Politics

The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust

The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust

This week, we’re treated to more news of the new breed of ISIS recruits—Americans in the coveted 15-29 year old demographic. Heather Elizabeth Coffman, not yet 30, has been charged by federal authorities with “making a false statement regarding an...

Heather Coffman was just another member of the vast American underclass—until, you know, she kinda sorta got into jihad.

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Hillary Gets a Serious Challenger

Hillary Gets a Serious Challenger

The typical campaign kickoff video has soft lighting, shots of the candidate with family or, shaking hands with beaming youngsters, grizzled farmers, and grateful factory workers while a voice-over runs down platitudes about saving the nation from...

Jim Webb is officially exploring a 2016 run. Why the former senator—and former Republican—might be able to reach the Democratic voters that Clinton can’t.

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The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

The Coming GOP Freakout Over Immigration

When President Obama announces his executive order giving legal status to as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, he will do it over the objections of nearly every Republican in Congress. And that’s just fine with Democrats.“We have waited l...

With an executive order this week that will affect 5 million undocumented immigrants, the president is daring the Republicans to fight back—and alienate Latino voters.

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The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust

The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust

This week, we’re treated to more news of the new breed of ISIS recruits—Americans in the coveted 15-29 year old demographic. Heather Elizabeth Coffman, not yet 30, has been charged by federal authorities with “making a false statement regarding an...

Heather Coffman was just another member of the vast American underclass—until, you know, she kinda sorta got into jihad.

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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Rand Beats Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’

Rand Beats Cruz, Saves NSA From ‘Reform’

The fight to rein in NSA surveillance stalled in the Senate Tuesday evening—meaning the lasting impact of the months-long reform effort will be less about the agency and more about the presidential aspirations of Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz.Ironi...

One wants to fix the spy agency from the inside. The other wanted to block watered-down reforms of the secret state. The winner just might get to be president.

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Entertainment

The Punk Behind Iran’s Vampire Western

The Punk Behind Iran’s Vampire Western

The vampire at the heart of A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night neither sparkles nor sleeps in coffins. She’s a chador-and-jeans-clad vigilante with a love of ‘80s dance pop and a vendetta against the male sinners of Bad City, the spaghetti western-s...

There’s nothing quite like ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone,’ Ana Lily Amirpour’s film about a girl with fangs who preys on pimps, thieves, and junkies at night.

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Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

“That joke isn’t funny anymore.” It is, of course, the title to one of The Smiths’ more poignant ballads, but also an apt assessment of Eminem’s bland, woman-bashing brand. For the better part of two decades, the hip-hop provocateur has directed t...

In his new song ‘Vegas,’ the walking therapy session formerly known as Marshall Mathers raps about raping Iggy Azalea. It’s only the latest in a long line of woman-bashing garbage.

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Grow Up, Bill Cosby Isn’t Cliff Huxtable

Grow Up, Bill Cosby Isn’t Cliff Huxtable

Bill Cosby is losing everything, very quickly. The allegations of rape and sexual assault he faces are grave, the detail contained within the accounts awful and damning: a sixteenth woman has come forward to allege he attacked her.The 77-year-old ...

TV Land has canceled ‘The Cosby Show’ reruns. Is this a mature expression of understandable judgment, or a bid to erase history while conflating fiction and reality?

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How Mike Nichols Made Gay Mainstream

How Mike Nichols Made Gay Mainstream

Mike Nichols was never overtly political. But boy did he send a message.Try not reading something into the inherent sexism encountered by Melanie Griffith’s character in Working Girl. Good luck watching Silkwood, in which Meryl Streep plays a stro...

From ‘The Birdcage’ to ‘Angels in America’ and all of his fabulous divas in between, Mike Nichols played an unparalleled role in the mainstream acceptance of gay culture.

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Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

Eminem’s Juvenile Misogyny Needs to Stop

“That joke isn’t funny anymore.” It is, of course, the title to one of The Smiths’ more poignant ballads, but also an apt assessment of Eminem’s bland, woman-bashing brand. For the better part of two decades, the hip-hop provocateur has directed t...

In his new song ‘Vegas,’ the walking therapy session formerly known as Marshall Mathers raps about raping Iggy Azalea. It’s only the latest in a long line of woman-bashing garbage.

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Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

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I Warned You About Bill Cosby

I Warned You About Bill Cosby

In 2007—seven years before she publicly came forward—I spoke with Joan Tarshis, a former Hollywood publicist who claimed that Bill Cosby raped her. After our talk—and, of course, much more research—I filed a version of the following story on my we...

The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.

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The Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet

The Most Violent ‘Hunger Games’ Yet

The Hunger Games has always been for kids. For that reason, it’s never really been taking that seriously. With The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, which hits theaters Friday, that’s about to change.Our Girl on Fire is all grown up, and the blaze ...

Filled with graphic imagery and disturbing themes, ‘Mockingjay—Part 1’ is the most mature entry the franchise has ever produced. It’s also a bit of a tease.

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Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

Mike Nichol's Greatest Hits

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

From 'The Graduate' to 'Closer' and 'Charlie Wilson's War,' see the films of the legendary director.

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World News

The Pope’s Risky Trip

The Pope’s Risky Trip

VATICAN CITY—The man who shot John Paul II wants to shake this pope’s hand. But that’s the least of the worries for Francis’s security team.It doesn’t take much to see that Pope Francis is not exactly risk-averse. He has long defied the same level...

As Pope Francis heads to the Holy Land, the Vatican is beefing up security to deal with threats from ISIS and potential lone-wolf attackers, like the Turk who shot John Paul II.

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The Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’ Protests

The Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’ Protests

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, the latest and most violent and mature entry so far in the smash-hit franchise, begins playing in movie theaters around the world this week. In this year’s installment, the revolution is underway against the op...

Student protesters dared to flash the films’ rebellious three-finger salute—and were taken away by soldiers. Are the stars of ‘Mockingjay’ obligated to speak out in their defense?

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Adiós to the Diva Duchess

Adiós to the Diva Duchess

ROME, Italy — If ever there was a role model for divas and cougars, it was María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, or “Cayetana de Alba” for short.  The 88-year-old Duchess of Alba, as she was also ...

A flamboyant, multi-titled, multiply married royal to remember, the Duchess of Alba died Thursday at the age of 88.

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Beware of Japan’s “Black Widows”

Beware of Japan’s “Black Widows”

TOKYO, Japan—On November 19, the Kyoto Police arrested a wealthy 67-year-old widow on suspicion of poisoning her 75-year-old husband with cyanide—and investigators suspect she may have murdered five other former partners. Thursday morning, while r...

How many husband-murdering, inheritance collecting “poison ladies” are out there in Japan? The trend seems to be growing. But the police don’t keep very close track.

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The Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’ Protests

The Real-Life ‘Hunger Games’ Protests

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, the latest and most violent and mature entry so far in the smash-hit franchise, begins playing in movie theaters around the world this week. In this year’s installment, the revolution is underway against the op...

Student protesters dared to flash the films’ rebellious three-finger salute—and were taken away by soldiers. Are the stars of ‘Mockingjay’ obligated to speak out in their defense?

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An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.

An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Carrie LevineIn June, Burkina Faso’s minister of human rights and civil promotion, in the midst of civil un...

When the strongmen of Burkina Faso needed to curry favor in Washington, they knew just who to turn to.

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The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras

Maria Jose Alvarado was headed to London to appear in this year’s Miss World pageant on Sunday. In April, the 19-year-old brunette in an emerald gown was crowned Miss Honduras. Bright-eyed and hopeful, she had become a national celebrity in her ho...

The killing of a 19-year-old beauty queen and her sister has shocked Honduras—but it’s just the latest horrifically violent crime in the world’s most murderous country.

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East Ukraine: Back in the USSR

East Ukraine: Back in the USSR

DONETSK, Ukraine — They shuffled in the hallway wrapped up to withstand the cold, waiting to register documents with the health authorities of the separatist authorities in the breakaway Donetsk People’s Republic, and as they waited they shared wh...

Gone are the wild-eyed revolutionaries in Donetsk and Luhansk, replaced by steely-eyed bureaucrats and seasoned combat veterans.

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An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.

An African Dictatorship’s Friend in D.C.

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Carrie LevineIn June, Burkina Faso’s minister of human rights and civil promotion, in the midst of civil un...

When the strongmen of Burkina Faso needed to curry favor in Washington, they knew just who to turn to.

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U.S. News

How UVA Is Failing Its Women

How UVA Is Failing Its Women

If there’s one thing that characterizes University of Virginia alumni, it’s loyalty and pride. We’re proud of having attended one of the top public schools in the nation, proud of its founder, Thomas Jefferson (often endearingly invoked as “T.J.”)...

A sobering article on gang rape inside a UVA fraternity has Wahoo alumni like myself up in arms.

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What We Know About the FSU Shooter

What We Know About the FSU Shooter

A pre-exams late night at the library erupted into chaos at around 12:30am Thursday, when a single shooter opened fire on Florida State University’s crowded Strozier Library. Students hid among the stacks, and one even used a book as a shield, pos...

A shooter opened fire inside the library at Florida State University this morning. Here's what we know so far about the man allegedly behind the carnage.

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I Warned You About Bill Cosby

I Warned You About Bill Cosby

In 2007—seven years before she publicly came forward—I spoke with Joan Tarshis, a former Hollywood publicist who claimed that Bill Cosby raped her. After our talk—and, of course, much more research—I filed a version of the following story on my we...

The public may be waking up to the mountain of rape allegations now, but women were coming forward years ago to warn the Jell-O Man was not so sweet.

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How UVA Is Failing Its Women

How UVA Is Failing Its Women

If there’s one thing that characterizes University of Virginia alumni, it’s loyalty and pride. We’re proud of having attended one of the top public schools in the nation, proud of its founder, Thomas Jefferson (often endearingly invoked as “T.J.”)...

A sobering article on gang rape inside a UVA fraternity has Wahoo alumni like myself up in arms.

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Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

Religious Right Vs. The Little Mermaid

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the release of The Little Mermaid, the beloved G-rated Disney movie-musical about a mermaid finding true love outside of her hybrid sea-creature species. “What The Little Mermaid Taught Us About Being Grown-...

Liberal sex propaganda or just something that sort of looked like an erection?

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On Trial for Exposing His Lover to HIV

On Trial for Exposing His Lover to HIV

An Army National Guard colonel charged with knowingly exposing a woman to HIV faced his accuser in a military courtroom on Monday.Col. Jeffrey Pounding, a Special Forces officer, is charged with assault, adultery, and conduct unbecoming an officer...

Jeffrey Pounding was on the fast track to become a general. Now he’s facing the military equivalent of a grand jury for adultery and for failure to discuss that he had HIV.

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Tech + Health

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 a...

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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The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

Did you know you could get Ebola by breathing it in? That you could catch it in your backyard? Or that tons of enemy countries are stockpiling Ebola in secret labs?No? That’s because the claims border on nonsensical. Yet that’s exactly the sort of...

Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy. His book, ‘Ebola Survival Handbook,’ is already a bestseller.

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The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

The Insane Plan to Rate Games for Sexism

God bless—Odin bless?—the politically correct Swedes, who are currently working on what might become that country’s ugliest export since Tor Johnson.As the shouting match over the role and depiction of gender and sexuality in video games that’s pa...

Sweden explores new frontiers in our misguided, foolish, pointless obsession with rating and censoring entertainment.

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All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

All Hail Shingy, AOL's Goblin King

AOL, that relic of a bygone age, has in its employ a person, Shingy, whose job title is as future-winning as it gets: “Digital Prophet.” The existence of Shingy—“real” name David Shing—has been an open secret in tech circles for ages, much like th...

Critics of AOL’s “digital prophet” say he’s everything that’s wrong with corporate America. But if he’s tech journalism’s new punchline, then perhaps the joke’s on us.

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The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola

Did you know you could get Ebola by breathing it in? That you could catch it in your backyard? Or that tons of enemy countries are stockpiling Ebola in secret labs?No? That’s because the claims border on nonsensical. Yet that’s exactly the sort of...

Someone was sure to capitalize on the Ebola panic, and Dr. Joseph Alton is that guy. His book, ‘Ebola Survival Handbook,’ is already a bestseller.

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Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

As an infectious-disease specialist, I still surprise friends and family with my unworried attitude regarding my risk of catching most infectious diseases. I have cared for patients with highly resistant TB without a pause; I have weathered anthra...

More than 150 passengers on a California cruise ship came down with norovirus, continuing a trend that happens every year. From a medical standpoint, it’s time to call it quits on cr...

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Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Never Fall For a Twitter Rumor Again

Professional and citizen journalists rely on social media to tell stories. But as anyone—and essentially everyone—fooled by Bachelor producer Elan Gale’s “epic” in-flight note-passing war, or Notre Dame's Manti Te’o’s fake dead girlfriend, ca...

Twitter is a hotbed for starting—and busting—rumors.

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I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips

I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips

Back in July, Cosmopolitan brought its signature brand of sex advice to lesbians for the first time with an illustrated slideshow called “28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions” and, at the time, I was one of its harshest critics. After an awkward ...

Cosmo’s back with another round of lesbian sex tips after a failed list last summer. And you know what? This time, they’re awesome.

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Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned

As an infectious-disease specialist, I still surprise friends and family with my unworried attitude regarding my risk of catching most infectious diseases. I have cared for patients with highly resistant TB without a pause; I have weathered anthra...

More than 150 passengers on a California cruise ship came down with norovirus, continuing a trend that happens every year. From a medical standpoint, it’s time to call it quits on cr...

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Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

Every so often, as he tries to explain, defend and justify his decision to omit the rape allegations from his biography of Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker sighs.“Well, look, obviously the story has changed, and I’m going to have to address that in futur...

In a predominantly celebratory book, Bill Cosby’s biographer deliberately glided over sex-abuse allegations, saying he was unable to substantiate them.

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The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France. But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, Fra...

Walking his delivery route one day in the late 1800s, a French postman stumbled upon a rock that inspired him to embark on a 33-year journey to build a fantastical palace by hand.

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Dress Smart For Kate, US Media Told

Dress Smart For Kate, US Media Told

Journalists are an ill-dressed lot, by and large.From Bernstein and Woodward in All The President’s Men to Lester Bangs in Almost Famous, the global army of ink-stained wretches may have a certain effortless style, but they are not often held up a...

Buckingham Palace issues communiqué advising journalists covering William and Kate's US trip to dress smart

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Call Us for Sex, Suicide, and Homework

Call Us for Sex, Suicide, and Homework

Despite the heavy breathers, the prank-callers (the groups of kids doing homework, the abusive drunks), despite the man who would regularly call and tell me he was in a graveyard and horny and he was just taking his trousers down “right now,” my t...

A brilliant documentary talks to sex workers and counselors on LGBT, suicide, and other hotlines to discover why people unburden themselves to strangers by phone.

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The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

The Postman Who Built a Palace in France

Ferdinand Cheval was born the son of peasants in the tumultuous, newly democratic France. But as an old man, he became proprietor of a palace fit for a king—one he built stone-by-stone with his own two hands.Cheval was born in 1836 in Charmes, Fra...

Walking his delivery route one day in the late 1800s, a French postman stumbled upon a rock that inspired him to embark on a 33-year journey to build a fantastical palace by hand.

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Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Anyone familiar with Paul Cézanne’s portraits will recognize the solemn woman with the oval face, tight lips, and large dark eyes, her dark hair invariably pulled back and parted in the center. But very few know this woman as the French painter’s ...

An exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art features 24 portraits of the French painter’s wife, but her mystery remains intact.

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Kissy-Face The Nation

Kissy-Face The Nation

That giant sucking sound emanating from Washington’s Newseum Monday night had nothing to with nutty billionaire (and almost-president) Ross Perot’s famous prophesy of jobs draining south to Mexico, and everything to do with the collective moist, n...

At Face The Nation’s 60th anniversary party, love for host Bob Schieffer ran wild. Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.

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Will ‘Twilight’ Director Rule Broadway?

Will ‘Twilight’ Director Rule Broadway?

Bill Condon is nervous, but not quaking. The night before we meet, the all-powerful New York Times has been to see Side Show, the Hollywood director’s first-ever Broadway show. The paper’s review is published Tuesday, and Condon will discover if h...

The director has won an Oscar and made ‘Twilight’ movies. As he debuts on Broadway, he talks Beyoncé, Kristen Stewart, Benedict Cumberbatch, and the ‘gay sensibility’ in all he does.

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Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Cézanne’s Mysterious Wife

Anyone familiar with Paul Cézanne’s portraits will recognize the solemn woman with the oval face, tight lips, and large dark eyes, her dark hair invariably pulled back and parted in the center. But very few know this woman as the French painter’s ...

An exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art features 24 portraits of the French painter’s wife, but her mystery remains intact.

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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

How WWI Produced the Holocaust

How WWI Produced the Holocaust

During the first half of the 20th century European civilization embarked on a journey into the abyss: it moved from being the epicenter of sophistication, civilization, high culture, and knowledge, to become home to the most savage episodes of col...

The First World War paved the way for the American Century, but in fact it was the losers who would dictate the course of history for decades to come.

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  • Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

    Why Cosby’s Biographer Ignored Rape

    Every so often, as he tries to explain, defend and justify his decision to omit the rape allegations from his biography of Bill Cosby, Mark Whitaker sighs.“Well, look, obviously the story has changed, and I’m going to have to address that in futur...

    In a predominantly celebratory book, Bill Cosby’s biographer deliberately glided over sex-abuse allegations, saying he was unable to substantiate them.

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

The Fight to Ban ‘Birth of a Nation’

The picture of hooded Klansmen riding to the rescue of an imperiled heroine and a ravaged South in The Birth of a Nation is an iconic image that is as mesmerizing as it is repellant. It did not appear so to the enraptured audience who cheered the ...

In 1915, black journalist Monroe Trotter tried to get D.W. Griffith’s troubling film banned in Boston, igniting a furious debate over racism, censorship, and free expression.

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They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

They Weren’t Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Fans of Virginia Woolf may enjoy the following list of books written by her less famous female contemporaries. All these writers were known to Woolf, and one of them, Dorothy Richardson, is the subject of Louisa Treger’s new biographical novel, Th...

If only women had written in Woolf’s day, the English novel would have still been in very capable hands. From Mansfield to Gibbons to Hall, here are authors who need not stand in Woo...

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The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

The Rancid Ballad of Johnny Rotten

We all know, or think we know, what Johnny Rotten hates.He’s the Antichrist, right?He hates everything!Which to me, after the initial explosion of the Sex Pistols, always made Rotten kind of boring.“Yeah, yeah, everything sucks; the world is full ...

The former Sex Pistol’s memoir ‘Anger Is an Energy’ proves that he still knows how to howl and rant, but who knew he was such a beguiling storyteller?

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This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

Nelson Rockefeller led an interesting life (and had an interesting death, which we’ll get to shortly). He was involved in the development of the Museum of Modern Art’s building on 53rd Street and Rockefeller Plaza around the corner. He was a scion...

A social progressive and a fiscal conservative, Nelson Rockefeller was closer to FDR than Reagan, says his biographer Richard Norton Smith.

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Short Stories From the New China

Short Stories From the New China

Jack Livings’s first story collection, The Dog, offers up dispatches from an unsettled China, snapshots simultaneously tidily contained and generously open-ended, grounded in meticulously fashioned portraits of divers individuals in eight stories,...

Jack Livings’s debut story collection focuses on people outside the center of power to paint a subtle and convincing group portrait of China since Mao.

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The Next Greatest Generation

The Next Greatest Generation

For the past year, Starbucks has aimed to round out its reputation for frothy frappuccinos and global coffee domination with a noble cause: veterans’ issues.The war in Afghanistan is winding down and boots are (for the most part) off the ground in...

Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan need help with the transition to civilian life and their next career—and that’s where Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz comes in.

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This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art

Nelson Rockefeller led an interesting life (and had an interesting death, which we’ll get to shortly). He was involved in the development of the Museum of Modern Art’s building on 53rd Street and Rockefeller Plaza around the corner. He was a scion...

A social progressive and a fiscal conservative, Nelson Rockefeller was closer to FDR than Reagan, says his biographer Richard Norton Smith.

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