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Photo Updates From Kilauea: The Lava Meets the Sea

Photo Updates From Kilauea: The Lava Meets the Sea

Mario Tama / Getty Since the Kilauea volcano began its most recent eruptive activity on Hawaii's Big Island three weeks ago, the situation has evolved and worsened. More than 40 structures have been
Travel Monday: A Photo Trip to Southeast Alaska

Travel Monday: A Photo Trip to Southeast Alaska

Richard Seeley / Shutterstock Southeast Alaska, or the Alaska Panhandle, is a narrow strip of coastal islands and mountains that stretches more than 500 miles along the Pacific Ocean. It is home to
Historic Photos of NASA's Cavernous Wind Tunnels

Historic Photos of NASA's Cavernous Wind Tunnels

Bill Taub / NASA Throughout the 20th century, NASA (and its predecessor, NACA) made extensive use of wind tunnels to test and refine designs for airplanes, spacecraft, and many other vehicles and

The 99% Is a Myth—Here's How It Breaks Down

When it comes to the division of wealth, many Americans believe that the country is split between the 1%, which possesses a significant share of the country’s money, and the 99%, or “the people.” In
Spectacular Images of the Recent Eruptions in Hawaii

Spectacular Images of the Recent Eruptions in Hawaii

Mario Tama / Getty The newest phase of Kilauea volcano’s ongoing eruption has opened as many as 20 new fissures on Hawaii's Big Island over the past two weeks, spewing lava and volcanic gases,

The Legal 'Pet-Poaching' Problem

It’s easy to spot a wild parrot in Miami, as in San Francisco, San Diego, and several other metropolitan areas in the U.S. But in Florida, “technically, it’s not illegal to take wild parrots,

When Mother's Day Means a Trip to Prison

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a cinéma vérité documentary is worth ten thousand. Such is the case with Mother’s Day, a heartbreaking observational film from Elizabeth Lo and R.J. Lozada,
A Look Back at Kilauea's Spectacular 1969 to 1974 Mauna Ulu Eruption

A Look Back at Kilauea's Spectacular 1969 to 1974 Mauna Ulu Eruption

USGS The volcanic activity in Hawaii today is part of the ongoing Pu’u O’o eruption—the longest-duration eruption ever recorded on Kilauea. The Pu’u O’o eruption has been active, with varying levels
The 'Our Towns' Saga, on CBS Sunday Morning

The 'Our Towns' Saga, on CBS Sunday Morning

On Tuesday of this coming week, May 8, the book that my wife, Deb, and I have been working on for many years will officially be published.It’s called Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart
Photos of Kilauea's Newest Lava Fissures on Hawaii's Big Island

Photos of Kilauea's Newest Lava Fissures on Hawaii's Big Island

Bruce Omori / Paradise Helicopters / EPA-EFE / REX / Shutterstock The recent eruptions from several volcanic vents in a residential neighborhood on Hawaii’s Big Island have prompted the evacuation
Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV

Live-Streaming the Apocalypse With NRATV

Jesse LenzNRATV, the online streaming service of the National Rifle Association, first impinged upon me in July of last year. There she was one morning, on my computer screen: a dark-haired woman
A Sunny Seattle Day

A Sunny Seattle Day

I’ve been traveling for several days recently, and was unable to compose a proper photo story for today, so I hope you’ll indulge me if I just share a few pictures I took in and around Seattle,

How America Broke the Presidency

“Many of the responsibilities that vex Trump are ones that were not part of the job’s original design,” writes The Atlantic contributing writer and co-host of CBS This Morning, John Dickerson. In his
The Reinvention of America

The Reinvention of America

I have seen the future, and it is in the United States.After a several-year immersion in parts of the country that make the news mainly after a natural disaster or a shooting, or for follow-up stories
Photos From State Dinners Past

Photos From State Dinners Past

The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library / Ricardo Thomas On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host the first official state dinner of this administration at the White
Remembering Peter Claeys

Remembering Peter Claeys

I was very sorry to learn this week that Peter Claeys, whom you see in action above and in the family photo below, had died recently in Lille, at age 62. With his family’s permission, here is their
Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

Is It Too Late to Stop the Rise of Marijuana, Inc.?

The marijuana wars are entering a new phase. The first phase, over whether or not to legalize the recreational use of cannabis, is over. The partisans of legalization have won the battle for public
New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

New York’s Double-Jeopardy Loophole

New York state has long functioned as the ace up the sleeve of President Trump’s critics.The reasoning goes like this: Trump could attempt to pardon people implicated in the Russia probe, whether
When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges

When Disadvantaged Students Overlook Elite Colleges

Every year, scores of gifted students have their college prospects hampered by life circumstances. Imagine a teenager attending a high school where few of his peers make it to graduation, much less
Barbara Bush Changed With Her Country

Barbara Bush Changed With Her Country

Some famous people are much less interesting in person than you would expect. Some are more interesting. And a few—a very few—rock your world. For me, Barbara Bush, who left us on Tuesday, occupies