We don’t know where the world is headed, but we know where part of its problems began: in the bedroom on the second floor of a Tudor in Queens where Donald Trump was probably conceived. Now an Airbnb, one Newsweek reporter spends the night there to help understand… well, everything.
“The president has no prior experience in politics or national security. Combine that with the widespread respect all three generals bring with them, not to mention their reputations for seriousness and intelligence, and it means they possess something that Donald Trump the dealmaker understands well: leverage—leverage over him.”
Gentrification is a global socioeconomic problem. These are the people fighting it in Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, where the overwhelming majority of residents are Latino renters living on the poverty line, and especially susceptible to being driven out.
Legends say that a 16th century Spanish galleon traveled into what’s now California’s arid interior and got stranded, leaving its hull and cargo buried in the desert for modern treasure-hunters to find. Or not; the story isn’t verified. No one agrees on the details, whether it was Spanish or Viking, in California or Mexico. People still search for it. What’s real? Should people believe any of this?
Many Californians reject Trump’s values, policy and thinking about climate change, immigration and equality, and they are sending a clear message: they will resist. With the sixth largest economy in the world that contributes billions to the federal budget and huge amounts of America’s domestic food supply, California wields a lot of power and offers a vision of America’s future. But can it influence federal decisions?
While Donald Trump insists that Hillary Clinton should be imprisoned for destroying emails, he has routinely used stall tactics in order to erase records that courts have demanded he hand over.
When UC Berkeley, once a hotbed of political activism and progressive thinking, tried to stop an undergraduate peace and conflict studies major from teaching a class on Palestinian history, it fueled a hot-button debate about Anti-Semitism, academic freedom and the ways universities can foster inclusive intellectual discourse.
Before the Holocaust’s last architects can die naturally of old age, one Jewish man continues to track them down in order to bring them to justice for their crimes. Now his 40-year crusade has led him to Lithuania, a country which murdered over 90 percent of its Jewish citizens. Needless to say, he isn’t popular there.
“Perhaps what Will Hunting says to a pompous Harvard scholar is really true: ‘You dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you coulda’ picked up for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.’ Except, of course, an Ivy League education has become even more obscenely expensive in the 17 years since Good Will Hunting romanticized Southie autodidactism.” An examination of three books criticizing the Ivy League.
The story of an urban explorer in New York city and his decades-long fight to excavate a four-story wall of rocky debris that he believes contains the lost pages of John Wilkes Booth’s diary:
Diamond is a plump, 54-year-old New Yorker with kind, sunken eyes and frazzled hair—what’s left of it. Known in the local papers as “the Tunnel King,” he is an indisputably odd and paradoxical fellow. His acquaintances describe him as “brilliant”—he is an obsessive researcher and prodigious Googler whose living room is filled with piles of books, engineering diagrams and newspaper clippings about the tunnel. But they also say he can be “paranoid” and “hyperbolic” regarding his belief that the city has conspired to keep him out of the tunnel; and that if he gets back inside, he might find the missing pages of Booth’s diary that will prove a cabal of high-ranking, pro-Confederate New York officials plotted to kill Lincoln. When asked about this latter, seemingly preposterous claim, Diamond simply replies, “They used to say the tunnel didn’t exist.”