What the Marriott Breach Says About Security

Monday, December 3, 2018 at 3:13 PM

We don’t yet know the root cause(s) that forced Marriott this week to disclose a four-year-long breach involving the personal and financial information of 500 million guests of its Starwood hotel properties.

Why A Fringe Idea About The Supreme Court Is Taking Over The Left

Monday, December 3, 2018 at 8:23 AM

In the calm before 2020, FiveThirtyEight is taking a look at the ideas and people who are nudging the country’s rapidly changing political conversation in one direction or the other. We’re calling these people and ideas “nudgers.” (Creative, we know.

More Now Say It’s ‘Stressful’ to Discuss Politics With People They Disagree With

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 10:02 PM

Over the past two years, Americans have become more likely to say it is “stressful and frustrating” to have political conversations with those they disagree with.

Why cashless retailers put low-income people at even more of a disadvantage

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 2:47 PM

Cold, hard cash: One day you might have to tell your grandchildren what this phrase means, because cash is quickly fading into irrelevance. Today, only about a quarter of consumers make all their purchases with cash, and a growing number of retailers no longer accept it.

Michael Cohen Is The 33rd Person Mueller Has Charged — And Could Be Among The Most Important

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 4:38 PM

After a quiet period, there was a potential blockbuster development in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign this morning, when the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a surprise appearance in a Manhattan c…

How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views

Thursday, November 29, 2018 at 4:38 PM

Would you rather have kids who are respectful of their elders, obedient, and well-behaved or children who are independent, curious, and self-reliant? Knowing what type of attitudes Americans would like their children to possess tells us more than you can imagine about their politics.

Complex Systems Theorists Explain Why Democracy Is Dying

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at 5:32 PM

It probably goes without saying at this point, but democratic institutions are experiencing something of a crisis.

The Suburbs Are Changing. But Not in All the Ways Liberals Hope.

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:17 PM

Though Democrats dominated the suburbs in the midterms, some of those gains may be fragile. Orange County, Calif., long a bedrock of the Republican Party, won’t send a single Republican to Congress in January for the first time since 1940.

America’s monopoly problem, in one chart

Monday, November 26, 2018 at 5:17 PM

If it feels like you constantly have fewer choices when it comes to where to get a phone plan, book a flight, or go to the pharmacy, that’s because you do. You’ve also got fewer options in areas you might not notice, such as pet food, peanut butter, and coffins.

The Lion King Official Teaser Trailer

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1:47 PM

Disney’s The Lion King opens in theatres July 19, 2019. From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.

Progress launch timelapse seen from space

Friday, November 23, 2018 at 1:42 PM

Timelapse of the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft launched on 17 November 2018 at 18:14 GMT from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.Alexander was circling Earth on the International Space Station when this timelapse was taken. The cargo spacecraft docked with the Sta…

The Most Damaging Election Disinformation Campaign Came From Donald Trump, Not Russia

Thursday, November 22, 2018 at 9:17 AM

The Weakest Link is Motherboard’s third annual theme week dedicated to the future of hacking and cybersecurity. Follow along. Listen to Motherboard’s new hacking podcast, CYBER, here.

No One Will Admit to Forcing Paradise Evacuees to Leave Walmart Parking Lot

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:07 PM

Since the outbreak of the Camp Fire in Northern California on November 8—which has killed at least 79 people so far and left 699 people unaccounted for—the Walmart parking lot in Chico, California has functioned as a refugee camp for the hundreds of people displaced by the fire.

Our new column from inside Amazon: 'They treat us as disposable'

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 8:07 PM

Welcome Amazonians. It is always Day 1. Are you ready to make a difference? It was my first day as a seasonal Amazon worker, hired just prior to peak season.

The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013.