Politics

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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Boehner Doesn’t Care About #TheDress

Boehner Doesn’t Care About #TheDress

What does John Boehner see when he looks at it? Does he see white and gold? Blue and black? Benghazi? Eleven million Uber drivers lined up to return 11 million immigrants to whatever country they came from? The end of Obamacare? VB day in Baghdad?...

The House speaker is too busy fending off the crazies who would grab his job and coming up with swell ideas like inviting over Netanyahu to think about the latest Twitter sensation.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanHouse Republican leaders fanned out across the Sunday shows to defend their attempts to overturn President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration through a funding bill for the Department of Homeland S...

Did Obama say ‘22 times’ that he couldn’t do immigration executive action? PunditFact checks it out.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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An Atheist at Conservative Woodstock

An Atheist at Conservative Woodstock

It wasn’t a coveted time slot, but Jamila Bey was happy to have it. It was Day Two of the Conservative Political Action Conference, and she been allotted a small window in the early afternoon to address the assembled politicos at the conservative ...

Conservative evangelicals dominate the base of the Republican Party. Is there room for non-believers, too?

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Why I’m Coming Out as Christian

Why I’m Coming Out as Christian

Who do I need to prove my faith to—and why should I try?I’ve lately observed conservatives questioning Obama’s faith with more than professional interest. Because if Obama’s not Christian, what does that make me?I have not been public about my fai...

I’m not scared that non-believers will make me feel like an outcast. I’m scared that Christians will.

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Entertainment

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

Everyone Hated ‘The Sound of Music’

As it turns out, twirling around like a maniac at the top of a hill is enough to make a person nauseated. At least, it’s enough to make critics nauseated, many of whom loathed The Sound of Music so much when it first hit theaters in 1965 that thei...

‘The Sound of Music’ premiered to horrific reviews in 1965. Now it’s the most beloved and popular movie musical ever. On its 50th anniversary, how did it climb that mountain?

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Grateful Dead Tix Going for $114K

Grateful Dead Tix Going for $114K

This time-honored tradition of attempting to cop tickets to a Grateful Dead show, hopefully by way of kindness (free) or barter (marijuana goo balls, hemp necklaces, hugs), doesn’t look like it’s gonna cut it for the legendary jam band’s final run...

Three-day passes for the Chicago run of final shows are going for exorbitant sums on StubHub.

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Margot Robbie, the Next Marilyn?

Margot Robbie, the Next Marilyn?

“Is Margot Robbie the New Marilyn Monroe?” The Huffington Post ran—and then altered—that headline just days before this year’s Academy Awards. The piece was innocuous enough, a flowery little item praising the fetching Aussie’s red carpet stylings...

The media is hailing her as the ‘new Marilyn Monroe,’ but Aussie actress Margot Robbie is of a different icon-less era.

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‘House of Cards’ Creator Tells All

‘House of Cards’ Creator Tells All

For those of us in the Northeast braving this dark, treacherous winter, the return of Netflix’s deliciously over-the-top political drama House of Cards couldn’t have come at a better time.In the entertainment realm, February in particular has seen...

The third season of Netflix’s saucy political drama is now playing. Its creator opens up about the big premiere surprise, that disturbing sex scene, and more. [Warning: Spoilers]

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Grateful Dead Tix Going for $114K

Grateful Dead Tix Going for $114K

This time-honored tradition of attempting to cop tickets to a Grateful Dead show, hopefully by way of kindness (free) or barter (marijuana goo balls, hemp necklaces, hugs), doesn’t look like it’s gonna cut it for the legendary jam band’s final run...

Three-day passes for the Chicago run of final shows are going for exorbitant sums on StubHub.

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Is She the Future Mrs. Rick Grimes?

Is She the Future Mrs. Rick Grimes?

The gates of Alexandria finally cracked open during Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, revealing a safe and thriving community of survivors inside. Rick and his group shambled in with their guards up and guns drawn, wary of Aaron’s “sanctuary f...

Actress Alexandra Breckenridge on Jessie Anderson, a character straight out of The Walking Dead comics and a potential love interest for Rick Grimes.

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Kim Kardashian: My Selfie Addiction

Kim Kardashian: My Selfie Addiction

“OMG, It’s Kim On Our Cover.”Yes, those six silly words—accompanied by an eye-catching image of uber-entrepreneur Kim Kardashian—will grace this week’s cover of Adweek. The feature is pegged to Kardashian’s outrageously successful app, Kim Kardash...

The reality star/entrepreneur—and Mrs. Kanye West—graces the cover of Adweek this week and discusses her ridiculously successful app, branding, and… selfies.

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The Internet Is Trolling Kanye West

The Internet Is Trolling Kanye West

It’s been an up-and-down month for Kanye West.The 37-year-old musician/designer/entrepreneur began it by storming the stage at the Grammys after the mild-mannered Beck was awarded Album of the Year for his comeback LP Morning Phase, and followed i...

It’s been a turbulent month of February for Mr. Yeezus, and now, if you type in www.loser.com into your browser it will redirect to Kanye’s Wikipedia page.

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Is She the Future Mrs. Rick Grimes?

Is She the Future Mrs. Rick Grimes?

The gates of Alexandria finally cracked open during Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead, revealing a safe and thriving community of survivors inside. Rick and his group shambled in with their guards up and guns drawn, wary of Aaron’s “sanctuary f...

Actress Alexandra Breckenridge on Jessie Anderson, a character straight out of The Walking Dead comics and a potential love interest for Rick Grimes.

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World News

The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

The U.S. Anti-ISIS Strategy’s True Cost

Monday the Iraqi military launched its largest operation to date against the self-declared Islamic State (IS), also called ISIS, to retake control of the city of Tikrit. Alongside the Iraqi military the coalition fighting IS in Tikrit includes Kur...

Can the U.S. do anything to stop Iran’s influence from expanding in Iraq while it counts on the country as a quiet partner against ISIS?

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Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Not much was heard about the kidnapping-for-ransom business in Nigeria until the abduction of an American missionary was reported last Monday.According to the local police commissioner, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, five “hoodlums,” some of them masked, j...

A female missionary has been missing for a week, the victim of a kidnapping in Nigeria’s populous Kogi state, where abductions are increasingly common.

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The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

The Catastrophe Bibi Is Courting

So Bibi Netanyahu did not back down, and he’s here now in the United States, and he’s giving the speech Tuesday. In doing so, he has forced a true low point in U.S.-Israel relations. As has been often observed, he’s turning Israel into a partisan ...

Israel’s prime minister is in Washington to build American support, bolster his re-election campaign, and (clandestinely) push for war on Iran. He should be careful what he wishes for.

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'We Will Stop Women Murders'

'We Will Stop Women Murders'

ISTANBUL — Last month, shortly after the charred body of 20-year-old college student Ozgecan Aslan was found in the woods in southern Turkey, Gulsum Kav’s phone started ringing off the hook.As one of the most prominent women’s activists in the cou...

For too long, Turkish law allowed men to literally get away with murdering their wives and daughters. That is finally changing, but not fast enough.

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Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Who’s Holding This American in Nigeria?

Not much was heard about the kidnapping-for-ransom business in Nigeria until the abduction of an American missionary was reported last Monday.According to the local police commissioner, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, five “hoodlums,” some of them masked, j...

A female missionary has been missing for a week, the victim of a kidnapping in Nigeria’s populous Kogi state, where abductions are increasingly common.

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Even Israeli Hawks Angry at Netanyahu

Even Israeli Hawks Angry at Netanyahu

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his apocalyptic message to Congress on Iranian nukes on Tuesday, he will seem the personification of the Israeli hawk.But back home in Israel, where I’ve been reporting for the last two weeks...

A group of military commanders and political observers are furious that Bibi would play politics with Israel’s most important strategic asset: its relationship with the United States.

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Join Islamists

U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels Join Islamists

The Syrian rebel group Harakat al-Hazm, one of the White House’s most trusted militias fighting President Bashar al-Assad, collapsed Sunday, with activists posting a statement online from frontline commanders saying they are disbanding their units...

One of the last moderate Syrian rebel groups trusted by Washington is waving the white flag—and picking up the Islamists’ black one.

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'Heroes Don't Die'

'Heroes Don't Die'

Thousands of marchers protest the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

Thousands of marchers protest the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

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Even Israeli Hawks Angry at Netanyahu

Even Israeli Hawks Angry at Netanyahu

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his apocalyptic message to Congress on Iranian nukes on Tuesday, he will seem the personification of the Israeli hawk.But back home in Israel, where I’ve been reporting for the last two weeks...

A group of military commanders and political observers are furious that Bibi would play politics with Israel’s most important strategic asset: its relationship with the United States.

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U.S. News

FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

The family of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of alleged marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot dead by an FBI agent, filed a wrongful-death claim today demanding $30 million.The 27-year-old Chechnyan national was killed by agent Aaron McFa...

A Chechen national was killed in his home by the FBI during their investigation into the Tsarnaev brothers; today his family has filed a wrongful-death claim.

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Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

In the final pages of Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel, Green On Blue, is an observation about separation often made about wartime efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the setting for the book: “Across the high plain, tucked among the foothills, is FOB S...

Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach.

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Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

In news, the details matter. Just look at NBC’s Brian Williams, and maybe even Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. Williams, who was in the actual war zone of Iraq, has been suspended for six months for his harrowing account of a helicopter trip that wasn’t...

Details matter. Truth matters. Fact-checkers are needed more than ever in a time of persistent spin.

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FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

FBI Sued for Killing Tsarnaev’s Friend

The family of Ibragim Todashev, an associate of alleged marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev who was shot dead by an FBI agent, filed a wrongful-death claim today demanding $30 million.The 27-year-old Chechnyan national was killed by agent Aaron McFa...

A Chechen national was killed in his home by the FBI during their investigation into the Tsarnaev brothers; today his family has filed a wrongful-death claim.

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I Shot A Pregnant Woman. Don't Jail Me.

I Shot A Pregnant Woman. Don't Jail Me.

A Florida man who shot and killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby last summer says he should not be prosecuted over her death, and in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, says he has considered suicide himself, and has gotten rid of e...

In an exclusive interview, the man who shot and killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby last summer says his life has been “hell” since the incident.

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The Farmers’ Almanac Nailed It This Year

The Farmers’ Almanac Nailed It This Year

Like the rest of us poor lost Yankee souls in southern New England, I’m surrounded on all sides by what amounts to a glacier’s worth of white desolation. Record-setting snow dumped in back-to-back-to-back winter storms with such density that publi...

Last summer the 200-year-old publication forecast this hellish winter. Nobody believed them, but their secret weatherman was right.

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Tech + Health

The Neuroscience of ISIS

The Neuroscience of ISIS

This is the first of a series of columns for The Daily Beast about the intersection of medical technologies on the cusp of changing our lives, and how they fit into the real world. Join me every other Saturday.Call it a tale of two brains: the ext...

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.

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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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Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

Life in Prison for Selling $20 of Weed

PART IOn September 5, 2008, Fate Vincent Winslow watched a plainclothes stranger approach him. Homeless and hungry, on a dark street rife with crime, the 41-year-old African American was anxious to make contact, motivated by one singular need: foo...

Homeless and hungry, Fate Vincent Winslow wanted something to eat, so he agreed to sell pot to a stranger—an undercover cop.

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Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

If you don’t know who Hunter Moore is, consider yourself blessed.Moore operated the most notorious revenge porn site, where, says Nicky Woolf, “jilted lovers could post sexually explicit pictures without the subjects’ consent. Often, such pictures...

Revenge porn king Hunter Moore is headed for jail, and Reddit is cracking down on unconsented photos. Is it the end of an era, or too little too late?

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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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BeastStyle

Behold, the Paparazzi-Repellent Jacket

Behold, the Paparazzi-Repellent Jacket

When Coco Chanel decided to make pajamas fashionable for women by day, and design them as luxurious couture pieces, only courtesans and artists would have been seen dead in them. Now, you’ll see people running out to the deli in them.The boundarie...

When Coco Chanel popularized pajamas, the garment was seen as ridiculously exotic. Maybe we’ll say the same one day about shoes sprouting vegetation.

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R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

If you root for a sports team over a considerable period of time, you’re going to find that there are players who encapsulate what it means to be alive at a particular moment and place in history. It’s not at all the same as the relatively uncompl...

No one basketball player defined the '90s better than Anthony Mason, a bulldog who led the brutish and flawed Knicks almost all the way to the finish line.

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When Coney Island Was King

When Coney Island Was King

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

ISIS may want to destroy it, but America's most famous escape will always survive as our unique spectacle.

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Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

Hell No, Sharpton Won't Go From MSNBC

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.“I am pretty certain that I am solid at the time period that I’m at for the next foreseeable future,” the MSNBC host told me on Friday, responding to ...

The TV host rubbishes claims his MSNBC show is about to be axed, and insists he is not out to profit from race controversies.

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R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

R.I.P. Anthony Mason, Soul of the '90s

If you root for a sports team over a considerable period of time, you’re going to find that there are players who encapsulate what it means to be alive at a particular moment and place in history. It’s not at all the same as the relatively uncompl...

No one basketball player defined the '90s better than Anthony Mason, a bulldog who led the brutish and flawed Knicks almost all the way to the finish line.

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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 Picasso of Pin-Ups

The Picasso of Pin-Ups

Given Pop Artist Mel Ramos turns 80 in July, it might be too late for him to ever contemplate a second career as an agony uncle on a men’s magazine. But he would surely be well suited to such a role since Ramos has painted naked women on canvas fo...

The artist Mel Ramos has painted naked women coming out of bananas, and inside martini glasses. Unsurprisingly his work is not loved by feminists.

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We Are All Llamas Now

We Are All Llamas Now

Hours later, long after the final, successful lasso had been thrown—and in a heartening nod to humanity’s curiosity—“Llamawatch” was still victorious above “Jihadi John” in Thursday’s top Twitter searches.We wanted to know more about the escape, a...

On Thursday afternoon, a pair of escaped llamas led Arizona authorities on a merry chase. The Internet went rightly, completely nuts.

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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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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

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

Spy: CIA Kept Me From My Soulmate

On January 5, 2010, the chief of the CIA’s secretive paramilitary operations division accused one of the agency’s elite undercover operatives of financial shenanigans and getting too friendly with a female colleague.The operative, who uses the ali...

‘Mack Charles’ fell in love with a fellow CIA undercover operative. Then, he claims in an explosive, $25 million lawsuit, agency bigwigs tried to crush him.

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  • Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

    Ackerman Nails Afghans’ Endless War

    In the final pages of Elliot Ackerman’s debut novel, Green On Blue, is an observation about separation often made about wartime efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the setting for the book: “Across the high plain, tucked among the foothills, is FOB S...

    Most of the fiction and nonfiction inspired by the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan concentrates on U.S. protagonists. Elliot Ackerman takes a far more illuminating approach.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Burn After Reading By Gabriel Thompson, Harper’s Magazine In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.MC Jin’s Second Chan...

The Anarchist’s Cookbook, Jewish treasure troves and surviving immigration. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Looking for Jesus in a Handful of Relics

Each year in early spring, during the season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter, a plenitude of books, magazine articles, and television shows about Jesus appear. The reasons for this are many and, mostly, obvious. Jesu...

In a new book and TV series, scholars and theologians examine the Shroud of Turin and other relics as a means of weighing facts and faith.

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The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

The Shame of Conservative Intellectuals

Shelby Steele calls his new book Shame. You bet it’s a shame. It’s a shame that as often as conservatives pose valuable questions about America’s past, the state of the nation, and, yes, what makes America exceptional, they continually afford us v...

A new book from conservative intellectual Shelby Steele claims to offer new answers to the old problems of polarization, but offers the same critique—blame liberals.

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Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

“Nobody will ever believe how they looked. Descriptions aren’t any good when it comes to women, and I never was good at descriptions anyhow. But it’s got to be done somehow…”Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s proto-feminist utopian novel, has the...

A century ago, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published ‘Herland,’ in which a team of male explorers uncovers a society run by women. It’s very clean, and all about the children.

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Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Galliano and McQueen: Fashion Monsters

Fashion designer Alexander McQueen tried to kill himself in February 2010 by binging on cocaine, sleeping pills, and painkillers. He also slit his wrists with various kitchen knives, but they proved too dull, so he sharpened them and cut deeper. H...

A new book dishes on all the backstage excesses and internal demons of two legendary fashion designers.

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Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

Inside The Secret World Of Fact-Checkers

In news, the details matter. Just look at NBC’s Brian Williams, and maybe even Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly. Williams, who was in the actual war zone of Iraq, has been suspended for six months for his harrowing account of a helicopter trip that wasn’t...

Details matter. Truth matters. Fact-checkers are needed more than ever in a time of persistent spin.

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Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

Feminist Fiction's Rumble in the Jungle

“Nobody will ever believe how they looked. Descriptions aren’t any good when it comes to women, and I never was good at descriptions anyhow. But it’s got to be done somehow…”Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s proto-feminist utopian novel, has the...

A century ago, Charlotte Perkins Gilman published ‘Herland,’ in which a team of male explorers uncovers a society run by women. It’s very clean, and all about the children.

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