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Why Do So Many Public Buildings in the U.S. Look Like Greek Temples? | Glimpses | Zócalo Public Square

President Andrew Jackson took a keen interest in the construction of the federal mint in Philadelphia, a grand, columned edifice, inspired by the …

War

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s Battering Ram

What does the press secretary believe in—other than defending the President’s every word?<p>Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, says that she never set out to be “the face of anything.” Most of her thirty-one predecessors came from careers in journalism or communications, but …

The White House

Mexicans outraged after officials leave trailer full of corpses on outskirts of city

Mexicans have reacted with outrage after authorities in the western state of Jalisco left a trailer full of decomposing corpses on the outskirts of Mexico’s second-largest city following a wave of violence which overwhelmed local morgues.<p>Locals in the Guadalajara suburb of Tlajomulco complained to …

Human Rights

'Accessory To War' An Uncomfortable Wake-Up Call For Some

Any doubts that science has a dark side were extinguished when, on August 6, 1945, an American Air Force B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb Little Boy on Hirsoshima.<p>Three days later, Fat Man, a plutonium implosion-type bomb, was dropped in Nagasaki, prompting Japan to surrender.<p>Just weeks before, …

Moon Landing

Germany launches world's first hydrogen-powered train

Germany has rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but more eco-friendly technology.<p>Two bright blue Coradia iLint trains, built by French TGV-maker Alstom, on Monday began running a 62 mile …

Transportation

Epigenetics: The Brain-Booster You've Never Heard Of

The emerging science of epigenetics describes the way our lifestyle and environment influence our gene expression over time. This growing field of research is a hot topic right now because it has radically altered our preconceived views on the nature-nurture debate. The new and evolving science …

Epigenetics

After Fetching a High Price, Time Magazine Moves Into a New Era

When Time magazine started in 1923, it hit upon a popular formula: short, punchy items that aggregated the week’s events and came in an entertaining package. But the newsweekly could never compete with the digital version of its own blueprint: the internet’s bloggers, explainers, listicles and …

Time Inc.

History Will Remember Mitch McConnell as One of the Very Worst

The Senate Majority Leader is shameless in his disregard for democratic norms—and for shame itself.<p>When the history of the lasting damage done to American democracy over the past three decades is finally written, Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, is going to have a leading role in the …

Mitch McConnell

‘Bankrupt’ Pakistan Grid Adds to Khan’s Economic Quandary

In Pakistan’s Tharpakar desert, Chinese and Pakistani workers toil in the blistering heat to complete the construction of a massive open pit coal …

Mining

Was There a Double Standard for Judging Serena Williams?

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Re “What Serena Williams Got Wrong,” by Martina Navratilova (Op-Ed, Sept. 11):<p>We should apply the same standard of sportsmanship for men and women. Women currently have much less leeway when it comes to what’s considered good sportsmanship. Serena Williams is not behaving badly or …

Women's Sports

‘Anonymous’ Is Hiding in Plain Sight

More and more, I wonder if the disgruntled senior Trump administration official who wrote the anonymous Op-Ed in The Times was actually representing a group — like a “Murder on the Orient Express” plotline where every senior Trump adviser was in on it. Why? Because the article so perfectly captured …

The Big Hole in Germany’s Nazi Reckoning? Its Colonial History

BERLIN — It is, at a glance, an unremarkable street — roughly a quarter-mile long, cutting through a grassy knoll the size of a couple of basketball courts.<p>Yet to Joshua Kwesi Aikins, this street, Petersallee, in Berlin’s African Quarter, strikes a deep emotional blow.<p>In 1939, National Socialists …

Colonial History

Roubini: This Will Trigger the Next Crisis

Nouriel Roubini became a household name in the finance and economics arena over a decade ago for his warnings about the coming global financial …

European Central Bank

South Koreans Love Their ‘Stress Cafés’

New places of respite are popping up in one of the world’s most overworked, underslept cities.<p>Midday on a Monday, I walked briskly into the Shim Story Public Convenience Lounge, hoping to take a quick peek at the café craze sweeping Seoul before resuming my reporting on North Korea’s nuclear …

Clothing

I Spent 8 Months Traveling the World on $50 a Day. Here's How You Could Do It Too

Without sacrificing experiences either.<p>Inside the largest department store in the world, where light from tastefully enclosed fixtures reflects off …

Nearly 6 in 10 workers are still recovering after the Great Recession

Joe Vier was on track for a secure retirement as an advertising executive in the Detroit auto industry. He was making more than $100,000 a year and …

Retirement

Hog Farmers Scramble to Drain Waste Pools Ahead Of Hurricane Florence

Just inland from the North Carolina coast, right in the path of Hurricane Florence, there's an area where there are many more pigs than people. Each big hog farm has one or more open-air "lagoons" filled with manure, and some could be vulnerable to flooding if the hurricane brings as much rain as …

News

'You didn't get our message': key Trump aide Stephen Miller condemned by childhood rabbi

The childhood rabbi to Stephen Miller, special adviser to Donald Trump and a key architect of his “zero-tolerance” immigration policies, criticized his former charge on Monday as a purveyor of “negativity, violence, malice and brutality” who had learned nothing from his Jewish spiritual …

Webcomics

When Aldous Huxley, Dying of Cancer, Left This World Tripping on LSD, Experiencing “the Most Serene, the Most Beautiful Death” (1963)

The “spiritual adepts” of Tibet’s modern period, writes Huston Smith in his comprehensive introduction to the <i>Bardo Thodol</i>, or “The Tibetan Book of …

Psychedelic Drugs

Bob Woodward says a White House official told him his book was '1,000% true' but has said the opposite in public

• Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," has dropped bombshells about the White House.<br>• President Donald Trump has condemned the book over its use of anonymous sources, but Woodward told The New York Times there was "no alternative" if the public wanted the truth.<br>• In an episode of …

Donald Trump

I thought democracy in Chile was safe. Now I see America falling into the same trap | Ariel Dorfman

It can’t happen here. That’s an avowal I have been hearing from Americans ever since my family and I, fleeing a dictatorship in our native Chile, finally came to settle in the United States in 1980.<p>What happened to you in Chile can’t happen here. Democracy in the US is too stable, the institutions …

Duke University

As the News Cycle Lurches, Jill Lepore Offers a Long, Steady View of American History

We know how all of this is going to end: with Donald J. Trump.<p>I’m referring specifically to Jill Lepore’s “These Truths: A History of the United States,” though over the course of her hefty account of the American experience, one might begin to wonder about the fate of the republic itself.<p>Not that …

James Madison

Rich People Broke America and Never Paid the Price

Lehman Brothers collapsed ten years ago, exposing a rotten system run only by greed. In an alternate universe, things actually changed.<p>What will you be doing on September 15, this year? Saturday marks ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the largest bankruptcy in US history and the …

Wall Street

Bob Woodward: 'People Need To Wake Up' To What's Happening Under Trump

Veteran journalist Bob Woodward has written about every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he has never encountered a president like President Trump.<p>Woodward's latest work, <i>Fear: Trump in the White House,</i> paints a portrait of Trump as …

Bob Woodward

Don’t Let the Loud Bigots Distract You. America’s Real Problem With Race Cuts Far Deeper

In a recent viral video, an unidentified white woman in line at a grocery store in Oregon, dressed in a floral romper and black knee-high boots, …

Civil Rights

Obama Calls Out Trump: How Hard Is It to Say ‘Nazis Are Bad’?

Former President Barack Obama came out swinging Friday afternoon during his first major 2018 midterms address at the University of Illinois …

Affordable Care Act

There’s an Obvious Suspect for That New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed

Jon Huntsman visits Gerson Lehrman Group on Dec. 2, 2014. Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for GLGWho wrote the anonymous op-ed against President …

Salt Lake City

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

<i>Want climate news in your inbox?</i> <i>Sign up here for</i> <b>Climate Fwd:</b><i>, our email newsletter.</i><p>As a powerful typhoon tore through Japan this week, travelers at Kansai International Airport looked out on a terrifying void: Where they should have seen the runway, they saw only the sea.<p>They also saw what could be …

Sea Level

WWI Centennial: Lenin is Shot; Bolsheviks Unleash Red Terror

<i>Erik Sass is covering the events of the war exactly 100 years after they happened. This is the 318th installment in the series. Read an overview of</i> …

War

Twitter Goes Nuts Over ‘Plaid Shirt Guy’ Behind Trump Openly Mocking Him At Montana Rally, Quickly Replaced

A guy wearing a plaid shirt standing behind Donald Trump at his Montana rally Thursday appeared to be less than impressed — and was quickly replaced …

Donald Trump