Why is Marco Rubio tweeting about Salt Bae?
Until this week, Salt Bae was best known as an Instagram-famous chef. He wears tight V-necks, owns a global chain of high-end steakhouses, and entertains his celebrity clients by sensuously sprinkling salt on thick slabs of meat. Since becoming a meme in January 2017, he has accrued more than 15 million followers on Instagram, where…
A tiny, beleaguered government agency seeks an energy holy grail: long-term energy storage
Deep within the Department of Energy is a small agency devoted to supporting cutting-edge energy research: the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E. It’s only about 10 years old and not widely known or appreciated by the public — but among energy geeks, it is beloved. By all accounts, ARPA-E is a rousing success. The…
How a racist robocall and an FBI inquiry shook up the Florida governor’s race
With a racist robocall and an FBI investigation into corruption already in the mix, the Florida governor’s race to lead America’s most unpredictable swing state promises to be one of the most dramatic campaigns in the 2018 midterms. Andrew Gillum, the Democrat, is the first black candidate for governor in Florida history, and he got…
The fight over reopening the FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, explained
Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of having sexually assaulted her in high school, says she wants the FBI to independently investigate her claim before she testifies in front of the Senate. Kavanaugh denies Ford’s allegations. Democratic lawmakers have been calling for an independent FBI investigation from the beginning. Senate Republicans,…
A life lesson from 30,000 feet
The final announcement came over the intercom: “As always, we thank you for flying Southwest.” As we taxied across the runway, a wide, solid strip of land that undoubtedly used to be a cow pasture, passengers began to fall asleep. The early morning flight was a mistake because the world is quiet and black and…