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China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here’s why

China changed how it counts coronavirus cases again. Here’s why

Weeks after the novel coronavirus crisis began in December, there is still widespread confusion over the exact number of cases reported in China and whether the epidemic is finally stabilizing at the outbreak’s epicenter of Hubei province. On Thursday, China announced just 394 new confirmed cases, the lowest number of daily infections reported in weeks.…MORE

2020 Democratic contenders plead for cash after draining their accounts

2020 Democratic contenders plead for cash after draining their accounts

The Democratic presidential contenders are racing to refill their campaign coffers — following costly battles in the early nominating states and the looming Super Tuesday threat from New York tycoon Michael Bloomberg, who has plowed nearly half a billion dollars of his fortune into the fight to become the party’s standard-bearer. The campaign filings rolling…MORE

Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

British backpacker Grace Millane was strangled to death, crammed into a suitcase and buried in a New Zealand woodland after a Tinder date in December 2018. On Thursday her killer, a 28-year-old man, was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 17 year non-parole period. The Courts of New Zealand said in a statement: “Overall, the…MORE

Harvard students sue university officials over school’s investment ties to prisons

Harvard students sue university officials over school’s investment ties to prisons

Five Harvard students are suing university officials over Harvard’s investments in what they call the “prison-industrial complex.” The students are accusing the university’s president, a senior fellow of Harvard Corporation, and Harvard’s endowment manager, Harvard Management Company (HMC), of a “violation of fiduciary duty and breach of the Harvard charter.” Jason Newton, a spokesman for…MORE

More of Trump’s chaos vs. Sanders’ radical change?

More of Trump’s chaos vs. Sanders’ radical change?

The latest in President Donald Trump’s chaos: The New York Times reported Thursday that Trump edged out his acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, because Maguire briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about Russian meddling in the 2020 election. Reminder: Maguire took over the intelligence post last summer, just as the Ukraine scandal was erupting.…MORE

America’s Russia nightmare is back

America’s Russia nightmare is back

It’s happening again. America is blundering into a new Russia election-meddling hall of mirrors that’s already doing Moscow’s work: tearing fresh political divides and threatening to again tarnish democracy’s most sacred moment, a national election. Revelations Thursday about intelligence assessments that Russia has launched a new interference effort to help reelect Donald Trump — and…MORE

Disinformation dystopia: Is Big Tech prepared for the 2020 election?

Disinformation dystopia: Is Big Tech prepared for the 2020 election?

A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for it here. In 256 days, Americans will head to the polls to vote on whether to re-elect Donald Trump as President or to go in another direction. A lot will happen between now and then. But one thing…MORE