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5 reasons Benedict Cumberbatch is the Internet’s “sexiest man alive”

British accent? Check. Off-beat sex appeal? Check. Leading role in a cult show? Ditto. Sherlock still can't lose

These Laws Let Accused Rapists Off the Hook

On January 23, 2014, Bart Bareither walked into the Marion County Sheriff's Department in Indianapolis. The 39-year-old computer engineer confessed to having raped a nursing student nine years earlier, while he was a teaching assistant at Indiana University. Show More Summary

These Simple Charts Show Why the US-China Climate Pact Is Such a Big Deal

This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The big climate news of last week, indeed maybe of the past several years, was the surprise announcement of a bilateral US-China agreement setting targets for CO2 emissions out to the year 2030. Show More Summary

Veterans Affairs Maintains Weak Security for Vets’ Private Data

GAO report: Data at "an increased risk of unauthorized access, modification, disclosure, or loss.”

Texas, Michigan Lawmakers Say Religious Rights Not Protected in Gay Rights Efforts

Some states have adopted constitutional language like one Texas legislator has drafted; some have blocked it.

Obama Aide Nominated as Kerry’s No. 2 Compares U.S. Foreign Policy to It’s a Wonderful Life

Blinken grilled by senators on Iran deal, "JV" ISIS, Israel security, and potential unilateral change in Cuba policy by Obama.

Sleep is the enemy of capital

Your alarm rings. Which these days is likely to be located on your phone. It might be comforting nature sounds, or perhaps a vaguely futuristic throbbing. You’ll probably go along with the snooze prompt a few times, bathing in a passing...Show More Summary

At the bitter edge of hope’s flight

Palestine flickers into existence again… 2000–2011: Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Chile and Guyana gave the green light to Palestinian sovereignty. Norway called the “general delegation” from Palestine a “diplomatic...Show More Summary

“I am lonely, will anyone speak to me”: Inside the saddest thread on the internet, ten years later

In 2004, this thread became a viral sensation. It still exists--and it reveals how much the internet has changed

Gay marriage’s long and messy road: What we misunderstand about this tortured legal saga

The new book "Winning Marriage" destroys the dangerous myth that legalizing gay marriage was ever "inevitable"

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1?: Roman Empire vs. Khmer Rouge

A fiery Jennifer Lawrence switches sides, but remains a propaganda symbol, in a thrilling penultimate chapter

Tracy Pollan: “People give up when it comes to the family meal. For me and Michael, it was a priority”

The actress and cookbook writer (and Michael J. Fox's wife) learned important lessons at dinner, and passes them on

Bill Cosby’s new lawyer denies Janice Dickinson rape allegations

Attorney Martin Singer reportedly urged BuzzFeed not to publish the accusations: "You proceed at your peril"

A brief history of Angelina Jolie saying she’s going to quit acting

Today, the actress told DuJour magazine that she “absolutely” plans to leave showbiz. But it's not the first time.

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