Politics

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanAt least five times Sunday, ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Governor Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “If a florist in Indian...

Did Barack Obama once support a law just like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act? And has Ted Cruz really sponsored just one bill that became law?

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A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A career criminal, Angelo West, 41 years old with several of those years spent in prison, emerged from a car Friday night in Boston, gun in hand, and shot 34-year-old police officer John Moynihan in the face, the bullet entering just beneath the c...

A career criminal shot a good cop. There’s no dispute over the facts. But that doesn’t mean everyone accepts them.

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L. Ron Hubbard: The First Tea Partier?

L. Ron Hubbard: The First Tea Partier?

My two takeaways from Going Clear—HBO’s searing look at scientology dropouts (“searing” means “lots of blurry reenactments,” yes?)—were thus: A) Tom Cruise’s ramrod posture should make chiropractors weep with ad...

HBO’s brutal Scientology takedown, “Going Clear,” and Ted Cruz’s presidential talking points have made one thing, well, clear: Both the Tea Party and Tom Cruise’s religion have a lot...

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanAt least five times Sunday, ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Governor Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “If a florist in Indian...

Did Barack Obama once support a law just like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act? And has Ted Cruz really sponsored just one bill that became law?

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas speaks at a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, as the court was hearing arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces.

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

It was big news that was, apparently, triggered by poorly delivered sarcasm.On Thursday, The Hill broke the story that Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman from Texas, was considering a run for the White House. “Ted [Cruz] is a good friend and ...

Gohmertmentum? Sadly, it looks like it was all just a false alarm.

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Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

In 1963, I was a 20-year-old college senior who’d never been out of the country. With parents of modest means, summers meant working for spare cash, not backpacking through Europe or lounging on the beaches of Majorca. So when an invitation came t...

A new book tells the story of how the CIA used unwitting college kids to send in reports from Third World countries. And I was one of them.

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Entertainment

How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Got 'The Daily Show'

How Trevor Noah Got 'The Daily Show'

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a mixed-race South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news”...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

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Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Andrew Lincoln is at home in London, sipping tea that his wife’s just brought him. It’s the morning after The Walking Dead’s fifth season finale, when viewers watched him, as ex-sheriff Rick Grimes, come head-to-head against the leadership of Alex...

The star of AMC’s zombie epic The Walking Dead opens up about the show’s Season 5 finale and what to expect next season from Rick and Co.

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Hard working NY folkie Christopher Paul Stelling is called up to join ranks with Tom Waits, Wilco, for his new album. Here’s an exclusive premiere of his new song.

Back-Alley SXSW Find Gets a Record Deal

Back-Alley SXSW Find Gets a Record Deal

I first came across Christopher Paul Stelling a few years ago when he showed up in my hotel room at the then-fledgling Savannah Stopover music festival, essentially a pit stop for bands touring to SXSW to swing through and cop some gas money while...

Hard working NY folkie Christopher Paul Stelling is called up to join ranks with Tom Waits, Wilco, for his new album. Here’s an exclusive premiere of his new song.

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Meet the New ‘Daily Show’ Host

Meet the New ‘Daily Show’ Host

Comedy Central will announce today that Trevor Noah will succeed Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show this year, The New York Times reports. Noah, a 31-year-old comedian, has only appeared on the show three times but will take over for 52-year-ol...

The virtually unknown South African comedian has only appeared on “The Daily Show” three times. Now he has the hottest job on American TV.

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Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Andrew Lincoln is at home in London, sipping tea that his wife’s just brought him. It’s the morning after The Walking Dead’s fifth season finale, when viewers watched him, as ex-sheriff Rick Grimes, come head-to-head against the leadership of Alex...

The star of AMC’s zombie epic The Walking Dead opens up about the show’s Season 5 finale and what to expect next season from Rick and Co.

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"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm stands beside the wardrobe he wore as the character "Don Draper" during a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington March 27, 2015. The museum accepted a donation of more than 50 artifacts from the AMC program "Mad Men" to represent mid-century advertising history as part of their "American Enterprise" exhibition which opens this summer.

Jon Hamm Hangs Up Don Draper’s Suit

Jon Hamm Hangs Up Don Draper’s Suit

“Nostalgia—it’s delicate, but potent,” says an inspired Don Draper. “In Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time ma...

It’s the end of an era as AMC’s hit series Mad Men—and its tormented protagonist, Don Draper—come to a close. Jon Hamm reflects on his iconic ad man.

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The Best Celebrity Bieber Burns

The Best Celebrity Bieber Burns

Beliebers, cover your eyes and ears. Tonight, Comedy Central will air its Roast of Justin Bieber—a surefire ratings behemoth emceed by superstar comedian Kevin Hart that will feature a dais of stand-ups and celebs ripping into the “Baby” singer. ...

Comedy Central’s Roast of Justin Bieber airs tonight, but the mini-menace has already been slammed plenty of times publicly by many Hollywood A-listers. Here are the best.

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The Walking Dead’s Ninja Warrior Finale

The Walking Dead’s Ninja Warrior Finale

The Walking Dead’s fifth season was filled with some of the most gruesome, gasp-inducing deaths the show has ever seen. It zipped from location to location—from Terminus to the road to Washington to Alexandria—at an exciting pace, avoiding some of...

The best part of the AMC zombie drama’s 90-minute finale? The return of Morgan, stealth ninja extraordinaire. Beware Wolves. You don’t stand a chance.

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"Mad Men" star Jon Hamm stands beside the wardrobe he wore as the character "Don Draper" during a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington March 27, 2015. The museum accepted a donation of more than 50 artifacts from the AMC program "Mad Men" to represent mid-century advertising history as part of their "American Enterprise" exhibition which opens this summer.

Jon Hamm Hangs Up Don Draper’s Suit

Jon Hamm Hangs Up Don Draper’s Suit

“Nostalgia—it’s delicate, but potent,” says an inspired Don Draper. “In Greek, ‘nostalgia’ literally means ‘the pain from an old wound.’ It’s a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t a spaceship, it’s a time ma...

It’s the end of an era as AMC’s hit series Mad Men—and its tormented protagonist, Don Draper—come to a close. Jon Hamm reflects on his iconic ad man.

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World News

How to build a hijack-proof airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

Just how lax is Lufthansa’s screening of wannabe pilots?The revelation by a Duesseldorf prosecutor that Andreas Lubitz, who crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain a week ago, had been treated by a psychotherapist “for what is document...

Experts have tested a system that wrests control of a plane from a pilot who might be suicidal or crazed, but no one knows what would happen after the pilot is out of the picture.

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Printouts of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College students, missing after last month's deadly clashes in Iguala, are plastered on a Palo Blanco tollbooth along a road leading to Acapulco, during a blockage by trainee teachers of the United Front of Public Guerrero State Teacher Training Schools (FUNPEG), October 9, 2014. Thousands marched in Mexican cities on Wednesday to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. The students from the teachers' college went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on September 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed on Monday to identify those behind the massacre and make sure they face justice.

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

IGUALA, Mexico — For all the bustle of commerce in Iguala, “The City of Gold” in southern Mexico, the hills that surround it are quiet and gloomy. The city sits in a valley wrapped in those hills, and the people know it is unsafe to venture into t...

Since 2006, more than 23,000 people have disappeared in the war on Mexico’s drug cartels. In Iguala, families keep searching for the missing.

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Tortured in Syria, Barred From the U.S.

Tortured in Syria, Barred From the U.S.

“Do you love your husband?” the interrogator asked.During her first interrogation session, Bayan*, a Syrian activist, had resisted physical abuse and refused to answer questions.So the Assad regime’s jailers tried a different tactic.For her second...

Assad’s victims are being denied U.S. visas to come testify about their experiences—and one who did make it to D.C. for an award left in disgust at what she saw as U.S. indifference.

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A trader looks at jade stones at Myanmar's 2011 Mid-Year Emporium for jade, gems and pearls at an emporium hall in the capital Naypyitaw December 24, 2011. Myanmar holds emporiums three times a year to sell gems, jade and pearls. The total proceeds from three emporiums last year amounted to about 2.2 billion euros, according to government data.

China’s Hunger for Conflict Jade

China’s Hunger for Conflict Jade

RUILI, China — A strong LED flashlight is necessary when picking out the perfect piece of jade.That, and a big stack of cash.“He’s asking for ¥10,000, I think I’ll only give him ¥7,000.” The light beam was revealing something I couldn’t see, and t...

The Chinese love jade, especially jade that comes from Burma. That hunger is fueling drug addiction and internal instability in China’s westerly neighbor.

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Printouts of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College students, missing after last month's deadly clashes in Iguala, are plastered on a Palo Blanco tollbooth along a road leading to Acapulco, during a blockage by trainee teachers of the United Front of Public Guerrero State Teacher Training Schools (FUNPEG), October 9, 2014. Thousands marched in Mexican cities on Wednesday to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. The students from the teachers' college went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on September 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed on Monday to identify those behind the massacre and make sure they face justice.

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

IGUALA, Mexico — For all the bustle of commerce in Iguala, “The City of Gold” in southern Mexico, the hills that surround it are quiet and gloomy. The city sits in a valley wrapped in those hills, and the people know it is unsafe to venture into t...

Since 2006, more than 23,000 people have disappeared in the war on Mexico’s drug cartels. In Iguala, families keep searching for the missing.

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How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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Fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hold their weapons as they stand on confiscated cigarettes before setting them on fire in the city of Raqqa April 2, 2014.

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

By Khales Joumah, Niqash MOSUL, Iraq — When 34-year-old Ibrahim Hassan was caught smoking a cigarette recently, his punishment was not just eventual ill health. The extremists from the group known as the Islamic State who currently control this c...

After ISIS took over Mosul last year it banned smoking on religious grounds. But hundreds of thousands of locals, desperate for cigarettes, still manage to light up.

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In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo, obtained from the Iranian Mehr News Agency, Iranian army members prepare missiles to be launched, during a maneuver, in an undisclosed location in Iran. President Barack Obama pledged in the campaign, and since, that he will not let Iran develop nuclear weapons. According to his own timeline, Obama has about a year left to see if his policy of diplomacy and sanctions can get Iran to slow its enrichment of uranium and assure the world its nuclear program is peaceful. Resolving the standoff while avoiding war ranks among the biggest foreign policy challenges of Obama's second term. And time grows short.

Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in N. Korea?

Does Iran Have Secret Nukes in N. Korea?

In October 2012, Iran began stationing personnel at a military base in North Korea, in a mountainous area close to the Chinese border. The Iranians, from the Ministry of Defense and associated firms, reportedly are working on both missiles and nuc...

Washington’s nuclear deal with Tehran depends on aggressive inspections inside Iran. But the mullahs may well have a secret program outside their borders.

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How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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U.S. News

A police car blocks one of many entrance points into the National Security Administration facility in Fort Meade, Maryland March 30, 2015. Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, officials said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron      - RTR4VI86

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

The mood at NSA headquarters seemed controlled but tense Monday afternoon following a shooting that left one person dead and a law enforcement officer injured. Current and former officials who’ve worked on the agency’s campus, located at Ft. Meade...

Two men reportedly crashed a gate at the spy agency’s headquarters before one was shot dead by law enforcement

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Fake Cop Investigates Veterans’ Deaths

Fake Cop Investigates Veterans’ Deaths

With his badge and gun and take-charge bearing, Steve Pancoast seemed like justice personified as he investigated the death of a World War II vet who had been parboiled in a whirlpool bath at an Oklahoma state veterans center back in 2012.Pancoast...

Steve Pancoast carried a gun and sought justice for dead vets as ‘chief investigator’ for the Oklahoma VA. But it turns out that wasn’t his job—and now he’s facing charges.

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Not So Fast on ‘Yes Means Yes’

Not So Fast on ‘Yes Means Yes’

Especially on our college campuses, identity politics increasingly defines political correctness—a vague term that seems to mean more than meets the eye. Likewise, the perils and predicaments of life on campus are increasingly being used to advanc...

Now we’re getting legislation to enforce that yes means yes on campuses. OK, but let’s understand that it comes at a price to autonomy.

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A police car blocks one of many entrance points into the National Security Administration facility in Fort Meade, Maryland March 30, 2015. Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, officials said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron      - RTR4VI86

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

The mood at NSA headquarters seemed controlled but tense Monday afternoon following a shooting that left one person dead and a law enforcement officer injured. Current and former officials who’ve worked on the agency’s campus, located at Ft. Meade...

Two men reportedly crashed a gate at the spy agency’s headquarters before one was shot dead by law enforcement

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In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

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The handcuffs of a suspected member of the Broadway Gangster Crips street gang is seen while being interviewed by a law enforcement officer after he was arrested in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2014. Seventy two people who were linked to the Broadway Gangster Crips street gang were charged today in a federal racketeering indictment for alleged murders, robberies and drug sales, according to the police news release.

When the Only Crime Is Resisting Arrest

When the Only Crime Is Resisting Arrest

If only Eric Garner wasn’t resisting arrest, he would be alive. NYPD defenders told me that as I covered the months of rage following the July death of the Staten Island man, as police tried to arrest him for peddling loose cigarettes last July.“T...

Two state lawmakers want to make resisting arrest a felony. They believe it would lower the chance of it happening. But opponents say resisting arrest charges are already dropping—an...

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Tech + Health

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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CRAWFORD, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (L) holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah while walking past some blue bonnets at his Crawford ranch 25 April 2005. Bush intends to ask Abdullah to boost his country's oil production in hopes of driving down soaring oil and US gas prices, senior administration officials said.              AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON  (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

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The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

There are a plethora of sex toys designed to bring you to orgasm, but precious few devised to get you pregnant. Until now.  Trying to make a baby should be one of the more enjoyable experiences of a couple’s life. Casual sex is fine and all, but s...

Having trouble conceiving? The Semenette, a strap-on dildo designed to eject donor semen into your partner, may be for you.

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Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

By now, I'm guessing you’ve seen the various clips of the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championships of the ‘80s.  The intro video from 1988 is my personal favorite, as are the brilliant hosting duties performed by Alan Thicke. The energy t...

Can't a fellow look at Instagram without being accosted by pictures of beefy amateur weightlifters?

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CRAWFORD, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (L) holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah while walking past some blue bonnets at his Crawford ranch 25 April 2005. Bush intends to ask Abdullah to boost his country's oil production in hopes of driving down soaring oil and US gas prices, senior administration officials said.              AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON  (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

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Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Nobody likes getting shots, but as an adult there are some vaccines important enough to suck it up for next time you visit the doctor.In recent years, more parents in the U.S. have chosen not to vaccinate t...

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Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

If the bill sitting on Republican Governor Doug Ducey desk is signed today, doctors in Arizona will be required to tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway.It’s the first reversa...

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.

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The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

Every year, millions of adolescents are treated for anxiety or depression. As many as 11 percent of teenagers in the United States may suffer from depression, with some form of anxiety disorder affecting about 8 percent—many teens have both. Thoug...

Should health-care providers talk to teen patients about the potentially negative side effects of SSRI’s on sexuality?

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Doctor makes vaccination in the shoulder of patient in a clinic, close-up

Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Nobody likes getting shots, but as an adult there are some vaccines important enough to suck it up for next time you visit the doctor.In recent years, more parents in the U.S. have chosen not to vaccinate t...

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The World's Hottest Math Teacher

The World's Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the so-called “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews on Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Ins...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

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Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

I couldn’t put my finger on what I was drinking. Carton Brewing’s Cosmonaut was labeled a Russian imperial stout and had many of the standard flavors of the style, but something was a little...odd.It was roasty and chocolate-y as expected, but als...

At the 12th annual Extreme Beer Fest a fantastic merry-go-round of craft beers, flavored with the likes of smoked pineapple and white truffle, got our correspondent deliciously drunk.

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The Picasso of Serial Killers

The Picasso of Serial Killers

It’s a relaxing image. A bouquet of tulips stuffed into a golden pitcher. Their colorful buds, rich with yellow and blue, stand erect above a cluster of perfectly detailed greenery. A kitten playfully paws the air below the arrangement while a dai...

That pretty bouquet of tulips? Painted by a mass murderer, actually. Who’s buying the art produced by notorious criminals, and why?

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Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

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Young Woman Eating Chocolate --- Image by © Roy Morsch/Corbis

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

“That’s bitter” is rarely said as an endorsement of a dish. We think of bitterness as bad, negative, to be avoided, or masked by reaching for something sweet.Yet many of us enjoy a hoppy beer, dark chocolate and coffee, almost forgetting they’re b...

If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.

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C4A6C6 THE ROLLING STONES - 1973. Image shot 1973. Exact date unknown.

Requiem For a Rock Dream

Requiem For a Rock Dream

When Hyphen Hub started operating out of the Red Door at 140 West 24th Street it seemed a perfect fit. After all, even for a Manhattan rock venue, the Red Door has had a deliciously rambunctious history.But then the invitation to what would be one...

The Red Door was a rockers’ paradise, and on its final night detritus used artfully on the floor included old equipment from the Stones.

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12 May 1982, Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK --- 3500 British soldiers leave Southampton aboard the "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2" to go to fight in the Falkland Islands. The Falklands War started on Friday, 2 April 1982, with the Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Britain launched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Argentine Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The conflict ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, and the islands remained under British control. --- Image by © Arnaud de Wildenberg/Sygma/Corbis

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

A collective sigh emitted from approximately 2,000 Falkland Islanders this week as the long-suffering population attempted to get on with day-to-day life, in the face of dramatic newspaper headlines from British and international newspapers claimi...

With Britain and Argentina ratcheting up the military rhetoric, Falkland Islanders recall the 1982 conflict, and how the islands, and their lives, have transformed since.

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Young Woman Eating Chocolate --- Image by © Roy Morsch/Corbis

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

“That’s bitter” is rarely said as an endorsement of a dish. We think of bitterness as bad, negative, to be avoided, or masked by reaching for something sweet.Yet many of us enjoy a hoppy beer, dark chocolate and coffee, almost forgetting they’re b...

If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.

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Books

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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  • How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

    How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

    About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

    The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

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How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

A Philadelphia copywriter named Frances Gerety is credited with coining the phrase, “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers in 1947. But a similar phrase served as a punchline more than twenty years earlier, in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “...

The 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive hit—everybody from the Prince of Wales to William Faulkner loved it—and personifies the Jazz Age.

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Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

The film version of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus begins this weekend on the National Geographical Channel, the third of his books to be adapted for television. This production represents the continuation of a book franchise that includes Killing ...

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus may have been a best-seller, but the film version of it somehow manages to make the story of Jesus Christ uninteresting.

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Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

In 1963, I was a 20-year-old college senior who’d never been out of the country. With parents of modest means, summers meant working for spare cash, not backpacking through Europe or lounging on the beaches of Majorca. So when an invitation came t...

A new book tells the story of how the CIA used unwitting college kids to send in reports from Third World countries. And I was one of them.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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