Politics

How to Win the War on Inequality

How to Win the War on Inequality

So Republicans are going populist, or at least two of them are, reports The Daily Beast’s Patricia Murphy. And perhaps it’s only in the sense that unlike Mitt Romney and many in the House GOP, they’re not speaking of working people with contempt. ...

If only Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would pick up Thomas Piketty’s book. Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.

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Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

The Obama administration is now considering a new policy to share more real-time intelligence with the interim government in Kiev after pressure from some in the U.S. military, Congress and U.S. allies in Ukraine.Over the weekend, CIA Director Joh...

The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine—to do what, he won’t say. But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.

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Bill O’Reilly Goes Black-Bashing

Bill O’Reilly Goes Black-Bashing

Hey Fox News, what sterling addition to the public discourse did you offer last night? Not much, just one of college basketball’s most corrupt coaches and cable’s most notorious race-baiters, chillin’ and waxin’ poetic about hip-hop.You guessed it...

The Fox News host went on another racially charged rant and tried to get John Calipari to help, but even that was too much for this ethically challenged coach.

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Boehner’s ‘Electile Dysfunction?’

Boehner’s ‘Electile Dysfunction?’

Does Speaker of the House John Boehner suffer from “electile dysfunction”? One of his primary challengers thinks so in a slightly racy Internet video that he has posted on his website.J.D. Winteregg, an adjunct French teacher at Cedarville Univers...

A longshot challenger to Speaker of the House John Boehner is trying to use penis jokes to win election.

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Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

The Obama administration is now considering a new policy to share more real-time intelligence with the interim government in Kiev after pressure from some in the U.S. military, Congress and U.S. allies in Ukraine.Over the weekend, CIA Director Joh...

The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine—to do what, he won’t say. But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.

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Filing My Taxes and Drinking

Filing My Taxes and Drinking

Oops, April 15th…Why do they call it a tax “return”? The cable company doesn’t call its bill a “waste-of-time return.” Or is the IRS saying that, since government prints the money, we’re supposed to return it to where it came from?Anyway…Got up br...

Come with me through 117 pages of euphemisms, bureaucracy, and mayhem.

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Florida Islamophobes Censor Books

Florida Islamophobes Censor Books

Could a seemingly innocent education bill championed by Republicans actually be a way for them to censor school textbooks and prevent students from learning about certain cultures and religions?  In the words of Sarah Palin: “You betcha.”On Friday...

A state senator who says Muslims threaten America and gays deserve to die of AIDS wants to give more control to local school boards after a hate group asked students to tear out one ...

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Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

Tennessee may become the first state with a law that could criminally prosecute pregnant women if they harm their unborn children by taking illegal drugs. Miscarriages, stillbirths, and infants born with birth defects would be grounds for police i...

The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their addiction.

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Filing My Taxes and Drinking

Filing My Taxes and Drinking

Oops, April 15th…Why do they call it a tax “return”? The cable company doesn’t call its bill a “waste-of-time return.” Or is the IRS saying that, since government prints the money, we’re supposed to return it to where it came from?Anyway…Got up br...

Come with me through 117 pages of euphemisms, bureaucracy, and mayhem.

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Entertainment

Billy Bob’s Cruelest Bad Guy Yet

Billy Bob’s Cruelest Bad Guy Yet

It’s tempting to classify Billy Bob Thornton’s genius, sinister turn in FX’s Fargo as yet another in his repertoire of brilliantly evil performances—Hollywood’s reliable bad boy bringing another scoundrel to life on screen. But Thornton, his devil...

Thornton’s turn as a ruthless killer on a rampage that stains Minnesota’s snow-white landscape blood red in ‘Fargo’ proves why he’s Hollywood’s most reliable bad guy.

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Joffrey's No. 1 Victim Speaks

Joffrey's No. 1 Victim Speaks

It’s been quite some time since the death of a major television character was greeted with such rapturous applause.On Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose,” King Joffrey Baratheon, the demented child of incest and all-...

The young woman who’s received the brunt of the evil boy-king’s wrath opens up about why he’s the worst, how the real Jack Gleeson is, and what’s next.

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Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Fifty years ago, Ford Motors debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

Fifty years ago, Ford Motors debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

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Billy Bob’s Cruelest Bad Guy Yet

Billy Bob’s Cruelest Bad Guy Yet

It’s tempting to classify Billy Bob Thornton’s genius, sinister turn in FX’s Fargo as yet another in his repertoire of brilliantly evil performances—Hollywood’s reliable bad boy bringing another scoundrel to life on screen. But Thornton, his devil...

Thornton’s turn as a ruthless killer on a rampage that stains Minnesota’s snow-white landscape blood red in ‘Fargo’ proves why he’s Hollywood’s most reliable bad guy.

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Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Eyerolling at ‘American Blogger’

Most objects of Internet derision only remain interesting for a day or two, tops. The outrage and mockery come fast and furious, and then we move on to the next opportunity for cathartic Schadenfreude, satisfied that the perpetrators have been dul...

First time filmmaker Chris Wiegand recently debuted the trailer of his documentary ‘American Blogger,” and was met with ridicule. (Rightly so.)

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Why Don Needs His Mojo Back

Why Don Needs His Mojo Back

What’s happened to Don Draper? He made sense as a habitué of a different 1960s—the early part of that decade, before the personal was political, when masculinity was still narrowly defined and the sexual revolution a distant rumble. He was a par...

He was the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, but now he’s emasculated and broken. Let’s bring the old, lascivious ad man back.

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World News

Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

Inside CIA Chief’s Mission to Kiev

The Obama administration is now considering a new policy to share more real-time intelligence with the interim government in Kiev after pressure from some in the U.S. military, Congress and U.S. allies in Ukraine.Over the weekend, CIA Director Joh...

The head of the CIA just made a secretive journey to Ukraine—to do what, he won’t say. But the answer could change the power equation in the hottest of geopolitical hotspots.

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Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

On December 4 last year, four couples checked into the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome for in vitro fertilization. Under Italy’s strict reproductive laws, which ban donations, they were implanted with embryos grown in a laboratory from eggs and sp...

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.

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To Russia, With Love

To Russia, With Love

Despite the bad blood of recent months, Washington and Moscow have cut deals that are worth billions of dollars and are invaluable to world peace.

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How Pistorius Became a ‘Liar’

How Pistorius Became a ‘Liar’

True to state prosecutor Gerrie Nel’s warning to Oscar Pistorius last week, it appears Nel isn’t going away anytime soon.Known in South African legal circles as the Bulldog—or Bull Terrier, or Pitbull, depending on your source—Nel has grilled the ...

His laser-like focus once brought him medals, but on Day 22 of the South African’s murder trial, it was clearly undermining his case—and highlighting his testimony’s inconsistencies.

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Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

On December 4 last year, four couples checked into the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome for in vitro fertilization. Under Italy’s strict reproductive laws, which ban donations, they were implanted with embryos grown in a laboratory from eggs and sp...

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.

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Inside China’s ‘Mistress Villages’

Inside China’s ‘Mistress Villages’

A friend attended a work-related banquet in China recently.  Seated at the same table were several men who were executives of Chinese state-owned enterprises.  As bottles of Hennessy Cognac and jet-fuel-like baijiu were opened and quickly consumed...

Rich and powerful Chinese men collect trophy women—not wives but mistresses—two or three at a time. A look at just where and how they live.

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MH370’s Black Box Isn’t Everything

MH370’s Black Box Isn’t Everything

Search underwater is much clearer than the one in Malaysia.How many clues to the fate of Flight MH370 can be found without physical evidence, either from wreckage or from the flight data recorders? In trying to answer this it is important to make ...

Malaysian authorities have so botched their efforts that the search under the sea looks clear by comparison.

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The Death of Venezuelan Democracy

The Death of Venezuelan Democracy

In the dark before dawn one night last February, Colonel Googlis Martín Caballero was driving a white Ford Explorer through the Venezuelan countryside not far from the Colombian border. With him were his wife, his daughter and roughly half a ton o...

One year after his election, President Maduro is losing his grip. But it’s not the opposition that’s growing stronger; it’s the cocaine-corrupted military.

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Inside China’s ‘Mistress Villages’

Inside China’s ‘Mistress Villages’

A friend attended a work-related banquet in China recently.  Seated at the same table were several men who were executives of Chinese state-owned enterprises.  As bottles of Hennessy Cognac and jet-fuel-like baijiu were opened and quickly consumed...

Rich and powerful Chinese men collect trophy women—not wives but mistresses—two or three at a time. A look at just where and how they live.

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Tech + Health

The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Rise of the Stealth Drone

The Predator drone has become the symbol for America’s unmanned war, zooming over the heads of low-tech foes like the Taliban. But the battles to come are likely to be against more sophisticated, better-equipped foes—especially with a newly-aggres...

Forget the Predators, the iconic unmanned aircraft of the last war. The next generation of robot planes will be deadly, and very, very difficult to find.

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

Tennessee may become the first state with a law that could criminally prosecute pregnant women if they harm their unborn children by taking illegal drugs. Miscarriages, stillbirths, and infants born with birth defects would be grounds for police i...

The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their addiction.

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Is the ‘Ambien Defense’ BS?

Is the ‘Ambien Defense’ BS?

Fifteen minutes is all it takes—then peaceful slumber. This is the promise of sleep medications like Ambien and its generic versions, whose billion-dollar sales numbers attest to just how many people rely on that promise. But for some, Ambien hasn...

The theory claims people under the influence of the drug—like the Fort Hood shooter—act recklessly or violently with no recollection. But research doesn’t back it up.

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Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

Fat? You Got Yourself to Blame

As children, we were rarely given ‘puddings’. Instead, at the end of a meal, we’d reach for the fruit bowl: tangerines, apples or a handful of grapes. Puddings were treats for birthdays and special occasions: chocolate cake, or jelly and ice-cream...

Don’t blame anyone else if you’re fat or addicted to cigarettes. Take responsibility for your health.

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WTF Is Up With Measles?

WTF Is Up With Measles?

A recent report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases documented a fully vaccinated 22-year-old in New York City, who contracted measles and was contagious, transmitting the disease to four of 88 people she was in contact with. Two of those ...

If you’re vaccinated against measles, you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong.

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Gay Marriage: Good for Your Health

Gay Marriage: Good for Your Health

The subject of same-sex marriage has been debated on many levels. It is undeniably a political issue, though one that seems to be growing steadily less divisive with time. Some frame the debate in moral terms, while others consider it a question o...

A recent report says that same-sex marriage results in better health care, and less anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

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Master the Art of Breathing

Master the Art of Breathing

Breathing: you do it more than 25,000 times on the average day. And for all sorts of reasons—overloaded lifestyles, hours spent at a desk hunched over a computer, or sitting on the couch watching TV—people tend to breathe incorrectly.Now you might...

Did you know there’s more than one way to breathe? Changing the way you inhale and exhale can help you feel more relaxed, energized, or focused.

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WTF Is Up With Measles?

WTF Is Up With Measles?

A recent report in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases documented a fully vaccinated 22-year-old in New York City, who contracted measles and was contagious, transmitting the disease to four of 88 people she was in contact with. Two of those ...

If you’re vaccinated against measles, you have nothing to worry about, right? Wrong.

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Fashion

Meet the Real Life Ken Doll

Meet the Real Life Ken Doll

Following an appearance in photographer Phil Toledano’s book, A New Kind of Beauty, Justin Jedlica was dubbed ‘The Human Ken Doll’ while making a brief appearance on 20/20. The name stuck, and Jedlica—and his 149 cosmetic surgeries—have become an ...

It took Justin Jedlica 149 cosmetic procedures to look like this. He says Michael Jackson and Joan Rivers were his idols, while the Real Life Barbie is just faking it.

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VS Fashion Show Moves To London

VS Fashion Show Moves To London

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Heads to London: At a private press conference Tuesday morning, Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the brand’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek to announce the move of the annual fashi...

And street style is becoming shoppable.

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Sky Ferreira's Shoppable New Video

Sky Ferreira's Shoppable New Video

Early last year, online magazines began making a big push towards allowing the products in its features and advertisements to be easily shopped by readers. By simply clicking on a product within an image or article, consumers would no longer have ...

With a push to make editorial content more accessible for purchase, online retailer SSENSE is breaking boundaries with a series of shoppable music videos.

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Alexander Wang For H&M

Alexander Wang For H&M

Alexander Wang Announces Collaboration With H&M: At the Coachella Music Festival on Sunday night, fashion retailer H&M announced its next, highly-anticipated collaboration with fashion designer Alexander Wang. “We’ve always liked Alexander...

And Haider Ackermann may expand into couture.

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VS Fashion Show Moves To London

VS Fashion Show Moves To London

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Heads to London: At a private press conference Tuesday morning, Victoria’s Secret Angels Adriana Lima and Candice Swanepoel joined the brand’s chief marketing officer Ed Razek to announce the move of the annual fashi...

And street style is becoming shoppable.

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Beyoncé's Mysterious "Thigh Gap"

Beyoncé's Mysterious "Thigh Gap"

Beyoncé Accused of Photoshopped “Thigh Gap”: It wasn’t too long ago that selfie-obsessed Kim Kardashian was accused of photoshopping images of her already ginormous behind. On Thursday, fans lashed out against Beyoncé when she posted a picture to ...

And Gisele Bündchen is not as rich as we thought.

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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Taylor Swift sports a crop top evening gown, Elle Fanning is sophisticated in Versace, and Lindsay Lohan wears a sequined piano. Plus, more of this week's best and worst dressed.

Taylor Swift sports a crop top evening gown, Elle Fanning is sophisticated in Versace, and Lindsay Lohan wears a sequined piano. Plus, more of this week's best and worst dressed.

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Shoe Thrown at Hillary Clinton

Shoe Thrown at Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has had to dodge some tough questions during her career in politics, but on Thursday the former Secretary of State was forced to dodge a flying object. A shoe was hurled at Clinton while she was speaking at an Institute of Scrap Re...

She successfully ducked.

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Beyoncé's Mysterious "Thigh Gap"

Beyoncé's Mysterious "Thigh Gap"

Beyoncé Accused of Photoshopped “Thigh Gap”: It wasn’t too long ago that selfie-obsessed Kim Kardashian was accused of photoshopping images of her already ginormous behind. On Thursday, fans lashed out against Beyoncé when she posted a picture to ...

And Gisele Bündchen is not as rich as we thought.

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Great Escapes

All Aboard the Orient Express

All Aboard the Orient Express

Since its early days, train travel has been shrouded in an aura of romanticism. It has become emblematic of a bygone era of epic voyages, adventures, and discovery—the excitement and possibility of accessing vast new territories. Today, our fascin...

When a rail line opened connecting Paris to Istanbul, the world was changed forever, allowing people from faraway places to embark on a romantic adventure to see how the others lived.

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  • The Original Selfies

    The Original Selfies

    As history would have it, we all have a little Kim Kardashian in us—even masters like Velasquez. While the famed Spanish artist behind Las Meninas may not have been posting pictures of his rotund derriere on Instagram, he, along with many other we...

    Rembrandt and Kim Kardashian have something in common: Both showed off in images they created of themselves. A new book reveals the self-portrait’s fascinating and revealing history.

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Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Surrounded on all sides by the joyful sweep and thrilling colors of some of Henri Matisse’s greatest work, it is impossible to miss the surge of excitement that coursed through the artist in his 70s and ensured that his final years became some of ...

Many artists wind down in their twilight years, but not Matisse. He was not only prolific, but also created an entirely new art form with his vivid, cut-out paper works.

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Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Pony Up: 50 Years of Mustang

Fifty years ago, Ford Motors debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

Fifty years ago, Ford Motors debuted its iconic Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Take a look back at the history of the all-American sports car.

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Dead and Beautiful

Dead and Beautiful

Yes, those really are stuffed kittens dressed in finely detailed Victorian garb at a wedding, and that really is a squirrel at the club playing cribbage with a cigar hanging out of his mouth.Welcome to the weird and strange tableaux by the once we...

Rats, squirrels, and dead kittens in their Sunday best—revealing the strange art of Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.

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Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Matisse: Innovator Until the End

Surrounded on all sides by the joyful sweep and thrilling colors of some of Henri Matisse’s greatest work, it is impossible to miss the surge of excitement that coursed through the artist in his 70s and ensured that his final years became some of ...

Many artists wind down in their twilight years, but not Matisse. He was not only prolific, but also created an entirely new art form with his vivid, cut-out paper works.

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The Beauty of The ’Burbs

The Beauty of The ’Burbs

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

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Best Dive Sites in North America

Best Dive Sites in North America

The weather is warming up and the sun is coming out…it's time to get scuba certified. Explore the treasures under the sea at these amazing dive spots in North America. Watch out for sharks!

The weather is warming up and the sun is coming out…it's time to get scuba certified. Explore the treasures under the sea at these amazing dive spots in North America. Watch out ...

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OMG, I Want This House

OMG, I Want This House

As if the beach location didn't make Icon Vallarta enviable enough, check out the lush swimming pool, deep purple movie theater, and outdoor lounges. One apartment for us, please!

As if the beach location didn't make Icon Vallarta enviable enough, check out the lush swimming pool, deep purple movie theater, and outdoor lounges. One apartment for us, please!

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The Beauty of The ’Burbs

The Beauty of The ’Burbs

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

It may seem humdrum when you’re there on the ground. But photographer Christoph Gielen’s images of suburban areas shot from above reveal their arresting abstract beauty.

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Women

Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

Anti-Vaxxers’ Newest Scheme

So close, Jenny McCarthy. So close. Well… not really. But I’m trying to adopt the same conciliatory tone that McCarthy affects in a recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, in which she claims that she was never really “anti-vaccine” and that believing oth...

After years of alignment with anti-vaxxers, Jenny McCarthy says she’s not anti-vaccine—she’s pro ‘one poke per visit.’

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  • Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

    Tennessee to Criminalize Pregnancy

    Tennessee may become the first state with a law that could criminally prosecute pregnant women if they harm their unborn children by taking illegal drugs. Miscarriages, stillbirths, and infants born with birth defects would be grounds for police i...

    The state legislature has passed a bill that would allow police to investigate drug-taking mothers if their unborn children are harmed by their addiction.

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Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

On December 4 last year, four couples checked into the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome for in vitro fertilization. Under Italy’s strict reproductive laws, which ban donations, they were implanted with embryos grown in a laboratory from eggs and sp...

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.

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Win Women, Win the Midterms

Win Women, Win the Midterms

You could be forgiven for looking at the 2014 election cycle and thinking you’re watching a rerun of 2012. “The 1 percent! The war on women!” In the latest episode, the White House signed an executive order on federal salaries billed as promoting ...

The female vote gave the House to Republicans in 2010 and to Democrats in 2006. No wonder we’re talking about pay equality six months before Election Day.

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Royal Tour Moves On

Royal Tour Moves On

William, Kate and Prince George have been taking a break from their official duties today after nine hectic days touring New Zealand, but tomorrow (Wednesday) they will board a flight to Sydney where they will kick off their ten-day tour of Austra...

William, Kate and George will arrive in Sydney tomorrow afternoon

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Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

Italy’s Baby-Making Troubles

On December 4 last year, four couples checked into the Sandro Pertini hospital in Rome for in vitro fertilization. Under Italy’s strict reproductive laws, which ban donations, they were implanted with embryos grown in a laboratory from eggs and sp...

Ever-changing laws leave Italian couples mystified as the Catholic Church does battle with the fertility doctors.

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What Happened to Christina Sankey?

What Happened to Christina Sankey?

Thirty-seven years old, severely autistic and with the mentality of a two-year old, Philadelphian Christina Sankey was last seen alive on March 6 in a department store with her state-paid caretaker. The next morning she was discovered five miles a...

Thirty-seven year old Christina Sankey was found dead between two cars. Nobody seems to be asking why.

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Women Battling Terrorism

Women Battling Terrorism

As Mossarat Qadeem tells the story, the big clue came from a simple source: a young woman who noticed her brother spending time with strangers.It was about one year ago in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, formerly called the North-West Fron...

Women in Pakistan have successfully organized to help single out potential terrorists and militants in their communities.

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A Not-So-Level Playing Field

A Not-So-Level Playing Field

After fellow athletes questioned the sex of South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya in 2009, she was barred from competition and required to undergo “sex testing.” In 2011, major sports governing bodies, including the Olympics Committe...

“Masculine” female athletes are forced to undergo sex testing – and treatment – if they wish to compete professionally.

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What Happened to Christina Sankey?

What Happened to Christina Sankey?

Thirty-seven years old, severely autistic and with the mentality of a two-year old, Philadelphian Christina Sankey was last seen alive on March 6 in a department store with her state-paid caretaker. The next morning she was discovered five miles a...

Thirty-seven year old Christina Sankey was found dead between two cars. Nobody seems to be asking why.

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Books

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree By Wilma StockenströmEvery few years, a book comes along that I read only a few pages at a time, lingering over exceptionally well-crafted prose. In 2012, Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, a searing monologue ...

A 15th century slave’s monologue, a sheepherder’s confrontation with mysterious violence, and a clear-eyed look at the Mormon Church’s fraught origins.

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Crazy Cartography

Crazy Cartography

Maps are their own narratives of space. Who draws them, and who names them, holds immense power to determine not just Where You Are, but How Things Are. Subjective or empirical experience in conflict with the map’s own assertions can leave you now...

Maps of places you’ve never been, maps of paper routes, maps of desktops: artists and writers conjure directions for heretofore uncharted Xanadus.

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Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Dishing With a Takedown Artist

Holly Peterson’s life is an urban safari—she’s constantly observing (and then writing it all down), whether it’s how the machers of New York operate, something she gets to see firsthand power lunching with her father, Peter Peterson, founder of th...

Holly Peterson cast a cold eye on the Park Avenue set in her bestselling novel ‘The Manny.’ Now she’s taken on publishing’s meritocratic strivers. And she’s just as frank face to face.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

This Week’s Hot Reads: April 14...

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree By Wilma StockenströmEvery few years, a book comes along that I read only a few pages at a time, lingering over exceptionally well-crafted prose. In 2012, Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, a searing monologue ...

A 15th century slave’s monologue, a sheepherder’s confrontation with mysterious violence, and a clear-eyed look at the Mormon Church’s fraught origins.

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When TB Was a Death Sentence

When TB Was a Death Sentence

On a brisk spring evening in March 1882, Robert Koch walked into the library at the University of Berlin, and prepared to change the course of medicine for all time.There were about 100 men gathered in the room, the greatest scientists in Germany....

Dr. Robert Koch’s celebrated discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium was the first step in taming a ferocious killer. An excerpt from Thomas Goetz’s ‘The Remedy,’ about the quest for...

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Maps to Get Lost In

Maps to Get Lost In

Commission maps by imaginative people, and you can guarantee that not only will they send you on the scenic route but that they will redefine the scenic route while they’re at it. That’s what happened when a publisher asked 16 artists and writers ...

Commission maps by imaginative people, and you can guarantee that not only will they send you on the scenic route but that they will redefine the scenic route while they’re at it. Th...

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