Politics

The Perils Of Backing John Edwards

The Perils Of Backing John Edwards

In retrospect, it might have been a better political decision for a Democratic elected official to endorse almost anyone for president rather than John Edwards in 2008. The politically toxic legacy of the ex-senator has the potential to be used ag...

Politicians like Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who supported John Edwards' presidential campaign before the scandal, are now experiencing blowback.

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Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Guv?

Could Maine Re-Elect Its Wingnut Guv?

Paul LePage is the incumbent governor of Maine; he struggles to break 40 percent in opinion polls or go a single day without making an outrageous comment. But the one-term Republican could still be spared from rejection. He is lucky enough to be f...

It didn’t take long for Republican Governor Paul LePage to start alienating his voters in Maine but he may be spared by a split in the electorate.

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SWAT Lobby Takes a Shot at Congress

SWAT Lobby Takes a Shot at Congress

In an attempt to counter widespread concern over “militarized” local police departments, law enforcement groups are pressing Capitol Hill to not cut off the supply of armored vehicles, body armor and other military equipment to the nation’s cops.T...

Congressional lawmakers aren’t so hot on the idea of military equipment going to local cops anymore, and that makes national police organizations nervous.

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The Perils Of Backing John Edwards

The Perils Of Backing John Edwards

In retrospect, it might have been a better political decision for a Democratic elected official to endorse almost anyone for president rather than John Edwards in 2008. The politically toxic legacy of the ex-senator has the potential to be used ag...

Politicians like Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), who supported John Edwards' presidential campaign before the scandal, are now experiencing blowback.

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What Paul Ryan Gets Right About Race

What Paul Ryan Gets Right About Race

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s just-released The Way Forward is sure to fuel speculation about his possible presidential ambitions. And while the book is worthy of praise for its candor, insight, and novel policy ideas, Ryan still man...

The Wisconsin congressman’s new book is a worthwhile and sometimes enlightening read, but misses the mark a bit when talking about Republican outreach to people of color.

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How Religion Turned Texas Red

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes its complicated history of religion, politics, and race.That complicated history has been met by a commensurately large tome from Princeton social scientist Robert Wuthnow in the exhaustive Rough Cou...

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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Entertainment

The Curse of the Butt Career

The Curse of the Butt Career

By now, you’ve seen Nicki Minaj’s butt.Maybe you were looking for it. You probably weren’t. She was going to show it to you regardless.It’s not been so much a mission she’s been on, to show us all her ass, but some seeming personal vocation. Akin ...

Many celebrities—Nicki Minaj included—reached new heights of fame when we started paying attention to their rear ends. But have those ass-ets also been a liability?

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This Couple Is Awful. The Show Is Great.

This Couple Is Awful. The Show Is Great.

This summer has been surprisingly packed with rewarding entertainment options—Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters; The Knick and exquisite second seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Masters of Sex, Rect...

Watching ‘You’re the Worst’ is a lot like its two hideous characters: What began as a one-night stand somehow defies logic and blossoms into an amazing, fruitful relationship.

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James Foley’s Last Film

James Foley’s Last Film

The documentary E-Team, which premiered to critical raves at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, ends with a chilling afterword following the end credits: James Foley, who served as one of the film’s cameramen, disappeared in Syria after filming was ...

When civilians are massacred, Human Rights Watch sends in the E-Team (Emergencies Team) to document the war crimes. The eye-opening documentary E-Team, shot by James Foley and others...

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What Is TV’s Funniest Show?

What Is TV’s Funniest Show?

Modern Family has always been a groundbreaking television show. Heck, its title alone tells you that. But come Monday night it could also be a record-breaking television show. Should it win the Emmy Award for Best Comedy Series, which it very well...

Is the reign of ‘Modern Family’ over? Is ‘Orange Is the New Black’ the new Emmy darling? Is this the year of ‘Veep’? We delve inside the comedy races ahead of Monday’s Emmy Awards.

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This Couple Is Awful. The Show Is Great.

This Couple Is Awful. The Show Is Great.

This summer has been surprisingly packed with rewarding entertainment options—Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and Guardians of the Galaxy in theaters; The Knick and exquisite second seasons of Orange Is the New Black, Masters of Sex, Rect...

Watching ‘You’re the Worst’ is a lot like its two hideous characters: What began as a one-night stand somehow defies logic and blossoms into an amazing, fruitful relationship.

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War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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Too Much Booty for One Man to Handle.

Too Much Booty for One Man to Handle.

After three days of re-watching Taylor Swift hiking up her Urban Outfitters cheekies and trying her very hardest to "do the twerk," the Internet was more than ready for Nicki Minaj to release the new music video for her much-hyped, Sir-M...

Nicki Minaj has a ‘big fat ass.’ Nicki Minaj has a strenuous exercise regimen. Nicki Minaj has an Oprah-worthy aphorism for body positivity: F—k the skinny bitches!

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When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan

When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan

At the prefab dorms on the American base in Kandahar, I ran into my neighbor from the bunk next door. The military makes few concessions to visiting VIPs. Robin Williams was on his way to the showers down the hall, wearing a white t-shirt and a to...

Robin Williams had his demons but it never stopped him from making troops laugh on the numerous standup tours he did in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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World News

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

Ebola Spreads Chaos and Panic in Liberia

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

The West Point neighborhood in Monrovia, Liberia has been quarantined by the government in a bid to halt the spread of Ebola. But what of the residents there?

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

The U.K. Jihadists Who Murdered Foley

American journalist James Foley was captured in Syria in November 2012, just weeks after the British government arrested and charged three British citizens, who were alleged members of a group of foreign fighters associated with the Islamic State,...

Weeks before he was abducted, alleged members of a kidnapping network tied to ISIS were busted in London. Syrian extremists saw it as a reason to accelerate abductions.

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The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

The James Foley I Knew in the War Zone

I have not steeled myself yet to click and watch the video posted by jihadists Wednesday of the final minutes in the life of American journalist James Foley. I am not sure I ever will.I try to avoid watching, to the extent I can, the online produc...

The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

In a year of bad news for LGBT people across the global south and east, it’s been a good couple of weeks. A court struck down Uganda’s anti-gay law, and the country’s president has backed away from it. Kenya’s parliament rejected a draconian anti-...

The conviction The Hatchet, infamous for filming the torture of gays, is good news. But the violence won’t end until homophobia stops being legal in Russia.

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Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

Crimea: A Vacation From Hell

KERCH, Crimea — After Russian President Vladimir Putin wrested the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine this year, declared it part of Russia (again), and called on true patriots to vacation on its beaches this summer, he waxed a little apologetic about...

Vladimir Putin snatched Crimea from Ukraine as a strategic, patriotic, and touristic prize. You can scratch that last one off the list.

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Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?

Will There Soon Be Three Living Popes?

ROME, Italy — On the papal plane returning to Rome from an official state visit to South Korea—just hours before learning that his nephew in Argentina was involved in a fatal car accident that killed his wife and two young sons, ages two years and...

Pope Francis said he would definitely consider stepping down, saying his predecessor has opened the door to retiring.

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Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

Jail Won’t Stop Russia’s Anti-Gay Psycho

In a year of bad news for LGBT people across the global south and east, it’s been a good couple of weeks. A court struck down Uganda’s anti-gay law, and the country’s president has backed away from it. Kenya’s parliament rejected a draconian anti-...

The conviction The Hatchet, infamous for filming the torture of gays, is good news. But the violence won’t end until homophobia stops being legal in Russia.

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U.S. News

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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Ferguson's New Victims: Asian Businesses

Ferguson's New Victims: Asian Businesses

It happened during the L.A. riots, when anger over the police beating of Rodney King spilled into Koreatown. It happened fictionally in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, when an Asian-American business owner was forced to defend his store from riote...

Asian-American-owned businesses in the St. Louis suburb are a mess after days of looting in the wake of Michael Brown’s killing. And one lawyer says the authorities let it happen.

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From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

From Ferguson Cop to Councilwoman

The two-term incumbent in Ferguson’s First Ward, Councilwoman Fran Grecco, had resigned after being disbarred as a lawyer for “professional misconduct” that allegedly included collecting legal fees without performing the promised legal work.One of...

In 2009, a man was charged with destroying property for bleeding on cops’ uniforms as they allegedly beat him. Now one of those officers is on the City Council.

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War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

War Machine’s Sexist, Racist Prison Blog

Photos of the aftermath of the August 8 attack on Christy Mack are gruesome. The 23-year-old, best known for her tattoos, love of snakes and burgeoning career in the porn industry, is shown bruised and bloody in a hospital bed with both eyes swoll...

Four years before the brutal attack on Christy Mack, the MMA fighter was serving a year in prison and wrote a blog of jailhouse musings—on women, race, and the oppression of men.

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Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times

Medieval Cruelty in Modern Times

The group known as ISIS has murdered American journalist James Foley, beheading him as if he were a captive taken in medieval combat. It posted a YouTube video designed for a 21st-century audience and threatened to kill another journalist hostage,...

James Foley was beheaded on video by ISIS so they can prove they are fearsome knights of the caliphate.

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Why Isn’t NRA Standing Up for Ferguson?

Why Isn’t NRA Standing Up for Ferguson?

The National Rifle Association has been warning us about the threat of a heavily-armed and dangerous government crushing dissent for decades. Their leader, Wayne LaPierre, even referred to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as "jack-...

Every dystopian warning of the gun group has come true in Missouri, yet the organization is offering no sympathy for the African American victims.

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Tech + Health

‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

‘Real Housewives’ Makes You Violent

It’s no longer just your mom who thinks trashy TV is bad for you: a new study has found that reality shows make viewers more aggressive.Research into the effects of “harmless entertainment” was undertaken by psychologists at Central Michigan Unive...

Move over crime dramas—turns out, reality TV makes viewers more aggressive and violent after watching.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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Are Biosafety Labs Harmful or Helpful?

Are Biosafety Labs Harmful or Helpful?

By James Arkin at The Center for Public Integrity Since the 2001 anthrax letter attacks that killed five people and raised the specter of bioterrorism in the United States, the number of high-level biosafety labs operated by governments, universit...

The rapidly growing number of U.S. biosafety labs—those that study potentially lethal pathogens—is causing concern. Are they actually putting the public at greater risk?

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We’re Talking About Depression All Wrong

We’re Talking About Depression All Wrong

The suicide of beloved comedian Robin Williams has launched a collective dialogue about mental illness. Many have poignantly noted the ways depression and other mental illnesses can ravage the individual psyche, and the ways people can seek help i...

Robin Williams’ death has sparked an international conversation about mental illness, and it shows we still have a lot to learn.

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Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

Europe’s Ebola-Fueled Racism

When a black woman from Africa collapsed at a business meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, German police dispatched more than 60 police officers and firefighters to lock down the building, isolating some 600 people who worked there. The woman, who lives...

A Berlin building locked down after an African woman faints. An African man with a nosebleed removed from a mall in Brussels. With Ebola panic spreading, racial profiling could be next.

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Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

It’s a carnivore’s worst nightmare: A virus is sweeping through America’s hog farms, causing massive die-offs among piglets. Pork prices have spiked, rising 14 percent in the past year, due in large part to the 7 million casualties from the Porcin...

A virus called PEDv is killing 100,000 pigs and piglets each week, and shows no signs of stopping.

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Fighting Ebola With Film

Fighting Ebola With Film

Lansana Mansaray lives to tell stories. When doing so, his smile grows so large it nearly takes over his face. Dark-brown eyes squinted, cheekbones raised, huge dimples visible, the young Sierra Leone filmmaker and rapper known as “Barmmy Boy” see...

The people of Sierra Leone have little faith in the government or foreign doctors, so courageous local filmmakers are showing people how to do battle with Ebola.

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Uber Grabs Ex-Obama Campaign Manager

Uber Grabs Ex-Obama Campaign Manager

Travis Kalanick, CEO of the popular ride-sharing app Uber, announced Tuesday that the company had brought on David Plouffe, the manager of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and his former adviser, to oversee its political operations. Uber ...

David Plouffe has a new gig, and this time, it’s not with a presidential candidate.

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Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

Aporkalypse Now: The End of Bacon?

It’s a carnivore’s worst nightmare: A virus is sweeping through America’s hog farms, causing massive die-offs among piglets. Pork prices have spiked, rising 14 percent in the past year, due in large part to the 7 million casualties from the Porcin...

A virus called PEDv is killing 100,000 pigs and piglets each week, and shows no signs of stopping.

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Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

Uber for Private Jets Has Landed

It’s 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, and I’ve got a hankering for Paris. With a quick click of an app, I find that I can take off on my own private jet at noon the very next day with seven guests of my choosing for as low as $70,000. No, wait, r...

First class is about to go the way of peanuts. A new app helps rich fliers charter their own jets to almost anywhere on extremely short notice. And next it’s targeting those in coach.

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

Breaking Polo’s Grass Ceiling

When the average person thinks of women in the world of polo, they are likely to envision celebrities and socialites clad in designer sundresses and chic hats observing the action; of Kate Middleton cheering her husband Prince William on.They are ...

For years, polo was the preserve of men—one leading female player even dressed as a man to participate. No longer. We meet the women saddling up and playing to win.

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NYC’s Sexiest Kosher Corsets

NYC’s Sexiest Kosher Corsets

“I’m only speaking to you because you’re a customer,” Peggy Bergstein tells me. She slumps just slightly in her high-metal chair, which sits flush against a wall piled high with little cardboard boxes labeled with various names and numbers. If it ...

In between a female sex shop and trendy boutiques is a nondescript store selling all manner of bras, corsets, and other lingerie. The proprietors: an Orthodox Jewish couple.

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Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

Beautified: Seamless for Spa Services

In our over-scheduled world, the last thing we think of planning in advance are our massages and facials. A new app helps NYC fashionistas make sure their toes never go unpolished.

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Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Prepare for the latest head-scratcher from that strange genre known as “performance art.” In “Save the Date,” the German-based artist Mischa Badasyan aims to explore the connection between sex and loneliness using popular gay “hook-up” apps, such ...

The artist Mischa Badasyan is planning to have sex with one guy a day for a year to highlight how lonely apps like Grindr and Scruff make him feel. But is his analysis too simplistic?

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Is Sleeping Apart Good for Couples?

Is Sleeping Apart Good for Couples?

Ricky and Lucy did it. Bert and Ernie, too. And for Jennifer Adams, sleeping apart from her husband, Fraser Mackay, is also the key to their happy marriage. Together for 10 years and married for seven, the couple—she is 48, he 46—sleep in neighbor...

The film director Baz Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin, sleep separately most nights of the week. Are separate beds a sign of a healthy relationship, or one heading for the ro...

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eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise

Henry Stephenson is a self-described art addict. The walls of his Washington, D.C., home are collages of framed paintings, lithographs, and drawings, the culmination of a lifetime collecting art. In his early 30s, he bought his first investment pi...

When art enthusiasts go shopping for original Warhols, Picassos, and Basquiats on eBay, they are easy prey for forgers and scam artists.

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Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Sex-Crazed Narcissism Isn’t Art

Prepare for the latest head-scratcher from that strange genre known as “performance art.” In “Save the Date,” the German-based artist Mischa Badasyan aims to explore the connection between sex and loneliness using popular gay “hook-up” apps, such ...

The artist Mischa Badasyan is planning to have sex with one guy a day for a year to highlight how lonely apps like Grindr and Scruff make him feel. But is his analysis too simplistic?

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Women

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances vocabulary usage, and suggests citations. Grammarly delivers a passive learning experience that identifies writing patterns and sends users personal recommendations to help understand their most common mistakes and opport...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Duggar Mom Makes Transphobic Calls

Michelle Duggar, the proud mama on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting and prominent member of the Baptist church, is using her celebrity to foster transphobia.On Monday, Dugger narrated a robocall to local voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas protesting an an...

The “19 Kids and Counting” star and religious conservative is fear-mongering to block an ordinance that would allow transgendered individuals to use gender-specific bathrooms.

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Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Kate McKinnon: SNL’s New Superstar

Every actor knows that there are tricks to landing an Emmy nomination. If a pregnancy storyline is written for your character, the birth episode is Emmy gold. A bout with a life-threatening—though not life-ending—illness is always good awards bait...

The ‘SNL’ scene-stealer nabbed an Emmy nod for singing about penises and her impression of Angela Merkel. Now she’s on the hit Hulu series ‘The Awesomes.’

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Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a wa...

While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

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Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

Is UMass Biased Against Male Students?

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst was one of the first of 55 institutes of higher education declared to be under investigation for Title IX violations over the way it handled sexual violence and assault. As a result, its ability to protec...

Two new lawsuits say the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is overzealous in its prosecution and punishment of male students in Title IX assault hearings.

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Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Junk Science: PMS Ruins Your Marriage

Here’s the scapegoat unhappy spouses have been waiting for: According to a paper out last week by Michael R. Gillings, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can ruin a marriage. Gillings claims that PMSing women—in infertile couples in particular—may use fe...

A recent paper said PMS can drive spouses apart. But that paper is based on bad science and flat-out lies.

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Books

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

Poll: Women Are Better Writers Than Men

The poll and graphic were produced by Grammarly, the world's leading automated proofreader. Using elite natural language processing technology, it checks writing for more than 250 types of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors, enhances v...

Women write better, male writers get to the point faster, and both sexes are more likely than not to write about people like themselves, says a poll by the staff of Grammarly.

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  • Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

    Connecting With Readers at 15,000 Feet

    When author Hope Edelman and I started planning a trip that would take 16 of our readers to Peru to work in an orphanage and hike the Andes, we ignored concerns about bringing together a group of women who didn’t know each other and convinced ours...

    Two authors led 16 of their readers on an arduous, life-changing journey to help the residents of a Peruvian orphanage high in the Andes.

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How Religion Turned Texas Red

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes its complicated history of religion, politics, and race.That complicated history has been met by a commensurately large tome from Princeton social scientist Robert Wuthnow in the exhaustive Rough Cou...

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

Horror Stories From the Book Tour Life

When my first novel, Whistling in the Dark, was declared a breakout hit and New York Times bestseller, I was utterly bowled over. Especially after the invitations came pouring in from readers who invited me to their monthly book club discussions, ...

Writing a book can be agony. But in today’s publishing climate, your real work has only begun: Now you have to go out and sell the darn thing—and keep your cool along the way.

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Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Superman Comic Bidding Hits $1.9 Million

Comic book fans with deep pockets are shelling out for a first edition Superman on eBay. The mint 1938 copy of Action Comics Number 1, in which Superman and Lois Lane appear for the first time ever. The bidding opened on August 14 for $1 million a...

Could beat Nicolas Cage's record.

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How Religion Turned Texas Red

How Religion Turned Texas Red

Everything is bigger in Texas—and that includes its complicated history of religion, politics, and race.That complicated history has been met by a commensurately large tome from Princeton social scientist Robert Wuthnow in the exhaustive Rough Cou...

Conventional wisdom says Texas went Republican when the Democrats endorsed civil rights. Historian Robert Wuthnow says the shift started much earlier and was driven by religion.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

Ivies Are the Best Trade Schools Around

I used to work at an elite Manhattan hedge fund that recruited almost exclusively from the Ivy League and its equivalents. My boss had gone to Yale, and I remember a striking story about him that circulated around the office: on the day he graduat...

The Ivy League promotes itself as the gold standard of American high education, but a new book argues convincingly that these schools are enemies of humanistic self-discovery.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Most Wanted Man in the World By James Bamford, Wired The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by ...

From finding Edward Snowden to coming out gay and Christian, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s Beautiful, Baffling ‘Eyrie’

Tim Winton’s brilliantly written but ultimately frustrating new novel limns a man in crisis who—maybe—finds redemption. Tom Keely’s heavy drinking and pill popping have led to blackouts that make his grasp of events rather tenuous. When we first m...

The award-winning Australian author has crafted a novel about a man going to pieces that’s full of luminous prose and a plot that often tries our patience.

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