Politics

How Jeb Survived CPAC

How Jeb Survived CPAC

It’s fair to say CPAC is not friendly territory for Jeb Bush.His warm-up acts at the Conservative Political Action Conference included professional fear-monger Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fam...

Despite persistent heckles and a severe line of questioning from professional pain-in-his-ass Sean Hannity, Jeb Bush may have survived the conservative base at CPAC.

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Walker: College Rape Can Go Unreported

Walker: College Rape Can Go Unreported

Buried within Gov. Scott Walker’s $68 billion budget proposal for Wisconsin is a gutpunch for advocates for assault victims: provisions to end requirements for colleges and universities to report sexual assaults on campus to state law enforcement....

Scott Walker’s budget proposal to delete the requirement that universities report sexual assault cases has not only turned students against him, but also his Republican attorney gene...

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Duck Dynasty Guy: Hippie Revenge Is STDs

Duck Dynasty Guy: Hippie Revenge Is STDs

During a CPAC that has produced the expected maelstrom of cynicism and garden-variety terrible, one man ensured a wildly Biblical, passionately anti-sex level of ridiculousness for an attentive crowd.It wasn’t Rick Santorum—it was Phil Robertson, ...

Phil Robertson brings anti-sex insanity to CPAC.

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How Jeb Survived CPAC

How Jeb Survived CPAC

It’s fair to say CPAC is not friendly territory for Jeb Bush.His warm-up acts at the Conservative Political Action Conference included professional fear-monger Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fam...

Despite persistent heckles and a severe line of questioning from professional pain-in-his-ass Sean Hannity, Jeb Bush may have survived the conservative base at CPAC.

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CPAC’s Bleeding-Heart Conservative

CPAC’s Bleeding-Heart Conservative

Conservatives who hope to distance themselves from the whackadoodlier elements of CPAC often refer to the conference as a sideshow.But this year, the sideshow has a sideshow: not a more extreme iteration, but an ideological double negative.GALLERY...

Matt Robbins says his fellow right wingers might not be empathetic enough to the poor and downtrodden.

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Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3. Bibi and his supporters have framed this as a Churchillian moment; one where the world can never claim it wasn’t warned of the oncoming ...

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress risks making support for Israel a partisan issue.

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Entertainment

Racists Attack Will Smith’s ‘Focus’

Racists Attack Will Smith’s ‘Focus’

While the white (and gold) vs. black (and blue) debate over #TheDress continues to divide and alter life as we know it, another far more insidious color war is raging in America: Racists are outraged over the interracial coupling in the movie Focu...

The vile racists of the Internet are up in arms over the new movie ‘Focus’, which features stars Will Smith and Margot Robbie (sort of) knocking boots. Ugh.

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Spock is no longer with us.Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared Star Trek character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. The actor and philanthropist had recently revealed he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulm...

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret Selves.

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We Banged On National Television

We Banged On National Television

“I have one question for you: Are you ready to go into the Sex Box?”That is a very good question, and it is asked in each episode of the new series Sex Box. And, before the show even aired, at least one group has made their answer very clear: hell...

A candid conversation with a couple who took part in WEtv’s controversial new series ‘Sex Box’, in which couples have sex in a box and then talk about it with relationship experts.

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Kanye West’s Vanilla Protege

Kanye West’s Vanilla Protege

“Your using been bumping—you just waiting to breakout. And I been waiting all goddamn year. I can tell that it’s near but ‘near’ ain’t here.”Despite hit singles and a personal life that is consistently picked apart on gossip blogs—thanks to his re...

He’s been tapped by Mr. Yeezus as next in line to the rap throne, but Big Sean’s “breakthrough” album doesn’t quite get him there.

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Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Spock is no longer with us.Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared Star Trek character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. The actor and philanthropist had recently revealed he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulm...

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret Selves.

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The Tao of Kobe

The Tao of Kobe

For most of my life, I despised Kobe Bryant and very actively rooted against him.I grew up in Boston loving the Celtics during their ‘80s heyday, so it’s a big part of my DNA to be a Laker Hater. And thus, like a loyal ‘Masshole,’ for the first 15...

Gotham Chopra—son of Deepak—writes about how filming his new Showtime documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, gave him a greater appreciation of the basketball icon.

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Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Yeezus hath spoken:Yes, Kanye West has issued a public apology to everyone’s favorite Scientologist for semi-storming the Grammys stage after Beck was announced as the surprise winner of Album of the Year for his comeback LP Morning Phase. West al...

Yeezus semi-crashed Beck’s Album of the Year win at the Grammys and later said Beyoncé deserved the award. Now he’s sorry. He also apologized to Bruno Mars.

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Ryan Gosling’s Epic Bromance

Ryan Gosling’s Epic Bromance

Ryan Gosling’s close BFFship with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is the stuff of modern Hollywood bromantic legend. But it’s never been chronicled as intimately as it is in Liv Corfixen’s new film My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn—...

The documentary ‘My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn’ goes up close and personal during the making of ‘Only God Forgives.’ Watch an exclusive clip of Gosling and Refn.

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The Tao of Kobe

The Tao of Kobe

For most of my life, I despised Kobe Bryant and very actively rooted against him.I grew up in Boston loving the Celtics during their ‘80s heyday, so it’s a big part of my DNA to be a Laker Hater. And thus, like a loyal ‘Masshole,’ for the first 15...

Gotham Chopra—son of Deepak—writes about how filming his new Showtime documentary, Kobe Bryant’s Muse, gave him a greater appreciation of the basketball icon.

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World News

Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

Heart of Russian Opposition Gunned Down

Editor’s Note: The writer of this piece is not related to Boris Nemtsov, the politician in question.The leader and driving force for the Russian opposition, Boris Nemtsov, 55, was shot dead on Friday night on Moskvoretskiy bridge, a few meters awa...

In an assassination that has roiled Russia, a former deputy prime minister and the driving force of Russia’s opposition, Boris Nemtsov, was murdered steps away from the Kremlin.

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India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

“Holy-men” are hardly a novelty in modern India. Devotees from across the country regularly pay homage to their chosen spiritual guides, either by tuning into televised sermons or attending massive public processions. But the “gurus” sometimes go ...

Former devotees have alleged that pop-star ascetic, Ram Rahim Singh, had them castrate themselves to prove “loyalty.”

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Emma Thompson on Tax Strike Over HSBC

Emma Thompson on Tax Strike Over HSBC

LONDON — One of Britain’s leading actresses has decided to take the HSBC tax avoidance scandal into her own hands.Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, are threatening to boycott the tax man until HSBC executives have been prosecuted for opera...

The Harry Potter star and her husband are threatening to avoid paying tax until HSBC is punished.

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Is Greece Russia’s Next Satellite?

Is Greece Russia’s Next Satellite?

ATHENS — Just above a designer clothes shop on a main road in downtown Athens, Ukraine’s crisis has come to Greece. While customers browse expensive dresses and high-heeled shoes below, two floors up volunteers pack boots and thermal underwear int...

The Kremlin’s strategy of supporting the far left and the far right, playing on resentment of Berlin and Brussels, is bearing fruit.

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India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

India’s Castration Cult Wants a Do-Over

“Holy-men” are hardly a novelty in modern India. Devotees from across the country regularly pay homage to their chosen spiritual guides, either by tuning into televised sermons or attending massive public processions. But the “gurus” sometimes go ...

Former devotees have alleged that pop-star ascetic, Ram Rahim Singh, had them castrate themselves to prove “loyalty.”

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ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers

ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers

This week’s alleged kidnapping of 90 Syrian Christians sent shock waves around the world, but the young men of the Islamic State have been flagging for months now a simple idea: They follow an interpretation of Islam that blesses a 7th-century Qur...

ISIS is using a harsh interpretation of a verse in the Quran to justify its attacks on Christians.

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Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3. Bibi and his supporters have framed this as a Churchillian moment; one where the world can never claim it wasn’t warned of the oncoming ...

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress risks making support for Israel a partisan issue.

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U.S. Lets In .01% of Syrian Refugees

U.S. Lets In .01% of Syrian Refugees

After four years of conflict, the crisis inside Syria not only shows no signs of letting up, but is now expanding into the region as never before.Jordan is escalating its bombing runs in Syria in retaliation for the gruesome execution of its pilot...

The countries of the region cannot continue to bear the burden of millions of refugees. It’s time for Europe and the United States to step up to the plate.

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ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers

ISIS: Christians Worse Than Murderers

This week’s alleged kidnapping of 90 Syrian Christians sent shock waves around the world, but the young men of the Islamic State have been flagging for months now a simple idea: They follow an interpretation of Islam that blesses a 7th-century Qur...

ISIS is using a harsh interpretation of a verse in the Quran to justify its attacks on Christians.

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U.S. News

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

In yet another seismic shudder in the traumatized journalism business, billionaire real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman—the owner of the New York Daily News since 1993—announced on Thursday that he plans to sell the venerabl...

The beleaguered tabloid’s billionaire owner wants to sell—and a new owner best be ready to hemorrhage $20 million a year. Could Rupert Murdoch be that man?

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Birth of a Brooklyn Jihadi

Birth of a Brooklyn Jihadi

Around a month ago Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, told his boss that he would be quitting his job soon and returning to his native Uzbekistan. Instead, Juraboev was placed in handcuffs Wednesday after his roommate Akhror Saidakhmetov, was ...

The owner of a Brooklyn takeout restaurant where an alleged ISIS recruit worked before his arrest says that Abdurasul Juraboev was a reserved and severely religious young man.

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Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

The risk of a catastrophic cyber attack that disables a key piece of national infrastructure, such as a portion of the power grid, is “remote at this time” and not the biggest threat to U.S. national security in cyberspace, the country’s top intel...

Good news: the U.S. is getting better at detecting cyber attacks already underway. Bad news: they’re multiplying.

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Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

In yet another seismic shudder in the traumatized journalism business, billionaire real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman—the owner of the New York Daily News since 1993—announced on Thursday that he plans to sell the venerabl...

The beleaguered tabloid’s billionaire owner wants to sell—and a new owner best be ready to hemorrhage $20 million a year. Could Rupert Murdoch be that man?

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No One in Wisconsin Asked to Kill Unions

No One in Wisconsin Asked to Kill Unions

MADISON — It was the question no Republican in Wisconsin could answer.“What beating hearts are asking you to pass right to work legislation?”Senator Janet Bewley, a Democrat, put the simple query to the other side of the aisle Tuesday night while ...

Among the hundreds of protesters in Madison this week, not one could be found who was asking for the right-to-work bill that Scott Walker once called a “distraction.”

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Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

Will Swenson is officially an American war hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s most prestigious decoration for his actions in Afghanistan. But in the eyes of the Army, he was, for a time, a target of surveillance. Army investigators s...

President Obama gave this outspoken, brave soldier the Medal of Honor. The Army dug through his trash and bothered his girlfriend.

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Tech + Health

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

Apps Might Be Just as Good as Wearables

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Can’t afford a $300 tracking device to record your steps? Turns out you might not need to shell out the big bucks just to hit your daily goal of 10,000 paces per day.A new study published in the Journal of t...

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The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

For some, it’s mildly amusing. For others, it breeds crippling existential dread.But one thing is certain: The dress is most definitely white and gold. Right?Well, maybe not.An innocuous photo of a dress posted to Tumblr on Wednesday has created a...

A seemingly simple photo of an apparently blue-and-black dress has stumped millions of netizens over what color the garment is. So what hues do you see?

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Comcast Now Says It Will Not Sue FCC

Comcast Now Says It Will Not Sue FCC

Despite tens of millions of corporate dollars in last-minute lobbying, the Federal Communications Commission passed new rules Thursday reclassifying the Internet as a public utility and preventing Internet service providers from artificially slowi...

The company says the FCC overreached by passing rules to stop Internet service providers from blocking sites and slowing traffic. The problem is, Comcast’s admitted to doing just that.

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‘The Hunting Ground’ Tackles Campus Rape

‘The Hunting Ground’ Tackles Campus Rape

Rape has always been a taboo topic in our society, but lately that seems to be changing thanks to activists like Annie Clark and Andrea Pino.Clark and Pino are leading the crusade for Title IX—a federal legislation most famous for sports equality,...

A new documentary follows two activists around the country as they talk to fellow survivors about the trauma of rape and the triumph of survival.

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The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

For some, it’s mildly amusing. For others, it breeds crippling existential dread.But one thing is certain: The dress is most definitely white and gold. Right?Well, maybe not.An innocuous photo of a dress posted to Tumblr on Wednesday has created a...

A seemingly simple photo of an apparently blue-and-black dress has stumped millions of netizens over what color the garment is. So what hues do you see?

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Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

I don’t get it.I wish I could get paid for every time I’ve said that phrase when discussing complementary and alternative medicine…or women. With even a small stipend for each utterance I could have retired to a warm, sandy island by now.Doctors u...

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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You’re About to Pay Up for Obamacare

You’re About to Pay Up for Obamacare

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund—a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills.But this year they got a shock: According to their tax preparer, ...

Hundreds of thousands who received subsidies under the Affordable Care Act may have underestimated their incomes in 2014. Now many of them are learning they owe the government money.

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Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

I don’t get it.I wish I could get paid for every time I’ve said that phrase when discussing complementary and alternative medicine…or women. With even a small stipend for each utterance I could have retired to a warm, sandy island by now.Doctors u...

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

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BeastStyle

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent

Spock is no longer with us.Leonard Nimoy, who rose to prominence as the pointy-eared Star Trek character Spock, died Friday morning at the age of 83. The actor and philanthropist had recently revealed he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulm...

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret Selves.

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The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

“You’re still in the running toward becoming America’s next top model.”There was a time when those words, pumped with 10,000 cc’s of ersatz sincerity by host Tyra Banks, were greeted with a huge sigh of relief. You’d staved off backstabbing BFFs, ...

‘ANTM’ contestant Mirjana Puhar was just killed in what authorities have deemed a drug-related triple homicide. Why do so many ‘Top Model’ contestants lose their way?

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The British Town at War With Russia

The British Town at War With Russia

For the first half of the 20th century, residents of a small town straddling the border between England and Scotland believed they were engaged in a long-simmering war with Russia.Thanks to a bureaucratic mistake, it appeared that all 12,000 resid...

Did an administrative oversight really mean a bucolic English town ended up at war with Russia? Whatever, the locals still like to re-enact it.

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The Godfather of CSI

The Godfather of CSI

LONDON — Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.He persuaded the city of Lyons in southern France to establish the world’s fir...

It all seems so exciting on ‘CSI,’ the sleuths glamorous in Armani suits. But real forensics is messy and intricate, as its French inventor, Edmond Locard, showed in the early 1900s.

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The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

“You’re still in the running toward becoming America’s next top model.”There was a time when those words, pumped with 10,000 cc’s of ersatz sincerity by host Tyra Banks, were greeted with a huge sigh of relief. You’d staved off backstabbing BFFs, ...

‘ANTM’ contestant Mirjana Puhar was just killed in what authorities have deemed a drug-related triple homicide. Why do so many ‘Top Model’ contestants lose their way?

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Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

I was somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, standing in the Mata Atlântica rainforest. Massive trees stretched endlessly above my head as I stepped over vines, crushed fallen leaves, and dodged the occasional bush. Everything seemed lifelike,...

The work of 50 artists at the New Museum show ‘Surround Audience’ focuses on the hot-button issues of race, the environment, and fear of disease.

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How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

Poor Bill O’Reilly.The beleaguered Fox News star—who in recent days has faced unwelcome scrutiny for his tall tales about covering the 1982 Falklands war, and on Tuesday had his veracity further challenged by a report that he fabricated an account...

It doesn’t matter what accusations are leveled at the veteran Fox News host, whatever the new evidence he will shout it down louder than ever.

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Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Today, at 35, I am a gay seminarian who still needs human touch. For me the best place is the Episcopal Church. Some day I will be a priest, hopefully married with children. That’s what I’m looking for, love; it falls under the rubric of modern lo...

Ben Brenkert wanted to be a priest, but confronted by the hypocrisy and prejudice of the Catholic Church he had to quit. Here, in a powerful, heartfelt essay, he explains why.

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Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

I was somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, standing in the Mata Atlântica rainforest. Massive trees stretched endlessly above my head as I stepped over vines, crushed fallen leaves, and dodged the occasional bush. Everything seemed lifelike,...

The work of 50 artists at the New Museum show ‘Surround Audience’ focuses on the hot-button issues of race, the environment, and fear of disease.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

IGUALA, Mexico — Beside the open casket at the funeral of Norma Angélica Bruno Román, age 25, was neither the time nor the place to mourn her murder.Norma’s wake was held inside the home she shared with her parents and her two small children. It is a modest concrete dwelling on a street corner in the neighborhood of San Gerardo. Outside, a blue tarp was hoisted to shade a few rows of plastic chairs rented from the local funeral parlor. Halfway down the block, the...

Despite government efforts to impose law and order in Iguala after more than 40 students disappeared there, murderers still operate with impunity.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for women’s rights and wage equality during her Oscars acceptance speech Sunday night. Her rousing words prompted a “#YesAllWomen” moment from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were seated next to each...

Sunday night at the Oscars, the actress made a powerful plea for gender equality. On Monday she was deemed to have not been radical enough.

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

For the majority of Sunday night’s three-hour-and-45-minute Academy Awards telecast, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was being held hostage by host Neil Patrick Harris, a comedy captive in a flailing running gag about guarding a briefcase th...

On a night dominated by male-driven films, it was the powerful messages by a handful of Hollywood women that we’re all talking about. It’s about damned time.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Pundits can’t stop snatching Hillary's defeat from the jaws of victory, insisting that her commanding lead in the polls is itself a problem. A Vox piece last week is typical: “Hillary Clinton’s uncontested nomination is dangerous for her and ...

And how exactly is it a bad thing for her or Democrats that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all but sewn up? News flash: It’s not.

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

When the White House announced a new national campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses last year, the treatment of victims was the chief concern. But now, after a more than a year filled with a flurry of campus reforms, some universit...

Due process is not “window dressing,” the professors argue. It’s necessary to establish a process’s legitimacy.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Books

Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

“A quick but powerful and for me painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq,” said President Obama by way of characterizing a contemporary work about the Second Iraq War. Suitability to presidential interest aside, Ph...

In an audacious Pynchonesque debut, novelist Mark Doten channels a host of Babel-like voices that conjure the chaos and paranoia of the dawn of the 21st century.

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  • Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

    Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

    Will Swenson is officially an American war hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s most prestigious decoration for his actions in Afghanistan. But in the eyes of the Army, he was, for a time, a target of surveillance. Army investigators s...

    President Obama gave this outspoken, brave soldier the Medal of Honor. The Army dug through his trash and bothered his girlfriend.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Aside from a final chapter that even he suggests is something of an afterthought, John Cleese’s new memoir, So, Anyway … ends in 1969, the year Monty Python’s Flying Circus made its BBC debut. Some readers might wonder if this isn’t a bit curious....

John Cleese’s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner.

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The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

A friend and I were talking the other day when the conversation ran up against a maddening mystery: How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he...

With 36 excellent books—novels, poems, memoir, even food writing—under his belt, Jim Harrison ought to be a literary superstar known to all. But we do not live in a just world.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Trigger warnings are notes posted at the beginning of articles and stories to warn people that they might be offended or traumatized by something inside. Author Neil Gaiman is so obsessed with them, he named his most recent collection of short fic...

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, “The Lord of the Rings,” and his new collection, “Trigger Warning.”

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How the U.S. Military Made ISIS

How the U.S. Military Made ISIS

In ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who beh...

In an excerpt from their new book on ISIS, Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan show how jihadists used a U.S.-run Iraqi prison to coordinate with al Qaeda.

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'American Sniper' In 1925

'American Sniper' In 1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf are not writers who come to mind when we think of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper, and the hit movie Clint Eastwood made from Kyle’s account of coming to terms with being a Navy...

Chris Kyle is far from the first author to address the problems of soldiers home from the war. Ninety years ago, three geniuses addressed the same dilemmas.

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Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Trigger warnings are notes posted at the beginning of articles and stories to warn people that they might be offended or traumatized by something inside. Author Neil Gaiman is so obsessed with them, he named his most recent collection of short fic...

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, “The Lord of the Rings,” and his new collection, “Trigger Warning.”

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