Politics

Top McConnell Aide Linked to Shady Deal

Top McConnell Aide Linked to Shady Deal

Politics makes strange bedfellows and there was no pairing stranger in the 2014 election cycle than when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hired Jesse Benton to be his campaign manager. Benton is closely aligned with Ron and Rand Paul. He wor...

Controversial campaign manager Jesse Benton, a Ron Paul protégé, is being edged closer to a bribery scandal from the 2012 Iowa caucuses—and no one knows where the investigation’s goi...

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Summer 2014 Was the Worst Ever

Summer 2014 Was the Worst Ever

Summer is usually my favorite time of year. It’s a season that conjures up joyful thoughts of vacations and fun in the sun.  And in past years, my Facebook newsfeed would be filled with images of friends enjoying themselves, frolicking on the Jers...

From Ferguson to Gaza to Iraq, this summer has been hellish. A recap of three months we’d all rather forget.

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Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks!

Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks!

Laugh off the investigation. Ignore it. Or shake your ass with Jimmy Fallon. Three governors who have been seriously floated as possible contenders for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 are under investigation in their home states. Ho...

You might think a criminal probe would stop a GOP presidential contender in his tracks. Not for these three governors.

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Top McConnell Aide Linked to Shady Deal

Top McConnell Aide Linked to Shady Deal

Politics makes strange bedfellows and there was no pairing stranger in the 2014 election cycle than when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell hired Jesse Benton to be his campaign manager. Benton is closely aligned with Ron and Rand Paul. He wor...

Controversial campaign manager Jesse Benton, a Ron Paul protégé, is being edged closer to a bribery scandal from the 2012 Iowa caucuses—and no one knows where the investigation’s goi...

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Women’s Groups Showing Labor Who’s Boss

Women’s Groups Showing Labor Who’s Boss

With control of the Senate hanging in the balance, progressive groups are linking arms with labor in an unprecedented “Kumbaya” moment to turn out voters in the November midterm elections, especially women voters.The responsibility for motivating ...

The movement ‘in crisis’ has groups like Emily’s List taking the lead—to get needed female voters out this November. The AFL-CIO’s chief on the minimum wage, immigration, and Hillary.

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Top SEAL Swears: I Won’t Be Hillary VP

Top SEAL Swears: I Won’t Be Hillary VP

Admiral Bill McRaven left command of U.S. special operations this week as a somewhat bewildered man – surprised, stymied, and in some cases burned by the fame and notoriety that launched his three years there, as the military commander of the 2011...

He commanded the bin Laden raid—and expanded U.S. commandos’ global footprint. Now Adm. Bill McRaven is leaving the military. He promises—promises—that politics won’t be next.

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Entertainment

Viral Vid: Jon Stewart's Directorial ...

Viral Vid: Jon Stewart's Directorial ...

Comedy icon and Daily Show host Jon Stewart shocked fans when he took a three-month hiatus from the show in the summer of 2013. Stewart spent that time in the Mideast, working on a film that traces the story of Maziar Bahari, a London-based journa...

A trailer for 'Daily Show' host's first film is out

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Exclusive Look: New ‘Homeland’

Exclusive Look: New ‘Homeland’

It’s been a pretty uneventful summer on television. But the fall TV season is almost upon us, which means several of our favorite shows will be returning to transfix us on a weekly basis. One of these, of course, is Homeland—Alex Gansa and Howard ...

Watch a sneak peek of the fourth season of the acclaimed Showtime series, which will premiere on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Brangelina Got Married. What About Jen?

Brangelina Got Married. What About Jen?

Kevin: Well, Tim, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got married Saturday in France. It was not a drill. It was not an OK! Magazine fever dream. The two most famous people in the world are now the most famous husband and wife in the world, laughing in t...

The most famous people in the world tied the knot secretly over the weekend. How should we feel about it? How should Jennifer Aniston feel about it? Our culture writers debate.

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Why Are Gamers So Angry?

Why Are Gamers So Angry?

Okay, gamers, let’s have a talk.First of all, my cred—rest assured I am one of your tribe. I have saved the princess, I have united the Triforce, I have shot rockets into the giant goat skull to blow up John Romero’s head. There is documentary evi...

The subset of entitled, belligerent gamers convinced that being ‘objectively’ right entitles them to defend their rightness by any means necessary is overwhelmingly male.

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Exclusive Look: New ‘Homeland’

Exclusive Look: New ‘Homeland’

It’s been a pretty uneventful summer on television. But the fall TV season is almost upon us, which means several of our favorite shows will be returning to transfix us on a weekly basis. One of these, of course, is Homeland—Alex Gansa and Howard ...

Watch a sneak peek of the fourth season of the acclaimed Showtime series, which will premiere on Oct. 5, 2014.

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Hollywood’s Rabbit-Loving Misfit

Hollywood’s Rabbit-Loving Misfit

Amy Sedaris is the original James Franco.A multi-hyphenate before it was even cool, the prolific actress you’ve seen in so many TV show guest spots, scene-stealing film supporting roles, and adorable Downy commercials tells me, “If someone asked m...

‘Who are all these ugly people?’ Amy Sedaris talks ‘Strangers with Candy’ fans, her friendship with Stephen Colbert, voicing a talking cat on Netflix, and everything in between.

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Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

Enough With the ‘Movies’ in Video Games

The trailer opens with a quote from Abraham Lincoln. The camera sweeps over to a room filled with seemingly holographic monitors as two technicians scramble. Then the voiceover: “It was the first global terrorist attack in history. They struck nuc...

Don’t be fooled by Kevin Spacey or bombastic visuals or pseudo-cinematic camerawork. It doesn’t make sense for video games to compete with blockbuster movies.

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David Lynch on ‘True Detective’ & Kanye

David Lynch on ‘True Detective’ & Kanye

Much of today’s television landscape has been shaped by the work of the inimitable David Lynch. True Detective, The Killing, Broadchurch—you name it—wouldn’t have materialized if not for Twin Peaks, his supernatural serial drama that debuted in 19...

The acclaimed auteur behind ‘Twin Peaks,’ ‘Eraserhead,’ ‘Mulholland Drive,’ and countless other classics on the David Lynch Foundation, TM, and how cable TV is the new arthouse.

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Hollywood’s Rabbit-Loving Misfit

Hollywood’s Rabbit-Loving Misfit

Amy Sedaris is the original James Franco.A multi-hyphenate before it was even cool, the prolific actress you’ve seen in so many TV show guest spots, scene-stealing film supporting roles, and adorable Downy commercials tells me, “If someone asked m...

‘Who are all these ugly people?’ Amy Sedaris talks ‘Strangers with Candy’ fans, her friendship with Stephen Colbert, voicing a talking cat on Netflix, and everything in between.

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World News

How Putin Is Selling His War to Russia

How Putin Is Selling His War to Russia

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin ratcheted up his rhetorical-historical claims on eastern Ukraine Friday, even as pro-Russian rebels and their allies among the separatist rebels pushed forward there with a new offensive.The lead headline ...

By proclaiming his support for Novorossiya, the old imperial name for eastern and southern Ukraine, Putin signals he won’t back away from the fight.

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Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ … Amid the Rubble

Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ … Amid the Rubble

AL SHAJAYA, Gaza — Exhausted, battered and traumatized from 50 days of fighting and incessant Israeli bombardment, Gazans are now pouring through the streets lined with the rubble of former buildings and breathing a collective sigh of relief. Whet...

Having achieved virtually none of the objectives it said it fought for, at a cost of 2,000 dead and 500,000 displaced, Hamas tries to make the case it won the war.

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ISIS’s Plot to Kill Pope

ISIS’s Plot to Kill Pope

VATICAN CITY — As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the “Caliphate,” ISIS, or ISIL), there is...

Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is “in the crosshairs” of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security.

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Russia Invades Ukraine, Lies About It

Russia Invades Ukraine, Lies About It

MOSCOW, Russia – Where U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have failed to make Russian President Vladimir Putin acknowledge his ever-more-overt invasion of Ukraine and think about pulling back, Valentina Melnikova, the ...

As Russia troops and tanks make an apparent bid to open the land route to annexed Crimea, discontent is growing in the motherland about the obvious but oft-denied war in Ukraine.

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Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ … Amid the Rubble

Hamas Claims ‘Victory’ … Amid the Rubble

AL SHAJAYA, Gaza — Exhausted, battered and traumatized from 50 days of fighting and incessant Israeli bombardment, Gazans are now pouring through the streets lined with the rubble of former buildings and breathing a collective sigh of relief. Whet...

Having achieved virtually none of the objectives it said it fought for, at a cost of 2,000 dead and 500,000 displaced, Hamas tries to make the case it won the war.

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American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab...

If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.

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Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

Gang-raped in an ISIS prison

ERBIL, Iraq — Thousands of Iraq’s Yazidis, driven from their homes by ISIS and trapped in the desperate siege of Mt. Sinjar, have captured the world’s attention and received some relief from U.S. airstrikes and humanitarian aid. But hundreds of Ya...

Held by the terror group, women and girls as young as 14 who are not sold as wives are subjected to rape and torture. One woman is trying to buy their freedom—but time is running out.

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Still Fighting the Opium Wars

Still Fighting the Opium Wars

The politics of victimization are a potent force in the world today. In the U.S., the dredge of cable news seems to be a daily battle between conservatives and liberals over who has been most victimized by the cruelty of the opposing side. On the ...

The 19th century Opium Wars between England and China had lasting ramifications for both countries—so much so that in some ways the wars never ended.

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American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab...

If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.

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U.S. News

Lifting the Curtain on Lethal Injection

Lifting the Curtain on Lethal Injection

From the very beginning, this execution was different. On April 29, Katie Fretland and 11 other reporters gathered at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester to watch not one but two death row inmates executed by lethal injection—the state’s...

A botched execution in Oklahoma—which was hidden from the public eye—has prompted a lawsuit over the need for uncensored public access to witnessing capital punishment.

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Who Gives an Uzi to a Little Girl?

Who Gives an Uzi to a Little Girl?

Yesterday afternoon, the "NRA Women" Twitter account sent out a simple and yet ghoulish message to its followers. With an embedded link to an article on their website, it reminded its adherents of "7 ways children can have fun at th...

A little girl was given an automatic weapon to play with this week. She killed a man. Only one first world country would allow such insanity to continue.

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American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

American Jihadis: From Losers to Martyrs

Why be a loser when you can be a martyr?That was the sad and screwy logic that propelled Douglas McAuthur McCain and his pal Troy Kastigar.The same dynamic has driven other disappointed souls and threatens to drive many more, as ISIS and al-Shabab...

If you can’t make it anywhere, you can make it there—that, at least, seems to have been the theory of Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar, friends who ended up with ISIS and al-Shabab.

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Lifting the Curtain on Lethal Injection

Lifting the Curtain on Lethal Injection

From the very beginning, this execution was different. On April 29, Katie Fretland and 11 other reporters gathered at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester to watch not one but two death row inmates executed by lethal injection—the state’s...

A botched execution in Oklahoma—which was hidden from the public eye—has prompted a lawsuit over the need for uncensored public access to witnessing capital punishment.

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Past Slaves Haunt Family’s Present

Past Slaves Haunt Family’s Present

After first reading Tomlinson Hill, I found myself intrigued by Chris Tomlinson’s Conradian quest into the heart of his own darkness but frustrated by the book’s flawed structure and lack of authorial warmth. But in the following days, as I digest...

Chris Tomlinson’s Texas forebears were slave owners, but not until he saw the realities of apartheid in South Africa did he begin to truly process the pain of his own past.

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Behind The Numbers

Behind The Numbers

The Daily Beast reached out to the nation’s best high schools to find out which were turning out the top students. To come up with our initial pool, we consulted 2012/2013 data from the Department of Education and contacted public schools with abo...

Over a thousand of the most successful U.S. high schools participated in The Daily Beast’s quest to find the top public institutions. Which schools turn out the best students?

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Tech + Health

Silent Shame of HPV

Silent Shame of HPV

When New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito discovered she had high risk human papilloma virus (HPV), she quickly took what is, for many women, the hardest step of the diagnosis: disclosing it. And not just to her sexual partner, but ...

HPV is the most common STD in America, but we still aren’t talking about it. Part of it is the shame associated with the virus, and part of it is the lack of education.

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Will the Web Ever Be Safe for Women?

Will the Web Ever Be Safe for Women?

August has been a nightmare for women on the Internet.The editors of the feminist blog Jezebel had to publicly call out their employers at Gawker Media for refusing to permanently ban commenters who spammed the site with animated images of rape an...

August has been a remarkably bad month for women online. Will things ever change?

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Ethics Profs Flunk Richard Dawkins

Ethics Profs Flunk Richard Dawkins

Lately, Richard Dawkins seems to scan the world for sore spots, take a good poke, and revel in the ensuing outcry. A few weeks ago, he proclaimed that stranger rape is worse than date rape. Last Wednesday, he tweeted that if a fetus was diagnosed ...

Richard Dawkins recently tweeted that knowingly birthing a baby with Down syndrome is immoral. That claim is not only offensive—it’s nonsensical.

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Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Fighting Ebola With Nothing but Hope

Crouching towards a dirt road strewn with pebbles, Emmanuel Boyah, a Liberian primary health care manager , grips a box of enormous yellow rubber boots with both hands.Black shirt tucked into snug black pants, his role is made transparent by the b...

Primary health care manager Emmanuel Boyah is at Ebola’s frontline in Liberia. If he contracts the disease, there will be no ‘secret serum’ waiting for him. Yet he keeps fighting.

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Will the Web Ever Be Safe for Women?

Will the Web Ever Be Safe for Women?

August has been a nightmare for women on the Internet.The editors of the feminist blog Jezebel had to publicly call out their employers at Gawker Media for refusing to permanently ban commenters who spammed the site with animated images of rape an...

August has been a remarkably bad month for women online. Will things ever change?

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Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

There is a kind of comfort in an objective finding.When I’m taking care of a patient, something abnormal on the exam will often be the one helpful piece of information that leads me toward the correct diagnosis and plan. A knee that wiggles when i...

The DEA’s newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America’s most prescribed drug: Vicodin. Will the crackdown help our country’s opiate addiction?

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Buzz Your Way to Better Posture

Buzz Your Way to Better Posture

The Lumo Lift, a new $100 wearable device, aims to buzz desk jockeys into the habit of good posture. A simple magnetic shirt clip recognizes a hunched back and slouched shoulders, pulsing gentle vibrations until the user is back into a straighter ...

A new wearable promises to help you improve your posture. Is it worth the cost?

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Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

Is This Ebola’s Tipping Point?

The current Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has lasted almost six months. Small progress has been made in terms of control, but yesterday’s modest advance often appears offset by tomorrow’s new catastrophe. The best news is fr...

With the DR-Congo now Ebola-stricken, fears of an Armageddon are rising. Until the affected nations can satisfy basic health care needs, the fear is warranted.

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Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

Too Late to Wean USA Off Vicodin?

There is a kind of comfort in an objective finding.When I’m taking care of a patient, something abnormal on the exam will often be the one helpful piece of information that leads me toward the correct diagnosis and plan. A knee that wiggles when i...

The DEA’s newest regulations target hydrocodone, an ingredient in America’s most prescribed drug: Vicodin. Will the crackdown help our country’s opiate addiction?

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BeastStyle

Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa

Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa

It’s 4am on the river. The fire crackles beneath an iron cauldron. A boiling brew is scooped into makeshift bowls—hollowed out coconut halves. Frederico leads the others around the hearth as they gently wash their faces with cupfuls of warm liquid...

Grown in the jungle by the indigenous Kichwa, guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is a sacred leaf used in ceremonial rituals. This clean source of caffeine is the next noble, and healthy, substit...

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Basics Beware: We’re All Girl Bosses Now

Basics Beware: We’re All Girl Bosses Now

Alex Hayden Hernandez decided she wanted to be an entrepreneur when she was 14 years old, after she stumbled on a girl her age on MySpace who had made more than $1 million running an online business. “I remember sitting at my computer thinking, oh...

Twentysomething women have turned the boss into an icon, the ultimate position to have dreams and then make them happen. But in doing so, are they selling themselves short?

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Morocco’s Secret Blue City

Morocco’s Secret Blue City

Holland’s multi-colored hamlets are nice, there’s no place quainter than England’s yellow-brick Cotswolds, and Greece has beautiful whitewashed islands. But few cities can compete with the magical charm of a hilly northern Moroccan outpost that wa...

A city high in the mountains of Morocco remained shut off from the world for almost 500 years. Now its labyrinthine streets decked in shades of blue are open to visitors.

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Diane Sawyer’s World News Swan Song

Diane Sawyer’s World News Swan Song

When it comes to seamless, even heartwarming, transitions at the anchor desk, NBC and CBS can take lessons from Diane Sawyer.        Resplendent in a bright yellow blouse and looking much younger than her 68 years, she ended her nearly five-year r...

It was all smiles as ABC’s Diane Sawyer gave up the anchor chair on the 'World News.' But this is only an au revoir: Sawyer made it clear we’d be seeing her again very soon.

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Basics Beware: We’re All Girl Bosses Now

Basics Beware: We’re All Girl Bosses Now

Alex Hayden Hernandez decided she wanted to be an entrepreneur when she was 14 years old, after she stumbled on a girl her age on MySpace who had made more than $1 million running an online business. “I remember sitting at my computer thinking, oh...

Twentysomething women have turned the boss into an icon, the ultimate position to have dreams and then make them happen. But in doing so, are they selling themselves short?

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Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive—or at least a book-length facsimile thereof.News executives and network publicists have been distracting themselves from this summer’s seriously depress...

In a juicy new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

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Ken Kesey’s (Drug-Free) Acid Test

Ken Kesey’s (Drug-Free) Acid Test

On July 26, an aging school bus—its yellow paint disguised under psychedelic colors and abstract artwork—pulled into a music festival in Madison, Wisconsin. Spilling from the old vehicle were hippies of all eras decked out in tie-dye and top hats ...

The acid-fueled, hippie-run bus of ‘Electric Kool-Aid’ fame has emerged from our psychedelic legends and is back on the road, helmed by Kesey’s son Zane and—shockingly—substance free.

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A Royal Staycation for William and Kate

A Royal Staycation for William and Kate

You probably won’t have noticed it, but the summer of 2014 has been the best summer for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge since they got married.The reason? Well, precisely that they haven’t been noticed. William and Kate have avoided the media fo...

After Kate was photographed topless in France, the appeal of foreign holidays has faded for the young royal couple. This summer, she and her husband are staying on the Queen’s privat...

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Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

Couric Slams Sawyer in New Tell-All

For Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour, the moment of truth is about to arrive—or at least a book-length facsimile thereof.News executives and network publicists have been distracting themselves from this summer’s seriously depress...

In a juicy new tell-all book, Couric comes across as brash, striving, and self-absorbed, and Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic.

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Women

When Lightning Strikes

When Lightning Strikes

It took no small amount of hubris to try to capture the life of legendary photographer Dorothea Lange on film. Her audience would not, I imagine, look kindly on any visual imperfection. Fortunately, this challenge was met by Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter – an award-winning cinematographer in her own right – who brings her grandmother’s gift of seeing to "Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lighting,” premiering at 9 pm tonight on PBS’s American Masters.The...

Best known for her photograph “Migrant Mother,” Dorothea Lange is the subject of the new documentary “Grab A Hunk of Lightning.”

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A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not ...

Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more par...

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AT&T Gives $1 Million to Girls Who Code

AT&T Gives $1 Million to Girls Who Code

On a Thursday in late August, inside a windowless, concrete edifice in downtown Manhattan, twenty high-school girls and their families were gathered at the graduation ceremony for AT&T’s Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, in which they t...

At a small graduation ceremony last week, AT&T made a million-dollar contribution to the nonprofit Girls Who Code. Here's why more tech companies should do the same.

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Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not ...

Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more par...

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Me...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

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An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth...

Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Books

Still Fighting the Opium Wars

Still Fighting the Opium Wars

The politics of victimization are a potent force in the world today. In the U.S., the dredge of cable news seems to be a daily battle between conservatives and liberals over who has been most victimized by the cruelty of the opposing side. On the ...

The 19th century Opium Wars between England and China had lasting ramifications for both countries—so much so that in some ways the wars never ended.

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  • Past Slaves Haunt Family’s Present

    Past Slaves Haunt Family’s Present

    After first reading Tomlinson Hill, I found myself intrigued by Chris Tomlinson’s Conradian quest into the heart of his own darkness but frustrated by the book’s flawed structure and lack of authorial warmth. But in the following days, as I digest...

    Chris Tomlinson’s Texas forebears were slave owners, but not until he saw the realities of apartheid in South Africa did he begin to truly process the pain of his own past.

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The Twisted History of the Noose

The Twisted History of the Noose

Jack Shuler’s The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose features an evocative account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which reached its infamous nadir when 38 American Indians were hanged in public in Mankato, Minnesota. At the heart of this chr...

The story of hanging is long—there are hangings in Homer and the Bible—and often tragic—if for lynching alone—but rarely less than fascinating.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: August 26, 2014

Flings: Stories By Justin TaylorPerhaps the most immediately striking feature of Flings, a new collection of short stories from Justin Taylor (author of Everything Here is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy) is the spectrum of the stori...

This week, a biography of the cowboy gangster who created the World Series of Poker, a new collection from a talented young writer, and a 12th novel from a veteran at the height of h...

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Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Fiction Honed in a Combat Zone

Future Iraq and Afghanistan war writers despair: Michael Pitre has already identified the quintessential tagline of this conflict and commandeered it for the title of his first novel, Fives and Twenty-Fives. Like “duck and cover” or “hearts and mi...

Veteran Michael Pitre takes the measure of modern warfare both up close and from a reserved distance in his debut novel, ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives.’

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The Twisted History of the Noose

The Twisted History of the Noose

Jack Shuler’s The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose features an evocative account of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, which reached its infamous nadir when 38 American Indians were hanged in public in Mankato, Minnesota. At the heart of this chr...

The story of hanging is long—there are hangings in Homer and the Bible—and often tragic—if for lynching alone—but rarely less than fascinating.

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch’s Dark Arts

Rupert Murdoch has a long history of successfully deflecting hostile fire about his influence on the news business. We are talking not of a Teflon Rupert, a man against whom nothing sticks. We are talking of a Kevlar Rupert, whose armored vest abs...

The phone hacking scandal wasn’t the work of rogues: It was the inevitable apex of Murdoch journalism—and only a real journalist was able to reveal it all.

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The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards

The following is an edited excerpt of chapter three, “God in the Hands of Angry People” from the new book Our Great Big American God: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity by author, blogger, and Daily Beast contributor Matthew Paul Turner. In...

From a new book that explores the ever changing and always complex relationship between God and America, here’s a portrait of the preacher who tried to scare people into Heaven.

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The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The History of Hip-Hop Gets Graphic

The disgraceful show America was putting on for the world in Ferguson, Missouri, put a slight damper on the international meeting of rap enthusiasts and comic art lovers on Aug 18. The second volume of Ed Piskor’s “The Hip-Hop Family Tree” was bei...

A skinny white kid from Pittsburgh has created one of the defining histories of hip-hop in the form of a graphic novel that brings together rappers and comic nerds.

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