Politics

Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

At some point over the past few days, you might have noticed a corner of the Internet rolling its eyes at a piece published in The Daily Signal, the news site owned by the conservative Heritage Foundation. It was penned by Gene Schaerr, the lawyer...

Civil war. So many abortions. Polygamy. Widespread bestiality. You name it, marriage equality will cause it.

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Why Are Gays Supporting Cruz? Israel.

Why Are Gays Supporting Cruz? Israel.

If you’ve ever been to Fire Island Pines, one of the leading gay utopias on the planet, you know that there isn’t much to do. There’s only one commercial center with a couple of stores, a bar, and a hotel.And yet, in less than 24 hours, over 4,000...

The LGBT community is threatening boycotts and canceling benefits. The hidden reason is the GOP’s Israel strategy.

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Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger

Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger

From jokes about Joe Biden’s shoulder massages, to digs at his Republican rivals to a bizarre detour with “Luther, the anger translator,” President Barack Obama once again proved himself the funniest recent president.He looped around to some oldie...

Jokes about Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Hillary living in a van were all capped off by Luther’s anger translator.

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Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

Gay Slippery Slopes: Where Are They Now?

At some point over the past few days, you might have noticed a corner of the Internet rolling its eyes at a piece published in The Daily Signal, the news site owned by the conservative Heritage Foundation. It was penned by Gene Schaerr, the lawyer...

Civil war. So many abortions. Polygamy. Widespread bestiality. You name it, marriage equality will cause it.

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Jeb's Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

On July 24, 2004, then-governor Jeb Bush received a frantic email from Joy Buchholz about the conditions in her daughter’s prison.Buchholz explained her daughter wanted to be in one of the faith-based prisons Bush helped establish because she expe...

Jeb Bush touts his record as a prison reformer because of the success of his faith-based prison program, but does that really make him a reformer?

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Entertainment

KERMIT THE FROG THE MUPPET SHOW (1976)

Are The Muppets Nazis, Or Merely Drunks?

Are The Muppets Nazis, Or Merely Drunks?

Fans of all ages rejoiced this week when ABC made public details of its planned Muppets reboot. The documentary-style update will follow the Muppets on and off the set, exploring their personal lives in a “more adult” version of America’s favorite...

It sounds so nice, this ABC Muppets reboot. But we’ve obtained behind-the-scenes memos. If you adore Kermit, don’t read on.

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Steve Coogan’s Pursuit of Happyish

Steve Coogan’s Pursuit of Happyish

Showtime’s new comedy, HAPPYish, wastes no time shocking the system. It opens on a photo of Mount Rushmore, an arrow pointed at the bust of Thomas Jefferson, as Steve Coogan’s cantankerous protagonist Thom Payne rants his voiceover. “This is Thoma...

The always-candid British thesp discusses Showtime’s new series “HAPPYish,” the value of being polarizing, and why he hasn’t hit his joy ceiling just yet.

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Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger

Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger

From jokes about Joe Biden’s shoulder massages, to digs at his Republican rivals to a bizarre detour with “Luther, the anger translator,” President Barack Obama once again proved himself the funniest recent president.He looped around to some oldie...

Jokes about Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Hillary living in a van were all capped off by Luther’s anger translator.

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(L-R)  Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, John Oliver, and Terry Jones pose for a photo backstage at the "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" special screening during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

Monty Python’s first visit to the USA in 1973 did not go well at all. The groundbreaking British comedic troupe appeared on The Tonight Show being guest hosted by Joey Bishop.“We looked out and it was like The Producers film where the jaws of the ...

At a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail,' the surviving cast—moderated by HBO's star Brit—gathered to dish war stories...

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Steve Coogan’s Pursuit of Happyish

Steve Coogan’s Pursuit of Happyish

Showtime’s new comedy, HAPPYish, wastes no time shocking the system. It opens on a photo of Mount Rushmore, an arrow pointed at the bust of Thomas Jefferson, as Steve Coogan’s cantankerous protagonist Thom Payne rants his voiceover. “This is Thoma...

The always-candid British thesp discusses Showtime’s new series “HAPPYish,” the value of being polarizing, and why he hasn’t hit his joy ceiling just yet.

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Kris Humphries #43 of the Washington Wizards†during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 5, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

On Friday evening, the nation tuned in to see something courageous and groundbreaking happen.In a two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News’ 20/20, former Olympian Bruce Jenner came out as a woman. “For all intents and purposes, I am a wo...

On Friday night, after hearing the news of Jenner’s touching “I am a woman” admission to Diane Sawyer, Kardashian’s dimwitted ex-husband of 72 days had something stupid to say.

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Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

Porn Stars Can Be Sexually Assaulted Too

During my first adult convention, chatting with fans and signing my name on glossy 8 x 10’s,  it never occurred to me that I’d be groped. It was a public event, not a porn set. Yet more than a few eager fans tried to sneak their fingers down my pa...

Many women in porn deal with sexual harassment and assault on a regular basis and don’t know if the cruel and judgmental general public will believe them when they come forward.

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Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Consider the plight of the televised health professional.There was a time when all it took was the right couple of letters in front of your name and the divine blessing of Oprah Winfrey, daytime TV’s resplendent queen, and you could find yourself ...

Dr. Oz has come under fire due to his ‘egregious lack of integrity,’ but he pales in comparison to the fame-whoring Dr. Phil. Here’s why it’s time to get rid of the ‘daytime doc.’

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Kris Humphries #43 of the Washington Wizards†during the game against the Denver Nuggets on December 5, 2014 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

Kris Humphries Criticizes Bruce Jenner

On Friday evening, the nation tuned in to see something courageous and groundbreaking happen.In a two-hour interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC News’ 20/20, former Olympian Bruce Jenner came out as a woman. “For all intents and purposes, I am a wo...

On Friday night, after hearing the news of Jenner’s touching “I am a woman” admission to Diane Sawyer, Kardashian’s dimwitted ex-husband of 72 days had something stupid to say.

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World News

Members of the social group "Umeed Jawan Peace Society" hold pictures of prominent women's rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was killed by unknown gunmen, during a demonstration to condemn her killing, Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Lahore, Pakistan. Gunmen on a motorcycle killed Mahmud in Pakistan just hours after she held a forum on the country's restive Baluchistan region, home to a long-running insurgency, police said Saturday. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

Martyred for Moderation in Pakistan

This past Friday evening, a bright-eyed woman with a wide smile, cropped hair and infectious charisma strode up the stairs of a squat building on Sunset Lane in a tony section of Karachi called Defense Housing Authority Phase 2 and into a bustling...

Gunmen murdered Sabeen Mahmud on a Karachi street last Friday. She had asked too many questions about government brutality—and she’d got others asking them, too.

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‘How I Saved My Kids From ISIS’

‘How I Saved My Kids From ISIS’

When Huda Alrawi fled Iraq it was almost exactly 10 years after al Qaeda militants killed her husband for owning a barbershop that practiced hair threading—a beauty routine they considered anti-Islamic.It was five months after ISIS militants began...

When ISIS came knocking on Huda Alrawi’s door, looking to marry off her daughter and draft her son, the Iraqi schoolteacher knew she had to flee.

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British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Like so many military catastrophes, the amphibious assault on the Ottoman Turks at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 by an Anglo-French force began with the best of intentions and a hefty dose of wishful thinking. On January 2, 1915, the British War Cou...

It nearly ruined Winston Churchill’s career and launched Ataturk’s. On this day 100 years ago, tens of thousands died in one the most global battles in WWI.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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‘How I Saved My Kids From ISIS’

‘How I Saved My Kids From ISIS’

When Huda Alrawi fled Iraq it was almost exactly 10 years after al Qaeda militants killed her husband for owning a barbershop that practiced hair threading—a beauty routine they considered anti-Islamic.It was five months after ISIS militants began...

When ISIS came knocking on Huda Alrawi’s door, looking to marry off her daughter and draft her son, the Iraqi schoolteacher knew she had to flee.

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In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, center, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

PALERMO, Italy—The Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who ended up being collateral damage in an American drone operation in January was a good person. He had worked extensively in the Central African Republic and in Haiti, and had years of fie...

The delay in confirming Giovanni Lo Porto’s death has left Italians wondering what took so long?

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The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

First there were embraces and then the barbaric execution by stoning. Photographs of hugs that jihadists gave a condemned gay couple before killing them in north Syria have gone viral, prompting outrage in the West. For Islamic State sympathizers ...

The viral video of a couple being hugged before they were murdered by stoning is not only tragic, it tells you a lot about the killers.

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Quorum: Alice Nkom

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

Despite clients in jail and threats from the government, Alice N’kom, the first female lawyer in Cameroon, is undaunted.

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In this May 28, 2011 photo provided by Margherita Romanelli and made available Thursday, April 23, 2015, Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, center, works in Multan, Pakistan. The Italian government on Thursday deplored the death of an Italian aid worker in a U.S. air strike, calling it a "fatal error" by the Americans. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi expressed his "profound pain" over Giovanni Lo Porto's death and offered Italy's condolences to Lo Porto's family and that of American Warren Weinstein, who was killed in the same airstrike on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Both were held hostage by al-Qaida. (Andrea Parisi/Courtesy of Margherita Romanelli via AP)

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

Italians Grieve Over Dead Qaeda Hostage

PALERMO, Italy—The Italian aid worker Giovanni Lo Porto, who ended up being collateral damage in an American drone operation in January was a good person. He had worked extensively in the Central African Republic and in Haiti, and had years of fie...

The delay in confirming Giovanni Lo Porto’s death has left Italians wondering what took so long?

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U.S. News

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck could learn a thing or two to learn from Edward Ball.As a participant in Henry Louis Gates’s PBS show about genealogy, Finding Your Roots, Affleck got shellacked in the media this week after he asked Gates to suppress the fact that one...

Ben Affleck tried and failed to hide a slave owner in his family tree. He would have done better to follow Edward Ball’s example—face the ugly past head on.

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Scholars Who Think Gays Cause Abortions

Scholars Who Think Gays Cause Abortions

On April 2, a group of 100 conservative lawyers and university professors filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court arguing, in part, that marriage equality will cause 900,000 abortions over the next 30 years. The claim may come as a shock to t...

An amicus brief filed by conservatives opposing gay marriage is ridiculous, but there is a link between same-sex nuptials and abortion—it’s just not what you think.

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Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in the courtroom for a bench trial Thursday, September 6, 2012, at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri. Following a short non-jury trial, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence convicted Finn of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse but acquitted him on another count of failing to report. (Pool/Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/MCT)

Finally, a U.S. Bishop Is Punished

Finally, a U.S. Bishop Is Punished

The resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri, last week is a watershed moment in the history of the Catholic Church: the first time that a bishop was directly forced to resign for poorly handling a case of priestly ...

It’s a huge deal and major accountability moment for a church that frankly hasn’t had enough of them. The Vatican is getting it at last.

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Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck could learn a thing or two to learn from Edward Ball.As a participant in Henry Louis Gates’s PBS show about genealogy, Finding Your Roots, Affleck got shellacked in the media this week after he asked Gates to suppress the fact that one...

Ben Affleck tried and failed to hide a slave owner in his family tree. He would have done better to follow Edward Ball’s example—face the ugly past head on.

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** ADVANCE FOR MONDAY, APRIL 9 **A. Alfred Taubman is shown in his office in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Ignoring all of his instincts, Taubman stayed silent during the price-fixing trial that would end with a prison sentence for the former owner of Sotheby's auction house. It was a decision that the luxury mall developer and philanthropist sees as a critical mistake as he reflects on a career in retailing that began as a discount store salesman and would eventually put him at the center of an art world scandal. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

The Inventor Of The Shopping Mall Dies

The Inventor Of The Shopping Mall Dies

Alfred Taubman, who died April 17 at the age of 91, can expect to be remembered as having had a central position in the construction of contemporary culture.But, despite his substantial donations to leading academic institutions, museums and liter...

Raise your Sbarro cup in memory of the man how helped define suburban culture.

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Baltimore protests

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

No chokehold seems to have been used in arresting 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, as there was in arresting Eric Garner on Staten Island.But cellphone videos show that in both incidents the arresting officer evidenced a disturbing deafness ...

The great majority of cops take the oath because they want to help people. But a corrosive cynicism can poison their initial sense of purpose.

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Tech + Health

My First Male Mammogram

My First Male Mammogram

The person who collects my contact and insurance information at the local breast health center seems vaguely apologetic when she tells me that the main waiting room is for women only. She directs me back to the reception area, where I take a seat ...

Much attention has been paid to how the BRCA mutation increases women’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but an essential part of the conversation is missing: men.

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More Sex Means More Money

More Sex Means More Money

Employees with active sex lives perform better at work, a new study reports. Those who get it on two or three times a week earn 4.5 percent more than their less coitus-inclined colleagues, proving that our bedroom and boardroom behaviors are more ...

A new study finds that those who have more sex bring home bigger paychecks. How bedroom behavior deepens your pockets.

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Painting Depicting Gulliver's Travels, Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

Gulliver’s Prototype Apple Watch

On Friday the Apple watch will launch on a million wrists. The last time a timepiece sparked such a flummery of excitement was 300 years ago when the Lilliputians laid eyes on the pocket watch of the “great man mountain” in Jonathan Swift’s 1726 s...

The Lilliputians gape at Gulliver’s pocket watch just as we drool over the Apple Watch. Swift himself would have sniffed at our techno-frenzy (but he would have loved the watch).

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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More Sex Means More Money

More Sex Means More Money

Employees with active sex lives perform better at work, a new study reports. Those who get it on two or three times a week earn 4.5 percent more than their less coitus-inclined colleagues, proving that our bedroom and boardroom behaviors are more ...

A new study finds that those who have more sex bring home bigger paychecks. How bedroom behavior deepens your pockets.

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How the Pot Business Is Whitewashed

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

When Alaska and Vermont decriminalized recreational marijuana over the past year, they doubled an already massive market of legal weed. Estimated to be worth upwards of $35 billion, it’s attracted everyone from marketing gurus to venture capitalis...

Valued at upwards of $35 million, the new legal weed market has cultivated an ambitious group of ganjapreneurs. Why African Americans aren’t among them.

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You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

Is your refrigerator crisper a graveyard of spoiled produce and expired goods? Those squandered products add up — and fast. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family throws out up to $43 worth of food each mon...

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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How the Pot Business Is Whitewashed

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

When Alaska and Vermont decriminalized recreational marijuana over the past year, they doubled an already massive market of legal weed. Estimated to be worth upwards of $35 billion, it’s attracted everyone from marketing gurus to venture capitalis...

Valued at upwards of $35 million, the new legal weed market has cultivated an ambitious group of ganjapreneurs. Why African Americans aren’t among them.

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E. E. Cummings, (1894-1962), undated self portrait of the poet and painter. --- Image by © Corbis

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

American greats like Dorothea Lange, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol are the artists one expects to find within the walls of the new Whitney Museum when it opens its doors to the public on May 1 in New York City’s Meatpacking Dis...

The great modernist poet had a sideline passion—creating a multitude of visual art: 1,600 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings during his lifetime.

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A beautiful hawk quietly perched in a tree at sunrise near Boulder, CO.

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Every photographer—hell, everyone in general—has had at least the fleeting dream of exploring the world as a National Geographic adventurer. Their exploits have been drilled into our brains since we were children, via countless breathtaking docume...

Around the world and back with a NatGeo explorer

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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Prince Charles wears headphones as learns how to scratch and fade with a turntable while he tours an employment skills workshop in Toronto May 22, 2012. The royal couple is on a four-day visit to Canada to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  REUTERS/Paul Chiasson/Pool (CANADA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR32H7O

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

The next few weeks are likely to be particularly trying ones for Prince Charles.As the nation rejoices in the birth of a new royal baby—fourth in line to the throne regardless of gender—Prince Charles, never keen on sharing the limelight, has a le...

He doesn’t seem to be the most doting grandfather. The country wants William to be the next King, rather than him. Can Prince Charles turn it around?

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Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Meet One of NatGeo’s Best Instagrammer

Every photographer—hell, everyone in general—has had at least the fleeting dream of exploring the world as a National Geographic adventurer. Their exploits have been drilled into our brains since we were children, via countless breathtaking docume...

Around the world and back with a NatGeo explorer

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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Countess Teresa Foscari Foscolo at a masked costume ball at the Palazzo Labia, Venice, 3rd September 1951. Named 'Le Bal Oriental' and described in the press as 'the party of the century', the ball was given by Spanish-Mexican multi-millionaire Carlos de Beistegui. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

It’s not hard to see why Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia, which took place on September 3, 1951, is still routinely described as the Ball of the Century—not when you contemplate the remarkable event itself.The h...

The guests who flocked to Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951, bought the city to a glamorous standstill.

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Columbia student Paul Nungesser, accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz, who began carrying a 50-pound mattress around campus after Columbia cleared Nungesser to symbolize the burden, on the school's campus in New York, Dec. 11, 2014. Nungesser says he is innocent, that the mattress project is an act of bullying, and that the university has now abdicated its own responsibility, letting mob justice overrule its official procedures. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Columbia University is one of the many schools to be accused of failing to protect the rights of sexual assault victims. This week, it became one of the first to be singled out for failing to protect the rights of the accused.On Wednesday, Paul Nu...

The male student at the center of the Columbia University rape controversy claims he has suffered gender discrimination. Other male students are also fighting to clear their names.

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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Books

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck Needs to Read This Book

Ben Affleck could learn a thing or two to learn from Edward Ball.As a participant in Henry Louis Gates’s PBS show about genealogy, Finding Your Roots, Affleck got shellacked in the media this week after he asked Gates to suppress the fact that one...

Ben Affleck tried and failed to hide a slave owner in his family tree. He would have done better to follow Edward Ball’s example—face the ugly past head on.

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  • E. E. Cummings, (1894-1962), undated self portrait of the poet and painter. --- Image by © Corbis

    The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

    The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

    American greats like Dorothea Lange, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol are the artists one expects to find within the walls of the new Whitney Museum when it opens its doors to the public on May 1 in New York City’s Meatpacking Dis...

    The great modernist poet had a sideline passion—creating a multitude of visual art: 1,600 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings during his lifetime.

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Like so many military catastrophes, the amphibious assault on the Ottoman Turks at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 by an Anglo-French force began with the best of intentions and a hefty dose of wishful thinking. On January 2, 1915, the British War Cou...

It nearly ruined Winston Churchill’s career and launched Ataturk’s. On this day 100 years ago, tens of thousands died in one the most global battles in WWI.

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A steel-helmeted policeman wields his club on fleeing African American youths at West 125th Street during violence in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, July 20, 1964. Demonstrators were protesting the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old African American, James Powell, by a white police officer. (AP Photo)

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Editor’s note: On July 16, 1964, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan killed 15-year-old James Powell, an African-American kid from the Bronx. What followed were six nights of rioting that roiled Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. More than 4,0...

After a white cop killed a black kid in 1964, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn exploded in violence.

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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There isn’t a more perplexing puzzle among all the stirring tales of American innovation than the one inherent in the story of the Wright brothers. As David McCullough says of them in his new biography: “They had no college education, no formal te...

David McCullough’s new book shows that the Ohioans didn’t build the first plane but the first plane that was worth flying. Then they stopped.

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The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

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One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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