Politics

Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!

Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!

Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t get along? This week president Obama signed a massive one-stop bill (a.k.a “Cromnibus”) that will keep the government funded until the end of the fiscal year. Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 ...

Congress’ abomination of a defense spending bill is all about pleasing weapons manufacturers and diverting funds to useless projects.

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Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu?

Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu?

Now, in New York City, where tourists are often surprised by the relative sense of safety on streets and subways, it is Officer Rafael Ramos, 40 years old, and his partner, Wenjian Liu, 32, who cannot breathe. They are dead, executed for the cloth...

Will those who protested Eric Garner’s death rush to the side of Rafael Ramos’ two sons, or Wenjian Liu’s widow, married only two months?

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The Kochs’ War on Unions, Phase II

The Kochs’ War on Unions, Phase II

Christmas came early for the less than a quarter of 1 percent of Americans who donate to political campaigns or committees. In a rare display of inter-party harmony, Republicans and Democrats agreed to a provision, slipped into the Senate’s omnibu...

And now, the plan is not only to decimate public-sector unions, but all unions—to deplete the money they can spend on politics.

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Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!

Merry Christmas, Defense Contractors!

Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t get along? This week president Obama signed a massive one-stop bill (a.k.a “Cromnibus”) that will keep the government funded until the end of the fiscal year. Among other things, the bill appropriates $1.1 ...

Congress’ abomination of a defense spending bill is all about pleasing weapons manufacturers and diverting funds to useless projects.

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NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between the police and Democratic politicians. But there has never been anything remotely like the war the cops are waging right now against Mayor Bill de Blasio for th...

To criticize the mayor for telling his black son what every other father of a black youth must say is divisive and fails to see what’s wrong in America.

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Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats. In sharp contrast to the thin gruel that passes for leadership today, the old party of the people, with all its flaws, shaped much of the modern world, and usually for the better. Thi...

Democrats are pushing race and environmental issues when they should be embracing the lunch-bucket themes that once built party dominance. Meanwhile, voters flee.

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Entertainment

Joe Cocker’s Life in Photos

Joe Cocker’s Life in Photos

The British rock and blues singer died at 70 on Monday. From his Woodstock performance to a candid moment with Rod Stewart, see striking pictures from his life.

The British rock and blues singer died at 70 on Monday. From his Woodstock performance to a candid moment with Rod Stewart, see striking pictures from his life.

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Dr. Evil Schools North Korea, Sony

Dr. Evil Schools North Korea, Sony

In a world where countries are threatening movie studios, a villainous legend has returned to show despots how it’s done. Dr. Evil, Mike Myers’ bald cat-stroking, perpetually frustrated bad guy from the Austin Powers movies, opened this week’s Sat...

Mike Myers opens SNL as his ‘Austin Powers’ supervillain.

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North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers

North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers

For North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, it was Titanic. For another defector, Chongyang Joo, it was Charlie’s Angels.For many of those living in the Hermit Kingdom, it’s illicit South Korean soap operas and Chinese television. And for any citizens ...

It might be violently anti-Hollywood, but the repressive North Korean authorities can’t stop Western movies from being smuggled into the Hermit Kingdom.

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Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

He’s the former Secretary of Defense, “trails only Jesus in saves,” and stopped a Balrog in Lord of the Rings. I am speaking, of course, about Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record for saves in the U.S.’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium in 2014. Ho...

United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.

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Dr. Evil Schools North Korea, Sony

Dr. Evil Schools North Korea, Sony

In a world where countries are threatening movie studios, a villainous legend has returned to show despots how it’s done. Dr. Evil, Mike Myers’ bald cat-stroking, perpetually frustrated bad guy from the Austin Powers movies, opened this week’s Sat...

Mike Myers opens SNL as his ‘Austin Powers’ supervillain.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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The 20 Best Movies of 2014

The 20 Best Movies of 2014

From a 12-year experimental film project to alien seductress Scarlett Johansson, it's been a very fine year for movies. Here are the best.

From a 12-year experimental film project to alien seductress Scarlett Johansson, it's been a very fine year for movies. Here are the best.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Camp WinnipesaukeeSummer camp can be an important time in your life, especially if you’re a future entertainment star. Jimmy Fallon took a page out of SNL’s book on the Tonight Show this week as he had on frequent guest and collaborator Justin ...

From a Christmas lightshow to the tune of Star Wars to an 'Epic Rap Battle' between movie directors past and present, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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World News

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision last week to arrest the editor in chief of an opposition newspaper is the latest crack in this country’s image as a modern, Westernized country. But it’s not the only sign of an erosion of...

As Turkey’s president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country’s businesswomen are pushing back.

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Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Twenty-five years ago, Pakistani pop star Junaid Jamshed took to the airwaves, singing his love for his country with the declaration that Pakistan was his heart, Pakistan was his life.Since then, Jamshed, like much of the country he once honored i...

When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh. When a popular Sunni televangelist does it, to forgive is divine.

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COEXIST’s Inane Bumper-Sticker Politics

COEXIST’s Inane Bumper-Sticker Politics

You’ve seen them before, in Trader Joe’s parking lots and on Eastern Seaboard freeways, in the quiet streets of Asheville and Berkeley, on the bumpers of a fleet of VWs and Volvos. White letters, blue background, imperative mood: COEXIST. After ca...

America’s simplistic adoption of the COEXIST bumper sticker signals a dangerous inability to understand the roots of religious conflict.

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The Year in Photos: 2014

The Year in Photos: 2014

From ISIS and Gaza to World Cup, the Rosetta comet landing and newborn panda triplets, a look at the most compelling images of the past 12 months.

From ISIS and Gaza to World Cup, the Rosetta comet landing and newborn panda triplets, a look at the most compelling images of the past 12 months.

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Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Twenty-five years ago, Pakistani pop star Junaid Jamshed took to the airwaves, singing his love for his country with the declaration that Pakistan was his heart, Pakistan was his life.Since then, Jamshed, like much of the country he once honored i...

When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh. When a popular Sunni televangelist does it, to forgive is divine.

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Should the US Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?

Should the US Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?

“We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong Un, of all fucking people.” —George Clooney It was a complete coincidence that while Sony Pictures and theater operators across the country were crater...

Sony, this isn't complicated. Really. Just follow Alexander Hamilton's example.

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The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advis...

North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China.

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The Beginning of the End of ISIS?

The Beginning of the End of ISIS?

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq celebrated their biggest victory yet over ISIS on Friday after breaking, with U.S. air support, the lengthy jihadi siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing hundreds of trapped members of the Yazidi religious sect.   The Ku...

Kurdish forces declared victory and freed Yazidi holdouts, with help from U.S. air power. Is this just a ploy by the Islamic State—or the beginning of the road to retaking Mosul?

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Should the US Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?

Should the US Really Pay a Kim’s Ransom?

“We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong Un, of all fucking people.” —George Clooney It was a complete coincidence that while Sony Pictures and theater operators across the country were crater...

Sony, this isn't complicated. Really. Just follow Alexander Hamilton's example.

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U.S. News

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

The holidays are upon us, time for family, for love and pain, togetherness and loss. Let us turn to the late, great Paul Hemphill, one of our most eloquent voices, for his tender, unsentimental story, “Mister Ham’s Overcoat.” Originally published ...

To look at him, you couldn’t tell that Mister Ham was hard up enough to try to sell his overcoat in the middle of December. But class has nothing to do with money.

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Vigil Crowd Asks: Whose Life Matters?

Vigil Crowd Asks: Whose Life Matters?

A modest crowd moved East on 110th Street in New York City on Sunday evening. They walked silently, some carrying Anthora cups illuminated by candlesticks, others holding plastic tea lights handed out by protest organizers. A few carried signs: &q...

At a peaceful gathering of the Justice League, they condemned the killings of Officers Liu and Ramos, but also wondered why the slaying of citizens by cops doesn’t spark as much outr...

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Of Course Jameis Winston Is in the Clear

Of Course Jameis Winston Is in the Clear

Florida State’s star quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared on Sunday in a hearing to determine if he had violated the university’s code of conduct policy. Though Winston was never arrested, he faced four counts of sexual misconduct and endangerme...

His accuser was smeared and demeaned, and a star football player was allowed to keep on playing. This has been going on for too long.

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Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

The holidays are upon us, time for family, for love and pain, togetherness and loss. Let us turn to the late, great Paul Hemphill, one of our most eloquent voices, for his tender, unsentimental story, “Mister Ham’s Overcoat.” Originally published ...

To look at him, you couldn’t tell that Mister Ham was hard up enough to try to sell his overcoat in the middle of December. But class has nothing to do with money.

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The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops

The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops

The medic was gazing down into the grievously wounded cop’s eyes, praying for a sign of life even so tiny as a single blink.“He was just looking at me and I’m looking at him and I’m hoping he would blink at least one time,” recalls the medic, 27-y...

Paramedics strove valiantly to revive grievously wounded Officers Liu and Ramos—and were left shattered when their efforts failed.

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NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between the police and Democratic politicians. But there has never been anything remotely like the war the cops are waging right now against Mayor Bill de Blasio for th...

To criticize the mayor for telling his black son what every other father of a black youth must say is divisive and fails to see what’s wrong in America.

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Tech + Health

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires. Yes, I was surprised to learn that the same forest shrub that we love to smooch under every December is a parasite that spends its days sucking the “lifeforce” from tree...

When it’s not the holiday posterplant, mistletoe spends its days sucking the life out of trees worldwide.

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Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

When it comes to medical decisions, it stands to reason that the more information a patient has, the better he or she will be at making the most appropriate choices for their care. The whole idea of informed consent rests on the concept that fully...

A new study says that patients don’t understand the risks of unnecessary antibiotic use. In the future, antibiotic resistance could have catastrophic consequences.

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Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

With Ebola still tearing through West Africa, surely the last thing anyone wants to hear about it are setbacks in the search for a vaccine. Unfortunately, in the face of nearly 7,000 dead and over 18,000 confirmed cases, the Merck-NewLink stage 1 ...

Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects. What will it take to get it up and running again?

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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

When it comes to medical decisions, it stands to reason that the more information a patient has, the better he or she will be at making the most appropriate choices for their care. The whole idea of informed consent rests on the concept that fully...

A new study says that patients don’t understand the risks of unnecessary antibiotic use. In the future, antibiotic resistance could have catastrophic consequences.

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Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane is a familiar chemical, whether you know it by that name or not. It’s the major component of natural gas, which heats my house and possibly yours too. Methane is also a large part of human gas, which means I could start this article with a...

NASA’s Curiosity rover has measured methane—often a sign of life—on Mars. Could it be?

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Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About?

What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About?

Fans of Showtime’s The Affair became used to the conceit that the show was split into two half-hours—the first the perspective of the couple’s illicit relationship provided by either Noah Solloway (Dominic West), the hot, compulsive swimmer and fr...

If you were hoping for resolution, or even basic explanations, in Showtime’s The Affair, the first season finale only set things up for an even more baffling season two.

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Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing. Held several years back on the crocodile-shaped island of Cuba, it stands out in my memory for another reason: there were hundreds of chaps, looking like escapees from a Grah...

For years Canada’s special, and profitable, relationship with Cuba was another thing that set it apart from America. No longer—hence some mixed feelings north of the border.

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The Early Days of an LGBT Pioneer

The Early Days of an LGBT Pioneer

New York's LGBT Center, 31 years young, is undergoing a massive renovation. Here, in pictures, we show how it changed lives, and acted as the home of the most landscape-changing campaigning groups.

New York's LGBT Center, 31 years young, is undergoing a massive renovation. Here, in pictures, we show how it changed lives, and acted as the home of the most landscape-changing ...

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The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives

The LGBT Center That Changed Our Lives

“If it wasn’t for the Center, I wouldn’t be alive today.” Thom, who did not want to give the Daily Beast his second name, was diagnosed with HIV in 1992, and experienced first-hand how important New York’s LGBT Center was.In 1995, Thom had enliste...

New York's LGBT Center, 31 years young, is undergoing a massive renovation. It has changed lives, and been the home of the most landscape-changing campaigning groups. Why do we s...

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Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Canada ♥ Cuba Just Got Complicated

Dinner was a baroque affair, on the beach, a warm breeze gently blowing. Held several years back on the crocodile-shaped island of Cuba, it stands out in my memory for another reason: there were hundreds of chaps, looking like escapees from a Grah...

For years Canada’s special, and profitable, relationship with Cuba was another thing that set it apart from America. No longer—hence some mixed feelings north of the border.

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The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014

The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014

Here’s blood in your eye.        For the media business, 2014 has been another typical year of—what’s the appropriate Orwellian euphemism?—“creative destruction.” Or “disruptive transition.”Better yet: “Exploring new opportunities.”It’s not even o...

From Jill Abramson’s unceremonious New York Times exit to the implosion at ‘The View,’ those reporting the news endured vicious humiliations and violent company shakedowns.

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Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway

Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway

Kanchanaburi, Thailand — At the Kanchanaburi train station each morning, the same ritual unfolds. A woman in a smart uniform scribbles out tickets for a growing line of tourists eager to take a trip on the old-fashioned train. Then, tickets in han...

To aid their effort in WWII, the Japanese government built a railroad between Thailand and Burma, enlisting POWs and Asian laborers in a horrifying and deadly race to the finish.

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Vacationing In A Pre-Castro Cuba

Vacationing In A Pre-Castro Cuba

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The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014

The Bloodiest Media Coups of 2014

Here’s blood in your eye.        For the media business, 2014 has been another typical year of—what’s the appropriate Orwellian euphemism?—“creative destruction.” Or “disruptive transition.”Better yet: “Exploring new opportunities.”It’s not even o...

From Jill Abramson’s unceremonious New York Times exit to the implosion at ‘The View,’ those reporting the news endured vicious humiliations and violent company shakedowns.

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Women in the World

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their sophomore album, I’m Okay.It’s been a pretty mental year for the self-described weirdo. She shot six films, toured her second album, held her first solo photography show in L.A., and turned 30. In recent months, she’s bee...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard fo...

Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard fo...

Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Books

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

The holidays are upon us, time for family, for love and pain, togetherness and loss. Let us turn to the late, great Paul Hemphill, one of our most eloquent voices, for his tender, unsentimental story, “Mister Ham’s Overcoat.” Originally published ...

To look at him, you couldn’t tell that Mister Ham was hard up enough to try to sell his overcoat in the middle of December. But class has nothing to do with money.

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  • How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas

    How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas

    This is not a person you would wish to meet in the street at any time, let alone at a time of festive good feelings:“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, ol...

    The Industrial Revolution and Victorian practically erased the holiday in England. A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.

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Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

He’s the former Secretary of Defense, “trails only Jesus in saves,” and stopped a Balrog in Lord of the Rings. I am speaking, of course, about Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record for saves in the U.S.’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium in 2014. Ho...

United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.

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An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

In 1890, 24 years before The New Republic was founded, William Dean Howells, the novelist and longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, took on the question of what the editor of a magazine can expect from the owner. In A Hazard of New Fortunes, th...

The 19th author and magazine editor William Dean Howells once wrote a novel that eerily anticipated the recent troubles at The New Republic.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Year of OutrageSlateFrom righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve JobsBy Nicholas Carlson, New York Times MagazineMayer’...

Marissa Mayer’s great failure, troll hunting and how outrage became the default state online. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

He’s the former Secretary of Defense, “trails only Jesus in saves,” and stopped a Balrog in Lord of the Rings. I am speaking, of course, about Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record for saves in the U.S.’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium in 2014. Ho...

United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.

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How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

In the 20 months since his bow from the balcony above St. Peter’s Square after the conclave, introducing himself as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has registered in poll after poll as the most popular person in the world.“Barack Obama gets an av...

The first Jesuit pope has endeared himself to people not so much through his religion but through his humane politics, which were forged in repressive Argentina.

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Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas (Penguin)Arenas is both tremendously poetic and explicit in his memoir of growing up, coming out, and rebelling in—and then eventually departing from—Cuba. Nothing captures the exuberance and sensory experience ...

From fiction to reportage to history, a Cuba expert selects her favorite books that capture the beauty, heartache, and inextinguishable soul of this Caribbean island.

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Hitler’s Hail Mary

Hitler’s Hail Mary

As early as September 13, 1944, General Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary forces in Europe (SHAEF), confided to his boss in Washington, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, that the “termination of the War in Europ...

The Battle of the Bulge, the Third Reich’s final major offensive, was a military failure that still managed to surprise the Allies, claim thousands of lives, and prolong the war.

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How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

In the 20 months since his bow from the balcony above St. Peter’s Square after the conclave, introducing himself as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has registered in poll after poll as the most popular person in the world.“Barack Obama gets an av...

The first Jesuit pope has endeared himself to people not so much through his religion but through his humane politics, which were forged in repressive Argentina.

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