Politics

Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

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New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, Verna Bloom, Tim Matheson, 1978.

Poor People Poorer Now Than in the ’70s

Poor People Poorer Now Than in the ’70s

For the moment, the Democrats have resumed their time-honored posture of arguing about trade policy. It’s an important issue, and one on which I’m not sure where I come down. But as they prepare to rip each other’s flesh, they might bear in mind i...

As they fight over a new trade deal, Democrat should recall their top task for 2016: educating voters on the reality of wage stagnation—by going back to 1979, when the flatline started.

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Flip-Flopping in the Age of Facebook

Geez, Can’t a Guy Flip-Flop Anymore?

Geez, Can’t a Guy Flip-Flop Anymore?

It’s 2015, and three presidential cycles and more than 10 years after John Kerry earned the tag Flip Flopper, we’re still replaying what has already become one of the oldest and most tiresome sketches in modern American politics.  I’m talking abou...

Sorry, no. In an era when people can find a candidate’s old quotes in seconds, it’s better to stand your ground and take your lumps.

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) - RTR4NC52

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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Jeb's Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

Jeb’s Faith-Based Prisons

On July 24, 2004, then-governor Jeb Bush received a frantic email from Joy Buchholz about the conditions in her daughter’s prison.Buchholz explained her daughter wanted to be in one of the faith-based prisons Bush helped establish because she expe...

Jeb Bush touts his record as a prison reformer because of the success of his faith-based prison program, but does that really make him a reformer?

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A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway in Southwest Asia. The Reaper's primary mission is as a persistent hunter-killer against emerging targets.

CIA Under Fire for Killing Hostage

CIA Under Fire for Killing Hostage

The U.S. had practically round-the-clock surveillance of the site where American hostage Warren Weinstein was held by al Qaeda in Pakistan. Yet a CIA drone strike still accidentally killed him and a fellow captive, Italian Giovanni Lo Porto. And t...

The agency’s drone operators had little idea who they were shooting at. They fired anyway. Now, a pair of hostages are dead. And Washington is demanding answers.

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Entertainment

(L-R)  Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Eric Idle, John Oliver, and Terry Jones pose for a photo backstage at the "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" special screening during the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival at Beacon Theatre on April 24, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival)

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

The 'Pythons' Tell All To John Oliver

Monty Python’s first visit to the USA in 1973 did not go well at all. The groundbreaking British comedic troupe appeared on The Tonight Show being guest hosted by Joey Bishop.“We looked out and it was like The Producers film where the jaws of the ...

At a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the release of 'Monty Python and The Holy Grail,' the surviving cast—moderated by HBO's star Brit—gathered to dish war stories...

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Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Consider the plight of the televised health professional.There was a time when all it took was the right couple of letters in front of your name and the divine blessing of Oprah Winfrey, daytime TV’s resplendent queen, and you could find yourself ...

Dr. Oz has come under fire due to his ‘egregious lack of integrity,’ but he pales in comparison to the fame-whoring Dr. Phil. Here’s why it’s time to get rid of the ‘daytime doc.’

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Bruce Jenner: 'I Am a Woman'

Bruce Jenner: 'I Am a Woman'

Bruce Jenner will be doing no more interviews. From this point forward, he will be "her.""I am a woman." The Olympian and erstwhile member of the Kardashian reality TV empire, definitively ended months—decades, even—of speculat...

Diane Sawyer's interview with Bruce Jenner about his transition into a woman might be as influential as Ellen DeGeneres coming out 18 years ago.

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1924 --- American comic actor, director and producer Buster Keaton on the set of his movie Sherlock Jr.. --- Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

As the modern world swirled around him, Buster Keaton maintained what critic James Agee called a “mulish imperturbability.” In his seminal Life magazine essay on the silent film comics, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” Agee wrote, “Very early in his movie...

He never cracked a smile on screen, but Keaton’s silent films are as funny as anything Hollywood ever made. Also melancholy, profound, and … but let’s go with funny.

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Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Dr. Oz & Dr. Phil's Gross TV Charade

Consider the plight of the televised health professional.There was a time when all it took was the right couple of letters in front of your name and the divine blessing of Oprah Winfrey, daytime TV’s resplendent queen, and you could find yourself ...

Dr. Oz has come under fire due to his ‘egregious lack of integrity,’ but he pales in comparison to the fame-whoring Dr. Phil. Here’s why it’s time to get rid of the ‘daytime doc.’

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Real Time With Bill Maher Season 11

Bill Maher: Anti-Vaxxer?

Bill Maher: Anti-Vaxxer?

It was a very Beasty episode of the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher.On Friday night, The Daily Beast contributors Ana Marie Cox and Liz Mair joined Maher and some bald guy from The Weekly Standard to discuss the latest current events topics.B...

On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, noted anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. came on to talk about the link between vaccine and autism. Maher took Kennedy’s side.

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Real Time With Bill Maher

Bill Maher Jokes About Bruce Jenner

Bill Maher Jokes About Bruce Jenner

The words “Too Soon?” aren’t in Bill Maher’s vocabulary.Back in 2006, just weeks after the death of Steve Irwin, Maher showed up at a Halloween party dressed as Irwin with a bloody stingray protruding from his chest.And on Friday night’s edition o...

On Real Time with Bill Maher, the outspoken satirist made the very first joke about Bruce Jenner following his candid interview with Diane Sawyer.

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Jared Leto

Say Hello to Jared Leto’s The Joker

Say Hello to Jared Leto’s The Joker

The first full look at Jared Leto’s The Joker in the 2016 superhero team-up Suicide Squad was revealed Friday evening by the film’s director, David Ayer, via Twitter. Ayer tweeted out the picture in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Joker...

Filmmaker David Ayer has revealed exactly what Oscar winner Jared Leto will look like as villain The Joker in the 2016 superhero flick Suicide Squad, and it’s a doozy.

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Real Time With Bill Maher Season 11

Bill Maher: Anti-Vaxxer?

Bill Maher: Anti-Vaxxer?

It was a very Beasty episode of the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher.On Friday night, The Daily Beast contributors Ana Marie Cox and Liz Mair joined Maher and some bald guy from The Weekly Standard to discuss the latest current events topics.B...

On Friday night’s Real Time with Bill Maher, noted anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. came on to talk about the link between vaccine and autism. Maher took Kennedy’s side.

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World News

British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

Like so many military catastrophes, the amphibious assault on the Ottoman Turks at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 by an Anglo-French force began with the best of intentions and a hefty dose of wishful thinking. On January 2, 1915, the British War Cou...

It nearly ruined Winston Churchill’s career and launched Ataturk’s. On this day 100 years ago, tens of thousands died in one the most global battles in WWI.

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The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

First there were embraces and then the barbaric execution by stoning. Photographs of hugs that jihadists gave a condemned gay couple before killing them in north Syria have gone viral, prompting outrage in the West. For Islamic State sympathizers ...

The viral video of a couple being hugged before they were murdered by stoning is not only tragic, it tells you a lot about the killers.

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Quorum: Alice Nkom

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Defending Cameroon’s Gays

Quorum is a live journalism forum focused on LGBT experiences around the world. Its mission is to lift up the voices of non-Western LGBT activists defining the struggle for justice. Visit Quorum.TheDailyBeast.com for more stories of persecution, t...

Despite clients in jail and threats from the government, Alice N’kom, the first female lawyer in Cameroon, is undaunted.

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Italian police stand in front of St. Peter's basilica in the Vatican on March 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO  MONTEFORTE        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

Qaeda Eyed Vatican Attack From US Base

PALERMO, Italy — Italian counter-terrorism operatives issued arrest warrants for 18 men and arrested nine across Italy on Thursday. They are thought to be part of an al Qaeda terrorism ring based on the idyllic Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Am...

Italian police have busted what they claim is a major al Qaeda cell in Sardinia smuggling migrants and planning attacks in the mainland.

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The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

The ISIS Hug of Death for Gays

First there were embraces and then the barbaric execution by stoning. Photographs of hugs that jihadists gave a condemned gay couple before killing them in north Syria have gone viral, prompting outrage in the West. For Islamic State sympathizers ...

The viral video of a couple being hugged before they were murdered by stoning is not only tragic, it tells you a lot about the killers.

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) - RTR4NC52

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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Armenians killed by Turks during the Armenian Genocide, 1915.

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Yes, Slaughter of Armenians Was Genocide

Genocide is not the murder of people but the murder of a people.In his first publication using the term he had coined, the lawyer Raphael Lemkin explained, “The practice of extermination of nations and ethnic groups as carried out by the invaders ...

The Turkish government may not want to admit it, but the murder and removal of millions of Armenians was genocide.

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Mother’s Linda Boyle, left and Lyn Coleman hold photo of their married children, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in late 2012, Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Stewartstown, Pa. The family of a pregnant American woman who went missing in Afghanistan in late 2012 with her Canadian husband received two videos last year in which the couple asked the U.S. government to help free them and their child from Taliban captors, The Associated Press has learned.  (AP Photo/Bill Gorman)

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

Taliban Hold American Mom & Baby Hostage

In 2012, a 28-year-old American woman, Caitlin Coleman, was abducted along with her husband, Joshua Boyle, while traveling in Afghanistan. Coleman was pregnant and gave birth while in captivity. The family has been held ever since by the Taliban, ...

She was an explorer, traveling the Third World while pregnant. Then the jihadists took her.

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Loretta Lynch testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing to become U.S. attorney general on Capitol Hill in Washington January 28, 2015. Lynch, nominated in November, has stirred little controversy in her 16 years with the U.S. Attorney's office in Brooklyn and is expected to win confirmation.  

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) - RTR4NC52

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

New A.G. Is Pimps’ Worst Nightmare

The many pimps of little Tenancingo in Mexico had cause to laugh as the Senate Republicans used a human trafficking bill to hold up the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general.But the pimps—or padrotes—of that town 80 miles...

Pimps may have cheered when the GOP used a trafficking bill to block the confirmation of Loretta Lynch, America’s most successful prosecutor of pimps. But now she’ll be coming for them.

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U.S. News

Author Christina Hoff Sommers (no caps).  (Photo by Paula Lerner/Woodfin Camp/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

Beyond its entertainment value, mockery plays a useful role in a society as riven and weary as ours: it substitutes for understanding. Confronted with incomprehensible public rage, the quickest way to survive is simply to denigrate it from a safe ...

So the anti-feminist feminist got heckled again by the PC kids. We can disdain them. But instead let’s turn to Plato, who can explain them.

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The Union’s Only Native American General

The Union’s Only Native American General

Most anniversary commemorations of the Confederacy’s surrender 150-years ago in April, 1865, overlooked a meaningful exchange at that little courthouse in Appomattox, Va. After the proud defeated commander, Robert E. Lee, formally surrendered to t...

Called a “real American” by Robert E. Lee, Parker was a uniquely American success story.

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Baltimore protests

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

Did Cops' Indifference Kill Gray?

No chokehold seems to have been used in arresting 25-year-old Freddie Gray in Baltimore, as there was in arresting Eric Garner on Staten Island.But cellphone videos show that in both incidents the arresting officer evidenced a disturbing deafness ...

The great majority of cops take the oath because they want to help people. But a corrosive cynicism can poison their initial sense of purpose.

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Author Christina Hoff Sommers (no caps).  (Photo by Paula Lerner/Woodfin Camp/Woodfin Camp/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

What Plato Said About Trigger Warnings

Beyond its entertainment value, mockery plays a useful role in a society as riven and weary as ours: it substitutes for understanding. Confronted with incomprehensible public rage, the quickest way to survive is simply to denigrate it from a safe ...

So the anti-feminist feminist got heckled again by the PC kids. We can disdain them. But instead let’s turn to Plato, who can explain them.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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African American men, women and children pick cotton in a cotton field and place it in straw bushel baskets, circa 1890. (Photo by Lightfoot/Getty Images)

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

Perhaps the most durable myth about slavery is that it was utterly incompatible with capitalism. Well before historians in the twentieth century began legitimating the idea, abolitionists suggested the disconnect themselves. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, ...

Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.

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Tech + Health

Egyptian art. Fragment of a papyrus with hieroglyphic writing. Egyptian Museum of Turin. Italy. (Photo by: Prisma/UIG via Getty Images)

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

Egyptian Scrolls Reveal Hangover Cure

If a night of revelry has awoken you to a morning of agony, you’re in luck.According to a medical papyri from ancient Egypt, the leaves of the Alexandrian shrub chamaedaphne are the answer. If you’ve never heard of them you aren’t alone. The direc...

A 1900-year-old text medical papyri suggests that wearing a leathery-leafed plant will cure a night of drinking. Why the ancient Egyptians may be the best doctor we have.

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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How the Pot Business Is Whitewashed

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

Where Are Pot Inc.’s Minorities?

When Alaska and Vermont decriminalized recreational marijuana over the past year, they doubled an already massive market of legal weed. Estimated to be worth upwards of $35 billion, it’s attracted everyone from marketing gurus to venture capitalis...

Valued at upwards of $35 million, the new legal weed market has cultivated an ambitious group of ganjapreneurs. Why African Americans aren’t among them.

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You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

You Waste $43 of Food Each Month

Is your refrigerator crisper a graveyard of spoiled produce and expired goods? Those squandered products add up — and fast. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, the average American family throws out up to $43 worth of food each mon...

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Vaxxers Strike Back in California

Vaxxers Strike Back in California

UPDATE: SB277 moved closer to reality Wednesday after passing through California's senate education committee with a vote of 7-2. The committee, which was initially opposed to the bill, reportedly flipped after it was amended to include a gro...

Legislators in Sacramento are debating a bill that would eliminate ‘personal belief’ exemptions from vaccination requirements at public schools. It’s about time.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

The Fundamentalist Witch Hunt’s New Prey

Evangelicals have just voted another intellectual off their island.On the eve of April Fools’ Day, while on vacation in Hawaii with his wife, Professor Tom Oord got an email from the president of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) notifying him t...

A beloved professor forced from a Nazarene university this month is the latest casualty in a war that’s being waged against thinking evangelical Christians.

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Amy Keil crosses the Boston Marathon finish line on April 20, 2015. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

She Ran a Marathon 7.5 Months Pregnant

All over the city, sweaty demigods with calves of steel were stumbling around Boston on Monday, wrapped in silver capes or “heatsheets,” having finished running 26.2 miles of its world-famous marathon before I had time to pour my second cup of cof...

Amy Keil ran the Boston Marathon 7.5 months pregnant Monday. But is that safe? Yes, actually. In her case, it’s probably totally fine.

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A demonstrator holds a placard in front of the India Gate as she takes part in a protest rally organised by various women's organisations in New Delhi December 21, 2012. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of the country to demand urgent action against the men who took turns to rape a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, local media reports said.

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

India's Forgotten Rape Crisis

The infamous gang rape and killing of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi on December 16, 2012 put India’s treatment of violence towards women in a global spotlight. As Leslee Udwin’s 2015 documentary India’s Daughter shows, men and women took to the...

World attention on India’s rape epidemic has waned since the infamous killing of Jyoti Singh, but the country’s sexual violence crisis continues unabated.

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E. E. Cummings, (1894-1962), undated self portrait of the poet and painter. --- Image by © Corbis

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

The Secret Art Life of E.E. Cummings

American greats like Dorothea Lange, Georgia O’Keefe, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol are the artists one expects to find within the walls of the new Whitney Museum when it opens its doors to the public on May 1 in New York City’s Meatpacking Dis...

The great modernist poet had a sideline passion—creating a multitude of visual art: 1,600 sketches, drawings, watercolors, and oil paintings during his lifetime.

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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Prince Charles wears headphones as learns how to scratch and fade with a turntable while he tours an employment skills workshop in Toronto May 22, 2012. The royal couple is on a four-day visit to Canada to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.  REUTERS/Paul Chiasson/Pool (CANADA - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR32H7O

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

King Charles: The Monarch Nobody Wants

The next few weeks are likely to be particularly trying ones for Prince Charles.As the nation rejoices in the birth of a new royal baby—fourth in line to the throne regardless of gender—Prince Charles, never keen on sharing the limelight, has a le...

He doesn’t seem to be the most doting grandfather. The country wants William to be the next King, rather than him. Can Prince Charles turn it around?

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974.  (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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Countess Teresa Foscari Foscolo at a masked costume ball at the Palazzo Labia, Venice, 3rd September 1951. Named 'Le Bal Oriental' and described in the press as 'the party of the century', the ball was given by Spanish-Mexican multi-millionaire Carlos de Beistegui. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

It’s not hard to see why Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia, which took place on September 3, 1951, is still routinely described as the Ball of the Century—not when you contemplate the remarkable event itself.The h...

The guests who flocked to Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951, bought the city to a glamorous standstill.

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Columbia student Paul Nungesser, accused of rape by Emma Sulkowicz, who began carrying a 50-pound mattress around campus after Columbia cleared Nungesser to symbolize the burden, on the school's campus in New York, Dec. 11, 2014. Nungesser says he is innocent, that the mattress project is an act of bullying, and that the university has now abdicated its own responsibility, letting mob justice overrule its official procedures. (Damon Winter/The New York Times)

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Men Fight Back In Campus Rape Cases

Columbia University is one of the many schools to be accused of failing to protect the rights of sexual assault victims. This week, it became one of the first to be singled out for failing to protect the rights of the accused.On Wednesday, Paul Nu...

The male student at the center of the Columbia University rape controversy claims he has suffered gender discrimination. Other male students are also fighting to clear their names.

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The Wonders of the New Whitney

The Wonders of the New Whitney

Walking into the recently constructed Whitney Museum in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District, there’s an immediate sensation of déjà vu.It’s an eerie familiarity that you can’t quite place, especially since the freshly constructed building doesn’t ope...

It’s light, airy, and filled with the best American art. Will Renzo Piano’s glammed-up, recast Whitney Museum in the Meatpacking District draw the crowds?

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Countess Teresa Foscari Foscolo at a masked costume ball at the Palazzo Labia, Venice, 3rd September 1951. Named 'Le Bal Oriental' and described in the press as 'the party of the century', the ball was given by Spanish-Mexican multi-millionaire Carlos de Beistegui. (Photo by Archivio Cameraphoto Epoche/Getty Images)

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

Venice’s ‘Ball of the Century’

It’s not hard to see why Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia, which took place on September 3, 1951, is still routinely described as the Ball of the Century—not when you contemplate the remarkable event itself.The h...

The guests who flocked to Le Bal Oriental, Count Beistegui’s masked ball at the Palazzo Labia in Venice in 1951, bought the city to a glamorous standstill.

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Books

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Big, Brick, and Beautiful

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

Move over limestone, granite, and steel—brick buildings are pretty amazing too.

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  • British battery during Gallipoli campaign. Image shot 1915. Exact date unknown.

    Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

    Gallipoli: WWI's Most Disastrous Battle

    Like so many military catastrophes, the amphibious assault on the Ottoman Turks at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 by an Anglo-French force began with the best of intentions and a hefty dose of wishful thinking. On January 2, 1915, the British War Cou...

    It nearly ruined Winston Churchill’s career and launched Ataturk’s. On this day 100 years ago, tens of thousands died in one the most global battles in WWI.

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Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Editor’s note: On July 16, 1964, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan killed 15-year-old James Powell, an African-American kid from the Bronx. What followed were six nights of rioting that roiled Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. More than 4,0...

After a white cop killed a black kid in 1964, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn exploded in violence.

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Mystery author Agatha Christie is seen in 1974. (AP Photo

A Very British Murder Scene

A Very British Murder Scene

When I asked Danny, my cab driver, if he often brought Agatha Christie fanatics to the gates of her holiday house called Greenway, he said, “Sure, lots of grans.” He then glanced back and smiled. “Never any as young as yourself.”The irony of this ...

You’d never guess she dreamt up such macabre and violent ends for her characters when you visit Agatha Christie’s idyllic holiday home on the banks of the River Dart in Devon.

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The Wright Brothers

The Wright Brothers' Big Flop

The Wright Brothers' Big Flop

There isn’t a more perplexing puzzle among all the stirring tales of American innovation than the one inherent in the story of the Wright brothers. As David McCullough says of them in his new biography: “They had no college education, no formal te...

David McCullough’s new book shows that the Ohioans didn’t build the first plane but the first plane that was worth flying. Then they stopped.

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Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Breslin's Classic, ‘The Harlem Riot’

Editor’s note: On July 16, 1964, NYPD Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan killed 15-year-old James Powell, an African-American kid from the Bronx. What followed were six nights of rioting that roiled Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. More than 4,0...

After a white cop killed a black kid in 1964, Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn exploded in violence.

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1924 --- American comic actor, director and producer Buster Keaton on the set of his movie Sherlock Jr.. --- Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

As the modern world swirled around him, Buster Keaton maintained what critic James Agee called a “mulish imperturbability.” In his seminal Life magazine essay on the silent film comics, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” Agee wrote, “Very early in his movie...

He never cracked a smile on screen, but Keaton’s silent films are as funny as anything Hollywood ever made. Also melancholy, profound, and … but let’s go with funny.

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B-25 bombers on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, Pacific Ocean, April 18, 1942. They were used by Jimmy Doolittle's Raiders in his daring bombing attack on Tokyo in World War II. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

The Forgotten Pearl Harbor Revenge Raid

One hardly has to be a skeptic, a naysayer, or a congenital mope to find the near-universal acceptance of Tom Brokaw’s two-decade-old appellation—“the Greatest Generation”—more than a little irksome. After all, Washington, Madison, Jefferson, Adam...

Reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. needed to hit back, and fast. Enter 5’4” Jimmy Doolittle, who led a raid on Tokyo that knocked Japan back.

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African American men, women and children pick cotton in a cotton field and place it in straw bushel baskets, circa 1890. (Photo by Lightfoot/Getty Images)

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

How Slavery Gave Capitalism Its Start

Perhaps the most durable myth about slavery is that it was utterly incompatible with capitalism. Well before historians in the twentieth century began legitimating the idea, abolitionists suggested the disconnect themselves. In Uncle Tom’s Cabin, ...

Capitalism in the U.S. owes much of its start to slavery, which in turn owed much of its success to government handouts.

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1924 --- American comic actor, director and producer Buster Keaton on the set of his movie Sherlock Jr.. --- Image by © Sunset Boulevard/Corbis

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

The Deadpan Genius of Buster Keaton

As the modern world swirled around him, Buster Keaton maintained what critic James Agee called a “mulish imperturbability.” In his seminal Life magazine essay on the silent film comics, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” Agee wrote, “Very early in his movie...

He never cracked a smile on screen, but Keaton’s silent films are as funny as anything Hollywood ever made. Also melancholy, profound, and … but let’s go with funny.

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