Politics

How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?

How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?

If there’s a big winner to emerge from last week’s “Cromnibus” budget battle, it’s Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. While Ted Cruz turned himself into a pariah yet again (he is fast becoming the Cousin Oliver) of the GOP), Warren gave a spe...

The progressive rock star is right about Wall Street’s pernicious influence, but clueless about how to fix it.

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Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba

Meet America’s Next Ambassador to Cuba

Resuming diplomatic relations with Cuba means a promotion for Jeffrey DeLaurentis, the career foreign-service officer currently serving as chief of mission in the U.S. interest section in Havana. He will become charge d’affaires, which confers muc...

Believe it or not, the United States has a man in Havana—and he’s set to get a big promotion.

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Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Liberals Spend Money On Warren 2016

Yet another liberal organization is signing on to the quixotic effort to convince Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for President.Democracy for America, the progressive organization founded by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean in 200...

The progressive group Democracy for America is spending $250,000 in an effort to convince Elizabeth Warren to run for President in 2016. But in doing so, are they ignoring other libe...

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How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?

How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?

If there’s a big winner to emerge from last week’s “Cromnibus” budget battle, it’s Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. While Ted Cruz turned himself into a pariah yet again (he is fast becoming the Cousin Oliver) of the GOP), Warren gave a spe...

The progressive rock star is right about Wall Street’s pernicious influence, but clueless about how to fix it.

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Harvard’s Conservative Cabal

Harvard’s Conservative Cabal

Mocking the arrogance of “liberals from Harvard” is a foolproof applause line for any Republican looking to rev up a conservative audience.  But when the 114th Congress gavels into session in January, GOP speechwriters are going to need some new m...

From Tom Cotton to Ted Cruz, many of the biggest new names in the GOP are graduates of Harvard -- the school the right loves to hate.

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How A Jeb Candidacy Would Hurt Christie

How A Jeb Candidacy Would Hurt Christie

Among the people who have declared their candidacy for president, or the intention to do so one day soon, are Vermin Supreme, whose platform includes a plank to give every American a pony; a 9/11 truther; the Florida pastor who rose to fame promis...

With Jeb Bush’s tease that he might be set to enter the 2016 presidential fray, the other Republican hopefuls should be afraid—very afraid.

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Entertainment

Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End

Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End

If you’re one of the five million people who downloaded Serial and have been obsessing over who killed Hae Min Lee over 15 years ago on January 13, 1999, you couldn’t have realistically expected an answer in the final episode. In the end, the show...

So did Adnan do it? For the podcast listeners salivating for a tidy conclusion to ‘Serial,’ that’s not what you’ll get.

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The Ultimate Colbert Supercut

The Ultimate Colbert Supercut

Thursday evening will prove to be a landmark night in TV history. The long-running comedic news show The Colbert Report will air its final episode. Host Stephen Colbert will hang up his pundit persona in order to prepare taking over The Late Show ...

Some of Dr. Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.'s best moments behind the desk.

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James Corden Is Taking Over Hollywood

James Corden Is Taking Over Hollywood

James Corden is about to open the big-screen adaptation of the quintessential Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, in which he sings a song with Meryl Streep. Three months later, he will greet TV audiences for the first time as the new host of...

He’s the star of ‘Into the Woods’ and is the new host of ‘The Late Late Show.’ So how should everyone feel about Corden’s looming takeover? ‘They should lower their expectations.’

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North Korea & Nations Who Hate Hollywood

North Korea & Nations Who Hate Hollywood

“The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”That’s what the North...

Communist regimes lost it over ‘The Deer Hunter.’ North Korea thinks ‘The Interview’ is an act of imperialistic war. Slovakian officials were outraged over ‘Hostel.’ The list goes on.

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The Ultimate Colbert Supercut

The Ultimate Colbert Supercut

Thursday evening will prove to be a landmark night in TV history. The long-running comedic news show The Colbert Report will air its final episode. Host Stephen Colbert will hang up his pundit persona in order to prepare taking over The Late Show ...

Some of Dr. Stephen T. Colbert D.F.A.'s best moments behind the desk.

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Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea

Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea

It’s so surreal as to be ripe for satire. Over the past few weeks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has been under attack by a group of cyber-terrorists dubbed “Guardians of Peace,” who have breached Sony’s company servers and released nine caches of i...

After the five major theater chains pulled Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ Sony killed its own movie.

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Rapper Shmurda Arrested for Conspiracy

Rapper Shmurda Arrested for Conspiracy

Rising Brooklyn star rapper Bobby Shmurda was led out of the notorious Quad Studios in midtown Manhattan wearing cuffs and facing a “gang conspiracy” indictment Wednesday, pinned to a series of shootings that devastated the city, law-enforcement s...

Brooklyn musician Bobby Shmurda, whose ‘Shmoney Dance’ went viral, was arrested today on ‘gang conspiracy’ charges, police said.

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Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘Colbert’

Kendrick Lamar Shuts Down ‘Colbert’

If Kendrick Lamar is the future of rap, then the future is bright.Last night while you were sleeping, Kendrick and what is best described as the neo-soul avengers helped send off The Colbert Report in epic fashion, as the show’s final musical gues...

Kendrick Lamar and the neo-soul avengers sent off ‘The Colbert Report’ as the final musical guests with an untitled song that was jazzy, soulful, and conscious.

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Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea

Hollywood Surrenders to North Korea

It’s so surreal as to be ripe for satire. Over the past few weeks, Sony Pictures Entertainment has been under attack by a group of cyber-terrorists dubbed “Guardians of Peace,” who have breached Sony’s company servers and released nine caches of i...

After the five major theater chains pulled Kim Jong Un assassination comedy ‘The Interview,’ Sony killed its own movie.

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World News

Putin Needs A Hug

Putin Needs A Hug

Vladimir Putin’s annual press conference disappointed many in Russia, despite the fact that his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, had promised the announcement of some “special measures” to save the economy. But nothing of the sort happened during the thr...

Putin’s press conference today gave no solutions for Russia’s plummeting economy—but he did spend a lot of time talking about bears.

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Pakistan Lets Terrorists Walk Free

Pakistan Lets Terrorists Walk Free

It’s been a rough week for Pakistan. On Tuesday, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) attacked a school for the children of army officers, killing at least 141 people, among them 132 kids.Many commenters, including me, said this was a...

Calls to hang terrorists in Pakistan will accomplish little. They’re rarely convicted anyway.

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Return To Church Roots With Woman Bishop

Return To Church Roots With Woman Bishop

This week the Church of England named the Reverend Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The announcement comes twenty years after the—at the time—controversial move to admit women to the clergy and nearly 40 years after the general Synod of the ...

Women played a much larger role in the early Christian church than most people realize. The new Bishop of Stockport recalls the old traditions.

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Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo

Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo

After a half-century of frigid relations, the U.S. and Cuba have agreed to a thaw as the result of 18 months of secret talks. “These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked,” President Obama told the American people in a historic stateme...

Everything you need to know about the U.S.-Cuba thaw, from the details of the deal to when you can book your ticket to Havana.

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Pakistan Lets Terrorists Walk Free

Pakistan Lets Terrorists Walk Free

It’s been a rough week for Pakistan. On Tuesday, the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban) attacked a school for the children of army officers, killing at least 141 people, among them 132 kids.Many commenters, including me, said this was a...

Calls to hang terrorists in Pakistan will accomplish little. They’re rarely convicted anyway.

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Victim: British Pols Raped, Killed Boys

Victim: British Pols Raped, Killed Boys

LONDON — Scotland Yard detectives believe that an organized pedophile ring at the heart of the British establishment was responsible for the murder of three young boys and the violent sexual abuse of dozens more.A survivor, known as Nick, describe...

An anonymous man claims that he and other boys were sexually abused by members of Parliament and police during the Thatcher years—and that he watched them kill for sport.

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U.S. Marine on Hunger Strike in Iran

U.S. Marine on Hunger Strike in Iran

The distinction between prisoners and hostages is disturbingly, dangerously vague when the United States deals with what used to be called “rogue regimes.” We saw that earlier this week when Alan Goss, held for five years in Cuban jails on trumped...

Is Amir Hekmati another pawn in the Obama administration’s efforts to strike grand bargains with former enemies? After three years in Iran’s jails, he fears that he is.

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Obama Ends 50 Years of Failure With Cuba

Obama Ends 50 Years of Failure With Cuba

President Barack Obama made the dramatic announcement Wednesday that his administration is ending efforts to isolate Cuba that go back more than 50 years. While Congress will have to decide whether to end a formal economic embargo and a ban on cas...

After 18 months of secret talks, the president announces a diplomatic breakthrough that ends the last fight of the Cold War.

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Victim: British Pols Raped, Killed Boys

Victim: British Pols Raped, Killed Boys

LONDON — Scotland Yard detectives believe that an organized pedophile ring at the heart of the British establishment was responsible for the murder of three young boys and the violent sexual abuse of dozens more.A survivor, known as Nick, describe...

An anonymous man claims that he and other boys were sexually abused by members of Parliament and police during the Thatcher years—and that he watched them kill for sport.

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U.S. News

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!

Goodbye, Bahamas. Hello, Havana!

U.S. airlines have been waiting a long while. They have pushed into just about every other corner of the Caribbean and Central America where airports exist. But there was never a prospect more juicy than Cuba. So near and yet—til now—so far.Althou...

A re-opening of Cuba leads U.S. carriers to again eye the Caribbean’s biggest tourist trap.

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The Ruin Of Our Military Interrogators

The Ruin Of Our Military Interrogators

Plenty of CIA defenders, and some of its critics, have cautioned us in the last week not to judge too harshly those who conceived, facilitated, or carried out torture in the name of counterterrorism. We are asked to recall the extraordinary enviro...

The U.S. responded to security threats with cool heads and plenty of expertise in WWII and the Cold War. After 9/11, we behaved as though we’d forgotten everything we knew.

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The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

The Brave Fight For Global LGBT Equality

Western culture has taught us that it is getting better for members of the LGBT community.But, throughout the rest of the world, many still face the same draconian laws and societal pressures that most of us regard as history.Statistically, some f...

On Wednesday, activists from around the world met in New York for The Daily Beast’s Quorum: Global LGBT Voices event. They shared their struggles and triumphs, and illuminated the fr...

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Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

Aging Cuban Exiles Enraged Over Talks

MIAMI — Cuban-American leaders and lawmakers were blindsided by the possible end of the half-century old U.S. embargo towards Cuba, leaving congressional aides scrambling and anti-Castro activists fuming.It was clear the secret negotiations over 1...

News of an opening with Havana has enraged the old guard of Miami that has longed to see the Castro family brought down. But the younger generation is ready for change.

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Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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Tech + Health

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

Why Many Surgeons Are Psychos

I have never inserted a catheter into a patient’s femoral vein. In the unlikely event I ever have to perform this procedure, I hope I don’t screw it up as epically as the unnamed doctor assisting with Clayton D. Lockett’s execution last April.What...

What kind of doctor would participate in an inmate’s execution, only to ‘joke’ about getting blood on his jacket? The medical field employs more than a few of his kind.

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How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

Last week, Robert Wayne Holsey of Georgia and Paul Goodwin of Missouri were executed within just a few hours of each other. Each of them had IQs that hovered around 70. An IQ below 70 generally indicates someone with intellectual disability (ID). ...

From arrest to trial, suspects with intellectual disabilities face a system they don’t understand—often leading to false imprisonment or even execution.

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In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

In Defense of Uber’s Awful Surge Pricing

As a cafe in Sydney, Australia came under siege by a hostage-taking gunman on Monday, those nearby attempted to flee the area. Many of them turned to the popular ride-sharing app Uber, causing the demand for cars to skyrocket and in turn, the comp...

As Sydney faced a hostage-taking gunman and people tried to flee the area, Uber’s surge pricing kicked in. Sounds terrible, right? Wrong.

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2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

2014 Made Us Want to Shut Off the Web

The Internet is like booze—a little bit gives you a pleasant buzz. Too much, though, and you’ll want to barf. And 2014’s Internet, a lot of times, had us running for the toilet. From creeps and trolls to hoaxes and hackers, these are the things th...

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How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

How The U.S. Screws Disabled Prisoners

Last week, Robert Wayne Holsey of Georgia and Paul Goodwin of Missouri were executed within just a few hours of each other. Each of them had IQs that hovered around 70. An IQ below 70 generally indicates someone with intellectual disability (ID). ...

From arrest to trial, suspects with intellectual disabilities face a system they don’t understand—often leading to false imprisonment or even execution.

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Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Water, water everywhere, but where did it come from? One common explanation is that the water in Earth’s oceans was brought by comets, which bombarded the planet during its earliest period. It’s a simple, logical, and testable story.But that doesn...

A new study complicates the long-held idea that comets created Earth’s oceans.

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Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Tribes to U.S.: Take Your Pot & Shove It

Marijuana legalization activists and drug policy makers were shocked with a Los Angeles Times story Thursday exposing a directive that the U.S. won’t stop Native Americans from growing or selling pot on their lands. But the memorandum, which has t...

In a strange move, the Justice Department issued a memo allowing Native Americans to grow marijuana on their lands. But after a troubled history with alcohol, some tribes are wary.

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Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

Running Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk

By Amanda Woerner for Life by DailyBurn Running has plenty of benefits: It revs your metabolism, helps you build stamina and offers a solid excuse to spend money on killer sneaks. But this new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might ...

A new study from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease might offer the best reason yet to lace up your shoes and grind out some serious miles.

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Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Are Comets the Origin of Earth's Oceans?

Water, water everywhere, but where did it come from? One common explanation is that the water in Earth’s oceans was brought by comets, which bombarded the planet during its earliest period. It’s a simple, logical, and testable story.But that doesn...

A new study complicates the long-held idea that comets created Earth’s oceans.

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Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

Despite virtually unlimited resources, Team Cosby has been losing the PR war. They’re frustrated and disillusioned, although munificently paid. The media playing field is hardly level, the zeitgeist is unfavorable, and victory (whatever that means...

The negative headlines and accusations of sexual assault continue. Who’s advising him, and why are they getting it so wrong?

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The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect 100 Gift, $100The Merchants of Beverage mission is to perfectly outfit every tippler’s home bar. With this gift package, you can help save your friends from bar embarrassment (and ensure your own highfalutin drinking during your next v...

For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Blue Ivy

The Perfect Gifts For…Blue Ivy

The Memory of an Elephant, $14Marcel the elephant takes readers on a journey through his life, recounting his memories full of travel and adventure. With rich illustrations and lots of facts, this children’s book is an enthralling and educational ...

For your cute little diva (or divo)-in-training.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Carrie Bradshaw

The Perfect Gifts For…Carrie Bradshaw

Milly Blair Sleeveless Sequined & Feather Dress, $695The holiday season must-have: a fun party dress! Whether you’re gearing up to meet your true love under the mistletoe or to grab a flute of bubbly and ring in the New Year, this dress has ev...

For your fun, flirty, freewheeling fashionista.

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The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect Gifts For…Don Draper

The Perfect 100 Gift, $100The Merchants of Beverage mission is to perfectly outfit every tippler’s home bar. With this gift package, you can help save your friends from bar embarrassment (and ensure your own highfalutin drinking during your next v...

For the dapper gent whose favorite accessory is a strong cocktail.

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The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

Vintage Kantha Blanket, $120A lovely blanket is a key accessory for any world traveler. Whether you’re keeping warm on a flight, having a picnic under the open sky, or adding an extra layer to a dodgy-looking hotel bed, this piece handmade from tw...

For your favorite food-obsessed globetrotter.

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The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera

This year, the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants to fund a musical production about the life of Marilyn Monroe, a new staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd—and an opera based on the My Lai massacre of 1968.The horrific episod...

One of the most horrific episodes of the Vietnam War is being made into a government-funded opera. Expect intensity, though not explicit gore.

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I’m a Digital Hoarder

I’m a Digital Hoarder

My parents are building a mausoleum for themselves in my childhood home.They are both complicit in this, though my mother is the more egregious offender. A classic hoarder, she has commandeered full rooms to house her extensive collections of Chri...

Hoarding has always conjured nightmare scenarios of impassible rooms filled to the brim. But in the Digital Age, we're at risk of a new type of hoarding that is equally problemat...

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The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

The Perfect Gifts for…Anthony Bourdain

Vintage Kantha Blanket, $120A lovely blanket is a key accessory for any world traveler. Whether you’re keeping warm on a flight, having a picnic under the open sky, or adding an extra layer to a dodgy-looking hotel bed, this piece handmade from tw...

For your favorite food-obsessed globetrotter.

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Women in the World

The Next Hobby Lobbys

The Next Hobby Lobbys

Six months after Hobby Lobby won an exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s mandated contraceptive coverage, the mainstream population has largely lost interest. In the meantime, 26 companies have followed suit.These 26 for-profit companies, less than half of the more than 100 entities that are currently challenging the mandatory coverage of birth control, have also won the right to stop paying for their employees’ birth control. Twenty-five more for-profits are...

Half a year since Hobby Lobby won its Supreme Court case, a new wave of companies have won the right to stop paying for female employees’ birth control.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

The Vatican’s Rare Nod to Nuns

VATICAN CITY—Six years ago Pope Benedict XVI aimed to curb “a certain feminist spirit” and “secularist mentality” that the Church fathers discerned, to their dismay, in the ranks of American nuns. On Tuesday, when the Vatican under Pope Francis de...

The Catholic Church released its final report on its investigation into ‘feminist’ American nuns—and it took a softer stance toward the sisters.

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Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

Nicki Minaj Bares Her Own Vulnerability

In early November, Nicki Minaj took a bat to a Mercedes Benz that she had lent to Safaree “SB” Samuels, her simultaneous hypeman, pseudo-assistant, and boyfriend of 12 years. Earlier in the year, TMZ alleged, citing a police report, that a hotel r...

The Pinkprint holds the weight of watching a relationship crumble; where some have public meltdowns and volleys of badmouthing, Nicki Minaj has her punchlines, flows, and ‘an empire ...

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

Men Need A Better Men’s Rights Movement

The first time I heard the phrase “men’s rights movement,” I think I rolled my eyes. And I probably rolled them pretty hard, because come on: Men have all of the rights. They control all of the things: The U.S. Congress, corporations, banks, Holly...

The world is changing, and men really could use a movement—just not the misogynistic, conspiracy-minded one they have now.

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9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

9/11 Mastermind Is Afraid of the Ladies

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE—On days when self-described 9/11 attacks mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears before the war court, he is removed from his cell at the detention facility here and moved swiftly into an area designated Area of Operati...

The accused mass murderer has a rather, um, unusual life in captivity—from the body scanners to the anti-sniper netting to the demands that female guards stay far, far away.

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I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I Was Gang Raped at a U-VA Frat

I was gang-raped at the University of Virginia. I was gang raped at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house. We are all left with questions and opinions in the exhausting wake of the now-infamous Rolling Stone article about campus sexual assault, and h...

In the same house where Rolling Stone's Jackie says she was. No one did anything about it until one of my rapists contacted me to apologize.

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Books

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Your School Doesn’t Have to Suck

Joel Klein hates monopolies. As a Washington attorney, he took on companies that seemed immune to change, even when they were ineffective. When you’re the only game in town, you just don’t have to do things differently—even if you aren’t very good...

Hired by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to run New York City’s public schools, Joel Klein now describes his experience and offers plenty of advice worth heeding.

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  • Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

    Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back

    For months now, I’ve been worried about Wonder Woman, ever since I learned that husband-and-wife team David and Meredith Finch were chosen to write the newest run of the most iconic female superhero of all time.David is familiar to comic book read...

    Now a husband-and-wife team is in charge of Wonder Woman’s image and her story line, and the first comic they produced is both leering and condescending.

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The Many Faces of Chuck Close

The Many Faces of Chuck Close

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Meet Moses the Swashbuckling Israelite

Among the many inexplicably poor choices made by the producers of Exodus: Gods and Kings—a release date months from Passover, a subtitle that will surely discomfort some monotheists in the potential audience, a Red Sea crossing that, unadorned by ...

The Biblical Moses is interesting because he’s timid and not a natural leader. The Moses in ‘Exodus,’ now slaying Egyptians in a multiplex near you, has no such problems.

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Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

Norman Mailer: Secret Teddy Bear

“You have to be slightly innocent to be a novelist,” Martin Amis has observed. The remark comes to mind while reading The Selected Letters of Norman Mailer. Of course, innocence is not a word usually associated with Mailer, a writer often caricatu...

Norman Mailer was known for his toughness and temper, and his letters have plenty of that, but they also show his kindness and generosity with other writers.

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The Many Faces of Chuck Close

The Many Faces of Chuck Close

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

In Colin Westerbeck’s new photobook, an up-close look at the decades of work from the extraordinary portrait artist.

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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?In the fall of 1787, the art establishment—and by extension Paris—found itself shaken by a self-portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile ...

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

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The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book Peter Finn & Petra Couveé (PantheonThe biggest fans of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel, it turns out, were to be found at CIA headquarters in Langley. Finn and Cou...

The CIA’s love affair with Dr. Zhivago, a female Thoreau’s fight to save sea turtles, the Parthenon’s secrets, and a history of the office—it was a good year for truth.

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Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

Owning Up to Possession’s Downside

The Japanese have different words for love. To them, it’s plain weird that we love spaghetti and love our children and love our lovers, all with the same word, when surely the thing being described as love is radically different in each case.By th...

We say ‘my shoe’ and ‘my lover,’ but the sense of possession isn’t at all the same, or isn’t it, maybe a little? Oh, the heaven and hell wrought by the casual use of a pronoun.

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The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

The French Court’s Royal Ban on Smiles

Did the French monarchy end not with a bang—or a whimper—but a smile?In the fall of 1787, the art establishment—and by extension Paris—found itself shaken by a self-portrait hung in the Louvre by Elizabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun. Her sin? The smile ...

During the days of Louis XIV, smiling—in real life and in portraiture—was considered gauche, not least because dental care was lacking. Then one smile sparked a revolution.

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