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The Coming Wave of Murders Solved by Genealogy

The same DNA analysis used to find the alleged Golden State Killer has led to the arrest of a second murderer. It’ll likely lead to more.<p>Just three weeks ago, law enforcement in California announced the arrest of the Golden State Killer using DNA. The press conference was vague, but the details of …

Genealogy

Bill Gates: Trump Is Even Dumber Than You Thought

And creepier, too!<p>As the past 35 months have made painfully clear, <b>Donald Trump</b> is not a particularly smart man. At least, not in the traditional way that Americans used to expect of their president. “We just got back from the Middle East,” he told a room full of Israelis, upon arriving in Jerusalem …

Donald Trump

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier …

Donald Trump Takes Out Paul Ryan, and ‘It’s Going to Be a Civil War’

Everything Trump touches dies, and the speaker’s legacy is no exception.<p>The news that Paul Ryan is retiring from Congress was received by grim-faced …

A Domestic Budget to Make Barack Obama Proud

The Republican Congress didn’t just ignore Trump’s proposals: The $1.3 trillion spending bill actually fulfilled—or even exceeded—many of the funding requests of his Democratic predecessor.<p>President Obama finally got a Republican-controlled Congress to fund his domestic budget. All it took was …

The Great Sadness of Ben Affleck

In March of 2016, Jennifer Garner had recently separated from her husband of ten years, the actor and director Ben Affleck, when she was asked by <i>Vanity Fair</i> to comment on what the magazine referred to as her ex’s “midlife-crisis tattoo”—a large, multicolored back piece of a phoenix rising from the …

The Blesser's Curse

How sugar daddies and vaginal microbes created the world’s largest HIV epidemic<p>VULINDLELA, South Africa—Mbali N. was just 17 when a well-dressed man in his 30s spotted her. She was at a mall in a nearby town, alone, when he called out. He might have been captivated by her almond eyes and soaring …

The 64 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's untethered Pennsylvania speech

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump traveled to western Pennsylvania Saturday night on a rescue mission: State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) is fighting for his political life in a House special election on Tuesday and the President's visit was aimed at rallying the GOP base in a district he won by 20 points in …

Donald Trump

Top 12 Trump jokes from the 2018 Gridiron Dinner

WASHINGTON — The 133-year-old Gridiron Dinner, where President Trump dined and told jokes Saturday night, is a more formal, exclusive and musical version of its younger brother, the White House Correspondents Dinner.<p>But even for a group of journalists, the Gridiron Club does have some rules and …

Donald Trump

New York is quietly working to prevent a major cyber attack that could bring down the financial system

NEW YORK — Five months before the 9/11 attacks, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sent a memo to one of his advisers with an ominous message.<p>"Cyberwar," read the subject line.<p>"Please take a look at this article," Rumsfeld wrote, "and tell me what you think I ought to do about it. …

Cybersecurity

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

The Boys Are Not All Right

I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.<p>Last week, 17 …

Virginia Tech

Distinguished person of the week: He deftly defies Trump

The country should be immensely grateful that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is there — not only because he is a steady hand and speed bump on President Trump’s rash decisions, but because every week he demonstrates how one can serve without degrading one’s self in this administration. He recently …

Jim Mattis

The Plot Against America

Decades before he ran the Trump campaign, Paul Manafort’s pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals laid the groundwork for the corruption of Washington.<p>I. The Wisdom of Friends<p><b>The clinic permitted Paul Manafort</b> one 10-minute call each day. And each day, he would use it to ring his wife from Arizona, …

An Exit From Trumpocracy

The stability of American society depends on conservatives finding a way forward from the Trump dead end.<p>Election 2016 looked on paper like the most sweeping Republican victory since the Jazz Age. Yet there was a hollowness to the Trump Republicans’ seeming ascendancy over the federal government …

"You Can’t Make This S--- Up": My Year Inside Trump's Insane White House

Author and columnist Michael Wolff was given extraordinary access to the Trump administration and now details the feuds, the fights and the alarming …

Donald Trump

Drawing Trump

Hints of Trigonometry on a 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

<i>Suppose that a ramp leading to the top of a ziggurat wall is 56 cubits long, and the vertical height of the ziggurat is 45 cubits. What is the distance</i> x <i>from the outside base of the ramp to the point directly below the top? (Ziggurats were terraced pyramids built in the ancient Middle East; a cubit</i> …

Mathematics

Trump Says Sun Equally to Blame for Blocking Moon

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Attacking the media for its “very unfair” coverage of Monday’s solar eclipse, Donald J. Trump said on Saturday that the sun was equally to blame for blocking the moon.<p>“The fake news is covering the eclipse from the sun’s side instead of the moon’s side, but if you …

Why Was an Italian Graduate Student Tortured and Murdered in Egypt?

The target of the Egyptian police, that day in November 2015, was the street vendors selling socks, $2 sunglasses and fake jewelry, who clustered under the arcades of the elegant century-old buildings of Heliopolis, a Cairo suburb. Such raids were routine, but these vendors occupied an especially …

Foreign Policy

Why Leaking Transcripts of Trump's Calls Is So Dangerous

When the president’s opponents violate norms to undermine him, they do lasting damage to American security.<p>Leaking the transcript of a presidential call to a foreign leader is unprecedented, shocking, and dangerous. It is vitally important that a president be able to speak confidentially—and …

Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears

The chaos, legislative fumbling, and legal jeopardy should not obscure the ways that the administration is remaking federal policy in consequential ways.<p>Imagine, if you will, that there is a shadow government.<p>The actual government, the administration of Donald Trump, is coming off the worst week of …

Einstein's Riddle

This is Einstein's riddle: There are five houses of different colors next to each other on the same road. In each house lives a man of a different …

All the President’s Lawyers

‘Read this, what he writes,’’ Jay Goldberg instructed, pointing at a typewritten letter hanging inside a large frame on the living-­room wall of his Upper East Side penthouse. I read out loud: ‘‘Dear Jay, Thank you for the wonderful note you sent me over the Christmas holiday. I truly appreciate …

Donald Trump

America’s Mayor

The 45th president is trying to run the White House like it’s city hall.<p><b>Gathering a flock of House Republicans in the</b> Rose Garden on May 4 to salute them for voting to repeal Obamacare, President Donald Trump took a moment to shift from the topic to his favorite subject: President Donald Trump.<p>“How …

Donald Trump

In One Rally, 12 Inaccurate Claims From Trump

President Trump returned to familiar rhetorical territory during a raucous campaign-style rally in Iowa on Wednesday night, repeating exaggerations and falsehoods about health care, jobs, taxes, foreign policy and his own record.<p>Here’s an assessment.<p><b>He falsely said insurance companies “have all</b> …

Military Spending

Democrats’ Secret Weapon: Romney Voters

Stop fetishizing the Obama-Trump converts. If you want to see the future of politics, here’s who Dems need to understand.<p>The Beltway has a fetish.<p>Open almost any major newspaper in almost any week, and you’ll find a story set in a working-class community, opening with a vignette from a local diner …

Government

On this day in 1935: The death of Lawrence of Arabia

Thomas Chapman was an Anglo-Irish landowner. He ran away with his mistress, and moved around Britain and France. The couple adopted the name Lawrence, and Thomas Edward ("Ned") was born in Tremadoc in 1888. The family eventually settled in Oxford.<p>Lawrence attended Oxford High School, then won an …

Foreign Leaders Have Realized Trump Is a Pushover

The president’s reported disclosure of classified information to Russia is only the latest example of the self-proclaimed great negotiator conceding to officials from overseas everything they want.<p>The pattern has become clear: A foreign official comes to President Trump. They speak. The official …

What's in the Health-Care Bill the House Just Passed?

There’s no official final score of the bill on the House floor, but most of it has already been analyzed.<p>The American Health Care Act just passed the House, but what does it do?<p>The arguments on the floor—and the House’s decision to vote before the bill could be scored by the Congressional Budget …