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Anasticia Sholik

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Impeachment updates

A legal expert explains the “smoking gun” in the impeachment probe. The key piece of evidence in president Trump's impeachment inquiry—the July 25 call—has already been out for months. Robert Litt, a former general counsel to the Director of National Intelligence, explains why it’s so important.

The “smoking gun” in the Trump impeachment inquiry explained

As lawmakers take testimony from eight witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings this week, key details threaten to get lost in the deluge of information and political spin.

I spoke to a national security expert who advises staying focused on the July 25 phone call between

As lawmakers take testimony from eight witnesses in the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings this week, key details threaten to get lost in the deluge of information and political spin.

I spoke to a national security expert who advises staying focused on the July 25 phone call between the US and Ukrainian presidents and the way the Trump administration handled it. By storing the call record on a server with highly restricted access and following an unusual process for compiling and editing the "transcript," the administration's actions speak louder than its vociferous denials of wrongdoing.

Unicorn hunting

The youth vote

A new study shows young US voters are really bad at spotting fake news. High school students who were shown a grainy video in which poll workers appear to stuff ballots concluded that it provided “strong evidence” of voter fraud in the 2016 Democratic primaries. It had actually been shot in Russia.

A new Stanford study shows young US 2020 voters are really bad at spotting fake news

Getting rid of online misinformation and its many pitfalls will require more than observations, statements or complains. Instead, new social media must be developed with inherent tools to deal with misinformation vigorously. Also, the role of scientists in this fight should not be overlooked since they

Getting rid of online misinformation and its many pitfalls will require more than observations, statements or complains. Instead, new social media must be developed with inherent tools to deal with misinformation vigorously. Also, the role of scientists in this fight should not be overlooked since they are among the best equipped to take part in this battle.

Cultivating resilience

The human brain is the most resilient organ in the body. Understanding how most brains maintain youthful plasticity could lead scientists to figure out why some don't.

How the human brain stays young even as we age

As a health reporter, I think a lot about what happens when aging goes awry in the brain, leading to dementias. Dementia is tragic, and thankfully only happens to about 8% of older adults.

But here’s a plot twist: scientists are still figuring out what typical aging looks like in the brain! The brain

As a health reporter, I think a lot about what happens when aging goes awry in the brain, leading to dementias. Dementia is tragic, and thankfully only happens to about 8% of older adults.

But here’s a plot twist: scientists are still figuring out what typical aging looks like in the brain! The brain is arguably the most dynamic organ in our whole bodies, and it changes over time to accommodate wear and tear so our mental faculties don’t slow down. How they do this is still a mystery! I loved exploring some of the research and theories for this piece.

Hong Kong protests

Mining for silver

The future of work

In the age of burnout, how do companies keep their employees coming back? As workplaces become more flexible about leaves and sabbaticals, managing the return to the office is becoming a business in its own right.

In the age of burnout, how companies keep their employees coming back

We normally keep the personal out of our professional lives at work—but burnout has gotten so bad it's impossible to ignore. Teaching workers resilience can keep them in the workplace for longer if they can learn to cope with major life changes on top of evolving employment.

ETFs are eating the market

Environmental concerns

Spotify's podcast ambitions

Spotify wants to treat podcasts like music playlists. If 'Your Daily Podcasts' expedite discovery, that would be a win for listeners and hosts alike. But Spotify will have to prove it can turn up more gems than sludge.

Spotify wants to treat podcasts like music playlists

The biggest problem with podcasts is not finding them. It is, for the ones that grow a story over time, listening from episode 1. And even ones where you could listen from now assume you have listened from episode 1, so you still can’t just start from today.....

My daily podcast list so far is pretty much the same thing as the list of podcast episodes already there. I don't really see the value of it.

The African market

Gaming's next frontier

Virtual reality is too boring. Fast Company writes that developers haven’t given us a good enough reason to leave our own realities behind in favor of their artificial worlds.

The big problem with virtual reality? It’s almost as boring as real life

I feel like this article only focuses on the enterprise applications of VR, which of course are not for everyday people. In the wake of Valve announcing their first flagship VR game, Alyx, this article is incredibly narrow.

Thanks for keeping it real.

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Donald Trump said Iran appears responsible for Saudi attack, but he doesn't want war

Donald Trump said Iran appears responsible for Saudi attack, but he doesn't want war

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  • Implausible Houthi rebels launched this weekend’s drone attacks against Saudi Arabia without Iran approval.

    The Houthis rely on Iranian military aid and technology. This is a massive escalation and risks the relationship if there wasn’t sign off.

  • The case that the Iranians support the Yemeni rebel is obvious but little is made of the linkage between Saudi Arabia's attacks on Yemen and support from the United States. In fact the humanitarian crisis in Yemen doesn't get much coverage at all. Saudi Arabia seems to have immunity and an illusion of innocence .

  • "the Saturday attack on two sites in Saudi Arabia used cruise missiles that hit 19 targets"

    That doesn't looks like a rebel attack but a very coordinated and tactical attack. There is no way Saudi can fix it quickly either so we'll see how the markets respond.

    Worse of all, this puts on the table

    "the Saturday attack on two sites in Saudi Arabia used cruise missiles that hit 19 targets"

    That doesn't looks like a rebel attack but a very coordinated and tactical attack. There is no way Saudi can fix it quickly either so we'll see how the markets respond.

    Worse of all, this puts on the table something many strategists knew which is that most critical infrastructures are badly protected and that it doesn't takes much to hit them hard if you have some tactical knowledge. Time will say what happens with this but the worst thing that can happen to the oil industry is more instability in the area.

  • This stinks. WMD reboot. Time to try out some fancy new weapons.

  • Trump also said the United States "would certainly help" the Saudis "under attack."

    I'm not placing any blame as info continues to seep in but we seem to forget Saudi Arabia, with far more power, regularly bombards and attacks Yemen, where the Houthi rebels are based. The group claims responsibility

    Trump also said the United States "would certainly help" the Saudis "under attack."

    I'm not placing any blame as info continues to seep in but we seem to forget Saudi Arabia, with far more power, regularly bombards and attacks Yemen, where the Houthi rebels are based. The group claims responsibility behind the oil supply attack. https://twitter.com/AFP/status/1173682451958456324

  • Ian Bremmer could you please tell me HOW Iran is sending arms to the rebels with the sever embargo composed on Yemen?

  • I hate to channel Kissinger, but it's a pity both sides can't lose.