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The Nazi-Busting Woman Erased by History

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Baidu‘s New Smart Speaker Looks Like Nothing Else on the Market

One of the most interesting companies in tech right now isn‘t based in Palo Alto, or San Francisco, or Seattle. Baidu, a Chinese company with headquarters in Beijing, is taking on America‘s biggest and most innovative tech titans-with style.

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The ‘She Was Just 17, You Know What I Mean‘ Edition

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The Angle: Scandals and Coups Edition

Step down: If Al Franken wants the Democratic Party to thrive, he should yield his seat right away, Mark Joseph Stern argues. He‘s a hypocrite who‘s lost his credibility.

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Lifting the Ban on Elephant Trophies Will Probably Help Save Elephants

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week it‘s reversing a ban against importing remains of elephants hunted legally in Zimbabwe and Zambia, which means that starting Friday, these ‘trophies‘ can be brought back into the U.S. as long as hunters apply for and receive the correct permits.

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Twitter May Make It Easier to Tweetstorm

The Twitter thread, also known as the tweetstorm and the Twitter essay, has had a big year. Virginia Heffernan argued in Politico that the thread is the literary form of 2017. And now TechCrunch confirms that the service is testing a feature that would make it easier to tweetstorm.

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I‘m the Boss, Baby

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An Allegation, Then a Prestigious Professorship

On Monday, I reported that Todd Heatherton, an expert on the psychology of self-control and one of three Dartmouth neuroscientists now under criminal investigation for sexual misconduct, allegedly groped a 21-year-old graduate student at an academic conference in February 2002. On Wednesday, a former colleague of Heatherton‘s-Jennifer Groh, now a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University-posted details of a separate allege

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It‘s Not Just Opioids

Deaths from drug overdoses have recently multiplied in the U.S., to the point that overdoses are reducing average life span for several demographic slices of the adult population.Opioid abuse is being blamed as the main killer.Doctors‘ narcotic prescriptions led to a glut of prescription pain pills in people‘s cabinets, which often lead to abuse, and then use of less expensive street opioids that are even more dangerous than prescript

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The Law That Let Silicon Valley Stay Clueless

The internet didn‘t have to turn out this way. There is an alternative future, one where walled gardens like Facebook and Google didn‘t morph into overgrown safe havens for Nazis and Kremlin agents to hide and thrive. One where misinformation didn‘t spread like wildfire. One where women and members of minority groups didn‘t cringe to open their apps. But here we are.

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Mom and Dad Are Fighting: The ‘Sadistic Track Coach‘ Edition

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When Should the Government Stockpile Software Vulnerabilities?

Intelligence agencies collect and protect secrets. Given their line of work, this default position makes perfect sense a lot of the time-but sometimes that secrecy actually ends up making us less safe, especially when the secrets have to do with computer security. So on Wednesday, the White House released new guidelines describing how the government will make decisions about which computer vulnerabilities to keep secret and which to release so th

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Is This What the Next Generation of Wearables Should Look Like?

The promise of a wearable is enticing. Using a device like a Fitbit or Apple Watch, you can track your vitals and your activity stats to see how your health improves over time. But today‘s wearables have a few noticeable problems. You have to remember to charge them and put them on each day-they can‘t do their job if they‘re sitting in a drawer. Then, you have to comb through the data; wearables tend to provide you with a lot of

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Al Franken Should Resign Immediately

On Thursday morning, Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden wrote a disturbing article alleging that Sen. Al Franken sexually harassed her on a 2006 USO tour. According to Tweeden, Franken coerced her into ‘rehearing‘ a kiss for a skit, then forcefully stuck his tongue in her mouth. She also provided a photograph of Franken appearing to grope her while she slept.

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The DoubleX Gabfest ‘Put It Away‘ Edition

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When Public Records Aren‘t Made Public

The video is said to be graphic. Taken by an officer‘s body-worn camera, it apparently shows a man crawling toward the officer, looking confused. The man makes a ‘quick movement‘-maybe it‘s a move to pull up his shorts, maybe it looks like he‘s about to pull out a gun-and the officer shoots him to death.

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De Amnesia en Alabama e Incontinencia Digital

Len Krauze de Univision Noticias en Los Angeles junto con sus colegas Fernando Pizarro y Janet Rodriguez en Washington, D.C., platican de las prioridades del Congreso estadosunidense. Con el escndalo de Roy Moore en Alabama, tendremos que enfrentarnos a un Congreso que aceptar a un hombre acusado de abuso sexual ... una vez ms?

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The Backlash Is Coming

On this week‘s episode of my podcast, I Have to Ask,I spoke with Rebecca Traister, a writer-at-large for New York magazine and the author of the books All the Single Ladies and Big Girls Don‘t Cry. Her story in the current issue of New York is about the wave of sexual harassment and assault allegations that have roiled various industries, from politics to journalism to Hollywood.

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I Have to Ask: The Rebecca Traister Edition

Rebecca Traister is a writer-at-large for New York magazine. She sits down with Isaac Chotiner to discuss what she has learned reporting on sexual harassment and assault, whether Hillary Clinton should have to answer for her husband‘s sins, and the coming societal backlash to women speaking out.

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The First ‘Space Nation‘ Just Launched Its First Satellite

On Sunday, when a spacecraft carrying 7,400 pounds of supplies was launched to the International Space Station, it was carrying something extra special: a football-sized satellite called Asgardia-1. The satellite, which contained a small hard drive, was named after the self-proclaimed ‘first ever space nation‘ Asgardia.

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People Power Beats the Courts

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What Is Going to Happen to Zimbabwe Now?

This week, Zimbabwe‘s military appeared to place Robert Mugabe, the country‘s longtime ruler, under house arrest. Mugabe, who is now 93, has run the country with an iron fist since 1980, the year that marked the end of white minority rule under Ian Smith, in what was then called Rhodesia. The military‘s move seems to have been in response to Mugabe‘s latest wife, Grace, undermining and firing the vice president, Emmerson M

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Democrats Find a Weapon in the Senate Tax Bill

A tax reform process that had been moving with relative ease through Congress got much knottier on Wednesday, as complicated bills tend to do when the flashy debuts have receded and the thorny details begin to emerge. For Senate Republicans that meant defending two tough propositions: the sudden inclusion of a provision to eliminate the individual mandate for health care, and the decision to sunset tax cuts for middle-class families, while allowi

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The Angle: Another Bad Judge Edition

Way to win: Black voters were key in electing Ralph Northam in Virginia last week. Jamelle Bouie looks at tactics used to encourage turnout and argues that the party would do well to take notes.

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