Politics

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas speaks at a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, as the court was hearing arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces.

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

It was big news that was, apparently, triggered by poorly delivered sarcasm.On Thursday, The Hill broke the story that Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman from Texas, was considering a run for the White House. “Ted [Cruz] is a good friend and ...

Gohmertmentum? Sadly, it looks like it was all just a false alarm.

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US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2L), Robert Malley (3L), of the US National Security Council, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini (C), Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and others wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 27, 2015 in Lausanne. The Iranian and US officials are in Switzerland to continue negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

It’s crunch time in Lausanne for the nuclear negotiators, who are hoping to agree by Tuesday on the basic political framework for a deal that would have to be reached by June 30.This is an important moment for the world, the United States, and the...

The White House seems to think a nuke deal with Iran will change everything. Let’s hope they’re trying to fool us, and not themselves.

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In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Uwe Romeike, top left, and his wife Hannelore, second from right, teach their children at their home in Morristown, Tenn. The family fled Germany in order to home-school their children, and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them asylum.

GOP Immigrant ‘Outreach’ Is With a Fist

GOP Immigrant ‘Outreach’ Is With a Fist

Granting political asylum to homeschoolers while making it harder for kids fleeing gang violence in Central America to find refuge in the United States is the latest in a wave of little noticed anti-immigrant proposals emerging from the Republican...

Now, Republicans want to tighten asylum standards for Central American kids—but loosen them for one home-schooling German family. Surprised?

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas speaks at a rally outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, as the court was hearing arguments in King v. Burwell, a major test of President Barack Obama's health overhaul which, if successful, could halt health care premium subsidies in all the states where the federal government runs the insurance marketplaces.

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

Crazy Congressman Ruins 2016 Fantasy

It was big news that was, apparently, triggered by poorly delivered sarcasm.On Thursday, The Hill broke the story that Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman from Texas, was considering a run for the White House. “Ted [Cruz] is a good friend and ...

Gohmertmentum? Sadly, it looks like it was all just a false alarm.

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Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

In 1963, I was a 20-year-old college senior who’d never been out of the country. With parents of modest means, summers meant working for spare cash, not backpacking through Europe or lounging on the beaches of Majorca. So when an invitation came t...

A new book tells the story of how the CIA used unwitting college kids to send in reports from Third World countries. And I was one of them.

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Aaron Schock or Lincoln? A Handy Guide

Aaron Schock or Lincoln? A Handy Guide

Anyone who’s followed the brief career of disgraced congressman Aaron Schock is well aware of the countless, almost eerie similarities between him and fellow Illinoisian Abraham Lincoln. It came as no surprise, therefore, when Schock, who may soon...

The resigning congressman recently compared himself to Honest Abe. Confused? Let’s sort this out.

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Entertainment

DIOGO MORGADO THE BIBLE (2013)

It’s a Holy Week Biblepalooza on Your TV

It’s a Holy Week Biblepalooza on Your TV

It’s Eastertime, so we can expect to be inundated with religious programming of one kind or another. This year there’s a lot more on offer than usual; the runaway success of Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s The Bible means a glut of Bible-related co...

Blame the massive success of ‘The Bible’—just in time for Easter, TV screens will be inundated with big-budget biblical programming. From ‘AD’ to ‘Finding Jesus,’ what to watch.

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THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES - "Live Kree or Die" - The Avengers' space adventure concludes in a crash landing on the alien Kree homeworld, Hala, but Captain Mar-Vell's homecoming isn't very welcoming. Outnumbered, the Avengers' only hope is to convince the Supreme Intelligence, the ruler of the Kree Empire, that humanity is worth saving, in a new episode of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Marvel Universe on Disney XD. (Disney XD via Getty Images)
VISION, IRON MAN

Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

The trailers have been released, the TV spots are beginning to proliferate (featuring even more never-before-seen footage), and the film itself is five short weeks away from debuting in theaters to what will undoubtedly be record-breaking box offi...

What the comics tell us about the Vision’s crucial role in Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Angelina Jolie Brings the House Down

Angelina Jolie Brings the House Down

Earlier this week, Oscar-winning actress and acclaimed filmmaker Angelina Jolie published a remarkably candid and moving op-ed in The New York Times detailing her decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, two years after she underwent a ...

The Oscar-winning actress made her first post-surgery appearance at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards with daughters Shiloh and Zahara and delivered an inspiring speech.

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 17:  Karrueche Tran (L) and Chris Brown attends the Michael Costello fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2015  at The Salon at Lincoln Center on February 17, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Chris Brown Ex Karrueche Tran Tells All

Chris Brown Ex Karrueche Tran Tells All

It was “tea time” Saturday night on Iyanla Vanzant's Iyanla: Fix My Life. Former personal assistant turned model Karrueche Tran, best known for being the ex-girlfriend of singer-cum-cheater Chris Brown, steeped the tea and then spilled it for...

The longtime girlfriend of R&B superstar Chris Brown opened up to OWN about her ex fathering a child with another woman and why she stayed with the troubled musician.

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THE AVENGERS: EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES - "Live Kree or Die" - The Avengers' space adventure concludes in a crash landing on the alien Kree homeworld, Hala, but Captain Mar-Vell's homecoming isn't very welcoming. Outnumbered, the Avengers' only hope is to convince the Supreme Intelligence, the ruler of the Kree Empire, that humanity is worth saving, in a new episode of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4 (11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Marvel Universe on Disney XD. (Disney XD via Getty Images)
VISION, IRON MAN

Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

Paul Bettany’s Top Secret Avengers Role

The trailers have been released, the TV spots are beginning to proliferate (featuring even more never-before-seen footage), and the film itself is five short weeks away from debuting in theaters to what will undoubtedly be record-breaking box offi...

What the comics tell us about the Vision’s crucial role in Marvel’s upcoming superhero blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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Taraji P. Henson and the Racism Apology

Taraji P. Henson and the Racism Apology

Actress Taraji P. Henson stirred controversy last week when the Empire star blasted the Glendale, California police department during an interview with Uptown magazine, claiming that her 20-year-old son had been racially profiled in Glendale and a...

The Empire star has apologized after accusing officers who pulled over her son of racial profiling, but our focus should be on rooting out the pathology that fuels these scenarios.

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Michelle Rodriguez’s Agony and Ecstasy

Michelle Rodriguez’s Agony and Ecstasy

Michelle Rodriguez might have been a doctor if her family had their way. Instead, the high school dropout from Jersey City turned to acting, broke out as a brooding boxer in Girlfight, and made her Hollywood debut in a B-movie actioner opposite Vi...

The kickass star of ‘Furious 7’ opens up about why she once almost quit the blockbuster franchise, the struggles of being a woman in Hollywood, and her fallen partner in crime.

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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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Taraji P. Henson and the Racism Apology

Taraji P. Henson and the Racism Apology

Actress Taraji P. Henson stirred controversy last week when the Empire star blasted the Glendale, California police department during an interview with Uptown magazine, claiming that her 20-year-old son had been racially profiled in Glendale and a...

The Empire star has apologized after accusing officers who pulled over her son of racial profiling, but our focus should be on rooting out the pathology that fuels these scenarios.

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World News

US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2L), Robert Malley (3L), of the US National Security Council, European Union High Representative Federica Mogherini (C), Head of Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2R), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and others wait for a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel March 27, 2015 in Lausanne. The Iranian and US officials are in Switzerland to continue negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Iran Deal

It’s crunch time in Lausanne for the nuclear negotiators, who are hoping to agree by Tuesday on the basic political framework for a deal that would have to be reached by June 30.This is an important moment for the world, the United States, and the...

The White House seems to think a nuke deal with Iran will change everything. Let’s hope they’re trying to fool us, and not themselves.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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Chadian soldiers sit in a military pickup truck in Damasak March 24, 2015. Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents said on Tuesday. Nigerian, Chadian and Niger forces have driven militants out of a string of towns in simultaneous offensives over the past month.  REUTERS/Joe Penney - RTR4UPWT

Boko Haram Just Lost Its Headquarters

Boko Haram Just Lost Its Headquarters

Ali Hassan should be happy to return to Gwoza, his hometown, following the news on Friday that it had been retaken from the jihadist group Boko Haram by the Nigerian military. But Hassan remains unfazed.Like many displaced persons taking refuge in...

As Nigerian soldiers search for missing girls, townspeople are fearful the jihadists won’t be gone for long.

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A man bows as he pays his respects to late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Tanjong Pagar community club, in the constituency which Lee represented as Member of Parliament since 1955, in Singapore March 23, 2015. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. REUTERS/Edgar Su - RTR4UGDC

Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

On Sunday, Singapore cremates its greatest leader, the late Lee Kuan Yew, architect of its good fortunes. Yet the flames also could extinguish the era of relentless social and economic progress that Lee ushered in during his long, amazingly produc...

Lee is rightly celebrated for transforming a poor, southeast Asian metropolis into one of the wealthiest, most productive places on the planet. But signs of trouble already loom.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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China, Shanghai, Schoenheitsoperation, plastische Chirurgie, Transsexuelle
China's most famous transexual; award winning dancer, choreographer and former PLA colonel Jin Xing. Overlooking the Shanghai Bund.
Picture Credit: Dermot Tatlow

China’s Favorite Transsexual Celebrity

China’s Favorite Transsexual Celebrity

HONG KONG — Jin Xing is extremely successful. She’s not just an internationally renowned modern dance choreographer and the artistic director of the dance company she founded. She’s also a film actress, a stage performer, a TV talk show host, a mo...

China’s Jin Xing, a former army colonel, is a massive hit on stage and on screen. But beyond the limelight, the situation of the LGBT community is grim.

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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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TODAY -- Pictured: Amanda Knox appears on NBC News' "Today" show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire)

‘Angel Face’ Amanda Knox Goes Free

‘Angel Face’ Amanda Knox Goes Free

ROME — It took Italy’s highest court more than 10 hours to rule on a case that has spanned almost eight years.  On Friday, the court ruled to overturn the 2014 conviction of Amanda Knox, 27, and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 31,...

Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are forever cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher.

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China, Shanghai, Schoenheitsoperation, plastische Chirurgie, Transsexuelle
China's most famous transexual; award winning dancer, choreographer and former PLA colonel Jin Xing. Overlooking the Shanghai Bund.
Picture Credit: Dermot Tatlow

China’s Favorite Transsexual Celebrity

China’s Favorite Transsexual Celebrity

HONG KONG — Jin Xing is extremely successful. She’s not just an internationally renowned modern dance choreographer and the artistic director of the dance company she founded. She’s also a film actress, a stage performer, a TV talk show host, a mo...

China’s Jin Xing, a former army colonel, is a massive hit on stage and on screen. But beyond the limelight, the situation of the LGBT community is grim.

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U.S. News

Austin, Texas, United States: Controversial Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (right) poses with Texas Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. at a rally of conservative Texas legislators opposing gay marriage. Moore has told Alabama judges to ignore a recent federal court ruling allowing gay marriage in the state.

Texas-Sized Anti-Gay Backlash

Texas-Sized Anti-Gay Backlash

By now, anyone who follows the news knows what the anti-LGBT backlash looks like. There are four recurring legislative actions: “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRAs), or ‘Turn the Gays Away’ bills. The most recent one got passed in Indiana ...

Over twenty anti-LGBT laws have been proposed in Texas this year, including one just like the maligned bill that passed in Indiana this week. But advocates say they’re not going to p...

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The handcuffs of a suspected member of the Broadway Gangster Crips street gang is seen while being interviewed by a law enforcement officer after he was arrested in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2014. Seventy two people who were linked to the Broadway Gangster Crips street gang were charged today in a federal racketeering indictment for alleged murders, robberies and drug sales, according to the police news release.

When the Only Crime Is Resisting Arrest

When the Only Crime Is Resisting Arrest

If only Eric Garner wasn’t resisting arrest, he would be alive. NYPD defenders told me that as I covered the months of rage following the July death of the Staten Island man, as police tried to arrest him for peddling loose cigarettes last July.“T...

Two state lawmakers want to make resisting arrest a felony. They believe it would lower the chance of it happening. But opponents say resisting arrest charges are already dropping—an...

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Wine Country's Nuclear Threat

Wine Country's Nuclear Threat

The Hanford Site, a former nuclear-weapons production facility located in southeastern Washington State near the Oregon border, is one natural disaster away from a Fukushima-like catastrophe, according to environmental groups who also claim the si...

A nuclear facility in Washington state's prime wine country is leaching radioactive groundwater and is one natural disaster away from Fukushima 2.0.

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Austin, Texas, United States: Controversial Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (right) poses with Texas Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. at a rally of conservative Texas legislators opposing gay marriage. Moore has told Alabama judges to ignore a recent federal court ruling allowing gay marriage in the state.

Texas-Sized Anti-Gay Backlash

Texas-Sized Anti-Gay Backlash

By now, anyone who follows the news knows what the anti-LGBT backlash looks like. There are four recurring legislative actions: “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRAs), or ‘Turn the Gays Away’ bills. The most recent one got passed in Indiana ...

Over twenty anti-LGBT laws have been proposed in Texas this year, including one just like the maligned bill that passed in Indiana this week. But advocates say they’re not going to p...

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The Dursts Tried to Kill My Bicycle Shop

The Dursts Tried to Kill My Bicycle Shop

Of all the people that Robert Durst must answer to—the cops, the family of Susan Berman, the family of Kathie Durst, and now possibly the family of missing teenager Karen Mitchell—the owner of Harvest Cyclery in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood is...

Bob Durst and his estranged wife, Debrah Lee Charatan, own a lot of property in Brooklyn. And one of their renters, the owner of a vintage bike shop, says they “tried to crush” his b...

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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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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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Doctor makes vaccination in the shoulder of patient in a clinic, close-up

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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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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Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

Stigmatized Schizophrenia Gets a Rebrand

In an article recently published in the academic journal Schizophrenia Research, researchers called for the abolition of the term “schizophrenia.” Renaming the disorder, they argue, could destigmatize the disorder, create greater willingness of pe...

Academia is calling for the abolishment of the term “schizophrenia” in hopes of finding a label that’s less stigmatized. Why people with the medical condition have mixed opinions.

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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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BeastStyle

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

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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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Requiem For a Rock Dream

Requiem For a Rock Dream

When Hyphen Hub started operating out of the Red Door at 140 West 24th Street it seemed a perfect fit. After all, even for a Manhattan rock venue, the Red Door has had a deliciously rambunctious history.But then the invitation to what would be one...

The Red Door was a rockers’ paradise, and on its final night detritus used artfully on the floor included old equipment from the Stones.

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12 May 1982, Southampton, Hampshire, England, UK --- 3500 British soldiers leave Southampton aboard the "RMS Queen Elizabeth 2" to go to fight in the Falkland Islands. The Falklands War started on Friday, 2 April 1982, with the Argentine invasion and occupation of the Falkland Islands and South Georgia. Britain launched a naval task force to engage the Argentine Navy and Argentine Air Force, and retake the islands by amphibious assault. The conflict ended with the Argentine surrender on 14 June 1982, and the islands remained under British control. --- Image by © Arnaud de Wildenberg/Sygma/Corbis

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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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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DOWNTON ABBEY, Maggie Smith, 'Episode 2.4', (Season 2, aired Oct. 9, 2011), 2010-. photo: Nick Briggs / © Carnival Films for Masterpiece/PBS / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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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DOWNTON ABBEY, Maggie Smith, 'Episode 2.4', (Season 2, aired Oct. 9, 2011), 2010-. photo: Nick Briggs / © Carnival Films for Masterpiece/PBS / Courtesy: Everett Collection

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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Books

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

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  • MARILYN MONROE GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953)

    How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

    How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

    A Philadelphia copywriter named Frances Gerety is credited with coining the phrase, “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers in 1947. But a similar phrase served as a punchline more than twenty years earlier, in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “...

    The 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive hit—everybody from the Prince of Wales to William Faulkner loved it—and personifies the Jazz Age.

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MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

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Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

The film version of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus begins this weekend on the National Geographical Channel, the third of his books to be adapted for television. This production represents the continuation of a book franchise that includes Killing ...

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Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

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A man bows as he pays his respects to late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Tanjong Pagar community club, in the constituency which Lee represented as Member of Parliament since 1955, in Singapore March 23, 2015. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. REUTERS/Edgar Su - RTR4UGDC

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Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

On Sunday, Singapore cremates its greatest leader, the late Lee Kuan Yew, architect of its good fortunes. Yet the flames also could extinguish the era of relentless social and economic progress that Lee ushered in during his long, amazingly produc...

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Greil Marcus’s Mystery Train has never gone out of print since it was first published in 1974. Plume is re-issuing it this April in a handsome paperback edition, and it’s worth revisiting—or reading for the first time if you’re new to it. Mystery ...

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“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...

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A man bows as he pays his respects to late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at Tanjong Pagar community club, in the constituency which Lee represented as Member of Parliament since 1955, in Singapore March 23, 2015. Lee, Singapore's first prime minister, died on Monday aged 91, triggering a flood of tributes to the man who oversaw the tiny city-state's rapid rise from a British colonial backwater to a global trade and financial centre. REUTERS/Edgar Su - RTR4UGDC

Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

Can Singapore Thrive After Lee Kuan Yew?

On Sunday, Singapore cremates its greatest leader, the late Lee Kuan Yew, architect of its good fortunes. Yet the flames also could extinguish the era of relentless social and economic progress that Lee ushered in during his long, amazingly produc...

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