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A Mother and Her 3 Children Were Killed When a Fast-Moving Fire ‘Consumed’ Their House

It happened early Monday in Brooklyn...

Time

10 things you need to know today: December 18, 2017

1. Republican leaders said Sunday that they expected the House and the Senate to pass their joint tax overhaul this week in time for President Trump to sign it before Christma...

The Week

Cambridge Analytica, the shady data firm that might be a key Trump-Russia link, explained

Why House investigators think this company might have helped Russia spread fake news. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has...

Vox

The World Can Be Doing More for Refugees

No one is a refugee by choice, writes the 8-year-old tweeter and former resident of Aleppo. Be kinder to us...

Time

Only By Regaining Control Can We Solve the Migration and Refugee Crisis

Austria's new chancellor calls for "sustainable solutions" to the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe...

Time

We Can Find an Answer to the Refugee Crisis By Working Together

My parents were refugees forced to flee from continental Europe to find safety in the U.K. during and after the Second World War. In the aftermath of the war, Western leaders...

Time

We need to stop treating addiction as a moral failure — or more people will die

This is the single biggest reason America is failing in its response to the opioid epidemic. As I’ve written about the opioid epidemic, I’ve come to expect one speci...

Vox

What Siri and Alexa might look like, according to artists

Behind every interface, there’s a designer. More like a team of them. And those designers have a lot to consider: What should Siri sound like?&#8...

Quartz

A conservative group is monitoring the emails of Trump and Scott Pruitt critics in the EPA

America Rising, a conservative campaign research group that questions the global and scientific consensus on climate change, has filed at least 20 Freedom of Information Act...

The Week

Trump, Putin speak on the phone for the second time in a week

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone Sunday, marking the second time in a week that the leaders have reached out to exchange praise, AFP re...

The Week

President Trump to Outline ‘America First’ National Security Strategy

Trump will detail his plan in a speech Monday...

Time

Meet the Journalist and Reality-TV Star Challenging Vladimir Putin for the Russian Presidency

Ksenia Sobchak, the Russian journalist, socialite and reality-TV star, plans to challenge Vladimir Putin for the presidency during the elections set for March. Do you even bel...

Time

How Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Is Upending the Old Order

Saudi Arabia's crown prince is upending the old order...

Time

Meet the Man Running a $100 Million Campaign to Save the Republican Majority

Corry Bliss has a plan to save the Republican majority...

Time

Student-Loan Borrowers Await Debt Relief

When Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institutes collapsed in 2015 and 2016, respectively, after allegations of fraud and misleading marketing, it seemed like a moment of...

Time

This Year’s Flu Virus Could Be Worse Than Usual — And the Vaccine May Not Help

You have to hand it to the influenza virus. For something that’s invisible to the human eye, it certainly has a way of grabbing our attention and anxiety&...

Time

The Executive Who Wants to Revolutionize Your Work Life

Adam Neumann enrolled in Baruch College in New York City in 2002 and dropped out with just four credits to complete. After a few false starts, the serial entrepreneur launched...

Time

Is 2018 the Year for Polio’s Extinction?

The world's last case of polio may have already happened. We will know soon...

Time

Superbugs Are Nearly Impossible to Fight. This Last-Resort Medical Treatment Offers Hope

How a forgotten 100-year-old therapy is saving lives...

Time

Republican Tax Plan Will Make Health Insurance More Expensive

It's all because of the repeal of the individual mandate of Obamacare...

Newsweek

The Limits of Corporate Activism

Back in August, a bill that would have limited transgender people's access to bathrooms in public buildings died on the floor of the Texas state legislature. Whil...

Pacific Standard

The philosophical case against Secret Santa

If the point of the holiday season is to spread happiness and good cheer, Secret Santa traditions are a terrible idea. Just think about the…...

Quartz

Life Hacks for the Reluctant Home Cook

Tasneem Raja offers some humorous pointers for those who are reluctant to prepare meals at home...

The New Yorker

Gujarat: The force is still with Modi but the resistance is rising

Prime minister Narendra Modi has passed his toughest test of 2017. A year-and-a-half before India chooses its next national government, the key state of Gujarat&#8...

Quartz

Real Madrid vs. Barcelona: El Clasico Could Provide Premature End to Zinedine Zidane’s Title Hopes

Ernesto Valverde’s team already has an 11-point lead on Real heading into the game...

Newsweek

Carolina Panthers Net Worth: P Diddy Probably Can’t Afford an NFL Team But Stephen Curry Could Help

Jerry Richardson has put the team up for sale...

Newsweek

Chinese Drug Dealers Are Being Sentenced To Death in Sports Stadiums and Public Squares

Live video footage proved that young students in their school uniforms were in attendance...

Newsweek

The Pentagon’s Third Offset May Be Dead, But No One Knows What Comes Next

Experts say the U.S. advantage over China and Russia is eroding...

Foreign Policy

Atlanta Airport’s Power Outage Will Cause Travel Pain for Days

More than 1,000 flights were grounded over the weekend...

Time

Bitcoin futures on the world’s biggest derivatives exchange signal the boom isn’t over yet

Bitcoin futures started trading last night on CME Group, the world’s largest futures exchange, and prices so far signal traders think the digital asset could...

Quartz

U.S. Man Who Broke Out of Bali Jail Caught With a Bible, Map and Cheese, Wanted to See His Mother in Thailand

Christian Beasley shaved his head, but was nonetheless identified...

Newsweek

U.S. Soldier Shot 18 Times as he Fought to the Death Against ISIS Militants in Niger Ambush

Sgt. La David T. Johnson of Miami Gardens, Florida, was killed in the line of duty with three other soldiers in Niger...

Newsweek

A checklist for when it’s time to quit a job, from the ethics chief who walked out under Trump

The conflict between US president Donald Trump and Walter Shaub, until recently the head of the US Office on Government Ethics, were no secret. Weeks…...

Quartz

The Year Democrats Won by “Going High”

In July of 2016, when a Donald Trump presidency still seemed unthinkable, Michelle Obama coined the phrase that defined her party’s campaign strategy against the Republicans...

New Republic

The End of Economic Nationalism

When Steve Bannon left the White House in August, he told The Weekly Standard he was “jacked up.” Despite lasting less than a year as senior adviser to President Donald Tr...

New Republic

A Very Breitbart Christmas

Surveying America back in 2013, I concluded that “Christmas Is Kicking Ass in the War on Christmas,” noting the open-air Nativity scenes in the secular progressive enclave...

The Atlantic

Lindsay McCormick on NFL Network Sexism: 'Badass Working Women' Deserve More

No woman should be made to feel inferior for wanting a family and a career...

Newsweek

The case against library fines—according to the head of The New York Public Library

There’s no doubt that we are currently living in a fractured world, one in which the divide between rich and poor is widening, opportunities for…...

Quartz

Why The Last Jedi has divided Star Wars fans

While Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi may have been a hit among critics, fan reactions have been divided. Intriguingly so. Some Star Wars viewers (myself included) a...

The Week

Republicans' transparently preposterous new pretext to fire Mueller

One of the more alarming outbursts of authoritarianism from American conservatives has boiled up over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connecti...

The Week

The Last Jedi finally gives Star Wars fauna its due

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has been rightfully praised for blazing a new trail. The latest entry in the wildly popular series is surprising, stylized, and narratively ambitious...

The Week

Melania Trump's favorabilty rating has jumped 17 points since January

As Americans get to know first lady Melania Trump, their opinion of her has improved, according to a new Gallup poll. In early January, the percentage of people who viewed Tr...

The Week

What social conservatives must do now

Republicans need to bury Roy Moore's brand of social conservatism. At a time when Christian conservatives are trying to carve out a space to live out their faith...

The Week

The bewitching creepiness of Jerusalem's giant spider webs

A surreal phenomenon has taken hold of a Jerusalem forest. On the banks of the Nahal Soreq creek, just west of the holy city, white blankets of silk cocoon the dense vegetati...

The Week

Everyone has figured out how susceptible Trump is to flattery — except Trump

President Trump is struggling at home, which may help explain why he was so excited to hear that a certain special someone was saying nice things about him last week. In a te...

The Week

The GOP tax bill's biggest boondoggles

You'll be able to file your taxes on a postcard. That was the sales pitch the Republican Party made when it started out on tax reform. The whole idea was to make...

The Week

Chinese Warplanes Enter Korea Air Defense Zone Prompting South Korea to Scramble Fighter Jets

China said it was conducting routine exercises...

Newsweek

No loans, big protests, naked models: Adani’s coal mine project in Australia has seen it all

Adani’s plans for the controversial Carmichael coal mine in Australia have received another blow. On Dec. 18, the Indian multinational announced that its ina...

Quartz

Chile elects conservative billionaire ex-President Sebastian Piñera

On Sunday, Chileans voted to give conservative former President Sebastian Piñera a new four-year term, replacing President Michelle Bachelet, who also preceded Piñera&am...

The Week

George Zimmerman, Acquitted of Trayvon Martin Murder, Threatens to 'Beat' Jay-Z and Feed Him to an Alligator

Snoop Dogg is warning a revolution will happen if Zimmerman goes after Jay...

Newsweek

“Whoever Is There, Come on Through”

“Being depressed is like being in a dream. The suspicion is that everyone you meet is actually depressed, too, only they don’t know it.”...

The New Yorker

Should Jesse James’ Catch Have Stood? Video Claims Illuminati and Roger Goodell Gave Patriots Win Over Steelers

This probably isn't the real reason...

Newsweek

A five-point plan to protect your portfolio from risk in 2018

The new year is a time to take stock of your life and make resolutions to behave better: eat less, exercise more, be a better…...

Quartz

Viewfinder: Christmas Celebrations in Tokyo

Viewfinder is Pacific Standard's daily photo feature, showcasing one image from the news...

Pacific Standard

What Can David LaChapelle's Celebrity-Fuelled Fantasias Tell Us Now?

David Piebenbring on two new books featuring the art of the photographer David LaChapelle, “Lost + Found Part I” and “Good News Part II.”...

The New Yorker

Trump Is Afraid of Firing Mueller and Interfering With the Russia Probe

The past few days have seen Trump backing away from firing Mueller as the move grows increasingly risky...

Newsweek

North Korea and U.S. Must Start Talking to Each Other, Says Russia

Russia says the world needs open dialog rather than talking about talking...

Newsweek

The U.N.’s Rights Chief Says He Wouldn’t Be Surprised if Aung San Suu Kyi Faced Genocide Charges

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says the Myanmar military's attacks on the Rohingya community are "textbook ethnic cleansing"...

Time

Under Trump, Indian H-1B wives fear becoming second-class citizens again

Rashi Bhatnagar gave up her career as a journalist when she left India in 2009 and moved to the US on an H-4 dependent visa.…...

Quartz

Sarah Palin’s Eldest Son Track Has Been Arrested For Domestic Violence In Alaska: Report

Sarah Palin's attorney said that she "asked that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation"...

Time

Trump says he has no plans to fire Robert Mueller

Despite new public tensions between the White House and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office, and increasingly strident criticism from conservative pundits of...

The Week

Donald Trump Jr. Mocks Barack Obama With Giant Cookie in Ted Cruz Instagram Post

Trump, who regularly uses his social media accounts to mock Democratic politicians, said the cookie was a birthday gift...

Newsweek

California Wildfires: Thomas Fire Set To Become Biggest In State History as Residents Describe 'War Zone' Conditions

The fire has torched 270,000 acres and prompted mass evacuations...

Newsweek

Why has Jerry Richardson Put the Panthers Up for Sale?

The Panthers' owner is facing an investigation by the NFL...

Newsweek

Sen. Bob Corker wants to know how a measure enriching him was slipped into the GOP tax bill he now supports

On Friday, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced that he will vote for the final $1.47 billion Republican tax bill being rushed through Congress, despite his lone GOP no vote w...

The Week

The Probe Into the Deaths of a Canadian Billionaire and His Wife Has Just Become a Murder Investigation

Billionaire couple Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in their home on Nov. 15...

Time

Ivanka Trump And Jared Kushner Are Being Sued Over Financial Disclosure Forms

The couple allegedly failed to include assets from investments funds they have stakes in...

Newsweek

Even if you’ve forgotten the language you spoke as a child, it still stays with you

Naatasha Mumbi tells me she’s “haunted” by what she sounded like as a child. Mumbi, who was born in Zambia in 1984 and moved to…...

Quartz

Trump's Tax Bill Has Americans Frantically Rushing To Get Their Tax Returns Filed

Financial advisers are crunching the numbers in the run-up to the new Republican tax overhaul plan...

Newsweek

Diddy and Stephen Curry Want to Buy the North Carolina Panthers

Diddy tweeted that there are no African-American majority owners in the NFL...

Time

Ted Cruz tries to slam Mark Hamill on net neutrality, probably wishes he hadn't

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to scrap net neutrality rules, allowing broadband internet providers to treat traffic to websites d...

The Week

The World’s Busiest Airport Has Power Again, But the Outage Wreaked Havoc on Holiday Travelers

Airline cancellations are expected to extend into Monday...

Time

Boys can’t be boys. Here’s how to fix India’s toxic masculinity problem

Every day, we hear of horrible atrocities that have taken place against girls and women in India. This is despite the fact that as a…...

Quartz

John McCain returns to Arizona, plans to miss tax vote

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) returned to Arizona on Sunday, after spending half a week at Walter Reed Medical Center amid chemotherapy for a malignant brain tumor. McCain&am...

The Week

An Ailing John McCain Will Miss the Crucial Senate Vote on the GOP Tax Package

His office said he "looks forward to returning to Washington in January."...

Time

White House Watch: Trump Will Vow Not to 'Impose our Values on Others' in National Security Speech

MICHAEL WARRENPresident Donald Trump will deliver remarks Monday afternoon on his new national security strategy, a comprehensive set of priorities, challenges, and proposed s...

The Weekly Standard

Firefighters Take Advantage of Calmer Winds to Dig In and Contain Californian Wildfires

"Everything's holding really well," fire information officer Lisa Cox said...

Time

A blackout at the Atlanta airport has forced the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights a week before Christmas

At 1:06 p.m. on Sunday, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport went dark, after an electrical fire damaged two Georgia Power substation serving the ai...

The Week

Two Couples Have Exchanged Vows in Australia’s First Same-Sex Weddings

The first same-sex newly weds were given permission to waive a notice period following new legislation allowing gay marriages...

Time

How should India regulate the ticking time bomb called bitcoin?

Regulators in developing countries around the world have repeatedly expressed concern against the trade of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. The gold rush, however, remains unaba...

Quartz

Trump: 'No, I'm Not' Considering Firing Mueller

ANDREW EGGERPresident Trump told reporters Sunday evening that he is not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation into Russian election meddling...

The Weekly Standard

Chile Has Elected Former President Sebastian Pinera in a Return to the Right

The former airline magnate previously governed Chile from 2010 to 2014...

Time

December Global Festivities Are Being Celebrated by Google With a Seasonal Doodle

A new interactive Doodle series features a pair of penguins visiting tropical relatives for the December holidays...

Time

Bitcoin’s mysterious inventor is now one of the world’s 50 richest people

Bitcoin was a whisker away from hitting $20,000 over the weekend, hitting a high of $19,771 yesterday, according to the CoinDesk price index. At that…...

Quartz

The winter solstice is the ancient belief of the sun’s rebirth

For most of the world’s population, this Thursday (Dec. 21) will be the shortest day and longest night of the year as the winter solstice…...

Quartz

How people around the world celebrate the winter solstice

For most of the world’s population, this Thursday (Dec. 21) will be the shortest day and longest night of the year as the winter solstice…...

Quartz

The Impossible Task of Remembering the Nanking Massacre

The book case in my childhood bedroom contained worlds far from my own. There was my volume of folk tales from the Childcraft encyclopedia series, along with an illustrated Bi...

The Atlantic

President Trump Denies He’s Considering Firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller

"There's no collusion whatsoever," he added...

Time

CDC Director Disputes Trump’s Ban On Use Of These Seven Words

The alleged ban is on words including "diversity" and "transgender."...

Newsweek

Star Wars' Mark Hamill To Ted Cruz: Did You Get My Name Wrong Because You Were 'Distracted From Watching Porn Again?”

Hamill made to sure to remind Cruz that misspelling his name wasn't the politician's first Twitter faux pas...

Newsweek

The Trump Administration Bans ‘Diversity’

The Washington Post reported in a couple of stories over the weekend that the Trump administration has directed some Department of Health and Human Services components to stop...

National Review

The Higher-Ed ‘Reformers’ Who Messed It Up in the First Place

There is a great deal wrong with American higher education. Unfortunately, some of the biggest players in the reform movement are the same folks who helped to create the mess...

National Review

Trump and Putin Keep Calling Each Other for Praise, Discuss North Korea and Terrorism

Trump and Putin talked Sunday about “the importance of intelligence sharing,” according to the White House...

Newsweek

Former Attorney General Eric Holder Says Termination of Robert Mueller Would Be ‘Absolute Red Line’

"The American people must be seen and heard"...

Time

Power Outage at Atlanta International Airport Grounds Flights, Strands Passengers

The outage occurred in the early afternoon...

Time

MSNBC Paid Woman Who Said Chris Matthews Harassed Her

A staffer was paid and left the job after accusing Matthews of harassment in 1999...

Time

CDC Pushes Back Against Report of Words Like ‘Fetus’ And ‘Transgender’ Being Banned

The Washington Post reported the news on Friday...

Time

Cruise Lines With The Most Virus Outbreaks in 2017

Holland America was hit especially hard in 2017...

Newsweek

Atlanta Airport Power Outage: See Photos and Videos of Passengers Stranded in the Dark

The world's busiest airport went dark around 1: 15 pm Sunday...

Newsweek
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