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Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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Deadbeats Newt & Sharpton Owe IRS Big

Deadbeats Newt & Sharpton Owe IRS Big

By Dave Levinthal / Center for Public IntegrityGo ahead: Break election laws and violate tax rules, inviting federal fines you never pay.You might just end up like civil-rights leader Al Sharpton, who now hosts MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, a nightly ne...

Candidates’ political action committees owe government agencies more than $1 million in outstanding penalties, back taxes, and other liabilities. And you’re stuck with the bill.

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The Right’s Civil War on Common Core

The Right’s Civil War on Common Core

This past Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich did something surprising and important.On Fox News, a mecca of misinformation about the Common Core academic standards, Governor Kasich expressed strong support for the thoughtfully developed standards f...

The Ohio governor just took a bold stand against Tea Party hysteria about education standards. Call him the anti-Jindal.

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Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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The GOP’s Flip-Flopping Cuban Heartthrob

The GOP’s Flip-Flopping Cuban Heartthrob

“I used to like him.”This is the response I most often hear from fellow Latinos when I ask a simple question: “So, what do you think of Marco?” As in Marco Rubio, the 43-year-old senator from Florida who seems to be gearing up to compete for the R...

The Florida senator and likely White House aspirant has found a way to disappoint everyone on immigration.

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Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

Benghazi to Hillary: I Can’t Quit You

“Will she or won’t she?” That’s the hot question on Capitol Hill.And it’s not about whether Hillary Clinton will formally declare for 2016, but whether she will ever appear before the House Select Committee on Benghazi.The latest drama involving t...

Republicans want Clinton to testify before the controversial House Select Committee on Benghazi in the never-ending probe into the 2012 attack. Democrats don’t see the point.

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Entertainment

New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Leaked

New ‘Game of Thrones’ Trailer Leaked

If you expected rabid Game of Thrones fans to wait patiently for a taste of Season 5, then much like Jon Snow, you know nothing. This trailer for is being shown after a special IMAX engagement screening the Season 4 finale—which, let’s face it, wa...

Season 5 trailer screened in IMAX makes its way online.

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‘Kim Jong Un’ Is the Funniest Man Alive

‘Kim Jong Un’ Is the Funniest Man Alive

Randall Park is excited to put Kim Jong Un behind him.Last year, the 40-year-old Korean-American actor/comedian starred as a crybaby, Katy Perry-loving version of North Korea’s totalitarian dictator in the satirical comedy The Interview. The film ...

After playing the supreme leader in ‘The Interview,’ Randall Park takes on an equally formidable challenge: ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ a sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast.

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Bob Dylan Does Sinatra His Way

Bob Dylan Does Sinatra His Way

“Rock and roll smells phony and false,” Frank Sinatra told music fans back during the Age of Elvis. “It is sung, played, and written for the most part by cretinous goons and … is the most brutal, ugly, desperate, vicious form of expression it has ...

Is this the strangest tribute album of all time? Dylan singing relatively obscure Sinatra songs over a pedal steel back-up? Weirdest of all? It’s pretty compelling.

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Checking In With Our Jr. High Boyfriend

Checking In With Our Jr. High Boyfriend

From 1999 until around 2002, the Backstreet Boys were the biggest band in the world. Under the guidance of Florida boy band manufacturer Lou Pearlman, five fresh-faced and talented boys from lower- to middle-class homes—A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough,...

Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean once blew off a performance because he was in a ‘coke coma.’ The bad boy of boy bands on the origins of the documentary ‘Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of.’

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‘Kim Jong Un’ Is the Funniest Man Alive

‘Kim Jong Un’ Is the Funniest Man Alive

Randall Park is excited to put Kim Jong Un behind him.Last year, the 40-year-old Korean-American actor/comedian starred as a crybaby, Katy Perry-loving version of North Korea’s totalitarian dictator in the satirical comedy The Interview. The film ...

After playing the supreme leader in ‘The Interview,’ Randall Park takes on an equally formidable challenge: ‘Fresh Off the Boat,’ a sitcom with a predominantly Asian-American cast.

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Why ‘Sniper’ Could Win the Oscar

Why ‘Sniper’ Could Win the Oscar

This was supposed to be the most boring Oscars race in years. Then came American Sniper.Clint Eastwood’s intense war drama, a hero’s tale of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, has been a lightning rod of a film, serving as a Rorschac...

How the most controversial and politically polarizing film of the year became a legitimate contender for the Academy Award no one thought it would even be nominated for.

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How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

How The ‘Star Wars’ Empire Was Built

On Thursday morning, Disney CEO Bob Iger released an annual report to shareholders updating them on the status of the upcoming Star Wars films—the rights to which were acquired when Disney purchased Lucasfilm from George Lucas on December 12, 2012...

The Star Wars creator opened up about the series of deals he negotiated to gain full rights to his $4 billion space opera franchise in conversation with Robert Redford at Sundance.

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Suge Knight’s Shocking Rap Sheet

Suge Knight’s Shocking Rap Sheet

Look, at some point in your life, you’ve looked one of your friends in the eyes and said “keep it real.” The difference between you, or your friend, and a certain 49-year-old record company mogul is that you haven’t been implicated in more crimes ...

Homicide allegations, assault and battery, parole violation and more. With the troubled rap mogul wanted for questioning in another death, we take a look at his lengthy rap sheet.

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Why ‘Sniper’ Could Win the Oscar

Why ‘Sniper’ Could Win the Oscar

This was supposed to be the most boring Oscars race in years. Then came American Sniper.Clint Eastwood’s intense war drama, a hero’s tale of the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, has been a lightning rod of a film, serving as a Rorschac...

How the most controversial and politically polarizing film of the year became a legitimate contender for the Academy Award no one thought it would even be nominated for.

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World News

New White House Hostage Rescue Plan MIA

New White House Hostage Rescue Plan MIA

Five months after the White House began a top-to-bottom review of its policy for rescuing hostages overseas, the congressman who spurred it and some of the families of hostages who were promised a voice in the process say they’re being left in the...

The Obama administration promised to overhaul how it brought captives home—and dealt with their parents. Five months in, and those interactions still ‘suck.’

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Did a Mega-Storm Doom Air Asia 8501?

Did a Mega-Storm Doom Air Asia 8501?

What exactly happened to Air Asia Flight 8501 over the Java Sea on December 28? Indonesian officials are not helping to make the picture any clearer.They are releasing piecemeal details that lack connection and do not add up to a coherent account ...

Something caused the flight to climb 3,000 feet in 30 seconds and it may not have been the pilots.

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Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

Argentina: Murder, Spies, and Lies

For over half a century, Argentina’s Secretaría de Inteligencia (Intelligence Secretariat) wielded enormous power, advising dictators and democratically elected presidents alike. According to national laws and decrees, the SI can spy at home and a...

The mysterious “suicide” of a crusading prosecutor investigating the alleged Iranian bombing of a Jewish center 20 years ago continues to amaze and appall the Argentines.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Did a Mega-Storm Doom Air Asia 8501?

Did a Mega-Storm Doom Air Asia 8501?

What exactly happened to Air Asia Flight 8501 over the Java Sea on December 28? Indonesian officials are not helping to make the picture any clearer.They are releasing piecemeal details that lack connection and do not add up to a coherent account ...

Something caused the flight to climb 3,000 feet in 30 seconds and it may not have been the pilots.

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

Littlest Soldiers Get to Be Kids Again

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

A rebel group in South Sudan has agreed to hand 3,000 child soldiers over to UNICEF. Here, the boys tell their stories and their dreams for a better future.

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Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

Is India Forcing Christians to Convert?

MUMBAI — As U.S. President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India came to a close on Tuesday, he emphasized the importance of religious toleration, opining that India will be a great success “so long as it is not splintered along the lines of rel...

PM Modi’s crucial development agenda is being disrupted by his own Hindu nationalist backers campaigning to “re-convert” Christians and Muslims to the ancient faith.

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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U.S. News

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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He Texted ‘LOL’ Minutes Before ‘Suicide’

He Texted ‘LOL’ Minutes Before ‘Suicide’

Hours before his body was found on the ground outside his third-floor hotel room in Saudi Arabia, Christopher Cramer texted his roommate back in the States, “I think something bad is going to happen to me tonight.” It was around 2 a.m. in New Hamp...

Saudi Arabia authorities say Christopher Cramer killed himself, but his nephew and lawyer say he may have been slain for threatening a lucrative arms deal.

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The School That Killed the Word ‘Mr.’

The School That Killed the Word ‘Mr.’

Of all the politically charged words we use to address each other in day-to-day communication, “Mr.” and “Ms.” might seem relatively inoffensive.But “Mr.” and “Ms.” entered the campus gender wars this week, with the announcement that administrator...

In the latest campus gender war, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has decreed staff will no longer use the salutations ‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ in exchanges with students.

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Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

Conservative Scold Gets Pedophile Off

It was supposed to be a probe into the first family’s finances. But when independent counsel Judge Ken Starr mounted an investigation into the Clintons’ real-estate deals, the “Whitewater” probe took a peep-show turn. Starr and his team began to o...

Many believe Jeffrey Epstein could have been jailed for life for violating scores of underage girls, but Ken Starr and the rest of his legal team got him a deal.

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The Subprime Super Bowl Ticket Crisis

The Subprime Super Bowl Ticket Crisis

With average list price for resale tickets to Super Bowl XLIX now above $10,000, the 2015 Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is the ticket market’s Black Swan, and one that will leave a lot of fans out in the cold—and...

Speculators were selling tickets they never had to begin with. Now, some fans might show up to Arizona having paid for tickets they’ll never receive.

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Tech + Health

Plastic Surgery Is Weirder Than Ever

Plastic Surgery Is Weirder Than Ever

Ever wanted some help ditching that double chin? A new procedure might just have the answer. An application for a fat busting face injection is currently being processed in the US, which could reinvent the world of quick, workout free weight loss....

More Americans than ever are tweaking their bodies and faces, but they’re doing it without knives.

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Goop’s Latest Crazy: Steam Your Vagina

Goop’s Latest Crazy: Steam Your Vagina

Women of America, please do not steam your vaginas.I imagine that for most of you, this advice seems startlingly unnecessary. Like being told not to parboil your feet or have your elbows dry cleaned, presumably it would not occur to most of you to...

Oh Gwyneth. When will you stop passing on your absurdity in the form of healthy, scientific advice?

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ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

ISIS and Boko Haram’s Online Alliance

Boko Haram, which has terrorized Nigeria in its quest to create an Islamic caliphate, appears to mirroring the Islamic State’s online media campaign and potentially laying the groundwork for future coordination between the groups, U.S. government ...

U.S. intelligence sees the bloodthirsty African group ‘take a page from the Islamic State’s social-media playbook.’ But Internet cooperation may be just the start.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

The Mormon Church’s Gay Rights Charade

Here’s a simple algebra equation to describe what it’s like to grow up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Take the year, subtract 20, and that’s the year it really is inside the Mormon gerontocracy.When I was a child, I was told t...

Elders announced Tuesday their provisional support of certain LGBT legal protections—with some conditions.

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$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

$348 Billion in Nukes Ain’t Enough

The Pentagon is embarking on an ambitious new plan to develop and build a next generation nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile. But experts question if the U.S. military really needs to spend billions of dollars on a new missile when ...

Even the defense secretary thinks new nuclear missiles are a waste. That’s not stopping the Air Force from getting ready to build an updated ICBM.

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What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

What ‘Unboiled’ Eggs Mean for Cancer

Big news for people who are wishy-washy about what they want to eat for breakfast.  Investigators working in Australia and the US announced they have the know-how and the want-to at hand to unboil an already-cooked egg. So if you are two minutes i...

Scientists have manipulated egg protein to ‘unboil’ from a hard-boiled state. What in the world does this mean for curing disease?

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The School That Killed the Word ‘Mr.’

The School That Killed the Word ‘Mr.’

Of all the politically charged words we use to address each other in day-to-day communication, “Mr.” and “Ms.” might seem relatively inoffensive.But “Mr.” and “Ms.” entered the campus gender wars this week, with the announcement that administrator...

In the latest campus gender war, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has decreed staff will no longer use the salutations ‘Mr.’ and ‘Ms.’ in exchanges with students.

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Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotio...

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

Paris’s Craziest Couture Shows

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

If you thought the couture shows in the French capital showed the most breathtaking fashion, you’d be right, but sometimes that means ‘breathtakingly nutty.’

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Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotio...

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

It’s a good thing that the Internet—and not print on paper—is serving as the main forum for intellectuals, polemicists, bloggers, trollers, leftists and wingnuts to weigh in on New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait’s 4,700-word essay attacking t...

After writing an article attacking the shrill liberal left, Jonathan Chait was attacked by…guess who? He’s loving every moment.

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Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

Michelle Is More Than a Mascot

It must be very strange to be Michelle Obama. You are intelligent, capable, you have opinions and charisma, and yet you are fundamentally mute—your public utterances are scripted and tightly controlled. You are allowed to talk about broccoli and c...

She was just criticized in Saudi Arabia for not wearing a headscarf, but even at home she’s not allowed to say what she wants. First ladies should be more than decorative.

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Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

Paris’ Wildest Fashion Designer

It is just after three on a frosty afternoon and hands, dozens of moulded brown hands, hang suspended from strings dangling over makeshift massage tables that are part of a vast mechanical massage machine.People, 12 in total, will lay on the table...

He puts vegetables into his designs, delights in the craziest concepts, and for his latest Paris show Henrik Vibskov recreated a surreal Thai massage parlor.

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Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

Your PC Outrage is Like Sexy Hot Wax

It’s a good thing that the Internet—and not print on paper—is serving as the main forum for intellectuals, polemicists, bloggers, trollers, leftists and wingnuts to weigh in on New York magazine writer Jonathan Chait’s 4,700-word essay attacking t...

After writing an article attacking the shrill liberal left, Jonathan Chait was attacked by…guess who? He’s loving every moment.

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Women in the World

Is Newsweek’s ‘Red Heels’ Cover Sexist?

Is Newsweek’s ‘Red Heels’ Cover Sexist?

If the goal of any magazine is to spike newsstand sales by cutting through the clutter and provoking the chattering classes, then Newsweek has scored big-time with the cover of its latest issue.Astride the headline, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women”—a 5,000-word article on the creepy, sexist culture of the tech industry—is the cartoon of a faceless female in spiky red heels, having her dress lifted up by a cursor arrow.The image has prompted widespread outrag...

It was supposed to illustrate a story about sexism in Silicon Valley, but the magazine’s cover, showing a cursor lifting up a skirt, has come under fire for being offensive itself.

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Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotio...

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

Mrs. Clooney vs. Genocide Deniers

LONDON — This time Amal Clooney is taking on one of the greatest war crimes of the 20th century.The star human-rights lawyer is appearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, this week in the name of the victims of the Arme...

Can the celebrity human-rights lawyer buck the tide and get recognition of the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians?

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Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

Parents Sue Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’

After three miscarriages, Colleen Abbott*, a 37-year-old New Englander, finally had what doctors told her was a viable pregnancy. Parents to a son already, Colleen and her husband, John*, hoped for a girl. When two sonograms confirmed the baby’s g...

A test told a couple their child might be intersex and have a genetic disorder. The test was wrong.

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Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

Surviving Wartorn Africa—And Divorce

The memoir of divorce is something of a cliché: a writer’s post-trauma, woe-is-me catharsis; the gory details from an unhappy marriage dumped on the page. It is written specifically for the divorced or lovelorn, who internalize the author’s emotio...

Alexandra Fuller has written a memoir about her tangled family history, falling in love, and the breakdown of her marriage.

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Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

If there is such a thing as an ideal way for onlookers to respond to campus sexual assault, the arrest and indictment of 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner would be it.Turner, a former Stanford freshman and star swimmer, has been charged by Santa Clar...

When passersby caught a star swimmer allegedly raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat, they didn’t call the university. They jumped on him. They called police. Now he’ll face ...

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The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

The Epic All-Female ‘Ghostbusters’ Cast

Who you gonna call? According to Tuesday’s big news, Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the four women who very likely going to star in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters.Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is set to di...

Director Paul Feig teased the cast of his ‘Ghostbusters’ spin-off on Twitter. Looks like Wiig, McCarthy, McKinnon, and Jones are about to make your new favorite movie.

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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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Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

Accused Campus Rapist In Jail For Once

If there is such a thing as an ideal way for onlookers to respond to campus sexual assault, the arrest and indictment of 19-year-old Brock Allen Turner would be it.Turner, a former Stanford freshman and star swimmer, has been charged by Santa Clar...

When passersby caught a star swimmer allegedly raping an unconscious woman outside of a frat, they didn’t call the university. They jumped on him. They called police. Now he’ll face ...

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Books

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

Did Obama Forget the BP Oil Spill?

After a brief flurry of positive news for environmentalists out of the Obama White House—from a deal with China on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions to a plan to restrict oil drilling in the Alaska wilderness—a news report this week felt like some...

The administration swore it would profit from the mistakes of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to allow drilling in the Atlantic makes you wonder if it learned anything at all.

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  • The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    The Secret Catholic Sex Cult

    Nuns using visions of God to persuade novices to have sex, threesomes with priests, the poisoning of a fat German princess, a prominent theologian shacking up with a vicaress, young nuns murdered, fetuses removed from an abbess, and cardinals, the...

    In the 19th century, a scandal involving sex and murder at a Rome convent ensnared practically every major player in the church hierarchy.

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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Romney's Foreign Policy Foresight a Myth

Though Mitt Romney has no foreign policy experience beyond running the Olympics, he is staking his potential political redemption on the idea that he can make America safer. At a speech in San Diego to the Republican National Committee’s winter me...

While a potential Mitt Romney comeback seems partially tied to his supposed prescience about Russia and the Middle East, his lack of actual policies speak volumes to the contrary.

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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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The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

The Naked Truth About Bitcoin

Once upon a time, stretching as far back as the 8th century, some people tried to convince other people that they could turn base metals into gold.It can’t be done.In 2009, along came someone, or some people, who called himself, or themselves, Sat...

Bitcoin may now have an exchange backed by the New York Stock Exchange, but its biggest supporters come across as deranged zealots.

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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is 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 eighties and nineties.

January 27 is 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 eighties and nineties.

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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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Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

Auschwitz Survivors, 70 Years Later

January 27 is 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 eighties and nineties.

January 27 is 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 eighties and nineties.

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