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Fox News host offers predictably repellant response to viral catcalling video

Bob Beckel had just one thing to say about street harassment, and it involved further objectifying women

Report: 30% of shrimp isn’t what it claims to be

There's a good chance you have no idea what you're eating -- and you shouldn't be okay with that

Tim Cook comes out: Here’s why it matters when public figures are open about their sexuality

"I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me," the Apple CEO said in Businessweek today

5 Tea Partiers who could lose re-election next week

Swept in during the 2010 wave, these five GOPers might be looking for new work after Election Day

Stewart, Colbert and Oliver for the win: Satire, millennials and fear of an extreme right-wing Senate

The midterms are now all about turnout. Our most honest news sources might make a surprising difference

Bill Maher’s Islam silence: Why canceling his Berkeley speech is a mistake

I'm no fan of the comedian's attacks on Islam -- but he should still speak at U.C. Berkeley. Here's why

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out: “I’m proud to be gay”

Although Cook's sexuality has been an open secret for years, this is his first public acknowledgement

GOP gets desperate in Virginia: Ed Gillespie’s sad appeal to Redskins fans

The ex-lobbyist hasn't been able to gain any traction against Mark Warner. This new ad will (not) change everything

America’s catcalling madness: What Michael Che & co. keep on missing

"Oh, you are lovely" may sound like a nice compliment. But, as with affirmative consent, here's why context matters

I’m not “that creepy guy from the Internet”: How Gamergate gave the geek community a bad name

I've been that bitter, lonely gamer looking for someone to blame. And I'm devastated that it's come to this

7 Big Gun Fights to Watch on Election Day

No election cycle in recent memory has seen the guns issue heat up the way this year's has. The National Rifle Association, continuing a long-running strategy of campaign spending, earmarked over $11 million for this year's elections—but for the first time in decades the nation's leading gun lobby is facing some truly formidable opposition. Show More Summary

Joni Ernst Is the Tea Party's Endgame

Louis Brems/ZUMA Early last Thursday morning, Joni Ernst, the Republican candidate for Senate in Iowa, swung by the Des Moines Rotary Club to speak at the group's monthly lunch meeting. Mostly white and mostly male, the club counts much of the state's political elite among its members. Show More Summary

5 Days Until Midterms, and Here’s Your Election News Headquarters

Visit The Grid for regular updates of the stories that matter in this year's hottest races.

Can Visiting Political Bigwigs Tip Most Expensive Governor’s Race in the Nation?

$100 million spent on TV ads to woo Florida voters. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

Hispanic Caucus Lobbies for Perez to Replace Holder; Pick Coming ‘Shortly After the Election’

Holder lays out timetable "so that by early February we'd have a new attorney general," while Earnest defends lame-duck nods.

My spooky Halloween sleepover

Washington Irving wrote our first ghost stories. Could a pre-Halloween night in his house summon any spirits?

“The Great Invisible”: The BP oil disaster and our fossil-fuel addiction

A mesmerizing documentary explores the effects of the huge BP oil spill -- and why we're so eager to forget it

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