Hillary Clinton

The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers: 2014

What did we learn from the controversial magazine covers this year? It was an complicated and tumultuous year politically, although this year that didn’t leave us with boundary-pushing, banned-in-Boston covers like Rolling Stone‘s notorious Boston bomber selfie. We had a lot of conversations about famous women on magazine covers and what it all meant. The themes that keep cropping up, repeatedly, is that controversy comes when issues of class, race, and size are in the picture. Here are some of the covers we couldn’t stop talking about this year. … Read More

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Watch Possible Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Make ‘Hard Choices’ on ‘The Daily Show’

“No one cares, they just want to know if you’re running for President,” Jon Stewart quipped to Hillary Clinton… Read More

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‘Hard Choices': How Hillary Clinton Took Control of Her Narrative

It is, as The New Yorker‘s John Cassidy put it, “Hillary Week” across America, as the former Secretary of State, senator for New York, first lady, future grandma, and pantsuit poster child criss-crosses the country promoting her new tome, Hard Choices. … Read More

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Summer Reading: 20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter

Summer! A time of backyards, barbecues, and babes, if you’re lucky. It’s also a time for that glorious practice of summer reading; a good book is a fine companion, whether on the beach, a dock, a picnic in the park, or even your apartment’s fire escape. There’s a world of options for summer reading, but this is the only list you need if you like daring, staggeringly well-written and challenging nonfiction that may just change the way you look at the… Read More

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Hillary Clinton’s New Memoir, ‘Hard Choices,’ Sounds So Very ‘Veep’

When HBO sent out the screeners for the third season of Veep, there was a goody inside: the book Some New Beginnings: Our Next American Journey, written by one Veep-cum-presidential candidate, Selina Meyer. The grand joke of the swag was this: you flipped through the pages and there was nothing on each page. The word-jumble jokes continued throughout Veep‘s Season 3 premiere: she signed copies of “her book that she didn’t write,” and she looked to the book’s inspirational mumble to find her position on some of the issues in latter episodes. … Read More

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Monica Lewinsky’s Comeback Shows We’re as Confused About Her as Ever

Sixteen years ago, I spent every morning eating Cheerios with no milk and reading the newspaper, like every kid who wanted to know what was going on in the world. But on a September day in 1998, my copy of The Boston Globe had a special section about The Starr Report, an exhaustive, R-rated tale of how then-President Bill Clinton had an affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Blue dresses. Linda Tripp. A description of the President’s sexual proclivities. The cigar was included, in excruciating detail. … Read More

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The Enduring Legacy of ‘Election’s’ Tracy Flick and “Who the Fuck Does She Think She Is?” Women

In the 2008 Democratic Primary race, the roles were just as clear as they were in Alexander Payne’s excellent 1999 satire Election: charismatic newcomer Barack Obama was Paul Metzler, and Hillary Clinton was the perky yet terrifying Tracy Flick. There was no doubt that the latter had put in the years necessary for the role, but something about her down-to-business ways did not sit right with the voters. They opted for change instead of experience, for the ex-quarterback with new ideas and a disregard for how things have been done in the past because, well, he hadn’t been adhering to the rules for very long before he was in the position to break them. … Read More

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Political Satires That Came Uncomfortably Close to the Truth

Everyone sleep easy. Earlier this week, the New Yorker let us know that the outrageous events in Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 satire Dr. Strangelove aren’t terribly far from the truth, and the “risk of an accidental or unauthorized nuclear detonation hasn’t been completely eliminated.” Decades after its release, Roger Ebert noted that the black comedy is still “clear-eyed, irreverent, dangerous satire” — and it’s not alone. We’ve highlighted ten other political spoofs that came uncomfortably close to the truth. Many remain relevant today. … Read More

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“Planet Hillary”: Further Interpretations of the Weirdest ‘NY Times Magazine’ Cover of All Time

Just like pretty much everyone else on the internet, our response to the, er, adventurous image of Hillary Clinton on the cover of the New York Times magazine went something like this: a) really? and then; b) what else can we photoshop this image onto? The answer to the second question awaits, although we’ve got a feeling that this is just beginning… … Read More

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