Politics

Pelosi to Boehner: Quash Impeachment

Pelosi to Boehner: Quash Impeachment

Nancy Pelosi was in the middle of responding to a question about the CIA director apologizing to Senate Intelligence Committee leaders for hacking into their computers when an aide came in with a note telling her the Republicans had pulled the bor...

How to shut down your party’s frenzy to impeach? As she watched the House GOP melt down, the Democratic Minority Leader had some advice for the Speaker from her own days with the gavel.

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CIA's Dirty Playbook About to Be Opened

CIA's Dirty Playbook About to Be Opened

The White House is set to give Congress on Friday the final, declassified version of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report on CIA interrogation. And according to one person who has reviewed the document and three people who were brie...

A long-awaited Senate report won’t use the word ‘torture’ to describe the CIA’s interrogations. But it will show abuse that is horrific, systematic, and widespread.

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Senator Calls on CIA Director to Quit

Senator Calls on CIA Director to Quit

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall issued a statement late Thursday afternoon calling for CIA Director John Brennan to resign after his claim in March that the CIA had not improperly searched the computers used by Senate staffers turned out to be wrong....

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall issued a statement Thursday asking for the resignation of John Brennan.

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Congress Harshes Stoned Drivers’ Mellow

Congress Harshes Stoned Drivers’ Mellow

Congress is worried about a potential increase in stoned drivers on the road, and looking at ways to combat potential fatalities caused by toking motorists.As more American states consider pot decriminalization, a sober congressional hearing was h...

A House hearing shows that the federal government doesn’t know much of anything about Americans getting high behind the wheel.

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CIA's Dirty Playbook About to Be Opened

CIA's Dirty Playbook About to Be Opened

The White House is set to give Congress on Friday the final, declassified version of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report on CIA interrogation. And according to one person who has reviewed the document and three people who were brie...

A long-awaited Senate report won’t use the word ‘torture’ to describe the CIA’s interrogations. But it will show abuse that is horrific, systematic, and widespread.

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Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s.  When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. Ther...

We’re not all terrorists, we’re not “cockroaches,” and we’re certainly not an “invented” people. What you don’t know about Palestinians.

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The GOP’s Big Border Bill Fail

The GOP’s Big Border Bill Fail

Compared to John Boehner, Hercules had it easy.While the legendary Greek hero just had to kill monsters like the Hydra, the Speaker of the House has been tasked with the most impossible labor of all: trying to get enough House Republicans to back ...

In a huge embarrassment for the Republican leadership, the House has withdrawn a bill that would deal with the southern border crisis.

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American Voters Don’t Get Foreign Policy

American Voters Don’t Get Foreign Policy

The American public is usually wrong on foreign policy. It takes leadership to understand that, deal with it and still do the right thing.In the 2012 presidential race, the Romney campaign, for which I worked as a senior strategist, regularly aske...

Voters may care little about what happens overseas, but President Obama’s lack of leadership is destined to leave the world in flames.

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Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s.  When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. Ther...

We’re not all terrorists, we’re not “cockroaches,” and we’re certainly not an “invented” people. What you don’t know about Palestinians.

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Entertainment

James Brown, Conservative

James Brown, Conservative

Get On Up, director Tate Taylor’s new James Brown biopic, has scored some good press lately, particularly for Chadwick Boseman’s electrifying turn as the Godfather of Soul. The film covers Brown’s mammoth talent, teenage delinquency, violent natur...

The soul-funk innovator had some complex and (quite frankly) bizarre political views.

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Chris Pratt, the Everydude Superhero

Chris Pratt, the Everydude Superhero

The galaxy’s greatest superhero can do a killer French braid.As moviegoers, we’ve shelled billions of dollars out to cineplexes as a Pavlovian response to see what was once the most whimsical and fun genres of film, but has lately become the grimm...

After years of suffering through superheroes played by unattainable Adonises, we finally get a man in tights who we can relate to in Chris Pratt and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

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Soderbergh Just Made Summer's Best Show

Soderbergh Just Made Summer's Best Show

Steven Soderbergh has finally arrived.  Not, of course, in the show business sense of the word; as a filmmaker, Soderbergh arrived long ago. At the end of 1988, Soderbergh, then 25, was best known—if he was known at all—for directing 9012Live, a f...

One year after retiring from film because he wasn't having fun, Steven Soderbergh is back with the brutal and beautiful Cinemax show 'The Knick.' But what has really chan...

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Behold, a Game of Thrones Reality Show

Behold, a Game of Thrones Reality Show

In our post-Harry Potter world, most 11-year-olds spend a good portion of their birthday throwing longing glances toward the fireplace, eagerly awaiting their acceptance letters to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But for some adult...

‘The Quest’ injects some good old-fashioned chivalry into a genre that’s famous for lust, greed, and weave-pulling. Here’s a campy confection with no sex or social commentary.

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Chris Pratt, the Everydude Superhero

Chris Pratt, the Everydude Superhero

The galaxy’s greatest superhero can do a killer French braid.As moviegoers, we’ve shelled billions of dollars out to cineplexes as a Pavlovian response to see what was once the most whimsical and fun genres of film, but has lately become the grimm...

After years of suffering through superheroes played by unattainable Adonises, we finally get a man in tights who we can relate to in Chris Pratt and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

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Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Heaven knows Morrissey doesn’t seem that miserable about the latest drama to engulf him, emphatically denying claims that he asked a former employee to physically hurt the webmaster of a site that criticized him.The singer said the story was a “ve...

Morrissey has taken to an online forum to dismiss claims he had anything to do with an alleged plot to hurt the operator of a fan site he reportedly dislikes.

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Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

If you’re over the age of 30, interested in history, political scandal and 90s hip-hop, chances are you’ve made the joke that Warren G. of ‘Regulate’ fame should do a reading of the salacious love letters written by late U.S. president Warren G. H...

90s rap star recites 29th president’s newly released love letters to mistress

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Heaven knows Morrissey doesn’t seem that miserable about the latest drama to engulf him, emphatically denying claims that he asked a former employee to physically hurt the webmaster of a site that criticized him.The singer said the story was a “ve...

Morrissey has taken to an online forum to dismiss claims he had anything to do with an alleged plot to hurt the operator of a fan site he reportedly dislikes.

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World News

Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down

Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down

The double catastrophes that struck Malaysia Airlines within a few months have left a business that was already weak in a desperate fight for survival.Even before the Ukrainian atrocity, analysts predicted that the airline would run out of cash so...

The disappearance of one flight and shooting down of another has pushed the inefficient carrier to the brink of collapse. Is there anyone who can fly them out of danger?

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Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150,000 civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as “Caesar” told Congress Thursday.According to a senior State Depa...

Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to ‘Caesar.’

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Israel to Hamas: Keep Your Rockets

Israel to Hamas: Keep Your Rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his military will not stop until it dismantles a labyrinth of tunnels often burrowed under private homes and even beneath Gaza’s mosques. But Netanyahu has not called for destroying the organizati...

Israel's prime minister accuses them of being as bad as al Qaeda, but he isn’t trying to run the group out of Gaza. There’s a good reason why.

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From Neocon Hero to Just Plain Con?

From Neocon Hero to Just Plain Con?

TBILISI, Georgia — Prosecutors from the small country of Georgia have filed criminal charges against former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. But it’s the country’s fledgling democracy that’s really on trial.For the last decade, “Misha” Saak...

In Georgia, it seems every new government puts members of the old one on trial. But this time it’s democracy that’s in the dock.

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Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150,000 civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as “Caesar” told Congress Thursday.According to a senior State Depa...

Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to ‘Caesar.’

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Israel Mints the Next Generation of Hate

Israel Mints the Next Generation of Hate

GAZA CITY — The bombs continue falling, more and more people are running for their lives with fewer places to go and as the screams from beneath the wreckage of Israel’s assault become more frequent, a generation of Gaza’s children are being shape...

The children of Gaza still have dreams for their future. Who do they admire? Anyone who might protect them: a doctor, a journalist, the fighters from Hamas.

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Is Putin About to Blink?

Is Putin About to Blink?

ODESSA, Ukraine — The Russian Ministry of Defense has been mocking claims by the United States that there’s proof Moscow is giving military aid to the separatists in Ukraine. Officially, the Russian government is still blowing smoke around the que...

As the Kremlin gets more nervous about American and European pressure it could also get more dangerous. When Putin gets defensive, he takes the offense.

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Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

On Sunday evening, a grandmother and her two young granddaughters (7 years old and 8 months old) were burned to death in their homes during a mob attack on their village. A picture posted on Facebook reportedly sparked the attack.The city of Gujra...

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws aren’t going anywhere, and innocent people are getting caught in the mix. A grandmother and her young granddaughters are the latest victims, reportedly kill...

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Israel Mints the Next Generation of Hate

Israel Mints the Next Generation of Hate

GAZA CITY — The bombs continue falling, more and more people are running for their lives with fewer places to go and as the screams from beneath the wreckage of Israel’s assault become more frequent, a generation of Gaza’s children are being shape...

The children of Gaza still have dreams for their future. Who do they admire? Anyone who might protect them: a doctor, a journalist, the fighters from Hamas.

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Tech + Health

Bro Culture’s Anti-Masturbation Crusader

Bro Culture’s Anti-Masturbation Crusader

In life, two things are inevitable: death and male masturbation. According to the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, over 94 percent of men ages 25 to 29 report having masturbated in their lifetime and, according to common sense, ...

4-Hour Workweek author and lifestyle blogger Tim Ferriss is challenging his readers to 30 days of no booze and no jacking off. Can he make the historically religious anti-masturbatio...

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The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

Pope Francis—who routinely surprises believers and nonbelievers alike by doing things such as espousing revolutionary environmentalism and denouncing unbridled capitalism as “tyranny”—has just released his top 10 tips for achieving personal happin...

The world may already be swimming with self-help advice, but it’s not every day the Pope himself shares his life-hacking tips.

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Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the cornerstone of America’s future tactical air fleet—will survive its failure to show up at two major international air shows, at Fairford and Farnborough in Britain, this month. It was a good thing in that it showe...

The Pentagon keeps grounding its ultra-pricey F-35. Maybe it’s time to revisit a fight that took its backup engine away.

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These Photographs Would Die Without Him

These Photographs Would Die Without Him

Levi Bettwieser calls himself a camera addict. The 28-year-old full-time video producer and freelance portrait photographer shoots with any of the 14 cameras in his arsenal, all but one of them relying on film. They have names like Bender, Graflex...

Levi Bettwieser buys old cameras not for the camera itself, but for what’s inside: undeveloped film. Now he’s archiving forgotten moments from the 1920s on.

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The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

Pope Francis—who routinely surprises believers and nonbelievers alike by doing things such as espousing revolutionary environmentalism and denouncing unbridled capitalism as “tyranny”—has just released his top 10 tips for achieving personal happin...

The world may already be swimming with self-help advice, but it’s not every day the Pope himself shares his life-hacking tips.

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Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Two years after Colorado legalized pot, the drug is going back to prison. Or—it might be.The man who wants to put it there is Nick Erker. In March the Colorado native, who sells wholesale farm products, decided to purchase an abandoned jail in his...

Nick Erker is vying to turn an abandoned prison into a marijuana-growing facility. If the town of Brush’s motto—‘homegrown happiness’—holds true, buds will be sprouting in no time.

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ReaganBook Is a Big Conservative #Fail

ReaganBook Is a Big Conservative #Fail

Ohio Republican Janet Porter was fed up with Facebook restricting the voices of conservatives like her. So on Tuesday, she launched ReaganBook.com, “the Facebook for patriots.”The site features a picture of Reagan’s smiling face colored in the hue...

ReaganBook, described by its founder as “the Facebook for patriots” is the latest in a long line of poorly done conservative social networks. A day after launching, the site was over...

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These Are America’s Deadliest Dinners

These Are America’s Deadliest Dinners

From Ranch-covered pizza, to custard-filled French toast, these belt-busting meals won the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating Awards.

From Ranch-covered pizza, to custard-filled French toast, these belt-busting meals won the Center for Science in the Public Interest's annual Xtreme Eating Awards.

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Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Turning a Prison Into Pot Factory

Two years after Colorado legalized pot, the drug is going back to prison. Or—it might be.The man who wants to put it there is Nick Erker. In March the Colorado native, who sells wholesale farm products, decided to purchase an abandoned jail in his...

Nick Erker is vying to turn an abandoned prison into a marijuana-growing facility. If the town of Brush’s motto—‘homegrown happiness’—holds true, buds will be sprouting in no time.

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Fashion

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend for ...

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend for ...

Are Buzz Cuts the Next Big Trend?: Could the buzz cut be the next fashionable hairstyle for the ladies? With men’s trends in hair getting shorter and shorter as of late, it looks like women might be borrowing the style in the near future. After al...

And Doutzen Kroes welcomes a baby girl.

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Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Paris Nude Models Strike

Paris Nude Models Strike

Last month, the halls of Paris’ Gare Montparnasse train station emptied when France’s rail workers went on strike. At almost the same moment, a stillness descended on Charles de Gaulle airport as the country’s air traffic controllers walked off th...

Stung by a ban on collecting tips, artists’ models in Paris respond in typically Gallic fashion with a work stoppage.

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Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star: After snagging multiple high-fashion campaigns for autumn/winter 2014 (Chanel, Mulberry, Burberry), 21-year-old Cara Delevingne has become the first solo star for British high-street label, Topshop. “Cara is...

And Net-a-Porter CEO to step down.

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Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Great Escapes

Jewish Immigrants Fathered Modernism

Jewish Immigrants Fathered Modernism

Every fan of modernist design is probably familiar with a few big names.George Nelson, the writer, designer, and popularizer largely responsible for making Herman Miller, Inc. into the modern furniture behemoth it is today.R.M. Schindler and Richa...

Most design aficionados know the modernist greats. But what they don’t realize: They were all Jewish. A new exhibit looks at how one group of émigrés helped create an American movement.

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  • Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’?

    Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’?

    Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun. The Big Mac’s anthem, made famous by its signature ’70s jingle, is firmly engrained in the collective consciousness of meat-eating America. But these days ...

    A gathering of the great minds of meat offer their two cents on the advent of the patty, our need to festoon it with fixin’s, and what the future of the hamburger holds.

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Eating With The Enemy

Eating With The Enemy

While many people shy away from political conversation at the dinner table, Conflict Kitchen is promoting it. By choosing its cuisine based on different countries in conflict with the United States, the Pittsburgh-based restaurant offers authentic...

A takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh is offering exotic cuisine with a twist, facilitating cultural conversation and political dialogue on countries in conflict with the United States.

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The Million-Dollar Map Thief

The Million-Dollar Map Thief

An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, just appeared in the Lower East Side. See her iconic works here.

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, ju...

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Eating With The Enemy

Eating With The Enemy

While many people shy away from political conversation at the dinner table, Conflict Kitchen is promoting it. By choosing its cuisine based on different countries in conflict with the United States, the Pittsburgh-based restaurant offers authentic...

A takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh is offering exotic cuisine with a twist, facilitating cultural conversation and political dialogue on countries in conflict with the United States.

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Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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Why the Left Protests Better

Why the Left Protests Better

Whether you are planning to halt a battalion of mechanical diggers, shut down a facility, or simply secure maximum attention to your cause, there’s certainly an art to the successful protest.The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has become the ...

From intractable arm locks to inflatable bricks, dissidents have created innovative tools over the years to help their movements succeed. Well, left-wing protesters have, at least.

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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Women

Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

It’s been just over two years since Octavia Spencer, in a shimmering Tadashi Shoji gown that took a team of ten 1,000 hours to produce, glided up to the stage at the Hollywood and Highland Center to accept her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With t...

The ‘Get On Up’ actress on why TV is more diverse than film, and how life has changed since winning her Oscar for ‘The Help.’

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  • Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

    Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

    Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

    Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

The Death Penalty Is a Disaster

Another week, another botched killing under the legal euphemism of capital punishment. After macabre screw-ups in Oklahoma and Ohio, it was Arizona's turn last week, when double-murderer Joseph Rudolph Wood III took about two hours to die. Th...

The recent botched executions are just the tip of the iceberg. The death penalty is and always has been a financial and moral disaster.

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Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Congress Finally Moves on Sex Assault

Senators are rushing to pass campus sexual assault reforms, introducing a landmark bill designed to provide resources to victims and enforce accountability at institutions of higher learning.But the machinery of government will be slow to move. Ev...

One in five women who attend college are sexually assaulted—and a bipartisan group of senators is launching a new bill to change that.

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‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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Announcing Women in the World Texas!

Announcing Women in the World Texas!

Women in the World is taking its signature live event on the road to the Lone Star State. Tina Brown will co-host the October 22 event in San Antonio, TX, with Gloria Steinem, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Diane von Furste...

Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas to feature Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Uganda and documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan.

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Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

Donors Warn Warren: Do Not Run in ‘16

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Children Are Fatter Than They Think

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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Announcing Women in the World Texas!

Announcing Women in the World Texas!

Women in the World is taking its signature live event on the road to the Lone Star State. Tina Brown will co-host the October 22 event in San Antonio, TX, with Gloria Steinem, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Diane von Furste...

Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas to feature Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Uganda and documentary filmmaker Deeyah Khan.

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Books

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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  • Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

    Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

    Things had come full circle. Back in 1996, I sold my second novel, quit my job as a newspaper reporter in Greensboro, NC, and got to work on novel number three.  Now, 18 long years later, Motor City Burning had finally been published and I was sta...

    It may seem like the e-book behemoth is taking over the publishing industry, but a trip to North Carolina proves that local bookshops have become indispensible players in community l...

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The Million-Dollar Map Thief

The Million-Dollar Map Thief

An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

Of the many and multifarious rooms involved in last year’s “A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance” exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, I found myself continually drawn to the one that concluded the show. Lucy McKenzie’s “May of Teck” (2010),...

As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.

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The Million-Dollar Map Thief

The Million-Dollar Map Thief

An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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Pulling the Plug on English Departments

Pulling the Plug on English Departments

It is easy to observe the sad and sickly decline of American intellectual life, through the cultural and institutional lowering of standards, when prestigious publications promote the defense, if not the celebration, of lower standards.Writing rec...

The armies of soft philistinism are on the march and eager to ditch traditional literature instruction in favor of more utilitarian approaches. To the barricades!

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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