Politics

Are Black Staffers Fleeing Capitol Hill?

Are Black Staffers Fleeing Capitol Hill?

The Obama era hasn’t been a period of progress for black Capitol Hill staffers, and aides say a “diversity drain” of many senior African Americans to the private sector and the White House in recent years is partly to blame.“I started on the Hill ...

Aides say a number of high-ranking African-American congressional staffers have left in recent years, leading to a dearth of diversity on the Hill.

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Hey, Congress: Vote on the Damn War

Hey, Congress: Vote on the Damn War

Well, nobody ever said it was easy being commander-in-chief, especially when you’re running a war that nobody (starting with you) really wants. And you have to go on America’s most-watched television news magazine show and admit that the intel was...

Already, the ISIS war has hit some snags. Americans are worried—but so far, supportive—and Congress is nervous. Is this how to win a war?

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Lawsuits for Me, Not for Thee

Lawsuits for Me, Not for Thee

Long before Thom Tillis was a mountain-biking crusader for tort reform, the North Carolina GOP Senate nominee was a badly injured 17-year-old plaintiff in a lawsuit over a car accident. Just before 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 1978, Tillis was dri...

North Carolina GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis is a fan of extreme sports and tort reform. But at 17 he sued over a car accident that left him with a ‘35% permanent partial disability.’

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Are Black Staffers Fleeing Capitol Hill?

Are Black Staffers Fleeing Capitol Hill?

The Obama era hasn’t been a period of progress for black Capitol Hill staffers, and aides say a “diversity drain” of many senior African Americans to the private sector and the White House in recent years is partly to blame.“I started on the Hill ...

Aides say a number of high-ranking African-American congressional staffers have left in recent years, leading to a dearth of diversity on the Hill.

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Huckabee: ‘A Tax Is Punishment’

Huckabee: ‘A Tax Is Punishment’

In the aftermath of Lois Lerner repeatedly having invoked her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and conservatives feeling singled out by Barack Obama’s Internal Revenue Service, abolishing the IRS and overhauling the tax code have g...

In a Beast interview, the former Arkansas governor knocks the IRS, extols a broad consumption tax, and says that ‘a tax is punishment.’

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Lauren Carroll and Aaron SharockmanThe debate about the air strikes in Syria continued Sunday as pundits compared President Barack Obama to President George W. Bush and wondered why Congress is currently in recess.On CNN’s State of the Union, p...

From Obama’s drone war(s) to an early adjournment of Congress, PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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Entertainment

Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

Rabid Twihards Troll RPatz’s New Belle

When news broke earlier this month that Robert Pattinson was dating the mind-blowingly talented FKA twigs, Twihard fans of the couple Formerly Known As Robsten were predictably incensed. For anyone who isn’t aware of the Twihard phenomenon, calmly...

Inundating FKA twig’s Twitter with racist, offensive comments does not mean that you Robsten worshippers are fighting on behalf of true love.

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Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers

Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers

When you take a rock duo out to lunch, you prepare for an array of histrionic, diva-esque demands: Cristal or Jameson or gluten-free, free-range everything, at least. But Bulletproof Stockings’ Perl Wolfe and Dalia Shusterman’s only dietary concer...

Don’t be fooled by the modest clothing and long streaming curls, you won’t hear ‘Hava Nagila’ here. It’s Ladies’ Night every night for these Indigo Girls-like Hasidic rockers.

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A Surprisingly Badass ‘Homeland’ Reboot

A Surprisingly Badass ‘Homeland’ Reboot

In the crowded arena of cable television, one teeming with the saucy, conniving duo of Frank and Claire Underwood, Westerosi head-explosions, and the boundless élan of Don Draper, Homeland was relegated to an afterthought; a show filled with promi...

The schizo CIA agent is back for more drone warfare and spycraft—this time, sans Brody and his frustratingly emo daughter.

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The Amanda Bynes Train Wreck Is Back

The Amanda Bynes Train Wreck Is Back

It looked like the train wreck had finally been cleaned up.Just shy of one year after checking out of a rehab facility, it seemed like Amanda Bynes was doing well. She was allegedly sober. She was taking classes at the FIDM Fashion Institute’s Ora...

Just when you had almost forgotten about her year-long descent to rock bottom, Amanda Bynes, who had seemed healthy and happy following a rehab stint, was arrested for a DUI.

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Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers

Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers

When you take a rock duo out to lunch, you prepare for an array of histrionic, diva-esque demands: Cristal or Jameson or gluten-free, free-range everything, at least. But Bulletproof Stockings’ Perl Wolfe and Dalia Shusterman’s only dietary concer...

Don’t be fooled by the modest clothing and long streaming curls, you won’t hear ‘Hava Nagila’ here. It’s Ladies’ Night every night for these Indigo Girls-like Hasidic rockers.

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‘Good Wife’ Killer With a Heart of Gold

‘Good Wife’ Killer With a Heart of Gold

Nearly 100 episodes of The Good Wife have passed since debonair drug lord Lemond Bishop strutted into the offices of Lockhart Gardner, dropped a trash bag filled with $200,000 cash on the desk, and asked them to be his representation. Diane (Chris...

How much more can Lemond Bishop get away with? Actor Mike Colter, who plays ‘The Good Wife’s resident soccer dad-drug lord, dishes on Sunday’s wild episode. (SPOILERS!)

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George & Amal: An Affair to Remember

George & Amal: An Affair to Remember

VENICE, Italy — In a scene that, at times, seemed straight out of a Hollywood film set, George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin managed to turn a 14-minute civil marital ceremony at the town hall into a four-day gala event, filling the city’s coffers an...

The Hollywood and over-the-top nuptials were a rare bit of good news for the world—and even for the striking workers of Venice.

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Viral Vid: Football Coach Slams Fan

Viral Vid: Football Coach Slams Fan

Everyone wants a moment of glory. Some are too afraid to take their chance and make it happen. Others prepare their whole lives to be ready when their shot comes along. They practice and train, work themselves raw, so when their moment arrives, th...

Buckeyes assistant coach Anthony Schlegel proves he knows what he's doing

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‘Good Wife’ Killer With a Heart of Gold

‘Good Wife’ Killer With a Heart of Gold

Nearly 100 episodes of The Good Wife have passed since debonair drug lord Lemond Bishop strutted into the offices of Lockhart Gardner, dropped a trash bag filled with $200,000 cash on the desk, and asked them to be his representation. Diane (Chris...

How much more can Lemond Bishop get away with? Actor Mike Colter, who plays ‘The Good Wife’s resident soccer dad-drug lord, dishes on Sunday’s wild episode. (SPOILERS!)

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World News

Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Occupy Hong Kong Hangs On

Protesters in Hong Kong launched another day of demonstrations Tuesday with every indication they have lost little of their zeal for democracy—and every signal that China has no intention of caving to their demands for full universal suffrage. “Th...

As Independence Day approaches, more and more people pour into the island’s streets. But it’s less and less clear what they can achieve.

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Hong Kong Erupts in Protest (PHOTOS)

Hong Kong Erupts in Protest (PHOTOS)

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Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?

Is Hong Kong Tiananmen 2.0?

A friend once joked that Chinese democracy is simple: people collectively ignore the laws they don't agree with. When it comes to the sticky issue of democratic reforms in Hong Kong, or lack thereof, the central government in Beijing is doing...

‘The Umbrella Revolution’ is taking place in an environment very different from Beijing 25 years ago, and the government knows the movement could spread much farther and faster.

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Al Qaeda Makes a Play for U.S. Allies

Al Qaeda Makes a Play for U.S. Allies

Al Qaeda’s leader in Syria reemerged online Sunday with his first official statement in eight months. In the wake of ongoing U.S.-led airstrikes, his threats to attack Western civilians in retaliation for American attacks in Syria were ominous but...

In Syria, the al Qaeda branch is wooing America’s proxies—and some of those proxies just hate the new U.S. bombing campaign.

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Hong Kong Protesters Fear Chinese Army

Hong Kong Protesters Fear Chinese Army

Authorities in Hong Kong, at least for the moment, have lost control of spiraling protests in the city. Although the government said Monday it had pulled back riot police, Chinese state media reported that Beijing is prepared to send the People’s ...

Police may be using tear gas and batons on the protesters, but they don’t have control of the growing demonstrations—and Beijing must fear their spread to the mainland.

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Save the Yazidis from U.S. Bureaucrats

Save the Yazidis from U.S. Bureaucrats

DOHUK, Iraq — The 28-yearold Yazidi from Sinjar, who used to be called Tommy by the American soldiers he worked with, was not in his hometown of Tel Kisib on August 3. That was the day the group that calls itself “Islamic State” attacked. His fath...

The U.S. started bombing ISIS to save the Yazidis, many of whom served the U.S. Army during the American occupation as interpreters. What happens to them now?

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A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

A Mormon St. Peter’s in Rome

ROME, Italy — On the outskirts of Rome along the ancient Catholic pilgrim route known as the Via Francigena and not far from a giant shopping center featuring a massive IKEA and the French do-it-yourself Mecca called Leroy Merlin, cranes are hoist...

A new Latter-day Saints temple looms large on the Roman horizon, and the Vatican’s prelates, truth to tell, are not too enthusiastic about what they see.

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Hong Kong Protesters Fear Chinese Army

Hong Kong Protesters Fear Chinese Army

Authorities in Hong Kong, at least for the moment, have lost control of spiraling protests in the city. Although the government said Monday it had pulled back riot police, Chinese state media reported that Beijing is prepared to send the People’s ...

Police may be using tear gas and batons on the protesters, but they don’t have control of the growing demonstrations—and Beijing must fear their spread to the mainland.

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U.S. News

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

A series of missteps by a top Secret Service official during a Congressional grilling has lawmakers openly questioning the agency’s leadership – especially their claim that the $1.5 billion-organization charged with protecting the president didn’t...

Agency officials say that they need more taxpayer cash to do their job, but lawmakers from both parties say that’s nonsense.

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‘Progressive Jail’ Is 21st-Century Hell

‘Progressive Jail’ Is 21st-Century Hell

Cheshire County Jail in Keene, N.H., looks more like a small college campus or a tech start-up than a house of detention. There are no razor wire fences surrounding the 230-bed facility; just well trimmed hedges and green grass; and the face of th...

No outdoor exercise and no family visits, but when video visitation cost $1 per minute, Cheshire County Jail is an expensive form of progress.

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The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The Mystery Woman Who Outdid Dillinger

The cops in Ohio did not know it when they struggled to fingerprint her, but their prisoner would prove to be a mystery woman who would seem to outdo Dillinger.After what one cop called “a heck of a fuss,” they finally managed to print her. They w...

Behind bars in the same jail as the ‘Public Enemy No. 1,’ the Jane Doe had succeeded at erasing her fingerprints where Dillinger had failed. But cops still unraveled her baffling story.

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Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

Secret Service: Give Us More Money!

A series of missteps by a top Secret Service official during a Congressional grilling has lawmakers openly questioning the agency’s leadership – especially their claim that the $1.5 billion-organization charged with protecting the president didn’t...

Agency officials say that they need more taxpayer cash to do their job, but lawmakers from both parties say that’s nonsense.

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Accused U.Va. Abductor's Rape Past

Accused U.Va. Abductor's Rape Past

Editor’s Note: This article has been corrected and updated as explained below.UPDATE: After this article was published, Liberty University contacted The Daily Beast and disputed certain parts of the story. While the Department of Education informe...

Jesse Matthew was accused of rape 12 years ago at Liberty University.

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Journalism Then and Now

Journalism Then and Now

Michael Daly talks about getting his start in newspapers, what makes a great story, and how journalists should approach that story when writing about it.

Michael Daly talks about why a great story is a great story, no matter when it happened

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Tech + Health

Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

Are Artificial Sweeteners Hurting You?

By Anne Miller for Life by DailyBurn Sugar is bad—we get it. But are artificial sweeteners any better? Found in tons of foods, these zero-calorie sugar substitutes have taken the U.S. market by storm.“They are in everything. Drinks, snacks and d...

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Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients

Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients

If you’re going to take proper care of patients, you need to get comfortable with asking them personal questions.As uncomfortable as it may be, knowing the factors that may be putting people at risk of injury or illness is part of the job of being...

A new study shows that 47 percent of gay or bisexual men have never discussed their orientation with their doctor. It’s troubling given the rise in HIV rates among American gay men.

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2014: Year of the Back Door

2014: Year of the Back Door

When Americans think of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, certain salacious details spring to mind: the stained blue dress, the Oval Office blowjob, the cigar tube that President Clinton inserted into her vagina. But one particularly raunchy footnote f...

The spotlight is suddenly on the exact place where the sun don’t shine. Why is anal play seemingly everywhere now?

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Ello, Is It You We’re Looking For?

Ello, Is It You We’re Looking For?

As young Internet users flee Facebook in the millions, a new social network called Ello is rushing in to try to capture some critical mind share at a crucial moment. The pitch? No ads.In a “manifesto” that throws some serious shade at Facebook, El...

New ad-free social media network Ello is being touted as a ‘Facebook killer.’ But so far, the service’s problems far outweigh the benefits.

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Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients

Doctors Are Failing Their Gay Patients

If you’re going to take proper care of patients, you need to get comfortable with asking them personal questions.As uncomfortable as it may be, knowing the factors that may be putting people at risk of injury or illness is part of the job of being...

A new study shows that 47 percent of gay or bisexual men have never discussed their orientation with their doctor. It’s troubling given the rise in HIV rates among American gay men.

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Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter

Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter

As the Obama administration mobilizes 3,000 troops to fight Ebola in Liberia, the State Department is gearing up to fight the battle back at home. This week Secretary of State John Kerry tapped Nancy Powell, former ambassador to India, to lead the...

Nancy Powell helped stop a lethal avian influenza outbreak, and now she’s headed for West Africa’s hot zone. A talk with the woman sent in to put a stop to the Ebola epidemic.

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TV’s Most Important Show Is Blowing It

TV’s Most Important Show Is Blowing It

The Biggest Loser is back for its 16th season, with its “Comeback Canyon” edition featuring former athletes. The program, which debuted a decade ago, is famous for humiliating its contestants, televising their emotional breakdowns, and putting the...

Sixteen seasons in, ‘The Biggest Loser’ continues to be a ratings winner. But its coaches and producers are losing an opportunity to really educate the public about the science of we...

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E-Cigarettes’ Overlooked Side Effects

E-Cigarettes’ Overlooked Side Effects

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn These days it’s nearly unfathomable to imagine a marathoner crossing the finish line, only to light up cigarette. And even ordinary exercisers may subject themselves to dirty looks if they puff near their ...

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Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter

Meet America’s New Top Ebola Fighter

As the Obama administration mobilizes 3,000 troops to fight Ebola in Liberia, the State Department is gearing up to fight the battle back at home. This week Secretary of State John Kerry tapped Nancy Powell, former ambassador to India, to lead the...

Nancy Powell helped stop a lethal avian influenza outbreak, and now she’s headed for West Africa’s hot zone. A talk with the woman sent in to put a stop to the Ebola epidemic.

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BeastStyle

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

This month, the Daily Mail broke a story that, if it could be proved accurate, would probably qualify as the paper’s biggest scoop in more than a century. In a lengthy “exclusive” timed to coincide with the release of his new book Naming Jack the ...

Armchair sleuths have been competing for years to determine the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers. But they’re still far from answering: who was Jack the Ripper?

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Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy

Inside London’s Wild Brixton Academy

When I was in my early 20s, my friend Rupert got what we all considered to be the coolest job in the world, working at London’s most exciting live music venue, the Brixton Academy.The Academy was undoubtedly the best thing about Brixton. The predo...

To turn the Brixton Academy into a success, Simon Parkes had to face down intimidating thugs—and make capital from Kurt Cobain’s death.

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Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Join Caitlin Moran’s Feminist Revolution

Caitlin Moran does not shake my hand when we meet. She throws her arm around my shoulder, kisses me generously on the cheek, and pulls my face into her distinctive mane of dark, skunk-striped hair. We have barely sat down and Moran, one of Britain...

She is one of Britain’s best, most prize-garlanded journalists, a bestselling author, and a gale of wit and blunt wisdom. Caitlin Moran talks sex, feminism, family, and more.

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Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

Jack the Ripper Is Still at Large

This month, the Daily Mail broke a story that, if it could be proved accurate, would probably qualify as the paper’s biggest scoop in more than a century. In a lengthy “exclusive” timed to coincide with the release of his new book Naming Jack the ...

Armchair sleuths have been competing for years to determine the identity of one of the most notorious serial killers. But they’re still far from answering: who was Jack the Ripper?

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George & Amal: After the Wedding

George & Amal: After the Wedding

VENICE, Italy—The Venetian early Sunday morning is a delightful respite from the usual bustle and activity that clogs the city’s narrow streets. Venetians sip their coffee in quiet squares and walk their dogs along the waterfront with nary a touri...

Their marriage was announced on Saturday. Will there be another wedding on Monday?

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Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei Escapes to Alcatraz

Cheryl Haines dealt with a lot of challenges curating the show @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz—nesting birds, restrictions on what she could do in a national park that gets 1.5 million visitors a year, and bringing together in nine months what might...

The confined Chinese dissident’s new exhibition raises important questions about human rights at a site that’s home to America’s own notorious past.

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How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

In the years after the war, Britain was awash with stories and images of Nazi hell. The war crimes trials had revealed the full horror of what Hitler had done. Books like Lord Russell of Liverpool’s “Scourge of the Swastika” made the front pages a...

“Zone of Interest” is Martin Amis’ tour de force, but it couldn't have happened without the influence of Peter Foges, Christopher Hitchens and others.

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George & Amal: After the Wedding

George & Amal: After the Wedding

VENICE, Italy—The Venetian early Sunday morning is a delightful respite from the usual bustle and activity that clogs the city’s narrow streets. Venetians sip their coffee in quiet squares and walk their dogs along the waterfront with nary a touri...

Their marriage was announced on Saturday. Will there be another wedding on Monday?

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Women in the World

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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  • Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

    Are We Failing Syria’s Women and Girls?

    For the millions of women and girls displaced by conflicts across the globe, it has been a summer of extreme hardship. As a seemingly unbroken series of crises have unfolded from South Sudan to Mount Sinjar, from Gaza to Syria, women and girls com...

    Despite legislation meant to help women and girls in conflict zones, much more must be done to ensure rapid action on the ground—especially in Syria.

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James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

The day I knew my marriage was over was Thursday, March 7, 2007, two days before Dad was to be buried on my sister’s property in Beech Island. I know the exact date because it’s on the arrest report. The legal wrangling over the estate was in f...

After growing up witnessing her father, James Brown, violently abuse her mother, Yamma left her abusive husband just days after her father died in 2006—and was arrested for defending...

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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 goo...

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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James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

James Brown’s Daughter Speaks On Abuse

The day I knew my marriage was over was Thursday, March 7, 2007, two days before Dad was to be buried on my sister’s property in Beech Island. I know the exact date because it’s on the arrest report. The legal wrangling over the estate was in f...

After growing up witnessing her father, James Brown, violently abuse her mother, Yamma left her abusive husband just days after her father died in 2006—and was arrested for defending...

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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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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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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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Books

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

Lesbian Love and the Perfect Murder

The slow, bewitching beginning of the opening section of Sarah Waters’ latest novel, The Paying Guests (published by Penguin), is its own perfect deception: What seems to be a quiet, domestic novel set in suburban London in 1922 gives way to a sho...

As her latest novel, “The Paying Guests,” is published, bestselling author Sarah Waters talks about love, sexuality, subverting history, aging—and affairs with straight women.

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  • Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

    Overlooked Classic Books From Florida

    The allure and odor of books got me into this business. Small-town libraries are tough to pass by. By virtue of being readers we are also writers, I now believe, but that was not always the case. As a child I harbored the hope that, if I could wri...

    A Florida author recommends several inspiring, sustaining, but too little known books about the Sunshine State that are often overlooked but to which he returns repeatedly.

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Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

How Hitch & Amis Discovered Evil

In the years after the war, Britain was awash with stories and images of Nazi hell. The war crimes trials had revealed the full horror of what Hitler had done. Books like Lord Russell of Liverpool’s “Scourge of the Swastika” made the front pages a...

“Zone of Interest” is Martin Amis’ tour de force, but it couldn't have happened without the influence of Peter Foges, Christopher Hitchens and others.

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Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary

Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary

It is a testament to Noam Chomsky’s brilliance and bravery that despite his soft spoken manner and quiet personality, he manages to inspire fiery passion in millions of activists around the world, curiosity and conviction from students on nearly e...

You don’t have to buy Chomsky’s ideas wholesale to recognize that his often outrageous critiques of American democracy and capitalism usually hit their targets.

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Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

Tuchman Is Still the Best on WWI

The historian Fritz Stern memorably called World War I “the first calamity of the twentieth century, the calamity from which all other calamities sprang.” No one in late June 1914 anticipated that the assassination by a Serbian nationalist of Arch...

She never earned a Ph.D. or taught in a university history department. Barbara Tuchman called herself a writer whose subject was history. Whatever she was, there was no one better.

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Why Bigotry Persists

Why Bigotry Persists

Soon after Barack Obama’s electoral victory in 2008, conservatives began depicting the event as a triumph of cosmopolitan and secular intellectuals, people of color, liberal pieties, and “socialist” hopes. Grassroots organizing accompanied an agen...

The Neanderthals among us are adapting—they’re getting better at camouflaging their prejudices when they try to turn them into reality.

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Dazzling Beauties on Italian Streets

Dazzling Beauties on Italian Streets

The esteemed graphic designer Louise Fili became infatuated with Italian street signs when she first visited Italy as a 16-year-old teenager, and the love affair has only intensified with many return visits.

The esteemed graphic designer Louise Fili became infatuated with Italian street signs when she first visited Italy as a 16-year-old teenager, and the love affair has only intensified...

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The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis

The Duchess Who Secretly Loved Elvis

“Did you hear they’ve discovered who ‘Anonymous’ is?” asked Andrew Cavendish, the 11th Duke of Devonshire. “It’s somebody called Joe Klein! It says so right here in the International Herald Tribune!”It was a sunny July day at Chatsworth House, one...

Deborah, the Duchess of the Devonshire, who died this week, was the last of an iconic, English literary dynasty — and a delightful lunchtime companion.

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Why Bigotry Persists

Why Bigotry Persists

Soon after Barack Obama’s electoral victory in 2008, conservatives began depicting the event as a triumph of cosmopolitan and secular intellectuals, people of color, liberal pieties, and “socialist” hopes. Grassroots organizing accompanied an agen...

The Neanderthals among us are adapting—they’re getting better at camouflaging their prejudices when they try to turn them into reality.

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