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Members of the International Shugden Community rally against the Dalai Lama, who they accuse of religious intolerance, across the street from the site of the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, February 5, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama exchanged greetings but did not meet directly at a religious event in Washington closely watched by Beijing, which has warned against any meetings with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Both figures were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington where Obama was scheduled to speak about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama also attended, seated at a table in the front row across from the president. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR4OCNA

Goddamn Craziness Over Religious Freedom

Goddamn Craziness Over Religious Freedom

You want to know the weirdest thing about the fight over Indiana’s state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? It’s totally at odds with the origins of that first federal law.Indiana’s law is being championed by re...

Both conservatives and liberals aren’t being straight about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Mike Pence's New Fan Club: Wiccans

Mike Pence’s New Fan Club: Wiccans

Mike Pence’s New Fan Club: Wiccans

Among the howls of opponents who insist that religious freedom ordinances limit LGBT civil rights, conservative lawmakers in Indiana and other states have found unlikely allies: Wiccans, who claim that any laws that gives greater religious freedom...

Conservative Christians in Indiana may have accidently protected Wiccans’ religious right to plural marriage, drugs and nudity.

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The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Rape & Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reported on a new lawsuit against the Department of Defense involving a very NSFW (and very “unofficial”) songbook of the United States Air Force. The rowdy, graphic songs feature loads of sexual violence and depravit...

One new lawsuit has put a spotlight on an unofficial songbook that includes graphic songs featuring explicit acts of sexual violence.

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Members of the International Shugden Community rally against the Dalai Lama, who they accuse of religious intolerance, across the street from the site of the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton in Washington, February 5, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama exchanged greetings but did not meet directly at a religious event in Washington closely watched by Beijing, which has warned against any meetings with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Both figures were at an annual prayer breakfast in Washington where Obama was scheduled to speak about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama also attended, seated at a table in the front row across from the president. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR4OCNA

Goddamn Craziness Over Religious Freedom

Goddamn Craziness Over Religious Freedom

You want to know the weirdest thing about the fight over Indiana’s state-level version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)? It’s totally at odds with the origins of that first federal law.Indiana’s law is being championed by re...

Both conservatives and liberals aren’t being straight about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

Two Suicides Rock Missouri Politics

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Last Thursday, on the one-month anniversary of the suicide of his boss, Missouri’s Republican auditor and a candidate for governor, Spence Jackson took the day off.Tom Schweich’s suicide came amidst what had become a brutal c...

Spence Jackson, former spokesman for Missouri’s Republican auditor Todd Schweich, remained a loyal soldier weeks after his boss committed suicide in the wake a nasty campaign for gov...

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Will Trevor Noah Champion Palestine?

Will Trevor Noah Champion Palestine?

I’m sure that Trevor Noah, the 31-year-old South African comedian tapped to be the new host of The Daily Show after Jon Stewart retires this fall, was expecting to be compared to Stewart from a comedic point of view. I’m sure he knew that he would...

Informed precisely by his Jewishness, Stewart made Palestinians into human beings. Hard to picture Noah being nearly as effective.

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Entertainment

Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

Comedians Becoming an Endangered Species

America, I’m sick of you.I’m sick and tired of your scared, whiny, bullshit fake rage and your pompous-ass attitude.I’m sick of weakness. I’m sick of wimps. I’m sick and tired of your soft, weak-kneed, oh-I’m-so-offended response to anything that ...

A firestorm over a handful of old tweets has got new ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah in hot water. Why can’t we all grow up and just let comedians be comedians again?

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, where he serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director, in New York City.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson needs no introduction, but what the hell. The 56-year-old astrophysicist and cosmologist is this generation’s preeminent scientific voice—a man who’s championed the sciences across a variety of modes, including publishing nume...

The acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist also discusses his big bone to pick with ‘Whiplash,’ why he’s intrigued by ‘The Walking Dead,’ and Indiana’s ‘religious freedom law.’

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Mulan live action coming soon!

Disney Embraces Diversity with ‘Mulan’

Disney Embraces Diversity with ‘Mulan’

Everybody’s favorite sword-wielding, cross-dressing Disney princess is getting the live-action treatment.On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Disney is developing a live-action version of the 1998 animated film Mulan. Based on the Chin...

Disney has officially entered the 21st Century following the news of a live-action Mulan movie. Now let’s hope the casting reflects the diverse subject matter.

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Diamond Dallas Yoga

Yoga Rehab For Fallen Pro Wrestlers

Yoga Rehab For Fallen Pro Wrestlers

Diamond Dallas Page gazes out over sun-baked Levi’s Stadium at WrestleMania 31, a grin climbing across his face as a 30-man melee unfolds below. The two-decade pro wrestling veteran oohs and aahs at every brutal beat of the 2nd annual Andre the Gi...

The renowned ex-pro wrestler known for his “Diamond Cutter” move has turned to Yoga to help troubled wrestlers cope with life outside of the ring.

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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, where he serves as the Frederick P. Rose Director, in New York City.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson Defends Scientology

Neil deGrasse Tyson needs no introduction, but what the hell. The 56-year-old astrophysicist and cosmologist is this generation’s preeminent scientific voice—a man who’s championed the sciences across a variety of modes, including publishing nume...

The acclaimed astrophysicist and cosmologist also discusses his big bone to pick with ‘Whiplash,’ why he’s intrigued by ‘The Walking Dead,’ and Indiana’s ‘religious freedom law.’

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The Ridiculous Trevor Noah Backlash

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

Who’s allowed to tell jokes? Who’s allowed to laugh at jokes? Should certain jokes never be said? Can certain comics say things, and others not?In the space of twenty four hours, Trevor Noah has been announced as the new host of The Daily Show, ha...

In just 24 hours, Trevor Noah has gone from sudden superstar to accused of sexism and anti-Semitism. Every comedian today treads the same perilous path.

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You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

You Can’t Un-see ‘Game of Smurfs’ (NSFW)

Since its first season became an instant success on HBO, there have been scores of Game of Thrones parodies filling the internet. With ‘Game of Smurfs,’ we have reached Peak Game of Thrones Spoof. Fox’s Animation Domination brings all the graphic ...

Smurf blood is red, you guys.

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Ron Burgundy: Justin Bieber Stays Classy

Ron Burgundy: Justin Bieber Stays Classy

After Justin Bieber had been ritually abused by a rapper, a home products saleswoman and everything in between, in stepped an unlikely contributor to this Comedy Central Roast: San Diego Channel 4 anchorman Ron Burgundy.The legendary newsman, who ...

The anchorman thinks the singing scoundrel needs to "turn up the heat."

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The Ridiculous Trevor Noah Backlash

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

The Trevor Noah Backlash Is Ridiculous

Who’s allowed to tell jokes? Who’s allowed to laugh at jokes? Should certain jokes never be said? Can certain comics say things, and others not?In the space of twenty four hours, Trevor Noah has been announced as the new host of The Daily Show, ha...

In just 24 hours, Trevor Noah has gone from sudden superstar to accused of sexism and anti-Semitism. Every comedian today treads the same perilous path.

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World News

ISIS Wants a Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian border town of Kobani, is the Islamic State flagging and putting out feelers to see if a truce might be...

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another tactic?

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr reacts during a news conference in Cologne-Bonn airport March 26, 2015. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps last week told the Lufthansa flight training school about a previous period of depression, Lufthansa said on March 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay - RTR4VMVB

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Andreas Lubitz did not conceal his “episode of severe depression” from his airline as had been previously reported. In fact, Lufthansa now admits he disclosed it.This shocking revelation from Lufthansa shifts the responsibility away from the 27-ye...

A week after saying Andreas Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly,” the airline admits he told them of a serious depressive episode while training.

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Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

Weinstein Accuser Sued Dirty Old Men

ROME, Italy — A young Italian model finds herself the victim of alleged sexual abuse by a powerful older man—for the third time.When 22-year-old Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, an Italian of Philippine descent now working on her modeling career in New ...

In her native Italy, this young model took two alleged lechers to court for sexual improprieties. Now she’s told police that one of Hollywood’s biggest moguls groped her, too.

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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In this Monday July 2, 2014 photo made available Sunday July 6, 2014, Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, center , wearing a sash with Italian flag's colors, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino walk during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria region, Southern Italy. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession has detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.  Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as ‘’deplorable and disgusting.’’ He praised three Carabinieri policemen who abandoned the procession in disapproval. (AP Photo/Toni Condello)

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

ROME — Last July, when the Catholic parishioners of Oppido Mamertina in Calabria dusted off the giant gilded statue of the Madonna delle Grazie for a saint’s day procession through the village streets, they did what they had done for years. They s...

Easter processions in southern Italy are used to pausing the statues of the saints to honor local Mafiosi holed up in their houses. No more, says Pope Francis.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin  chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014.  Putin told yesteday rebels in Ukraine to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border, but his apparent change of heart received short shrift from Kiev and Washington.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Andrei Sakharov must be rolling in his grave.The late Russian nuclear physicist was the most prominent dissident in the Soviet Union. For his warnings against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in defense of basic civil rights, the Kremlin t...

The World Russia Forum was once a respectable affair. Now it’s just a nest of Putin apologists and has-beens and both. Dead Souls indeed.

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Omar Trevino Morales, known as "Z-42" and leader of the Zetas drug cartel, is escorted by soldiers during a media conference about his arrest in Mexico City March 4, 2015. Mexican security forces have captured Morales, leader of the bloody Zetas drug cartel and one of the country's most wanted men, security officials said on Wednesday. The brother of captured former Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales was arrested in the city of Monterrey in the early hours of Wednesday, a senior government official said. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido (MEXICO - Tags: CRIME LAW DRUGS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4S4FP

Mexico’s Disastrous Drug War ‘Success’

Mexico’s Disastrous Drug War ‘Success’

MEXICO CITY — Back in December 2006, when Mexican President Felipe Calderón decided to launch an unprecedented attack against the drug cartels that had taken over parts of Mexico, the government’s strategy consisted mostly of reckless improvisatio...

Mexican authorities keep capturing drug lords, but violence is spreading in new, dangerous ways.

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In this Monday July 2, 2014 photo made available Sunday July 6, 2014, Oppido Mamertina mayor Domenico Giannetta, center , wearing a sash with Italian flag's colors, flanked at left by Italian Carabinieri officer Andrea Marino walk during a religious procession in Oppido Mamertina, Calabria region, Southern Italy. In apparent defiance of Pope Francis, the church procession has detoured from its route to honor a convicted mobster under house arrest.  Interior Minister Angelino Alfano on Sunday denounced the tribute in Oppido Mamertina, a Calabrian town and ‘ndrangheta crime syndicate stronghold, as ‘’deplorable and disgusting.’’ He praised three Carabinieri policemen who abandoned the procession in disapproval. (AP Photo/Toni Condello)

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

Pope: No More Mafia Worship at Easter

ROME — Last July, when the Catholic parishioners of Oppido Mamertina in Calabria dusted off the giant gilded statue of the Madonna delle Grazie for a saint’s day procession through the village streets, they did what they had done for years. They s...

Easter processions in southern Italy are used to pausing the statues of the saints to honor local Mafiosi holed up in their houses. No more, says Pope Francis.

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Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

In my office there’s a stack of books, all pretty recent, on higher education. The titles say a lot. The “end of college” seems gleeful compared to the more sober guides to “American higher education in crisis.” Students are said to be “academical...

It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.

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Senators Vs. Purina: Cavalier King Charles Puppy lying in front of an empty metallic dog bowl, 2 months old, isolated on white

Senators: FDA Not Protecting Our Dogs

Senators: FDA Not Protecting Our Dogs

Earlier this month, amid allegations in a class action lawsuit that Purina’s Beneful dog food could contain toxic levels of propylene glycol or could be contaminated with poisonous mycotoxins that could lead to the deaths of dogs, Senators Dianne ...

Two Senators drafted a letter to the FDA taking them to task for not following through on a Congressional mandate to guarantee that dog food goes untainted.

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

Trans ‘Prostitute’ Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of the troubled young person killed at the NSA. She seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

In my office there’s a stack of books, all pretty recent, on higher education. The titles say a lot. The “end of college” seems gleeful compared to the more sober guides to “American higher education in crisis.” Students are said to be “academical...

It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.

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Gov. Lester Maddox, leader of a faction try to represent Georgia at the Democratic National Convention conduct press conference in the Chicago hotel in Chicago, August 24, 1968 to give his version of the dispute. Maddox said a compromise offered by the credentials committee is unacceptable. (AP Photo)

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

The Ballad of Lester Maddox

Once upon a time, a restaurant owner refused to serve people who were different. He said he did so in the name of freedom, not discrimination.The time was 1964, the place was Georgia, and the man was Lester Maddox. He was the owner of The Pickrick...

As we've been reminded by the fight in Indiana, supporters of discrimination have always cloaked their views in appeals to personal liberty.

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Los Angeles police and robbery homicide detectives investigate the shooting scene where four people were shot and killed in Northridge, California early December 2, 2012.    
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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: To chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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How Rogue U.S. Agents Shook Down Mt. Gox

How Rogue U.S. Agents Shook Down Mt. Gox

In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form...

Two federal agents in the Silk Road investigation allegedly attempted to pressure Mark Karpeles, CEO of the massive bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, into making a business deal, then played...

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Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

The Costa Rican addiction treatment clinic where the reality TV star Scott Disick spent a week this March announced his coming via a press release while flying him there by private jet. And maybe that’s to be expected, given the constant media sur...

Kardashian consort Scott Disick made headlines for the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center, which promotes the use of ibogaine to treat addiction—but the drug carries its own risks.

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Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

“We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as p...

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

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When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

The Costa Rican addiction treatment clinic where the reality TV star Scott Disick spent a week this March announced his coming via a press release while flying him there by private jet. And maybe that’s to be expected, given the constant media sur...

Kardashian consort Scott Disick made headlines for the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center, which promotes the use of ibogaine to treat addiction—but the drug carries its own risks.

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane carrying 149 passengers into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on March 27, 2015. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller   - RTR4V3TT

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

As the world grapples with the horrific news about the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and its shift from unexplained tragedy to terrible crime, focus has tightened on the background and condition of Andreas Lubitz, cop...

Depression doesn’t cause mass murder. Something more was at play in the Germanwings co-pilot’s mind—and the only person that was told Lubitz was unfit to fly was Lubitz himself.

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How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we’re much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought.A new research review has ...

Great news for the lovelorn: Our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

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CRAWFORD, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (L) holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah while walking past some blue bonnets at his Crawford ranch 25 April 2005. Bush intends to ask Abdullah to boost his country's oil production in hopes of driving down soaring oil and US gas prices, senior administration officials said.              AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON  (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane carrying 149 passengers into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on March 27, 2015. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller   - RTR4V3TT

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

As the world grapples with the horrific news about the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and its shift from unexplained tragedy to terrible crime, focus has tightened on the background and condition of Andreas Lubitz, cop...

Depression doesn’t cause mass murder. Something more was at play in the Germanwings co-pilot’s mind—and the only person that was told Lubitz was unfit to fly was Lubitz himself.

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Carafem, a new luxury abortion clinic, offers "spa-like" services and pharmaceutical abortions.

Inside D.C.’s Luxury Abortion Clinic

Inside D.C.’s Luxury Abortion Clinic

“Abortion. Yeah, we do that.” That’s the message that Carafem, a new medical clinic in Washington D.C., will plaster across D.C. Metro stations as part of an ad campaign in the coming weeks.Billboards advertising abortion services are a rare sight...

Carafem’s surroundings may speak of plush comfort. The experience their clients are undergoing is anything but.

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She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

For the past eight years, Mad Men fans have been watching to see when Don Draper’s shaky, alcohol-fueled facade would crumble, to see if Peggy will ever be taken as seriously as the boys, and to see what impeccable number Betty will button up next...

“Mad Men” returns Sunday, and as well as the complexities of Don, Peggy, and Betty’s destinies, is the small matter of how good they all look while they suffer and ponder.

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How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news” anchor who...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

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The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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January Jones as Betty Francis, Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris, Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson and Jessica Pare as Megan Draper - Mad Men _ Season 7B, Gallery - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

For the past eight years, Mad Men fans have been watching to see when Don Draper’s shaky, alcohol-fueled facade would crumble, to see if Peggy will ever be taken as seriously as the boys, and to see what impeccable number Betty will button up next...

“Mad Men” returns Sunday, and as well as the complexities of Don, Peggy, and Betty’s destinies, is the small matter of how good they all look while they suffer and ponder.

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Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

“In a city of 8 million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife,” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) says in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. The remark was facetious, but 25 years later, where social media allows you to connect—in any number of above-...

When it began, it seemed so quick, simple, and discreet. But, given the myriad ways we connect and know one another, online dating isn't so anonymous after all. And, it seems, pe...

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

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Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

“In a city of 8 million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife,” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) says in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. The remark was facetious, but 25 years later, where social media allows you to connect—in any number of above-...

When it began, it seemed so quick, simple, and discreet. But, given the myriad ways we connect and know one another, online dating isn't so anonymous after all. And, it seems, pe...

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Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

In my office there’s a stack of books, all pretty recent, on higher education. The titles say a lot. The “end of college” seems gleeful compared to the more sober guides to “American higher education in crisis.” Students are said to be “academical...

It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.

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    How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

    How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

    Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

    An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: To chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: To chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

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Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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