Politics

Iowa GOP’s Quirky Volunteer Effort

Iowa GOP’s Quirky Volunteer Effort

In one of the biggest swing states of the 2014 election, Republicans are getting geared up for Election Day not by knocking doors or making phone calls but by spraying weeds and moving furniture.With 76 days before the state’s crucial U.S. Senate ...

Instead of knocking doors, the Iowa Republican Party is spending a day before a crucial U.S. Senate election having volunteers pull weeds and move files.

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Why Won't Obama Go to Ferguson?

Why Won't Obama Go to Ferguson?

When President Obama finally came off the Vineyard and spoke out on the trauma that has transfixed America, he looked exhausted. In line with the “Do I really have to do this” tone that is increasingly his public persona, the president’s words see...

The president seems increasingly uncomfortable with the role of healer-in-chief. What happened to that hopeful, eloquent man we elected in 2008?

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A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border

A Texas Democrat Tries to Fix the Border

Before Gaza exploded, and the Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine, and ISIS stormed across Iraq, and Ferguson, Missouri, erupted in protest, Americans were finally paying attention to something that they usually ignore: the U.S.-Mexico b...

Rep. Henry Cuellar is battling Republicans and Democrats alike to end the humanitarian crisis on America’s southern border. But does a guy picking fights with everyone from President...

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Iowa GOP’s Quirky Volunteer Effort

Iowa GOP’s Quirky Volunteer Effort

In one of the biggest swing states of the 2014 election, Republicans are getting geared up for Election Day not by knocking doors or making phone calls but by spraying weeds and moving furniture.With 76 days before the state’s crucial U.S. Senate ...

Instead of knocking doors, the Iowa Republican Party is spending a day before a crucial U.S. Senate election having volunteers pull weeds and move files.

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Flushing Money Down the Tea Party Toilet

Flushing Money Down the Tea Party Toilet

It’s a scenario that has become all too familiar. You’re frustrated with the gridlock in D.C. You’re sickened by the burgeoning national debt. You think the country has gone to “hell in a handbasket” under the current administration and party lead...

Do you know where your donations go? Not to candidates, if you give to these five Tea Party organizations.

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The War on Terror Is Back

The War on Terror Is Back

There was a time not so long ago when the White House said al Qaeda was on its heels, the tide of war was receding, and the U.S. was turning its attention to Asia. It was a happier time in terms of foreign policy. America would lead from behind an...

Barack Obama has spent most of his presidency trying to narrow Bush’s war on terror. But with the new campaign in Iraq, the big war is back.

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Entertainment

The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

The Worst Gay Conversion Therapy Defense

Since news broke of the death of Robin Williams, a gallery of usual suspects couldn’t help themselves from saying deafeningly stupid things about the comedian’s suicide. For instance, Rush Limbaugh—the legendary conservative radio host who thought...

Peter Sprigg blogged that Robin Williams’s mental health issues, as well as his struggles with alcohol and drugs, conclusively prove that gay conversion therapy is a good thing.

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Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

For the last few weeks, social media has been saturated—maybe oversaturated—with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness for amytrophic lateral sclerosis. Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Lady Gaga to your mo...

As only Charlie Sheen can.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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How Superstars Swindle Blockbusters

How Superstars Swindle Blockbusters

This past weekend saw two would-be blockbusters bursting at the seams with stars crash and burn at the box office. In the left corner was The Giver, a decidedly more YA take on Lois Lowry’s celebrated dystopian novel featuring Meryl Streep, and in...

Johnny Depp made $1 million for a week of ‘Into the Woods.’ Meryl phoned in her turn in ‘The Giver.’ Boarding, or flying in big actors to shoot for a few days, is bad for the big pic...

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Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

Viral Vid: Sheen’s Ice Bucket Challenge

For the last few weeks, social media has been saturated—maybe oversaturated—with videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness for amytrophic lateral sclerosis. Everyone from Mark Zuckerberg to Lady Gaga to your mo...

As only Charlie Sheen can.

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Ninety percent of magicians perform other magicians’ material. They don’t just take the tricks; they take the whole routines—the lines, the timing, the movement. Sometimes they steal proprietary illusions like Losander’s Floating Table or Piff the...

There’s nothing wrong with recycling the tried-and-testeds of magic. Most magicians do. But it’s time to shock and delight audiences anew.

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‘Made in Chelsea’ Has a New York Moment

‘Made in Chelsea’ Has a New York Moment

It was only a matter of time before the hedonistic yet anguished Sloane Rangers of Made in Chelsea, the hit British reality show, came to spread their well-spoken dysfunction to Manhattan. Not content to bitch and glare at each other on the King’s...

The hit British reality show is debuting its New York episodes. What happens when the young, rich characters bring their hard-partying, bed-hopping antics stateside?

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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World News

Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran

Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran

The meeting place of human rights and criminal justice in Iran is like a dark and frightening alley. It’s a country where dissidents are quietly disappeared, flogging is a common sentence of the courts, and hangings are still carried out in public...

The year-long charm offensive of Iranian President Rouhani can’t mask continued human rights abuses. The arrest of American journalists is just one example.

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Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

On Monday evening in Cairo, Hamas reluctantly agreed to extend a 72-hour ceasefire by another day. Palestinian negotiators warned that unless negotiations primarily conducted with Egypt made some progress, violence could erupt in Gaza.That will li...

Since 2008, Israel has fought three wars with Hamas. While most of the world has condemned Israel’s heavy-handed approach in Gaza, one top diplomat Monday said that heavy hand would ...

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Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Inside the $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up

Like all great heists, the assault on a Saudi prince’s convoy of vans and limos Sunday night just outside Paris looks, in retrospect, like a crime that was waiting to happen.The French authorities say that between five and eight attackers brandish...

The gunmen took more than cash; they grabbed ‘sensitive documents,’ according to French police. And those could be very sensitive indeed.

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Missouri Protest Descends into Chaos ...

Missouri Protest Descends into Chaos ...

Anger and frustration has driven peaceful protests into violent riots and looting following the shooting of Michael Brown last week.

Anger and frustration has driven peaceful protests into violent riots and looting following the shooting of Michael Brown last week.

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Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

Israeli Diplomat: Hamas Learned Lesson

On Monday evening in Cairo, Hamas reluctantly agreed to extend a 72-hour ceasefire by another day. Palestinian negotiators warned that unless negotiations primarily conducted with Egypt made some progress, violence could erupt in Gaza.That will li...

Since 2008, Israel has fought three wars with Hamas. While most of the world has condemned Israel’s heavy-handed approach in Gaza, one top diplomat Monday said that heavy hand would ...

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Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

When it comes to international affairs, Rand Paul is the new Ronald Reagan. At least, that’s what the junior Kentucky senator’s foreign policy advisers would have you believe. Throughout Paul’s short political career, he has tried to position hims...

The libertarian senator is famously skeptical of foreign wars. So why are his advisers suddenly comparing him to the coldest of Cold Warriors?

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Iran’s Math Genius Sheds Her Veil

Iran’s Math Genius Sheds Her Veil

Maryam Mirzakhani, winner of the prestigious Fields Medal, is the first woman — and the first Iranian — to be so honored for outstanding achievements in mathematics. You’d think the Iranian press would be proud. But not until President Hassan Rouh...

She’s the first woman ever to win the ‘Nobel Prize of Mathematics,’ and Iranians are as proud as they can be—within limits.

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The War on Terror Is Back

The War on Terror Is Back

There was a time not so long ago when the White House said al Qaeda was on its heels, the tide of war was receding, and the U.S. was turning its attention to Asia. It was a happier time in terms of foreign policy. America would lead from behind an...

Barack Obama has spent most of his presidency trying to narrow Bush’s war on terror. But with the new campaign in Iraq, the big war is back.

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Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

Rand Paul Gives War a Chance

When it comes to international affairs, Rand Paul is the new Ronald Reagan. At least, that’s what the junior Kentucky senator’s foreign policy advisers would have you believe. Throughout Paul’s short political career, he has tried to position hims...

The libertarian senator is famously skeptical of foreign wars. So why are his advisers suddenly comparing him to the coldest of Cold Warriors?

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U.S. News

ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage,...

James Foley was executed in the most horrific way possible on video so the jihadists can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.

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Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

Missouri Braces for a New Michael Brown

NORTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Michael Brown died, ostensibly, because police considered him a suspect in the theft of a $50 box of cigars. On Tuesday, a 23-year-old man apparently died for much the same reason, again at the hands of police.The unnamed ma...

Police killed a young black man Tuesday who allegedly stole from a convenience store just three miles away from where last week's infamous incident occured.

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Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an an...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

ISIS Thugs Behead American Journalist

The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage,...

James Foley was executed in the most horrific way possible on video so the jihadists can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.

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Why Isn’t NRA Standing Up for Ferguson?

Why Isn’t NRA Standing Up for Ferguson?

The National Rifle Association has been warning us about the threat of a heavily-armed and dangerous government crushing dissent for decades. Their leader, Wayne LaPierre, even referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as "jack-...

Every dystopian warning of the gun group has come true in Missouri, yet the organization is offering no sympathy for the African American victims.

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Can the National Guard Calm Ferguson?

Can the National Guard Calm Ferguson?

Amid ongoing protests and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard into the area after lifting a curfew in a bid to restore “peace and order.” But even advocates of using the National Guard like retired Gen. Russel...

Troops arrived Monday in a ‘limited mission’ to ‘provide protection.’ But will adding the real military defuse a situation many say has been inflamed by aggressive police?

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Tech + Health

Full Frontal Disney

Full Frontal Disney

I am going to assume it was not only a slow day in the office, but an amnesiac one as well, when the feminist website Jezebel decided to create “Disney Dudes’ Dick.” Don’t get me wrong. I genuinely appreciate the level of creativity needed to com...

From Jezebel's "Disney Dudes' Dick" gallery to Slate's ogling of World Cup players, some feminist sites have a double standard when it comes to physical objecti...

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Gaza PTSD Could Last Generations

Gaza PTSD Could Last Generations

War is terrible for children. Saying so is to make a statement so obvious as to defy the need for citation.Nothing arrests the attention of the public as much as images of dead or injured children from a warzone. For those who escape direct physic...

Fleeing home. Hearing bombs go off. Being used as a human shield. This, and worse, is what kids in Gaza experience, and the mental anguish lasts long after the fighting stops.

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Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents. My boss had gone to Yale, and I remember a striking story about him that circulated around the office: on the day he graduat...

The Ivy League promotes itself as the gold standard of American high education, but a new book argues convincingly that these schools are enemies of humanistic self-discovery.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Parents Sue for ‘Wrongful Birth’

Parents Sue for ‘Wrongful Birth’

Sarah and Mark Hall* spent hours giving depositions in the elegant conference room of their obstetrician’s lawyers. Again and again, their doctor’s lawyers asked them the same question while court stenographer sat ready to record their responses. ...

When a health-care worker misread test results, it left the Halls with a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. Now they’re suing.

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A Cloud in the Titanic Sky

A Cloud in the Titanic Sky

Saturn’s giant moon Titan is much like Earth, with its nitrogen atmosphere, weather driven by seasonal changes, sand dunes, and liquid lakes on its surface. That is, if Earth was much smaller, deeply cold, completely full of smog, and possessed of...

The Cassini probe recently spotted a large cloud system moving over Saturn’s giant moon, Titan. What does it mean for us on Earth?

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Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die

Where Cellphone Numbers Go to Die

Several months ago, I was told the number associated with my first cellphone was erased from existence. My virgin number and I had been through a lot: broken relationships, several jobs, even some unmemorable sexting. A series of impersonal digits...

Cellphone companies might tell you they don’t recycle old phone numbers. But that’s not exactly true.

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Parents Sue for ‘Wrongful Birth’

Parents Sue for ‘Wrongful Birth’

Sarah and Mark Hall* spent hours giving depositions in the elegant conference room of their obstetrician’s lawyers. Again and again, their doctor’s lawyers asked them the same question while court stenographer sat ready to record their responses. ...

When a health-care worker misread test results, it left the Halls with a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. Now they’re suing.

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BeastStyle

Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Most Magicians Are Lazy Hacks

Ninety percent of magicians perform other magicians’ material. They don’t just take the tricks; they take the whole routines—the lines, the timing, the movement. Sometimes they steal proprietary illusions like Losander’s Floating Table or Piff the...

There’s nothing wrong with recycling the tried-and-testeds of magic. Most magicians do. But it’s time to shock and delight audiences anew.

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Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Elizabeth will be 90 in 2016, and one of the things that seems to keep her rolling – indeed, she visibly brightens at the prospect – is spending time in Scotland. She loves her Scottish estate at Balmoral where she is now, as she is every ye...

Scotland will vote on whether to stay in the U.K. next month, but there’s no getting rid of the Scottish blood in the Royal Family thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s lusty great great grand...

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Mining Instagram for Models

Mining Instagram for Models

“Getting discovered” has always been a bit of a wild card. Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Adriana Lima, and Kate Moss are just a handful of models spotted by agents as they were going about their everyday business; now they have multimillion-dol...

Fashion hopefuls used to cross their fingers that they would be spotted and signed while living their everyday lives. Now, all it takes is posting the perfect selfie.

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The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans

The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans

It’s a journey even Indiana Jones would have to brace himself for: an hour-long rainforest hike, a swim across an ice-cold stream into the narrow mouth of a cave, and then a slippery descent into the dark, cavernous depths where bats, spiders, and...

The Mayans are lauded for their achievements—their art & architecture, intricate calendar, and developed culture. But there was a grimmer side to the civilization: human sacrifice.

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Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Victoria’s Scottish Sex Castle

Queen Elizabeth will be 90 in 2016, and one of the things that seems to keep her rolling – indeed, she visibly brightens at the prospect – is spending time in Scotland. She loves her Scottish estate at Balmoral where she is now, as she is every ye...

Scotland will vote on whether to stay in the U.K. next month, but there’s no getting rid of the Scottish blood in the Royal Family thanks to Queen Elizabeth’s lusty great great grand...

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A Warhol Girl With Banksy Talent

A Warhol Girl With Banksy Talent

Forever ago in the mid ’60s, a sylph of a girl named Edie Sedgwick captivated the world—or at least Andy Warhol, and through his Factory and his films and his photos, everything and everyone else that mattered. She was the American art world’s “It...

The ’60s hip icon Edie Sedgwick provides a lot of the inspiration for Adele Griffin’s genre-busting YA novel about a glamorous, talented, and tragic artist.

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How Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars

How Mrs. Doubtfire Won the Culture Wars

The most amazing moment in Mrs. Doubtfire isn’t when poor Robin Williams is stuffed into his pantyhose and cumbersome padding beside a swimming pool on a hot day, or when his Mrs. Doubtfire “boobs” almost catch fire, or even—in the extended sequen...

He dragged up and spoke for inclusive family values in the 1993 film and played a loving gay partner in ‘The Birdcage.’ In far more hostile times, Robin Williams became an LGBT hero.

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Inside London’s Underground Burlesque

Inside London’s Underground Burlesque

LONDON — “I am back, bitches,” yelled the yellow-haired drag queen with starched black eyelashes who looked like Goldilocks wearing a Super Woman ensemble put together from the contents of local garbage cans. She’s paired thigh-high, red-rubber bo...

Los Angeles may seem like the land of excess and debauchery, but it’s got nothing on London when it comes to kinky nightlife.

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A Warhol Girl With Banksy Talent

A Warhol Girl With Banksy Talent

Forever ago in the mid ’60s, a sylph of a girl named Edie Sedgwick captivated the world—or at least Andy Warhol, and through his Factory and his films and his photos, everything and everyone else that mattered. She was the American art world’s “It...

The ’60s hip icon Edie Sedgwick provides a lot of the inspiration for Adele Griffin’s genre-busting YA novel about a glamorous, talented, and tragic artist.

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Women

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an anti-discrimination bill that would allow transgender individuals to use bathrooms and other gender-specific facilities as they feel comfortable.The proposal, which is going before the Fayetteville city council on Tuesday,...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was one of the first of 55 institutes of higher education declared to be under investigation for Title IX violations over the way it handled sexual violence and assault. As a result, its ability to protec...

Two new lawsuits say the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is overzealous in its prosecution and punishment of male students in Title IX assault hearings.

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Stop Blaming Christy Mack

Stop Blaming Christy Mack

In his online avatar, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver (better known as “War Machine”) is wearing a tank top bearing the slogan “I DO ALPHA MALE SHIT.” Right now, that image hangs hauntingly over a Twitter feed in which Koppenhaver reveals that he...

A few days after the adult film actress allegedly suffered a brutal beating at the hands of her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend, the victim blaming has already begun.

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Lauren Bacall Was a Great Liberal

Lauren Bacall Was a Great Liberal

Lauren Bacall was an amazing actress. The great black-and-white films are fading now from our collective memory now that the video stores are gone, and with Netflix keeping just a fraction of them available to us. But Robert Osborne, the godhead o...

Of course we know Bacall, who died Tuesday at 89, for her wonderful acting. But we should remember her also as a smart and sharp liberal and anti-communist.

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Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was one of the first of 55 institutes of higher education declared to be under investigation for Title IX violations over the way it handled sexual violence and assault. As a result, its ability to protec...

Two new lawsuits say the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is overzealous in its prosecution and punishment of male students in Title IX assault hearings.

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Books

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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  • Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

    Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

    I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents. My boss had gone to Yale, and I remember a striking story about him that circulated around the office: on the day he graduat...

    The Ivy League promotes itself as the gold standard of American high education, but a new book argues convincingly that these schools are enemies of humanistic self-discovery.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Most Wanted Man in the World By James Bamford, Wired The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by ...

From finding Edward Snowden to coming out gay and Christian, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Geronimo the Motivational Murderer

Born in 1829 near the Gila River in what is now Arizona, the legendary Indian warrior Geronimo was a Chiracahua Apache. The Chiracahua in the 19th century were a nomadic people who lived by raiding, trading, and a bit of hardscrabble farming in th...

Football coach and now biographer Mike Leach thinks the Apache warrior can teach us a lot about leadership, but he has to overlook a lot of unsavory details to make his case.

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Williams More Than A Shtick Figure

Williams More Than A Shtick Figure

It will take many of us a long time to wrap our heads around the loss of Robin Williams. I’ve talked about him with friends and co-workers the past few days, and watched a ton of YouTube, where you can find some of Williams’s f...

In 1990, the gifted film critic Joe Morgenstern profiled the one-man clown car that was Robin Williams and found a man as complex as he was funny. And he was very funny.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Most Wanted Man in the World By James Bamford, Wired The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by ...

From finding Edward Snowden to coming out gay and Christian, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Summer’s Hot Paranoid Fantasy

The Summer’s Hot Paranoid Fantasy

David Shafer is having a bit of a WTF moment himself.Shafer, whose debut novel, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, has been hailed by The New York Times as possibly “the novel of the summer” and the accolades have continued to roll in. He’s been compared to D...

Novelist David Shafer talks about his dark horse hit, ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ about the perils and pleasures of success, and the dangers of living online.

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Murakami’s Weird, Wonderful World

Murakami’s Weird, Wonderful World

I’m always amazed by what the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami can do with a narrator’s voice. From book to book, it’s pretty much the same—at least as rendered into English: calm, unhurried, lucid, bemused, wry without being sarcastic, and alway...

Part sci-fi, part detective story, part fairy tale quest, ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage’ is the Japanese novelist at his strangest and best.

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Docs Can Write More Than Prescriptions

Docs Can Write More Than Prescriptions

I’ll never forget my father’s reaction when I announced around the family dinner table one evening that I had decided to go to medical school to train to become a surgeon. I was 24 years old and had just completed a master’s degree in English lite...

From Khaled Hosseini to Somerset Maugham and Mikhail Bulgakov, here’s a prescription for good reading.

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The Summer’s Hot Paranoid Fantasy

The Summer’s Hot Paranoid Fantasy

David Shafer is having a bit of a WTF moment himself.Shafer, whose debut novel, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, has been hailed by The New York Times as possibly “the novel of the summer” and the accolades have continued to roll in. He’s been compared to D...

Novelist David Shafer talks about his dark horse hit, ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,’ about the perils and pleasures of success, and the dangers of living online.

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