Politics

Test Your 2014 News Knowledge

Test Your 2014 News Knowledge

OK, more Christmas week fun. A little 2014 news quiz for you. I kept it pretty easy, I think.1. The year opened inauspiciously—and ominously—in Iraq. What happened on January 4?a. Eight U.N. workers were killed in a bombing in Mosulb. ISIS took Fa...

Calling all news junkies: From ISIS to ice buckets and Michael Brown, 15 questions about notable events in 2014 that will put your obsession to the test.

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When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

Whether it is entertainment, consumer goods, or almost anything else that can be purchased, viewed, or clicked on, millennials are the most coveted demographic. There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are ...

Millennials—rich or otherwise—have been notoriously uninterested in politics. So how do you mobilize a cynical generation?

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Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas

Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas

If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.On Christmas morning, Tyson, the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, took to Twitter to troll those celebrating the birth of Jes...

The well-known scientist gave the Internet a little gift on Thursday morning—and took his feud with conservatives to another level.

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Test Your 2014 News Knowledge

Test Your 2014 News Knowledge

OK, more Christmas week fun. A little 2014 news quiz for you. I kept it pretty easy, I think.1. The year opened inauspiciously—and ominously—in Iraq. What happened on January 4?a. Eight U.N. workers were killed in a bombing in Mosulb. ISIS took Fa...

Calling all news junkies: From ISIS to ice buckets and Michael Brown, 15 questions about notable events in 2014 that will put your obsession to the test.

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As Usual, It’s Welfare on the Block

As Usual, It’s Welfare on the Block

Congress loves to be Scroogey when it comes to helping the poor at Christmastime. Last year, it let an unemployment extension for the long-term jobless expire during the holidays. That was right after food-stamps were cut. This year, a bare-bones ...

Technically, welfare expired in 2010. Congress keeps funding it ad hoc—but when the GOP takes over the Senate next year, who knows.

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Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances

Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances

Who needs Santa when there’s George Costanza?That seems to be the attitude of Sen. Rand Paul, who took to Twitter on Tuesday to celebrate Festivus, the holiday created by Costanza’s father on Seinfeld. For the second year in a row, Paul engaged in...

The Kentucky senator seems to be making the ‘Seinfeld’ holiday a tradition on Twitter. Just don’t expect him to erect a pole made of beer cans.

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Entertainment

Faith Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet

Faith Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet

“As I mapped out a new path for my life, I wanted to do something positive.”Reconcile is a rapper from Houston, a city with a rich hip-hop legacy. From the dark raps of the Geto Boys and Scarface to the street signifying of U.G.K. to the syrup-sip...

Hip-hop isn’t only a place to talk about fantasies like being a millionaire and having dope kicks—it’s where you can talk about God.

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2014’s Biggest Scandals

2014’s Biggest Scandals

From “The Fappening” to Iggy Azalea’s controversial rise to the fall of Honey Boo Boo, a look back at the celebrity stories we couldn’t stop talking about in 2014…for better or for worse. (And usually, for worse.)The Sony Hack, Part IThere are so ...

It was the year Bill Cosby made us sad, pretty much every celebrity was hacked, and Kim Kardashian’s butt broke the Internet. A look back at 2014’s most scandalous Hollywood stories.

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Ethan Hawke’s Monster Year

Ethan Hawke’s Monster Year

Ethan Hawke chose this coffee shop. It’s a cozy spot in his Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, populated by modish wives, aspiring screenwriters hammering away on their laptops, and bowl-o-cinos. After a few minutes of staring blankly at my pho...

The Oscar-nominated actor sat down for coffee in Brooklyn to discuss his wild year with ‘Boyhood,’ losing a good pal in Philip Seymour Hoffman, and making a living in Hollywood.

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We’ve Been Honeydicked by The Interview

We’ve Been Honeydicked by The Interview

On Christmas night, I arrived at the Alamo Drafthouse, a dinner-and-movie theater in Richardson, TX, to find news crews set up outside and in the lobby. Moviegoers enjoyed a drink at the bar and milled around waiting for the 10:15 p.m. showing of ...

Seth Rogen said that if I watched ‘The Interview’ I was a ‘goddamn f---ing American hero.’ Really, I just spent two hours at the Alamo Drafthouse bombarded by fart and sex jokes.

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2014’s Biggest Scandals

2014’s Biggest Scandals

From “The Fappening” to Iggy Azalea’s controversial rise to the fall of Honey Boo Boo, a look back at the celebrity stories we couldn’t stop talking about in 2014…for better or for worse. (And usually, for worse.)The Sony Hack, Part IThere are so ...

It was the year Bill Cosby made us sad, pretty much every celebrity was hacked, and Kim Kardashian’s butt broke the Internet. A look back at 2014’s most scandalous Hollywood stories.

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The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

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The Revolutionary Women of ‘Selma’

The Revolutionary Women of ‘Selma’

The “Black Lives Matter” movement has spread across the globe in the wake of several high-profile instances of police killing unarmed black people. The burgeoning crusade has separated itself from earlier, similar civil movements in a myriad of wa...

Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ is important not only for its story, but because of the spotlight it places on women like Coretta King, who isn’t reduced to a stoic matriarch or devoted spouse.

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Havana: Hip-Hop’s Second Home

Havana: Hip-Hop’s Second Home

I am not the first or last person to document the hip-hop scene in Cuba. In 2000, when I was 18 years old, I traveled to Cuba to make my first film La Ciudad del Hip-Hop about the flourishing scene in Alamar, a district in East Havana that the loc...

Miles of Soviet era housing projects sat along on the ocean. From its exterior, nothing looked like it had changed since the ‘70s, yet here was the home of hip-hop in Cuba.

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The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

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World News

AirAsia Flight Is Nothing Like MH370

AirAsia Flight Is Nothing Like MH370

Darkness and bad weather forced the suspension of a massive search and rescue operation for AirAsia Flight QZ8501, which disappeared Sunday over the Java Sea as it flew from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore. Distraught relatives rushed to airport...

It’s been a rough year for Kuala Lumpur-based airlines, but AirAsia’s response to the loss of an airliner over the Java Sea has been miles ahead of Malaysia Airlines.

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Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Adriana Perez really wanted to have a baby. There was just one hitch: Her husband, Gerardo Hernández, was serving a double life sentence in a federal prison in California, and she was thousands of miles away in Cuba.“We both deserve to be parents,...

After years in prison, Cuba’s five spies in the U.S. come home to a happy ending.

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Poaching Animals for Good Karma

Poaching Animals for Good Karma

The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion. In many cases, it’s true. Christian proselytization is limited, and the practice of Christian faith requires government sanction. Uighur Muslims encounter racial discrimina...

The Chinese are participating in ‘life release’ ceremonies in which wild animals are held for ransom, then released in exchange for good karma.

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Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

MOSUL—Extremist fighters from the group known as the Islamic State have left the Sinjar area the same way they came in during August this year: without any real combat or pitched battles. “I feel as if I’m watching the same thing I saw five mont...

In Mosul, foreign fighters have left, the city is flooded with refugees and supply routes are cut off. Locals are afraid of what comes next.

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Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Adriana Perez really wanted to have a baby. There was just one hitch: Her husband, Gerardo Hernández, was serving a double life sentence in a federal prison in California, and she was thousands of miles away in Cuba.“We both deserve to be parents,...

After years in prison, Cuba’s five spies in the U.S. come home to a happy ending.

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The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

KOBANI, Syria — It was a sunny day in late November when Ahmed Ismael, 22, went with a group of seven other fighters to ambush militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, on the eastern flank of this besieged town.Then the plan went...

The Ismael brothers were carpenters, not fighters. But when ISIS attacked, they took up arms and helped stop the jihadists in their tracks.

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The Unseen Airport Security Threat

The Unseen Airport Security Threat

Watchers of jihadist Internet chatter and Tweeting have noted a spike in discussions about bomb making. This was largely provoked by the appearance of the thirteenth edition of the magazine Inspire, put out in English by al Qaeda in the Arabian Pe...

Most of the security at airports is focused on passengers, but the baggage handlers and employees in restricted areas could be bigger threats.

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China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think

China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think

HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard. At the time, news about the purge of Bo Xilai, a princeling and member of China’s Central Politburo, was still makin...

China takes great pains to regulate Internet users within its border, but civil unrest remains largely uncensored—and helps the government gauge public sentiment.

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The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

KOBANI, Syria — It was a sunny day in late November when Ahmed Ismael, 22, went with a group of seven other fighters to ambush militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, on the eastern flank of this besieged town.Then the plan went...

The Ismael brothers were carpenters, not fighters. But when ISIS attacked, they took up arms and helped stop the jihadists in their tracks.

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U.S. News

The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

As the New York Police Department was burying one of its own, the gulf between the city’s cops and its citizens seemed to get a little wider on Saturday.On a bright winter afternoon, about 200 or so fed-up protesters marched a mile from the notori...

As the NYPD buried one of its own, just a few miles away, members of the black community pushed to have one of their own remembered… and called for justice.

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Marching in Memory of Akai Gurley

Marching in Memory of Akai Gurley

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'Taps' for Ramos: 'The Hardest to Play'

'Taps' for Ramos: 'The Hardest to Play'

NYPD Sgt. Jose Rodriguez worked through the night and into the next morning after two of his fellow officers were assassinated by a crazed gunman in Brooklyn.He returned home to learn that his 9-year-old son had been awakened in the night by a ter...

They risk their lives and they don’t always come home. The NYPD buries one of its own on a bright winter day.

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The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

As the New York Police Department was burying one of its own, the gulf between the city’s cops and its citizens seemed to get a little wider on Saturday.On a bright winter afternoon, about 200 or so fed-up protesters marched a mile from the notori...

As the NYPD buried one of its own, just a few miles away, members of the black community pushed to have one of their own remembered… and called for justice.

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A Finishing School for Transwomen

A Finishing School for Transwomen

Since the age of six or seven, Wendy Roome knew something was terribly wrong about her. It was the 1950s. And she was a girl trapped in a boy’s body.Then known as William, she felt uncomfortable, nervous, and withdrawn and kept even family and goo...

Le Femme Finishing School helps transwomen find their inner beauty, no matter their age.

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In The Shadow of Murdered Cops

In The Shadow of Murdered Cops

On Saturday, the bagpipes will keen and twin buglers will play taps and an honor guard will shoulder the flag covered coffin of NYPD Det. Rafael Ramos, whose boyhood nickname, Pote, was inspired by his uncommon goodness while growing up in Brookly...

Det. Rafael Ramos spent a lifetime trying to become a police officer, entering the academy at age 38. Then, just two years into the job, he was cut down.

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Tech + Health

The Case for Butter as a Health Food

The Case for Butter as a Health Food

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Butter is making a comeback—and it has nothing to do with Paula Deen. Once maligned as a high-calorie, artery-clogging disaster, butter is now re-emerging as a staple in the diets of some health-minded folks...

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Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able ...

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

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Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords

Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords

Not sure if you noticed, but 2014 has been a banner year for animal robots. Seriously. There’s some James Bond super-villain levels of cross-pollination between the wild kingdom and the sterile labs of robotics geniuses, a regular NatGeo-meets-Ins...

Science imitates nature as researchers dream up robotic dogs, cheetahs, sharks and even cockroaches.

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No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities hav...

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction.

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Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able ...

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

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Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The idea calls for the production of solar powered balloons that would...

Google and Facebook want to bring the Internet—and with it, startup culture—to 4 billion people who’ve never had it. But Africa’s version of Silicon Valley will be uncharted territory.

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Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires. Yes, I was surprised to learn that the same forest shrub that we love to smooch under every December is a parasite that spends its days sucking the “lifeforce” from tree...

When it’s not the holiday posterplant, mistletoe spends its days sucking the life out of trees worldwide.

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You’re Never ‘Cured’ of Eating Disorders

You’re Never ‘Cured’ of Eating Disorders

There are 14 stairs in front of me. Each one seems a mile high, and the entire flight an insurmountable obstacle. I give myself a pep talk. You’ve done 100 mile bike rides. This isn’t Mount Everest.I have lived the last two months on the ground fl...

Until doctors and researchers can decide what qualifies as ‘recovery’ from an eating disorder, patients continue to exist in a strange limbo.

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Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The idea calls for the production of solar powered balloons that would...

Google and Facebook want to bring the Internet—and with it, startup culture—to 4 billion people who’ve never had it. But Africa’s version of Silicon Valley will be uncharted territory.

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The Bars That Made America Great

The Bars That Made America Great

From city to city, bar openings are covered with bated breath, as reviewers judge the authenticity of the latest speakeasy, the grub of a new Irish pub, or tunes playing from the jukebox of a dive. But some places have a history so rich and long, ...

The top venues where boozing meets history—from the City Tavern in Philadelphia, where American governance was drawn up, to New York’s Stonewall Inn, which sparked the modern gay rig...

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Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Skill Level: Easy3 cups vegetable oil Salt, to taste 4 shallots, 1 chopped and 3 thinly sliced, divided 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon ...

With crispy shallots and grated parmesan, this delicious casserole—created by ‘The Chew’ host—is perfect comfort eating on a cold day.

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The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

“If you’re Jewish and you love it, make some noise in this mothafucking house” roared the DJ at Tao Downtown at around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day.A New York nightclub frequented by Leonard DiCaprio and Derek Jeter was filled with Jews grinding to Ari...

Those looking for a partner for life, or just for the night, go to ‘The Ball,’ drink, scope the room, and mull questions of sex, love, commitment, and identity.

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Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes Inactive prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Skill Level: ModerateFor the pie crust:1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup water 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2...

It’s the day after Christmas, and time to make a delicious pie, using pumpkin puree and chopped pecans.

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Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Skill Level: Easy3 cups vegetable oil Salt, to taste 4 shallots, 1 chopped and 3 thinly sliced, divided 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon ...

With crispy shallots and grated parmesan, this delicious casserole—created by ‘The Chew’ host—is perfect comfort eating on a cold day.

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Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

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Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat

Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat

Every Christmas since 1966, a straw goat with arcing horns and red trim has stood proudly in the central square of a small Swedish town called Gävle. And for 24 of those years, the poor goat has been set on fire as part of an unofficial holiday tr...

Every year the small town of Gävle erects a massive straw goat at Christmas, and every year vandals try to burn the poor creature to the ground.

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Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Servings: 24 Skill level: Easy Prep Time: 30-45 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes1/4 cup dark rum 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar white sprinkles, for...

Christmas Day is one of indulgence and sloth. Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.

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Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

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Women in the World

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision last week to arrest the editor in chief of an opposition newspaper is the latest crack in this country’s image as a modern, Westernized country. But it’s not the only sign of an erosion of rights.Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world. Yet, beyond the glittering skyscrapers and nightclubs, persistent questions remain over huma...

As Turkey’s president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country’s businesswomen are pushing back.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard fo...

Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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Books

Biking with the Bard

Biking with the Bard

Shakespeare must have had a nice butt.
This is the thought that runs through my mind during a 200-mile cycling journey from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to London, where his plays were produced and where three theatre houses bear ...

During a two-wheeled jaunt through England in the footsteps of Shakespeare, I learned how to appreciate my surroundings…and that the bard must have had a toned butt.

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  • A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

    A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

    As I neared the end of my reading of Dear Thief, the third novel from UK writer Samantha Harvey (The Wilderness, All is Song), I found myself confiding in a colleague that, despite the fact that I had reviewed hundreds of books over the years, bot...

    The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.

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How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

The March took place on August 28. Close to half a million people converged on Washington and rallied at the Lincoln Memorial in what was widely referred to as the largest political demonstration to date in American history. The Brooklyn chapter o...

This week 50 years ago, Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ was released. An excerpt from Peter Guralnick’s recently rereleased superb biography of the singer examines what inspired...

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The Best of The Stacks

The Best of The Stacks

It’s been my honor to present The Stacks this past year, our weekly series where we reprint classic stories for you. The majority of these stories are making their first appearance online. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s a privilege and an ho...

Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless. Here are the ones we found most memorable.

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Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon

Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon

Whether it’s publishing, clothing, journalism, or tech—one of the biggest business stories in the past 20 years is how many storied companies missed the boat when it came to the power of the Internet. Publishing houses like Hachette now squabble w...

A new book tells the tale of how the rise of Amazon and e-commerce threatened the success of Big Box stores—until they learned to get in on the new game.

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How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

The March took place on August 28. Close to half a million people converged on Washington and rallied at the Lincoln Memorial in what was widely referred to as the largest political demonstration to date in American history. The Brooklyn chapter o...

This week 50 years ago, Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ was released. An excerpt from Peter Guralnick’s recently rereleased superb biography of the singer examines what inspired...

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How the Chicken Saved Humanity

How the Chicken Saved Humanity

The eagle may be regal, the peacock flamboyant, and the California condor downright nightmare-inducing—but when it comes to global dominance, no bird is a match for the chicken.In Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird Tha...

It’s the bird that’s enabled human civilization, Andrew Lawler argues in his new book, ‘Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?’ Is it also the key to saving a crowded planet?

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Daphne Merkin vs. Lena Dunham

Daphne Merkin vs. Lena Dunham

The Fame Lunches, Daphne Merkin’s latest essay collection, roams widely over the cultural landscape of the past 35 years, to plumb the depths of collective obsessions, public personas and the larger implications of private wounds. Both as a trench...

In a Q&A the legendary essayist and critic Daphne Merkin riffs on everything from Lena Dunham’s less interesting “flawed” self, her favorite writers, and how to write about sex.

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A Forgotten Nazi Fighter Reemerges

A Forgotten Nazi Fighter Reemerges

Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience. But few of us would recognize the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand, a German philosopher-turned-outspoken Nazi antagonis...

Dietrich von Hildebrand is best remembered today in theological circles for his contributions to Catholic thought. He should also be remembered for being an early and eloquent foe of...

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How the Chicken Saved Humanity

How the Chicken Saved Humanity

The eagle may be regal, the peacock flamboyant, and the California condor downright nightmare-inducing—but when it comes to global dominance, no bird is a match for the chicken.In Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird Tha...

It’s the bird that’s enabled human civilization, Andrew Lawler argues in his new book, ‘Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?’ Is it also the key to saving a crowded planet?

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