Happy 10th Birthday, Missile Defense! Too Bad You Still Don't Work.

Members of Congress and conservative lobbyists have been celebrating a very special birthday: President George W. Bush's official activation of the U.S. ballistic missile defense system. But the sad truth is that they're celebrating 10 years of self-delusion. The project is broken, despite the $40 billion spent on it. » 10/16/14 12:15pm 10/16/14 12:15pm

Failed Nuclear Weapons Recycling Program Could Put Us All in Danger

Some government screw-ups are so epic that they require decades of effort. Such was the case for the recently cancelled plan to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into nuclear fuel. Not only did the U.S. waste $4 billion dollars, it increased the likelihood that terrorists could obtain bomb-making materials. » 6/06/14 4:43pm 6/06/14 4:43pm

Here's Why the U.S. Missile Defense System Is Utterly Broken

Last month, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report: the system to defend the U.S. from ballistic missiles doesn't work, and probably never will. But it gets worse. Congress then voted to expand the broken system, allocating money for a new, sub-par missile defense site. How did this happen? » 5/09/14 11:18am 5/09/14 11:18am

The Playboy Interview: Stephen Colbert on Politics, Grief and Bill…

Well, the #CancelColbert people got their wish. Sort of. Stephen Colbert will leave the Colbert Report to replace David Letterman on the Late Show. Since we'll be getting a lot more of the real Stephen next year when he moves from Comedy Central to CBS, we thought you'd want to familiarize yourself with the man behind… » 4/10/14 6:21pm 4/10/14 6:21pm

Mitch McConnell's UK Campaign Ad Goes From Bad To Worse To Deleted

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell is up for reelection this fall, and yesterday he released a campaign ad to much fanfare. It featured some of the things that make Kentucky great, including what were supposed to be highlights of the state's two basketball teams celebrating championships. It didn't work out that… » 3/26/14 8:46am 3/26/14 8:46am

Two Reasons That Explain Why We're All Obsessed with Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones comes back to television in just a few weeks, and already we're feeling the imperative: All Men (And Women) Must Freak Out. But why is Game of Thrones such a huge cultural phenomenon, among all other fantasy series? It comes down to two huge cultural trends, that are rooted in our widespread anxieties… » 3/18/14 7:34pm 3/18/14 7:34pm

Meet Belle Knox, the Duke Porn Star (As You Might Have Heard)

On various tube sites, you can watch Belle Knox sit on a penis as wide as an arm, go down on another barely legal teen and receive facial after facial. Meanwhile, if you're an undergraduate at Duke, the North Carolina university ranked seventh in the country according to U.S. News & World Report, you can discuss Marx… » 3/04/14 1:22pm 3/04/14 1:22pm