Headlines Edition

Tuesday Headlines: The new head of the NOAA is a fern.

In Iraq, the government seized Kirkuk's resources to help starve moves for a separate Kurdish state.

Part of the power of "me too" is it confirms ordinary people harass other ordinary people every single day.

With the discovery of a wi-fi security flaw, most connections are now at risk from a "relatively easy" attack.

Colin Kaepernick's NFL collusion grievance will cite how Trump's tweets have fostered a climate dissuading owners from hiring the quarterback.

“Whereas Trump has responded to protected speech he dislikes by calling for a punitive government response and issuing commands to private citizens like a king or tyrant.” Citing the president’s attacks on a free press, Conor Friedersdorf draws up Trump’s impeachment papers.

The new head of the NOAA belongs to an industry society that says CO2 is good for the planet.

Congress bickers over national flood insurance, but still has no plan for coastal adaptation to climate change.

Catalonia's leader skips Madrid's deadline to clarify his independence stance—a classic business school tactic.

“Intelligence officials estimate that North Korea reaps hundreds of millions of dollars a year from ransomware, digital bank heists, online video game cracking, and more recently, hacks of South Korean Bitcoin exchanges.” A timeline of North Korea’s transformation into one of the world’s leading cyber threats.

Despite the devastating fires, Napa Valley's surviving wineries still need their grapes picked, and vineyards fear future harvests may be tainted.

“[The top-down narrative] misses the movements that shifted politics to the point where someone like Sanders could run for president and win state after state in the first place.” Thank longstanding local activists, not Bernie, for the leftward shift in places like Birmingham and Albuquerque.

Alexis Madrigal: Filter bubbles hurt, but Facebook's impact on politics curdled when it cornered media distribution.

“A woman’s presence is so vaunted that a man cannot be expected to raise a child without her, but she is also deemed ritually impure and cannot touch even a young boy who is not her blood relative. Such is the plight of ultra-Orthodox women.” A new film about New York’s ultra-Orthodox community finds a religion that’s suffocating and too strong to resist.

AI that learns which notifications you use could filter out the ones you don't. It's a tragedy.

Oxford moral philosopher and vegetarian Jeff McMahan runs through the arguments for eating meat—for the sake of animals, pigs for example.

“Like all of us here, Strangler Bob knew how to sleep—from lights-out at ten until breakfast at seven, and a nap after breakfast, and a nap before supper—but this Christmas Eve he stayed up late and observed us with his dead, soulless gaze.” A new short story from the recently departed Denis Johnson.

On the enduring brilliance of the Blade Runner soundtrack by Vangelis, who refused to read the script.

All but around 20 countries on Earth are named after a direction, land feature, tribe, or person (usually a man).

Ending a 70-year tradition of dropping turkeys from airplanes, an Arkansas festival now dumps them off rooftops.

The Library of Congress once had a mechanical conveyer that could send books to the Capitol in just five minutes.

An analysis of 100,000 Dungeons & Dragons characters shows your human fighter isn't so unique after all.

The internet is now a darker place. Dave Bry, who wrote the "Public Apology" column at The Awl, has passed away.