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Witnessing the Obama Presidency, from Start to Finish

Ben Rhodes was the President’s speechwriter, foreign-policy adviser, and confidant. His book records the Administration’s struggle to shape its own narrative.<p>Barack Obama was a writer before he became a politician, and he saw his Presidency as a struggle over narrative. “We’re telling a story about …

Political Science

How Trump’s Election Shook Obama: ‘What if We Were Wrong?’

WASHINGTON — Riding in a motorcade in Lima, Peru, shortly after the 2016 election, President Barack Obama was struggling to understand Donald J. Trump’s victory.<p>“What if we were wrong?” he asked aides riding with him in the armored presidential limousine.<p>He had read a column asserting that liberals …

National Security

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

We Must Speak Up Against Israel's Slaughter in Gaza

Palestinians living in Gaza are subjected to prison-like conditions and are now being murdered in droves.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i>.<p>For over a decade, the Gaza Strip has been subjected to a brutal, medieval-style siege. Imposed by Israel after the election of the Hamas government …

Ford to stop selling every car in North America but the Mustang and Focus Active

Ford today announced it will phase out most cars it sells in North America. According to its latest financial release, the auto giant “will transition to two vehicles” — the Mustang and an unannounced vehicle, the Focus Active, being the only traditional cars it sells in the region. Ford sees 90 …

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

The Swiss own millions of guns, but have barely any gun deaths — here's what they do differently from the US

Switzerland is a country of chocolate, cheese, cuckoo clocks, and lots of guns. Right? Not quite.<p>The Swiss have often been touted by the National Rifle Association (NRA) as a standout example of a country with little gun control and a homicide rate near zero.<p>Citizens of the country have even …

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

'Suddenly it was total mayhem': Australian inventors celebrate success of revolutionary bee hive

Three years ago, a father and son in Australia finally unveiled a device they had spent a decade inventing: a beehive that releases honey via a tap, without needing to handle the bees.<p>The pair, Stuart and Cedar Anderson, who live in the hinterland near Byron Bay in eastern Australia, an area …

Insects

Drone comes to the rescue of two swimmers in Australia

One day, they may yet turn against us, but for now, they’re still our allies: A drone rescued two teenage swimmers in distress off the coast of New South Wales in Australia, according to a new report. The drone spotted two teenagers in trouble around a half-a-mile out from shore, and then dropped a …

There's No Way Out

Trump’s presidency may be a dysfunctional disaster, but there’s no apparent way to end it.<p>Last week, which brought the release of Michael Wolff’s <i>Fire and Fury</i>, was rough for the White House. But this week has been worse still, and the damage has been almost entirely inflicted by the president …

Donald Trump

Want to Strike North Korea? It’s Not Going to Go the Way You Think.

Trust me: I was a nuclear strategist for the Pentagon.<p>For the bulk of my professional career, I’ve been studying maybe the most difficult and dangerous question in American foreign policy: how to handle a North Korea armed with nuclear weapons. During five of those years, my job at the Department …

North Korea

'Battery' that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution

Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, but that’s complicated and expensive. And much of the time, what you really want isn’t electricity but heat for tasks like …

Clean Energy

My Army Service Made Me Believe in Universal Health Care

A veteran argues that civilians deserve the same access to coverage and treatment as those who wear the uniform.<p><i>This is the seventh installment in our series of essays written by veterans. We asked service members to share how their time in uniform shaped their perspectives on American life.</i><p>In …

Health Care

Humans are just starting to understand this nearly invincible creature — and it's fascinating

Scientists are just starting to understand the tardigrade. It can survive boiling water, outer space, and extreme radiation. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>This funny looking little guy can survive boiling hot water, outer space, and decades without food or water. It's called a "tardigrade" …

Trump Has Filled, Not Drained, the Swamp

The president has made a mockery of a promise at the core of his campaign. It is time for the #MAGA media to tell his supporters the truth.<p>There is no campaign promise that Donald Trump has failed to honor more flagrantly than his oft repeated pledge to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C. He has …

Donald Trump

When It Comes to Our Wars in the Greater Middle East, Maybe We’re the Bad Guys

(Photo: Jason Fudge / Flickr)I used to command soldiers. Over the years, lots of them actually. In Iraq, Colorado, Afghanistan, and Kansas.And I’m …

Dear Donald Trump: This is why you should resign

An open letter to the president<p>This article originally appeared on The Globalist.<p>I find it extremely hard to call you “President Trump” because sadly for America, you neither act like a president nor speak like one. You neither have the moral authority that a president needs to project, nor the …

Naomi Klein: how power profits from disaster

After a crisis, private contractors move in and suck up funding for work done badly, if at all – then those billions get cut from government budgets. Like Grenfell Tower, Hurricane Katrina revealed a disdain for the poor. By Naomi Klein<p>There have been times in my reporting from disaster zones when …

New Orleans

FBI covered up Russian influence on Trump's election win, Harry Reid claims

Senator calls for James Comey to resign for withholding information revealed in CIA report that Russian operatives gave hacked emails to WikiLeaks<p>Rex Tillerson of Exxon Mobil set to be secretary of state pick – reports<p>The FBI covered up information about Russia seeking to tip the 2016 presidential …

Donald Trump

Despair and Hope in Trump’s America

Americans are optimistic about the communities they live in—but not their nation. Why?<p>I have been alive for a long time. I remember the assassination of John F. Kennedy, when I was a 10th-grader, and then watching with my family through the grim following days as newscasters said that something had …

Political Science

The years of calm are over. In Donald Trump we’ll have a child at the White House

President Obama’s term passed without a whiff of scandal. But with Trump we face an era of lawsuits, feuds, threats, denials and insults<p>It seemed too soon, and the metaphor was too crude. In the third week of November, less than two weeks after the election, they were already erecting some new …

Donald Trump

How the Media Iced Out Bernie Sanders and Helped Donald Trump Win

By <b>Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan</b><p>We hadn’t seen Bernie Sanders in Philadelphia since last July, when he watched his primary opponent, Hillary Clinton, …

Legion is the next World of Warcraft expansion, beta coming this year

As first announced last week, Blizzard has officially unveiled the sixth expansion for <i>World of Warcraft</i> today during an event at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The expansion will be titled <i>World of Warcraft: Legion</i>.<p>The expansion will build off of last year's <i>World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor</i>. A …

World of Warcraft

This has been the biggest surprise for the Democratic Party

And yet here we are: In the biggest surprise of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, this thoroughly implausible man, Bernie Sanders, is a sensation.<p>He is drawing enormous crowds—11,000 in Phoenix, 8,000 in Dallas, 2,500 in Council Bluffs, Iowa—the largest turnout of any candidate …

100 (Free) Ways To Learn to Speak Another Language

<b>100 Resources To Learn to Speak Another Language</b>by <b>TeachThought Staff</b><i>Ed note: This post was first published in 2012, and is in the process of being</i> …

Five Times 'Game of Thrones' Went Above And Beyond The Books

As Game of Thrones marches toward the conclusion of its fifth season, the show and the books have started to diverge more than ever. This is mostly out of necessity, as Martin’s books are far too massive not to have anything lost in editing, and now as the showrunners are running out of books to …

TV Series

America is a Ponzi scheme: A commencement speech for the scammed

If you’re graduating from a liberal arts college, you’ve been taken for a ride. Start getting used to it<p>It couldn’t be a sunnier, more beautiful day to exit your lives -- or enter them -- depending on how you care to look at it. After all, here you are four years later in your graduation togs with …

The U.S. military is a national security threat

America’s armed forces are a massive drain on resources that could otherwise strengthen the country<p>The American military budget is massive.<p>At $610 billion, it dwarfs the combined military budgets of China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, the UK, India and Germany (see chart below). Put another way, …

The Cautious Return of Star Wars Battlefront

In the cavernous halls of Star Wars Celebration, amidst the countless cosplayers and merch peddlers and chipper attendees, there is a circular room. Inside this room is a small amphitheatre modeled after the white briefing room on Home One, the rebel command ship from <i>Return of the Jedi</i>. You might …