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Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Anne Applebaum: The Full Transcript

<i>Subscribe to The Global POLITICO on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p><b>Susan Glasser:</b> Hi, it’s Susan Glasser, and welcome back to The Global POLITICO. I’m delighted to be here this week with Anne Applebaum, columnist and author of a new book just out this very week in the United …

Russia

Why Child Poverty Has Fallen to an Historic Low

Government programs have helped millions of kids escape destitution.<p>A recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington, D.C., think tank, heralded some remarkably good news. Researchers Isaac Shapiro and Danilo Trisi found that the U.S. child poverty rate hit a record low …

Poverty

Conspiracy Theories Are for Underdogs

Donald Trump’s recent tweet about long-secret JFK files is a way for the president to try to reclaim a status that has repeatedly helped him.<p>One of the stranger aspects of having a conspiracy theorist in the Oval Office is that it goes against the way conspiracy theorizing usually works.<p>Conspiracy …

Donald Trump

Fake News Will Never Die

Though it’s certainly the worst Photoshop job I have ever seen, a provocative image making the rounds on social media also helps demonstrate why the …

Fake News

The new titans of Wall Street have their eyes on your savings

• <b>Private equity firms are attracting assets, with Blackstone, the biggest name in the industry, expected to see inflows of $100 billion in 2018 and 2019.</b>• <b><br>The bulk of that money is likely to come from big-ticket investors, but Steve Schwarzman, founder and CEO of Blackstone, is also focused on making</b> …

Finance

The Russia Investigations: Interference Impacted Real Life; Senators Propose New Law

<b>Last week in the Russia investigations</b>: <i>Reports are growing about Russian-linked interference beyond the Web and in real life, three senators pitch a bill to tackle digital active measures and Big Tech says it'll play ball in Capitol Hill's big show on Nov. 1.</i><p>Influence-mongering in real life<p>Accounts …

Government

Tom Hanks Offers Suggestion To Those 'Frustrated' With Current Affairs: 'Read History'

The 61-year-old actor was honored by the National Archives Foundation on Saturday night.<p>Worried about the state of the world today? Actor Tom Hanks recommends this: Brush up on your history.<p>At the National Archives Foundation’s annual gala in Washington on Saturday night, Hanks was given the …

Entertainment

Nostalgia’s unexpected etymology explains why it can feel so painful

Many linguists believe the words we speak have an influence on our thoughts and feelings. Each language contains terms with no direct equivalent that give us a glimpse into the intimate elements of a culture’s distinct character. Every time a new word is created, it reflects a society’s need for …

Language

Nine Responses to “But What About Chicago?”

Just hours after finally denouncing white supremacists for the deadly violence in Charlottesville, President Donald Trump retweeted the words of an internet troll with ties to an alt-right leader . . . Jack Posobiec tweeted: “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national …

Guns

Attempts by retailers like Amazon and Walmart to win over the 'permanent underclass' reveal a dark truth about the death of the American middle class

• <b>Walmart and Amazon are starting to go after lower-income shoppers online.</b>• <b><br>Dollar stores' explosive success has proven that marketing to lower-income customers can produce results.</b>• <b><br>So far, e-commerce efforts by major retailers have mostly targeted wealthy customers, but the market is becoming</b> …

eCommerce

Educated liberals overuse the term 'racist'

<b>(CNN) —</b> No one can fail to be amazed by the courage of the people who protested segregation and bigotry in the 1950s and 1960s. Those who endured physical injury justifiably stick in our minds the most.<p>Today's educated liberals lack the courage they admire in their forebears, at a time when it is …

Racism

New film claims to have solved Jim Thompson mystery

BANGKOK (AP) — A new documentary is set to stir fresh debate over one of Asia's most enduring mysteries: What happened to Jim Thompson, Thailand's legendary silk king.<p>The former American intelligence officer turned textile tycoon went for a walk in the Malaysian jungle 50 years ago and never …

Thailand

Captains of Finance Dismiss Bitcoin at Their Peril

The financial industry today looks stable and boring, with a few megabanks ever-more entrenched and markets that may not offer the same risks and …

FinTech

Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a screenplay about a gourmet who eats a ghost

Welcome to the weekly Vox book link roundup, a curated collection of the best writing on the web about books and related subjects. Here’s the best the internet has to offer for the week of October 15, 2017.<p>Let us travel back in time to the early ‘80s, when Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro wrote a …

Literature

When Journalists Decried JFK’s ‘Lies’ and Fake News Cries

‘The president has been listening to a few advisers who have the scornful idea that it’s proper the press speak only when spoken to, or reports the news with “one-sided fairness.”’<p>History has certainly been kind to John F. Kennedy in assessing his performance during the 13 days of the Cuban Missile …

Journalism

Young subscribers flock to old media

Shunning Trump, the millennial generation does what it once resisted: pay for news.<p>As President Donald Trump wages daily war against the press, millennials are subscribing to legacy news publications in record numbers—and at a growth rate, data suggests, far outpacing any other age group.<p>Since …

Millennials

The History of Russian Involvement in America's Race Wars

From propaganda posters to Facebook ads, 80-plus years of Russian meddling.<p>According to a spate of recent reports, accounts tied to the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency—a Russian “troll factory”— used social media and Google during the 2016 electoral campaign to deepen political and …

Black Lives Matter

Why and how you should switch to Linux

It's time for a change.<p>When you start comparing computers, you probably pit Windows against macOS—but Linux rarely gets a mention. Still, this lesser-known operating system has a strong and loyal following. That's because it offers a number of advantages over its competitors.<p>Whether you're …

Linux

The Bloody End of the Islamic State's Utopian Dream

“The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name.”<p>The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name. Like most utopian movements, the Islamic State was …

Islamic State (ISIS)

How People Inside Facebook Are Reacting To The Company’s Election Crisis

Many employees feel like they’re part of an unjust narrative that’s spiraled out of control.<p>In the summer of 2015, a Facebook engineer was combing through the company's internal data when he noticed something unusual. He was searching to determine which websites received the most referral traffic …

Facebook

KFC Is Only Following 11 People On Twitter For A Totally Genius Reason

Mind. Blown.<p>KFC’s Twitter game is finger lickin’ good.<p>In a marketing move that Colonel Sanders himself would have been proud of, someone on Twitter noticed the fast-food chain is highly selective about who it follows on the micro-blogging service.<p>As Twitter user @edgette22 noted on Thursday, KFC …

Herbs

The department of transportation of the future

Transportation will be dramatically different in ten years. To adapt, public entities and stakeholders must act today.<p><b>In ten years,</b> transportation in …

Innovation

The New York Times promotes ‘talking points’ for its public-facing stars

The New York Times is concerned about its public face. Last week it promulgated a new set of social-media guidelines governing the top-of-the-brain-pan musings of its Twitter and Facebook users. “We believe that to remain the world’s best news organization, we have to maintain a vibrant presence on …

Journalism

From Nieman Reports: The powers and perils of news personalization

A new era of personalized news products began, in earnest, as a reaction to horrific global news.<p>Today, a Google search for news runs through the same algorithmic filtration system as any other Google search: A person’s individual search history, geographic location, and other demographic …

Journalism

Soon, Your Streets Will Be Watching You

Driver surveillance was designed to make streets safer and more efficient. But what else could be done with the data that shows what we’re like on the road?<p>We live in the era of mass surveillance. Most of what we do is carefully tracked: the websites we visit, the way we spend our money and, in …

Transportation

Mapped: The world according to cocaine consumption

We've previously mapped the world according to cannabis, alcohol and cigarette consumption, here - ahead of a new two-part ITV documentary on the drug, presented by the chef Gordon Ramsay - we're looking at cocaine.<p>The map below shows the world according to prevalence of cocaine use as a percentage …

United Nations

How Money Became the Measure of Everything

Two centuries ago, America pioneered a way of thinking that puts human well-being in economic terms.<p>Money and markets have been around for thousands of years. Yet as central as currency has been to so many civilizations, people in societies as different as ancient Greece, imperial China, medieval …

Equality

Multiple NFL owners believe Trump is waging a personal vendetta against the NFL because he was prevented from buying a team

• <b>President Donald Trump is still going after the NFL over anthem protests.</b>• <b><br>Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said Trump is "jealous" of NFL and his attacks are "personal."</b>• <b><br>Adam Shefter said other NFL owners feel Trump's attacks are a personal vendetta.</b><p>President Donald Trump went after the NFL …

Shahid Khan

What It's Like to Grow Up with Elite Neo-Nazis

"I was about 19 when I realized the Holocaust was real."<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Germany.</i><p>Heidi Benneckenstein is a 24-year-old teacher and mother. A little more than a year ago, however, she was a neo-Nazi called Heidrun Redeker. Benneckenstein was born into an extreme right-wing …

European History