Politics

Our Comedy Jihad at the NYC Subway

Our Comedy Jihad at the NYC Subway

Pamela Geller is back! For the lucky ones who don’t know who she is, here’s a quick primer on Pam before I tell you about her current crusade of hate. (And before I make my plea for your help!)Geller is like a Sizzler’s all-you-can-eat buffet—but ...

Anti-Muslim hate monger Pam Geller’s subway and bus poster campaign launches this week. I say we launch our own to fight her with laughs.

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Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

American airpower will be the centerpiece of U.S. direct action against the so-called Islamic State. That much, at least, the U.S. government made clear Monday night with the launch of U.S. airstrikes on Syria. American bombers, sea-launched Tomah...

Washington has put airstrikes at the heart of its campaign, but the tactics used against al Qaeda won’t work now. Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on.

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USA’s Slumbering Secession Obsession

USA’s Slumbering Secession Obsession

In his underrated classic The Cousins’ Wars, Kevin Phillips proves something most Americans would not like to contemplate. Rather than just a one-off conflict over slavery, the Civil War was actually the third phase of a massive conflict among Bri...

As the United States becomes more and more disjointed, an increasing number of Americans favors abandoning the Union altogether.

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Our Comedy Jihad at the NYC Subway

Our Comedy Jihad at the NYC Subway

Pamela Geller is back! For the lucky ones who don’t know who she is, here’s a quick primer on Pam before I tell you about her current crusade of hate. (And before I make my plea for your help!)Geller is like a Sizzler’s all-you-can-eat buffet—but ...

Anti-Muslim hate monger Pam Geller’s subway and bus poster campaign launches this week. I say we launch our own to fight her with laughs.

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Iowa’s Secret Frontrunner

Iowa’s Secret Frontrunner

President Huckabee? Really? Well, maybe. Eight years after his first attempt, 2016 may be the year in which Mike Huckabee wins the Republican presidential nomination.According to CNN’s latest poll of Iowa voters, Huckabee comfortably leads Congres...

Mike Huckabee is an exceptional political talent with an early lead in the GOP’s 2016 primary. But can he sell voters on his vision of the future?

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Christie Hasn’t Been Cleared Just Yet

Christie Hasn’t Been Cleared Just Yet

Some members of the media have been echoing Chris Christie’s long-stated assertion that he is scandal-free. Just one small problem: There is no evidence to suggest that is true.Unnamed “federal officials” told WNBC on Friday that the New Jersey go...

Attention, media: The New Jersey governor may not have been implicated so far in the Bridgegate probe, and his own attorney may have exonerated him, but you can’t say he’s off the hook.

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Entertainment

Batman Deserves Better Than ‘Gotham’

Batman Deserves Better Than ‘Gotham’

Here’s an origin story: When I was a little fanboy, I watched the show Ghostwriter thinking it was Ghost Rider, Marvel’s flaming-skulled stunt biker who sold his soul to Satan. Years later—having watched episode after episode preaching reading and...

When the Batman story is stripped of the cape and cowl and light whizbang, what’s left a mediocre and often cheesy cop drama.

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In Defense of Nude Selfies

In Defense of Nude Selfies

A mere few weeks after a major dump of stolen nude photos of famous women, it’s happening again. Another bunch of naked pictures, likely stolen from cloud storage, are being released by sleazy operators with an overblown sense of entitlement to wo...

Why take sexy photos on your camera? For the same reason you have sex: It’s fun. The first thing humans do when we have access to a new technology is ask how we can get off to it.

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He’s the World’s Biggest TV Star

He’s the World’s Biggest TV Star

There are certain behaviors we’ve come to expect, even demand, from our TV stars: Regularly gracing magazine covers, becoming permanent fixtures on red carpets, making frequent talk-show appearances, signing on for glossy ad campaigns, routinely j...

Don’t tell him, but Mark Harmon is a big deal. That’s what happens when you’re the star of ‘NCIS,’ a drama with ratings that rival ‘Sunday Night Football’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory.’

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From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

There is, rather unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence that numerous Hollywood stars were generated in a farcical, fame-seeking incubator buried beneath Mount Lee. When you speak to them, they speak at you, regurgitating vacuous mini-monologu...

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman in Hollywood.

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In Defense of Nude Selfies

In Defense of Nude Selfies

A mere few weeks after a major dump of stolen nude photos of famous women, it’s happening again. Another bunch of naked pictures, likely stolen from cloud storage, are being released by sleazy operators with an overblown sense of entitlement to wo...

Why take sexy photos on your camera? For the same reason you have sex: It’s fun. The first thing humans do when we have access to a new technology is ask how we can get off to it.

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Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

They’re calling it The Fappening 2. Just two days after newly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an empowering, passionate speech on feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, one in which she opined on bei...

The young actress—and Johnny Depp paramour—has become the biggest target in the hacking, with 54 photos of Heard making their way online.

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Leaner, Meaner ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Leaner, Meaner ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’

Sorry, Hydra, but the biggest enemy that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. faced in its first year was the show itself. Arriving last fall on a tsunami of hype, the ABC drama, about a team of do-gooders (who, unlike most Marvel leads, have no actual...

The blockbuster ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ changed everything, essentially rendering the name of Marvel's first live-action show meaningless. Not that anyone's com...

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Viral Vid: "F*** It, I Quit"

Viral Vid: "F*** It, I Quit"

The top story in Anchorage, Alaska on Sunday night wasn’t just reported by KTVA; it was KTVA. More specifically, while reporter Charlo Greene was reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club—described on their website as a ‘medical marijuana collective o...

KTVA’s Charlo Greene outs herself as head of pot legalization group

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Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

Amber Heard and More Celeb Nudes Hacked

They’re calling it The Fappening 2. Just two days after newly anointed U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an empowering, passionate speech on feminism at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, one in which she opined on bei...

The young actress—and Johnny Depp paramour—has become the biggest target in the hacking, with 54 photos of Heard making their way online.

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World News

In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming

In Ukraine, Winter Is Coming

MOSCOW — Fur coats may well be in high demand this winter among those glamorous ladies in Ukraine who can afford them. But many others will be happy just to get a hot shower before bundling up in their icy apartments.Once again, the Kremlin is thr...

Once again Russia brandishes the threat of a gas cutoff to squeeze Kiev and coerce Europe. Folks are taking cold showers already, and the weather soon will be glacial.

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Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

American airpower will be the centerpiece of U.S. direct action against the so-called Islamic State. That much, at least, the U.S. government made clear Monday night with the launch of U.S. airstrikes on Syria. American bombers, sea-launched Tomah...

Washington has put airstrikes at the heart of its campaign, but the tactics used against al Qaeda won’t work now. Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on.

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Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

The White House has an answer for critics who want to know how the Obama administration can justify striking ISIS inside Syria under international law: If and when we actually do it, we will come up with a legal justification then.The Obama admini...

Before Monday night’s strikes, Obama was sure he had the domestic legal authority to hit Syria—he just had no explanation for why such a strike would pass the global test.

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Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Senators: Take Gaza Away From Hamas

Over the summer, the Obama administration supported a draft cease-fire plan that would have strengthened the Hamas position in Gaza. Now 88 senators are urging the Obama administration to take a very different approach to the group: gradual regime...

Many Israeli politicians have begun pushing for slow-motion regime change in Gaza. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that the vast majority of the U.S. Senate now is in a similar mood.

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Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS

American airpower will be the centerpiece of U.S. direct action against the so-called Islamic State. That much, at least, the U.S. government made clear Monday night with the launch of U.S. airstrikes on Syria. American bombers, sea-launched Tomah...

Washington has put airstrikes at the heart of its campaign, but the tactics used against al Qaeda won’t work now. Instead we must decimate the mid-level leadership ISIS relies on.

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Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

In 1992, five American nuns from the St. Louis order of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ were murdered in cold blood while serving in a missionary in Liberia. The sisters, who volunteered for relief work in addition to ministerial service throu...

With the arrest of one of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor’s alleged female assassins, the 22-year-old murder of American nuns might finally be avenged.

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Obama’s Plan to Choke Off ISIS’ Recruits

Obama’s Plan to Choke Off ISIS’ Recruits

A U.S. diplomat once spoke with bitterness of the breadth of his power when negotiating with an uncooperative dictator. “We will go after you with the full force of the law,” he said.The diplomat then demonstrated with his hands what that looks li...

The White House wants to turn foreigners fighting for ISIS and other militant groups into global pariahs. But their plan to enforce that relies more on convincing more than coercing.

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Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

Fighting ISIS With Culture in Beirut

A few days after ISIS took Mosul in June, I was jolted from my sleep one night in Washington by a vivid nightmare about ISIS fighters on a rampage in my parent’s town, in the hills east of Beirut. We could hear them running outside, yelling and fi...

Lebanon may be small and a mess politically, but it brandishes weapons against ISIS that no other Arab country can.

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Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

Justice for Murdered American Nuns?

In 1992, five American nuns from the St. Louis order of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ were murdered in cold blood while serving in a missionary in Liberia. The sisters, who volunteered for relief work in addition to ministerial service throu...

With the arrest of one of Liberian warlord Charles Taylor’s alleged female assassins, the 22-year-old murder of American nuns might finally be avenged.

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U.S. News

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

The history of crime solving can be divided into two periods: Before DNA and After DNA. The introduction of forensic evidence in the mid-1980s completely changed the way we solve crimes. Matching crime scene evidence with potential perpetrators at...

The city just discovered hundreds of untested rape kits—adding to its backlog of more than 12,000 kits collecting dust on police shelves. And it’s hardly alone.

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Occupy Climate Change

Occupy Climate Change

A day after the largest climate-change protest in history drew an estimated 310,000 people to the streets of Manhattan without a single arrest, the “Flood Wall Street” rally brought a few hundred people out Monday under the slogan “Stop Capitalism...

It didn’t bring the hundreds of thousands of the People’s Climate March the day before, but the Wall Street sit-in Monday was striving for a different impact—and a more radical message.

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In Texas, Moses Is a Founding Father


In Texas, Moses Is a Founding Father


Four years ago, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted new standards, known as TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills), for social studies textbooks in the state’s schools. The process ignited an international media storm. When it w...

The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state’s ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. The results, say historians, are...

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Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

Cracking Memphis’s Huge Rape Kit Backlog

The history of crime solving can be divided into two periods: Before DNA and After DNA. The introduction of forensic evidence in the mid-1980s completely changed the way we solve crimes. Matching crime scene evidence with potential perpetrators at...

The city just discovered hundreds of untested rape kits—adding to its backlog of more than 12,000 kits collecting dust on police shelves. And it’s hardly alone.

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Is the Climate Gay?

Is the Climate Gay?

On Sunday, a gaggle of queer folks will be joining the “People’s Climate March,” a rally in New York City projected to attract more than 100,000 attendees. Unfortunately, those who could help the cause the most are the least likely to show up.Marc...

To the radical LGBT activists most likely to march in New York City on Sunday, caring about global warming expresses solidarity with the oppressed. But what about the mainstream gays?

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America's Fading Main Streets

America's Fading Main Streets

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

A photographer goes in search of the crumbling American small-town dream.

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Tech + Health

Ebola Epidemic Could Reach Millions

Ebola Epidemic Could Reach Millions

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns the international community that if it doesn’t step up efforts to combat Ebola, it could reach millions by January.The investigation, a part of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortalit...

A new CDC report says there are likely 2.5 times as many Ebola cases as are being reported, and that the disease could reach 1.4 million people by early next year.

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Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our eve...

A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesn’t make our everyday lives more moral.

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New US Stealth Bomber: Too Big a Secret?

New US Stealth Bomber: Too Big a Secret?

Like a dark planet that can only be detected by the visible orbits it perturbs, the Air Force’s new $50 billion Long Range Strike Bomber project will be ever-present but invisible in defense budget debates in the next few months. Sometime in early...

The secrecy surrounding the new ‘Long Range Strike Bomber’ is more expansive than any aircraft program of its size since the 1980s. What are the generals and contractors hiding?

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China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

China’s Bloody Health Care Battle

In March 2012, 17-year old Li Mengnan walked into a Beijing hospital. Armed with a three-inch fruit knife, he stabbed three staffers and killed a medical intern, then tried to kill himself. He said he no longer wanted to live after the poor medica...

Patient violence against doctors in China is shockingly common, and it’s increasing as more citizens get insured. Could the US see this kind of violence under Obamacare?

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Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our eve...

A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesn’t make our everyday lives more moral.

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Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

The Universe is filled with the mysterious invisible substance we call dark matter. Like the Force, it binds the galaxy together (though life doesn’t create it—sorry, Obi-Wan). We don’t know exactly what it is, but researchers have some educated g...

A huge particle detector attached to the International Space Station is searching for dark matter—the elusive substance that binds the Universe together.

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Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?

Could Eating Charcoal Help You Detox?

By Christine Yu for Life by DailyBurn Meet Amber Williford. Because of her food allergies to soy and dairy, Williford frequently experiences bloating and gas, especially after eating in restaurants. In search of relief, the holistic health coach...

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The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers

At the time of Wednesday’s announcement out of Guinea that seven of nine missing Ebola workers had been found dead, we knew little. Men with knives had abducted members of a group sent there to spread awareness about the disease. Two relief worker...

They were sent in to help educate villagers about how to ward off the lethal virus. Then fear took over and the machetes came out.

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Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

Still No Dark Matter from Space Station

The Universe is filled with the mysterious invisible substance we call dark matter. Like the Force, it binds the galaxy together (though life doesn’t create it—sorry, Obi-Wan). We don’t know exactly what it is, but researchers have some educated g...

A huge particle detector attached to the International Space Station is searching for dark matter—the elusive substance that binds the Universe together.

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Obama: The Most Secretive President?

Obama: The Most Secretive President?

Having been elected to the White House with the promise of increased openness and transparency regarding government operations, Barack Obama may end his presidency as among the most secretive in American history.        That, anyway, was the concl...

A presidential administration expected to be more open and transparent than preceding ones has become focused on keeping secrets, and preventing legitimate public inquiry.

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From Hermione to U.N. Heroine

From Hermione to U.N. Heroine

Emma Watson delivered a particularly well-received speech at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday. Vanity Fair called it “game-changing.” The Huffington Post and E! Online both called it “powerful.” Jezebel declared her a “badass.”In July, ...

The actress impressed observers with a powerful U.N. speech on gender inequality. Expect this ‘goodwill ambassador’s’ profile to only increase.

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Leo, the Beard Has to Go

Leo, the Beard Has to Go

When Leonardo DiCaprio addressed the audience at the 8th Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards on Sunday evening, he spoke of “a real and terrifying crisis.”He was speaking about climate change. He might also have been referring to the state of his...

Is a family of raccoons living in Leonardo DiCaprio’s beard? Beards can look sexy and brooding. They can also look demented.

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Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

Kate and William’s Royal Family Values

When Prince William emerged from the Lindo Wing of St Mary’s Hospital in London with his new baby in a car seat, and confidently clicked it into place on the back seat (a maneuver, royal insiders later told The Daily Beast, that he had taken the t...

Finally, after generations of cold, screwed-up parenting, the royal family—in warm and practical Kate and William—are changing the way they raise future monarchs.

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From Hermione to U.N. Heroine

From Hermione to U.N. Heroine

Emma Watson delivered a particularly well-received speech at the United Nations headquarters on Saturday. Vanity Fair called it “game-changing.” The Huffington Post and E! Online both called it “powerful.” Jezebel declared her a “badass.”In July, ...

The actress impressed observers with a powerful U.N. speech on gender inequality. Expect this ‘goodwill ambassador’s’ profile to only increase.

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The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The show of the late Otto Muehl now at Maccarone in the West Village consists of splatter paintings and three videos, in which the artist vigorously assaults a sequence of canvases with paint—occasionally body-surfing on one—in front of 50-plus ex...

Otto Muehl led a group of Viennese artists who disrupted taboos, embraced free sex...and taught this author, one fateful day in 1970, that it’s not “anything goes” in the name of art.

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New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece

New York City’s New Mystery Art Piece

When it comes to art, we’ve all had that experience of looking at an abstract piece and thinking—what is it?Rather than feigning understanding when a large, sensory-rich sculpture was unveiled recently at the plaza at The Standard High Line, The D...

When a new, abstract sculpture was installed in New York City’s Meatpacking District, The Daily Beast asked viewers what it looked like to them. The answers were…interesting.

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The Real Housewives of Miss America

The Real Housewives of Miss America

If the goal was to get 'em talking, last Sunday night's Miss America competition was a roaring success. Factoids! Plastic cups! Ventriloquism! Holiday Barbie! Cheetah attacks! Suffice it to say, the Internet exploded.As someone who has b...

The Miss America Pageant says it’s about empowering women through education. So why does it treat its contestants like idiots?

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The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The Radical Artist Who Started a Commune

The show of the late Otto Muehl now at Maccarone in the West Village consists of splatter paintings and three videos, in which the artist vigorously assaults a sequence of canvases with paint—occasionally body-surfing on one—in front of 50-plus ex...

Otto Muehl led a group of Viennese artists who disrupted taboos, embraced free sex...and taught this author, one fateful day in 1970, that it’s not “anything goes” in the name of art.

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Women

A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

A Sexism Problem at The New York Times

For days, New York Times columnist Alessandra Stanley has been mired in controversy. The coverage generated by her recent piece on television powerhouse and Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes has officially disproved the age-old adage “all press is good press.” Stanley has inspired countless articles, blog posts and tweets that have accused her of being a sloppy journalist at best, a racist at worse. (Even her own publication, The New York Times, issued a stinging cri...

Alessandra Stanley, ‘The New York Times’ writer behind the paper’s much-mocked profile of Shonda Rhimes, has a long history of attacking prominent women in media.

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

When Lucky Strike server Laura Ramadei reportedly felt a male customer touch her ass “ever so gently” as he told her that he’d like to take her “to go,” she knew exactly what to do. Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went h...

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?

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From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

From ‘True Detective’ To ‘Fort Bliss’

There is, rather unfortunately, a preponderance of evidence that numerous Hollywood stars were generated in a farcical, fame-seeking incubator buried beneath Mount Lee. When you speak to them, they speak at you, regurgitating vacuous mini-monologu...

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman in Hollywood.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Online

When Lucky Strike server Laura Ramadei reportedly felt a male customer touch her ass “ever so gently” as he told her that he’d like to take her “to go,” she knew exactly what to do. Not only did she rebuff his awkward advance in person, she went h...

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

The Disturbing Prison Rape Spike

Britain’s Ministry of Justice was left scrambling Monday following the release of a new report revealing the extent of sexual abuse in its correctional facilities. The independent investigation found that thousands of inmates across England and Wa...

While the U.K. government says sexual assault happens to fewer than 200 prisoners each year, a new report shows that figure is actually in the thousands.

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Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume d...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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(Miss) American Values

(Miss) American Values

Hours after being crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev was called a “slut,” “bitch,” “bimbo,” “crazy,” “dumb” and “retarded” on social media.  What had this mind-bogglingly accomplished woman — Kazantsev, 23, speaks three languages, was a triple m...

After being crowned Miss America, the extremely accomplished Kira Kazantsev was heavily criticized by some on social media for her volunteer work with Planned Parenthood. Planned Par...

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Books

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

How Gettysburg Did Not Unlock the Past

My family and I went to Gettysburg one recent Saturday afternoon. We spent time in the bustling visitor center, then took a spin through the packed Civil War museum. We had a picnic under an acorn tree in the midst of the monuments and battlefield...

Tour guides and museums are all well and good, but history truly comes alive to us in the most unexpected ways—sometimes just in the smell of old family letters.

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  • A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    A Strange Hit Parade of Homemade Albums

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. Some selections look a little warped, some are groovier than you m...

    In ‘Enjoy the Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992,’ you will meet hundreds of amateurs and unknowns who for decades produced their own records long before YouTube made it easy. S...

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Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy is the story of a young, dedicated Mossad agent as told by Moti Kfir, the man who trained her, and Ram Oren, a journalist and author. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, they tell the sto...

Israel tapped her to bring down the masterminds behind the 1972 Olympic massacre. Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.

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Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

Sarah Waters Riffs on Tabloid Love

In her last novel The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters examined the decay of the British upper classes among their moldering stately homes against the backdrop of the huge societal changes that followed in the wake of World War II, and she remains in...

The details of a ’20s domestic murder case help fuel the English novelist’s inspired exploration of the intersection of history, social mores, and love.

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Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

Waking Up With a Strange Dog in My Room

In this week’s episode, our hero Pete Dexter tries to figure out how he forgot to have fun. Originally published in the Philadelphia Daily News on July 17, 1986, it is reprinted here with the author’s permission., please enjoy “Having Fun: One Thi...

Somewhere, somehow, the author Pete Dexter forgot how to have fun. If you find yourself in that fix, all you have to do is read this story.

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Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin

Sylvia Rafael: The Life and Death of a Mossad Spy is the story of a young, dedicated Mossad agent as told by Moti Kfir, the man who trained her, and Ram Oren, a journalist and author. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, they tell the sto...

Israel tapped her to bring down the masterminds behind the 1972 Olympic massacre. Here, an excerpt from a new book that details her path to revenge and its unintended aftermath.

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For

In her charming, illuminating video accepting her $625,000 MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” alongside 20 others, the cartoonist Alison Bechdel—famous for her strip Dykes to Watch Out For and more recently her graphic (in both senses of that wor...

The cartoonist creator of ‘Dykes to Watch Out For,’ graphic memoirist, and originator of the ‘Bechdel Test’ for movies, has been awarded a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant. We celebrate why.

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Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

Laurie Penny’s In-Your-Face Feminism

When reigning pop queen Beyoncé Knowles stood, with the unshakeable self-assurance of a warrior, in front of a boldly lit, capital-lettered declaration of “FEMINIST” at the MTV Video Music Awards last month, the media responded with something appr...

Riding a new wave of feminism driven by an unlikely mix of commerce and online discourse, the British feminist doesn’t give a damn if you like her politics. She does want to make you...

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Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

Can Carl Hiaasen Save Florida?

The mystery writer John D. MacDonald once crafted a pretty good rule of thumb to explain why environmentalists will never catch up to the developers in Florida.It works like this: You move to the Sunshine State and everything looks beautiful. That...

The Sunshine State’s best novelist’s new book contains no sex or swearing, so you know it’s a YA novel. But really, this great Hiaasen tale is fit for any audience.

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