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Comey declines to testify before Senate committee

Ousted FBI Director James Comey will not appear in a closed session before the Senate Intelligence Committee next Tuesday.<p>Comey had been invited by Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and top Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia. Their panel is investigating Russia’s election meddling and allegations of …

Riot police block Venezuela's 'Grandparents' March'

<b>(CNN) —</b> This time it was the "abuelitos" -- Venezuela's grandparents -- who took to the streets.<p>On Friday, the face of the latest in an almost daily series of sometimes deadly protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro changed from the bandana-wearing, rock-throwing rage of the …

Rex Tillerson Doesn't Understand America

His idea that the country’s interests and its values are two separate things—the first mandatory, the second optional—reflects a misreading of the past.<p>On May 3, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gave his first big speech about American foreign policy to the employees of the Department of State. In …

Foreign Policy

3 maps that explain the geopolitics of nuclear weapons

North Korea has received a lot of focus due to a recent missile test and the expectation of another nuclear test. It is a poor country whose nuclear program has allowed it to punch above its weight internationally. This has also forced superpowers to approach it with great caution.<p>Nuclear bombs are …

The Genius Innovation That Made the Great Library of Alexandria Work

Artist rendering of the interior of the Library of Alexandria<br>Library of Congress<p>1 of 5<p><i>As National Library Week begins — it runs from April 9–15 this</i> …

Ancient History

New York Set To Offer Free Tuition At 4-Year Colleges

If the state Senate approves the budget, New York will become the first state to do so.<p>In a major victory for the movement to improve access to higher education, New York is set to become the only state that offers free tuition at four-year colleges.<p>Deemed the Excelsior Scholarship, the free …

Trump, who scorned Obama's golf habits, outpacing him in rounds

<b>Palm Beach, Florida (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is well outpacing his predecessor on the green, making his 16th visit to one of his eponymous golf courses since taking office as he marks the end of another weekend at his Florida getaway.<p>Trump was spotted Sunday driving a golf cart and making a …

Donald Trump

'Military-Style' Firearms Aren't Protected By Second Amendment, Court Rules

An appeals court upheld a Maryland ban on a wide range of popular semiautomatic weapons.<p>WASHINGTON ― A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that a Maryland ban on assault-style rifles and large-capacity magazines isn’t subject to the Constitution’s right to keep and bear arms.<p>The full U.S. Court …

How to Build an Autocracy

The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.<p>点击这里阅读中文版本<p>It’s 2021, and President Donald Trump will shortly be sworn in for his second term. The 45th president has visibly aged over the past four years. …

Wasn't Trump once pro-choice? Here's the president's evolving platform on abortion.

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that the anti-abortion March for Life had his "full support."<p>However, that wasn't always the case. Trump, …

Donald Trump

Trump’s “Muslim ban” is a huge gift to ISIS

ISIS says the US is at war with Islam. Trump just helped them make their case.<p>ISIS has been trying for years to convince Muslims around the world that the West — and especially the United States — is at war with Islam. President Donald Trump’s new executive order on immigration will make it much …

Muslim Ban

President Trump’s First Defeat

The immigration order creates an international mess—and a political embarrassment.<p>“It’s working out very nicely,” President Donald Trump said on Saturday afternoon as he signed his latest batch of executive actions. “You see it in the airports.”<p>It was the usual confident swagger from a man …

Immigration

Trump and academia actually have a lot in common

In 2013, a college student assigned to research a deadly substance sought help via Twitter: “I can’t find the chemical and physical properties of sarin gas someone please help me.” An expert at a security consulting firm tried to be helpful, telling her that sarin is not gas. She replied, “yes the …

Donald Trump

Worried about the NSA under Trump? Here's how to protect yourself

We don’t yet know Trump’s surveillance plans, but follow these guidelines if you think it’s better to be safe than sorry<p>In January 2017, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America, and the most technologically advanced surveillance infrastructure in the world will start …

Privacy

‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’

In back rooms and think tanks, Republicans are already mourning their party—and plotting the fight over who’s going to be in it after Trump.<p>As the country geared up for the third and final presidential debate last week, the fellows of the storied conservative Hoover Institution gathered in Palo …

Republicans

The Last Nuremberg Prosecutor Has 3 Words Of Advice: 'Law Not War'

When the Nazi leadership was put on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, in the wake of World War II, the notion of an international war crimes tribunal was new and controversial.<p>British Prime Minister Winston Churchill proposed a summary execution of Nazi leaders. But it was decided that trials would be …

International Criminal Court

America's 'war on terror' gains a new ally: tiny Senegal | VICE News

The United States' so-called "war on terror" has reached Senegal, a small West African nation and former French colony that's being drawn increasingly close to the US in a military and intelligence alliance. Actual terrorism, in fact, has not hit Senegal. Through a unique defense agreement with the …

6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Where the World’s Slaves Live

A new report estimates nearly 46 million people live in contemporary slavery, more than half of them in five countries.<p>This year, researchers surveyed residents of 15 states in India and asked them what it is like to live in conditions of contemporary slavery—the term used to describe human …

American Religion Has Never Looked Quite Like It Does Today

Based on these trends, the future of religion in America probably isn't a church.<p>Nearly a century after German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche first proclaimed "God is dead,” TIME magazine released a controversial cover on its April 8, 1966 edition with the related provocative question: “Is God …

5 Strength Moves You Need to Do If You Want to Lose Weight

Prepare to blast calories and stoke your metabolism.<p>Strength training is the best thing you can do for weight loss—and the reasons for that are as endless as the buckets you’ll sweat. For starters, resistance training burns hella calories by creating an “after burn” effect post-workout. It also …

50 documentaries you need to see

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Non-fiction

How to say Yes! to sex (and not just 'OK, only if you shut up about it') | Jacqueline Hellyer

In most relationships, there’s a higher-desire partner and a lower-desire partner – how do you go about meeting in the middle?<p>I had a good chat recently with a woman who loves sex, and she said that she never refuses her husband, that she always comes from a place of “Yes!”.<p>Apparently her mother …

Relationships

Ted Cruz Is Not a True Christian

And it came to pass that Jesus entered the city of Capernaum, where a sinful woman came to him while he was at table. Weeping, she washed his feet …

Government

Obama’s Pentagon Covers Up Bush-Era Detainee Abuse

The photos show U.S. troops posing with corpses and simulating forced sodomization. But “the most transparent administration in history” won’t let …

A Brief Overview of Islamic Theology

What follows is strangely enough harder to find than it should be nowadays. Its a brief but holistic overview of what Muslims believe, and is essentially the framework by which Muslims view the universe and existence. Sure, Muslims believe in the Five Pillars, but knowing that alone doesn't really …

Stephen A. Smith is now openly threatening Kevin Durant on television

Stephen A. Smith has been taking some swings at Kevin Durant. Here is the latest:<p>(Vine h/t Mihir Bhagat)<p>He stares into the camera on First Take and repeatedly says/threatens, as if speaking directly to Durant, "You do NOT want to make an enemy out of me."<p>This all started when Stephen A. said, "I'm …

What Cheating on My Boyfriend Taught Me About Monogamy

Infidelity is not human nature.<p>Rick was my first real boyfriend, my high school sweetheart, my date to four proms. He was the first guy I'd ever brought home who could look my mom in the eye. A <i>nice</i> guy. A year after Rick and I first started dating, I came home from high school one day and my father …