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Into the woods: how one man survived alone in the wilderness for 27 years | Michael Finkel

At the age of 20, Christopher Knight parked his car on a remote trail in Maine and walked away with only the most basic supplies. He had no plan. His chief motivation was to avoid contact with people. This is his story<p>Christopher Knight was only 20 years old when he walked away from society, not to …

Florida

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”<p>You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to …

Books

A month after dismissing federal prosecutors, Justice Department does not have any U.S. attorneys in place

By Sari Horwitz<p>Sari Horwitz<p>Reporter covering the Justice Department and criminal justice issues for The Washington Post's national security team<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to …

U.S. Department of Justice

This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration. It’s taking a while.

By Lisa Rein<p>Lisa Rein<p>Reporter covering federal agencies and the management of government in the Trump administration<p>Email Bio Follow<p>If Johnny DeStefano applied for a job in the Trump administration, chances are pretty good that Johnny DeStefano wouldn’t hire him.<p>DeStefano is the president’s …

The American Government’s Secret Plan for Surviving the End of the World

People watch a television showing file footage of a North Korean missile launch at a railway station in Seoul on April 5. (Photo credit: JUNG …

The Drugs That Built a Super Soldier

During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military plied its servicemen with speed, steroids, and painkillers to help them handle extended combat.<p>Some historians call Vietnam the “last modern war,” others the “first postmodern war.” Either way, it was irregular: Vietnam was not a conventional war with the …

Military

The legend of the Legion

His cap is bleached as white as the bones of a Saharan camel. Is the romance of the French Foreign Legion a cult of death?<i>By Robert Twigger</i>Read at …

Legion (TV Series)

Comment on The Reconstruction of Ulysses S. Grant by Steve

grendel25, I disagree with your disagreement, and here is why.The clause “his opposition to his boss” is a *subject* clause. You can tell that it is …

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page

By Ellen Nakashima ,<p>Ellen Nakashima<p>National security reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Devlin Barrett and<p>Devlin Barrett<p>Reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Adam Entous<p>Adam Entous<p>Reporter who wrote about national security, foreign policy and intelligence.<p>Bio<p>The FBI …

Foreign Policy

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Religion

What in the World Is Causing the Retail Meltdown of 2017?

In the middle of an economic recovery, hundreds of shops and malls are shuttering. The reasons why go far beyond Amazon.<p>From rural strip-malls to Manhattan’s avenues, it has been a disastrous two years for retail.<p>There have been nine retail bankruptcies in 2017—as many as all of 2016. J.C. Penney, …

Man dragged off plane: 5 key questions on United's $800 mistake

<b>(CNN) —</b> By now, the video of a United passenger being dragged off a flight at Chicago's O'Hare airport has made it around the world and undoubtedly inundated your news feeds. There are a million things to unpack about the incident: The appropriate use of force, the rights of passengers, the PR …

Compensation

The new age of Ayn Rand: how she won over Trump and Silicon Valley

Her novel The Fountainhead is one of the few works of fiction that Donald Trump likes and she has long been the darling of the US right. But only now do her devotees hold sway around the world<p>As they plough through their GCSE revision, UK students planning to take politics A-level in the autumn can …

The Conservative Pipeline to the Supreme Court

With the Federalist Society, Leonard Leo has reared a generation of originalist élites. The selection of Neil Gorsuch is just his latest achievement.<p>The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch, which were held last month, in Washington, D.C., quickly fell into a pattern. Democratic …

Early adopters can grab the Windows 10 Creators Update now

'Advanced users' will need to download the Update Assistant from Microsoft.<p>We've already explained a lot of the new features coming in the Windows 10 Creators update, but maybe you don't want to wait until April 11th. Starting today, the new Game Mode, Paint 3D and friendlier auto-update scheduling …

Windows 10

Please, can someone brief the president on the unemployment rate?

By Glenn Kessler<p>Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>“When you look for a job, you can’t find it and you give up, you are now considered statistically employed. But I don’t consider those people employed.”</i> <b><br>— President Trump, remarks to CEO town hall, April 4, 2017</b><p>The president made these …

Donald Trump

The entire coal industry employs fewer people than Arby’s

By Christopher Ingraham<p>Christopher Ingraham<p>Reporter covering all things data<p>Email Bio Follow<p>“My action today is the latest in a series of steps to create American jobs and to grow American wealth,” President Trump said earlier this week before a group of coal miners.<p>Trump was announcing the …

Fossil Fuels

Rabbit hole in England leads to 700-year old Knights Templar cave

The BBC reports that an "ordinary rabbit's hole in a farmer's field leads to an underground sanctuary once said to be used by the Knights …

House Intelligence chair says Trump campaign officials were ensnared in surveillance operations

By Greg Miller ,<p>Greg Miller<p>Reporter covering national security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Karoun Demirjian and<p>Karoun Demirjian<p>Congressional reporter focusing on national security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Devlin Barrett<p>Devlin Barrett<p>Reporter focusing on national security and law enforcement<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The chairman of …

The White House

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s first day of hearings featured glowing assessments from Republicans and vows of scrutiny from Democrats

By Robert Barnes ,<p>Robert Barnes<p>Reporter covering the U.S. Supreme Court<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Ed O'Keefe and<p>Ed O'Keefe<p>Reporter focused on Congress, national politics and the federal government<p>Bio Follow<p>Sean Sullivan<p>Sean Sullivan<p>Reporter covering national politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Judge Neil Gorsuch promised …

U.S. Supreme Court

Trump to GOP critics of health-care bill: ‘I’m gonna come after you’

By Mike DeBonis ,<p>Mike DeBonis<p>Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Kelsey Snell and<p>Kelsey Snell<p>Reporter<p>Bio<p>Robert Costa<p>Robert Costa<p>National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump spent Tuesday selling …

Health Care

Supreme Court limits president’s appointment powers

By Ann E. Marimow<p>Ann E. Marimow<p>Reporter covering legal affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it more difficult for the president to quickly fill vacant top government jobs in a case centered on the appointment powers of the executive.<p>In a 6-to-2 ruling, the court limited the …

High Level

Comfort zone: Trump focuses his travel on states he won

By John Wagner<p>John Wagner<p>National reporter leading The Post's breaking political news team<p>Email Bio Follow<p>LOUISVILLE — At the end of one of his worst days in Washington, a triumphant President Trump strode onto the stage in a packed arena here to the adoration of thousands of supporters in a state …

Donald Trump

A cop fires. A teen dies. Yet six police body cameras somehow miss what happens.

By Craig Timberg<p>Craig Timberg<p>National reporter covering technology<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>Follow The Post’s tech blog, The Switch, where technology and policy connect.</i><p>ALBUQUERQUE — The killing of Mary Hawkes, a troubled 19-year-old woman suspected of stealing a truck, should have been a case study in the …

Justice

Sean Spicer wants you to know that Trump’s golfing is strategic and/or not happening

By Philip Bump<p>Philip Bump<p>National correspondent focused largely on the numbers behind politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump seems to be getting a bit sensitive about his leisure activities.<p>When he was a candidate and, before that, an anti-Obama bomb-thrower on social media, Trump repeatedly …

Donald Trump

White House installs political aides at Cabinet agencies to be Trump’s eyes and ears

By Lisa Rein and<p>Lisa Rein<p>Reporter covering federal agencies and the management of government in the Trump administration<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Juliet Eilperin<p>Juliet Eilperin<p>Reporter covering national affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection …

The White House

Trump’s proverb, Paul Ryan’s ‘despicable’ pint and other St. Patrick’s Day mishaps

By Samantha Schmidt<p>Samantha Schmidt<p>Reporter covering gender and family issues<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The day began with a cringe-worthy, mildly offensive Irish cliche in front of a roomful of Irish people, and it all went downhill from there.<p>“Top of the morning,” said Vice President Pence, as he hosted …

Donald Trump

Fact-checking the White House’s rhetoric on the CBO report

By Glenn Kessler and<p>Glenn Kessler<p>The Fact Checker<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>National political enterprise and accountability reporter covering money and influence in politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer offered a number of attacks and claims …

Health Care

What Trump cut in his agency budgets