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The Surge

the surgeHow Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and surveilled places in the …

Immigration

Barbecued Cheese Is a Thing and We’re Not Mad About It

During the summertime, your grill is your best friend. So why not use it to cook everyone’s favorite food? CHEESE. Here: Eight barbecue cheese …

Cooking

17 Surprising Potato Salad Recipes That Will Win the Summer Barbecue

Potato salad is the trusty standby at every barbecue, but it’s not nearly as flashy as the caprese peach salad and Brussels sprout sliders beckoning …

Healthy Eating

22 Cities Around the World Best Explored by Bicycle

Bike Lanes

Why the Worst Thing About Baseball Is Also the Best Thing About Baseball

Baseball is a booming business. With total annual revenues of more than $10 billion (yes, <i>billion</i>) last season — a record — and enjoying a 24-year era …

U.S. Supreme Court

Special report: Why China scares politicians of all stripes

China, with a series of short and long-term moves on the global stage, is doing something few others can: eliciting similar warnings and worries from …

China

‘Killing Eve’: The Showrunner and Stars on the Love Story Behind the Sleeper Hit

Born during the silent era and perfected by Alfred Hitchcock, the cat-and-mouse crime thriller is practically as old as cinema itself. It has also become a staple of television in the binge-viewing age, in addictive series like “Fargo,” “Mindhunter” and “Narcos.”<p>BBC America’s sleeper hit “Killing …

Killing Eve

To fight the status quo, the activists of 1968 harnessed the power of fashion

In 1968, the American Dream looked a lot like it did in the 1950s. It was rooted in the suburbs; it was a nuclear family; and it was white. Men wore a uniform of starched white shirts, dark suits and slim ties. For women, a middle-class existence was defined by shift dresses and merciless …

Black History

Republicans explain in their own words why they are leaving Congress

<b>(CNN) —</b> A lot of Republicans are running away from Congress.<p>Since the beginning of the 115th Congress, more than 40 Republicans have left or announced they plan to leave the House by the end of the year. A handful of members have resigned amid scandal. Another group is leaving to run for higher …

Republicans

How the ‘Watergate Babies’ Broke American Politics

They arrived and began opening up Congress. They ended up inadvertently institutionalizing a distinctly partisan and confrontational style that permeates contemporary American politics today.<p>For millions of Americans, from political analysts to readers confronting their morning newspapers, the …

Political Science

5 Reasons It Could Feel Like You're Traveling Without Moving This Summer

If you've already tried to get away for the long holiday weekend or are planning on leaving soon, you probably know this: the highways, airports and train stations are packed with like-minded folks trying to get out of town for the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.<p>Planes, trains and …

Memorial Day Weekend

Timeline: Ireland and abortion

<b>A referendum will take place on 25 May on whether to reform Ireland's strict abortion laws.</b><p>The vote will decide whether to repeal a constitutional amendment that effectively bans terminations.<p>It will be the country's sixth referendum on the issue. Currently, abortion is only allowed when a woman's …

Rights & Freedoms

Oldest Pearl Harbor survivor reflects ahead of Memorial Day

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ray Chavez is the oldest survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched America's entry into World War II in 1941.<p>At 106, the indefatigable veteran has been traveling around the country for years, attending memorial services and commemorations. This week, he met with President Donald …

Memorial Day

34 of the most important Star Wars heroes, ranked from worst to best

Some of them are among the most memorable characters in all of fiction, and some are memorable for being the absolute worse. (Meesa think probably you know exactly who we are talking about. How rude!)<p>Some of the best characters fighting for the good side of the Force throughout the films have been …

Star Wars

Couple returns to Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte for 50th anniversary

Fifty years after honeymooning at Charlotte Motor Speedway, couple returns for anniversary<p>Mike Hembree | USA TODAY<p>Kevin Harvick on fire heading into Coca-Cola 600<p>SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Mike Hembree discusses Kevin Harvick's dominance leading up to the Coca-Cola 600 and Jeff Gordon being …

Motorsport

What Happened in Vegas

It is Monday evening, less than 24 hours after Stephen Paddock — an isolated, shadowy 64-year-old retired tax auditor and postal worker from …

Las Vegas

Listen to These 5 Podcasts Before They Become TV Shows

Podcasts have taken the world by storm in recent years. The resurgence to audio programming has officially made its way to the mainstream thanks to …

TV shows

The Last Days of Time Inc.

An oral history of how the pre-eminent media organization of the 20th century ended up on the scrap heap.

20th Century

Instagram and your mental health: the big picture

<i>Mental Health: Beyond Awareness is a five-day campaign asking what we can do for mental health issues beyond "raising awareness". Young people are more aware of mental health issues than ever, but our services are broken, the internet is stressing us out, and self-medication is on the rise.</i> <i>Who is</i> …

Mental Health

Emilia Clarke’s Solo Flight

Cover StorySummer 2018<p>Emilia Clarke’s Solo Flight<p>Cover StoryEmilia Clarke’s Solo FlightFor nearly a decade, Emilia Clarke has ruled the ratings as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones.</i> With the series slated to end next year, the 31-year-old actress has set her sights on new challenges. First …

TV Series

Can you ever change a violent psychopath’s mind?

To make our streets safer, efforts are underway to devise new treatments for repeatedly violent offenders.<p>For the purposes of this article, imagine this scenario. It’s a Saturday night in a busy city-centre pub. Feeling bored, Tony picks up the empty beer bottle on the table in front of him and …

Psychology

How Liz Garbus Became A Fly On The Wall During The New York Times' Most Stressful 100 Days

On November 22, 2016, Liz Garbus realized, with a jolt of clarity, the subject of her next project. In the past, Garbus, an acclaimed documentarian, …

Journalism

StumbleUpon turned internet boredom into time well wasted

An ode to a service that provided great entertainment for 16 years<p>StumbleUpon is finally shutting down after 16 years, and with it an era of time well spent being bored on the internet.<p>The company’s founder announced in a Medium post this week that StumbleUpon will shut down on June 30. Active …

Social Media

Consider the Cactus: How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World

One early Saturday morning in March, a little over 100 succulent enthusiasts gathered on a sunny hillside in Bonsall, California, for a glimpse of …

Great Depression

Rural America is mad about proposed gun laws. So they're creating 'gun sanctuaries.'

A new push for gun control in Springfield, Illinois’ capitol, had David Campbell feeling angry and powerless.<p>“It’s time to take stand,” he told himself.<p>Campbell, a small print shop owner who is a member of the Effingham County Board in rural southern Illinois, was upset that Chicago-area lawmakers …

Guns

Sleeping in on the weekend might be good for you, but it's not going to fix all your problems

Scientists still aren't sure exactly how to deal with our chronic sleep deficit.<p>There’s nothing quite like crawling under the covers on Friday night with the intention of snoozing well into Saturday. But sleep can be stressful, too: the questions of when and how long to sleep have been the sources …

Sleep

I don’t know why GDPR is so funny, but it is

Happy GDPR Day to us all<p>GDPR stands for the “General Data Protection Regulation.” It’s the most important data privacy law thus far, the convoluted product of a four-year deliberative process, a “staggeringly complex” law that “no one understands,” an 88-page monster translated into 26 different …

GDPR

Welcome to impossible: The Golden Knights and the NHL miracle that makes no sense

Las Vegas’s new team will play for the Stanley Cup. It’s quite possibly the most surprising, unprecedented and confounding story in the history of the NHL<p><b>So what just happened?</b> On Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Winnipeg Jets to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.<p>The win is the latest …

Ice Hockey