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.
A Swedish university sent a team of mercenaries to rescue a graduate student from the Islamic State.
"Facial boarding" has arrived in airports, and it's already caught an imposter trying to fly.

The post–World War II, post–Cold War order cannot be restored, but the world is not yet on the edge of a systemic crisis. Now is the time to make sure one never materializes.

How the world ends—if we’re not careful.

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Gun deaths in America reach a record high with 39,773 people killed in 2017—an increase of more than 10,000 from 1999.
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Joseph Thompson, a spokesperson for the Mesquite Police, said, “The suspect did use some racial slurs in each one of them, but it was insufficient to be able to prove that the offenses were motivated by racial bias.”

The number of hate crimes in the US is artificially low, and one reason may be that police don’t correctly classify attacks.

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