How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War

Monday, August 19, 2019 at 8:41 AM

On August 15, 2014, an angry 20-something ex-boyfriend published a 9,425-word screed and set in motion a series of vile events that changed the way we fight online.

Trump's large union crowd at Shell was given the option of not showing up — and not getting paid

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 4:44 PM

More than a dozen unions work at the Shell site, the largest construction project in Pennsylvania…

Don’t Assume Trump’s Approval Rating Can’t Climb Higher. It Already Has.

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9:59 AM

Millions of Americans who did not like the president in 2016 now say they do. Donald J. Trump doesn’t always seem like a candidate focused on expanding his base of support. He may have done so anyway.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 9:49 AM

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. Explanation: Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile constellation of Orion.

The Trump Justice Department’s war on progressive prosecutors, explained

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:39 PM

President Donald Trump’s Department of Justice seems to have a new enemy: progressive prosecutors. The latest volley from the Justice Department came after a shooting in Philadelphia injured six police officers.

Trump’s plan to buy Greenland, explained

Friday, August 16, 2019 at 9:49 AM

President Donald Trump would like to buy Greenland, according to an entertaining Wall Street Journal collaboration by reporters Vivian Salama, Rebecca Ballhaus, Andrew Restuccia, and Michael C. Bender. Specifically, they report that “in meetings, at dinners and in passing conversations, Mr.

The algorithms that detect hate speech online are biased against black people

Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM

Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter are banking on developing artificial intelligence technology to help stop the spread of hateful speech on their networks.

The Incarcerating Power of Stereotypical Beliefs

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:53 PM

Freeman testified at trial that Abrahams was trying to stop him and Willingham from fighting, and that she hit Willingham in the face.

Manhattan DA Made Google Give Up Information on Everyone in Area as They Hunted for Antifa

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:08 PM

When Gavin McInnes—founder of the violent, far-right group The Proud Boys—spoke to a Manhattan Republican club last October, the neighborhood response was less than welcoming. Protestors took to the normally sedate Upper East Side block with chants and spray paint.

Americans Are Sad About Politics. Who Could Blame Them?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 12:38 PM

Sometimes I wonder what I would be thinking about all day if I weren’t thinking all day about politics. I sort of fell into this line of work. I wanted to write for a living and to live in a city where my friends were, which turned out to be Washington, D.C.

Attorney General Barr and Encryption

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7:18 AM

Last month, Attorney General William Barr gave a major speech on encryption policy­what is commonly known as “going dark.” Speaking at Fordham University in New York, he admitted that adding backdoors decreases security but that it is worth it.

Frank Luntz vs. Grover Norquist: the GOP’s climate change dilemma in a nutshell

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:28 PM

The Republican Party is in a bind on climate change. On one hand, it has spent decades denying that global warming is a problem and is ideologically opposed to all the public policies — taxes, investments, and regulations — that might solve it.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 5:13 PM

Created by @Lilypatchwork on Twitter, original tweet: “a kinda-unhinged political compass of acceleration-assemblages.

Mulvaney: Relocating Offices is a 'Wonderful Way' to Shed Federal Employees

Monday, August 12, 2019 at 7:52 AM

Mick Mulvaney demonstrated remarkable candor over the weekend when addressing a push by the Trump administration to move federal employees outside Washington, D.C.

I’ve Seen the Limits of Journalism

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 3:12 PM

No. Not again. That’s how I felt on Saturday when I heard the terrible news from El Paso and then again on Sunday morning when Dayton added a second blow. I imagine I wasn’t alone. Each time the shocking news of another mass shooting arrives, I find myself wanting to turn away.