Politics

State Dept: ISIS ‘Worse Than Al Qaeda’

State Dept: ISIS ‘Worse Than Al Qaeda’

Top officials crisscrossed the Capitol over the past two days, giving urgent warnings that ISIS represented a threat “worse than Al Qaeda,” in the words of one State Department official, with the capability to create a sanctuary for global jihadis...

Leaders from Foggy Bottom and the Pentagon warn Congress that the group is not just terrorists but a burgeoning state that threatens U.S. Interests.

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The Republican Party’s Next Top Bigot

The Republican Party’s Next Top Bigot

On Tuesday, the Tea Party’s Jody Hice won the Republican run-off in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. This district is so conservative that, in 2012, Democrats didn’t even put up a candidate to oppose the incumbent Republican representative. ...

Jody Hice isn’t fond of gays, Muslims, or women. He’s also on his way to becoming Georgia’s next Republican congressman. So maybe it’s time to expand his worldview.

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Jeb Bush’s Risky Business

Jeb Bush’s Risky Business

Mitt Romney’s career as a private equity manager and expert “turnaround artist” was supposed to be a big asset in the 2012 election. Instead, it opened him up to attacks during both the general election and the Republican primary, with rivals like...

By joining a private equity firm, the former Florida governor and 2016 hopeful is gambling with his reputation.

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The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis

The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis

A century ago, before Tea Parties, Super PACs, and Fox News, a small band of Republican insurgents launched a daring political revolt against the party establishment. Their tactics would be familiar to modern conservatives—sensational filibusters,...

In an excerpt from his new book, ‘Unreasonable Men,’ Michael Wolraich shows how a century ago it was progressives who splintered the GOP.

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The Republican Party’s Next Top Bigot

The Republican Party’s Next Top Bigot

On Tuesday, the Tea Party’s Jody Hice won the Republican run-off in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. This district is so conservative that, in 2012, Democrats didn’t even put up a candidate to oppose the incumbent Republican representative. ...

Jody Hice isn’t fond of gays, Muslims, or women. He’s also on his way to becoming Georgia’s next Republican congressman. So maybe it’s time to expand his worldview.

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Graves Tapped To Run Crucial House Panel

Graves Tapped To Run Crucial House Panel

Rep. Sam Graves is expected to be the next chairman of the committee that oversees the country's highway system, according to a source familiar with the talks between Graves and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster. "Grav...

A source tells The Daily Beast that Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) will be the next chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

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Glenn Beck’s Common Core Kumbaya Moment

Glenn Beck’s Common Core Kumbaya Moment

They were sitting in the Crossroads of the World, lounging in the dark in stadium-style seating in the heart of one of the world’s capitals. Outside, the neon marquees lit up the night.But for two hours, they were a punch line.Early on in the live...

The conservative media star is embracing some strange bedfellows in his fight against Obama’s educational standards.

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Dole: Gay Marriage Holding Portman Back

Dole: Gay Marriage Holding Portman Back

Bob Dole suggested Wednesday that fellow Republican Rob Portman doesn’t support ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities because the senator came out in favor of gay marriage.That was the implication from a conversation ...

The elder Republican implied the senator from Ohio has already risked too much with social conservatives to endorse an international convention they hate.

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Graves Tapped To Run Crucial House Panel

Graves Tapped To Run Crucial House Panel

Rep. Sam Graves is expected to be the next chairman of the committee that oversees the country's highway system, according to a source familiar with the talks between Graves and House Transportation Committee Chairman Bill Shuster. "Grav...

A source tells The Daily Beast that Rep. Sam Graves (R-MO) will be the next chair of the Highways and Transit Subcommittee.

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Entertainment

The Weird World of Celeb Clone Surgery

The Weird World of Celeb Clone Surgery

Earlier this month, a seemingly deranged woman made headlines.Claire Leeson, you see, had spent more than $30,000 on plastic surgery in a quest to look more like Kim Kardashian. Armed with a body-positive story about how the procedures she underwe...

New data crowns Kim Kardashian as the most popular celebrity people are getting plastic surgery to look like. Why that’s a surprising—and maybe even dangerous—revelation.

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Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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‘50 Shades’ Trailer Is Ridiculous

‘50 Shades’ Trailer Is Ridiculous

For the millions of people who nervously read E.L. James’s smash erotic thriller 50 Shades of Grey, Christmas in July came this morning, with Santa rewarding those who’ve been naughty with the first trailer of the book’s big-screen adaptation. And...

Been dying to see that powerful sexual masochist woo and whip that mousy college student? Well, it’s your lucky day. The trailer is here, and it’s pretty hot—and so, so silly.

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Viral Vid: Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

Viral Vid: Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

E.L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey made sexy sexy again. Not only did it put a 21st-century spin on the bodice-rippers your mom used to read in secret, but it made it OK to read them in public, as any public transit rider or plane passenger ca...

A first look at the film adaptation of your favorite dirty book

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Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Dear John, It Gets Better

Dear John, It Gets Better

Dear John,We are here again, then. On with the sensible suit and fixed, stony glares. Heading to court. Big, fancy lawyers. Trying to keep a lid on yet more rumors about your sexuality. Claims you are gay. Dumb phrases, aren’t they? Aren’t you exh...

A new legal battle unfolds around the actor’s alleged homosexuality. What he can do for the best and why gay Hollywood needs to wake up from its hypocritical slumber.

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Anna Kendrick On ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Anna Kendrick On ‘Pitch Perfect 2’

Anna Kendrick is just plain likable. Like Emma Stone, she’s blessed with that intriguing mix of allure and attainability, assuring even the most cynical of moviegoers that she’d make a fun partner-in-crime. She tweets hilarious things about, say, ...

The witty and charming actress discussed her new role in the comedy ‘Happy Christmas’, the plot of the highly-anticipated sequel ‘Pitch Perfect 2’, and much more.

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Is Google Anti-‘America’?

Is Google Anti-‘America’?

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the Putin-loving, fluoridated-water-hating Republican congressman from California—is going to war against Google, again, this time over a cheesy documentary.This month saw the theatrical premiere of America, the $11.4 million...

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the outspoken GOP congressman from The Golden State, is claiming the search giant has waged a covert campaign against the Dinesh D’Souza documentary America.

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Dear John, It Gets Better

Dear John, It Gets Better

Dear John,We are here again, then. On with the sensible suit and fixed, stony glares. Heading to court. Big, fancy lawyers. Trying to keep a lid on yet more rumors about your sexuality. Claims you are gay. Dumb phrases, aren’t they? Aren’t you exh...

A new legal battle unfolds around the actor’s alleged homosexuality. What he can do for the best and why gay Hollywood needs to wake up from its hypocritical slumber.

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World News

Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward

Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward

GAZA CITY — A makeshift refugee camp around Shifa Hospital is gradually insinuating itself into the maternity ward. Just outside the rooms where convalescing mothers and fragile babies are trying to survive, other people trying to escape the heat ...

As the Israeli offensive cuts off electricity, the very youngest Palestinians pay with their lives.

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With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed

With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed

BAGHDAD, Iraq — At the mention of Caliph Ibrahim, leader of the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Mustafa points at his chest and nods. “Ibrahim my friend,” he says. Abu Mustafa says proudly that Mosul, the second-largest city in ...

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut, it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other.

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Gazans Seek Refuge in a Christian Church

Gazans Seek Refuge in a Christian Church

AL SHAJAYA, Gaza — There is very little left of what used to be a lively and densely populated neighborhood near the border between Gaza and Israel. Many of its people ran away on Sunday as Israeli troops advanced. Others—almost 1,000 of them, alm...

During a brief lull in the fighting Wednesday, we were able to visit a devastated neighborhood and the church where those driven from their homes hope they can find safety.

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Why 1,000 Americans Can Fight for Israel

Why 1,000 Americans Can Fight for Israel

The death of two Americans serving in Israel’s military in this weekend’s fighting with Hamas in Gaza is not the first time Americans have died while serving in foreign militaries. Max Steinberg, 24, of California, and Nissim Sean Carmeli, 21, of ...

The Jewish state is one of four that let U.S. citizens in their militaries.

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With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed

With Friends Like These, ISIS Is Doomed

BAGHDAD, Iraq — At the mention of Caliph Ibrahim, leader of the self-declared Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, Abu Mustafa points at his chest and nods. “Ibrahim my friend,” he says. Abu Mustafa says proudly that Mosul, the second-largest city in ...

The Islamic State is no longer a juggernaut, it’s a motley alliance of factions just waiting to betray each other.

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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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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Bill de Blasio’s Roman Holiday

Bill de Blasio’s Roman Holiday

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family decamped for their Roman holiday, the Italians were most impressed that he carried his own bags off the plane. That’s apparently not something Italian mayors do. After stopping for a photo op ...

It’s a transatlantic love fest as Italians greet the New York City mayor and his family with double kisses.

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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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Tech + Health

Hate Feminism? You Don’t Understand It

Hate Feminism? You Don’t Understand It

It’s never a dull week for feminists, and now Women Against Feminism is the most recent ire du jour. The Tumblr photo collection of women holding signs explaining why they “don’t need feminism” is more annoying than frightening. We’ve got bigger f...

The latest anti-feminism campaign is a Tumblr called Women Against Feminism. But the participants aren’t against feminism, exactly. They just don’t get it.

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More Bad Luck For Depressed Polar Bear

More Bad Luck For Depressed Polar Bear

A severely depressed polar bear in Argentina seems destined to stay that way after Argentinian authorities rejected the global petition to relocate him to a better environment in Canada. Addressed to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president o...

As if Arturo’s loveless life couldn’t get any more sad, Argentina is now refusing to let the bear spend his remaining days in a plush wildlife refuge in Canada.

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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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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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More Bad Luck For Depressed Polar Bear

More Bad Luck For Depressed Polar Bear

A severely depressed polar bear in Argentina seems destined to stay that way after Argentinian authorities rejected the global petition to relocate him to a better environment in Canada. Addressed to Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the president o...

As if Arturo’s loveless life couldn’t get any more sad, Argentina is now refusing to let the bear spend his remaining days in a plush wildlife refuge in Canada.

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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. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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New Gadget Detects Date Rape Drugs

New Gadget Detects Date Rape Drugs

Too carefree with that red Solo cup, or wary of a handsome stranger buying the next round? Say hello to High-Tech’s newest solution to the date rape drug crisis. The pd.id, or personal drink identification device, can quickly and discreetly inform...

The pd.i.d. can detect roofies in juice, water and cocktails--but will the $75 price tag deter young women?

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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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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. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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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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American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member: The “Made in the USA” company was serious when they announced plans to shake up the board. In what seems to be an attempt at re-branding the label as more “female-friendly,” American Apparel has...

And Essie is launching a vending machine.

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Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein

Justin Bieber for Calvin Klein: Have we found the next Marky Mark? According to the Daily Mail, Pop music bad boy Justin Bieber recently shot a campaign for Calvin Klein that is projected to run later this year. Bieber, who frequently posts photos...

And more than 20,000 Americans set to wed on 12/13/14.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel's Board Goes Co-Ed

American Apparel Appoints First Female Board Member: The “Made in the USA” company was serious when they announced plans to shake up the board. In what seems to be an attempt at re-branding the label as more “female-friendly,” American Apparel has...

And Essie is launching a vending machine.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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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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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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Great Escapes

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

Artist Gives Celebs the 'Natural' Look

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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  • Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

    Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

    These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

    One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

In an ancient stone carving, warriors brandishing shields and swords swarm over the columned facade of a grand temple. On one side, a palace stands with three women perched on top; on the other, above private homes, a ruler on a throne dictates to...

For centuries, scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior. Now, one archaeologist thinks he may have found it. Only problem: It’s in the middl...

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A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

A Bonsai Tree Goes to Space…for Art

With Virgin Galactic coming closer to offering commercial flights to space, many people’s dreams are about to come true. But for one artist, they already have. Symbolically, at least.Last Week, Japanese artist Azuma Makato launched two botanical o...

While many earthlings are waiting for their chance to blast off into space, one Japanese artist has already achieved his dreams, sending a bonsai tree and floral bouquet high above E...

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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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Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

Iraq’s Indiana Jones Finds His Temple

In an ancient stone carving, warriors brandishing shields and swords swarm over the columned facade of a grand temple. On one side, a palace stands with three women perched on top; on the other, above private homes, a ruler on a throne dictates to...

For centuries, scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior. Now, one archaeologist thinks he may have found it. Only problem: It’s in the middl...

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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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. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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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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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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Women

Ray Rice Isn’t the Issue. NFL Fans Are.

Ray Rice Isn’t the Issue. NFL Fans Are.

By now, most every football fan in America (and lots of non-fans) will have read about the arrest of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for an altercation with Janay Palmer, his former fiancé and current wife. The fight took place in February ...

Before football fans get too sanctimonious about the Ray Rice wrist slap, they should worry about their complicity in footballs' culture of violence.

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  • ‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

    ‘We Cannot Return to Guatemala’

    SAN DIEGO — “No podemos volver a Guatemala. We cannot return to Guatemala,” Elvina tells me. She’s just arrived at Border Angels, a local San Diego charity, with three of her four children. Her eldest son, an 18-year-old, is being held separately ...

    Conservatives are blaming the immigration crisis on the president, but one mother who crossed the border says she’s never heard of Obama’s laws—she just wants to save her children.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

British Law Prosecutes Parents for FGM

More than 137,000 women in England and Wales have undergone female genital mutilation. An estimated 20,000 girls born in Britain are at risk. Seeking to end the practice “everywhere for everyone within this generation,” Prime Minister David Camero...

British law said it was illegal to perform female genital mutilation or to take a girl out of the country for the purpose. Now, parents can be prosecuted for allowing it.

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A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

A Crowning Moment of American Hypocrisy

Wednesday is the 30th anniversary of an iconic moment in American hypocrisy: Vanessa Williams, who had been crowned Miss America in September 1983, resigned amid threats from Penthouse to publish nude photos she had taken in 1982. Williams swore t...

Thirty years ago, Vanessa Williams relinquished her crown amidst a nude photo scandal, crystallizing the unfair expectation that American girls have to be sexy, but not sexual.

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Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

Artist Gives Lohan the ‘Natural’ Look

These days, Photoshop is almost synonymous with celebrity. Nearly every magazine and advertisement sharpens, brightens, smoothes, and slims the famous figures that grace their glossy covers and mega-sized billboards. The problem has gotten so bad ...

One artist has decided to combat the plague of Photoshopped celebrity looks by going in the oppose direction—depicting our favorite stars as if they looked more like us.

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Blake Lively Gets Her GOOP On

Really, before any celebrity follows the example of Gwyneth Paltrow and now the Gossip Girl actress Blake Lively in setting up a lifestyle blog, we, the poor public without access to personal shoppers and people to choose our mood colors for the d...

The ‘Gossip Girl’ actress has followed Gwyneth Paltrow to the blogging ‘n’ selling online rodeo. We cut through the babble about historical and artisanal preservation to the $25 spoons.

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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. It’s a sma...

Performance artist Marni Kotak is weaning herself off a cocktail of antidepressants and anti-psychotic drugs in a Brooklyn gallery. Could you call it art?

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Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

Grindr Helps Holy Land Make Love Not War

War or no war, people still want to get laid.At least that’s what an English teacher in Ramallah and six of her peers have found in the 36 hours since they created a Tumblr called PalesTinder that collects screenshots of conversations from the hoo...

What happens when you tell a potential hookup you’re in Ramallah? Seven twentysomethings tried it using PalesTinder to reveal the results: sometimes racist—and sometimes just horny.

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Books

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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  • 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 Maximillian 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 po...

    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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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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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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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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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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