In the News: Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin space venture is making progress towards completion of a 750,000-square-foot rocket plant near Kennedy Space Center in Florida. About this photo: The Blue Origin New Shepard booster launches into space and then lands vertically back on Earth. Illustration of Blue Origin's new facility. (inset) Photo credit: Blue Origin

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to

Ring Magazine Retroactively Names Ali 1966 Fighter of Year (Trevin)

Despite winning all five of his fights that year, Ring withheld the award due to Ali’s public opposition to the Vietnam War draft, and his association with the Nation of Islam.

Finding ‘Truth’ in the Digital Age (Russ)

Was Hitler actually a good guy? For some internet users, certain algorithms present this skewed version of reality as truth. This is thanks to tech-savvy members of the right wing.

Updated NDAA Passes Senate (Dan)

A new National Defense Authorization Act(NDAA), which greatly expands the use of military power in the Executive branch, has been passed for 2017, with many concessions to demands of hawkish Republicans.

Trump’s Reality TV Career Continues (Jimmy)

Donald Trump will continue his association with NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice as executive producer.

‘Revolving Door’ and ‘Rubber Stamp’ of Gas and Pipeline Production (Dan)

Protesters gathered on December 2 at a conference of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over what is seen as the “rubber stamp” for pipeline production over the rights of homeowners and communities. Protesters also criticized the “revolving door” links between the FERC and pipeline companies, similar to criticisms levelled against financial regulators and Wall Street executives.

More Than 50,000 Drug Overdoses Last Year (Jimmy)

Heroin and prescription drugs are the main cause of the record number. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen anything like this. Certainly not in modern times,” said Robert Anderson, who oversees death statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Comments are closed.