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Russian-born businessman Felix Sater has confirmed a bombshell detail in the Russia investigation

<i>Sign up for the latest Russia investigation updates here.</i><p>Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman with financial ties to the Trump Organization, confirmed Friday that President Donald Trump's business was privately negotiating a deal with a sanctioned Russian bank during the 2016 US election.<p>The …

Vladimir Putin Outwitted Megyn Kelly by Weaponizing Incompetence

Over the weekend, NBC released a nearly hour-long interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the reporter Megyn Kelly conducted over two days, earlier in March. At the same time, the Kremlin dropped its own version of the conversation, an apparently unedited video that came in at nearly …

Apocalypse Soon

<i>The reason climate fiction is not a subset of science fiction = you do not need a speculative element to write climate fiction. This should be</i> …

These Monster Black Holes Are Outgrowing Their Own Galaxies

As someone who never got to experience a growth spurt, I am radically jealous of these supermassive black holes that are apparently growing faster …

Universe

The NRA Is Losing

Message to the NRA: the kids aren’t afraid of you. Your legislative power is waning, and your extreme reactions prove it.<p>The NRA is losing the public …

The Man Who Knew Too Little

GLOUSTER, Ohio — At first, the experiment didn’t have a name.<p>Right after the election, Erik Hagerman decided he’d take a break from reading about the hoopla of politics.<p>Donald Trump’s victory shook him. Badly. And so Mr. Hagerman developed his own eccentric experiment, one that was part silent …

San Francisco

This is what your smartphone is doing to your brain — and it isn't good

All day long, we're inundated by interruptions and alerts from our devices. Smartphones buzz to wake us up, emails stream into our inboxes, notifications from coworkers and far away friends bubble up on our screens, and "assistants" chime in with their own soulless voices.<p>Such interruptions seem …

So You Want to Read Literary Horror: Here’s Where to Start

The Remastered, Full-Color Edition<p>If you haven’t read <i>House of Leaves</i>, go grab a copy now. We’re happy to wait, it’s just that good. I’m pretty …

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This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

In his fourth book, "American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America," award-winning author Colin Woodard identifies 11 distinct cultures that have historically divided the US.<p>"The country has been arguing about a lot of fundamental things lately including state …

Why I left libertarianism: An ethical critique of a limited ideology

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>I value many contributions libertarianism makes to challenging power. But here’s why I no longer associate with it<p>Will Moyer<p>June 14, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>I considered myself a libertarian for at least 10 years. The first time I heard the term was in 2000, watching Harry Browne in …

These Americans Are Fighting for an Actual, Legitimate Democracy, By and For the People

Two weeks ago in reaction to the <i>McCutcheon</i> decision we touched on an issue that will become central to our movement: Has the democratic legitimacy of …

Death From Above: How American Drone Strikes Are Devastating Yemen

The people of Yemen can hear destruction before it arrives. In cities, towns and villages across this country, which hangs off the southern end of …

Al-Qaeda

A Very Serious Problem With Very Serious Journalism

Last week, <i>Foreign Policy</i> published a feature on the role of the Academy in foreign policy that asked, among other things, “Where are all the women?” …

An Uncomfortable Trick for Honest Writing: Staring at Strangers

Author Yiyun Li doesn't just study people on the subway—she studies her characters, unflinchingly imagining their gaze until she understands them fully.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Sherman</b> …

The Blood Harvest

Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.<p>The thing about the blood that everyone notices first: It's blue, baby blue.<p>The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in …

On the Meaning of Journalistic Independence

This morning, I see that some people are quite abuzz about a new Pando article “revealing” that the foundation of Pierre Omidyar, the publisher of …

New Details of Attack on Yemeni Wedding Prompt More Demands Obama Explain Drone Policy

A new report on the U.S. drone missile strike that killed 12 members of a Yemeni wedding convoy has renewed calls for the Obama administration to …

NSA-based drone strikes: A deep philosophical problem

<b>A ground-based cockpit during a training mission flown from Syracuse, New York. (AP/Tsgt Ricky Best)</b><p>A target that emerges from electronic surveillance cannot be assumed to align with a body on the ground to kill<p>Natasha Lennard<p>February 13, 2014 7:08pm (UTC)<p>The first report published in Glenn …

Climate disaster: Big Oil is winning the war for the future

New technologies are making carbon-heavy fuels more plentiful than ever. Can our planet survive?<p>Michael Klare<p>February 14, 2014 2:10pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Listening to President Obama’s State of the Union address, it would have been easy to conclude that we were slowly …

The matter with Kansas now: The Tea Party, the 1 percent and delusional Democrats

Democrats believe demographics alone will defeat the Tea Party. It’s a smug fantasy: Economic populism’s the answer<p>Thomas Frank<p>February 16, 2014 12:00pm (UTC)<p>It is a strange thing to say in the year 2014, as the political battle-lines grow harder and our bitter-enders ever more bitter, but there …

In Yemen, questions and anger over U.S. drone targets after civilian deaths

As the strikes continue, public outrage is rising in Yemen, where many people, including government officials, argue that the attacks increase sympathy for al-Qaeda.<p>As the strikes continue, public outrage is rising in Yemen, where many people, including government officials, argue that the attacks …

Border drone crashes off California coast

Affirming concerns about the proliferation of domestic drones, a mechanical problem brought down the UAV<p>Natasha Lennard<p>January 28, 2014 5:58pm (UTC)<p>Concerns about the proliferation of domestic surveillance drones -- aside from those relating to privacy -- have fallen on the issue of safety, such as …

3 Amazing Coincidences in Our Solar System: What Could They Mean?

1. Ancient astronomy seems to predict knowledge of atoms only discovered in 1913<p>In antiquity, the planets were associated with seven known metals. …

Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …

Universe

Trickle-down economics is the greatest broken promise of our lifetime

The richest 85 people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion – or half the world's entire population – put together. This is the stark headline of a report from Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum at Davos. Is there a reason why the world's powerful, gathering at the …

MLK's vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever

The civil right achievements of Martin Luther King are quite justly the focus of the annual birthday commemoration of his legacy. But it is remarkable, as I've noted before on this holiday, how completely his vehement anti-war advocacy is ignored when commemorating his life (just as his economic …