The Best of the Beast, Aug 9-10

Our favorite stories for your weekend reading list.

Rand Paul = Democrats’ Enemy #1

By Olivia Nuzzi

The senator’s broad appeal threatens to weaken Democrats for 2016, and they are going on offense—sending out no less than 10 press releases on his latest trip to Iowa.

The ISIS Online Campaign Luring Western Girls to Jihad

By Jamie Dettmer

Some of the European women already in the ranks of the Islamic State are trying to lure their ‘sisters’ to the marriage beds of the caliphate’s holy warriors.

Dita Von Teese, Keep Your Hands Off Our Boobs

By Emma Mahony

The burlesque performer’s desire to make new mothers feel sexy is absurdly misplaced. Hell hath no fury like a woman whose breasts are engorged with milk.

White House Must Decide Who Will Be Named in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

By Josh Rogin and Eli Lake

The CIA and the Senate can’t agree on how to mask the identities of those who helped the U.S. in its secret detention. Whose identities will Obama protect?

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Doctor Who’s ‘Deep Breath’: The 2,000-Year-Old Time Lord Grows Up

By Nico Hines

He dresses in black, doesn’t flirt, speaks with a Scottish accent, and is, well, a bit of a jerk. Peter Capaldi’s incarnation of Doctor Who is the darkest yet.

'The Knick' Star Eve Hewson on Being Bono's Daughter and Injecting Cocaine Into Clive Owen's Penis

By Kevin Fallon

Not only does Eve Hewson inject Clive Owen’s penis with liquid cocaine in The Knick, but she also happens to be the daughter of the most famous rock star in the world.

The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City

By Tim Teeman

As city rents skyrocket and small businesses close to be replaced by chain cafes and glass condos, Jeremiah Moss’s blog, Vanishing New York, keeps a rueful eye on the ‘progress.’