Raj Rajagopalan

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The Case for a Trump-Russia Conspiracy Just Got a Little Stronger

If proven true, the president’s alleged role in the Trump Tower meeting could help prosecutors make judgments about his “character, truthfulness, and culpability.”<p>CNN’s bombshell scoop Thursday night shined a bright light yet again on the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan and raised …

Donald Trump

Coincidences and the Meaning of Life

The surprising chances of our lives can seem like they’re hinting at hidden truths, but they’re really revealing the human mind at work.<p>Towards the end of seventh grade, my middle-school band took a trip to Cedar Point, which was pretty much <i>the</i> theme park to which Midwestern middle school bands …

Middle School

“No Way to Run a Superpower”: The Trump-Putin Summit and the Death of American Foreign Policy

In the days since the Monday meeting in Helsinki, there’s been an understandable frenzy over President Trump’s post-summit press conference, given that he sided with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, over his own intelligence agencies on the subject of Russia’s 2016 election interference, …

Russia

The Inconvenient Legal Troubles That Lie Ahead for the Trump Foundation

Barring an unexpected change, the Donald J. Trump Foundation will be defending itself in a New York courtroom shortly before this fall’s midterm elections. The proceedings seem unlikely to go well for the institution and its leadership; President Trump and his elder children, Ivanka, Donald, Jr., …

Donald Trump

How an Aspiring ‘It’ Girl Tricked New York’s Party People — and Its Banks

Photography by Sergio Corvacho<p>Above, Anna Delvey.<p>It started with money, as it so often does in New York. A crisp $100 bill slipped across the smooth …

The origins of sexism: How men came to rule 12,000 years ago

THE vast majority of cultures are patriarchies, where men are more likely than women to hold positions of social, economic and political power. So it …

Einstein the Anti-Racist? Not in His Travel Diaries

LONDON — In 1922, the same year he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, Albert Einstein set out with his wife, Elsa, on a five-and-a-half-month odyssey of discovery of a new world: the Far East and Middle East.<p>Along the way, he was feted by a Japanese empress and had an audience with the king of …

Albert Einstein

Mathematicians Disprove Conjecture Made to Save Black Holes

Mathematicians have disproved the strong cosmic censorship conjecture. Their work answers one of the most important questions in the study of general …

Equations

Why You're Probably Training Your Cat All Wrong

Domesticated<p>Yes, they're independent and willful, but felines can be taught certain behaviors—to the benefit of both cat and human.<p>Training has always been part of the deal when you own a dog, though methods have changed a lot over the generations. Cats are a different story—but they shouldn’t …

Pets

What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

<b>WHAT IS REAL?</b> <b><br>The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics</b><br>By Adam Becker<br>370 pp. Basic Books. $32.<p>Are atoms real? Of course they are. Everybody believes in atoms, even people who don’t believe in evolution or climate change. If we didn’t have atoms, how could we have atomic bombs? But you …

Quantum Physics

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How American Racism Influenced Hitler

Scholars are mapping the international precursors of Nazism.<p>“History teaches, but has no pupils,” the Marxist philosopher Antonio Gramsci wrote. That line comes to mind when I browse in the history section of a bookstore. An adage in publishing is that you can never go wrong with books about …

Adolf Hitler

The Strange Case of AT&T's Payments to Michael Cohen

Why did AT&T pay the same company used to funnel hush money to Stormy Daniels?<p>Among the details in a document released by Stormy Daniels’s lawyer Michael Avenatti on Tuesday evening is the description of a series of $50,000 payments by AT&T to Essential Consultants, a shell company owned by Michael …

Michael Cohen

I spent my lunch hour logging calorie counts at chain restaurants. Read at your own risk.

The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and I was about to ruin my appetite.<p>And the truth is, I’m probably going to ruin yours, too. (Sorry!)<p>On Monday, federal rules went into effect requiring restaurants and grocery and convenience store chains to post the calorie counts for all standard menu …

“I’d Die for My Wife and My Kids. And This Is All Ruining Their Lives”: After Rudy’s Meltdown, Michael Cohen Grapples with His New Reality

Besieged by the media and legal bills, and feeling abandoned by Washington, friends say Cohen is in a “dangerous place.”<p>On Saturday night, <b>Michael Cohen</b> and his wife, <b>Laura,</b> left their hotel room at the Regency on Park Avenue and headed to a Cinco de Mayo dinner party at a friend’s house uptown. It …

What is a VPN? Beginners Guide to VPNs

What is a VPN?<p>A VPN service is an online privacy service that allows you to:<p>Hide what you get up to on the internet from others.<br>• Get around blocks and …

Israeli Operatives Who Aided Harvey Weinstein Collected Information on Former Obama Administration Officials

In June, 2017, Ann Norris, a former State Department official, received an e-mail containing an unusual proposal. Norris is married to Ben Rhodes, a former foreign-policy adviser to President Barack Obama and a prominent advocate of the Iran nuclear deal. In the e-mail, a woman who introduced …

‘My’ Burma was a lie woven from the nationalist nostalgia of its exiles

For Burmese Americans like me, children of exiles who left the country in the 1960s or 1970s as a brutal military regime seized power, nationalized industries and expelled nonethnic Burmese, it was hard to know Burma. This was a country that closed itself off to the rest of the world and slowly …

Viktor Vekselberg, Russian Billionaire, Was Questioned by Mueller’s Investigators

WASHINGTON — When the United States sought to punish Russia last month for its election interference and other aggressions, it targeted some of Russia’s wealthiest men, imposing sanctions on those viewed as enriching themselves off President Vladimir V. Putin’s government.<p>Now it turns out that one …

Science Finally Discovered Why Flamingos Stand on 1 Leg

Flamingos are known for their one-legged perch, but researchers think they’ve finally figured out how and why they do it.<p>The balancing act requires …

Why now doesn’t exist, and other strange facts about time

Time is relatively well-described in current physical theories – it’s just that those descriptions are perplexingly at odds both with each other and …

Quantum time: Is this where the flow of existence comes from?

THE philosopher Augustine of Hippo once wrote that he felt he knew what time was, so long as no one asked him. Fast forward 16 centuries and the …

Origin of our species: Why humans were once so much more diverse

IMAGINE visiting a tourist attraction in any major world city. There are people from all over – a Nigerian family, a Chinese couple, a German school …

Who are you? How the story of human origins is being rewritten

WHO do you think you are? A modern human, descended from a long line of <i>Homo sapiens</i>? A distant relative of those great adventure-seekers who marched …

Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?

New paper explains how we might go about looking for evidence of earlier civilizations.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we’re alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on …

Universe

Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded

ALBANY — Last March, five women gathered in a home near here to enter a secret sisterhood they were told was created to empower women.<p>To gain admission, they were required to give their recruiter — or “master,” as she was called — naked photographs or other compromising material and were warned …

McMaster and Commander

Can a national-security adviser retain his integrity if the President has none?<p>When Donald Trump had a phone conversation with Vladimir Putin on the morning of March 20th, the two were at an excruciatingly delicate juncture. American intelligence officials had concluded that Russia had interfered …

National Security

Trump keeps saying he’s innocent. So why does he keep sounding like he’s guilty?

As concern grew inside his orbit that Michael Cohen might become a cooperating witness to federal investigators, President Trump issued a declaration about his longtime personal lawyer and fixer.<p>“Most people will flip if the Government lets them out of trouble,” Trump tweeted over the weekend. He …