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The Dark Bounty of Texas Oil

Will the booms and busts of the energy industry always dominate the state?<p>For more than a century, the economic fortunes of Texas have depended on oil. The image of mighty geysers spewing depreciable assets out of the ground is forever linked to the state. In the popular imagination, a rich Texan …

These Cigarette Smugglers Are On The Frontlines Of Russia’s Spy Wars

Five arrests. Two years. The ultimate crime: spying for Russia. An exclusive investigation by BuzzFeed News and Re:Baltica reveals a new tactic in Russia’s spy wars.<p>TALLINN, Estonia — Russia is recruiting smugglers on its western frontier to work as spies and informants in an attempt to destabilize …

How can we create a better life for everyone?

Why is equality still so elusive, while inequality is seen as normal and almost inevitable? We interview the sharpest economic minds in the world, as …

An ex-CIA officer explains why intelligence officials “absolutely can't trust” Trump

“Not one agency in the United States government would grant Trump a security clearance — ever. He's too much of a risk.”<p>Last month, President Donald Trump shared classified intelligence about ISIS with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in the Oval Office.<p>For Glenn Carle, a …

How The West Contained Russian Aggressions

America’s man in Moscow was the first to recommend strategic containment of Russian leaders. It’s an idea whose time has perhaps come again with …

Account Suspended

Pizzas, Loudspeakers and Moms: The U.S. Military’s Unorthodox Mission Against Joseph Kony

In final push to vanquish Joseph Kony’s murderous Lord’s Resistance Army, the U.S. is waging a psychological battle to draw the last rebels from the Central African bush<p>OBO, Central African Republic—Obira Julius was stretched out on the ground, taking a breather on a slog from one jungle hideout to …

National Security

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Nature

Obama lawyers form 'worst-case scenario' group to tackle Trump

Fearful the new administration will abuse its power, the former president’s lawyers are uniting to fight back.<p>Top lawyers who helped the Obama White House craft and hold to rules of conduct believe President Donald Trump and his staff will break ethics norms meant to guard against politicization of …

Harvard scientist worries we’re ‘reverting to a pre-Enlightenment form of thinking’

George Q. Daley, the new head of Harvard Medical School, knows what it's like when presidential politics collides with science. <b></b>Daley was a leading stem cell scientist back in 2001 when President George W. Bush suddenly barred federal funding for research on new embryonic stem cells — a gesture to …

Health Care

How the UK government can hack your personal data

From the moment you set foot on British soil, your personal data could easily be accessed, or even hacked, by the government.<p>New invasive legislation …

Privacy

U.S. Conservatives Unveil Plan to Fight Climate Change

The plan, authored by former Republican cabinet members and economic advisers, could slash emissions. But is it politically feasible?<p>In an effort to address the threat of climate change, a group of conservative U.S. statesmen has outlined a plan that, by 2030, could cut the United States’s carbon …

Fossil Fuels

Here are all the commercials for Super Bowl 51

Football fans everywhere will crowd around their TV sets and tablets come Sunday (Feb. 5), when the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl 51. But the game-play is only half the fun. A plethora of brands have ponied up good money to run commercials in the game, for your …

Media Management

Swiss spoof video goes after Trump in the most brutal way

Switzerland has given Donald Trump all the reasons why he should put "Switzerland Second."<p>Sound familiar?<p>It will do, if you've watched that cheeky …

Red State, Blue City

The United States is coming to resemble two countries, one rural and one urban. What happens when they go to war?<p>The United States now has its most metropolitan president in recent memory: a Queens-bred, skyscraper-building, apartment-dwelling Manhattanite. Yet it was rural America that carried …

Urban Design

9 shows to get excited about in 2017

There will soon be more shows to add to your must-watch list.<p>From book adaptations (<i>Lemony Snicket</i> and <i>Big Little Lies)</i> to new superhero stories, 2017 …

David Fahrenthold tells the behind-the-scenes story of his year covering Trump

“Arnold and Tim, if you’d come up, we’re going to give you a nice, beautiful check,” Donald Trump said. He held up an oversize check, the kind they give to people who win golf tournaments. It was for $100,000. In the top-left corner the check said: “The Donald J. Trump Foundation.”<p>Along the bottom, …

Donald Trump

The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS

John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.<p><i>Updated January 25, 2017</i><p>At dawn on a warm September morning in 2013, a minivan pulled up to a …

Religion

This Chrome extension fact-checks Donald Trump's tweets

Donald Trump lies. Donald Trump hasn’t held a press conference since July 27. Donald Trump likes using Twitter.<p>To address the unique problems …

World Chaos and World Order: Conversations With Henry Kissinger

The former secretary of state reflects on war, peace, and the biggest tests facing the next president.<p>What follows is an extended transcript of several conversations on foreign policy I had with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which formed the …

Geopolitics

Google Nexus 5 review: A Nexus with power, potential, and the right price - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Google Nexus 5</b> has LTE for multiple carriers, a sleek and solid build, and an excellent price. It makes crystal-clear calls, battery life is long, and integration of Google Now is deep and wide.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Nexus 5's screen is dimmer than its competitors' and its camera struggles under …

Gear & Gadgets