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The Making of an American Nazi

How did Andrew Anglin go from being an antiracist vegan to the alt-right’s most vicious troll and propagandist—and how might he be stopped?

Luke O’Brien

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'It Was Clearly Intended to Be Funny but Wasn't'

Al Franken’s apology—in response to the accusation that he groped a woman—deployed, in part, a "joke" defense often used to explain misbehavior.

David Sims

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'It's a Mistake to Underestimate China'

The country’s massive infrastructure project is a blueprint for growth in the developing world.

Krishnadev Calamur

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Conservatives Reap the Whirlwind of Their War on the Media

For years, Republican politicians have attacked the mainstream press. With Roy Moore’s Senate bid, they’re facing the consequences.

Rosie Gray and McKay Coppins

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He Doth Brotest Too Much

Louis C.K., Harvey Weinstein, and many other men alleged to be abusers have something else in common: They were great at seeming to be good.

Megan Garber

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Why Can't Addicts Just Quit?

In some cities, heroin addicts have access to treatment, but many are still using. Now, Seattle is poised to open a safe-injection facility for those who just can’t stop. So why can’t they?

Olga Khazan

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Why the U.S. Fails at Worker Training

Automation and globalization are making some workers’ skills obsolete. Why can’t the federal government figure out how to successfully prepare Americans for the future?

Lolade Fadulu

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The First Man to Have His Genes Edited Inside His Body

A clinical trial for zinc-finger nucleases, a potential new method of curing genetic diseases, kicks off.

Sarah Zhang

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Why Are Parents Afraid of Later School Start Times?

A new paper argues that using behavioral economics to ease families’ fear of change could help convince them to switch up their children’s routines.

Isabel Fattal

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How a Glass Terrarium Changed the World

The Wardian case made intercontinental plant transport possible—and helped spread empires.

Jen Maylack

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A Photo Trip to Antarctica

Images from the past few years of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, research facilities, and some of the scientific work taking place there.

Alan Taylor

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New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

Ed Yong

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The Most Dangerous Form of American Extremism Yet

Luke O'Brien explains how the anonymity of the internet continues to help the alt-right proliferate.

Brianna Pressey, Jeremy Raff, and Luke O’Brien

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