Politics

Bobby Jindal’s Love Affair With Hate

Bobby Jindal’s Love Affair With Hate

“Our God wins!” Who do you think made this statement on Saturday in the hopes of rallying a group of religious fundamentalists? A. The leader of ISIS; B. A Yemeni militant commander; C. A radical Islamic cleric; or D. Louisiana Republican Governor...

The American Family Association is a hate group. Yet, the governor of Louisiana just spoke to the group. Shouldn’t this matter?

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Obama’s Biggest Problem: Timing

Obama’s Biggest Problem: Timing

Old show-biz joke: “Ask me the secret of great comedy.” “Okay…what’s the secret of great com— “—Timing!”Here lies one of the most significant weights that have burdened the presidency of Barack Obama. Apart from his personal and policy strength...

His personal and political weaknesses aside, the president would’ve had a much easier time these past few years if he had FDR’s luck.

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Vote Fark for Governor!

Vote Fark for Governor!

Can an untested tech guru use cheap, highly effective, technologically advanced methods to win the governor’s race in Kentucky?Probably not.But for argument’s sake, let’s say maybe.Drew Curtis, founder of Fark.com, a website founded in 1999 that a...

Ah, America: Drew Curtis, who started the irreverent aggregator in 1999, tells The Daily Beast he’s running for the state’s highest office ‘because it was the first available spot.’

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Bobby Jindal’s Love Affair With Hate

Bobby Jindal’s Love Affair With Hate

“Our God wins!” Who do you think made this statement on Saturday in the hopes of rallying a group of religious fundamentalists? A. The leader of ISIS; B. A Yemeni militant commander; C. A radical Islamic cleric; or D. Louisiana Republican Governor...

The American Family Association is a hate group. Yet, the governor of Louisiana just spoke to the group. Shouldn’t this matter?

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Spy Chief: Obama ‘Paralyzed’ By ISIS

Spy Chief: Obama ‘Paralyzed’ By ISIS

The former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency slammed the Obama administration on Monday as “well intentioned” but paralyzed and playing defense in its the fight against Islamic militancy. Recently retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn called for th...

Former DIA Chief Michael Flynn likens fight against Islamic militants to the Cold War and calls for an international chain of command akin to that of the Allies in World War II.

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Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Last week was a great week for Hillary Clinton.  The State of the Union was essentially 2016 Clinton’s campaign kickoff speech. Its themes of work and responsibility were vintage Clinton—Bill Clinton, anyway.  Meanwhile, the Republicans were doing...

So Obama tees it up for Clinton by focusing on the middle class, and what does the GOP say? Cut entitlements! Can anybody play this game?

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Entertainment

The Importance of Larry Wilmore

The Importance of Larry Wilmore

There’s a bit that Larry Wilmore has been doing for more than 20 years: “People always ask me what I’m mixed with,” he’ll begin, referencing strangers’ inability to understand how he, a black man, came to have light skin. “They go, ‘Are you...mixe...

At The Nightly Show’s core is a commitment to the idea of purposeful conversation, rather than the moral superiority that comes with being right.

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Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s explanation of “Deflate-Gate” has roused the ire of The Dark Knight of Reason, Bill Nye, the Science Guy. “What he said didn’t make any sense,” Nye told ABC News, and went on to deflate Belichick’s “rubb...

Science Guy weighs in on “Deflate-Gate.”

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Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

For female urbanites—and New Yorkers in particular—Eloise represented their wildest fantasy come to life: a free-spirited, wildly independent young girl who lives in the penthouse of the Plaza Hotel and embarks on an endless array of First World a...

The creator and star of HBO’s Girls sat down at Sundance to discuss her Eloise documentary, Hannah’s Iowa mess, and her legion of haters.

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Nic Cage’s Next Mission: Hunt Bin Laden

Nic Cage’s Next Mission: Hunt Bin Laden

Four years ago, Navy SEALs descended on a Pakistan compound and assassinated the most wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden. Or did they? One man thinks we’ve all been duped. And as he lives to see his story become a Hollywood movie, Gary...

The faded Oscar winner will swing a samurai sword playing Gary Faulkner, the dialysis patient/bounty hunter who insists in an exclusive interview that the Qaeda boss is alive.

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Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s explanation of “Deflate-Gate” has roused the ire of The Dark Knight of Reason, Bill Nye, the Science Guy. “What he said didn’t make any sense,” Nye told ABC News, and went on to deflate Belichick’s “rubb...

Science Guy weighs in on “Deflate-Gate.”

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Franco's Temporary #1 Fan: Mitt Romney

Franco's Temporary #1 Fan: Mitt Romney

“It’s a weird experience,” James Franco said of the hysteria surrounding The Interview. The actor sat down with The Daily Beast at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his new movie I Am Michael, Gus Van Sant protégé Justin Kelly’s firs...

The star sat down with The Daily Beast at Sundance to talk about his myriad projects and opened up about the strange reaction to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy.

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Are These the Future Oscar Winners?

Are These the Future Oscar Winners?

The SAG Awards are a quirky curio of awards season. They're certainly among the most important entertainment awards given out each year and can often be used to take the temperature of how Oscar voters are feeling. They are also barely watche...

Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne, Patricia Arquette, and J.K. Simmons all gave moving SAG Award speeches Sunday night. Here's why they'll all win Oscars, too.

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Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is arguably the most hotly anticipated film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.HBO Documentary Films, which is releasing the eye-opening documentary on the Church of Scient...

Alex Gibney’s highly anticipated documentary ‘Going Clear,’ which premiered at Sundance, makes some shocking claims about the Scientology A-lister’s split from Nicole Kidman.

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Franco's Temporary #1 Fan: Mitt Romney

Franco's Temporary #1 Fan: Mitt Romney

“It’s a weird experience,” James Franco said of the hysteria surrounding The Interview. The actor sat down with The Daily Beast at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to discuss his new movie I Am Michael, Gus Van Sant protégé Justin Kelly’s firs...

The star sat down with The Daily Beast at Sundance to talk about his myriad projects and opened up about the strange reaction to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy.

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World News

Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American s...

Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.

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The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

Kurdish forces’ apparent near victory of the northern Syrian city of Kobani marked the first major defeat for ISIS at the hands of local ground troops and the U.S. air war.But the four-month campaign to reclaim the city also exposed the fragility ...

Kurdish fighters now control 90 percent of Kobani—and winning the besieged Syrian city back from the terror group exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. and coalition effort.

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Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

It’s been a lousy week for Kiev.Between January 24 and 26, Ukraine’s military spokesman Colonel Andriy Lysenko has claimed, 14 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed and another 92 have been wounded in fighting across the country, with many of those ...

Russian-backed rebels are making gains near Donetsk, Lugansk, and Mariupol. Just how long can Kiev hold off their advances?

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This Man Will Make Greece Leave Europe

This Man Will Make Greece Leave Europe

Remember the Eurozone? That 19-member conglomerate of nations that share a common currency and little else; where no one speaks the same language and few have the same perspective on, well, anything? It is safe to say that after Greek elections th...

The victory of Alexis Tsipras and the Syriza party in Greek elections is the stuff that dreams are made of. But economies? Not so much.

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The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

Kurdish forces’ apparent near victory of the northern Syrian city of Kobani marked the first major defeat for ISIS at the hands of local ground troops and the U.S. air war.But the four-month campaign to reclaim the city also exposed the fragility ...

Kurdish fighters now control 90 percent of Kobani—and winning the besieged Syrian city back from the terror group exposed the vulnerability of the U.S. and coalition effort.

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Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

ABUJA, Nigeria — For Dauda Musa, voting in Nigeria’s upcoming election is not a choice between candidates; it is one between life and possible death.The 31-year-old is from Chibok, the largely Christian town where almost 300 schoolgirls were abduc...

Forced to flee a murderous terrorist group, many Nigerians now can’t vote out the government they believe has failed them.

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Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

Iran’s ‘Virginity’ Suppositories

By Mahrokh GholamhosseinpourWhen I was growing up in southern Iran, there were many dark and painful stories about young women and girls whose loss—or whose alleged loss—of virginity effectively became a death sentence. Clearest in my mind is th...

In a culture where women who do not bleed on their wedding night may pay with their lives, there’s a creative way to fool the groom.

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

Mohsin Hamid’s first three novels are canny, intimate reader-writer transactions. His debut, Moth Smoke (2000) casts the reader as judge (“Your gavel falls like the hammer of God”). The Pakistani protagonist of his second novel, The Reluctant Fund...

One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why Pakistan has become so messy.

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Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

ABUJA, Nigeria — For Dauda Musa, voting in Nigeria’s upcoming election is not a choice between candidates; it is one between life and possible death.The 31-year-old is from Chibok, the largely Christian town where almost 300 schoolgirls were abduc...

Forced to flee a murderous terrorist group, many Nigerians now can’t vote out the government they believe has failed them.

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U.S. News

Homeless Get No Shelter From the Storm

Homeless Get No Shelter From the Storm

It’s just past 7 pm Monday night, snow is already sticking to the ground and the Coalition for the Homeless has finished serving dinner to more than two hundred people at St. Bartholomew’s church in midtown. The big blizzard, the one expected to...

As the snow blanketed New York City, more people than ever were left without food or a roof over their head.

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American Women Shut Down Russian Spies

American Women Shut Down Russian Spies

The trio may have been “deep cover” spies. But the alleged Russian agents operating in New York City were hardly masterminds—more Elmore Leonard stumblebums than Ian Fleming supermen. Over the past two years, they spent their time fantasizing abou...

Moscow’s answer to James Bond they ain’t. A team of alleged Russian agents, busted by the FBI, had trouble even getting the ladies to talk to them.

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Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference Sunday, "This could be the biggest snowstorm in the history of this city.” The National Weather Service (NWS) and Weather Channel meteorologist Chris Dolce have both said the impending storm...

The East Coast already looks like a snow globe thanks to winter storm Juno, but the worst is yet to come.

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Homeless Get No Shelter From the Storm

Homeless Get No Shelter From the Storm

It’s just past 7 pm Monday night, snow is already sticking to the ground and the Coalition for the Homeless has finished serving dinner to more than two hundred people at St. Bartholomew’s church in midtown. The big blizzard, the one expected to...

As the snow blanketed New York City, more people than ever were left without food or a roof over their head.

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My Big Fat Anti-Gay Wedding Cake

My Big Fat Anti-Gay Wedding Cake

Well, this was bound to happen.You may have heard of the Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. In December 2013, he was found to have violated Colorado’s antidiscrimination law. The Christian right was outraged.And now...

Is it discrimination when a baker refuses to bake a cake saying ‘God Hates Gays’? No—but the opponents of LGBT equality are still likely to win.

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America’s 5 Worst Blizzards

America’s 5 Worst Blizzards

In the East Coast’s first big winter storm of 2015, Mother Nature is threatening the stretch between New Jersey and northern New England with a snowfall dump of as much as feet. The storm has already led to the cancellation of thousands of flights...

Think it’s a drag to shovel two feet of snow? Try the 50 inches that hit the East Coast in 1888—way before snowblowers. A look at the real storms of the centuries.

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Tech + Health

This Drone Landed at the White House

This Drone Landed at the White House

The drone that crashed on the lawn of the White House reveals less about unmanned aircraft systems than it does about the people using them.The government employee operating the drone was evidently taking it on a 3 a.m. joy ride when it crashed on...

A government employee crashed a tiny drone on the White House’s South Lawn. It was likely a Christmas present gone awry, not a cause for concern about U.S. safety.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

An eye-opening app produced by a non-profit startup in Copenhagen hopes to change life for people who are visually impaired.Backed by the Danish Blind Society, the Velux Foundations, and Danish software studio Robocat, Be My Eyes connects sighted ...

A new app connects sighted people with blind people in a way only smartphones can.

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

It’s a mad world when a bot buys drugs on the Internet. Somewhere in the deep, dark depths of cyberspace is a whole world that escapes the reaches of Google and Yahoo search engines or modern browsers. It is there in the deep web, known to those w...

Swiss police shut down an art and coding experiment after a ‘darknet’ shopping binge turned up some disturbing finds.

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

It’s been years since I visited California’s Disneyland, only just once as a small boy. Now that I have kids of my own, I know that sooner or later a trip to its bigger Florida cousin, Disney World, is probably in the cards. (They did right by my ...

A measles outbreak has sickened 70 people at Disneyland, and could be the spark that brings the once-eradicated disease back in force.

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This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

It’s a mad world when a bot buys drugs on the Internet. Somewhere in the deep, dark depths of cyberspace is a whole world that escapes the reaches of Google and Yahoo search engines or modern browsers. It is there in the deep web, known to those w...

Swiss police shut down an art and coding experiment after a ‘darknet’ shopping binge turned up some disturbing finds.

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BeastStyle

Meet the Prison Fitness Guru

Meet the Prison Fitness Guru

Ryan Ferguson is the prototypical polite Midwesterner, the type of kid parents dream their daughter will bring home: affable and well-mannered, charming but deferential, intelligent but unassuming. In some ways he seems younger than he is, despite...

After serving nearly a decade in jail for a crime authorities now say he didn’t commit, Ryan Ferguson has reinvented himself as a health expert.

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The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

Fox News personality Jamie Colby claims she’ll try anything once.She has ridden a wild bucking horse, operated a fork lift, driven a tractor, chewed and swallowed deep-fried alligator meat, and gotten up close and personal with the world’s largest...

She started out as a lawyer, and can now be seen on Fox Business, eating deep-fried alligator. Along the way, she became a trusted adviser to a TV great.

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SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

Did you see what Julia Roberts was wearing? How about Keira Knightley in purple Erdem? Or did you think everything was ‘stunning’ like the robotic E! presenter Maria Menounos?

Did you see what Julia Roberts was wearing? How about Keira Knightley in purple Erdem? Or did you think everything was ‘stunning’ like the robotic E! presenter Maria Menounos?

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We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend.To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders pouring hand-crafted cocktails made with ...

We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing?

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The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

Fox News personality Jamie Colby claims she’ll try anything once.She has ridden a wild bucking horse, operated a fork lift, driven a tractor, chewed and swallowed deep-fried alligator meat, and gotten up close and personal with the world’s largest...

She started out as a lawyer, and can now be seen on Fox Business, eating deep-fried alligator. Along the way, she became a trusted adviser to a TV great.

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Spain’s supreme court recently decided that it would, after all, hear a paternity suit from Ingrid Sartiau, a Belgian woman who claims the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, who stepped down last year in favor of his son Felipe, is her father.The ...

As the former Spanish King faces a paternity suit, we look back at a lifetime of womanizing, including an alleged tryst with Princess Diana.

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John Travolta, Just As ‘Fever’ Struck

John Travolta, Just As ‘Fever’ Struck

Thanks to the accessibility of photography, “everybody is a celebrity,” stated Susan Sontag in her essay America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly. “No moment is more important than any other moment; no person is more interesting than any other pe...

A Paris exhibition features photographs of Travolta, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, and others—just before their careers went stellar.

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NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

Would media mogul Mike Bloomberg like to buy The New York Times? That question has been raised continually over the past decade, and it’s the subject of renewed speculation today in a gossipy, hypothetical piece posted on New York magazine’s web ...

The NYT stoutly maintains it is not for sale, after a flurry of rumors that the former New York City Mayor is considering a bid to purchase the paper.

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Spain’s supreme court recently decided that it would, after all, hear a paternity suit from Ingrid Sartiau, a Belgian woman who claims the former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, who stepped down last year in favor of his son Felipe, is her father.The ...

As the former Spanish King faces a paternity suit, we look back at a lifetime of womanizing, including an alleged tryst with Princess Diana.

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Women in the World

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. However, it was in her recurring role as Artemis Dubois on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that the actress has been able to flex her comedic and dramatic muscles. With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole...

With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

The light pink shirt that Ross Ulbricht was wearing when he came into Manhattan federal court from the holding pen on Wednesday seemed to make his mom forget everything else for one wonderful moment.“It looks good,” she told him.Lyn Ulbricht appea...

Lyn Ulbricht was like any other mother, worrying about her son Ross, what he wore at trial. But she couldn’t look at him as testimony laid bare his life as an alleged drug kingpin.

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‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

For centuries, the pervasive power of the Madonna-whore complex has dictated society’s view of women, limiting them to the either the role of the nurturing virgin or seductive siren. In the past 100 years, this dichotomy has morphed into the gee...

A computer genius never without pink lipstick and heels, Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a fully-fleshed out female character amidst a sea of superhero bulge.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

On page one of filmmaker and artist Miranda July’s novel The First Bad Man, the narrator, Cheryl Glickman, is driving to a doctor’s appointment, imagining how she might look to passersby on the street and in other cars: “When I stopped at red ligh...

In her debut novel, filmmaker/artist/author Miranda July creates the indelible Cheryl Glickman, the anti-romantic likes of whom we rarely see in fiction.

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America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

Lawmaking officially began last week in most states, and it should surprise no one that abortion is again high on the list of priorities for a number of legislatures going into 2015.Since the 2010 election tipped statehouses Republican, states ado...

Republican state legislatures are getting an early start on draconian bills that would make it harder than ever for women to get an abortion.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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Books

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their 80s and 90s.

January 27 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. See the portraits and stories of some of the estimated 200,000 survivors, now well into their 80s and 90s.

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  • What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

    What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

    Mohsin Hamid’s first three novels are canny, intimate reader-writer transactions. His debut, Moth Smoke (2000) casts the reader as judge (“Your gavel falls like the hammer of God”). The Pakistani protagonist of his second novel, The Reluctant Fund...

    One of Pakistan’s most famous novelists, Mohsin Hamid, is out with a collection of essays that tackle everything from being Muslim-American to why Pakistan has become so messy.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

When Francis Ford Coppola first saw a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s second movie, The Last Picture Show, he couldn’t believe the reception. The movie ended, credits rolled, and the audience stood and applauded. That kind of appreciation is the ...

The director hauled a film crew to Larry McMurtry's home town of Archer City, Texas. Grover Lewis tagged along and wrote one of the best stories about moviemaking ever written.

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

Taken together, the title and subtitle of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suggest it’s either another contribution to an increasingly crowded genre—a memoir from an American soldier who has ...

Both a soldier and a scholar, Gen. Daniel Bolger seems ideally equipped to hash out what went wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan, but even his expertise and honesty are not enough.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The secret history of same-sex marriage By Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Guardian Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-c...

The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The secret history of same-sex marriage By Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Guardian Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-c...

The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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