Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained

Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained

Court filings about Cohen, Manafort, and Stone have alleged scandalous activities during the 2016 campaign. President Trump keeps insisting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has found “no collusion” between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russia. But a close read of what we already know about what Mueller’s been doing suggests at the very least, some very questionable things were going on during the campaign. Mueller’s team has already laid out a startling story in…

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Trump’s tweets saying he’s already building the border wall, briefly explained

Trump’s tweets saying he’s already building the border wall, briefly explained

He’s not totally wrong, but he’s not exactly right, either. President Donald Trump wants his social media followers to know that even if Congress is unwilling to give him as much money as he wants for a border wall, he’s nonetheless building it. And he really is — with a couple significant caveats. On Wednesday, Trump tweeted a time-lapse video from the Army Corps of Engineers that shows construction of bollard fencing along the southern…

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Thousands of Oakland teachers just went on strike. They want more than a pay raise.

Thousands of Oakland teachers just went on strike. They want more than a pay raise.

They’re also demanding more support staff, smaller class sizes, and more oversight of charter schools. Oakland teachers just kicked off the fourth major teachers strike of the year. On Thursday, nearly all of the 2,300 public school teachers in the district refused to show up to work, rejecting the superintendent’s latest offer of a 7 percent raise over three years. Teachers want much more than that, according to the Oakland Education Association, a teachers union…

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It’s clearer than ever that the US’s North Korea policy is in total chaos

It’s clearer than ever that the US’s North Korea policy is in total chaos

“I don’t know if North Korea has made the choice to denuclearize,” a top Trump official shockingly told reporters. The Trump administration just walked back its approach to North Korea — less than a week before the president is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam. During a background call with reporters about the upcoming meeting, a senior administration official with knowledge of the negotiation’s status made two statements that…

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‘Isn’t It Romantic’ is set in a stereotypical rom-com universe. Here’s how it came to life.

‘Isn’t It Romantic’ is set in a stereotypical rom-com universe. Here’s how it came to life.

The movie’s set designer explains. If you’d never been to New York City and had learned about it exclusively through the dozens of romantic comedies set there, you’d probably have a very specific idea of what it’s like: Absolutely everyone is model-grade hot, even people who work in, like, the emergency room. It’s totally feasible to make a fabulous living by owning a used bookstore. Also, it smells like flowers. This, however, is not what…

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A Coast Guard officer’s arrest is the latest example of the rising problem of right-wing terrorism in America

A Coast Guard officer’s arrest is the latest example of the rising problem of right-wing terrorism in America

Christopher Paul Hasson wrote he was “dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.” A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-proclaimed white nationalist was arrested on charges of illegal drug and weapons possession on Friday. But authorities say the charges are just the “proverbial tip of the iceberg” and that the man is a “domestic terrorist, bent on committing acts dangerous to human life.” Christopher Paul Hasson, a 49-year-old resident of…

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How to win an Oscar

How to win an Oscar

The campaign trail for the Academy Awards is expensive, exhausting, and not really about the movie. Campaigning for an Oscar is a lot like campaigning for public office, with a weird twist: In the movie business, you’re supposed to pretend you’re chill about the whole thing — not here to win, just here for the artistic conversations and interesting people. You can’t look like you’re asking for votes. (In fact, that’s strictly disallowed by the…

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Jussie Smollett’s arrest doesn’t diminish the reality of hate crimes

Jussie Smollett’s arrest doesn’t diminish the reality of hate crimes

Smollett was arrested for allegedly filing a false police report in a hoax. But hate crimes are real and widespread. Actor and singer Jussie Smollett claimed last month that two men attacked him in a hate crime, beating him as they called him racist and homophobic slurs. But Chicago police on Thursday arrested and charged Smollett for allegedly filing a false police report — a felony — following several reports that Smollett had orchestrated the…

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“Zombie deer disease,” a mad cow-like infection spreading in the US, explained

“Zombie deer disease,” a mad cow-like infection spreading in the US, explained

A mad cow-like infectious disease that can turn the brains of deer, elk, and moose into “Swiss cheese.” A mad cow-like infectious disease that can turn the brains of deer, elk, and moose into “Swiss cheese” is spreading in at least 24 states — and some experts are warning that it could eventually make its way into humans. Known as chronic wasting disease — and colloquially called “zombie deer disease” — the fatal progressive neurodegenerative…

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