Foreign Countries Sure Are Donating a Lot to America's Think Tanks

If this New York Times website is to be believed, foreign governments have found the generous funding of U.S. policy institutes to be a handy way of covertly lobbying in Washington. But: Could multimillion-dollar donations, sometimes with explicit contractual stipulations, actually sway these great thinkers? » 9/16/14 5:25pm 12 minutes ago

Belgium Will Euthanize Jailed Rapist Who Doesn't Want to Live Anymore

Belgium's authorities have agreed to euthanize Frank Van Den Bleeken, a prisoner serving a life sentence for rape and murder. Even though the country doesn't have the death penalty, authorities have let prisoners with terminal illnesses be put to death since 2002. Van Den Bleeken's illness, however, is psychiatric—he… » 9/16/14 5:15pm 22 minutes ago

Three Black Women Wrongly Accused of Prostitution at Standard Hotel

Three black women claim that a security guard at New York's Standard Hotel accused them of solicitation last month when they were drinking at the hotel's bar. Weeks after the incident, the women were reportedly contacted by a hotel representative and offered a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner at the hotel's… » 9/16/14 5:05pm 32 minutes ago

Unruly Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into a Dumpster

An unruly mob of Ukrainian protesters took matters into their own hands today when marching outside of parliament. Instead of holding signs and telling the man how they felt in a polite discussion, they took Vitaly Zhuravsky and tossed him into a dumpster, adding on old tires and spraying water for good measure. » 9/16/14 4:43pm 54 minutes ago

Christian Blogs Spread Fake ISIS Family Conversion Story

Among bearded extremists, the mantra "convert or die" has recently experienced something of a renaissance, proving equally popular among fans of the Duck and Rashidun dynasties. So Christian evangelists were understandably excited this week when news came out that the brother of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had… » 9/16/14 4:37pm Today 4:37pm

Daily Beast Reporter Was For Illegal Iraq War Before He Was Against It

Reporters and pundits have noted how the new U.S. Iraq operation lacks much legal pretext, both internationally and domestically, for several weeks now. Which means it was time for crack reporter Eli Lake to write something up, too. With an extra heaping of hypocrisy. » 9/16/14 4:23pm Today 4:23pm

Knicks Owner Jim Dolan's Band Didn't Get Any Better Over the Weekend

The straight-shootin' blues-rock band JD and The Straight Shot made a rare television appearance on Good Day New York today, and wow—you can really see why these guys got picked to play Madison Square Garden last weekend. (Because Jim Dolan, their singer, owns it.) » 9/16/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

ABC News Meteorologist: "Like Most People, Weather Makes Me Horny"

Most broadcast mets won't say "heck" for fear that their more easily-offended viewers will stiff them. ABC News Meteorologist Rob Marciano likes to live on the hard edge. A loud crack of thunder can be exciting, but I don't know how many weather geeks would admit it puts a kink in their isobar. » 9/16/14 3:55pm Today 3:55pm

NYPD Harassment Stories: Feeling Helpless When an Officer Hits on You

Amid the police terror that has swept the nation these last few months, there has been a missing facet from the conversation: the fact that women are brutalized by cops just as severely as men. For every John Crawford and Jahmil-El Cuffee there is an Ersula Ore or a Marlene Pinnock (you can view the footage of… » 9/16/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

Taxis Have Lost 65 Percent of Their Business, Screwing The Disabled

Uber and Lyft have been squeezing yellow cabs ever since they launched their on-demand car services. But the political shtick that startups are the underdog against "big taxi" is becoming a lie: according to San Francisco's taxi boss, cabs have seen average trips decline by 65 percent in just over two years. » 9/16/14 3:13pm Today 3:13pm

Gary Oldman to Produce a Silk Road TV Show

As part of its commitment to scripted programming in 2015, Spike TV just bought a new show from Gary Oldman and Tony Krantz (the exec on NBC's Dracula), Deadline reports. Deep Web is based on the rise of and hunt for the Dread Pirate Roberts, alleged to be one Ross William Ulbricht, at the center of the online black… » 9/16/14 3:02pm Today 3:02pm

NYPD Harassment Stories: Feeling Helpless When an Officer Hits on You

Amid the police terror that has swept the nation these last few months, there has been a missing facet from the conversation: the fact that women are brutalized by cops just as severely as men. For every John Crawford and Jahmil-El Cuffee there is an Ersula Ore or a Marlene Pinnock (you can view the footage of… » 9/16/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm