Politics

Don’t Be Fooled: GOP Wants Impeachment

Don’t Be Fooled: GOP Wants Impeachment

In Washington, the conversation about impeachment is preceded by a conversation about a conversation about impeachment.Democrats say Republicans are bring up the I-word to lay the groundwork for impeachment proceedings for high crimes and misdemea...

Republicans keep saying Democrats are obsessed with the I-word. But GOP candidates are making it clear to voters: We will move to impeach Obama.

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Sexy Gay Flick Becomes New GOP Weapon

Sexy Gay Flick Becomes New GOP Weapon

The kinds of videos that help politicians get elected usually feature one or more of the following: an American flag waving gracefully in the wind, a few smiling children, some hand-shaking, a grassy plain, and the candidate dressed in a way that ...

Alan LaPolice did a quick cameo in a friend’s 2008 indie movie. Now the long-forgotten festival-circuit film has become a campaign issue for him, thanks to his Tea Party opponent.

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Now You'll See What Obama Calls Torture

Now You'll See What Obama Calls Torture

The White House is set to give Congress on Friday the final, declassified version of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s majority report on CIA interrogation. And according to one person who has reviewed the document and three people who were brie...

Unlike the president, a long-awaited Senate report won’t use the word ‘torture’ to describe the CIA’s interrogations. But it will show horrific, systematic, and widespread abuse.

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Senator Calls on CIA Director to Quit

Senator Calls on CIA Director to Quit

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall issued a statement late Thursday afternoon calling for CIA Director John Brennan to resign after his claim in March that the CIA had not improperly searched the computers used by Senate staffers turned out to be wrong....

Colorado Democrat Mark Udall issued a statement Thursday asking for the resignation of John Brennan.

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Sexy Gay Flick Becomes New GOP Weapon

Sexy Gay Flick Becomes New GOP Weapon

The kinds of videos that help politicians get elected usually feature one or more of the following: an American flag waving gracefully in the wind, a few smiling children, some hand-shaking, a grassy plain, and the candidate dressed in a way that ...

Alan LaPolice did a quick cameo in a friend’s 2008 indie movie. Now the long-forgotten festival-circuit film has become a campaign issue for him, thanks to his Tea Party opponent.

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Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s. When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. There...

We’re not all terrorists, we’re not “cockroaches,” and we’re certainly not an “invented” people. What you don’t know about Palestinians.

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Congress Harshes Stoned Drivers’ Mellow

Congress Harshes Stoned Drivers’ Mellow

Congress is worried about a potential increase in stoned drivers on the road, and looking at ways to combat potential fatalities caused by toking motorists.As more American states consider pot decriminalization, a sober congressional hearing was h...

A House hearing shows that the federal government doesn’t know much of anything about Americans getting high behind the wheel.

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The GOP’s Big Border Bill Fail

The GOP’s Big Border Bill Fail

Compared to John Boehner, Hercules had it easy.While the legendary Greek hero just had to kill monsters like the Hydra, the Speaker of the House has been tasked with the most impossible labor of all: trying to get enough House Republicans to back ...

In a huge embarrassment for the Republican leadership, the House has withdrawn a bill that would deal with the southern border crisis.

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Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Do Palestinians Really Exist?

Palestine. My late father, Abdul Musa Obeidallah, was born there in the 1930s. When I say Palestine, that’s not a political statement. It’s just a statement of fact. When he was born, there was no state of Israel. There was no Hamas. No PLO. There...

We’re not all terrorists, we’re not “cockroaches,” and we’re certainly not an “invented” people. What you don’t know about Palestinians.

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Entertainment

Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future

Bryan Cranston on Walter White’s Future

It is, simply put, one of the most iconic characters in the history of television, starring in one of the best seasons of television in history. The second half of the fifth and final season of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad was a crescendo of insa...

The ‘Breaking Bad’ Emmy nominee—and recent Tony winner—on whether we’ll ever see Walter White again, the Hillary/Heisenberg 2016 presidential ticket, and more.

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Viral Vid: How to Lose $1M at Poker

Viral Vid: How to Lose $1M at Poker

It’s a remarkable feat to have the skills and the money to make it to the World Series of Poker by the age of 25, as Connor Drinan did. It’s even more remarkable—though utterly disappointing for him—that he lost $1 million in one hand while holdin...

The odds of this are astronomical

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Behold, a Game of Thrones Reality Show

Behold, a Game of Thrones Reality Show

In our post-Harry Potter world, most 11-year-olds spend a good portion of their birthday throwing longing glances toward the fireplace, eagerly awaiting their acceptance letters to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But for some adult...

‘The Quest’ injects some good old-fashioned chivalry into a genre that’s famous for lust, greed, and weave-pulling. Here’s a campy confection with no sex or social commentary.

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Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Morrissey Denies Ordering Hit on Fan

Heaven knows Morrissey doesn’t seem that miserable about the latest drama to engulf him, emphatically denying claims that he asked a former employee to physically hurt the webmaster of a site that criticized him.The singer said the story was a “ve...

Morrissey has taken to an online forum to dismiss claims he had anything to do with an alleged plot to hurt the operator of a fan site he reportedly dislikes.

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Viral Vid: How to Lose $1M at Poker

Viral Vid: How to Lose $1M at Poker

It’s a remarkable feat to have the skills and the money to make it to the World Series of Poker by the age of 25, as Connor Drinan did. It’s even more remarkable—though utterly disappointing for him—that he lost $1 million in one hand while holdin...

The odds of this are astronomical

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Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

If you’re over the age of 30, interested in history, political scandal and 90s hip-hop, chances are you’ve made the joke that Warren G. of ‘Regulate’ fame should do a reading of the salacious love letters written by late U.S. president Warren G. H...

90s rap star recites 29th president’s newly released love letters to mistress

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Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

Octavia Spencer: My Oscar Fixed Nothing

It’s been just over two years since Octavia Spencer, in a shimmering Tadashi Shoji gown that took a team of ten 1,000 hours to produce, glided up to the stage at the Hollywood and Highland Center to accept her Best Supporting Actress Oscar. With t...

The ‘Get On Up’ actress on why TV is more diverse than film, and how life has changed since winning her Oscar for ‘The Help.’

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Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Best Performance Yet

Maggie Gyllenhaal is being very careful with her words.We’re talking about her role in the eight-part miniseries The Honorable Woman, which begins airing Thursday night on SundanceTV. Gyllenhaal delivers what might be the most towering, complex, b...

Her free-wheeling eloquence, as much the actress’s trademark as those emotive, saucer-sized eyes, is more measured than usual when discussing ‘The Honorable Woman’ and Gaza.

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Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

Viral Vid: Warren G. Regulates Harding

If you’re over the age of 30, interested in history, political scandal and 90s hip-hop, chances are you’ve made the joke that Warren G. of ‘Regulate’ fame should do a reading of the salacious love letters written by late U.S. president Warren G. H...

90s rap star recites 29th president’s newly released love letters to mistress

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World News

Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?

Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?

KHUZAA, Gaza — In a small bathroom on the edge of the Gaza town of Khuzaa there are the haunting signs of what looks like the summary execution of several Palestinians. This once vibrant village near the border with Israel sits on the edge of the ...

Piled in one room in the Gaza war zone are rotting bodies—and shell casings marked “IMI,” short for “Israel Military Industries.”

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Abduction: Hamas’ Most Terrifying Weapon

Abduction: Hamas’ Most Terrifying Weapon

The ceasefire that the United States had hoped might end the Gaza war broke open Friday with the abduction of an Israeli officer.The capture of Hadar Goldin, a second lieutenant in the Israel Defense Force who grew up in the United Kingdom, has re...

The favored tactic of Israel’s enemies in Gaza has been the abduction of soldiers who could be traded for Palestinian prisoners. On Friday, Hamas struck again.

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Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down

Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down

The double catastrophes that struck Malaysia Airlines within a few months have left a business that was already weak in a desperate fight for survival.Even before the Ukrainian atrocity, analysts predicted that the airline would run out of cash so...

The disappearance of one flight and shooting down of another has pushed the inefficient carrier to the brink of collapse. Is there anyone who can fly them out of danger?

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Hezbollah’s Widening War Spreads to Iraq

Hezbollah’s Widening War Spreads to Iraq

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The world first began to learn of the pivotal military role played in Syria by Lebanon’s Hezbollah militia when gossip spread about secretive funerals for its fighters killed shoring up the regime of President Bashar al Assad. Th...

A top Hezbollah commander was killed near Mosul this week as the group branded “terrorist” by Washington vies with U.S. troops to defend the Maliki regime in Iraq.

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Abduction: Hamas’ Most Terrifying Weapon

Abduction: Hamas’ Most Terrifying Weapon

The ceasefire that the United States had hoped might end the Gaza war broke open Friday with the abduction of an Israeli officer.The capture of Hadar Goldin, a second lieutenant in the Israel Defense Force who grew up in the United Kingdom, has re...

The favored tactic of Israel’s enemies in Gaza has been the abduction of soldiers who could be traded for Palestinian prisoners. On Friday, Hamas struck again.

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The Strange Last Days of the Afghan War

The Strange Last Days of the Afghan War

On July 8, a suicide bomber killed four Czech soldiers, two Afghan security forces, and at least 12 civilians a few miles outside Bagram Airfield. The bombing left another Czech soldier and eight others wounded. The U.N. reported that at least 10 ...

The signs of a dying war are everywhere in Afghanistan. An officer serving there reports on the layoffs and yard sales that mark the strange last days of America’s longest war.

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Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

Assad Poised to Torture 150,000 More

The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150,000 civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as “Caesar” told Congress on Thursday.According to a senior State D...

Congress was shocked Thursday when a Syrian defector recounted how he documented Assad’s killing of over 11,000 innocents. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to ‘Caesar.’

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Israel to Hamas: Keep Your Rockets

Israel to Hamas: Keep Your Rockets

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his military will not stop until it dismantles a labyrinth of tunnels often burrowed under private homes and even beneath Gaza’s mosques. But Netanyahu has not called for destroying the organizati...

Israel's prime minister accuses them of being as bad as al Qaeda, but he isn’t trying to run the group out of Gaza. There’s a good reason why.

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The Strange Last Days of the Afghan War

The Strange Last Days of the Afghan War

On July 8, a suicide bomber killed four Czech soldiers, two Afghan security forces, and at least 12 civilians a few miles outside Bagram Airfield. The bombing left another Czech soldier and eight others wounded. The U.N. reported that at least 10 ...

The signs of a dying war are everywhere in Afghanistan. An officer serving there reports on the layoffs and yard sales that mark the strange last days of America’s longest war.

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Tech + Health

Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant?

Are You Too Fit to Get Pregnant?

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Life by DailyBurn When Dr. Andrew Toledo’s 32-year-old patient showed up at his office complaining of irregular periods and an inability to get pregnant two years ago, the Atlanta fertility specialist immediately ...

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Disabled Woman vs. Dating Site Trolls

Disabled Woman vs. Dating Site Trolls

Uploading photos to online dating websites causes everybody some level of anxiety, but what if—rather than worrying about how your hair looks in that picture—you worried about how your residual limb looks? For the 20 percent of Americans who have ...

Stephanie Woodward is a successful 26-year-old who’s trying her hand at online dating, like so many others her age. But unlike many others, Stephanie has spina bifida.

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Bro Culture’s Anti-Masturbation Crusader

Bro Culture’s Anti-Masturbation Crusader

In life, two things are inevitable: death and male masturbation. According to the 2010 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, over 94 percent of men ages 25 to 29 report having masturbated in their lifetime and, according to common sense, ...

4-Hour Workweek author and lifestyle blogger Tim Ferriss is challenging his readers to 30 days of no booze and no jacking off. Can he make the historically religious anti-masturbatio...

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Why Poor Mothers Don’t Breastfeed

Why Poor Mothers Don’t Breastfeed

Breastfeeding—if a mother is able—is magic. The health benefits are plenty: Breastfed babes get fewer colds and infections, they have less asthma, and they are less likely to become obese.Recently, some fairly sound research has suggested these be...

The CDC’s 2014 Breastfeed Report Card shows a link between breastfeeding rates and median incomes. In almost all cases, the lower the income, the lower the breastfeeding rate.

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Disabled Woman vs. Dating Site Trolls

Disabled Woman vs. Dating Site Trolls

Uploading photos to online dating websites causes everybody some level of anxiety, but what if—rather than worrying about how your hair looks in that picture—you worried about how your residual limb looks? For the 20 percent of Americans who have ...

Stephanie Woodward is a successful 26-year-old who’s trying her hand at online dating, like so many others her age. But unlike many others, Stephanie has spina bifida.

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The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

Pope Francis—who routinely surprises believers and nonbelievers alike by doing things such as espousing revolutionary environmentalism and denouncing unbridled capitalism as “tyranny”—has just released his top 10 tips for achieving personal happin...

The world may already be swimming with self-help advice, but it’s not every day the Pope himself shares his life-hacking tips.

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ReaganBook Is a Big Conservative #Fail

ReaganBook Is a Big Conservative #Fail

Ohio Republican Janet Porter was fed up with Facebook restricting the voices of conservatives like her. So on Tuesday, she launched ReaganBook.com, “the Facebook for patriots.”The site features a picture of Reagan’s smiling face colored in the hue...

ReaganBook, described by its founder as “the Facebook for patriots” is the latest in a long line of poorly done conservative social networks. A day after launching, the site was over...

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Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

Do US Stealth Jets Need Another Engine?

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter—the cornerstone of America’s future tactical air fleet—will survive its failure to show up at two major international air shows, at Fairford and Farnborough in Britain, this month. It was a good thing in that it showe...

The Pentagon keeps grounding its ultra-pricey F-35. Maybe it’s time to revisit a fight that took its backup engine away.

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The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

The Pope’s 10 Commandments for Happiness

Pope Francis—who routinely surprises believers and nonbelievers alike by doing things such as espousing revolutionary environmentalism and denouncing unbridled capitalism as “tyranny”—has just released his top 10 tips for achieving personal happin...

The world may already be swimming with self-help advice, but it’s not every day the Pope himself shares his life-hacking tips.

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Fashion

Martha Stewart Poses for Terry Richar...

Martha Stewart Poses for Terry Richar...

Martha Stewart Poses for Terry Richardson: In an extensive editorial for Porter magazine, lifestyle guru Martha Stewart posed for controversial photographer Terry Richardson at her expansive estate in Bedford, New York. Stewart, who has a controve...

And Beyonce's dad is offering a "boot camp" on how to be Beyonce.

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Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

During Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of the nerds, director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior—or perhaps,...

Now that the first picture has been unveiled, get to know the new Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’: an ex-Israel Defense Forces soldier/Miss Israel.

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Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force

Helen Mirren Trains Like the Air Force: There is no denying that Helen Mirren is in phenomenal shape. And now we know why. The 68-year-old actress follows an old-school routine from the Royal Canadian Air Force. “I do a thing that leads me into ex...

And Martha Stewart idolizes Blake Lively.

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Paris Nude Models Strike

Paris Nude Models Strike

Last month, the halls of Paris’ Gare Montparnasse train station emptied when France’s rail workers went on strike. At almost the same moment, a stillness descended on Charles de Gaulle airport as the country’s air traffic controllers walked off th...

Stung by a ban on collecting tips, artists’ models in Paris respond in typically Gallic fashion with a work stoppage.

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Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

Wonder Woman: An Israeli Superhero

During Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of the nerds, director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior—or perhaps,...

Now that the first picture has been unveiled, get to know the new Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’: an ex-Israel Defense Forces soldier/Miss Israel.

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Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star: After snagging multiple high-fashion campaigns for autumn/winter 2014 (Chanel, Mulberry, Burberry), 21-year-old Cara Delevingne has become the first solo star for British high-street label, Topshop. “Cara is...

And Net-a-Porter CEO to step down.

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Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andrej Pejic Is Now Andreja

Andreja Pejic Undergoes Sexual Reassignment Surgery: In an exclusive interview, Andreja Pejic, the androgynous model that took the fashion scene by storm after modeling womenswear for Paris Vogue in 2010, opened up about her recent sexual reassign...

And Vivienne Westwood's granddaughter signs with Next Models.

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Beware the Designer Vagina

Beware the Designer Vagina

More young women are tailoring their lady bits than ever before, according to a new report from Transform, a leading cosmetic group in the UK. Research compiled during the last four years found that women between the ages of 18 and 24 seek labia r...

If the designer vagina generation is nipping and folding now, what will they do when gravity, childbirth, and decades of vigorous sex take their toll?

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Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star

Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star: After snagging multiple high-fashion campaigns for autumn/winter 2014 (Chanel, Mulberry, Burberry), 21-year-old Cara Delevingne has become the first solo star for British high-street label, Topshop. “Cara is...

And Net-a-Porter CEO to step down.

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Great Escapes

Jewish Immigrants Fathered Modernism

Jewish Immigrants Fathered Modernism

Every fan of modernist design is probably familiar with a few big names.George Nelson, the writer, designer, and popularizer largely responsible for making Herman Miller, Inc. into the modern furniture behemoth it is today.R.M. Schindler and Richa...

Most design aficionados know the modernist greats. But what they don’t realize: They were all Jewish. A new exhibit looks at how one group of émigrés helped create an American movement.

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  • Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’?

    Have We Reached ‘Peak Burger’?

    Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun. The Big Mac’s anthem, made famous by its signature ’70s jingle, is firmly engrained in the collective consciousness of meat-eating America. But these days ...

    A gathering of the great minds of meat offer their two cents on the advent of the patty, our need to festoon it with fixin’s, and what the future of the hamburger holds.

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Eating With The Enemy

Eating With The Enemy

While many people shy away from political conversation at the dinner table, Conflict Kitchen is promoting it. By choosing its cuisine based on different countries in conflict with the United States, the Pittsburgh-based restaurant offers authentic...

A takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh is offering exotic cuisine with a twist, facilitating cultural conversation and political dialogue on countries in conflict with the United States.

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The Million-Dollar Map Thief

The Million-Dollar Map Thief

An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

Danielle Mastrion's Iconic Street Art

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, just appeared in the Lower East Side. See her iconic works here.

For years, New York native Danielle Mastrion has been painting murals of legendary figures and locals all across the city. Her most recent addition, a tribute to the Beastie Boys, ju...

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Eating With The Enemy

Eating With The Enemy

While many people shy away from political conversation at the dinner table, Conflict Kitchen is promoting it. By choosing its cuisine based on different countries in conflict with the United States, the Pittsburgh-based restaurant offers authentic...

A takeout restaurant in Pittsburgh is offering exotic cuisine with a twist, facilitating cultural conversation and political dialogue on countries in conflict with the United States.

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Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

‘Craft’ Rye Is From a Factory Distillery

Read the promotional materials for the Rancho de Los Luceros Destilaría and you form an image of a supremely artisanal effort. The distillery creates “small batch heirloom spirits handcrafted in New Mexico.” Each batch of their rye whiskies, vodka...

The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.

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Why the Left Protests Better

Why the Left Protests Better

Whether you are planning to halt a battalion of mechanical diggers, shut down a facility, or simply secure maximum attention to your cause, there’s certainly an art to the successful protest.The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has become the ...

From intractable arm locks to inflatable bricks, dissidents have created innovative tools over the years to help their movements succeed. Well, left-wing protesters have, at least.

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Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

Beastie Boys Return to Paul’s Boutique

When the Beastie Boys dropped their second studio album, Paul’s Boutique, it was initially considered a commercial failure.The group had taken an experimental turn from their highly successful debut album Licensed to Ill, swapping traditional beat...

A mural of the Beastie Boys has gone on display where the cover art for their album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ was shot. Should the street be named after them, too?

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Books

The Power of Queer Books

The Power of Queer Books

SASSAFRAS LOWREY: When I was seventeen, the adults I lived with went through my bedroom and found the lesbian books I’d secretly checked out from my county library. I kept them stacked between my high school math and social studies textbooks. Just...

It’s well known that a book can change a life. But what if you don’t have access to stories that reflect your own experience? The curators of a new exhibit reflect on the importance ...

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  • The 10 Best Books About the Motor City

    The 10 Best Books About the Motor City

    Detroit is, without question, one of the most tortured, resilient, and fascinating cities in America. Known for its cars and its music, it has also produced a significant body of literature—fiction, poetry, history, autobiography, reportage—that h...

    Detroit has been in the spotlight lately—and that’s not necessarily a good thing. Detroit has reached the highest highs and the lowest lows, but through it all, it's been a vibra...

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‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

Amazon Won’t Kill the Indie Bookstore

Things had come full circle. Back in 1996, I sold my second novel, quit my job as a newspaper reporter in Greensboro, NC, and got to work on novel number three.  Now, 18 long years later, Motor City Burning had finally been published and I was sta...

It may seem like the e-book behemoth is taking over the publishing industry, but a trip to North Carolina proves that local bookshops have become indispensible players in community l...

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The Million-Dollar Map Thief

The Million-Dollar Map Thief

An X-Acto knife slips out of the pocket of a man studying an old book in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He doesn’t notice it has fallen, but a librarian spots it on the floor. A discreet blade, perfect for detach...

After stealing 97 rare maps, serial map thief E. Forbes Smiley III was caught in the act. A new book charts his criminal obsession. The only question: Is that the true extent of his ...

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‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20

It’s not easy being labeled the voice of your generation if readers don’t find you likable. You get criticized more than you should, and few of your writing peers want to stand up for you.Emily Gould, the former editor of Gawker and author of the ...

Twenty years ago Elizabeth Wurtzel’s ‘Prozac Nation’ ushered in a wave of confessional literature. While much-criticized at the time, we should hail her unflinching candor.

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

The Rediscovered Genius of Muriel Spark

Of the many and multifarious rooms involved in last year’s “A Bigger Splash: Painting After Performance” exhibition at London’s Tate Modern, I found myself continually drawn to the one that concluded the show. Lucy McKenzie’s “May of Teck” (2010),...

As eight of her novels are republished, we salute a doyenne of literary fiction whose work juxtaposes tragedy and comedy.

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Pulling the Plug on English Departments

Pulling the Plug on English Departments

It is easy to observe the sad and sickly decline of American intellectual life, through the cultural and institutional lowering of standards, when prestigious publications promote the defense, if not the celebration, of lower standards.Writing rec...

The armies of soft philistinism are on the march and eager to ditch traditional literature instruction in favor of more utilitarian approaches. To the barricades!

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Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

Middle-Earth’s Heart of War

War runs like iron ore through the bones of Tolkien’s Middle-earth—and most of all through The Lord of the Rings, the masterpiece which first saw the light 60 years ago today.The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume of three, was published on ...

It’s 60 years since the publication of J.R.R. Tolkien’s first volume of ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ Why was he so inspired by the Great War—and a group of school friends?

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