Politics

Dark Money Will Swing the Senate

Dark Money Will Swing the Senate

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Michael BeckelThe days of candidates dominating their own political campaigns are over.In the most competit...

And you thought candidates were the biggest factor in their races. No, this year, battle for control of the Senate is largely being determined by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

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The Only Way for Democrats to Win

The Only Way for Democrats to Win

As Democrats mutter privately that their Senate majority is sinking beneath the waves, their leadership has sent out an SOS. It’s all hands on deck, unless those hands belong to the President of the United States. Because only Michigan Rep. Gary P...

There’s still time for the Democrats to put GOP opponents on the defensive by saying “I want to rebuild America, and my opponent doesn’t.”

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America’s First Post-Gay Governor

America’s First Post-Gay Governor

2014 has been a big year for gay and lesbian civil rights. Same-sex marriage was enshrined into law in half a dozen states, and may be legalized in a half dozen more by the time the year is out. Social conservatives are all but publicly admitting ...

Maine Democrat Mike Michaud might become the country’s first openly gay governor. And most voters there couldn’t care less.

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Dark Money Will Swing the Senate

Dark Money Will Swing the Senate

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Michael BeckelThe days of candidates dominating their own political campaigns are over.In the most competit...

And you thought candidates were the biggest factor in their races. No, this year, battle for control of the Senate is largely being determined by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

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How This Election Could Go to January

How This Election Could Go to January

You all know the old cliché “it’s gonna be a long election night.” Well, this one is going to be really long. Like, there’s a very much less-than-crazy chance it’ll last until January. For a reality that shocking and discombobulating, this situati...

The polls say Republicans will likely eke out a small majority in the Senate this Election Day. But hold on: Factor in the runoffs, and things get weird real fast.

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The GOP’s Favorite New Red State: Canada

The GOP’s Favorite New Red State: Canada

The shocking terrorist attack in Ottawa on Wednesday yielded quickly to political sniping in the United States, as tragedies often do. What the sniping revealed, however, is the American right’s rising esteem for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Ha...

America’s conservatives are swooning anew over Prime Minister Stephen Harper, now for his tough talk on terrorism.

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Entertainment

I Want My Damn Hoverboard

I Want My Damn Hoverboard

The movies are full of fantastic magic and science fiction, some of which have come to life (such as Star Trek’s flip phones) and some which may never see the light of day (like the Jew-la-hoop from Wedding Daze).This week, Greg and Jill Henderson...

With the floating skateboards of 1989’s ‘Back to the Future Part II’ about to become a reality, The Daily Beast looks at twelve more innovations that the world desperately needs.

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Hobbit-Filled Air Safety Video

Hobbit-Filled Air Safety Video

Director Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are more than just beloved hit movies. In Jackson’s home country of New Zealand, the films have become a major part of their tourism industry. With the third and (as...

Air New Zealand shows us how to be safe when flying to and from Middle-Earth

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On J. Law and Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’

On J. Law and Life After ‘Winter’s Bone’

Four years ago, Winter’s Bone was hailed as a triumph of independent cinema. The New Yorker called it “one of the great feminist works in film” featuring a heroine “more believable as a heroic character than any of the men we’ve seen peacocking th...

Four years ago, Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone was nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Her follow-up is the eye-opening documentary Stray Dog.

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Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie

Nintendo’s Graphic, Ass-Kicking Barbie

Bayonetta is a witch. But she’s not your average witch. In fact, she’s not like those old crone stereotypes at all. Bayonetta’s proportions would make Barbie cringe, and her skin-tight clothing accentuates each and every curve. As the titular star...

As you swing Bayonetta’s swords and shoot guns attached to her high heels, the hair covering her body attacks enemies. Blood isn’t what makes ‘Bayonetta 2’ for mature gamers.

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Hobbit-Filled Air Safety Video

Hobbit-Filled Air Safety Video

Director Peter Jackson’s film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are more than just beloved hit movies. In Jackson’s home country of New Zealand, the films have become a major part of their tourism industry. With the third and (as...

Air New Zealand shows us how to be safe when flying to and from Middle-Earth

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Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

On the wall of the Alpha House set in Queens, New York, one of President George W. Bush’s infamous paintings hangs, from where it will play a pivotal part in the second season premiere of Amazon’s political comedy.“I think I saw it on Buzzfeed,” c...

Free shipping and a TV show? It seemed crazy, but thanks to the success of the political comedy ‘Alpha House,’ Amazon is officially a player in the original series business.

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The Truth About Women and Alcoholism

The Truth About Women and Alcoholism

When Elizabeth Peña died last week, her family said she died after a brief illness. We now know that the Cuban-American actress’s untimely demise was the result of cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol abuse, in addition to acute gastrointestinal ...

Alcoholism and abuse is on the rise among women. Why they drink, and why the traditional treatment methods like A.A. don’t work for them.

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Renée Zellweger Just Can’t Win

Renée Zellweger Just Can’t Win

It’s possible that Renée Zellweger has been in the news more in the last 72 hours than she has been over the entirety of the last decade combined. Her personal life has been analyzed, assessed, condemned, and commended from every possible angle ov...

The ‘Bridget Jones’ actress had chops in both comedy and drama, but her presence was neutral, underwhelming, molding without fuss to fit the needs of the film and the character at hand.

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Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

Inside Amazon’s Political Fun ‘House’

On the wall of the Alpha House set in Queens, New York, one of President George W. Bush’s infamous paintings hangs, from where it will play a pivotal part in the second season premiere of Amazon’s political comedy.“I think I saw it on Buzzfeed,” c...

Free shipping and a TV show? It seemed crazy, but thanks to the success of the political comedy ‘Alpha House,’ Amazon is officially a player in the original series business.

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World News

Lone Wolves and Terrorist Runts

Lone Wolves and Terrorist Runts

The hatchet-wielding man who attacked four New York City police officers Thursday has no known connections to foreign terrorist groups but exhibited “extremist leanings” online, according to police sources and a terrorist monitoring group. “We wou...

Why ISIS and al Qaeda rely on loners and losers to carry out their terrorist agenda in the West.

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We Should Negotiate With ISIS

We Should Negotiate With ISIS

In early October, Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, delivered a keynote address at an annual State Department gathering of international humanitarian aid officials in Washington, D.C.Egeland, a Norwegian politici...

Millions of people now live under ISIS control. Starving them will not defeat the jihadists, and to deliver assistance, you have to deal with those in charge.

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The Japanese PM’s Cabinet of Horrors

The Japanese PM’s Cabinet of Horrors

TOKYO, Japan—What do neo-Nazis, racists, necromancers, historical revisionists, bad accountants, and S&M fans all have in common? They all seem to have been represented in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet.His new ministerial lineup got off ...

Japan’s hitherto supine press appears to be waking up, revealing one juicy scandal after another in the Abe government. Here’s why.

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Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul Channels Malala to Bash Obama

Rand Paul will use the words of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to attack President Obama during a major foreign-policy address on Thursday evening.In recent months, the Kentucky senator’s foreign policy has been called everything from...

The Kentucky senator will try to end confusion over his foreign policy but not before he attacks the White House from the left.

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We Should Negotiate With ISIS

We Should Negotiate With ISIS

In early October, Jan Egeland, the secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, delivered a keynote address at an annual State Department gathering of international humanitarian aid officials in Washington, D.C.Egeland, a Norwegian politici...

Millions of people now live under ISIS control. Starving them will not defeat the jihadists, and to deliver assistance, you have to deal with those in charge.

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Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

HONG KONG, China — In its fourth week, Occupy Hong Kong has lost steam, and the bright smiles that were on young, idealistic faces have been displaced by weary, suntanned brows. The long haul has become a slow grind. The crowds have thinned, and t...

Mainland Chinese come to take selfies, and leave with a notion of the outside world, and the workings of democracy, they’d never seen before.

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Ukraine Forgets About Its Soldiers

Ukraine Forgets About Its Soldiers

LVIV, Ukraine—Indifference was what Ukrainian soldiers on the front lines found most painful, and indifference is what provokes their parents, struggling for their rights at home, to mount angry protests.On a recent afternoon, a group of mothers a...

As elections approach on Sunday, so do protests about the government’s neglect of soldiers on the front line.

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How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

How Big Is The Canadian Terror Network?

Terrorists have twice attacked Canadian government targets this week, with a shooting Wednesday at the country’s parliament in Ottawa. Now Canadian and American authorities are trying to learn whether the killers acted alone or were part of a larg...

Canadian officials were quick to finger ISIS in this week’s attacks on government targets. But it’s still not clear whether or not the killers were part of a larger jihadist web.

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Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

Chinese Tourists Selfie HK Protests

HONG KONG, China — In its fourth week, Occupy Hong Kong has lost steam, and the bright smiles that were on young, idealistic faces have been displaced by weary, suntanned brows. The long haul has become a slow grind. The crowds have thinned, and t...

Mainland Chinese come to take selfies, and leave with a notion of the outside world, and the workings of democracy, they’d never seen before.

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U.S. News

Those Kansas City Blues

Those Kansas City Blues

The Royals have made it to the World Series. Those true blue underdogs, the down-on-their-luck little guys of the American League, have made it—after one of the longest postseason droughts in baseball history, 29 years—to the championship. And two...

Hometown to the Royals, jazz mecca, land of pioneers and barbeque kings, Kansas City sits at the center of my family’s history and of our national psyche.

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Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Ebola in NYC Hurts Patients Everywhere

Just before arriving in the Ebola-torn nation of Guinea, 33-year-old Craig Spencer posted a picture of himself on Facebook smiling in a yellow hazmat suit, face mask, and gloves—his new uniform.In the caption next to his image, after announcing hi...

Craig Spencer wanted to inspire other doctors to go fight the outbreak in West Africa. Instead, they may be scared away—right when they’re needed most.

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How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught

How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught

The Farah girls, aged 17 and 15, told their father they were too sick to go to school on Friday morning.So the father, 68-year-old Ali Farah, let them stay home as he set off for work from the family’s apartment in Arapahoe County in Colorado.At 1...

Complaints of illness, snatching $2,000 from dad, a quick trip to Denver airport—and the three were apparently Syria-bound. What happened next was not your typical runaway tale.

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Those Kansas City Blues

Those Kansas City Blues

The Royals have made it to the World Series. Those true blue underdogs, the down-on-their-luck little guys of the American League, have made it—after one of the longest postseason droughts in baseball history, 29 years—to the championship. And two...

Hometown to the Royals, jazz mecca, land of pioneers and barbeque kings, Kansas City sits at the center of my family’s history and of our national psyche.

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Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

Inside a Serial Killer’s Playground

GARY, Indiana—Over a din of smart-ass comments and after-work banter, Peg at Bugsy’s Tavern asks the obvious question: “You guys wanna watch the news?” The answer is yes, of course, and the crowd at the tiny bar off the main drag in this busted to...

Darren Deon Vann's hometown has 10,000 abandoned houses, more than enough for him to hide six bodies. Even worse, it's a place where women disappear without being missed.

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U. of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is BS

U. of New Orleans’ Cigarette Ban Is BS

We are all familiar with the “nanny state.” Now, at the University of New Orleans, we have a “nanny university.” As of this semester, our university president has circumvented state law and dictated where legal-age adults can and cannot smoke ciga...

The Louisiana university has turned into a nanny state, issuing a campus smoking ban of dubious legality.

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Tech + Health

What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa?

What’s Worse Than Ebola in West Africa?

ROME, Italy — Long before Ebola was a household word and a global crisis, West Africa was a daunting place. It was a corner of the world where you could get caught in the crossfire of any number of local criminal gang activities or civil wars if y...

Ebola’s getting the world’s attention right now, but long-standing programs against diseases like malaria and HIV/AIDS are being neglected and thousands more may die in the meantime.

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The Front Lines of Ebola

The Front Lines of Ebola

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

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Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

Magical Gardens for the Blind and Deaf

When I walk into the Stephen Knolls School’s greenhouse, cheerfully bright even on an overcast day, the humidity frizzes my hair into a delirious halo. The school’s principal, Kim Redgrave, is explaining the school’s gardening program to me when t...

Sensory gardens are outdoor spaces designed to stimulate the senses and increase awareness of the body. Why they are so important for physically and cognitively disabled kids (and th...

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Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

Will U.S. Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloa...

It features a radical design and next-gen gear. But the U.S. Navy’s most advanced ship may have a wee problem: it just might fall into the sea.

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The Front Lines of Ebola

The Front Lines of Ebola

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

With close to 10,000 confirmed cases of Ebola in West Africa, the stories of individuals in the middle of the fight are more important than ever.

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This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

George Will is many things. He’s a baseball enthusiast. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. He’s a regular talk-show panelist on one network or another.What George Will is not is any kind of expert on public health, which he was all too happy...

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne. He’s no scientist or public-health expert, but he’s fueling conspiracy theorists.

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NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

NYC Nurses Are the Calm in Ebola’s Storm

When there are free bagels and coffee going untouched at a New York City event, something serious is at hand.This was the scene Tuesday where nearly 7,000 doctors, nurses, and health care workers in jeans, scrubs, and nursing shoes sat listening t...

At an Ebola education meeting in New York City, attendees were concerned but calm. As one NYC nurse put it, “We roll with the punches.”

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The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

The Monster Dolls That Killed Barbie

She may be a Barbie girl but she’s no longer living in a Barbie world.Last week, toy manufacturer Mattel announced on a conference call that sales for their flagship doll have been on a precipitous decline for three consecutive quarters. As Forbes...

Mattel recently announced a huge decline in Barbie sales, resulting in $11.2 million lost. Is the Barbie era over? And if so, how will the doll be remembered?

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This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

This Is How Ebola Conspiracies Start

George Will is many things. He’s a baseball enthusiast. He’s a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist. He’s a regular talk-show panelist on one network or another.What George Will is not is any kind of expert on public health, which he was all too happy...

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will implied in an interview that Ebola may be airborne. He’s no scientist or public-health expert, but he’s fueling conspiracy theorists.

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BeastStyle

Those Kansas City Blues

Those Kansas City Blues

The Royals have made it to the World Series. Those true blue underdogs, the down-on-their-luck little guys of the American League, have made it—after one of the longest postseason droughts in baseball history, 29 years—to the championship. And two...

Hometown to the Royals, jazz mecca, land of pioneers and barbeque kings, Kansas City sits at the center of my family’s history and of our national psyche.

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Daniel Radcliffe: Richest of Them All

Daniel Radcliffe: Richest of Them All

Am I really No. 2, Daniel Radcliffe playfully queried, after Britain’s Heat magazine placed him after the band One Direction (at No. 1) in its richest celebrities under 30 list.“There’s five of them! That doesn’t count! Not that I care but I am de...

The Harry Potter star jokingly slapped down the suggestion that One Direction was wealthier than him by pointing out there are five of them. He’s also rich in spirit.

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Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

Mona Lisa Theft's Prime Suspect: Picasso

On August 21, 1911—a humid Monday morning—in Paris, France, a man walked out of the Louvre with a large, 18-pound object consisting of a mischievous smile painted on three slabs of wood, protruding from his jacket. The thief had just made off with...

The Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in August 1911. How did one of the best-known painters of all time become a prime suspect?

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How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

How Brooklyn Invaded Paris

Last week Jay-Z brought his trademark “real Brooklyn” charisma to Paris when he privately toured the Louvre with wife Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy. But even before this celebrity benediction, Brooklyn was thriving in the City of Lights.Paris’ nor...

In Paris, you can go to the Brooklyn Café, or have brunch à la Brooklyn. There’s a Brooklyn Coffee in London. How did the borough become an international brand?

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Daniel Radcliffe: Richest of Them All

Daniel Radcliffe: Richest of Them All

Am I really No. 2, Daniel Radcliffe playfully queried, after Britain’s Heat magazine placed him after the band One Direction (at No. 1) in its richest celebrities under 30 list.“There’s five of them! That doesn’t count! Not that I care but I am de...

The Harry Potter star jokingly slapped down the suggestion that One Direction was wealthier than him by pointing out there are five of them. He’s also rich in spirit.

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Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

On a sprawling, idyllic cluster of rolling hills in an otherwise industrial section of New York City, history’s finest and most notorious have been laid to rest.Green-Wood Cemetery should have its own ZIP code. Covering nearly 500 acres in the mid...

Once a popular tourist haunt, Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place for many infamous New Yorkers, from Boss Tweed and his acolytes to murderers and mafiosi.

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NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Keeps Her Job

It looks like Dr. Nancy Snyderman, the object of near-universal criticism since she violated a self-imposed 21-day quarantine last week after returning from reporting on the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, is keeping her job as NBC News’s chief medical...

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman caused controversy when she broke her Ebola quarantine by popping out for soup. But she’ll be back on air next month.

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A City Hall Affair to Remember

A City Hall Affair to Remember

This is a story about sharp elbows, rude words, constant combat, insinuating gossip, and bitter rivalries—most of it occurring in a tiny, cramped pressroom in the most media-centric metropolis on the planet—and it’s also about the power of love an...

Capital New York’s City Hall correspondent is in a relationship with the mayor’s chief spokesman, but the website’s editor insists there is no conflict of interest.

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Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

Brooklyn’s Gangster Graveyard

On a sprawling, idyllic cluster of rolling hills in an otherwise industrial section of New York City, history’s finest and most notorious have been laid to rest.Green-Wood Cemetery should have its own ZIP code. Covering nearly 500 acres in the mid...

Once a popular tourist haunt, Green-Wood Cemetery is the final resting place for many infamous New Yorkers, from Boss Tweed and his acolytes to murderers and mafiosi.

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Women in the World

What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

I have some advice for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani about his conflicts with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It comes from an unlikely source. Normally I might look to Samantha Power or Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton for foreign policy wisdom. But this time, wisdom comes from an unexpected place.Gwyneth Paltrow.Now, bear with me here – I’m not recommending that Rouhani or Khamenei sign up for GOOP emails or change their children’s names to Apple. ...

It’s time for Iran’s President Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to take a page from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin — and “consciously uncouple.”

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

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Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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A Formula for Success

A Formula for Success

Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, says the seven campuses in the foundation’s system have found much success in their mission to educate young women. The foundation partners with independent school districts to create all-g...

With 4,100 students in seven schools across the state, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network — a beneficiary of Women in the World Texas — is demonstrating the effectiveness of singl...

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Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senior Counsel, Bracewell & Giuliani; former U.S. Senator from TexasWho are you looking forward to seeing and meeting at WITW Texas?
Diane von Furstenberg has been an original throughout her life – the wrap dress ...

We posed three questions to three participants in anticipation of Women in the World Texas, which takes place October 22 in San Antonio.

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How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

How We Lied To Afghanistan’s Girls

KABUL, Afghanistan — The girls of Afghanistan have been betrayed. When Taliban rule ended almost 13 years ago, international donors rushed in to promise that young women would no longer be denied an education. Western governments spent a decade pa...

One reason given for the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan was to educate girls. But as the Western military shrinks there, so does the funding for those schools.

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A Formula for Success

A Formula for Success

Lynn McBee, CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network, says the seven campuses in the foundation’s system have found much success in their mission to educate young women. The foundation partners with independent school districts to create all-g...

With 4,100 students in seven schools across the state, the Young Women’s Preparatory Network — a beneficiary of Women in the World Texas — is demonstrating the effectiveness of singl...

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Books

Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

Cornel West’s Disappointing Decline

Tavis Smiley, the PBS talk show host and close friend to Cornel West, often credits West with having a “useable intellect.” Unlike many academics, Smiley contends, West provides analysis and insight that reaches far beyond the academy, possessing ...

Once one of the nation’s best cultural critics, West has ditched his intellectual chops and embraced the role of public personality recycling the same sound bites.

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  • Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

    Lincoln Was the Founders’ Heir Apparent

    Reading Richard Brookhiser’s Founders’ Son: A Life of Lincoln, reminded me of a visit I made 12 or so years ago to the National Mall with friend and fellow historian Michael Kazin. It was a typically hot and humid summer’s evening in the capital, ...

    A new biography of Abraham Lincoln shows that he spent his life asking himself what the Founding Fathers would do and then enlarging his vision accordingly.

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Stop Calling Me Cormac!

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms...

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

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How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

How LBJ and Reagan Wrecked Our Idealism

If you have been following the rolling fiftieth anniversaries of the last two years—the March on Washington and the Kennedy assassination in 1963, Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964—you know that the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 p...

In the mid-’60s polar opposites Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan promised America more than they could possibly deliver. The result was decades of cynicism about government.

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Rich People Want You to Work for Free

Rich People Want You to Work for Free

In recent weeks, the Ritz-Carlton hotel company, the NFL, and the Smithsonian Institution have all made news by asking people to do work for free. Such practices are hardly surprising in themselves—working for nothing seems to be a key building bl...

Remember when people volunteered to help the poor? Nowadays the poor volunteer to help the wealthy.

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Stop Calling Me Cormac!

Stop Calling Me Cormac!

The “anxiety of influence” breathes and heaves almost four decades after Harold Bloom birthed that wily method of reading: during composition a work of literature is engaged in an unconscious “agon” with a certain existing work, an agon that forms...

Every author welcomes praise, but what’s a writer to do when readers persist in comparing him to an another author he’s not even that crazy about?

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story

Ward Cunningham, Jimmy Wales, and the Wonder of WikisWhen he launched the Web in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee intended it to be used as a collaboration tool, which is why he was dismayed that the Mosaic browser did not give users the ability to edit the ...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘The Innovators,’ Walter Isaacson recounts the improbable story of the online encyclopedia that has proven its detractors wrong time and again.

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National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

National Geographic's Greatest Covers

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How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis. Back then, every single newspaper, website, and news show (even the fake news shows) was awash in gridiron scandal. Some were even questioning if the NFL could survive its own infam...

A month ago it looked like the NFL might at last be pilloried for its culture of violence and big money. Then the media lost interest, and things got back to normal.

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