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Thursday Headlines: The not-so-secret history.

Speaking publicly about the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller states the special counsel's report did not exonerate Trump: "If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so."

Joining Mississippi, Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, and Missouri, Louisiana passes a "heartbeat" abortion bill, which the state's Democratic governor says he will sign.

This week, Missouri could become the first state without an abortion services provider since Roe v. Wade went into effect.

A close read of Mitch McConnell's prior statements reveals he always left himself an opening to confirm a Supreme Court nominee during a presidential-election year.

Adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census relied on the work of one GOP strategist, now deceased. Now, with weeks to go until the Supreme Court rules on adding the question, his hard drives show he wrote a study showing a citizenship question would aid Republicans in drafting more extreme gerrymandering.

Multiple assaults and unsolved murders of black transgender women in Dallas have sent shockwaves through the local trans community.

A network of Islamophobic Facebook pages generating broad American support seems to be the work of a single evangelical activist.

Targeting American cities over the past three weeks, cybercriminals paralyzed vulnerable systems by using the same NSA tool employed in the WannaCry attack.

China may have a secret weapon in the trade war: It supplies around 80% of the rare earth minerals used by the US.

Breaking down over a military conscription bill, Netanyahu failed to form a coalition government—the first time in Israel's history a prime minister-designate was unable to do so.

The WHO further defines work-related stress, giving more medical legitimacy to those who suffer from burnout.

We will do this through Instagramming, blogging, podcasting, Facebooking, working with advertisers, knowing our angles. We are preparing ourselves to perform motherhood with a hashtag. Lyz Lenz on the bygone era of mom blogs, replaced by mom influencers and savvy monetization. (Read more stories like this in our editors' longreads picks.)

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Everest is busier than ever, preventable deaths are increasing, and Nepal's corrupt government has been loath to intervene—although some officials are now calling for new regulations.

A North Face ad campaign flouted Wikipedia rules, uploading subtly branded images to entries for famous destinations.

Inside the intense debates Wikipedia editors have over changes to Trump's entry—such as how to describe his racism.

Bad metadata on Spotify has, by some estimates, left billions of dollars on the table that should have been paid to artists.

YouTube copyrights are ruining music instruction, punishing anyone who plays a two-second guitar lick from "Hotel California."

Op-ed from the future: Ted Chiang cautions against a caste system where status is guaranteed through genetically engineered IQ.

Alex Trebek announces that his doctors say he's in "near remission" of his advanced pancreatic cancer.

Over the course of elephants seals' recovery from near-extinction, their distinct dialects have now mostly vanished.

Watch: Curiosity rover images stitched together and animated to simulate what cloud movement looks like from the surface of Mars.

“Nobody I know would have been there if they had required SAT scores. That was part of the reason I went to Bennington... Everybody there was like the oddly gifted person who made bad grades and hung out in the parking lot.” An oral history of Bennington College in the 1980s, when Donna Tartt, Bret Easton Ellis, and Jonathan Lethem attended.

Debunking the myth that five weekends in one month occurs only every 823 years. (It happens nearly every year.)