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Stop the NSA From Spying on You With an Official Rand Paul Laptop-Camera Blocker

Senator Rand Paul is announcing his 2016 presidential bid today, which means it is also the first day you are allowed to buy official Rand Paul presidential merchandise. Since Rand Paul is a candidate whose supporters throw karaoke fund-raisers, you probably hoped that his swag options would be equally offbeat,... More »

Will Rahm Win Today?

Chicago residents couldn't decide if they wanted to keep Rahm Emanuel during February's mayoral election, but the polls show that he might have an easy win in today's run-off. A poll from April 4 has Emanuel up 51 percent to 33 percent over his opponent, Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” Garcia.... More »

Even Hillary Clinton Wants to Know Where Dante Is Going to College

Though he reportedly has his pick of top-tier schools like Brown and Yale, Dante de Blasio still hasn't decided where he's going to college. That hasn't stopped his dad's colleagues, friends, and the media scrum from bugging him about where he's headed next fall. Even Hillary Clinton, while at a... More »

If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say About Rand Paul, Just Call Him Interesting

According to The New Oxford American Dictionary, "interesting" is an adjective that means something is "arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention." However, the word can often mean the opposite. If you're forced to have an opinion on something and have nothing nice to say, calling it interesting... More »

FLOTUS Takes Her Mom-Dancing to the Live Stage

In a scene reminiscent of her "mom-dancing" sketches on Jimmy Fallon, First Lady Michelle Obama took to the stage at the White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday to show off some of her finest moves. FLOTUS and a handful of So You Think You Can Dance stars performed a choreographed... More »

Will the New Concierge Economy Mean the End of the Errand?

One afternoon a few weeks ago, I realized I needed a handful of ingredients for dinner — some cilantro, another onion. There’s a grocery store around the corner from my apartment. I could have gotten there and back in less than ten minutes. Instead, I stretched, made myself another cup... More »

Ray Rice’s Redemption Campaign

One snowy evening this winter, I drove to see Ray Rice at his mother’s house in a quiet ­middle-class neighborhood in New Rochelle. Three cars were parked at the end of a curved driveway, including a 2015 BMW coupe, which Rice had provided along with the house. “Only the best,”... More »

How Rand Paul Tried to Distance Himself from His Dad

Rand Paul's name usually doesn't come up when people complain about Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton attempting to further a presidential dynasty, but that's not due to a lack of trying on his father's part. Former Congressman Ron Paul ran for president in 2008 and 2012, and throughout his political... More »

Megyn Kelly Tells Friend of UVA Rape Accuser He’s ‘Cute’ for Hoping Media Can Do Better

In their 12,000 word analysis of Rolling Stone's now-retracted UVA rape story, the three Columbia University journalists who compiled the report say their goal wasn't just to get to the bottom of one specific allegation, but to evaluate "how journalists might begin to define best practices when reporting about rape... More »

Alleged Shooter Will Face Death Penalty in Killing of 3 Muslims

A judge has ruled that the North Carolina man charged with fatally shooting three young Muslims who lived in his condominium complex can face the death penalty, the Charlotte Observer reports. At a hearing on Monday, prosecutors said that on February 10, Craig Stephen Hicks briefly confronted 23-year-old Deah Barakat... More »

Honey, I’m Home

"A few months ago, Stuart Leaf was sitting in his Brooklyn Heights apartment when he got a call from his wife asking when he’d be home," starts a new story in The Wall Street Journal. "It turned out 'we’d both been home for three hours,' he said — their roughly 11,000-square-foot condo... More »

This Year’s Kid Who Got Into All 8 Ivies Is Even Smarter Than Last Year’s Kid Who Got Into All 8 Ivies

17-year-old Long Island high-school student Harold Ekeh is homecoming king, salutatorian, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, and vice-president of Model U.N. Oh, and he also applied and got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Ugh, what an overachiever.The Nigerian-born senior realized all of his studying actually paid off on March... More »

Artists Snuck a Giant Bust of Edward Snowden on Top of a Brooklyn War Monument

Early Monday morning, several artists placed a giant bust of NSA leaker Edward Snowden on a war monument in Fort Greene Park, according to Animal New York. The 100-pound, four-foot-tall statue sits atop a Revolutionary War tribute called the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, and it was installed by anonymous artists who want... More »

UVA Frat Plans to Pursue Legal Action Against Rolling Stone Over ‘Defamatory’ Story

Phi Kappa Psi, the fraternity at the heart of Rolling Stone's now-retracted December 2014 cover story "A Rape on Campus," will sue the magazine for publishing what it calls a "defamatory" and "reckless" story, according to the AP. In a public statement, the Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi said... More »

Frank Rich Will Take Your Questions

New York columnist Frank Rich is currently fielding questions on Facebook about media and politics. Head over to our Facebook page and ask him a question in the comments. His most recent piece for the magazine is about the "inane institution" of the anchorman.... More »

These Kids Are Definitely Not Having Fun at the White House Easter Egg Roll

Today is the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, which means we're probably going to see a very professional and affecting photo of a child bawling on government property.  It happens nearly every year. It is unclear whether there is something uniquely sad about Easter festivities that makes... More »

Competition No. 45: Twin Peaks Without David Lynch

Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays, we lay out a challenge and offer a sample responses. Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we've provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize... More »

The NYPD Has Spent More Money on Shrooms Than a High-School Burnout

The NYPD has spent $13,368 on psilocybin, the compound in shrooms that makes you think spiders are crawling all over you, according to a new report from DNAinfo. An analysis of the NYPD's spending records reveals they've also shelled out significant cash for MDMA, steak dinners, and Jet Skis. The drugs,... More »

FBI Tells Agents to Get in Shape Just in Time for Bikini Season

FBI agents will soon have to choose between their love of serving the USA and their love of serving KFC. The bureau has instituted new physical-fitness requirements for its employees based on their age and gender, including being able to do a set number of push-ups and sit-ups and sprint... More »

Even Jeb Bush’s Spokesperson Is Confused About Why He Legally Identified As Hispanic

Like a Tumblr teenager who believes her true form is a wolf, Jeb Bush believes that despite his whiter-than-white heritage, he is, deep down, Hispanic — at least if his 2009 voter-registration application is to be believed.The application, obtained by the Times, shows that Bush marked "Hispanic" as his race/ethnicity.... More »

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