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Winners and losers from the 2017 election

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Tuesday night was very big for Democrats as the party won the governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey and scored a series of other victories from Maine to Washington State that suggests the forces opposed to President Donald Trump turned up in large numbers to send a message …

America’s Most and Least Popular Senators — October 2017

The sudden fall of Washington's ultimate power broker

Tony Podesta personified D.C. influence and wealth for decades. Then along came Robert Mueller.<p>Tony Podesta has epitomized the height of Washington influence and wealth for two decades.<p>He has a home in Washington a few doors down from Barack Obama, a villa in Italy, an apartment in New York and a …

Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments

By Robert Costa<p>, Reporter<p>Philip Rucker<p>, Reporter<p>Ashley Parker<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump woke before dawn on Monday and burrowed in at the White House residence to wait for the Russia bombshell he knew was coming.<p>Separated from most of his West Wing staff — who fretted over why he was late getting to …

The definitive Trump-Russia timeline of events

Follow our timeline of events on the Trump administration's ties to Russia.<p>Four Trump campaign officials have now been charged or entered guilty pleas as a result of the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.<p>Moscow, at the behest of Russian President Vladimir …

Donald Trump

How the Catalan crisis could send shockwaves across Europe

Mariano Rajoy has played a tough hand well, but Carles Puigdemont could yet emerge a champion of European renewal<p>The battle for Catalonia just got personal. Until now the main protagonists, Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan president, and Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, have avoided a head-on …

Why Has the E.P.A. Shifted on Toxic Chemicals? An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

WASHINGTON — For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.<p>The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system …

Trump Administration

This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like

Far from the booming metropolis of Beijing, China is building a sprawling system that combines dystopian technology and human policing. “It’s a kind of frontline laboratory for surveillance.”<p>KASHGAR, China — This is a city where growing a beard can get you reported to the police. So can inviting …

The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea

On the ground in Pyongyang: Could Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump goad each other into a devastating confrontation?<p>1. The Madman Theory<p>The United States has no diplomatic relations with North Korea, so there is no embassy in Washington, but for years the two countries have relied on the “New York …

10 Ways to Get Out of a Funk—and Fast

I woke up the other morning in a <i>bad</i> mood. I wondered if I'd had a nightmare. Nope, I couldn’t recall any. I wasn’t hungover. I hadn’t even checked my …

New York City

This Big Beef Exposes The Ugly Underbelly of Vegan Vlogging

<b>When Anna Scanlon logged onto the video streaming site</b> YouNow last Halloween, her stomach sank. Vegan Cheetah, a popular vlogger within the online …

Excerpts From The Times’s Interview With Trump

<i>President Trump spoke on Wednesday with three New York Times reporters — Peter Baker, Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman — in an exclusive interview in the Oval Office. Also in attendance was Hope Hicks, a White House spokeswoman. At one point, the president’s daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump</i> …

Inside the Secret Plan to Stop Vladimir Putin’s U.S. Election Plot

Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin was at his desk on June 7, 2016, when the calls started coming in. It was the day of the …

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time

A tense scene unfolded yesterday as user-generated, music-streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain to employees why it suddenly had to lay off 40 percent of its staff last week.<p>Exiting team members wanted to know why they weren’t warned, while those who survived the cuts …

SoundCloud

One year of Trump: How the administration changed American foreign policy

[A year of Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda has radically changed the U.S. role in the world]<p>During the 2016 election, Donald Trump campaigned on an “America first” philosophy — less foreign intervention, fairer trade deals and stronger borders. Over the first year of his presidency, the Trump …

High-fat oil and low-paid farmers: the cost of our coconut craze

The health implications of coconut oil have been much discussed – but supermarket shelves still groan with countless coconut products. Meanwhile, many growers earn less than $1 a day. Should we turn our back on this runaway trend?<p>Canary Wharf in London on a Thursday lunchtime, and platoons of …

Coconut

The 8 Best Amazon Prime Day Gadget Deals

Amazon fans no longer have to wait until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to get access to dozens of online discounts.<p>The Seattle-based retail giant is …

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

Climate Change

The Addicts Next Door

West Virginia has the highest overdose death rate in the country. Locals are fighting to save their neighbors—and their towns—from destruction.<p>Michael Barrett and Jenna Mulligan, emergency paramedics in Berkeley County, West Virginia, recently got a call that sent them to the youth softball field …

Pain, satin and paper towels: What it takes for ballerinas to dance on their toes

By Sarah L. Kaufman<p>, Dance critic<p>‘I feel like I’m always in a battle with my feet,” says Lauren Lovette, with a sigh. One of New York City Ballet’s principal ballerinas, Lovette has beautifully arched, supple feet, and often, they’re killing her.<p>After years of sprains and other injuries, she …

Is Uber Evil, or Just Doomed?

In early March, Travis Kalanick, the 40-year-old CEO of Uber, was riding in an SUV to Palo Alto for the company’s Technology Day, thinking about how …

Silicon Valley

Want a Mentor? Here Are 5 Keys to Choosing and Approaching the Right One

You've heard plenty about the power of mentors, but lasering in on and landing the right one can be tricky. Here's how.<p>Bill Gates has his Warren Buffett. Luke Skywalker has his Yoda. Kanye West has his, uh, Kanye West.<p>You've read or heard much on the power and importance of mentors. But how do you …

How Wells Fargo’s Cutthroat Corporate Culture Allegedly Drove Bankers to Fraud

Most Americans have assumed their bank accounts are sacrosanct. But with the major scandal unfolding at Wells Fargo, angry former employees illuminate the alarming pressure that allegedly led local bankers to defraud perhaps more than a million customers.<p>Once upon a time, in 1970, long before …

Trump Is Making Journalism Great Again

In his own way, Trump has set us free.<p>Donald Trump and his forthcoming presidency may be the greatest gift to Washington journalism since the invention of the expense account. His unorthodox approach to politics and governance has vaporized the standard, useful, yet boring script for reporting on a …

Gardening 101: Salvia

Salvia, <i>Salvia</i>: “Savior Among Plants”<p>Ornamental sage, better known as salvia, comes in more than 900 varieties of every size and shape, whether as …

Article 50: Britain Has Triggered Brexit Clause to Leave EU

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the divorce clause from the European Union on Wednesday — kicking off a two-year countdown to the U.K.'s exit.<p>EU Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he had received a hand-delivered letter from May that invoked Article 50 of the …

‘Who’s a good boy?’ you might ask. But does your dog care?

By Sarah Larimer<p>, Reporter<p>When you speak to dogs, do you use a dog voice?<p>You know, <i>a dog voice</i> — higher pitched, slower, maybe a little sing-song-y? The kind of voice you’d use when speaking with a baby, except . . . directed at a dog?<p>New research shows that puppies might actually react to that …

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Pravda on the Checkout Line

First Donald Trump got an endorsement from the tabloids. Now he’s getting a mouthpiece.<p><b>The 2016 campaign hadn’t even begun</b> <b>when</b> America’s supermarket tabloids picked their guy. “New Poll: Donald Trump’s The One!” the <i>National Enquirer</i> breathlessly announced in February 2015, long before the real …

44 ways to judge the Obama era

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Barack Obama, the 44th commander in chief of the United States, caps off eight years in office on January 20.<p>Those eight years saw the nation grapple with the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. The country's response to that crisis helped reshape the …

David Ignatius: John Boehner is a leader without followers

By David Ignatius<p>, Columnist<p>In the line of succession, House Speaker John Boehner is the third-ranking official in the country. For practical purposes, he has all but disappeared as a leader. That failure is pushing the country toward the financial brink.<p>Boehner’s collapse as speaker has been sad …