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Starship Technologies Will Deliver Food to George Mason University Students Via Robots

PepsiCo and Kiwi aren’t the only companies getting in on the food delivery market courtesy of robots. Starship Technologies is based out of Europe, and it announced this week (via The Verge) that it is deploying its robots at the George Mason University campus. The school will allow students to use their meal plans to […]

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Trump’s Cruel Proposal to End the Shutdown

Senate Republicans and Democrats on Tuesday announced the first hint of progress in negotiations over the government shutdown. The chamber has scheduled procedural votes on two separate bills for Thursday: one that would fund the government through February 8, and one that represents President Donald Trump’s opening bid for ending the standoff. Some experienced Capitol […]

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The U.S. Should Return to Unesco

The United States quit Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, this month. It did not go quietly. A “cesspool,” Nikki Haley called it. “Unesco is among the most corrupt and politically biased UN agencies,” she tweeted. True, Haley was on her way out the door as United States ambassador to the United Nations, and so […]

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How a Coup Can Destroy a Family, and How a Family Can Heal

I always admired my uncle Anas, my mom’s youngest brother and a general in the Egyptian police. He helped shape my sense of justice and discipline. When I was growing up, I had nothing but respect and admiration for him and his work fighting bad guys. Throughout his career — and unlike many of his […]

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Did Australia Poke a Hole in Your Phone’s Security?

SYDNEY, Australia — A new law in Australia gives law enforcement authorities the power to compel tech-industry giants like Apple to create tools that would circumvent the encryption built into their products. The law, the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018, applies only to tech products used or sold in Australia. […]

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Putin’s Dream of Godliness: Holy Russia

On Jan. 5, some 150,000 people lined up in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. They came to see a single document called a tomos, issued a few days before by the ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew. There, on a piece of parchment, written in ornate Greek, English and Ukrainian, were […]

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Senate Leaders Reach Deal That Offers Possible Path to Reopen Government

WASHINGTON — The Senate will vote Thursday on two separate bills that would bring an immediate end to the partial government shutdown: one backed by President Trump that includes $5.7 billion for his border wall and another that would simply extend funding for shuttered agencies through Feb. 8. The plan, a compromise between Senator Mitch […]

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Harris Wofford, Ex-Senator Who Pushed Volunteerism, Dies at 92

Harris Wofford, a former United States senator from Pennsylvania whose passion for getting people involved helped create John F. Kennedy’s Peace Corps, Bill Clinton’s AmeriCorps and other service organizations and made him America’s volunteer in chief, died on Monday night in Washington. He was 92. His son Daniel said his death, at George Washington University […]

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The Covington Scissor

In a short story published last October, “Sort by Controversial,” Scott Alexander imagines a Silicon Valley company that accidentally comes up with an algorithm to generate what it calls a “Scissor.” The scissor is a statement, an idea or a scenario that’s somehow perfectly calibrated to tear people apart — not just by generating disagreement, […]

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As Venezuela Crumbles, Opposition Led by Juan Guaidó Sees an Opportunity

CARACAS, Venezuela — A group of soldiers turned against the government and declared allegiance to the opposition. Foreign officials say the government could soon run out of money to meet bare-bones needs. And countries across the region have called the president an illegitimate dictator. Conditions in Venezuela have deteriorated to a point where the opposition […]

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Kaye Ballard, Indefatigable Comedian and Actress, Dies at 93

Kaye Ballard, whose long career as a comedian, actress and nightclub performer included well-regarded runs in “The Golden Apple” and “Carnival!” on Broadway and a classic turn as a television mother-in-law, died on Tuesday at her home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 93. Her death was announced by her lawyer, Mark Sendroff. Ms. Ballard […]

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Pence Tells Venezuelans That U.S. Backs Efforts to Oust Maduro

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday declared the United States’ “unwavering support” for planned mass protests in Venezuela against President Nicolás Maduro, the most explicit backing yet by the Trump administration as opposition leaders try to unseat Mr. Maduro. The declaration, the first in which Mr. Pence used a video to directly urge […]

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