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Why Are School Shooters Always Described as “Quiet”?

Why Are School Shooters Always Described as “Quiet”?

The suspect in Friday’s Santa Fe High School shooting, in which eight students and two teachers were shot dead, had always been a “smart, quiet, sweet boy,” according to a statement from his family.
Hang Up and Listen: The My Favorite House Edition

Hang Up and Listen: The My Favorite House Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis and Josh Levin:
Gmail’s New Nudge Feature Is a More Efficient Way to Feel Guilty About Your Inbox

Gmail’s New Nudge Feature Is a More Efficient Way to Feel Guilty About Your Inbox

Anyone who’s ever had an office job—or, come to think of it, a life—is familiar with the “nudge,” the email you send when you need someone to do something for you and that person hasn’t responded to
Obamacare Stabilized Last Year. Then Trump Screwed Things Up.

Obamacare Stabilized Last Year. Then Trump Screwed Things Up.

One of the big early problems with Obamacare was that insurance companies couldn’t make any money off of it. They charged premiums that were too low, enrolled patients that were sicker than expected,
Facial Recognition Software Will Not Stop School Shootings

Facial Recognition Software Will Not Stop School Shootings

With another deadly massacre on the school shooting tally board— the third in a week, the 22nd this year, according to CNN’s parameters—at least one school district is focusing on making schools
The Angle: Labor Troubles Edition

The Angle: Labor Troubles Edition

Time for wage theft: The Supreme Court’s 5–4 decision in Epic Systems v. Lewis made it much harder for American workers to sue their bosses collectively. Mark Joseph Stern can find only one silver
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

It’s commencement season, and American college campuses everywhere are threaded with long, shining lines of hatchbacks loaded up to carry graduates to their new homes.
What Happened in That Trump Tower Meeting With Russians

What Happened in That Trump Tower Meeting With Russians

Donald Trump Jr. has no memory of Rinat Akhmetshin attending the infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting, even though he was apparently dressed entirely in pink, and according to at least one
Naming Your Kid MacKayleighn Doesn’t Make Her—or You—Unique

Naming Your Kid MacKayleighn Doesn’t Make Her—or You—Unique

Another 2018 epidemic is upon us, but this one doesn’t involve E. coli. According to GQ correspondent Drew Magary, we are in the midst of a full-blown outbreak of terrible baby names, the result of an
Tesla’s Model 3 Might Not Be the Perfect, Affordable Electric Car After All

Tesla’s Model 3 Might Not Be the Perfect, Affordable Electric Car After All

Tesla’s Model S luxury sedan was an instant legend—the car that almost singlehandedly revived the electric vehicle industry. Among a slew of other accolades, it was Consumer Reports’ pick for the car
A Book Club Book Club

A Book Club Book Club

You certainly don’t have to be a Fifty Shades of Grey fan to enjoy Book Club, the new romantic comedy that stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen. But the movie, in which
An All-Star Jungle Turns Disney Dark in the First Mowgli Trailer

An All-Star Jungle Turns Disney Dark in the First Mowgli Trailer

Movies have been exploring the darker side of children’s stories for some time now, and the results are always mixed—you never know if you’re going to end up with a Maleficent or a Hansel and Gretel:
Help! My Boyfriend Implied That I Shouldn’t Have Children Because I’ve Struggled With Addiction.

Help! My Boyfriend Implied That I Shouldn’t Have Children Because I’ve Struggled With Addiction.

Daniel Mallory Ortberg is online weekly to chat live with readers. Here’s an edited transcript of this week’s chat.
Arms Control, Trump-Style

Arms Control, Trump-Style

On the eve of his White House meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which is itself a prelude to his summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it’s worth recalling President
Pompeo’s New Iran Strategy: Regime Change In All But Name

Pompeo’s New Iran Strategy: Regime Change In All But Name

Mike Pompeo stopped short of calling for regime change in Iran today—but just short of it. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation in Washington in his first public address as secretary of state, Pompeo
Rod Rosenstein Cedes to Trump Demand to Investigate Trump’s Investigators

Rod Rosenstein Cedes to Trump Demand to Investigate Trump’s Investigators

On Sunday, President Donald Trump issued a “demand” that his Justice Department investigate whether his campaign was “infiltrated or surveilled” by the previous administration. This move carried the
Why It Makes Sense for Rod Rosenstein to Appease Trump

Why It Makes Sense for Rod Rosenstein to Appease Trump

On Sunday, in an extraordinary series of tweets, President Donald Trump declared that “I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the
The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica

The Privacy Scandal That Should Be Bigger Than Cambridge Analytica

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: A giant company that relies on users to trust it with some of their most intimate personal data turns out to have been abusing that trust by passing that data on
The Trumped Up Defender

The Trumped Up Defender

On Sunday, President Donald Trump launched a new phase in his attack on the Department of Justice and Robert Mueller’s investigation. He is now going beyond rhetoric: He is apparently preparing to
Latin America’s New Authoritarianism

Latin America’s New Authoritarianism

Despite Venezuela’s people starving and refugees pouring out of the country, President Nicolás Maduro will stay in office for now. In a deeply flawed election marred by low voter turnout and