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Ordos, in China's Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia (equivalent to a province) has received international notoriety as a "ghost city." I had already visited one other ghost city and found the reports considerably exaggerated (The Zhengzhou New Area...
From: New Geography | By: Wendell Cox | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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The Wisconsin State Journal, Wednesday 23 July 1947. DB here: Today I turn 69. (Please keep the cheers discreet.) I was born in western New York State, but I’ve spent over forty years in Madison, Wisconsin. So for fun I thought I’d take a look at...
From: David Bordwell | By: bordwellblog | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Less war, more war, faster.
From: Reason | By: Ed Krayewski | Friday, July 22, 2016
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His was an aggressive strategy to bulk up his preparedness for higher office that sometimes put him at odds with the Obama White House — and Clinton, too.
From: Politico | By: Jeremy Herb | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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"Ultimately, I decided I'd do whatever it took to get back to New York City. And that's when I borrowed money from the loan shark."
From: Business Insider | By: Libby Kane | Friday, July 22, 2016
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In his speech to the Republican National Convention, the presidential nominee revealed a deeply flawed political strategy.
From: The Atlantic | By: David Frum | Friday, July 22, 2016
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An official says a Russian balloonist has claimed a new 11-day round the world record.
From: Fox News | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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The Republican nominee cast global security in doubt, Brazilian police arrested members of a terrorist plot, Twitter struggled to stop harassment, and more.
From: The Atlantic | By: Rosa Inocencio Smith | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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An official says a 65-year-old Russian adventurer is drifting in a balloon in fair weather hours before he is expected to land in the Australian Outback and set a record for flying solo nonstop around the world....
From: Fox News | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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The GOP remains divided on ideology, united on attitude.
From: Politico | By: Michael Grunwald | Friday, July 22, 2016
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The Paralympic Committee said it's investigating 35 "disappearing positive samples" among disabled Russian athletes. The committee plans to announce by Aug. 1 whether it will ban Russia.
From: NPR | By: Greg Myre | Friday, July 22, 2016
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The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, the largest and most powerful military alliance in history, is not usually fodder for election-year politicking. But in an interview with the Times earlier this week, Republican Presidential nominee Donald...
From: New Yorker | By: Robin Wright | Friday, July 22, 2016
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The Latest on the Republican National Convention
From: Denver Post | By: The Associated Press | Friday, July 22, 2016
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Mark Abramson is a daily-news and documentary photographer, but when he decided to cover the 2016 Presidential election, he knew he wanted to take a different approach. In New Hampshire he joined the ranks of photographers shooting the Presidential campaign...
From: New Yorker | By: The New Yorker | Friday, July 22, 2016
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"In Russia, the legislation is compared to the USA Patriot Act."
From: Reason | By: Ronald Bailey | Friday, July 22, 2016
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While geopolitical debates have put Russia and the international athletics community at odds over the country's allegedly state-sanctioned doping, both sides identify remarkably similar remedies....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Friday, July 22, 2016
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For the paranoid, there's already some tech out there that will allow you to completely shut off your phone from the outside world and go off the grid, but you're going to have to go back on eventually—otherwise why do you have a phone, you maniac?...
From: Geekosystem | By: Dan Van Winkle | Friday, July 22, 2016
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For years, the GOP has lambasted the left for not valuing American exceptionalism. But the real challenge to American exceptionalism has been brewing on the right.
From: The Atlantic | By: Peter Beinart | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Donald Trump’s apparent rejection of the cornerstone of global security after World War II has stunned U.S. partners in the alliance.
From: The Atlantic | By: Krishnadev Calamur | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Donald Trump takes the final-night stage at his Republican convention facing a daunting array of challenges, many of his own making. At the top of the list: Unifying a fractured party and quieting Americans’ concerns about his preparedness...
From: Denver Post | By: The Associated Press | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.
From: The Atlantic | By: Jeff Goldberg | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Fulfilling what might be the Russian autocrat’s dearest wish, Trump has openly questioned whether the U.S. should keep its commitments to NATO.
From: The Atlantic | By: Jeffrey Goldberg | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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IMHO, Ezra Klein should be scared of Trump. But he should be more scared of America's press corps, that reports politics not as a horse race--horse-race reporters know about the fundamentals that are tracks and jockeys and bloodlines and so forth--but...
From: Brad DeLong | By: J. Bradford DeLong | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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The IOC says 45 additional athletes, including 23 who won medals, were caught doping when samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics were retested.
From: The Atlantic | By: Krishnadev Calamur | Friday, July 22, 2016
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If asked to identify the world's superpowers today, most people would name the United States, Russia, and China. Although many citizens of these countries maintain that this status is based on the superiority of their national way of life, the reality...
From: Truthout | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson's overarching strategy seems less about pushing the farthest edges of his Libertarian Party's platform, but presenting himself and his vice presidential running mate, fellow former Republican governor William...
From: Reason | By: Brian Doherty | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Lolita Kozyreva, 31, a former Russian civil servant, is now the founder Little Star Children’s Modelling Academy and Loli Photography in Nairobi.
From: Daily Nation Kenya | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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You may recall, last month, that a hacker (who many have accused of working for the Russian government) got into the Democratic National Committee's computers and copied a ton of stuff. All of the emails that were obtained (a little over 19,000, from...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, July 23, 2016
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Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech was full of misleading statements, twisted facts, and false characterizations.
From: The Atlantic | By: Ron Fournier | Friday, July 22, 2016
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Adequate Man Here’s The Song Of The Summer, And Also Every Single Other Day Of Life | The Slot Ivanka Trump Makes America Great Again in an Imported Dress | Gizmodo WikiLeaks Just Published Tons of Credit Card and Social Security Numbers | Gawker Russia...
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* Anyone who missed the dissonance between the candidate Ivanka Trump described last night and the one who followed her at the podium wasn’t paying enough attention. Phillip Bump asks the right question: “Who, exactly, was Ivanka Trump endorsing?”...
From: Washington Monthly | By: nancyl | Friday, July 22, 2016
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by Matt Baume Vladimir Putin, seen here with Donald Trump grinning in the background. Tidarat Tiemjai / Shutterstock.comSearching for dumb things that Donald Trump has done is a bit like catching bugs by sticking your head out of a car traveling down...
From: The Stranger | By: Matt Baume | Friday, July 22, 2016
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It's not just about training, it's also about providing America's Olympic athletes the best in sports physiology, sports medicine, psychology and nutrition.
From: Denver Post | By: John Meyer | Friday, July 22, 2016
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He called on the audience to "hold her accountable for her dismal record"
From: Time | By: Katie Reilly | Friday, July 22, 2016
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He said the fears conveyed at the convention "just don't jibe with the facts"
From: Time | By: Katie Reilly | Friday, July 22, 2016
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Edward Snowden is perhaps the most notorious whistleblower in modern American history, exposing the government’s extensive reach with surveillance on domestic citizens and international world leaders. But being in exile in Russia has not kept Snowden...
From: The Inquisitr | By: Nick Younker | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Because the Olympics are always political, and state-sponsored doping sure is too. The post What Would Happen if the Olympics Banned Russia? appeared first on WIRED....
From: Wired | By: Emma Grey Ellis | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Donald Trump will deliver remarks tonight as the Republican presidential nominee.
From: The Atlantic | By: Elaine Godfrey | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Despite being exiled in Russia, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is reportedly working with a famous hardware hacker on an iPhone case designed to eliminate the risk of snooping by outside parties....
From: Apple Insider | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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The possibility of the entire Russian team being banned from next month's Rio Olympics increased Thursday. A court of arbitration upheld a specific ban on Russian track and field athletes attending the games, after allegations of the widespread use of...
From: NPR | By: Corey Flintoff | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Donald Trump's complicated relationship with the internet continues to evolve in interesting ways. Many people were parsing the transcript of Trump's discussion with the New York Times on Thursday. While many media organizations were discussing Trump's...
From: Mashable | By: Marcus Gilmer | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Why He Gave Up His Prius For a Cherokee The post Celebrity Drive: Josh Gates of Travel Channel’s ‘Expedition Unknown’ appeared first on Motor Trend....
From: Motor Trend | By: Carol Ngo | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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**Live from the Cleveland Dumpster Fire: Donald Trump**: [Transcript: NATO, Turkey’s Coup Attempt and the World](http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/22/us/politics/donald-trump-foreign-policy-interview.html?_r=0): >SANGER: So what we want to do is pick...
From: Brad DeLong | By: J. Bradford DeLong | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Russia lost an appeal Thursday against the Olympic ban on its track-and-field athletes. The team is under official scrutiny after the Russian sports ministry was caught orchestrating doping among athletes....
From: Christian Science Monitor | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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I watched this bizarre video a couple of times and couldn't figure out what's going on. I think Folderpirate on Reddit has the best theory: The guy on the bike was in on it. It was a carjacking/kidnapping targeting the first car. Guy on bike stops traffic...
From: Boing Boing | By: Mark Frauenfelder | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Unconfirmed reports suggest that Russia has developed a next-generation stealth bomber that can attack from space.
From: Christian Science Monitor | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Months ago I published a note from a reader whose work, in the TV industry, involved exposure to virtually all…
From: The Atlantic | By: James Fallows | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Vladimir Putin wants you to know that he’s strong. We know he wants us to know this because, instead of practicing martial arts in seclusion, he has written a book on judo that will be handed out to 7 million Russian elementary-school students. He...
From: Slate | By: Emily Tamkin | Thursday, July 21, 2016
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From: Politico | By: Nahal Toosi | Friday, July 22, 2016
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