Politics

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lauren Carroll and Jon GreenbergPresident Barack Obama took on critics of his foreign policy Sunday in a year-end interview with CNN, defending decisions to better relations with Cuba and Iran while arguing that “shooting first and thinking abo...

President Obama defends his decision to normalize ties with Cuba and defends his diplomatic record.

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How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?

How Will Cuba Play In Peoria?

So how is Cuba playing out politically?That was the first question to pollsters Ed Goeas and Celinda Lake, whose Battleground survey regularly tests voter attitudes in key states. They had come armed with a mass of data on the last election and a ...

Two top pollsters—one Republican, one Democrat—offer a preview of what we’ll all be talking about in the next election.

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Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

Time to Bring Back the Truman Democrats

Once giants walked this earth, and some of them were Democrats. In sharp contrast to the thin gruel that passes for leadership today, the old party of the people, with all its flaws, shaped much of the modern world, and usually for the better. Thi...

Democrats are pushing race and environmental issues when they should be embracing the lunch-bucket themes that once built party dominance. Meanwhile, voters flee.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lauren Carroll and Jon GreenbergPresident Barack Obama took on critics of his foreign policy Sunday in a year-end interview with CNN, defending decisions to better relations with Cuba and Iran while arguing that “shooting first and thinking abo...

President Obama defends his decision to normalize ties with Cuba and defends his diplomatic record.

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Glenn Beck Is Selling Hipster Clothes

Glenn Beck Is Selling Hipster Clothes

What do you think of when I say “conservative fashion”? Do you think of power suits for men and knee-covering skirts for women? Do you think of Sarah Palin’s bump-it and bedazzled denim? Dad jeans? Comb-overs and cowboy boots? The Duggars’ prairie...

Just in time for Christmas, Glenn Beck goes for hipster-chic as a conservative fashion statement.

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Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

If President Obama is going to respond with “the utmost seriousness” to the crippling cyberattack on Sony, as he promised in a press conference Friday, then he should be looking to China, not North Korea.“Our best response,” a former senior intell...

Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest ally. And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.

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Entertainment

Introducing The Anti-Villain

Introducing The Anti-Villain

In Saar Klein’s After the Fall, the American Dream is not just dead, it’s been disemboweled.The story follows a down on his luck family man named Bill Scanlon (Wes Bentley), who takes to stealing after losing his job. The first robbery happens by ...

On the edge of the desert, among the abandoned houses of Albuquerque, Jason Isaacs is both savior and devil to a man with his back to the wall.

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Guardians of Peace Troll FBI

Guardians of Peace Troll FBI

According to a statement issued by the FBI on December 19, which was then echoed by President Obama during his year-end press conference, “the North Korean government is responsible” for hacking Sony’s servers, leaking sensitive company data onlin...

The hacking group that’s taken credit for breaching Sony’s servers and leaking their files online posted a message online Saturday mocking the FBI’s investigation.

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Porn Parody of ‘The Interview’ Is Coming

Porn Parody of ‘The Interview’ Is Coming

More bizarre than the new Seth Rogen and “James Flacco” movie The Interview is the behavior of North Korea’s leadership. From the head-scratching series of public hangouts between their rotund ruler Kim Jong Un and ex-NBA sideshow Dennis Rodman (w...

Hustler impresario Larry Flynt has green-lit a sex-filled spin on the James Franco and Seth Rogen flick called This Ain’t The Interview XXX.

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Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’

Jamie Foxx: Get Over the Black ‘Annie’

Jamie Foxx got here by screwing up a lot. The star’s initial burst with fame came after he starred on Fox’s hit sketch comedy series In Living Color for three seasons in the early ‘90s. But his first forays into film were forgettable comedies like...

‘We’ve always sort of adapted Americana to do whatever types of movies we want to do,’ says Jamie Foxx. Which is why he says talking about racism with a kid’s movie is a little old.

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Guardians of Peace Troll FBI

Guardians of Peace Troll FBI

According to a statement issued by the FBI on December 19, which was then echoed by President Obama during his year-end press conference, “the North Korean government is responsible” for hacking Sony’s servers, leaking sensitive company data onlin...

The hacking group that’s taken credit for breaching Sony’s servers and leaking their files online posted a message online Saturday mocking the FBI’s investigation.

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Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Even before the whip hit, the slave’s fingers curled into a fist. A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose. His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck. A metal ring accented its front, at the Adam...

After a turkey-meatloaf dinner, they went down to the dungeon and she undressed, tied her hair up, put on a cat mask and leather collar, and assumed slave position on her knees.

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Sony Hates Adam Sandler As Much As You

Sony Hates Adam Sandler As Much As You

Back in October, Variety broke the news that Adam Sandler had signed an exclusive deal with Netflix to star in and produce four films for the streaming video service. It was a surprising development—that one of the biggest global stars, whose fil...

Leaked drama-filled emails between Sony Pictures studio chief Amy Pascal and other execs show some of the reasons why the longtime Sandler home let him move over to Netflix.

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Sony: Idris Elba For Next James Bond

Sony: Idris Elba For Next James Bond

During a particularly droll year-end press conference on Friday, President Obama channeled his inner Louis C.K., entertaining a horde of reporters on subjects ranging from Congress to Cuba to a hybrid NFLer/actor by the name of "James Flacco....

Leaked emails show Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal confessing that the dashing Elba should be 007.

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Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau

Even before the whip hit, the slave’s fingers curled into a fist. A spandex mask stretched over his face, covering his eyes and nose. His chin rested on the thick plastic collar buckled around his neck. A metal ring accented its front, at the Adam...

After a turkey-meatloaf dinner, they went down to the dungeon and she undressed, tied her hair up, put on a cat mask and leather collar, and assumed slave position on her knees.

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World News

Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Meet The Blasphemous 'Disco Mullah'

Twenty-five years ago, Pakistani pop star Junaid Jamshed took to the airwaves, singing his love for his country with the declaration that Pakistan was his heart, Pakistan was his life.Since then, Jamshed, like much of the country he once honored i...

When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh. When a popular Sunni televangelist does it, to forgive is divine.

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The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advis...

North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China.

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The Beginning of the End of ISIS?

The Beginning of the End of ISIS?

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq celebrated their biggest victory yet over ISIS on Friday after breaking, with U.S. air support, the lengthy jihadi siege of Mount Sinjar and freeing hundreds of trapped members of the Yazidi religious sect.   The Ku...

Kurdish forces declared victory and freed Yazidi holdouts, with help from U.S. air power. Is this just a ploy by the Islamic State—or the beginning of the road to retaking Mosul?

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Venezuela Says Bye to Its Lil Friend

Venezuela Says Bye to Its Lil Friend

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Most Latin Americans celebrated the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba. Many perceived the 53-year-old impasse as a remnant of a Cold War mentality that had lasted too long and interfered in relationships between t...

The U.S.-Cuban détente is already shaking up Latin America.

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The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The North Korean Hacker Hotel

The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advis...

North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China.

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Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

If President Obama is going to respond with “the utmost seriousness” to the crippling cyberattack on Sony, as he promised in a press conference Friday, then he should be looking to China, not North Korea.“Our best response,” a former senior intell...

Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest ally. And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.

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China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case

China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case

On Friday, a Chinese activist won a landmark case against a clinic in the city of Chongqing for claiming it could shock the gay out of him.Electroshocks and hypnotherapy, which are still used on homosexuals around the world, seem rooted in the wit...

In a landmark case for gay rights in China, a court has ruled in favor of a man suing a clinic that peddled a gruesome ‘gay-conversion’ therapy.

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Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Why We Should Delay The Peace Process

Woody Allen once remarked that 80 or 90 % of life was just showing up. But the comedic genius was wrong; success in most dimensions of the human enterprise is showing up at the right time.So what is it that the Arabs, Palestinians and Europeans do...

The EU and the Palestinians would be better to wait until after the Israeli elections to push for change on the ground.

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Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

Obama Could Hit China to Punish N. Korea

If President Obama is going to respond with “the utmost seriousness” to the crippling cyberattack on Sony, as he promised in a press conference Friday, then he should be looking to China, not North Korea.“Our best response,” a former senior intell...

Beijing is Pyongyang’s biggest ally. And U.S. lawmakers are pushing to involve China in any retaliation against the Sony hack.

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U.S. News

Cop Killer Had a Deathwish

Cop Killer Had a Deathwish

Alleged cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley may have claimed that he was hunting police officers as a sort of twisted revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who both suffered tragic deaths at the hands of cops.But Brinsley was more deranged loser tha...

19 arrests, three suspected murders, and one attempted suicide later, Ismaaiyl Brinsley is finally gone.

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No Blood on Their Hands

No Blood on Their Hands

There’s no blood on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s hands, despite what the police union said after two cops were assassinated in Brooklyn on Saturday. If anything, the mayor’s sin is that his hands are too clean. He didn’t wrestle enough wit...

New York’s mayor and the protesters aren’t responsible for the actions of a deranged cop killer. But they still could have done more to defuse the calls for violence from their allies.

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NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

NY Police Union’s Vile War With Mayor

I covered New York politics for 15 years, and I saw some awfully tense moments between the police and Democratic politicians. But there has never been anything remotely like the war the cops are waging right now against Mayor Bill de Blasio for th...

To criticize the mayor for telling his black son what every other father of a black youth must say is divisive and fails to see what’s wrong in America.

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Cop Killer Had a Deathwish

Cop Killer Had a Deathwish

Alleged cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley may have claimed that he was hunting police officers as a sort of twisted revenge for Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who both suffered tragic deaths at the hands of cops.But Brinsley was more deranged loser tha...

19 arrests, three suspected murders, and one attempted suicide later, Ismaaiyl Brinsley is finally gone.

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Dr. Fuller's Injustice Education

Dr. Fuller's Injustice Education

The protests and pain over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown had me wondering if we can ever experience the world as others do. For no matter how disputed the circumstances of both cases, many people see what happened in black and white....

An expert in education talks about race relations, the political environment and what can be done to improve things.

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Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police

Anger at The Cop Killer - And The Police

Across the street from the hospital where two Brooklyn police officers were brought after being murdered, there were carnations and a makeshift memorial: a cardboard box and a handmade sign in marker reading, "R.I.P. NYPD." Hundreds of c...

In the Brooklyn neighborhood where two police officers were brutally murdered, not everyone was grieving.

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Tech + Health

You’re Never ‘Cured’ of Eating Disorders

You’re Never ‘Cured’ of Eating Disorders

There are 14 stairs in front of me. Each one seems a mile high, and the entire flight an insurmountable obstacle. I give myself a pep talk. You’ve done 100 mile bike rides. This isn’t Mount Everest.I have lived the last two months on the ground fl...

Until doctors and researchers can decide what qualifies as ‘recovery’ from an eating disorder, patients continue to exist in a strange limbo.

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Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

With Ebola still tearing through West Africa, surely the last thing anyone wants to hear about it are setbacks in the search for a vaccine. Unfortunately, in the face of nearly 7,000 dead and over 18,000 confirmed cases, the Merck-NewLink stage 1 ...

Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects. What will it take to get it up and running again?

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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

With Ebola still tearing through West Africa, surely the last thing anyone wants to hear about it are setbacks in the search for a vaccine. Unfortunately, in the face of nearly 7,000 dead and over 18,000 confirmed cases, the Merck-NewLink stage 1 ...

Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects. What will it take to get it up and running again?

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane on Mars: Life or Just Gas?

Methane is a familiar chemical, whether you know it by that name or not. It’s the major component of natural gas, which heats my house and possibly yours too. Methane is also a large part of human gas, which means I could start this article with a...

NASA’s Curiosity rover has measured methane—often a sign of life—on Mars. Could it be?

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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The 10 Oldest Restaurants In The World

The 10 Oldest Restaurants In The World

In the culinary world, the birth of a world-renowned restaurant can often be followed by relatively short lifespan. El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades. And studie...

Not all restaurants come and go. Some of the world’s oldest date back centuries—and are still going strong, proud of their vintage, colorful, history-filled status.

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Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook

Grief: The Real Monster in The Babadook

There may be some wonderful places to watch the rightly acclaimed scary movie The Babadook, but screen five of New York’s IFC cinema the night I went was not to be one of them.At a packed-to-capacity recent screening, there was a couple making out...

It’s being hailed as a great horror film. But at its heart it is also about the realities of grieving and loss—both monsters that don’t have to consume us.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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The 10 Oldest Restaurants In The World

The 10 Oldest Restaurants In The World

In the culinary world, the birth of a world-renowned restaurant can often be followed by relatively short lifespan. El Bulli, for instance, previously named the best restaurant in the world, shuttered its doors after only a few decades. And studie...

Not all restaurants come and go. Some of the world’s oldest date back centuries—and are still going strong, proud of their vintage, colorful, history-filled status.

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Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Despite virtually unlimited resources, Team Cosby has been losing the PR war. They’re frustrated and disillusioned, although munificently paid. The media playing field is hardly level, the zeitgeist is unfavorable, and victory (whatever that means...

The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue. Who’s advising him, and why are they getting it so wrong?

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The Year In Fashion Tech

The Year In Fashion Tech

The biggest trend in fashion this year? Transparency. No, we’re not talking about see-through garments—though judging from the red carpet, those were in vogue too. We’re talking about fashion designers and manufacturers using technology in innovat...

From germ-repelling jackets and dresses that change color to a sweater that tells you about the sheep you're wearing, here are the most exciting—and life-changing—innovations of ...

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A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

A Lost Island in the Heart of Darkness

At the highest navigable point of the Congo River, thick jungle creates an impenetrable wall of green around a large island. Apart from the dug-out canoes transporting bundles of thin trees from its shores, there’s little sign that the land is inh...

An island in the Congo River was once a prime vacation hub and prosperous rubber plantation. Now, visitors are scarce and the jungle is taking over, leaving some locals nostalgic.

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Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Despite virtually unlimited resources, Team Cosby has been losing the PR war. They’re frustrated and disillusioned, although munificently paid. The media playing field is hardly level, the zeitgeist is unfavorable, and victory (whatever that means...

The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue. Who’s advising him, and why are they getting it so wrong?

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Women in the World

The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less than half of the more than 100 entities that are currently challenging the mandatory coverage of birth control, have also won the right to stop paying for their employees’ birth control. Twenty-five more for-profits are...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—On days when self-described 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the war court, he is removed from his cell at the detention facility here and moved swiftly into an area designated Area of Operati...

The accused mass murderer has a rather, um, unusual life in captivity—from the body scanners to the anti-sniper netting to the demands that female guards stay far, far away.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Books

How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF

In the 20 months since his bow from the balcony above St. Peter’s Square after the conclave, introducing himself as the bishop of Rome, Pope Francis has registered in poll after poll as the most popular person in the world.“Barack Obama gets an av...

The first Jesuit pope has endeared himself to people not so much through his religion but through his humane politics, which were forged in repressive Argentina.

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  • Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

    Great Fiction and Fact About Cuba

    Before Night Falls Reinaldo Arenas (Penguin)Arenas is both tremendously poetic and explicit in his memoir of growing up, coming out, and rebelling in—and then eventually departing from—Cuba. Nothing captures the exuberance and sensory experience ...

    From fiction to reportage to history, a Cuba expert selects her favorite books that capture the beauty, heartache, and inextinguishable soul of this Caribbean island.

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Hitler’s Hail Mary

Hitler’s Hail Mary

As early as September 13, 1944, General Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary forces in Europe (SHAEF), confided to his boss in Washington, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, that the “termination of the War in Europ...

The Battle of the Bulge, the Third Reich’s final major offensive, was a military failure that still managed to surprise the Allies, claim thousands of lives, and prolong the war.

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Read This! Sony, Congo and U-Va

Read This! Sony, Congo and U-Va

Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’ By William Boot CEO Michael Lynton showed a rough cut of the movie to U.S. officials before moving ahead. Now hackers are threatening to bomb any ...

Also, the next Hobby Lobbys, female Kurdish fighters and more. The Beast’s best from this past week.

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The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

The Family a Cuban Defector Left Behind

I first arrived in Havana in February 2000, during the political kiddie porn of Elian Gonzalez fought across 90 miles. A joke was still circulating around the island then about the pope’s visit to Cuba a couple of years before. Fidel rode with him...

After Olympic boxer Guillermo Rigondeux defected, his family suffered a form of domestic exile. You couldn’t even find a cab driver who’d go down their street.

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Hitler’s Hail Mary

Hitler’s Hail Mary

As early as September 13, 1944, General Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary forces in Europe (SHAEF), confided to his boss in Washington, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, that the “termination of the War in Europ...

The Battle of the Bulge, the Third Reich’s final major offensive, was a military failure that still managed to surprise the Allies, claim thousands of lives, and prolong the war.

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The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

This may well be the peak year of historians’ fascination with the ’60s—and particularly political and civil rights history. Here are 15 notable books published in 2014 about the decade of the moment.The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vol. VII...

Half a century ago, everything seemed to turn upside down, from civil rights to the arms race to the sexual revolution and womens’ rights. Historians are just beginning to cope with ...

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The Five Best Books on Cuba

The Five Best Books on Cuba

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy Carlos Eire (Free Press)Eire was one of thousands of children airlifted as part of Operation Pedro Pan from Cuba in 1962. His painful memoir, which won the National Book Award, depicts a vibr...

It’s only 90 miles from the U.S., but to most Americans, Cuba could be on the moon. Here are five books that make the terra slightly less incognita.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

The Best Books About the Volatile ’60s

This may well be the peak year of historians’ fascination with the ’60s—and particularly political and civil rights history. Here are 15 notable books published in 2014 about the decade of the moment.The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Vol. VII...

Half a century ago, everything seemed to turn upside down, from civil rights to the arms race to the sexual revolution and womens’ rights. Historians are just beginning to cope with ...

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