Politics

Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Yet another liberal organization is signing on to the quixotic effort to convince Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.Democracy for America, the progressive organization founded by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean in 200...

The progressive group Democracy for America is spending $250,000 in an effort to convince Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. But in doing so, are they ignoring other libe...

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Harvard’s Conservative Cabal

Harvard’s Conservative Cabal

Mocking the arrogance of “liberals from Harvard” is a foolproof applause line for any Republican looking to rev up a conservative audience.  But when the 114th Congress gavels into session in January, GOP speechwriters are going to need some new m...

From Tom Cotton to Ted Cruz, many of the biggest new names in the GOP are graduates of Harvard -- the school the right loves to hate.

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Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

Be the Smarter Bro, Jeb: Don’t Run!

So Jeb is running. Or is he? And he’s really formidable! Or… is he?I can’t remember in my adult lifetime a presidential candidate quite like Jeb Bush. Every presidential election we have our A-list candidates, your Clintons and your Romneys and yo...

Why the former Florida governor would be smarter to sit out 2016.

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Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Yet another liberal organization is signing on to the quixotic effort to convince Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.Democracy for America, the progressive organization founded by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean in 200...

The progressive group Democracy for America is spending $250,000 in an effort to convince Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. But in doing so, are they ignoring other libe...

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Texas Rep. Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Texas Rep. Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The owner of www.blowme.org is facing a lawsuit for sexual harassment. What it makes it really awkward is that he’s a Member of Congress.Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican congressman from Texas just elected to his third term in Washington DC, is...

Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was sued last week for making a number of sexual comments about and creating an awkward work for a former female staffer.

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Muslims & Jews vs. Abercrombie & Fitch

Muslims & Jews vs. Abercrombie & Fitch

Say what you want about Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), the chain has done something special. No, I’m not talking some dazzling new clothing line for ultra hip young people. Something far better.A&F has brought American Muslims and Jews tog...

Muslim Samantha Elauf was qualified to work at A & F—except that she wore a hijab. And now, Jewish groups have joined her fight.

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Entertainment

Cyber-Terrorists Kill 'The Interview"

Cyber-Terrorists Kill 'The Interview"

It’s so surreal as to be ripe for satire. Over the past few weeks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has been under attack by a group of cyber-terrorists dubbed “Guardians of Peace,” who have breached Sony’s company servers and released nine caches of i...

After the five major theater chains pulled the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy, the besieged studio has decided to pull the film off its Christmas date.

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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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Tim Burton Steps Back Into Reality

Tim Burton Steps Back Into Reality

For the past decade or so, Tim Burton was a bit lost in CG land. While fanciful and flamboyant blockbusters like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland boasted impressive visuals, they seemed to lack that touch of soul and child...

The visionary filmmaker behind classics like Edward Scissorhands and Batman sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss his latest project and odd passions.

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On Tour With Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing

On Tour With Indie Rock’s Next Big Thing

It’s day two of the tour, cold rain blowing in the towering green shadow of Fenway Park, and The Head and the Heart’s pugilistic father-figure tour manager is pissed. The band’s bus—literally their home for the next two weeks—has blown some part o...

Riding along with The Head and the Heart, the Seattle band that’s not quite folk, not quite rock, but definitely the verge of going huge by doing it the old way.

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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 Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem—Planet of the Apes, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.I’ve s...

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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The Stars You’ll Idolize in 2015

The Stars You’ll Idolize in 2015

Angelina Jolie's new muse. A singing talk-show host. One of the galaxy's strongest guardians. Here's a look at the stars we'll be talking about the most in 2015.

Angelina Jolie's new muse. A singing talk-show host. One of the galaxy's strongest guardians. Here's a look at the stars we'll be talking about the most in 2015.

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U.S. Blessed Killing Kim Jong-Un on Film

U.S. Blessed Killing Kim Jong-Un on Film

The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictato...

Sony emails say State Department officials cleared a rough cut of ‘The Interview.’ Now hackers are threatening to bomb any theater that shows it.

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The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

The Disaster Story Hollywood Had Coming

As a child, I spent my weekends marinating in catastrophe. Saturday afternoon meant a trip to the Playhouse Theater for a matinee of mayhem—Planet of the Apes, Airport, The Poseidon Adventure, Soylent Green, Earthquake, The Towering Inferno.I’ve s...

Thank the Sony hackers for this much: They’ve laid bare the very essence of Hollywood hypocrisy.

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World News

Did Cuba Just Abandon Colombian Rebels?

Did Cuba Just Abandon Colombian Rebels?

On the same day that the United States and Cuba announced an historic renewal of diplomatic ties, FARC guerrillas, a Marxist rebel group that has been engaged in a five decade long civil conflict with the Colombian government, announced an indefin...

The thaw between Washington and Cuba finally begins to close a chapter of the Cold War. A ceasefire by leftist rebels in Colombia could close the last one.

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The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

Vatican City — Shortly after the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected as Pope Francis in March 2013, he reached out to American president Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro to encourage open dialogue in finding a s...

As the first Latin American Pope, Francis was the power behind the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations, the Vatican revealed today.

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The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays

The Straight Hero of Cameroon’s Gays

In the Jewish community, Christians who saved Jews from the Holocaust are known as “righteous gentiles.”  Thanks to the film bearing his name, Oskar Schindler is probably the most well-known of these, but there are many others.When the history of ...

Why has 69-year-old Alice N’kom risked everything to defend gays in a country where homosexuality is illegal? Because ‘someone has to do this.’

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Pakistan School Killers Want to Hit U.S.

Pakistan School Killers Want to Hit U.S.

The group behind the sickening slaughter of 132 schoolchildren and ten of their teachers in Peshawar, Pakistan, on Tuesday has set its sights on the United States in the past, and may do so again.On May 1, 2010, a terrorist named Faisal Shahzad tr...

The despicable attack in Peshawar that killed more than 100 children was motivated by hatred of the U.S. and the Pakistani Taliban’s ultimate goal is to hit America directly.

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The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

The Pope’s Diplomatic Miracle

Vatican City — Shortly after the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was elected as Pope Francis in March 2013, he reached out to American president Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro to encourage open dialogue in finding a s...

As the first Latin American Pope, Francis was the power behind the historic thawing of U.S.-Cuban relations, the Vatican revealed today.

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Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Justice for the five men accused of conspiring to bring about the 9/11 attacks have been delayed another week by the cancelation of court proceedings—the latest road bump on a years-long process to bring the process to a ...

Fourteen long years after the bombing of the Twin Towers, the legal proceedings for the men who allegedly plotted the attack drag on. And on. And on.

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How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy

How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy

KAZAN, Russia—On Monday evening, shoppers at the Korston-Kazan Mall here in the capital of Tatarstan were mesmerized by news that the ruble has become just about the weakest currency in the world. At currency auctions, it traded at around 64.45 ru...

The crunch is coming for people on the street, and the Kremlin doesn’t have any good answers for them.

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When Will Pakistan Quit Its Crazies?

When Will Pakistan Quit Its Crazies?

Today’s horrific attack in Peshawar on a military school, in which scores of children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban, should put Pakistan’s security choices over the last few decades in a stark light. And while the immediate reaction from th...

For decades, Pakistan’s generals have treated jihadi groups as assets to use against India. That policy didn’t protect their very own children.

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Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

Will We Ever Try the 9/11 Mastermind?

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—Justice for the five men accused of conspiring to bring about the 9/11 attacks have been delayed another week by the cancelation of court proceedings—the latest road bump on a years-long process to bring the process to a ...

Fourteen long years after the bombing of the Twin Towers, the legal proceedings for the men who allegedly plotted the attack drag on. And on. And on.

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U.S. News

Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

MIAMI — Cuban-American leaders and lawmakers were blindsided by the possible end of the half-century old U.S. embargo towards Cuba, leaving congressional aides scrambling and anti-Castro activists fuming.It was clear the secret negotiations over 1...

News of an opening with Havana has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down. But the younger generation is ready for change.

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Cigar Dealers Light Up Over Cuba News

Cigar Dealers Light Up Over Cuba News

In a move that could prove far more productive than secretly infiltrating Cuba’s underground hip-hop scene, President Obama announced on Wednesday a new era for U.S. and Cuban relations, that could include easing travel and banking restrictions as...

One of Cuba’s major exports is about to become a lot more popular.

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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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Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

MIAMI — Cuban-American leaders and lawmakers were blindsided by the possible end of the half-century old U.S. embargo towards Cuba, leaving congressional aides scrambling and anti-Castro activists fuming.It was clear the secret negotiations over 1...

News of an opening with Havana has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down. But the younger generation is ready for change.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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Protesters Slimed Good Samaritan Cop

Protesters Slimed Good Samaritan Cop

Among the cops who were insulted and vilified by protesters in New York on Saturday were two young men who are treasures of their city and their nation.One was Detective Larry DePrimo, who became an Internet sensation after he came upon a shoeless...

In their rage against police injustice, demonstrators insulted an officer who once gave his shoes to a barefoot homeless man.

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Tech + Health

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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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

The Internet is like booze—a little bit gives you a pleasant buzz. Too much, though, and you’ll want to barf. And 2014’s Internet, a lot of times, had us running for the toilet. From creeps and trolls to hoaxes and hackers, these are the things th...

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Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Water, water everywhere, but where did it come from? One common explanation is that the water in Earth’s oceans was brought by comets, which bombarded the planet during its earliest period. It’s a simple, logical, and testable story.But that doesn...

A new study complicates the long-held idea that comets created Earth’s oceans.

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Marijuana legalization activists and drug policy makers were shocked with a Los Angeles Times story Thursday exposing a directive that the U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing or selling pot on their lands. But the memorandum, which has t...

In a strange move, the Justice Department issued a memo allowing Native Americans to grow marijuana on their lands. But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.

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Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Running has plenty of benefits: It revs your metabolism, helps you build stamina and offers a solid excuse to spend money on killer sneaks. But this new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might ...

A new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might offer the best reason yet to lace up your shoes and grind out some serious miles.

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Fraternities in a Post-UVA World

Fraternities in a Post-UVA World

“Ban fraternities.” These two words emerged as a popular rallying cry early this year and they have only gotten louder as stories of sexual assault on U.S. college campuses continue to dominate headlines. But after Rolling Stone's rape story ...

Whether Rolling Stone’s article is factual or not, fraternities have two choices: Keep the status quo, or usher in a new era of proactiveness in the face of sexual assault.

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Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Marijuana legalization activists and drug policy makers were shocked with a Los Angeles Times story Thursday exposing a directive that the U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing or selling pot on their lands. But the memorandum, which has t...

In a strange move, the Justice Department issued a memo allowing Native Americans to grow marijuana on their lands. But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect 100 Gift, $100The Merchants of Beverage mission is to perfectly outfit every tippler’s home bar. With this gift package, you can help save your friends from bar embarrassment (and ensure your own highfalutin drinking during your next v...

For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.

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The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

Vintage Kantha Blanket, $120A lovely blanket is a key accessory for any world traveler. Whether you’re keeping warm on a flight, having a picnic under the open sky, or adding an extra layer to a dodgy-looking hotel bed, this piece handmade from tw...

For your favorite food-obsessed globetrotter.

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The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

This year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants to fund a musical production about the life of Marilyn Monroe, a new staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd—and an opera based on the My Lai massacre of 1968.The horrific episod...

One of the most horrific episodes of the Vietnam War is being made into a government-funded opera. Expect intensity, though not explicit gore.

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I’m a Digital Hoarder

I’m a Digital Hoarder

My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.They are both complicit in this, though my mother is the more egregious offender. A classic hoarder, she has commandeered full rooms to house her extensive collections of Chri...

Hoarding has always conjured nightmare scenarios of impassible rooms filled to the brim. But in the Digital Age, we're at risk of a new type of hoarding that is equally problemat...

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The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

Vintage Kantha Blanket, $120A lovely blanket is a key accessory for any world traveler. Whether you’re keeping warm on a flight, having a picnic under the open sky, or adding an extra layer to a dodgy-looking hotel bed, this piece handmade from tw...

For your favorite food-obsessed globetrotter.

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I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I stared at Shelsky’s sweet potato and celeriac pancake with a hunger that was literally insatiable. Ironically, I was forbidden from ever actually tasting this latke, a delectable hallmark of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, because of my observan...

Chanukah has begun which means one thing: lots of latkes. Unless you’re a kosher Jew at a Latke Festival, that is. Since when was the traditional version thrown out for one made of h...

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The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger

When Rizzoli bookshop closed this past year on 57th Street, many people lamented its loss. It was the last really elegant shop of its kind left in Manhattan. But for some of us, while its closing was sad, it was a tempered sadness. After all it wa...

The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its ’70s heyday. Celebrities flocked to this glamorous and buzzy temple of literature and culture.

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Beaten By His Church for Being Gay

Beaten By His Church for Being Gay

“I didn’t think I was going to come out alive.”This is how 21-year-old Matthew Fenner described to the Daily Beast a torturous two-hour “deliverance” spearheaded by members of his former North Carolina church—The Word of Faith Fellowship. They wan...

Matthew Fenner claims members of the North Carolina-based The Word of Faith Fellowship subjected him to a brutal attack. Now the case is going to court.

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I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I Ate Potato Pancakes Til I Plotzed

I stared at Shelsky’s sweet potato and celeriac pancake with a hunger that was literally insatiable. Ironically, I was forbidden from ever actually tasting this latke, a delectable hallmark of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, because of my observan...

Chanukah has begun which means one thing: lots of latkes. Unless you’re a kosher Jew at a Latke Festival, that is. Since when was the traditional version thrown out for one made of h...

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Women in the World

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 than half of the more than 100 entities that are currently challenging the mandatory coverage of birth control, have also won the right to stop paying for their employees’ birth control. Twenty-five more for-profits are...

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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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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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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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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9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—On days when self-described 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the war court, he is removed from his cell at the detention facility here and moved swiftly into an area designated Area of Operati...

The accused mass murderer has a rather, um, unusual life in captivity—from the body scanners to the anti-sniper netting to the demands that female guards stay far, far away.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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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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Books

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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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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The Many Faces of Chuck Close

The Many Faces of Chuck Close

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Among the many inexplicably poor choices made by the producers of Exodus: Gods and Kings—a release date months from Passover, a subtitle that will surely discomfort some monotheists in the potential audience, a Red Sea crossing that, unadorned by ...

The Biblical Moses is interesting because he’s timid and not a natural leader. The Moses in ‘Exodus,’ now slaying Egyptians in a multiplex near you, has no such problems.

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Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

“You have to be slightly innocent to be a novelist,” Martin Amis has observed. The remark comes to mind while reading The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. Of course, innocence is not a word usually associated with Mailer, a writer often caricatu...

Norman Mailer was known for his toughness and temper, and his letters have plenty of that, but they also show his kindness and generosity with other writers.

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The Many Faces of Chuck Close

The Many Faces of Chuck Close

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Peter Finn & Petra Couveé (PantheonThe biggest fans of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel, it turns out, were to be found at CIA headquarters in Langley. Finn and Cou...

The CIA’s love affair with Dr. Zhivago, a female Thoreau’s fight to save sea turtles, the Parthenon’s secrets, and a history of the office—it was a good year for truth.

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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?In the fall of 1787, the art establishment—and by extension Paris—found itself shaken by a self-portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile ...

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

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Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

The Japanese have different words for love. To them, it’s plain weird that we love spaghetti and love our children and love our lovers, all with the same word, when surely the thing being described as love is radically different in each case.By th...

We say ‘my shoe’ and ‘my lover,’ but the sense of possession isn’t at all the same, or isn’t it, maybe a little? Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Peter Finn & Petra Couveé (PantheonThe biggest fans of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel, it turns out, were to be found at CIA headquarters in Langley. Finn and Cou...

The CIA’s love affair with Dr. Zhivago, a female Thoreau’s fight to save sea turtles, the Parthenon’s secrets, and a history of the office—it was a good year for truth.

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