Politics

Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable cause to file criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case"  of officers involved in the arrest of the black man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Adrees Latif - RTX1B4E3

When Marilyn Mosby’s Cousin Was Killed

When Marilyn Mosby’s Cousin Was Killed

When Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore city, stood before cameras that introduced her to the world Friday as she declared that six Baltimore cops would face felony charges in the death of Freddie Gray, she arrived with personal knowled...

The Baltimore prosecutor in the Gray case learned years ago, when she was just 14, how quickly poor black lives can be snuffed out.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Jon Greenberg and Lauren CarrollWarning: The following fact-check may upset your stomach.On NBC’s Meet the Press, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was asked if there was too much money in politics. He offered a novel answer.“We spend more mo...

John Boehner claimed that Americans spend more on antacids than politics. PunditFact checked it out.

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Potential Republican 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, New Hampshire April 18, 2015.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder - RTR4XVCG

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

Rappers Vs. Trump As Stupid As It Sounds

A sense of calm—celebration, even—returned to Baltimore on Friday, after State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that there was probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray. The ci...

On Twitter, it’s mogul against musicians, and no one comes out of it looking good.

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Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby speaks on recent violence and says there is "probable cause to file criminal charges in the Freddie Gray case"  of officers involved in the arrest of the black man who later died of injuries he sustained while in custody in Baltimore, Maryland May 1, 2015.    REUTERS/Adrees Latif - RTX1B4E3

When Marilyn Mosby’s Cousin Was Killed

When Marilyn Mosby’s Cousin Was Killed

When Marilyn Mosby, state’s attorney for Baltimore city, stood before cameras that introduced her to the world Friday as she declared that six Baltimore cops would face felony charges in the death of Freddie Gray, she arrived with personal knowled...

The Baltimore prosecutor in the Gray case learned years ago, when she was just 14, how quickly poor black lives can be snuffed out.

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What Ben Franklin Can Teach the Clintons

What Ben Franklin Can Teach the Clintons

More than 200 years ago, we included in our Constitution a provision that forbids federal officers from accepting a gift of any kind whatever from foreign interests without first getting permission from Congress (Article I, Section 9, the so-calle...

The King of France gave Ben Franklin a snuff box. He did le roi no favors in return—but he soon came to see that that wasn’t good enough.

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David Wildstein, former director of Interstate Capital Projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listens during a hearing at the State Assembly in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Wildstein, the appointee of Governor Chris Christie at the center of a controversy over lane closures in Fort Lee, invoked his right to remain silent at a legislative hearing. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

David Wildstein pleaded guilty Friday for his role in Bridgegate, the scandal involving massive traffic jams caused by the unexplained closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. If Wildstein, as a top-tier executive...

So who is he and what does that mean for Chris Christie?

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Entertainment

Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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The Seduction of Jon Snow

The Seduction of Jon Snow

Jon Snow’s sword is still safely tucked away in its sheath. But it almost wasn’t.During the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ thrilling Season 5, the Lord of Light’s No. 1 groupie, Melisandre (Carice van Houten), set her sights on the Bastard of ...

Lord of Light priestess Melisandre tried her best to make Jon Snow break his Night’s Watch vows before unleashing five words that made Snow’s jaw drop to the floor.

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John Oliver Blasts Media Over Baltimore

John Oliver Blasts Media Over Baltimore

John Oliver was not rooting for Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.On Sunday night’s edition of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which has fast become must-see TV, the British host called Mayweather, who has a very long, awful history of ...

On ‘Last Week Tonight,’ the witty Brit laid into the media’s coverage of the Baltimore protests in the wake of Freddie Gray’s death, and also had choice words for Floyd Mayweather.

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Game of Thrones’ Anti-Gay Fanatics

Game of Thrones’ Anti-Gay Fanatics

Game of Thrones’ fifth season is barreling past George R.R. Martin’s last books at light speed now, every episode snowballing in narrative momentum. “Sons of the Harpy,” the fourth episode of the season, reduced kings and Lord Commanders to putty ...

The fifth season’s bloody, thrilling fourth episode saw the ultra-conservative religious sect the Faith of the Seven terrorize the gay people of Westeros—with Cersei’s approval.

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The Seduction of Jon Snow

The Seduction of Jon Snow

Jon Snow’s sword is still safely tucked away in its sheath. But it almost wasn’t.During the fourth episode of Game of Thrones’ thrilling Season 5, the Lord of Light’s No. 1 groupie, Melisandre (Carice van Houten), set her sights on the Bastard of ...

Lord of Light priestess Melisandre tried her best to make Jon Snow break his Night’s Watch vows before unleashing five words that made Snow’s jaw drop to the floor.

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I am Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

This 8-foot-tall canary needs no introduction. With his helium voice and eternally childlike wonder, Big Bird has lumbered down Sesame Street and into the hearts of   generations of audiences whose lives have been brightened by him over the last 4...

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on 'Sesame Street.' Now 81, Spinney stars in a documentary that reveals how he overcame his dark past.

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Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Outtakes

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ Outtakes

In 1991, photographer Kirk Weddle shot promo photos for Nirvana, mimicking their iconic album’s naked baby cover image. They’re being displayed for the first time at Steven Walker’s Modern Rocks Gallery in Austin, Texas.

In 1991, photographer Kirk Weddle shot promo photos for Nirvana, mimicking their iconic album’s naked baby cover image. They’re being displayed for the first time at Steven Walker’s ...

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Walking Dead Star Loses It On NYC Subway

Walking Dead Star Loses It On NYC Subway

Commuters on the New York were treated to business as usual as a deranged person ranted and screamed and paced back and forth on a subway train. What wasn’t the norm was that this particular person wasn’t one of the city’s thousands of mentally ...

Chad L. Coleman goes off on 4 Train

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I am Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

My Secret Life as Big Bird

This 8-foot-tall canary needs no introduction. With his helium voice and eternally childlike wonder, Big Bird has lumbered down Sesame Street and into the hearts of   generations of audiences whose lives have been brightened by him over the last 4...

For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on 'Sesame Street.' Now 81, Spinney stars in a documentary that reveals how he overcame his dark past.

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World News

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A man poses with the new issue of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo entitled "Tout est pardonne" ("All is forgiven"), which shows a caricature of Prophet Mohammad, at a cafe in Nice, southern France January 14, 2015. The first edition of Charlie Hebdo published after the deadly attacks by Islamist gunmen sold out within minutes at newspaper kiosks around France on Wednesday, with people queuing up to buy copies to support the satirical weekly. A print run of up to three million copies has been set for what has been called "the survivors' edition," dwarfing the usual 60,000 run. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard  (FRANCE - Tags: CRIME LAW MEDIA) TEMPLATE OUT - RTR4LE1D

The PEN Gala and the Gall of the Boycott

The PEN Gala and the Gall of the Boycott

The writers who have decided to boycott the PEN American Center’s annual gala in New York on Tuesday, an event at which the courage of Charlie Hebdo is to be honored, rely on five arguments.The dissenters cannot, they say, endorse the editorial li...

Blinding ignorance is what really lies behind the statements of those PEN members who’ve attacked the decision to honor Charlie Hebdo.

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Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

On a strange issue uniting foreign affairs and sports, Republicans and Democrats have come together to attempt a major league task: Persuading the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to deprive Russia of its hosting duties vis...

A bipartisan group of senators is trying to take the World Cup from Vladimir Putin. But will FIFA listen?

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In this Sept. 11, 2012 photo, anti-Islamic blogger Pamela Geller, speaks at a conference she organized entitled; “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York. An advertising campaign initiated by Geller’s group, “The American Freedom Defense Initiative,” will have its ads that equate foes of Israel with “savages” appearing in 10 New York City subway stations after a federal judge ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put them up. (AP Photo/David Karp)

Muslims Defend Geller’s Right to Hate

Muslims Defend Geller’s Right to Hate

Anti-Muslim advocate Pam Geller has the absolute right to draw any cartoon she wants of the Prophet Muhammad. That was not just the response from Muslim-American leaders I spoke to after news broke Sunday night of a shooting outside a Garland, Tex...

Both before Pam Geller’s Draw Muhammad event and after the attack Sunday night, Muslim-American leaders vigorously defended her right to draw whatever she wants.

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People take pictures of a memorial for the victims of a fire that erupted at the Trade Union House (background) a year ago as they mark the one-year anniversary in Odessa, southern Ukraine, on May 2, 2015. A deadly fire that erupted on May 2, 2014 at the Trade Union House during clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian groups had killed 42 people dead. AFP PHOTO / GENYA SAVILOV        (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Burning Hatred that Divides Odessa

The Burning Hatred that Divides Odessa

ODESSA, Ukraine—Several women surrounded a man taking a cell phone video of people laying flowers around photographs of victims killed in the horrific fire at Odessa's Trade Unions House last year.The women were hostile, even menacing. The ma...

This beautiful city on the Black Sea has become a symbol of the complex suspicions and conspiracies that plague Ukraine.

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Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

Using FIFA to Kick Putin in the Face

On a strange issue uniting foreign affairs and sports, Republicans and Democrats have come together to attempt a major league task: Persuading the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to deprive Russia of its hosting duties vis...

A bipartisan group of senators is trying to take the World Cup from Vladimir Putin. But will FIFA listen?

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Berghof on Obersalzberg

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

It was a day as crystalline as any in the Bavarian Alps can be in late spring. In room 357 of the InterContinental Resort a smartly suited young receptionist drew back the blinds. The view toward Austria was a knockout. There were still streaks of...

The Bavarian Alps are breathtaking but also unsettling because of their most famous tourist: Adolf Hitler.

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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Pope Francis looks away at the end of  his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on September 3, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO        (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Will Climate Change Split the Church?

Later this summer, Pope Francis will release his encyclical on the environment and human ecology. While Francis’s predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II regularly spoke on environmental issues, this will be the first papal document to focus on...

American conservatives may freak out over Pope Francis’ environmental message, but they’re out of touch with the mood among global Catholics.

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Berghof on Obersalzberg

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

It was a day as crystalline as any in the Bavarian Alps can be in late spring. In room 357 of the InterContinental Resort a smartly suited young receptionist drew back the blinds. The view toward Austria was a knockout. There were still streaks of...

The Bavarian Alps are breathtaking but also unsettling because of their most famous tourist: Adolf Hitler.

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U.S. News

Brave Girl Stops Brooklyn Stabbing

Brave Girl Stops Brooklyn Stabbing

by Adam Grannick for the Moral Courage ProjectBROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Savannah, a reserved young woman in high school, points at the sidewalk across the quiet Williamsburg street, where she remembers seeing a group of young men her age attack another...

Brooklyn teen describes her split-second decision to help a friend in danger.

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NYC Cop Dies After Brutal Shooting

NYC Cop Dies After Brutal Shooting

On a perfect Sunday in May, police were searching amidst the flowering trees and bright green lawns of Queens Village for a handgun that had been used to shoot a 25-year-old police officer in the head the night before.Police Officer Brian Moore an...

A young police officer fought for his life a day after being shot in the head during a routine patrol but succumbed to his injuries.

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Fake Marine Busted for Boot Camp Gym

Fake Marine Busted for Boot Camp Gym

For more than a decade, “Lieutenant” Gregory Allen pumped up young military hopefuls at his gym in San Rafael, California. The bulky and bald-headed drill sergeant told war stories from his stint in Vietnam, collected donations, and even posed for...

The FBI is investigating a Cali gym instructor who allegedly faked his military record in order to draw clients to his fitness classes.

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Brave Girl Stops Brooklyn Stabbing

Brave Girl Stops Brooklyn Stabbing

by Adam Grannick for the Moral Courage ProjectBROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Savannah, a reserved young woman in high school, points at the sidewalk across the quiet Williamsburg street, where she remembers seeing a group of young men her age attack another...

Brooklyn teen describes her split-second decision to help a friend in danger.

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Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

On July 30, 1866, a New Orleans attorney of some influence, Thomas Jefferson Durant, gazed out of his downtown office as marauding policemen beat and shot black people in the streets.The police mob blasted into a place called Mechanics’ Hall, two ...

The Civil War may have been over, but former slave Rose Herera still had to fight to get back her children that had been taken to Cuba, where slavery was still legal.

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A police officer stands near the suspects' vehicle after a shooting outside the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday at the anti-Islam art exhibit near Dallas featuring depictions of the Prophet Mohammad were themselves shot dead at the scene, a local CBS television affiliate and other local media reported, citing police.   REUTERS/Mike Stone - RTX1BEB0

Boosted Security Limits Texas Body Count

Boosted Security Limits Texas Body Count

GARLAND, Texas—The Garland Police Department didn’t necessarily anticipate a shooting to occur at the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s first “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest Sunday evening at this Dallas suburb’s Curtis Culwell Center. But Pol...

The two gunmen were killed at the "Draw Muhammad" event, but a beefed-up police presence helped contain the situation before any more casualties could occur.

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Tech + Health

Diagnosing a Nigerian ‘Mystery Disease’

Diagnosing a Nigerian ‘Mystery Disease’

A mysterious and highly fatal disease was described in Nigeria two weeks ago. The first wave of reports suggested major trouble: 24 cases, 18 of whom had died precipitously from neurologic collapse: confusion, blindness, coma, death. A more recent...

Whether it’s illness, poison or divine retribution, whatever killed those 23 people has recent roots.

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Business of Recovery

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people h...

A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.

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A man takes part in the National semi-final cross-fit competition in Belarus' capital of Minsk on March 22, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKY        (Photo credit should read MAXIM MALINOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

How To Beat Fitness ADHD

How To Beat Fitness ADHD

In life, variety seems to be good. Variety spices up life—in our diet, our friendships, our television shows and music, and for those who dare, in our love lives. Too much variety, however, in our exercise repertoire—jumping from spin class to Bom...

You can jump from Bombay Jam Bollywood to CrossFit, but doing exercise that you believe in will make you happier in the long run.

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Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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Business of Recovery

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people h...

A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

A few days ago, I learned that part of my medical education has been rendered essentially obsolete, and I couldn’t be happier about it.In a joint statement issued on April 29, the Pan American Health Organization and its parent agency the World He...

Rubella, which causes terrible birth defects in unborn infants, has finally been eradicated from the Americas. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.

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Messenger crashes into Mercury - what can we learn from space probes?

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around 3:30 PM EST, MESSENGER crashed into the planet Mercury, no doubt shouting “SCIENCE!” as it went. That final crash marks the end of an amazingly successful scientific mission, extended to fou...

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a greater understanding of mysterious Me...

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Happy 40th Birthday, David Beckham!

Happy 40th Birthday, David Beckham!

David Beckham turned 40 at the weekend with a huge party in a luxe resort in Marrakech. We take a look back at his 40 eventful, starry years.

David Beckham turned 40 at the weekend with a huge party in a luxe resort in Marrakech. We take a look back at his 40 eventful, starry years.

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Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

“We’re Piercing My Baby’s Tongue. Here’s Why.”“Dying Woman Finally Achieves Body Acceptance”“How to Make Your Vagina Look More Like His Man Cave”Such were just a few of the headlines on Friday’s homepage of the satirical website Reductress, the ‘O...

The sharply witty ‘Reductress’ site doesn’t just satirize the sexism women face, but also the inadequacies and failings of feminism itself.

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The Crooked CEO Who Held A ‘Roman Orgy’

The Crooked CEO Who Held A ‘Roman Orgy’

“I wish you worked for me, Haden-Guest,” Saul Steinberg told me, breezily.This, I should say, was not Saul Steinberg, the penetrating cartoon artist, but Saul Steinberg, the fashionably notorious corporate raider and greenmailer, a genial tub of a...

Dennis Kozlowski went all-out planning his wife Karen’s 2001 birthday party, which featured centurions and a Michelangelo ‘David’ ice sculpture pissing vodka.

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Berghof on Obersalzberg

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

Vacationing With Nazi Ghosts

It was a day as crystalline as any in the Bavarian Alps can be in late spring. In room 357 of the InterContinental Resort a smartly suited young receptionist drew back the blinds. The view toward Austria was a knockout. There were still streaks of...

The Bavarian Alps are breathtaking but also unsettling because of their most famous tourist: Adolf Hitler.

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Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

“We’re Piercing My Baby’s Tongue. Here’s Why.”“Dying Woman Finally Achieves Body Acceptance”“How to Make Your Vagina Look More Like His Man Cave”Such were just a few of the headlines on Friday’s homepage of the satirical website Reductress, the ‘O...

The sharply witty ‘Reductress’ site doesn’t just satirize the sexism women face, but also the inadequacies and failings of feminism itself.

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Norway's Queen Sonja together with architect Peter Zumthor (R) and Jerry Gorovoy (L) assistant to the late artist Louise Bourgeois, stand inside the glass house of the witch monument Steilneset memorial in Vardo June 23, 2011. The witch monument, a collaboration between the artist Louise Bourgeois and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is a memorial to the victims of atrocities during the burning of witches in Vardo. In the 16th and 17th centuries, 135 persons were indicted and 91 were executed as witches in Finnmark, the vast majority in Vardo, and many of them of indigenous Sami ancestry. The monument, consisting of a chair enveloped in flames and enclosed in a 125-meter-high building, with a window built for each victim of the witch hunt, is erected at the place where the burning of witches originally happened, Steilneset in Vardo. At centre right is guide Helene Willumsen.      REUTERS/Heiko Junge/ Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES INNORWAY - RTR2NZQU

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

The site of one of Europe’s most brutal witch hunts has been transformed into a modernist memorial monument, perched above the Arctic Circle on the rugged coast of Norway’s most northeastern tip.As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of ...

The town of Vardø, known as ‘the witch capital of Norway,’ has built a monument dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were burnt or tortured to death, accused of sorcery.

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How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts--Again

How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts—Again

How Irish Whiskey Won Our Hearts—Again

At the New Midleton Distillery just outside of Cork, Ireland, three of the world’s largest operating copper stills stand two stories high, visible through floor to ceiling glass windows on the outside.The hand-hammered beauties hold over 75,000 li...

It has had a turbulent history, but a younger generation of drinkers into its mixable qualities has bought Irish whiskey back center stage.

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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Norway's Queen Sonja together with architect Peter Zumthor (R) and Jerry Gorovoy (L) assistant to the late artist Louise Bourgeois, stand inside the glass house of the witch monument Steilneset memorial in Vardo June 23, 2011. The witch monument, a collaboration between the artist Louise Bourgeois and Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, is a memorial to the victims of atrocities during the burning of witches in Vardo. In the 16th and 17th centuries, 135 persons were indicted and 91 were executed as witches in Finnmark, the vast majority in Vardo, and many of them of indigenous Sami ancestry. The monument, consisting of a chair enveloped in flames and enclosed in a 125-meter-high building, with a window built for each victim of the witch hunt, is erected at the place where the burning of witches originally happened, Steilneset in Vardo. At centre right is guide Helene Willumsen.      REUTERS/Heiko Junge/ Scanpix (NORWAY - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT ROYALS POLITICS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. NORWAY OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES INNORWAY - RTR2NZQU

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

Norway Is Very Sorry For Killing Witches

The site of one of Europe’s most brutal witch hunts has been transformed into a modernist memorial monument, perched above the Arctic Circle on the rugged coast of Norway’s most northeastern tip.As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of ...

The town of Vardø, known as ‘the witch capital of Norway,’ has built a monument dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were burnt or tortured to death, accused of sorcery.

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Books

Portrait of American musician Lou Reed (1942 - 2013)  in Berlin in May 2003. (Photo by Eamonn McCabe/Redferns)

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

Let Lou Reed Teach You About Lou Reed

If you’ve ever entered into a debate with a fellow music nerd about the enormous contribution Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground have bequeathed to late 20th century popular culture, within a few minutes the following cliché is likely to have sur...

Recent books have tried to deconstruct Lou Reed’s lyrics and music and turn them into an academic exercise. Instead, just experience the music for yourself.

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  • Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

    Freed Slave Fought to Get Back Children

    On July 30, 1866, a New Orleans attorney of some influence, Thomas Jefferson Durant, gazed out of his downtown office as marauding policemen beat and shot black people in the streets.The police mob blasted into a place called Mechanics’ Hall, two ...

    The Civil War may have been over, but former slave Rose Herera still had to fight to get back her children that had been taken to Cuba, where slavery was still legal.

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David McCullough On Books

David McCullough On Books

American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015. McCullough discusses his favorite books and authors, including British crime novelist...

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side” By Amy K. Nelson, Medium’s Matter The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police. ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder By ...

Baltimore gangs, jilted Kickstarters and Oliver Sacks. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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WILLIAM FAULKNER US novelist and screenwriter here about 1955

William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

William Faulkner had recently begun a draft of “Dark House,” the novel that would ultimately become Absalom, Absalom!, when he arrived in New Orleans on February 15, 1934. He came to attend an air circus that was being thrown to celebrate the open...

Alicensed pilot himself, Faulkner tackled the bizarre subculture of daredevil fliers in ‘Pylon,’ a novel permeated with the Depression’s desperate neuroticism.

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David McCullough On Books

David McCullough On Books

American author, historian and biographer David McCullough talks with Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief John Avlon at The Charleston Library Society on April 15, 2015. McCullough discusses his favorite books and authors, including British crime novelist...

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

Are We Distracting Ourselves to Death?

The ghosts of many philosophers haunt the pages of Matthew Crawford’s new book, The World Beyond Your Head: On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction. Rather than embracing the standard coffee-mug view of philosophy as a repository of sag...

It’s increasingly difficult to pay attention in the blooming, buzzing confusion of the modern world. Matthew Crawford argues persuasively that it’s time to fight back.

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BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 2:  A pedestrian passes a liquor store in the Middle East neighborhood, three blocks north of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, December 2, 2003 in East Baltimore, Maryland. According to a local news media report, the city will soon evict about 250 families in the area and transform it into a biotechnology park that will create 8,000 jobs and 2,000 new and renovated houses in ten years as a revitalization program of the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

You've Never Seen Cuba Like This

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

Photographer Marius Jovaisa was the first foreign photographer given permission to photograph Cuba from the air, and his images capture the unique beauty of the island nation.

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