Politics

A California Without Illegal Immigrants

A California Without Illegal Immigrants

On the subject of illegal immigration, the nation’s most populous state may also be the most hypocritical. Despite the fact that there is so much to do in California—so many leisure activities, in fact, that one can ski and surf in the same day—ma...

Citizens of the Golden State love complaining about undocumented immigrants, but the state would collapse without them.

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The US Is Losing a Generation to Poverty

The US Is Losing a Generation to Poverty

When we devised the formula we use to determine poverty in the United States, it was 1964. President Lyndon Johnson had just taken a tour of communities in Appalachia without electricity, running water, or sewage systems. Indeed, even some urban n...

OK, the official poverty rate declined this week. But it’s worth remembering that millions who aren’t officially in poverty are still poor.

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Dem Donors’ Lysistrata Moment

Dem Donors’ Lysistrata Moment

In hindsight, it is one of the more cringe-inducing campaign promises Barack Obama ever made.Standing on the stage in St. Paul, Minnesota, having just sewn up the final primary victory in his long slog against Hillary Clinton and preparing to face...

Sure, they want the Democrats to hold the Senate. But several big-ticket Democratic donors say they won’t give to candidates in tight races who don’t talk the talk on climate change.

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A California Without Illegal Immigrants

A California Without Illegal Immigrants

On the subject of illegal immigration, the nation’s most populous state may also be the most hypocritical. Despite the fact that there is so much to do in California—so many leisure activities, in fact, that one can ski and surf in the same day—ma...

Citizens of the Golden State love complaining about undocumented immigrants, but the state would collapse without them.

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No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time

No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time

Can No Labels influence the 2016 election?The much-hyped centrist organization didn’t make much of an impact in 2012 but, undeterred, the group held a major meeting in Washington on Wednesday to begin building a political platform. The bipartisan ...

The centrist group thinks they can build centrist grassroots army. But first they need to put together a platform.

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The GOP’s 2016 Dark Horse: This Guy?!

The GOP’s 2016 Dark Horse: This Guy?!

The days may be getting shorter and the nights colder, but for politicians dreaming of a long shot presidential campaign, spring is here already.It’s the season of hope, new beginnings, and first visits to early primary states for this crowd, and ...

It’s that magic time before a presidential election when politicians with a ghost of a dream start visiting New Hampshire. First up: former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich.

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Entertainment

Franco's ‘Shining’ Moment

Franco's ‘Shining’ Moment

James Franco is struggling to take himself seriously.We’re at an event for the launch of his Making a Scene with James Franco series with AOL. The series, which could more accurately be called a burst of web content, features Franco and his cohort...

The artist remixed iconic movie scenes like a Garage Band guru, adding scratches of true absurdity—much like the idea of a hype-y James Franco meets AOL content collaboration.

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Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

We’re a society that relishes gratuitous violence, gratuitous sex, gratuitous cruelty, gratuitous language, and gratuitous darkness on our TV shows. We embrace it. We encourage it. We call it edgy and realistic and refreshing. But God forbid a TV ...

There’s something refreshing about how unabashed Fox’s new drama—about dying children, natch—is about tugging at your heartstrings. The result is an imperfectly great new series.

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Game Over: How ‘Gamers’ Pwned Themselves

Game Over: How ‘Gamers’ Pwned Themselves

Games writers are disavowing themselves from “Gamers.” They’re proclaiming the death of the Gamer identity. It’s a bold statement to be sure, but the real question is what took so long?You see, Gamers are angry, and they’re attacking prominent fig...

The reality is that ‘Gamer’ was never meant to be inclusive. There was no ‘Ich bin ein Gamer!’ moment. The term as we know it is dead. What took so long?

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Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Exclusive: 'This Is Where I Leave You'

Directed by Shawn Levy and based on author Jonathan Tropper’s bestselling novel of the same name, This Is Where I Leave You follows the trials and tribulations of the combative (and largely estranged) Altman family, who are forced to reunite at th...

The cast and crew behind the screwball This Is Where I Leave You, in theaters Sept. 19, open up about the making of the film and why it will resonate with viewers young and old.

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Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

Red Band Society Is TV’s Best New Drama

We’re a society that relishes gratuitous violence, gratuitous sex, gratuitous cruelty, gratuitous language, and gratuitous darkness on our TV shows. We embrace it. We encourage it. We call it edgy and realistic and refreshing. But God forbid a TV ...

There’s something refreshing about how unabashed Fox’s new drama—about dying children, natch—is about tugging at your heartstrings. The result is an imperfectly great new series.

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Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

The pastor and his congregants sat around the TV and watched as fists began to fly and blood began to splatter. Two men, literally in a cage, were attacking each other while the pastor and his friends cheered. At one point the stronger one was hol...

The first rule of ‘Fight Church’ is that if God-fearing Christians beat each other into a bloody pulp, they still praise the Lord in Sunday mass.

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Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

Thicke Blurs Lines on ‘Blurred Lines’

It’s fairly common to have foggy memories of getting wasted to “Blurred Lines” in the summer of 2013. The track features an audacious hook that makes you want to take a few shots and go hard; plus, when you eventually realize that “hey hey hey” is...

What rhymes with plagiarism? Robin Thicke says that if he did copy Marvin Gaye’s work, it’s only because he was totally obliterated.

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Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Phil Robertson’s Despicable Dynasty

Loathe as anyone should be to find serious consequence in anything that escapes the mouth of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson and makes its way through the mangy tangled forest of beard hair and to our ears, it’s become unforgivably irritating tha...

The ‘Duck Dynasty’ star says that AIDS is God’s punishment for immoral conduct. But who will punish him for such ignorance?

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Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

Fight Church: Jesus Said Knock You Out

The pastor and his congregants sat around the TV and watched as fists began to fly and blood began to splatter. Two men, literally in a cage, were attacking each other while the pastor and his friends cheered. At one point the stronger one was hol...

The first rule of ‘Fight Church’ is that if God-fearing Christians beat each other into a bloody pulp, they still praise the Lord in Sunday mass.

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World News

The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

The Hidden Plight of Child Grooms

Pannilal Yadev can’t remember much about his wedding other than the carriage he was carried in to meet his bride, 7-year-old Rajkumari. At the time he was a year older than she, and the two barely interacted for the next six years. By the time the...

The consequences of early marriage on young girls are well known, but millions of underage boys are also married off each year—and there is little research on their fates.

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Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Finally there is something President Obama and the Shiite extremists can agree on: no ground forces in Iraq.Three top Iraq Shiite militias warned the United States this week not to reoccupy the country—and leading the charge was Muqtada al-Sadr. T...

So much for an alliance of convenience. This week some of the Iraqi militias fighting ISIS issued a warning to President Obama not to send in ground forces.

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Scotland’s ‘Yes We Can’ Vote

Scotland’s ‘Yes We Can’ Vote

“I see us entering a world divided not just between the haves and have-nots, but also between those countries that do nothing about it, and those that do.” — Joseph Stiglitz, writing in The New York Times, October 13, 2013.“We’ve got a saying arou...

Scotland’s pro-independence campaign hinges on the notion that the gulf between the haves and have-nots is too great. But there’s no easy fix to the wealth divide.

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Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

Iran: 91 Lashes for ‘Happy’ Dancers

It’s been a tense, worrying time for Iran’s “Happy” group, the seven young men and women arrested in May for posting their version of Pharrell Williams’ music video on YouTube. Over the last few days, they’ve been pacing up and down the hallways o...

The sentences faced by the young people who answered Pharrell Williams’ call are suspended for the moment, but could be carried out any time in the next three years.

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Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Iran Warns Obama to Stay Out of Iraq

Finally there is something President Obama and the Shiite extremists can agree on: no ground forces in Iraq.Three top Iraq Shiite militias warned the United States this week not to reoccupy the country—and leading the charge was Muqtada al-Sadr. T...

So much for an alliance of convenience. This week some of the Iraqi militias fighting ISIS issued a warning to President Obama not to send in ground forces.

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How WikiLeaks Can Throw NZ’s Election

How WikiLeaks Can Throw NZ’s Election

The American journalist-lawyer is famous as the conduit for Edward Snowden’s sensational dump of National Security Agency classified documents that revealed a panoply of global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA with the collusion of vario...

Famous for releasing the Snowden trove and uncovering NSA spying, Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation has him aligned with an Internet mogul to play spoiler in New Zealand elections.

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Hated Bitcoin Tycoon: My Life Is at Risk

Hated Bitcoin Tycoon: My Life Is at Risk

TOKYO, Japan — What was once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, filed for bankruptcy protection in February this year after disclosing that a half-billion dollars worth of virtual currency had disappeared into the blue, allegedly hacke...

In the first interview with Mt. Gox’s Mark Karpeles since Japanese police launched an investigation into his bankrupt exchange, he says he’s just a regular geek—and that he’s in danger.

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Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

Can Obama Keep His Generals in Check?

In his major address explaining America’s new war against ISIS, President Obama pledged that there would be no U.S. combat troops. On Tuesday, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he may recommend ground forces in t...

The president promised no combat troops to fight ISIS, but his top general says he may recommend them. Why Obama and his commanders are not on the same page for the new war.

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How WikiLeaks Can Throw NZ’s Election

How WikiLeaks Can Throw NZ’s Election

The American journalist-lawyer is famous as the conduit for Edward Snowden’s sensational dump of National Security Agency classified documents that revealed a panoply of global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA with the collusion of vario...

Famous for releasing the Snowden trove and uncovering NSA spying, Glenn Greenwald’s latest revelation has him aligned with an Internet mogul to play spoiler in New Zealand elections.

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U.S. News

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon strap 58-year-old confessed murderer Hubert Michael Jr. to a gurney inside the State Cor...

The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for September 22, had to be postponed—after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed.

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Gloria Allred Sacks the NFL

Gloria Allred Sacks the NFL

Late Wednesday morning, attorney and feminist Gloria Allred announced her plans to reveal “two individuals” who would speak about acts of violence allegedly committed by an National Football League player. A few hours later, she appeared at a pre...

America’s leading feminist attorney doesn’t just want Brandon Marshall punished for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, she wants to reform the league with Title IX-style trials.

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Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Victim’s Parents Sue Massacre Merchants

Could it be that irresponsible peddlers of mass murder are finally going to be held accountable? I wouldn’t put my money on it just yet, but I applaud Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and Arnold & Porter LL...

Only in America can a company sell 4,000 bullets to a single man without asking any questions. The arms industry doesn’t seem to care if it’s dealing to James Holmes or the leader of...

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Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Pennsylvania’s Lethal Injection Fiasco

Fifteen years after its last execution, Pennsylvania is finding it difficult to fire up its death machine again.If the commonwealth gets its way, it will soon strap 58-year-old confessed murderer Hubert Michael Jr. to a gurney inside the State Cor...

The commonwealth’s first execution in 15 years, set for September 22, had to be postponed—after corrections officials couldn’t get their hands on the lethal chemicals they needed.

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Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

Manhunt for a Cop-Hating ‘Survivalist’

If you are going to judge cops in general by videos, include one that shows Cpl. Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass being gunned down by a sniper outside the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Blooming Grove on Friday night.Make sure you c...

State troopers risked their lives to help two of their own who were gunned down, allegedly by a self-declared survivalist. Now they’re out in the woods in a frantic search to find him.

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Beaten by Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop

Beaten by Chicago’s Dirtiest Cop

At times, attorney Patrick Morrissey has trouble getting a hold of his client. A homeless woman named Rita King for years has roamed some of the roughest neighborhoods on Chicago’s south and west sides, but the dangers she has faced on those stree...

Commander Glenn Evans is said to have infamously shoved his pistol in a suspect’s mouth, but Rita King’s story is far more terrifying.

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Tech + Health

Measles Vaxx Mix-Up Kills Syrian Kids

Measles Vaxx Mix-Up Kills Syrian Kids

Yet another tragedy has been reported this week, adding to the biblical sorrows already endured by the people of Syria. At least 15 children, and perhaps many more, have died after receiving an injection thought to be the measles vaccine.A prelimi...

An accidental mix-up of measles vaccine and a common muscle relaxer killed at least 15 Syrian children, and possibly many more.

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

Are Routine Scans Causing Cancer?

In the tiny seaside town of Yacahts, Oregon, Buck Henderson is ready to die.Diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, the 55-year-old spends his days practicing on his electronic drum set, fussing with his cat, Tiger Balm, and smoking pot to keep h...

Reports show that annual CT and nuclear medicine scans may cause 40,000 fatal cancers. Now, one company is trying to minimize the danger of these (often necessary and life-saving) ma...

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Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia Isn’t One Disease but Many

Schizophrenia is perhaps the most misunderstood mental illness, but a research team at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has just come one step closer to understanding how it works.After analyzing the DNA of over 4,000 pati...

In perhaps the most important study in schizophrenia’s history, researchers have identified that it is not a single inherited disorder as previously believed, but rather eight separa...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

Another summer has passed, and with its passing the rites of autumn have begun. Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time. Pumpkin spice flavoring is regaining its inexplicable seasonal dominanc...

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, student attendance is tied to school funding. That means doctor’s notes aren’t going anywhere, even though they’re a giant waste of time and money.

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Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Whole Foods’ Anti-GMO Swindle

Writing about science-and-society controversies can be a bit like running laps on a track, or watching Teletubbies, or listening to a fugue. The same things keep happening again and again.Take this recent experience of déjà vu: Back in the day (i....

Cute labels saying products haven't been genetically modified are designed to profit off of fear, not protect you with science.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

Another summer has passed, and with its passing the rites of autumn have begun. Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time. Pumpkin spice flavoring is regaining its inexplicable seasonal dominanc...

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, student attendance is tied to school funding. That means doctor’s notes aren’t going anywhere, even though they’re a giant waste of time and money.

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BeastStyle

Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game

Sex, death, love, HIV, relationships, and dating over 40: the playwright and actor Steven Gallagher and I spoke, occasionally loudly, about these things over a few rounds of cocktails one recent evening in Toronto.This Sunday afternoon, Gallagher,...

Steven Gallagher’s prize-winning one-man play sees an HIV-positive gay man in his 40s embark on a fraught double mission—to respect the wishes of a dead friend and to find romance.

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Is NYFW Now the Cool Kid on the Block?

Is NYFW Now the Cool Kid on the Block?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander...

Normally more commercial-oriented, NYFW staged a series of performance pieces this season rather than pure runway shows. But is it enough to unseat London as the fashion week to watch?

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Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Kimye’s Dazzling, Terrifying LFW

Even though the “world’s most talked about couple” was nowhere to be found at London Fashion Week, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian still terrified the runway in the form of a head-turning sweater portrait at the Ashish Spring/Summer 2015 show.The po...

This winter, stay warm—and scare off all your friends—with the latest look from designer Ashish: a sweater emblazoned with a sequined portrait of the world's most talked about co...

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Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Hollywood Thinks Journos Are Sexy Again

Earlier this year, Sarah Jessica Parker was on a flight with her three young children, on their way to a spring break vacation, when she suddenly started weeping.        “I burst into tears on Jet Blue,” the Sex and the City star tells me. “And I ...

Three big and small screen projects about journalism are in the works. Viewers’ hunger for deadlines, scoops, hungry reporters, and ruthless editors appears insatiable.

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Is NYFW Now the Cool Kid on the Block?

Is NYFW Now the Cool Kid on the Block?

London Fashion Week has long been considered the “kooky aunt” of fashion weeks, as The New York Times graciously described it this week. The British fashion extravaganza has been known for shows that focus on more eccentric styles (think Alexander...

Normally more commercial-oriented, NYFW staged a series of performance pieces this season rather than pure runway shows. But is it enough to unseat London as the fashion week to watch?

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From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

You couldn’t believe your luck when you found that quaint, affordable apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village—a deal in a city where real estate deals don’t exist. But that was before an ambitious construction project sprung up across the s...

Leasebreak, a new company, aims to be the bridge between Airbnb and traditional brokers. Could it revolutionize renting in NYC?

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Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Man Falls Through Fashion Show Roof

Given the predeliction of London fashion week organisers to hold their events in half-built office spaces, abandoned warehouses and sites scheduled for demolition, it was perhaps only a matter of time before something like this happened.Still, it ...

Drama strikes final day of Fashion Week

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North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

North America’s First Islamic Art Museum

On a parcel of land shaped like double almonds, where once stood the world headquarters of the Bata Shoe empire, one of the world’s wealthiest men appeared, a scoot up from downtown Toronto.The other shoe had indubitably dropped—in this case, Nort...

The Aga Khan opened the museum in Toronto, as tension rises between Islam and the West. He hopes it will stand as a counterpoint to the divisiveness of extremism.

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From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

From a Broken Lease, a Dream NYC Home

You couldn’t believe your luck when you found that quaint, affordable apartment in New York City’s Greenwich Village—a deal in a city where real estate deals don’t exist. But that was before an ambitious construction project sprung up across the s...

Leasebreak, a new company, aims to be the bridge between Airbnb and traditional brokers. Could it revolutionize renting in NYC?

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Women

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something approximating rapture. “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights,” wrote Jessica Valenti at The Guardian, while Amanda Marcotte at Slate argued that the singer had put paid to the idea that ...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Books

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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  • Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

    Behind the Scenes of The Princess Bride

    “It really was like a traveling circus,” Cary Elwes says of filming one of the most beloved movies in the history of cinema, The Princess Bride. Elwes, of course, portrayed the iconic, Zorro-like hero Westley in the Rob Reiner epic—a swashbuckling...

    In the upcoming page-turner of a book, ‘As You Wish,’ Cary Elwes, aka the Man in Black, writes about how Rob Reiner and Co. made one of the most cherished films of all time.

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How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A Ghostwriter Steps Out of the Shadows

A book tour can’t be all work and no play. So when my current tour landed me in Cincinnati on my way from Atlanta to Detroit, I made time for a side trip a few miles up the Ohio River to the hamlet of New Richmond. There, in his cluttered office a...

Lonnie Wheeler has written his share of books but they have other people’s names on them. Hank Aaron, Bob Gibson, Coleman Young—Wheeler wrote all their autobigraphies.

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How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece

In the spring of 1974, after Robert A. Caro had finished writing The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York—a seven-year ordeal that took the book through three publishers and two editors and nearly bankrupted Caro—the first-time auth...

Forty years ago today, Caro’s ‘The Power Broker’—a magisterial 1,296-page life of New York master builder Robert Moses—rewrote the rules of biography.

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How the Vikings Saved Europe

How the Vikings Saved Europe

They say history is written by the victors, but what if the victims are the ones with the pens?That is the bizarre circumstance surrounding the history of the Vikings, since the centuries-old myth that has come down to us about their brutal savage...

History teaches us that the Vikings were brutal, thieving invaders, but much of that history was written by Viking victims: European monks. New evidence says otherwise.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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The Elite American College Pile-On

The Elite American College Pile-On

You’ve probably heard the buzz around William Deresiewicz’s polemic against the “miseducation of the American elite.” In the most widely read article in the history of The New Republic, Deresiewicz lambasted Ivy League schools (and others) for att...

The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz. Standardized tests need more emphasis, says Steven Pinker. What they miss.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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