A speech pathologist in Texas lost her job over state legislation requiring her to pledge she wouldn't boycott Israel.
As Georgia secretary of state, Brian Kemp weaponized his office's ineptitude in order to accuse his Democrat opponents of hacking.

"People’s worldviews remain pretty stable over time. That being said, we find that the fluid become 'situationally fixed' in their political preferences when they are frightened."

America isn’t a nation of two parties, but rather of “fixed” versus “fluid” worldviews.

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News outlets undermine the Trump-Russia investigations when they use the Steele dossier as a measure of possible conspiracy.
Though authoritarianism was on the rise in 2018, democracy made a comeback in Ethiopia, Armenia, and Peru.

The condition has been identified as resulting from brain tumors, strokes, infections, and other lesions involving the frontal lobe, particularly the right orbitofrontal region, which previous research has indicated plays an important role in humor appreciation.

It’s not so easy to tell whether someone has a neurological condition or they’re just good at puns.

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Civil rights groups want Zuckerberg and Sandberg to leave Facebook's board over Russian targeting of black Americans.
An easy-to-understand explanation of how neural networks are able to recognize what's in an image.
From attorneys general to van der Zwaan: a complete guide to the 17 known investigations into Trump and Russia.
Headline of the week and it's only Monday: "Would Human Extinction Be a Tragedy?"

President Donald Trump seems to have both increased the audience for partisan media and polarized partisan views about the media’s value and credibility—turning Republicans further against the media and rallying Democrats to its defense.

People actually aren’t trapped in filter bubbles. But they like to believe they are—or least that everybody else is.

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A new report on Russian election-meddling finds a big emphasis on Instagram, with twice the audience engagement found on Facebook.
"None of this means Trump will lose in 2020." A guide to the remarkably large field of Democrats planning to run for president.

From Dec. 12, 1986: The Smiths play their final show as a band.

Between 2012 and 2017, the number of male domestic-abuse victims recorded by British police each year more than doubled.

"I was just sitting at the bar," Barkley said. "And me and your dad were the only two people in there. And we just sit down and started talking."

A wonderful story by reporter Shirley Wang about how her family became friends with Charles Barkley.

A look at the year in K-Pop as the genre struggled to adapt to its global prominence.
The most Googled TV show of 2018 is the Chinese period drama Story of Yanxi Palace.