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Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

“The horror film is a very political genre,” writer/director Guillermo del Toro said in an interview with Time magazine in 2011.He was speaking from a place of experience. Del Toro’s creature-filled Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) showed the horrors of Fra...

A political history of liberal, countercultural horror.

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Women Voters Haunted by the GOP's Tricks

Women Voters Haunted by the GOP's Tricks

Halloween ain’t just for kids anymore: Republican candidates across the country are carefully trying to disguise their wildly unpopular and frightening anti-women policies. And as these Republicans go knocking at the doors of women voters this ele...

Single women and women of color don’t typically turn out big for midterm elections. But the stakes are too high this Tuesday for any woman to stay home.

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Brace Yourself for an October Surprise

Brace Yourself for an October Surprise

In local campaigns, you can tell election time is around the corner when reports of missing or stolen yard signs reach their peak. At the national level, more serious worries about suppression, stolen elections, drunken driving arrests, and “Super...

Remember Dubya’s DUI revelation? The McCain volunteer who carved that ‘B’ on her own cheek? They’re part of a great political tradition.

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Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

Horror Films’ Secret Liberal History

“The horror film is a very political genre,” writer/director Guillermo del Toro said in an interview with Time magazine in 2011.He was speaking from a place of experience. Del Toro’s creature-filled Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) showed the horrors of Fra...

A political history of liberal, countercultural horror.

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The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety

The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety

In one sense I hope the Democrats get massacred next Tuesday, because if they skate through and keep the Senate, they won’t bother to fix their long-term problem. Whereas, a massacre, well, it focuses the mind. And focus is what they need to figur...

Democrats might keep electing presidents, but until they figure out how to get their core groups to vote in midterms, it won’t matter.

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50K Missing Voters? Nothing to See Here

50K Missing Voters? Nothing to See Here

Voting-rights advocates are running out of time in Georgia, where civil-rights groups say more than 50,000 new voter registrations have gone missing since they submitted them to state and local officials earlier this year. But with Election Day le...

With races for Georgia governor and U.S. Senate neck-and-neck, every vote counts—and civil-rights groups want to know where thousands of new voter-registration applications have gone.

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Entertainment

Alpacas Talk Income Inequality

Alpacas Talk Income Inequality

This may not be a Halloween-themed video, but we can pretend that Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Silverman, and Andy Richter dressed up as alpacas in honor of the holiday. Because that’s what happened in this short film, directed by Adam McKay, ...

Adam McKay takes on inequality with llama-like creatures

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Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Matthew VanDyke has a producer credit and will share in the profits, if any, but he can barely stand the opening scene of Point and Shoot, a film documenting his metamorphosis from mollycoddled man-boy to combat-hardened freedom fighter.But Marsha...

Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar. Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ chronicles the metamorphosis.

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Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies

Wes Craven's Favorite Scary Movies

I chose to name films that were in the era where I first really started watching movies and fell in love with cinema. I didn’t watch movies as a kid because my family was a member of a church that didn’t think movies were a good thing—they thought...

From Psycho to Frankenstein, watch scenes from the director's 10 favorite creepy classics.

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What’s It Like for Men to Walk in NYC?

What’s It Like for Men to Walk in NYC?

In just two days, the video depicting a woman being harassed as she walks through the streets of New York has accumulated over 15 million YouTube views, raised awareness with men about what women endure on a daily basis, and depressingly, a barrag...

Parody of street harassment viral video shows “street privilege.”

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Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Matthew VanDyke has a producer credit and will share in the profits, if any, but he can barely stand the opening scene of Point and Shoot, a film documenting his metamorphosis from mollycoddled man-boy to combat-hardened freedom fighter.But Marsha...

Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar. Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ chronicles the metamorphosis.

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Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Ah, yes. Halloween, America’s annual carnival of glutton, immorality, and bad taste, is upon us, coming up faster than your vomit after too many bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Fireball whiskey shots (now with antifreeze!) at your friend...

People are planning to dress as sexy Ebola workers, ISIS terrorists, and Ray Rice beating up his wife for Halloween. We are all the worst.

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How Marvel’s 9 New Movies Fit Together

How Marvel’s 9 New Movies Fit Together

The other superhero factory struck first. Last week, DC Comics undraped an impressive slate of ten films through 2020, including the long-overdue Wonder Woman, marking the first female-led superhero flick since the brutal one-two punch of Catwoman...

Marvel unveiled their movie plans through 2019, including Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s how this diverse group of heroes cross over.

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‘Dear White People’: Racism Isn’t Dead

‘Dear White People’: Racism Isn’t Dead

The signs are everywhere—if you want to see them. White suburbanites getting dolled up in blackface for Ray Rice Halloween costumes. Bill O’Reilly tussling with Jon Stewart over the mere existence of white privilege. Persistent rumors that Darren ...

Institutional racism. Stereotypes. Blackface. White privilege. Justin Simien’s satire Dear White People tackles all these issues and more. Here’s how it made its way to the screen.

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Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Ah, yes. Halloween, America’s annual carnival of glutton, immorality, and bad taste, is upon us, coming up faster than your vomit after too many bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Fireball whiskey shots (now with antifreeze!) at your friend...

People are planning to dress as sexy Ebola workers, ISIS terrorists, and Ray Rice beating up his wife for Halloween. We are all the worst.

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World News

White House Micromanaging ISIS War

White House Micromanaging ISIS War

Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army.As the American-led battle against ISIS stre...

The Pentagon brass placed in charge of implementing Obama’s war against ISIS are getting fed up with the short leash the White House put them on.

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Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Thirty years ago today, following the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in apparent retaliation for the Indian army’s assault on the Sikhs’ Golden Temple in Amritsar, a wave of anti-Sikh massacres swe...

A man tells of his lucky escape from a mob and finding acceptance in America.

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Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Birth of a Warrior, Caught on Film

Matthew VanDyke has a producer credit and will share in the profits, if any, but he can barely stand the opening scene of Point and Shoot, a film documenting his metamorphosis from mollycoddled man-boy to combat-hardened freedom fighter.But Marsha...

Before Matthew VanDyke was a gun-toting rebel in Libya, he was just a 29-year-old with OCD, afraid of sugar. Marshall Curry’s ‘Point and Shoot’ chronicles the metamorphosis.

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Russia Rehearsing Nuke Attacks?

Russia Rehearsing Nuke Attacks?

Russian bombers may be flying nuclear strike drills over the Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, current and former U.S. Air Force officers believe. At the very least, these officers tell The Daily Beast, the Russian Air Force is aggressively probing wh...

Nuclear-capable Russian bombers are flying over the North Sea and the Atlantic. And U.S. Air Force officers are very concerned at what could be a rehearsal of a deadly mission.

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Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Finding Safety After Sikh Massacre

Thirty years ago today, following the 1984 assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in apparent retaliation for the Indian army’s assault on the Sikhs’ Golden Temple in Amritsar, a wave of anti-Sikh massacres swe...

A man tells of his lucky escape from a mob and finding acceptance in America.

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UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

LONDON — It’s the recreational drug report they didn’t want you to see. A comprehensive study of international narcotics regulations commissioned by Britain has concluded that there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels of ...

The government commissioned a massive study on the impact of international anti-drug laws—but its conclusions have the Conservatives spooked.

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Jailed at the Ends of the Earth

Jailed at the Ends of the Earth

Here’s something to do today. Let’s help Stacey Addison get out of jail at the ends of the earth.Specifically, Addison, from Oregon, is in prison in Timor-Leste, which used to be known as East Timor until, after much suffering, it gained its indep...

She hasn’t even been questioned, and a Nobel laureate is trying to help, but this Oregon woman is being sucked deeper and deeper into Timor-Leste’s prisons.

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‘Aspergery’ Isn’t Funny: It’s a Slur

‘Aspergery’ Isn’t Funny: It’s a Slur

Jeffrey Goldberg’s column in The Atlantic detailing the Obama administration increasingly frosty relationship with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent geopolitical tongues wagging. Details of administration officials’ list of private in...

In a spate of comments about Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, the White House unleashed a horrible epithet that reflected America’s pervasive ignorance about Asperger’s syndrome.

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UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

UK Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless

LONDON — It’s the recreational drug report they didn’t want you to see. A comprehensive study of international narcotics regulations commissioned by Britain has concluded that there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels of ...

The government commissioned a massive study on the impact of international anti-drug laws—but its conclusions have the Conservatives spooked.

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U.S. News

Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just...

As more and more people inherit considerable wealth, a new class has emerged with progressive ideals and strong opinions about how the rest of us should live.

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Wisconsin’s Badgers Buck Ticket Drop

Wisconsin’s Badgers Buck Ticket Drop

Across the country, from Ann Arbor to Gainesville and from Chapel Hill to Tucson, student football attendance is down at big colleges, with empty seats dotting the massive stadiums. But in Madison, Wisconsin, students still come out in droves for ...

At universities across the country, student ticket sales are in steep decline, but University of Wisconsin-Madison is the big exception to the trend – and it’s paying off outside the...

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Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

George Washington wanted to die rich, and we have that to thank for the Constitution.In the aftermath of the American Revolution, George Washington was keen to rebuild his personal finances. At the same time, the new nation’s leaders were equally ...

His support for the Constitutional Convention was what sold it to his countrymen, but Washington’s motives, as always, had more than a touch of self-interest.

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Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Trustafarians Will Teach You How to Live

Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just...

As more and more people inherit considerable wealth, a new class has emerged with progressive ideals and strong opinions about how the rest of us should live.

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Cop-Killer Suspect Put in Victim’s Cuffs

Cop-Killer Suspect Put in Victim’s Cuffs

Kids in northeastern Pennsylvania will be able to go trick-or-treating after all, now that that the real-life monster Eric Frein has been captured.The 31-year-old self-described survivalist and military re-enactor was finally arrested Thursday by ...

Eric Frein eluded Pennsylvania police for seven weeks after he allegedly killed a state trooper with a sniper shot. Last night, his run ended—in the back of that trooper’s squad car.

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Judges Behaving Badly

Judges Behaving Badly

Judges just don’t misbehave the way they used to. Gone are the days when an American judge could murder a Democratic senator and former comrade in a duel held over intense political differences—in this case, slavery, which the judge in question wa...

From sending pornographic emails to cyber-ogling Charlize Theron to penis pumping, jurists find novel ways to bring dishonor to the bench.

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Tech + Health

Samantha Power Praises Cuba

Samantha Power Praises Cuba

During the past 54 years, the United States has had no diplomatic relations with Cuba, has plotted to assassinate Cuba’s Communist dictator, Fidel Castro, orchestrated the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, and has continued to impose a severe econo...

Does Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations’ praise of Cuban medical professionals signal a thawing of relations between the two countries?

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Ladies' Men Live Longer

Ladies' Men Live Longer

Congratulations, Casanovas—men who have slept with a high number of women are statistically far less likely to develop prostate cancer.Researchers at the University of Montreal and INRS—Institut Armand-Frappier found that those who had more than 2...

A new study claims that men who have sex with more than 20 women have a significantly less chance of getting prostate cancer. Ladies men, this is your moment.

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Meditation Tips for the A.D.D. Crowd

Meditation Tips for the A.D.D. Crowd

By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn Odds are good that you’re one of the 90.6 percent of Americans that have not meditated in the past 12 months. Despite its many proven benefits, meditation is easy to brush off — who really wants to spend time o...

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The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

The Man Who Lost 35 Relatives to Ebola

Morris Kromah, 40, a resident of Chicken Soup factory—one of Monrovia’s slum communities—has lost 35 members of his family to the deadly Ebola virus. Now his community refers to him as an Ebola carrier. He had to get the police intervention for me...

He lost his wife, his son, and his daughter in a Liberian Ebola ward—along with 31 other family members—and now even his neighbors have turned against him.

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Ladies' Men Live Longer

Ladies' Men Live Longer

Congratulations, Casanovas—men who have slept with a high number of women are statistically far less likely to develop prostate cancer.Researchers at the University of Montreal and INRS—Institut Armand-Frappier found that those who had more than 2...

A new study claims that men who have sex with more than 20 women have a significantly less chance of getting prostate cancer. Ladies men, this is your moment.

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Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

There’s only one way to describe erotic filmmaker Erika Lust’s new project: XConfessions is PostSecret for porn. After directing four erotic films, Lust, a Swedish filmmaker who is now based in Barcelona, stopped to take stock of the many requests...

Xconfessions is like PostSecret for porn, with a twist: Filmmaker Erika Lust wants to bring female-friendly fantasies to life.

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Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola

Meet the Liberian Girls Beating Ebola

Two hundred girls are weaving in and out of dirty alleys in the seaside slum of West Point, Liberia. One man, straddling a large drum, keeps time as their voices rise in song: “Believe it, people, Ebola can kill.” Passers-by emerge from concrete b...

In a Monrovia slum, a group of teenage girls has formed to go door to door to educate residents about the disease—and they’re already changing behaviors, with lifesaving results.

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Fireball Whiskey Recalled for Antifreeze

Fireball Whiskey Recalled for Antifreeze

Updated 9:18 pmBottles of Fireball whiskey, the insanely popular cinnamon-flavored frathouse favorite, are being recalled in some European countries—because it’s got too much of a chemical used in antifreeze (among other things) inside. Late last ...

The cinnamon-flavored swill has been recalled in Europe over a chemical found in antifreeze. It’s a defeat for bros—and a triumph for good taste.

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Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

Your Sex Confession Is Her Screenplay

There’s only one way to describe erotic filmmaker Erika Lust’s new project: XConfessions is PostSecret for porn. After directing four erotic films, Lust, a Swedish filmmaker who is now based in Barcelona, stopped to take stock of the many requests...

Xconfessions is like PostSecret for porn, with a twist: Filmmaker Erika Lust wants to bring female-friendly fantasies to life.

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BeastStyle

How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

How ‘Titanic’ Freed Her From North Korea

Yeonmi Park was four years old when she learned to silence her feelings and free will. Her mother warned her that the birds at school could hear her when she whispered, that her thoughts were never hers alone.Five years later, she watched as her f...

The 21-year-old North Korea defector Yeonmi Park watched her father die, her friend’s mother executed, and much more horror. In a candid interview, she compares the brutality of life...

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Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

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Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough

Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough

The story leading the news today is a man coming out as gay. Of course he’s not any man, but Tim Cook, CEO of the world’s most valuable company: Apple.“While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now,” ...

Plaudits were showered on Apple’s CEO for coming out, but they miss the subtext of his declaration: The gay and powerful should use their power to effect change.

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What Should Katie Holmes Do Next?

What Should Katie Holmes Do Next?

When Katie Holmes lived near me, she would—grimly, behind sunglasses—walk the few steps from her apartment to the Wholefoods next door, holding her daughter Suri, running the clicking gauntlet of paparazzi photographers. One time, while I was stan...

The actress doesn’t want to be remembered for her split with Tom Cruise. Or her role as a lovesick teen on ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ Now comes the hard part: casting off both ghostly burdens.

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Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

Celebs in Costume Take Over Instagram

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

During Halloween, celebrities and fashionistas who dress up year-round get to put their own creativity to the test. Here are some of the best (and most stylish) costumes so far.

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Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Ah, yes. Halloween, America’s annual carnival of glutton, immorality, and bad taste, is upon us, coming up faster than your vomit after too many bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Fireball whiskey shots (now with antifreeze!) at your friend...

People are planning to dress as sexy Ebola workers, ISIS terrorists, and Ray Rice beating up his wife for Halloween. We are all the worst.

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Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murdering B&B

Lizzie Borden’s Ax-Murdering B&B

The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast has a tendency to lose its guests in the middle of the night.Last weekend a family slipped out at four in the morning, packing their bags and leaving out the side door without a word.“We have guests run away a...

Lizzie Borden was never convicted of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax. But a stay at the crime scene-turned-hotel may convince you of her guilt.

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In Defense of Slut-O-Ween

In Defense of Slut-O-Ween

Americans, particularly younger and left-leaning ones, turn redder than a KitKat wrapper at the mention of sexy Halloween costumes. From Jezebel to The Daily Show, news outlets of varying stripes have lamented and mocked the array of sexy (some wo...

The Internet is abuzz with debate about whether it’s OK for women to dress ‘sexy’ for Halloween parties. Surely this should be one day of the year where anything, and everything, goes.

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Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Sexy Ebola Nurse & More Awful Costumes

Ah, yes. Halloween, America’s annual carnival of glutton, immorality, and bad taste, is upon us, coming up faster than your vomit after too many bite-sized Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Fireball whiskey shots (now with antifreeze!) at your friend...

People are planning to dress as sexy Ebola workers, ISIS terrorists, and Ray Rice beating up his wife for Halloween. We are all the worst.

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Women in the World

Why I Removed the Veil

Why I Removed the Veil

No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a spectrum, of course, from its most radical embodiments, the niqab, which covers the entire face, to loose fitting headscarves.Saudi Arabia comes come second only to Iran in using the power of the stick (the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice or the religious police) to impose a particular form ...

One of Saudi Arabia’s preeminent activists, who led the right-to-drive movement, describes her decision to take off the niqab.

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Hillary, Call Dilma

Hillary, Call Dilma

On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff won re-election to continue her service as president of the fifth largest country in the world. As Brazil’s first female president fought for re-election one thing was clear, the economy would be the focus of the race. As...

Rousseff won reelection as Brazil’s president because she championed economic policies that protected and advanced the economic security of women and children, not investors and markets

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Lone Star Leaders

Lone Star Leaders

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wits ar...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on issues as vast as the Lone Star State: Ebola, honor killings, reproductive rights, the strains of military life, and peace t...

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What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

What Iran Can Learn From Gwyneth Paltrow

I have some advice for Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani about his conflicts with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.It comes from an unlikely source. Normally I might look to Samantha Power or Madeleine Albright or Hillary Clinton for foreign po...

It’s time for Iran’s President Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to take a page from Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin — and “consciously uncouple.”

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Hillary, Call Dilma

Hillary, Call Dilma

On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff won re-election to continue her service as president of the fifth largest country in the world. As Brazil’s first female president fought for re-election one thing was clear, the economy would be the focus of the race. As...

Rousseff won reelection as Brazil’s president because she championed economic policies that protected and advanced the economic security of women and children, not investors and markets

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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Live From Texas: Women in the World!

Live From Texas: Women in the World!

America’s seventh largest city was the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. A sold-out crowd of 800 (mostly) women packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre in San Antonio to take part in the event. “Your hearts are big, your wi...

Tina Brown’s signature event traveled to Texas to take on the issues important to women around the globe. From Ebola to immigration, from honor killing to the strains of military lif...

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Photos: Women in the World Texas

Photos: Women in the World Texas

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

America’s seventh largest city is the site of the latest meeting of Women in the World. View images from the event.

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Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

Protect Immigrant Women Facing Abuse

I am a survivor of domestic violence, and I am an immigrant. My husband used my immigration status to threaten me for over twelve years.I came to this country from Mexico in 1995 because my husband told me that I had to come with him. If I refused...

President Obama should take action now, during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, to protect immigrant women who are victims of domestic abuse from becoming victims of the immigratio...

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Books

Gay Talese on Charlie Manson

Gay Talese on Charlie Manson

Gay Talese is one of our great writers; Charles Manson, one of our most infamous criminals. Talese wrote about Manson in the March 1970 issue of Esquire. The story, “Charlie Manson’s Home on the Range” is featured in The Library of America’s True ...

All stories about the murderous cult leader are creepy, but Gay Talese’s portrait of an old blind rancher visited by the Manson gang out-creeps them all.

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  • Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

    Joseph Campbell: The Roots of Halloween

    Trick Or TreatPart I October 25, 1981I can’t tell you what a feeling I have of the privilege of participating in this perfectly beautiful event, in this magical atmosphere of these lovely windows, and the music that we’ve heard, and the amusing en...

    In the first of two speeches on the symbolism of All Hallows’ Eve, myth master Joseph Campbell delves into the holiday’s Celtic roots and its eternal resonance.

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Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

George Washington wanted to die rich, and we have that to thank for the Constitution.In the aftermath of the American Revolution, George Washington was keen to rebuild his personal finances. At the same time, the new nation’s leaders were equally ...

His support for the Constitutional Convention was what sold it to his countrymen, but Washington’s motives, as always, had more than a touch of self-interest.

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When West Point Football Turned Fatal

When West Point Football Turned Fatal

On Oct. 30, 1909, in a football game between Army and Harvard, Army’s left tackle Eugene Byrne died trying to stop a running play that ended with him at the bottom of a pileup. As the Harvard Crimson noted, Byrne “had been bearing the brunt of the...

On this day 105 years ago, a West Point player died in a game with Harvard. Similarities between that tragedy and injuries today prove that not much has changed in a century.

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Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

Who Says You Can’t Quantify Literature?

The longest novels, the shortest stories, the number of kisses in Jane Austen’s novels—the wizards at Cartridge Discount have counted so you don’t have to. So here’s literature by th...

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Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

Washington’s Wheeler-Dealer Patriotism

George Washington wanted to die rich, and we have that to thank for the Constitution.In the aftermath of the American Revolution, George Washington was keen to rebuild his personal finances. At the same time, the new nation’s leaders were equally ...

His support for the Constitutional Convention was what sold it to his countrymen, but Washington’s motives, as always, had more than a touch of self-interest.

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Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Officially, CBS News has zero to say about veteran CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and her soon-to-be-released memoir, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Wash...

A much-praised and award-winning journalist resigns amid rumors her allegedly right-wing politics were getting in the way of her reporting. Now Sharyl Attkisson prepares to have her ...

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Poehler Quizzes ‘Game of Thrones’ Author

Poehler Quizzes ‘Game of Thrones’ Author

On Tuesday’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, comedic actress extraordinaire Amy Poehler quizzed fantasy author extraordinaire George R.R. Martin on his Song of Ice and Fire novels, basis for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. The rules were simple: ...

Fantasy author knows more than Jon Snow, but got “Hodor!” clue wrong.

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Amy Poehler Preaches ‘Lean Out’

Amy Poehler Preaches ‘Lean Out’

Amy Poehler wants Sheryl Sandberg to sit back. Lean Out, she jokes, in her memoir Yes, Please, will be the title of her next book, co-written with the Facebook COO author of the women-in-the-workplace manifesto Lean In. The title, one of many Poeh...

Think of Poehler as the ‘anti-Sheryl Sandberg’—a high-profile female whose witty, breezy new memoir argues that obsessing over your career may not be the path to happiness.

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Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Was This Reporter Too Rightwing for CBS?

Officially, CBS News has zero to say about veteran CBS investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and her soon-to-be-released memoir, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Wash...

A much-praised and award-winning journalist resigns amid rumors her allegedly right-wing politics were getting in the way of her reporting. Now Sharyl Attkisson prepares to have her ...

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