Politics

GOP Guv Wants a 'Pravda’ All His Own

GOP Guv Wants a 'Pravda’ All His Own

Q: When does the conservative governor of a majority-Republican state start to resemble an old-line Communist apparatchik?A: When he uses taxpayer money to fund government-approved “journalism” to compete with privately-owned, independent news out...

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has attracted ridicule for his plan to set up a state-run news service. Now he says it was an ‘understandable misunderstanding.’

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I’m Not a Politician, I Just Blog a Lot

I’m Not a Politician, I Just Blog a Lot

Congress has reality television stars, hog castrators and large animal veternarians,  so what would be so weird about a blogger? As first reported by the New York Times, Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas has mooted the idea of running for Congres...

Markos Moulitsas may run for Congress someday—a move that could pave the way for bloggers to turn outrage into actual action.

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Vote Fark for Governor!

Vote Fark for Governor!

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

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

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GOP Guv Wants a 'Pravda’ All His Own

GOP Guv Wants a 'Pravda’ All His Own

Q: When does the conservative governor of a majority-Republican state start to resemble an old-line Communist apparatchik?A: When he uses taxpayer money to fund government-approved “journalism” to compete with privately-owned, independent news out...

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has attracted ridicule for his plan to set up a state-run news service. Now he says it was an ‘understandable misunderstanding.’

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Bobby Jindal Wants to Fistfight Your God

Bobby Jindal Wants to Fistfight Your God

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

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

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Spy Chief: Obama ‘Paralyzed’ By ISIS

Spy Chief: Obama ‘Paralyzed’ By ISIS

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

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

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Entertainment

The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

The Hacking Group That Targeted TSwift

America’s Sweetheart is under attack.On Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Swift’s Twitter account, boasting a mammoth 51.4 million followers, was reportedly hacked by a self-described “cyber caliphate” called Lizard Squad, which released the following twe...

They’ve claimed to have hacked the PlayStation Network, North Korea, and now Taylor Swift, threatening to release nude photos. And their members are reportedly as young as 13.

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Pushing ‘Dope’: Sundance’s Freshest Film

Pushing ‘Dope’: Sundance’s Freshest Film

“James Franco begged for tickets.”Just one day removed from a heated, all-night bidding war between indie film luminaries The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, Focus, A24, and Open Road Films, with the latter emerging victorious, scooping up the...

Director Rick Famuyiwa’s coming of age film about a group of ‘90s-nostalgic geeks in Inglewood that end up forming a cartel to push several kilos of ecstasy is all the rage in Utah.

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The Importance of Larry Wilmore

The Importance of Larry Wilmore

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

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

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Watch This Zac Brown Band Performance

Watch This Zac Brown Band Performance

The Zac Brown Band, who’s Uncaged took the Grammy for Best Country Album in 2013, are back, with a new, as-yet-untitled album dropping this year. To say that fans are rabid for the affable, beanie-wearing Brown would be apt—that album’s first sing...

‘Hopefully by the end of the performance, we’ve all been lifted up in this kind of sphere of energy together.’

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Pushing ‘Dope’: Sundance’s Freshest Film

Pushing ‘Dope’: Sundance’s Freshest Film

“James Franco begged for tickets.”Just one day removed from a heated, all-night bidding war between indie film luminaries The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, Focus, A24, and Open Road Films, with the latter emerging victorious, scooping up the...

Director Rick Famuyiwa’s coming of age film about a group of ‘90s-nostalgic geeks in Inglewood that end up forming a cartel to push several kilos of ecstasy is all the rage in Utah.

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Cumberbatch Sorry for ‘Colored’ Remark

Cumberbatch Sorry for ‘Colored’ Remark

Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who co-starred in the harrowing, Oscar- winning drama 12 Years A Slave, has issued a humiliating apology for using the word “colored” to refer to non-white actors on a PBS talk show in which he was discussin...

The Oscar nominee triggered a social-media backlash by referring to non-white actors as “colored,” but issued a fulsome apology in a bid to quell the firestorm.

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Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

Bill Nye: Belichick Doesn’t Know Balls

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

Science Guy weighs in on “Deflate-Gate.”

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Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

Lena Dunham on the ‘Thought Police’

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

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

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Cumberbatch Sorry for ‘Colored’ Remark

Cumberbatch Sorry for ‘Colored’ Remark

Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor who co-starred in the harrowing, Oscar- winning drama 12 Years A Slave, has issued a humiliating apology for using the word “colored” to refer to non-white actors on a PBS talk show in which he was discussin...

The Oscar nominee triggered a social-media backlash by referring to non-white actors as “colored,” but issued a fulsome apology in a bid to quell the firestorm.

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World News

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

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

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

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The Spies Who Shagged Nobody

The Spies Who Shagged Nobody

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

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

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The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

The Big, Fragile Win Over ISIS

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

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

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

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

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

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Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

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

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

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This Man Will Make Greece Leave Europe

This Man Will Make Greece Leave Europe

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

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

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Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

Boko Victims Fear Going Home to Vote

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

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

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Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

Putin Is Winning the War on 3 Fronts

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

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

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U.S. News

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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How Did the Homeless Survive Last Night?

How Did the Homeless Survive Last Night?

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

In New York City, where one in seven people is a millionaire, more people than ever were left without food or a roof over their head during last night's snowstorm.

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The Spies Who Shagged Nobody

The Spies Who Shagged Nobody

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

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

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Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

Russian News Outfit Really a Spy Machine

A pair of accused Russian spies tried to gather intelligence about U.S. financial markets, and potentially how to disrupt them, by feeding questions to journalists at the Russian state-owned news agency Tass, The Daily Beast has learned. The agenc...

Moscow’s alleged spy ring in New York City sometimes took orders from a Kremlin-run news outfit. Talk about media bias.

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Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

Yes, Winter Storm Juno Will Be Huge

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

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

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What ‘American Sniper’ Gets Right

What ‘American Sniper’ Gets Right

During the course of any normal day I usually pay more attention to assembling a grocery list than I do to reading movie reviews, although there are a more than a few film critics who bring huge insight to their work. A.O. Scott of the Times, Joe ...

Lost in the right/left debate over the new Clint Eastwood film is how few Americans fought this century’s wars, and how the suffering of their families has often gone unnoticed.

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Tech + Health

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

Uber’s Mysterious Banning Policy

What do Uber and Harvard have in common? Both only use the top 10 percent or so of their rating scales. For a Harvard student, the median grade is an A- and for an Uber driver, anything below a 4.7 out of 5 average rating from passengers spells tr...

Ever wonder how and why Uber drivers get banned? If it’s not for criminal behavior, the waters get murky.

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Get the Most From Your Tracker

Get the Most From Your Tracker

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn If you were gifted a fitness tracker this year, we bet you had grand ambitions of using it to finally get fit. You swore you’d take 10,000 steps a day, log miles, track calories, count your zzz’s and maybe e...

Tips to Get the Most From Your Tracker

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

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

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

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You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

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

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

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Get the Most From Your Tracker

Get the Most From Your Tracker

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn If you were gifted a fitness tracker this year, we bet you had grand ambitions of using it to finally get fit. You swore you’d take 10,000 steps a day, log miles, track calories, count your zzz’s and maybe e...

Tips to Get the Most From Your Tracker

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

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

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

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This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

This Little Bot Was Busted for Ecstasy

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

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

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

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

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

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

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

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

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BeastStyle

The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

The Week Men Went Unisex in Paris

Somewhere between the silk worms and the sound of funk and the beautiful clothing at Paris' men's autumn/winter 2015 shows--and the infamous outbreak of penis at Rick Owens--one could glimpse the dapper gentlemen from yesteryear.He was m...

At the Paris men's collections, suits and silk belied some handsome looks. But with toga-like draping, the standout looks of the week brilliantly blurred gender lines.

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Delivery Guys Are First Responders

Delivery Guys Are First Responders

New Yorkers are already in the middle of a weather emergency, with 3 feet of snow set to dump on us in the next 24 hours. Is it wise for their mayor to start a full-on culture war, too?Journalists, trying to ascertain how draconian Bill de Blasio’...

New York City’s mayor wants food delivery staff off the streets Monday night, saying they’re not an ‘emergency service.’ Lazy, busy, convenience-addicted New Yorkers beg to differ.

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My Great Outdoor Adventure—Indoors

My Great Outdoor Adventure—Indoors

By the seventh glob of translucent organic amphetamine-laced candy, things are starting to go south.I’m not sure which will bring me down first, the pounding of my sleep-deprived, speed-addled heart or the looming sugar crash and impending diabete...

Our correspondent, buzzed on way too many energy bars, sweats and shakes his way through a huge outdoor retailer trade show.

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The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

The ‘Strange Inheritance’ of Jamie Colby

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

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

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Delivery Guys Are First Responders

Delivery Guys Are First Responders

New Yorkers are already in the middle of a weather emergency, with 3 feet of snow set to dump on us in the next 24 hours. Is it wise for their mayor to start a full-on culture war, too?Journalists, trying to ascertain how draconian Bill de Blasio’...

New York City’s mayor wants food delivery staff off the streets Monday night, saying they’re not an ‘emergency service.’ Lazy, busy, convenience-addicted New Yorkers beg to differ.

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SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

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

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

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

Juan Carlos, Spain’s Royal Horndog

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

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

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We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

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

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

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SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

SAG Red Carpet Winners and Losers

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

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

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Women in the World

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

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

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

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

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

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

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Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

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

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

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‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

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

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

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

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

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

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

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

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

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

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

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

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America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

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

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

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

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

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

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Books

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

When Soviet Soldiers Opened Auschwitz

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

70 years ago, Soviet soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Photos, provided by the United States Holocaust Museum, are a powerful reminder of this human tragedy.

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  • Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

    Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

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

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

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

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

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

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This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2015

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

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

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

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

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

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What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

What’s the Matter with Pakistan?

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

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

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

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

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

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

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

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

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

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

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

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

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

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

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