Politics

Why Obama Won’t Act on Immigration

Why Obama Won’t Act on Immigration

For the last several weeks, in Washington and the nation’s immigrant communities, the assumption was that President Obama would circumvent Congress and use his executive power to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation by offering th...

Conservatives and liberals both assume that the president will eventually halt the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants through an executive order. They’re wrong.

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Five Weird, Unpredictable Senate Races

Five Weird, Unpredictable Senate Races

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the unofficial start of the general election. While political campaigns already have spent months, if not years, pressing the flesh and slinging mud, this marks the moment that those voters who only...

Will Mitch McConnell keep his job? Will a Palinesque conspiracy theorist triumph in Iowa? Find out in November, when control of the Senate is decided!

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A GOP Senate? Why It Won't Come Easy

A GOP Senate? Why It Won't Come Easy

Will the Republican finally wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats?  The New York Times fixes the odds of that happening at 2-to-1. But, for the Republicans to make that a reality, they must defeat at least three incumbent senators and tak...

With President Obama’s approval rating under water, Republicans should be poised to win big this November. So why are they struggling in the polls?

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Why Obama Won’t Act on Immigration

Why Obama Won’t Act on Immigration

For the last several weeks, in Washington and the nation’s immigrant communities, the assumption was that President Obama would circumvent Congress and use his executive power to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation by offering th...

Conservatives and liberals both assume that the president will eventually halt the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants through an executive order. They’re wrong.

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Government Fails the Mentally Ill

Government Fails the Mentally Ill

For the past two and a half years, I’ve reported from across the country on the multiple, slow-burning financial disasters unfolding in low-income communities. One of the most common issues I’ve encountered, whether I’m speaking with moms in Kentu...

Americans suffering from mental illness often have trouble finding good treatment they can afford, in large part due to cuts to needed government programs.

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Vote for Us, You Helpless Tramps

Vote for Us, You Helpless Tramps

Things aren’t looking good for the GOP when it comes to women voters, according to a large survey by party strategists this summer. On Republicans’ top issues—jobs and the economy—the poll showed only flagging advantages, and in some cases, outrig...

A new internal GOP survey suggests the party’s history of demeaning comments and policies is just killing them with women voters.

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Entertainment

Eleanor Rigby’s Uncensored Heartbreak

Eleanor Rigby’s Uncensored Heartbreak

It was, all things considered, a leap of faith. Two years ago, Jessica Chastain, fresh off her Oscar nomination for The Help, and James McAvoy, just after the release of X-Men: First Class, signed on to a sprawling New York love story helmed by a ...

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy sit down for a conversation about ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them,’ a gripping portrait of the loss of a great love.

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How Bad Was the Saved By the Bell Movie?

How Bad Was the Saved By the Bell Movie?

Is The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story the worst movie that has ever been made for television? Or is it secretly genius, and we were too tired from our Labor Day barbecues to notice?We’ve been left with little recourse, after spending two hou...

The halls of Bayside High were pretty boring. That’s the takeaway from Lifetime’s heavily promoted, blandly executed TV movie on the making of ’Saved By the Bell.’

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Kate Middleton Goes to Springfield

Kate Middleton Goes to Springfield

When Kate Middleton sported a bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress during her tour of Australia, many were quick to point out its ability to make anyone, even the Duchess of Cambridge, look like a banana. Little did she know, she’d one day turn a ...

The Duchess of Cambridge is one of the most photographed women in the world. Now an artist has transformed her to look like a member of one of TV’s most famous families.

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Lady Sybil's Sex Tape

Lady Sybil's Sex Tape

The sex hacking scandal has definitively spread into UK territory this morning, after it was revealed that Downton Abbey actor Jessica Brown Findlay—who played Lady Sybil in the hit costume drama until the character was dramatically killed off at ...

The iCloud hack claims first high-profile British victim—Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay

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How Bad Was the Saved By the Bell Movie?

How Bad Was the Saved By the Bell Movie?

Is The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story the worst movie that has ever been made for television? Or is it secretly genius, and we were too tired from our Labor Day barbecues to notice?We’ve been left with little recourse, after spending two hou...

The halls of Bayside High were pretty boring. That’s the takeaway from Lifetime’s heavily promoted, blandly executed TV movie on the making of ’Saved By the Bell.’

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Gervais: Stars To Blame For Naked Pics

Gervais: Stars To Blame For Naked Pics

It’s the kind of idiotic comment that might have given even David Brent pause for thought.But the British comedian Ricky Gervais, creator of the show The Office, which featured a famously tin-eared and insensitive boss (Brent became the rather mil...

British comedian Ricky Gervais jokes that hacked naked starlets are to blame for taking pictures in the first place and putting them 'on computers'.

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Lars von Trier Breaks His Vow of Silence

Lars von Trier Breaks His Vow of Silence

Lars von Trier, the terribly talented Danish provocateur, is quite a character. The filmmaker behind awe-inspiring films like Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, and Melancholia—to name a few—had, three years back, taken a vow of public silenc...

The reclusive—and controversial—filmmaker vowed to never speak publicly after his ‘Nazi’ scandal at Cannes. But he broke it to discuss the uncut version of Nymphomaniac at the Venice...

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American Ninja Warrior Woman

American Ninja Warrior Woman

Rather than the black camouflage in which they are commonly depicted, legend has it that the first “proto”-ninja disguised himself as a woman to assassinate a rival. It is fitting then, that New Jersey native Kacy Catanzaro may become the American...

Her qualifying run—a blistering 8 minutes 59 seconds and 53 hundredths of a second—has been seen by 8 million. Can Kacy Catanzaro be the first woman to win 'American Ninja Warrio...

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Gervais: Stars To Blame For Naked Pics

Gervais: Stars To Blame For Naked Pics

It’s the kind of idiotic comment that might have given even David Brent pause for thought.But the British comedian Ricky Gervais, creator of the show The Office, which featured a famously tin-eared and insensitive boss (Brent became the rather mil...

British comedian Ricky Gervais jokes that hacked naked starlets are to blame for taking pictures in the first place and putting them 'on computers'.

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World News

Fight ISIS With Racial Profiling?

Fight ISIS With Racial Profiling?

When it comes to anti-terrorist legislation, the United States and United Kingdom march pretty much to the same tune. We share the same intelligence sources, we know we have the same enemies domestic and foreign. Even though we have different judi...

With hundreds of Britons already waging jihad with the Islamic State, the British prime minister is rolling out measures to combat the threat—including seizing passports at the border.

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It’ll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS

It’ll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS

If President Obama truly wants to formulate a plan to defeat ISIS, a military solution won’t do it alone.  It will also take a concerted effort by Muslim, governmental, and other community leaders working together to counter extremism. As we all...

The group’s recruiting message to disaffected Muslims in the West is sophisticated and modern. No amount of airstrikes will counter that.

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Parents Arrested Trying to Save Son

Parents Arrested Trying to Save Son

When the desperate parents of a 5-year-old terminal cancer patient took their son from a British hospital to try to find the treatment they wanted in another country, they became fugitives of the law in a European manhunt. Now their son has been t...

Their son needed treatment Britain’s National Health Service wouldn’t provide. So they took him to Europe to find it. Instead, they got busted for child endangerment.

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Amnesty: Ethnic Cleansing by ISIS

Amnesty: Ethnic Cleansing by ISIS

An ISIS fighter approached a Christian woman two weeks ago and lifted the 3-year-old child from her arms. Little Kristina wailed as she was taken out of sight of her mother; she has not been seen since.This heartless crime, carried out in northern...

A new report from Amnesty International details horrific killings by ISIS against religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq.

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It’ll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS

It’ll Take More Than Bombs to Stop ISIS

If President Obama truly wants to formulate a plan to defeat ISIS, a military solution won’t do it alone.  It will also take a concerted effort by Muslim, governmental, and other community leaders working together to counter extremism. As we all...

The group’s recruiting message to disaffected Muslims in the West is sophisticated and modern. No amount of airstrikes will counter that.

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Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

The White House has called on the Afghan government to investigate up to 15 suspected cases of illegal killings by its security forces—with seven incidents this year, according to U.S. and Afghan officials in Kabul and Washington.The incidents occ...

The Afghan army is struggling both to provide security and prosecute illegal killings carried out by its own soldiers, officials say—and millions of dollars hang in the balance.

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How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola

How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola

If a disease as deadly as Ebola spreads throughout a community, cutting it down to only a fraction of what it was before, will that population ever recover? In the case of great apes at least, a new study in the Journal of Animal Ecology suggests ...

Ten years ago, a population of gorillas in Central Africa was ravaged by the deadly virus. Six years later, life is almost back to normal for them, says a new study. But how?

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Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs

Beating Cancer & Dodging Israel's Bombs

TEL AVIV – If hell were a travel destination, Qusay Omran would be its unofficial tour guide. At 19, he’s lived through three wars, a cancer that nearly killed him, and such devastating poverty it would make the South Bronx look like an all-inclus...

Even simple kindness isn’t simple in the Middle East. A Gaza teenager’s cancer is in remission thanks to treatment at a Tel Aviv hospital, but his homeland is dying.

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Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

Afghan Army Killings Threaten U.S. Aid

The White House has called on the Afghan government to investigate up to 15 suspected cases of illegal killings by its security forces—with seven incidents this year, according to U.S. and Afghan officials in Kabul and Washington.The incidents occ...

The Afghan army is struggling both to provide security and prosecute illegal killings carried out by its own soldiers, officials say—and millions of dollars hang in the balance.

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U.S. News

Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

If the world is lucky enough to produce historians of the early 21st century, one question seems certain to grab their attention. How did so much equality coexist with so much inequality?Economic inequality—the difference between the richest and t...

Americans pride themselves on an egalitarian society open to all. But some equality and inequality exist uneasily side by side. And the U.S. has never resolved this contradiction.

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‘Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired’

‘Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired’

Fannie Lou Hamer wasn’t one of those dainty, soft-spoken Southern ladies who drank sweet tea with a congenial smile and a Sunday go-to-church wide-brimmed hat.No. She was a tough, in-your-face, tell-it-like-it-is presence who spoke truth to power ...

Fifty years ago, civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer spoke before the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City—and her speech became one of the most pivotal moments of t...

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America Is a Police State For Many

America Is a Police State For Many

I don't know what it's like to live in a police state. But some people who live in America do.This week, a video surfaced of an event that occurred in St. Paul, Minnesota, back in January—and it's as horrifying as anything I've...

Police harassment is an everyday reality for millions of Americans, and the video of a Minnesota man’s arrest shows just how ugly it can be.

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Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

If the world is lucky enough to produce historians of the early 21st century, one question seems certain to grab their attention. How did so much equality coexist with so much inequality?Economic inequality—the difference between the richest and t...

Americans pride themselves on an egalitarian society open to all. But some equality and inequality exist uneasily side by side. And the U.S. has never resolved this contradiction.

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Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War. In this, we can sympathize a little with our ancestors 150 years ago—except that they were living through what seemed lik...

Only after the Confederates surrendered Atlanta 150 years ago did Americans know that the Union would be preserved.

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A Bomber in the Right-Wing Echo Chamber

A Bomber in the Right-Wing Echo Chamber

ROCKVILLE, Md. — Considering that he was being sued, and considering that this court date was the culmination of two and a half years of legal warfare, Aaron Walker seemed to be enjoying himself. The attorney and blogger was the first witness call...

Benghazi, Robin Williams, Islam, Twitter, and a convicted bomber from the 1970s came together in a court case against right-wing bloggers.

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Tech + Health

US Military Is Stuck in the 19th Century

US Military Is Stuck in the 19th Century

It’s unlikely that the U.S. Air Force will be abolished in anyone’s lifetime, whatever University of Kentucky professor Robert Farley, author of Grounded—The Case for Abolishing the United States Air Force, may think.A few commentators have alread...

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Anti-Vaxxers’ New Quack Hero

Anti-Vaxxers’ New Quack Hero

Is a whistleblower still a whistleblower if, after blowing it, he professes he didn’t even know he was holding a whistle in the first place?Such is the bizarrely ambiguous status of Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disea...

A CDC scientist says he and his colleagues hid research regarding the MMR vaccine and autism. Hello, anti-vaxxer field day.

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How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola

How Gorillas Are Outsmarting Ebola

If a disease as deadly as Ebola spreads throughout a community, cutting it down to only a fraction of what it was before, will that population ever recover? In the case of great apes at least, a new study in the Journal of Animal Ecology suggests ...

Ten years ago, a population of gorillas in Central Africa was ravaged by the deadly virus. Six years later, life is almost back to normal for them, says a new study. But how?

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The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings

The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings

In Britain, malaise is afoot. After news hit that a gang of Pakistani men sexually abused 1,400 girls in one northern town—the fifth such group of Pakistani or Muslim heritage to materialize in just four years—one question lingers: are grooming ri...

The recent discovery of a 1,400-victim sex abuse ring in the UK has rocked the country. That it’s the fifth of its kind—lead by Muslim men—leaves no easy answers.

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Anti-Vaxxers’ New Quack Hero

Anti-Vaxxers’ New Quack Hero

Is a whistleblower still a whistleblower if, after blowing it, he professes he didn’t even know he was holding a whistle in the first place?Such is the bizarrely ambiguous status of Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centers for Disea...

A CDC scientist says he and his colleagues hid research regarding the MMR vaccine and autism. Hello, anti-vaxxer field day.

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Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?

Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?

The Universe we inhabit seems to be four-dimensional: the three dimensions of height, length, and depth, along with time. Together those are known as spacetime, which is the background of our successful theories describing the forces governing mat...

What if our 4D Universe (height, length, depth, and time) isn’t actually 4D? Enter the holographic principle—the craziest thing you’ll read about today.

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Zen, Motorcycles, and the Cult of Tech

Zen, Motorcycles, and the Cult of Tech

Zeitgeist novels tend to fall in one of three categories, none of which have anything to do with the quality of the work itself. In the first category are books nostalgic for a simpler, romanticized past; James A. Michener’s Centennial, the best-s...

Robert Pirsig's 1974 oddball classic ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ reflects the malaise of its era and prefigures our own technophiliac age.

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Making #Thinsperation a Crime

Making #Thinsperation a Crime

Look for online information about eating disorders, and you’ll be bombarded with material from the National Institutes of Mental Health, advocacy organizations and non-profits, treatment centers, academic researchers, and eating disorder sufferers...

Italy’s Parliament recently proposed a bill that would criminalize pro-anorexia site authors with a $67,000 fine and up to a year in jail. But health experts say this is a bad idea.

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Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?

Is the Cosmos Just a Big Hologram?

The Universe we inhabit seems to be four-dimensional: the three dimensions of height, length, and depth, along with time. Together those are known as spacetime, which is the background of our successful theories describing the forces governing mat...

What if our 4D Universe (height, length, depth, and time) isn’t actually 4D? Enter the holographic principle—the craziest thing you’ll read about today.

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Kate Middleton Goes to Springfield

Kate Middleton Goes to Springfield

When Kate Middleton sported a bright yellow Roksanda Ilincic dress during her tour of Australia, many were quick to point out its ability to make anyone, even the Duchess of Cambridge, look like a banana. Little did she know, she’d one day turn a ...

The Duchess of Cambridge is one of the most photographed women in the world. Now an artist has transformed her to look like a member of one of TV’s most famous families.

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The 10 Worst Hotels in the World

The 10 Worst Hotels in the World

Welcome to our hotel. Please enjoy the creepy crawlies in your bed, the lovely chemical plant view, and the shady clientele, with our compliments. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Welcome to our hotel. Please enjoy the creepy crawlies in your bed, the lovely chemical plant view, and the shady clientele, with our compliments. We hope you enjoy your stay.

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How Top Designers Survive Fashion Week

How Top Designers Survive Fashion Week

Like athletes, many designers also have a lucky charm that gets them through the chaos of fashion week. They share their talismans, beauty regimines, and secret tips for survival.

Like athletes, many designers also have a lucky charm that gets them through the chaos of fashion week. They share their talismans, beauty regimines, and secret tips for survival.

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Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha

Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha

KYOTO, Japan — The night began with Champagne and French wine in the Old World, wooden-framed home of a friend of Akiko Fukai, Japan’s leading dress historian and curator, whose Kyoto Costume Institute collects ultra-modern dresses, à la Comme des...

Who meets for dinner at the ungodly hour of 6 p.m.? A Japanese media mogul and his geisha entertainers—so they can hit as many bars as possible before dawn. The Daily Beast joins them.

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The 10 Worst Hotels in the World

The 10 Worst Hotels in the World

Welcome to our hotel. Please enjoy the creepy crawlies in your bed, the lovely chemical plant view, and the shady clientele, with our compliments. We hope you enjoy your stay.

Welcome to our hotel. Please enjoy the creepy crawlies in your bed, the lovely chemical plant view, and the shady clientele, with our compliments. We hope you enjoy your stay.

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Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster

Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster

Earlier this month a brand new art museum opened in the posh mountain resort town of Aspen, Colorado. As a relatively high-profile museum, the project gathered an expected amount of attention from the architectural press. On top of that, the build...

Shigeru Ban, winner of the architecture world’s top “Oscar,” the Pritzker Prize, sets an important example: creating buildings for people, rather than glamor and prestige.

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Scarlet Is the New Black

Scarlet Is the New Black

It’s official: Red is the color of the season.The fiery hue has been everywhere lately, from the U.S. Open, where Vogue editrix Anna Wintour turned heads in a saucy scarlet shift, to the VMAs and Emmy Awards earlier this week, where Rita Ora (in a...

From Anna Wintour to Rita Ora to Claire Danes, stars are strutting their stuff in red this season. And the "look at me" color of confidence, sex, and attitude is likely her...

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The Never-Ending Falklands War

The Never-Ending Falklands War

“Las Malvinas son nuestras”—The Malvinas are ours.It’s a call from the heart one hears throughout Argentina.But the islands in the South Atlantic are not Argentina’s. The Falkland Islands—as their English name goes—remain a far-flung British terri...

A museum in Buenos Aires has opened, remembering the Falklands War. Unsurprisingly, it is an exercise in political propaganda, with Argentina’s desire to reclaim the British territor...

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Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster

Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster

Earlier this month a brand new art museum opened in the posh mountain resort town of Aspen, Colorado. As a relatively high-profile museum, the project gathered an expected amount of attention from the architectural press. On top of that, the build...

Shigeru Ban, winner of the architecture world’s top “Oscar,” the Pritzker Prize, sets an important example: creating buildings for people, rather than glamor and prestige.

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Women

When Lightning Strikes

When Lightning Strikes

It took no small amount of hubris to try to capture the life of legendary photographer Dorothea Lange on film. Her audience would not, I imagine, look kindly on any visual imperfection. Fortunately, this challenge was met by Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter – an award-winning cinematographer in her own right – who brings her grandmother’s gift of seeing to "Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lighting,” premiering at 9 pm tonight on PBS’s American Masters.The...

Best known for her photograph “Migrant Mother,” Dorothea Lange is the subject of the new documentary “Grab A Hunk of Lightning.”

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A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not ...

Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more par...

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AT&T Gives $1 Million to Girls Who Code

AT&T Gives $1 Million to Girls Who Code

On a Thursday in late August, inside a windowless, concrete edifice in downtown Manhattan, twenty high-school girls and their families were gathered at the graduation ceremony for AT&T’s Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program, in which they t...

At a small graduation ceremony last week, AT&T made a million-dollar contribution to the nonprofit Girls Who Code. Here's why more tech companies should do the same.

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NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Me...

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

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A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not ...

Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more par...

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

Beyoncé Is Our Indigo Girl

In a heart-stopping moment during her 16-minute performance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé made a bold political statement: Projecting a quote from Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie onto a gigantic, glowing screen while...

The R&B diva’s ‘feminist’ proclamation at the VMAs recalls feminism’s all-important ’90s—a decade filled with strong, outspoken female musicians.

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An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth...

Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

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Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

Serena & the Decline of American Tennis

The parking lots are full, but there’s only a sparse crowd this afternoon in Center Court of the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, when the chair umpire of this Cincinnati Open semifinal calls time. Serena Williams, wearing a violet sle...

With no obvious successor in place, 32-year-old Serena Williams, the oldest woman to ever hold the No. 1 world ranking, is one of the lone links to America's past dominance.

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Books

Has Football Jumped the Shark?

Has Football Jumped the Shark?

Last January, in The New York Times Magazine, Steve Almond detailed his worries about the effects of the violence in football, and suggested that America might find more productive ways to spend its Sundays. His inbox was soon filled with angry le...

The character-building cornerstone of American life has lately come under fire for ills ranging from racism to concussions. Three new books find the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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  • A Teacher Returns and Gets Schooled

    A Teacher Returns and Gets Schooled

    Like many older people, the sheriff in Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men thinks America is going to hell. Reflecting on the results of a survey of school teachers from the 1930s, he says: “The biggest problems they could name was things lik...

    After 14 years away from education, Garret Keizer returns to find a new generation that doesn’t care about books or even television—and the education bureaucracy wants to assign a nu...

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Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War. In this, we can sympathize a little with our ancestors 150 years ago—except that they were living through what seemed lik...

Only after the Confederates surrendered Atlanta 150 years ago did Americans know that the Union would be preserved.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Friends of Israel By Connie Bruck, New Yorker The lobbying group AIPAC has consistently fought the Obama Administration on policy. Is it now losing influence?ISIS Isn’t the Real Enemy. The “Game of Thrones” Medieval Mindset That Birthed It Is....

From Israel losing friends and alienating people to shady land deals on the Mosquito Coast, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Zen, Motorcycles, and the Cult of Tech

Zen, Motorcycles, and the Cult of Tech

Zeitgeist novels tend to fall in one of three categories, none of which have anything to do with the quality of the work itself. In the first category are books nostalgic for a simpler, romanticized past; James A. Michener’s Centennial, the best-s...

Robert Pirsig's 1974 oddball classic ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ reflects the malaise of its era and prefigures our own technophiliac age.

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Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Atlanta Was Destroyed to Save the Union

Many of us have tired of the blizzard of histories marking the sesquicentennial of the first years of the American Civil War. In this, we can sympathize a little with our ancestors 150 years ago—except that they were living through what seemed lik...

Only after the Confederates surrendered Atlanta 150 years ago did Americans know that the Union would be preserved.

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Beast Fiction: Your Worst Day in Iraq

Beast Fiction: Your Worst Day in Iraq

AgincourtThis will be the worst day of your life. In years to come you will recount the most intricate details to yourself with obsessive precision, as if tracing the wood grain of a childhood bunk bed from memory. It is not a healthy kind of reme...

A short story from an army veteran about the last time U.S. soldiers were in Iraq and the impossible choices they faced there.

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Grateful Dead I Have Known

Grateful Dead I Have Known

The terrific novelist Jennifer Egan grew up in San Francisco in the ’70s where she felt that she’d just missed out on the party. “I grew up feeling like I wanted to grow up ten years earlier, and I wanted to reconstruct every sense of what that mo...

The Kentucky bard Ed McClanahan once lived in California, where among various endeavors he played Boswell to the Grateful Dead. Here is his timeless report.

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College: Classy Trade School or More?

College: Classy Trade School or More?

There is a tradition in this country stretching back to Thomas Jefferson of lofty ideals for our colleges and universities. Liberal learning is said to prepare one for autonomy and for citizenship. As Ralph Waldo Emerson emphasized, it also led on...

Booker T. Washington promoted a utilitarian approach to education, while W.E.B. Du Bois argued for a broader, more liberal curriculum. The debate resonates to this day.

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Beast Fiction: Your Worst Day in Iraq

Beast Fiction: Your Worst Day in Iraq

AgincourtThis will be the worst day of your life. In years to come you will recount the most intricate details to yourself with obsessive precision, as if tracing the wood grain of a childhood bunk bed from memory. It is not a healthy kind of reme...

A short story from an army veteran about the last time U.S. soldiers were in Iraq and the impossible choices they faced there.

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