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China is the greatest, growing threat to America

China has outlined strategies for 2018, 2025 and 2050 all designed to displace the United States as the dominant global economic and national …

China

Hiking Solo — Washington Trails Association

So you’re ready to embark on your first hike alone? Don’t lace up your boots quite yet. Make your first solo hiking experience the best it can be …

Hiking

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

We Locked Four Experts in a Room Until They Solved Immigration

Your move, Congress.<p>It’s a problem that has eluded top statesmen for nearly two decades: what to do with the undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as minors—children who grew up in the U.S. going to American schools, living in American cities and towns and otherwise living more or …

Visas

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

The prejudice is an ancient habit, but new forces—in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and beyond—have restored its youthful vitality.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Early in his career, Paul Newman personified a young man in a hurry forced …

The 19 Most Unforgettable Bucket-List Travel Experiences

From cliff jumping in Croatia to roasting coffee in Guatemala, how many have you done?<p>When you look back on all your travels, which memories are the sharpest? They probably don't include time spent lounging in the hotel while the world outside awaits. For many with wanderlust, the fondest memories …

Bucket Lists

What is paradise?

What Is Paradise?<p>Is it a place, an idea, a time? Is it even possible? 12 figures in music, art, culture, and politics explain what paradise means to …

Conversation Is a Skill. Here's How to Be Better At It | Heleo

“I consider questions to be the most powerful tool you have at your disposal.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>How a single black man inspired 200 KKK members to</i> …

The Vet Whose 'Bump Stock' Makes a Gun Fire Like a Machine Gun

U.S. news<p>The inspiration for a popular but controversial accessory that allows semi-automatic rifles to fire like machine guns began with an itch.<p>Jeremiah Cottle had just recovered from a brain injury that cut short his Air Force career and was out shooting with a friend near his hometown in …

There’s a way out on North Korea

By Fareed Zakaria<p>Fareed Zakaria<p>Columnist focusing on foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>The confrontation between the United States and North Korea is in a more dangerous zone than at any point in decades. Each side has announced tough positions, issued threats and underscored that its …

North Korea

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Trump's $4 trillion budget: More for the military, less for the poor

President Donald Trump on Tuesday sent Congress a $4.1 trillion federal spending plan that promises faster economic growth and steep cuts to programs for the poor in a bid to balance the government's books over the next decade.<p>The proposed 2018 budget immediately came under attack by Democrats, and …

35 Pasta Recipes That Made 2016 a Little Better

The best pasta recipes we made this year, from buttery kimchi udon noodles to classic fettuccine Alfredo.<p>Pasta, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. Whether boozed up with wine and clams, spiced with kimchi and butter, or tucked around a delicate egg-yolk filling, it always wins our hearts. …

Cooking

TV features you should (and shouldn't) care about

Is SUHD really better than UHD, or is that "S" full of it? Is HDR better than 4K? What's the difference between 4K, HDR, OLED, UHD, SUHD, UHDBD, and all the other letter jumbles?<p>Good questions.<p>The TV world is filled with impenetrable jargon, and TVs can get expensive, so it's certainly worth taking …

Coast to coast: America's best rollercoasters – in pictures

Thomas Crymes loves rollercoasters, he has ridden and photographed over 350 of them. His latest book has photographs of over 100 rides in 38 parks and 17 states across the US. American Coasters 2 is published by Schiffer

Use Honey to save money on Amazon purchases

If you're anything like me, you consider saving money a sport. Of course, to get good at the game, you need the right gear.<p>Or, in this case, the right browser extension. Honey is a popular tool that can automatically dig up and apply coupon codes for thousands of online stores. But now it offers …

Tickled

8 things every Pebble Time user should know

Pebble Time is a user-friendly smartwatch with a battery that seems to never stop. At least, when compared to the single-day battery life of competing smartwatches from Apple and Google's Android Wear.<p>Despite its user-friendly design, there are still some tips and tricks hiding under your sleeve.<p>So …

Apps

Donald Trump’s lies are flatly disqualifying: He repeats falsehoods over and over again even after he's called on them

It's hard to decide what is the most disturbing part of Donald Trump's candidacy. His racism, sexism and nativism? His crudity, boastfulness and …

The problem with Trump as CEO of America

<b>(CNN) —</b> Success in business is important, honorable and deeply admirable. But it requires a particular set of skills that are often very different from those that produce success in government. As Walter Lippmann wrote in 1930 about Herbert Hoover, possibly the most admired business leader of his …

Trump’s head-spinning and secret plans for foreign policy

By Fareed Zakaria<p>After Donald Trump’s “major” foreign policy address, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said that he was very impressed, extolling “the broadness, the vision” of the speech. The Wall Street Journal said it was “serious.” The National …

Foreign Policy

20+ Signs That Humanity Is Devolving

If you need any proof that mankind is regressing as a species then, well, you probably need to pay more attention to the world. Take a look at these …

Biological Species

One of the best board games ever made is now live on Steam

Twilight Struggle is out now, and it is worth your time<p>Long before <i>Pandemic: Legacy</i> rocketed up the charts at Board Game Geek, there was another "best" board game of all time, and now it's playable on Steam.<p><i>Twilight Struggle</i>, the complex strategic wargame chronicling the entire Cold War, went live …

Gone, The Service For Selling Your Old Junk, Goes Live In Seattle And The Bay Area

It’s easy to accumulate a bunch of stuff that you don’t need, like old phones and laptops, etc. It’s <i>not</i> so easy to get rid of that junk. Gone, the service that helps you sell your old crap, is expanding to offer their full concierge service to Seattle and the Bay Area.<p>What is Gone?<p>The service …

Beyond Monopoly: the board games to play this Christmas

Leave the old property game in the cupboard where it belongs, with options from a lighthearted matching game to saving humanity from a deadly pandemic<p>Christmas is here! And so too is the time of year when families across the nation drag out their one dusty copy of Monopoly, play it for half an hour …

Enjoy your Spouse Again by ridding your marriage of expectations

Expectations are a killer for relationships. They set us up for failure and disappointment as no one is likely to meet all of our expectations, even if we feel they are reasonable. Expectations make our happiness contingent on outside circumstances while true happiness is generated from within and …