Around this time last year, we relaunched The Morning News with a stronger focus on our Headlines, expanding that column into our entire homepage feed. By far, the loudest feedback we heard from readers (aside from derision for the infinite scroll, of which we will never speak again) was: We want the old Headlines column back.
Headlines, it’s true, have always anchored our homepage—initially as a daily blog post within a continuous feed of other updates; then as an ever-present block at the top of the site; then aligned to the right side of the homepage, where it survived for many redesigns; and now, today, as the entire homepage.
But it wasn’t the same, and we knew it wasn’t, and we knew why: Headlines-as-homepage were no longer a quick-hit absorption of the day’s news (and non-news). Still, offering a speedy briefing has always been an essential aspect of our Headlines, so we’re bringing them back in two convenient formats: a daily newsletter as well as a post here on TMN that you can access through Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. Both editions are the same—just use whichever fits your habits the best—and arrive Tuesday through Saturday mornings. (The Morning News Headlines, in fact, began as an email newsletter in 1999, and now they're back in an email newsletter, where they feel right at home once again—fancy that.) Have a look, sign up, and please let us know what you think.
To twist the sports cliche du jour, perhaps Trump should stick to trying to run a country that barely resembles itself right now. The sports world will continue what it does best: embrace differences and manage conflict on a field of play.
The sophistication of the Russian tactics caught Facebook off-guard. Its highly regarded security team had erected formidable defenses against traditional cyber attacks but failed to anticipate that Facebook users—deploying easily available automated tools such as ad micro-targeting—pumped skillfully crafted propaganda through the social network without setting off any alarm bells.
Consider the amount of standard daily doses of opioids consumed in Japan. And then double it. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it a fifth time. That would make Japan No. 2 in the world, behind the United States.
My time in Barcelona taught me one thing: radicalization is a local phenomenon. It happens on soccer fields, in parks and cafes. Local authorities cannot investigate every person, but if someone is already suspected, the local officials should know about it.