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-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines China imposed $34 billion in retaliatory tariffs on American goods, including soybeans and pork, after President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese products took effect early Friday. During a visit to ...
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Why Scott Pruitt’s Critics Will Miss Him

Scott Pruitt is gone. During his time in office, Pruitt racked up a fabulous array of “bizarre and venal” controversies—so many that it verges on cliché to list them all. (My favorite: Pruitt’s dispatching a government-salaried aide to ...
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The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s <em>Beast Mode 2</em>

At the tail end of 2014, the Atlanta rapper born Nayvadius Wilburn, best known as Future, began to free himself. That October, the rapper released his first mixtape since the lukewarm pop-rap record Honest, his second studio album—and ...
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The Mayor of a Ghost Town

Welcome to Ballarat, California, population one. Located in the heart of the unforgiving Death Valley, the former mining supply town has been abandoned for nearly 100 years. Were it not for Rock Novak, the town’s only resident, Ballarat ...
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How whale corpses feed ocean floors

Animals What happens when a whale dies? Whales that end up on the beach make headlines. But those that sink to the bottom of the ocean make new homes for sea life. Source: science ...
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You can now use your favorite Lightroom presets on your phone

Technology Adobe’s mobile photo editing app gets more powerful. Last week Adobe announced a number of updates to Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic CC—including the ability to sync presets and profiles in Lightroom CC across… Source: tech nolgy ...
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The Death of the Public Square

What is God? When the question first rattled my adolescent mind, I took it to my mom and dad, and received wildly divergent answers. I cracked the beige-in-every-way set of World Book encyclopedias in our attic. And after ...
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Photos of the Week: Kansas Lightning, Afghan Pigeons, Sunken Wrecks

Cooling off in New York City, rescue operations in Thailand, World Cup action in Russia, migrants crossing the Mediterranean, a triathlon in Germany, wildfires in California, a presidential election in Mexico, a rocket explodes in Japan, and much ...
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Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read

What to do when a school is infested with vermin, when textbooks are outdated, when students can’t even read? Perhaps the answer is sue the government. That’s what seven students in Detroit have done. Their class-action suit filed ...
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