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The Russian journalist who helped uncover election interference is confounded by the Mueller indictments

A 37-page indictment issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s team on Friday brings fresh American attention to one of the strangest elements of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election: The Internet Research Agency (IRA), a state-sponsored “troll factory” in St. Petersburg.<p>But …

Internet Research Agency

Why Did It Happen? Books to Help Kids Cope with Tragedy

Parents and teachers will be combing home and library bookshelves over the next few weeks and months for stories to comfort their children and …

5 rising U.S. cities where homeownership is affordable

Dynamic, growing downtowns you can actually afford<p>“It costs <i>h</i><i>ow</i> much?”<p>Those not living in overpriced coastal cities are familiar with the conversation; a friend from New York or San Francisco visits, comments on a charming home, and then freaks when they realize that it costs a fraction of even the …

Urban Design

Why Did Christianity Prevail?

<b>THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY</b> <b><br>How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World</b><br>By Bart D. Ehrman<br>335 pp. Simon & Schuster. $28.<p>“I used to believe absolutely everything that Bill just presented,” the scholar Bart D. Ehrman once said during a 2006 debate with the conservative theologian William Lane Craig. “He …

Theology

Open-ended immigration debate to grip Senate

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Senate is set to begin debating immigration Monday evening, and in a rare occurrence for the upper chamber of Congress, no one is quite sure how that will go.<p>The historic debate on the status of 11 million undocumented immigrants and future of legal immigration comes as …

James Lankford

Government spying on immigrants in America is now fair game. What next?

Internet activity of all visa applicants, visa holders and green card holders is now tracked. And Sunni Muslim immigrants could face long-term surveillance<p>Earlier last week, the existence of a draft Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report came to light, which calls for long-term surveillance …

Surveillance

7 Insidious Myths About Libraries and Reading (the first two kill me)

Ask around among librarians and there is one thing that every one of them will agree about: The general public believes all sorts of strange things …

An effortless way to improve your memory

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.<p>When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time …

The Brain

10 Great Stretches to Do After a Lower-Body Workout

For many people, stretching is just a necessary evil of fitness—one that you try to skimp on whenever you can. You know you're supposed to do it, but …

Exercise

Devin Nunes’s laughable spin to protect Trump crashes and burns

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>One of the most comical — or perhaps deeply troubling — aspects of the massive effort by President Trump and his allies to create an alternate narrative to the Russia probe is that it continues unabated, even as the numerous conspiracy theories created to bolster it have, one after …

Donald Trump

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking<p>• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here<p>What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that question as its title, Immanuel Kant answered that it consists of …

German Philosophy

The 25 Best Bedtime Stories of All Time

Getting kids ready for bed can feel like a constant struggle. One thing that makes it easier? A great read to trick entice them to put on their pj's …

Books

Eric Holder’s Group Targets All-G.O.P. States to Attack Gerrymandering

A Democratic group backed by former President Barack Obama intends to pour millions of dollars into an eclectic array of elections in a dozen states, in an effort to block Republicans from single-handedly drawing congressional maps after 2020, officials leading the group said.<p>The National …

Government

How Bill Gates aims to clean up the planet

It’s a simple idea: strip CO2 from the air and use it to produce carbon-neutral fuel. But can it work on an industrial scale?<p>It’s nothing much to look at, but the tangle of pipes, pumps, tanks, reactors, chimneys and ducts on a messy industrial estate outside the logging town of Squamish in western …

Bill Gates

Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."<p>This new report, titled <i>Teaching Hard History: American Slavery</i>, is meant to be that intervention: a resource …

Black History

Rosa Parks Was My Aunt. Here's What You Don't Know About Her.

This week would've marked her 105th birthday — it's time to move beyond the quiet seamstress narrative.<p>This is how you know her: She was the tired …

Black History

The 11 Books I Read When I Need A Little Break From The Daily Grind

It's 2018, and I think everyone can agree that real life is pretty hard lately. Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself is escape into a …

Books

Today’s Wars Are Based on a Fundamental Misunderstanding of History

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest …

War

The Cult Skin-Care Brand Whose Secret Ingredient Is Being Dirt Cheap

On a recent evening, when I visited the first New York outpost of Deciem, a Toronto-based skin-care brand, the store’s back room had a mood of hushed giddiness, like there was a secret craps game going on and all the players were winning. The rear chamber of the narrow space, appointed in gleaming …

Skin Care

Trump's attack on the FBI is an attack on the US constitution itself

Republicans are mere enablers. They and their president would do well to remember who the Watergate source worked for<p>Since his election, revelations of Donald Trump’s contempt for the legal process have been dizzying. The rule of law is what protects democracy in the United States. The president …

Donald Trump

We Have Met the Enemy, and He Is Us

It is well documented that Americans are ever more divided: along party, ideological, socio-economic and cultural lines; by geographic, demographic, racial and religious differences. Our political polarization hampers our ability to tackle important national issues, whether immigration, …

Milo Yiannopoulos

If You Suffer From Tight Hips, Find a Wall ASAP, and Do This Amazing Stretch

Tight hips are a common affliction among us desk dwellers. They can lead to lower back pain and tightness in our legs and just make us feel all around uncomfortable. Free your tight hips by finding a wall and doing this life-changing stretch (no really, it's <i>that</i> good!).<p>Known as figure four, you can …

Yoga

When the Parthenon had dazzling colours

Ancient statues appear as bare marble today – but they were originally “a riot of colour and glitzy decoration,” writes Natalie Haynes.<p>When the Victorian painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema first showed his work, Phidias Showing the Frieze of the Parthenon to his Friends, there must have been a pleasing …

Ancient History

Why Lyndon Johnson, a truly awful man, is my political hero

Yes, LBJ was a crude warmonger. But in today’s climate, a leader who also declares war on poverty comes over as an inspiration<p>I wish I had a normal hero from history. Maybe Frederick Douglass, or Rosa Parks, or the person who set the video of Richard Spencer getting punched to the tune of Never …

Lyndon Johnson

The Lost Giant of American Literature

A major black novelist made a remarkable début. How did he disappear?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>There were arrows, so we followed them. This was one afternoon last summer; my partner and I had spent the day at our local public …

Literature

Hormone-fueled breast cancer cells halted with new approach

Researchers have found a way to deplete breast cancer cells of energy and thus halt their growth. The findings may one day help to alleviate …

Cancer

12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the past 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems.<p>Unsurprisingly, this has posed a a dilemma for mindful travelers planning their next …

Mount Everest

How Tech Experts Monitor Their Teens on Social Media

How can parents keep up with smartphones? Tech executives take various approaches to managing their children’s social-media use<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p><b>While investor</b> protests about smartphones’ harmful social effects began …

Social Media

This is how democracies die

Defending our constitution requires more than outrage<p>Blatant dictatorship – in the form of fascism, communism, or military rule – has disappeared across much of the world. Military coups and other violent seizures of power are rare. Most countries hold regular elections. Democracies still die, but …

Democracy

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start

I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved</i> …

Wolfram Alpha