Politics

Lat Am Loves This Border Patrol Song

Lat Am Loves This Border Patrol Song

“Migrants from everywhere, entrenched along the rail ties. Far away from where they come, further away from where they go,” singer Eddie Ganz croons in Spanish over the Caribbean beat of the marimba, a wooden xylophone-like instrument from Guatema...

Guess who commissioned “La Bestia,” a Central American radio hit about the dangers of the journey to America?

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The GOP May Punt on the Border Crisis

The GOP May Punt on the Border Crisis

So who’s being a reasonable Republican on the border issue? Well raise my rent if isn’t Karl Rove, who said  on Fox Thursday morning that “Republicans have to look at this as an opportunity that they have to work.” Yes, Rove has a track record of ...

Two things will matter when Republicans debate Obama’s $3.7 billion border request: the base and the polls. Guess which one probably wins?

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True Conservative? Impeach Obama.

True Conservative? Impeach Obama.

There was a time not long ago when leaders in the Republican Party favored a cap-and-trade system to deal with the threat of global warming. And there was a time when the party coalesced around the idea of immigration reform. There was a time when...

It’s now the extreme dividing line among the GOP’s base: Do you want to impeach the president or not? Why Republicans with long memories are worried about where all this is headed.

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The Hidden War on Black Republicans

The Hidden War on Black Republicans

There has been much written about the racial rhetoric that has permeated political discourse since President Obama took office, and the media often highlights the racially inflammatory language used by some of his opponents. But racially charged l...

Why are racist attacks on black Republicans so underreported by the media?

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The GOP May Punt on the Border Crisis

The GOP May Punt on the Border Crisis

So who’s being a reasonable Republican on the border issue? Well raise my rent if isn’t Karl Rove, who said  on Fox Thursday morning that “Republicans have to look at this as an opportunity that they have to work.” Yes, Rove has a track record of ...

Two things will matter when Republicans debate Obama’s $3.7 billion border request: the base and the polls. Guess which one probably wins?

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Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

KABUL, Afghanistan — Here's what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry needs to remember when he lands in Kabul on Friday to try to fix the mess that the Afghan elections have become: The first priority is not the politicians, it’s the voters. A...

The apparent loser in the Afghan presidential elections refuses to concede, threatening another disastrous denouement for a long American war. Can the U.S. secretary of state save th...

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New Jersey: No Mosque In My Backyard

New Jersey: No Mosque In My Backyard

Typically, there isn’t a large police presence at a land-use hearing. But Wednesday night’s hearing was different. There was a palpable sense of concern by law enforcement. Why? Because Wednesday night, the board was deciding whether to approve th...

All the locals who came to a Midland Park, New Jersey hearing on the building of a mosque were against. Because of the traffic, you see.

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A Progressive Case Against Public Unions

A Progressive Case Against Public Unions

In last week’s 5-4 ruling on Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court worried Democrats by suggesting that public unions may not be allowed to obtain compulsory dues from their members. Compulsory dues translate into many tens of millions of dollars in ...

It’s time for the left to focus on defending private-sector workers.

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Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

KABUL, Afghanistan — Here's what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry needs to remember when he lands in Kabul on Friday to try to fix the mess that the Afghan elections have become: The first priority is not the politicians, it’s the voters. A...

The apparent loser in the Afghan presidential elections refuses to concede, threatening another disastrous denouement for a long American war. Can the U.S. secretary of state save th...

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Entertainment

The Breakout Star 12 Years in the Making

The Breakout Star 12 Years in the Making

He’s one of the most captivating child actors Hollywood has produced in ages. And, though he’s been steadily working for the last 12 years, you have never heard of him.That’s about to change, in a big way.Ellar Coltrane is the star of Boyhood, a c...

Once a year for 12 years, Ellar Coltrane would spend four days filming Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood.’ Now he’s a grown man, and his brilliant film is finally hitting theaters.

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From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star

From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star

It was over a breakfast of bagels and toaster-warmed pancakes two weeks ago that I realized teen blogger-turned-ROOKIE magazine editor Tavi Gevinson was a big deal now in the world outside fashion—I was hearing her upcoming Broadway debut (in Augu...

Bloggers like Tavi Gevinson have parlayed their brand into celebrity and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies. Why do celebrities who emulate these bloggers fare far less succes...

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Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail

Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail

Its writers moralize freely over sex, dieting, and women’s career and reproductive choices. Its addictive “sidebar of shame” catalogues every celebrity roll of fat, fashion faux pas, and shaky early-morning nightclub exit. Today it’s “the most sty...

George Clooney wouldn't accept The Daily Mail's apology after it published an untruth about his relationship with his future in-laws. Now Angelina Jolie is allegedly suing th...

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This World Cup Needs A Psychic Octopus

This World Cup Needs A Psychic Octopus

Sunday's World Cup final has the most astute soccer experts and eager bookies setting their odds on who will win. Die Mannschaft (German is such a beautiful language) is favored by many gamblers and football aficionados alike, thanks to the f...

Sure, Germany is back in the World Cup final. But it’ll have to beat Argentina without Paul, the cephalopod that correctly predicted the results of all eight (!) German matches last ...

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From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star

From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star

It was over a breakfast of bagels and toaster-warmed pancakes two weeks ago that I realized teen blogger-turned-ROOKIE magazine editor Tavi Gevinson was a big deal now in the world outside fashion—I was hearing her upcoming Broadway debut (in Augu...

Bloggers like Tavi Gevinson have parlayed their brand into celebrity and collaborations with Fortune 500 companies. Why do celebrities who emulate these bloggers fare far less succes...

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. A ‘Perfect’ FakeRob Cantor’s vocal impressions went viral last week, even making it to the Today show. This week, he revealed that it was all an elaborate hoax. Watch how he did it—and never trust the Internet again.  4. Hedgehog BirthdayFrom ...

From a squee-worthy party with hamster guests to Elsa ‘letting it go’ to prison, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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Charlie Haden’s Emancipated Music

Charlie Haden’s Emancipated Music

The case can be made that Charlie Haden was the ultimate American musician. Certainly few musicians so effortlessly spanned so many different styles.Haden’s reputation rests most centrally on his work with the Ornette Coleman quartets that introdu...

The great bass player, dead at 76, began his career with Ornette Coleman’s rambunctious jazz quartets and then spent his life expanding our idea of American music.

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Too Hot for Google

Too Hot for Google

Porn has gone from being that dirty little secret you kept to hushed chats to mainstream entertainment acceptable in social conversations. Yet thanks to recent scandals, that acceptance of the adult industry seems to be wavering. Now Google has ba...

Why did Google ban porn advertisements? From the rise of the rosebud niche to headlines about STDs outbreaks, the XXX industry may be commercially icky.

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The Week in Viral Videos

The Week in Viral Videos

5. A ‘Perfect’ FakeRob Cantor’s vocal impressions went viral last week, even making it to the Today show. This week, he revealed that it was all an elaborate hoax. Watch how he did it—and never trust the Internet again.  4. Hedgehog BirthdayFrom ...

From a squee-worthy party with hamster guests to Elsa ‘letting it go’ to prison, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

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World News

Iran's Dark Child Bride Cartoon

Iran's Dark Child Bride Cartoon

Human rights organizations and child protection advocates, including Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, have raised alarm over the rising number of forced marriages among underage girls in Iran. Based on Iranian government sta...

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Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

KABUL, Afghanistan — Here's what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry needs to remember when he lands in Kabul on Friday to try to fix the mess that the Afghan elections have become: The first priority is not the politicians, it’s the voters. A...

The apparent loser in the Afghan presidential elections refuses to concede, threatening another disastrous denouement for a long American war. Can the U.S. secretary of state save th...

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Why the Caliphate Will Eat Its Children

Why the Caliphate Will Eat Its Children

Plenty of experts have weighed in on the likely effects of the decision by the extremist movement ISIS to re-establish the Caliphate. Let me be the first to add, though, that it will probably create a massive revival of Antichrist speculation amon...

The pan-Islamic caliphate that Muslim extremists want to establish carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.

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Knesset Member Dodges FB ‘War’ Post

Knesset Member Dodges FB ‘War’ Post

A week after Israeli Knesset member Ayelet Shaked shared a Facebook post that referred to the current conflict in Gaza as a “war” and Palestinian children as “little snakes,” she is trying to walk it back—all the while alleging that her life is no...

An Israeli parliamentarian tries to walk back on a shared post calling Palestinian kids “little snakes” and defining the Gaza crisis as “war”.

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Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

Kerry Must Let the Afghan Voters Decide

KABUL, Afghanistan — Here's what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry needs to remember when he lands in Kabul on Friday to try to fix the mess that the Afghan elections have become: The first priority is not the politicians, it’s the voters. A...

The apparent loser in the Afghan presidential elections refuses to concede, threatening another disastrous denouement for a long American war. Can the U.S. secretary of state save th...

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Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

The tit-for-tat dance of irreconcilable animus between Israel and Hamas—the democratically elected terrorist group that controls Gaza—continues with 365 rockets having been launched against the Jewish state and more than 200 airstrikes hitting Gaz...

Talk of equivalencies in death tolls or ideas of vengeance are misapplied in the Israel-Hamas fight, where the two sides play by very different rules.

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Subsidizing Israel’s Political Violence

Subsidizing Israel’s Political Violence

By Uri Blau for ProPublicaA controversial Israeli organization that’s representing the six men recently arrested in the recent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager is receiving thousands of dollars in tax-deductible support from Americans. Th...

An Israeli group is raising tax-exempt money in the U.S. to support Israelis charged with or convicted of violence against Palestinians.

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It’s Pope V. Pope In The World Cup Final

It’s Pope V. Pope In The World Cup Final

It’s being called a “holy war” with both World Cup finalists hoping for a divine intervention from Rome. But when Argentina and Germany face each other for the World Cup final, only one team will be blessed. Still, that hasn’t stopped World Cup en...

With Argentina and Germany squaring off in the World Cup Final, soccer wars have come to the Vatican.

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Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

The tit-for-tat dance of irreconcilable animus between Israel and Hamas—the democratically elected terrorist group that controls Gaza—continues with 365 rockets having been launched against the Jewish state and more than 200 airstrikes hitting Gaz...

Talk of equivalencies in death tolls or ideas of vengeance are misapplied in the Israel-Hamas fight, where the two sides play by very different rules.

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Tech + Health

Fighting the Ban on Gay Blood Donors

Fighting the Ban on Gay Blood Donors

Gay-rights activist Ryan James Yeznak and a couple of thousand of his friends and supporters are out for blood. Yeznak is spearheading a national gay blood drive on July 11, where gay and bisexual men wanting to donate bring proxies to do so in th...

Gay and bisexual men who want to give but can’t are bringing straight friends and family to spearhead a ‘national gay blood drive’ today.

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The Once-Cured HIV Baby Breaks My Heart

The Once-Cured HIV Baby Breaks My Heart

The news that the Mississippi child said to be cured from HIV infection actually is not cured at all but rather is one of the 36 million people worldwide with the infection is altogether heartbreaking, despite the fact that the entire thing had al...

Everyone, even a skeptic like me who’s treated AIDS patients, wanted to believe one lucky child beat the odds to beat HIV. The rules of science don’t have a heart though.

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Idaho’s Unbelievable Roadside Birth

Idaho’s Unbelievable Roadside Birth

A network of towns populated by less than 1,000 residents make up the main constituency of South Central Idaho. They’re towns with names like Buhl and Hagerman and Heyburn and Gooding and Bliss, connected by mostly two-lane highways on the high pl...

Though the headlines weren’t quite accurate, news of an Idaho woman who gave birth through her pant leg traveled fast. It left everyone wondering: What the hell kind of pants was she...

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Scientists Hate This Artificial Brain

Scientists Hate This Artificial Brain

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a massive neuroscience research endeavor funded in large part by the European Union. Among its primary goals is to simulate a human brain using a vast network of connected supercomputers. Led by Henry Markram at th...

The European Union just granted 1.2 billion euro to the Human Brain Project—a sort of Human Genome Project for the brain. But some scientists are boycotting.

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The Once-Cured HIV Baby Breaks My Heart

The Once-Cured HIV Baby Breaks My Heart

The news that the Mississippi child said to be cured from HIV infection actually is not cured at all but rather is one of the 36 million people worldwide with the infection is altogether heartbreaking, despite the fact that the entire thing had al...

Everyone, even a skeptic like me who’s treated AIDS patients, wanted to believe one lucky child beat the odds to beat HIV. The rules of science don’t have a heart though.

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The $40,000 Potato Salad

The $40,000 Potato Salad

Forget its summer picnic appeal. The food that has crossed the lips of almost every person familiar with crowdfunding—nay, the Internet—is potato salad.Columbus, Ohio man Zach “Danger” Brown launched a Kickstarter to make the side dish because, we...

Man wants to make potato salad. Man creates Kickstarter page to make potato salad. Man raises $40,000 and counting. Have we hit peak crowdfunding?

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Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

In April 2014, University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley made headlines after winning federal approval to test marijuana on veterans suffering from PTSD. That made her the only academic in America to get a government go-ahead for ca...

After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.

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Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods

Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods

Whole Foods isn’t dropping contraception coverage for employees but nevertheless, it’s facing a Hobby Lobby backlash.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 people signed an online petition urging Whole Foods to stop carrying products from Eden Fo...

A movement is underway to tell the grocer to drop Eden Foods, which seeks to quit covering all birth control and preventative services for its employees.

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The $40,000 Potato Salad

The $40,000 Potato Salad

Forget its summer picnic appeal. The food that has crossed the lips of almost every person familiar with crowdfunding—nay, the Internet—is potato salad.Columbus, Ohio man Zach “Danger” Brown launched a Kickstarter to make the side dish because, we...

Man wants to make potato salad. Man creates Kickstarter page to make potato salad. Man raises $40,000 and counting. Have we hit peak crowdfunding?

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Fashion

Happy Birthday, Armani!

Happy Birthday, Armani!

Designer Giorgio Armani turns 80 today. See highlights of his life and career.

Designer Giorgio Armani turns 80 today. See highlights of his life and career.

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The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

From Chanel and Schiaparelli to a reborn Christian Dior under Raf Simons, a look at the tulle, embroidery, and, yes, even tube tops from the finest Fall/Winter 2014 runways.

From Chanel and Schiaparelli to a reborn Christian Dior under Raf Simons, a look at the tulle, embroidery, and, yes, even tube tops from the finest Fall/Winter 2014 runways.

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The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Jennifer Lopez epitomizes the Versace woman, Kim Kardashian bares her cleavage (yet again), and Nicole Scherzinger looks nightclub-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

Jennifer Lopez epitomizes the Versace woman, Kim Kardashian bares her cleavage (yet again), and Nicole Scherzinger looks nightclub-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

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Red Carpet Dressing at Viktor & Rolf

Red Carpet Dressing at Viktor & Rolf

The Dutch design duo took red carpet dressing literally, sending models down the runway in an array of terry cloth pieces. Photographer Kevin Tachman gives an exclusive look from backstage.

The Dutch design duo took red carpet dressing literally, sending models down the runway in an array of terry cloth pieces. Photographer Kevin Tachman gives an exclusive look from bac...

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The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

The Best of Paris Haute Couture Week

From Chanel and Schiaparelli to a reborn Christian Dior under Raf Simons, a look at the tulle, embroidery, and, yes, even tube tops from the finest Fall/Winter 2014 runways.

From Chanel and Schiaparelli to a reborn Christian Dior under Raf Simons, a look at the tulle, embroidery, and, yes, even tube tops from the finest Fall/Winter 2014 runways.

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Bearded Lady Hits The Couture Runway

Bearded Lady Hits The Couture Runway

Eurovision Winner Makes Couture Week Debut: Closing out Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show in Paris, Conchita Wurst—the 25-year-old bearded drag queen that conquered Eurovision in May—made her fashion week debut as the designer’s gothic bride. “I a...

And Adidas collaborates with Marina Abramovic.

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Tyra Banks Predicts the Future

Tyra Banks Predicts the Future

Tyra Banks Predicts the Future: Covering topics from beauty and robots to hair extensions and global warming, model-turned-TV personality Tyra Banks has predicted her version of the future for The Wall Street Journal, and it’s very interesting. Ba...

And Kirsten Dunst swears she's a feminist.

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Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Women have been proponents of the blue rinse since Hollywood starlet Jean Harlow rocked her platinum locks in the 1930 film Hell’s Angels. Her pin-up curls may have been envy-worthy, but it was the bleach blond, almost snow white, hue of her hair ...

How did bright blue hair become the color of choice for the young and fashionable in Hollywood, including Nicole Richie and Katy Perry?

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Bearded Lady Hits The Couture Runway

Bearded Lady Hits The Couture Runway

Eurovision Winner Makes Couture Week Debut: Closing out Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture show in Paris, Conchita Wurst—the 25-year-old bearded drag queen that conquered Eurovision in May—made her fashion week debut as the designer’s gothic bride. “I a...

And Adidas collaborates with Marina Abramovic.

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Great Escapes

Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town

Turkey's Gorgeous Ghost Town

A few miles inland from the southwestern coast of Turkey, a town called Kayakoy remains in ruins, a stones throw from Rhodes and long ferry ride across the Aegean from Athens. Ninety years ago, in a sweeping ethnic and religious cleansing, its lon...

Once, the Turkish town of Kayaoy boasted a bustling Greek Orthodox population of traders and harvesters. Today it is crumbling and desolate. What happened there?

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  • Writing Fiction in the Sticks

    Writing Fiction in the Sticks

    When I think of writers and place, I first think of the great city writers, like James Ellroy, Paul Auster,  Edith Wharton, and Judy Blume (not only did her books teach me about periods, sex, and religion, but they exposed me to the very idea of l...

    Growing up in the lonesome landscapes of Vermont and Oklahoma left this author with a lifelong love of rural life, even including snakes and scorpions.

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Historic Buildings Reborn As Luxe Hotels

Historic Buildings Reborn As Luxe Hotels

Around the world, old buildings are being turned into premier hotels. See a 16th-century palazzo, a monastery from the 1800s, a Belle Époque mansion, and more rebuilt as modern spaces.

Around the world, old buildings are being turned into premier hotels. See a 16th-century palazzo, a monastery from the 1800s, a Belle Époque mansion, and more rebuilt as modern spaces.

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Amazing Aerial Photos Taken from Drones

Amazing Aerial Photos Taken from Drones

Dronestagram's inaugural contest to find the best aerial photo unveiled photographic genius. We can't believe our eyes.

Dronestagram's inaugural contest to find the best aerial photo unveiled photographic genius. We can't believe our eyes.

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Brooklyn’s Museum of Death

Brooklyn’s Museum of Death

She’s known as the Mona Lisa of death masks.In the 1880s, the body of an unknown young woman was found floating in the Paris waterway. Her face was cast into a plaster mold, preserving her shy smile for posterity. This was a traditional practice o...

From death masks to Mexican saints, human hair to a mummified cat’s head, the newly-opened Museum of Morbid Anatomy aims to demystify death—with a planned bar on the roof.

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Historic Buildings Reborn As Luxe Hotels

Historic Buildings Reborn As Luxe Hotels

Around the world, old buildings are being turned into premier hotels. See a 16th-century palazzo, a monastery from the 1800s, a Belle Époque mansion, and more rebuilt as modern spaces.

Around the world, old buildings are being turned into premier hotels. See a 16th-century palazzo, a monastery from the 1800s, a Belle Époque mansion, and more rebuilt as modern spaces.

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The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

While historically “haunted” mansions, asylums, and cemeteries are abundant throughout the United States, they become fewer and further between as the landscape changes from well-developed, metropolitan cities in the East to the vast, open plains ...

The Arizona desert teems with hundreds of towns abandoned when their natural resources ran out. Photographer Kurt Wenner captures these ruins before vandals erase them completely.

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Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miles inland from the beach, hot and shadeless with broad streets more conducive to flats or bikes than wheels and heels, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is everything the South Beach scene isn’t. Given that both were the brainchild of the late devel...

Get beyond the glam and glitz in old-school Wynwood, where street artists and a new generation of artisans are offering a far funkier spin on fun in the sun.

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Get Ready For Comic-Con

Get Ready For Comic-Con

Comic-Con International will soon descend on San Diego. The invasion of comic-book fans, artists, film-makers, writers and nerdy devoteds kicks off on Wednesday July 24, and doesn’t end until the mass evacuation of the city on Sunday the 27.  Expe...

Fans, authors, artists, film stars and directors are about to descend on San Diego for their annual fandango of comic-book nerdery. What will this year’s Comic-Con feature?

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The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

While historically “haunted” mansions, asylums, and cemeteries are abundant throughout the United States, they become fewer and further between as the landscape changes from well-developed, metropolitan cities in the East to the vast, open plains ...

The Arizona desert teems with hundreds of towns abandoned when their natural resources ran out. Photographer Kurt Wenner captures these ruins before vandals erase them completely.

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Women

Eileen Ford, Head of Ford Models, Has...

Eileen Ford, Head of Ford Models, Has...

She launched the careers of supermodels like Christie Brinkley, Cheryl Tiegs, Veruschka, Jerry Hall, Grace Jones, Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Elle Macpherson, as well as big-name actresses like Jane Fonda, Ali MacGraw, Brooke Shields, C...

As the head of Ford Models, Eileen Ford and her husband elevated the profession of modeling. She was known for protecting her models, while also holding to particular beauty ideals.

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  • Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

    Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

    Earlier today, Laverne Cox became the first out transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, for her role as Sophia on the Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black. This achievement followed her appearance on the cover of Time magazi...

    Laverne Cox has become the first out transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. The lesson for the entertainment industry is to employ more transgender actors.

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Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

The details are still a little sketchy, but what is known so far is this: In north Harris County, in the Houston suburb of Spring, four children and two adults have been shot and killed (and a fifth child was injured) in a domestic dispute, in wha...

The latest massacre of a family—this time in the Houston suburbs—is another brutal reminder that guns in the home leave a trail of devastation. Women and children must be protected.

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

When legendary former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky sought help from the outside world to fight for freedom decades ago, he had to rely largely on individuals he knew to get help from outside the Iron Curtain. The dissidents of the 21st century...

A new internet tool seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them. It’s crowdsourcing for human rights.

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Hillary’s Outside Enforcers

Hillary’s Outside Enforcers

On a recent sweltering Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when most of the town had cleared out for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, Adrienne Elrod was at a desk piled high with books—among them both of Hillary Clinton’s memoirs and the 2008 campa...

She’s ostensibly not in campaign mode, but a staff of 20 at the outside group Correct the Record is busily working to defend the former secretary of state against right-wing attacks.

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Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

The details are still a little sketchy, but what is known so far is this: In north Harris County, in the Houston suburb of Spring, four children and two adults have been shot and killed (and a fifth child was injured) in a domestic dispute, in wha...

The latest massacre of a family—this time in the Houston suburbs—is another brutal reminder that guns in the home leave a trail of devastation. Women and children must be protected.

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Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and recycle the alarming statistic, and it headlined the initial report introduced by Vice President Biden f...

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college may not be accurate.

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Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials are far less partisan than older voters, and their concerns are not being given a voice by either party. And while it’s true that the GOP’s future is about as healthy as cancer, there’s similarly no reason to think we’re entering an er...

The future is up for grabs, but neither party has an agenda that can truly excite young voters.

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The Bridge’s Striking Heroine

The Bridge’s Striking Heroine

Hers was “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Now, a decade after making her big-screen splash in the sword-and-sandals blockbuster Troy, Diane Kruger is no longer a model-turned-ingénue, but a versatile actress who can convincingly portray ...

The striking German actress on the drama’s improved Season 2 and whether she’s ever seen her partner Joshua Jackson’s ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ [Warning: Some spoilers.]

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Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and recycle the alarming statistic, and it headlined the initial report introduced by Vice President Biden f...

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college may not be accurate.

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Books

Who Has the Right to Write About War?

Who Has the Right to Write About War?

I was buying a book from a vendor in a crowded, fluorescent-lit convention center. The man taking my money—publisher of a small press—was in his mid to late ’60s, with a chatty show-biz manner and a dark purple tie layered over a lilac dress shirt...

A female novelist who wrote about the Iraq War ponders the insecurities afflicting anyone who writes about war, even on the home front.

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  • A Founding Father Fix for Inequality

    A Founding Father Fix for Inequality

    Current approaches to addressing rising inequality—raising the minimum wage, expanding higher education, increasing the power of unions, widening the national focus on high technology, aiming for a national renaissance in manufacturing—have not sh...

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The Myth of the Witch Hunt

The Myth of the Witch Hunt

In 1993, a young man dying of AIDS gave a tearful interview on CNN after filing a lawsuit alleging that Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin had sexually abused him many years before. Bernardin defended himself eloquently at a press conference. Sever...

Innocent people persecuted by a legal system out of control? In ‘The Witch-Hunt Narrative,’ Ross E. Cheit argues the media and courts have gone too far in dismissing evidence of abus...

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Writing Fiction in the Sticks

Writing Fiction in the Sticks

When I think of writers and place, I first think of the great city writers, like James Ellroy, Paul Auster,  Edith Wharton, and Judy Blume (not only did her books teach me about periods, sex, and religion, but they exposed me to the very idea of l...

Growing up in the lonesome landscapes of Vermont and Oklahoma left this author with a lifelong love of rural life, even including snakes and scorpions.

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Liberals Need to Learn to Say No

Liberals Need to Learn to Say No

The Latin proverb “Times Change and We Change With Them” used to be memorized by generations of students of Latin. Today its truth seems more obvious than ever before. The progress of science, the spread of the internet, the globalization of busin...

The legal theorist Richard Weisberg argues that rather than castigate conservatives for their intransigence, liberals ought to become more infliexible themselves.

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The Myth of the Witch Hunt

The Myth of the Witch Hunt

In 1993, a young man dying of AIDS gave a tearful interview on CNN after filing a lawsuit alleging that Chicago Cardinal Joseph Bernardin had sexually abused him many years before. Bernardin defended himself eloquently at a press conference. Sever...

Innocent people persecuted by a legal system out of control? In ‘The Witch-Hunt Narrative,’ Ross E. Cheit argues the media and courts have gone too far in dismissing evidence of abus...

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Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

According to some surveys, Nigeria is the happiest and most optimistic country in the world. But the BBC estimates that 61 percent of the population lives in poverty.  Sectarian violence (between Muslims and Christians) killed hundreds in 2010.  T...

The Nigerian-American novelist’s first novel (now published here after ‘Open City’) shows a writer finding his way but already fearless, nimble, and surprising.

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Madeline’s New York Moment

Madeline’s New York Moment

“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…”But it was in an old bar, Pete’s Tavern, near Gramercy Park in New York City, that Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the rest of the French schoolgirls...

Her many fans may think of her living in an old Parisian house. But Madeline’s character was inspired by its creator living in Manhattan, imbibing the city’s rebellious spirit.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

Flying Shoes By Lisa HoworthI grew up and have always lived in the Northeast, so by nurture and nature (nobody would ever accuse me of patience), I usually prefer to get where I’m going with as few detours as possible. That said, I am occasionall...

A novel about investigating a family tragedy, another about the overlapping lives of an American girl and an Okinawan nurse, and a daughter’s memoir of her outlaw father.

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Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

According to some surveys, Nigeria is the happiest and most optimistic country in the world. But the BBC estimates that 61 percent of the population lives in poverty.  Sectarian violence (between Muslims and Christians) killed hundreds in 2010.  T...

The Nigerian-American novelist’s first novel (now published here after ‘Open City’) shows a writer finding his way but already fearless, nimble, and surprising.

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