- In advance of a full repeal, Trump's FCC is undermining net neutrality. Updated 36m ago
- Killing net neutrality would vastly strengthen the relationship between where you get your data and what you can surf.
- Repealing net neutrality may spawn backlash from the very trolls whose platforms the regulations protect.
- McCain is building a reputation for standing up to Trump. He also says Palin was worth it. Updated 1d ago
- Mark Sanford holds a marathon Town Hall session with the Charleston chapter of Indivisible.
- Exactly one House Republican has called for an independent investigation into Russian interference.
- This is what quantum physics looks like in real time. Updated 5d ago
- Researchers used ancient starlight in an experiment and still found quantum entanglement.
- Tangled up in q? Why our certainty around entanglement recently increased by a factor of "ten million billion."
A new novel's available today online from Walt Whitman. You probably don't need to read it immediately.
From the New York Times's assessment: “This is Whitman’s take on the city mystery novel, a popular genre of the day that pitted the ‘upper 10 thousand’—what we would call the 1 percent—against the lower million,” said David S. Reynolds, a Whitman expert at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Whitman probably wouldn't have been excited to see it unearthed. “My serious wish,” he wrote in 1882, “were to have all those crude and boyish pieces quietly dropp’d in oblivion.” Pretty wonderful, though, is this ad Whitman took out anonymously in the Times back in 1852:
“A RICH REVELATION,” the ad began, teasing a rollicking story touching on “the Manners and Morals of Boarding Houses, some Scenes from Church History, Operations in Wall-st.,” and “graphic Sketches of Men and Women” (presented, fear not, with “explanations necessary to properly understand what it is all about”).
Even historians can't pinpoint "the height of the Cold War."
"The height of the Cold War" is a commonly invoked phrase, even if no one seems to know the dates they're talking about.
Historians agree it probably references the years leading up to and including the Cuban Missile Crisis (late 50s/early 60s), but also "the late 1940s and early ’50s, when the US faced off against the Soviets and the Chinese over Berlin and the Korean War."
In light of the constantly breaking news about our White House/Kremlin mashup, maybe it's a phrase to avoid.
Republicans make a deceptive promise in Obamacare replacement pitch. California might deliver the real thing.
The Republican plan proposes "universal access to healthcare" the same way we have "universal access to yachts"—an empty promise that boils down to anyone can buy it, if they have the money.
Republicans propose to pay for their Obamacare replacement by capping the tax exclusion employers can claim. Meanwhile, California introduced a bill to instate single-payer healthcare for all.
- While Brazil's corruption scandal engulfs Latin America, Olympics stadiums get vandalized. Updated 6d ago
- The death of a Korean businessman slowed Duterte's killing spree.
- Trump is still embarrassingly connected to his businesses. Here's an overview of his most environmentally hazardous properties.
- Engineers and environmentalists saw issues coming for Oroville. Now a "nightmare scenario" is in play. Updated 1w ago
- Wild footage from a California Highway Patrol plane.
- As climate change progresses, expect many more Oroville Dam disasters.
The Long Tail of the Attica Prison Riot
The Attica prison uprising lasted five days. Some people have spent four decades living with the cover-up. It took a historian 13 years to get to the bottom of what actually happened.
Announcing the 2017 Tournament of Books
It’s been a long, turbulent sleep, but now the Rooster wakes. Introducing the shortlist, judges, commentators, and Zombie poll for the 13th edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books.
Albums of the Year
The Top Albums of 2016
The best music from 2016 meant more than usual this year.
- The conflict in Yemen won't be fixed easily, and Trump's botched military raid certainly didn't help matters. Updated 1w ago
- Chemical agents and disinformation were integral to Assad's retaking of Aleppo.
- America's longest-running war, full of nuance, demands patience to grasp. Huh.
- A great short video on the workings of ingroups, outgroups, and social identity theory. Updated 1w ago
- Your Friday brain juice: How ordinary people can become trolls.
- Tennis great Roger Federer is known for his grace. Here's someone who learned to match him move for move.