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Wednesday Headlines: It’s the treason for the season.

In a bipartisan vote of 87–12, the Senate passed landmark criminal justice legislation, already endorsed by Trump, that will reform “three strikes” sentences, mandatory minimums, and early release options.

Michael Flynn's sentencing has been postponed after yesterday’s hearing went into unanticipated territory, in which the judge suggested Flynn is guilty of treason—which he isn’t, as he neither provided “aid and comfort” to a country the US is at war with, nor did he “levy war” against the US.

Overruling the ATF, the Trump administration bans bump stocks, such as the kind used during the shooting last year that killed 58 people in Las Vegas. And, as you can see at this Fox News post, gun enthusiasts are not happy.

A map detailing the 150,000 shootings that occurred over the past five years in America.

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood yesterday announced the dissolution of the Trump Foundation, citing its “shocking pattern of illegality—including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more.”

From attorneys general to van der Zwaan: a complete guide to the 17 known investigations into Trump and Russia.

News outlets undermine the Trump-Russia investigations when they use the Steele dossier as a measure of possible conspiracy.

The legendary Penny Marshall, the first woman to direct a $100 million-grossing film—and then did it again four years later—died on Monday night at 75.

The emergence of acute flaccid myelitis offers an example for how the CDC will address the next global epidemic.

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New internal documents hint at the disturbing depth of Facebook's partnerships with Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, and others, which have included sharing users' private messages and contacts, sometimes without consent.

Civil rights groups want Zuckerberg and Sandberg to leave Facebook's board over Russian targeting of black Americans.

“People’s worldviews remain pretty stable over time. That being said, we find that the fluid become ‘situationally fixed’ in their political preferences when they are frightened.” America isn’t a nation of two parties, but rather of “fixed” versus “fluid” worldviews.

As Georgia secretary of state, Brian Kemp weaponized his office's ineptitude in order to accuse his Democrat opponents of hacking.

Though authoritarianism was on the rise in 2018, democracy made a comeback in Ethiopia, Armenia, and Peru.

A speech pathologist in Texas lost her job over state legislation requiring her to pledge she wouldn't boycott Israel.

An easy-to-understand explanation of how neural networks are able to recognize what's in an image.

The condition has been identified as resulting from brain tumors, strokes, infections, and other lesions involving the frontal lobe, particularly the right orbitofrontal region, which previous research has indicated plays an important role in humor appreciation. It’s not so easy to tell whether someone has a neurological condition or they’re just good at puns.

Innovative, tiny drawings made using ink stamps, by Baku Maeda.