Politics

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York calledit a “long, rambling, and at times ...

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.

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Bridgegate Guv Aligns with Iowa Troll

Bridgegate Guv Aligns with Iowa Troll

Chris Christie's presence at Congressman Steve King's subtly-titled Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines seemed, on the surface, somewhat odd. Christie enjoys a reputation as a moderate conservative, while other speakers at the weekend even...

Chris Christie and Steve King may seem like polar opposites, but that’s how the best love stories begin.

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Why We’re Stuck With Saudi Arabia

Why We’re Stuck With Saudi Arabia

So who wants to take a stab at explaining why Barack Obama couldn’t adjust his schedule to attend a massive march in Paris dedicated to the values of the Enlightenment, but somehow did manage to find a way to make exactly such a schedule change to...

Obama couldn’t get to Paris, but somehow he managed a late schedule change to go see the new Saudi king. Can this ever change? Not likely.

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You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

You Betcha I Was Wrong About Sarah Palin

Has conservative genuflection at the altar of Sarah Palin finally come to a halt?In case you missed it, her speech in Iowa this week was not well received on the right. The Washington Examiner’s Byron York calledit a “long, rambling, and at times ...

It’s time to admit that, whatever their motivation was at the time, the Alaska governor’s critics always had a point.

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Boehner’s Canny Immigration Gambit

Boehner’s Canny Immigration Gambit

Even Republican supporters of immigration reform aren’t inherently opposed to a potential congressional lawsuit against the Obama Administration over the president’s executive action on immigration.Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday morning th...

The speaker’s plan to sue Obama over his immigration executive action may capture support of even those lawmakers who back reform.

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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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Entertainment

How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

How a ‘Big Bang’ Star Won His Wife Back

“Wisdom is an interesting word,” Simon Helberg says. “I’d say this would be the opposite of wisdom.”Helberg, known best to you as gregarious geek Howard Wolowitz on the decade’s most popular sitcom, The Big Bang Theory, is questioning the wisdom o...

As he releases his directorial debut ‘We’ll Never Have Paris,’ ‘Big Bang Theory’ star Simon Helberg reflects on the pitfalls and privileges of starring on TV’s most popular show.

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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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Tesla Car Drives People ‘Insane’

Tesla Car Drives People ‘Insane’

Brooks Weisblat, CEO of car enthusiast site DragTimes.com, took people on a test drive of the Tesla Model S P85D. Apart from having a six-digit price tag, the P85D distinguishes itself with its “Insane Mode,” which sends the car zooming from 0-60 ...

Riders get surprising test drive of P85D’s super-fast 'insane mode.'

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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 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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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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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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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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World News

Lecherous Nuns, Murder Plots & Coverups

Lecherous Nuns, Murder Plots & Coverups

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 Catholic Church hierarchy.

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Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American s...

Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.

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Crazy Clerics Who Rule the World’s Oil

Crazy Clerics Who Rule the World’s Oil

Despite the passing of King Abdullah, Saudia Arabia’s new King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud claims it’ll be business as usual in the controversial desert kingdom where a recent spate of public floggings and beheadings overshadowed the ailing 90-ye...

Yes, Saudi Arabia has banned snowmen and lashes women, but it also has a lot of internal debate.

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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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Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

Obama Cuts Off Syrian Rebels’ Cash

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, even as President Obama touted the strategic importance of American s...

Even the favored secular militias groomed to fight ISIS have seen their funding cut in half.

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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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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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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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U.S. News

The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

In the 1990s, a small, mostly black neighborhood in south Florida developed a problem: Neighborhood kids started selling drugs at a stop sign in a development of about 200 houses known as “Homes of Lawrence.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Richard P. W...

When a police officers becomes a member of the community and not an occupying force, crime goes down. Almost every single study proves it. So why is the NYPD doing the opposite?

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My Dinner With Juno

My Dinner With Juno

Even if one-in, one-out policies ruled some grocers Monday evening, as an “historic” blizzard encroached upon New York, the reports that New York City’s food stores became “nightmarish war zones” were largely exaggerated. Certainly, more people th...

With whatever was left in the supermarket at midnight before the most hyped snowstorm of the year, I tried to make something that tasted fine. It did.

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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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The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

The Neighborhood That Policed Itself

In the 1990s, a small, mostly black neighborhood in south Florida developed a problem: Neighborhood kids started selling drugs at a stop sign in a development of about 200 houses known as “Homes of Lawrence.” Palm Beach County Sheriff Richard P. W...

When a police officers becomes a member of the community and not an occupying force, crime goes down. Almost every single study proves it. So why is the NYPD doing the opposite?

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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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My Big Fat Anti-Gay Wedding Cake

My Big Fat Anti-Gay Wedding Cake

Well, this was bound to happen.You may have heard of the Christian baker who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. In December 2013, he was found to have violated Colorado’s antidiscrimination law. The Christian right was outraged.And now...

Is it discrimination when a baker refuses to bake a cake saying ‘God Hates Gays’? No—but the opponents of LGBT equality are still likely to win.

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Tech + Health

$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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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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Lil’ Drone That Crashed the White House

Lil’ Drone That Crashed the White House

The drone that crashed on the lawn of the White House reveals less about unmanned aircraft systems than it does about the people using them.The government employee operating the drone was evidently taking it on a 3 a.m. joy ride when it crashed on...

A government employee crashed a tiny drone on the White House’s South Lawn. It was likely a Christmas present gone awry, not a cause for concern about U.S. safety.

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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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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...

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The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

The Catskills Finds Its Inner Brooklyn

Suddenly, “the Catskills” is everywhere, branded and proud. First you notice the word on the cheese at the local greenmarket, then you try Catskills craft brew at your favorite pub, the Catskills then makes the news when its casino plans get the g...

The gorgeous rural area, 100 miles outside New York, has languished for years—until now, with craft bars, cool inns, and ex-urbanite incomers looking to radically change their lives.

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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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ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

ComicCon For the Rush Limbaugh of Sports

“Numbah one! Numbah one!” rang out in a deafeningly unified cry among the fans that trecked over the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridge, traversed the Major Deegan and Cross-County expressways to see Mike Francesa, the man whose voice that had acco...

One thousand fans paid $15 each to attend this year’s FrancesaCon—a day of loud celebration dedicated to the Rush Limbaugh of sports. He told them they were ‘nuts.’

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Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Escaping the Hell of Forced Confessions

Ryan Ferguson is the prototypical polite Midwesterner, the type of kid parents dream their daughter will bring home: affable and well-mannered, charming but deferential, intelligent but unassuming. In some ways he seems younger than he is, despite...

After serving nearly a decade in jail for a crime authorities now say he didn’t commit, Ryan Ferguson has reinvented himself as a health expert.

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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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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

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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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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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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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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How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

When Francis Ford Coppola first saw a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s second movie, The Last Picture Show, he couldn’t believe the reception. The movie ended, credits rolled, and the audience stood and applauded. That kind of appreciation is the ...

The director hauled a film crew to Larry McMurtry's home town of Archer City, Texas. Grover Lewis tagged along and wrote one of the best stories about moviemaking ever written.

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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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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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