Politics

DHS Fight Is Really About Immigration

DHS Fight Is Really About Immigration

In the high-drama, down-to-the-wire immigration standoff that could cut off funding for the Department of Homeland Security by Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed compromise to end the crisis has one fatal flaw: It make...

Remember: None of this would be happening if the hard rightists in the House weren’t insisting on their all-or-nothing immigration position.

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Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones for Once

Hey, Boehner: Show Some Stones for Once

So here’s something I’ve often wondered over the last few years. What exactly would happen if John Boehner bucked the right-wingers in the House? You know—if he gave us one of those heroic Hollywood moments that we so long for in this sail-trimmin...

How the DHS fight shows that the right wing is (thankfully) toothless, and that Congress is essentially leaderless.

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Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3rd. Bibi and his supporters have framed this as a Churchillian moment; one where the world can never claim it wasn’t warned of the oncomin...

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress risks making support for Israel a partisan issue.

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DHS Fight Is Really About Immigration

DHS Fight Is Really About Immigration

In the high-drama, down-to-the-wire immigration standoff that could cut off funding for the Department of Homeland Security by Friday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposed compromise to end the crisis has one fatal flaw: It make...

Remember: None of this would be happening if the hard rightists in the House weren’t insisting on their all-or-nothing immigration position.

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CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

CPAC Can’t Quit Palin. Neither Can I.

Failed reality television star and mistress of liberal America Sarah Palin is strutting out onstage at CPAC, clad in a white blazer and black skirt. She places her water bottle on the floor next to the podium and opens a binder.A typical Palin spe...

The Sarah Palin who returned to the GOP stage Thursday had no props, few Palinisms, and just a ghost of her former folksy twang. So what if there were still falsehoods? Palin 2016!

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The Mass Murderer on Your $20

The Mass Murderer on Your $20

So we’re in late February, which means it’s the season for local Jefferson-Jackson Days, when local Democratic Parties hold potlucks to raise money and get people pumped for Get Out the Vote drives. It’s also shortly after President’s Day, which i...

Andrew Jackson was an abysmal president, and replacing him on our currency with anyone—even Reagan—would be a step in the right direction.

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Entertainment

We Banged On National Television

We Banged On National Television

“I have one question for you: are you ready to go into the Sex Box?”That is a very good question, and it is asked in each episode of the new series Sex Box. And, before the show even aired, at least one group has made their answer very clear: hell...

A candid conversation with a couple who took part in WEtv’s controversial new series ‘Sex Box’, in which couples have sex in a box and then talk about it with relationship experts.

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Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Yeezus hath spoken:Yes, Kanye West has issued a public apology to everyone’s favorite Scientologist for semi-storming the Grammys stage after Beck was announced as the surprise winner of Album of the Year for his comeback LP Morning Phase. West al...

Yeezus semi-crashed Beck’s Album of the Year win at the Grammys and later said Beyoncé deserved the award. Now he’s sorry. He also apologized to Bruno Mars.

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Ryan Gosling’s Epic Bromance

Ryan Gosling’s Epic Bromance

Ryan Gosling’s close BFFship with his Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is the stuff of modern Hollywood bromantic legend. But it’s never been chronicled as intimately as it is in Liv Corfixen’s new film My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn—...

The documentary ‘My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn’ goes up close and personal during the making of ‘Only God Forgives.’ Watch an exclusive clip of Gosling and Refn.

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Local Anchor Calls Out White Power Signs

Local Anchor Calls Out White Power Signs

When students at a North Texas high school held up signs reading “White Power” during a basketball game against a more racially diverse rival last week, the story hit the national news. The reaction was one of near universal condemnation among tho...

Dale Hansen speaks out again when sports intersect with prejudice

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Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Kanye West Apologizes to Beck

Yeezus hath spoken:Yes, Kanye West has issued a public apology to everyone’s favorite Scientologist for semi-storming the Grammys stage after Beck was announced as the surprise winner of Album of the Year for his comeback LP Morning Phase. West al...

Yeezus semi-crashed Beck’s Album of the Year win at the Grammys and later said Beyoncé deserved the award. Now he’s sorry. He also apologized to Bruno Mars.

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WATCH: New Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

WATCH: New Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

Game of Thrones has Seven Kingdoms worth of fans reaching desperation point. After a summer, fall, and winter–hopefully closer to going, having certainly arrived–without the blood-soaked, sex-addled fantasy epic on our screens, Arya lovers and Vip...

The Queen falls down the stairs, Jamie keeps giggling, and they all forget their lines

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The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

The ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Curse

“You’re still in the running toward becoming America’s next top model.”There was a time when those words, pumped with 10,000 cc’s of ersatz sincerity by host Tyra Banks, were greeted with a huge sigh of relief. You’d staved off backstabbing BFFs, ...

‘ANTM’ contestant Mirjana Puhar was just killed in what authorities have deemed a drug-related triple homicide. Why do so many ‘Top Model’ contestants lose their way?

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No Respect For Hip-Hop O.G.s

No Respect For Hip-Hop O.G.s

Imagine Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin embarking on a 32-city tour together. Picture the legions of aging Baby Boomers who would throw heaps of cash at the chance to hold their lighters in the air and watch four leg...

While forgettable white “classic rock” acts like Steely Dan and the Eagles pack stadiums, some of the biggest names in rap history are forced to slum it in clubs. What gives?

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WATCH: New Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

WATCH: New Game of Thrones Blooper Reel

Game of Thrones has Seven Kingdoms worth of fans reaching desperation point. After a summer, fall, and winter–hopefully closer to going, having certainly arrived–without the blood-soaked, sex-addled fantasy epic on our screens, Arya lovers and Vip...

The Queen falls down the stairs, Jamie keeps giggling, and they all forget their lines

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World News

Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Bibi Ruins Bipartisan Support of Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to speak before a joint session of Congress on March 3rd. Bibi and his supporters have framed this as a Churchillian moment; one where the world can never claim it wasn’t warned of the oncomin...

Netanyahu’s speech to Congress risks making support for Israel a partisan issue.

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Education is a Crime for Baha'is in Iran

Education is a Crime for Baha'is in Iran

Iranian security agents raided a number of Baha’i homes last week and arrested 16 people. The arrests were coordinated between three cities—Tehran, Isfahan and Kerman. In Isfahan at least, they were synchronized to strike multiple homes at the sam...

Iran’s largest religious minority group is being denied access to its own future when the ayatollahs prevent Baha’is from going to school.

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The Real Drone Danger in Paris

The Real Drone Danger in Paris

PARIS — It’s been raining in the city of lights for the last couple of days. The guards at the U.S. embassy next to Place de la Concorde are sheltering under canopies. For most of the day Thursday low clouds made the Eiffel Tower look as if it had...

The mystery drones that have been flying over sensitive French sites are harbingers of threats to come.

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Why Did Britain Let ‘Jihadi John’ Go?

Why Did Britain Let ‘Jihadi John’ Go?

LONDON — A British man named today as the masked ISIS killer “Jihadi John” who beheaded two American journalists on camera was tracked by MI5, Britain’s domestic intellicence service, for at least five years. His links to terror networks were well...

Before he was identified as the ISIS murderer who beheaded Westerners, Mohammed Emwazi was watched by MI5 and even detained en route to Africa.

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Education is a Crime for Baha'is in Iran

Education is a Crime for Baha'is in Iran

Iranian security agents raided a number of Baha’i homes last week and arrested 16 people. The arrests were coordinated between three cities—Tehran, Isfahan and Kerman. In Isfahan at least, they were synchronized to strike multiple homes at the sam...

Iran’s largest religious minority group is being denied access to its own future when the ayatollahs prevent Baha’is from going to school.

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The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The suspect who allegedly pledged to kill as many police officers and FBI agents as possible if he were not able to join ISIS was only 6 years old when we began our long war on terror.Akhror Saidakhmetov is now 19 but looked younger as he was led ...

They were Central Asian immigrants who dressed in hoodies and high-tops and looked younger than their 19 and 24 years. But prosecutors say they were headed to wage jihad in Syria.

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NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO Chief: We’re Not Stopping Russia

NATO’s top commander bluntly told the Pentagon on Wednesday that the allied effort to slow Russia’s advance in Ukraine isn’t working. He delivered that message as the Obama administration appeared to back away from earlier indications that the U.S...

The U.S. and its allies are giving nonlethal supplies to Ukraine—and punishing Putin financially. But that’s ‘not changing the results on the ground,’ NATO’s top general admits.

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The British Town at War With Russia

The British Town at War With Russia

For the first half of the 20th century, residents of a small town straddling the border between England and Scotland believed they were engaged in a long-simmering war with Russia.Thanks to a bureaucratic mistake, it appeared that all 12,000 resid...

Did an administrative oversight really mean a bucolic English town ended up at war with Russia? Whatever, the locals still like to re-enact it.

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The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The suspect who allegedly pledged to kill as many police officers and FBI agents as possible if he were not able to join ISIS was only 6 years old when we began our long war on terror.Akhror Saidakhmetov is now 19 but looked younger as he was led ...

They were Central Asian immigrants who dressed in hoodies and high-tops and looked younger than their 19 and 24 years. But prosecutors say they were headed to wage jihad in Syria.

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U.S. News

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

In yet another seismic shudder in the traumatized journalism business, billionaire real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman—the owner of the New York Daily News since 1993—announced on Thursday that he plans to sell the venerabl...

The beleaguered tabloid’s billionaire owner wants to sell—and a new owner best be ready to hemorrhage $20 million a year. Could Rupert Murdoch be that man?

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Boss: ISIS Wannabe Was Devout Salafist

Boss: ISIS Wannabe Was Devout Salafist

Around a month ago Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, told his boss that he would be quitting his job soon and returning to his native Uzbekistan. Instead, Juraboev was arrested inside New York’s JFK airport Wednesday morning, along with his roomm...

The owner of a Brooklyn takeout restaurant where an alleged ISIS recruit worked before his arrest says that Abdurasul Juraboev was a reserved and severely religious young man.

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The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

The Devil With a Blue (Or White) Dress

For some, it’s mildly amusing. For others, it breeds crippling existential dread.But one thing is certain: The dress is most definitely white and gold. Right?Well, maybe not.An innocuous photo of a dress posted to Tumblr on Wednesday has created a...

A seemingly simple photo of an apparently blue-and-black dress has stumped millions of netizens over what color the garment is. So what hues do you see?

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Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

Who Wants to Buy the Daily News?

In yet another seismic shudder in the traumatized journalism business, billionaire real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman—the owner of the New York Daily News since 1993—announced on Thursday that he plans to sell the venerabl...

The beleaguered tabloid’s billionaire owner wants to sell—and a new owner best be ready to hemorrhage $20 million a year. Could Rupert Murdoch be that man?

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Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

Top Spy: Don’t Fear ‘Cyber Armageddon’

The risk of a catastrophic cyber attack that disables a key piece of national infrastructure, such as a portion of the power grid, is “remote at this time” and not the biggest threat to U.S. national security in cyberspace, the country’s top intel...

Good news: the U.S. is getting better at detecting cyber attacks already underway. Bad news: they’re multiplying.

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The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The Brooklyn Punks Who Dreamed of ISIS

The suspect who allegedly pledged to kill as many police officers and FBI agents as possible if he were not able to join ISIS was only 6 years old when we began our long war on terror.Akhror Saidakhmetov is now 19 but looked younger as he was led ...

They were Central Asian immigrants who dressed in hoodies and high-tops and looked younger than their 19 and 24 years. But prosecutors say they were headed to wage jihad in Syria.

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Tech + Health

Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

Is This the End of Revenge Porn?

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

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

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Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

I don’t get it.I wish I could get paid for every time I’ve said that phrase when discussing complementary and alternative medicine…or women. With even a small stipend for each utterance I could have retired to a warm, sandy island by now.Doctors u...

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

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You’re About to Pay Up for Obamacare

You’re About to Pay Up for Obamacare

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund—a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills.But this year they got a shock: According to their tax preparer, ...

Hundreds of thousands who received subsidies under the Affordable Care Act may have underestimated their incomes in 2014. Now many of them are learning they owe the government money.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

Why You Trust the Web More Than Your Doc

I don’t get it.I wish I could get paid for every time I’ve said that phrase when discussing complementary and alternative medicine…or women. With even a small stipend for each utterance I could have retired to a warm, sandy island by now.Doctors u...

Doctors were once the most trusted members of the community, but now it’s the opposite. Why are we so desperate for our doctors to be wrong?

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No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

With just hours remaining before the Federal Communications Commission votes on new net neutrality rules, one final piece of misinformation might hit home the hardest: The government, one story says, could take away all of the funding for your TV ...

A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able...

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They Don’t Want an Autism Cure

They Don’t Want an Autism Cure

Race, walk, skip, hop, dump ice water over your head for the cure? No thanks, say some with autism.“Neurodiversity” advocates are not interested in finding a cure for autism. Rather than changing autistic people so that they fit into a narrow stri...

Neurodiversity advocates argue that people with autism shouldn’t be forced to fit into society, but that society should change to include and accept them.

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Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Same-Sex Parent Babies by 2017

Babies with two biological same-sex parents could be a reality in just two years.Pioneering stem cell research undertaken at the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel were able to create primordial germ ce...

A scientific breakthrough could offer new hope to same-sex couples and anyone suffering from infertility issues.

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No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

No, FCC Won’t Take Away Your TV Shows

With just hours remaining before the Federal Communications Commission votes on new net neutrality rules, one final piece of misinformation might hit home the hardest: The government, one story says, could take away all of the funding for your TV ...

A day before before an FCC vote to bar telecoms from artificially slowing the web, lobbyists are still pouring money into attacks—and a paper is reporting the government will be able...

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BeastStyle

We Are All Llamas Now

We Are All Llamas Now

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

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

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The Godfather of CSI

The Godfather of CSI

LONDON — Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.He persuaded the city of Lyons in southern France to establish the world’s fir...

It all seems so exciting on ‘CSI,’ the sleuths glamorous in Armani suits. But real forensics is messy and intricate, as its French inventor, Edmond Locard, showed in the early 1900s.

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Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

Ebola Gets the Modern Art Treatment

I was somewhere on the Atlantic coast of Brazil, standing in the Mata Atlântica rainforest. Massive trees stretched endlessly above my head as I stepped over vines, crushed fallen leaves, and dodged the occasional bush. Everything seemed lifelike,...

The work of 50 artists at the New Museum show ‘Surround Audience’ focuses on the hot-button issues of race, the environment, and fear of disease.

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How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

How O’Reilly Keeps Getting Away With It

Poor Bill O’Reilly.The beleaguered Fox News star—who in recent days has faced unwelcome scrutiny for his tall tales about covering the 1982 Falklands war, and on Tuesday had his veracity further challenged by a report that he fabricated an account...

It doesn’t matter what accusations are leveled at the veteran Fox News host, whatever the new evidence he will shout it down louder than ever.

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The Godfather of CSI

The Godfather of CSI

LONDON — Edmond Locard wasn’t just an artist, a lawyer, a violin virtuoso, a botanist, a linguist and medical doctor. He was also the founder of modern forensic science.He persuaded the city of Lyons in southern France to establish the world’s fir...

It all seems so exciting on ‘CSI,’ the sleuths glamorous in Armani suits. But real forensics is messy and intricate, as its French inventor, Edmond Locard, showed in the early 1900s.

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Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Today, at 35, I am a gay seminarian who still needs human touch. For me the best place is the Episcopal Church. Some day I will be a priest, hopefully married with children. That’s what I’m looking for, love; it falls under the rubric of modern lo...

Ben Brenkert wanted to be a priest, but confronted by the hypocrisy and prejudice of the Catholic Church he had to quit. Here, in a powerful, heartfelt essay, he explains why.

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Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

Chicago’s Retro Toy Paradise

It’s hard to forget our favorite childhood toys—the ones we longed for, begged for, and threw a fit for until they miraculously appeared as special treats or holiday gifts.I waited (and pleaded) for six whole months before my first dream as a gay ...

Sam Wells and his wife, Liz McArthur, passionate collectors of toys and action figures since they were kids, have opened a shop dedicated to their obsession.

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Kanye, Bowie, and Obama as Christ

Kanye, Bowie, and Obama as Christ

Some thought the rocker Pete Doherty was crucified by the media in his wilder, druggy days. And now the Libertines frontman is being captured for artistic posterity actually on the cross.A church in London is exhibiting a marble sculpture of the B...

A sculpture has been made of British rock star Pete Doherty, Christ-like, on a cross. Other celebrities, including Kanye West and David Beckham, have also channeled Jesus.

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Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Confessions of a Gay Jesuit

Today, at 35, I am a gay seminarian who still needs human touch. For me the best place is the Episcopal Church. Some day I will be a priest, hopefully married with children. That’s what I’m looking for, love; it falls under the rubric of modern lo...

Ben Brenkert wanted to be a priest, but confronted by the hypocrisy and prejudice of the Catholic Church he had to quit. Here, in a powerful, heartfelt essay, he explains why.

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Women in the World

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

Who Killed This Woman at a Funeral?

IGUALA, Mexico — Beside the open casket at the funeral of Norma Angélica Bruno Román, age 25, was neither the time nor the place to mourn her murder.Norma’s wake was held inside the home she shared with her parents and her two small children. It is a modest concrete dwelling on a street corner in the neighborhood of San Gerardo. Outside, a blue tarp was hoisted to shade a few rows of plastic chairs rented from the local funeral parlor. Halfway down the block, the...

Despite government efforts to impose law and order in Iguala after more than 40 students disappeared there, murderers still operate with impunity.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Feminists Attack Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette made an impassioned plea for women’s rights and wage equality during her Oscars acceptance speech Sunday night. Her rousing words prompted a “#YesAllWomen” moment from Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez, who were seated next to each...

Sunday night at the Oscars, the actress made a powerful plea for gender equality. On Monday she was deemed to have not been radical enough.

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All Hail the Feminist Oscars

All Hail the Feminist Oscars

For the majority of Sunday night’s three-hour-and-45-minute Academy Awards telecast, Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer was being held hostage by host Neil Patrick Harris, a comedy captive in a flailing running gag about guarding a briefcase th...

On a night dominated by male-driven films, it was the powerful messages by a handful of Hollywood women that we’re all talking about. It’s about damned time.

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Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

Mentally Ill Woman Dragged Like Suitcase

“All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida co...

Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

Law Profs Revolt Over Sex Assault Rules

When the White House announced a new national campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses last year, the treatment of victims was the chief concern. But now, after a more than a year filled with a flurry of campus reforms, some universit...

Due process is not “window dressing,” the professors argue. It’s necessary to establish a process’s legitimacy.

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Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Clinton’s Inevitability Is Not a Problem

Pundits can’t stop snatching Hillary's defeat from the jaws of victory, insisting that her commanding lead in the polls is itself a problem. A Vox piece last week is typical: “Hillary Clinton’s uncontested nomination is dangerous for her and ...

And how exactly is it a bad thing for her or Democrats that Hillary Clinton has the nomination all but sewn up? News flash: It’s not.

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She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

She Got Rich Stealing Moms’ Dreams

Hoan Nguyen dreamed of becoming a mom. But she had fertility issues, and so Nguyen began scouting for a surrogate from her Arizona home. She landed on a website called Miracles and Miracles Surrogacy. Nguyen only found out later that it was a frau...

Forty families, desperate for kids, paid Allison Layton tens of thousands each for the promise of parenthood. But the babies never came.

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Books

Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

Post-9/11 Novel's Bleak Portrait of Now

“A quick but powerful and for me painful set of stories about the experience of ordinary soldiers in Iraq,” said President Obama by way of characterizing a contemporary work about the Second Iraq War. Suitability to presidential interest aside, Ph...

In an audacious Pynchonesque debut, novelist Mark Doten channels a host of Babel-like voices that conjure the chaos and paranoia of the dawn of the 21st century.

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  • Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

    Army Spied on Hero Over Amazon Review

    Will Swenson is officially an American war hero, awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s most prestigious decoration for his actions in Afghanistan. But in the eyes of the Army, he was, for a time, a target of surveillance. Army investigators s...

    President Obama gave this outspoken, brave soldier the Medal of Honor. The Army dug through his trash and bothered his girlfriend.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Pre-Python Cleese Is More Wit Than Twit

Aside from a final chapter that even he suggests is something of an afterthought, John Cleese’s new memoir, So, Anyway … ends in 1969, the year Monty Python’s Flying Circus made its BBC debut. Some readers might wonder if this isn’t a bit curious....

John Cleese’s charming memoir takes us up to the formation of Monty Python, but in his clever, capable hands, this opening act is every bit as good as the headliner.

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The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

The Rodney Dangerfield of Literature

A friend and I were talking the other day when the conversation ran up against a maddening mystery: How is it possible that a smallish army of discerning readers agree that Jim Harrison is one of the few truly great living American writers, yet he...

With 36 excellent books—novels, poems, memoir, even food writing—under his belt, Jim Harrison ought to be a literary superstar known to all. But we do not live in a just world.

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Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Insecure People Log More Facebook Time

Reading Susan Greenfield’s new book, Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, is a bit like browsing the Internet: You notice plenty of contradictions, generalizations, and bad prose, but it’s intermittently inte...

Susan Greenfield argues that the Internet is undermining everything from empathy to attention spans. If only she had done a better job of convincing us.

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Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Trigger warnings are notes posted at the beginning of articles and stories to warn people that they might be offended or traumatized by something inside. Author Neil Gaiman is so obsessed with them, he named his most recent collection of short fic...

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, “The Lord of the Rings,” and his new collection, “Trigger Warning.”

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How the U.S. Military Made ISIS

How the U.S. Military Made ISIS

In ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror, American journalist Michael Weiss and Syrian analyst Hassan Hassan explain how these violent extremists evolved from a nearly defeated Iraqi insurgent group into a jihadi army of international volunteers who beh...

In an excerpt from their new book on ISIS, Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan show how jihadists used a U.S.-run Iraqi prison to coordinate with al Qaeda.

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'American Sniper' In 1925

'American Sniper' In 1925

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Virginia Woolf are not writers who come to mind when we think of Chris Kyle’s autobiography, American Sniper, and the hit movie Clint Eastwood made from Kyle’s account of coming to terms with being a Navy...

Chris Kyle is far from the first author to address the problems of soldiers home from the war. Ninety years ago, three geniuses addressed the same dilemmas.

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Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Neil Gaiman Wants You Uncomfortable

Trigger warnings are notes posted at the beginning of articles and stories to warn people that they might be offended or traumatized by something inside. Author Neil Gaiman is so obsessed with them, he named his most recent collection of short fic...

We talk to Neil Gaiman about Internet commentators, “The Lord of the Rings,” and his new collection, “Trigger Warning.”

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