Politics

Why Voters Love Common Core

Why Voters Love Common Core

There is a lesson in every election, and the results from this month’s midterms were rife with many for both parties. But one of the most striking was the clear message voters sent about education standards: don't abandon them.Recent history ...

The Common Core education standards are catching on with parents and teachers. Why? Because they work.

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Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron

Patriotic Philanthropy: Not an Oxymoron

Billionaire investor David Rubenstein counts among the reasons for his success an intact family, scholarships to the best schools, a lot of good role models, and the fact that he wasn’t a great lawyer. “It required more attention to detail and mor...

The man—a Democrat—who founded the Carlyle Group explains why he gives it away. Here’s one rich man who doesn’t think he did it all himself.

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Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam

Thanks to the Biggest Turkey, Uncle Sam

It’s Thanksgiving, a national holiday since 1863. And that’s a problem now that giving thanks to God no longer plays a prominent role in American civic life.I know, I know, America is still ”one Nation under God.” We believe in Him by a landslide ...

Taking the time to thank our federal, state, and local bureaucracies for all the joy they bring us every day.

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Why Voters Love Common Core

Why Voters Love Common Core

There is a lesson in every election, and the results from this month’s midterms were rife with many for both parties. But one of the most striking was the clear message voters sent about education standards: don't abandon them.Recent history ...

The Common Core education standards are catching on with parents and teachers. Why? Because they work.

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Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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Cory Booker’s Tofurkey Pledge

Cory Booker’s Tofurkey Pledge

In the uncomfortable and often impractical space between politics and folklore, Cory Booker presides. Few politicians garner the celebrity that Senator Booker does, and fewer still seem so earnest and human while doing it. Booker has mastered a re...

Fire-fighting, hunger-striking, snow-shoveling U.S. Senator Cory Booker is up to something new this holiday season: veganism.

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Entertainment

A Twisted Film About Playing in the Dark

A Twisted Film About Playing in the Dark

The year was 2011. Jennifer Lawrence received her first Oscar nomination, Kim Kardashian began and ended her second marriage, and Harry Potter said goodbye with his eighth and final movie. This year also marked the opening of Williamsburg’s Niteha...

Two disenfranchised teens rob houses for quick cash. Their night takes an unexpected twist when they find a young girl chained up in a basement.

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From Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy

From Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy

Well, let’s start with the obvious. I’m thankful that I won $400,000 for about four days of work.Even if you count the time I spent prepping for my original Jeopardy! run and for the Tournament of Champions as “work,” that’s still $400,000 for a c...

Underneath my chronic prickliness and assholishness I am always, always thankful.

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Creed Singer’s Fall From Grace

Creed Singer’s Fall From Grace

In the ballad “My Own Prison,” the first major hit from the Christian rock band Creed, singer Scott Stapp summoned his best Eddie Vedder impression and crooned, “I cry out to God / Seeking only his decision / Gabriel stands and confirms / I’ve cre...

The rocker posted a rambling video on his Facebook page claiming he's broke and penniless. He also says the CIA and DEA are after him.

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What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

What Does It Feel Like To Be Catcalled?

Much has been made of recent videos documenting how women are too often treated on the streets of our cities. The more serious videos have brought attention to the issue and spawned numerous parodies.Street harassment and catcalling are sadly comm...

How does it feel to be harassed while walking down the street?

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From Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy

From Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy

Well, let’s start with the obvious. I’m thankful that I won $400,000 for about four days of work.Even if you count the time I spent prepping for my original Jeopardy! run and for the Tournament of Champions as “work,” that’s still $400,000 for a c...

Underneath my chronic prickliness and assholishness I am always, always thankful.

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A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. You love Thanksgiving. Your Mom loves Thanksgiving. But what about turkeys? Do they?That’s the question Jenny Brown asked herself, and her answer was to open the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Sh...

See the world from a turkey's point of view, literally

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Robert Downey Sr.: We Knew About Cosby

Robert Downey Sr.: We Knew About Cosby

Poll a bunch of random youths today, and nine out of ten will say they know the name Robert Downey Jr. He is Iron Man, after all, and one of the biggest movie stars in the world. But precious few kids these days understand that Tony Stark’s father...

The gonzo director responsible for cult classics like Putney Swope sat down to discuss his filmmaking legacy, his son’s wild journey to the top, and the Bill Cosby allegations.

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Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Sailor Moon Saves the Universe in Heels

Tsukino Usagi is back.Starting this past summer, streaming video service Hulu broadcast the long-delayed, but all new, episodes of Sailor Moon Crystal (美少女戦士セーラームーン).Adapted from the 20-year-old manga, Sailor Moon Crystal tells the story of middle...

In a world where comic book fantasy stubbornly lingers in male-oriented storytelling, ‘Sailor Moon Crystal’ tells the story of a flibbertigibbet who becomes a guardian of the galaxy.

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A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

A Turkey's View of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great holiday. You love Thanksgiving. Your Mom loves Thanksgiving. But what about turkeys? Do they?That’s the question Jenny Brown asked herself, and her answer was to open the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in Woodstock, NY. Sh...

See the world from a turkey's point of view, literally

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World News

Turkish Premier’s Politics of Childhood

Turkish Premier’s Politics of Childhood

ISTANBUL — In Istanbul, in the middle of a city block dubbed “Children’s Street,” a community center provides services for mothers and children. The street is closed to traffic and kids run unfettered across inviting hopscotch squares and bicycle ...

As he attempts to Islamize Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using women and their children.

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Pope Attacks ‘Haggard’ Europe

Pope Attacks ‘Haggard’ Europe

Pope Francis launched a blistering attack against Europe Tuesday claiming that the former cradle of democracy was growing “haggard,” soulless, and irrelevant.Francis became the first pope to address the European Parliament since the end of the Col...

When Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, he told MEPs that Europe was tired and decrepit, and not doing enough to help imperiled migrants.

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Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM—“I am the father of the martyr,” says Ibrahim Hijazi, a well-dressed pensioner with milky blue eyes and a mark on his forehead gained by years of Muslim prayer. He has just emerged from one of the many homes that sit on top of a small hi...

The terrorists are dead, but Israeli authorities punish their families by destroying their houses. This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

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Britain’s Patriot Act on Steroids

Britain’s Patriot Act on Steroids

LONDON — Britain has had enough: the government will announce radical plans to end centuries of free speech on Wednesday in an unprecedented terror crackdown that would force Internet companies to monitor users; restrict the movement of suspects a...

The proposed law is meant to silence or force into exile anyone advocating violent jihad in the UK or waging it outside.

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Pope Attacks ‘Haggard’ Europe

Pope Attacks ‘Haggard’ Europe

Pope Francis launched a blistering attack against Europe Tuesday claiming that the former cradle of democracy was growing “haggard,” soulless, and irrelevant.Francis became the first pope to address the European Parliament since the end of the Col...

When Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament, he told MEPs that Europe was tired and decrepit, and not doing enough to help imperiled migrants.

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Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

“Countries have promised resources to fight Ebola. Which have delivered?”It’s this question that inspired nonprofit ONE.org to create an Ebola tracker to figure out just that. While the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), t...

Little has been delivered of the millions countries pledged to fight the disease: 7 percent of China’s $122M, 17 percent of the EU’s $265M, and 43 percent of the United States’ $572M.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

From practically the day he took office as the 24th Secretary of Defense less than two years ago, Chuck Hagel was a marked man. After one of the more brutal confirmation hearings of a senior Cabinet official in recent memory—Hagel had to apologize...

He's stepping down after less than two lackluster years inside the Pentagon walls and disastrous developments around the world.

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Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

“Countries have promised resources to fight Ebola. Which have delivered?”It’s this question that inspired nonprofit ONE.org to create an Ebola tracker to figure out just that. While the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), t...

Little has been delivered of the millions countries pledged to fight the disease: 7 percent of China’s $122M, 17 percent of the EU’s $265M, and 43 percent of the United States’ $572M.

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U.S. News

Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

The course Jackson taught at VMI, “Natural and Experimental Philosophy,” was brutally difficult.It had been brutally difficult when he took it in 1845 at West Point, where it was loathed and feared by most of the cadet corps, which included some o...

Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

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Prosecutor Threw the Case Against Wilson

Prosecutor Threw the Case Against Wilson

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s announcement of his failure to secure the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown has openly and shamelessly mocked our criminal justice syste...

Robert McCulloch could’ve indicted Michael Brown’s killer himself. Instead, he barely pushed the jurors to charge the cop and allowed the unprecedented step of letting the officer te...

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It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks

It’s Always Black Friday for Clerks

Contrary to what you may assume about me, I actually enjoy the occasional trip to the mall. It’s a kind of a sociological expedition of the sort I find instructive and entertaining—I love watching the gangly teens, for example, as I recall going t...

Remember that the person selling you that shirt is being paid crap and maybe can’t get overtime. And this didn’t happen by accident.

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Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

The course Jackson taught at VMI, “Natural and Experimental Philosophy,” was brutally difficult.It had been brutally difficult when he took it in 1845 at West Point, where it was loathed and feared by most of the cadet corps, which included some o...

Stonewall Jackson, Embattled Professor

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A Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late

A Just Verdict—But 39 Years Too Late

Thirty-nine years is a long time. That is how long Ricky Jackson—sent to prison in 1975 for a crime he did not commit—has been living with the knowledge he was serving someone else's time. Someone else's punishment. During these many yea...

Ricky Jackson is the longest-serving person in U.S. history to be freed. It’s an all-too-typical story, with an all-too-rare happy ending.

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90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson

90 Seconds of Fury in Ferguson

As Michael Brown and Police Officer Darren Wilson struggled furiously in the open window of the squad car, the teen’s friend could only wish for a peacemaker to appear.“I almost feel like someone needs to come out here and say something to either ...

We need to understand what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Ferguson before we can begin to change how we police ourselves.

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Tech + Health

Jaw-Dropping Shots of Earth From Above

Jaw-Dropping Shots of Earth From Above

From the Amazon to Alberta, here are the best aerial shots from around the globe.

From the Amazon to Alberta, here are the best aerial shots from around the globe.

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Justice Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery

Justice Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remained hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing a cardiac procedure early Wednesday morning. The 81-year-old is the oldest active justice on the nation’s highest court, surviving past diagnoses of colon a...

After previously surviving colon and pancreatic cancer, the 81-year-old Supreme Court justice is reportedly ‘resting comfortably’ after cardiac surgery Wednesday.

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Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

Money Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up

“Countries have promised resources to fight Ebola. Which have delivered?”It’s this question that inspired nonprofit ONE.org to create an Ebola tracker to figure out just that. While the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), t...

Little has been delivered of the millions countries pledged to fight the disease: 7 percent of China’s $122M, 17 percent of the EU’s $265M, and 43 percent of the United States’ $572M.

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Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

The vast majority of people who drink too much are not alcohol-dependent, indicating that with help, many can be helped to moderate their consumption, a new government report has found.These findings, published by researchers from the Centers for ...

A new survey shows that while many Americans drink excessively, they aren’t dependent on alcohol. This is problematic—but promising.

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Justice Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery

Justice Ginsburg’s Risky Heart Surgery

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg remained hospitalized Wednesday after undergoing a cardiac procedure early Wednesday morning. The 81-year-old is the oldest active justice on the nation’s highest court, surviving past diagnoses of colon a...

After previously surviving colon and pancreatic cancer, the 81-year-old Supreme Court justice is reportedly ‘resting comfortably’ after cardiac surgery Wednesday.

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Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Six-figure salaries. Flexible hours. Luxury housing. Ah, the life of an intern.This past weekend, high school senior Tiffany Zhong, the chief product officer of the app Glimpse and one of the tech industry’s “55 Unknown Rock Stars” according to in...

$8,000 each month with another $3,000 for housing. Welcome to the life of a Silicon Valley intern.

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Insurance Killed Me, Despite Obamacare

Insurance Killed Me, Despite Obamacare

How far will a health-insurance company go to deny coverage when you are really sick?How willing are they to risk their customers’ health and possibly their lives? Well let me tell you my experience with Health Republic and its affiliate MagnaCare...

Malcolm MacDougall’s insurance company delayed and denied cancer treatments despite his premiums being paid. The Affordable Care Act did nothing to save his life.

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The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

With viral hashtags like #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen and #DropDunham, it’s easier than ever for activists to finally make headway against feminism’s traditional allegiance to white, straight, cisgender, and non-disabled women only.After the Isla Vi...

Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.

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Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Silicon Valley Interns Get More Than You

Six-figure salaries. Flexible hours. Luxury housing. Ah, the life of an intern.This past weekend, high school senior Tiffany Zhong, the chief product officer of the app Glimpse and one of the tech industry’s “55 Unknown Rock Stars” according to in...

$8,000 each month with another $3,000 for housing. Welcome to the life of a Silicon Valley intern.

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From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rap

From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rap

On a playground, near a 10-foot-tall spider in New Orleans’s City Park sculpture garden, a little boy has lost his family. The sun is setting on the park’s 20,000 oak trees, and a large film crew is getting ready to shoot scenes for the upcoming m...

Boyfriend used to be a devout Church of Christ member and children’s art teacher. But she gave that all up to focus on her own art—her raunchy, thought-provoking rap lyrics.

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The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere

The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere

As a kid, you were convinced that enough digging in the backyard would take you straight through to China. That exotic adventure never panned out, but at least one man never grew out of tireless tunneling—regardless of whether or not China really ...

For years, William Schmidt single-handedly dug a tunnel through a mountain to transport his gold-rush loot. The only catch—he never mined a thing and the tunnel led to a scenic ledge.

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The City of Light in Black and White

The City of Light in Black and White

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

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Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris

Barefoot Contessa’s Tasty Trip to Paris

French Green Bean Salad with Warm Goat Cheese Serves 4When I’m in Paris, I love to have a big salad with warm goat cheese for lunch. By wrapping the cheese in phyllo dough and baking it, I end up with a delicious package that’s crispy on the outs...

A French green bean salad with warm goat cheese reminds Ina Garten of having lunch in Paris. It’s also the perfect salad for the holiday weekend.

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The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere

The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere

As a kid, you were convinced that enough digging in the backyard would take you straight through to China. That exotic adventure never panned out, but at least one man never grew out of tireless tunneling—regardless of whether or not China really ...

For years, William Schmidt single-handedly dug a tunnel through a mountain to transport his gold-rush loot. The only catch—he never mined a thing and the tunnel led to a scenic ledge.

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Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow, some of New York City’s best chefs reveal their ingenious takes on traditional dishes in our special seasonal video. Bobby Hellen of GG’s prepares a beautiful dish sourced from the restaurant’s picturesque (...

Thanksgiving lunch doesn’t need to end with turkey and mashed potatoes. A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.

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Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive

Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive

Is it possible to really look forward to something, while dreading it too? Thanksgiving may be about family, but that comes with an intimidating collection of double-edged swords. You may well be about to embark on four days of cosseting, eating, ...

If only it began and ended with the warm glow of family love. But Thanksgiving is also a nightmarish obstacle course. Here’s The Daily Beast’s (hopefully) wisdom-filled emergency kit.

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Confessions of a Turkey Killer

Confessions of a Turkey Killer

When we sit down to our annual Thanksgiving meal, we will be eating a turkey that I’ve reared myself.Writing that brings me tremendous satisfaction.For most of my adult life, I’ve been a city boy. I’ve lived in London, Edinburgh and New York. But ...

He always loved celebrating Thanksgiving, and when our correspondent returned to his rural roots he decided he would rear turkeys too—and take his children to see them get killed.

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Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Thanksgiving Favorites, With a Twist

Just in time for Thanksgiving tomorrow, some of New York City’s best chefs reveal their ingenious takes on traditional dishes in our special seasonal video. Bobby Hellen of GG’s prepares a beautiful dish sourced from the restaurant’s picturesque (...

Thanksgiving lunch doesn’t need to end with turkey and mashed potatoes. A group of New York chefs show The Daily Beast how to enliven, or wholly recast, holiday table staples.

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Women in the World

To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Girls

To End HIV, Stop Violence Against Girls

When Gugu was a 14-year-old girl in Johannesburg, South Africa, she was raped, shot and left for dead. Miraculously, she survived after spending three months in a coma, but when she woke up, the doctor had another potential death sentence to deliver: she had contracted HIV. And if that news wasn't enough to deal with, she was also pregnant.This fate is unfortunately not rare for girls, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. And as it turns out, violence against g...

A powerful public-private partnership is working urgently to stop violence against children, reports Together for Girls director Michele Moloney-Kitts.

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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Books

French PM’s Angry Ex Reveals All

French PM’s Angry Ex Reveals All

When France rid itself of a scandal-prone president and his ex-supermodel first lady in 2012, the country prepared for a period of calm at Élysée Palace, thanks to President Nicolas Sarkozy’s uncharismatic successor, the balding, pasty-faced Socia...

If French President François Hollande hoped Valérie Trierweiler would keep her counsel—and spare his blushes—after the end of their relationship, he was very wrong.

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  • The Next Great Western Novel

    The Next Great Western Novel

    The past echoes through the canyons of the West in this richly layered first novel. In Painted Horses, Malcolm Brooks surrounds his two loss-haunted protagonists with a chorus of voices claiming history as living memory, handed down through the ge...

    In ‘Painted Horses,’ his vivid—and often romantic—debut novel, Malcolm Brooks describes a modern American West where ownership of everything, including the past, is in dispute.

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The City of Light in Black and White

The City of Light in Black and White

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

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The Birth of the Novel

The Birth of the Novel

On the second of the 1,106 pages in his new book, The Novel: A Biography, Michael Schmidt claims without apparent irony that he is writing “what sets out to be a brief life of the novel in English.” Since the hero of his biography has lived for ov...

Michael Schmidt’s new book sets out to write a brief history of that sprawling monstrosity, the English-language novel.

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Why We Can’t Quit the Circus

Why We Can’t Quit the Circus

Like vaudeville routines or swimming holes, the circus, a once-ubiquitous institution, now lives a double life, scrubbed to high polish in most of its rare physical incarnations but boasting a whole galaxy of warts in its enduring presence in othe...

A new book takes us through the Big Top’s weird and wacky history as one of the most popular tropes in Western culture.

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The City of Light in Black and White

The City of Light in Black and White

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

Christopher Thomas’s new book, ‘Paris City of Light,’ is a sumptuous love letter to a city that has inspired people for centuries. See his timeless portraits.

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Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

Amanda Knox: A Mother’s Obsession

The case of Amanda Knox has captivated readers on both sides of the Atlantic for seven years. And why not? It has all the elements necessary for drama, controversy, and suspense. A beautiful, fresh-faced 20-year-old college junior from Seattle goe...

Novelist Nina Darnton spins a story with strong parallels to Amanda Knox’s, to imagine what a mother must feel like when her child gets accused of murder.

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James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

Author James Patterson is calling out President Obama with a video of burning books.The best-selling author has released the video of individuals, including children, burning books to draw attention to what he believes is a lack of emphasis in the...

The best-selling author talks to The Daily Beast about why he’s setting books on fire to get the president’s attention.

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Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

Rand Paul’s Many Leather-Bound Books

I am holding in my hand a book, bound in black “genuine top-grain” leather. The edges of its pages are painted gold. It features on its front and back covers an intricate “original” design, embossed in gold. Its spine, too, “‘hubbed’ as the most p...

Feast your eyes on the ‘top-grain leather,’ ‘original’ design, gilded pages. Is it the Bible? No, it’s the senator’s ‘Government Bullies’—now part of the ‘Classics of Liberty Library.’

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