Politics

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

Facing a spirited challenge from a woman half his age who is determined to turn out female voters to defeat him, Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is portraying his role in resolving a sexual harassment scandal in the 1990s as evidence o...

In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood. The whole story is pretty different.

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The Ugly Truth About Jersey’s Golden Boy

The Ugly Truth About Jersey’s Golden Boy

It's eight o'clock on a Sunday night in Jersey City, and for the first time this October it’s cold enough to see your breath in front of you with a deep exhale of the Hudson River air. It's curious, given that, to see a group of a f...

Corruption scandals. Skyrocketing crime. Abandoned allies. There are reasons why New Jersey is lukewarm about its own Sen. Cory Booker—even while the rest of the country swoons.

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Tarheel Senate Democrat Keeps Slim Lead

Tarheel Senate Democrat Keeps Slim Lead

The Senate election in North Carolina is very simple. If it’s about education, Democrats win. If it’s about Ebola, Republicans win.For months, first term Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan has managed to cling to slim lead that has defied national fac...

It’s going to be a squeaker, but if North Carolina Democrats can keep the focus on education and not fear of Ebola, they might just keep Kay Hagan’s Senate seat.

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And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

And Now Mitch McConnell Is ‘Pro-Woman’!

Facing a spirited challenge from a woman half his age who is determined to turn out female voters to defeat him, Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is portraying his role in resolving a sexual harassment scandal in the 1990s as evidence o...

In a new video, the Kentucky Republican brags about lowering the boom on sexual harasser Bob Packwood. The whole story is pretty different.

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Morgan Fairchild: Badass Terrorism Wonk

Morgan Fairchild: Badass Terrorism Wonk

It might seem like the world has been on fire lately.Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Ferguson, Israel-Palestine, Hong Kong, ISIS, the Ebola outbreak—It’s a lot of news to take in at once. And one of your best sources for consistently reliable information an...

The sex symbol and ‘Flamingo Road’ star knows more about Syria and science than you do—and she can handle herself in war zones.

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Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

Disease History Vs. Disease Hysteria

I used to joke that Congress had an approval rating somewhere between bedbugs and the Ebola virus.  And although Congress’s current unpopularity is nothing to sneeze at—pass the Purell, please—I may have to move my goalposts:  Ebola is now Public ...

America has a long history of confronting and beating back pandemics, so let’s maybe not lose our heads over Ebola?

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Entertainment

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

The Worst Question for Abuse Victims

Robbie Howell abducted his wife and their toddler across state lines. He poured Mountain Dew and urine into his wife’s hair and beat her senseless with a flashlight, teaching his daughter that “it’s okay to hit Mommy” because she “doesn’t love you...

‘Private Violence’ illustrates not only how much domestic abuse slips through the legal and social cracks of society but also how poorly we understand the victim’s point of view.

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A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead concluded with a scene now permanently etched into millions of traumatized brains: Gareth (Andrew J. West), leader of Terminus, forcing Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) to watch as he takes a bite out of his newly ...

And you were afraid of zombies. The ‘Walking Dead’s latest episode ended with the return of the Terminans—and they’re ready to eat. Warning: TV and comic book spoilers ahead.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Breakdance Conversation’Whether he’s playing beer pong with nonagenarian Betty White or lip-sync battling Emma Stone, Jimmy Fallon knows how to have fun with his Tonight Show guests. Rather than conduct a standard ...

From Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon breakdancing to a clever but gory chainsaw massacre prank, watch our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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Is Christian Music Softening on Gays?

Is Christian Music Softening on Gays?

Four years ago, when Christian singer Jennifer Knapp came off of a 6-year sabbatical away from Nashville’s music scene and announced that yep, the rumors were true, she was gay, the onetime Christian hit maker thought she knew what to expect.“It’s...

While change among religious folks is painstakingly slow, among those making faith-based music there does seem to be a shift of support for LGBT artists like Jennifer Knapp.

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A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

A Man’s Gotta Eat in ‘The Walking Dead’

Sunday’s episode of The Walking Dead concluded with a scene now permanently etched into millions of traumatized brains: Gareth (Andrew J. West), leader of Terminus, forcing Bob (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) to watch as he takes a bite out of his newly ...

And you were afraid of zombies. The ‘Walking Dead’s latest episode ended with the return of the Terminans—and they’re ready to eat. Warning: TV and comic book spoilers ahead.

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Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

“It’s not about them,” Joakim Noah said as he dismissed my cliché question about the division he shares with the Kevin Love, and LeBron James-infused Cavaliers. “It’s about us being as solid a team as we’ve ever been. It’s about Derrick [Rose] bei...

The hardest working man in the center business is all-world in both the backcourt and background. A journey into the mind of Joakim Noah—the heart, soul and mouth of your Chicago Bulls.

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Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

Tony Vs. Cap: Marvel’s Looming Civil War

It is commonly agreed that Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as the Marvel Comics hero Iron Man in 2007 kick started the current trend of superhero summer films.Audiences loved the brash, Ayn Randian hero and box office receipts for the next two inst...

Iron Man a villain? Steve Rogers killed? Rumors swirl as Robert Downey Jr. confirms a return to the role that made the Marvel Universe.

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The Secrets of 'Pulp Fiction'

The Secrets of 'Pulp Fiction'

It’s arguably the best film of the ‘90s—a postmodern pop culture smorgasbord awash in nihilism and dripping with retro cool. Pulp Fiction, the brainchild of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (with an assist from Roger Avary) remains one of the most bats...

Today, Quentin Tarantino’s gonzo pastiche Pulp Fiction is a cult classic. We reveal the film’s most closely-guarded mysteries as it turns 20.

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Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

Joakim Noah on Weed, Weather & Winning

“It’s not about them,” Joakim Noah said as he dismissed my cliché question about the division he shares with the Kevin Love, and LeBron James-infused Cavaliers. “It’s about us being as solid a team as we’ve ever been. It’s about Derrick [Rose] bei...

The hardest working man in the center business is all-world in both the backcourt and background. A journey into the mind of Joakim Noah—the heart, soul and mouth of your Chicago Bulls.

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World News

The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

The Insane New Female-Mutilation Numbers

New figures from the U.K. are finally revealing the true extent of female genital mutilation: In just six months, nearly 2,000 women and girls have been treated by Britain’s National Health Service after undergoing the brutal procedure.And with th...

The U.K. alone is now treating 300 women and girls each month for the aftereffects of the brutal, unnecessary surgery. We need Obama to follow through on his promise to eradicate it.

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U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their t...

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

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Putin’s Midnight Tryst in Milan

Putin’s Midnight Tryst in Milan

ROME, Italy—It’s always nice when old friends come around, and so it must have been when Russian president Vladimir Putin stopped by former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s lavish Milanese digs in the wee hours of Friday morning. Putin, ...

The bromance between the Russian president and the billionaire ex-prime minister of Italy goes way back. But what were they up to at 3:30 a.m.?

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The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

The CIA’s Wrong: Arming Rebels Works

PARIS, France—What could be more cynical than a covert operation? Sure, there’s always a lot of talk about fighting for freedom, defeating tyranny. What was it Ronald Reagan called the Contras and the Afghan mujahedin? “They are the moral equivale...

President Obama has weighed the options and concluded America does more harm than good when it sets out to topple regimes. OK. But don’t pretend that’s the CIA’s fault.

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U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

U.S. Humanitarian Aid Going to ISIS

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — While U.S. warplanes strike at the militants of the so-called Islamic State in both Syria and Iraq, truckloads of U.S. and Western aid has been flowing into territory controlled by the jihadists, assisting them to build their t...

Not only are foodstuffs, medical supplies—even clinics—going to ISIS, the distribution networks are paying ISIS ‘taxes’ and putting ISIS people on their payrolls.

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From Drug Dealer to Art Dealer

From Drug Dealer to Art Dealer

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Through all the battles waged in Mexico in recent years over the shipment routes and markets for narcotics, San Miguel de Allende has remained as neutral as Switzerland in the Second World War. San Miguel, a 500-year old city n...

The head of the cartel is called ‘El Elegante.’ His rich-boy buddy styles himself ‘Indiana Jones.’ One tried to corner the drug market—the other went after art.

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Why This Police State Needs ISIS

Why This Police State Needs ISIS

GAZIANTEP, Turkey — The Kurdish refugees circled around me in Turkey on the edge of the so-called Islamic State, where part of Syria used to be. They were shouting with a mixture of fury and desperation about their families in Kobani, under siege ...

As the Turkish government’s refusal to fight ISIS and its pressure on Kurds create growing dissent, the only answer it finds is more repression.

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Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown

Egypt’s LGBTs Fight Grindr Crackdown

Egypt may be the worst place in the world to be gay right now—and technology is a primary reason.As first reported in Buzzfeed, the government of Egypt has admitted—boasted, really—that it is monitoring Facebook, Twitter, and Skype for any signs o...

An American surveillance company provides the systems used to monitor and entrap Egypt’s sexual minorities.

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From Drug Dealer to Art Dealer

From Drug Dealer to Art Dealer

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Through all the battles waged in Mexico in recent years over the shipment routes and markets for narcotics, San Miguel de Allende has remained as neutral as Switzerland in the Second World War. San Miguel, a 500-year old city n...

The head of the cartel is called ‘El Elegante.’ His rich-boy buddy styles himself ‘Indiana Jones.’ One tried to corner the drug market—the other went after art.

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U.S. News

Frats Clash With Riot Police

Frats Clash With Riot Police

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, faced a massive cleanup Sunday following a spate of riots that raged throughout much of the day Saturday and into the early morning hours of Sunday, as parties celebrating the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival turned ...

Tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and SWAT teams were hard pressed to contain the rioters who seemed to delight in destruction at the Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival.

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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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All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex

All Aboard the USS Persecution Complex

The last six months have been a stark reminder of the brutality that lurks at the boundaries of civilized society. The rise of ISIS has revealed the horrors that people are willing to inflict upon one another. For Christians, the destruction of th...

Cruising the Caribbean, enjoying beaches... Enduring Persecution as an American Christian sounds horrible.

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Frats Clash With Riot Police

Frats Clash With Riot Police

The city of Keene, New Hampshire, faced a massive cleanup Sunday following a spate of riots that raged throughout much of the day Saturday and into the early morning hours of Sunday, as parties celebrating the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival turned ...

Tear gas, rubber bullets, pepper spray, and SWAT teams were hard pressed to contain the rioters who seemed to delight in destruction at the Keene, N.H., Pumpkin Festival.

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Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

Harvard Profs Hate New Campus Sex Laws

The increasingly contentious debate about the proper response to sexual assault on college campuses took a new turn on Oct. 15, when The Boston Globe ran an op-ed signed by twenty-eight current and retired Harvard Law School professors expressing ...

New regulations regarding how to handle sexual assault at Harvard have attracted an interesting cast of opponents, and echo the national debate about sex on campus.

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Ferguson on Edge of More Violence

Ferguson on Edge of More Violence

The Rev. Carlon Lee, pastor of Flood Christian Church in Ferguson, Mo., was sending out links to a New York Times story Friday night to friends, family and community members who have spent the last two months absorbed in the events surrounding the...

A grand jury may decide not to indict the officer who shot Michael Brown. If that happens, Ferguson will explode again.

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Tech + Health

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

Saturn’s Death Star Look-Alike

That’s no space station: It really is a small moon, even though it looks like the Death Star. Saturn’s moon Mimas is most remarkable for a huge crater, the result of an impact that must have nearly shattered it. But it’s weird in other respects, t...

Mimas, the wobbly little moon orbiting Saturn, is a ringer for the space station from ‘Star Wars,’ but that’s not the only odd thing about it—it may have a huge ocean under its surface.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

Reality Check: Ebola Not Out of Control

With yesterday’s news that a second nurse in Dallas has tested positive for the Ebola virus, it is quite clear that the story is heading in three distinct directions.First, the West Africa epidemic is a nightmare of almost unheard of proportions w...

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: You don’t have, and you aren’t going to get, Ebola.

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Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Egg Freezing Isn’t Cool

Hold on to your ovaries. Silicon Valley is about to disrupt motherhood.Starting in January 2015, Apple will join Facebook in covering the cost of egg freezing for female employees, hypothetically allowing them to work further into their childbeari...

$20,000 for egg freezing sure makes for a flashy PR announcement, but Apple and Facebook’s latest employee benefit is more of the same for women in tech.

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Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers

By comparing the work schedules of the two Texas nurses who have been diagnosed with Ebola, medical detectives have narrowed down when they were most likely infected.Nina Pham and Amber Joy Vinson were both treating Thomas Duncan during the days b...

The nurses fighting to contain Ebola at Texas Presbyterian have shown uncommon courage, even as their work puts them at the greatest risk for infection.

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A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

By K. Aleisha Fetters for Life by DailyBurn How did you sleep last night? If you just consulted your sleep tracker, you’re not alone. With the $2.2 billion activity-tracking industry zeroing in on zzz’s, more people are turning to technology in ...

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Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters Wants To Save Your Hooters

Hooters is cleverly asking me to “Give a Hoot” about breast cancer. A media kit from the fast-food chain—best known for its waitress’s impressive bosoms and its subpar wings—arrived in my mailbox this week. In the press release, Miss Hooters 2014,...

Hooters is the latest company to declare a burning interest in the battle against breast cancer, who else is joining the ‘pinkwashing’ epidemic?

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Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

Accusations Pile Up on Top D.C. Rabbi

One of the most powerful Orthodox rabbis in America was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spying on nude women in his synagogue, but possibly sinful behavior by Barry Freundel may be more damaging.Documents obtained by The Jewish Channel several mont...

Barry Freundel was busted for allegedly spying on female congregants. Last year, he booked a trip with a woman who's not his wife, which is prohibited under Orthodox law.

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A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

A Sleep Tracker That Might Actually Work

By K. Aleisha Fetters for Life by DailyBurn How did you sleep last night? If you just consulted your sleep tracker, you’re not alone. With the $2.2 billion activity-tracking industry zeroing in on zzz’s, more people are turning to technology in ...

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An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

An Epic Adventure for My Dead Brother

The first time I spoke with 48-year-old Victor Mooney, he had just reached the Samaná Province in the Dominican Republic. The previous five days were spent isolated and alone, rowing from Anguilla by way of the Mona Passage, which separates the Do...

One of Victor Mooney’s brothers died of AIDS. Another has the disease. Dedicated to them, he’s over halfway through his fourth attempt to row across the Atlantic.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

In Sardinia, a six-acre compound features stunning views, a heating swimming pool, and tennis court.

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Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Taylor Swift’s Secret Music Man

Which songwriter just jumped past Mariah Carey’s famous Beatle-nipping number three slot on Billboard’s all-time list of number one hit makers? And scooped up ASCAP’s Songwriter of the Year a fourth year in a row— for a lifetime tally of seven—bas...

When Taylor Swift and Katy Perry sing about falling in love or dumping erring boyfriends, their words may have been written by Max Martin, a 43-year-old Swedish man.

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How To Strike Viking Gold

How To Strike Viking Gold

We’ve all seen them: men and women waving metal detectors around the beach, wearing large headphones and toting plastic bags, dogged in their pursuit of lost Rolex watches and engagement rings buried in the sand.On a good day, they might go home w...

The largest trove of Viking material found in Scotland since the 19th century has been unearthed—another scoop for metal detectorists.

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Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

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Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

Tech Moguls Worship This Guy

If you’ve never heard of Jason Hirschhorn—and it’s unlikely that you have, unless you’re deep into the disruptive clash of content and technology—you’ve probably heard of some of the people who hang on his every word.At the very least, you know th...

While his REDEF website curates the best of the web, Jason Hirschhorn has become one of the most popular, and well-respected, seers of the media world.

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Forgeries Fuel Half the Art Economy

Forgeries Fuel Half the Art Economy

The late Bob Coe, a rich American who lived for a while on the Riviera, bought an important Picasso from a well-known Paris dealer in the 1930s. His house was near Pablo Picasso’s, so he got an introduction to him, and drove over with the picture ...

A new study that claims over 70 percent of artworks for sale are fakes or misattributions. If that’s true, are galleries and the art-loving very rich being taken for fools?

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Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

Stevie Nicks Was the ’70s Selfie Queen

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

While touring in the late ’70s and early ’80s, the singer stayed up all night taking meticulously staged photographs of herself. A selection is now on display in New York.

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Women in the World

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Afghan Women Mobilize For Peace

Defying terror attacks and civil unrest during Afghanistan’s presidential runoff election, a courageous cohort of women from remote corners of the country came together in Kabul to pursue a common goal: gaining a serious role for women in building peace and stability.The 21 women joined a four-day session led by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security to strengthen their advocacy and conflict resolution skills. The June workshop marked...

With training provided by the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security, Afghan women are leveraging their hard-won gains

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Finding the Thread of Peace

Finding the Thread of Peace

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe may be a nun, but the topic of gender inequality in Africa and first world indifference brings out her inner Muhammad Ali. This spring, the Ugandan humanitarian got feisty with Stephen Colbert in a guest appearance on his ...

Long before #bringbackourgirls swept the Internet, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was working to save thousands of young women in Uganda. She’s still fighting

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Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

Time to Get Rid of the Helms Amendment

When world leaders gathered for the United Nations General Assembly recently, women’s empowerment took center stage.  Countries all over the world reiterated their commitment to ensuring that all women and young people have the information and res...

There’s been global progress in expanding reproductive rights for women but a 40-year-old U.S. law continues to hurt women in foreign countries

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Three minutes after the last wedding party guest left the Indiana home of Kelly Ecker and Dr. Scott Samson on Sunday morning, Kelly made the first of three terrified 911 calls claiming her new husband was going to kill her. Soon after, her husband...

Each month in the U.S., 48 women are shot to death by their partners. The founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says get out and vote on Nov. 4 if you care about the safety of ...

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Ebola Panel Added to WITW Texas

Ebola Panel Added to WITW Texas

As the world’s attention is focused on the Ebola outbreak raging throughout West Africa – and the three cases recently diagnosed in Dallas – the need for action on a massive scale is clear. In a new panel just added to the Women in the World Texas...

Fusion, the multiplatform media company serving millennials, will partner with WITW Texas with a live stream and exclusive content

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DVF: Become Who You Want to Be

DVF: Become Who You Want to Be

There is a large frame on the bookshelf in my bedroom in New York. In it is a page torn from a German magazine of 1952. It is a photo of an elegant woman and her small daughter in the train station of Basel, Switzerland, waiting for the Orient Exp...

In an excerpt from her new memoir, Diane von Furstenberg, who will appear at Women in the World Texas Oct. 22, recounts the horrors her mother endured at the hands of the Nazis – and...

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Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Vote to Stand Against Domestic Violence

Three minutes after the last wedding party guest left the Indiana home of Kelly Ecker and Dr. Scott Samson on Sunday morning, Kelly made the first of three terrified 911 calls claiming her new husband was going to kill her. Soon after, her husband...

Each month in the U.S., 48 women are shot to death by their partners. The founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense says get out and vote on Nov. 4 if you care about the safety of ...

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Books

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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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical WeaponsBy C.J. Chivers, New York Times From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earli...

From abandoned chemical weapons to Afghanistan’s only female warlord, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

John Coltrane’s Giant Steps

If you want to understand and appreciate jazz there is no better place to start—apart from listening to the music, of course—than with the critical writing of Nat Hentoff. Beginning in the 1950s when he was on the scene covering Monk and Miles, Cl...

The tenor saxophonist was one of the most imaginatively restless artists to ever work a bandstand. Nat Hentoff explains why we're still playing catch up with this musical genius.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

Greek Tomb Yields Treasure—But Whose?

With their economy cratering and their government shaky, the Greeks are praying that Alexander the Great—or rather, his mother or son, or one of his generals—will come to their rescue. Greece has high hopes that the giant tomb now being excavated ...

Archeological finds at the Amphipolis tomb may date back to Alexander the Great. That news delights modern Greeks. But what if the tomb is Roman?

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From Didion to Dunham

From Didion to Dunham

“There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told, especially if that person is a woman,” writes Lena Dunham in the introduction to her essays-cum-memoir Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman ...

Joan Didion’s trailblazing nonfiction set a forbiddingly high standard, but a slew of idiosyncratic writers are proving that her example may be inimitable but it is also inspiring.

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Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Aristotle Was Robbed Of His 2014 Nobel

Shortly before his death in 1882, Charles Darwin received a letter from a physician and classicist named William Ogle. It contained Ogle’s recent translation of Aristotle’s The Parts of Animals and a brief letter in which he confessed to feeling “...

The Greek philosopher did ethics and tragedy, sure—but he also invented science as we know it.

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