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

"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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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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It’s a Holy Week Biblepalooza on Your TV

It’s a Holy Week Biblepalooza on Your TV

It’s Eastertime, so we can expect to be inundated with religious programming of one kind or another. This year there’s a lot more on offer than usual; the runaway success of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s The Bible means a glut of Bible-related co...

Blame the massive success of ‘The Bible’—just in time for Easter, TV screens will be inundated with big-budget biblical programming. From ‘AD’ to ‘Finding Jesus,’ what to watch.

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National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus.

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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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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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Game of Thrones’ Fetching Consigliere

Game of Thrones’ Fetching Consigliere

Game of Thrones, the epic HBO series bursting with dragons, decapitations, and political maneuvers so sinister they make Washington look like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and which entered terms like “twincest” and “sexposition” into the cultural ...

The UK rising star dishes on her upcoming role as a hacker in Furious 7 and how Missandei’s role will be expanded on Season 5 of Game of Thrones.

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THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES - "Live Kree or Die" - The Avengers' space adventure concludes in a crash landing on the alien Kree homeworld, Hala, but Captain Mar-Vell's homecoming isn't very welcoming. Outnumbered, the Avengers' only hope is to convince the Supreme Intelligence, the ruler of the Kree Empire, that humanity is worth saving, in a new episode of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Marvel Universe on Disney XD. (Disney XD via Getty Images)
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Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

The trailers have been released, the TV spots are beginning to proliferate (featuring even more never-before-seen footage), and the film itself is five short weeks away from debuting in theaters to what will undoubtedly be record-breaking box offi...

What the comics tell us about the Vision’s crucial role in Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Angelina Jolie Brings the House Down

Angelina Jolie Brings the House Down

Earlier this week, Oscar-winning actress and acclaimed filmmaker Angelina Jolie published a remarkably candid and moving op-ed in The New York Times detailing her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after she underwent a ...

The Oscar-winning actress made her first post-surgery appearance at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards with daughters Shiloh and Zahara and delivered an inspiring speech.

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Game of Thrones’ Fetching Consigliere

Game of Thrones’ Fetching Consigliere

Game of Thrones, the epic HBO series bursting with dragons, decapitations, and political maneuvers so sinister they make Washington look like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and which entered terms like “twincest” and “sexposition” into the cultural ...

The UK rising star dishes on her upcoming role as a hacker in Furious 7 and how Missandei’s role will be expanded on Season 5 of Game of Thrones.

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World News

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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 USA FOR AFRICA 47 artists record "We Are The World" in 1985 with Lionel Ritchie and Bruce Springsteen in front row

The Celebrity Dumbing Down of Protest

The Celebrity Dumbing Down of Protest

This month, two anniversaries seem to harmonize with one another. Fifty years ago, civil-rights protestors marching from Selma to Montgomery were rallying and singing and sometimes bleeding and dying for freedom. And 30 years ago, a feel-good a...

Two anniversaries this spring show how well-meaning but self-indulgent celebrities helped water down a great American tradition.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2L), Robert Malley (3L), of the US National Security Council, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini (C), Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and others wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 27, 2015 in Lausanne. The Iranian and US officials are in Switzerland to continue negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

It’s crunch time in Lausanne for the nuclear negotiators, who are hoping to agree by Tuesday on the basic political framework for a deal that would have to be reached by June 30.This is an important moment for the world, the United States, and the...

The White House seems to think a nuke deal with Iran will change everything. Let’s hope they’re trying to fool us, and not themselves.

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Pope Francis reacts as he leads a Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican January 15, 2014.
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Does Pope Francis Want Out?

Does Pope Francis Want Out?

ROME — Of all the things a sitting pope can do, calling for a Holy Jubilee Year is surely one of the more important. It is a joyous occasion that draws millions of Catholic pilgrims to Rome to take part in celebrations and get that ever-important ...

The pontiff believes his days are numbered, and some observers believe his declaration of a holy jubilee year next year is meant to send a signal.

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 USA FOR AFRICA 47 artists record "We Are The World" in 1985 with Lionel Ritchie and Bruce Springsteen in front row

The Celebrity Dumbing Down of Protest

The Celebrity Dumbing Down of Protest

This month, two anniversaries seem to harmonize with one another. Fifty years ago, civil-rights protestors marching from Selma to Montgomery were rallying and singing and sometimes bleeding and dying for freedom. And 30 years ago, a feel-good a...

Two anniversaries this spring show how well-meaning but self-indulgent celebrities helped water down a great American tradition.

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U.S. News

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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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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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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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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Spooked by Scientology, 40 Years Later

Spooked by Scientology, 40 Years Later

Forty years after skewering Scientology as a “mental health cult” in her historic exposé, author Paulette Cooper is convinced the church is still keeping tabs on her. She sees the church planting operatives in the nail salon. She believes Scientol...

Scientology’s first public critic says she faces a “campaign of intimidation” 40 years on, despite the church’s denials.

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Wine Country’s Nuclear Threat

Wine Country’s Nuclear Threat

The Hanford Site, a former nuclear-weapons production facility located in southeastern Washington State near the Oregon border, is one natural disaster away from a Fukushima-like catastrophe, according to environmental groups who also claim the si...

A nuclear facility in Washington state’s prime wine country is leaching radioactive groundwater and is one natural disaster away from Fukushima 2.0.

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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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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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 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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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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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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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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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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How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

So farewell, dear Downton Abbey. After six seasons of Thomas’s whispered staircase threats, Cora’s perpetually post-spliff expression at everything said to her, and “Poor Edith” maxing out her very own “Indignity” credit card with giveaway babies ...

Whatever else we can expect from the final season of the hit period soap opera, expect Julian Fellowes’s honeyed view of the past and social order to stay intact.

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Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

“You are only as good as the people you dress.”It’s how Halston intended to start his autobiography, according to his niece and confidante Lesley Frowick. And it’s how she starts her (admittedly biased) book about his prevailing influence over Pla...

He threw Bianca Jagger’s birthday party the night she rode into Studio 54 on a white horse. His fame turned him into a mass-market brand—and Halston’s legend endures today.

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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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Books

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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  • 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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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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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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