Politics

This Is Where George W. Bush Paints

This Is Where George W. Bush Paints

George W. Bush is easily one of the most controversial artists of our time. Think Banksy—if he were a war criminal. And now, thanks to Architectural Digest, which features the 43rd president’s “Serene Texas Retreat” in its August issue, we get to ...

Here’s where the Caravaggio of Crawford, Texas, creates his post-presidential artworks, according to a feature in the new Architectural Digest.

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The Border Crisis That Wasn’t

The Border Crisis That Wasn’t

We have had an immigration crisis for a long time in the United States. Now we also have a humanitarian crisis. It’s important we understand the distinction—and do something to solve both. Some clarifying facts are in order.Central American childr...

The GOP’s arguments about what caused this situation and what will fix it don’t hold up to the facts. Just pass the damn bill.

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Stock Market America and the Rest of Us

Stock Market America and the Rest of Us

So far it’s been a rocky week for the Dow, as it has fallen below its recent 17,000 plateau. Still, have no fear. The New York Times reports that assets across the world are at record levels. But to reap the benefits of the asset boom, you need to...

For the donor class, things are great. For most people, it’s a time of decline. Why do both the White House and Congress think this is fine?

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McDaniel Pushes For Do-Over

McDaniel Pushes For Do-Over

Could there be yet another election in the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi?More than two weeks after six-term incumbent Thad Cochran won the GOP runoff against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, campaign workers are still swarming count...

Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel is pushing for another election in Mississippi and his attorney is citing a controversial mayoral race from 2013 in doing so.

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The Border Crisis That Wasn’t

The Border Crisis That Wasn’t

We have had an immigration crisis for a long time in the United States. Now we also have a humanitarian crisis. It’s important we understand the distinction—and do something to solve both. Some clarifying facts are in order.Central American childr...

The GOP’s arguments about what caused this situation and what will fix it don’t hold up to the facts. Just pass the damn bill.

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Boehner’s Lawsuit Just Might Work

Boehner’s Lawsuit Just Might Work

Since Speaker John Boehner announced his intention late last month to sue President Obama for overstepping his legal authority, his supporters have frequently noted how few executive orders he’s actually handed down. To date, Obama has only issued...

The Speaker’s suit is not some political stunt, and could actually be successful.

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Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights

A gun control bill landed on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s desk on July 2, the same day that two parents of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, took to the Trenton State House to try to conv...

Twenty years before he killed a cap on magazine rounds, the Republican entered politics explicitly to fight for an assault-weapons ban and bullet limit.

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Immigration Inaction Isn’t Inevitable

Immigration Inaction Isn’t Inevitable

Cynicism passes for wisdom in Washington. And despite the urgent optics of the border kids crisis, our D.C. politicos would rather demagogue the issue than deal with it. Our porous borders are seen as a midterm election play-to-the-base appeal ...

The alleged urgency of the problem is inspiring no action on Capitol Hill. But the failure to deal with the influx of Central American children isn’t inevitable—it’s driven by fear.

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Boehner’s Lawsuit Just Might Work

Boehner’s Lawsuit Just Might Work

Since Speaker John Boehner announced his intention late last month to sue President Obama for overstepping his legal authority, his supporters have frequently noted how few executive orders he’s actually handed down. To date, Obama has only issued...

The Speaker’s suit is not some political stunt, and could actually be successful.

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Entertainment

San Francisco’s Sexiest Cop

San Francisco’s Sexiest Cop

San Francisco police officer Chris Kohrs is hotter than the devil's backside on an August day in Georgia. At 36, and almost six-feet tall, Kohrs looks like he just stepped out of a GQ centerfold. He’s upsettingly handsome, he’s got one of tho...

He’s handsome, ridiculously buff, and armed with one of those toothpaste-commercial smiles. Chris Kohrs is the hot cop fighting crime in San Francisco’s historic gay neighborhood.

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Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Earlier today, Laverne Cox became the first out transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, for her role as Sophia on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. This achievement followed her appearance on the cover of Time magazi...

Laverne Cox has become the first out transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. The lesson for the entertainment industry is to employ more transgender actors.

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20 Enraging Emmy Snubs & Surprises

20 Enraging Emmy Snubs & Surprises

What in the bloody hell were these Emmy nominations?Because the Television Academy believes there's no better way to start a Thursday than in full rage, it had Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly announce the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy nominations i...

It's time for TV fans to quietly seethe over this year's egregious Emmy snubs. (No 'Good Wife'? Seriously?) OK, they weren't all bad. (Hello, Kate McKinnon!)

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Viral Vid: ‘Perfect’ Impressions Faked

Viral Vid: ‘Perfect’ Impressions Faked

Last week, a video of a singer impersonating 29 different celeb voices went viral. What we didn’t know until today is that there was a 30th impression going on: Milli Vanilli.Rob Cantor—if that is his real name—hired 12 singers to impersonate the ...

Rob Cantor breaks America’s heart by revealing ruse in making-of video

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Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Earlier today, Laverne Cox became the first out transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, for her role as Sophia on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. This achievement followed her appearance on the cover of Time magazi...

Laverne Cox has become the first out transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. The lesson for the entertainment industry is to employ more transgender actors.

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See the 2014 Emmy Nominees!

See the 2014 Emmy Nominees!

From 'Breaking Bad' to the HBO potboiler 'True Detective,' so all the shows (and stars) nominated for Emmys.

From 'Breaking Bad' to the HBO potboiler 'True Detective,' so all the shows (and stars) nominated for Emmys.

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LeBron and Cleveland: The Sequel?

LeBron and Cleveland: The Sequel?

If you happen to live in Cleveland, you might stumble upon individuals digging through trash cans, searching for the remains of rendered and/or torched official number 23 jerseys, hoping against hope that they can stitch them together and somehow ...

The rumor mill is buzzing that Akron native King James is headed back to his hometown Cavaliers. Let’s hope it’s true, given their wild and crazy history.

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Get Ready For Comic-Con

Get Ready For Comic-Con

Comic-Con International will soon descend on San Diego. The invasion of comic-book fans, artists, film-makers, writers and nerdy devoteds kicks off on Wednesday July 24, and doesn’t end until the mass evacuation of the city on Sunday the 27.  Expe...

Fans, authors, artists, film stars and directors are about to descend on San Diego for their annual fandango of comic-book nerdery. What will this year’s Comic-Con feature?

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See the 2014 Emmy Nominees!

See the 2014 Emmy Nominees!

From 'Breaking Bad' to the HBO potboiler 'True Detective,' so all the shows (and stars) nominated for Emmys.

From 'Breaking Bad' to the HBO potboiler 'True Detective,' so all the shows (and stars) nominated for Emmys.

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World News

Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

Numbers Don’t Tell the Mideast Story

The tit-for-tat dance of irreconcilable animus between Israel and Hamas—the democratically elected terrorist group that controls Gaza—continues with 365 rockets having been launched against the Jewish state and more than 200 airstrikes hitting Gaz...

Talk of equivalencies in death tolls or ideas of vengeance are misapplied in the Israel-Hamas fight, where the two sides play by very different rules.

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

When legendary former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky sought help from the outside world to fight for freedom decades ago, he had to rely largely on individuals he knew to get help from outside the Iron Curtain. The dissidents of the 21st century...

A new internet tool seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them. It’s crowdsourcing for human rights.

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Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for Final Fight

Pro-Putin Rebels Prepare for Final Fight

DONETSK, Ukraine  — They call it the “authority bra”: The push-up undergament worn by a certain type of female official in the more Soviet parts of Eastern Europe is not about sex but power—and it works. (Try standing up to officialdom with that a...

Driven out of a major stronghold by the Ukrainian army, separatists have pulled back to the east’s biggest city.

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U.S. Throws City to the ISIS Wolves

U.S. Throws City to the ISIS Wolves

Three weeks ago, a group of leaders from the opposition Free Syrian Army warned U.S. officials that a strategic city along the Iraqi border was about to fall to ISIS. It was the latest in a long series of increasingly anxious cries for help. The r...

The American-supported Free Syrian Army was forced to withdraw from a key city on the Iraq-Syria border last week after its pleas for help went unanswered by the United States.

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

When legendary former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky sought help from the outside world to fight for freedom decades ago, he had to rely largely on individuals he knew to get help from outside the Iron Curtain. The dissidents of the 21st century...

A new internet tool seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them. It’s crowdsourcing for human rights.

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The CIA’s Secret History in Germany

The CIA’s Secret History in Germany

Over the weekend, news broke that the German security service had arrested a 31-year-old intelligence official who has been charged with providing classified information to an unnamed foreign government. Within a matter of hours, the German media ...

American intelligence as been spying on Germany for a long time, with and without their knowledge.

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Obama’s Top Terror-Hunter Is Out

Obama’s Top Terror-Hunter Is Out

President Obama will be losing another key counter-terrorism official in the coming months, just as the threat from Jihadists is rising and the Middle East descends further into sectarian war.On Wednesday, Matthew Olsen, the director of the Nation...

When the threat from terrorism is mounting, Matthew Olsen, the chief of the National Counter-Terrorism Center, has announced his resignation.

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The Cartels Behind the Border Kid Crisis

The Cartels Behind the Border Kid Crisis

NOGALES, Mexico — Father Ricardo Machuca strides back and forth between six long, metal picnic tables packed with men and women as volunteers pass out plates piled high with corn, beans, rice and pork rinds. Clutching a microphone and wearing jean...

Agents suspect Mexican drug gangs, which control human trafficking along the border, may have a hand in the unprecedented number of underage migrants in Texas's detention centers.

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The CIA’s Secret History in Germany

The CIA’s Secret History in Germany

Over the weekend, news broke that the German security service had arrested a 31-year-old intelligence official who has been charged with providing classified information to an unnamed foreign government. Within a matter of hours, the German media ...

American intelligence as been spying on Germany for a long time, with and without their knowledge.

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Tech + Health

Idaho’s Unbelievable Roadside Birth

Idaho’s Unbelievable Roadside Birth

A network of towns populated by less than 1,000 residents make up the main constituency of South Central Idaho. They’re towns with names like Buhl and Hagerman and Heyburn and Gooding and Bliss, connected by mostly two-lane highways on the high pl...

Though the headlines weren’t quite accurate, news of an Idaho woman who gave birth through her pant leg traveled fast. It left everyone wondering: What the hell kind of pants was she...

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Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

In April 2014, University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley made headlines after winning federal approval to test marijuana on veterans suffering from PTSD. That made her the only academic in America to get a government go-ahead for ca...

After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.

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Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods

Hobby Lobby Backlash Hits Whole Foods

Whole Foods isn’t dropping contraception coverage for employees but nevertheless, it’s facing a Hobby Lobby backlash.By Wednesday afternoon, more than 7,000 people signed an online petition urging Whole Foods to stop carrying products from Eden Fo...

A movement is underway to tell the grocer to drop Eden Foods, which seeks to quit covering all birth control and preventative services for its employees.

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The Wildfire-Fighting Drones

The Wildfire-Fighting Drones

Fire lookout technology has changed a lot since Jack Kerouac’s Desolation Angels. The book was taken almost entirely from a diary Kerouac kept when he was fire lookout for 63 days on Desolation Peak in Washington. Now, satellite images, fuel analy...

It’s the beginning of forest fire season in the U.S., and an army of technology is ready to fight back.

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Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

Pot Doc Fired for Helping Vets

In April 2014, University of Arizona assistant professor Dr. Sue Sisley made headlines after winning federal approval to test marijuana on veterans suffering from PTSD. That made her the only academic in America to get a government go-ahead for ca...

After years of trying, Dr. Sue Sisley got approval for a groundbreaking study of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Three months later, she was out of a job.

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Big Tobacco Created ‘Type A’ Personality

Big Tobacco Created ‘Type A’ Personality

No matter how hard you try, you don’t hate the tobacco industry nearly enough.Oh, I know, the 5 million tobacco-related deaths a year worldwide provoke intense revulsion, as does the $289 billion a year price tag for U.S. tobacco-related illness (...

Researcher Mark Petticrew has uncovered a treasure trove of documents showing Big Tobacco’s connection to stress research and the construction of the uptight ‘Type A’ personality.

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Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb

Your Health Food’s Hidden Sugar Bomb

When it comes to food writing, there may be no rhetoric more illuminating, and more depressing, than the text on instant oatmeal boxes. Within that sorry subgenre, there may be no better specimen than the writing on the back of each box of Better ...

Think instant oatmeal is a healthy breakfast? Despite its ‘heart healthy’ label, two packets of the stuff will put you over a day’s recommended sugar. And that’s just the beginning.

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The FitBit for Your Car

The FitBit for Your Car

Back in December, I bought an Automatic Link device to track data from my car. It plugs into the same port that a mechanic uses to check the computer, and it works on most cars made after 1996. (In my case, I use it in a 2011 Kia Sorento.) The dev...

Want an extremely easy, practical reason to get interested in the quantified self movement? Meet the Automatic Link.

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Big Tobacco Created ‘Type A’ Personality

Big Tobacco Created ‘Type A’ Personality

No matter how hard you try, you don’t hate the tobacco industry nearly enough.Oh, I know, the 5 million tobacco-related deaths a year worldwide provoke intense revulsion, as does the $289 billion a year price tag for U.S. tobacco-related illness (...

Researcher Mark Petticrew has uncovered a treasure trove of documents showing Big Tobacco’s connection to stress research and the construction of the uptight ‘Type A’ personality.

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Fashion

The Mother of Supermodels Dies

The Mother of Supermodels Dies

Eileen Ford, a pioneer of views on classic beauty who revolutionized the modeling business, died at age 92 on Thursday. Ford and her husband, Jerry, launched their agency in 1946 and successfully transformed modeling from a poorly paid hobby into ...

Eileen Ford created an industry.

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Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Women have been proponents of the blue rinse since Hollywood starlet Jean Harlow rocked her platinum locks in the 1930 film Hell’s Angels. Her pin-up curls may have been envy-worthy, but it was the bleach blond, almost snow white, hue of her hair ...

How did bright blue hair become the color of choice for the young and fashionable in Hollywood, including Nicole Richie and Katy Perry?

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Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies

Meet the Professor of Hairy Studies

According to a helpful guide produced by the university, diligent students at Arizona State may earn extra credit “identifying any typos in course materials” or participating in charity work “that may or may not relate to the curriculum.” Or a sel...

At Arizona State, Professor Breanne Fahs is encouraging—with the prize of bonus credits—female students to grow their body hair, and men to shave theirs. Is it really, as the prof in...

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Kendall Jenner Walks in Chanel Couture

Kendall Jenner Walks in Chanel Couture

Kendall Jenner Walks in Chanel Couture: Kendall Jenner is unstoppable. After landing a spot in the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2014 campaign last month, the young model has officially made her debut on the couture runways of Paris Fashion Week. The 18-ye...

And Ellen DeGeneres is becoming a lifestyle guru.

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Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Why Are Young Stars Dying Hair Blue?

Women have been proponents of the blue rinse since Hollywood starlet Jean Harlow rocked her platinum locks in the 1930 film Hell’s Angels. Her pin-up curls may have been envy-worthy, but it was the bleach blond, almost snow white, hue of her hair ...

How did bright blue hair become the color of choice for the young and fashionable in Hollywood, including Nicole Richie and Katy Perry?

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Marc Jacobs Punk’d the Modeling World

Marc Jacobs Punk’d the Modeling World

There are no famous faces in Marc Jacobs’ forthcoming campaign for Marc, the fashion mogul’s diffusion line of eclectic, art school-style prêt-à-porter. And there isn’t much to distinguish it from your average fashion ad: an elfish young thing wit...

The designer’s upcoming ‘Marc’ campaign uses ‘normal people’ found on Instagram as models. But is fame the only currency they’re getting paid in?

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Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts

Paris’s Secret Fashion Week Haunts

An engineering school (École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris), founded in 1783 by Louis XVI, might seem like an unlikely setting for a Paris Fashion Week show. But the old-world building on the Rive Gauche proved to be quite the ticket for...

Couture Week in Paris is all about finding the perfect location for your show, with designers like Céline and St. Laurent racing to find not just the edgiest place to show off their ...

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Solange Talks Elevator Fight with Jay Z

Solange Talks Elevator Fight with Jay Z

Solange Talks Elevator Fight in Lucky: The infamous elevator footage revealing an enraged Solange Knowles unleashing fury on her brother-in-law Jay Z will probably haunt the 28-year-old singer for a long time. But, for the cover story of Lucky mag...

And Chanel's couture sneakers break sales records.

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Marc Jacobs Punk’d the Modeling World

Marc Jacobs Punk’d the Modeling World

There are no famous faces in Marc Jacobs’ forthcoming campaign for Marc, the fashion mogul’s diffusion line of eclectic, art school-style prêt-à-porter. And there isn’t much to distinguish it from your average fashion ad: an elfish young thing wit...

The designer’s upcoming ‘Marc’ campaign uses ‘normal people’ found on Instagram as models. But is fame the only currency they’re getting paid in?

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Great Escapes

Brooklyn’s Museum of Death

Brooklyn’s Museum of Death

She’s known as the Mona Lisa of death masks.In the 1880s, the body of an unknown young woman was found floating in the Paris waterway. Her face was cast into a plaster mold, preserving her shy smile for posterity. This was a traditional practice o...

From death masks to Mexican saints, human hair to a mummified cat’s head, the newly-opened Museum of Morbid Anatomy aims to demystify death—with a planned bar on the roof.

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  • Minor White’s Metamorphosing Camera

    Minor White’s Metamorphosing Camera

    At the opening night of Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit at the J. Paul Getty Museum, I marched up to a wall of photographs, scrunched up my face with anxiety, occupied my mind with other junk, and looked hard at Minor White’s sequence of...

    Critics and rivals misunderstood the editor of ‘Aperture’ for years, but a new retrospective at the Getty reveals Minor White’s quiet brilliance.

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Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future

Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future

While Porsches, Ferraris, and Bugattis may be dream cars for most people, the design masterminds behind the mass-produced luxury vehicles have had “dream” visions of their own—ones of the future. Pairing seventeen visionary vehicles with their pre...

While most people pine after the car of their dreams, a select group of innovators designs them. A new exhibit in Atlanta looks back at some of their most inventive creations.

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Little Madrid Comes To Dallas

Little Madrid Comes To Dallas

DALLAS — Paco Vique never saw himself moving to this city.And even once that life change did come to pass—after stints in Dublin and Austin, work as a civil engineer finally brought the 37-year-old native of south Spain to Dallas some five years b...

Dallas’ Bishop Arts district is more than just a cute hipster enclave. It’s an oasis of culture in the land of prefabricated strip malls.

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The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

The Ghost Towns of Arizona Live On

While historically “haunted” mansions, asylums, and cemeteries are abundant throughout the United States, they become fewer and further between as the landscape changes from well-developed, metropolitan cities in the East to the vast, open plains ...

The Arizona desert teems with hundreds of towns abandoned when their natural resources ran out. Photographer Kurt Wenner captures these ruins before vandals erase them completely.

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Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future

Dreaming Up the Cars of the Future

While Porsches, Ferraris, and Bugattis may be dream cars for most people, the design masterminds behind the mass-produced luxury vehicles have had “dream” visions of their own—ones of the future. Pairing seventeen visionary vehicles with their pre...

While most people pine after the car of their dreams, a select group of innovators designs them. A new exhibit in Atlanta looks back at some of their most inventive creations.

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Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miles inland from the beach, hot and shadeless with broad streets more conducive to flats or bikes than wheels and heels, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is everything the South Beach scene isn’t. Given that both were the brainchild of the late devel...

Get beyond the glam and glitz in old-school Wynwood, where street artists and a new generation of artisans are offering a far funkier spin on fun in the sun.

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Get Ready For Comic-Con

Get Ready For Comic-Con

Comic-Con International will soon descend on San Diego. The invasion of comic-book fans, artists, film-makers, writers and nerdy devoteds kicks off on Wednesday July 24, and doesn’t end until the mass evacuation of the city on Sunday the 27.  Expe...

Fans, authors, artists, film stars and directors are about to descend on San Diego for their annual fandango of comic-book nerdery. What will this year’s Comic-Con feature?

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It’s Tampa Time This Summer

It’s Tampa Time This Summer

Heat is an inescapable part of Tampa’s essence, and while visitors this summer will sweat profusely, they’ll also be out experiencing the rich, understated history, natural beauty, and one-of-a-kind food and drink of this fast-rising Southeastern ...

This city isn’t just all cigars and pirates. It’s a steamy playground on the water and in the precious AC, with a melting pot of ethnic food favorites and celebrations of the season.

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Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miami’s Coolest South Beach Alternative

Miles inland from the beach, hot and shadeless with broad streets more conducive to flats or bikes than wheels and heels, Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood is everything the South Beach scene isn’t. Given that both were the brainchild of the late devel...

Get beyond the glam and glitz in old-school Wynwood, where street artists and a new generation of artisans are offering a far funkier spin on fun in the sun.

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Women

Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Laverne Cox, Emmy Trailblazer

Earlier today, Laverne Cox became the first out transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, for her role as Sophia on the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black. This achievement followed her appearance on the cover of Time magazi...

Laverne Cox has become the first out transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy. The lesson for the entertainment industry is to employ more transgender actors.

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  • Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

    Blame Guns for Domestic Murder Epidemic

    The details are still a little sketchy, but what is known so far is this: In north Harris County, in the Houston suburb of Spring, four children and two adults have been shot and killed (and a fifth child was injured) in a domestic dispute, in wha...

    The latest massacre of a family—this time in the Houston suburbs—is another brutal reminder that guns in the home leave a trail of devastation. Women and children must be protected.

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

When legendary former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky sought help from the outside world to fight for freedom decades ago, he had to rely largely on individuals he knew to get help from outside the Iron Curtain. The dissidents of the 21st century...

A new internet tool seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them. It’s crowdsourcing for human rights.

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Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

Is the Campus Rape Crisis Overblown?

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college is as widely known as it is startling. Countless media reports repeat and recycle the alarming statistic, and it headlined the initial report introduced by Vice President Biden f...

The finding that one in five women are sexually assaulted in college may not be accurate.

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Hillary’s Outside Enforcers

Hillary’s Outside Enforcers

On a recent sweltering Wednesday in Washington, D.C., when most of the town had cleared out for the upcoming Fourth of July weekend, Adrienne Elrod was at a desk piled high with books—among them both of Hillary Clinton’s memoirs and the 2008 campa...

She’s ostensibly not in campaign mode, but a staff of 20 at the outside group Correct the Record is busily working to defend the former secretary of state against right-wing attacks.

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Crowdsourcing Human Rights

Crowdsourcing Human Rights

When legendary former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky sought help from the outside world to fight for freedom decades ago, he had to rely largely on individuals he knew to get help from outside the Iron Curtain. The dissidents of the 21st century...

A new internet tool seeks to put activists in closed societies in touch with skilled people in the free world who can help them. It’s crowdsourcing for human rights.

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Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials are far less partisan than older voters, and their concerns are not being given a voice by either party. And while it’s true that the GOP’s future is about as healthy as cancer, there’s similarly no reason to think we’re entering an er...

The future is up for grabs, but neither party has an agenda that can truly excite young voters.

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The Bridge’s Striking Heroine

The Bridge’s Striking Heroine

Hers was “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Now, a decade after making her big-screen splash in the sword-and-sandals blockbuster Troy, Diane Kruger is no longer a model-turned-ingénue, but a versatile actress who can convincingly portray ...

The striking German actress on the drama’s improved Season 2 and whether she’s ever seen her partner Joshua Jackson’s ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ [Warning: Some spoilers.]

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Jill Abramson Talks Secrecy and Firing

Jill Abramson Talks Secrecy and Firing

Aside from her unceremonious firing, former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson is perhaps best known for her assertion that the Obama administration is the most secretive of any she has covered, and in 22 years in Washington, that cover...

Two months after her abrupt exit from the Gray Lady, the former executive editor delivered a speech about how different Obama is from Bush—and why she was dismissed from her post.

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Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials Hate Boomer Partisans

Millennials are far less partisan than older voters, and their concerns are not being given a voice by either party. And while it’s true that the GOP’s future is about as healthy as cancer, there’s similarly no reason to think we’re entering an er...

The future is up for grabs, but neither party has an agenda that can truly excite young voters.

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Books

Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

Teju Cole’s Keen Eye Spares No One

According to some surveys, Nigeria is the happiest and most optimistic country in the world. But the BBC estimates that 61 percent of the population lives in poverty.  Sectarian violence (between Muslims and Christians) killed hundreds in 2010.  T...

The Nigerian-American novelist’s first novel (now published here after ‘Open City’) shows a writer finding his way but already fearless, nimble, and surprising.

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  • Madeline’s New York Moment

    Madeline’s New York Moment

    “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines…”But it was in an old bar, Pete’s Tavern, near Gramercy Park in New York City, that Madeline, Miss Clavel, and the rest of the French schoolgirls...

    Her many fans may think of her living in an old Parisian house. But Madeline’s character was inspired by its creator living in Manhattan, imbibing the city’s rebellious spirit.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

Flying Shoes By Lisa HoworthI grew up and have always lived in the Northeast, so by nurture and nature (nobody would ever accuse me of patience), I usually prefer to get where I’m going with as few detours as possible. That said, I am occasionall...

A novel about investigating a family tragedy, another about the overlapping lives of an American girl and an Okinawan nurse, and a daughter’s memoir of her outlaw father.

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You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot

You, Too, Could Be a Homicidal Zealot

As we watch as the members of ISIS continue to slaughter and behead their way in seemingly any direction they choose, I was asked the following questions:How does it happen that a society or a culture suddenly decides that violence on the level do...

The line between civilization and ISIS-style violence is thinner than we admit, says the co-author of the new book ‘Suspicious Minds: How Culture Shapes Madness.’

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The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)

The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)

Only half way into 2014, historical biographies are already having a banner year. Adam Begley’s Updike—a “superb achievement” and “brilliant new biography”—is perhaps the most lauded title so far this year in any genre, Ramachandra Guha’s just-pub...

From John Updike to Louis Armstrong, from Mavis Staples to John Quincy Adams, we round up the most fascinating life stories published this year.

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This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

This Week’s Hot Reads: July 7, 2014

Flying Shoes By Lisa HoworthI grew up and have always lived in the Northeast, so by nurture and nature (nobody would ever accuse me of patience), I usually prefer to get where I’m going with as few detours as possible. That said, I am occasionall...

A novel about investigating a family tragedy, another about the overlapping lives of an American girl and an Okinawan nurse, and a daughter’s memoir of her outlaw father.

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Beast Fiction: ‘Four Hundred Grand’

Beast Fiction: ‘Four Hundred Grand’

The following is a work of fiction.Four Hundred GrandMeathead woke up on the couch of his wife Ginger’s living room at 216 Bastogne Ave.  She made coffee in the connected kitchen.  The machine ground, wheezed and dripped.  She poured herself a cup...

True lies you can count on. Here’s the first installment in a regular series, featuring short stories from up and coming fiction writers.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Truth About Women and Tinder is Even Worse Than You ThinkNick Summers, Bloomberg BusinessweekThe sordid story of a female co-founder stripped of her title because she was harassed.Inside Brazil’s Most Infamous BrothelAmos Barshad, Rolling Ston...

From the shocking truth about Tinder and women to the rise of Ted Cruz, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Clare Boothe Luce’s Vapid Second Act

Clare Boothe Luce’s Vapid Second Act

The first volume of Sylvia Jukes Morris’s Clare Boothe Luce biography, published 17 years ago, set the gossip-and-glamour bar high for its successor. Rage for Fame followed smart, beautiful, and calculating Clare Boothe as she married for money, a...

Sylvia Jukes Morris’s second installment of her Clare Boothe Luce biography lacks the zing of volume one. Luce got everything she wanted, but readers, alas, can’t say the same.

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Beast Fiction: ‘Four Hundred Grand’

Beast Fiction: ‘Four Hundred Grand’

The following is a work of fiction.Four Hundred GrandMeathead woke up on the couch of his wife Ginger’s living room at 216 Bastogne Ave.  She made coffee in the connected kitchen.  The machine ground, wheezed and dripped.  She poured herself a cup...

True lies you can count on. Here’s the first installment in a regular series, featuring short stories from up and coming fiction writers.

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