Politics

Rand Paul, Compassionate Conservative

Rand Paul, Compassionate Conservative

Perhaps the last place a Republican political consultant would advise a potential presidential candidate to speak is in front of a podium bearing an ACLU sign while several convicted felons sit nearby. But that didn’t stop Rand Paul, who spoke at ...

The Kentucky senator is diverging from his party on voting rights for felons—and increasingly he seems to be pushing George W. Bush’s favorite ism, with a libertarian twist.

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Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Race Ever

Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Race Ever

A campaign fought over U.N. conspiracy theories and “therapeutic chickens” may seem absurd, but Iowa’s Senate race may be one of the most coldly methodical face-offs in the country this November.In one corner is Democrat Bruce Braley, a four-term ...

Does Joni Ernst believe the U.N. is trying to ban private property? Does Bruce Braley hate therapeutic chickens? Those are just two of the weird accusations hurled in this epic battle.

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How to Really Empower Black Voters

How to Really Empower Black Voters

For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispan...

Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.

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The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

The Supreme Court’s Coming Paralysis

It’s a question that’s roiled the liberal universe for years: Why won’t 81-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg resign from the Supreme Court and give President Obama the chance to pick her successor, in case the Senate turns Republi...

Why there’s really no chance President Obama will be able to appoint another Justice to the bench, regardless of what happens in November.

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Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Race Ever

Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Race Ever

A campaign fought over U.N. conspiracy theories and “therapeutic chickens” may seem absurd, but Iowa’s Senate race may be one of the most coldly methodical face-offs in the country this November.In one corner is Democrat Bruce Braley, a four-term ...

Does Joni Ernst believe the U.N. is trying to ban private property? Does Bruce Braley hate therapeutic chickens? Those are just two of the weird accusations hurled in this epic battle.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

With his scheduled visit to an ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Tuesday, did Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signal his interest in running for President in 2016? Probably not.While Nixon has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate i...

Jay Nixon, the two-term Democratic governor of Missouri, is visiting Iowa on Tuesday. Does this mean there’s yet another Democratic contender in 2016?

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Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

Jon Stewart’s Palestinian Breakthrough

When I interviewed The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart two years ago for a documentary I co-directed, The Muslims Are Coming!, one of the questions I posed to the talk show host was: Do you think your show has had an impact on issues?Surprisingly, Stewar...

This Gaza war has brought a new level of American awareness of the pain of civilians, thanks in large part to The Daily Show.

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7 Weird Facebook Questions For Hillary

7 Weird Facebook Questions For Hillary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a chat on Facebook Monday to promote her new book, Hard Choices. While the former First Lady and potential 2016 presidential candidate got a number of serious questions, she also got quite a few stran...

Hillary Clinton did a chat on Facebook to promote her new book Hard Choices. Some of the questions she was asked were quite peculiar.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon To Visit Iowa

With his scheduled visit to an ethanol plant in Emmetsburg, Iowa on Tuesday, did Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signal his interest in running for President in 2016? Probably not.While Nixon has long been considered a potential Democratic candidate i...

Jay Nixon, the two-term Democratic governor of Missouri, is visiting Iowa on Tuesday. Does this mean there’s yet another Democratic contender in 2016?

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Entertainment

Han Solo for the Facebook Generation

Han Solo for the Facebook Generation

It began, like so many great American success stories, with a selfie. While Chris Pratt was training to play a member of SEAL Team Six in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, his brother convinced him to take a picture of his chiseled bod and unvei...

The ‘Parks and Recreation’ star opens up about his journey from stripping at bachelorette parties to headlining this summer’s hottest superhero movie, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’

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The Unsinkable Lee Grant

The Unsinkable Lee Grant

To say that actress Lee Grant has seen it all would be an understatement.She barreled onto the Broadway scene at the age of 23 in 1949 with Detective Story, and was nominated for an Oscar two years later when it was adapted into film. Just as her ...

A star at 23, then blacklisted for 12 years, actress Lee Grant rebuilt her career, won a pair of Oscars, and caps it all with a frank and spirited memoir.

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Questlove’s Mission to Save Music TV

Questlove’s Mission to Save Music TV

When Ahmir Thompson was a little boy, his parents would wake him from a dead sleep at 1 in the morning to watch TV shows about music—Soul Train and Midnight Special were favorites. In the three decades since, a lot has changed when it comes to the...

The Roots bandleader isn’t just churning out viral music bits on ‘The Tonight Show.’ Now he’s created a new TV series that could turn music on television into an event again.

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Radcliffe on Sex and ‘Harry Potter’

Radcliffe on Sex and ‘Harry Potter’

This is not a cautionary tale. While the specter of Harry Potter, the film franchise that grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide and monopolized his life for 12 years, still looms large, Daniel Radcliffe has done his damnedest to carve out a very res...

The 24-year-old star of stage and screen talks about his new romantic comedy, ‘What If,’ why he’s done playing the boy wizard, and much more.

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The Unsinkable Lee Grant

The Unsinkable Lee Grant

To say that actress Lee Grant has seen it all would be an understatement.She barreled onto the Broadway scene at the age of 23 in 1949 with Detective Story, and was nominated for an Oscar two years later when it was adapted into film. Just as her ...

A star at 23, then blacklisted for 12 years, actress Lee Grant rebuilt her career, won a pair of Oscars, and caps it all with a frank and spirited memoir.

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‘The Real Housewives’ Loses a Leg

‘The Real Housewives’ Loses a Leg

The leg toss loomed large.The leg toss had been seen on trailers for weeks.The leg toss featured Aviva Drescher, a cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, taking her prosthetic leg off, slamming it on a table, claiming it was the ...

The sixth season finale of ‘RHONY’ saw Aviva Drescher slam her prosthetic leg on a table, then throw it across the room. A new dramatic peak for the genre, or stinky nadir?

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Ted Cruz Calls Out HBO’s ‘True Blood’

Ted Cruz Calls Out HBO’s ‘True Blood’

On Tuesday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded to last Sunday’s episode of HBO’s True Blood—the one in which foul-mouthed vampires and assault weapon-blasting yakuza thugs invade a Ted Cruz fundraiser thrown at the George W. Bush Presidential Libra...

On Sunday, the kinky-gory HBO series aired an episode in which two of its characters dressed as stereotypical Republicans and attended a Cruz fundraiser that quickly devolved into a ...

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Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Viral Vid: Kim Jong-un Wants This Banned

Kim Jong-un is getting a lesson on how the Internet works. Last week, a student in China put together this video depicting the North Korean leader’s head superimposed over the bodies of people dancing, fighting and participating in Jackass-style p...

Not that Seth Rogen movie this time

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‘The Real Housewives’ Loses a Leg

‘The Real Housewives’ Loses a Leg

The leg toss loomed large.The leg toss had been seen on trailers for weeks.The leg toss featured Aviva Drescher, a cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City, taking her prosthetic leg off, slamming it on a table, claiming it was the ...

The sixth season finale of ‘RHONY’ saw Aviva Drescher slam her prosthetic leg on a table, then throw it across the room. A new dramatic peak for the genre, or stinky nadir?

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World News

Hezbollah to Hamas: ‘You’re on Your Own’

Hezbollah to Hamas: ‘You’re on Your Own’

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hezbollah boss Hassan Nasrallah made a phone call to Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on Monday and vowed to support “the resistance in Gaza in any way necessary.” Then Nasrallah, whose fame has spread far and wide over the years as th...

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped—but not now.

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Ukraine Denies Grad Rocket Attacks

Ukraine Denies Grad Rocket Attacks

On Tuesday, Grad ground-to-ground rocket attacks damaged at least 10 buildings in the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which has a population of over 400,000. A day prior, Grad strikes turned Donetsk into a ghost town—hardly any pedestrians cou...

Grad rockets pounded Donetsk and Luhansk this week, and human rights monitors say Kiev is behind the carnage. But Ukraine’s new defense minister tells The Daily Beast his forces are ...

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U.S.: Separatists in Ukraine Killed MH17

U.S.: Separatists in Ukraine Killed MH17

The U.S. intelligence community’s best guess is that Ukrainian separatists supported by Russia, but not actual Russians, were the ones who fired the missile that brought down MH17 and killed 296 people over eastern Ukraine.If the leading theory of...

Moscow has been lying about what happened to the airliner but one thing it is saying may actually be true: it wasn’t a Russian who pulled the trigger.

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MH17 Investigation Is a Historic First

MH17 Investigation Is a Historic First

As U.S. intelligence officials briefed reporters on the downing of Malaysia Flight 17 over the Ukraine they were reflecting a striking fact: this air crash investigation is being conducted by an entirely new method: detailed scrutiny by journ...

Without access to the site, reporters, social media, and governments put together pieces of the puzzle. Try as they did, there’s no way the rebels could conceal what happened.

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Ukraine Denies Grad Rocket Attacks

Ukraine Denies Grad Rocket Attacks

On Tuesday, Grad ground-to-ground rocket attacks damaged at least 10 buildings in the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, which has a population of over 400,000. A day prior, Grad strikes turned Donetsk into a ghost town—hardly any pedestrians cou...

Grad rockets pounded Donetsk and Luhansk this week, and human rights monitors say Kiev is behind the carnage. But Ukraine’s new defense minister tells The Daily Beast his forces are ...

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The Spy Who Warned Us About Putin

The Spy Who Warned Us About Putin

LONDON —  Vladimir Putin thought he’d got away with murder. At least that was the conclusion of diplomats and security officials for eight years as Britain ignored demands for an inquiry into the assassination of a former KGB officer in Central Lo...

The Kremlin likely murdered a former KGB officer living in London with radioactive poison in 2007. The U.K. was too cozy with Russia to go after his killers—until now.

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China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

From an old cardboard box, Li Wen drew a clear glass bottle filled with a dark brown liquid. The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades ago.“I have newer batches too,” Li said in a voice stained by caffeine and nicotine, “and I’m also...

Despite official bans on the sales of tiger bones, wine made from exotic animal remains thrives on China’s black market.

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To Shame Putin, Show the Bodies of MH17

To Shame Putin, Show the Bodies of MH17

Reporting from war zones is not easy. Live reporting from war zones is really not easy. Live reporting from a war zone with a plane apparently shot down by Russian-backed separatists, with corpses and personal possessions littering the ground, and...

There have been no broadcast TV images of the dead from the downed plane, and still pictures have been pixelated. Why shouldn’t Putin and the world see the horrendous, human carnage?

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The Spy Who Warned Us About Putin

The Spy Who Warned Us About Putin

LONDON —  Vladimir Putin thought he’d got away with murder. At least that was the conclusion of diplomats and security officials for eight years as Britain ignored demands for an inquiry into the assassination of a former KGB officer in Central Lo...

The Kremlin likely murdered a former KGB officer living in London with radioactive poison in 2007. The U.K. was too cozy with Russia to go after his killers—until now.

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Tech + Health

RFK Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History

RFK Jr.’s Twisted Anti-Vaxx History

If you’re headed to Capitol Hill with a cause, it helps to be a Kennedy.For Robert Kennedy, Jr., scion of America’s most storied political family, all it takes is his name to arrange face-to-face meetings with two powerful Senators. As a physician...

Despite multiple studies showing no link between vaccines and autism, RFK Jr. continues to use his position to spread that lie. What will it take to make him stop?

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Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

A recent study in the International Journal of Paleopathology revealed a 5th- or 6th-century AD skull found in the French town of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes is likely that of a child with Down syndrome. This 5- to 7-year-old child is now the earliest p...

A newly discovered ancient skeleton showed signs of Down syndrome, yet it was given the same burial as other members of its community. What it tells us about the history of disability.

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Forget 5-Hour Energy: Try Tea Instead

Forget 5-Hour Energy: Try Tea Instead

The caffeine high with “no crash later” might be crashing after all.The makers of wildly popular energy shot 5-hour Energy are being sued by three states for deceptive advertising. Legal officials in Oregon, Washington, and Vermont blasted the bev...

The makers caffeine shot 5-hour Energy are under fire for false advertising. Perhaps it’s time to go back to the caffeine basics.

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Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Mom Risks Jail to Give Pot to Sick Kid

Liam McKnight, a 6-year-old Canadian suffering from epilepsy, is legally allowed to use marijuana to ease his severe symptoms—but only if he smokes it.Since he was 9 months old, Liam has been battered up to 60 times a day by a series of violent co...

Desperate to help their son, who suffers from a rare form of epilepsy, the McKnights are giving him marijuana oil extracts. Why that’s illegal, though he has a medical marijuana lice...

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Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

Living With Disability in the Dark Ages

A recent study in the International Journal of Paleopathology revealed a 5th- or 6th-century AD skull found in the French town of Saint-Jean-des-Vignes is likely that of a child with Down syndrome. This 5- to 7-year-old child is now the earliest p...

A newly discovered ancient skeleton showed signs of Down syndrome, yet it was given the same burial as other members of its community. What it tells us about the history of disability.

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Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

When you see #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong begin to trend, it’s a good time to question whether Twitter, Facebook, and social media have made a horribly painful, decades-long (centuries-long) conflict somehow even more painful.The cri...

From hashtags praising Hitler to Facebook groups demanding ‘revenge’ on Gaza, the social mediasphere has reached a new low.

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How I Killed My Twitter Impostor

How I Killed My Twitter Impostor

The monkey avatar stared back at me, its tongue lolling out of its mouth. It was just another crazy Twitter account, with one exception: this ugly ape represented me, without my permission. It was the profile photo for a handle displaying my name,...

Celebrities, corporations, and politicians have impostor Twitter accounts pop up all the time. But what do you do when it happens to you?

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Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Internet Addiction Killed This Baby

Kim Jae-beom told the police he wasn’t sure what killed his daughter, and that “she was a premature baby from the beginning.” But the cause of death determined by authorities was less vague: The baby had died of malnutrition as a result of her par...

When the death of their daughter interrupted the gaming fantasy they’d been sucked into, a South Korean couple was actually caring for a virtual child in 12-hour online binges.

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Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Trolling the Israel-Palestine Conflict

When you see #HitlerWasRight and #HitlerDidNothingWrong begin to trend, it’s a good time to question whether Twitter, Facebook, and social media have made a horribly painful, decades-long (centuries-long) conflict somehow even more painful.The cri...

From hashtags praising Hitler to Facebook groups demanding ‘revenge’ on Gaza, the social mediasphere has reached a new low.

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Fashion

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Clothes Swapping Isn’t Just for Kimye

Who can forget the 2001 American Music Awards, when then-idyllic couple Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears took to the red carpet in matching Canadian tuxedos? Or the numerous times Posh and Becks sported nearly identical looks, from the purple ...

We may all snicker at gooey-eyed couples who begin to coordinate their outfits, but matching may actually be a sign of a strong relationship. Unless the look is truly hideous, of cou...

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The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA is Keeping Up With The Kardashians: On Monday night, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water announced it was just another desperate C-Lister fighting for validation in Kim Kardashian’s world. “I’m now a C-List celebrity in K...

And Blake Lively launches a lifestyle blog.

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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Olivia Palermo Now a Shoe Designer

Olivia Palermo Now a Shoe Designer

Olivia Palermo, Shoe Designer: Already dubbed an unofficial ambassador for Aquazzura, style maven Olivia Palermo now has entered into a partnership with the Italian shoe label. Palermo, who is often photographed in the brand's designs, has cr...

And powerful women choose powerful drinks, according to new study.

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The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA Is a C-List Celebrity

The EPA is Keeping Up With The Kardashians: On Monday night, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water announced it was just another desperate C-Lister fighting for validation in Kim Kardashian’s world. “I’m now a C-List celebrity in K...

And Blake Lively launches a lifestyle blog.

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Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

On Saturday night, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wed supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Jonah—sorry, I used a Homophobic Slur but it’s OK because my friend is gay—Hill, and the majority of bridesmaids were Vi...

The douchey Maroon 5 singer married Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo over the weekend, thus sparing the rest of womankind.

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The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

The Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

Kate Hudson opted for a sexy black gown, Cameron Diaz rocked a Stella McCartney jumpsuit, and Jessica Chastain looked beach-ready. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.

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Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display

Beyonce’s Wardrobe Goes on Display: There’s one thing the world’s most powerful celebrity hasn’t been given—a museum exhibition. But, that’s about to change. On Friday, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced a new exhibition of outfits from Beyo...

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley may be designing for Paige.

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Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

Adam Levine Is Off the Market… Thank God

On Saturday night, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine wed supermodel Behati Prinsloo. The ceremony was conducted by none other than Jonah—sorry, I used a Homophobic Slur but it’s OK because my friend is gay—Hill, and the majority of bridesmaids were Vi...

The douchey Maroon 5 singer married Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo over the weekend, thus sparing the rest of womankind.

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Great Escapes

Is Organic Vodka Good for You?

Is Organic Vodka Good for You?

Nothing about the sleek blue bar and $13 cocktails at Maui’s Monkeypod Kitchen screams back-to-nature—the décor is Mixology-chic, not Green Acres, and you can’t even see the beach from the landlocked café. But its menu is dedicated to locally sour...

It’s official: the organic movement has infiltrated our bars. But whether or not your martini is made from organic, kosher, locally-sourced vodka, it still isn’t “healthy” for you.

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  • Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

    Brooklynite Goes Off Her Meds—for Art

    Marni Kotak sits on a gold-painted twin bed, wearing a gold satin nightgown, with matching bedsheets covering her legs. She's scribbling in gold ink on a cartoonishly large notepad, an expanding list of the day's emotional fluctuations. ...

    Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Is it art, could it harm her, and does it success...

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones

From an old cardboard box, Li Wen drew a clear glass bottle filled with a dark brown liquid. The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades ago.“I have newer batches too,” Li said in a voice stained by caffeine and nicotine, “and I’m also...

Despite official bans on the sales of tiger bones, wine made from exotic animal remains thrives on China’s black market.

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Prince George, 1, Saves the Royals

Prince George, 1, Saves the Royals

Prince George’s first birthday party this afternoon will be much like that of any other upper-class child of his peer group—tea and cake at his parents’ London home, a visit from granny, conspicuously tasteful wooden presents (probably neglected b...

New Pictures of Prince George admiring butterflies with his parents are released to mark his first birthday

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How the World Wars Changed Fashion

How the World Wars Changed Fashion

Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Could a prescription for creativity be on the horizon?According to a new study, a link has been found between surges of creativity and the drug levodopa—but only in Parkinson’s patients. Several doctors noticed that their patients receiving the sy...

A new study shows that Parkinson’s patients on the drug levodopa are much more creative than their peers. But don’t hold your breath for a cure for writer’s block.

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The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

The Most American Pit Stop in the U.S.A.

Before Interstate 40 relieved travelers of the necessity (and the joys) of driving along the main streets of Southwestern towns and cities, Route 66 was the only way to go. In Oklahoma, it was the major artery between the Osage Frontier and the pa...

Route 66 used to be the only way to drive cross country. While it's now an American icon, travelers are still rewarded by a trip through El Reno, where onion-fried burgers are a ...

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Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

Watch Out, Wine! Cider's on the Rise

I visited Normandy for the first time a few weeks ago for the sole purpose of tasting cider at one specific estate. Eric Bordelet, a former sommelier at Alain Passard’s three-Michelin-starred Parisian restaurant, L’Arpege, left city life over two ...

Most ciders have gotten a bad rap as being too sweet and fruity. But that’s starting to change. Case in point—a Normandy estate that is making cider that rivals the area's fine w...

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Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Can a Pill Increase Creativity?

Could a prescription for creativity be on the horizon?According to a new study, a link has been found between surges of creativity and the drug levodopa—but only in Parkinson’s patients. Several doctors noticed that their patients receiving the sy...

A new study shows that Parkinson’s patients on the drug levodopa are much more creative than their peers. But don’t hold your breath for a cure for writer’s block.

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Women

Talking to Daughters About Rape

Talking to Daughters About Rape

In recent months there’s been much discussion about how, and how badly, colleges, as a whole, have failed students who have been victims of sexual assault. Much of the dialogue has centered on the “victim-blaming” that goes on (and on). Victim-bla...

Wasted Youth: One mom's plea to daughters who drink.

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  • How the World Wars Changed Fashion

    How the World Wars Changed Fashion

    Britain entered World War I on August 4, 1914. One hundred years later, the WWI centenary is being honored with a slew of exhibitions and commemorative events, from a light-a-candle hour to memorials for the fallen.The fashion industry is no excep...

    Think shorter hemlines, the end of corsets, and (gasp!) trousers for women. It’s been 100 years since the start of WWI, but the war’s impact on fashion is still seen on runways today.

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How to Really Empower Black Voters

How to Really Empower Black Voters

For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispan...

Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.

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Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

Death Threats for Iraq’s Women & Gays

BAGHDAD — A little girl toddles around shopping bags brimming with relief supplies that are heading for Iraqi refugees and into the arms of Dalal Jumaa, who heads this office of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Jumaa hugs the little gi...

Religious groups are threatening to kill the members one of the few Iraqi organizations dedicated to helping women and gays.

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How Do You Imagine Equality?

How Do You Imagine Equality?

Global Fund for Women has just launched a new campaign, “Imagining Equality,” which asked women around the world to share what they pictured when they imagined equality. With over 400 submissions, responses ranged from the broad ("Equality is...

Global Fund For Women’s new campaign asks women to picture an equal world.

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How to Really Empower Black Voters

How to Really Empower Black Voters

For the first time in our history, according to the Census Bureau, blacks are now voting at a higher rate than whites. Roughly two out of three eligible blacks voted in the 2012 election, which is a greater percentage than the number of non-Hispan...

Fifty years after the Freedom Summer, black voters are more powerful than ever. It’s time for both parties to realize this, and start competing for their support in earnest.

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Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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Whither the Women’s Movement?

Whither the Women’s Movement?

William Barnett, my paternal grandfather, came to America in 1910, and became a union organizer with the International Cap Makers Union.  Although William was enamored with his newly-found freedoms in America, and angered by the horrendous working...

Despite massive gains in the 20th century, the women’s movement has reached a stalemate in the 21st. How to move forward?

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Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

Will Brazil Re-elect President Rousse...

 This week, on the heels of the World Cup, leaders of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) held a summit meeting in Fortaleza, Brazil. At this meeting, the leaders of these ascendant powers agreed to form an international development ...

Has hosting the World Cup helped or hurt the woman in charge?

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Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

Hillary’s Gay-Marriage Limbo

In the midst of a relatively rocky return to the public stage, it may have been the roughest moment. Hillary Clinton, on NPR, struggling to explain to Terry Gross on Fresh Air how she went from a “No” to a “Yes” on the question of same-sex marriag...

She’d leave the decision to states, though many activists—and a growing number of Americans—view it as a constitutional right. Can she keep everyone on board for 2016?

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Books

This Week’s Hot Reads

This Week’s Hot Reads

Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine by Maxmillian PotterIn his camouflaged lair in the middle of the woods, a career criminal stirs in the dead of night to assemble his tools for a risky but pot...

This week, a true-life crime drama set in a famous French vineyard , an impressive debut, and a refreshing spin on the supernatural thriller.

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  • Immigrants Meet New ‘Grapes of Wrath’

    Immigrants Meet New ‘Grapes of Wrath’

    The angry protestors who made headlines recently when they confronted three busloads of Central American mothers and their children in Murrieta, California, reflect widespread fears that many now have about uncontrolled immigration. But we should...

    The bigotry and fear greeting busloads of Central American mothers and children is almost word for word what Steinbeck’s Joads heard 75 years ago.

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James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

Like Babe Ruth, late in his career, pointing toward the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field before sending a ball soaring out of the stadium, James Lee Burke has managed, in one swift maneuver, to confirm and enhance his legacy. At the age of ...

Abandoning the badasses in his usual Louisiana haunts, the Edgar-winning author crafts his first historical novel about oil, movies, and the American Dream.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Wrong AnswerRachel Aviv, The New YorkerIn the era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.My Life With Piper: From Big House to Small ScreenLarry Smith, MatterThe other true story behind Orange is the New Black.The Cultu...

From a school forced by a brutal testing regime into a cheating scandal to a 14-hour trip to T.G.I Friday’s, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

Mr. Bad Taste and Trouble Himself

“He drank too much and smoked too much. He granted too many interviews full of cynical observations about himself and his business. He made too many bad movies and hardly any of the kind that stir critics to rapture or that, taken together, look l...

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James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

James Lee Burke’s Best Book Yet

Like Babe Ruth, late in his career, pointing toward the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field before sending a ball soaring out of the stadium, James Lee Burke has managed, in one swift maneuver, to confirm and enhance his legacy. At the age of ...

Abandoning the badasses in his usual Louisiana haunts, the Edgar-winning author crafts his first historical novel about oil, movies, and the American Dream.

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

A Fantasy Titan Invades the Y.A. Kingdom

Just as the world stops reeling from the latest twists in Game of Thrones—or just in time to remember the characters’ names—Joe Abercrombie has grabbed hold of Occam’s razor and slit open the obsessively complicated worlds constructed by today’s f...

Well known as a fantasy author for adults, Joe Abercrombie makes his first foray in young adult fiction with ‘Half a King,’ about a boy’s violent (but chaste) struggle to rule.

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Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Don’t Accuse Israel of Apartheid

Living in apartheid South Africa, as I did, was easy in moral terms. Living in Israel, as I do now, is difficult.In apartheid South Africa the choice was clear and beyond escape: It was good versus evil. Apartheid, apartness, which meant racial se...

Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.

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Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Nellie Bly, Feminist Trailblazer

Long before Jessica Mitford would publish The American Way of Death, her explosive exposé on the corrupt American funeral system in 1963, there was a young muckraker who called herself Nellie Bly. Born Elizabeth Jane Cochran in 1864, Bly responded...

Even if you hated spunk, you would have to love the adventurous, forthright journalist who called herself Nellie Bly.

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