Politics

White House: Bibi-Obama Call Is Fake

White House: Bibi-Obama Call Is Fake

Tensions between the Obama White House and the Israeli press have been mounting since the Israeli press trashed Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal over the weekend.Even liberal columnists and reporters in Israel said Kerry’s plan t...

An explosive transcript of a purported conversation between the president and prime minister made it sound like the U.S. was imposing a ceasefire on Israel.

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Red State Dems Ditch Obama

Red State Dems Ditch Obama

In West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant’s latest ad, she hits a switch, plunges the White House into darkness, and promises, “I’ll make sure President Obama gets the message” on the importance of the West Virginia coal industry to the re...

With the president’s approval ratings hovering as low as 25 percent in competitive states, some are running I-never-met-the-guy campaigns—though they may need his fundraising power.

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The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

Lena Dunham recently sparked an online frenzy by tweeting about something that doesn’t seem particularly controversial: birth control. Her tweet “I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?” went viral. ...

We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.

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Blue State Anti-Immigrant Hate

Blue State Anti-Immigrant Hate

“Stop the invasion! Seal the border!” read the homemade signs at a protest over the weekend. “Americans before illegals!”But the hundreds of demonstrators who turned out to protest their governor’s offer to house up to 1,000 undocumented immigrant...

Rick Perry doesn’t want the new wave of undocumented children to be housed in Texas—and neither do protesters in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Who’s behind the new demonstrations.

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Red State Dems Ditch Obama

Red State Dems Ditch Obama

In West Virginia Senate candidate Natalie Tennant’s latest ad, she hits a switch, plunges the White House into darkness, and promises, “I’ll make sure President Obama gets the message” on the importance of the West Virginia coal industry to the re...

With the president’s approval ratings hovering as low as 25 percent in competitive states, some are running I-never-met-the-guy campaigns—though they may need his fundraising power.

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It’s a Miracle! Congress Will Reform VA

It’s a Miracle! Congress Will Reform VA

It’s weeks late, and talks came perilously close to breaking down, but Congress is likely to pass a series of compromise reforms for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs later this week.The probable passage is a promising sign for those hopi...

Sure, the whole deal almost fell apart and took weeks longer than expected, but Bernie Sanders and Jeff Miller have come up with a $17 billion bill—and it’s expected to pass this week.

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Rand Paul Gears Up For 2016

Rand Paul Gears Up For 2016

Rand Paul’s political juggernaut grew even more formidable on Monday. RANDPAC, the Kentucky senator’s political action committee, announced that it hired John Yob, a prominent Republican consultant, to be its national political director and chief ...

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul hired a top political operative Monday for a potential 2016 presidential campaign.

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Iowa Republican’s Shocking Ignorance

Iowa Republican’s Shocking Ignorance

Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, appears to believe states can nullify federal laws. In a video obtained by The Daily Beast, Ernst said on September 13, 2013 at a forum held by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition that...

Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee in Iowa, doesn’t want “federal legislators” to pass laws that “states are considering nullifying,” like Obamacare.

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It’s a Miracle! Congress Will Reform VA

It’s a Miracle! Congress Will Reform VA

It’s weeks late, and talks came perilously close to breaking down, but Congress is likely to pass a series of compromise reforms for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs later this week.The probable passage is a promising sign for those hopi...

Sure, the whole deal almost fell apart and took weeks longer than expected, but Bernie Sanders and Jeff Miller have come up with a $17 billion bill—and it’s expected to pass this week.

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Entertainment

The Misunderstood Juggalos

The Misunderstood Juggalos

THORNVILLE, Ohio—Notable omission: The drug bridge is no more. And as always, there are undercover officers in the crowd of 4,500 at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos.The demise of the bridge is not a bad thing, said a spokesman for Psychopathi...

‘They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, then they hold the door for people and say “thank you.”’ A dispatch from the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

During Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of the nerds, director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior—or perhaps,...

Now that the first picture has been unveiled, get to know the new Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’: an ex-Israel Defense Forces soldier/Miss Israel.

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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The Case Against Cards Against Humanity

The Case Against Cards Against Humanity

It says so right on the box the deck of cards comes in. “Cards Against Humanity: A party game for horrible people.”The easiest way to explain Cards Against Humanity’s premise to newbies is “no-limits” Apples to Apples. It’s for people who have alw...

The tagline on Cards Against Humanity’s box is a lie. The game isn’t for horrible people. It’s designed to reassure you that you aren’t a horrible person.

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Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

During Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of the nerds, director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior—or perhaps,...

Now that the first picture has been unveiled, get to know the new Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’: an ex-Israel Defense Forces soldier/Miss Israel.

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ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

It’s a rare event to be able to witness a star go into supernova. Not every star can do it. Most don’t put out enough heat. Nearly all are too small. The conditions have to be exactly right.It’s been a slow build, but with the release of Lucy last...

As smart as 'Lucy' is about its Scarlett—an almost meta reflection on her seemingly infinite capabilities—it falls for the same xenophobic stereotypes that plague dumber films.

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Franco: Cormac McCarthy Changed My Life

Franco: Cormac McCarthy Changed My Life

I read Blood Meridian when I was in my early twenties because Harold Bloom said it was one of the best books of the second half of the twentieth century. I had dropped out of UCLA to pursue acting, but Bloom was my man to point me to the important...

‘It felt like Faulkner and Melville but with grisly scenes of murder and atrocity that gave a contemporary and strangely authentic feel, as if McCarthy had actually been there.’

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ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks

ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks

Late Thursday night, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann—as is his wont—went off-script. He took a break from his usual pugnacious pontificating to show the 45-second viral video of Ray Rice, the star running back of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, hauling his unc...

Stephen A. Smith went nuts defending Ray Rice, warning of the dangers of women ‘provoking’ men. But this behavior is nothing new for the network’s commentators.

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ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

It’s a rare event to be able to witness a star go into supernova. Not every star can do it. Most don’t put out enough heat. Nearly all are too small. The conditions have to be exactly right.It’s been a slow build, but with the release of Lucy last...

As smart as 'Lucy' is about its Scarlett—an almost meta reflection on her seemingly infinite capabilities—it falls for the same xenophobic stereotypes that plague dumber films.

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World News

Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

GAZA CITY — Israel’s assault on Gaza has hit a new level of intensity as its navy, artillery, drones and F16s rain fire on residents across the besieged strip.As the dust cleared this morning after a night of bombardment that felt as if it would n...

The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.

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Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — He is a revolutionary man, this 46-year-old Sunni, Salafist sheik and father of six with the graying beard, twinkling dark eyes, immaculately ironed thawb and manicured fingernails. He endorses the jihadist-led uprising against ...

Lebanon’s Sunni extremists, inspired by the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, are preaching revolution against the dominance of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

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Mystery Assad Defector Appears in D.C.

Mystery Assad Defector Appears in D.C.

The Syrian defector known as “Caesar,” who documented and then fled with evidence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s torture and murder of more than 11,000 civilians in custody, has begun a visit to Washington, D.C., aimed at verifying and work...

The Syrian military policy photographer who defected with tens of thousands of photos of Assad’s war crimes is now in Washington, D.C., to share what he has seen with America.

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Israel Shrinks Gaza by 40 Percent

Israel Shrinks Gaza by 40 Percent

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving peop...

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.

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Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — He is a revolutionary man, this 46-year-old Sunni, Salafist sheik and father of six with the graying beard, twinkling dark eyes, immaculately ironed thawb and manicured fingernails. He endorses the jihadist-led uprising against ...

Lebanon’s Sunni extremists, inspired by the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, are preaching revolution against the dominance of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

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Christians Face Persecution Abroad

Christians Face Persecution Abroad

While the owners of Hobby Lobby rejoice in their ability to withhold insurance coverage from their employees, a new State Department report reveals that around the world, 2013 was a terrible year for Christians facing real oppression.The report, t...

Some conservative Christians say they’re oppressed because they can’t discriminate against others. The State Department has some real oppression to show them.

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ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

“Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himse...

The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests.

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The Coming Blitz of Baghdad

The Coming Blitz of Baghdad

BEIRUT, Lebanon—When the minions of the self-anointed caliph in the self-declared Islamic State that now straddles Iraq and Syria blow up a mosque supposed to contain the remains of the prophet Jonah, or offer punctilious details about the kind of...

Analysts say the Islamic State is about to launch a major offensive—but one built around commando raids and suicide bombings rather than a frontal attack.

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Christians Face Persecution Abroad

Christians Face Persecution Abroad

While the owners of Hobby Lobby rejoice in their ability to withhold insurance coverage from their employees, a new State Department report reveals that around the world, 2013 was a terrible year for Christians facing real oppression.The report, t...

Some conservative Christians say they’re oppressed because they can’t discriminate against others. The State Department has some real oppression to show them.

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Tech + Health

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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About That ‘World-Ending’ Solar Storm...

About That ‘World-Ending’ Solar Storm...

The Universe is trying to kill us! Or at least, it’s not a very friendly place beyond the comforting confines of planet Earth. A recent study by solar physicists points out that we had a near-miss with a strong solar storm back in 2012. But how cl...

News of a devastating solar storm ‘just missing’ Earth in 2012 made the rounds last week. Turns out that storm was nowhere near us, and similar storms have happened before.

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Americans Are Catching Ebola in Africa

Americans Are Catching Ebola in Africa

At least two Americans are now infected with the Ebola virus, part of an “out of control” outbreak that the World Health Organization is calling the worst on record.Late last week Dr. Kent Brantly, a 32-year-old family practice physician working i...

Seven hundred are dead in West Africa, victims of an ‘out-of-control’ outbreak—and now two American health-care workers there have contracted the disease, says a colleague.

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs

This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs

The emergence of new technology can have the most unexpected results on human behavior. And when the third factor of pharmacological chemistry is introduced, it becomes totally unpredictable. For example, the invention of the hypodermic syringe in...

Dope smokers find e-cigarettes and high-tech ‘mods’ are great for smoking in public, with less fear from cops and bouncers.

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Like Google Earth for the Universe

Like Google Earth for the Universe

The observable Universe contains 100 billion galaxies, give or take (not that we’ve mapped all of them, not least since many of them are too far for reliable imaging). Many astronomical projects are dedicated to the task of placing as many galaxie...

In just 64 nights, SAMI, an instrument attached to the Anglo-Australian telescope in Australia, has recorded demographic information for 1,000 galaxies. Its goal: 3,400 galaxies in t...

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There Will Never Be a Female Viagra

There Will Never Be a Female Viagra

Perhaps it’s just the programs I choose to watch, but every time I turn on the television I’m bombarded with commercials featuring attractive middle-aged couples in the midst of a smiling, playful, emotionally intimate moment—with the bedroom as t...

Drug companies are wasting millions of dollars in research on “female Viagra.” They need to realize that female and male arousal are completely different—and a Viagra-like pill isn’t...

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This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs

This Is Your E-Cigarette on Drugs

The emergence of new technology can have the most unexpected results on human behavior. And when the third factor of pharmacological chemistry is introduced, it becomes totally unpredictable. For example, the invention of the hypodermic syringe in...

Dope smokers find e-cigarettes and high-tech ‘mods’ are great for smoking in public, with less fear from cops and bouncers.

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Fashion

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member: The “Made in the USA” company was serious when they announced plans to shake up the board. In what seems to be an attempt at re-branding the label as more “female-friendly,” American Apparel has...

And Essie is launching a vending machine.

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Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein: Have we found the next Marky Mark? According to the Daily Mail, Pop music bad boy Justin Bieber recently shot a campaign for Calvin Klein that is projected to run later this year. Bieber, who frequently posts photos...

And more than 20,000 Americans set to wed on 12/13/14.

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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Great Escapes

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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  • Why the Left Protests Better

    Why the Left Protests Better

    Whether you are planning to halt a battalion of mechanical diggers, shut down a facility, or simply secure maximum attention to your cause, there’s certainly an art to the successful protest.The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has become the ...

    From intractable arm locks to inflatable bricks, dissidents have created innovative tools over the years to help their movements succeed. Well, left-wing protesters have, at least.

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Why I Hate The Beach

Why I Hate The Beach

I just came back from a family vacation at the beach. Will someone please explain the beach to me?What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of gro...

The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you. It’s time we were honest with ourselves about the horror of beach vacations.

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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

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The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

The Classic Hotel Bar Checks Back In

During cherry blossom season this past spring, I took my husband’s visiting parents to the Bar at the St. Regis Washington, D.C. for a quiet place to enjoy a fine cocktail near the tourist attractions. The service staff, wearing black vests, ties,...

Bars at the top hotels used to be the place to grab a cocktail. After falling out of style, they're back and ready to compete with speakeasies from New Orleans to NYC.

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The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

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Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

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Women

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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  • The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

    The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

    Lena Dunham recently sparked an online frenzy by tweeting about something that doesn’t seem particularly controversial: birth control. Her tweet “I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?” went viral. ...

    We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

SAN DIEGO — “No podemos volver a Guatemala. We cannot return to Guatemala,” Elvina tells me. She’s just arrived at Border Angels, a local San Diego charity, with three of her four children. Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately ...

Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

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Not My Boss’ Business; Not My Politic...

Not My Boss’ Business; Not My Politic...

It all started with the Hobby Lobby decision at the end of June. When the Court issued its opinion, SCOTUS watchers and those committed to women’s equality warned that the country had been set on a slippery slope. In a disastrous decision made by ...

Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health argues that Latinas are disproportionately impacted by a lack coverage for birth control – and the com...

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

More than 137,000 women in England and Wales have undergone female genital mutilation. An estimated 20,000 girls born in Britain are at risk. Seeking to end the practice “everywhere for everyone within this generation,” Prime Minister David Camero...

British law said it was illegal to perform female genital mutilation or to take a girl out of the country for the purpose. Now, parents can be prosecuted for allowing it.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Books

Pulling the Plug on English Departments

Pulling the Plug on English Departments

It is easy to observe the sad and sickly decline of American intellectual life, through the cultural and institutional lowering of standards, when prestigious publications promote the defense, if not the celebration, of lower standards.Writing rec...

The armies of soft philistinism are on the march and eager to ditch traditional literature instruction in favor of more utilitarian approaches. To the barricades!

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  • Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

    Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

    In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

    As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

A Kiss, a Prayer: The Last Hours of MH17’s VictimsKristen Gelineau, The Associated PressFlight 17 took off around 12:15 p.m. on what should have been an 11 hour and 45 minute flight. It lasted two hours.The Secret Government Rulebook for Labeling ...

From the last hours of MH17’s victims to the history of autocorrect, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ron Rosenbaum’s Explaining Hitler made a splash with its examination of historians and conspiracy theories surrounding one of history’s most infamous villains.This summer, Rosenbaum is out with an updated edition th...

Nearly two decades since he published ‘Explaining Hitler,’ Ron Rosenbaum talks about why he reopened his look at the Fuhrer with a new edition of his classic study.

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How the Dude Came to Abide

How the Dude Came to Abide

I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

American Hippos and Other Weird Beasts

Jon Mooallem, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, become a sort of endangered-species whisperer with his colorful, often wrenching book Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking a...

Jon Mooallem talks to The Daily Beast (who else?) about whooping crane suits, hippos in the Mississippi, and the transformative power of Teddy Bears.

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Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ron Rosenbaum’s Explaining Hitler made a splash with its examination of historians and conspiracy theories surrounding one of history’s most infamous villains.This summer, Rosenbaum is out with an updated edition th...

Nearly two decades since he published ‘Explaining Hitler,’ Ron Rosenbaum talks about why he reopened his look at the Fuhrer with a new edition of his classic study.

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