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How to explain the KGB’s amazing success identifying CIA agents in the field?

Paranoid CIA heads blamed Soviet moles, but the real reason for the repeated disasters was much simpler<p>As the Cold War drew to a close with the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, those at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, finally hoped to resolve many long-standing puzzles.<p>The most …

Foreign Policy

It's Not Your Imagination, Single Women: There Literally Aren't Enough Men Out There

We talked to author Jon Birger about the shortage of educated men, where women should go if they really want to land a husband, and why boys aren't going to college in the first place.<p>We all have that friend: the beautiful, intelligent, driven woman who—like Katherine Heigl in every rom-com—can't …

Relationships

'Something's wrong': The ISIS intelligence scandal just hit Obama's inner circle

James Clapper, America's top spy, is reportedly in "frequent and unusual contact" with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration's official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.<p>"In communications, Clapper, who is far more …

National Security

'FATHER OF ALL BOMBS': Russia tested the world's largest nonnuclear bomb 8 years ago on Friday

The "father of all Bombs," (FOAB) named in response to America's smaller "mother of all Bombs," has the power of a nuclear bomb but does not produce chemical or radioactive fallout.<p>"The results of tests of the aviation explosive device that has been created have shown that it is comparable with …

Armed Forces

Why You Shouldn't Compromise In Your Marriage -- And What to Do Instead

<i>Alison A. Armstrong, author of The Queen's Code, has helped millions of women and men learn to communicate better. For her latest installment of her Marriage Bootcamp series, Armstrong explains why the biggest piece of marriage advice you're getting is completely wrong.</i><p>Most of us grew up hearing …

Take Care of Your Xbox, PS Controllers: How to Clean, Repair and Customise

The controllers for Xbox 360 and PS3 are quite user-repairable.<p>We all love our consoles, irrespective of whichever generation they belong to. Be it a …

Why The Black Hole Information Paradox Is Such A Problem

You might think it takes a lot of energy to escape Earth’s gravity, but our planet’s pull is tiny compared to many other things in the Universe. Same for our Sun, the galaxy, or even an extreme object like a neutron star. Instead, imagine a small, compact region of space that’s filled with so much …

Physics

The asexual dom

<i>I’m confused about my sexuality. For many years, I thought I preferred hetero-romantic asexual relationships. Exposure to select reading</i> …

Sexuality

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

New Jersey

The radical Bernie Sanders idea that could reclaim America for the 99 percent

Bernie Sanders has brought new attention to the perils of inequality. What if he could do even more?<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has electrified the 2016 presidential race with his no-nonsense energy, authenticity, and class-politics platform. Some of his proposals have already made right-wing heads …

Middle-class

“Where is the public outcry for an explanation of how the longest war in American history is on a course to end in failure?”

The brilliant foreign policy theorist Andrew Bacevich tells Salon how American exceptionalism makes matters worse<p>Andrew Bacevich has been a singular critic of American foreign policy since he began publishing on the topic 13 years ago. His second book, “American Empire: The Realities and …

Political Science

5 things Republicans would call treason if Democrats did them

What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than with a reminder of how hypocritically petty the GOP is?<p>There's no better time than the Fourth of July weekend to think about the true definition of patriotism -- and how malleable it becomes when Republicans need to justify their opposition to a …

Obama Administration

The Confederate flag’s big lie: How racists and segregationists made it their own

Once and for all: Anyone who talks about the flag as a symbol of heritage is flat-out wrong<p>I am a Southerner by both birth and heritage. I come from a long line of poor white cotton farmers on both sides of my family. Three of my four great-grandfathers fought in the Confederate Army. The fourth …

South Carolina

President Bernie Sanders Will Save America From Endless Counterinsurgency Wars and Protect Our Nation's Veterans

Americans want soldiers to protect them from ISIS and other threats, but who's protecting our veterans? Who in Congress or in the 2016 presidential race will bring home the hundreds of American soldiers sent back to Iraq by President Obama? Senator Bernie Sanders is against sending Americans into …

Middle-class

Here's the incredibly detailed 'Star Wars Episode VII' Stormtrooper toy fans will be going crazy over at San Diego Comic-Con

The annual event, held at the San Diego Convention Center, will be held from July 9-12.<p>Costumed fans will head out for a chance to see some of their favorite stars from film and TV, but also for the exclusive toys and items that can only be bought on the convention floor.<p>Hasbro will be among those …

Star Wars

5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Once again in our long history, U.S. economic and political processes are being sidetracked by proven fallacies. Most have been around far too long.<p>1. <b>Government is the problem</b>. A simplistic statement made famous by President Reagan that blindly overlooks that throughout U.S. history, government is …

U.S. Politics

The Koch brothers just took a huge step toward a GOP civil war

The libertarian billionaires have exerted influence on the GOP for years. But now they’re actively taking the reins<p>One of the more enduring metaphors of this political era is bound to be that of the Republican Dr. Frankenstein and his Tea Party monster. What was once a staid, mainstream political …

Political Science

John Thune’s just the beginning: GOP will blame Obama if SCOTUS guts health reform — and it’ll probably work

The senator made an idiotic argument against Obamacare yesterday. That doesn’t mean it won’t work.<p>And the award for most dishonest Republican talking point on the pending <i>King v. Burwell</i> decision goes to Sen. John Thune, member of the Republican leadership, alleged lieutenant in the allegedly …

Health Care

The super-rich are taking us for a ride: The obscene concentration of wealth at the top

A nauseating new IRS report reveals just how much money the top one-thousandth of the 1 percent is hoarding<p>Why are our seniors paying higher taxes on their social security benefits than billionaires pay on stocks?<p>The IRS released a new report that reveals the staggering amount of money that the top …

Income Inequality

Dear America: Meet Bernie Sanders. Properly, This Time

<i>Bernie Sanders waves at the kickoff event for his 2016 presidential campaign, held in Burlington, Vermont.</i><p>This is an open letter to the American people.<p>In the race to decide the next President of your arguably great nation, there is one candidate who has been drawing the largest crowds <i>of any</i> …

Middle-class

23 Times Phil Dunphy Was the Best Part of 'Modern Family'

Phil Dunphy (Ty Burrell) is a well-meaning father, loyal husband, nearly-perfect son, amateur inventor, and all-around amazing guy. His "Phil's-osophies" are almost as legendary as his spectacular puns. When he's not doling out fatherly advice, he's making pop-culture references that send Tumblr …

TV shows

There's an uncomfortable mystery behind Osama bin Laden living in Pakistan for 5 years

Journalist Seymour Hersh recently wrote that the US Navy SEAL raid was not unilateral as reported. Instead, Hersh asserts, the mission was fully backed by Pakistan's army commander and the head of the ISI after the US threatened to expose that the ISI had been sheltering bin Laden for at least five …

Pakistan

B.B. King and our blatant racial revisionism: The South still denies the roots of “America’s music”

Southern states celebrating “America’s music” should remember the direct line between our original sin & the blues<p>We all have to go sometime. And hopefully, B. B. King was able to reflect in his twilight years that he had lived a longer, greater and more illustrious life than he ever might have …

Soul Music

17 Things EVERY Woman Deserves in a Relationship

<b>2. Someone who will go the drugstore to get you tampons at 1 a.m.</b> You need them, and you need them now. This is NOT a drill! Anyone who will appreciate this urgency and do what they can to help is definitely a keeper.<p><b>3. Someone who will make you breakfast in bed when it isn’t your birthday.</b> Because …

Obama & Luther Manage White House Anger

Jokes about Joe Biden, John Boehner, and Hillary living in a van were all capped off by Luther’s anger translator.<p>From jokes about Joe Biden’s …

One of Conan O'Brien's writers went on a Twitter rant insulting Jimmy Fallon, and Conan totally shut him down

Late last week, Andrés du Bouchet, who Uproxx reports has been employed by Conan's show for seven years, went on a mini-rant insulting Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and the state of late night comedy.<p>du Bouchet has since deleted most all of the tweets, but Uproxx was able to salvage the …

Comedy

Paul Krugman takes the gloves off: Radical ideologues tanked economies, ignored reality

Right-wing politicians went for austerity economics and disproven new ideas. Their radical insanity brought us here<p>Paul Krugman takes the gloves off in Friday's New York Times, bashing economists who insist on believing in phony austerity models and offering a full-throated defense of old-fashioned …

Economics

“Stories like these are good at scaring people”: Congressman shoots down right-wing ISIS myth in pitch-perfect Facebook post

Republicans make same false claim about all terrorists — be they Libyan, Russian, or al Qaeda<p>Texas Representative Beto O'Rourke (D-El Paso) took to Facebook today to dispute reports that Islamic State terrorists are attempting to enter the United States via the Mexican border by demonstrating how …

Social Media

America’s staggering child poverty: These numbers speak for themselves

For every two homeless children in 2006, there are now three — and that’s not the most frightening statistic<p>America's wealth grew by 60 percent in the past six years, by over $30 trillion. In approximately the same time, the number of homeless children has also grown by 60 percent.<p>Financier and CEO …

Income Inequality

13 Simple Phrases to Ignite Her Passion

Relationships are funny things: One partner can be cruising along thinking everything's just fine and dandy, and the other can be curling up inside like a poinsettia after New Year's. One of us is sure we're on the right track, while the other is wondering, "Why don't we talk anymore?" And more …

University of Washington