Politics

Where There’s Trouble, There’s Biden

Where There’s Trouble, There’s Biden

According to the polls, Joe Biden doesn’t have a prayer in 2016. And according to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” But two...

His crisis-creating malapropisms and his son’s drug-related discharge from the Navy are just the beginning. This guy’s a train wreck.

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How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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Large Crowd Protests NYC Terrorism Opera

Large Crowd Protests NYC Terrorism Opera

You know an opera is controversial when the protesters outside start comparing the opera house to a Nazi death camp.That at least was the sentiment expressed by hundreds of protesters gathered across the street from Lincoln Center Monday night to ...

A famed opera that depicts the real-life murder of an American Jew by Palestinians has enraged hundreds Manhattan’s West Side.

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Where There’s Trouble, There’s Biden

Where There’s Trouble, There’s Biden

According to the polls, Joe Biden doesn’t have a prayer in 2016. And according to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.” But two...

His crisis-creating malapropisms and his son’s drug-related discharge from the Navy are just the beginning. This guy’s a train wreck.

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Pentagon: Yes to LGB, No to T

Pentagon: Yes to LGB, No to T

Three years after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the “T” in LGBT seems to have been left behind in military policy. Unlike gays, lesbians and bisexuals, openly transgender individuals can be kicked out of the military if their true identity ...

The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell let gays, lesbians, and bisexuals serve openly in the military. But transgender individuals remain excluded. A conference Monday examined that policy.

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How (TM) Do You Trademark ‘How’?

How (TM) Do You Trademark ‘How’?

Every year—maybe every month—America is disgraced with an especially heinous lawsuit. Some are frivolous. Some are malicious. Some cough up preposterous jury awards, while others lay bare the egregious failures of the criminal justice system. Some...

A dispute between a yogurt company and a corporate-friendly guru over the word “how” reveals a culture completely unmoored from reality.

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Entertainment

She Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think

She Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think

If there’s anything Annie Lennox has learned after 40 years in the public eye, it’s how not to give a damn. It took a good 80 million records, four Grammys, an Oscar, and some help from Father Time, but Lennox has finally cracked the code to Zen l...

Annie Lennox is back with ‘Nostalgia.’ While the musician adores Beyoncé, she doesn’t like how the word ‘feminism’ is being thrown around. Twerking is demeaning, she says.

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The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

Elsbeth Tascioni has been called many things.The Good Wife scene-stealer has been called crazy. A genius. A crazy genius. Quirky. Off-kilter. Odd.So we asked her portrayer, Emmy-winner Carrie Preston, what she thinks best describes Elsbeth’s appar...

Is Elsbeth Tascioni crazy, genius or both? Emmy-winner Carrie Preston breaks down the fan-favorite, quirky lawyer’s big episode Sunday night.

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Ohio State's Halftime Rock Show

Ohio State's Halftime Rock Show

The Ohio State Buckeyes are renowned for halftime shows featuring meticulous choreography to rival the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. Saturday’s football game versus Rutgers gave them an opportunity pay tribute to some rock and roll classics o...

Buckeyes salute classic rock in Saturday’s halftime show

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From Navy Sharpshooter to Pop Diva

From Navy Sharpshooter to Pop Diva

A yellow cab pulls up to the curb. A sinewy woman emerges, stepping out onto the gray city sidewalk. Her uniform—strapless white bra, blue jeans, suspenders, and fiery red mohawk—evokes the era of Desperately Seeking Susan. Then the beat kicks in,...

Her hit single “Hideaway” shot to No. 1 in the U.K. and spawned a viral video and her debut album, ‘Sound of a Woman,’ comes out Oct. 21. Meet the world’s most eclectic pop star.

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The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

The Good Wife’s Favorite Scene Stealer

Elsbeth Tascioni has been called many things.The Good Wife scene-stealer has been called crazy. A genius. A crazy genius. Quirky. Off-kilter. Odd.So we asked her portrayer, Emmy-winner Carrie Preston, what she thinks best describes Elsbeth’s appar...

Is Elsbeth Tascioni crazy, genius or both? Emmy-winner Carrie Preston breaks down the fan-favorite, quirky lawyer’s big episode Sunday night.

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The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

Robbie Howell abducted his wife and their toddler across state lines. He poured Mountain Dew and urine into his wife’s hair and beat her senseless with a flashlight, teaching his daughter that “it’s okay to hit Mommy” because she “doesn’t love you...

‘Private Violence’ illustrates not only how much domestic abuse slips through the legal and social cracks of society but also how poorly we understand the victim’s point of view.

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Snowden Documentary Is Only Half True

Snowden Documentary Is Only Half True

About halfway through Laura Poitras’s highly acclaimed new documentary Citizenfour, the film’s key protagonist Edward Snowden offers an explanation to Glenn Greenwald and Ewan MacAskill of The Guardian* newspaper as to why he stole thousands, perh...

‘Citizenfour’ is a simplistic tale of Snowden and white hats and black hats, where subtlety and context play little roles and the existence of smoke always indicates fire.

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A WWII Movie More Violent Than Tarantino

A WWII Movie More Violent Than Tarantino

LONDON—You want to know how awful, futile, and dehumanizing war is? Well, it’s bad enough to make Brad Pitt stab somebody right through the eyeball.In two and a quarter long, brutal hours of Fury, the examples don’t stop there. Acts of violence in...

It’s a novel premise: take the moral ambiguity of the Vietnam movie canon and transplant it into the heart of Nazi Germany. Despite Brad Pitt and buckets of blood, this isn’t fun.

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The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

Robbie Howell abducted his wife and their toddler across state lines. He poured Mountain Dew and urine into his wife’s hair and beat her senseless with a flashlight, teaching his daughter that “it’s okay to hit Mommy” because she “doesn’t love you...

‘Private Violence’ illustrates not only how much domestic abuse slips through the legal and social cracks of society but also how poorly we understand the victim’s point of view.

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World News

U.S. Fighter Jocks Dream of ISIS Jets

U.S. Fighter Jocks Dream of ISIS Jets

The ISIS terrorist group may have acquired a few old Soviet-built MiG fighters, according to a Syrian opposition group. But even if ISIS does have jet fighters, there is little chance that the group can do any real damage with those antiques beyon...

Syrian rebels say ISIS now has a few aircraft. American pilots can’t wait to shoot the things down.

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Is the Tide About to Turn Against ISIS?

Is the Tide About to Turn Against ISIS?

SURUC, Turkey — There was sun and blue sky over the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday, perfect conditions for airstrikes. But for most of the day there was an eerie quiet.From the Turkish villages nearby we didn’t hear the now famili...

Potential reinforcements from Iraq, U.S. airstrikes, and the sheer bravery of the town’s defenders may hand ISIS a major defeat. But the battle’s not over.

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Killer Nepal Avalanche Was Avoidable

Killer Nepal Avalanche Was Avoidable

Hundreds of trekkers were on the popular Annapurna Circuit in the Mustang area of Nepal when disaster struck last week. At least 39 trekkers and their Nepalese guides died in avalanches and from exposure, many of them trying to get down, unable to...

At least 39 people are dead after disaster struck last week. A tropical storm, clearly visible on radar for days, is to blame. Why weren’t they warned?

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How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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Is the Tide About to Turn Against ISIS?

Is the Tide About to Turn Against ISIS?

SURUC, Turkey — There was sun and blue sky over the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday, perfect conditions for airstrikes. But for most of the day there was an eerie quiet.From the Turkish villages nearby we didn’t hear the now famili...

Potential reinforcements from Iraq, U.S. airstrikes, and the sheer bravery of the town’s defenders may hand ISIS a major defeat. But the battle’s not over.

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My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My husband, Ra'if Badawy, has been in prison in Saudi Arabia since 2012 for disrespecting Islam. At first, he was sentenced to execution for being an apostate. In May, his sentence was reduced to 10 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 and 1,0...

The wife of Saudi Arabia’s most famous jailed blogger speaks out on her husband’s draconian detention.

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The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

New figures from the U.K. are finally revealing the true extent of female genital mutilation: In just six months, nearly 2,000 women and girls have been treated by Britain’s National Health Service after undergoing the brutal procedure.And with th...

The U.K. alone is now treating 300 women and girls each month for the aftereffects of the brutal, unnecessary surgery. We need Obama to follow through on his promise to eradicate it.

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China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

China Hooked on Mideast's Favorite Drug

It’s a common sight in this city, as it is in Yemen, Somalia or Ethiopia: idle men plucking leaves out of a flimsy plastic bag, grinding them into mush between their teeth, filling every crevice with bits of green.A few local women warned me about...

The Qat plant, a staple in Middle Eastern cities, has become popular in China for its mild buzz—but the government says it’s a dangerous gateway drug.

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My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My Husband Promised Me He Would Return

My husband, Ra'if Badawy, has been in prison in Saudi Arabia since 2012 for disrespecting Islam. At first, he was sentenced to execution for being an apostate. In May, his sentence was reduced to 10 years in prison, a fine of $100,000 and 1,0...

The wife of Saudi Arabia’s most famous jailed blogger speaks out on her husband’s draconian detention.

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U.S. News

The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.Even in a midterm election when exhaustion rather than exultation drives the conversation, there is a desperation behind the poll watching. There a...

We may have unprecedented access to information, but our fellow citizens are corralling themselves off from opposing viewpoints in their media consumption, according to a new study.

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Pentagon: Yes to LGB, No to T

Pentagon: Yes to LGB, No to T

Three years after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the “T” in LGBT seems to have been left behind in military policy. Unlike gays, lesbians and bisexuals, openly transgender individuals can be kicked out of the military if their true identity ...

The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell let gays, lesbians, and bisexuals serve openly in the military. But transgender individuals remain excluded. A conference Monday examined that policy.

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Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Why I Protested ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

Let’s begin by making it clear at the outset, as Floyd Abrams did in his piece in The Wall Street Journal, that the First Amendment here operates to protect both parties to the dispute over the Metropolitan Opera’s staging of The Death of Klinghof...

The former New York City mayor joined a demonstration outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday night before the first performance. He explains why John Adams’s opera is so damaging.

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The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

The Self-Segregation of Partisan Media

We’re two weeks from Election Day, and you can feel political debates turning bitter, more personal.Even in a midterm election when exhaustion rather than exultation drives the conversation, there is a desperation behind the poll watching. There a...

We may have unprecedented access to information, but our fellow citizens are corralling themselves off from opposing viewpoints in their media consumption, according to a new study.

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At U.VA, Grief Mixes With Relief

At U.VA, Grief Mixes With Relief

While throngs of University of Virginia students poured into the basketball arena to hear a talk by Kevin Spacey this past Saturday, a smaller, much more somber gathering took place across town at the Charlottesville police station. At 6 p.m., Cha...

While there’s no confirmation that the body of Hannah Graham has been found, many at the university are finding some closure.

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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Tech + Health

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

She may be a Barbie girl but she’s no longer living in a Barbie world.Last week, toy manufacturer Mattel announced on a conference call that sales for their flagship doll have been on a precipitous decline for three consecutive quarters. As Forbes...

Mattel recently announced a huge decline in Barbie sales, resulting in $11.2 million lost. Is the Barbie era over? And if so, how will the doll be remembered?

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Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

That’s no space station: It really is a small moon, even though it looks like the Death Star. Saturn’s moon Mimas is most remarkable for a huge crater, the result of an impact that must have nearly shattered it. But it’s weird in other respects, t...

Mimas, the wobbly little moon orbiting Saturn, is a ringer for the space station from ‘Star Wars,’ but that’s not the only odd thing about it—it may have a huge ocean under its surface.

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Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work

Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work

America’s Ebola outbreak, now contained to two people, began with a flight from Liberia.Relying on that fact alone, the answer to the most recent issue dividing Congress—whether or not President Obama should impose a travel ban on West Africa—is s...

Instead of protecting public health, banning travel to and from Ebola-stricken countries will just increase illegal travel and make it harder to fight the disease.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

That’s no space station: It really is a small moon, even though it looks like the Death Star. Saturn’s moon Mimas is most remarkable for a huge crater, the result of an impact that must have nearly shattered it. But it’s weird in other respects, t...

Mimas, the wobbly little moon orbiting Saturn, is a ringer for the space station from ‘Star Wars,’ but that’s not the only odd thing about it—it may have a huge ocean under its surface.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

With yesterday’s news that a second nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, it is quite clear that the story is heading in three distinct directions.First, the West Africa epidemic is a nightmare of almost unheard of proportions w...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You don’t have, and you aren’t going to get, Ebola.

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Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Hold on to your ovaries. Silicon Valley is about to disrupt motherhood.Starting in January 2015, Apple will join Facebook in covering the cost of egg freezing for female employees, hypothetically allowing them to work further into their childbeari...

$20,000 for egg freezing sure makes for a flashy PR announcement, but Apple and Facebook’s latest employee benefit is more of the same for women in tech.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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BeastStyle

The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one....

A show of mourning clothing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art reveals how high fashion dramatically presented itself at 19th-century funerals.

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An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

The first time I spoke with 48-year-old Victor Mooney, he had just reached the Samaná Province in the Dominican Republic. The previous five days were spent isolated and alone, rowing from Anguilla by way of the Mona Passage, which separates the Do...

One of Victor Mooney’s brothers died of AIDS. Another has the disease. Dedicated to them, he’s over halfway through his fourth attempt to row across the Atlantic.

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The High Society Bank Robber

The High Society Bank Robber

On the morning of October 27, 1878, when bankers at the Manhattan Savings Institution, located at the corner of Bleecker Street and Broadway in New York City, opened their doors for business, they discovered, to their horror, the bank had been bro...

He was wealthy, a member of New York City society, and a patron of the arts. And he was also the secret mastermind behind the biggest bank heists of his day.

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The Man Behind the Super Yacht

The Man Behind the Super Yacht

It looks, at first sight, like the most streamlined, and sleek, and simple of sailboats, the top half of a bright-white star, or just a classic paper boat. It has the swooping, symmetrical grace of a bird's wingspan. But The STAR, the brainch...

There has never been a luxury boat like it—and Igor Lobanov is confident an extremely rich person will come forward and sail it away.

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An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

The first time I spoke with 48-year-old Victor Mooney, he had just reached the Samaná Province in the Dominican Republic. The previous five days were spent isolated and alone, rowing from Anguilla by way of the Mona Passage, which separates the Do...

One of Victor Mooney’s brothers died of AIDS. Another has the disease. Dedicated to them, he’s over halfway through his fourth attempt to row across the Atlantic.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

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Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Which songwriter just jumped past Mariah Carey’s famous Beatle-nipping number three slot on Billboard’s all-time list of number one hit makers? And scooped up ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year a fourth year in a row— for a lifetime tally of seven—bas...

When Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sing about falling in love or dumping erring boyfriends, their words may have been written by Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swedish man.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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Women in the World

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade patting themselves on the back for what they touted as exceptional work supporting schools for the beleaguered girls of Afghanistan. They talked about bringing women out of purdah, literally as well as figuratively, so the...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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She Gives the Gift of Language

She Gives the Gift of Language

Maile Molin had her “eureka moment,” as she calls it, while working in Guero’s Taco Bar, a taqueria in South Austin.She was watching her fellow coworkers, many of whom were immigrants, struggle as they balanced two jobs, cared for their families a...

Maile Molin, the 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention honoree at WITW Texas, redefined innovation and entrepreneurial spirit to devise a creative approach to bring English-language educa...

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Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Defying terror attacks and civil unrest during Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, a courageous cohort of women from remote corners of the country came together in Kabul to pursue a common goal: gaining a serious role for women in building...

With training provided by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security, Afghan women are leveraging their hard-won gains

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The Dishonor of Honor Killings

The Dishonor of Honor Killings

On Jan. 1, 2008, teenage sisters Amina and Sarah Said were shot to death by their father in their hometown of Lewisville, Texas. It later came to light that the murders were a premeditated “honor killing,” as retribution for the eldest, Amina, rej...

Every year, about 26 women are killed in the United States by a relative – in the name of family honor. The story of two sisters murdered outside Dallas is now a powerful new documen...

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Finding the Thread of Peace

Finding the Thread of Peace

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe may be a nun, but the topic of gender inequality in Africa and first world indifference brings out her inner Muhammad Ali. This spring, the Ugandan humanitarian got feisty with Stephen Colbert in a guest appearance on his ...

Long before #bringbackourgirls swept the Internet, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was working to save thousands of young women in Uganda. She’s still fighting

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Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

When world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly recently, women’s empowerment took center stage.  Countries all over the world reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all women and young people have the information and res...

There’s been global progress in expanding reproductive rights for women but a 40-year-old U.S. law continues to hurt women in foreign countries

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Books

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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  • Rich People Want You to Work for Free

    Rich People Want You to Work for Free

    In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building bl...

    Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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