Politics

America's Slumbering Secession Obsession

America's Slumbering Secession Obsession

In his underrated classic The Cousins’ Wars, Kevin Phillips proves something most Americans would not like to contemplate. Rather than just a one-off conflict over slavery, the Civil War was actually the third phase of a massive conflict among Bri...

As the United States becomes more and more disjointed, an increasing number of Americans favors abandoning the Union altogether.

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Iowa’s Secret Frontrunner

Iowa’s Secret Frontrunner

President Huckabee? Really? Well, maybe. Eight years after his first attempt, 2016 may be the year in which Mike Huckabee wins the Republican presidential nomination.According to CNN’s latest poll of Iowa voters, Huckabee comfortably leads Congres...

Mike Huckabee is an exceptional political talent with an early lead in the GOP’s 2016 primary. But can he sell voters on his vision of the future?

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How to Make Campaign Finance Reform Sexy

How to Make Campaign Finance Reform Sexy

Money alone can't win an election. But it sure does help.If you’re worried about the amount of money campaigns and political action committees are spending to win elections, take heart: You’re not alone. You’re part of a very, very small grou...

We all know there’s a problem, but watch voters’ eyes glaze over when you talk about getting money out of politics. So is there any chance we’ll actually clean up the system?

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America's Slumbering Secession Obsession

America's Slumbering Secession Obsession

In his underrated classic The Cousins’ Wars, Kevin Phillips proves something most Americans would not like to contemplate. Rather than just a one-off conflict over slavery, the Civil War was actually the third phase of a massive conflict among Bri...

As the United States becomes more and more disjointed, an increasing number of Americans favors abandoning the Union altogether.

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Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Senate, Senate, Senate. Of course it’s the most important battle this fall, the top fight on the card. But there’s a lot of other action to watch. I’ll write plenty about Senate races between now and Election Day, but today, let’s look at the key ...

Yes, keeping the Senate is the Democrats’ main job. But even if they fail at that, beating this quintet would make for a huge silver lining.

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Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Young, Evangelical & Pro-Gay

Something extraordinary is happening at the intersection of religion and LGBT people.  You may not have noticed it, because you thought it was impossible, and so you weren’t watching for it. But make no mistake, there is something wonderful happen...

A gay 24-year-old evangelical Christian is leading the charge toward tolerance among conservative Bible Belt Christians.

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Entertainment

He’s the World’s Biggest TV Star

He’s the World’s Biggest TV Star

There are certain behaviors we’ve come to expect, even demand, from our TV stars: Regularly gracing magazine covers, becoming permanent fixtures on red carpets, making frequent talk-show appearances, signing on for glossy ad campaigns, routinely j...

Don’t tell him, but Mark Harmon is a big deal. That’s what happens when you’re the star of ‘NCIS,’ a drama with ratings that rival ‘Sunday Night Football’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

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Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

They’re calling it The Fappening 2. Just two days after newly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an empowering, passionate speech on feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, one in which she opined on bei...

The young actress—and Johnny Depp paramour—has become the biggest target in the hacking, with 54 photos of Heard making their way online.

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Leaner, Meaner ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Leaner, Meaner ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Sorry, Hydra, but the biggest enemy that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faced in its first year was the show itself. Arriving last fall on a tsunami of hype, the ABC drama, about a team of do-gooders (who, unlike most Marvel leads, have no actual...

The blockbuster ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ changed everything, essentially rendering the name of Marvel's first live-action show meaningless. Not that anyone's com...

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Viral Vid: "F*** It, I Quit"

Viral Vid: "F*** It, I Quit"

The top story in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday night wasn’t just reported by KTVA; it was KTVA. More specifically, while reporter Charlo Greene was reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club—described on their website as a ‘medical marijuana collective o...

KTVA’s Charlo Greene outs herself as head of pot legalization group

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Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

They’re calling it The Fappening 2. Just two days after newly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an empowering, passionate speech on feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, one in which she opined on bei...

The young actress—and Johnny Depp paramour—has become the biggest target in the hacking, with 54 photos of Heard making their way online.

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Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?

Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?

When an 88-year-old singer releases a new album, critics usually scrutinize every phrase for signs of wear and tear. But Tony Bennett will get a free pass on his latest release, Cheek to Cheek. Yes, his voice has aged gracefully, and even the li...

She’s matched up with Tony Bennett of all people for an album’s worth of standards on “Cheek to Cheek.” But does she have the voice to pull it off?

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Feminine Mystique

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Feminine Mystique

Last month, I asked Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the gregarious and charming star of films like (500) Days of Summer, Looper, and The Dark Knight Rises, about why he considers himself a feminist.“What that means to me is that you don’t let your gender de...

The actor-entrepreneur opens up about his upcoming episode of “hitRECord on TV” that centers on the ‘feminist’ label and why self-identifying as a feminist is important to him.

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Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?

Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?

When an 88-year-old singer releases a new album, critics usually scrutinize every phrase for signs of wear and tear. But Tony Bennett will get a free pass on his latest release, Cheek to Cheek. Yes, his voice has aged gracefully, and even the li...

She’s matched up with Tony Bennett of all people for an album’s worth of standards on “Cheek to Cheek.” But does she have the voice to pull it off?

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World News

ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'

ISIS Ripped Off ‘Natural Born Killers'

The propagandists of the self-styled Islamic State, known for their exploitation of social media to lure recruits, are now experimenting with editing techniques that draw on Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers and genre films like Saw and The Evil...

The butchers of the so-called Islamic State are stealing Hollywood techniques to make their propaganda films.

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Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Over the summer, the Obama administration supported a draft cease-fire plan that would have strengthened the Hamas position in Gaza. Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime...

Many Israeli politicians have begun pushing for slow-motion regime change in Gaza. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the vast majority of the U.S. Senate now is in a similar mood.

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Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

In 1992, five American nuns from the St. Louis order of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ were murdered in cold blood while serving in a missionary in Liberia. The sisters, who volunteered for relief work in addition to ministerial service throu...

With the arrest of one of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor’s alleged female assassins, the 22-year-old murder of American nuns might finally be avenged.

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Obama’s Plan to Choke Off ISIS’ Recruits

Obama’s Plan to Choke Off ISIS’ Recruits

A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator. “We will go after you with the full force of the law,” he said.The diplomat then demonstrated with his hands what that looks li...

The White House wants to turn foreigners fighting for ISIS and other militant groups into global pariahs. But their plan to enforce that relies more on convincing more than coercing.

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Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Over the summer, the Obama administration supported a draft cease-fire plan that would have strengthened the Hamas position in Gaza. Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime...

Many Israeli politicians have begun pushing for slow-motion regime change in Gaza. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the vast majority of the U.S. Senate now is in a similar mood.

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Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

A few days after ISIS took Mosul in June, I was jolted from my sleep one night in Washington by a vivid nightmare about ISIS fighters on a rampage in my parent’s town, in the hills east of Beirut. We could hear them running outside, yelling and fi...

Lebanon may be small and a mess politically, but it brandishes weapons against ISIS that no other Arab country can.

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A Gay Jewish Zionist Doctor in Gaza

A Gay Jewish Zionist Doctor in Gaza

For the rest of his life, whenever someone asks Adam Kawalek, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?,” he’ll have to tell the story of how, in August of 2014, he got married, changed his name, and traveled halfway across the world just so he...

Adam Kawalek went from Los Angeles to Gaza to try to relieve the suffering of the sick and wounded there. The experience changed his view of Israel’s policies.

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Bloody Truth of ‘Boots on the Ground’

Bloody Truth of ‘Boots on the Ground’

LONDON — In its nearly thousand-year history, the Tower of London has gathered a reputation for being a place of bloody executions. In fact, only seven people were actually executed inside the Tower (most notoriously, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s sec...

The past 100 years have seen great casualties chasten leaders to say they can win the next war from above, without sacrifice.

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Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

A few days after ISIS took Mosul in June, I was jolted from my sleep one night in Washington by a vivid nightmare about ISIS fighters on a rampage in my parent’s town, in the hills east of Beirut. We could hear them running outside, yelling and fi...

Lebanon may be small and a mess politically, but it brandishes weapons against ISIS that no other Arab country can.

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U.S. News

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

The history of crime solving can be divided into two periods: Before DNA and After DNA. The introduction of forensic evidence in the mid-1980s completely changed the way we solve crimes. Matching crime scene evidence with potential perpetrators at...

The city just discovered hundreds of untested rape kits—adding to its backlog of more than 12,000 kits collecting dust on police shelves. And it’s hardly alone.

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Occupy Climate Change

Occupy Climate Change

A day after the largest climate-change protest in history drew an estimated 310,000 people to the streets of Manhattan without a single arrest, the “Flood Wall Street” rally brought a few hundred people out Monday under the slogan “Stop Capitalism...

It didn’t bring the hundreds of thousands of the People’s Climate March the day before, but the Wall Street sit-in Monday was striving for a different impact—and a more radical message.

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In Texas, Moses Is a Founding Father


In Texas, Moses Is a Founding Father


Four years ago, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted new standards, known as TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), for social studies textbooks in the state’s schools. The process ignited an international media storm. When it w...

The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state’s ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. The results, say historians, are...

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Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

The history of crime solving can be divided into two periods: Before DNA and After DNA. The introduction of forensic evidence in the mid-1980s completely changed the way we solve crimes. Matching crime scene evidence with potential perpetrators at...

The city just discovered hundreds of untested rape kits—adding to its backlog of more than 12,000 kits collecting dust on police shelves. And it’s hardly alone.

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Is the Climate Gay?

Is the Climate Gay?

On Sunday, a gaggle of queer folks will be joining the “People’s Climate March,” a rally in New York City projected to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Unfortunately, those who could help the cause the most are the least likely to show up.Marc...

To the radical LGBT activists most likely to march in New York City on Sunday, caring about global warming expresses solidarity with the oppressed. But what about the mainstream gays?

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America's Fading Main Streets

America's Fading Main Streets

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

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Tech + Health

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

When Lucky Strike server Laura Ramadei reportedly felt a male customer touch her ass “ever so gently” as he told her that he’d like to take her “to go,” she knew exactly what to do. Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went h...

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?

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China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

In March 2012, 17-year old Li Mengnan walked into a Beijing hospital. Armed with a three-inch fruit knife, he stabbed three staffers and killed a medical intern, then tried to kill himself. He said he no longer wanted to live after the poor medica...

Patient violence against doctors in China is shockingly common, and it’s increasing as more citizens get insured. Could the US see this kind of violence under Obamacare?

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Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

The Universe is filled with the mysterious invisible substance we call dark matter. Like the Force, it binds the galaxy together (though life doesn’t create it—sorry, Obi-Wan). We don’t know exactly what it is, but researchers have some educated g...

A huge particle detector attached to the International Space Station is searching for dark matter—the elusive substance that binds the Universe together.

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Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?

Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn Meet Amber Williford. Because of her food allergies to soy and dairy, Williford frequently experiences bloating and gas, especially after eating in restaurants. In search of relief, the holistic health coach...

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China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

In March 2012, 17-year old Li Mengnan walked into a Beijing hospital. Armed with a three-inch fruit knife, he stabbed three staffers and killed a medical intern, then tried to kill himself. He said he no longer wanted to live after the poor medica...

Patient violence against doctors in China is shockingly common, and it’s increasing as more citizens get insured. Could the US see this kind of violence under Obamacare?

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Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

In 1986, Richard Hatch, infamous villain and victor of CBS's inaugural season of Survivor, was a cash-strapped undergraduate at George Mason University in Virginia.He was looking for ways to fatten his slim income when he came across a local ...

Most people think of sperm donors as 20-somethings looking for a quick buck. But today’s donors want to know about their offspring, and even be involved in their lives.

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The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

At the time of Wednesday’s announcement out of Guinea that seven of nine missing Ebola workers had been found dead, we knew little. Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease. Two relief worker...

They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.

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Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

With the possible time-limited exceptions of occasional outbreaks of various infectious diseases, nothing inspires quite so much anxiety as Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an in...

‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a highly debated topic, one with no scientific support. But that doesn’t stop Lyme truthers and the docs who take advantage of them.

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Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

In 1986, Richard Hatch, infamous villain and victor of CBS's inaugural season of Survivor, was a cash-strapped undergraduate at George Mason University in Virginia.He was looking for ways to fatten his slim income when he came across a local ...

Most people think of sperm donors as 20-somethings looking for a quick buck. But today’s donors want to know about their offspring, and even be involved in their lives.

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The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie

The Making—and Remaking—of David Bowie

In pop culture today, it’s almost expected for big-name performers to combine their musical talent with artistic collaborations, consistently reinventing themselves and taking on new personas. Beyoncé embodied a sassy and independent Sasha Fierce ...

One of the greatest artists of all time, Bowie has never stopped reinventing himself. A new exhibit looks back at his rise to fame in all its messy, transfixing glory.

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Leo, the Beard Has to Go

Leo, the Beard Has to Go

When Leonardo DiCaprio addressed the audience at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on Sunday evening, he spoke of “a real and terrifying crisis.”He was speaking about climate change. He might also have been referring to the state of his...

Is a family of raccoons living in Leonardo DiCaprio’s beard? Beards can look sexy and brooding. They can also look demented.

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New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece

New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece

When it comes to art, we’ve all had that experience of looking at an abstract piece and thinking—what is it?Rather than feigning understanding when a large, sensory-rich sculpture was unveiled recently at the plaza at The Standard High Line, The D...

When a new, abstract sculpture was installed in New York City’s Meatpacking District, The Daily Beast asked viewers what it looked like to them. The answers were…interesting.

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Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

When Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with his new baby in a car seat, and confidently clicked it into place on the back seat (a maneuver, royal insiders later told The Daily Beast, that he had taken the t...

Finally, after generations of cold, screwed-up parenting, the royal family—in warm and practical Kate and William—are changing the way they raise future monarchs.

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Leo, the Beard Has to Go

Leo, the Beard Has to Go

When Leonardo DiCaprio addressed the audience at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on Sunday evening, he spoke of “a real and terrifying crisis.”He was speaking about climate change. He might also have been referring to the state of his...

Is a family of raccoons living in Leonardo DiCaprio’s beard? Beards can look sexy and brooding. They can also look demented.

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The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The show of the late Otto Muehl now at Maccarone in the West Village consists of splatter paintings and three videos, in which the artist vigorously assaults a sequence of canvases with paint—occasionally body-surfing on one—in front of 50-plus ex...

Otto Muehl led a group of Viennese artists who disrupted taboos, embraced free sex...and taught this author, one fateful day in 1970, that it’s not “anything goes” in the name of art.

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The Real Housewives of Miss America

The Real Housewives of Miss America

If the goal was to get 'em talking, last Sunday night's Miss America competition was a roaring success. Factoids! Plastic cups! Ventriloquism! Holiday Barbie! Cheetah attacks! Suffice it to say, the Internet exploded.As someone who has b...

The Miss America Pageant says it’s about empowering women through education. So why does it treat its contestants like idiots?

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Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

When Washington D.C.-based writer and feminist activist Jennifer Zobair decided to marry a Muslim man and convert to Islam 15 years ago, she was flooded with gifts of Islamic books that glorified traditional gender roles. A graduate of Smith Colle...

As in the West, “Feminism” in Islam has sparked controversy. But its proponents are finding each other and pushing back online.

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The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The show of the late Otto Muehl now at Maccarone in the West Village consists of splatter paintings and three videos, in which the artist vigorously assaults a sequence of canvases with paint—occasionally body-surfing on one—in front of 50-plus ex...

Otto Muehl led a group of Viennese artists who disrupted taboos, embraced free sex...and taught this author, one fateful day in 1970, that it’s not “anything goes” in the name of art.

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Women

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something approximating rapture. “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights,” wrote Jessica Valenti at The Guardian, while Amanda Marcotte at Slate argued that the singer had put paid to the idea that ...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Books

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

My family and I went to Gettysburg one recent Saturday afternoon. We spent time in the bustling visitor center, then took a spin through the packed Civil War museum. We had a picnic under an acorn tree in the midst of the monuments and battlefield...

Tour guides and museums are all well and good, but history truly comes alive to us in the most unexpected ways—sometimes just in the smell of old family letters.

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  • A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

In this week’s episode, our hero Pete Dexter tries to figure out how he forgot to have fun. Originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News on July 17, 1986, it is reprinted here with the author’s permission., please enjoy “Having Fun: One Thi...

Somewhere, somehow, the author Pete Dexter forgot how to have fun. If you find yourself in that fix, all you have to do is read this story.

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Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy is the story of a young, dedicated Mossad agent as told by Moti Kfir, the man who trained her, and Ram Oren, a journalist and author. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, they tell the sto...

Israel tapped her to bring down the masterminds behind the 1972 Olympic massacre. Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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