Politics

Even Warren’s Donors Say: Don’t Run

Even Warren’s Donors Say: Don’t Run

She “lit up” a gathering of liberal activists earlier this month with a barn-burner of a speech calling on Democrats to push back hard as thousands of attendees waved signs and chanted “Run, Liz, Run!” Her every denial that she will not run for pr...

As speculation about the Massachusetts senator’s presidential ambitions swells, her biggest donors have one thing to say: There’s no way on earth they’re backing her over Hillary.

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Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan needs to learn how to talk to black people as well as about them.If his “Expanding Opportunity in America” plan had been written by black Civil Rights leaders in 1962, and not a Republican congressman in 2014, more than a few of us would...

The Wisconsin Republican has a real proposal to conquer poverty, and we shouldn’t dismiss it. But Ryan also needs to learn how to sell his ideas to everyday people.

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The GOP’s Audacious Impeachment Spin Job

The GOP’s Audacious Impeachment Spin Job

I was going to start this column by saying “I have to hand it to the Republicans,” and I almost did, but I didn’t, because I decided I don’t. Have to hand it to them, I mean. See, it’s been crafty, the way they’ve turned the impeachment story over...

Somehow, they convinced the Beltway media that their party’s constant impeachment talk is just a scare story whipped up by Democrats to raise money.

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Strippers for Jesus

Strippers for Jesus

A longshot candidate for Congress is trying to win his primary with the endorsement of a controversial Bush. Not George or Jeb——but the Great Alaskan Bush Company, a Phoenix strip club.Rev. Jarrett Maupin is a convicted felon as well as a man of G...

The Rev. Jarrett Maupin is running for office—with help from a few pole-dancing friends.

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Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan’s Plan: Good for Black People

Paul Ryan needs to learn how to talk to black people as well as about them.If his “Expanding Opportunity in America” plan had been written by black Civil Rights leaders in 1962, and not a Republican congressman in 2014, more than a few of us would...

The Wisconsin Republican has a real proposal to conquer poverty, and we shouldn’t dismiss it. But Ryan also needs to learn how to sell his ideas to everyday people.

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When Moon Truthers Attack

When Moon Truthers Attack

The worst thing about being a moon landing denier is, apparently, the part where reporters call you out for labelling Apollo 11 as some kind of false flag operation.When I wrote a story about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s relationship with his fath...

Supporters of conspiracy peddler Alex Jones are FURIOUS that I dared to note his dismissal of the Apollo 11 mission. Talk about a lunatic fringe.

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White House: Bibi-Obama Call Is Fake

White House: Bibi-Obama Call Is Fake

Tensions between the Obama White House and the Israeli press have been mounting since the Israeli press trashed Secretary of State John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal over the weekend.Even liberal columnists and reporters in Israel said Kerry’s plan t...

An explosive transcript of a purported conversation between the president and prime minister made it sound like the U.S. was imposing a ceasefire on Israel.

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Meet Obama’s New Rabbi

Meet Obama’s New Rabbi

With mortars exploding across Israel and Gaza, Christians fleeing Islamist terrorists in Mosul, and other crises erupting around the globe, one thing is clear: the world could use a few more bridge-builders. So it’s good timing that the Obama admi...

Once named the most influential rabbi in America, David Saperstein has forged strong bonds with America’s religious groups—who are thrilled to see him nominated as Obama’s ambassador...

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When Moon Truthers Attack

When Moon Truthers Attack

The worst thing about being a moon landing denier is, apparently, the part where reporters call you out for labelling Apollo 11 as some kind of false flag operation.When I wrote a story about Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s relationship with his fath...

Supporters of conspiracy peddler Alex Jones are FURIOUS that I dared to note his dismissal of the Apollo 11 mission. Talk about a lunatic fringe.

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Entertainment

The Misunderstood Juggalos

The Misunderstood Juggalos

THORNVILLE, Ohio—Notable omission: The drug bridge is no more. And as always, there are undercover officers in the crowd of 4,500 at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos.The demise of the bridge is not a bad thing, said a spokesman for Psychopathi...

‘They have the tattoos, the face paint, and the tattered clothes, then they hold the door for people and say “thank you.”’ A dispatch from the Gathering of the Juggalos.

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Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

After “Bang Bang” leaked Monday afternoon—a blaring, loud, flamboyant anthem by the B-list Holy Trinity of pop divas Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj—I’m only mildly ashamed to admit that I listened to it 17 times in a row. (And by 17, I m...

The wailing horns, the ‘Mickey’-like clapping beat, Jessie J’s torching vocals next to Ariana and Nicki: It was like a chorus of angels singing their hallelujahs.

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Hollywood Sex Assault Deal Collapses

Hollywood Sex Assault Deal Collapses

Bryan Singer’s willingness to settle a legal suit by paying $100,000 to the man accusing the Hollywood director of sexual abuse and sexual assault is not an admission of guilt, his lawyer tells The Daily Beast.“Let us be clear,” said Marty Singer....

The director agreed to pay Michael Egan, who’s accusing him of sexual abuse and assault, $100,000 to settle out of court. Egan refused. Now his lawyer, Jeff Herman, has dropped him.

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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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Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

Can Jessie J’s ‘Bang Bang’ Save Summer?

After “Bang Bang” leaked Monday afternoon—a blaring, loud, flamboyant anthem by the B-list Holy Trinity of pop divas Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj—I’m only mildly ashamed to admit that I listened to it 17 times in a row. (And by 17, I m...

The wailing horns, the ‘Mickey’-like clapping beat, Jessie J’s torching vocals next to Ariana and Nicki: It was like a chorus of angels singing their hallelujahs.

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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 Case Against Cards Against Humanity

The Case Against Cards Against Humanity

It says so right on the box the deck of cards comes in. “Cards Against Humanity: A party game for horrible people.”The easiest way to explain Cards Against Humanity’s premise to newbies is “no-limits” Apples to Apples. It’s for people who have alw...

The tagline on Cards Against Humanity’s box is a lie. The game isn’t for horrible people. It’s designed to reassure you that you aren’t a horrible person.

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ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

ScarJo Vs. the Faceless Men of Color

It’s a rare event to be able to witness a star go into supernova. Not every star can do it. Most don’t put out enough heat. Nearly all are too small. The conditions have to be exactly right.It’s been a slow build, but with the release of Lucy last...

As smart as 'Lucy' is about its Scarlett—an almost meta reflection on her seemingly infinite capabilities—it falls for the same xenophobic stereotypes that plague dumber films.

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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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World News

Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

Israel Sends Gaza Back to the Stone Age

GAZA CITY — Israel’s assault on Gaza has hit a new level of intensity as its navy, artillery, drones and F16s rain fire on residents across the besieged strip.As the dust cleared this morning after a night of bombardment that felt as if it would n...

The power station, the port, government buildings, and private homes have all fallen prey to Operation Protective Edge.

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Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — He is a revolutionary man, this 46-year-old Sunni, Salafist sheik and father of six with the graying beard, twinkling dark eyes, immaculately ironed thawb and manicured fingernails. He endorses the jihadist-led uprising against ...

Lebanon’s Sunni extremists, inspired by the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, are preaching revolution against the dominance of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

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Mystery Assad Defector Appears in D.C.

Mystery Assad Defector Appears in D.C.

The Syrian defector known as “Caesar,” who documented and then fled with evidence of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s torture and murder of more than 11,000 civilians in custody, has begun a visit to Washington, D.C., aimed at verifying and work...

The Syrian military policy photographer who defected with tens of thousands of photos of Assad’s war crimes is now in Washington, D.C., to share what he has seen with America.

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Israel Shrinks Gaza by 40 Percent

Israel Shrinks Gaza by 40 Percent

BEIT HANOUN, Gaza — This narrow strip of land that used to be called “the Gaza Strip,” already one of the more densely populated places on Earth, is growing dramatically smaller. The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving peop...

To protect itself from Hamas rockets and tunnels, Israel is forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes, turning their old neighborhoods into a no-man’s land.

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Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

Putting the Hurt on Hezbollah

TRIPOLI, Lebanon — He is a revolutionary man, this 46-year-old Sunni, Salafist sheik and father of six with the graying beard, twinkling dark eyes, immaculately ironed thawb and manicured fingernails. He endorses the jihadist-led uprising against ...

Lebanon’s Sunni extremists, inspired by the jihadists of Syria and Iraq, are preaching revolution against the dominance of Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

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Christians Face Persecution Abroad

Christians Face Persecution Abroad

While the owners of Hobby Lobby rejoice in their ability to withhold insurance coverage from their employees, a new State Department report reveals that around the world, 2013 was a terrible year for Christians facing real oppression.The report, t...

Some conservative Christians say they’re oppressed because they can’t discriminate against others. The State Department has some real oppression to show them.

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ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

“Death to the Jews” chanted the crowd waving the black flags of the Islamic State, or ISIS as it used to be known. They were looking for new supporters for their cause, the creation of a worldwide caliphate answering to the man who now calls himse...

The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized the protests.

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The Coming Blitz of Baghdad

The Coming Blitz of Baghdad

BEIRUT, Lebanon—When the minions of the self-anointed caliph in the self-declared Islamic State that now straddles Iraq and Syria blow up a mosque supposed to contain the remains of the prophet Jonah, or offer punctilious details about the kind of...

Analysts say the Islamic State is about to launch a major offensive—but one built around commando raids and suicide bombings rather than a frontal attack.

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Christians Face Persecution Abroad

Christians Face Persecution Abroad

While the owners of Hobby Lobby rejoice in their ability to withhold insurance coverage from their employees, a new State Department report reveals that around the world, 2013 was a terrible year for Christians facing real oppression.The report, t...

Some conservative Christians say they’re oppressed because they can’t discriminate against others. The State Department has some real oppression to show them.

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Tech + Health

‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’

Nigeria felt a chill from the hot zone when a 40-year-old man collapsed and died from the dread Ebola virus after flying there from Liberia.That hot zone chill now reaches America, with word that the same man was scheduled to fly to Minneapolis in...

Patrick Sawyer was supposed to be at his kids’ birthday party in a few weeks—but he died of the virus before he could board a flight to Minneapolis. His wife on the epidemic’s toll.

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Billionaires Line Up to Get Granny High

Billionaires Line Up to Get Granny High

“This is a very sexy industry. When something this sexy happens, the circus comes to town.”It’s mid-July in Boca Raton, Florida, and the founder of marijuana-consulting agency MedMen is halfway through a speech educating 150 potential ganjapreneur...

With a new poll finding 88 percent of Floridians in favor of medical marijuana, wealthy business owners in the state are gearing up for battle ahead of November’s vote on legalization.

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Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

Social Media Is Deadly in Pakistan

On Sunday evening, a grandmother and her two young granddaughters (seven-years-old and eight-months old) were burned to death in their homes during a mob attack on their village. A picture posted on Facebook reportedly sparked the attack.The city ...

Pakistan’s blasphemy laws aren’t going anywhere, and innocent people are getting caught in the mix. A grandmother and her young granddaughters are the latest victims, reportedly kill...

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Children Are Fatter Than They Think

Children Are Fatter Than They Think

There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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Billionaires Line Up to Get Granny High

Billionaires Line Up to Get Granny High

“This is a very sexy industry. When something this sexy happens, the circus comes to town.”It’s mid-July in Boca Raton, Florida, and the founder of marijuana-consulting agency MedMen is halfway through a speech educating 150 potential ganjapreneur...

With a new poll finding 88 percent of Floridians in favor of medical marijuana, wealthy business owners in the state are gearing up for battle ahead of November’s vote on legalization.

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Ultra-Orthodox Kids Keep Getting Herpes

Ultra-Orthodox Kids Keep Getting Herpes

On July 22, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene revealed that two new cases of neonatal herpes had been diagnosed during July. One baby was found at 16 days old to have “pustular lesions on the penis and genital area,” and a ...

A circumcision tradition in the Ultra-Orthodox community is back in the spotlight after two babies contracted neonatal herpes, and Mayor de Blasio is doing nothing to stop it.

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CDC Calls Ebola Outbreak ‘Forest Fire’

CDC Calls Ebola Outbreak ‘Forest Fire’

News that two Americans are among those infected with the Ebola virus in a massive outbreak that has killed more than 600 people in West Africa has rattled the country. Prompted by this panic, the Centers of Disease Control hosted a call Monday af...

As the worst outbreak of the virus ever recorded spreads rapidly through West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains what’s feeding the flames.

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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Ultra-Orthodox Kids Keep Getting Herpes

Ultra-Orthodox Kids Keep Getting Herpes

On July 22, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene revealed that two new cases of neonatal herpes had been diagnosed during July. One baby was found at 16 days old to have “pustular lesions on the penis and genital area,” and a ...

A circumcision tradition in the Ultra-Orthodox community is back in the spotlight after two babies contracted neonatal herpes, and Mayor de Blasio is doing nothing to stop it.

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Fashion

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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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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Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Best & Worst Dressed of the Week

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

Selena Gomez stayed cool in a sheer Bluemarine dress, Rachel McAdams rocked the perfect print, and Paula Abdul missed the mark at the Celebration of Dance Gala.

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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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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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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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Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment

The Beatles didn’t foresee the age of 64 in, as we would say today, aspirational terms. “When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?”Turning 64 in their song “Whe...

The Boss, on holiday in Spain, is pictured emerging from the sea in great shape, setting a new standard for the hot male body at 64. How does he maintain it?

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Great Escapes

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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  • 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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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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‘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 I Hate The Beach

Why I Hate The Beach

I just came back from a family vacation at the beach. Will someone please explain the beach to me?What if you’d never seen or heard of a beach and someone suggested you spend your holiday at a place where there’s a large, hot, windy expanse of gro...

The water is freezing, the people are fat, and the sun will kill you. It’s time we were honest with ourselves about the horror of beach vacations.

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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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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Surfing the Ends of the Earth

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

Photographer Chris Burkard travels the far reaches of the world to capture photos of the surfers who chase the biggest breaks—no matter what the weather is like.

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The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

The Freaks and Geeks of Comic-Con '14

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

Check out the weirdest, craziest, most bizarre costumes of the 2014 edition of Comic-Con.

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The Best Ice Cream on Earth

The Best Ice Cream on Earth

Dr. Mike’s, named for the dentist who devised the original recipes and opened a back-alley shop in the 1970s, just might serve the best ice cream on the planet. No more than eight flavors are available at any one time at the ice cream parlor in Be...

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, take a pit stop in Bethel, CT, where the richest, thickest ice cream is handmade daily. Warning: Dr. Mike's sundaes are not for the faint of...

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Women

The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

The Pill Is More Than Birth Control

Lena Dunham recently sparked an online frenzy by tweeting about something that doesn’t seem particularly controversial: birth control. Her tweet “I need birth control because I have endometriosis and it helps manage pain. Why do you?” went viral. ...

We need to a better job of explaining that women use birth control for much more than delaying or avoiding motherhood.

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  • Children Are Fatter Than They Think

    Children Are Fatter Than They Think

    There are plenty of touchy subjects I am happy to discuss with my patients and their families. When a child is brought to see me, especially for an annual check-up, I ask about all aspects of his or her life.I ask about school performance and beha...

    A CDC study found that only 23 percent of overweight kids know they’re at an unhealthy weight. Pediatricians need to step it up.

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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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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Not My Boss’ Business; Not My Politic...

Not My Boss’ Business; Not My Politic...

It all started with the Hobby Lobby decision at the end of June. When the Court issued its opinion, SCOTUS watchers and those committed to women’s equality warned that the country had been set on a slippery slope. In a disastrous decision made by ...

Jessica González-Rojas of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health argues that Latinas are disproportionately impacted by a lack coverage for birth control – and the com...

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Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

Comic-Con’s Year of the Kickass Woman

I wasn’t surprised when my preparation for San Diego Comic-Con started out with a male employee at Home Depot questioning my ability to wield a power drill. Not that he cared, but this was only my first costume to involve a power drill, not my fir...

With more female-focused panels and cosplaying women in attendance than ever, this year’s convention belonged to the ladies.

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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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Books

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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Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning

In 1995 Robert Khayat was selected Chancellor of The University of Mississippi—a school with declining enrollment, decaying buildings, poor morale, and an association with racist symbols. During his 14-year tenure leading the university, Ole Miss ...

As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium. In an excerpt from his autobiography, he describes the reaction.

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The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan

Shibirghan, the capital of Jowzjan province, is a remote and barren place, even by Afghan standards. To the north, Jowzjan borders on the Amu Darya River and Turkmenistan, a former part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Shibirghan is a c...

He fought with the Soviets, then led the cavalry and B-52 bombers to rout the Taliban. In an excerpt from 'What We Won,' the story of Abdul Rashid Dostum.

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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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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil

It’s been nearly 20 years since Ron Rosenbaum’s Explaining Hitler made a splash with its examination of historians and conspiracy theories surrounding one of history’s most infamous villains.This summer, Rosenbaum is out with an updated edition th...

Nearly two decades since he published ‘Explaining Hitler,’ Ron Rosenbaum talks about why he reopened his look at the Fuhrer with a new edition of his classic study.

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How the Dude Came to Abide

How the Dude Came to Abide

I was 25 in the summer of 1996 when I landed a job as a personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Coen. Their sixth movie, Fargo, had come out to rave reviews and good box office that March. Now, they were headed from New York, where they lived, to L.A...

Alex Belth worked on the Coen brothers’ cult favorite. In an excerpt from his ebook ‘The Dudes Abide,’ Jeff Bridges and John Goodman meet the Dude and Walter for the first time.

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Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation

Herzog was never just a novel; from the beginning it was a symbol, a crucible, a shibboleth. Even the earliest reviews submitted it to an analysis that extended beyond literary criticism, into sociology, history, and politics. “After the past terr...

When ‘Herzog’ appeared in 1964, it upended our ideas about what novels could accomplish. But for all its revolutionary scope, it was a profoundly conservative book.

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