Inside Japan’s Meltdown Over Princess’ ‘Cursed’ Wedding to Commoner

TOKYO—At long last, Japan’s Princess Mako and her “commoner” boyfriend, Kei Komuro, will marry on Oct. 26, after a three-year delay. But will they live happily ever after?
Yes, probably, if they follow through on their plans and get the hell out of Japan.
Opposition to the marriage by the general public, the press, and conservative politicians is strong. In an opinion poll taken by AERA magazine, 93 percent of respondents said they felt the marriage was nothing to celebrate.

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Has the DOJ’s Campaign to Root Out Chinese Spies on College Campuses Gone Too Far?

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In late August 2019, federal agents converged on a leafy cul-de-sac in Lawrence, Kansas, and arrested a chemical engineer named Feng “Franklin” Tao. His alleged crime? Working a second job in China while employed as a professor at the University of Kansas. He became the latest academic of Chinese descent to be apprehended under a Trump-era program aimed at “countering Chinese national security threats,” particularly at research labs and universities.

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Has the DOJ’s Campaign to Root Out Chinese Spies on College Campuses Gone Too Far?

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In late August 2019, federal agents converged on a leafy cul-de-sac in Lawrence, Kansas, and arrested a chemical engineer named Feng “Franklin” Tao. His alleged crime? Working a second job in China while employed as a professor at the University of Kansas. He became the latest academic of Chinese descent to be apprehended under a Trump-era program aimed at “countering Chinese national security threats,” particularly at research labs and universities.

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The Crime-Tracking App Citizen Sent Staff to the Capitol Riot for Clicks—and That’s Just the Start

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At the end of January, a dozen senior staffers at a controversial “personal safety” startup met to tackle an urgent problem: how to turn a profit. Earlier that month, Citizen, whose flagship app offers “instant notifications and live broadcasts of reported crimes and incidents near you,” was trumpeting a new record: During the January 6 Capitol riot, 1.

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The Crime-Tracking App Citizen Sent Staff to the Capitol Riot for Clicks—and That’s Just the Start

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At the end of January, a dozen senior staffers at a controversial “personal safety” startup met to tackle an urgent problem: how to turn a profit. Earlier that month, Citizen, whose flagship app offers “instant notifications and live broadcasts of reported crimes and incidents near you,” was trumpeting a new record: During the January 6 Capitol riot, 1.

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Granderson: The U.S. sees itself as a white knight (emphasis on ‘white’)

Temple University professor and political commentator Marc Lamont Hill summed up the biggest issue with the country’s approach to foreign policy shortly after the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan. He said the United States doesn’t have friends; it has interests.
We’re like that one relative who only calls when they want to borrow money. No one likes when that relative calls.
For nearly 200 years, we have behaved a lot like that relative when it comes to our Western Hemisphere neighbors. “How are you doing?” is just a euphemism for “I need you to do something for me.

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Why the spotted lanternfly must die

Like many people, I try to avoid killing insects or spiders unless it is absolutely necessary. Yet according to officials, this nonviolent stance towards insects could end up being a threat to the ecosystem of the Northeast. Indeed, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is asking citizens to declare all-out war on one particular insect: the spotted lanternfly. Dispensing with any pretense of bureaucratic detachment, the state’s website is admirably blunt:
“Kill it! Squash it, smash it…just get rid of it.

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The power and peril of documentaries in a skeptical culture

On January 6, watching the footage of the US Capitol, I wondered what I would have seen if I were still 15 years old.
Back in the mid-’90s, I was a homeschooled high schooler in a profoundly conservative homeschooling community. My friends and I spent our Friday nights in small group “worldview” studies.

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The power and peril of documentaries in a skeptical culture

On January 6, watching the footage of the US Capitol, I wondered what I would have seen if I were still 15 years old.
Back in the mid-’90s, I was a homeschooled high schooler in a profoundly conservative homeschooling community. My friends and I spent our Friday nights in small group “worldview” studies.

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Renowned 92-Year-Old Sculptor Killed by 26-Year-Old Female Roommate: Cops

Nancy Ann Frankel, 92, was a renowned sculptor who reportedly mentored numerous young women over the years, some of whom she took into her home for periods of time. Now, one of them is charged with first-degree murder.
At around 8:20 a.m. Wednesday morning, Montgomery County police were called to Frankel’s home in Kensington, Maryland to investigate a report of a dead body. When they arrived, Julia Birch, 26, allegedly told officers that she killed Frankel. Cops located Frankel’s body, gathered evidence—which they say “supported Birch’s statement”—and took Birch into custody.

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