Politics

Liberal Hypocrisy on Cash and Guns

Liberal Hypocrisy on Cash and Guns

Have you heard the depressing, outrageous news?The dreaded Koch brothers are dumping $50 million into an election-year campaign to target their political enemies and—this is a direct quote—“make them afraid of us.”Isn’t it revolting? When will the...

Michael Bloomberg’s anti-NRA campaign reveals why liberals love money in politics as much as everybody else: They’re terrified.

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Is Iowa’s Guv the Next Christie?

Is Iowa’s Guv the Next Christie?

Terry Branstad is a political Goliath. The five-term Iowa governor has been the dominant figure in the Hawkeye State’s politics for decades. Branstad has never lost an election and is perhaps the longest serving governor in American history. But a...

Terry Branstad is a GOP kingmaker who could lose his bid for a sixth term thanks to scandal upon scandal.

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How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration “an act of love,” he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you’d expect. The right’s favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments “bizarre.”. Re...

The wildly popular Francis is offering cover for a few Republicans, including Jeb Bush, to start speaking out in favor of some deeply unpopular issues within the party.

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Stop Stockpiling Web Glitches

Stop Stockpiling Web Glitches

When word spread last week about the greatest cyberspace vulnerability in years, the aptly named Heartbleed vulnerability, the first question that many asked was “Did NSA know?” Because of the prior revelations about NSA activity, there is now a n...

Members of the President’s Intelligence Review Group declare that playing defense by alerting the public to hacks is the best response when situations like Heartbleed occur.

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Is Iowa’s Guv the Next Christie?

Is Iowa’s Guv the Next Christie?

Terry Branstad is a political Goliath. The five-term Iowa governor has been the dominant figure in the Hawkeye State’s politics for decades. Branstad has never lost an election and is perhaps the longest serving governor in American history. But a...

Terry Branstad is a GOP kingmaker who could lose his bid for a sixth term thanks to scandal upon scandal.

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The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear

The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear

Elizabeth Warren is not running for president. This we know, not just because she said so at a press conference in December (It’s hard to get much more definitive than “I’m not running for president and I plan to serve out my term”) but because sh...

When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before.

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Christie: Pro-Life for Prisoners

Christie: Pro-Life for Prisoners

Riding high on word that according to a Fox News poll he is leading the 2016 Republican field, embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie arrived in Jersey City Thursday to deliver a message to the GOP about prison reform: “You need to be pro-life a...

At a bipartisan event in Jersey City, the governor tried claim his share of Republican leadership on what the GOP hopes will be a defining conservative issue come 2016.

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Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama

Cantor’s Passover Slam of Obama

A phone call initiated by President Obama to wish House Majority Leader Eric Cantor a good Passover on the eve of the holiday turned contentious when the Republican blamed Obama for congressional inaction on immigration reform, saying that after f...

The House Majority Leader reportedly flipped out at the president over immigration reform during a private call ahead of the Jewish holiday.

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The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear

The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear

Elizabeth Warren is not running for president. This we know, not just because she said so at a press conference in December (It’s hard to get much more definitive than “I’m not running for president and I plan to serve out my term”) but because sh...

When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before.

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Entertainment

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

If you thought Spirited Away was as psychedelic and mentally stimulating as Japanese animation gets you’ve been missing something Hollywood has known for ages. Or so the plots of blockbuster sci-fi would seem to suggest: in the recently Christophe...

Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.

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Beck’s Musical Time Machine

Beck’s Musical Time Machine

"These lights and this stage are giving me flashbacks to open-mic nights in, like, 1988. Just so you know what's going on up here."Once upon a time—in, like, 1988—Beck Hansen actually played open-mic nights. Tiny stages. Sweaty spot...

Perhaps we’ve been undervaluing the very thing that made Beck such an exciting artist in the first place: his genre-defying sense of absurd, spontaneous fun.

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How TV’s Best Shows Get Written

How TV’s Best Shows Get Written

You couldn’t write a bit that good.Just hours after the up-to-there slit on her red-carpet gown made “Angelina Jolie’s leg” an Internet meme at the 2012 Oscars, Jim Rash (along with co-writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) win Best Adapted Screen...

The writers of ‘Scandal’ almost did what!? ‘Community’ star Jim Rash takes us inside ‘The Writers’ Room,’ a behind-the-scenes look at how TV’s best shows are created.

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How Hollywood Pirates Anime

How Hollywood Pirates Anime

If you thought Spirited Away was as psychedelic and mentally stimulating as Japanese animation gets you’ve been missing something Hollywood has known for ages. Or so the plots of blockbuster sci-fi would seem to suggest: in the recently Christophe...

Transcendence’s tale about cybernetic potentiality is ingenious, but it was also done 16 years ago. Hollywood has been borrowing liberally from Japan’s anime and manga past.

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Singer Accuser Considered Suicide

Singer Accuser Considered Suicide

Michael Egan III, the 31-year-old man accusing X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager, says he considered committing suicide as he struggled to come to terms with what he alleges happened to him.In an exclusive interview...

The man claiming to have been sexually abused by 'X-Men' director Bryan Singer reveals a shocking catalog of alleged abuse that has “destroyed” his life.

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Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful kids, celebrity friends, glamor in spades, and smiling only by a...

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful...

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World News

Nicaragua Waits for ‘The Big One’

Nicaragua Waits for ‘The Big One’

MANAGUA, Nicaragua—It’s been a week since a major quake hit Nicaragua—a week of many, many smaller quakes and shocks and tremors, and everybody wondering if “The Big One” is on its way.In the wider world, because the death toll was mercifully low—...

People have been sleeping in the streets and in their yards for a week thanks to some major earthquakes and some political hype by the Sandinistas.

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Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

This story has been updated to reflect comments from Edward Snowden's American lawyer. Vladimir Putin just trolled President Barack Obama and the entire U.S. intelligence community. He trolled them hard. On live Russian television Edward Snow...

In a staged encounter on Russian television, the NSA whistleblower asks Putin if the Kremlin’s surveillance is as bad as Washington’s. Putin, lying with a smile, says no.

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Captive With a Canine For 9 Years

Captive With a Canine For 9 Years

While most girls her age were busy taking selfies and dabbling in virtual reality, 15-year-old “Maria,” whose real name can not be released because she is a minor, was fighting a monkey and a dog for scraps of food in a darkened garage in the Luga...

After nearly a decade of being confined to a dark garage with pets by her cult-worshipping foster parents, a young girl is set free.

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‘All Jews Must Be Registered’

‘All Jews Must Be Registered’

DONETSK, Ukraine—It was the second day of Pesach celebrations on Tuesday and over 100 Jewish believers at the Donetsk synagogue had just finished praying. Several stayed to visit a bit longer; some shared a community meal, others just chatted with...

Fliers in Donetsk, Ukraine tell Jews to register, pay up, or be deported. The city’s grand rabbi says he takes the threat seriously.

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Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

Sorry, Snowden: Putin Lied to You

This story has been updated to reflect comments from Edward Snowden's American lawyer. Vladimir Putin just trolled President Barack Obama and the entire U.S. intelligence community. He trolled them hard. On live Russian television Edward Snow...

In a staged encounter on Russian television, the NSA whistleblower asks Putin if the Kremlin’s surveillance is as bad as Washington’s. Putin, lying with a smile, says no.

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Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

For an overwhelming majority of Americans, weary of the longest war in United States history—which has cost trillions in taxpayer dollars and exacted more than 2,300 deaths and 20,000 wounded among U.S. soldiers since Operation Enduring Freedom co...

Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections.

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Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

After a fatal confrontation in eastern Ukraine, revelations from Vladimir Putin, and a surprise Edward Snowden appearance, The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin breaks down the crisis on ...

The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling

The Ukrainian Army Is Crumbling

KIEV, UKRAINE— An overnight attack by pro-Russian separatists on a National Guard base in the southern port of Mariupol has raised a frightening specter in Ukraine. The struggling government now fears that militants instructed by Moscow will incre...

A deadly Ukrainian operation to protect a base in the Black Sea port of Mariupol is a rare example of some backbone shown by a disorganized military that doesn’t want to fight.

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    Dirty Details of Russia-Ukraine

    After a fatal confrontation in eastern Ukraine, revelations from Vladimir Putin, and a surprise Edward Snowden appearance, The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin breaks down the crisis on ...

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope

For an overwhelming majority of Americans, weary of the longest war in United States history—which has cost trillions in taxpayer dollars and exacted more than 2,300 deaths and 20,000 wounded among U.S. soldiers since Operation Enduring Freedom co...

Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections.

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Tech + Health

‘Parent Martyr’ Must Die

‘Parent Martyr’ Must Die

You’ve probably seen this viral ad posted on one of your friends’ Facebook feeds. Maybe you even shared it on yours. It announces itself as a hoax wherein the perpetrators have convinced some poor saps that they are participating in a job intervie...

Did you see that “world’s toughest job” video that went viral? Yeah, it’s a bunch of bull.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

Dude, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

All across the Internet, headlines are screaming Buzzkill and Marijuana Makes Young Brains Go to Pot. But a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, does not in any way prove that casual marijuana use is bad for your brain.In order to ...

Can casual marijuana use damage the brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise.

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Just Plane Weird

Just Plane Weird

According to the latest news in aviation, the world of air travel has gone a little wonky. US Airways inadvertently tweeted an—ahem—racy photo involving a lady and a toy plane. A traveler attempted to jump from their flight midair while another sp...

From accidental plane porno to “prank” terrorism—this week’s slate of airline-related incidents suggests air travel has hit a new altitude of bizarre.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Predator drone has become the symbol for America’s unmanned war, zooming over the heads of low-tech foes like the Taliban. But the battles to come are likely to be against more sophisticated, better-equipped foes—especially with a newly-aggres...

Forget the Predators, the iconic unmanned aircraft of the last war. The next generation of robot planes will be deadly, and very, very difficult to find.

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Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

So close, Jenny McCarthy. So close. Well… not really. But I’m trying to adopt the same conciliatory tone that McCarthy affects in a recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, in which she claims that she was never really “anti-vaccine” and that believing oth...

After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Predator drone has become the symbol for America’s unmanned war, zooming over the heads of low-tech foes like the Taliban. But the battles to come are likely to be against more sophisticated, better-equipped foes—especially with a newly-aggres...

Forget the Predators, the iconic unmanned aircraft of the last war. The next generation of robot planes will be deadly, and very, very difficult to find.

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Fashion

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

Happy 40th, Victoria Beckham!

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful kids, celebrity friends, glamor in spades, and smiling only by a...

She’s the Spice Girl who made it really big—chart-topping success, reinvention as an internationally lauded fashion designer, marriage to a super-hot, brilliant footballer, beautiful...

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Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Anna Wintour Wants "More Exclusivity" at Met Gala:  For this year’s Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit, high fashion and exclusivity is a top priority for Anna Wintour. Ticket prices were raised a staggering $10,000 from the $1...

And 'Elle' searches for a replacement for Joe Zee.

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Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Lady Gaga Photos Leak

Unretouched Photos of Lady Gaga Leak: On Wednesday, feminist website Jezebel published unretouched photos from Lady Gaga’s Spring 2014 Versace campaign, which features the performer—who reportedly requests all paparazzi retouch her images before m...

And Prince William called Kate "a banana."

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The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, the site changed the e-commerce business. Now it’s trying to revolutionize publishing with the launch of Porter, the ‘magazine of the future.’

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Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Met Gala Gets Even More Exclusive

Anna Wintour Wants "More Exclusivity" at Met Gala:  For this year’s Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit, high fashion and exclusivity is a top priority for Anna Wintour. Ticket prices were raised a staggering $10,000 from the $1...

And 'Elle' searches for a replacement for Joe Zee.

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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VS Fashion Show Moves To London

VS Fashion Show Moves To London

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Heads to London: At a private press conference Tuesday morning, Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the brand’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek to announce the move of the annual fashi...

And street style is becoming shoppable.

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First-time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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Great Escapes

Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird

Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird

I’m sitting under a lighthouse just outside Reykjavík watching the Northern Lights dance over Iceland’s capital city. The green hues are cascading across the sky like glowing curtains. It’s otherworldly.  I’m with the writer of the Lonely Planet t...

A land of fire, ice, and elves, Iceland is a beacon of nature’s majesty and culture. It’s also quite possibly the strangest place ever. And that’s precisely why you should go.

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  • All Aboard the Orient Express

    All Aboard the Orient Express

    Since its early days, train travel has been shrouded in an aura of romanticism. It has become emblematic of a bygone era of epic voyages, adventures, and discovery—the excitement and possibility of accessing vast new territories. Today, our fascin...

    When a rail line opened connecting Paris to Istanbul, the world was changed forever, allowing people from faraway places to embark on a romantic adventure to see how the others lived.

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Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Finland’s postal service is celebrating homoerotic art. Their most recent commemorative stamp design will present a bevy of barely dressed and leather-clad muscle men based on 33 different works by the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, commonly know...

Finland Postal Service introduces new stamps.

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Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Fifty years ago, the Ford Motor Company debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

Fifty years ago, the Ford Motor Company debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

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Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Surrounded on all sides by the joyful sweep and thrilling colors of some of Henri Matisse’s greatest work, it is impossible to miss the surge of excitement that coursed through the artist in his 70s and ensured that his final years became some of ...

Many artists wind down in their twilight years, but not Matisse. He was not only prolific, but also created an entirely new art form with his vivid, cut-out paper works.

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Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Homoerotic Art Goes Postal

Finland’s postal service is celebrating homoerotic art. Their most recent commemorative stamp design will present a bevy of barely dressed and leather-clad muscle men based on 33 different works by the Finnish artist Touko Laaksonen, commonly know...

Finland Postal Service introduces new stamps.

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The Original Selfies

The Original Selfies

As history would have it, we all have a little Kim Kardashian in us—even masters like Velasquez. While the famed Spanish artist behind Las Meninas may not have been posting pictures of his rotund derriere on Instagram, he, along with many other we...

Rembrandt and Kim Kardashian have something in common: Both showed off in images they created of themselves. A new book reveals the self-portrait’s fascinating and revealing history.

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The Beauty of The ’Burbs

The Beauty of The ’Burbs

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

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Kabul's Major Motion Picture

Kabul's Major Motion Picture

When the Taliban took over Kabul in 1996, all forms of movies, television, and videos were outlawed, along with many other things, for everyone. Theaters were quickly abandoned, left to decay and sometimes destroyed. When the US invaded Afghanista...

Cinemas in Afghanistan were shuttered under the Taliban. But now audiences, all-male, flock to them to watch the latest Bollywood movies. Photographer Jonathan Saruk captured the bui...

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The Original Selfies

The Original Selfies

As history would have it, we all have a little Kim Kardashian in us—even masters like Velasquez. While the famed Spanish artist behind Las Meninas may not have been posting pictures of his rotund derriere on Instagram, he, along with many other we...

Rembrandt and Kim Kardashian have something in common: Both showed off in images they created of themselves. A new book reveals the self-portrait’s fascinating and revealing history.

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Women

Career + Family = Solved?

Career + Family = Solved?

The cover of Bloomberg Businessweek declares “Freeze Your Eggs, Free Your Career.” It is not breaking news that women who postponed having children have a harder time conceiving: the National Survey of Family Growth shows that among women 40 to 44...

Egg freezing seems to offer the possibility of having it all, but the odds are still only one in five.

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  • A Prenup for Digital Privacy

    A Prenup for Digital Privacy

    The breakup, makeup, and alleged breakup again of figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband, Victor Voronov, has captivated media and skating fans alike. The flamboyance Weir has long brought to his performances on the ice colored this story as we...

    Celebrities and power couples are asking for digital protection in their pre- and post-nup marriage agreements, but having something to hide isn’t necessarily the reason.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

Boko Haram’s Sick Hatred of Girls

The numbers were shocking: “Nigerian Unrest: Gunmen abduct ‘about 100 schoolgirls’” headlined the BBC after guerrillas believed to belong to the al Qaeda-allied group Boko Haram attacked a boarding school late Monday in the Nigerian state of Borno...

The abduction of 200 female students from northern Nigeria was not the first attack on girls’ education by the al Qaeda-linked group—and it won’t be the last.

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Antidepressant-Autism Link

Antidepressant-Autism Link

It’s standard for doctors to tell pregnant women that to take care of their unborn children, they must take proper care of themselves. However, new evidence showing an association between selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRI) use during pregnancy ...

New research shows SSRI use during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, may elevate the risk of autism spectrum disorders. But mothers-to-be shouldn’t panic just yet.

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Who's on Top?

Who's on Top?

By featuring John Oliver on its “35 Most Powerful People” cover, today’s Hollywood Reporter has broken a trend. Previously, power lists that were short on women seemed to compensate by putting one on the cover. See: Business Insider’s “Tech Power ...

Power lists that were short on women seem to compensate by putting one on the cover. How about putting more on the list?

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Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case

Cops Ignored Heisman Rape Case

A harrowing report in The New York Times reveals how Florida State University and Tallahassee Police were remiss at best and actively dismissive at worst regarding rape and sexual-assault accustations. Detective Scott Angulo closed the first case ...

Star QB Jameis Winston accused.

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The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

The Glossy Mag Challenging Vogue

When Net-a-Porter launched in 2000, the site changed the e-commerce business. Now it’s trying to revolutionize publishing with the launch of Porter, the ‘magazine of the future.’

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Who's on Top?

Who's on Top?

By featuring John Oliver on its “35 Most Powerful People” cover, today’s Hollywood Reporter has broken a trend. Previously, power lists that were short on women seemed to compensate by putting one on the cover. See: Business Insider’s “Tech Power ...

Power lists that were short on women seem to compensate by putting one on the cover. How about putting more on the list?

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Books

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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García Márquez’s Real Magic

García Márquez’s Real Magic

If we were to rank the first lines of every novel ever written, the opening of One Hundred Years of Solitude would still be hard to beat.“Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant aftern...

Gabriel García Márquez, dead at 87, wrote a lot of great fiction, but nothing greater than One Hundred Years of Solitude. Maybe nothing is.

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Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

How to Be Popular, ’50s Style

In 1951, model Betty Cornell penned a self-help book for young women struggling socially: Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide. Cornell provided insight on everything from wearing white pearls and girdles to the proper ways to fix one’s “figu...

When 15-year-old Maya Van Wagenen had trouble fitting in at middle school, she looked to a popularity guide from 1951 for answers. Read an excerpt from her hilarious and brave journey.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree By Wilma StockenströmEvery few years, a book comes along that I read only a few pages at a time, lingering over exceptionally well-crafted prose. In 2012, Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, a searing monologue ...

A 15th century slave’s monologue, a sheepherder’s confrontation with mysterious violence, and a clear-eyed look at the Mormon Church’s fraught origins.

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