Politics

The Corporate Mardi Gras Gets Political

The Corporate Mardi Gras Gets Political

With the dust from the corporate Mardi Gras settling on the streets of Austin, it’s time for some sober self-assessment.  After all, South By Southwest is supposed to be a party with a purpose.  And this year there were promising signs from the mu...

South by Southwest is now the center of a necessary discussion about how tech disrupters can work with government for the greater good.

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United States Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., participates in a news conference about Homeland Security funding in New York, Monday, March 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Schumer Paid His Way to the Top

Schumer Paid His Way to the Top

It’s not what they teach in civics class, but the best way to snag a leadership position in Congress is by giving generously to one’s colleagues. By that measure, Charles Schumer is well positioned to be the next Senate Minority Leader.Harry Reid,...

Giving his fellow Democrats twice as much as Dick Durbin is about to pay off with a post as Senate minority leader.

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US business magnate Sheldon Adelson speaks on the phone after attending the first presidential debate between US President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Denver,Colorado on October 3, 2012.    AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

One Man Can Stop GOP Support for Weed

Nevada Republicans may find themselves in a fog on the medical marijuana issue. The state’s first medical marijuana law was signed in 2001, but bringing that approval to fruition has taken more than a decade. Dispensaries and grow houses, divvied ...

Nevada Republicans want legal weed for very conservative reasons. But one conservative with Vegas ties, Sheldon Adelson, is throwing as much money at he can at the opposition in an e...

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The Corporate Mardi Gras Gets Political

The Corporate Mardi Gras Gets Political

With the dust from the corporate Mardi Gras settling on the streets of Austin, it’s time for some sober self-assessment.  After all, South By Southwest is supposed to be a party with a purpose.  And this year there were promising signs from the mu...

South by Southwest is now the center of a necessary discussion about how tech disrupters can work with government for the greater good.

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Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

David Simon, co-creator of the classic TV cop drama The Wire, might have been inspired to create a new series from his recent sit-down with President Obama.The two talked mostly about the intersecting web of problems caused by the illegal drug tra...

POTUS and David Simon discuss war on drugs, nerd out over great TV.

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John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks on U.S. foreign policy during the Republican Jewish Coalition Spring Leadership Meeting at the Venetian Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada March 29, 2014. REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3J4EJ

Stop Listening to John Bolton

Stop Listening to John Bolton

There’s an old joke, or sort of joke, about how bombing for peace is like f*cking for virginity. In that analogy, John Bolton is trying to f*ck us all over. Bolton, United States Ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush, has...

Bolton wrote an op-ed in The New York Times asking for all-out war in Iran as soon as possible. He has no idea what he’s talking about, and it’s scary he was ever in power to begin w...

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Entertainment

16 Oct 1983, New York City, New York State, USA --- Brothers Albert (at camera) and David Maysles make industrial moves and TV commercials to raise money for their own ëdirect cinema' documentaries. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

How Grey Gardens Auteurs Made Us Squirm

How Grey Gardens Auteurs Made Us Squirm

When I heard the news that the documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles had died on March 5 at the age of 88, I realized how much his work meant to me as a documentary filmmaker.I should confess right here that I do not like most documentaries. All to...

Albert and David Maysles filmed documentaries about the Stones, eccentrics, bible salesmen, and Christo, and with deadpan genius always found the awkward truth.

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Bill Maher Compares Ted Cruz to Bieber

Bill Maher Compares Ted Cruz to Bieber

“People have Ted Cruz fever! It’s kind of like that flu bug going around except the shit comes out your mouth!” With those words, outspoken satirist Bill Maher began his protracted verbal devastation of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX...

The late-night host of Real Time with Bill Maher eviscerated the Republican presidential candidate on his show Friday.

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Why We’re Making ‘Super Troopers 2’

Why We’re Making ‘Super Troopers 2’

The film you know as Super Troopers is a film that almost didn’t happen. The script was originally commissioned and developed by Miramax, but when it failed to get a green light, Harvey Weinstein was kind enough to give it back to us so we could m...

The director and star of Super Troopers 2 writes about why Broken Lizard has turned to crowdfunding to finance the sequel, and how Hollywood has turned its back on the little guys.

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Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

Obama Interviews ‘The Wire’ Creator

David Simon, co-creator of the classic TV cop drama The Wire, might have been inspired to create a new series from his recent sit-down with President Obama.The two talked mostly about the intersecting web of problems caused by the illegal drug tra...

POTUS and David Simon discuss war on drugs, nerd out over great TV.

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Bill Maher Compares Ted Cruz to Bieber

Bill Maher Compares Ted Cruz to Bieber

“People have Ted Cruz fever! It’s kind of like that flu bug going around except the shit comes out your mouth!” With those words, outspoken satirist Bill Maher began his protracted verbal devastation of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz (R-TX...

The late-night host of Real Time with Bill Maher eviscerated the Republican presidential candidate on his show Friday.

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Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence.

Cops Killed My Son-in-Law

Cops Killed My Son-in-Law

William J. “Dub” Lawrence was a proud Marine, police officer, and the youngest sheriff that Davis County, Utah, had ever elected; a seasoned beacon behind the badge who also founded the state’s first-ever SWAT program in 1975. But when that very s...

The award-winning documentary Peace Officer chronicles a SWAT team founder’s mission to hold warrior cops responsible for the shooting death of his son-in-law.

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Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Sutton Foster Gets ‘Younger’… and Wiser

Last week, Sutton Foster turned 40. She was really happy about that.She knows she was happy about that because—in ways that most women, and especially actresses, don’t have to—she was forced to contemplate her feelings about hitting the milestone ...

The Tony-winning Broadway star has her Carrie Bradshaw moment in TV Land’s new series, which asks: If you could relive your 20s, would you? (Her answer: Hell, no.)

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From left: Alec Atkins, Malcolm Brickhouse and Jarad Dawkins of the band Unlocking the Truth in New York, July 26, 2014. The boys, in middle school, have a record deal and are targeting adult audiences with their heavy metal sound.

Teen Metalheads’ Record Biz Nightmare

Teen Metalheads’ Record Biz Nightmare

People tend to romanticize the music industry. Behind every successful band is, it seems, a story of a renegade A&R representative who discovered them cracking away at a dive one night and the rest was history.The reality is far less enchantin...

Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about.

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Peace Officer is a feature documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of William “Dub” Lawrence.

Cops Killed My Son-in-Law

Cops Killed My Son-in-Law

William J. “Dub” Lawrence was a proud Marine, police officer, and the youngest sheriff that Davis County, Utah, had ever elected; a seasoned beacon behind the badge who also founded the state’s first-ever SWAT program in 1975. But when that very s...

The award-winning documentary Peace Officer chronicles a SWAT team founder’s mission to hold warrior cops responsible for the shooting death of his son-in-law.

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World News

Arizona, United States: Andreas Lubitz as he passes his exam of pilot. Andreas Lubitz, 27, the Germanwings co-pilot who appeared to have intentionally crashed an airliner in the French Alps on March 24, 2015, killing himself and 149 people on board, was being treated for a medical condition he apparently concealed from his employer, Lufthansa AG. (News Pictures/Polaris) (Newscom TagID: polspphotos127920.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

Pilot's Dream Becomes World's Nightmare

Pilot's Dream Becomes World's Nightmare

In his Facebook profile photo, Andreas Lubitz poses smiling by the Golden Gate Bridge, which happens to be the most popular place on earth to commit suicide.More than 1,600 people have killed themselves by leaping from this famed San Francisco spa...

Something darker than depression must have been at work to make Andreas Lubitz take 149 lives along with his own.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talks to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky during a representing ceremony of a new governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region in Dnipropetrovsk March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR4V18P

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, won the latest round in his longstanding fight this week against iron-fisted billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, the governor of Dnepropetrovsk, the country’s stronghold in the war-torn east.It was a crucial duel fo...

Ukraine’s president just dethroned Ihor Kolomoisky from his post as regional governor—but with his personal militia and billions in the bank, Kiev might have a new opponent on its ha...

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane carrying 149 passengers into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on March 27, 2015. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller   - RTR4V3W8

The Bomb in Andreas Lubitz’s Brain

The Bomb in Andreas Lubitz’s Brain

Bombs in the brain, it turns out, are far harder to detect than bombs in a suitcase, sneakers, or underpants. After searching the homes of Andreas Lubitz, the Germanwings pilot who flew an Airbus A320 into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other...

After guarding against terrorists, who knew we would need a defense against the pilots themselves?

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Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) allied with Iraqi forces against the Islamic State, carry their weapons prepare to attack Tikrit in the Iraqi town of Ouja, on the southern outskirts of Tikrit March 26, 2015. The United States conditioned its entry into Iraq's battle to retake Tikrit from Islamic State on the withdrawal of Iran-backed Shi'ite militias from the clearing operation, and they are no longer there, a senior U.S. general told Congress on Thursday. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani - RTR4V043

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

The U.S. Now Owns the Iraq War on ISIS

Don’t hold your breath for a formal announcement, but the U.S. just declared ownership over the war in Iraq. The newest round of airstrikes take American military power out of a supporting role and into the lead.Wednesday’s Pentagon statement that...

By taking over the stalled fight for Tikrit, the U.S. is assuming leadership of a widening war. The new one could be different from our last—but it’s likely to be just as open-ended.

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talks to oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky during a representing ceremony of a new governor of the eastern Dnipropetrovsk region in Dnipropetrovsk March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Mikhail Palinchak/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via Reuters  ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR4V18P

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s Most Dangerous Oligarch?

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, won the latest round in his longstanding fight this week against iron-fisted billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, the governor of Dnepropetrovsk, the country’s stronghold in the war-torn east.It was a crucial duel fo...

Ukraine’s president just dethroned Ihor Kolomoisky from his post as regional governor—but with his personal militia and billions in the bank, Kiev might have a new opponent on its ha...

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

A cataclysmic war is taking shape in Yemen, one that pits nearly all of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East against Iran and its proxies in a fight that could quickly spin out of control.A Saudi-led bombing campaign already has begun and tr...

It’s a potentially apocalyptic fight between some of the closest U.S. allies and the country America is desperately trying to court. Will Washington really join in?

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New York City firefighters on ladders spray water at the scene of a fire and a partial building collapse in the East Village neighborhood of New York on Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

My East Village Home Exploded

My East Village Home Exploded

Matthew and Nora Brooks were enjoying a rainy afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her parents’ visit to New York City when they got a call from their roommate. She had just descended five flights of stairs from their shared ap...

While Matthew and Nora Brooks were at the Met, their roommate scrambled to escape their top-floor East Village apartment that would burn up in minutes and eventually collapse.

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Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

Premeditated Mass Murder in the Sky

How premeditated was Andreas Lubitz’s plan to fly his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain, killing himself and 149 other people in a horrific act of suicide and mass murder in the manner of a kamikaze pilot?The shocking revelation from the Fre...

There's a very telling reason why Andreas Lubitz didn't send his plane into a dive.

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Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, March 26, 2015. Saudi Arabia bombed key military installations in Yemen on Thursday, leading a regional coalition in a campaign against Shiite rebels who have taken over much of the country and drove out the president. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

The Next Great Middle East War Begins

A cataclysmic war is taking shape in Yemen, one that pits nearly all of Washington’s key allies in the Middle East against Iran and its proxies in a fight that could quickly spin out of control.A Saudi-led bombing campaign already has begun and tr...

It’s a potentially apocalyptic fight between some of the closest U.S. allies and the country America is desperately trying to court. Will Washington really join in?

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U.S. News

Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity poses for photographs as he sits on the set of his show "Hannity" at the Fox News Channel's studios in New York City, October 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4BYJT

Why Does Fox News Hate Spring Break?

Why Does Fox News Hate Spring Break?

In terms of levels of sheer annoyance, Fox News’s ongoing War on Spring Break may actually manage to surpass Fox News’s War on the War on Christmas.This week, Hannity made its triumphant return to spring break—another year, another salvo of Fox Ne...

Inside Sean Hannity’s war on Panama City Beach’s big dreams and small businesses.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015.  Pence has signed into law a religious objections bill that some convention organizers and business leaders have opposed amid concern it could allow discrimination against gay people. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

Indiana Has Never Protected Gays

On Thursday, in a private ceremony in his office, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a measure that allows businesses to reject gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” Pence explained: “Many people of faith feel that...

Mike Pence’s new “religious freedom” bill that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens just makes a few longstanding, prejudiced practices fully legal.

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Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

If the bill sitting on Republican Governor Doug Ducey desk is signed today, doctors in Arizona will be required to tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway.It’s the first reversa...

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.

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Fox News Channel anchor Sean Hannity poses for photographs as he sits on the set of his show "Hannity" at the Fox News Channel's studios in New York City, October 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Mike Segar   (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA POLITICS ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR4BYJT

Why Does Fox News Hate Spring Break?

Why Does Fox News Hate Spring Break?

In terms of levels of sheer annoyance, Fox News’s ongoing War on Spring Break may actually manage to surpass Fox News’s War on the War on Christmas.This week, Hannity made its triumphant return to spring break—another year, another salvo of Fox Ne...

Inside Sean Hannity’s war on Panama City Beach’s big dreams and small businesses.

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The Guru Who Vanished

The Guru Who Vanished

What happens when the guru up and quits?The controversial American spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen did just that about two years ago, and his disappearing act became an enduring mystery in the New Age world. In June 2013, amid increasing allegation...

Followers expected the swift return of spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen after he stepped down in the wake of scandal. That was two years ago, and there’s been no sign of him since.

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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  A building burns after an explosion on 2nd Avenue on March 26, 2015 in New York City. The seven alarm fire drew firefighters from across the city. A number of injuries have been reported. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Scenes From the East Village Explosion

Scenes From the East Village Explosion

Videos and photos from the scene of the horrific fire that leveled an apartment building in New York City’s East Village.

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Tech + Health

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we're much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought. A new research revie...

Great news for the lovelorn: our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

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Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

By now, I'm guessing you’ve seen the various clips of the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championships of the ‘80s.  The intro video from 1988 is my personal favorite, as are the brilliant hosting duties performed by Alan Thicke. The energy t...

Can't a fellow look at Instagram without being accosted by pictures of beefy amateur weightlifters?

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Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

Vaccines: Not Just for Kids

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Nobody likes getting shots, but as an adult there are some vaccines important enough to suck it up for next time you visit the doctor.In recent years, more parents in the U.S. have chosen not to vaccinate t...

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12 week old fetus ultrasound

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

Abortion Lies Doctors Are Forced to Tell

If the bill sitting on Republican Governor Doug Ducey desk is signed today, doctors in Arizona will be required to tell a patient receiving a medical abortion that she can change her mind, even after the abortion is underway.It’s the first reversa...

Arizona has a bill that would force docs to claim abortions can be reversed—just one of the lies they have to tell pregnant women.

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Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

By now, I'm guessing you’ve seen the various clips of the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championships of the ‘80s.  The intro video from 1988 is my personal favorite, as are the brilliant hosting duties performed by Alan Thicke. The energy t...

Can't a fellow look at Instagram without being accosted by pictures of beefy amateur weightlifters?

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The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

Every year, millions of adolescents are treated for anxiety or depression. As many as 11 percent of teenagers in the United States may suffer from depression, with some form of anxiety disorder affecting about 8 percent—many teens have both. Thoug...

Should health-care providers talk to teen patients about the potentially negative side effects of SSRI’s on sexuality?

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The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

The Conservative Gov’s Needle Exchange

Indiana is in the midst of a horrific spike in HIV cases—79 cases have been recorded in one county alone—and Governor Mike Pence is breaking with party tradition in his search for a solution. He has announced that the state will initiate an HIV an...

Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence is battling his state’s exploding HIV infection rate with a needle exchange. It’s a bold, politically risky move with the potential to change...

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Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Ganjapreneurs on the Reservation

Amid free Mexican food and fair-trade coffee on Thursday afternoon, 10 powerful Native American tribes will convene to discuss an industry with the potential to transform their respective nations: cannabis.“The Future of Marijuana and Tribes” meet...

Welcome to the new frontier of Native American weed.

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The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

The Sex Talk... On Zoloft

Every year, millions of adolescents are treated for anxiety or depression. As many as 11 percent of teenagers in the United States may suffer from depression, with some form of anxiety disorder affecting about 8 percent—many teens have both. Thoug...

Should health-care providers talk to teen patients about the potentially negative side effects of SSRI’s on sexuality?

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Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

“That’s bitter” is rarely said as an endorsement of a dish. We think of bitterness as bad, negative, to be avoided, or masked by reaching for something sweet.Yet many of us enjoy a hoppy beer, dark chocolate and coffee, almost forgetting they’re b...

If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.

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How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

So farewell, dear Downton Abbey. After six seasons of Thomas’s whispered staircase threats, Cora’s perpetually post-spliff expression at everything said to her, and “Poor Edith” maxing out her very own “Indignity” credit card with giveaway babies ...

Whatever else we can expect from the final season of the hit period soap opera, expect Julian Fellowes’s honeyed view of the past and social order to stay intact.

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Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

“You are only as good as the people you dress.”It’s how Halston intended to start his autobiography, according to his niece and confidante Lesley Frowick. And it’s how she starts her (admittedly biased) book about his prevailing influence over Pla...

He threw Bianca Jagger’s birthday party the night she rode into Studio 54 on a white horse. His fame turned him into a mass-market brand—and Halston’s legend endures today.

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Alan Cumming, center, performs in the Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" at Studio 54 in New York, March 10, 2014. A little more than 16 years after it first opened, and only a decade after it closed, it feels as if the popular Roundabout Theater Company production of "Cabaret" never left Studio 54, where it reopened on Thursday night. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

‘Cabaret’ Packs a Harsh Political Punch

You have a few days left to see the Tony-winning Roundabout Theatre Company production of Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes, at Manhattan’s Studio 54. (The final performance is on March 29.)The acclaimed restaging of the 1998 revival saw the return ...

Enjoy the wonderful music and staging of Kander and Ebb’s classic musical for sure, but it is more potent for what it reveals about apathy and totalitarianism.

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How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

How to End ‘Downton Abbey’

So farewell, dear Downton Abbey. After six seasons of Thomas’s whispered staircase threats, Cora’s perpetually post-spliff expression at everything said to her, and “Poor Edith” maxing out her very own “Indignity” credit card with giveaway babies ...

Whatever else we can expect from the final season of the hit period soap opera, expect Julian Fellowes’s honeyed view of the past and social order to stay intact.

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British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015. Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the "Top Gear" motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a "fracas" with a producer. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTR4UP3K

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

Right now, you’re either celebrating, or banging a spanner furiously against a wall. There is no middle ground. You are either for Jeremy Clarkson, and a dedicated fan of the hugely popular motoring show—Top Gear—that he presents, or you support h...

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over without him?

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Younger Generation has no boob job shame

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

Applaud Iggy Azalea’s Boob Honesty

In a 2010 YouTube interview, Katy Perry was asked to relay one shocking thing about herself that most people didn’t already know. Her response: “Well, my boobs are real.” The interviewer applauds. At the start of this decade, apparently, a natural...

The pop star told ‘Vogue’ she’d had breast implants. Let’s hope it encourages other women to be open about similar procedures.

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Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

Fashion’s Most Scandalous Moments

In a world where people dress so norm-core­ingly that a wardrobe malfunction is about as close as one gets to a true sartorial scandal, and where avant garde designers have become so consistent that even their designs now seem quite obvious (to th...

It might seem un-shocking now, but in 1971 Yves Saint Laurent caused outrage with his “Liberation” collection of wartime-inspired designs.

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British television presenter Jeremy Clarkson leaves his home in London March 24, 2015. Nearly 450,000 fans from around the world have backed a petition calling for Clarkson to be reinstated to his job hosting the "Top Gear" motoring show after the BBC suspended him following a "fracas" with a producer. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls - RTR4UP3K

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC Fires Jeremy Clarkson

Right now, you’re either celebrating, or banging a spanner furiously against a wall. There is no middle ground. You are either for Jeremy Clarkson, and a dedicated fan of the hugely popular motoring show—Top Gear—that he presents, or you support h...

After verbally abusing and hitting a co-worker, the BBC has finally sacked Jeremy Clarkson, one of its star presenters. Is the show really over without him?

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Books

Young Woman Eating Chocolate --- Image by © Roy Morsch/Corbis

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

“That’s bitter” is rarely said as an endorsement of a dish. We think of bitterness as bad, negative, to be avoided, or masked by reaching for something sweet.Yet many of us enjoy a hoppy beer, dark chocolate and coffee, almost forgetting they’re b...

If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.

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  • Emily Dickinson, Meerkat & Snapchat Star

    Emily Dickinson, Meerkat & Snapchat Star

    How would a literary icon of the past navigate today’s world? The website The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson explores just that question by teasing out aspects of the poet’s life with humor and insight. Dickinson’s persona has been reimagined and...

    What would the 19th century poet do with Facebook, or a dating service, or Twitter? Artist Rosanna Bruno has imagined a more social Belle of Amherst.

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Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

A collective sigh emitted from approximately 2,000 Falkland Islanders this week as the long-suffering population attempted to get on with day-to-day life, in the face of dramatic newspaper headlines from British and international newspapers claimi...

With Britain and Argentina ratcheting up the military rhetoric, Falkland Islanders recall the 1982 conflict, and how the islands, and their lives, have transformed since.

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Jews, WWII, and Avoiding the H Word

Jews, WWII, and Avoiding the H Word

Daniel Torday’s The Last Flight of Poxl West is a debut novel about honoring the past, even if it means exposing its mistruths. It’s about loving your family, even when your family isn’t family, and even when war stories turn out to be inflated. I...

Author Daniel Torday talks about his celebrated new novel, Jewish identity, bluegrass mandolin, truth versus fact, and the guilt or innocence of Brian Williams.

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Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

Halston, Planet Fashion’s Disco King

“You are only as good as the people you dress.”It’s how Halston intended to start his autobiography, according to his niece and confidante Lesley Frowick. And it’s how she starts her (admittedly biased) book about his prevailing influence over Pla...

He threw Bianca Jagger’s birthday party the night she rode into Studio 54 on a white horse. His fame turned him into a mass-market brand—and Halston’s legend endures today.

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Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

Falklanders Live With the Threat of War

A collective sigh emitted from approximately 2,000 Falkland Islanders this week as the long-suffering population attempted to get on with day-to-day life, in the face of dramatic newspaper headlines from British and international newspapers claimi...

With Britain and Argentina ratcheting up the military rhetoric, Falkland Islanders recall the 1982 conflict, and how the islands, and their lives, have transformed since.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

When the Hermit Kingdom Turned Ugly

Just a few months after the end of the Korean War, a bright, well-dressed young man named Kenneth Rowe matriculated at the University of Delaware to study engineering. Although only a little older than most of his classmates (he was 22 at the time...

Blaine Harden recounts the fractured fairy-tale origins of North Korea through the stories of the Stalinist tyrant Kim Il Sung and fighter pilot No Kum Sok, who fled the kingdom.

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A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

A Darkly Comic Plague on All Our Houses

The weather is certainly biblical in Jill Ciment’s funny, scary new novel, Act of God: three-and-a-half weeks of 100-plus-degree temperatures followed by 48 inches of rain in five days. And the glowing mushroom first spotted in a Williamsburg row ...

Jill Ciment’s satirical but ultimately humane new novel conjures a supermold plague that ruins the lives of thousands of Brooklynites in this tragicomedy of errors.

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Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Honest Abe and the Children of Abraham

Abraham Lincoln and the Jews don’t exactly go together in the popular imagination like bagels and lox. While Lincoln has been championed as a Moses leading African Americans out of slavery, the 16th president’s ties to the Tribe have not been well...

At a time when anti-Semitism was the norm, Abraham Lincoln not only treated Jews with respect but counted many of them as close friends.

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