Politics

Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Last Thursday night, Barack Obama again bet on the polychromatic poor as the Democratic Party’s salvation. Despite his party’s drubbing in the congressional midterms at the hands of white working-class voters, the President has thrown caution to t...

The President and his party are making their contempt all too clear to white working-class voters. In 2016, those voters will do likewise.

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Why Hillary Needs a Primary

Why Hillary Needs a Primary

I asked Google to find stories about a potential challenge to Hillary Clinton’s presumed Presidential run, and in about a third of a second, I was offered 37,500,000 of them.There’s no point in recycling the same list of possible foes, nor the com...

How Michael Dukakis’s failure in 1988 shows how helpful a tough, drawn-out primary can be for the Democratic frontrunner.

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Freedom From Fear for Dreamer Kids

Freedom From Fear for Dreamer Kids

So here they were, some of the people Barack Obama was telling the country about Thursday night, seated, smiling, clearly happy, and outfitted splendidly in the first-grade classroom at Lawrence Catholic Academy, a new school located in an old bui...

Meet the children at a small Catholic school in Massachusetts who will directly benefit from President Obama’s executive order.

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Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Last Thursday night, Barack Obama again bet on the polychromatic poor as the Democratic Party’s salvation. Despite his party’s drubbing in the congressional midterms at the hands of white working-class voters, the President has thrown caution to t...

The President and his party are making their contempt all too clear to white working-class voters. In 2016, those voters will do likewise.

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Rand Declares War on ISIS

Rand Declares War on ISIS

“The most important” part of Rand Paul’s assessment of “questions of war,” the Kentucky senator told The Daily Beast this fall, is “how you go to war.” Now he’s putting that assessment into action with a plan to introduce a declaration of war agai...

The Kentucky senator, seeking to define himself as a foreign-policy heavyweight ahead of 2016, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month declaring war on the terror group.

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What It Takes to Fix American Education

What It Takes to Fix American Education

As a parent, a mentor, the son of a civil rights leader turned child advocate and a former aide to Robert F. Kennedy, and an advocate for children for nearly twenty years, I can tell you this with confidence: when it comes to helping underserved s...

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

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Entertainment

What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. But what is it like to be the embodiment of that, as an ethnically ambiguous individual? How does the American experience differ when the lines get blurry?This video, ...

How does a complicated ethnic background inform someone's experiences?

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Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive

Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive

It takes an exceptional kind of actor to make Good Wife fans forget about their beloved Will Gardner, or to hold his own opposite “the Internet’s boyfriend,” Benedict Cumberbatch. But then again, it’s hard for Matthew Goode to turn off his charm.I...

The beguiling British actor talks about winning over ‘The Good Wife’ fans, his turn in ‘The Imitation Game,’ and why Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t need to have gay sex on film.

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Bill Cosby’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

Bill Cosby’s Accusers Tell Their Stories

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Bill Cosby said last week. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”Innuendos. The de...

Here are the disturbing stories from all the people who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct thus far.

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The Politics of Atheism on The Good Wife

The Politics of Atheism on The Good Wife

The Good Wife is a show about political campaigns, the law, and love. It is also, by extension, a show about the cultural impact of religion. Robert and Michelle King, the show’s creators, regularly question its role in politics and why we, the vo...

All religions condemn lying, but ‘The Good Wife’ heroine likely will not be elected as state’s attorney if she runs as an atheist.

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Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive

Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive

It takes an exceptional kind of actor to make Good Wife fans forget about their beloved Will Gardner, or to hold his own opposite “the Internet’s boyfriend,” Benedict Cumberbatch. But then again, it’s hard for Matthew Goode to turn off his charm.I...

The beguiling British actor talks about winning over ‘The Good Wife’ fans, his turn in ‘The Imitation Game,’ and why Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t need to have gay sex on film.

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‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

With one week to go before The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, the final pieces have been set in place for an explosive confrontation between Rick’s gang and Dawn Lerner’s hospital crew—a guaranteed-grisly spectacle that, according to people in t...

The last episode before Season 5’s highly anticipated midseason finale saw plenty of wheeling and dealing, leaving viewers with many burning questions leading into next week.

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Meet ‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind

Meet ‘Mockingjay’s’ Mastermind

“One of the big themes—if not the big theme—of Mockingjay – Part 1 is the battle of the airwaves,” director Francis Lawrence tells The Daily Beast. “I don’t think teenagers really understand the role propaganda has in our lives in terms of politic...

The acclaimed director of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens up about the final two chapters in the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film franchise.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Grandmas Try Pot for the First TimeMarijuana has had a tough reputation for generations. It remains a Schedule I narcotic to this day, considered as dangerous and addictive by the federal government as heroin and MDMA. But that reputation is so...

From Grandmas smoking pot for the first time to Jimmy Fallon and the Roots covering a U2 song, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

With one week to go before The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, the final pieces have been set in place for an explosive confrontation between Rick’s gang and Dawn Lerner’s hospital crew—a guaranteed-grisly spectacle that, according to people in t...

The last episode before Season 5’s highly anticipated midseason finale saw plenty of wheeling and dealing, leaving viewers with many burning questions leading into next week.

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World News

Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine—When skirmishes began in this corner of eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Yuriy Bereza decided to use “direct action” (read fists and clubs), threats, and incentives to ensure this fourth largest city—and a mainly Russian-...

In an exclusive interview, one of the top pro-Kiev militia commanders talks about the cowardice of some of Ukraine’s regular army officers and his need for U.S. weapons.

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The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

We have entered the “anything goes” phase of religious exemptions.As I described last week, newly Republican state legislatures (and Congress, of course) are eager to carve out ever-larger exemptions from civil rights laws and laws governing contr...

A Catholic school wants to enforce its religious dictates in whatever way it chooses—even if that means targeting women. Is that legal?

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‘Argo’ in the Congo

‘Argo’ in the Congo

KISANGANI (formerly Stanleyville), Congo —THE PILOTCaptain Mack Secord surveyed the thick jungle from his cockpit window and steered the Lockheed C-130 transport plane along a smooth cut made by the snaking Congo River. Dawn was rising on November...

Fifty years ago, African mercenaries, American pilots, and Cuban CIA contractors attempted one of the largest hostage rescue missions in history.

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Days of Mafia Mayhem

Days of Mafia Mayhem

ROME — Lucia Aielli, an anti-Mafia judge in the southern Italian city of Latina, was as surprised as anyone when she read a funeral announcement posted at the school her three children attend and on the door to the tribunal where she worked. The n...

Shocking reports of resurgent organized crime are horrifying Italy, from a covert tape of a secret initiation ceremony to the capture of a zoo’s worth of wild beasts.

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The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

We have entered the “anything goes” phase of religious exemptions.As I described last week, newly Republican state legislatures (and Congress, of course) are eager to carve out ever-larger exemptions from civil rights laws and laws governing contr...

A Catholic school wants to enforce its religious dictates in whatever way it chooses—even if that means targeting women. Is that legal?

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The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

Visiting Tehran in late 1977, President Jimmy Carter toasted the new year, celebrating Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” His words linger with me to this day. Watching as an Iranian, this signaled not...

Iran is fighting problems on every border as well as from within. It’s why Obama should tie any agreement to the lasting stability that only comes from free and fair elections.

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Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

He was a maverick politician who chafed at party constraints; a colorful figure ever conscious of his image; and a writer of rare gifts who earned a fortune from journalism and history. He was renowned for his wit, disarming his critics with unfai...

As a public servant and man of letters, London’s mayor is splendidly equipped to take the measure of the 20th Century’s most famous and certainly most eloquent prime minister.

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Papers, Please: Police State Cigarettes

Papers, Please: Police State Cigarettes

Big tobacco is hardly unique to the United States. Every country in the world is awash in cigarettes and the pack of smokes has long been used to send a message—usually not one promoting smoke-free lungs. The world's police states, past and presen...

Big tobacco is hardly unique to the United States. Every country in the world is awash in cigarettes and the pack of smokes has long been used to send a message—usually not one promo...

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The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

Visiting Tehran in late 1977, President Jimmy Carter toasted the new year, celebrating Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” His words linger with me to this day. Watching as an Iranian, this signaled not...

Iran is fighting problems on every border as well as from within. It’s why Obama should tie any agreement to the lasting stability that only comes from free and fair elections.

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U.S. News

Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero

Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero

At first glance it’s easy to see why Afton Burton would want to leave Bunker Hill, Illinois. With a population of 1,800, the one-stop-sign town offers about as much as thousands of other farm villages across the heartland: not much. Down a one-lan...

She grew up in Bunker Hill, Illinois, as Afton Burton and is soon to become Star Manson, wife of America’s most famous murderer.

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How I Stopped My Rapist

How I Stopped My Rapist

I was a 20-year-old student, living my dream in Manhattan when my nightmares materialized in the form of a monster who held a gun to my temple and threated to “blow my f-ing brains out.” I was naive enough to assume that he would, at most, rob me....

My attacker wasn’t powerful or famous—but my testimony helped put him away so he couldn’t harm other women. Why we need to make it safe for victims to speak out.

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Despite Crack and Graft, DC Loved Barry

Despite Crack and Graft, DC Loved Barry

Even though I’d been living in Washington, D.C., for most of his time as “Mayor for Life”—suffering with the rest of the citizenry through high taxes, a rising murder rate, and less-than-stellar city services—I didn’t actually speak with Marion S....

One of the last great rascal pols, Marion Barry left his mark—for good and ill—on Washington, D.C., and the country.

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Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero

Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero

At first glance it’s easy to see why Afton Burton would want to leave Bunker Hill, Illinois. With a population of 1,800, the one-stop-sign town offers about as much as thousands of other farm villages across the heartland: not much. Down a one-lan...

She grew up in Bunker Hill, Illinois, as Afton Burton and is soon to become Star Manson, wife of America’s most famous murderer.

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What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

One cold October day in 1968, I climbed out of a warm creek on the Yellowstone Plateau and came face to face with a huge grizzly. I froze, not knowing what to do. Since I was naked, my options were limited. I slowly turned my head and looked off t...

Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out.

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Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Can you be a victim of discrimination if no one knows you are?Such is the case for gay and bisexual men, who are still, in 2014, banned from donating blood, even though most people probably don’t know it. This week, an FDA committee recommended mo...

An FDA committee recommends shrinking lifetime ban to one-year ‘deferral period’—but it’s still more politics than science.

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Tech + Health

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Welcome to the brave new world of technology-enhanced human reproduction with its promise of alleviating the heartache of infertility, and its dangers of crossing ethical and moral lines.  At a time when more options are available for women to con...

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?

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Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Phoenix Air Group, a U.S.-based air charter, can fly anything.Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world. In the 30 years since the company’s inception, “cargo” has ...

They’ve transported dolphins, satellite parts, even wolves. Then came a call to pick up two stricken American health workers. How Phoenix became the U.S. government’s go-to rescuer.

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Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Can you be a victim of discrimination if no one knows you are?Such is the case for gay and bisexual men, who are still, in 2014, banned from donating blood, even though most people probably don’t know it. This week, an FDA committee recommended mo...

An FDA committee recommends shrinking lifetime ban to one-year ‘deferral period’—but it’s still more politics than science.

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Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?

Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn What if we told you the best way to get more muscle-building protein into your diet wasn’t to whip up more omelets or drink more shakes — but to eat bugs?That’s right, protein derived from creepy, crawly, ...

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Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Phoenix Air Group, a U.S.-based air charter, can fly anything.Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world. In the 30 years since the company’s inception, “cargo” has ...

They’ve transported dolphins, satellite parts, even wolves. Then came a call to pick up two stricken American health workers. How Phoenix became the U.S. government’s go-to rescuer.

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What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead

What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead

Being buried alive is a nightmare that ranks alongside masked chainsaw-wielding madmen and enormous tarantulas. And it’s precisely the fate that befell a 91-year-old Polish woman named Janina earlier this week. Having spent 11 hours in cold storag...

Recent news has been scattered with stories of people thought to be dead, but ‘waking up’ hours later. Death isn’t as black and white as we may think.

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Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job a...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

It is often the least visible but sometimes deadliest of injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI). With the recent statement released by Tracy Morgan’s lawyer that the famous comedian-actor suffered a “severe brain injury” in an August highway crash...

Tracy Morgan’s lawyer says the star suffered ‘severe brain injury’ after his car accident. What will this mean for the actor’s future?

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What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead

What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead

Being buried alive is a nightmare that ranks alongside masked chainsaw-wielding madmen and enormous tarantulas. And it’s precisely the fate that befell a 91-year-old Polish woman named Janina earlier this week. Having spent 11 hours in cold storag...

Recent news has been scattered with stories of people thought to be dead, but ‘waking up’ hours later. Death isn’t as black and white as we may think.

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The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

Every year for about six weeks—from mid-November until early January—the Christmas windows of New York’s most famous stores attract millions of visitors and New Yorkers—and for a very good reason. They are striking, incredibly elaborate, and they ...

From classic holiday tunes to sculpture, the big New York stores hope their beautifully designed Christmas windows will attract millions of onlookers and customers.

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Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Last week during Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera, I was watching an old man hump a table in front of a mountain of garbage when it occurred to me: the last six months have been particularly bizarre at the Met.And t...

From blood-spattered men in wedding dresses on stage to furious protesters off and angry internal discord, the Met Opera has had a rollercoaster year. Expect more drama to come.

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The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

This past week a new eBay auction announced the sale of “Ancient Egyptian papyrus with Greek letters—Bible.” Listed with the “buy it now” price of $1,098, the seller claimed that the fragment was written ca. 200 BC and was “collected in the 1960s ...

Both priceless papyri that could shed light on early Christianity and forgeries are openly trafficked online. Determining authenticity is increasingly difficult.

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The Power of the Jumpsuit

The Power of the Jumpsuit

Diana Ross looked amazing in one this week. Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani are fans. The jumpsuit’s staying power—and its popularity with women of different ages—shows its winning versatility.

Diana Ross looked amazing in one this week. Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani are fans. The jumpsuit’s staying power—and its popularity with women of different ages—shows its winning vers...

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Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Last week during Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera, I was watching an old man hump a table in front of a mountain of garbage when it occurred to me: the last six months have been particularly bizarre at the Met.And t...

From blood-spattered men in wedding dresses on stage to furious protesters off and angry internal discord, the Met Opera has had a rollercoaster year. Expect more drama to come.

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Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Two male journalists, one conservative and one contrarian, were to debate abortion at Oxford University earlier this week. The event was sponsored by a student pro-life group and had all the ingredients to provoke an impassioned campus protest: tw...

An Oxford University debate was canceled, and certain subjects declared off-limits: why are feminists policing what is said about women and women’s bodies?

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Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Every so often, as he tries to explain, defend and justify his decision to omit the rape allegations from his biography of Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker sighs.“Well, look, obviously the story has changed, and I’m going to have to address that in futur...

In a predominantly celebratory book, Bill Cosby’s biographer deliberately glided over sex-abuse allegations, saying he was unable to substantiate them.

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Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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Women in the World

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job as a grocery store cashier and living in a two-bedroom apartment with her sister and her niece. Since Medicaid doesn’t cover an abortion, she thought of ways to circumvent the high-cost procedure. “I thought about throwin...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

BENTIU, South Sudan — The vast majority of the more than two million people in South Sudan facing severe food insecurity – the worst food crisis in the world – are not living in camps. Major logistical issues and concerns about security continue t...

South Sudan faces the worst food crisis in the world – and it’s about to dramatically worsen. The need for aid is urgent and growing.

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Books

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.To s...

Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star.’

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  • How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

    How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

    It’s very hard indeed to think of a single thinker or writer who looms as large over their chosen field of study as Carl von Clausewitz. Clausewitz, on the odd chance you haven’t heard of him in this age of wars and rumors of wars, was a Prussian ...

    Inspired by his combat experience in the Napoleonic wars, Carl von Clausewitz developed theories of warfare so effective that he is still the most quoted man on the battlefield.

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The Many Lives of David Hockney

The Many Lives of David Hockney

Like a pop diva at the VMAs, artist David Hockney has managed to stay relevant through a constant series of transformations since he burst onto the scene nearly six decades ago.There is usually something transparent about the artifice required by ...

The artist has achieved what often seems impossible—to stay relevant throughout his entire career. His secret: not being afraid to change with the times.

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What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

One cold October day in 1968, I climbed out of a warm creek on the Yellowstone Plateau and came face to face with a huge grizzly. I froze, not knowing what to do. Since I was naked, my options were limited. I slowly turned my head and looked off t...

Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA By Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. Wh...

UVA’s Rape Culture, murdered DEA agents and the Where’s Waldo Bandit. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Many Lives of David Hockney

The Many Lives of David Hockney

Like a pop diva at the VMAs, artist David Hockney has managed to stay relevant through a constant series of transformations since he burst onto the scene nearly six decades ago.There is usually something transparent about the artifice required by ...

The artist has achieved what often seems impossible—to stay relevant throughout his entire career. His secret: not being afraid to change with the times.

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How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

Even before The Plot Against America was published, Philip Roth felt obliged to deny reports that his new novel was an allegorical indictment of George W. Bush. “Some readers are going to want to take this book as a roman a clef to the present mom...

Philip Roth denied that ‘The Plot Against America’ was an indictment of George W. Bush. But the 2004 novel’s themes of powerlessness and rage certainly resonated at the time.

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Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Old heroes never die. They just get remakes and sequels.Almost every fictional hero of my childhood has come back to life on the big screen in recent years.  Sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introd...

One hundred years after Edgar Rice Burroughs’s first Tarzan novel appeared, the famous ape-man has turned into an awkward symbol of political incorrectness.

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Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

I was already a full-blown movie freak by the time I was in 8th grade. I remember where I was as a kid—and who I was with—because of what movies were out. I used to cut out the full-page movie ads from the Sunday New York Times each week, just to ...

It's been almost 30 years since movie critic Pauline Kael got blown away by Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film, but her shrewd enthusiasm is still persuasive.

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How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

Even before The Plot Against America was published, Philip Roth felt obliged to deny reports that his new novel was an allegorical indictment of George W. Bush. “Some readers are going to want to take this book as a roman a clef to the present mom...

Philip Roth denied that ‘The Plot Against America’ was an indictment of George W. Bush. But the 2004 novel’s themes of powerlessness and rage certainly resonated at the time.

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