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This powerful man can’t stop tweeting

Some of his business ventures have been more successful than others, but enough of them came good to make him very rich. And yet, even as his power grows, he becomes more prickly by the day. He sees conspiracies around every corner, with shadowy figures amassing to take him down. The media, in …

Fake News

Inside the Mind of Donald Trump

He’s grandiose, deceitful and paranoid—but don’t let him drive you crazy.<p>Why is President Donald Trump behaving in ways that seem ever more irrational, impulsive, self-destructive, dangerous and cruel? Many Americans have been shocked by Trump’s behavior, most recently by his taking the side of a …

Psychology

NPR’s sexist blunder is proof that women’s work isn’t just overlooked—it’s erased

Writing a book is a big deal. Being invited to discuss that book on National Public Radio is an occasion for joy, too.<p>But you know what sucks? When these two realities converge—and you, the co-author of said book, receive no credit.<p>That’s what happened to Silke-Maria Weineck, a professor of …

Feminism

“Organization Don’t Mean Shit”: Inside the Beginning of the End of the Clinton Campaign

In an excerpt from her new book, Chasing Hillary, the author explains how a group of perspicacious—and pretty miserable—Clinton campaign reporters knew the candidate’s electoral hopes were imperiled all the way back in Iowa, in early 2016.<p>“To our traveling press corps—Happy New Year!” the e-mail …

'Poop Train' full of NYC sewage raises stink in Alabama town

PARRISH, Ala. (AP) — A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant …

New York City

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Civil Rights

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Is the Two-Party System Doomed?

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose 2013 bestseller <i>Capital in the 21st Century</i>awoke upscale Americans to the shocking news that their economic …

There are good reasons for ignoring the news | David Mitchell

Wealthy American Erik Hagerman has entirely cut himself off from current affairs following the election of Trump. Here’s why I support him<p>Did you hear about the rich American who’s cut himself off from all news since Donald Trump was elected? There’s no reason why you should. He wouldn’t have done, …

To Save Whales, Maine's Iconic Lobster Industry May Have To Change

The endangered North Atlantic right whale population took a big hit last year with a record number of animals killed by fishing gear entanglements and ship strikes. Now, an ongoing debate over threats posed by Maine's lobster industry is gaining new urgency as scientists estimate these whales could …

North Atlantic

Why You Should Never, Ever Drain Your Pasta In The Sink

Don't let that liquid gold circle the drain again.<p>If you drain your pasta water through a colander and down the sink, you’re throwing away an invaluable asset that cooks call “liquid gold.”<p>(The term “liquid gold” has also been used to refer to wood cleaner, hair products and of course, urine. For …

Italian Food

The Puzzle Of Quantum Reality

There's a hole at the heart of quantum physics.<p>It's a deep hole. Yet it's not a hole that prevents the theory from working. Quantum physics is, by any measure, astonishingly successful. It's the theory that underpins nearly all of modern technology, from the silicon chips buried in your phone to …

Quantum Physics

Good educations are being lost in the futile quest for value for money | Kenan Malik

Students who sue universities because their degrees didn’t lead to well-paid jobs forget they were there to learn how to think<p>Sam Gyimah is very taken by Moneysupermarket.com. Seven years ago, the newly elected Tory MP for East Surrey wrote an article for Conservative Home, bemoaning the fact that …

Education

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

The Observer view on talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un | Observer editorial

The president, seeing a chance to secure his place in history, has taken Kim’s bait<p>Will Donald Trump ever meet Kim Jong-un? It is a reasonable question, given the US leader’s changeable moods and the fact that the North Korean dictator has yet to issue an official invitation. Trump could barely …

The Whitewashing of King’s Assassination

The death of Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t a galvanizing event, but the premature end of a movement that had only just begun.<p>Editor’s Note: Read <i>The Atlantic</i>’s special coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.<p>Image Above: Three days after King is murdered in Memphis, soldiers patrol riot-torn …

What Do Trump and Followers Mean When They Say 'America'?

When Trump and his followers refer to “America,” what do they mean?<p>Some see a country of white English-speaking Christians.<p>Others want a land …

How Facebook stole the news business

Big news outlets stupidly sold their soul to Facebook. Desperate for the referral traffic Facebook dangled, they spent the past few years jumping through its hoops only to be cut out of the equation. Instead of developing an owned audience of homepage visitors and newsletter subscribers, they let …

Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Already Happening

Assuming the Russia scandal will follow the same arc as Watergate ignores the dismissals that have already happened, and the way the president is eroding Justice Department independence instead of firing people.<p>The much-anticipated but much-delayed release of the House Intelligence Committee memo …

Donald Trump

Jerry Falwell Jr. wraps up a bad week for evangelicals

<b>Jerry Falwell, Jr. (Getty/John Moore)</b><p>Botching religious history, Jerry Falwell Jr. forgets his own family’s political and historical history<p>Matthew Sheffield<p>January 26, 2018 5:12pm (UTC)<p>It hasn't been a good week for evangelical leaders in getting their message out.<p>Days after one religious leader …

Religion

Paul Ryan Is the Silent Partner in Trump’s War on the Rule of Law

In early January, FBI director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein met with House Speaker Paul Ryan and asked him to rein in …

Donald Trump

“This Is Serious”: Facebook Begins Its Downward Spiral

Facebook was always famous for the sign that hung in its offices, written in big red type on a white background, that said “Move Fast and Break Things.” Every time I think about the company, I realize it has done just that—to itself.<p>Years ago, long before <b>Mark Zuckerberg</b> became Mark Zuckerberg, the …

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

<i>Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Her research focuses on general relativity and quantum gravity. She is author of the blog</i> Backreaction <i>and her first book, Lost in Math, is set to appear in June. You can find her on Twitter at @skdh.</i><p>…

Dark Matter

Pundits Make Own Diagnoses, Attack WH Doctor Because They Can’t Handle Trump’s Good Health

This week, White House physician <b>Dr. Ronny Jackson</b> spoke to the press for more than hour about President <b>Donald Trump’s</b> physical and mental health. And …

Get Over Yourself, America

The rest of the world couldn’t care less about Donald Trump.<p>For the past few weeks, we’ve been deluged by various retrospectives on Donald Trump’s first year in office. Many made valuable contributions to our understanding of this, shall we say, unique figure in U.S. presidential history. Yet all …

Revealed – the truth about plastic

Yes, packaging’s bad, but what if the alternatives are worse?<p>Has an albatross ever wielded so much influence? The bewildered chick who regurgitated a plastic bag in front of Sir David Attenborough’s camera crew — fed to him by his mother after she had scooped it from the sea — has caused one of …

Pollution

America is spiritually bankrupt. We must fight back together | Cornel West

The undeniable collapse of integrity, honesty and decency in our public and private life has fueled racial hatred and contempt<p>We live in one of the darkest moments in American history – a bleak time of spiritual blackout and imperial meltdown. Exactly 25 years ago, in my book Race Matters, I tried …

Cornel West

The fury around Donna Brazile is symptomatic of our times | Thomas Frank

The former head of the Democratic National Committee has managed to piss off every group of the political spectrum. That’s why we should listen to her<p>Donna Brazile has spent most of her life as a good soldier of the Democratic party, managing presidential campaigns, supporting the Clinton family, …

‘I Was An Easy Pickup’: How Trump Lost Manchin on Taxes

Red-state Democrats like the West Virginia senator should have been putty in the president’s hands. Instead, he’s alienated them to the point that he’s neither feared nor loved.<p><i>Subscribe to Off Message on Apple Podcasts here. | Subscribe via Stitcher here.</i><p>During the transition last year and several …

Dark Energy Theories Demolished: Neutron Star Collision Wipes Out Scientists' Understanding of Mysterious Force

<i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>There was much excitement when scientists witnessed the violent …