Politics

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lou Jacobson, Lauren Carroll and Katie SandersAs Republicans decried his actions across the country and its cable networks, President Barack Obama used an interview with ABC News to defend his decision not to deport more than 4 million immigran...

Obama has the authority on immigration and Rick Santorum focuses on the wrong numbers. PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor

How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor

Emboldened and energized by their triumphant midterm victories, Republicans are eager to repeat their winning formula in the next presidential election. They have one big problem: Republican midterm gains had more to do with a sagging Democrat bra...

Right now, the Republicans are riding high due. But if they want to stay in power and help Americans in the process, they need to change their priorities.

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The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

September 6, 2013 is a day that will go down in history, at least in the minds of former staff members of Talk Radio Network. It was a Friday—payday—and for many employees, it would be their last day. At the radio syndication company’s Oregon head...

Talk Radio Network was the house that wingnuts built, with its on-air talent peddling radical views. It took over America’s airwaves—until it ran into trouble.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lou Jacobson, Lauren Carroll and Katie SandersAs Republicans decried his actions across the country and its cable networks, President Barack Obama used an interview with ABC News to defend his decision not to deport more than 4 million immigran...

Obama has the authority on immigration and Rick Santorum focuses on the wrong numbers. PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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What It Takes to Fix American Education

What It Takes to Fix American Education

As a parent, a mentor, the son of a civil rights leader turned child advocate and a former aide to Robert F. Kennedy, and an advocate for children for nearly twenty years, I can tell you this with confidence: when it comes to helping underserved s...

We’re spending way too much time focusing on who is ‘winning’ and ‘losing’ debates over education, and not enough on implementing proven solutions.

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Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless

Why 2016’s Hopefuls Are Hopeless

DemocratsMassachusetts Senator Elizabeth WarrenShe of the Native American ancestry.How.As well you might ask. But if she gets her own casino it will be a fund-raising plus.Senator Warren taught at Harvard and is an expert in bankruptcy law, so she...

P.J. O’Rourke picks and analyzes the top ten candidates for the 2016 election.

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Entertainment

‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

‘The Walking Dead’: There Will Be Blood

With one week to go before The Walking Dead’s midseason finale, the final pieces have been set in place for an explosive confrontation between Rick’s gang and Dawn Lerner’s hospital crew—a guaranteed-grisly spectacle that, according to people in t...

The last episode before Season 5’s highly anticipated midseason finale saw plenty of wheeling and dealing, leaving viewers with many burning questions leading into next week.

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Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Old heroes never die. They just get remakes and sequels.Almost every fictional hero of my childhood has come back to life on the big screen in recent years.  Sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introd...

One hundred years after Edgar Rice Burroughs’s first Tarzan novel appeared, the famous ape-man has turned into an awkward symbol of political incorrectness.

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Get To Know L.A.’s Worst Pickup Artist

Get To Know L.A.’s Worst Pickup Artist

Stephen Merchant’s had a whirlwind tour of New York. The Brit, along with Ricky Gervais, served as co-creator of the revered TV series’ The Office and Extras and, standing at an imposing 6-foot-7, served as the lanky line above Gervais’ spherical ...

The co-creator of The Office and Extras discusses saying goodbye to Hello Ladies and some of his favorite dating horror stories.

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The First Ladies of Monster Jam

The First Ladies of Monster Jam

When my British husband insisted that what he truly wanted for his birthday was to see a Monster Jam Truck show, I cringed inside. This, I told him, is not really my America (or my thing). But it IS America, he argued. Given that it was a present ...

If Sheryl Sandberg is the poster child of the one percent of women having it all, the mighty women driving Monster Jam trucks serve as feminist exemplar for the other 99 percent.

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Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Old heroes never die. They just get remakes and sequels.Almost every fictional hero of my childhood has come back to life on the big screen in recent years.  Sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introd...

One hundred years after Edgar Rice Burroughs’s first Tarzan novel appeared, the famous ape-man has turned into an awkward symbol of political incorrectness.

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Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

I was already a full-blown movie freak by the time I was in 8th grade. I remember where I was as a kid—and who I was with—because of what movies were out. I used to cut out the full-page movie ads from the Sunday New York Times each week, just to ...

It's been almost 30 years since movie critic Pauline Kael got blown away by Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film, but her shrewd enthusiasm is still persuasive.

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The ‘X Factor’ of Sex

The ‘X Factor’ of Sex

If you’ve ever fantasized about becoming the next James Deen or Jenna Jameson, a new reality show might make your porn star dreams come true. Porn-meets-reality TV on The Sex Factor. Yes, this is for real. Sixteen contestants, 8 men and 8 women, w...

A new series, ‘The Sex Factor,’ sees a gaggle of men and women compete for a $1 million prize and the designation of ‘international porn star’ status. Think: the ‘X Factor’ of sex.

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Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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World News

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 Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

Visiting Tehran in late 1977, President Jimmy Carter toasted the new year, celebrating Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” His words linger with me to this day. Watching as an Iranian, this signaled not...

Iran is fighting problems on every border as well as from within. It’s why Obama should tie any agreement to the lasting stability that only comes from free and fair elections.

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Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

He was a maverick politician who chafed at party constraints; a colorful figure ever conscious of his image; and a writer of rare gifts who earned a fortune from journalism and history. He was renowned for his wit, disarming his critics with unfai...

As a public servant and man of letters, London’s mayor is splendidly equipped to take the measure of the 20th Century’s most famous and certainly most eloquent prime minister.

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Papers, Please: Police State Cigarettes

Papers, Please: Police State Cigarettes

Big tobacco is hardly unique to the United States. Every country in the world is awash in cigarettes and the pack of smokes has long been used to send a message—usually not one promoting smoke-free lungs. The world's police states, past and presen...

Big tobacco is hardly unique to the United States. Every country in the world is awash in cigarettes and the pack of smokes has long been used to send a message—usually not one promo...

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The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

The Deal That Iran’s Regime Fears Most

Visiting Tehran in late 1977, President Jimmy Carter toasted the new year, celebrating Iran as “an island of stability in one of the more troubled areas of the world.” His words linger with me to this day. Watching as an Iranian, this signaled not...

Iran is fighting problems on every border as well as from within. It’s why Obama should tie any agreement to the lasting stability that only comes from free and fair elections.

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Angola’s Death Metal Scene

Angola’s Death Metal Scene

“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and aba...

A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.

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Iran’s Blogfather Gets Out of Jail

Iran’s Blogfather Gets Out of Jail

Hossein Darakhshan, born in Tehran on January 7, 1975, has dual Canadian-Iranian nationality. He also has a major in sociology from Beheshti University in Tehran and an MA in media studies from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SO...

Hossein Darakhshan said nice things about Israel and criticized Tehran’s rulers, so he was sent to the notorious Evin prison where he was almost certainly tortured.

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Mexico Rising

Mexico Rising

MEXICO CITY, Mexico—Thursday was an annual holiday in Mexico, the anniversary of the start of the Mexican Revolution against the dictator Porfirio Díaz in 1911. The giant faces of yesteryear’s heroes, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, were part of...

The fury sparked by the disappearance of more thant 40 students in Iquala will not die. But where it will lead remains far from clear.

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Angola’s Death Metal Scene

Angola’s Death Metal Scene

“When I used to live on the streets, I didn’t know what to do,” a teenage boy sings. “Many wanted to tempt me, others wanted to beat me.”His song is rough, but it’s music to the ears of Sonia Ferreira, the “mother” of more than 50 orphaned and aba...

A new documentary follows two orphanage caretakers as they bring Angola’s heavy metal bands together for the war-torn country’s first-ever national rock concert.

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U.S. News

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 Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

September 6, 2013 is a day that will go down in history, at least in the minds of former staff members of Talk Radio Network. It was a Friday—payday—and for many employees, it would be their last day. At the radio syndication company’s Oregon head...

Talk Radio Network was the house that wingnuts built, with its on-air talent peddling radical views. It took over America’s airwaves—until it ran into trouble.

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Cosby Could Still Be Prosecuted

Cosby Could Still Be Prosecuted

As rape accusations swirl around one of America’s most beloved father figures, Bill Cosby, there are more questions than answers. First and foremost, of course, is whether he did it or not—and whether we’ll ever know for sure. Perhaps equally impo...

Rape is not as clear cut as conservatives or liberals suppose; laws on rape vary widely from state to state, and often reflect a dark legacy of racism and sexism.

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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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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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Protesters Want Darren Wilson Dead

Protesters Want Darren Wilson Dead

FERGUSON, Mo. — In August, protesters shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot!”  and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” Now, three months after Michael Brown was killed by Darren Wilson—and days or hours before the grand jury’s decision—the demands ...

At police headquarters, people told black cops they were supporting a murderer—and called for Michael Brown’s killer to be killed.

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Tech + Health

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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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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Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

Tracy Morgan’s Traumatic Brain Injury

It is often the least visible but sometimes deadliest of injuries: traumatic brain injury (TBI). With the recent statement released by Tracy Morgan’s lawyer that the famous comedian-actor suffered a “severe brain injury” in an August highway crash...

Tracy Morgan’s lawyer says the star suffered ‘severe brain injury’ after his car accident. What will this mean for the actor’s future?

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The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’

The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’

In 2011, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” tried and failed to become the modern day equivalent to Valentino’s 1975 similarly titled gay anthem and disco hit “I Was Born This Way.” One reason why? After 40 years of discourse defending homosexuality by a...

Another week, another study declaring the hunt for the ‘gay gene’ over. Why are we so hung up on a biological answer for homosexuality?

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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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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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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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Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

Do They Know It’s Time To Stop Band Aid?

The re-release of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (this time, to raise funds in the fight against Ebola) has been a huge commercial success – the single, which features everyone from Harry Styles to Bono singing lines, shot to the top of ...

Good old Sir Bob Geldof stepping into the breach again to raise money for crisis-hit Africa? Wrong: he’s been criticized for cultural imperialism.

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Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Feminism Has Gone Too Far

Two male journalists, one conservative and one contrarian, were to debate abortion at Oxford University earlier this week. The event was sponsored by a student pro-life group and had all the ingredients to provoke an impassioned campus protest: tw...

An Oxford University debate was canceled, and certain subjects declared off-limits: why are feminists policing what is said about women and women’s bodies?

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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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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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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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Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

Annie Leibovitz's 'Pilgrimage' (Photos)

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. The new series, ‘Pilgrimage,’ goes on display Friday at the New-Yo...

In the midst of financial turmoil, the renowned celebrity photographer needed a way to refuel. Her solution: a bucket list of influential people and places to visit and photograph. T...

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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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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

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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Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Is It Too Late for a Tarzan Makeover?

Old heroes never die. They just get remakes and sequels.Almost every fictional hero of my childhood has come back to life on the big screen in recent years.  Sherlock Holmes is a new millennium sex symbol with books, movies, and TV episodes introd...

One hundred years after Edgar Rice Burroughs’s first Tarzan novel appeared, the famous ape-man has turned into an awkward symbol of political incorrectness.

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Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

Boris Johnson’s Churchill Man Crush

He was a maverick politician who chafed at party constraints; a colorful figure ever conscious of his image; and a writer of rare gifts who earned a fortune from journalism and history. He was renowned for his wit, disarming his critics with unfai...

As a public servant and man of letters, London’s mayor is splendidly equipped to take the measure of the 20th Century’s most famous and certainly most eloquent prime minister.

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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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Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

I was already a full-blown movie freak by the time I was in 8th grade. I remember where I was as a kid—and who I was with—because of what movies were out. I used to cut out the full-page movie ads from the Sunday New York Times each week, just to ...

It's been almost 30 years since movie critic Pauline Kael got blown away by Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film, but her shrewd enthusiasm is still persuasive.

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Best of the Beast

Best of the Beast

A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American HostageBy Shane Harris The extremists didn’t show her off in their latest snuff film. And her family doesn’t want her name released. But what is known about ISIS’s remaining U.S. captive is heartbreakin...

What do we know about ISIS’s last remaining US Hostage? Who is the guy who wrote the worst book on Ebola? And Cosby’s not alone in being accused of sexual predation. Here’s our best ...

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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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Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

Pauline Kael’s Talking Heads Obsession

I was already a full-blown movie freak by the time I was in 8th grade. I remember where I was as a kid—and who I was with—because of what movies were out. I used to cut out the full-page movie ads from the Sunday New York Times each week, just to ...

It's been almost 30 years since movie critic Pauline Kael got blown away by Jonathan Demme's Talking Heads concert film, but her shrewd enthusiasm is still persuasive.

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