Politics

How Public Unions Divide Democrats

How Public Unions Divide Democrats

In the wake of the midterm elections, the Democratic Party’s centrist and populist factions have been locked in a bitter family feud. Public employee unions are a little-acknowledged driver of this conflict. The reason: activist government and uni...

Paying for all those pensions inevitably means less money for parks and schools. It’s a conundrum Democrats can no longer ignore.

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Obama Is Right on Race, Media Is Wrong

Obama Is Right on Race, Media Is Wrong

It seemed as though President Obama couldn’t possibly say anything to make conservatives, particularly conservative members of the media, even more incredulous than they already are. But then he said what some apparently consider his biggest half-...

Yes, in our day-to-day interactions, Americans are less racially divided than we were before the president took office—but highlighting our unity just doesn’t make good TV, does it?

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Nazis, Sunscreen, and Congress

Nazis, Sunscreen, and Congress

They did their best to convince you otherwise. But Congress actually did some things in 2014. It actually kept the government open all year and manage to pass something vaguely resembling a budget. In fact, by the end of 2014, it passed over 220 b...

You just think Congress is completely useless. Feast your eyes on these Earth-shattering accomplishments.

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How Public Unions Divide Democrats

How Public Unions Divide Democrats

In the wake of the midterm elections, the Democratic Party’s centrist and populist factions have been locked in a bitter family feud. Public employee unions are a little-acknowledged driver of this conflict. The reason: activist government and uni...

Paying for all those pensions inevitably means less money for parks and schools. It’s a conundrum Democrats can no longer ignore.

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Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks

Memo to Cops: Criticisms Aren’t Attacks

Bill Bratton made a number of sensible and decent comments on Sunday’s Meet the Press. More on those a little later. But let’s start with the one comment that wasn’t so reasonable, not for the purpose of bashing the commissioner but for prodding h...

No institution is above criticism in a democracy, but NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is failing to convince the rank and file of that.

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When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?

Whether it is entertainment, consumer goods, or almost anything else that can be purchased, viewed, or clicked on, millennials are the most coveted demographic. There are about 80 million Americans between the ages of 18-34 and next year they are ...

Millennials—rich or otherwise—have been notoriously uninterested in politics. So how do you mobilize a cynical generation?

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Entertainment

The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea

The Cultural Crimes of Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in New South Wales. A white, Australian, female recording artist and model, the woman now known as Iggy is currently the female rapper with the longest-leading number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. ...

Iggy Azalea doesn’t wear blackface, but that doesn’t mean her drag performance doesn’t share some essential genetic code with the old-school American minstrel show.

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The 10 Best Albums of 2014

The 10 Best Albums of 2014

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: 2014 was a pretty underwhelming year in music.The best rappers in the game (Drake, Kendrick, Kanye, etc.) were observing from the sidelines, dropping Easter egg singles to whet our respective appetites for 2015, whil...

From Taylor Swift’s pop ode to New York to Run the Jewels’ full-frontal rap assault, these are The Daily Beast’s picks for the best music albums of the year.

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Faith Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet

Faith Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet

“As I mapped out a new path for my life, I wanted to do something positive.”Reconcile is a rapper from Houston, a city with a rich hip-hop legacy. From the dark raps of the Geto Boys and Scarface to the street signifying of U.G.K. to the syrup-sip...

Hip-hop isn’t only a place to talk about fantasies like being a millionaire and having dope kicks—it’s where you can talk about God.

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The Year in Cinematically Pimped God

The Year in Cinematically Pimped God

We knew this year was going to be a religiously charged year for Hollywood, one that would feature a well known bible story directed by Darren Aronofsky, a truly unbelievable “true story” starring Greg Kinnear, and another film about Jesus as a wh...

From biblical epics like ‘Noah’ and ‘Exodus’ to Kirk Cameron and sexy Jesus, 2014 witnessed a crop of films unashamedly adulterated with faith-driven narratives and godlyish themes.

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The 10 Best Albums of 2014

The 10 Best Albums of 2014

I’m not going to sugarcoat it: 2014 was a pretty underwhelming year in music.The best rappers in the game (Drake, Kendrick, Kanye, etc.) were observing from the sidelines, dropping Easter egg singles to whet our respective appetites for 2015, whil...

From Taylor Swift’s pop ode to New York to Run the Jewels’ full-frontal rap assault, these are The Daily Beast’s picks for the best music albums of the year.

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Porn Stars on the Year in Porn

Porn Stars on the Year in Porn

There was drone-shot erotica and some very titillating Oculus Rift experiences, but it wasn't just tech that took the porno spotlight in 2014. It was a dramatic year for headline news when one porn star landed in the hospital with eighteen br...

This year was less about wild orgies and piles of cocaine, and more about the hard-working, business-minded adult star. (Okay, there were some sexual escapades.)

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2014’s Biggest Scandals

2014’s Biggest Scandals

From “The Fappening” to Iggy Azalea’s controversial rise to the fall of Honey Boo Boo, a look back at the celebrity stories we couldn’t stop talking about in 2014…for better or for worse. (And usually, for worse.)The Sony Hack, Part IThere are so ...

It was the year Bill Cosby made us sad, pretty much every celebrity was hacked, and Kim Kardashian’s butt broke the Internet. A look back at 2014’s most scandalous Hollywood stories.

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Ethan Hawke’s Monster Year

Ethan Hawke’s Monster Year

Ethan Hawke chose this coffee shop. It’s a cozy spot in his Boerum Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, populated by modish wives, aspiring screenwriters hammering away on their laptops, and bowl-o-cinos. After a few minutes of staring blankly at my pho...

The Oscar-nominated actor sat down for coffee in Brooklyn to discuss his wild year with ‘Boyhood,’ losing a good pal in Philip Seymour Hoffman, and making a living in Hollywood.

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Porn Stars on the Year in Porn

Porn Stars on the Year in Porn

There was drone-shot erotica and some very titillating Oculus Rift experiences, but it wasn't just tech that took the porno spotlight in 2014. It was a dramatic year for headline news when one porn star landed in the hospital with eighteen br...

This year was less about wild orgies and piles of cocaine, and more about the hard-working, business-minded adult star. (Okay, there were some sexual escapades.)

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World News

The Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan

The Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan

TURBAT, Pakistan—Something fell out of the sky near Arif Saleem’s home at 5:20 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2013. He scrambled outside to find a 25-foot-wide crater just beyond the mud wall surrounding his family compound. The strike was one of three, in quic...

In the largely forgotten deserts of Baluchistan that straddle the Iran-Pakistan border, covert wars are underway that could have far reaching consequences.

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The Russian Priest Who Fought the Church

The Russian Priest Who Fought the Church

On Christmas Day, the world lost an extraordinary man of faith who once went to prison for his Christian beliefs under an atheist state and later challenged both his church and the repressive entanglement of church and state under a regime that cl...

He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism. With Father Gleb Yakunin’s death on Christmas, Russia has lost a liberal voice of conscience.

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Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Of Cuban Spies, a Baby, and a Filmmaker

Adriana Perez really wanted to have a baby. There was just one hitch: Her husband, Gerardo Hernández, was serving a double life sentence in a federal prison in California, and she was thousands of miles away in Cuba.“We both deserve to be parents,...

After years in prison, Cuba’s five spies in the U.S. come home to a happy ending.

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Poaching Animals for Good Karma

Poaching Animals for Good Karma

The Communist Party of China gets a bad rap for cracking down on religion. In many cases, it’s true. Christian proselytization is limited, and the practice of Christian faith requires government sanction. Uighur Muslims encounter racial discrimina...

The Chinese are participating in ‘life release’ ceremonies in which wild animals are held for ransom, then released in exchange for good karma.

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The Russian Priest Who Fought the Church

The Russian Priest Who Fought the Church

On Christmas Day, the world lost an extraordinary man of faith who once went to prison for his Christian beliefs under an atheist state and later challenged both his church and the repressive entanglement of church and state under a regime that cl...

He defied the atheism of communism and the empty religious practices of Putinism. With Father Gleb Yakunin’s death on Christmas, Russia has lost a liberal voice of conscience.

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Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

MOSUL—Extremist fighters from the group known as the Islamic State have left the Sinjar area the same way they came in during August this year: without any real combat or pitched battles. “I feel as if I’m watching the same thing I saw five mont...

In Mosul, foreign fighters have left, the city is flooded with refugees and supply routes are cut off. Locals are afraid of what comes next.

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The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

The Brothers Who Ambushed ISIS

KOBANI, Syria — It was a sunny day in late November when Ahmed Ismael, 22, went with a group of seven other fighters to ambush militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, on the eastern flank of this besieged town.Then the plan went...

The Ismael brothers were carpenters, not fighters. But when ISIS attacked, they took up arms and helped stop the jihadists in their tracks.

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The Unseen Airport Security Threat

The Unseen Airport Security Threat

Watchers of jihadist Internet chatter and Tweeting have noted a spike in discussions about bomb making. This was largely provoked by the appearance of the thirteenth edition of the magazine Inspire, put out in English by al Qaeda in the Arabian Pe...

Most of the security at airports is focused on passengers, but the baggage handlers and employees in restricted areas could be bigger threats.

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Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

Now ISIS Has a Refugee Problem

MOSUL—Extremist fighters from the group known as the Islamic State have left the Sinjar area the same way they came in during August this year: without any real combat or pitched battles. “I feel as if I’m watching the same thing I saw five mont...

In Mosul, foreign fighters have left, the city is flooded with refugees and supply routes are cut off. Locals are afraid of what comes next.

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U.S. News

How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash Keystone

How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash Keystone

What do you get when you cross an oil company with gay rights?Mostly, an epic fail. But also a peek inside a vast (or not so vast) right-wing conspiracy seeking to develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.Case in point: opech...

How proponents of Keystone XL cynically exploit LGBT people

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The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

The Growing Gap Between Cops and NYC

As the New York Police Department was burying one of its own, the gulf between the city’s cops and its citizens seemed to get a little wider on Saturday.On a bright winter afternoon, about 200 or so fed-up protesters marched a mile from the notori...

As the NYPD buried one of its own, just a few miles away, members of the black community pushed to have one of their own remembered… and called for justice.

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Marching in Memory of Akai Gurley

Marching in Memory of Akai Gurley

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How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash Keystone

How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash Keystone

What do you get when you cross an oil company with gay rights?Mostly, an epic fail. But also a peek inside a vast (or not so vast) right-wing conspiracy seeking to develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.Case in point: opech...

How proponents of Keystone XL cynically exploit LGBT people

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‘Taps’ for Ramos: ‘The Hardest to Play’

‘Taps’ for Ramos: ‘The Hardest to Play’

NYPD Sgt. Jose Rodriguez worked through the night and into the next morning after two of his fellow officers were assassinated by a crazed gunman in Brooklyn.He returned home to learn that his 9-year-old son had been awakened in the night by a ter...

They risk their lives and they don’t always come home. The NYPD buries one of its own on a bright winter day.

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Santa Fails One More Time

Santa Fails One More Time

Darn it, Santa didn’t bring me what I wanted this year. Again.What I wanted was, of course, what all right-minded people say they want—in public—when they are questioned about the perfect holiday gifts.World peace, religious tolerance, and an end ...

I asked for world peace, religious tolerance and an end to poverty. I really did. But they turn out to be more complicated than I thought.

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Tech + Health

Her Gender Reassignment Double-Cross

Her Gender Reassignment Double-Cross

Imagine living 28 years—your whole life—trapped inside the wrong body. Forced, through chemical happenstance, to go through your days within a fleshy conveyance that doesn’t match the spirit driving it. Now imagine that one day hope appeared, an u...

Thea Shaheen had waited her whole life for the body she was supposed to be in. Days away from her dream being fulfilled, it all fell apart.

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The Case for Butter as a Health Food

The Case for Butter as a Health Food

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Butter is making a comeback—and it has nothing to do with Paula Deen. Once maligned as a high-calorie, artery-clogging disaster, butter is now re-emerging as a staple in the diets of some health-minded folks...

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2014: Revenge of the Creationists

2014: Revenge of the Creationists

Science denialism is alive in the United States and 2014 was yet another blockbuster year for preposterous claims from America’s flakerrati.  To celebrate the year, here are the top 10 anti-science salvos of 2014.1) America’s leading science denia...

From Ann Coulter on Ebola to evangelicals on climate change, 2014 was full of award-worthy science denialism.

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Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV

Yes, Your Toddler Can Watch TV

When my oldest child was a toddler, I treated illuminated screens like plutonium. During my training as a pediatrician, I had received the message loud and clear that the recommended amount of television for children under 2 was nil. It was not on...

Researchers say it’s OK to break with hardliners—provided you’re interacting right along with your kids. A look at new guidelines that defy pediatricians’ recommendations.

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The Case for Butter as a Health Food

The Case for Butter as a Health Food

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Butter is making a comeback—and it has nothing to do with Paula Deen. Once maligned as a high-calorie, artery-clogging disaster, butter is now re-emerging as a staple in the diets of some health-minded folks...

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Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able ...

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

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Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords

Meet Our Animal Robot Overlords

Not sure if you noticed, but 2014 has been a banner year for animal robots. Seriously. There’s some James Bond super-villain levels of cross-pollination between the wild kingdom and the sterile labs of robotics geniuses, a regular NatGeo-meets-Ins...

Science imitates nature as researchers dream up robotic dogs, cheetahs, sharks and even cockroaches.

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No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony

So, “The Interview” is to be released after all. The news that the satirical movie—which revolves around a plot to murder Kim Jong-Un—will have a Christmas Day release as planned, will prompt renewed scrutiny of whether, as the US authorities hav...

The FBI and the President may claim that the Hermit Kingdom is to blame for the most high-profile network breach in forever. But almost all signs point in another direction.

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Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

Newest US Stealth Jet ‘10 Years Behind’

When the Pentagon’s nearly $400 billion F-35 Joint Strike Fighter finally enters service next year after nearly two decades in development, it won’t be able to support troops on the ground the way older planes can today. Its sensors won’t be able ...

America’s $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can’t see the battlefield all that well. Which means it’s actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today’s wars.

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BeastStyle

The Tiny Handbag Revolution

The Tiny Handbag Revolution

For all of the fashion industry’s creative zeal, it is not always known for its sense of practicality. Amazingly, though, 2014 saw several leading trends that were rooted in just that: the anti-fashion look of normcore dressing (Birkenstocks, fade...

They cost a fortune, you can’t fit much in them—but designers and public are in love with the very small handbag.

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The Bars That Made America Great

The Bars That Made America Great

From city to city, bar openings are covered with bated breath, as reviewers judge the authenticity of the latest speakeasy, the grub of a new Irish pub, or tunes playing from the jukebox of a dive. But some places have a history so rich and long, ...

From Philadelphia’s City Tavern, where American governance was drawn up, to New York’s Stonewall Inn, which sparked the modern gay rights movement, venues where boozing meets history.

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What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015

What, and Who, You'll Be Wearing in 2015

New Year’s resolutions needn’t end with self-improvement of minds and bodies. We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.Next year has some pretty great things to anticipate. From technology continuing to take ove...

From tech fabrics to the man who intends to make the high heel comfortable (yes, really)--meet the designers who will be shaking up our wardrobes in the coming year.

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Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Make Carla Hall’s Green Bean Casserole

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 to 30 minutes Serves: 6 to 8 Skill Level: Easy3 cups vegetable oil Salt, to taste 4 shallots, 1 chopped and 3 thinly sliced, divided 1 1/2 cups buttermilk 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided 1/2 teaspoon ...

With crispy shallots and grated parmesan, this delicious casserole—created by ‘The Chew’ host—is perfect comfort eating on a cold day.

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The Bars That Made America Great

The Bars That Made America Great

From city to city, bar openings are covered with bated breath, as reviewers judge the authenticity of the latest speakeasy, the grub of a new Irish pub, or tunes playing from the jukebox of a dive. But some places have a history so rich and long, ...

From Philadelphia’s City Tavern, where American governance was drawn up, to New York’s Stonewall Inn, which sparked the modern gay rights movement, venues where boozing meets history.

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The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

“If you’re Jewish and you love it, make some noise in this mothafucking house” roared the DJ at Tao Downtown at around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day.A New York nightclub frequented by Leonard DiCaprio and Derek Jeter was filled with Jews grinding to Ari...

Those looking for a partner for life, or just for the night, go to ‘The Ball,’ drink, scope the room, and mull questions of sex, love, commitment, and identity.

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Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Make Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie

Cook Time: 50 to 60 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes Inactive prep time: 30 minutes Servings: 8 to 10 Skill Level: ModerateFor the pie crust:1 tablespoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup water 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 2...

It’s the day after Christmas, and time to make a delicious pie, using pumpkin puree and chopped pecans.

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Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Red Carpet Winners and Losers 2014

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

Solange Knowles could do no wrong. Lena Dunham seemed to be doing flamenco. Lupita Nyong'o outshone them all. The winners and losers on this year’s red carpets were rarely dull.

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The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

The Craziest Date Night for Single Jews

“If you’re Jewish and you love it, make some noise in this mothafucking house” roared the DJ at Tao Downtown at around 1:30 a.m. Christmas Day.A New York nightclub frequented by Leonard DiCaprio and Derek Jeter was filled with Jews grinding to Ari...

Those looking for a partner for life, or just for the night, go to ‘The Ball,’ drink, scope the room, and mull questions of sex, love, commitment, and identity.

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Women in the World

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman

ISTANBUL—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s decision last week to arrest the editor in chief of an opposition newspaper is the latest crack in this country’s image as a modern, Westernized country. But it’s not the only sign of an erosion of rights.Turkey has had more than a decade of economic boom, and is now the sixth-most-visited tourist destination in the world. Yet, beyond the glittering skyscrapers and nightclubs, persistent questions remain over huma...

As Turkey’s president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country’s businesswomen are pushing back.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

Why Didn’t Camille Dump Bill Cosby?

As the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and other misbehavior grows dizzyingly high, it is becoming increasingly hard for all but the most devoted rape denialist to wave the accusations away as baseless. It’s also been hard fo...

Despite a dizzying number of women coming forward against her husband, Camille Cosby refuses to sharpen her blade of vengeance. Is this another case of cognitive dissonance?

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The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

Jena Malone: From Homeless to Hollywood

“I’m a total weirdo,” Jena Malone confesses.The spritely actress has just returned from the modish milieu of Art Basel, where her experimental music duo The Shoe regaled the annual orgy of art (and cocaine) connoisseurs with selections off their s...

As a teen, she wowed in films like ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Saved!’ Now Jena Malone is 30, and with roles in ‘Inherent Vice,’ ‘The Hunger Games,’ and a massive superhero film, all the rage.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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Books

The 2014 Novel of the Year

The 2014 Novel of the Year

Immigration reform is the unusual political debate in which those whose lives it most affects—the nation’s twelve million illegal immigrants—are rarely granted the opportunity to contribute. But politicians abhor a rhetorical vacuum, and they have...

Cristina Henríquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans speaks to the humanity found in the stories of immigrant families.

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  • The Week’s Best Longreads

    The Week’s Best Longreads

    Autistic and Searching for a Home By Genna Buck, Maisonneuve Magazine Between jail and the hospital, Savannah Shannon’s life is in limbo.Can AIDS Be Cured? By Jerome Groopman, New Yorker Researchers get closer to outwitting a killer.What Happe...

    Autism and Jail. The Stanford class of 1994. And can AIDS be cured? he Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

As I neared the end of my reading of Dear Thief, the third novel from UK writer Samantha Harvey (The Wilderness, All is Song), I found myself confiding in a colleague that, despite the fact that I had reviewed hundreds of books over the years, bot...

The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.

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Biking With the Bard

Biking With the Bard

Shakespeare must have had a nice butt.
This is the thought that runs through my mind during a 200-mile cycling journey from Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon to London, where his plays were produced and where three theatre houses bear ...

During a two-wheeled jaunt through England in the footsteps of Shakespeare, I learned how to appreciate my surroundings…and that the bard must have had a toned butt.

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How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

How MLK Influenced Sam Cooke’s Best Song

The March took place on August 28. Close to half a million people converged on Washington and rallied at the Lincoln Memorial in what was widely referred to as the largest political demonstration to date in American history. The Brooklyn chapter o...

‘A Change Is Gonna Come’ came out this week 50 years ago. An excerpt from Peter Guralnick’s superb recently rereleased biography of Cooke examines what inspired him to write the song.

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A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review

As I neared the end of my reading of Dear Thief, the third novel from UK writer Samantha Harvey (The Wilderness, All is Song), I found myself confiding in a colleague that, despite the fact that I had reviewed hundreds of books over the years, bot...

The latest novel from Samantha Harvey is truly superb, but left its reviewer at a loss for how to describe it.

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The Best of The Stacks

The Best of The Stacks

It’s been my honor to present The Stacks this past year, our weekly series where we reprint classic stories for you. The majority of these stories are making their first appearance online. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s a privilege and an ho...

Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless. Here are the ones we found most memorable.

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Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon

Best Buy Punches Back at Amazon

Whether it’s publishing, clothing, journalism, or tech—one of the biggest business stories in the past 20 years is how many storied companies missed the boat when it came to the power of the Internet. Publishing houses like Hachette now squabble w...

A new book tells the tale of how the rise of Amazon and e-commerce threatened the success of Big Box stores—until they learned to get in on the new game.

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How the Chicken Saved Humanity

How the Chicken Saved Humanity

The eagle may be regal, the peacock flamboyant, and the California condor downright nightmare-inducing—but when it comes to global dominance, no bird is a match for the chicken.In Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?: The Epic Saga of the Bird Tha...

It’s the bird that’s enabled human civilization, Andrew Lawler argues in his new book, ‘Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?’ Is it also the key to saving a crowded planet?

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The Best of The Stacks

The Best of The Stacks

It’s been my honor to present The Stacks this past year, our weekly series where we reprint classic stories for you. The majority of these stories are making their first appearance online. I’m not exaggerating when I say it’s a privilege and an ho...

Week after week, The Daily Beast features classic stories from the past that prove great writing is timeless. Here are the ones we found most memorable.

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