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Wednesday headlines: Escalate to deescalate.

Iran launches missile attacks against Iraqi bases hosting US troops, though in a manner to avoid casualties. Iraq was warned ahead of time

“The US military was anticipating an attack and personnel had taken cover. Iran can claim it took revenge. Feels more like an escalation to deescalate.”

A Ukrainian airliner leaving Tehran crashes shortly after take-off, killing 176 people on board.

Some thoughts from one of 43’s lawyers on 45’s legal justifications for attacking Iran.

Geraldine Brooks: Let’s remember the downing of Iran Air 655, and the blood on our hands, too.

American foreign policy tends toward four worldviews: Hamiltonian, Wilsonian, Jacksonian, and Jeffersonian. Trump’s Iran policy shows the limits of Jacksonianism.

Massive reporting—and lots of interesting interactive design—uncovers a botched US military raid in Afghanistan that killed nearly 60 children.

From a game theory perspective, Trump's talk of cultural sites was a weak move, "but silence never has been Trump’s strong suit."

Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson is still a serious candidate for president—for people who meditate in southeastern Iowa.

“No one could name what had happened to us.” Now trending: Seeing Cats while stoned or tripping.

Australia’s government is sticking to a position that there’s no link between the climate crisis and the country’s devastating bushfires.

A startup near Tel Aviv has found a way to make sugar more effective—not artificial, but higher-potency.

"Go first to the rack by the fitting room." Tips on how to thrift in January, apparently prime season for visiting Goodwill.

A short film pays tribute to Ernest Whiteley & Co. Ladies Outfitters in Bridlington, Yorkshire, a shop that “ has hardly changed since it first opened its doors in 1901.”

See also: The faded beauty of Britain's vintage laundrettes.

Some of the world's prettiest architecture is being built for scientists in Antarctica.

One way to look back on the last decade: as a remarkable period in automobile design history, led by Tesla.

"What if Toulouse-Lautrec was an EVA fan?" and other works by Caitlyn Cold.

Related: The high highs and low lows of dating a much younger person.