Reading Time: 2 minutes If you thought it was hot in 2014, it wasn’t just you. Last year was the hottest on earth since the beginning of record-keeping in 1880.
Reading Time: 2 minutes An affair cost Gen. David Petraeus the CIA’s top job, and now, may cost him his freedom. Was his downfall of his own making, or helped along by his enemies?
Reading Time: 4 minutes FBI Director James Comey, with a straight face, is arguing that the encryption in new iPhones and other mobile devices is so powerful that it’s hindering crime-fighting. He’s even given this latest purported public safety threat a menacing new name: “Going Dark.” Your selfies may never be safe again.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s resignation—really a firing—is unusual in the star-crossed history of the agency assigned to protect the president. But it isn’t that way for the reason you think. Glass ceilings aside, Pierson will be remembered for a big and unintended reform at the top of the agency: actually paying the price for failure.
Reading Time: 2 minutes The beheading of James Foley has made the freelance journalist the subject of a spate of news coverage, and a central part of the story about America going back to war in Iraq. Questions about whether his killing was staged matter, and here’s why.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The U.S. is back in Iraq—but it’s only airstrikes, according to President Obama. That’s the casual sex of warfare, after a long marriage to Iraq and the messy, costly divorce. Here’s a little reminder of what to watch out for in all-too-familiar territory.
Reading Time: 5 minutes The U.S. watchdog in charge of overseeing the billions of dollars the U.S. is spending to rebuild Afghanistan finds an $11 million prison with broken walls, no fence and a trail of graft. WhoWhatWhy takes a look at what that tells us about our $103 billion investment in Afghanistan.