Politics

American Voters Don’t Get Foreign Policy

American Voters Don’t Get Foreign Policy

The American public is usually wrong on foreign policy. It takes leadership to understand that, deal with it and still do the right thing.In the 2012 presidential race, the Romney campaign, for which I worked as a senior strategist, regularly aske...

Voters may care little about what happens overseas, but President Obama’s lack of leadership is destined to leave the world in flames.

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Can’t Impeach Obama? Let’s Just Sue Him!

Can’t Impeach Obama? Let’s Just Sue Him!

By a vote of 225 to 201 almost entirely along party lines, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to proceed with a lawsuit against Obama for “overstepp[ing] his constitutional authority” as president and failing to undertake his duties unde...

With some House Republicans gunning for impeachment, their leadership is trying for a less ruinous way to punish the president—a lawsuit that passed along party lines Wednesday.

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Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Senators are rushing to pass campus sexual assault reforms, introducing a landmark bill designed to provide resources to victims and enforce accountability at institutions of higher learning.But the machinery of government will be slow to move. Ev...

One in five women who attend college are sexually assaulted—and a bipartisan group of senators is launching a new bill to change that.

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Even Lefty Politicians Can’t Quit Israel

Even Lefty Politicians Can’t Quit Israel

Much of the American left is critical of Israel, particularly since its incursion into Gaza. But in the halls of Congress, even progressive Democrats beloved by grassroots activists are loath to criticize the Jewish State’s ongoing military offens...

Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.

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Can’t Impeach Obama? Let’s Just Sue Him!

Can’t Impeach Obama? Let’s Just Sue Him!

By a vote of 225 to 201 almost entirely along party lines, the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to proceed with a lawsuit against Obama for “overstepp[ing] his constitutional authority” as president and failing to undertake his duties unde...

With some House Republicans gunning for impeachment, their leadership is trying for a less ruinous way to punish the president—a lawsuit that passed along party lines Wednesday.

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Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Will Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Lose?

Will Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Lose?

First-term Michigan Republican Kerry Bentivolio is lagging in the polls against David Trott, a self-funding foreclosure lawyer and party activist backed by the U.S Chamber of Commerce and Mitt Romney. Bentivolio is underfunded, has little national...

Elected unexpectedly after his opponent was caught forging signatures, Michigan Rep. Kerry Bentivolio now faces a better-funded, establishment-backed opponent. But he’s not going dow...

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Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan needs to learn how to talk to black people as well as about them.If his “Expanding Opportunity in America” plan had been written by black civil rights leaders in 1962, and not a Republican congressman in 2014, more than a few of us would...

The Wisconsin Republican has a real proposal to conquer poverty, and we shouldn’t dismiss it. But Ryan also needs to learn how to sell his ideas to everyday people.

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Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Entertainment

James Brown, Conservative

James Brown, Conservative

Get On Up, director Tate Taylor’s new James Brown biopic, has scored some good press lately, particularly for Chadwick Boseman’s electrifying turn as the Godfather of Soul. The film covers Brown’s mammoth talent, teenage delinquency, violent natur...

The soul-funk innovator had some complex and (quite frankly) bizarre political views.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza

An Unlikely Hero Blooms in Ibiza

One small swing for a washed up former heartthrob, one giant victory for mankind.In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Orlando Bloom valiantly succeeded where the Miami police force, the Canadian government, and the Obama administration have pr...

Ex-sexy elf Orlando Bloom, without even putting on his Legolas weave, turns Justin Bieber-punching everyman.

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The Christian Alternative To ‘50 Shades’

The Christian Alternative To ‘50 Shades’

Did you watch the new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey and immediately think to yourself, “That looks okay, I guess, but instead of a parade of seductive stares, bondage, and Beyoncé, I’d much rather go see a chaste, Christian-friendly love story ...

If the (very tame) trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey made you clutch your pearls in horror, there’s a movie for you: Old Fashioned, a Christian romance opening against the bondage fli...

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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Allison Williams Won’t Suck as Peter Pan

Allison Williams Won’t Suck as Peter Pan

“Dreams come true,” said NBC in its announcement that Girls star Allison Williams was cast as Peter Pan in its upcoming musical production of Peter Pan Live. They’re seemingly benevolent words, “dreams come true.” Unfortunately, there’s nothing be...

The Internet unleashed its ire in response to the casting of the ‘Girls’ star in NBC’s upcoming live musical. Here’s why the haters are wrong.

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Mike Tyson, Cartoon Detective

Mike Tyson, Cartoon Detective

Whether it’s chewing the ear off Evander Holyfield, having his famous ex rebound with a pre-fame Brad Pitt, or punching out Zach Galifianakis in The Hangover, the zany career of former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has taken him to some p...

The Daily Beast sat down with Tyson, Jim Rash, and writer-executive producer Hugh Davidson to discuss the ‘Scooby Doo’-like show, airing this fall on Adult Swim.

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Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

After “Bang Bang” leaked Monday afternoon—a blaring, loud, flamboyant anthem by the B-list Holy Trinity of pop divas Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj—I’m only mildly ashamed to admit that I listened to it 17 times in a row. (And by 17, I m...

The wailing horns, the ‘Mickey’-like clapping beat, Jessie J’s torching vocals next to Ariana and Nicki: It was like a chorus of angels singing their hallelujahs.

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Allison Williams Won’t Suck as Peter Pan

Allison Williams Won’t Suck as Peter Pan

“Dreams come true,” said NBC in its announcement that Girls star Allison Williams was cast as Peter Pan in its upcoming musical production of Peter Pan Live. They’re seemingly benevolent words, “dreams come true.” Unfortunately, there’s nothing be...

The Internet unleashed its ire in response to the casting of the ‘Girls’ star in NBC’s upcoming live musical. Here’s why the haters are wrong.

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World News

Netanyahu Wants Hamas to Stay

Netanyahu Wants Hamas to Stay

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his military will not stop until it dismantles a labyrinth of tunnels often burrowed under private homes and even beneath Gaza’s mosques. But Netanyahu has not called for destroying the organizati...

Israel's prime minister accuses them of being as bad as al Qaeda, but he isn’t trying to run the group out of Gaza. There’s a good reason why.

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Is Putin About to Blink?

Is Putin About to Blink?

ODESSA, Ukraine — The Russian Ministry of Defense has been mocking claims by the United States that there’s proof Moscow is giving military aid to the separatists in Ukraine. Officially, the Russian government is still blowing smoke around the que...

As the Kremlin gets more nervous about American and European pressure it could also get more dangerous. When Putin gets defensive, he takes the offense.

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Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

On Sunday evening, a grandmother and her two young granddaughters (7 years old and 8 months old) were burned to death in their homes during a mob attack on their village. A picture posted on Facebook reportedly sparked the attack.The city of Gujra...

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws aren’t going anywhere, and innocent people are getting caught in the mix. A grandmother and her young granddaughters are the latest victims, reportedly kill...

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Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

GAZA CITY — Israel’s assault on Gaza has hit a new level of intensity as its navy, artillery, drones and F16s rain fire on residents across the besieged strip.As the dust cleared this morning after a night of bombardment that felt as if it would n...

The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.

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Is Putin About to Blink?

Is Putin About to Blink?

ODESSA, Ukraine — The Russian Ministry of Defense has been mocking claims by the United States that there’s proof Moscow is giving military aid to the separatists in Ukraine. Officially, the Russian government is still blowing smoke around the que...

As the Kremlin gets more nervous about American and European pressure it could also get more dangerous. When Putin gets defensive, he takes the offense.

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Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews

Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews

ROME — There is still a faint black stain in the shape of a swastika on the Jewish memorial plaque along the Via Lungara near the Vatican in Rome.  The plaque marks the spot where Rome’s Jews were held until they could be transferred in cattle car...

Anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome has little to do with Israel and Gaza, and everything to do with Europe’s ugly history of anti-Semitism.

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Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown

Inside the Kerry-Israel Meltdown

On Monday, Secretary of State Kerry took to the podium at the State Department to say that he was working with Israel and Hamas to negotiate an extension of their temporary ceasefire.“Today, we are continuing to work toward establishing an uncondi...

The Secretary of State has been furiously working on a ceasefire, but his ad hoc efforts were dealt another blow by Israel when it rejected his latest plan.

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Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — He is a revolutionary man, this 46-year-old Sunni, Salafist sheik and father of six with the graying beard, twinkling dark eyes, immaculately ironed thawb and manicured fingernails. He endorses the jihadist-led uprising against ...

Lebanon’s Sunni extremists, inspired by the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, are preaching revolution against the dominance of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

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Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews

Italy Suddenly Gets Ugly for Jews

ROME — There is still a faint black stain in the shape of a swastika on the Jewish memorial plaque along the Via Lungara near the Vatican in Rome.  The plaque marks the spot where Rome’s Jews were held until they could be transferred in cattle car...

Anti-Jewish graffiti in Rome has little to do with Israel and Gaza, and everything to do with Europe’s ugly history of anti-Semitism.

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Tech + Health

Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the cornerstone of America’s future tactical air fleet—will survive its failure to show up at two major international air shows, at Fairford and Farnborough in Britain, this month. It was a good thing in that it showe...

The Pentagon keeps grounding its ultra-pricey F-35. Maybe it’s time to revisit a fight that took its backup engine away.

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Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Two years after Colorado legalized pot, the drug is going back to prison. Or—it might be.The man who wants to put it there is Nick Erker. In March the Colorado native, who sells wholesale farm products, decided to purchase an abandoned jail in his...

Nick Erker is vying to turn an abandoned prison into a marijuana-growing facility. If the town of Brush’s motto—‘homegrown happiness’—holds true, buds will be sprouting in no time.

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These Are America’s Deadliest Dinners

These Are America’s Deadliest Dinners

From Ranch-covered pizza, to custard-filled French toast, these belt-busting meals won the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating Awards.

From Ranch-covered pizza, to custard-filled French toast, these belt-busting meals won the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating Awards.

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What Ebola on a Plane Means for the U.S.

What Ebola on a Plane Means for the U.S.

The unrelenting Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa became decidedly scarier for Americans this week when someone who had flown the 1,000 miles from Liberia, where the epidemic is ongoing, to Lagos, Nigeria, where no cases had occurred, died of th...

Usually Ebola victims get too sick, too quickly to travel—so the disease stays relatively contained. But now that an infected man was able to fly from Liberia to Nigeria, the game ha...

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Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Two years after Colorado legalized pot, the drug is going back to prison. Or—it might be.The man who wants to put it there is Nick Erker. In March the Colorado native, who sells wholesale farm products, decided to purchase an abandoned jail in his...

Nick Erker is vying to turn an abandoned prison into a marijuana-growing facility. If the town of Brush’s motto—‘homegrown happiness’—holds true, buds will be sprouting in no time.

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‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia.That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in...

Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis.

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I Tried Cosmo’s Absurd Lesbian Sex Tips

I Tried Cosmo’s Absurd Lesbian Sex Tips

After nearly 40 years as a (straight) women’s magazine, Cosmopolitan has finally acknowledged the sex lives of lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer women with an illustrated online slideshow entitled “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions.”Cosm...

The magazine is bringing its hilariously bad sex tips to lesbians now. They’re just as awful as the straight version—and show little to no knowledge about real life lesbian sex.

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A Blood Test to Predict Suicide

A Blood Test to Predict Suicide

With suicide, there’s often talk of “warning signs.” But a new genetic discovery could be the key to creating a blood test that could, for the first time, use DNA to determine a person’s risk of suicide.The research, published in The American Jour...

In a groundbreaking new genetic discovery, doctors from Johns Hopkins have found a mutation involved in how the brain reacts to stress that can reliably predict suicide risk.

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‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia.That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in...

Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis.

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Fashion

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend for ...

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend for ...

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend?: Could the buzz cut be the next fashionable hairstyle for the ladies? With men’s trends in hair getting shorter and shorter as of late, it looks like women might be borrowing the style in the near future. After al...

And Doutzen Kroes welcomes a baby girl.

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Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Paris Nude Models Strike

Paris Nude Models Strike

Last month, the halls of Paris’ Gare Montparnasse train station emptied when France’s rail workers went on strike. At almost the same moment, a stillness descended on Charles de Gaulle airport as the country’s air traffic controllers walked off th...

Stung by a ban on collecting tips, artists’ models in Paris respond in typically Gallic fashion with a work stoppage.

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Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star: After snagging multiple high-fashion campaigns for autumn/winter 2014 (Chanel, Mulberry, Burberry), 21-year-old Cara Delevingne has become the first solo star for British high-street label, Topshop. “Cara is...

And Net-a-Porter CEO to step down.

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Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Great Escapes

Eating With The Enemy

Eating With The Enemy

While many people shy away from political conversation at the dinner table, Conflict Kitchen is promoting it. By choosing its cuisine based on different countries in conflict with the United States, the Pittsburgh-based restaurant offers authentic...

A takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh is offering exotic cuisine with a twist, facilitating cultural conversation and political dialogue on countries in conflict with the United States.

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  • The Million-Dollar Map Thief

    The Million-Dollar Map Thief

    An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

    After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, just appeared in the Lower East Side. See her iconic works here.

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, ju...

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Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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Why the Left Protests Better

Why the Left Protests Better

Whether you are planning to halt a battalion of mechanical diggers, shut down a facility, or simply secure maximum attention to your cause, there’s certainly an art to the successful protest.The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has become the ...

From intractable arm locks to inflatable bricks, dissidents have created innovative tools over the years to help their movements succeed. Well, left-wing protesters have, at least.

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Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, just appeared in the Lower East Side. See her iconic works here.

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, ju...

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Why I Hate The Beach

Why I Hate The Beach

I just came back from a family vacation at the beach. Will someone please explain the beach to me?What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of gro...

The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you. It’s time we were honest with ourselves about the horror of beach vacations.

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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Women

Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

It’s been just over two years since Octavia Spencer, in a shimmering Tadashi Shoji gown that took a team of ten 1,000 hours to produce, glided up to the stage at the Hollywood and Highland Center to accept her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With t...

The ‘Get On Up’ actress on why TV is more diverse than film, and how life has changed since winning her Oscar for ‘The Help.’

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

    Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

    Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

    Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

Another week, another botched killing under the legal euphemism of capital punishment. After macabre screw-ups in Oklahoma and Ohio, it was Arizona's turn last week, when double-murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took about two hours to die. Th...

The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.

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‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Senators are rushing to pass campus sexual assault reforms, introducing a landmark bill designed to provide resources to victims and enforce accountability at institutions of higher learning.But the machinery of government will be slow to move. Ev...

One in five women who attend college are sexually assaulted—and a bipartisan group of senators is launching a new bill to change that.

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The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

Another week, another botched killing under the legal euphemism of capital punishment. After macabre screw-ups in Oklahoma and Ohio, it was Arizona's turn last week, when double-murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took about two hours to die. Th...

The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.

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Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Children Are Fatter Than They Think

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

Lena Dunham recently sparked an online frenzy by tweeting about something that doesn’t seem particularly controversial: birth control. Her tweet “I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?” went viral. ...

We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.

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Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Books

Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

Things had come full circle. Back in 1996, I sold my second novel, quit my job as a newspaper reporter in Greensboro, NC, and got to work on novel number three.  Now, 18 long years later, Motor City Burning had finally been published and I was sta...

It may seem like the e-book behemoth is taking over the publishing industry, but a trip to North Carolina proves that local bookshops have become indispensible players in community l...

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  • The Million-Dollar Map Thief

    The Million-Dollar Map Thief

    An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

    After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

Of the many and multifarious rooms involved in last year’s “A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance” exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, I found myself continually drawn to the one that concluded the show. Lucy McKenzie’s “May of Teck” (2010),...

As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.

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Pulling the Plug on English Departments

Pulling the Plug on English Departments

It is easy to observe the sad and sickly decline of American intellectual life, through the cultural and institutional lowering of standards, when prestigious publications promote the defense, if not the celebration, of lower standards.Writing rec...

The armies of soft philistinism are on the march and eager to ditch traditional literature instruction in favor of more utilitarian approaches. To the barricades!

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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