Politics

What Jeb Gets That Walker Doesn’t

What Jeb Gets That Walker Doesn’t

At least one observer isn’t happy with my quotes in Jonathan Martin’s latest New York Times piece about Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker. (I’m not sure this will be the binary choice, but, for now, it does represent the contrasting styles and philosophie...

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker represent the two paths before Republicans: inclusionary optimism vs. fearful pessimism. Which will they choose?

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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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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanAt least five times Sunday, ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos asked Indiana Governor Mike Pence a variant on a simple question about Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act: “If a florist in Indian...

Did Barack Obama once support a law just like Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act? And has Ted Cruz really sponsored just one bill that became law?

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What Jeb Gets That Walker Doesn’t

What Jeb Gets That Walker Doesn’t

At least one observer isn’t happy with my quotes in Jonathan Martin’s latest New York Times piece about Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker. (I’m not sure this will be the binary choice, but, for now, it does represent the contrasting styles and philosophie...

Jeb Bush and Scott Walker represent the two paths before Republicans: inclusionary optimism vs. fearful pessimism. Which will they choose?

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A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A career criminal, Angelo West, 41 years old with several of those years spent in prison, emerged from a car Friday night in Boston, gun in hand, and shot 34-year-old police officer John Moynihan in the face, the bullet entering just beneath the c...

A career criminal shot a good cop. There’s no dispute over the facts. But that doesn’t mean everyone accepts them.

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In this March 13, 2009, file photo, Uwe Romeike, top left, and his wife Hannelore, second from right, teach their children at their home in Morristown, Tenn. The family fled Germany in order to home-school their children, and is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant them asylum.

GOP Immigrant ‘Outreach’ Is With a Fist

GOP Immigrant ‘Outreach’ Is With a Fist

Granting political asylum to homeschoolers while making it harder for kids fleeing gang violence in Central America to find refuge in the United States is the latest in a wave of little noticed anti-immigrant proposals emerging from the Republican...

Now, Republicans want to tighten asylum standards for Central American kids—but loosen them for one home-schooling German family. Surprised?

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Entertainment

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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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14:  Justin Bieber onstage during Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber held at Sony Picture Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Will Bieber’s Roast Save His Career?

Will Bieber’s Roast Save His Career?

Well, that may have been the first time Martha Stewart’s vagina and the grace of god were referenced in the same telecast. But thus is the confused state of being that is the modern day Justin Bieber.The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber serve...

Justin Bieber hoped that being made fun of by Martha Stewart, Kevin Hart, and Shaq would rehabilitate his image and revitalize his career. Too bad he ruined the whole damn thing.

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Zayn Malik performs with his band "One Direction" on NBC's Today show in New York, November 13, 2012.

Zayn Malik’s Solo Career Begins

Zayn Malik’s Solo Career Begins

Last week, March 25, 2015—a date which will live in infamy—One Direction, the world’s most popular boy band, was suddenly and deliberately under attack. You see, that day, Zayn Malik chose to leave the group; this, despite the fact that they raked...

The 22-year-old pop star left the record-breaking pop group One Direction because it didn’t “feel real” to him. Now, he’s released his first solo single. What’s the verdict?

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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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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14:  Justin Bieber onstage during Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber held at Sony Picture Studios on March 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Will Bieber’s Roast Save His Career?

Will Bieber’s Roast Save His Career?

Well, that may have been the first time Martha Stewart’s vagina and the grace of god were referenced in the same telecast. But thus is the confused state of being that is the modern day Justin Bieber.The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber serve...

Justin Bieber hoped that being made fun of by Martha Stewart, Kevin Hart, and Shaq would rehabilitate his image and revitalize his career. Too bad he ruined the whole damn thing.

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There May Never Be a Woman in Late-Night

There May Never Be a Woman in Late-Night

There are happy thoughts galore to be had about Trevor Noah, a fresh-faced, biracial rising comedy star joining and disrupting the ranks of white men in suits as late-night TV’s newest hire: the future replacement for Jon Stewart as host of The Da...

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is the sixth man hired to take over a late-night show amid a resounding demand for a female host. Sorry, Joan. It’s never going to happen.

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In this photo taken Oct. 27 2009 South African comedian Trevor Noah is photographed during an interview. Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday March 30, 2015. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice. (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu-The Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Trevor Noah: Nice to Everyone But Gaga

Trevor Noah: Nice to Everyone But Gaga

Jon Stewart’s successor has been chosen with the blessing of the incumbent Daily Show host himself.“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”Trevor N...

The New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah seems to be a nice, earnest guy who maybe wants a tiger to devour Lady Gaga.

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Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Rick Grimes On The Walking Dead’s Future

Andrew Lincoln is at home in London, sipping tea that his wife’s just brought him. It’s the morning after The Walking Dead’s fifth season finale, when viewers watched him, as ex-sheriff Rick Grimes, come head-to-head against the leadership of Alex...

The star of AMC’s zombie epic The Walking Dead opens up about the show’s Season 5 finale and what to expect next season from Rick and Co.

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There May Never Be a Woman in Late-Night

There May Never Be a Woman in Late-Night

There are happy thoughts galore to be had about Trevor Noah, a fresh-faced, biracial rising comedy star joining and disrupting the ranks of white men in suits as late-night TV’s newest hire: the future replacement for Jon Stewart as host of The Da...

New Daily Show host Trevor Noah is the sixth man hired to take over a late-night show amid a resounding demand for a female host. Sorry, Joan. It’s never going to happen.

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World News

Russia's President Vladimir Putin  chairs a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 7, 2014.  Putin told yesteday rebels in Ukraine to halt plans for independence votes and said his troops have pulled back from the border, but his apparent change of heart received short shrift from Kiev and Washington.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Putin Bootlickers Assemble in D.C.

Andrei Sakharov must be rolling in his grave.The late Russian nuclear physicist was the most prominent dissident in the Soviet Union. For his warnings against the proliferation of nuclear weapons and in defense of basic civil rights, the Kremlin t...

The World Russia Forum was once a respectable affair. Now it’s just a nest of Putin apologists and has-beens and both. Dead Souls indeed.

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How to build a hijack-proof airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

Just how lax is Lufthansa’s screening of wannabe pilots?The revelation by a Duesseldorf prosecutor that Andreas Lubitz, who crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain a week ago, had been treated by a psychotherapist “for what is document...

Experts have tested a system that wrests control of a plane from a pilot who might be suicidal or crazed, but no one knows what would happen after the pilot is out of the picture.

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Jordanian King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein speaks during a news conference as part of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011. King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein is on a two day visit to Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The Sunni-Shia War Without End

The Sunni-Shia War Without End

In blunt language back in 2004 Jordan’s King Abdullah raised the alarm about what he called a “Shia crescent”  taking shape from Iran through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon.The king was warning about the consequences of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq th...

Naiveté led Bush to invade Iraq, and Obama to portray a nuke deal with Iran as a panacea. But all Washington is doing is making things worse.

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A member loyal to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) waves an ISIL flag in Raqqa June 29, 2014.

Gay Refugees From ISIS

Gay Refugees From ISIS

BEIRUT — Two young men we’ll call Karim and Tareq were walking through the streets of Raqqa, Syria, in September 2013 on their second date. They’d just been to a good restaurant, and Karim was excited as Tareq was about to introduce him to his fri...

If caught by jihadis, Syrian gays may be thrown from rooftops, or ransomed. And many live in fear of their own families. But Lebanon’s not the safe haven they hoped.

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How to build a hijack-proof airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

How to Build a Hijack-Proof Airplane

Just how lax is Lufthansa’s screening of wannabe pilots?The revelation by a Duesseldorf prosecutor that Andreas Lubitz, who crashed his Germanwings Airbus A320 into a mountain a week ago, had been treated by a psychotherapist “for what is document...

Experts have tested a system that wrests control of a plane from a pilot who might be suicidal or crazed, but no one knows what would happen after the pilot is out of the picture.

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Fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hold their weapons as they stand on confiscated cigarettes before setting them on fire in the city of Raqqa April 2, 2014.

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

By Khales Joumah, Niqash MOSUL, Iraq — When 34-year-old Ibrahim Hassan was caught smoking a cigarette recently, his punishment was not just eventual ill health. The extremists from the group known as the Islamic State who currently control this c...

After ISIS took over Mosul last year it banned smoking on religious grounds. But hundreds of thousands of locals, desperate for cigarettes, still manage to light up.

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A trader looks at jade stones at Myanmar's 2011 Mid-Year Emporium for jade, gems and pearls at an emporium hall in the capital Naypyitaw December 24, 2011. Myanmar holds emporiums three times a year to sell gems, jade and pearls. The total proceeds from three emporiums last year amounted to about 2.2 billion euros, according to government data.

China’s Hunger for Conflict Jade

China’s Hunger for Conflict Jade

RUILI, China — A strong LED flashlight is necessary when picking out the perfect piece of jade.That, and a big stack of cash.“He’s asking for ¥10,000, I think I’ll only give him ¥7,000.” The light beam was revealing something I couldn’t see, and t...

The Chinese love jade, especially jade that comes from Burma. That hunger is fueling drug addiction and internal instability in China’s westerly neighbor.

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Printouts of Ayotzinapa Teacher Training College students, missing after last month's deadly clashes in Iguala, are plastered on a Palo Blanco tollbooth along a road leading to Acapulco, during a blockage by trainee teachers of the United Front of Public Guerrero State Teacher Training Schools (FUNPEG), October 9, 2014. Thousands marched in Mexican cities on Wednesday to demand the government find out what happened to dozens of missing students, who are feared to have been massacred by gang members and police. The students from the teachers' college went missing after they clashed with police in Iguala in the volatile, gang-ridden state of Guerrero on September 26. A mass grave was found near the town over the weekend, full of charred human remains. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto vowed on Monday to identify those behind the massacre and make sure they face justice.

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

The Search for Mexico’s Missing Children

IGUALA, Mexico — For all the bustle of commerce in Iguala, “The City of Gold” in southern Mexico, the hills that surround it are quiet and gloomy. The city sits in a valley wrapped in those hills, and the people know it is unsafe to venture into t...

Since 2006, more than 23,000 people have disappeared in the war on Mexico’s drug cartels. In Iguala, families keep searching for the missing.

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Fighters from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) hold their weapons as they stand on confiscated cigarettes before setting them on fire in the city of Raqqa April 2, 2014.

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

Smokers Rebel Against ISIS Cig Ban

By Khales Joumah, Niqash MOSUL, Iraq — When 34-year-old Ibrahim Hassan was caught smoking a cigarette recently, his punishment was not just eventual ill health. The extremists from the group known as the Islamic State who currently control this c...

After ISIS took over Mosul last year it banned smoking on religious grounds. But hundreds of thousands of locals, desperate for cigarettes, still manage to light up.

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Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled At BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Kathy and her husband, Zach, take care to hide their coffee machine when friends come over. The Brigham Young University students have a vacuum cleaner that squirts Febreze to hide the scent, because if anyone outside of a select few finds out the...

Mormons who stop practicing their religion while at BYU are expelled or forced to live in secrecy for years. Others are temporarily blackballed for living in sin.

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In this photo taken Oct. 27 2009 South African comedian Trevor Noah is photographed during an interview. Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old comedian from South Africa who has contributed to "The Daily Show" a handful of times during the past year, will become Jon Stewart's replacement as host, Comedy Central announced Monday March 30, 2015. Noah was chosen a little more than a month after Stewart unexpectedly announced he was leaving "The Daily Show" following 16 years as the show's principal voice. (AP Photo/Bongiwe Mchunu-The Star) SOUTH AFRICA OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Trevor Noah: Nice to Everyone But Gaga

Trevor Noah: Nice to Everyone But Gaga

Jon Stewart’s successor has been chosen with the blessing of the incumbent Daily Show host himself.“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said in a statement. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”Trevor N...

The New ‘Daily Show’ Host Trevor Noah seems to be a nice, earnest guy who maybe wants a tiger to devour Lady Gaga.

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A police car blocks one of many entrance points into the National Security Administration facility in Fort Meade, Maryland March 30, 2015. Two people tried to ram their vehicle into the National Security Agency's entrance gates near Washington on Monday before guards shot one of them dead, officials said. REUTERS/Gary Cameron      - RTR4VI86

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

Was Shooting At NSA Wrong Turn Gone Bad?

The mood at NSA headquarters seemed controlled but tense Monday afternoon following a shooting that left one person dead and a law enforcement officer injured. Current and former officials who’ve worked on the agency’s campus, located at Ft. Meade...

Two men reportedly crashed a gate at the spy agency’s headquarters before one was shot dead by law enforcement

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Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled At BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Lose Your Faith, Get Expelled at BYU

Kathy and her husband, Zach, take care to hide their coffee machine when friends come over. The Brigham Young University students have a vacuum cleaner that squirts Febreze to hide the scent, because if anyone outside of a select few finds out the...

Mormons who stop practicing their religion while at BYU are expelled or forced to live in secrecy for years. Others are temporarily blackballed for living in sin.

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Fake Cop Investigates Veterans’ Deaths

Fake Cop Investigates Veterans’ Deaths

With his badge and gun and take-charge bearing, Steve Pancoast seemed like justice personified as he investigated the death of a World War II vet who had been parboiled in a whirlpool bath at an Oklahoma state veterans center back in 2012.Pancoast...

Steve Pancoast carried a gun and sought justice for dead vets as ‘chief investigator’ for the Oklahoma VA. But it turns out that wasn’t his job—and now he’s facing charges.

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A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A Cop Shooting and Our Post-Truth Era

A career criminal, Angelo West, 41 years old with several of those years spent in prison, emerged from a car Friday night in Boston, gun in hand, and shot 34-year-old police officer John Moynihan in the face, the bullet entering just beneath the c...

A career criminal shot a good cop. There’s no dispute over the facts. But that doesn’t mean everyone accepts them.

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Tech + Health

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 percent higher than a recent study of adults of all ages. Why that number will get even bigger.

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When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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Andreas Lubitz runs the Airportrace half marathon in Hamburg in this September 13, 2009 file photo.  The co-pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed Germanwings plane carrying 149 passengers into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" six years ago, German tabloid Bild reported on March 27, 2015. Prosecutors in France, after listening to the cockpit voice recorders, offered no motive for why Andreas Lubitz, 27, would take the controls of the Airbus A320, lock the captain out of the cockpit and deliberately set it veering down from cruising altitude at 3,000 feet per minute. REUTERS/Foto-Team-Mueller   - RTR4V3TT

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

What Did Andreas Lubitz's Doctor Know?

As the world grapples with the horrific news about the crash of a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, and its shift from unexplained tragedy to terrible crime, focus has tightened on the background and condition of Andreas Lubitz, cop...

Depression doesn’t cause mass murder. Something more was at play in the Germanwings co-pilot’s mind—and the only person that was told Lubitz was unfit to fly was Lubitz himself.

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How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

How Our Brains Get Over Bad Breakups

Ever worried about the toll your disastrous love life is taking on your mental health? Now you can officially put those fears to bed as it turns out we’re much better at dealing with heartbreak than we might have thought.A new research review has ...

Great news for the lovelorn: Our neurons are hardwired to help us move on from romantic rejection.

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When Panorama Pics Go Bad

When Panorama Pics Go Bad

One of the many magical technological advancements our omnipresent smart phones have literally put in the palm of our hands is the ability to take ultra-wide panoramic photographs. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon? No problem. Hold ’er ste...

Our smartphones are smart…but not that smart. Here are a few of our favorite #panoramafails.

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CRAWFORD, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (L) holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah while walking past some blue bonnets at his Crawford ranch 25 April 2005. Bush intends to ask Abdullah to boost his country's oil production in hopes of driving down soaring oil and US gas prices, senior administration officials said.              AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON  (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

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The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

The Sex Toy That Knocks You Up

There are a plethora of sex toys designed to bring you to orgasm, but precious few devised to get you pregnant. Until now.  Trying to make a baby should be one of the more enjoyable experiences of a couple’s life. Casual sex is fine and all, but s...

Having trouble conceiving? The Semenette, a strap-on dildo designed to eject donor semen into your partner, may be for you.

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Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

Why Can't Crossfit Die Already?

By now, I'm guessing you’ve seen the various clips of the Crystal Light National Aerobic Championships of the ‘80s.  The intro video from 1988 is my personal favorite, as are the brilliant hosting duties performed by Alan Thicke. The energy t...

Can't a fellow look at Instagram without being accosted by pictures of beefy amateur weightlifters?

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CRAWFORD, UNITED STATES:  US President George W. Bush (L) holds hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah while walking past some blue bonnets at his Crawford ranch 25 April 2005. Bush intends to ask Abdullah to boost his country's oil production in hopes of driving down soaring oil and US gas prices, senior administration officials said.              AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON  (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Why Does America Hate Cuddly Bromances?

Men don’t touch each other anymore, at least not very often or without excuse. For the average straight American man, physical contact is most often gruff—a pat on the back, a punch on the arm, or, most warmly, a firm handshake—and the only social...

Physical intimacy in male friendships is virtually non-existent these days—but it wasn’t always that way.

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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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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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Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

Castro's Chef, Cuba's Hottest Man, & Me

There is no age restriction for Saturday night debauchery in Santa Clara, Cuba’s wildest town. Toddlers get their kicks on a goat-pulled cart that clops in dizzying circles around the Parque Vidal, the main plaza, pushing through a crowd gathered ...

Every visitor to the Cuban town of Santa Clara is greeted by a statue to Che Guevara, the town's adopted hero. The LGBT scene is pretty special too, not to mention supper with Fi...

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Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

Craft Beer Gives the Best Hangover

I couldn’t put my finger on what I was drinking. Carton Brewing’s Cosmonaut was labeled a Russian imperial stout and had many of the standard flavors of the style, but something was a little...odd.It was roasty and chocolate-y as expected, but als...

At the 12th annual Extreme Beer Fest a fantastic merry-go-round of craft beers, flavored with the likes of smoked pineapple and white truffle, got our correspondent deliciously drunk.

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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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John Wayne Gacy - Original Artwork  ("Pogo the Clown" self-portrait) (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)

The Picasso of Serial Killers

The Picasso of Serial Killers

It’s a relaxing image. A bouquet of tulips stuffed into a golden pitcher. Their colorful buds, rich with yellow and blue, stand erect above a cluster of perfectly detailed greenery. A kitten playfully paws the air below the arrangement while a dai...

That pretty bouquet of tulips? Painted by a mass murderer, actually. Who’s buying the art produced by notorious criminals, and why?

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Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

Stay Bitter, It Tastes Great

“That’s bitter” is rarely said as an endorsement of a dish. We think of bitterness as bad, negative, to be avoided, or masked by reaching for something sweet.Yet many of us enjoy a hoppy beer, dark chocolate and coffee, almost forgetting they’re b...

If you love sweet and salty foods, but not bitter ones, you’re missing a treat—they add to the flavor of what’s on our plates, as our two special bitter-embracing recipes show.

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Requiem For a Rock Dream

Requiem For a Rock Dream

When Hyphen Hub started operating out of the Red Door at 140 West 24th Street it seemed a perfect fit. After all, even for a Manhattan rock venue, the Red Door has had a deliciously rambunctious history.But then the invitation to what would be one...

The Red Door was a rockers’ paradise, and on its final night detritus used artfully on the floor included old equipment from the Stones.

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John Wayne Gacy - Original Artwork  ("Pogo the Clown" self-portrait) (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)

The Picasso of Serial Killers

The Picasso of Serial Killers

It’s a relaxing image. A bouquet of tulips stuffed into a golden pitcher. Their colorful buds, rich with yellow and blue, stand erect above a cluster of perfectly detailed greenery. A kitten playfully paws the air below the arrangement while a dai...

That pretty bouquet of tulips? Painted by a mass murderer, actually. Who’s buying the art produced by notorious criminals, and why?

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Books

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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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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How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

How Joyce and Faulkner Fell For a Blonde

A Philadelphia copywriter named Frances Gerety is credited with coining the phrase, “A Diamond Is Forever” for De Beers in 1947. But a similar phrase served as a punchline more than twenty years earlier, in Anita Loos’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “...

The 1925 novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes was a massive hit—everybody from the Prince of Wales to William Faulkner loved it—and personifies the Jazz Age.

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The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads

Fixed MenuBy Kevin Pang, Lucky PeachKevin Pang visits an Indiana prison for a look at the reality and morality of how we feed our inmate population in America.The Shut-In EconomyBy Lauren Smiley, MediumSomething to read this weekend between Amazon...

Prison menus, the war criminal next door and a college basketball player who drives for Uber—it’s all happening in The Daily Beast’s picks for the best journalism from around the web...

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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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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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National Geographic Channel's Killing Jesus.

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Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

Bill O'Reilly Kills Jesus All Over Again

The film version of Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus begins this weekend on the National Geographical Channel, the third of his books to be adapted for television. This production represents the continuation of a book franchise that includes Killing ...

Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Jesus may have been a best-seller, but the film version of it somehow manages to make the story of Jesus Christ uninteresting.

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Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

Was I a CIA Spy? I Still Don’t Know

In 1963, I was a 20-year-old college senior who’d never been out of the country. With parents of modest means, summers meant working for spare cash, not backpacking through Europe or lounging on the beaches of Majorca. So when an invitation came t...

A new book tells the story of how the CIA used unwitting college kids to send in reports from Third World countries. And I was one of them.

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Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra 1547 1616 Spanish writer

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote

MADRID — An important forensic investigation in Spain recently confirmed that bones buried in Madrid’s Trinitarian Convent belong to the author of Don Quixote, who died poor and forgotten almost 400 years ago.One wouldn’t want to spoil a good head...

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard III’s cadaver, but Spain has dug up a national hero as well.

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