know that the two gunmen killed last night, in Garland, Texas, had links to Islamic terrorism. Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi had opened fire outside a ‘contest’ at the Curtis Culwell Center to draw cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, an...

Two gunmen were killed outside an anti-Muslim group’s contest to draw cartoons of Muhammad. Our reporter reveals what happened before the gun fight began.

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Happy 40th Birthday, David Beckham!

Happy 40th Birthday, David Beckham!

David Beckham turned 40 at the weekend with a huge party in a luxe resort in Marrakech. We take a look back at his 40 eventful, starry years.

David Beckham turned 40 at the weekend with a huge party in a luxe resort in Marrakech. We take a look back at his 40 eventful, starry years.

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This Is How to Rock the Met Gala

This Is How to Rock the Met Gala

Monday night’s red carpet had a Chinese theme, which celebrities, models, and designers interpreted loosely as a sign to go nuts. The result: brilliance—and Beyoncé (naturally) triumphed over all.

Monday night’s red carpet had a Chinese theme, which celebrities, models, and designers interpreted loosely as a sign to go nuts. The result: brilliance—and Beyoncé (naturally) trium...

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Dads With 'Dadbods' Fight Back

Dads With ‘Dadbods’ Fight Back

Dads With ‘Dadbods’ Fight Back

What a weekend for American men. For the first time in a long time they have been eyeing their paunches in the bathroom mirror, and thinking, “Yeah, looks pretty damned good,” and ordering a guilt-free pizza.Their new-found pride is down to Clem...

The new desirable male body type is not pumped-up arms and a six-pack, but the ‘dadbod’ mixture of fit and flab.

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The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake

The Black Artist Who Thinks Race Is Fake

“I don’t really believe in race. It’s a fabrication,” Hank Willis Thomas tells me.His words initially shock me for a few reasons. One is that when I meet the acclaimed African-American artist, it’s just a couple of days following the death of Walt...

Hank Willis Thomas believes race is a construct, and his latest exhibition, using a century of advertising featuring white women, illustrates his thesis at its most complex.

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Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

“We’re Piercing My Baby’s Tongue. Here’s Why.”“Dying Woman Finally Achieves Body Acceptance”“How to Make Your Vagina Look More Like His Man Cave”Such were just a few of the headlines on Friday’s homepage of the satirical website Reductress, the ‘O...

The sharply witty ‘Reductress’ site doesn’t just satirize the sexism women face, but also the inadequacies and failings of feminism itself.

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Dads With 'Dadbods' Fight Back

Dads With ‘Dadbods’ Fight Back

Dads With ‘Dadbods’ Fight Back

What a weekend for American men. For the first time in a long time they have been eyeing their paunches in the bathroom mirror, and thinking, “Yeah, looks pretty damned good,” and ordering a guilt-free pizza.Their new-found pride is down to Clem...

The new desirable male body type is not pumped-up arms and a six-pack, but the ‘dadbod’ mixture of fit and flab.

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Books

Shallow, Selfish, Self-Absorbed - book of essays by people who aren't having kids

Childless Adults: Monsters or Awesome?

Childless Adults: Monsters or Awesome?

Not long ago, Pope Francis made a statement in St. Peter’s Square that did serious, perhaps irreparable damage to the Chill Pontiff persona he’d so fruitfully been cultivating. “A society with a greedy generation,” he declared, “that doesn’t want ...

Society, essentially other adults, feels the need to judge the decision not to have children. Don’t.

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  • Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs on stage, Wembley Empire Pool, London, 7th April 1972. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

    How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

    How the Grateful Dead’s Cool Never Died

    The magazine editor who called that afternoon long ago had a simple, blunt question for me: “How do you feel about the Grateful Dead?”Having bought Workingman’s Dead when I was 13, I didn’t have to think too long about it. “Well, I love that band,...

    As the Grateful Dead turns 50 today, it’s worth considering how they’ve remained respected for never selling out.

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Who Made Gwyneth Paltrow God? We Did.

Who Made Gwyneth Paltrow God? We Did.

Demi Moore extolled the revitalizing effects of “leech therapy.” Kate Middleton uses bee-venom to plump up her complexion. Katie Holmes maintains a dewy glow with the “Celebrity Escargot Course,” wherein snails coat the face with their protein and...

Leech therapy, colon cleanses, snail mucus: do we follow celebrities’ esoteric health therapies in a—literally--vain bid to be like them?

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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A man reads on September 19, 2012 in Paris, the back cover of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo which features on the front cover of its September 19 issue a satirical drawing titled "Intouchables 2". The title refers to "Intouchables", a 2012 French movie, the most seen French movie abroad, which is selected to represent France for the Oscars nominees, according to one of his directors, Eric Toledano. Inside pages contain several cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine's decision to publish the cartoons came against a background of unrest across the Islamic world over a crude US-made film that mocks Mohammed and portrays Muslims as gratuitously violent. AFP PHOTO THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/GettyImages)

Literary Elite Takes on Dead Journalists

Literary Elite Takes on Dead Journalists

On January 7, Jean-Baptiste Thoret was ambling toward the office, late for an editorial meeting—he's a French film critic, after all—when 12 of his colleagues at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were being cut to ribbons by AK-47 fire. A...

Hitler. Goebbels. Hebdo. Really? Can the PEN members boycotting Tuesday’s Courage Award for the slain French satirists really not tell the difference between racism and mocking racism?

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Who Made Gwyneth Paltrow God? We Did.

Who Made Gwyneth Paltrow God? We Did.

Demi Moore extolled the revitalizing effects of “leech therapy.” Kate Middleton uses bee-venom to plump up her complexion. Katie Holmes maintains a dewy glow with the “Celebrity Escargot Course,” wherein snails coat the face with their protein and...

Leech therapy, colon cleanses, snail mucus: do we follow celebrities’ esoteric health therapies in a—literally--vain bid to be like them?

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Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

On July 30, 1866, a New Orleans attorney of some influence, Thomas Jefferson Durant, gazed out of his downtown office as marauding policemen beat and shot black people in the streets.The police mob blasted into a place called Mechanics’ Hall, two ...

The Civil War may have been over, but former slave Rose Herera still had to fight to get back her children that had been taken to Cuba, where slavery was still legal.

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David McCullough On Books

David McCullough On Books

American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015. McCullough discusses his favorite books and authors, including British crime novelist...

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Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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