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A Russian Lawyer Involved In A US Prosecution Mysteriously Plunged From His Apartment Window

William Browder<p>Nikolai Gorokhov<p>A Russian lawyer who was a witness in a US federal court case connected to the largest money-laundering scheme in …

Corruption

Read Mueller’s full indictment against 12 Russian officers for election interference

Twelve Russian intelligence officers were accused Friday of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential elections, including a hack of Democratic …

Donald Trump

The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump

Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office – an average of 5.9 a day<p>For decades, objectivity – or even the aim of ascertaining the best available truth – has been falling out of favour<p>Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of …

Fake News

What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington <i>Post</i> reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its …

Donald Trump

Inside the Online Campaign to Whitewash Donald Trump’s Russian Business Ties

Who is paying bloggers on the other side of the globe to scrub the Internet of Trump’s Russian business ties?<p>A mystery client has been paying …

Donald Trump

We all know about Trump's war on facts, but the more vicious war is on basic notions of right and wrong

To anyone who had eyes to see and a half-working moral compass in 1991, the Handycam video of Rodney King’s beating by four LAPD cops showed brutality, sadism and torture.<p>The primitive violence insulted the heart.<p>But then came patronizing attorneys, media exploitation of racism, weird language and …

Los Angeles

Obama: ‘You are right to be concerned’

In his first public comments in months, the former president talks about anger, regrets — and what the Republicans are doing right.<p>BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Barack Obama’s message to Democrats: Stop dreaming of him.<p>Speaking at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday here in the lush …

Barack Obama

Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Al Gore

Sen. Mark Warner on Mueller Probe: “If you think you've seen wild stuff so far, buckle up."

So, Senator Mark Warner might have gotten a little in his cups and spoken slightly out of turn last night at a fundraiser, prompting the NY Time’s …

Russia Probe

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

Psychology

There’s actually lots of evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

The untenability of the “no collusion” talking point.<p>“In all of this, in any of this, there’s been no evidence that there’s been any collusion between the Trump campaign and President Trump and Russia,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday at his weekly press conference. “Let’s just make that …

Donald Trump’s New World Order

How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind.<p>On the afternoon of December 14, 2016, Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, rode from his Embassy to the White House to attend a Hanukkah party. The Obama …

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

Bob Mueller’s White Hot Summer

The special counsel’s investigation is likely hurtling toward a conclusion. Buckle up.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller may well be in the final stages of wrapping up his principal investigation. Last week, I argued here in <i>Politico</i> that Mueller will want to avoid interfering with the November midterms …

Donald Trump

Fifteen Unanswered Criminal-Law Questions About Trump

A short—and by no means exhaustive—list of the open questions swirling around the president, his campaign, his company, and his family.<p>President Trump speculated on Tuesday that “if” the FBI placed a spy inside his campaign, that would be one of the greatest scandals in U.S. history. On Wednesday …

Donald Trump

Most Americans don’t realize Robert Mueller’s investigation has uncovered crimes

17 indictments and five guilty pleas so far.<p>A majority of Americans — 59 percent — say in a new survey that Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and the 2016 campaign has not yet uncovered evidence of any crimes, even though in reality, Mueller has already obtained five guilty pleas and 17 …

Collusion Happened

Despite what the president says, the question is answered.<p>Trump aides colluded with foreign governments.<p>This is a simple, straightforward statement, and by this point, it ought to be an uncontroversial one. There’s ample evidence on many fronts, from legal documents to reliable reporting. This …

Rod Rosenstein just fired back at Donald Trump by using the dictionary

Despite enduring months of public criticism from president Donald Trump, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was in a cheery mood when speaking to a group of lawyers in New York today. He did, however, take a couple of thinly veiled swipes at the president.<p>“It’s refreshing to get out of …

Donald Trump

The subtle art of forming valuable, life-long friendships

The late George Carlin is probably one of my favorite comedians.<p>I always found him to be raw and honest, and like most great comedians, there was a sense that he wasn’t there to just make you laugh. He had a subtle truth to share and that truth was best delivered as a joke.<p>In this way, towards the …

Time I

Donald Trump is not American democracy’s worst threat - Vox

The golden age of American politics was illiberal, undemocratic, and bloody.<p>A university recently invited me to participate in a forum considering this question: Has American politics ever been this bad? The answer, clearly, is that it has been much worse. We had a Civil War, after all. Congress …

McCain doesn't want Trump at funeral, friends tell White House

WASHINGTON — People close to Sen. John McCain have told the White House that the ailing Arizona Republican does not want President Donald Trump to attend his funeral and would like Vice President Mike Pence to come instead, a source close to McCain confirmed to NBC News.<p>McCain, 81, has been …

Donald Trump

A Neuroscientist Reveals The Most Important Choice You Can Make in Life

Choose wisely.<p>According to Moran Cerf, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University who has been studying decision-making for over a decade, the …

Northwestern University

All the Times Angela Merkel’s Face Said “S.T.F.U. You Dummkopf Orange Oaf”

The German chancellor couldn’t hide her disgust during a joint press conference with Donald Trump.<p>On Friday, German chancellor <b>Angela Merkel</b> arrived at the White House for a three-hour “working session” with <b>Donald Trump,</b> the goal of which was to convince the American to resist his impulses and not …

Donald Trump

Why Trump Gets Away With Lying

When people feel marginalized, blatant lies can pass for authenticity.<p>Over the past two years, Donald Trump has lied incessantly and brazenly, and trampled all over traditional norms of respectable behavior. Yet his supporters still admire him and, bizarrely, see him as an authentic figure, …

Anthony Bourdain’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Trump Country: ‘I Was Utterly Disarmed’

The ‘Parts Unknown’ host discusses his upcoming West Virginia episode, why he won’t be filming in Russia and Turkey anymore, and how Trump is going …

Bad News for President Trump

The Comey memos are more revealing than they seem.<p>One feature of the truth is that it doesn’t change much. A lie is hard to sustain. The details may change in each retelling because the liar is not actually remembering the events, but instead remembering the telling of the events. The truth, by …

An 80-year Harvard study claims to have found the gateway to happiness

There are some things that money can’t buy. True friends and happiness are among them. In fact, an 80-year-long study at Harvard University claims …

Great Depression

Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency

On May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln in front of the massive “Mission Accomplished” sign, I was in Baghdad performing what had become a daily ritual. I went to a gate on the side of the Republican Palace, in the Green Zone, where an American soldier …

How to Kill Democracy in Four Easy Steps: Lessons on the Gestapo at 85

Eighty-five years ago the Nazi terror machine began operations. It met little resistance. And that’s the lesson that should really worry us now.<p>The …

Why I left Fox News

You could measure the decline of Fox News by the drop in the quality of guests waiting in the green room. A year and a half ago, you might have heard George Will discussing policy with a senator while a former Cabinet member listened in. Today, you would meet a Republican commissar with a …

Gun Control