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At the Border, TV Networks Find Eloquence in Starkness, Speechlessness, and Disbelief
Last night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” on MSNBC, collapsed under the weight of the news it was charged to deliver. At the very end of the hour, a…
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11 hours ago
Optimists aren't the ingrate betrayers.
I just finished 9 weeks of relentless speechifying around the globe, from the Arctic and Russia to South China to LA, to a dozen events in DC. More than 25…
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11 hours ago
Little Panic: A Literary Laboratory Exploring What It Is Like to Live in the Stranglehold of Anxiety and What It Takes to Break Free
“Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others,” Alan Watts wrote in the early 1950s, nearly a quarter century…
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11 hours ago
We Can’t Help Describing Trump as Powerful Because We Describe All Men as Powerful
President Donald Trump speaks on immigration issues with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday Washington. Win McNamee/Getty…
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11 hours ago
Splinter News Doxed Stephen Miller, and Twitter Had No Choice but to Stop It
Maybe Stephen Miller is thinking about how terrifying everything is right now? Maybe not. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The news website Splinter published a…
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11 hours ago
Stormy Daniels’ lawyer condemns Trump administration over child separation at the border
Michael Avenatti, the attorney for adult film star Stormy Daniels, took to Twitter on Sunday morning to offer the services of his law firm to help the families…
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11 hours ago
To the press, after 18 months of Trump
1. Stop treating Trump’s tweets as news. 2. Don’t believe a single word that comes out of his mouth. 3. Don’t fall for the reality-TV spectacles he creates.…
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11 hours ago
Why won’t the mainstream media tell the truth about racist ghoul Stephen Miller?
When the news media provides facts without context it does the public a disservice. This is one of the core principles captured by the dictate of the five W's…
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11 hours ago
Tempers flare as Hannity and Rivera clash on immigration
Fellow conservative newsmen Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera got into a heated debate on Tuesday over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | Babies in warehouses: This is what the GOP has come to
A Honduran boy and his father are taken into custody by U.S. Border Patrol agents on June 12 near Mission, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images) The blood of decent…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | Trump caves, embarrassing sycophants again
Guards stand outside a site that houses child immigrants in Homestead, Fla., on Monday. It is not known if the children crossed the border as unaccompanied…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | Trump has been forced into retreat by babies. That’s fitting.
Children of asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America play at the Juventud 2000 migrant shelter in Tijuana. (Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images) It is…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | It took the children to make Trump back down
It took the kids to do it. It took the babies and the toddlers and the almost incomprehensible incompetence of Trump administration officials — a babble of lies…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | The Illuminations of Hannah Arendt
In the preface to her 1968 collection of essays, “Men in Dark Times,” Hannah Arendt wrote: “Even in the darkest of times we have the right to expect some…
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11 hours ago
Opinion | The King and Queen of Cruelty
You just can’t construct prisons for babies. You can’t rip children from mothers and fathers. You can’t use the power of the American government to institute…
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11 hours ago
Why bitcoin exchanges keep getting hacked — and how to protect yourself
A man works on a laptop beneath the Bitcoin logo at the Consensus 2018 blockchain technology conference in New York City. (REUTERS/Mike Segar) The price of…
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11 hours ago
How the Trump Administration Is Defending the Indefensible
You can call it a “ policy ” ( Jeff Sessions ) or you can call it a not-policy ( Kirstjen Nielsen ) or you can call it a “law” ( Sarah Huckabee Sanders ). You…
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11 hours ago
The XML Data Liberation Front - BrettTerpstra.com
Despite the grandiose title, this post is pretty specific: converting RegExRX files to Markdown so I can include them in my nvALT snippets collection. Despite…
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11 hours ago
Ars on your lunch break, part one: Rodney Brooks and robot ethics
Enlarge / Robots doing robot things. Today is the second week of our experiment connecting a podcast to the written pages here at Ars. Specifically, we're…
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11 hours ago
Analysis | This is why white evangelicals still support Donald Trump. (It’s not economic anxiety.)
President Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville on May 29. (Mark Humphrey/AP) The media have been obsessed with white evangelicals’ unmovable support for Donald…
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14 hours ago
Watch Your Hack
Are you worried your ex might have invaded your Facebook account? That your computer is being held hostage by ransomware? Or that hackers are pillaging your…
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14 hours ago
The Many, Many Different Ways People Count Money Across The World
*LICKS THUMB* 15 diggs Travel Money Culture Video The Belarusian method is pure madness. Condé Nast Traveler
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The 100 Greatest YouTube Videos of All Time, Ranked
Like most unicorns, YouTube isn't perfect. Its comment sections are famously noxious , its algorithms proliferate conspiracy theorists , its filters fail to…
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yesterday
Why Are There No Mosquitoes at Disney World?
Walt Disney World is smack dab in the middle of a swamp in a state that is, more or less, a big swamp itself. So with that in mind, why isn’t Walt Disney World…
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How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee’s one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Then they descended…
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yesterday
The End of Civil Rights
Matthieu Borel The fires on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and the tear gas that doused black activists had barely stopped burning when the Department of…
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yesterday
This AI program could beat you in an argument—but it doesn’t know what it’s saying
During a live debate in San Francisco this evening, an AI program made a surprisingly cogent argument that space exploration should be subsidized. When a human…
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yesterday
Trump Keeps Telling Us There's A Crisis At The Border. The Numbers Say That's Not True.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Rio Grande Valley Sector via AP Kids who've been taken into custody related to cases of illegal entry into the United…
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yesterday
The Making of an Online Moral Crisis
A handout photo from inside the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center in Texas U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Children as young as 2 have been pulled…
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yesterday
The Outrage Over Family Separation Is Exactly What Stephen Miller Wants
Kevin Lamarque / Reuters When the news stories began to surface last month of sobbing young migrant children being forcibly removed from their parents at the…
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yesterday
In America, Naturalized Citizens No Longer Have an Assumption of Permanence
The conceit of naturalization is that it makes an immigrant not only equal to natural-born citizens but indistinguishable from them. Photograph by David Paul…
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2 days ago
Voronoi diagram of airports
Jason Davies created a voronoi diagram of the world's airports projected onto an interactive 3D globe. Easter Island's airport claims the largest partition.…
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2 days ago
Stephen Miller’s Family Separation Policy Is Already Backfiring
Stephen Miller, White House senior adviser, waits outside the Oval Office for President Donald Trump to depart the White House on May 23. Chip Somodevilla/Getty…
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2 days ago
Generation Pickleball: Welcome to Florida’s Political Tomorrowland
Patrick Cavan Brown for Politico Magazine Republicans’ political future looks a lot like this vibrant, fast-growing, Trump-friendly retirement community outside…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Morning Bits: Have they no decency?
A Honduran mother removes her 2-year-old daughter’s shoe laces, as required by U.S. Border Patrol agents, after being detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on…
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2 days ago
Perspective | A most depressing fortnight
The U.S. Capitol is seen at dawn. The Senate has begun its annual attempt to pass government funding bills. Success is hardly assured, but President Trump has…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Ups and downs: Can Trump get any loopier?
Protesters denounce the Trump administration’s policy of separating detained immigrant children from their parents during a rally and march in Los Angeles on…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Trump’s surrogates struggle to defend his grotesque border policy
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway at the White House on May 3. (Leah Millis/Reuters) The administration did not have the nerve to put the vice president or…
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2 days ago
Opinion | How to sleep at night when families are being separated at the border
A U.S. Border Patrol spotlight shines on a mother and son from Honduras near the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images) The trick is…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Has Trump finally gone too far?
Hundreds of immigrant rights advocates and others participate in a rally and demonstration on June 1 in New York against the Trump administration’s policy that…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Please, President Trump, don’t bring war to space
President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Peter Wismer is an international legal consultant based in Denmark and Austria.…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Sessions invokes God’s wrath. He would do better to fear it.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible in defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of children being separated from their parents.…
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2 days ago
Opinion | The heartbreaking photo that shows Trump may have gone too far
A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12 in McAllen, Tex. (John Moore/Getty Images) John…
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2 days ago
Opinion | We’ll be cleaning up Trump’s mess for generations
President Trump at the White House on June 18. (Leah Millis/Reuters) President Trump’s generational warfare continues, as he repeatedly prioritizes cheap…
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2 days ago
Two Immigration Hard-Liners Who Went From the Fringe to the Center
WASHINGTON — Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller spent years on the political fringe in the nation’s capital as high-decibel immigration hard-liners, always…
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2 days ago
Opinion | The Trump Apologists and the Crying Children
Apparently there are some people close to Donald Trump with the capacity for shame. Not decency or courage, of course, but at least furtive recognition that…
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2 days ago
Opinion | When Did Caging Kids Become the Art of the Deal?
Watching President Trump blame Democrats for his administration’s inhumane practice of snatching immigrant children from their parents at the border evokes…
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2 days ago
Opinion | The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs
Ripping children away from their parents is the most cinematically cruel part of the Trump immigration policy, but it is not the most telling part. The most…
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2 days ago
Every James Bond film ranked from worst to best
Suave secret agent James Bond (originally played by Sean Connery) has been at the center of 26 films, with the 27th planned for 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of United…
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2 days ago
The case for invading America - Macleans.ca
Future historians will never be able to claim we didn’t try. As Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said at the end of the recent disastrous G7 summit (and while…
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2 days ago
The World’s Greatest Athlete Is a Whippet Named Spitfire
One of the most heralded dogs around at the moment is a five-year-old whippet who answers to the name of Spitfire. Spitty, as he’s also known, is not one of…
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2 days ago
In a World Cup Draw with Argentina, Iceland Comes Out the Winner
Iceland’s supporters, gathered in Reykjavik, celebrated the results of the Iceland national team’s first match, against Argentina, in the Russia 2018 World Cup,…
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2 days ago
The Dark Side of the Orgasmic Meditation Company
When Michal got married in August 2015, her family and longtime friends didn’t attend. The woman who walked her down the aisle, the dozens of beaming onlookers,…
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2 days ago
Climate Change May Spark Global ‘Fish Wars’
Related: Learn about the global problem of illegal fishing, which puts ecosystems at risk. Atlantic mackerel, a fatty schooling fish, for years has been caught…
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2 days ago
Deadly Tensions Rise as India’s Water Supply Runs Dangerously Low
SHIMLA, India — The people of Shimla haven’t agreed on much lately. A drought in the Himalayan resort town has had residents blaming farmers, the tourism…
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2 days ago
Some Survivors Of Category 5 Hurricane Irma Want A Category 6
NOAA's GOES satellite shows Hurricane Irma as it moved toward the Florida Coast in the Caribbean Sea on Sept. 07, 2017. Irma was a Category 5 hurricane, and in…
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2 days ago
Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction — with an app
Many smartphones are typically crowded with apps, with the bings, buzzes and other notifications that keep users checking them. (Ritchie B. Tongo/European…
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2 days ago
The Next Plague Is Coming. Is America Ready?
Workers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit practicing safe procedure on a mannequin Jonno Rattman Image above: Workers at the…
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2 days ago
The Mafia Is More Powerful Than It’s Ever Been
Carabinieri and scientific police at the scene of the murder of Leonardo Portoraro, a ’Ndrangheta boss, who was shot dead on June 6 in Villapiana, in Calabria,…
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2 days ago
Trump: U.S. 'will not be a migrant camp ... not on my watch'
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. WASHINGTON — President Donald…
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2 days ago
DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen: ‘We Will Not Apologize’ for Family Separation Policy
‘It is important to note that these minors are very well taken care of,’ she said of children taken from their parents. ‘Don’t believe the press. They are very…
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2 days ago
Stephen Miller Wants Credit for Breaking Up Families at the Border
Chip Somodevilla One Trump adviser isn't running away from the president's decision to lock up children—he's celebrating it. Donald Trump may want to blame the…
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2 days ago
What’s Really Happening When Asylum-Seeking Families Are Separated?
Everyone involved in U.S. immigration along the border has a unique perspective on the new “zero tolerance” policies—most notably, the increasing number of…
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2 days ago
Cory Booker eyes 2020 while crisscrossing the country for the midterms
Newark, New Jersey (CNN) Sen. Cory Booker is on the go. On a Friday in May, he delivers a commencement speech at Newark's Kean University, where, after he…
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2 days ago
Democrats intensify fight for immigrant children — and bludgeon Trump and Republicans ahead of midterms
Democrats expanded their campaign Sunday to spotlight the Trump administration’s forced separation of migrant children from their families at the U.S. border,…
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2 days ago
Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage
WASHINGTON (AP) — An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration’s border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage…
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2 days ago
Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations
WASHINGTON — Melania Trump urged “both sides of the aisle” on Sunday to come together to stop federal authorities from separating children from their parents…
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2 days ago
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2 days ago
Perspective | Comey made the same error everyone made — assuming he knew who’d win
The former FBI director made important decisions based on hubris and error. (AP) For former Clinton campaign staff like me, the Justice Department Inspector…
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2 days ago
Republicans break from Trump on migrant family separation
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. WASHINGTON — The lowest points…
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2 days ago
Trump doubles down on family separation policy
President Trump on Monday doubled down on his controversial policy of separating children from parents when families illegally cross the border, while also…
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2 days ago
Opinion | Melania Trump weighs in on her husband’s cruel policy. Where are you, Ivanka?
First lady Melania Trump on June 6. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) Melania Trump, the most reticent first lady since Pat Nixon, has done an admirable thing. She has…
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2 days ago
Trump's outside advisers see little upside in joining White House as staff
Even as the West Wing empties, the president's political confidants are keeping their TV perches, where they have access with none of the burdens of working in…
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2 days ago
Republicans give up on Medicare overhaul
The quiet surrender comes as new projections show Medicare’s trust fund in its worst shape since the recession. Updated 06/17/2018 02:02 PM EDT…
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2 days ago
Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has quietly empowered the United States Cyber Command to take a far more aggressive approach to defending the nation against…
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2 days ago
Facing outcry over family separations, DHS chief says, ‘We will not apologize’
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back Monday at the growing condemnation of her agency’s practice of separating migrant families at the…
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2 days ago
Defiant Trump refuses to back off migrant family separations
President Donald Trump's defiant posture comes amid a torrent of criticism as stories and images have emerged of young children being ripped from their…
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2 days ago
Trump Repeats Falsehood That Democrats Are to Blame for Separating Migrant Families
WASHINGTON — President Trump warned on Monday that the United States must avoid the immigration problems facing Europe and he attacked the policies of Germany,…
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2 days ago
Trump aides plan fresh immigration crackdowns before midterms
White House policy adviser Stephen Miller wants to make sure the president can show he’s doing something about border control. Updated 06/18/2018 06:12 PM EDT…
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2 days ago
How Peppa Pig became a video nightmare for children
‘Beyond the simple knock-offs and the provocations exists an entire class of nonsensical, algorithm-generated content’… A dark Peppa Pig parody in which the…
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3 days ago
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