Politics

What Hillary Wants From de Blasio

What Hillary Wants From de Blasio

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton and Chirlane McCray sat elbow to elbow, drenching each other in praise, nodding affirmatively at the other’s words.“Thanks to Secretary Clinton for not just being here today but for your years of advocacy,” said McCra...

Clinton and Chirlane McCray, who appeared together Wednesday in Brooklyn, could be seeing each other a lot in the coming months—with McCray’s husband a potentially powerful surrogate.

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Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reacts as he exits the podium after speaking to the media during a news conference in Newark, New Jersey April 1, 2015. Menendez of New Jersey was indicted on corruption charges, allegations that the high-ranking Democrat vowed to fight at a news conference on Wednesday night. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz - RTR4VT5R

The Soaking Tub Menendez Craved

The Soaking Tub Menendez Craved

If the indictment unsealed this week lands Sen. Bob Menendez in a prison cell, he will at least have the memory of the $1,536.96-a-night suite with a woman in a five-star Paris hotel—thanks to the generosity of his good friend and now co-defendant...

If only the senator had chosen a Motel 6 instead of the Place-Vendôme Park Hyatt—not to mention the private jet trips, heaps of campaign cash, and visa favors alleged in his indictment.

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In this Nov. 28, 2000, file photo Attorney Laurence Tribe addresses the press outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Harvard University Law Prof. Tribe, now 68, and a nationally renowned constitutional scholar who once hired Barack Obama as a research assistant, is joining the Justice Department to spearhead an initiative aimed at opening up legal access for the poor. He is expected to start work Monday March 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Kamenko Pajic, File)

Obama’s Mentor Hates Your Lungs

Obama’s Mentor Hates Your Lungs

Liberal Harvard professor Laurence Tribe doesn’t think of himself as aligned with Senate leader Mitch McConnell, but the two men agree that the regulations proposed by the EPA to control greenhouse gases emitted by coal-fired plants is an abuse of...

Why Harvard’s Laurence Tribe is teaming up with Mitch McConnell to stop the administration’s “War on Coal”.

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What Hillary Wants From de Blasio

What Hillary Wants From de Blasio

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton and Chirlane McCray sat elbow to elbow, drenching each other in praise, nodding affirmatively at the other’s words.“Thanks to Secretary Clinton for not just being here today but for your years of advocacy,” said McCra...

Clinton and Chirlane McCray, who appeared together Wednesday in Brooklyn, could be seeing each other a lot in the coming months—with McCray’s husband a potentially powerful surrogate.

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson answers reporters' questions as Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe, background, listens at the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Hutchinson called for changes to the state's religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn't intended to sanction discrimination based on sexual orientation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas Governor’s Son Helped Nix Bill

Arkansas Governor’s Son Helped Nix Bill

We all have our disagreements with our dads. Sometimes our dads are powerful politicians.But union organizer Seth Hutchinson seems to have gotten some positive results out of his public rift with his Republican governor father, Asa, over Arkansas’...

Republican Asa Hutchinson had said he would sign the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. No more—and that’s thanks in part to his union organizer son.

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Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTXY5TM

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson surprised a lot of people on Wednesday, requesting changes to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or offering an executive order to clarify it.Breakthrough? Not really. Read the fine print. “The b...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised many by requesting changes to the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law. But what he proposes is still not enough to protect LGBT citizens.

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Entertainment

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Chris Rock Shouldn’t Have to ‘Adapt’

Chris Rock Shouldn’t Have to ‘Adapt’

Over the past several weeks, superstar comedian Chris Rock has been posting a selfie on Instagram every time he’s been pulled over by the cops. In less than two months, Rock has made three of these posts, with the latest coming this past Monday. “...

The comedian has been pulled over three times in seven weeks for, it seems, ‘driving while black.’ Actor Isaiah Washington says Rock should ‘adapt’ and buy a Prius. How wrong he is.

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Musician Joni Mitchell performs at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trumpet Competition and Herbie Hancock Tribute in Hollywood October 28, 2007. REUTERS/Max Morse (UNITED STATES) - RTR1VG0Z

Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

When news broke Tuesday night that music legend Joni Mitchell had been rushed to the hospital, the Internet feared the worst. Authorities found Mitchell unconscious inside her Bel Air home—releasing few other details about the events leading up to...

The music legend may be resting comfortably in the ER, but a bizarre disease that causes colorful fibers to agonizingly slither through her skin is a battle she'll still have to ...

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Iggy Azalea’s Awkward Boob Job Interview

Iggy Azalea’s Awkward Boob Job Interview

It was a night filled with laughs, shrieks, and slime. Amid the cacophony of crazed children at last week’s Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, the ever-graceful Angelina Jolie stepped out for her first public appearance since the publication of a mo...

This is absolutely insane.

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April Fools Jokes That Actually Work

April Fools Jokes That Actually Work

Today, the internet is full of pranks, gags, jokes and bald-faced lies that, due to it being April 1, is socially acceptable for some reason.Here are a few that have a chance of making you smile.Microsoft Offers MS-DOS MobileIt’s obviously not rea...

It's only one day, so make the best of it.

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Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

Inside Joni Mitchell’s Mystery Illness

When news broke Tuesday night that music legend Joni Mitchell had been rushed to the hospital, the Internet feared the worst. Authorities found Mitchell unconscious inside her Bel Air home—releasing few other details about the events leading up to...

The music legend may be resting comfortably in the ER, but a bizarre disease that causes colorful fibers to agonizingly slither through her skin is a battle she'll still have to ...

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My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

“The Rock would never hit a woman—but I have a very good friend who would be happy to… I just have to tell you what that look means. That look means that if you keep running your mouth, she’s going to reach down your throat, pull your insides out,...

It was a night that saw The Rock and Ronda Rousey flex, LL Cool J lip-lick, and Jerry Springer mug for the cameras. WrestleMania is a strange beast—but then so is the WWE.

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The Band Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

The Groupies Who Wanted Casey Kasem Dead

Radio icon Casey Kasem died hard and silent. He was gravely sick while his family was warring over facetime and launching lawsuits that remain open to this day. Criminal investigations are also still pending, leading to questions over the record h...

The man who cemented his Hollywood star as the inventor of the American Top 40 was secretly ducking death threats from fanatics—and lovers of an art-rock band, too.

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FILE -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE MARCH 1, 2015. -- Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who star together in the play "Skylight," in London, Feb. 20, 2015. David Hare?s play, which has transferred from London to Broadway in a production directed by Stephen Daldry, finds two former lovers, played by Mulligan and Nighy, reuniting. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

The plot of David Hare’s extraordinary play Skylight, currently in a limited revival on Broadway, could be summed up as “Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl.” That inversion of the old cliché is the first hint that this drama will not be...

You feel every emotional beat of David Hare’s extraordinary play ‘Skylight,’ thanks to Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan’s astonishing performances.

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My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

My Bizarre Day at WrestleMania

“The Rock would never hit a woman—but I have a very good friend who would be happy to… I just have to tell you what that look means. That look means that if you keep running your mouth, she’s going to reach down your throat, pull your insides out,...

It was a night that saw The Rock and Ronda Rousey flex, LL Cool J lip-lick, and Jerry Springer mug for the cameras. WrestleMania is a strange beast—but then so is the WWE.

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World News

Braveheart’s Revenge: Socialist Britain?

Braveheart’s Revenge: Socialist Britain?

LONDON—Britain could be on the brink of electing, almost by accident, its most left-wing government since the aftermath of the Second World War. If current polls prove accurate, Britain’s next prime minister is likely to be the son of a leading co...

The Scottish National Party may take more than 50 of Scotland’s 59 seats in the House of Commons. With Labour, they can oust the Tories.

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How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form...

Two federal agents in the Silk Road investigation allegedly attempted to pressure Mark Karpeles, CEO of the massive bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, into making a business deal, then played...

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ISIS Wants a Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

ISIS Wants A Truce

After months of being targeted by U.S.-led airstrikes, losing ground in Iraq and suffering defeat in a weeks-long assault to capture the Syrian border town of Kobani, is the Islamic State flagging and putting out feelers to see if a truce might be...

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?

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Members of the Hashid Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) forces, which allied with Iraqi forces, chant slogans against the Islamic State in Tikrit March 30, 2015. Iraqi security forces continued their offensive against Islamic State militants on the outskirts of Tikrit on Monday, in an operation slowed by bombs and booby traps. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Marjani
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ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

ISIS Ain’t Outta Tikrit Yet

Iraqi forces moved into parts of downtown Tikrit on Tuesday, which means the city’s recapture from the self-proclaimed Islamic State could be “imminent,” U.S. defense officials told the Daily Beast.But those wins were short of Iraqi Prime Minister...

U.S. airstrikes and Iraqi troops may soon push the terror group out of Saddam Hussein’s hometown. But the cries of victory are, for the moment, premature.

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How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form...

Two federal agents in the Silk Road investigation allegedly attempted to pressure Mark Karpeles, CEO of the massive bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, into making a business deal, then played...

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U.S. President Barack Obama pauses after remembering Ted Kennedy as "my friend" during his remarks at the dedication ceremony for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, in Boston March 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTR4VI2J

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

On the surface, it was an arcane Biblical reference—but beneath it, another sign of the sea change in Israel-American relations, and the evaporation of Israel’s moderate Right.Saturday night, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said in a speech, “The president of...

Why would a respected rabbi make such an outrageous statement? Look at the company he keeps.

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Fort Meade, Maryland, United States: Aerial footage shows damaged vehicles and debris at the gate to Fort Meade, where the National Security Agency has its headquarters. Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the NSA, prompting police to open fire. One of the men died, the other was injured and a police officer also was taken to a hospital.

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The Trans Ex-Convict Who Crashed The NSA

The individual who was shot at and apparently killed by federal police on Monday at the entrance to the NSA’s main campus identified as transgender and had a long history of run-ins with the law, including charges for prostitution, robbery, and as...

A picture is emerging of troubled Ricky Shawatza Hall, and she seemingly had no intention of ending up in the line of fire at America’s largest intelligence agency.

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Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr reacts during a news conference in Cologne-Bonn airport March 26, 2015. The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a Germanwings jet into the French Alps last week told the Lufthansa flight training school about a previous period of depression, Lufthansa said on March 31, 2015.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay - RTR4VMVB

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Lufthansa’s Deadly Confession

Andreas Lubitz did not conceal his “episode of severe depression” from his airline as had been previously reported. In fact, Lufthansa now admits he disclosed it.This shocking revelation from Lufthansa shifts the responsibility away from the 27-ye...

A week after saying Andreas Lubitz was “100 percent fit to fly,” the airline admits he told them of a serious depressive episode while training.

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Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

Rabbi Calls Obama a Mass Murderer

On the surface, it was an arcane Biblical reference—but beneath it, another sign of the sea change in Israel-American relations, and the evaporation of Israel’s moderate Right.Saturday night, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin said in a speech, “The president of...

Why would a respected rabbi make such an outrageous statement? Look at the company he keeps.

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U.S. News

Monica Lewinsky in New York, March 4, 2015. Once vilified as a ?predatory? White House intern, Lewinsky has re-emerged, taking on the fight against cyberbullying. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Erica Jong Apologizes to Monica

Erica Jong Apologizes to Monica

Feminist icon Erica Jong admits she’s among the cynics and doubters—including, as it happens, this reporter—who were wrong about Monica Lewinsky. “If I ever said anything critical about her, I’m sorry,” the Fear of Flying novelist told me on Wedne...

When the former White House intern launched a bid to overhaul her reputation everybody thought she would fail. They were wrong.

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Indiana Pizzeria: No Pie for Gay Wedding

Indiana Pizzeria: No Pie for Gay Wedding

A Walkerton, Indiana, pizza shop is the state’s first business to declare it will not service gay weddings after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week. “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for thei...

A self-described Christian businessman won't cater same-sex ceremonies—not that he has a problem with gays, he says.

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Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), a consultant of the National Rifle Association, discusses the findings and recommendations of the National School Shield Program at the National Press Club in Washington April 2, 2013.    REUTERS/Gary Cameron  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTXY5TM

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas Surprise Is Still Not Enough

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson surprised a lot of people on Wednesday, requesting changes to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or offering an executive order to clarify it.Breakthrough? Not really. Read the fine print. “The b...

Gov. Asa Hutchinson surprised many by requesting changes to the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law. But what he proposes is still not enough to protect LGBT citizens.

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Monica Lewinsky in New York, March 4, 2015. Once vilified as a ?predatory? White House intern, Lewinsky has re-emerged, taking on the fight against cyberbullying. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Erica Jong Apologizes to Monica

Erica Jong Apologizes to Monica

Feminist icon Erica Jong admits she’s among the cynics and doubters—including, as it happens, this reporter—who were wrong about Monica Lewinsky. “If I ever said anything critical about her, I’m sorry,” the Fear of Flying novelist told me on Wedne...

When the former White House intern launched a bid to overhaul her reputation everybody thought she would fail. They were wrong.

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DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 30: Senator Bill Cadman takes a look at the new joint committee room a the Capitol. Republican state senator Bill Cadman of Colorado Springs will become the first Republican to lead the Colorado Senate since they lost the majority in 2004.

State Seeks Fetal Murder Law Post-Attack

State Seeks Fetal Murder Law Post-Attack

Energized by national outrage over a grisly attack on a pregnant woman whose unborn baby died after being cut from her womb, a Colorado lawmaker is poised to push a new fetal homicide law in the state, leading to concern that Republicans might be ...

Abortion advocates fear a gruesome attack on a pregnant woman in Colorado will be used to push through strict ‘personhood’ laws that could be used to prosecute women terminating thei...

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The U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Rape & Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

U.S. Air Force’s ‘Sick’ Party Songbook

On Tuesday, Stars and Stripes reported on a new lawsuit against the Department of Defense involving a very NSFW (and very “unofficial”) songbook of the United States Air Force. The rowdy, graphic songs feature loads of sexual violence and depravit...

One new lawsuit has put a spotlight on an unofficial songbook that includes graphic songs featuring explicit acts of sexual violence.

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Tech + Health

Fish Fertility Birth Control

We’re Putting Fish on the Pill

We’re Putting Fish on the Pill

Sewage has always been a scary business to consider. Made even creepier with the release of a new study finding human birth control to be drastically reducing fertility in fish.Waste, by its very nature, makes for a grim topic. But is a relevant o...

According to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey, birth control is causing reduced fertility and gender switching in fish. That’s not the only medication polluting our water.

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How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

How Rogue Feds Shook Down Mt. Gox

In cyberspace, no good deed goes unpunished. Two federal agents with lead roles in the investigation to take down Silk Road, the international Internet black market and drug bazaar, allegedly stole proceeds from the underground site, in the form...

Two federal agents in the Silk Road investigation allegedly attempted to pressure Mark Karpeles, CEO of the massive bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, into making a business deal, then played...

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Kanye West and Jay Z attend the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL at Skylight at Moynihan Station on March 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images For Roc Nation)

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

Jay Z’s Tidal Is a Business, Man

On Monday, hip-hop mogul Jay Z and a parade of superstars announced the official launch of the rebranded music streaming service Tidal in New York City. Alongside the rapper were other pop icons and shareholders in the service: Alicia Keys, Kanye ...

Yes, the launch event for the new artist-owned streaming service Tidal was over-the-top. But we shouldn’t fault Jay Z and other A-list artists for demanding a place at the table.

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How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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Millennials Are the Gayest Generation

Millennials Are the Gayest Generation

The Americans who fought in World War II might have been the “greatest generation,” but millennials are by far the gayest.Included in a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on the sexual attitudes of millennials is the fin...

A new study finds that 7 percent of U.S. adults aged 18-35 identify as LGBT—fully 3 percentage points higher than a recent study of adults of all ages. Why that number will get even ...

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Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

Dark Side of Scott Disick’s Drug ‘Cure’

The Costa Rican addiction treatment clinic where the reality TV star Scott Disick spent a week this March announced his coming via a press release while flying him there by private jet. And maybe that’s to be expected, given the constant media sur...

Kardashian consort Scott Disick made headlines for the Rhythmia Life Advancement Center, which promotes the use of ibogaine to treat addiction—but the drug carries its own risks.

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Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

Simple DNA Editing Is Here: Now What?

“We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution. This could change the course of biological life.” — Paul Berg, Nobel Laureate and a pioneer of genetic engineeringIn 2012, scientists in the U.S. and Sweden invented a technology as p...

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.

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Millennials Are the Gayest Generation

Millennials Are the Gayest Generation

The Americans who fought in World War II might have been the “greatest generation,” but millennials are by far the gayest.Included in a new report from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) on the sexual attitudes of millennials is the fin...

A new study finds that 7 percent of U.S. adults aged 18-35 identify as LGBT—fully 3 percentage points higher than a recent study of adults of all ages. Why that number will get even ...

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FILE -- PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE MARCH 1, 2015. -- Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, who star together in the play "Skylight," in London, Feb. 20, 2015. David Hare?s play, which has transferred from London to Broadway in a production directed by Stephen Daldry, finds two former lovers, played by Mulligan and Nighy, reuniting. (Andrew Testa/The New York Times)

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

Nighy and Mulligan Kill It In 'Skylight'

The plot of David Hare’s extraordinary play Skylight, currently in a limited revival on Broadway, could be summed up as “Boy loses girl. Boy gets girl. Boy loses girl.” That inversion of the old cliché is the first hint that this drama will not be...

You feel every emotional beat of David Hare’s extraordinary play ‘Skylight,’ thanks to Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan’s astonishing performances.

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James Corden’s Show and Tell

James Corden’s Show and Tell

Last night on The Late Late Show, a buff David Beckham appeared exactly how the world has come to recognize him post-soccer stardom—as an underwear model.A minute-and-a-half sultry and seductive advert had Beckham stripped down, smizing and tussli...

In a skit, The Late Late Show’s presenter stripped down to his underwear for a manly, body-focused love-in with David Beckham. And James Corden has a glorious stripping past…

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She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

She Makes ‘Mad Men’ Look So Good

For the past eight years, Mad Men fans have been watching to see when Don Draper’s shaky, alcohol-fueled facade would crumble, to see if Peggy will ever be taken as seriously as the boys, and to see what impeccable number Betty will button up next...

“Mad Men” returns Sunday, and as well as the complexities of Don, Peggy, and Betty’s destinies, is the small matter of how good they all look while they suffer and ponder.

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How Trevor Noah Got The Daily Show

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

How Trevor Noah Won ‘The Daily Show’

Trevor who?There was a fair amount of media head-scratching Monday morning when Comedy Central announced the choice of a South African comedian named Trevor Noah—a virtual unknown to American television audiences—as the next “fake news” anchor who...

He might be a relatively unknown name, but observers say the South African comedian has just the right chops to replace Jon Stewart.

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James Corden’s Show and Tell

James Corden’s Show and Tell

Last night on The Late Late Show, a buff David Beckham appeared exactly how the world has come to recognize him post-soccer stardom—as an underwear model.A minute-and-a-half sultry and seductive advert had Beckham stripped down, smizing and tussli...

In a skit, The Late Late Show’s presenter stripped down to his underwear for a manly, body-focused love-in with David Beckham. And James Corden has a glorious stripping past…

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The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

Online Dating Is Killing Your Anonymity

“In a city of 8 million people, you’re bound to run into your ex-wife,” Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) says in 1989’s When Harry Met Sally. The remark was facetious, but 25 years later, where social media allows you to connect—in any number of above-...

When it began, it seemed so quick, simple, and discreet. But, given the myriad ways we connect and know one another, online dating isn't so anonymous after all. And, it seems, pe...

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

The World’s Hottest Math Teacher

Pietro Boselli, the “hottest math teacher in the world,” was not responding to requests for interviews  Monday, but neither was he retreating from the world.Instead, the math lecturer was letting pictures do the talking, posting to Instagram a sex...

When Pietro Boselli isn’t instilling the finer points of math into his class of university students, he’s showcasing his ripped body as a model.

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Books

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

Does College Have a Future After All?

In my office there’s a stack of books, all pretty recent, on higher education. The titles say a lot. The “end of college” seems gleeful compared to the more sober guides to “American higher education in crisis.” Students are said to be “academical...

It’s all the rage to bash colleges and the ‘excellent sheep’ that higher ed produces, so a ringing endorsement of a liberal education is both surprising and welcome.

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  • Eleanor Roosevelt's Vicious Family Feud

    Eleanor Roosevelt’s Vicious Family Feud

    Eleanor Roosevelt’s Vicious Family Feud

    While the U.S. technically has no royal family, various families have ruled Washington throughout its history. None, however, did it for as long, or with quite as much élan, as the Roosevelt clan.While the two Roosevelts who actually ruled were ma...

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth and Eleanor Roosevelt were cousins who spent the greater part of their lives loathing each other, and letting the world know what they thought.

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How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

How a Murdered Black Teen Got Justice

For years now, Jill Leovy has spent as much time as anybody writing about violent crime, and thinking about its many causes. The Homicide Report, her Los Angeles Times blog, went live in 2007. Its stated goal: to chronicle every murder in L.A. Cou...

Bryant Tennelle was 18 when he was gunned down in “ghettoside” Los Angeles. The doggedness of a detective working his case is how every black murder case should be pursued.

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How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

How Jefferson Foresaw Charlie Hebdo

About the only good to come from the horrific attack on the French satiric newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January is that it got everybody talking about free speech. That event, combined with the more recent shooting at a free speech event in Copenhag...

The willingness of the French to prosecute anyone supporting terror in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders sadly echoes the Sedition Act in the U.S.

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How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

How AIDS Put the Sex in Sex Education

Since the days of Sigmund Freud, of course, educators had deliberated whether, when, and how young people were sexual beings. But the debate accelerated in the era of AIDS, spurred by the astonishing development of new media technologies: videos, ...

An unprecedented outbreak of HIV brought both urgency and explicit subject matter to discussions of sex in the classroom. A new book, Too Hot to Handle, explains why.

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In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

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Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

Obama’s Economy Is the Cow Economy

All hail the almighty cow.Products of and by the cow are in our medicines, our sports equipment, cleaning supplies, snacks, books, magazines, and the materials that make our homes. It’s the animal that gave us the cowboy—symbol of the American ...

Earth Day founder Denis Hayes and his wife want America to stop eating so much meat—but their new book may only be preaching to the converted.

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1957:  Jazz singer Billie Holiday rehearses for her performance on the TV show 'The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound Of Jazz' that aired on December 8 1957 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Happy 100th, Billie Holiday

Words become pitiful tools when we use them to describe music. Most commonly even the best writers fall back on analogies. He’s like the Beatles. She sounds like Patsy Cline. The idea here is to come up with someone you have heard as a means of in...

Her tragically short life was a mess, but she banished misfortune every time she opened her mouth to sing. No artist is perfect, but she came close.

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In this May 1, 2014 photo, irrigation water runs along the dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif. A federal agency said Friday it will not release water for most Central Valley farms this year, forcing farmers to continue to scramble for other sources or leave fields unplanted.

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

How Big Ag Gamed California’s Drought

“I’ve been smiling all the way to the bank,” said pistachio farmer John Dean at a conference hosted this month by Paramount Farms, the mega-operation owned by Stewart Resnick, a Beverly Hills billionaire known for his sprawling agricultural holdin...

Consuming 80 percent of California’s developed water but accounting for only 2 percent of the state’s GDP, agriculture thrives while everyone else is parched.

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