Politics

Bill Maher Wants to Flip This District

Bill Maher Wants to Flip This District

With all that good material in Congress, why would comedian Bill Maher choose one of its blander, seemingly more innocuous members as the winner of his “Flip the District” contest? Wisconsin Republican John Kline wasn’t on anybody’s radar in Washi...

The ‘Real Time’ host reveals Jeff Kline as the GOP House member who wins his ‘Flip the District’ contest, and most people say: Uh, who’s he?

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The Prof Who Bets Dems Keep the Senate

The Prof Who Bets Dems Keep the Senate

The list of pundits, political analysts, and numbers-crunchers who are predicting Republicans will win control of the Senate in November is long, including Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight. The folks at The New York Times’ The Upshot are saying it...

He’s not as well-known as Nate Silver, but Princeton’s Sam Wang has a method, too, and he sees Democrats holding (barely) the upper chamber.

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Bubba Slams McConnell Where It Hurts

Bubba Slams McConnell Where It Hurts

Hillary and Bill Clinton’s visit to Iowa this weekend for the Harkin Steak Fry generated plenty of headlines, but its political impact may end up being bigger in Kentucky than in the Hawkeye State.That’s because the most memorable moment of the st...

Hillary’s 2016 was what we all expected. The boosting of local Democratic candidates was boilerplate. But Bill’s blasting of the Senate GOP leader’s worst moment may prove effective.

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Bill Maher Wants to Flip This District

Bill Maher Wants to Flip This District

With all that good material in Congress, why would comedian Bill Maher choose one of its blander, seemingly more innocuous members as the winner of his “Flip the District” contest? Wisconsin Republican John Kline wasn’t on anybody’s radar in Washi...

The ‘Real Time’ host reveals Jeff Kline as the GOP House member who wins his ‘Flip the District’ contest, and most people say: Uh, who’s he?

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The Stigma of Interracial Dating

The Stigma of Interracial Dating

While many are outraged at the detainment of Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts, not all are shocked. Though she was not charged with any crime, police handcuffed the actress last week.Why this happened isn’t clear. But her boyfriend, celebrit...

An actress’ arrest just sheds light on common challenges interracial couples face.

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When Pictures Are Too Powerful

When Pictures Are Too Powerful

If you want to understand the power of the images that crowd our 21st-century media, look to the words of a famous 19th-century crook.When William Marcy Tweed ran New York’s Tammany Hall in the post-Civil War years, reformers and good-government t...

Photographs helped America get on board with civil rights and turn against the war in Vietnam. But will the images of ISIS’s cruelty push us into another quagmire?

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Entertainment

Christian Right ♥s Corporal Punishment

Christian Right ♥s Corporal Punishment

I wish I could say it was surprising to learn that Adrian Peterson, his lawyer, and his friends are all defending Peterson from allegations of child abuse by saying that Peterson’s choice to beat his 4-year-old son with a stick was nothing but an ...

The NFL star isn’t the only one. The practice of beating children lives on, buoyed by an organized, conservative Christian movement that promotes corporal punishment.

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Disability Organization Blasts Kanye

Disability Organization Blasts Kanye

Kanye West's recent demand that every member of the audience stand up during his show in Sydney, Australia showed a fundamental lack of understanding about the world in which we live. Kanye took it a step further by literally shining a light ...

The president of the American Association of People with Disabilities on what the MC gets horribly wrong.

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Kanye West Rants About Wheelchair-Gate

Kanye West Rants About Wheelchair-Gate

Ladies and gentlemen, Kanye West has responded. In the wake of reports that the outspoken producer/MC/Donda designer singled out a woman with a prosthetic limb and a kid in a wheelchair for not standing up and dancing at one of his concerts in Syd...

The outspoken MC came under fire for demanding that a kid in a wheelchair stand up and dance at a show on Friday night. On Monday, the rapper responded. And it’s a doozy.

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Rosie Returns to ‘The View,’ Finally

Rosie Returns to ‘The View,’ Finally

The bitch is back.At least that’s what we’ve been promised, right?Based on the lead-up to Monday’s season premiere of a brand new, Barbara Walters-less The View, you’d have thought Rosie O’Donnell had sent a house to fall on Jenny McCarthy and She...

The second coming of Rosie O’Donnell makes for a smarter ‘View,’ with Rosie Perez, Nicolle Wallace, and Whoopi Goldberg along for the new season. But is ‘smart’ also entertaining?

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Disability Organization Blasts Kanye

Disability Organization Blasts Kanye

Kanye West's recent demand that every member of the audience stand up during his show in Sydney, Australia showed a fundamental lack of understanding about the world in which we live. Kanye took it a step further by literally shining a light ...

The president of the American Association of People with Disabilities on what the MC gets horribly wrong.

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Viral Vid: Ultimate YouTube Music Mashup

Viral Vid: Ultimate YouTube Music Mashup

Who knew that that video of you puttering around on your piano would wind up in one of the year’s hottest jams?In the same way that Girl Talk samples the likes of Radiohead, XTC and the Wu-Tang Clan to make new songs, Israeli producer Kutiman has ...

A song mixed from unrelated YouTube performances is simply incredible

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Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Reunion

Method Man Talks Wu-Tang Reunion

Method Man really wants to smoke a blunt. I’m seated across from the towering MC, who’s decked out in head-to-toe New York Giants gear—matching hat and tracksuit, spotless—and, though he seems engaged in our conversation, I can’t help but notice t...

The rapper turned actor sat down with Marlow Stern to discuss the state of the Wu, their upcoming album, and how Tupac was a victim of his own creation.

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Freedom! Hollywood Fights for Scotland

Freedom! Hollywood Fights for Scotland

LONDON — When the Scottish government launched its bid for independence two years ago, the iconic backdrop chosen for the announcement was not a stunning vista tinged with purple heather or the site of a battle where the English were once vanquish...

Hollywood has been beguiled by this romantic quest for liberation, offering a tantalizing glimpse at the leading role the film industry could play in an independent Scotland.

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Viral Vid: Ultimate YouTube Music Mashup

Viral Vid: Ultimate YouTube Music Mashup

Who knew that that video of you puttering around on your piano would wind up in one of the year’s hottest jams?In the same way that Girl Talk samples the likes of Radiohead, XTC and the Wu-Tang Clan to make new songs, Israeli producer Kutiman has ...

A song mixed from unrelated YouTube performances is simply incredible

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World News

Iran Could Be Our Shadow Enemy in Syria

Iran Could Be Our Shadow Enemy in Syria

At the big table in Paris where 24 world leaders met Monday to discuss a war plan against ISIS, one nation was notably left out. But Iran claims it didn’t want to be there anyway, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling American pronoun...

In Iraq, Tehran was our silent partner, working to break an ISIS siege and edging out Maliki. But it’s not in Obama’s new coalition—and may try to destabilize U.S.-led efforts in Syria.

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The Case of the Yakking Yakuza

The Case of the Yakking Yakuza

TOKYO, Japan – In Southern Japan, where violent gang wars continue for years, everyone has a long memory and forgiveness is rarely given. But sometimes justice is served.This week the Japanese National Police Agency used evidence from a cold case ...

The murderers were so confident they’d beaten the law that one of them bragged to a cop. A cold case opened up and the most violent gang in Japan may be shut down.

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Kazakh Crazies Want Gay DNA Tests

Kazakh Crazies Want Gay DNA Tests

There’s an old chestnut, attribution unknown, that says “When America coughs, the world gets a cold.”  For nationalists who hate gay people, perhaps the parallel should be “When Russia scratches, the world gets scabies.”Case in point:  Far-right n...

In rhetoric disturbingly reminiscent of anti-Semitism, ultra right-wingers in the former Soviet state are calling for genetic tests to identify homosexuals.

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NATO Chief to Putin: Don't Test Us

NATO Chief to Putin: Don't Test Us

On Monday, NATO Commander Gen. Philip Breedlove had a not-so-subtle message for Russia: it will consider stealth and unofficial invasions to be a trigger for war.Europe knows these stealth invasions all too well. Russia first sent teams of special...

Russia is now threatening NATO allies in the Baltics. If Moscow tries another invasion of commandos and spies, the alliance is prepared to act, NATO's top general said.

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The Case of the Yakking Yakuza

The Case of the Yakking Yakuza

TOKYO, Japan – In Southern Japan, where violent gang wars continue for years, everyone has a long memory and forgiveness is rarely given. But sometimes justice is served.This week the Japanese National Police Agency used evidence from a cold case ...

The murderers were so confident they’d beaten the law that one of them bragged to a cop. A cold case opened up and the most violent gang in Japan may be shut down.

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Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

The White House has an answer for critics who want to know how the Obama administration can justify striking ISIS inside Syria under international law: If and when we actually do it, we will come up with a legal justification then.The Obama admini...

President Obama is pretty sure he has the domestic legal authority to strike Syria, but he has no explanation yet for why such a strike would pass the global test.

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Massacre in the Mediterranean

Massacre in the Mediterranean

ROME, Italy — The rickety fishing boat that left the Egyptian port of Damietta on September 6 was a standard issue death trap. At 25 meters long, the old vessel could easily hold its passenger load of more than 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians...

The crossing from Africa to Europe is dangerous enough. Now it appears one group of smugglers murdered their frightened, restive clients en masse.

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Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels?

Who Are These ‘Moderate’ Syrian Rebels?

The young rebels and opposition activists gathered in a school to discuss how the northern Syrian town of Al Bab should be governed after the departure of Bashar al Assad’s soldiers were taken aback by the question: “Why aren’t there any women her...

There were few modern democrats among the armed opposition to Assad two years ago. There are far fewer now. So who can Obama trust not to turn Western-supplied weapons against us later?

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Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

Hitting ISIS May Break International Law

The White House has an answer for critics who want to know how the Obama administration can justify striking ISIS inside Syria under international law: If and when we actually do it, we will come up with a legal justification then.The Obama admini...

President Obama is pretty sure he has the domestic legal authority to strike Syria, but he has no explanation yet for why such a strike would pass the global test.

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U.S. News

Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Douglas BirchA senior Energy Department official has requested a special probe of claims by a U.S. nuclear ...

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production has requested an inspector general’s review of the dismissal of analyst James Doyle, who supported Obama’s nuclear-free vision.

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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Rick Warren’s Troubling Africa Mission

Rick Warren’s Troubling Africa Mission

There are many sides to American megachurch pastor Rick Warren.There is the Warren who has announced his 2015 “All-Africa Purpose Driven Church Leadership Conference,” hyping it as part of a five-point “P.E.A.C.E.” plan to Plant churches, Equip “s...

Is the megachurch pastor doing good in Africa—or cynically exploiting African leaders to enhance his position and spread a social conservative message that oppresses women and gays?

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Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

Axing of Los Alamos Dissident Under Fire

This story was published by The Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.By Douglas BirchA senior Energy Department official has requested a special probe of claims by a U.S. nuclear ...

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production has requested an inspector general’s review of the dismissal of analyst James Doyle, who supported Obama’s nuclear-free vision.

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Another Mega Church Implodes

Another Mega Church Implodes

Once one of America’s fastest growing churches, Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, announced this week the closing of three locations and warned that another would be closed if donations fail to increase. The church also laid off around 40 of their 100 c...

Controversial, aggressive and big with young evangelicals. Has Mark Driscoll finally gone too far?

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Great News for Short Men

Great News for Short Men

I’m short.Not Tyrian Lannister short, but perhaps closer to his height than, say, Brienne of Tarth. Five foot five, maybe five-six on a good day.  So a few stories caught my eye the past couple weeks, even from way down here.First, among all the w...

As a short man, a few stories caught my eye this week, even from way down here.

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Tech + Health

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

The Doctor’s Note Must Die!

Another summer has passed, and with its passing the rites of autumn have begun. Verklempt parents, myself included, have put their children on school buses for the first time. Pumpkin spice flavoring is regaining its inexplicable seasonal dominanc...

Thanks to No Child Left Behind, student attendance is tied to school funding. That means doctor’s notes aren’t going anywhere, even though they’re a giant waste of time and money.

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The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

A long time ago, there were no galaxies—not even galaxies far far away. One of the big challenges in astronomy involves determining when the first galaxies formed, and what they looked like. According to conventional wisdom, small galaxies were bo...

New research shows early galaxies were much bigger—some 10 times the mass of the Milky Way—than astronomers expected. What does that mean about the origins of the Universe?

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The Original Ebola Hunter

The Original Ebola Hunter

One Phone CallDr. Joel Breman, an epidemic intelligence officer, had just left the frigid air of a CDC autopsy room in October 1976 when the phone rang. It was the organization’s director. “There’s a very unusual outbreak in Af...

In 1976, an American doctor got the call to investigate a new, lethal fever sweeping through central Africa.

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Why Does This School Need a Tank?

Why Does This School Need a Tank?

My twin daughters just finished their second week of kindergarten at the local elementary school, one of 226 learning facilities in the San Diego Unified School District.They love it so far, and so do my wife and I. Their teacher is fantastic, the...

A San Diego school district just got a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle—admins claim it will be used in case of a shooting or other disaster. Is it really necessary?

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The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

The First Galaxies Were Big Babies

A long time ago, there were no galaxies—not even galaxies far far away. One of the big challenges in astronomy involves determining when the first galaxies formed, and what they looked like. According to conventional wisdom, small galaxies were bo...

New research shows early galaxies were much bigger—some 10 times the mass of the Milky Way—than astronomers expected. What does that mean about the origins of the Universe?

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Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Because we all know the Internet was really made for porn, an elite trio of streaming adult sites—Pornhub, YouPorn and Redtube—have joined forces with the likes of Netflix and Reddit to protest new threats to net neutrality.September 10th became “...

With a threat to net neutrality looming—that all online data is treated equally—a handful of popular XXX sites are leading the charge to campaign for an open Internet.

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4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

4 Science-Backed Workout Motivators

By Sarah Elizabeth Richards for Life by DailyBurn Are you looking to make your occasional strength class or Sunday spin session a regular ritual? Many casual exercisers want to sweat more often, but they struggle with finding the workout motivat...

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The Sun Is Pummeling Earth. Now What?

The Sun Is Pummeling Earth. Now What?

Two powerful solar storms pummeling Earth have ignited a social-media frenzy over coronal mass ejections, light sabers in the sky, and Armageddon. What’s happening in outer space and how will it affect us Earthlings? Here’s a quick explainer.What ...

Good news: Maybe some amazing Northern Lights. Bad news: Don’t depend on GPS. Or electricity. Why explosions on the sun might mess up your weekend.

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Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Porn Stars For A Wide-Open Internet

Because we all know the Internet was really made for porn, an elite trio of streaming adult sites—Pornhub, YouPorn and Redtube—have joined forces with the likes of Netflix and Reddit to protest new threats to net neutrality.September 10th became “...

With a threat to net neutrality looming—that all online data is treated equally—a handful of popular XXX sites are leading the charge to campaign for an open Internet.

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BeastStyle

Can Dean Baquet Save The New York Times?

Can Dean Baquet Save The New York Times?

Four months ago, when Dean Baquet was elevated to the executive editorship of The New York Times, it was hard enough that his promotion came amid the very public firing of his predecessor—a seismic event in the news biz that generated reams of sca...

The editor, whose first months at the helm have been dramatic, on his predecessor’s exit, punching walls, and why sending reporters to warzones keeps him ‘most awake at night.’

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession

Pryor Dodge’s Two-Wheeled Obsession

There are photographs of ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky on the walls of the SoHo loft that musician Pryor Dodge—he plays the flute—shares with his wife, also a musician. “My father saw him dance in New York 1916,” Dodge says. “Because of that, he w...

In 1971, the musician fell in love with a high-wheeled bicycle in the window of the shop. Four decades later, he has over 125 bikes and isn’t slowing down.

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Escape the Room—New York’s Hottest Game

Escape the Room—New York’s Hottest Game

If there is anything the Saw franchise has taught me (yes, I’ve seen all seven), it’s that being locked in an unfamiliar room is really not the best situation to find yourself in—especially one with a clock counting down from 60 minutes. Yet, last...

You and your buddies are locked in a room. Your mission: to get the hell out of there. How did this game become one of the most popular nights out in NYC?

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Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

Urban Outfitters’ Kent State Shocker

On Sunday evening, Urban Outfitters started selling a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt—that appeared to be splattered with fake blood. Many people reasonably interpreted this to be a reference to the 1970 Kent State massacre, in which th...

The much-criticized label says the shirt isn’t actually blood stained. They won’t say who designed it, though.

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The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

I am no stranger to Cannes and the French Riviera. For many years I have been going to its eponymous, crazy film festival—as well as its TV festival--to watch and report on the deals being done, the premieres, the dresses, and the rich and famous ...

Everyone knows Cannes for its famous film festival. When the stars and paparazzi have departed, it’s an even weirder place—with rich Russians and topless old ladies—but still enchant...

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Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare

Princess Charlene’s Monaco Nightmare

With all the fuss around Kate Middleton’s happy gestational news, you could be forgiven for thinking that there's only one Royal pregnancy in western Europe right now. You'd be mistaken. Princess Charlene of Monaco, the athletic, South A...

She looked miserable at her wedding to Prince Albert, and the bitching and rumors around Princess Charlene of Monaco haven’t abated just because she’s pregnant.

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Secrets of a Fashion Legend

Secrets of a Fashion Legend

On July 4, 1969, in searing heat, the celebrated fashion photographer Erwin Blumenfeld ran up and down the Spanish Steps in Rome in a successful bid—so his family believes—to kill himself. The 71-year-old had not taken his heart medication, and he...

One of the highest-paid fashion photographers of the 1950s, Erwin Blumenfeld committed suicide by inducing a heart attack. Now his family wants to remind the world of his brilliance.

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The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

The Magic of Cannes—Sans Red Carpet

I am no stranger to Cannes and the French Riviera. For many years I have been going to its eponymous, crazy film festival—as well as its TV festival--to watch and report on the deals being done, the premieres, the dresses, and the rich and famous ...

Everyone knows Cannes for its famous film festival. When the stars and paparazzi have departed, it’s an even weirder place—with rich Russians and topless old ladies—but still enchant...

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Women

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

Clooney to Do ‘Downton Abbey’

You might think that Downton Abbey has jumped the shark.George Clooney is not so sure.For The Sun is reporting this morning that the newly engaged Hollywood dreamboat is to make an appearance in a one-off Christmas special of the British costume drama, alongside the cast of the hit drama as part of a charity appeal.The appearance comes after Clooney became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie The Monuments ...

Clooney’s appearance comes after he became friends with Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Robert Grantham, during the filming of the movie ‘The Monuments Men.’

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Male Birth Control—Without Condoms

Vasalgel, a reversible form of male birth control, just took one step closer to your vas deferens.According to a press release from the Parsemus Foundation, a not-for profit organization focused on developing low-cost medical approaches, Vasalgel ...

A reversible polymer that blocks sperm is about to enter human trials and will be available by 2017. How will rhetoric change when male bodies are responsible for birth control?

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Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women, It’s Time to Reclaim Our Breasts

Women have long been told to cover up their sexy parts, as the world ogles them, sometimes to aggressive extremes. When there is a personal violation as egregious and disturbing as the recent one against Jennifer Lawrence and several other female ...

Women, so long the focus of male sexual objectification, are keen to recast the standards, significance, and sexist humor about their chests.

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I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I Was Pregnant, He Hit Me. Why I Stayed.

I was eight weeks pregnant with my second child when my husband hit me.To be fair, he told me that he would kill me while he throttled my neck, and once I broke free I tried desperately to fight back. Then he hit me. Open hand right across the fac...

Social media is ablaze over the Ray Rice video, wondering why his future wife stayed. For me, like thousands of other abused women, that answer isn’t an easy one.

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The Christian Case for Abortion

The Christian Case for Abortion

When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of li...

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

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What Do Women Want? Not the GOP

What Do Women Want? Not the GOP

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican governor, and David Perdue, the GOP nominee for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, are locked in tight races. If they lose, women will have played decisive and outsized roles in their defeats. Walker is facing a ...

It may be a good November for Republicans, but it could have been a lot better if the party had any idea how to talk to women voters.

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Diana’s ‘Hit Man’ Threat To Camilla

Diana’s ‘Hit Man’ Threat To Camilla

Penny Junor’s revelations in the Daily Mail’s serialization of her new Prince Harry book keep on coming.After a divorce, friends often have to decide which one of the divorced couple they are going to be friends with, and journalists frequently fa...

Penny Junor lays into Diana in new Harry bio

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The Christian Case for Abortion

The Christian Case for Abortion

When news broke that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had previously terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons, she received words of compassion from a surprising source. A spokesperson for Texas Right to Life called “the value of li...

Wendy Davis’ abortion revelations raise the question: Can abortion be the most compassionate choice? Some religious leaders say yes.

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Books

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

How to Treat the Criminally Insane

Stephen Seager knows he could lose his job, but he doesn’t care. He didn’t ask his employer’s permission to write Behind the Gates of Gomorrah, an account of the rampant and unchecked violence that Seager says he’s both witnessed and experienced a...

Doctor Stephen Seager pens a fascinating and terrifying tell-all about his high-stakes job at a ‘Silence of the Lambs’-style forensic institute.

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  • The Elite American College Pile-On

    The Elite American College Pile-On

    You’ve probably heard the buzz around William Deresiewicz’s polemic against the “miseducation of the American elite.” In the most widely read article in the history of The New Republic, Deresiewicz lambasted Ivy League schools (and others) for att...

    The Ivy League and other top schools are producing no more than ‘excellent sheep,’ says William Deresiewicz. Standardized tests need more emphasis, says Steven Pinker. What they miss.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns’s ‘Roosevelts’ Fine But Flawed

Ken Burns is America’s premier storyteller and historical “remembrancer.” His 26 documentary television series for PBS—including Brooklyn Bridge (1981), The Statue of Liberty (1985), The Civil War (1990), Baseball (1994), The West (1996), Lewis &a...

Arguably America’s most influential historian, Burns fashions a fascinating documentary from the lives of Teddy, Franklin, and Eleanor. But his story has grave gaps.

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They Killed Our Brothers

They Killed Our Brothers

Dear Tommy,How the hell are you doing? It’s weird that I’m writing you a letter. I feel like I’m breaking up with you. Anyway, it was great seeing you a couple of weeks ago. I’m glad my friend Colin bumped into you and texted me that you were at M...

On September 11, 2001, Jimmy’s brother was killed in the north tower. Years later he writes a letter to his friend Tommy whose own brother was killed in Iraq.

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From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

From Moscow to Queens, Down Dovlatov Way

The writer Sergei Dovlatov had a street renamed in his honor recently. Last Sunday morning, a clump of eager and aging onetime immigrants from the Soviet Union of Brezhnev stood around an un-picturesque corner in Queens as New York City Counci...

While Russians in America argue over Sergei Dovlatov’s legacy, Russia tightens its grip.

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Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

David Mitchell’s new novel enthralls, soars, and crackles, but in the end, it lets you down.In whirlwind fashion, The Bone Clocks follows British teenage runaway Holly Sykes from small town England in 1984 right through to a dystopian future in 20...

One of the best novelists alive, Mitchell probably couldn’t write a truly bad book, but while his latest effort is always entertaining, nothing about it sticks with you.

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

In 1895, the president of Harvard University uttered an unintentional prophecy when he proclaimed “the game of football grows worse and worse as regards foul and violent play and the number and gravity of the injuries which the players suffer.”Eve...

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions now look strikingly dead-on.

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The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

Returning the gaze: everyone’s a war reporter in an always-connected worldBy Ian Steadman, New StatesmanThe internet brings war and conflict into homes around the world more immediately than ever before, but with the torrent of data, images and vi...

From crowdsourcing war reporting to the death of the grown-up in pop culture, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

Empty Calories from ‘Cloud Atlas’ Author

David Mitchell’s new novel enthralls, soars, and crackles, but in the end, it lets you down.In whirlwind fashion, The Bone Clocks follows British teenage runaway Holly Sykes from small town England in 1984 right through to a dystopian future in 20...

One of the best novelists alive, Mitchell probably couldn’t write a truly bad book, but while his latest effort is always entertaining, nothing about it sticks with you.

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