Politics

GOP's Top Of Ticket Weakness In Dixie

GOP's Top Of Ticket Weakness In Dixie

The base of the Republican Party in recent elections has been white voters from the South but its presidential candidates have come from almost every state outside the former Confederacy. As Nate Cohn noted in the New York Times on Thursday, "...

Despite its new electoral strength in the South, the Republican Party has only had one presidential nominee born and raised in that region since 1856.

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Guns in Bars: What Could Go Wrong?

Guns in Bars: What Could Go Wrong?

To paraphrase a former National Rifle Association president, “You finally did it! You maniacs!”That’s right, on Wednesday, in a fit of perfectly logical preparation for Sherman’s next march to the sea, Peach State Gov. Nathan Deal went ahead and s...

Georgia’s new law allows them everywhere—in libraries, at school—and permits felons to claim a Stand Your Ground defense. Let’s hope it makes Southern white guys feel manlier, at least.

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It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

I seem to have made an unexpected midlife career move, and no, it isn’t lucrative. After almost 20 years of standing on a soapbox for gay marriage, I am standing on another soapbox making the case for tolerating people who oppose same-sex marriage...

Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.

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Red State Obamascare Tactics

Red State Obamascare Tactics

If I asked you to name two states where the incumbent Republican governors might lose re-election this fall, you would likely, I expect, say Florida and Pennsylvania. I doubt very much you’d offer up Georgia and Kansas.But lo and behold—the contes...

In Kansas and Georgia, Democrats running for governor are closer than expected. The GOP response? Rewrite the laws so they couldn’t take Medicaid money. It’s 2014’s sleeper controversy.

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Guns in Bars: What Could Go Wrong?

Guns in Bars: What Could Go Wrong?

To paraphrase a former National Rifle Association president, “You finally did it! You maniacs!”That’s right, on Wednesday, in a fit of perfectly logical preparation for Sherman’s next march to the sea, Peach State Gov. Nathan Deal went ahead and s...

Georgia’s new law allows them everywhere—in libraries, at school—and permits felons to claim a Stand Your Ground defense. Let’s hope it makes Southern white guys feel manlier, at least.

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Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Attention Democrats: Unless you start getting angry, the midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath.The angriest voters win midterm elections and the right is really mad.  But in this case, their anger could end up amounting to more than just a...

The pissed-off party wins midterm elections. Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?

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Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Why America Needs Mary Cheney

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

A couple of questions sprang immediately to mind when I heard this week’s news that Mary Cheney is launching a new polling firm with a handful of her GOP buddies.1. How tempting will it be for her to field a poll or two just to see how unpopular B...

Mary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.

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Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Attention Democrats: Unless you start getting angry, the midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath.The angriest voters win midterm elections and the right is really mad.  But in this case, their anger could end up amounting to more than just a...

The pissed-off party wins midterm elections. Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?

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Entertainment

Zombie Beavers Invade America

Zombie Beavers Invade America

There’s a scene midway through Zombeavers that, for better or worse, captures its essence. Sam, a douchey prick played by Hutch Dano (real name), is about to have sex with his girlfriend’s BFF on top of the bathroom sink. The two have stripped dow...

First-time filmmaker Jordan Rubin walks us through the making of the wackiest movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. Warning: There will be blood.

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When Models Try to Act

When Models Try to Act

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

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Viral Vid: Fingersnapping Super Mario

Viral Vid: Fingersnapping Super Mario

The Super Mario Bros. theme song has been covered by a cappella singers, beatboxing flutists, water-filled wine glass players, and more.Today, though, we bring you something that to our knowledge has never been seen before. Emil Axelsson recreates...

Oh snap! Princess Peach must be falling in love all over again.

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Zombie Beavers Invade America

Zombie Beavers Invade America

There’s a scene midway through Zombeavers that, for better or worse, captures its essence. Sam, a douchey prick played by Hutch Dano (real name), is about to have sex with his girlfriend’s BFF on top of the bathroom sink. The two have stripped dow...

First-time filmmaker Jordan Rubin walks us through the making of the wackiest movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. Warning: There will be blood.

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Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

“That’s how old I was when I was producing That Girl,” Marlo Thomas tells me when I say I’m 24 years old. And like that, I’m riddled with self-consciousness and doubt. She sits polished in a hip yet age-appropriate (age-defying, really, for 76 ) l...

Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on ‘That Girl,’ wants you to be yourself. Even if your life is like ‘Girls’ or ‘New Girl.’

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Shakespeare’s Movie Magic

Shakespeare’s Movie Magic

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare wrote in The Tempest. And he sure was right—for the work of the playwright, who was born 450 years ago today, is still performed not only on stage, but also—to even bigger audiences—on film. To celebrate Big ...

He is 450 years young, his words bought to big-screen life by stars like Emma Thompson, Dame Maggie Smith, and Sir Ian McKellen. We select our favorite big-screen Shakespeare moments.

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World News

Putin Exposes CIA Cat Listicle Plot

Putin Exposes CIA Cat Listicle Plot

On Thursday, Vladimir Putin asserted that the Internet was really a CIA project. I know it sounds crazy, but maybe he’s onto something.We all know the official story. The Internet—and its precursor, the Arpanet—began as a Pentagon-funded network o...

But why did Vlad have to go and spill the beans?

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On the Front Lines in Ukraine’s Info War

On the Front Lines in Ukraine’s Info War

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — As the government in Kiev begins its move to reopen roads and recapture government buildings in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian militants in the town of Kramatorsk have been consolidating their hold. Over the weekend they seized...

As the propaganda war prepares the ground for a shooting war, the death toll already is rising.

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The Real Winner of the Afghan War

The Real Winner of the Afghan War

For over a decade, the State Department gave 69% of its funding for Afghanistan to a single company—a company with a particularly checkered history.DynCorp, one of the largest corporations working in the government’s army of private contractors, h...

The State Department paid out $4 billion to rebuild Afghanistan. Some $2.5 billion of that went to a single firm with a bad, bad past.

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The Cult of the Baby General

The Cult of the Baby General

North Korean state television has released cherubic photographs of dictator Kim Jong-un as a child after the photos were shown during a special Air Force concert held in his honor. The undated pictures alternately depict Kim as a chubby-cheeked to...

Baby photos of the Hermit Kingdom’s hereditary dictator are meant to reinforce North Korea’s state religion of moral and racial purity.

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On the Front Lines in Ukraine’s Info War

On the Front Lines in Ukraine’s Info War

KRAMATORSK, Ukraine — As the government in Kiev begins its move to reopen roads and recapture government buildings in eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian militants in the town of Kramatorsk have been consolidating their hold. Over the weekend they seized...

As the propaganda war prepares the ground for a shooting war, the death toll already is rising.

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Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Would you take your young family on a vacation to a place where there had been 18 incidents of attempted kidnapping, sexual assault and “near misses” against children made by perpetrators who broke into resort hotel rooms?  Probably not. That is, ...

A new development in the formerly closed case finds detectives scrambling to uncover new leads after a revelation that a suspect in 18 other nearby break-ins fit the same description.

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Stop the Slaughter in South Sudan!

Stop the Slaughter in South Sudan!

On the dusty roads of Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, piles of dead bodies pulled from a local hospital, church and mosque lay baking in the hot sun. Last week, opposition forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Macha...

Hate radio, revenge killings—the echoes of Rwanda are there. Now is the time to act, before a civil war becomes a genocide.

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Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Would you take your young family on a vacation to a place where there had been 18 incidents of attempted kidnapping, sexual assault and “near misses” against children made by perpetrators who broke into resort hotel rooms?  Probably not. That is, ...

A new development in the formerly closed case finds detectives scrambling to uncover new leads after a revelation that a suspect in 18 other nearby break-ins fit the same description.

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Tech + Health

The Sexual Psychology of Hate Crimes

The Sexual Psychology of Hate Crimes

Former KKK leader Frazier Glenn Miller appeared in court today charged with the murder of three people outside a Jewish retirement home in Kansas. The neo-fascist wrote his own Declaration of War (PDF) in 1987, expressing his hatred for “Niggers, ...

Frazier Glenn Miller, a former KKK leader and murderer, was once arrested with a black, cross-dressing hooker. According to psychology and history, it’s not that surprising.

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Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors

Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors

The story of a wayward anesthesia trainee who took a near fatal dose of fentanyl hit the news this week. Of particular interest is that he overdosed (and lived) just hours after a nurse in the same large university medical center hospital overdose...

News of doctor and nurse drug overdoses hit the press this week, highlighting an ongoing (and growing) problem.

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Is Zohydro a Ticking Time Bomb?

Is Zohydro a Ticking Time Bomb?

Response came quickly to the recent release of Zohydro, an extremely potent, hydrocodone opioid that boasts between five and 10 times the strength of Vicodin. Along with concerns over potency, health officials report (PDF) that the drug lacks nece...

The FDA-approved painkiller is raising red flags in medical circles and consumer protection groups.

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Colorado’s Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill

Colorado’s Anti-Anti-Vaxxer Bill

A bill entering the House in Colorado is seeking to make it ever more difficult for parents to choose to not-vaccinate their children on the basis of personal “belief” was watered down this week. Like many states, until now Colorado has had an EZP...

With increasing concern over the reappearance of measles and mumps, a Colorado bill would make it harder for parents to say no to vaccines. Why didn’t it get more support?

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Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors

Secret World of Drug-Addict Doctors

The story of a wayward anesthesia trainee who took a near fatal dose of fentanyl hit the news this week. Of particular interest is that he overdosed (and lived) just hours after a nurse in the same large university medical center hospital overdose...

News of doctor and nurse drug overdoses hit the press this week, highlighting an ongoing (and growing) problem.

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How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her multiple sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a til...

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.

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Power Up Without Eating

Power Up Without Eating

Lunch is a productivity ball-and-chain. After a hearty meal, I’m an afternoon work zombie, struggling through mental fog in search of a place to nap. To free myself from this fate, I replaced my 30-minute lunch with a 3-mile run. It was a resoundi...

Feel foggy after a big lunch? It might be time to trade in your normal routine for a lunchtime run.

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Cardio Is No Killer, CrossFitters

Cardio Is No Killer, CrossFitters

Depending on who you ask, cardio exercise is either the fountain of youth or the ticket to an early grave. The claim that many groups—particularly CrossFitters and paleo diet enthusiasts—make is that prolonged cardio exercise for 45-60 minutes is ...

CrossFitters and Paleo diet enthusiasts love to talk about how bad prolonged cardio exercise is, but the science says just the opposite.

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How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her multiple sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a til...

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.

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Fashion

When Models Try to Act

When Models Try to Act

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

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Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in Alexander McQueen: On Day 16 of the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by The Northern Sound System youth center in Adelaide…to learn how to DJ. Dressed in a repeat pale pink Al...

And Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in upcoming film.

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Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

People magazine has named Lupita Nyongo' its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performa...

Oscar winner gets the title.

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Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

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Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in Alexander McQueen: On Day 16 of the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by The Northern Sound System youth center in Adelaide…to learn how to DJ. Dressed in a repeat pale pink Al...

And Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in upcoming film.

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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lip...

And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

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Our Photoshopping Disorder

Our Photoshopping Disorder

Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the w...

The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?

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When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According ...

Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lip...

And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

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Great Escapes

Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story,  “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.” By the time w...

After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?

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  • The Tastiest Art Exhibit

    The Tastiest Art Exhibit

    When visiting any of the numerous galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, one typically knows what to expect: a quiet, sterile space with high-priced artworks on the wall, a few lone sculptures scattered throughout, and the occasio...

    The most recent exhibition at New York’s David Zwirner Gallery converts the traditionally sterile space into a fully functional chocolate factory with candy free for the taking.

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Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, the Elks Lodge 339 in Pittsburgh’s North Side underwent its weekly rebirth. Hordes of silver-haired retirement home residents began flooding through the doors, taking their seats at a series of lo...

A strange scene can be found on Wednesdays at the Elks Lodge: tattooed and pierced youngsters join with their nursing home elders for drinks, merriment, and some damn good banjo music.

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The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

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America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

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Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, the Elks Lodge 339 in Pittsburgh’s North Side underwent its weekly rebirth. Hordes of silver-haired retirement home residents began flooding through the doors, taking their seats at a series of lo...

A strange scene can be found on Wednesdays at the Elks Lodge: tattooed and pierced youngsters join with their nursing home elders for drinks, merriment, and some damn good banjo music.

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Why the Art World Coddles Franco

Why the Art World Coddles Franco

Is James Franco really an artist? He must be, because he just opened a major show at New York’s blue chip Pace Gallery, which represents Chuck Close, Maya Lin, and a host of living and dead creative legends.Yet many art world insiders consider act...

The art world loves the star attention the actor brings so much so that it accepts his ‘art’ without much scrutiny. In his new exhibit, though, Franco goes a step too far.

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Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

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America’s Best Ballpark Is...

America’s Best Ballpark Is...

Whether you obsessively counted down the days to Spring Training or are one of those one-game-per-summer fans, hot dog season is well upon us. With a long, hot summer of game days ahead, The Daily Beast set out to rank the 30 Major League ballpark...

Baseball season is back, which means it’s time to take in some home runs and hot dogs. Check out The Daily Beast’s ranking of the best Major League Baseball stadiums. Batter up!

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Why the Art World Coddles Franco

Why the Art World Coddles Franco

Is James Franco really an artist? He must be, because he just opened a major show at New York’s blue chip Pace Gallery, which represents Chuck Close, Maya Lin, and a host of living and dead creative legends.Yet many art world insiders consider act...

The art world loves the star attention the actor brings so much so that it accepts his ‘art’ without much scrutiny. In his new exhibit, though, Franco goes a step too far.

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Women

The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms

The NRA Nightmare: America’s Moms

Can a group of passionate mothers defeat the nation’s largest pro-gun institution and persuade elected officials to enact laws that will reduce gun violence and save lives? It’s too early to tell, but this weekend the two groups will come face to ...

At this weekend’s annual convention, there will be a lot of talking back and punishment threats, but who will eat soap remains to be seen.

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  • When Models Try to Act

    When Models Try to Act

    As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

    As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

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Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Would you take your young family on a vacation to a place where there had been 18 incidents of attempted kidnapping, sexual assault and “near misses” against children made by perpetrators who broke into resort hotel rooms?  Probably not. That is, ...

A new development in the formerly closed case finds detectives scrambling to uncover new leads after a revelation that a suspect in 18 other nearby break-ins fit the same description.

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Women of Monumental Importance

Women of Monumental Importance

Amelia Edwards was the first known archaeology travel writer. After travelling the Nile in 1873-74, she returned to England, wrote down her impressions and published them, complete with her own illustrations, as A Thousand Miles Up the Nile. The b...

Female archaeologists and scholars are on the front lines in the fight to save precious ancient sites, cultures, and communities. Meet some of the most exciting innovators.

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Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Was Madeleine McCann One of Many?

Would you take your young family on a vacation to a place where there had been 18 incidents of attempted kidnapping, sexual assault and “near misses” against children made by perpetrators who broke into resort hotel rooms?  Probably not. That is, ...

A new development in the formerly closed case finds detectives scrambling to uncover new leads after a revelation that a suspect in 18 other nearby break-ins fit the same description.

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Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Oh for God’s sake. It is frankly astonishing that pundits seem to think there is some value to discussing how Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will or will not impact her decision to run for President. Clearly they need something new to talk a...

Pundits are discussing the impact Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will have on a decision to run for President. They need to stop.

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Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Bataa was 13 years-old when her parents took her to a mosque preacher-cum-doctor.  In the top floor of an Egyptian house, he mutilated her genitals, cutting away her clitoris and labia. There, Soheir died. With her death, a doctor is – for ...

Soheir Bataa, 13, died after female genital mutilation in Egypt. Now her doctor is being prosecuted.

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Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Books

Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

“That’s how old I was when I was producing That Girl,” Marlo Thomas tells me when I say I’m 24 years old. And like that, I’m riddled with self-consciousness and doubt. She sits polished in a hip yet age-appropriate (age-defying, really, for 76 ) l...

Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on ‘That Girl,’ wants you to be yourself. Even if your life is like ‘Girls’ or ‘New Girl.’

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Why the Tea Party Won’t Go Away

Why the Tea Party Won’t Go Away

OK, I admit I opened Matt Kibbe’s Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto expecting to hate it. Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a leading Tea Party organization. You just have to read Thomas Mann and Norma...

Matt Kibbe’s autobiographical manifesto sheds considerable light—not all of it intentional—on the curious staying power of the Tea Party.

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James Patterson Writes a How-To

James Patterson Writes a How-To

Not only does James Patterson find the time to publish anywhere from three to 13 books a year, the insanely successful novelist is now offering his aid to aspiring writers via a new how-to. Patterson offers readers lessons like “write stories the ...

As the top selling author in the world.

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Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

Free to Be…Like Hannah Horvath

“That’s how old I was when I was producing That Girl,” Marlo Thomas tells me when I say I’m 24 years old. And like that, I’m riddled with self-consciousness and doubt. She sits polished in a hip yet age-appropriate (age-defying, really, for 76 ) l...

Feminist pioneer Marlo Thomas, who played the perky and prototypical good girl Ann Marie on ‘That Girl,’ wants you to be yourself. Even if your life is like ‘Girls’ or ‘New Girl.’

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Elizabeth Spencer Wins Rea Award

Elizabeth Spencer Wins Rea Award

Author Elizabeth Spencer has won the 2013 Rea Award for short fiction in honor of her decades of work as a novelist and short story writer. The Rea Award, which was founded in 1986 “to ennoble the form, to give it prestige,” is given every year to...

For work on short stories.

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Capitalism by the Numbers

Capitalism by the Numbers

Capital in the Twenty-First Century By Thomas Piketty‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ by Thomas Piketty. 696 pp. Belknap Press. $39.95 hardcover.Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century is a dense, data-intensive tome, clocking i...

Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ is a not so surprising best seller—it’s rigorously researched and arrestingly written.

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