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What Trump got right — and wrong — with North Korea, explained by a former intel official

What Trump got right — and wrong — with North Korea, explained by a...

Few people have had a front-row seat to the drama and danger of US-North Korea relations over the last four years. Markus Garlauskas is one of them. As the national intelligence officer for North Korea on the US National Intelligence Council from July 2014 to June 2020, he briefed President Donald Trump and other top…
The Price Is Not Right: Amazon Sellers Gouged Prices By As Much As 1,000% During COVID-19

The Price Is Not Right: Amazon Sellers Gouged Prices By As Much As 1,000%...

Amazon has a Fair Pricing Policy that warns that, although sellers can set prices at their own discretion, the company will remove listings and suspend sellers that are found to violate this policy and “harm customer trust.” Despite that, Public Citizen alleges that it’s not just third-party sellers that are the problem. “What is more…
Why it’s so damn hot in the Arctic right now

Why it’s so damn hot in the Arctic right now

Over the weekend, Verkhoyansk, Russia, hit a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Researchers are still working to confirm the result, which may be recognized as a record high for the Arctic Circle. And the small Siberian town isn’t alone. Much of Russia has been facing a heat wave in recent days, with multiple locations reporting…
The American right’s favorite strongman

The American right’s favorite strongman

At dawn last Tuesday morning, the police took a man named András from his home in northeastern Hungary. His alleged crime? Writing a Facebook post that called the country’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, a “dictator.” András has a point. After winning Hungary’s 2010 election, the prime minister systematically dismantled the country’s democracy — undermining the…
Is the customer always right if they refuse to wear a mask?

Is the customer always right if they refuse to wear a mask?

At the Starbucks where she works, Elizabeth and her coworkers are doing everything they can to protect against the coronavirus. They take their temperatures at the beginning of every shift, wash their hands every 30 minutes, wear masks at all times, and do their best to stay 6 feet apart from each other while preparing…
Is it safe for day care centers to be open right now? 

Is it safe for day care centers to be open right now? 

Children under 5 are not known for respecting personal space or keeping germs to themselves — even in the best of circumstances. And when you get lots of these little drooling, hugging, shouting humans together in one space, such as day care, illnesses tend to spread rapidly, bouncing among children, their families, and back again.…
I Went Blind In One Eye Right Before I Gave Birth

I Went Blind In One Eye Right Before I Gave Birth

Once I regained my composure, he took some pictures of my eyes and showed me the difference on his computer screen. My left side had a circle in the middle with veins coming out, like it should; my right eye looked like a bomb had exploded. You could not see the circle or the veins,…
What we know right now about Covid-19 immunity and the end of social distancing

What we know right now about Covid-19 immunity and the end of social distancing

For many of you, it probably feels as though it’s long past time we got to thinking about how to reopen society. We learned today that some of the public officials who will make those decisions have started doing so. Governors across the mid-Atlantic, from New England to Delaware, are working on a “regional reopening…
The Best Succulents To Buy Right Now (& How To Keep Them Alive!)

The Best Succulents To Buy Right Now (& How To Keep Them Alive!)

Succulents are the Covergirl of plants — they're easy, breezy, and beautiful, as long as you treat them right. From plant subscription boxes to your local flower shop, succulents and cacti (which are all succulents, but not all succulents are cacti, a la squares/rectangles) haven taken the world of windowsills by storm in recent years.…
Is It Safe To Get A Haircut Right Now?

Is It Safe To Get A Haircut Right Now?

Update: On March 20, governors in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania issued executive orders that all salons, spas, tattoo shops, and many other personal-care businesses — including hair salons — must close indefinitely on Saturday, March 21. Meanwhile, cities across the country —like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and more — have implemented…

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