Politics

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Televangelism

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Televangelism

Ted Cruz is onstage at CPAC. As is his custom he has declined to stand behind the podium and is instead pacing methodically around the stage with a microphone pinned to his blue striped tie.“To turn this country around it will not come from Washin...

Ted Cruz, CPAC’s favorite travelling salesman, was back and selling his favorite product: himself.

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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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The Mass Murderer on Your $20

The Mass Murderer on Your $20

So we’re in late February, which means it’s the season for local Jefferson-Jackson Days, when local Democratic Parties hold potlucks to raise money and get people pumped for Get Out the Vote drives. It’s also shortly after President’s Day, which i...

Andrew Jackson was an abysmal president, and replacing him on our currency with anyone—even Reagan—would be a step in the right direction.

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Ted Cruz’s CPAC Televangelism

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Televangelism

Ted Cruz is onstage at CPAC. As is his custom he has declined to stand behind the podium and is instead pacing methodically around the stage with a microphone pinned to his blue striped tie.“To turn this country around it will not come from Washin...

Ted Cruz, CPAC’s favorite travelling salesman, was back and selling his favorite product: himself.

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GOP Hypocrisy in D.C.’s Pot Laws

GOP Hypocrisy in D.C.’s Pot Laws

I’m desperately trying to understand how getting marijuana laws passed nationwide has become today’s Selma, but if there is one thing that is intolerable it’s the shameful way congressional Republicans are bullying the residents of Washington, D.C...

Congress has always run D.C. like a plantation. But now, GOPers want to jail the mayor over a law the voters overwhelmingly passed?

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Carly Fiorina Is Getting a CPAC Upgrade

Carly Fiorina Is Getting a CPAC Upgrade

The annual presidential audition known as the Conservative Political Action Conference has long been a place where a candidate can go from “who?” to “oh, right, that person.”And if all goes according to plan, “that person” at the 2015 event will b...

A prime speaking slot, a straw poll spot, a new super PAC—the former HP CEO is set to make a big splash at the GOP confab, and, if everything goes right, take on Hillary Clinton.

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Entertainment

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 ‘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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No Respect For Hip-Hop O.G.s

No Respect For Hip-Hop O.G.s

Imagine Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin embarking on a 32-city tour together. Picture the legions of aging Baby Boomers who would throw heaps of cash at the chance to hold their lighters in the air and watch four leg...

While forgettable white “classic rock” acts like Steely Dan and the Eagles pack stadiums, some of the biggest names in rap history are forced to slum it in clubs. What gives?

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‘Murder’ Is TV’s Most Progressive Show

‘Murder’ Is TV’s Most Progressive Show

How to Get Away With Murder is a very silly show.This is a TV drama that, first of all, is called How to Get Away With Murder. It’s a series that spent weeks teasing in commercials nine episode-closing words that, apparently, would leave you shock...

Gay sex. Natural hair. Viola Freaking Davis. ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ creator Peter Nowalk tells us how he managed to make the most progressive drama on broadcast television.

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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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Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza

Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza

“Make this the year YOU discover a new destination.”That welcoming tagline serves as the opening title card to a 2-minute documentary that the legendary U.K. street artist Banksy posted to his website Wednesday evening. But in typical Bansky fashi...

The world’s most mysterious street artist released a 2-minute documentary online Wednesday that details the horrors of Gaza—allegedly shot by the man himself.

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The Christian Grey Rumors Are All Wrong

The Christian Grey Rumors Are All Wrong

Rumors of Jamie Dornan’s imminent departure from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise have been very, very naughty.Contrary to breathless reports that the erstwhile Christian Grey is walking away from the sequels after this month’s monster box offic...

Jamie Dornan’s representatives and sources close to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ refute reports that the British actor has abandoned his post as the billionaire BDSM enthusiast.

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Lady Gaga’s Dazzling Second Act

Lady Gaga’s Dazzling Second Act

Lady Gaga might be pop culture’s most surprising phoenix.It wasn’t even a year ago that we had ruled her career dead. Her high-concept, haute-pretentious album, ARTPOP, was a commercial and critical disaster. (Albeit one I predict will be deemed “...

From a brilliant Sound of Music tribute to joining the cast of American Horror Story, Lady Gaga’s become a master of shrewd, unexpected career moves. We should be very excited.

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Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza

Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza

“Make this the year YOU discover a new destination.”That welcoming tagline serves as the opening title card to a 2-minute documentary that the legendary U.K. street artist Banksy posted to his website Wednesday evening. But in typical Bansky fashi...

The world’s most mysterious street artist released a 2-minute documentary online Wednesday that details the horrors of Gaza—allegedly shot by the man himself.

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World News

The Real Drone Danger in Paris

The Real Drone Danger in Paris

PARIS — It’s been raining in the city of lights for the last couple of days. The guards at the U.S. embassy next to Place de la Concorde are sheltering under canopies. For most of the day Thursday low clouds made the Eiffel Tower look as if it had...

The mystery drones that have been flying over sensitive French sites are harbingers of threats to come.

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NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO’s top commander bluntly told the Pentagon on Wednesday that the allied effort to slow Russia’s advance in Ukraine isn’t working. He delivered that message as the Obama administration appeared to back away from earlier indications that the U.S...

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO’s top general admits.

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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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Child Sex Charges Hit 3rd U.S. Official

Child Sex Charges Hit 3rd U.S. Official

A U.S. official who helps steer counterterrorism programs at the State Department is sitting in a Washington, D.C., jail on charges of soliciting sex with a minor. He’s the third U.S. official in the past 15 months to face charges of crimes agains...

Friends and co-workers were horrified to learn that Daniel Rosen had been charged with soliciting underage sex. But the worst part may be that Rosen wasn’t alone.

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NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO’s top commander bluntly told the Pentagon on Wednesday that the allied effort to slow Russia’s advance in Ukraine isn’t working. He delivered that message as the Obama administration appeared to back away from earlier indications that the U.S...

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO’s top general admits.

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Disappeared in Front of 520 Cameras

Disappeared in Front of 520 Cameras

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — If he’s still alive, or even if he isn’t, 29-year-old Michael Graydon, a tough former boxer from Bristol, U.K., has pulled off the impossible: He’s managed to vanish in one of the richest, safest and most monitored areas in t...

A former boxer gets into a scrape in Monte Carlo, then vanishes. How is this possible in a place smaller than Central Park?

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The Great Ukraine Conspiracy Revealed?

The Great Ukraine Conspiracy Revealed?

MOSCOW — Two weeks ago the editors of Novaya Gazeta, a newspaper famous in Russia for its investigative journalism, received an email from a Kremlin insider with a Word document attached. The email said that the document contained instructions on ...

Publication of a leaked secret planning document raises questions about when and how Russia’s president might have planned the takeover of eastern Ukraine.

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Boko Haram Just Got Even More Dangerous

Boko Haram Just Got Even More Dangerous

African troops have recaptured a record swath of territory from the world’s fastest growing jihadist group, Boko Haram for the first time. But ironically, that means the danger from the group’s terror arm has never been higher, U.S. officials and ...

The good news: The terror group is getting its butt kicked by a coalition of African forces. The bad: Boko looks like its responding by being extra evil.

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Disappeared in Front of 520 Cameras

Disappeared in Front of 520 Cameras

MONTE CARLO, Monaco — If he’s still alive, or even if he isn’t, 29-year-old Michael Graydon, a tough former boxer from Bristol, U.K., has pulled off the impossible: He’s managed to vanish in one of the richest, safest and most monitored areas in t...

A former boxer gets into a scrape in Monte Carlo, then vanishes. How is this possible in a place smaller than Central Park?

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U.S. News

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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‘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 Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The suspect who allegedly pledged to kill as many police officers and FBI agents as possible if he were not able to join ISIS was only 6 years old when we began our long war on terror.Akhror Saidakhmetov is now 19 but looked younger as he was led ...

They were Central Asian immigrants who dressed in hoodies and high-tops and looked younger than their 19 and 24 years. But prosecutors say they were headed to wage jihad in Syria.

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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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No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

With just hours remaining before the Federal Communications Commission votes on new net neutrality rules, one final piece of misinformation might hit home the hardest: The government, one story says, could take away all of the funding for your TV ...

A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able...

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Tech + Health

‘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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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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No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

With just hours remaining before the Federal Communications Commission votes on new net neutrality rules, one final piece of misinformation might hit home the hardest: The government, one story says, could take away all of the funding for your TV ...

A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able...

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They Don’t Want an Autism Cure

They Don’t Want an Autism Cure

Race, walk, skip, hop, dump ice water over your head for the cure? No thanks, say some with autism.“Neurodiversity” advocates are not interested in finding a cure for autism. Rather than changing autistic people so that they fit into a narrow stri...

Neurodiversity advocates argue that people with autism shouldn’t be forced to fit into society, but that society should change to include and accept them.

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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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Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Babies with two biological same-sex parents could be a reality in just two years.Pioneering stem cell research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were able to create primordial germ ce...

A scientific breakthrough could offer new hope to same-sex couples and anyone suffering from infertility issues.

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Death Row Women Want Salad for Last Meal

Death Row Women Want Salad for Last Meal

At some point today, Georgia woman Kelly Gissendaner could sit down to a dinner of two Burger King Whoppers with fries, popcorn, cornbread, a salad with Paul Newman buttermilk dressing, lemonade, and cherry vanilla ice cream. If her meal seems exc...

It’s no secret that men and women eat differently. Turns out, they stay true to their habits to the very end.

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The World’s Fittest Glutton

The World’s Fittest Glutton

If it’s on a restaurant menu and billed as an impossible food challenge, Missourian Randy Santel has probably beat it. The 28-year-old professional eater has tucked away staggering fares: Kitchen sinks piled with ice cream and tire-sized pizzas, s...

Randy Santel can devour six-pound hamburgers and four foot-long breakfast sandwiches, all while maintaining a perfect 6-pack.

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Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Babies with two biological same-sex parents could be a reality in just two years.Pioneering stem cell research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were able to create primordial germ ce...

A scientific breakthrough could offer new hope to same-sex couples and anyone suffering from infertility issues.

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BeastStyle

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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Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

It’s hard to forget our favorite childhood toys—the ones we longed for, begged for, and threw a fit for until they miraculously appeared as special treats or holiday gifts.I waited (and pleaded) for six whole months before my first dream as a gay ...

Sam Wells and his wife, Liz McArthur, passionate collectors of toys and action figures since they were kids, have opened a shop dedicated to their obsession.

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The High Seas Hit the Catwalk

The High Seas Hit the Catwalk

It is a fashion mainstay. Somehow—season to season—our love of the sea finds its way into the wardrobes of both couture wearer and mall rat, whether it be a striped Breton top, or crisp white pants.Those playing with the nautical style for the Spr...

For nearly 250 years, sailors and seafaring has influenced fashion designers, from duffel coats to the striped fisherman’s top, the pea coat, and the blazer.

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Kanye, Bowie, and Obama as Christ

Kanye, Bowie, and Obama as Christ

Some thought the rocker Pete Doherty was crucified by the media in his wilder, druggy days. And now the Libertines frontman is being captured for artistic posterity actually on the cross.A church in London is exhibiting a marble sculpture of the B...

A sculpture has been made of British rock star Pete Doherty, Christ-like, on a cross. Other celebrities, including Kanye West and David Beckham, have also channeled Jesus.

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Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

It’s hard to forget our favorite childhood toys—the ones we longed for, begged for, and threw a fit for until they miraculously appeared as special treats or holiday gifts.I waited (and pleaded) for six whole months before my first dream as a gay ...

Sam Wells and his wife, Liz McArthur, passionate collectors of toys and action figures since they were kids, have opened a shop dedicated to their obsession.

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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

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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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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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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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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Can One Theory Win in Iraq Back-to-Back?

Can One Theory Win in Iraq Back-to-Back?

Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War and Theory and Practice is a provocative and engaging book by a soldier-scholar who played a crucial role in reviving counterinsurgency in the American military at a time (2004-2008) when the Powers that Be did...

The scholar/soldier best schooled in counterinsurgency, Nagl argues persuasively that the U.S. should prepare not for wars it wants to fight but for those it’s most likely to fight.

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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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