Politics

It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

It’s Not Racist to Oppose Gay Marriage

I seem to have made an unexpected midlife career move, and no, it isn’t lucrative. After almost 20 years of standing on a soapbox for gay marriage, I am standing on another soapbox making the case for tolerating people who oppose same-sex marriage...

Lots of people compare the opposition to gay marriage and the resistance to interracial relationships. It’s a flawed analogy. Here’s why.

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Red State Obamascare Tactics

Red State Obamascare Tactics

If I asked you to name two states where the incumbent Republican governors might lose reelection this fall, you would likely, I expect, say Florida and Pennsylvania. I doubt very much you’d offer up Georgia and Kansas.But lo and behold—the contest...

In Kansas and Georgia, Democrats running for governor are closer than expected. The GOP response? Rewrite the laws so they couldn’t take Medicaid money. It’s 2014’s sleeper controversy.

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Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Dems, Get Angry or Lose Congress

Attention Democrats: Unless you start getting angry, the midterm elections are going to be a bloodbath.The angriest voters win midterm elections and the right is really mad.  But in this case, their anger could end up amounting to more than just a...

The pissed-off party wins midterm elections. Will the image of Ted Cruz chairing a committee or the Affordable Care Act getting gutted make the left show up?

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Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Red State Obamascare Tactics

Red State Obamascare Tactics

If I asked you to name two states where the incumbent Republican governors might lose reelection this fall, you would likely, I expect, say Florida and Pennsylvania. I doubt very much you’d offer up Georgia and Kansas.But lo and behold—the contest...

In Kansas and Georgia, Democrats running for governor are closer than expected. The GOP response? Rewrite the laws so they couldn’t take Medicaid money. It’s 2014’s sleeper controversy.

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Why America Needs Mary Cheney

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

A couple of questions sprang immediately to mind when I heard this week’s news that Mary Cheney is launching a new polling firm with a handful of her GOP buddies.1. How tempting will it be for her to field a poll or two just to see how unpopular B...

Mary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.

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The Chelsea Clinton Birthers

The Chelsea Clinton Birthers

Chelsea Clinton, once-and-perhaps-future First Daughter, is expecting a baby with Marc Mezvinsky, her husband of four years. Or not, depending on how tight your tin-foil hat is. “When I say [the pregnancy is] staged I have to believe she’s pregnan...

"Chelsea's faking her pregnancy!" "No, it's all a scheme to boost her mother's approval ratings!" For crackpots, the Clinton baby news is just the lat...

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The Court Was Right on Race

The Court Was Right on Race

Shortly before his assassination President Kennedy addressed the nation on June 11, 1963 to explain his decision to federalize the Alabama National Guard to integrate the University of Alabama.  In part, Kennedy offered:It ought to be possible in ...

The Supreme Court let states ban race as a factor in college admissions. That’s a good first step toward race-blind education that can focus on root problems.

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Why America Needs Mary Cheney

Why America Needs Mary Cheney

A couple of questions sprang immediately to mind when I heard this week’s news that Mary Cheney is launching a new polling firm with a handful of her GOP buddies.1. How tempting will it be for her to field a poll or two just to see how unpopular B...

Mary, the proud Republican lesbian sister who emerged from Liz’s Senate debacle looking like a total ass-kicker, is a behind-the-scenes operator—but it’s time for her to run for office.

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Entertainment

Fargo’s Breakout Star

Fargo’s Breakout Star

You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?“I had such ...

Allison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.

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The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

The Surreal Genius of ‘NYC Prep’

In 2009, a group of New York prep school kids brought their teen drama to the small screen for one magical season, proving that you don’t have to be a grown-up to play in the docudrama big leagues. Jessie, PC, Sebastian, Camille, Taylor and Kelli ...

With its eye-roll-worthy forced dialogue, awkward interactions, and actually adolescent stars, ‘NYC Prep’ ploddingly, painfully, approaches something ‘Gossip Girl’ never could—reality.

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Dinner with Your Favorite TV Sidekicks

Dinner with Your Favorite TV Sidekicks

Brett Gelman is doing well.He has appeared all over network and cable television, with recurring roles shows like Eagleheart, Go On, and The Inbetweeners and guest spots on Bored to Death, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Californication. He’s acted alon...

Adult Swim’s Brett Gelman invites you to have supper with him and seasoned actors. This will, inevitably devolve into the comedian freaking out and crying on the floor.

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Fargo’s Breakout Star

Fargo’s Breakout Star

You know that dream you have, where you own a fabulous pair of new shoes, or have an amazing job? And everything about the dream is so hyper-realistic that when you wake up it takes several seconds to remember that it wasn’t real life?“I had such ...

Allison Tolman was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation. And she’s brilliant, don’t ya know.

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Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story,  “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.” By the time w...

After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?

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Zombie Beavers Invade America

Zombie Beavers Invade America

There’s a scene midway through Zombeavers that, for better or worse, captures its essence. Sam, a douchey prick played by Hutch Dano (real name), is about to have sex with his girlfriend’s BFF on top of the bathroom sink. The two have stripped dow...

First-time filmmaker Jordan Rubin walks us through the making of the wackiest movie at the Tribeca Film Festival. Warning: there will be blood.

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World News

The Cult of the Baby General

The Cult of the Baby General

North Korean state television has released cherubic photographs of dictator Kim Jong-un as a child after the photos were shown during a special Air Force concert held in his honor. The undated pictures alternately depict Kim as a chubby-cheeked to...

Baby photos of the Hermit Kingdom’s hereditary dictator are meant to reinforce North Korea’s state religion of moral and racial purity.

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Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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Pro-Putin Thugs Seize U.S. Journalist

Pro-Putin Thugs Seize U.S. Journalist

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Russian-backed insurgents in this eastern Ukraine town, a flashpoint in the tug of war between Moscow and Kiev, seized American journalist Simon Ostrovsky on Tuesday, claiming that under the “laws of war” they had the right.“He ...

Vice reporter Simon Ostrovsky was snatched in Ukraine by forces who demand reporting on their terms.

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‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

‘New Russia’ Rises in Odessa

Russian President Vladimir Putin talked about “New Russia”  last week during a long question-and-answer session on national television. He was giving a little history lesson about the 18th century and making an observation, a promise—or a threat—f...

Demonstrators in Ukraine’s most important port, inspired by Putin, want to declare it part of ‘New Russia.’

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Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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The Tragedy of Manchester United

The Tragedy of Manchester United

At the end of his long reign, King Lear was ultimately seduced by vanity. As he wrestled over the identity of his successor, one of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters allowed flattery to cloud his judgment.Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful ...

The club that won the Premier League last season has slid into into seventh place—and its legendary manager’s hand-picked successor is no more. How Ferguson’s hubris doomed David Moyes.

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Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base

Jihadists Now Run Secret U.S. Base

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadi...

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.

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The Long Flight to Afghanistan

The Long Flight to Afghanistan

Editor’s Note: Nick Willard is the pen name of a service member serving in Afghanistan during the closing days of America’s longest war. He will write what he sees in an ongoing feature for The Daily Beast. Biographical details have been changed t...

On his way to Afghanistan, an officer is surprised by a strange sight at a layover in the middle of the night.

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The Tragedy of Manchester United

The Tragedy of Manchester United

At the end of his long reign, King Lear was ultimately seduced by vanity. As he wrestled over the identity of his successor, one of Shakespeare’s most tragic characters allowed flattery to cloud his judgment.Sir Alex Ferguson, the most successful ...

The club that won the Premier League last season has slid into into seventh place—and its legendary manager’s hand-picked successor is no more. How Ferguson’s hubris doomed David Moyes.

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Tech + Health

Secret World of Drug Addict Doctors

Secret World of Drug Addict Doctors

The story of a wayward anesthesia trainee who took a near fatal dose of fentanyl hit the news this week. Of particular interest is that he overdosed (and lived) just hours after a nurse in the same large university medical center hospital overdose...

News of doctor and nurse drug overdoses hit the press this week, highlighting an ongoing (and growing) problem.

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How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her multiple sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a til...

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.

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Power Up Without Eating

Power Up Without Eating

Lunch is a productivity ball-and-chain. After a hearty meal, I’m an afternoon work zombie, struggling through mental fog in search of a place to nap. To free myself from this fate, I replaced my 30-minute lunch with a 3-mile run. It was a resoundi...

Feel foggy after a big lunch? It might be time to trade in your normal routine for a lunchtime run.

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Cardio Is No Killer, CrossFitters

Cardio Is No Killer, CrossFitters

Depending on who you ask, cardio exercise is either the fountain of youth or the ticket to an early grave. The claim that many groups—particularly CrossFitters and paleo diet enthusiasts—make is that prolonged cardio exercise for 45-60 minutes is ...

CrossFitters and Paleo diet enthusiasts love to talk about how bad prolonged cardio exercise is, but the science says just the opposite.

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How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

How to Make Doctors Irrelevant

When Dr. Terry Wahls accepted her new job as Chief of Primary Care at the Iowa VA Medical Center, she never could have guessed that her multiple sclerosis (MS) would be so bad within a few years that she would be spending most of her time in a til...

After a simple, modified Paleo diet reversed her multiple sclerosis, one doctor is exposing health care and big pharma’s dirty secret: Prescriptions don’t make you well.

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MIA in the War on Cancer

MIA in the War on Cancer

Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed,...

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’

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Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

Uber’s New “Safety” Fee

As The Daily Beast highlighted last month, safety is a huge concern when using Uber—the popular app that allows users to beckon a private car with less time and effort than it takes to hail a cab. Uber drivers in most cities, The Daily Beast has f...

Popular ridesharing app Uber announced a $1 “safe rides fee” after a wave of complaints. They say the fee will go towards driver background checks, new safety features, and more.

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Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

Jack White’s Magic Record Machine

It’s been six years since the first Record Store Day regaled audiophiles with limited edition EPs, special collaborations, and in-store exclusives, and already the vinyl holiday has a world record under its belt. The record holder? Jack White and ...

Making a record in this day and age takes a lot of time and effort, but Jack White managed to do it in under four hours.

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MIA in the War on Cancer

MIA in the War on Cancer

Michael Retsky awoke from surgery to bad news. The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall. When Retsky showed the pathology report to William Hrushesky, his treating oncologist, the doctor exclaimed,...

Big Pharma’s focus on blockbuster cancer drugs squeezes out cheaper treatments. The result, one researcher says: ‘If we’re winning the war on cancer, we’re not winning that fast.’

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Fashion

Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Celeb Selfies Are Art. No, Really.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

Giving celebrities only a camera and the mandate to take a selfie, German fashion photographer Jonas Unger curated a collection of photos in which the stars show us their true selves.

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When Models Try to Act

When Models Try to Act

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

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Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in McQueen

Kate Middleton DJs in Alexander McQueen: On Day 16 of the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by The Northern Sound System youth center in Adelaide…to learn how to DJ. Dressed in a repeat pale pink Al...

And Jessica Chastain to play Marilyn Monroe in upcoming film.

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Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful

People magazine has named Lupita Nyongo' its “Most Beautiful” person for 2014. The Oscar winner graces the cover of the magazine's most recent issue and is the 25th holder of the title. In addition to receiving accolades for her performa...

Oscar winner gets the title.

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When Models Try to Act

When Models Try to Act

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

As Kate Upton takes on her first major motion picture role in ‘The Other Woman,’ The Daily Beast ranks our favorite models-turned-actresses from best to worst.

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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lip...

And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

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When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According ...

Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

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Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Allegedly Offers Shoot for Sex

Terry Richardson Allegedly Bargains Vogue Shoot for Sex: On Sunday, model Emma Appleton posted a screenshot photo to her Instagram account (which has since been deleted) of an alleged message from the notorious photographer Terry Richardson that r...

And Nike is discontinuing its FuelBand.

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Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Weir & Lipinski Snag Derby Gig

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinksi's Kentucky Derby Gig: After stealing the spotlight as commentators at the 2014 Winter Olympics—and later covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards for Access Hollywood—ice skating duo Johnny Weir and Tara Lip...

And blogger Susie Bubble to write a book.

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Great Escapes

Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Pittsburgh’s Rollicking Jam Band

Shortly before 8 p.m. on a recent Wednesday night, the Elks Lodge 339 in Pittsburgh’s North Side underwent its weekly rebirth. Hordes of silver-haired retirement home residents began flooding through the doors, taking their seats at a series of lo...

A strange scene can be found on Wednesdays at the Elks Lodge: tattooed and pierced youngsters join with their nursing home elders for drinks, merriment, and some damn good banjo music.

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  • Restaurants in Strange Places

    Restaurants in Strange Places

    There nothing quite like a fabulous meal, but it’s even better when you’re eating it in an amazing and unexpected location—like the ocean floor, perhaps, or inside an ice castle.

    There nothing quite like a fabulous meal, but it’s even better when you’re eating it in an amazing and unexpected location—like the ocean floor, perhaps, or inside an ice castle.

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Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story,  “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.” By the time w...

After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?

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The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

The Effing Awesomeness of Earth

In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

In honor of Earth Day, The Daily Beast takes a look at the often indescribable scenes of beauty found around our world and celebrated in National Geographic’s ‘Sublime Nature.’

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America’s Greenest Cities

America’s Greenest Cities

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

Forty-four years after the first Earth Day, which metropolitan areas make the environmental grade? From Florida’s finest (Miami, West Palm) to the best overall (Honolulu), see the list.

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Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Vivian Maier: Still Missing

Somewhere around the midpoint of the fascinating but ultimately troubling documentary Finding Vivian Maier, one of the people being interviewed says of Maier’s story,  “I find the mystery of it more interesting than the work itself.” By the time w...

After discovering a trove of unknown photographs at an auction, John Maloof set about exposing the nanny-cum-artist who took them. But does ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ tell the whole story?

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Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

Best Bang for Your Buck Ballparks

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America’s Best Ballpark Is...

America’s Best Ballpark Is...

Whether you obsessively counted down the days to Spring Training or are one of those one-game-per-summer fans, hot dog season is well upon us. With a long, hot summer of game days ahead, The Daily Beast set out to rank the 30 Major League ballpark...

Baseball season is back, which means it’s time to take in some home runs and hot dogs. Check out The Daily Beast’s ranking of the best Major League Baseball stadiums. Batter up!

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Saving India’s Magician Colony

Saving India’s Magician Colony

“But no, I must stop all this, and tell the story as simply as possible: while troops chased arrested dragged magicians from their ghetto…while bulldozers moved forwards into the slum, a door was slammed shut…but not all the magicians were capture...

The directors of the documentary ‘Tomorrow We Disappear,’ now playing at the Tribeca Film Festival, on India’s legendary Kathputli slum, the last home to magicians, acrobats, and pup...

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Women

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Caroline Kennedy Is Big in Japan

Less than a year after Senate confirmation of Caroline Kennedy, rising tensions between Japan and China have made her job one of the most important on the planet.Last November, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy rode in an ornate, ...

President Obama has arrived in Tokyo amid the biggest Asian crisis since Vietnam. Caroline Kennedy has discovered that being ambassador to Japan is no longer an easy life.

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  • Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

    Hopelessly Devoted to Hillary

    One sees them whenever Hillary Clinton arrives in town. Without the means to afford the often hefty ticket price to see her speak, they stand outside with homemade signs, chanting, “Hil-Lar-Ree!” They have replaced the background photograph on the...

    They’re ready to do more than just volunteer if Clinton runs in 2016. A Hillary tattoo? Her face on their car? That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Oh for God’s sake. It is frankly astonishing that pundits seem to think there is some value to discussing how Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will or will not impact her decision to run for President. Clearly they need something new to talk a...

Pundits are discussing the impact Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will have on a decision to run for President. They need to stop.

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Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Battaa is dead. Why?

Soheir Bataa was 13 years-old when her parents took her to a mosque preacher-cum-doctor.  In the top floor of an Egyptian house, he mutilated her genitals, cutting away her clitoris and labia. There, Soheir died. With her death, a doctor is – for ...

Soheir Bataa, 13, died after female genital mutilation in Egypt. Now her doctor is being prosecuted.

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From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless

From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless

Alicia Silverstone, the Clueless star and former Aerosmith video vixen, caused controversy in 2012 after posting a video of herself pre-chewing her son’s food and transferring it from her mouth to his. Now she has written a book urging you to do t...

Diapers are ‘pseudoscience.’ Dairy leaves ‘toxic sludge’ in your uterus. And whatever you do, don’t use tampons! Plus more claims from Alicia Silverstone’s new book, ‘The Kind Mama.’

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Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Senator, Secretary of State… Grandma?!

Oh for God’s sake. It is frankly astonishing that pundits seem to think there is some value to discussing how Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will or will not impact her decision to run for President. Clearly they need something new to talk a...

Pundits are discussing the impact Hillary Clinton’s pending grandchild will have on a decision to run for President. They need to stop.

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Our Photoshopping Disorder

Our Photoshopping Disorder

Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the w...

The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?

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When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

When Perfect isn’t Good Enough

So it seems that British lingerie company BlueBella decided to do a poll in which 500 men and women identified their favorite celebrity body parts. The company cobbled those features together to create the “perfect" man and woman.  According ...

Not content with supermodels, lingerie company asks men and women to fabricate the “best of.”

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Rape Threats Over a Comic Book

Rape Threats Over a Comic Book

You’ve seen this scenario before, and you’ll see it again (until more of us do something). Woman writes about something traditionally regarded as a male-orientated industry or area of interest; if she’s conveying love, she’s doing it “for attentio...

After criticizing the new ‘Teen Titans’ cover, journalist Janelle Asselin was name-called and threatened with rape. The worst part? No one is surprised.

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Our Photoshopping Disorder

Our Photoshopping Disorder

Nearly three years ago, Seth Matlins, a former Hollywood marketing executive who spent almost nine years at agency-powerhouse CAA and served as CMO at Live Nation Entertainment, began looking at the world through the eyes of his daughter and the w...

The media has been on a rampage against severely Photoshopped images, particularly of young women. Now a new bill calls on Congress to get involved. But is it really a political issue?

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Books

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

Fifty years ago on a rainy April 22nd morning, the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair began with a 45-minute parade featuring a Chinese drum and bugle corps, Montana cowboys, and Japanese geishas among its 4,000 marchers. More than 250,000 people from ...

The brainchild of Robert Moses lost money, but in retrospect, it summed up the nation’s buoyant embrace of industrial achievement and technological salvation.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 21, 2014

The Word Exchange: A Novel By Alena Graedon ‘The Word Exchange: A Novel’ by Alena Graedon. 384 pp. Doubleday.$26.95 hardcover.In Alana Graedon’s new novel, her first, the agent of dystopia is a next-step smartphone that isn’t simply omnipresent,...

A dystopic vision of our technological future, a bracing new analysis of capitalistic inequality, and a meditation on history and memoir.

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He’s Got a Ticket to Write

He’s Got a Ticket to Write

When my debut novel, Martin Harbottle’s Appreciation of Time, was published earlier this year, the feeling was unbeatable. I toured every bookshop I could find just to see it on the shelves. I checked Amazon and Goodreads reviews with something ap...

The train Dominic Utton took to work broke down a lot. Each time it happened, he wrote to the railroad. They wrote back. And a novel was born.

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How the World’s Fair Changed Us

How the World’s Fair Changed Us

Fifty years ago on a rainy April 22nd morning, the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair began with a 45-minute parade featuring a Chinese drum and bugle corps, Montana cowboys, and Japanese geishas among its 4,000 marchers. More than 250,000 people from ...

The brainchild of Robert Moses lost money, but in retrospect, it summed up the nation’s buoyant embrace of industrial achievement and technological salvation.

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James Patterson Writes a How-To

James Patterson Writes a How-To

Not only does James Patterson find the time to publish anywhere from three to 13 books a year, the insanely successful novelist is now offering his aid to aspiring writers via a new how-to. Patterson offers readers lessons like “write stories the ...

As the top selling author in the world.

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The Wonky Elite’s False Prophet

The Wonky Elite’s False Prophet

In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a new Frenchman in town. Armed with progressives’ two favorite things—statistics and a European accent—the celebrity economist Thomas Piketty has hit American shores in support of his new book, Capital in the Twen...

Thomas Piketty and his ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ are white hot, but he’s no ‘Tocqueville for Today’—and he and his fan club have Tocqueville all wrong.

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