Politics

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is facing plenty of questions about his handling of a domestic violence investigation into NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely last week after video showed h...

From Ray Rice and the NFL to Obama's comments on the Syrian opposition, PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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The Democrats’ Real Left-Populist Savior

The Democrats’ Real Left-Populist Savior

Andrew Cuomo is the new face of all that’s wrong with today’s Democrats. Thanks to his trouncing of Zephyr Teachout, the idealistic leftist professor who mustered the courage to challenge him, that much is now clear.As anyone in New York can tell ...

Lefty Dems bummed by Andrew Cuomo’s win already have an anti-corporatist alternative. He’s sharp, credentialed, and hiding in plain sight.

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Mark Sanford’s Epic Facebook Overshare

Mark Sanford’s Epic Facebook Overshare

Not that anybody asked to hear them, but Congressman Mark Sanford has a lot of thoughts about his personal life and things that have nothing to do with the business of being a federal lawmaker.And, like any other old person, he has taken to his Fa...

In a seemingly endless 2,300-word rant, the South Carolina congressman shared his family and relationship drama with the world on Friday afternoon.

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Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows

By Katie Sanders and Aaron SharockmanNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is facing plenty of questions about his handling of a domestic violence investigation into NFL running back Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely last week after video showed h...

From Ray Rice and the NFL to Obama's comments on the Syrian opposition, PunditFact checks the talking heads against the record.

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Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?

Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?

The growing presence of domestic drones has some people—including a few very powerful figures—understandably concerned.“There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private pr...

Americans may be sweating UAVs’ privacy implications, but in Wyoming, lawmakers are trying to make sure police can have weapons in the sky.

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Christians Enraged With Cruz Over Israel

Christians Enraged With Cruz Over Israel

Christian writers are incensed with Sen. Ted Cruz, and argue that the Texas senator is putting politics before his fellow religious brethren. Cruz was the keynote speaker Wednesday evening at a dinner put on by In Defense of Christians, a group de...

Ted Cruz’s was booed off stage after addressing Middle Eastern Christians, now faces a backlash from key Christian writers and thinkers.

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Entertainment

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns is America’s premier storyteller and historical “remembrancer.” His 26 documentary television series for PBS—including Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Statue of Liberty (1985), The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The West (1996), Lewis &a...

Arguably America’s most influential historian, Burns fashions a fascinating documentary from the lives of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. But his story has grave gaps.

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Kanye To Wheelchair Kid: Stand Up!

Kanye To Wheelchair Kid: Stand Up!

Oh, Kanye. The acclaimed rapper/self-described Steve Jobs/newly minted Kardashian, who once rapped, “They tryna put me on the schoolbus with the space for the wheelchair,” halted a concert on Friday night after discovering that several audience me...

At a concert on Friday in Sydney, Australia, the acclaimed rapper called out a pair of fans for not standing up at the show. One had a prosthetic limb, and the other was in a wheelch...

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Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Before he hit the best-seller list for the first time with Glitz in 1985, Elmore Leonard spent more than 30 years writing pulp crime novels and westerns that sold in paperback racks in drug stores and bus stations. After Glitz, he’d keep writing f...

It took him 30 years of writing to make it big. Maybe his drinking slowed him up. Or publishers didn’t know how to sell him. But no one ever said Leonard didn’t know how to write.

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White Guys Still Get Best Bible Roles

White Guys Still Get Best Bible Roles

No one really knows what Moses looked like, but chances are if you’ve ever thought about the guy who parted the Red Sea, it’s pretty certain the actor who played Batman didn’t come to mind. Yet Christian ‘The Dark Knight’ Bale is the surprise choi...

Despite a larger presence of Middle Eastern actors in Hollywood, sword and sandal Biblical flicks too often “whitewash” their casts in a quest for box office payoff.

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Kanye To Wheelchair Kid: Stand Up!

Kanye To Wheelchair Kid: Stand Up!

Oh, Kanye. The acclaimed rapper/self-described Steve Jobs/newly minted Kardashian, who once rapped, “They tryna put me on the schoolbus with the space for the wheelchair,” halted a concert on Friday night after discovering that several audience me...

At a concert on Friday in Sydney, Australia, the acclaimed rapper called out a pair of fans for not standing up at the show. One had a prosthetic limb, and the other was in a wheelch...

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Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Because we all know the Internet was really made for porn, an elite trio of streaming adult sites—Pornhub, YouPorn and Redtube—have joined forces with the likes of Netflix and Reddit to protest new threats to net neutrality.September 10th became “...

With a threat to net neutrality looming—that all online data is treated equally—a handful of popular XXX sites are leading the charge to campaign for an open Internet.

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Taking Flight After ‘The Good Wife’

Taking Flight After ‘The Good Wife’

Where were you when you found out that Josh Charles would no longer be on The Good Wife?If you watch the sensational CBS drama—and if you watch it then you are obsessed with it—then you remember every brutal pang of the heart-stopping, world-rocki...

Josh Charles talks about leaving Will Gardner and ‘The Good Wife’ behind as he promotes his insane—and very cool—new movie, ‘Bird People.’

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U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album

U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album

Songs of Innocence is U2’s first new music in more than five years. The band made the announcement standing next to Apple CEO Tim Cook at Tuesday’s big press conference. After performing the first single “The Miracle (of Joey Ramone),” Cook asked,...

‘Songs of Innocence,’ magically added to every iTunes user’s library, is excruciating not because U2 is a bad band, but because they are a great one who made a mediocre record.

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Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Because we all know the Internet was really made for porn, an elite trio of streaming adult sites—Pornhub, YouPorn and Redtube—have joined forces with the likes of Netflix and Reddit to protest new threats to net neutrality.September 10th became “...

With a threat to net neutrality looming—that all online data is treated equally—a handful of popular XXX sites are leading the charge to campaign for an open Internet.

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World News

Caravans Of Coffins Are Crossing Ukraine

Caravans Of Coffins Are Crossing Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine -- Mikhail Savulchik dragged on a cigarette as he pointed to the small pieces of shrapnel taken out of his bandaged legs. They rested on his wheelchair. And here – he held it up -- was one more that popped out from under the skin at ...

Ukraine’s government is sending volunteers to the slaughter, while the regular army conserves forces. As the ceasefire fails, patriotic fighters could be in short supply.

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ISIS Monsters Behead British Hostage

ISIS Monsters Behead British Hostage

LONDON — The third gruesome murder of an unarmed hostage was uploaded to the Internet on Saturday night by a group of ISIS terrorists apparently hell-bent on drawing another Western nation into armed battle in the Middle East. The brutal execution...

The killing of aid worker David Haines is another grotesque spectacle by a group determined to outrage the West. So far it is succeeding – and it may yet pay the price.

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Pope Francis vs. The Warmongers

Pope Francis vs. The Warmongers

ROME, Italy – Pope Francis spoke on Saturday at a cemetery only a few miles from where his Italian grandfather fought in the trenches along the Isonzo River near the Slovenian border in World War I. It was on one of his most impassioned speeches y...

The Pontiff takes on the military-industrial complex and terrorists of all kinds.

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In Japan, Zima Lives!

In Japan, Zima Lives!

Out of all the abominations created in the “clear drink” craze of the 1990s, nothing emerged as a bigger joke than Zima, a fizzy alcoholic beverage that tasted faintly like Sprite. Originally touted as “Zomething Different,” a clear alternative to...

The “malternative” liquor may be off the market in the U.S.A., but it’s thriving in Japan

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ISIS Monsters Behead British Hostage

ISIS Monsters Behead British Hostage

LONDON — The third gruesome murder of an unarmed hostage was uploaded to the Internet on Saturday night by a group of ISIS terrorists apparently hell-bent on drawing another Western nation into armed battle in the Middle East. The brutal execution...

The killing of aid worker David Haines is another grotesque spectacle by a group determined to outrage the West. So far it is succeeding – and it may yet pay the price.

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Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants ...

Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

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Secret Pictures of the Hermit Kingdom

Secret Pictures of the Hermit Kingdom

The Hermit Kingdom is one of the last truly mysterious places. But, under the guise of a tourist, photojournalist Julia Leeb documented the lives of normal citizens in a surreal world.

The Hermit Kingdom is one of the last truly mysterious places. But, under the guise of a tourist, photojournalist Julia Leeb documented the lives of normal citizens in a surreal world.

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Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?

Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb?

Its entrances are guarded first by a pair of sphinxes, then by columns in the form of women—each stretching out an arm to ward off intruders. Beyond them lies one of the greatest mysteries of modern archaeology, one that might be solved in the nex...

One of biggest mysteries of modern archaeology might be solved in the coming days—and all eyes are on a huge circular structure that lies beneath an ancient Greek mound.

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Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

Contractors Ready to Cash In On ISIS War

America’s rapidly-expanding war against ISIS won’t involve large numbers of U.S. troops on the ground, President Obama is promising. And it’s clear that airstrikes alone won’t beat back the extremist group. Which means that if the President wants ...

Obama pledged that the war against ISIS won’t be fought with U.S. ground troops. He didn’t say anything about contractors, who see this as “the next big meal ticket.”

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U.S. News

Another Mega Church Implodes

Another Mega Church Implodes

Once one of America’s fastest growing churches, Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, announced this week the closing of three locations and warned that another would be closed if donations fail to increase. The church also laid off around 40 of their 100 c...

Controversial, aggressive and big with young evangelicals. Has Mark Driscoll finally gone too far?

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

In 1895, the president of Harvard University uttered an unintentional prophecy when he proclaimed “the game of football grows worse and worse as regards foul and violent play and the number and gravity of the injuries which the players suffer.”Eve...

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions now look strikingly dead-on.

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How To Plan A Jailbreak

How To Plan A Jailbreak

Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, Ohio, is an 18-acre prison that houses mostly minimum and medium security offenders. The population of 1,645 spends their days participating in apprenticeship programs, garden projects and community ...

There are a lot of unanswered questions surrounding Thursday’s escape attempt by the notorious Ohio school shooter T.J. Lane. Will we ever get answers?

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Another Mega Church Implodes

Another Mega Church Implodes

Once one of America’s fastest growing churches, Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, announced this week the closing of three locations and warned that another would be closed if donations fail to increase. The church also laid off around 40 of their 100 c...

Controversial, aggressive and big with young evangelicals. Has Mark Driscoll finally gone too far?

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Great News for Short Men

Great News for Short Men

I’m short.Not Tyrian Lannister short, but perhaps closer to his height than, say, Brienne of Tarth. Five foot five, maybe five-six on a good day.  So a few stories caught my eye the past couple weeks, even from way down here.First, among all the w...

As a short man, a few stories caught my eye this week, even from way down here.

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Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?

Can Killer Drones Stop School Shootings?

The growing presence of domestic drones has some people—including a few very powerful figures—understandably concerned.“There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what we consider our private pr...

Americans may be sweating UAVs’ privacy implications, but in Wyoming, lawmakers are trying to make sure police can have weapons in the sky.

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Tech + Health

The Original Ebola Hunter

The Original Ebola Hunter

One Phone CallDr. Joel Breman, an epidemic intelligence officer, had just left the frigid air of a CDC autopsy room in October 1976 when the phone rang. It was the organization’s director. “There’s a very unusual outbreak in Af...

In 1976, an American doctor got the call to investigate a new, lethal fever sweeping through central Africa.

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4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Life by DailyBurn Are you looking to make your occasional strength class or Sunday spin session a regular ritual? Many casual exercisers want to sweat more often, but they struggle with finding the workout motivat...

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The Sun Is Pummeling Earth. Now What?

The Sun Is Pummeling Earth. Now What?

Two powerful solar storms pummeling Earth have ignited a social-media frenzy over coronal mass ejections, light sabers in the sky, and Armageddon. What’s happening in outer space and how will it affect us Earthlings? Here’s a quick explainer.What ...

Good news: Maybe some amazing Northern Lights. Bad news: Don’t depend on GPS. Or electricity. Why explosions on the sun might mess up your weekend.

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Seizure Med Turns You Into E.E. Cummings

Seizure Med Turns You Into E.E. Cummings

Of all the retirees who take up a creative hobby, how many can say their seizures made them do it?That seems to be the case with one 76-year-old woman, who had never shown much of an interest in poetry and suddenly became a prolific poet, writing ...

After starting a new drug, an epileptic woman started writing 10 to 15 poems each day. Is this the weirdest side effect ever?

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4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Life by DailyBurn Are you looking to make your occasional strength class or Sunday spin session a regular ritual? Many casual exercisers want to sweat more often, but they struggle with finding the workout motivat...

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Lefty Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story

Lefty Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story

Republicans aren’t cutting Ebola funding, but progressives were happy to jump on a report that said the GOP would provide less than half of what the White House requested to prevent the spread of the disease.It’s a case study of how quick rumors c...

The left-wing blogosphere was all over a report that the House GOP was cutting Ebola funding. Too bad the story wasn’t true.

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Wearables Hit the Runway at Fashion Week

Wearables Hit the Runway at Fashion Week

It’s no coincidence that Apple announced its new watch during Fashion Week — after all the company has long positioned itself as more than a tech company, but a luxury brand, and has been steadily poaching a bevvy of fashion-industry veterans to j...

The fashion community is unimpressed by the Apple Watch, so clothes designers who know how to code are stepping up to show the true future of wearable tech.

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No, Stem Cells Don’t Cause Autism

No, Stem Cells Don’t Cause Autism

The increase in recognition of autism spectrum disorders in Western countries continues to confound and confuse. Many theories have been put forward, ranging from the notion that there is no real increase or only an increase in diagnosis, to the t...

Anti-vaxxers and anti-stem cell-ers come together, thanks to a recent paper linking autism to vaccines that use stem cells.

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Lefty Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story

Lefty Bloggers Spread False Ebola Story

Republicans aren’t cutting Ebola funding, but progressives were happy to jump on a report that said the GOP would provide less than half of what the White House requested to prevent the spread of the disease.It’s a case study of how quick rumors c...

The left-wing blogosphere was all over a report that the House GOP was cutting Ebola funding. Too bad the story wasn’t true.

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BeastStyle

Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare

Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare

With all the fuss around Kate Middleton’s happy gestational news, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's only one Royal pregnancy in western Europe right now. You'd be mistaken. Princess Charlene of Monaco, the athletic, South A...

She looked miserable at her wedding to Prince Albert, and the bitching and rumors around Princess Charlene of Monaco haven’t abated just because she’s pregnant.

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Does Fashion Week Exploit Teen Models?

Does Fashion Week Exploit Teen Models?

In August, 19-year-old Jane (a pseudonym) was at a pre-fashion week casting to walk in Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show, when she saw something that disturbed her."There was a girl in a shear top, no bra, and [part of the ...

It's been over half a century since Shirley Temple rose to fame and helped revolutionize protections for child actors. So why are underage models still so vulnerable?

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Stephen King on My Father’s Poetry

Stephen King on My Father’s Poetry

Thank you, Stephen King. How many times have your stories kept me awake at night wondering, like a child in the dark, what monsters lurk nearby?  You are one hell of a writer, and I think most of us in the business understand this: you think very ...

The great teller of supernatural horror stories says he admires my father’s poetry. My father, for his part, believed the poet had something like supernatural powers.

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From Nipple Tassels To Craft Cocktails

From Nipple Tassels To Craft Cocktails

The fabric store closes in 30 minutes. Amber Dawn Peterson has a half-hour to find the va-va-voomiest buttons for a dress she’ll wear on the biggest night of her life. Though she has her pick of French Quarter costumers, she’s chosen Jo-Ann Fabric...

Mixing innovative cocktails and dancing burlesque have one thing in common—they are both performances. And putting on a show is something Amber Dawn Peterson knows something about.

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Does Fashion Week Exploit Teen Models?

Does Fashion Week Exploit Teen Models?

In August, 19-year-old Jane (a pseudonym) was at a pre-fashion week casting to walk in Yves Saint Laurent’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show, when she saw something that disturbed her."There was a girl in a shear top, no bra, and [part of the ...

It's been over half a century since Shirley Temple rose to fame and helped revolutionize protections for child actors. So why are underage models still so vulnerable?

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Viral Vid: Lie Witness News Visits NYFW

Viral Vid: Lie Witness News Visits NYFW

As New York Fashion Week drew to a close yesterday, hundreds of fashionistas filtered out of the city’s hippest locales to sharpen their scissors and begin preparing for next year – or the next fashion week, which begins in London today.From Linco...

Fashion gurus give their take on hot new designers, like Betsy Ross

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18 Years Young And Finally on Broadway

18 Years Young And Finally on Broadway

This is Our Youth, Kenneth Lonergan’s razor-sharp comedy-drama about three unsettled privileged youngsters living in Manhattan, was first staged in 1996 so it’s appropriate that its 18th birthday should be marked with the ultimate benediction for ...

Kenneth Lonergan’s 1996 play is about three rich, young, screwed-up New Yorkers. But only now, after a successful stint in London’s West End, does it get a run on the Great White Way.

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New York Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

New York Fashion Week’s Best Instagrams

While we can't all be Fashion Week VIPs, Instagram lets us at least pretend we were sitting front row, hanging backstage, and dancing the night away at the biggest after parties.

While we can't all be Fashion Week VIPs, Instagram lets us at least pretend we were sitting front row, hanging backstage, and dancing the night away at the biggest after parties.

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Viral Vid: Lie Witness News Visits NYFW

Viral Vid: Lie Witness News Visits NYFW

As New York Fashion Week drew to a close yesterday, hundreds of fashionistas filtered out of the city’s hippest locales to sharpen their scissors and begin preparing for next year – or the next fashion week, which begins in London today.From Linco...

Fashion gurus give their take on hot new designers, like Betsy Ross

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Women

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume drama, alongside the cast of the hit drama as part of a charity appeal.The appearance comes after Clooney became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie The Monuments ...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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The Christian Case for Abortion

The Christian Case for Abortion

When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of li...

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

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What Do Women Want? Not the GOP

What Do Women Want? Not the GOP

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican governor, and David Perdue, the GOP nominee for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, are locked in tight races. If they lose, women will have played decisive and outsized roles in their defeats. Walker is facing a ...

It may be a good November for Republicans, but it could have been a lot better if the party had any idea how to talk to women voters.

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Diana’s ‘Hit Man’ Threat To Camilla

Diana’s ‘Hit Man’ Threat To Camilla

Penny Junor’s revelations in the Daily Mail’s serialization of her new Prince Harry book keep on coming.After a divorce, friends often have to decide which one of the divorced couple they are going to be friends with, and journalists frequently fa...

Penny Junor lays into Diana in new Harry bio

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The Christian Case for Abortion

The Christian Case for Abortion

When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of li...

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

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Books

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns is America’s premier storyteller and historical “remembrancer.” His 26 documentary television series for PBS—including Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Statue of Liberty (1985), The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The West (1996), Lewis &a...

Arguably America’s most influential historian, Burns fashions a fascinating documentary from the lives of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. But his story has grave gaps.

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  • They Killed Our Brothers

    They Killed Our Brothers

    Dear Tommy,How the hell are you doing? It’s weird that I’m writing you a letter. I feel like I’m breaking up with you. Anyway, it was great seeing you a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad my friend Colin bumped into you and texted me that you were at M...

    On September 11, 2001, Jimmy’s brother was killed in the north tower. Years later he writes a letter to his friend Tommy whose own brother was killed in Iraq.

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

In 1895, the president of Harvard University uttered an unintentional prophecy when he proclaimed “the game of football grows worse and worse as regards foul and violent play and the number and gravity of the injuries which the players suffer.”Eve...

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions now look strikingly dead-on.

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Stephen King on My Father’s Poetry

Stephen King on My Father’s Poetry

Thank you, Stephen King. How many times have your stories kept me awake at night wondering, like a child in the dark, what monsters lurk nearby?  You are one hell of a writer, and I think most of us in the business understand this: you think very ...

The great teller of supernatural horror stories says he admires my father’s poetry. My father, for his part, believed the poet had something like supernatural powers.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Returning the gaze: everyone’s a war reporter in an always-connected worldBy Ian Steadman, New StatesmanThe internet brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and vi...

From crowdsourcing war reporting to the death of the grown-up in pop culture, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

In 1895, the president of Harvard University uttered an unintentional prophecy when he proclaimed “the game of football grows worse and worse as regards foul and violent play and the number and gravity of the injuries which the players suffer.”Eve...

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions now look strikingly dead-on.

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Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Before he hit the best-seller list for the first time with Glitz in 1985, Elmore Leonard spent more than 30 years writing pulp crime novels and westerns that sold in paperback racks in drug stores and bus stations. After Glitz, he’d keep writing f...

It took him 30 years of writing to make it big. Maybe his drinking slowed him up. Or publishers didn’t know how to sell him. But no one ever said Leonard didn’t know how to write.

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Secret Pictures of the Hermit Kingdom

Secret Pictures of the Hermit Kingdom

The Hermit Kingdom is one of the last truly mysterious places. But, under the guise of a tourist, photojournalist Julia Leeb documented the lives of normal citizens in a surreal world.

The Hermit Kingdom is one of the last truly mysterious places. But, under the guise of a tourist, photojournalist Julia Leeb documented the lives of normal citizens in a surreal world.

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Keith Richards’s Exile on Sesame Street

Keith Richards’s Exile on Sesame Street

It’s hard to imagine that the healthy crop of children’s books by celebrities have succeeded because pre-schoolers are clamoring for stories, poems, or alphabet books penned by the likes of Jenna Bush, Madonna, John Travolta, Amy Carter, Julie And...

The Rolling Stone has collaborated with his daughter Theodora on a children’s book that is several cuts above the usual—and forgettable—efforts by celebrities.

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Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame

Before he hit the best-seller list for the first time with Glitz in 1985, Elmore Leonard spent more than 30 years writing pulp crime novels and westerns that sold in paperback racks in drug stores and bus stations. After Glitz, he’d keep writing f...

It took him 30 years of writing to make it big. Maybe his drinking slowed him up. Or publishers didn’t know how to sell him. But no one ever said Leonard didn’t know how to write.

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