Politics

Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Senate, Senate, Senate. Of course it’s the most important battle this fall, the top fight on the card. But there’s a lot of other action to watch. I’ll write plenty about Senate races between now and Election Day, but today, let’s look at the key ...

Yes, keeping the Senate is the Democrats’ main job. But even if they fail at that, beating this quintet would make for a huge silver lining.

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How to Make Campaign Finance Reform Sexy

How to Make Campaign Finance Reform Sexy

Money alone can't win an election. But it sure does help.If you’re worried about the amount of money campaigns and political action committees are spending to win elections, take heart: You’re not alone. You’re part of a very, very small grou...

We all know there’s a problem, but watch voters’ eyes glaze over when you talk about getting money out of politics. So is there any chance we’ll actually clean up the system?

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Christie Hasn’t Been Cleared Just Yet

Christie Hasn’t Been Cleared Just Yet

Some members of the media have been echoing Chris Christie’s long-stated assertion that he is scandal-free. Just one small problem: There is no evidence to suggest that is true.Unnamed “federal officials” told WNBC on Friday that the New Jersey go...

Attention, media: The New Jersey governor may not have been implicated so far in the Bridgegate probe, and his own attorney may have exonerated him, but you can’t say he’s off the hook.

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Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Five Awful GOP Governors Who Need to Go

Senate, Senate, Senate. Of course it’s the most important battle this fall, the top fight on the card. But there’s a lot of other action to watch. I’ll write plenty about Senate races between now and Election Day, but today, let’s look at the key ...

Yes, keeping the Senate is the Democrats’ main job. But even if they fail at that, beating this quintet would make for a huge silver lining.

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Dark Horse Helps Iowa Pols (and Himself)

Dark Horse Helps Iowa Pols (and Himself)

Jack Hatch is an underdog who has been written off by the pundits. The Democratic nominee for governor of Iowa has been ignored by the national party—his ticketmate running for secretary of state gets more national attention—and at home, many loca...

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is giving his time and money to long-shot candidates in the Hawkeye State—and in so doing meeting key Democratic activists and boosting his 2016 profile.

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Senate Run for White Supremacist

Senate Run for White Supremacist

Ahhh, election season. That time between late summer and November when candidates are most likely to knock on your door or send robo-calls to your home; and patches of grass, stabbed with metal-boned campaign signs, become the literal embodiment o...

rite-in candidate Robert Randsdell is a white supremacist and has no chance of winning his race for the Senate in Kentucky. So why is he running? To get his ‘message’ out.

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Entertainment

Can Lady Gaga Sing Jazz?

Can Lady Gaga Sing Jazz?

When an 88-year-old singer releases a new album, critics usually scrutinize every phrase for signs of wear and tear. But Tony Bennett will get a free pass on his latest release, Cheek to Cheek. Yes, his voice has aged gracefully, and even the li...

She’s matched up with Tony Bennett of all people for an album’s worth of standards on “Cheek to Cheek.” But does she have the voice to pull it off?

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Colin Farrell Joins ‘True Detective’ S2

Colin Farrell Joins ‘True Detective’ S2

Colin Farrell has finally confirmed what’s long been suspected: The Irish actor will be starring in Season 2 of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO series True Detective.“I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited,” Farrell told The Sunday World.Details are sti...

The brooding Irish actor will star in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s potboiler phenomenon set in Los Angeles.

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‘Madam Secretary’ Isn’t About Hillary

‘Madam Secretary’ Isn’t About Hillary

Madam Secretary is not the ripped-from-the-headlines drama scandalizing what it’s like to be Hillary Clinton that most of us assumed it was—and hoped for—when the project was announced. That’s fine. But it’s also not entertaining, or at least ente...

This isn’t a juicy reimagining of Hillary Clinton’s life as secretary of state. Instead it asks pop culture’s most tired question: Can a working woman have it all?

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Ukrainian Politician Gets Tossed in a DumpsterBeing a Ukrainian elected official is tough. You’re trying to navigate your nation’s biggest crisis since the fall of the Iron Curtain, and your constituents probably disagree on larger issues than ...

From Ukrainian politicians getting tossed in dumpsters to a classy tribute to Derek Jeter, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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Colin Farrell Joins ‘True Detective’ S2

Colin Farrell Joins ‘True Detective’ S2

Colin Farrell has finally confirmed what’s long been suspected: The Irish actor will be starring in Season 2 of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO series True Detective.“I’m doing the second series. I’m so excited,” Farrell told The Sunday World.Details are sti...

The brooding Irish actor will star in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s potboiler phenomenon set in Los Angeles.

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A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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The Return of Tywin Lannister?

The Return of Tywin Lannister?

We’ll have to wait ‘til April 2015 for the return of HBO’s fantasy epic Game of Thrones, the boobs-and-battles television series adapted from a series of novels by George R.R. Martin. Nevertheless, anticipation for the upcoming fifth season began ...

Yes, the Dick Cheney of Westeros will allegedly return for the highly anticipated fifth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones—this, according to the actor who plays him.

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More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

More Celebrity Nudes Invade Internet

Another day, another unfortunate cache of nude photos and videos of celebrities—presumably hacked—finds its way onto the creepy depths of the Internet.Yes, just as the proverbial dust had settled on the first ugly display of what Internet trolls h...

The gross invasion of celebrity privacy continues, as delusional online pervs claim that these presumably hacked photos are “good” for their targets. When will it stop?

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A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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World News

A Gay Jewish Zionist Doctor in Gaza

A Gay Jewish Zionist Doctor in Gaza

For the rest of his life, whenever someone asks Adam Kawalek, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?,” he’ll have to tell the story of how, in August of 2014, he got married, changed his name, and traveled halfway across the world just so he...

Adam Kawalek went from Los Angeles to Gaza to try to relieve the suffering of the sick and wounded there. The experience changed his view of Israel’s policies.

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Russians March to End Ukraine War

Russians March to End Ukraine War

MOSCOW, Russia — Autumn sun shone through a huge blue and yellow flag stretched above the heads of marching protestors with three words written over it: “Forgive us, Ukraine!”Thousands of people had poured into the streets of the Russian capital o...

Few protests are permitted in Moscow, and the surge of anti-war—and anti-Putin—demonstrators on Sunday suggests why.

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Turks to ISIS: ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Turks to ISIS: ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

ISTANBUL, Turkey — As tens of thousands of refugees flee the latest ISIS advances, Kurdish politicians in Turkey are accusing Ankara of helping the so-called Islamic State in its latest blitzkrieg through neighboring Syria. The accusations echo co...

Ankara is dealing ‘diplomatically’ with the so-called Islamic State, and may be helping it attack Kurds in Syria, even as Washington tries to ‘degrade and destroy it.’

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The Vatican’s Wafer Wars

The Vatican’s Wafer Wars

ROME, Italy — Forget such lofty aspirations as ridding the Church of child abusers or clamping down on financial corruption, Pope Francis’s biggest obstacle in reforming the Catholic Church comes down to a tiny round gluten-rich Styrofoam-tasting ...

Who can take Holy Communion? If people were honest, almost nobody you know.

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Russians March to End Ukraine War

Russians March to End Ukraine War

MOSCOW, Russia — Autumn sun shone through a huge blue and yellow flag stretched above the heads of marching protestors with three words written over it: “Forgive us, Ukraine!”Thousands of people had poured into the streets of the Russian capital o...

Few protests are permitted in Moscow, and the surge of anti-war—and anti-Putin—demonstrators on Sunday suggests why.

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Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Some take videos of themselves burning their Western passports. They say they don’t care if they are stripped of their British or French citizenship. They boast of enslaving Christian and Yazidi women. They decapitate those men deemed foes of thei...

An FBI profiler and other experts talk about the psychopaths and the deluded young Westerners who join the savage army of the so-called “caliphate.”

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Shadow General Could Decide Obama’s War

Shadow General Could Decide Obama’s War

As lawmakers prepared to take a risky and fateful vote on Obama’s plan to train and equip the Syrian rebels, the man who assured them it could be done was Gen. Michael Nagata, Obama’s point man for the mission to build an ISIS-killing army in Syri...

Gen. Michael Nagata is promising to build a new force to destroy ISIS, but lawmakers worry he has been given an impossible mission.

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GOP Nixes ‘Creative’ Iran Nuke Deal

GOP Nixes ‘Creative’ Iran Nuke Deal

The Obama administration is frantically searching for “creative solutions” to get to a nuclear deal with Iran, but according to 31 Republican senators, the administration is getting way too lenient while trying to entice Tehran to get to yes.Late ...

The administration is preparing to let Iran 'disconnect' its nuclear centrifuges rather than actually dismantling them. Republican senators are already saying no way.

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Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Inside the Mind of an ISIS Jihadi

Some take videos of themselves burning their Western passports. They say they don’t care if they are stripped of their British or French citizenship. They boast of enslaving Christian and Yazidi women. They decapitate those men deemed foes of thei...

An FBI profiler and other experts talk about the psychopaths and the deluded young Westerners who join the savage army of the so-called “caliphate.”

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U.S. News

Is the Climate Gay?

Is the Climate Gay?

On Sunday, a gaggle of queer folks will be joining the “People’s Climate March,” a rally in New York City projected to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Unfortunately, those who could help the cause the most are the least likely to show up.Marc...

To the radical LGBT activists most likely to march in New York City on Sunday, caring about global warming expresses solidarity with the oppressed. But what about the mainstream gays?

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The Green Movement Gets Brown

The Green Movement Gets Brown

Up to 100,000 people are expected to participate in today’s People’s Climate March in New York City, which would make it the largest environmental march in world history, topping a Copenhagen rally in 2009. But the most significant strategic accom...

For decades, the green movement has been split into two camps, divided by power—and race. Today’s climate march in New York changes that.

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Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?

While Congress votes this week on President Obama’s modest request for authority to train and equip Syrian rebels to battle ISIS on their territory, the legal debate most occupying the opinion columns remains more about what the President has...

The Constitution’s framers went to considerable trouble to insure that it would be hard to take the country to war. Two centuries later, it’s easier than ever. What happened?

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Is the Climate Gay?

Is the Climate Gay?

On Sunday, a gaggle of queer folks will be joining the “People’s Climate March,” a rally in New York City projected to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Unfortunately, those who could help the cause the most are the least likely to show up.Marc...

To the radical LGBT activists most likely to march in New York City on Sunday, caring about global warming expresses solidarity with the oppressed. But what about the mainstream gays?

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America's Fading Main Streets

America's Fading Main Streets

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

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When Brooklyn Was Brooklyn

When Brooklyn Was Brooklyn

Michael Daly is a veteran of the New York Daily News and has lived in Brooklyn all his life. Here are three stories from the borough’s old days, told by a native son.

Michael Daly, lifetime Brooklynite, on the borough he calls home.

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Tech + Health

China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

In March 2012, 17-year old Li Mengnan walked into a Beijing hospital. Armed with a three-inch fruit knife, he stabbed three staffers and killed a medical intern, then tried to kill himself. He said he no longer wanted to live after the poor medica...

Patient violence against doctors in China is shockingly common, and it’s increasing as more citizens get insured. Could the US see this kind of violence under Obamacare?

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Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

In 1986, Richard Hatch, infamous villain and victor of CBS's inaugural season of Survivor, was a cash-strapped undergraduate at George Mason University in Virginia.He was looking for ways to fatten his slim income when he came across a local ...

Most people think of sperm donors as 20-somethings looking for a quick buck. But today’s donors want to know about their offspring, and even be involved in their lives.

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The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

At the time of Wednesday’s announcement out of Guinea that seven of nine missing Ebola workers had been found dead, we knew little. Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease. Two relief worker...

They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.

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Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

Predator Docs Peddle 'Chronic Lyme' Scam

With the possible time-limited exceptions of occasional outbreaks of various infectious diseases, nothing inspires quite so much anxiety as Lyme disease. Caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, the illness is transmitted by the bite of an in...

‘Chronic Lyme disease’ is a highly debated topic, one with no scientific support. But that doesn’t stop Lyme truthers and the docs who take advantage of them.

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Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

Sperm Donors Want More Than Money

In 1986, Richard Hatch, infamous villain and victor of CBS's inaugural season of Survivor, was a cash-strapped undergraduate at George Mason University in Virginia.He was looking for ways to fatten his slim income when he came across a local ...

Most people think of sperm donors as 20-somethings looking for a quick buck. But today’s donors want to know about their offspring, and even be involved in their lives.

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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The Soldiers Who Fight Plagues

The Soldiers Who Fight Plagues

This week, the White House announced its intentions to deploy 3,000 troops and spend about $500 million to combat the worsening Ebola epidemic in Liberia. The news comes amid reports that the suspected infection rate and death toll in that country...

A glimpse into the dangerous job of U.S. troops going to fight the Ebola outbreak in Africa from a former soldier with experience in military disaster relief operations.

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Ebola Nurse Pleads With UN: Help Us Now

Ebola Nurse Pleads With UN: Help Us Now

Leaders of the United Nations convened for an unprecedented hearing on Ebola Thursday afternoon, marking the first time in history the commission has called an emergency meeting on a global health issue.In opening remarks, Secretary General Ban Ki...

In a hearing with UN leaders do discuss Ebola, one health worker in West Africa begged the commission for help. “We have to turn people away and they are dying at our front gates,” h...

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

When Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with his new baby in a car seat, and confidently clicked it into place on the back seat (a maneuver, royal insiders later told The Daily Beast, that he had taken the t...

Finally, after generations of cold, screwed-up parenting, the royal family—in warm and practical Kate and William—are changing the way they raise future monarchs.

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The Real Housewives of Miss America

The Real Housewives of Miss America

If the goal was to get 'em talking, last Sunday night's Miss America competition was a roaring success. Factoids! Plastic cups! Ventriloquism! Holiday Barbie! Cheetah attacks! Suffice it to say, the Internet exploded.As someone who has b...

The Miss America Pageant says it’s about empowering women through education. So why does it treat its contestants like idiots?

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Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

Islamic Feminism Splits Muslim Community

When Washington D.C.-based writer and feminist activist Jennifer Zobair decided to marry a Muslim man and convert to Islam 15 years ago, she was flooded with gifts of Islamic books that glorified traditional gender roles. A graduate of Smith Colle...

As in the West, “Feminism” in Islam has sparked controversy. But its proponents are finding each other and pushing back online.

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Vintage Celebrity Pets on the Riviera

Vintage Celebrity Pets on the Riviera

During the 1950s and 60s, photographer Edward Quinn shot a series of images showing celebrities and their favorite four-legged—or winged—friends on the French Riviera.

During the 1950s and 60s, photographer Edward Quinn shot a series of images showing celebrities and their favorite four-legged—or winged—friends on the French Riviera.

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The Real Housewives of Miss America

The Real Housewives of Miss America

If the goal was to get 'em talking, last Sunday night's Miss America competition was a roaring success. Factoids! Plastic cups! Ventriloquism! Holiday Barbie! Cheetah attacks! Suffice it to say, the Internet exploded.As someone who has b...

The Miss America Pageant says it’s about empowering women through education. So why does it treat its contestants like idiots?

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Watch This Ode to Marriage Equality

Watch This Ode to Marriage Equality

It is a decade since the U.S. first state, Massachusetts, enshrined marriage equality in law, and since the founding of campaign group Freedom To Marry (FTM). It has been a fruitful, frustrating decade, a bizarre range of weather systems of advanc...

Revealed by The Daily Beast for the first time: a poem by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco—and a beautiful film from Freedom To Marry.

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The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

The Domestic Violence Tipping Point

In the two weeks since video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking out his wife in a hotel elevator, the issue of domestic violence has come out of the shadows and forced the NFL—and the media—to address a number of uncomfortable tru...

A series of revelations in the wake of the Ray Rice scandal has led us to confront some uncomfortable truths about why women stay in abusive relationships.

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Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan

Melissa Rivers: Life After Joan

An hour-and-a-half of pure, raucous, profanity-fueled laughter: what a perfect edition of Fashion Police aired on E! on Friday night in memory of its host, its figurehead, its heart: Joan Rivers.With her bent for fur coats, feather boas and shock,...

In a commemorative edition of 'Fashion Police,' Joan Rivers' co-presenters recalled the host fondly and wittily—and Melissa Rivers said the show would return.

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Watch This Ode to Marriage Equality

Watch This Ode to Marriage Equality

It is a decade since the U.S. first state, Massachusetts, enshrined marriage equality in law, and since the founding of campaign group Freedom To Marry (FTM). It has been a fruitful, frustrating decade, a bizarre range of weather systems of advanc...

Revealed by The Daily Beast for the first time: a poem by Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco—and a beautiful film from Freedom To Marry.

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Women

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something approximating rapture. “The zeitgeist is irrefutably feminist: its name literally in bright lights,” wrote Jessica Valenti at The Guardian, while Amanda Marcotte at Slate argued that the singer had put paid to the idea that ...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Books

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

My family and I went to Gettysburg one recent Saturday afternoon. We spent time in the bustling visitor center, then took a spin through the packed Civil War museum. We had a picnic under an acorn tree in the midst of the monuments and battlefield...

Tour guides and museums are all well and good, but history truly comes alive to us in the most unexpected ways—sometimes just in the smell of old family letters.

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  • A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

In this week’s episode, our hero Pete Dexter tries to figure out how he forgot to have fun. Originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News on July 17, 1986, it is reprinted here with the author’s permission., please enjoy “Having Fun: One Thi...

Somewhere, somehow, the author Pete Dexter forgot how to have fun. If you find yourself in that fix, all you have to do is read this story.

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Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy is the story of a young, dedicated Mossad agent as told by Moti Kfir, the man who trained her, and Ram Oren, a journalist and author. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, they tell the sto...

Israel tapped her to bring down the masterminds behind the 1972 Olympic massacre. Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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