Politics

Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

“No cerveza, no trabajo” is about all I’ve retained from Brother Victor Serna’s Spanish II class at St. Mary’s High School.Of course it’s been over 40 years, and that’s a long time to remember anything. But truth be told, I never came close to mas...

There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros. So what, exactly, are we getting in return for Obama’s radical step?

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Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances

Rand Paul Has a Few Festivus Grievances

Who needs Santa when there’s George Costanza?That seems to be the attitude of Sen. Rand Paul, who took to Twitter on Tuesday to celebrate Festivus, the holiday created by Costanza’s father on Seinfeld. For the second year in a row, Paul engaged in...

The Kentucky senator seems to be making the ‘Seinfeld’ holiday a tradition on Twitter. Just don’t expect him to erect a pole made of beer cans.

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The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress

Michael Grimm just got re-elected to Congress in November, so why should he resign over a minor detail like pleading guilty to a felony?As first reported by the New York Daily News, the Staten Island Republican will plead guilty to one count of ta...

Staten Island Republican Michael Grimm is pleading guilty to tax evasion Tuesday afternoon, but he doesn’t appear to think that should keep him from serving his constituents.

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Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro

“No cerveza, no trabajo” is about all I’ve retained from Brother Victor Serna’s Spanish II class at St. Mary’s High School.Of course it’s been over 40 years, and that’s a long time to remember anything. But truth be told, I never came close to mas...

There was really only one good reason to maintain the embargo: Trade with Cuba strengthens the Castros. So what, exactly, are we getting in return for Obama’s radical step?

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‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour

‘Ready for Romney’ Is Amateur Hour

Who, exactly, is behind the Ready for Romney super PAC?The new group has drawn consternation from longtime Romney advisers, who worry it could be a scam, designed to rip off vulnerable supporters of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. “I wou...

Romneyland is abuzz over the new super PAC—and not in a good way. Why a 26-year-old with no ties to the 2012 GOP nominee and no campaign experience has them worried.

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The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa

The NRA’s Twisted List for Santa

You might have heard that the U.S. Senate last week finally voted to confirm the president’s nominee for surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy.You also might have wondered what all the fuss was about. The vote on America’s top doctor was held up for n...

The NRA finally lost one when the Senate confirmed the surgeon general, but the group has a long and creepy wish list for Christmas.

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Entertainment

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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The Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year

The Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year

Everybody loves a good celebrity feud. What’s not to like about two rich, fabulously successful people pulling out one another’s figurative weaves like reality show contestants? Knowing that even stars can be petty, jealous, psychopaths makes us a...

Between rape allegations, racial tensions, and rampant misogyny, 2014 will henceforth be known as the year celebrity beefs got sicker.

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Yes, I Like Xmas Music. Stop Laughing.

Yes, I Like Xmas Music. Stop Laughing.

The fashionable thing is to hate Christmas music, or at least disdain it, or at best be a serious hipster-irono-snob about it (“You mean you haven’t heard Spoon’s version of Yo La Tengo’s take on Dean Martin’s ‘Winter Wonderland’?!?”). Me, I like ...

Sure, it’s cool to hate Christmas music, but some songs just hit the emotional bulls-eye. From the religious (‘The Holly and the Ivy’) to the secular (‘The Chipmunk Song’), my top 20.

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How ‘The Interview’ Made It to Theaters

How ‘The Interview’ Made It to Theaters

“The people have spoken! Freedom has prevailed! Sony didn’t give up! The Interview will be shown at theaters willing to play it on Xmas day!” proclaimed Seth Rogen on Tuesday.The writer/director/star of the aforementioned Kim Jong Un assassination...

Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League spoke to The Daily Beast about the back-and-forth between art house cinemas and Sony to get ‘The Interview’ on the big screen on Christmas Day.

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The Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year

The Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year

Everybody loves a good celebrity feud. What’s not to like about two rich, fabulously successful people pulling out one another’s figurative weaves like reality show contestants? Knowing that even stars can be petty, jealous, psychopaths makes us a...

Between rape allegations, racial tensions, and rampant misogyny, 2014 will henceforth be known as the year celebrity beefs got sicker.

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BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job

BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job

Drug trafficking has become a major problem in Afghanistan in the years since the United States’ 2001 invasion. The state is the world’s largest producer of opium, with farmers producing $1 billion worth of crops in 2013. Eventually, their output ...

The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.

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Clooney's Downton Special

Clooney's Downton Special

The special festive fundraising mini-episode of Downton Abbey which was screened on UK TV this weekend has finally been posted online.The much-trailed special features an appearance by George Clooney, who overwhelms the ladies of Downton Abbey - m...

Watch as George Clooney knocks out the ladies of Downton

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Bobby Shmurda & Hip-Hop’s Hoop Dream

Bobby Shmurda & Hip-Hop’s Hoop Dream

One night in 2004, my college boyfriend called me from inside a closet in a north Toronto housing project. It was the time of day that can be described either as late night or early morning, and I instinctively knew my role in the routine phone ch...

In photos of the rapper's perp walk we see a system that indicts a 20-year-old for selling crack but not a police officer for choking the life out of a citizen. We don’t see a joke.

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BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job

BBC Reporter Gets High On The Job

Drug trafficking has become a major problem in Afghanistan in the years since the United States’ 2001 invasion. The state is the world’s largest producer of opium, with farmers producing $1 billion worth of crops in 2013. Eventually, their output ...

The correspondent does a stand-up next to a burning pile of heroin and gets a taste of its effect.

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World News

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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NCIS Investigating Bin Laden ‘Shooter’

NCIS Investigating Bin Laden ‘Shooter’

The former Navy SEAL who ignited a controversy when he publicly claimed credit for killing Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly leaking official secrets, The Daily Beast has learned.When reached for comment, Ed Buice, an NCIS public...

The man who claims he killed the world’s most wanted terrorist is now being probed for saying too much about the mission.

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Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal

Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal

North Korea’s limited connection to the Internet was temporarily severed Monday, just three days after President Barack Obama promised a “proportional” response for what he said was Pyongyang’s brazen hacking of Sony.It’s too soon to say whether t...

Someone knocked the Hermit Kingdom offline. If it was the United States, the operation will test the bounds of international law.

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Why Muslims Love Jesus Too

Why Muslims Love Jesus Too

It’s beginning to look a lot like a Muslim Christmas, everywhere you go. That’s right, we are seeing an increasing number of Muslim Americans celebrating Christmas. In fact, when I posed a question on Facebook asking whether any of my Muslim frien...

The virgin birth is mentioned in the...what...gasp...Koran?! It is indeed. So have yourself a merry Muslim Christmas.

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NCIS Investigating Bin Laden ‘Shooter’

NCIS Investigating Bin Laden ‘Shooter’

The former Navy SEAL who ignited a controversy when he publicly claimed credit for killing Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly leaking official secrets, The Daily Beast has learned.When reached for comment, Ed Buice, an NCIS public...

The man who claims he killed the world’s most wanted terrorist is now being probed for saying too much about the mission.

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Can the Pope Cure the Curia?

Can the Pope Cure the Curia?

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis may be known for his generosity when it comes to the needy, giving out 400 sleeping bags to Rome’s homeless and opening the doors of previously shuttered convents to Syrian refugees; but on Monday he made it absolutely cl...

The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.

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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...

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

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A Libertarian Hero Has His Wings Clipped

A Libertarian Hero Has His Wings Clipped

Wherever he travels, Václav Klaus can be assured a welcome reception from likeminded free marketers. The former president of the Czech Republic cites Margaret Thatcher as his political heroine and became famous throughout the post-communist space ...

The former Czech leader, once a global darling of libertarians, is losing friends fast. The reason? His defenses of Putin, for starters.

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Can the Pope Cure the Curia?

Can the Pope Cure the Curia?

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis may be known for his generosity when it comes to the needy, giving out 400 sleeping bags to Rome’s homeless and opening the doors of previously shuttered convents to Syrian refugees; but on Monday he made it absolutely cl...

The pontiff blasts the selfishness, arrogance and detachment of the cardinals in Rome.

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U.S. News

Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Martin’s parents want nothing to do with the “Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,” a fringe network of radicals linked to marchers calling for “dead cops” at a December 13 New York City protest.“Our family is in no way affiliated with the...

A group with ties to the protesters who called for ‘dead cops’ may be calling itself the ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,’ but the dead teen’s family wants nothing to do with it.

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What Made the Cop-Killer Snap?

What Made the Cop-Killer Snap?

Before he picked up a gun, he tried to pick up a pen.More details are unfolding about the quiet hours before unhinged 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly wasted two NYPD cops in broad daylight before dropping the curtain on his life on a grimy...

He didn’t bother with Atlanta’s police-brutality protests. Friends say Ismaaiyl Brinsley was too busy with his last shot at redemption: making a movie about the murder all around him.

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The Congressman Who Believes in Santa

The Congressman Who Believes in Santa

“I truly believe there is a Santa Claus” said Rep. Kerry Bentivolio. The Michigan Republican, likely the first former Santa Claus impersonator and reindeer-farm owner ever to serve on Capitol Hill, was in the process of moving out—his constituent...

With voters having dumped Kerry Bentivolio in the primaries, the Michigan Republican may not be feeling that jolly about Christmas, but he remains a fan of the beloved character he o...

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Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Family Rejects Violent Marchers

Trayvon Martin’s parents want nothing to do with the “Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,” a fringe network of radicals linked to marchers calling for “dead cops” at a December 13 New York City protest.“Our family is in no way affiliated with the...

A group with ties to the protesters who called for ‘dead cops’ may be calling itself the ‘Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee,’ but the dead teen’s family wants nothing to do with it.

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My Love Letter to the Stetson

My Love Letter to the Stetson

The hat was a treasure.I used to rummage around in my father’s closet, where there were all kinds of cool dad stuff to check out. But by far the most interesting object, which held enormous fascination for me, sat high up on the top shelf. It was ...

Worn by cowboys, presidents, lawmen, and Texas Rangers alike, the Stetson ‘Open Road’ is a rugged yet gentlemanly hat—and when I was a boy, I couldn’t wait to have one of my own.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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Tech + Health

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Silicon Valley Sets Its Sights on Africa

Google’s aggressive plan to bring the Internet to over one billion new people—primarily rural Africans and Southeast Asians—seems like something out of a science fiction movie. The idea calls for the production of solar powered balloons that would...

Google and Facebook want to bring the Internet—and with it, startup culture—to 4 billion people who’ve never had it. But Africa’s version of Silicon Valley will be uncharted territory.

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5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water af...

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Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

Why Antibiotics Might Kill Your Kids

When it comes to medical decisions, it stands to reason that the more information a patient has, the better he or she will be at making the most appropriate choices for their care. The whole idea of informed consent rests on the concept that fully...

A new study says that patients don’t understand the risks of unnecessary antibiotic use. In the future, antibiotic resistance could have catastrophic consequences.

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Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

Ebola Vaccine May Cause Arthritis

With Ebola still tearing through West Africa, surely the last thing anyone wants to hear about it are setbacks in the search for a vaccine. Unfortunately, in the face of nearly 7,000 dead and over 18,000 confirmed cases, the Merck-NewLink stage 1 ...

Human trials of the Ebola vaccine have been temporarily shut down due to adverse side effects. What will it take to get it up and running again?

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5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

5 Hangover Cures to Save the Day After

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn The pounding headache, bloodshot eyes, achy muscles, heartburn… There’s no ignoring it: You’ve got a hangover. All of those tips to “stay away from sugary drinks,” “eat a substantial dinner” and “drink water af...

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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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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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Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

Docs Fight Fraud with Paperless Rx

New York State is going paperless, at least when it comes to drugs.A deadline imposed by the New York State Department of Health is rapidly approaching, to make New York State one of the first to axe state-issued prescription pads. By March 27, 20...

With prescription drug abuse rampant in the U.S., New York is taking steps to stop it.

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BeastStyle

Make Carla Hall’s Christmas Roast Pork

Make Carla Hall’s Christmas Roast Pork

Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes to 1 hour Serves: 8 ModerateFOR THE PORK LOIN:½ cup dried cranberries 1¼ cups cranberry juice, divided 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for rub 2 shallots, minced ¾ cup Granny Smith apples, medium d...

Take shelter from stormy Christmas Eve skies with this sizzling seasonal roast, created by one of the hosts of ABC’s ‘The Chew.’

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Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer. A child’s room with green- and white-striped wallpaper and matching furniture. Unremarkable on their own, but quite something else when you step back and take...

Overnight on a New York City street, two artists might be creating their latest photo set, made entirely from discarded items. An inside look at the Instagram and Twitter phenomenon.

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Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge?

Would You Pay $100 For a 50 Cent Bulge?

Everyone knows that celebrity endorsement deals are big money. Sneaker and clothing brands routinely dole out buckets of dough to drape their swag over popular cultural characters. But the real cash cow is underwear.This is not sexy lingerie, à la...

The pop star 50 Cent has been paid $78 million to model a new expensive range of men’s skivvies? Are they worth it? And is anyone buying?

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Kimye’s High Fashion Odyssey

Kimye’s High Fashion Odyssey

Kim Kardashian has come a long way from wiping dog shit off the bottom of Paris Hilton's Louboutins.The reality TV star turned Mrs. Kanye West has made a career out of everything from the lowbrow (that sex tape with Brandy’s little brother) t...

After years of rejection within the fashion world, America’s most fame-hungry couple has finally been accepted into the elite club by Balmain. But the struggle has been real.

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Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

Your Street Corner Is Their Art Project

A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer. A child’s room with green- and white-striped wallpaper and matching furniture. Unremarkable on their own, but quite something else when you step back and take...

Overnight on a New York City street, two artists might be creating their latest photo set, made entirely from discarded items. An inside look at the Instagram and Twitter phenomenon.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About?

What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About?

Fans of Showtime’s The Affair became used to the conceit that the show was split into two half-hours—the first the perspective of the couple’s illicit relationship provided by either Noah Solloway (Dominic West), the hot, compulsive swimmer and fr...

If you were hoping for resolution, or even basic explanations, in Showtime’s The Affair, the first season finale only set things up for an even more baffling season two.

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North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers

North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers

For North Korean defector Yeonmi Park, it was Titanic. For another defector, Chongyang Joo, it was Charlie’s Angels.For many of those living in the Hermit Kingdom, it’s illicit South Korean soap operas and Chinese television. And for any citizens ...

It might be violently anti-Hollywood, but the repressive North Korean authorities can’t stop Western movies from being smuggled into the Hermit Kingdom.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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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

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Can the U.S. Government Go Moneyball?

Between August 13 and September 4, 2002, the Oakland Athletics baseball team didn’t lose a single time. For twenty consecutive games—an American League record—a team of misfits and overlooked talent dominated Major League Baseball like never befor...

In an excerpt from their new book, two former Office of Management and Budget directors ask whether or not a focus on numbers and hard evidence—not emotion—could transform American g...

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  • What Would Jane Eyre Sext?

    What Would Jane Eyre Sext?

    The western literary canon, according to Mallory Ortberg, can be summed up in the following exchange:Character A: Life is meaningless! There is no God! My heart is breaking! Beauty! Despair!Character B: WTF?Ortberg’s new book, Texts from Jane Eyre...

    A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted.

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This Week’s Hot Reads

This Week’s Hot Reads

God’ll Cut You Down by John SafranIn 2010, the career of Mississippi white supremacist Richard Barrett came to an abrupt end when he was found stabbed in his home, his body badly burned. Halfway around the world, news of Barrett’s death piqued th...

This week, from murder in Mississippi to the pawn shops of Appalachia.

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Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

Sell the Overcoat, Keep the Dignity

The holidays are upon us, time for family, for love and pain, togetherness and loss. Let us turn to the late, great Paul Hemphill, one of our most eloquent voices, for his tender, unsentimental story, “Mister Ham’s Overcoat.” Originally published ...

To look at him, you couldn’t tell that Mister Ham was hard up enough to try to sell his overcoat in the middle of December. But class has nothing to do with money.

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How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas

How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas

This is not a person you would wish to meet in the street at any time, let alone at a time of festive good feelings:“Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone. Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous, ol...

The Industrial Revolution and Victorian practically erased the holiday in England. A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.

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This Week’s Hot Reads

This Week’s Hot Reads

God’ll Cut You Down by John SafranIn 2010, the career of Mississippi white supremacist Richard Barrett came to an abrupt end when he was found stabbed in his home, his body badly burned. Halfway around the world, news of Barrett’s death piqued th...

This week, from murder in Mississippi to the pawn shops of Appalachia.

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An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

In 1890, 24 years before The New Republic was founded, William Dean Howells, the novelist and longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, took on the question of what the editor of a magazine can expect from the owner. In A Hazard of New Fortunes, th...

The 19th author and magazine editor William Dean Howells once wrote a novel that eerily anticipated the recent troubles at The New Republic.

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Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity

He’s the former Secretary of Defense, “trails only Jesus in saves,” and stopped a Balrog in Lord of the Rings. I am speaking, of course, about Tim Howard, who set a World Cup record for saves in the U.S.’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium in 2014. Ho...

United States goalkeeper Tim Howard on why soccer struggles in America and how he essentially chose his career over his wife.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Year of OutrageSlateFrom righteous fury to faux indignation, everything we got mad about in 2014—and how outrage has taken over our lives.What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve JobsBy Nicholas Carlson, New York Times MagazineMayer’...

Marissa Mayer’s great failure, troll hunting and how outrage became the default state online. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

An 1890 Novel Predicted The TNR Meltdown

In 1890, 24 years before The New Republic was founded, William Dean Howells, the novelist and longtime editor of The Atlantic Monthly, took on the question of what the editor of a magazine can expect from the owner. In A Hazard of New Fortunes, th...

The 19th author and magazine editor William Dean Howells once wrote a novel that eerily anticipated the recent troubles at The New Republic.

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