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I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me.

When I was a skinhead, living in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, I remember watching a favorite video with my fellow extremists. It was footage of the 1979 Greensboro massacre, when Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed five people at a workers’ demonstration in North Carolina. A group of cars …

Mueller Plunges Across Trump's Red Line

A Wall Street Journal story claimed the investigation had moved before a grand jury, while CNN reported it was looking into potential financial crimes unrelated to the 2016 election.<p><i>Updated on August 2 at 9:23 p.m.</i><p>Special Counsel Robert Mueller has begun to issue subpoenas in his investigation into …

Donald Trump

In 'Meddling Kids,' The Scooby Gang Grows Up — Hard

"Tomorrow, Tim, we'll be in Blyton Hills. You know what that is? You've never been there, but your great-grandfather Sean had. It's the best place in the world. ... Swamps where you can build rafts, and caves to take shelter in when it rains, and old mills and barns where hand-wringing bad guys …

Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out

In Sonoma Valley about an hour north of San Francisco, there are many reminders of the immigrants who built California's wine industry: tasting rooms that look like Italian villas or signs bearing French names. But you won't see any vestiges of the group that made up an estimated 80 percent of the …

'I Was Full Of Rage': Author Rebecca Stott On Growing Up In A Christian Cult

It can be hard to grow up in an ultra-religious household. I was raised in a strict Pentecostal family, and I remember not being allowed to go trick-or-treating or have any sign of Santa Claus because both were deemed to be inspired by Satan. When you're a little kid, you don't question it — that's …

Faith

'Tropic Of Kansas' Rips Dystopia From The Headlines

In the vast galaxy of science fiction, it is always three minutes 'til doomsday.<p>There is always some monster, some alien warlord, some catastrophe so imminent that no one has time to pee. Lives are always on the brink. More than ray guns, more than starships, this is the defining characteristic of …

How Archaeologists Crammed 1500 Years of Roman History Into One Map

Rome wasn’t built in a day, so it stands to reason that a modern map of the ancient city might take a considerable amount of time as well—almost a …

Ancient History

NPR Music's Songs Of The Summer 2017

What makes a song <i>the</i> song of the summer? You could base that judgment solely on chart performance and bestow the crown to the track that hangs on to No. 1 through the warmer months. Or maybe you follow a kind of source-cue methodology, granting the coveted distinction to that one song that's always …

In America, Every Day Is Independents' Day

Americans love the concept of independence, whether it's about annually celebrating freedom from the British or fetishizing individualism. In honor of America's Independence Day, we figured it was as good a time as any to explore America's political independents.1<p>What makes this a tricky task, …

Youth Vote

The Good Guy with a Gun Theory, Debunked

Analyzing 37 years of data, a Stanford team finds no basis for a theory at the heart of the modern gun-rights movement.<p><i>This article was published in partnership with the Trace.</i><p>In the four decades that the modern, militant gun rights movement has been around, one of its most significant victories …

Green vacations: 10 places that don't cost the Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Travelers are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, seeking to get away safe in the knowledge they've had minimal impact on the planet's resources.<p>With 2017 named as the United Nations' International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the spotlight is even more on …

Costa Rica

Hong Kong's Last British Governor Criticizes Beijing 20 Years After Handover

The last British governor of Hong Kong, who helped negotiate its return to China 20 years ago, is decrying Beijing's administration of the territory on the anniversary of the historic handover.<p>Chris Patten, who served as governor of Hong Kong from 1992 until it was returned to China in 1997, writes …

Federalism Is Dead, Long Live Federalism

A Yale law professor argues that America has moved past the relationship among states that the Framers envisioned––but that a new federalism is serving the country well in its stead.<p>For Yale law professor Heather K. Gerken, the question of how Americans can coexist in relative peace and prosperity, …

Political Science

Does Ethereum's Price Depend On the Life of This One Person? | Investopedia

Naturally, the report originally came from 4Chan. The notorious online posting system with a history of trolling other parts of the Internet was the …

Venezuelan president's opponents lay siege to airbase

Thousands of Venezuelans marched on Saturday in a new flare-up of months-long protests against embattled President Nicolas Maduro, as the head of the Organization of American States dug in his heels in a war of words with Caracas, brusquely rejecting its demand that he resign.<p>Protesters in the …

'The Sarah Book' Is An Unsparing Primal Scream Of A Book

Scott McClanahan has built his career on defying expectations and blurring genres. The West Virginia author has been an indie-lit favorite for years, earning fans who admired his bizarre and often funny short fiction. In 2013, he gained something of a national profile following the publication of</i> …

Donald Trump’s “Screw You” to the World

On Thursday, a fine spring day in Washington, D.C., Donald Trump took to the podium in the White House’s Rose Garden and announced that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate-change agreement. In doing so, he was ignoring the advice of his senior economic advisers, many of his …

Donald Trump

Investing in Ethereum, Bitcoin and Litecoin: Will cryptocurrency make you rich? Here's what to know.

Have you heard? Cyptocurrency is so hot right now. Bitcoin's price has been climbing for the better part of a year, topping $2,000 per coin for the …

Epic Books You Should Read if You Like 'American Gods'

From angsty red monsters to a literally dead God whose corpse must be disposed of, these seven Gaimanesque novels give ancient myths and religions a modern twist.<p>In Starz's new TV show <i>American Gods</i>, the deities and demons of ancient mythology must battle the new gods of technology and money. The …

Donald Trump Poisons the World

This week, two of Donald Trump’s top advisers, H. R. McMaster and Gary Cohn, wrote the following passage in The Wall Street Journal: “The president embarked on his first foreign trip with a cleareyed outlook that the world is not a ‘global community’ but an arena where nations, nongovernmental …

Duterte Says Xi Warned Philippines of War Over South China Sea

MANILA — China’s president warned the Philippines that it would go to war if Manila insisted on enforcing an international arbitration decision rejecting China’s claims over disputed areas of the South China Sea, the Philippine president said in a televised speech on Friday.<p>Although both sides …

The Dangers of Reading in Bed

In 18th-century Europe, the practice was considered a menace to life and property, but mostly to morals. An Object Lesson.<p>Lord Walsingham’s servants found him in bed one morning in 1831, burnt to a crisp. According to a notice in <i>The Spectator</i>, “his remains [were] almost wholly destroyed, the hands …

Philip Roth

China's highest, longest glass bridge closes after too many people come to visit

If you're going to China to walk on the world's highest, longest glass-bottomed bridge, you might want to delay your trip awhile. The newly opened Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge in the country's Hunan province abruptly closed Friday because it was just too popular.<p>"We're overwhelmed by the …

Grand Canyon

The 20 best moments that made Muhammad Ali The Greatest

1) Takes up boxing after his bike is stolen (1954)<p>If it wasn’t for the lure of free food, Muhammad Ali may never have boxed. As the 12-year-old Cassius Clay he pedalled on his red and white Schwinn bike to the Louisville Home Show, an exhibition for black businesses, for the free popcorn, hot dogs …

Boxing

Korea's Air Is Dirty, But It's Not All Close-Neighbor China's Fault

Minhae Kim didn't check air pollution levels before bringing her one-year-old to Seoul's Yongsan Family Park.<p>Perhaps she should have. On this day — and on most days this spring — the measures of the most dangerous kind of pollution in Seoul exceed the World Health Organization's recommended limit. …

Pollution

Internet Reading Club: May 2016

Must-reads about science, technology, and health from around the web.<p>Every month, I put together a list of some of the most moving, thought-provoking, beautifully written, deeply reported, quirky, strange, or otherwise memorable stories about from around the internet. This month’s selection is …

Democrats Burned By Charges Of A Rigged Nomination, But Some In GOP Watch With Envy

One way we know we are (finally) nearing the end of this presidential nominating season is that both major parties have begun talking about big changes to the way they choose their nominees.<p>Both parties have been stunned by outsider candidates in this cycle. But the shock seems to be moving them in …

Viking's Choice: Owen, 'Lost'

We're guided, derailed and thrown out by passion, and we keep crawling back because it's what we know. Ever since Mike Kinsella started Cap'n Jazz with his brother Tim at age 12, he's lived the musician's life with scattered rewards. But over the last three decades, he's seen how his Chicago bands …

The Age of Trump: Graham, Madison, and Hart Weigh In

Over the weekend a Washington <i>Post</i> op-ed titled “We Must Weed Out Ignorant Voters from the Electorate” got a lot of negative attention, including from me. And on reflection I still don’t agree with the surface-level argument of the piece, which is that people who don’t know enough about civics …

100 thieves steal $13m in three hours from cash machines across Japan

Organised crime believed to be behind coordinated raids across stores in Japan<p>Members of an international crime syndicate are suspected of stealing more than 1.4bn yen (US$12.7m) from cash machines in Japan in the space of less than three hours, in an audacious heist that involved thousands of …