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Facebook and Trump are telling the same misleading story about Russian propaganda


Following new indictments detailing Russian propaganda operations during US elections in 2016, president Donald Trump brandished a tweet from a Facebook executive to back up his claims that he didn’t collude with the Russians or win because of their actions.

Trump’s biggest obstacle to fixing the trade deficit? His own tax cuts


Donald Trump’s only policy success so far is a tax cut that mainly benefits corporations and the mega-rich—a coup that benefits the Republican donor class more than the president’s populist voters.

Two US grocery chains are on the verge of bankruptcy as Amazon moves in


Bloomberg reports that Winn-Dixie parent Bi-Lo and Tops Friendly Market could both declare bankruptcy this month, an ominous shakeout in a grocery industry that is bracing for new competition from Amazon and its newly acquired Whole Foods subsidiary.

It’s okay to be a lonely, anxious mess, and more things I learned when I moved to the country


Samantha told me her secret of country life while we lay sprawled on a picnic blanket at sundown. We were at an outdoor concert in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts.

A nineties Japanese mini car is the unlikely taxi of choice in one of Nigeria’s biggest cities


Ibadan, Nigeria In Lagos and Abuja, Uber and Taxify are competing in Nigeria’s still relatively new e-hailing taxi space.

You can find anything on Craigslist. I found my obsession, my worst nightmare.


This story is part of a series called Craigslist Confessional. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years.

“Law & Order: SVU” is the most important show on television


As a culture writer I’m supposed to turn you on to some cool Euro detective drama on Netflix. Sure, I’ve watched them, and I have to say, not only are they mostly humdrum or clever without being smart, they’re not as interesting as what’s happening on Law & Order: SVU every week.

Kate Middleton is about to debut as an art curator


Kate Middleton will make her official debut as an art curator later this month. Using her art history degree from University of St.

South Africans could only watch as the country underwent a seismic power shift


For nearly two weeks, South Africans watched out for any clues that would tell them just who was in charge of their country.

Facebook’s answer to Russian election meddling: postcards


Facebook is turning to an antiquated technology to foil foreign interference in US elections. Starting this year, Facebook will send postcards to anyone who purchases an ad about a political candidate on their platform, said Kate Harbath, global director of policy programs, speaking at the National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Washington DC.

Gender stereotypes are not a political opinion: US regulators affirm Google’s firing of James Damore


He wrote a memo and lost his job. Now, the National Labor Relations Board has found that Google was within its right to fire engineer James Damore, author of an infamous diatribe titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber.” Damore, among other claims, argued that women aren’t cut out to be engineers due to biological differences.

A woman who lived through a high school tragedy remembers when the government tried to prevent disasters


When Heather Booth was in high school, seven of her classmates were killed and 24 injured in the Fox River Grove bus-train collision.

The movie executive known as the “third Weinstein brother” has been fired “for cause”


Harvey Weinstein’s former production company has fired David Glasser, president and chief operating officer of the Weinstein Company, after he was named by the New York state attorney general in a damning indictment.

Photos: The dreamy 16th century Italian villa from “Call Me By Your Name” is up for sale


In a genius stroke of real estate marketing, the owners of the sprawling mansion featured in the Academy Award-nominated film Call Me By Your Name have put the property on the market for $3 million (€1.7m).

Filipino fast-food chain Jollibee is bringing banana ketchup and liver-smothered spaghetti to Italy


Philippine fast-food chain Jollibee—known for superb fried chicken, tasty fruit pies and quirky noodle dishes—is getting ready to open a branch in Milan, a stone’s throw away from the historic Duomo.

Five million people still watched Netflix’s mess of a “Cloverfield” sequel


Critics truly hated Netflix’s The Cloverfield Paradox. IndieWire called it a “insufferably boring” and “an unmitigated disaster.” The Guardian said it was “an unholy mess.” Just 18% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a positive review—and none of them were among the site’s top critics.

Marvel commissioned a Kenyan photographer for these exclusive Black Panther art pieces


It’s Black Panther week, and fans across the world have been flocking to screenings to watch the latest Marvel superhero movie.

The FBI’s failure in Florida could cast a shadow on its Russia investigation


The FBI failed to follow up (paywall) on disturbing tips about Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz, in a lapse that could have consequences far beyond this week’s lethal school attack.

If this is the best humans can do, then bring on the robots


For months—years, even—the stock market was unusually calm. It rose steadily and predictably, which made some people antsy.

Conservative Californians are fleeing to Texas. Data show they’re in for a surprise


McKinney, Texas Kevin Korenthal was once a registered Democrat, living in a California suburb. After struggling to keep his small public relations firm afloat for years, he decided to pack up his family and two dogs.


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