Politics

Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Last week was a great week for Hillary Clinton.  The State of the Union was essentially 2016 Clinton’s campaign kickoff speech. Its themes of work and responsibility were vintage Clinton—Bill Clinton, anyway.  Meanwhile, the Republicans were doing...

So Obama tees it up for Clinton by focusing on the middle class, and what does the GOP say? Cut entitlements! Can anybody play this game?

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Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Will Hillary ’16 Be a ‘White Dude Fest’?

Does Hillary Clinton need binders full of women?Some Democrats, particularly women and people of color, think so.In interviews with The Daily Beast, nearly a dozen Democrats, said they were worried Clinton’s hires for the top echelons of her pre-c...

Hillary Clinton’s pre-presidential campaign has made some high-profile hires recently—but all of them, so far, are white males. And Democrats have noticed.

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How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

Here’s a fun little exercise for you. Go Google the phrase (in quotes) “the Republican senator from Israel.” It will return you 5,600 results. Maybe that isn’t that many in the scheme of things, but it’s still noteworthy that the overwhelming majo...

The White House is rightly apoplectic about Netanyahu’s address to Congress, but will Obama or Hillary sack up and let the Israelis know that it’s time for a new PM?

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Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Get With the Middle-Class Program, GOP

Last week was a great week for Hillary Clinton.  The State of the Union was essentially 2016 Clinton’s campaign kickoff speech. Its themes of work and responsibility were vintage Clinton—Bill Clinton, anyway.  Meanwhile, the Republicans were doing...

So Obama tees it up for Clinton by focusing on the middle class, and what does the GOP say? Cut entitlements! Can anybody play this game?

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Republicans Evasive in 2016 ‘Debate’

Republicans Evasive in 2016 ‘Debate’

For all the controversy surrounding the Koch brothers, they sure know how to put on a good presidential debate. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio spent about a hour and 15 minutes on Sunday in a back-and-forth conversation moderated by ABC News...

The Koch brothers held the first unofficial Republican presidential primary on Sunday. Potential candidates ducked the tough questions, but this was as good as it’s going to get.

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Making Free Trade Sexy

Making Free Trade Sexy

In his State of the Union address, the president told us he wants to craft a trade policy agenda fit for the 21st Century. If only!A true free trade agenda should be the cornerstone of any “middle class economics” platform. Open international mark...

The president’s lukewarm embrace of truly unfettered international trade leaves a lot to be desired.

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Entertainment

Nic Cage’s Next Mission: Hunt Bin Laden

Nic Cage’s Next Mission: Hunt Bin Laden

Four years ago, Navy SEALs descended on a Pakistan compound and assassinated the most wanted terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden. Or did they? One man thinks we’ve all been duped. And as he lives to see his story become a Hollywood movie, Gary...

The faded Oscar winner will swing a samurai sword playing Gary Faulkner, the dialysis patient/bounty hunter who insists in an exclusive interview that the Qaeda boss is alive.

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Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is arguably the most hotly anticipated film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.HBO Documentary Films, which is releasing the eye-opening documentary on the Church of Scient...

Alex Gibney’s highly anticipated documentary ‘Going Clear,’ which premiered at Sundance, makes some shocking claims about the Scientology A-lister’s split from Nicole Kidman.

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Behind the Fiery Buckley/Vidal Debates

Behind the Fiery Buckley/Vidal Debates

Gore Vidal once said, “There are two things you never turn down: Sex and appearing on television.”Indecent overexposure notwithstanding, he understood the power of TV in a way that few public intellectuals of his time did. While the small screen w...

Vidal called Buckley a 'crypto-Nazi' and Buckley threatened to ‘sock you in your goddamn face.’ The Sundance documentary ‘Best of Enemies’ goes inside the famous feud.

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How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

When Francis Ford Coppola first saw a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s second movie, The Last Picture Show, he couldn’t believe the reception. The movie ended, credits rolled, and the audience stood and applauded. That kind of appreciation is the ...

The director hauled a film crew to Larry McMurtry's home town of Archer City, Texas. Grover Lewis tagged along and wrote one of the best stories about moviemaking ever written.

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Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Scientology Doc Exposes Tom Cruise

Alex Gibney’s Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is arguably the most hotly anticipated film premiering at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.HBO Documentary Films, which is releasing the eye-opening documentary on the Church of Scient...

Alex Gibney’s highly anticipated documentary ‘Going Clear,’ which premiered at Sundance, makes some shocking claims about the Scientology A-lister’s split from Nicole Kidman.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

The Fictional Crawleys and Windsors

LONDON - Between them, the Royal Family and Downton Abbey have pretty well sewn up the market for The Great British Fantasy theme park. The fact that one is “real” and the other fiction doesn’t seem to matter.In the eyes of their adoring fans they...

Queen Elizabeth, like Hugh Bonneville, is a master thespian outshining their supporting casts.

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Hacking the Tripping Mind

Hacking the Tripping Mind

Almost fifty years ago, ex-Harvard professor Timothy Leary and his colleagues penned an essay titled "On Programming Psychedelic Experiences."Essentially, the article served as a field manual for navigating awareness during altered state...

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon us.

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World News

Is Venezuela About To Collapse?

Is Venezuela About To Collapse?

CARACAS, Venezuela — “God will provide,”said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in his State of the Union speech last Wednesday. Praying is one of the few options left for Maduro, after an unsuccessful international tour of the Middle East, where...

Falling oil prices and incompetent governance mean Venezuela might default on its debts, leaving major trading partners like Brazil holding the bag.

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How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

Here’s a fun little exercise for you. Go Google the phrase (in quotes) “the Republican senator from Israel.” It will return you 5,600 results. Maybe that isn’t that many in the scheme of things, but it’s still noteworthy that the overwhelming majo...

The White House is rightly apoplectic about Netanyahu’s address to Congress, but will Obama or Hillary sack up and let the Israelis know that it’s time for a new PM?

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Americans Offered Up in Al Qaeda Swap

Americans Offered Up in Al Qaeda Swap

Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.The Daily Beast has learned that the proposal was ...

An American couple’s freedom may have come at a steep price: the release of a convicted terrorist from the Supermax prison.

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Ukraine Rebels’ Next Stop: Kiev?

Ukraine Rebels’ Next Stop: Kiev?

MOSCOW—The war in eastern Ukraine expanded from the Donetsk region to the outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol on Saturday as rockets fell on cars and pedestrians. At least 30 people were killed, including a 15-year-old girl and a 5-ye...

If the port city falls to Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, the road to Russia’s dream of empire opens as well.

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How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

How Will Obama Punish Netanyahu?

Here’s a fun little exercise for you. Go Google the phrase (in quotes) “the Republican senator from Israel.” It will return you 5,600 results. Maybe that isn’t that many in the scheme of things, but it’s still noteworthy that the overwhelming majo...

The White House is rightly apoplectic about Netanyahu’s address to Congress, but will Obama or Hillary sack up and let the Israelis know that it’s time for a new PM?

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French Muslims Face More Attacks in 2015

French Muslims Face More Attacks in 2015

Community leaders in France had been sounding the alarm about rising anti-Muslim sentiment since the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine massacre in Paris on Jan. 7. Now new figures compiled by a watchdog group suggest anti-Muslim incidents have spik...

In the two weeks after the attacks on the satirical magazine in Paris, French Muslims were victimized more than in all of 2014

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Goto’s Fate Rests On Tokyo, ISIS Talks

Goto’s Fate Rests On Tokyo, ISIS Talks

The deadline to pay the $200 million ransom to free journalist Kenji Goto and self-proclaimed military contractor Haruna Yukawa, ended with the release of a new video Saturday night of Goto holding a photo of the beheaded Yukawa and a recording of...

Did Tokyo’s failure to hire competent translators lead ISIS to misunderstand Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Cairo speech?

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Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

Are Russian Troops Vandalizing Korans?

On Nelli Radzhabova’s desk, a pile of materials was growing: hand-written accounts, complaints to local and federal authorities, flash drives with videos and photographs. Dozens of letters. All of it evidence of the destruction caused by a recent ...

Residents of Dagestan say that Russian forces destroyed their homes and trashed Korans during anti-terror raids last fall.

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French Muslims Face More Attacks in 2015

French Muslims Face More Attacks in 2015

Community leaders in France had been sounding the alarm about rising anti-Muslim sentiment since the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine massacre in Paris on Jan. 7. Now new figures compiled by a watchdog group suggest anti-Muslim incidents have spik...

In the two weeks after the attacks on the satirical magazine in Paris, French Muslims were victimized more than in all of 2014

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U.S. News

NYC’s Low-Income Renters Are Freezing

NYC’s Low-Income Renters Are Freezing

When the heat fails in Keisha Jacobs’ Brooklyn apartment during the winter months, discomfort is just one of her troubles. The frigid temperatures create a spiral of aggravation and unplanned bills that can mar the entire season.Her two-year-old d...

The city’s crooked landlords frequently leave tenants without heat, often causing illness and unplanned bills.

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What ‘American Sniper’ Gets Right

What ‘American Sniper’ Gets Right

During the course of any normal day I usually pay more attention to assembling a grocery list than I do to reading movie reviews, although there are a more than a few film critics who bring huge insight to their work. A.O. Scott of the Times, Joe ...

Lost in the right/left debate over the new Clint Eastwood film is how few Americans fought this century’s wars, and how the suffering of their families has often gone unnoticed.

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America’s 5 Worst Blizzards

America’s 5 Worst Blizzards

In the East Coast’s first big winter storm of 2015, Mother Nature is threatening the stretch between New Jersey and northern New England with a snowfall dump of as much as feet. The storm has already led to the cancellation of thousands of flights...

Think it’s a drag to shovel two feet of snow? Try the 50 inches that hit the East Coast in 1888—way before snowblowers. A look at the real storms of the centuries.

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NYC’s Low-Income Renters Are Freezing

NYC’s Low-Income Renters Are Freezing

When the heat fails in Keisha Jacobs’ Brooklyn apartment during the winter months, discomfort is just one of her troubles. The frigid temperatures create a spiral of aggravation and unplanned bills that can mar the entire season.Her two-year-old d...

The city’s crooked landlords frequently leave tenants without heat, often causing illness and unplanned bills.

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I Was Wrongly Jailed As An Ecoterrorist

I Was Wrongly Jailed As An Ecoterrorist

Eric McDavid says a lot with his eyes. He’s constantly using his hands, too, as if feeling for the temperature of a question before answering it, stroking the air to smooth out a kink or sometimes using all five fingers to pluck and draw down the ...

After a decade in prison for an alleged bomb plot, Eric McDavid was released this month—ten years early—after documents proved that he was entrapped by the FBI. Here’s his story.

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Boston's Putin-Esque Olympic Gag Order

Boston's Putin-Esque Olympic Gag Order

In the city that kicked off the country’s founding protest movement, activists are scrambling to block a strengthening juggernaut that could land the 2024 Summer Olympics without a public vote.The brains behind Boston 2024, a supergroup of politic...

Boston’s Mayor signed an agreement disallowing any city employee from speaking ill of the IOC in public. It’s unenforceable, of course, but that’s the least of it.

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Tech + Health

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

You Can Be a Blind Person’s Eyes

An eye-opening app produced by a non-profit startup in Copenhagen hopes to change life for people who are visually impaired.Backed by the Danish Blind Society, the Velux Foundations, and Danish software studio Robocat, Be My Eyes connects sighted ...

A new app connects sighted people with blind people in a way only smartphones can.

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

Anti-Vaxxers Bring Measles to Disney

It’s been years since I visited California’s Disneyland, only just once as a small boy. Now that I have kids of my own, I know that sooner or later a trip to its bigger Florida cousin, Disney World, is probably in the cards. (They did right by my ...

A measles outbreak has sickened 70 people at Disneyland, and could be the spark that brings the once-eradicated disease back in force.

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For $25, Get an Invisible Girlfriend

For $25, Get an Invisible Girlfriend

The nonsense idea that only desperate people use dating sites can be put in the dustbin of recent history. Online dating just is dating—much like online work is work (how some of us feed ourselves), online harassment is harassment (ask the FBI and...

You can now buy yourself an ‘invisible girlfriend,’ complete with voicemails and a social media trail. Weird or simply of the Internet age?

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Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

Mexican Cartel’s Meth Drone Fail

The commercial drone that crashed in a parking lot near Tijuana, Mexico carrying six pounds of meth has garnered a wealth of media attention in just 24 hours. Most of it inflating what is likely, for the world’s most powerful drug lords, child’s p...

A crashed drone carrying six pounds of meth has people buzzing, but the DEA has much bigger worries.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

‘Serial’ Fans: Meet Your New Podcast Fix

In this day and age, science questions can be answered with a split-second Google search. Compare this to just a few decades ago when you had to go through a doctor or (gasp!) hunt through the library.We now have access to a knowledge base origina...

Focused on the invisible forces that drive human behavior, Invisibilia ushers in a new era of science reporting.

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One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

One Drink a Day Is Better Than None

No need to feel guilty about hitting the vino after work each night: a daily dose of alcohol is better for you than none at all. A new study has found that consuming seven drinks per week—the equivalent of one glass of wine or beer each night—can ...

A comprehensive new study says that having one drink each day is better for you than abstaining.

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Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

Ebola Is Wiping Out the World’s Gorillas

While coverage of the current Ebola epidemic in West Africa remains centered on the human populations in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, wildlife experts’ concern is mounting over the virus’ favorite victims: great apes.  Guinea, where the epid...

In just four decades, Ebola has wiped out one third of the world’s chimp and gorilla populations. If it continues, the results will be devastating.

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My Great Outdoor Adventure—Indoors

My Great Outdoor Adventure—Indoors

By the seventh glob of translucent organic amphetamine-laced candy, things are starting to go south.I’m not sure which will bring me down first, the pounding of my sleep-deprived, speed-addled heart or the looming sugar crash and impending diabete...

Our correspondent, buzzed on way too many energy bars, sweats and shakes his way through a huge outdoor retailer trade show.

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We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend.To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders pouring hand-crafted cocktails made with ...

We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing?

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John Travolta, Just As ‘Fever’ Struck

John Travolta, Just As ‘Fever’ Struck

Thanks to the accessibility of photography, “everybody is a celebrity,” stated Susan Sontag in her essay America, Seen Through Photographs, Darkly. “No moment is more important than any other moment; no person is more interesting than any other pe...

A Paris exhibition features photographs of Travolta, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, and others—just before their careers went stellar.

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NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

NYT to Bloomberg: ‘Not. For. Sale.’

Would media mogul Mike Bloomberg like to buy The New York Times? That question has been raised continually over the past decade, and it’s the subject of renewed speculation today in a gossipy, hypothetical piece posted on New York magazine’s web ...

The NYT stoutly maintains it is not for sale, after a flurry of rumors that the former New York City Mayor is considering a bid to purchase the paper.

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We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

We’re Dying For a New Classic Cocktail

There’s something missing from the Great Cocktail Revival, something strangely and profoundly absent in the midst of an otherwise superabundant trend.To be sure, there’s no shortage of ambitious bartenders pouring hand-crafted cocktails made with ...

We may love drinking them, but there hasn’t been a cocktail since the Cosmopolitan to have struck really big. What’s gone awry in the mixing?

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The Best-Looking Show on TV

The Best-Looking Show on TV

Patrick J. Adams embodies a picture-perfect young Hollywood star: chiseled features, a leading role on a hit TV show (Suits) and an equally successful and attractive fiancé (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars).But what you might not know about...

He’s known as the badass lawyer Mike Ross on the hit show Suits, but Patrick J. Adams’ true passion of photography is rooted in a dramatic childhood.

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Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

Jailed in Iran’s Scariest Prison

The last time Ali Rezaian saw his kid brother, Jason—who today, Jan. 23, is marking 185 days of incarceration in Iran’s Evin Prison, notorious for the torture and execution of political dissidents since the reign of the shah—they were in Istanbul ...

Iranian authorities refuse to say why Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian is incarcerated at the notorious Evin jail. His brother is leading the fight for his freedom.

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O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

O.J. to 'Serial': We're All Jurors Now

Before Casey Anthony was splashed across the cover of People magazine; before CNN was dissecting every detail of Jodi Arias’ volatile relationship with her ex-boyfriend, the O.J. Simpson trial set a new precedence for transforming the criminal jus...

It’s the 20th anniversary of the start of O.J. Simpson’s trial, a media event which led to an explosion of courtroom TV and loud legal experts—even spawning the success of the far le...

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The Best-Looking Show on TV

The Best-Looking Show on TV

Patrick J. Adams embodies a picture-perfect young Hollywood star: chiseled features, a leading role on a hit TV show (Suits) and an equally successful and attractive fiancé (Troian Bellisario, Pretty Little Liars).But what you might not know about...

He’s known as the badass lawyer Mike Ross on the hit show Suits, but Patrick J. Adams’ true passion of photography is rooted in a dramatic childhood.

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Women in the World

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

The Dirtiest Woman in Show Business

Until recently, Artemis Pebdani was one of the best kept secrets on television.Since 2004, Artemis has appeared on a diverse array of network and cable television in supporting roles including Ugly Betty, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother. However, it was in her recurring role as Artemis Dubois on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia that the actress has been able to flex her comedic and dramatic muscles. With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole...

With just one line, whether about her bleached asshole or conspiratorial fervor over who pooped the bed, the Iranian-Texan fits snuggly with the eclectic cast of ‘It’s Always Sunny.’

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

Silk Road Mom Learns Sad Truth About Son

The light pink shirt that Ross Ulbricht was wearing when he came into Manhattan federal court from the holding pen on Wednesday seemed to make his mom forget everything else for one wonderful moment.“It looks good,” she told him.Lyn Ulbricht appea...

Lyn Ulbricht was like any other mother, worrying about her son Ross, what he wore at trial. But she couldn’t look at him as testimony laid bare his life as an alleged drug kingpin.

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‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

‘Arrow’ Busts the Geek-Ditz Complex

For centuries, the pervasive power of the Madonna-whore complex has dictated society’s view of women, limiting them to the either the role of the nurturing virgin or seductive siren. In the past 100 years, this dichotomy has morphed into the gee...

A computer genius never without pink lipstick and heels, Arrow’s Felicity Smoak is a fully-fleshed out female character amidst a sea of superhero bulge.

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Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

Emma Watson’s UN Makeover

The United Nations just took another step in its mission to turn Emma Watson into its next Angelina Jolie-style human-rights warrior.On Friday, UN Women launched the HeForShe IMPACT 10x10x10 initiative. The one-year pilot project—geared toward adv...

The United Nations makes its latest move to transform the ‘Harry Potter’ alum turned goodwill ambassador into the next Angelina Jolie.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

A Thorny, Horny Pain in the Ass

On page one of filmmaker and artist Miranda July’s novel The First Bad Man, the narrator, Cheryl Glickman, is driving to a doctor’s appointment, imagining how she might look to passersby on the street and in other cars: “When I stopped at red ligh...

In her debut novel, filmmaker/artist/author Miranda July creates the indelible Cheryl Glickman, the anti-romantic likes of whom we rarely see in fiction.

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America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

America’s Craziest Abortion Bills

Lawmaking officially began last week in most states, and it should surprise no one that abortion is again high on the list of priorities for a number of legislatures going into 2015.Since the 2010 election tipped statehouses Republican, states ado...

Republican state legislatures are getting an early start on draconian bills that would make it harder than ever for women to get an abortion.

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‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

‘I Never Regretted My Abortion’

By Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Deb Hauser was a married mother of a 6-month-old when her husband “went to work one day and didn’t come home.” Two weeks later, she realized she was pregnant. “I’m working full time. I’ve g...

Pro-choice groups urge women to tell their own abortion stories to change the public view of the procedure.

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Books

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: January, 2014

The Trace By Forrest Gander New Directions, 240 pp, $22.95Dale and Hoa, the couple whose road trip across the southern border into Mexico is the focus of poet Forrest Gander’s new novel “The Trace,” are not exactly traveling for pleasure. True, ...

A vision quest gone wrong, a poet laurate looks back on life, and an academic reconsidering of Modernism in Nazi Germany. By Nicholas Mancusi

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  • How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

    How Bogdanovich Shot 'Last Picture Show'

    When Francis Ford Coppola first saw a screening of Peter Bogdanovich’s second movie, The Last Picture Show, he couldn’t believe the reception. The movie ended, credits rolled, and the audience stood and applauded. That kind of appreciation is the ...

    The director hauled a film crew to Larry McMurtry's home town of Archer City, Texas. Grover Lewis tagged along and wrote one of the best stories about moviemaking ever written.

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

Taken together, the title and subtitle of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suggest it’s either another contribution to an increasingly crowded genre—a memoir from an American soldier who has ...

Both a soldier and a scholar, Gen. Daniel Bolger seems ideally equipped to hash out what went wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan, but even his expertise and honesty are not enough.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The secret history of same-sex marriage By Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Guardian Same-sex marriage is making the headlines, with Stephen Fry’s wedding and the US supreme court soon to decide on its legality. It seems like a quintessentially 21st-c...

The secret history of same-sex unions, ‘Internet Sexual’ and wolf fights. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

The Day Santana Met Miles Davis

I was still shy onstage then. I didn’t say much into the mike, and I wasn’t doing interviews. But if I wanted to meet someone I was fearless and nobody was bigger in my eyes than Miles Davis.Bill [Graham] was booking a summer weekend up in Tanglew...

In an excerpt from his autobiography, ‘The Universal Tone,’ Carlos Santana describes how he met and befriended Miles Davis and the stages and music they shared.

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General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

General's Apology for Iraq & Afghanistan

Taken together, the title and subtitle of Daniel Bolger’s Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars suggest it’s either another contribution to an increasingly crowded genre—a memoir from an American soldier who has ...

Both a soldier and a scholar, Gen. Daniel Bolger seems ideally equipped to hash out what went wrong in Iraq and Afghanistan, but even his expertise and honesty are not enough.

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

India's Hell-Raising Feminist Princess

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, offspring of a deposed Maharajah, and fashion icon—Princess Sophia Duleep Singh was as unlikely an activist as one could find, let alone one who would garner headlines for her support and funding ...

Goddaughter of Queen Victoria, scion of the Lion of the Punjab, feminist revolutionary, Princess Sophia finally gets a worthy biography.

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The Wedding Day Cop Killing

The Wedding Day Cop Killing

We should all be Okies from Muskogee.From that small Oklahoma town comes an example for the entire country on how a police department should conduct itself, starting with equipping its officers with body cameras and following through with a promis...

A recently issued body camera to a Muskogee, Okla., cop shows the value of openness, especially when guns are drawn.

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Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

Did Evangelicals Ruin Boy's Afterlife?

When my daughter was five, we were strolling alongside a Ukrainian Orthodox church in our neighborhood when we spied an icon of Christ that was leaning on an exterior wall, about to be carted off for restoration work, perhaps. It was one of the bl...

The language Alex Malarkey used to describe his trip to heaven sounded suspect, but when he took it all back, he truly sounded like a tool of Evangelicals.

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