What Is This David Brooks Column About?

We are people, and people have lives. Lives involve losses. Losses of friends, of loved ones, of children, of parents. Everybody everywhere feels something about some loss sometime in this interconnected age; maybe even you feel things. Maybe then, also, you can explain what the hell David Brooks is on about in this… » 3/04/15 6:20pm 13 minutes ago

Worldwide Octopus Uprising Continues With Aquarium Near-Escape 

The beaked and eight-tentacled monsters with which we enjoy a tenuously shared existence on this Earth are no longer content to sit placidly in their tanks and their oceans. Cephalopods the world over are rising up and out of the water, from Australia to the Pacific Northwest, and no land-dweller is safe. » 3/04/15 4:54pm Today 4:54pm

My Year Ripping Off the Web with the Daily Mail Online

On July 11 of last year, I arrived to work at the MailOnline newsroom in New York City and saw Keith Poole, our managing editor, standing outside smoking a cigarette. Even from a hundred yards away, it was clear that Poole—a generally pleasant Englishman who was the managing editor of the Daily Mail at the time—was… » 3/04/15 4:28pm Today 4:28pm

Heavy Snow and Ugly Cold Blast Eastward, Boston Could Break Snow Record

Flooding rains, heavy snow, and dangerous ice are roaring groundward across the middle of the country this afternoon as a juicy series of slow-moving fronts slowly makes its way towards the coast. The disruptive storm could even push Boston to 108 inches of snow, making this the snowiest season ever recorded in the… » 3/04/15 4:01pm Today 4:01pm

9 Facts About Computer Security That Experts Wish You Knew

Every day, you hear about security flaws, viruses, and evil hacker gangs that could leave you destitute — or, worse, bring your country to its knees. But what's the truth about these digital dangers? We asked computer security experts to separate the myths from the facts. Here's what they said. » 3/04/15 3:35pm Today 3:35pm

George Washington Weighs in on Bibi Netanyahu's Speech to Congress

Arguments about the founding fathers' intent tend to be stupid. They are the province of elitist dullards and libertarian misrememberers. When not absurdly speculative, their cases ignore that our framers intended minorities and women to be chattel. But every so often, a framer speaks precisely to our modern condition. » 3/04/15 3:18pm Today 3:18pm

League of Legends Fan Tries to Bring Five-Inch Spiked Blade on Plane

The latest entry in the Transportation Security Authority's Instagram catalog of heavy artillery: the five-inch, eight-spiked death blade above, which some hapless traveler tried to bring onto a flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. But worry not: it was only his trusty spinning axe, straight out… » 3/04/15 3:09pm Today 3:09pm

Justin Bieber Flexes Possibly Photoshopped Muscles on Men's Health Cover

After unretouched images from Justin Bieber's now-infamous Calvin Klein ads leaked online earlier this year, JB went into full crisis mode, calling on his personal trainer to attest to the claim that his muscles, and also his penis, are real, and real big. What next, other than a shirtless shot for the cover of Men's… » 3/04/15 2:46pm Today 2:46pm

So, Philippe Reines Sent Us an Email

Philippe Reines, the longtime aide to Hillary Clinton, sent Gawker a long note last night after a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, C.J. Ciaramella, emailed him about an article of ours concerning his and other Clinton staffers’ use of a private email accounts to conduct official State Department business.… » 3/04/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

DOJ Report Exposes Brutal, Racist Tactics of Ferguson Police Department

On Wednesday, the Justice Department released two reports: One detailing the ways in which the Ferguson police department has been demonstrably racist over the past two years, and another explaining why federal civil rights charges will not be pursued against Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown… » 3/04/15 1:22pm Today 1:22pm

Rikers Inmates Tore Down Plexiglass to Save Guard From Sexual Assault

On Saturday, a group of inmates at Rikers Island helped tear down a plexiglass barrier to defend a female correction officer who was being sexually assaulted by another inmate, the New York Daily News reports. Raleek Young, above, is serving five to 10 years for raping a 13-year-old girl, and was hit with additional… » 3/04/15 12:57pm Today 12:57pm

King V. Burwell: The Supreme Court Case That Could Destroy Obamacare

Right now, the Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in the latest challenge to the Affordable Care Act cooked up by radical libertarians. If the challenge wins, the results would be catastrophic: a majority of the state's health care markets would be turned into chaos, with plenty of needless suffering and death… » 3/04/15 11:45am Today 11:45am