Politics

The Coming Battle for a New SecDef

The Coming Battle for a New SecDef

I was relieved to hear President Obama say that Chuck Hagel has graciously agreed to stay on as secretary of defense until a new one is nominated and confirmed. In other words, Hagel may yet be in the job past January 2017 anyway.I jest. Or do I? ...

When you look at the makeup of the new Senate, there’s a good chance that Chuck Hagel will be staying on the job for quite a while.

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Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration

Liberal Case Against Illegal Immigration

As a kid growing up in New York I didn’t know anything about Mexicans. I knew Cubans and Puerto Ricans, but Mexicans? We might as well be talking about Martians. I couldn’t tell a burrito from a sombrero.That changed when I moved to Los Angeles. S...

Yes, we need to do something to help the undocumented immigrants already here—but not in a way that drives down workers’ wages.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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The Coming Battle for a New SecDef

The Coming Battle for a New SecDef

I was relieved to hear President Obama say that Chuck Hagel has graciously agreed to stay on as secretary of defense until a new one is nominated and confirmed. In other words, Hagel may yet be in the job past January 2017 anyway.I jest. Or do I? ...

When you look at the makeup of the new Senate, there’s a good chance that Chuck Hagel will be staying on the job for quite a while.

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Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

From practically the day he took office as the 24th Secretary of Defense less than two years ago, Chuck Hagel was a marked man. After one of the more brutal confirmation hearings of a senior Cabinet official in recent memory—Hagel had to apologize...

He's stepping down after less than two lackluster years inside the Pentagon walls and disastrous developments around the world.

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Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again

Last Thursday night, Barack Obama again bet on the polychromatic poor as the Democratic Party’s salvation. Despite his party’s drubbing in the congressional midterms at the hands of white working-class voters, the President has thrown caution to t...

The President and his party are making their contempt all too clear to white working-class voters. In 2016, those voters will do likewise.

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Entertainment

Coming of Age in France’s Projects

Coming of Age in France’s Projects

This summer we had the film, Boyhood, a coming-of-age story about a young boy who becomes a young man over the course of three hours. Girlhood, which screened November 5 at the Virginia Film Festival, suggests that this is also a coming-of-age sto...

The tough African-French girls living in the projects in ‘Girlhood’ have been abused and pushed out of the system. While they don’t have much, they have each other.

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Meet Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars

Meet Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars

It’s been 20 years since Drew and Jonathan Scott got into fight.Better known as the Property Brothers, the siblings—twin titans of real estate and design who are ruling and reinventing HGTV—certainly seem to get along. Their winsome formula of jov...

After countless renovations for strangers, the Property Brothers are inviting you to their home. First, they dispel rumors (they’re not gay!) and share their secrets to success.

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Bieber Made $80M Last Year? Yes, He Did.

Bieber Made $80M Last Year? Yes, He Did.

Today, Forbes announced that Justin Bieber is the highest earning young entertainer under 30. During a 12-month evaluation time span, the artist formerly known as Biebs managed to rake in an estimated $80 million (give or take drug dealer fees, pa...

Biebs managed to rake in an estimated $80 million this year (give or take drug dealer fees, paparazzi hush money, and miscellaneous egg related expenses).

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Coming of Age in France’s Projects

Coming of Age in France’s Projects

This summer we had the film, Boyhood, a coming-of-age story about a young boy who becomes a young man over the course of three hours. Girlhood, which screened November 5 at the Virginia Film Festival, suggests that this is also a coming-of-age sto...

The tough African-French girls living in the projects in ‘Girlhood’ have been abused and pushed out of the system. While they don’t have much, they have each other.

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What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. But what is it like to be the embodiment of that, as an ethnically ambiguous individual? How does the American experience differ when the lines get blurry?This video, ...

How does a complicated ethnic background inform someone's experiences?

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SNL Schoolhouse Rock Parody Is Wrong

SNL Schoolhouse Rock Parody Is Wrong

Schoolhouse Rock! has been a part of growing up for generations of American kids. Whether they’re learning grammar from a train engineer or about politics from an anthropomorphic wad of paper, Schoolhouse has managed to use catchy musical numbers ...

A famous educational vehicle is adapted hilariously and misleadingly

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An Exclusive Look at ‘Archer’ Season 6

An Exclusive Look at ‘Archer’ Season 6

Yes, ladies and gentlemen: Archer is (almost) back.The highly anticipated sixth season of the hilarious spy-spoof will premiere on FX at 10 pm EST on January 8, 2015. Creator Adam Reed’s show is coming off its first Emmy nomination for its radical...

The FX spy-comedy returns on January 8, 2015. Watch six exclusive videos to prep you for the upcoming season and scope the series’ newest key art.

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What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

What It's Like To Be Ambiguously Ethnic

It's often said that America is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. But what is it like to be the embodiment of that, as an ethnically ambiguous individual? How does the American experience differ when the lines get blurry?This video, ...

How does a complicated ethnic background inform someone's experiences?

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World News

Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

Waiting for Demolition Men in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — “I am the father of the martyr,” says Ibrahim Hijazi, a well-dressed pensioner with milky blue eyes and a mark on his forehead gained by years of Muslim prayer. He has just emerged from one of the many homes that sit on top of a small ...

The terrorists are dead, but Israeli authorities punish their families by destroying their houses. This is supposed to act as a deterrent, but may be an incitement.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama

From practically the day he took office as the 24th Secretary of Defense less than two years ago, Chuck Hagel was a marked man. After one of the more brutal confirmation hearings of a senior Cabinet official in recent memory—Hagel had to apologize...

He's stepping down after less than two lackluster years inside the Pentagon walls and disastrous developments around the world.

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Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

Should the U.S. Arm Ukraine’s Militias?

DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine—When skirmishes began in this corner of eastern Ukraine earlier this year, Yuriy Bereza decided to use “direct action” (read fists and clubs), threats, and incentives to ensure this fourth largest city—and a mainly Russian-...

In an exclusive interview, one of the top pro-Kiev militia commanders talks about the cowardice of some of Ukraine’s regular army officers and his need for U.S. weapons.

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U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

U.S. Not Training Anti-ISIS Army Yet

In conjunction with air strikes, the American mission to train and equip the Syrian moderate opposition is a central part of the Obama administration's strategy to counter ISIS. Yet this strategy and its execution are deeply flawed, say Congr...

It’s been two months since Congress authorized a train-and-equip mission to help Syrian rebels fight ISIS—but recruiting has not started, and training won’t begin until spring of nex...

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The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.To s...

Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star.’

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Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace

Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace

Only a few hours are left before time runs out on negotiations with Iran to contain its nuclear program, and everyone’s asking, “Deal or no deal?” But the real question is, “War or peace?” “People forget where we were two years ago,” says Rouzbe...

It’s not a matter of a breakthrough in the Vienna talks or muddling through indefinitely if they fail. If that happens, Iran will be much more dangerous, and so will Israel.

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The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

The Church: Faith Trumps Civil Rights

We have entered the “anything goes” phase of religious exemptions.As I described last week, newly Republican state legislatures (and Congress, of course) are eager to carve out ever-larger exemptions from civil rights laws and laws governing contr...

A Catholic school wants to enforce its religious dictates in whatever way it chooses—even if that means targeting women. Is that legal?

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The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.To s...

Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star.’

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U.S. News

Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

When Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies Christopher Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl responded to a call about a house fire in Tallahassee last Saturday, they were greeted by the burning home’s occupant, 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley, brandishing a .40 cali...

Just last week an anti-government extremist ambushed and killed a police officer after setting his own house on fire. One ex-police chief is telling local law enforcement how to spot...

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I Blame People Who Blame the Media

I Blame People Who Blame the Media

There’s already been plenty of ink spilled in response to Robert McCulloch’s rambling, evasive, tone-deaf speech announcing no indictment in Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown. It has been pointed out how incredibly rare it is for grand jur...

He refused to lay responsibility at society’s inherent racism, or the brutality of Ferguson police, or even the man who put six bullets in an unarmed teen. Instead, he blamed the media.

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Why Ferguson Went up in Flames

Why Ferguson Went up in Flames

It’s nearly impossible to capture the pain, frustration, and sadness in Ferguson following the announcement that a white cop will not be charged for shooting an unarmed black teen three months ago. But if the faces partially hidden by gas masks an...

Three months of despair were ignited in suburban Missouri when officer Darren Wilson was told he would walk free.

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Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

Top Cop-Killers? Sovereign Citizens

When Leon County Sheriff’s Deputies Christopher Smith and Colin Wulfekuhl responded to a call about a house fire in Tallahassee last Saturday, they were greeted by the burning home’s occupant, 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley, brandishing a .40 cali...

Just last week an anti-government extremist ambushed and killed a police officer after setting his own house on fire. One ex-police chief is telling local law enforcement how to spot...

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Ferguson in America's Front Pages

Ferguson in America's Front Pages

Protests hit the Missouri town and several other major cities across the U.S. immediately following a grand jury's non-indictment of Darren Wilson.

Protests hit the Missouri town and several other major cities across the U.S. immediately following a grand jury's non-indictment of Darren Wilson.

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Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story

Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story

America has an adversarial system of justice, which is based on the premise that fact-finders can best get the real story by considering the opposing narratives of the contending parties in a dispute. (A cynical old Chicago lawyer once described t...

They decided it was reasonable for him to believe unarmed Michael Brown was dangerous enough to be shot and there was no other way to stop him from fleeing.

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Tech + Health

Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

Cheers to Not Being Alcoholics

The vast majority of people who drink too much are not alcohol-dependent, indicating that with help, many can be helped to moderate their consumption, a new government report has found.These findings, published by researchers from the Centers for ...

A new survey shows that while many Americans drink excessively, they aren’t dependent on alcohol. This is problematic—but promising.

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Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Welcome to the brave new world of technology-enhanced human reproduction with its promise of alleviating the heartache of infertility, and its dangers of crossing ethical and moral lines.  At a time when more options are available for women to con...

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?

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The Black Hole Tango

The Black Hole Tango

Something fascinating is going on in the gravitational dance of galaxies, from watching the slow twirls of the dancers.Galaxies in the Universe are not spread out randomly; instead, they form a vast web, forming clusters with long filaments connec...

A new paper reveals that black holes seem to know their place in the cosmic web, aligning with one another despite huge separations in space.

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The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

The Disabled Women Feminism Forgets

With viral hashtags like #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen and #DropDunham, it’s easier than ever for activists to finally make headway against feminism’s traditional allegiance to white, straight, cisgender, and non-disabled women only.After the Isla Vi...

Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.

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Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Want Blue Eyes With That Baby?

Welcome to the brave new world of technology-enhanced human reproduction with its promise of alleviating the heartache of infertility, and its dangers of crossing ethical and moral lines.  At a time when more options are available for women to con...

Should a woman’s own 55-year-old mother bear the woman’s (gulp) triplets? Well, it’s happening. Where should society draw the lines here?

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Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Phoenix Air Group, a U.S.-based air charter, can fly anything.Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world. In the 30 years since the company’s inception, “cargo” has ...

They’ve transported dolphins, satellite parts, even wolves. Then came a call to pick up two stricken American health workers. How Phoenix became the U.S. government’s go-to rescuer.

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Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Insane Requirement for Gay Blood Donors

Can you be a victim of discrimination if no one knows you are?Such is the case for gay and bisexual men, who are still, in 2014, banned from donating blood, even though most people probably don’t know it. This week, an FDA committee recommended mo...

An FDA committee recommends shrinking lifetime ban to one-year ‘deferral period’—but it’s still more politics than science.

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Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?

Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn What if we told you the best way to get more muscle-building protein into your diet wasn’t to whip up more omelets or drink more shakes — but to eat bugs?That’s right, protein derived from creepy, crawly, ...

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Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Meet the Rescue Pilots of ‘Ebola Air’

Phoenix Air Group, a U.S.-based air charter, can fly anything.Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world. In the 30 years since the company’s inception, “cargo” has ...

They’ve transported dolphins, satellite parts, even wolves. Then came a call to pick up two stricken American health workers. How Phoenix became the U.S. government’s go-to rescuer.

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BeastStyle

Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix

Whip It: Secrets of a Dominatrix

“Take off your clothes,” was the first thing I heard. The voice was deep, husky, and stern. My heart palpitated. My whole body shook. I had no idea what was happening, or what to expect.I was in a fifth-floor apartment in New York’s East Village...

In a dramatic life that has included a police raid and prosecution, Dr. Charlayne Grenci has made delivering pain and pleasure into both a business and area of study.

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The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

Every year for about six weeks—from mid-November until early January—the Christmas windows of New York’s most famous stores attract millions of visitors and New Yorkers—and for a very good reason. They are striking, incredibly elaborate, and they ...

From classic holiday tunes to sculpture, the big New York stores hope their beautifully designed Christmas windows will attract millions of onlookers and customers.

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Drawing Room Coup at 'Brideshead'

Drawing Room Coup at 'Brideshead'

In the latest twist to a decades-long family feud, Simon Howard and his wife Rebecca have been forced out of Castle Howard, the Yorkshire stately home which was the setting for the TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, in a dr...

Sources tell the Royalist that Simon and Becci Howard (nee Sief) have conceded defeat in the battle, and have moved out of Castle Howard

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The Many Lives of David Hockney

The Many Lives of David Hockney

Like a pop diva at the VMAs, artist David Hockney has managed to stay relevant through a constant series of transformations since he burst onto the scene nearly six decades ago.There is usually something transparent about the artifice required by ...

The artist has achieved what often seems impossible—to stay relevant throughout his entire career. His secret: not being afraid to change with the times.

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The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

The Incredible Art of Christmas Windows

Every year for about six weeks—from mid-November until early January—the Christmas windows of New York’s most famous stores attract millions of visitors and New Yorkers—and for a very good reason. They are striking, incredibly elaborate, and they ...

From classic holiday tunes to sculpture, the big New York stores hope their beautifully designed Christmas windows will attract millions of onlookers and customers.

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The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

This past week a new eBay auction announced the sale of “Ancient Egyptian papyrus with Greek letters—Bible.” Listed with the “buy it now” price of $1,098, the seller claimed that the fragment was written ca. 200 BC and was “collected in the 1960s ...

Both priceless papyri that could shed light on early Christianity and forgeries are openly trafficked online. Determining authenticity is increasingly difficult.

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The Power of the Jumpsuit

The Power of the Jumpsuit

Diana Ross looked amazing in one this week. Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani are fans. The jumpsuit’s staying power—and its popularity with women of different ages—shows its winning versatility.

Diana Ross looked amazing in one this week. Miley Cyrus and Gwen Stefani are fans. The jumpsuit’s staying power—and its popularity with women of different ages—shows its winning vers...

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Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Inside the Metropolitan’s Insane Year

Last week during Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at the Metropolitan Opera, I was watching an old man hump a table in front of a mountain of garbage when it occurred to me: the last six months have been particularly bizarre at the Met.And t...

From blood-spattered men in wedding dresses on stage to furious protesters off and angry internal discord, the Met Opera has had a rollercoaster year. Expect more drama to come.

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The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts

This past week a new eBay auction announced the sale of “Ancient Egyptian papyrus with Greek letters—Bible.” Listed with the “buy it now” price of $1,098, the seller claimed that the fragment was written ca. 200 BC and was “collected in the 1960s ...

Both priceless papyri that could shed light on early Christianity and forgeries are openly trafficked online. Determining authenticity is increasingly difficult.

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Women in the World

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Women Share Secret Abortion Stories

Brittany Mostiller had just turned 23 years old when she found out she was pregnant again. She thought about suicide. The Chicago native was already a mother to three girls under the age of seven, and was just getting by, working a part-time job as a grocery store cashier and living in a two-bedroom apartment with her sister and her niece. Since Medicaid doesn’t cover an abortion, she thought of ways to circumvent the high-cost procedure. “I thought about throwin...

One in three women has had an abortion in the United States—but their stories often remain private. A new campaign aims to change that.

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Opportunity Abroad for Cameroonian Women

Brenda and John Mazieno Nkwenti, married for four years with two young boys ages 4 and 2, are currently separated, because John wants his wife to be a housewife – just like the majority of Cameroonian women.Brenda, now 34, is currently in tourism ...

In a country that discriminates against women, it’s hard for Cameroonian ladies to find a rewarding career. So some are hitting the road and finding success – via the tourism industr...

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What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq

As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever. Everyone here has seen a dead body. Not a normal dead body, but a dead body that is missing some limbs due to some explosion, ...

A 17-year-old Iraqi girl writes that in her culture, women and girls face constant degradation and humiliations, large and small, even at the hands of their own families. She certain...

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What Should I Call the Man I Love?

What Should I Call the Man I Love?

“I don’t want to see other people,” he announced after our third date. “I want to see you exclusively”.“Does this mean you are my boyfriend?” I asked.“Boyfriend?”He cringed.When this dialogue took place, I had been out of the dating scene for a bi...

After two decades out of the dating scene, a fortysomething woman is suddenly in an exclusive relationship with a new man - but is "boyfriend" the right word?

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Q&A With Designer Rachel Roy

Known for her travel-inspired style and her striking, feminine pieces, iconic fashion designer Rachel Roy also constantly strives to assist women and children around the world.Roy has worked with organizations like Piece & Co., Born Free Afric...

On her new lip balm collection, what Tyra taught her and how being a mom inspires her management decisions.

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Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

Sudan's Worsening Food Crisis

BENTIU, South Sudan — The vast majority of the more than two million people in South Sudan facing severe food insecurity – the worst food crisis in the world – are not living in camps. Major logistical issues and concerns about security continue t...

South Sudan faces the worst food crisis in the world – and it’s about to dramatically worsen. The need for aid is urgent and growing.

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The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola

Additional reporting by Cody Shane Griggers in MonroviaShe called herself the “boss lady” and despite his name, her big brother, Sheriff, 11, didn’t doubt it. Anne Marie had an uncommon feistiness for a five-year-old, especially for one who had ju...

UNICEF’s Chief of Crisis Communications chronicles six weeks in the life of a 5-year-old on the brink of Ebola.

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Books

James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

James Patterson Goes Full Fahrenheit 451

Author James Patterson is calling out President Obama with a video of burning books.The best-selling author has released the video of individuals, including children, burning books to draw attention to what he believes is a lack of emphasis in the...

The best-selling author talks to The Daily Beast about why he’s setting books on fire to get the president’s attention.

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  • Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

    Ivy League Frat Boy Repents (Kind Of)

    Andrew Lohse’s Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy is a strong contender for the one of the year’s most scandalous books.Lohse, the former Dartmouth College student turned anti-fraternity activist profiled in Rolling Stone’s March 2012 hazing ex...

    In ‘Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy,’ the self-induced, self-absorbed Greek tragedy of Andrew Lohse.

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How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

It’s very hard indeed to think of a single thinker or writer who looms as large over their chosen field of study as Carl von Clausewitz. Clausewitz, on the odd chance you haven’t heard of him in this age of wars and rumors of wars, was a Prussian ...

Inspired by his combat experience in the Napoleonic wars, Carl von Clausewitz developed theories of warfare so effective that he is still the most quoted man on the battlefield.

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The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

The Dictator Most Idolized by Hitler

Adolf Hitler’s obsessions, for he was a man prone to unhealthy fixations, were dangerous for the world—whether with himself, with art school, with his dreams of grandeur, with Eva Braun, with his hatred of Jews—or, more obscurely, with Turkey.To s...

Historians may credit Mussolini with inspiring Hitler’s rise to power, but the despot called a different contemporary his ‘shining star.’

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How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth

Even before The Plot Against America was published, Philip Roth felt obliged to deny reports that his new novel was an allegorical indictment of George W. Bush. “Some readers are going to want to take this book as a roman a clef to the present mom...

Philip Roth denied that ‘The Plot Against America’ was an indictment of George W. Bush. But the 2004 novel’s themes of powerlessness and rage certainly resonated at the time.

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How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

It’s very hard indeed to think of a single thinker or writer who looms as large over their chosen field of study as Carl von Clausewitz. Clausewitz, on the odd chance you haven’t heard of him in this age of wars and rumors of wars, was a Prussian ...

Inspired by his combat experience in the Napoleonic wars, Carl von Clausewitz developed theories of warfare so effective that he is still the most quoted man on the battlefield.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA By Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. Wh...

UVA’s Rape Culture, murdered DEA agents and the Where’s Waldo Bandit. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

What It Takes to Exterminate the Grizzly

One cold October day in 1968, I climbed out of a warm creek on the Yellowstone Plateau and came face to face with a huge grizzly. I froze, not knowing what to do. Since I was naked, my options were limited. I slowly turned my head and looked off t...

Yellowstone grizzly bears face the two greatest threats to their survival in our lifetime: global warming and the U.S. government. Between them they could wipe the bears out.

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The Many Lives of David Hockney

The Many Lives of David Hockney

Like a pop diva at the VMAs, artist David Hockney has managed to stay relevant through a constant series of transformations since he burst onto the scene nearly six decades ago.There is usually something transparent about the artifice required by ...

The artist has achieved what often seems impossible—to stay relevant throughout his entire career. His secret: not being afraid to change with the times.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA By Sabrina Rubin Erdely, Rolling Stone Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. Wh...

UVA’s Rape Culture, murdered DEA agents and the Where’s Waldo Bandit. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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