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Behind The Wheel With A Straight-Talking Uber Driver

The good, the bad, and the bizarre. Part-time Uber operator Andrej Mrevlje offers an honest, inti...

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Reading Tea Leaves In Pyongyang

WASHINGTON — When Kim Jong-un came out in the open, analysts, spies and all kind of experts were running through the footage, sound bites, testimonies, intelligence reports and open-source ...


Made In China? America First? The Tech Arms Race Is On

In the age of Trump, there are innumerable issues and arguments that go unnoticed or underreported because this president is sucking up the oxygen of the entire American media universe, with his ...

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Uber Will You Have Me? A Personal History

How our foreign-born author became an app in America's capital city.

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Mao Or Erdogan? Defining Trump's Brand Of Authoritarianism

-Essay- WASHINGTON — On Nov. 8, 2016, Erik Hagerman was struck by a bolt. Donald Trump was victorious, the last thing he wanted to hear. So on that very day, the 53-year-old former Nike ...

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Our Self-Driving Future: Can We Trust Artificial Intelligence?

-Essay- WASHINGTON — As I was driving back to Washington last Christmas, I needed the navigation smartphone application Waze to get me out of Brooklyn, onto the Verrazano bridge, then across ...

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China And The Vatican, Intrigue At The Heart Of Power

The old, retired cardinal has had enough. He does not like what the Vatican is doing in China. He takes a plane and asks to be received by the pope. But instead of bringing it to an end, the ...

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Dope In Denver, Taking A Mile-High Legal Marijuana Stroll

Colorado was among the first states in the U.S. to decriminalize marijuana. Our European correspo...