Politics

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

Whether it is entertainment, consumer goods, or almost anything else that can be purchased, viewed, or clicked on, millennials are the most coveted demographic. There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are ...

Millennials—rich or otherwise—have been notoriously uninterested in politics. So how do you mobilize a cynical generation?

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Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas

Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas

If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.On Christmas morning, Tyson, the director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium, took to Twitter to troll those celebrating the birth of Jes...

The well-known scientist gave the Internet a little gift on Thursday morning—and took his feud with conservatives to another level.

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As Usual, It’s Welfare on the Block

As Usual, It’s Welfare on the Block

Congress loves to be Scroogey when it comes to helping the poor at Christmastime. Last year, it let an unemployment extension for the long-term jobless expire during the holidays. That was right after food-stamps were cut. This year, a bare-bones ...

Technically, welfare expired in 2010. Congress keeps funding it ad hoc—but when the GOP takes over the Senate next year, who knows.

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When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

Whether it is entertainment, consumer goods, or almost anything else that can be purchased, viewed, or clicked on, millennials are the most coveted demographic. There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are ...

Millennials—rich or otherwise—have been notoriously uninterested in politics. So how do you mobilize a cynical generation?

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A Field General in the War on Christmas

A Field General in the War on Christmas

Shove those “holiday trees” aside. Feed your “Season’s Greetings” to the Yule log. Deck your halls instead with boughs of holly, shouting “Merry Christmas” (or “Happy Hanukkah”) well into the night.The latest front in the War on Christmas, like so...

Outraged when his first-grader came home from school talking about a ‘holiday tree,’ Texas lawmaker Dwayne Bohac vowed to bring back ‘Christmas freedom.’ And he’s succeeding.

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The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

Michael Grimm just got re-elected to Congress in November, so why should he resign over a minor detail like pleading guilty to a felony?As first reported by the New York Daily News, the Staten Island Republican will plead guilty to one count of ta...

Staten Island Republican Michael Grimm is pleading guilty to tax evasion Tuesday afternoon, but he doesn’t appear to think that should keep him from serving his constituents.

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Entertainment

The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

The 14 Worst Movies of 2014

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

Yes, there have been plenty of excellent films this year, but also A LOT of stinkers. Here are the worst of the worst.

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Holiday Movie Preview

Holiday Movie Preview

From Oscar bait like Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ all the movies to look forward to for the rest of 2014.

From Oscar bait like Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ all the movies to look forward to for the rest of 2014.

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18 Fun Facts About ‘Love Actually’

18 Fun Facts About ‘Love Actually’

And you though you knew everything about the Christmas classic.

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Yep, These Children’s Characters Are Gay

Yep, These Children’s Characters Are Gay

Nickelodeon’s animated hit series The Legend of Korra was always progressive. It went places American children’s television typically avoids, with an ethnically diverse cast of characters—including a number of powerful, complicated girls and women...

You don’t hold hands and enter a spirit portal with just anyone. The Legend of Korra’s final scene confirmed something that children’s television rarely does: these characters are gay.

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Holiday Movie Preview

Holiday Movie Preview

From Oscar bait like Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ all the movies to look forward to for the rest of 2014.

From Oscar bait like Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper’ to the Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ all the movies to look forward to for the rest of 2014.

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Christoph Waltz: The Master of Menace

Christoph Waltz: The Master of Menace

“There’s darkness in everybody,” says Christoph Waltz.The Austrian actor’s playful, Cheshire cat smirk has uncoiled, and his eyes have gone from sparkling to callous. He shifts in his seat. Waltz is discussing evil—in particular, how he taps into ...

The two-time Oscar winner opens up about his latest film Big Eyes, how he goes to dark places, and his villain in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre.

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Sony’s ‘The Interview’: A Glorious Mess

Sony’s ‘The Interview’: A Glorious Mess

It’s the film that launched a thousand think pieces and brought a corporation to its knees.The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview has, in the past few weeks, served as the catalyst for a series of events so surreal, you’d think the p...

The Seth Rogen and James Franco-starring Kim Jong Un assassination comedy was released on YouTube and Google Play today at 1 p.m. EST. But is it worth all the drama?

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No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities hav...

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction.

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Christoph Waltz: The Master of Menace

Christoph Waltz: The Master of Menace

“There’s darkness in everybody,” says Christoph Waltz.The Austrian actor’s playful, Cheshire cat smirk has uncoiled, and his eyes have gone from sparkling to callous. He shifts in his seat. Waltz is discussing evil—in particular, how he taps into ...

The two-time Oscar winner opens up about his latest film Big Eyes, how he goes to dark places, and his villain in the upcoming James Bond film Spectre.

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World News

A Love Story, Crushed by al Qaeda

A Love Story, Crushed by al Qaeda

BEIRUT—It is December, but Sabrine Omar is still wearing her summer clothes. She knows that her husband, Ziad, is still wearing his summer uniform, likely shivering from the mountain cold in the border region that blurs the line between Lebanon an...

Sabrine and her soldier husband managed to marry against all odds, including her family’s wrath. Now, their love story faces an even bigger threat—his abduction by the Nusra Front.

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Celebrating Christmas in Syrian War Zone

Celebrating Christmas in Syrian War Zone

QAMISHLI, Syria — Between the collapsed economy and industrial-scale killing, one might be forgiven for assuming Christmas is a distant consideration in war-ravaged Syria.But in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-administered strip along th...

Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.

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Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One

Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One

ROME—When the earth started shaking around Florence and Siena, Italy, last weekend, Alessandra Marino thought about one thing: David’s delicate ankles.Marino, the superintendent of culture in Florence, thought back to 2004 when experts warned that...

The masterpiece is huge, but structurally flawed and terribly vulnerable to seismic activity.

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Behind Bars for the Holidays

Behind Bars for the Holidays

Before we party 2014 away and usher in a new year, we hope readers take a few moments to remember those brave activists languishing behind bars for advocating basic freedoms. The Daily Beast recently partnered with Advancing Human Rights to contin...

From a children’s-book author languishing in an Egyptian prison to an early critic of the Assad regime, these jailed dissidents deserve our attention in the new year.

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Celebrating Christmas in Syrian War Zone

Celebrating Christmas in Syrian War Zone

QAMISHLI, Syria — Between the collapsed economy and industrial-scale killing, one might be forgiven for assuming Christmas is a distant consideration in war-ravaged Syria.But in Qamishli, the largest city in the Kurdish-administered strip along th...

Divided and drained by war, Syrian Christians are determined to celebrate for the first time in four years.

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Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

Islamic militants scored a significant propaganda coup today, displaying the captured pilot of a Jordanian warplane they claimed to have shot down over northern Syria with a shoulder-fired missile. The Jordanian F-16 is the first plane flying with...

The Islamic State, or ISIS, claims it has shot down a Jordanian fighter jet and captured its pilot. Will this undermine the kingdom’s bedrock role as an ally in the war?

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No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities hav...

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction.

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Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

“No cerveza, no trabajo” is about all I’ve retained from Brother Victor Serna’s Spanish II class at St. Mary’s High School.Of course it’s been over 40 years, and that’s a long time to remember anything. But truth be told, I never came close to mas...

There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros. So what, exactly, are we getting in return for Obama’s radical step?

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Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

Did ISIS Shoot Down a Fighter Jet?

Islamic militants scored a significant propaganda coup today, displaying the captured pilot of a Jordanian warplane they claimed to have shot down over northern Syria with a shoulder-fired missile. The Jordanian F-16 is the first plane flying with...

The Islamic State, or ISIS, claims it has shot down a Jordanian fighter jet and captured its pilot. Will this undermine the kingdom’s bedrock role as an ally in the war?

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U.S. News

St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson

St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson

Unlike with Michael Brown, there is no mystery surrounding the death of another black teen in Missouri who died after being shot by a cop. Thanks to surveillance video of the incident, there are virtually no accusations that the as-of-yet unnamed ...

While the Michael Brown case suffered from hazy details, this incident features cameras that provide police a version of events that support the officer’s self-defense claims.

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Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Martin’s parents want nothing to do with the “Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,” a fringe network of radicals linked to marchers calling for “dead cops” at a December 13 New York City protest.“Our family is in no way affiliated with the...

A group with ties to the protesters who called for ‘dead cops’ may be calling itself the ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,’ but the dead teen’s family wants nothing to do with it.

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What Made the Cop-Killer Snap?

What Made the Cop-Killer Snap?

Before he picked up a gun, he tried to pick up a pen.More details are unfolding about the quiet hours before unhinged 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly wasted two NYPD cops in broad daylight before dropping the curtain on his life on a grimy...

He didn’t bother with Atlanta’s police-brutality protests. Friends say Ismaaiyl Brinsley was too busy with his last shot at redemption: making a movie about the murder all around him.

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St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson

St. Louis Shooting Is the Anti-Ferguson

Unlike with Michael Brown, there is no mystery surrounding the death of another black teen in Missouri who died after being shot by a cop. Thanks to surveillance video of the incident, there are virtually no accusations that the as-of-yet unnamed ...

While the Michael Brown case suffered from hazy details, this incident features cameras that provide police a version of events that support the officer’s self-defense claims.

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The Congressman Who Believes in Santa

The Congressman Who Believes in Santa

“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. The Michigan Republican, likely the first former Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer-farm owner ever to serve on Capitol Hill, was in the process of moving out—his constituent...

With voters having dumped Kerry Bentivolio in the primaries, the Michigan Republican may not be feeling that jolly about Christmas, but he remains a fan of the beloved character he o...

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The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops

The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops

A little over a week ago, a group of people marched down the streets of Manhattan and called for police to be killed. But exactly who cried out for violence has been something of a mystery as New York goes through its most tense moment in more tha...

Evidence from photos, video, social-media posts and interviews suggests it was a single group, desperate to ‘turn up the anger’ at otherwise-peaceful protests.

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Tech + Health

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able ...

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

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Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The idea calls for the production of solar powered balloons that would...

Google and Facebook want to bring the Internet—and with it, startup culture—to 4 billion people who’ve never had it. But Africa’s version of Silicon Valley will be uncharted territory.

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Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is the Vampire of Plants

Mistletoe is basically a vampire—but one of those an anti-hero type vampires. Yes, I was surprised to learn that the same forest shrub that we love to smooch under every December is a parasite that spends its days sucking the “lifeforce” from tree...

When it’s not the holiday posterplant, mistletoe spends its days sucking the life out of trees worldwide.

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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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Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The idea calls for the production of solar powered balloons that would...

Google and Facebook want to bring the Internet—and with it, startup culture—to 4 billion people who’ve never had it. But Africa’s version of Silicon Valley will be uncharted territory.

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5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water af...

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Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

When it comes to medical decisions, it stands to reason that the more information a patient has, the better he or she will be at making the most appropriate choices for their care. The whole idea of informed consent rests on the concept that fully...

A new study says that patients don’t understand the risks of unnecessary antibiotic use. In the future, antibiotic resistance could have catastrophic consequences.

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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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5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water af...

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Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes Inactive prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Skill Level: ModerateFor the pie crust:1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup water 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2...

It’s the day after Christmas, and time to make a delicious pie, using pumpkin puree and chopped pecans.

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Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Servings: 24 Skill level: Easy Prep Time: 30-45 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes1/4 cup dark rum 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar white sprinkles, for...

Christmas Day is one of indulgence and sloth. Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.

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The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits

The Big Business of Fashion Counterfeits

Today, counterfeit fashion evokes heaving piles of fake designer bags on Canal Street. Or fast-fashion chains like Zara and H&M churning out runway imitations.But the phenomenon of counterfeiting is as old as couture itself. In the early 1900s...

Popular fashion designs have been copied throughout history—and a new exhibition reveals the blurred line between stealing an idea and celebratory homage.

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Make Carla Hall’s Christmas Roast Pork

Make Carla Hall’s Christmas Roast Pork

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes to 1 hour Serves: 8 ModerateFOR THE PORK LOIN:½ cup dried cranberries 1¼ cups cranberry juice, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for rub 2 shallots, minced ¾ cup Granny Smith apples, medium d...

Take shelter from stormy Christmas Eve skies with this sizzling seasonal roast, created by one of the hosts of ABC’s ‘The Chew.’

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Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Carla Hall’s Christmas Treat

Servings: 24 Skill level: Easy Prep Time: 30-45 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes1/4 cup dark rum 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 4 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and finely chopped 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar white sprinkles, for...

Christmas Day is one of indulgence and sloth. Make a batch of these rum balls, climb into a onesie, and let your favorite movie do the rest.

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One Cake to Rule Them All

One Cake to Rule Them All

Stollen first appeared in 1329, in Naumburgh an der Saale (near Leipzig, Germany), and was solely composed of oats, water, flour, and rape seed oil (canola oil). Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items suc...

A humble German fruit cake, which first emerged in the 14th century, became a formidable cultural and political force—and conquered the world.

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Prince George’s Xmas: Better Than Yours

Prince George’s Xmas: Better Than Yours

Prince George and his parents are enjoying their first Christmas in their magnificent country home.This Royal Christmas, Kate, William and Prince George will be enjoying their first Christmas in their own home, their magnificent new country pile, ...

Royal Christmases have a rhythm and routine—but this year Will, Kate, and baby George have their own, more relaxed plans.

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Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer. A child’s room with green- and white-striped wallpaper and matching furniture. Unremarkable on their own, but quite something else when you step back and take...

Overnight on a New York City street, two artists might be creating their latest photo set, made entirely from discarded items. An inside look at the Instagram and Twitter phenomenon.

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One Cake to Rule Them All

One Cake to Rule Them All

Stollen first appeared in 1329, in Naumburgh an der Saale (near Leipzig, Germany), and was solely composed of oats, water, flour, and rape seed oil (canola oil). Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items suc...

A humble German fruit cake, which first emerged in the 14th century, became a formidable cultural and political force—and conquered the world.

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Women in the World

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision last week to arrest the editor in chief of an opposition newspaper is the latest crack in this country’s image as a modern, Westernized country. But it’s not the only sign of an erosion of rights.Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world. Yet, beyond the glittering skyscrapers and nightclubs, persistent questions remain over huma...

As Turkey’s president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country’s businesswomen are pushing back.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard fo...

Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

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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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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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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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Books

A Forgotten Nazi Fighter Reemerges

A Forgotten Nazi Fighter Reemerges

Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Oskar Schindler—these names come readily to mind when we think of heroes of conscience. But few of us would recognize the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand, a German philosopher-turned-outspoken Nazi antagonis...

Dietrich von Hildebrand is best remembered today in theological circles for his contributions to Catholic thought. He should also be remembered for being an early and eloquent foe of...

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  • The Terror-Human Trafficking Nexus

    The Terror-Human Trafficking Nexus

    The list of atrocities committed by ISIS continues to grow, with the latest being a chilling pamphlet that details the organization’s policy on treating the women they kidnap and then use as sex slaves. This is the latest account of ISIS’s dealing...

    The intersection of drugs and terrorism has long been investigated. Now, the recent actions of ISIS and Boko Haram are drawing attention to the role of human trafficking.

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Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings

Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings

Paul Strohm’s vibrant chronicle of a pivotal year in Geoffrey Chaucer’s life, Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury (Viking), enriches our understanding of a towering literary figure by placing him in a densely populated social and histo...

Geoffrey Chaucer was England’s first literary superstar with Canterbury Tales. How he got there is just as fascinating.

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The Alps You’ve Never Seen Before

The Alps You’ve Never Seen Before

With photos of concrete, mud, crumbling ski lodges, denuded landscapes, and forbidding mountains, Olaf Unverzart has bid adieu to the stereotypical image of the Alps. See his work.

With photos of concrete, mud, crumbling ski lodges, denuded landscapes, and forbidding mountains, Olaf Unverzart has bid adieu to the stereotypical image of the Alps. See his work.

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The Michael Jordan of Cricket

The Michael Jordan of Cricket

Wickets, googleys, bouncers, centurions, and leg spins—it’s enough to make a baseball-loving Yank’s head spin.Those terms, along with a multitude of others, can be found sprayed throughout a new memoir by the Indian former cricket player Sachin Te...

Sachin Tendulkar may be one of the most brilliant players in the sport, but he struggles to liven up his memoirs.

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Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings

Canterbury Tales’ Storied Beginnings

Paul Strohm’s vibrant chronicle of a pivotal year in Geoffrey Chaucer’s life, Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury (Viking), enriches our understanding of a towering literary figure by placing him in a densely populated social and histo...

Geoffrey Chaucer was England’s first literary superstar with Canterbury Tales. How he got there is just as fascinating.

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Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Between August 13 and September 4, 2002, the Oakland Athletics baseball team didn’t lose a single time. For twenty consecutive games—an American League record—a team of misfits and overlooked talent dominated Major League Baseball like never befor...

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not emotion—could transform American g...

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What Would Jane Eyre Sext?

What Would Jane Eyre Sext?

The western literary canon, according to Mallory Ortberg, can be summed up in the following exchange:Character A: Life is meaningless! There is no God! My heart is breaking! Beauty! Despair!Character B: WTF?Ortberg’s new book, Texts from Jane Eyre...

A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted.

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This Week’s Hot Reads

This Week’s Hot Reads

God’ll Cut You Down by John SafranIn 2010, the career of Mississippi white supremacist Richard Barrett came to an abrupt end when he was found stabbed in his home, his body badly burned. Halfway around the world, news of Barrett’s death piqued th...

This week, from murder in Mississippi to the pawn shops of Appalachia.

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Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Between August 13 and September 4, 2002, the Oakland Athletics baseball team didn’t lose a single time. For twenty consecutive games—an American League record—a team of misfits and overlooked talent dominated Major League Baseball like never befor...

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not emotion—could transform American g...

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