Mom accused of killing family shows bizarre behavior in court
Hamas Calls for Iran-Saudi Unity, Israel Issues Warning to Any Who Join Its Foes
As Hamas and other Palestinian forces go on the offensive amid a sharp escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the group sees positive potential in big changes happening among some of the Middle East's most influential players, including rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.newsweek.com
'Spaghetti Hack' Putting Sauce Directly on Kitchen Counter Enrages Internet
A strange cooking hack that encourages viewers to mix spaghetti and Prego sauce directly on a counter has gone viral and angered thousands.newsweek.com
What you need to know about the GOP-led election audit in Arizona
The Arizona audit is turning heads after the Department of Justice wrote to officials over concerns about violating federal law.abcnews.go.com
24 People Killed, Including 9 Children, in Gaza as Israel Strikes Hamas Following Rocket Attacks
The Israeli military said 15 of the dead were militants. Gaza militants fired more than 250 rockets toward Israel, injuring six Israeli civilianstime.com
Students remember Florida geography teacher Scott Beigel
Geography teacher Scott Beigel was one of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting last week in Parkland, Florida. Beigel's students share what they'll remember most about their beloved teacher.cbsnews.com
Student shot 5 times in Florida rampage hailed a hero
Anthony Borges, 15, is being hailed a hero after he was shot five times while attempting to shut and lock his classroom door during the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. As he recovers in a hospital, he's being credited with saving his classmates' lives.cbsnews.com
'Prodigal Son' Canceled: Why the Show is Ending After 2 Seasons
"Prodigal Son" will come to an end for good on May 18, after Fox decided against giving the show a Season 3.newsweek.com
Box office smash "Black Panther" is pop culture landmark
"Black Panther" blew past box office estimates in its opening weekend. So far, it's raked in an estimated $192 million in the U.S and Canada. That makes it the fifth highest-grossing opening weekend in Hollywood history, and the second-best opening ever for a Marvel Comics superhero movie. Jericka Duncan reports.cbsnews.com
Memorial Day: Biden faces growing pressure to let veterans use Pentagon parking lot for event
Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., and more than 30 other Republican members of Congress are pressuring President Biden to override the Pentagon's decision to block a veterans group from staging a Memorial Day motorcycle rally in the Pentagon parking lot..foxnews.com
Colonial Pipeline Hackers, DarkSide, Apologize, Say Goal 'Is to Make Money'
The pipeline, which stretches more than 5,500 miles and carries 45 percent of the East Coast's supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel, was taken offline over the weekend after a cyberattack.newsweek.com
After near-death scare, Torin Yater-Wallace hopes for Olympic comeback
Team USA is looking to sweep the men's freeski halfpipe competition at the Winter Olympics. Colorado native Torin Yater-Wallace hopes to earn a spot on the podium, as one of the most decorated freestyle skiers in the world. Don Dahler reports.cbsnews.com
Voting rights fight heads to Senate with committee debate
Senate Democrats are moving ahead this week with a sweeping proposal to rewrite US election laws -- a longshot bid meant to counteract the voter restrictions Republicans have passed at the state level.edition.cnn.com
How much do social media platforms deserve blame in election meddling?
The special counsel's indictment in the election meddling probe shows how easily Russians allegedly manipulated social media platforms. The document mentions Facebook 35 times in 37 pages. Twitter is brought up nine times and YouTube once. Wired editor-and-chief and CBS News contributor Nicholas Thompson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the difficult question of who deserves the blame and bears responsibility.cbsnews.com
Winter Olympic athletes push safety limits amid rise in extreme sports
Some crashes at this year's Winter Olympics are raising questions about whether the Games are becoming too dangerous. Dana Jacobson reports from Pyeongchang, South Korea.cbsnews.com
'She'll get hers': VA hospital serial killer faces victims' families at sentencing
Former nursing assistant Reta Mays, 46, will face her victims' families during a sentencing hearing Tuesday in the murders of seven veterans.usatoday.com
Grievance, rebellion and burnt bridges: Tracing Josh Hawley’s path to the insurrection
From newspaper columns as a teenager to his support for false claims of election fraud, the senator has staked out a populist path.washingtonpost.com
New Mystics jerseys celebrate the 19th Amendment, but players point out inequities
The amendment was ratified in 1920, but it would be another 45 years before the Voting Rights Act outlawed Jim Crow provisions that kept African Americans from voting.washingtonpost.com
Buying a ticket to a Van Gogh immersive exhibit? Be sure to doublecheck the show’s name first.
‘Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience’ will be coming to D.C. in July, but customers in many cities are getting confused by the number of exhibits with similar names.washingtonpost.com
Letters to the Editor: Anti-Asian hate is a symptom of old-fashioned American hate
Some people note that many recent instances of anti-Asian hate were perpetrated by Black men. That ignores a much larger reality.latimes.com
Tiffany’s created an engagement ring for men. And some guys are into it.
Tiffany & Co. has been selling the women’s solitaire diamond engagement ring since 1886. It only took 135 years for men to get their own version.washingtonpost.com
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito: Democrats' election power grab – S1 bill not For the People. Here's why
Ronald Reagan famously said, "the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help.'" It seems more pertinent now than ever given the latest partisan attempt to federalize one of America’s most sacred functions: our elections.foxnews.com
What does U.S. fuel pipeline shutdown reveal about the dangers of cyber ransoms?
Criminal hackers succeeded in shutting down a major U.S. oil pipeline in a ransomware scheme. Such cyber extortion schemes are on the rise, and the hack of Colonial Pipeline's data reveals that major U.S. infrastructure remains at risk.latimes.com
Jonathan Allen’s work with Washington’s homeless youth is inspired by his own experience
Jonathan Allen has emerged as a potential cornerstone for Washington, including off the field.washingtonpost.com
How special counsel is "laying the groundwork" with latest Russian meddling indictment
On Twitter President Trump is condemning any suggestion his presidential campaign colluded with Russians. His comments stem from the special counsel's indictment on Friday that accuses more than a dozen Russians of carrying out a complicated meddling scheme to influence the 2016 election. Paula Reid joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the latest developments.cbsnews.com
Letters to the Editor: Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India? Talk about failing up
Homelessness has worsened, housing is unaffordable, and we're saddled with the 2028 Olympics. Eric Garcetti's record in L.A. isn't good.latimes.com
Letters to the Editor: Liz Cheney is serving democracy. Kevin McCarthy is serving a would-be dictator
Liz Cheney refuses to accept Trump's Big Lie, and Kevin McCarthy is punishing her for it. This is how democracies weaken.latimes.com
How trash talking on a Virginia storefront sign led to a friendly fight across the U.S.-Canada border
As neighbors traded gentle insults on their storefront signs, other businesses started chiming in with their own jabs.washingtonpost.com
Religion's Role in Climate Conversations | Opinion
Much of the world is religious—including the one-quarter of humanity that is Muslim. Without bringing these hundreds of millions of people on board, the fight against climate change is unlikely to succeed.newsweek.com
Help! My Friends Think My Girlfriend Is a Scammer Just Because She’s Russian.
We met on Reddit last year at the start of the pandemic.slate.com
Mike Rosenbaum, Baltimore business owner, launches bid for Maryland governor
Rosenbaum says he would focus on building economic opportunities for all residents.washingtonpost.com
Should News Describe the World, or Fix It?
The job of a news reporter today is to declare what you can’t yet know to people convinced that they already do.Journalism on deadline has always been stressful. A gruff editor orders a reporter to simplify controversy, and submit the copy in a couple of hours. The shortcut is this: When you fail to become an expert, phone one. So journalists hold the mic up (officials) and down (“man on the street”). Both directions contain peril. Officials know things but want things, while civilians rarely know what they’re getting into. Contemporary journalism adds a third source: the online gush, with its clips and comments and unintended consequences.Whom to trust has become an urgent quandary after a series of cases—the murder of George Floyd, the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant—in which early claims got so much wrong. A partial answer is easy: Stop believing the authorities. But those who speak for victims are not always accurate either.From one perspective, the history of news is just a tale of who was quoted, and why. In this view, journalism is an expression of power—“who defines the narrative.” But journalism has been guided by principles, too. An aspiration to objectivity held sway for decades, only to crumple under the joint bullying of social media and Donald Trump.[Read: U.S. media’s real elitism problem]As American journalism staggers from challenge to challenge, disoriented by competing claims and uncertain what its ideals should be, the central dispute is this: Should news just describe the world? Or fix it?My journalistic apprenticeship came in the late 1990s at the Associated Press, whose mission was to produce articles that somehow suited the entire country, from the Alabama weekly to the Chicago daily. One result was an institutional terror of seeming to opine; everything short of your byline needed attribution.But the AP—and the press generally—has always struggled to treat sources equally, and, despite its best intentions, has sometimes attended to the powerful while overlooking the weak. Partly, this is practical. Those in power know much, set policy, and have press offices. This creates a moral hazard: You need them.When I was a correspondent in Italy, reporting on Silvio Berlusconi’s government, one of his press officers routinely screamed at me, outraged when I wrote simple facts that irked him. He’d complain to my supervisor and threaten to refuse my calls. By contrast, when ordinary citizens find themselves ensnared in news events, they have no staff to harangue the reporter. They may be quoted or deleted as required.Trust in the official version became an obvious problem after 9/11, when many in the American media accepted the Bush administration’s false claims about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. During the next Republican administration, journalists had a more acute problem: What to do when the guy with nuclear bombs is a serial liar?[Garrett M. Graff: On 9/11, luck meant everything]Rather than hewing to impartiality, much of the left-leaning news media took a stand. The shift at major American outlets did not, however, amount to skepticism of authority. Instead, it enforced a partial skepticism, based on politics. Deference to the White House became deference to progressive voices. For some disgusted by Trump, the new moralizing journalism felt timely. To others, it felt dangerous.If told to pick between justice and truth, we choose both. So progressive journalists who have lately pursued moral clarity insist that this also delivers greater accuracy, while journalists who still aspire to objectivity say their approach is more likely to bring justice. As with many debates today, this feels like an argument at cross-purposes.In the 18th century, David Hume described the “is-ought” problem, saying that statements of fact are a different category from statements of morality, so one may not leap from what is to a declaration of what ought. Our culture fears the opposite, that what ought may be undermined by what is. Therefore, Fox News personalities downplayed the killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians because American veterans committed the crime, and critics of police brutality failed to note that, when an officer shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, she appeared to be trying to stab another young woman.Public debate has become so bitter that is statements are immediately misinterpreted as ought statements. Even if your wish is simply to find out what happened, you may find yourself cast as a sinner. You might even start flinging around oughts yourself.The rationalist thinker Julia Galef presents a useful frame for understanding this epistemic conflict in her new book, The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t. Humans, she says, employ two modes of evaluating the world: the soldier mindset (defend what you believe) and the scout mindset (survey what is out there).The soldier/scout metaphor maps neatly onto the competing visions of news reporting—one fighting for a just society and one prioritizing inquiry. Strikingly, Galef’s description of the scout mindset is how many would define the role of journalism itself: “to help us see things clearly for the sake of our judgment, so that we can fix problems, notice opportunities, figure out which risks are worth taking, decide how we want to spend our lives, and, sometimes, better understand the world we live in for the sake of sheer curiosity.” Equally striking, the reasons for the soldier mindset sound much like social media’s incentives: “to help us maintain beliefs that boost our self-esteem, give us comfort, preserve our morale, persuade other people, cultivate an attractive image, and help us fit in to our social groups.”Soldiers are necessary. They mobilize for what they deem right; they might change society for the better. But to start with ought and end with is has been a recipe for corruption throughout history. That is how those who sought a better society 100 years ago ended up as Soviet apparatchiks fiddling facts on crop yields to deadly effect.Moral actions depend on neutral facts. Otherwise, the good enact the bad. A soldier is feckless without a scout.Back to the honest reporter, assigned to explain a bewildering controversy that is half-understood and already covered in a blizzard of conflicting claims. After years of industrial collapse, with mass layoffs and an incessant demand for more content, journalism is not the job most imagine. An upper echelon still has time to attend seminars on media ethics; others don’t have room in their schedules for lunch. They’re merely coping, pressured to replicate reports without time to check them independently, looting from free sources online.[David A. Graham: Some real news about fake news]This depressing reality does not mean journalists should give up on dogged reporting, let alone resume the cop-stenography beat. It means acknowledging that journalism is a gutted industry, shaken by financial decline, and in the culture wars’ crossfire. News is no longer a co-dependency between authorities and reporters. It’s a hate triangle of authorities, content creators, and the amorphous internet public.We must expect a recurrent pattern: a horrifying news event, a litany of self-affirming claims, evidence and errors mingling, and an eventual settling of what (probably) occurred. Formerly, papers had a late edition and TV had a nightly news, and therein—with all its ills—was what the public came to understand. We’ll never have the daily news again.This demands a new ethics for producing journalism, and for reading it. Here are a few ideas to start:1. Don’t exchange one credulity for another. Claims of the powerful must be viewed with skepticism. But the vulnerable are not necessarily correct either. Be cautious when trusting those whose politics you share.2. Consider your enemies’ critiques. Much online sniping at journalists’ work is cruel and diversionary. A defensive stance is understandable, but defensiveness discredits the work. Acknowledge mistakes as part of the accuracy project.3. Jigsaw puzzles demand patience. From our insta-news system, we must expect erroneous reports. Resist the social-media impulse to assign good or evil to every new puzzle piece.Moral thunder when looking at factual uncertainty seems bold. It is not. Rather, it submits to the incentives of the info-influence economy. True boldness, and the finest journalism, defies easy incentives. This means writing facts despite a pushy press officer; it means granting a hearing to “the bad guys;” and it means enduring recriminations from Twitter moralists.They could be right about what ought. But first, we must figure out what is.theatlantic.com
The ‘Can men and women just be friends?’ trope dominates pop culture. ‘Together Together’ flips it on its head.
With “Together Together,” writer-director Nikole Beckwith aimed to show the lives of the nontoxic men we don’t often see on screen.washingtonpost.com
Florida teacher and gun owner: "No point to somebody having an AR-15"
Ernie Rospierski, a history teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, is being hailed as a hero. He directed dozens of students to safety during last week's shooting and was grazed by a bullet in a confrontation with the gunman. Rospierski joins "CBS This Morning" from Parkland, Florida, to discuss what he'd like to say to President Trump. As a gun owner, he also says there is no point in anyone having an AR-15 rifle.cbsnews.com
Prominent police union leader charged in rape of co-worker after officer’s ball
Veteran Miami-Dade Police Lt. John A. Jenkins resigned as vice president of a South Florida police union. His attorney has denied the rape allegations.washingtonpost.com
Escaped Zoo Leopard Sought by Thousands in China Could Be Dead
A senior expert with the Chinese Academy of Sciences told CCTV that the third escaped leopard could attack humans due to hunger and agitation.newsweek.com
Dear Care and Feeding: My Daughter Constantly Criticizes Our Messy Home. She’s Right.
Parenting advice on cleanliness, racism, and sexual orientation.slate.com
How the flu becomes deadly
The CDC says there may be signs flu activity is leveling off, but the threat is far from over. The most severe flu season in nearly a decade has taken a heavy toll, killing 84 children. About three-quarters of them were not vaccinated. Dr. Tara Narula shows how the the virus can quickly turn deadly.cbsnews.com
Behind the Russia "troll factory" linked to U.S. election meddling
The Kremlin says there is no "significant" evidence that Russia meddled in the U.S. election. The comments come as we learn more about Russia's so-called "troll factory" that generated fake social media posts. Elizabeth Palmer reports from St. Petersburg, Russia.cbsnews.com
Republicans respond to Trump's tweets on FBI and Florida school shooting
Republicans responded to President Trump's criticism of the FBI after he seemed to link the Parkland, Florida, school shooting with the Russia probe. Errol Barnett reports.cbsnews.com
Florida school shooting survivors take movement nationwide
Survivors of the deadly school shooting in Florida say they're turning their anger into action, as investigators reveal they failed to act on warning signs before the massacre. Adriana Diaz spoke to four Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students.cbsnews.com
Stephen Curry's late 3 lifts Warriors past Jazz 119-116
Stephen Curry needed every bit from his supporting cast for the Golden State Warriors to secure a play-in berth, then found his shooting touch right when it mattered most.foxnews.com
Golden Globes Controversy Explained As NBC Cancels Coverage
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is facing a backlash over its record of diversity and representation.newsweek.com
LeBron James to Fox News host: We will not "shut up and dribble"
NBA star LeBron James responded after Fox News host Laura Ingraham criticized him for prior comments about social issues.cbsnews.com