Headlines edition

Tuesday headlines: Is it bad or good, or bad and better?

Trump and Mexico reach a deal on NAFTA, now re-dubbed the US Mexico Trade Agreement, putting pressure on Canada.

Voters head to the polls in Florida, Arizona, and Oklahoma to pick general election candidates.

Taiwan, oddly enough, has become a pioneer in digital democracy with a crowdsourcing platform called vTaiwan.

In light of John McCain's death, a brief history of America's torture programs.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted an admiring tribute to McCain. Hundreds of her supporters attacked her.

Liberals explain why they're giving tens of thousands of dollars to former Trump fixer Michael Cohen.

Elizabeth Warren introduces a new "Anti-Corruption Act" to take the profit motive out of American public service.

Inside a secret network providing home abortions around the US.

In 1965, the Secretary of Labor tried to replace Mexican agricultural workers with Anglo high school jocks. They wilted.

“Orphan crops” are foods that fell into oblivion, despite historical usefulness. Quinoa offers a comeback story.

Between online competition, traffic jams, and high rents, New York’s Flower District is dying.

Almost 75% of a health care organization's labor cost is spent on trying to communicate with other health care organizations.

By 2020, half of the world’s population is expected to fall in the global middle class.

Does saying “things are improving” imply that everything is fine, and we should all relax and not worry? No, not at all. Is it helpful to have to choose between bad and improving? Definitely not. It’s both. It’s both bad and better. Most depictions of the world are too optimistic or too pessimistic. A mantra like “bad and better” avoids extremes.

As the US Open kicks off, photographs from the archives of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

In the 1970s, there was no greater stage for women’s tennis than the US Open.

A guide to microneedling, beauty toothpaste, and more from the "K-Beauty" world (Korean beauty products) in 2018.

A trick to simplifying school lunch prep: make it nutritious, not Instagram-worthy.

Video: Michael Nesmith of the Monkees really, really loves vaporwave, a fringe electronic subgenre.

The author of The Horse Whisperer has another story of manic family drama and epic landscapes—but it's true.

The story of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is more adventure travel than horror—full of boating, hiking, and alpinism.

Your amusing diagram for the week: what bank robbers, DJs, and preachers all have in common.