The Best of The Washington Post
20+ most popular The Washington Post articles, as voted by our community.
Democracy Dies in Darkness
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Inside the secret list of websites that make AI chatbots sound smart
An analysis of a chatbot data set by The Washington Post reveals the proprietary, personal, and often offensive websites that go into an AI’s training data.
How brunch became the most delicious—and divisive—meal in America
The story of brunch is the story of changing patterns in how Americans eat, live, and interact.
Cybersecurity faces a challenge from artificial intelligence’s rise
The prospect comes as a range of professionals report real progress in security, from slowing ransomware attacks to more timely sharing of information by the U.S. government.
He defied Alzheimer’s for two decades. Scientists want to know how.
Researchers have identified a rare gene mutation that may have helped protect a Colombian man from developing dementia.
Heckling the Little League umpire? One town might make you step in.
The new policy was born after two volunteer umpires quit in as many weeks due to verbal abuse.
The Washington Post on Amazon
How Big Tech got so big: Hundreds of acquisitions
For decades Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google gobbled up their competition to become behemoths of the tech industry, which has drawn attention from Congressional leaders and other critics who claim they’ve stifled innovation in the industry.
«the majority of acquisitions involved small start-ups with valuable patents or talented engineers, many of which led to products used today, like Google Docs and iTunes.»
Perspective | It’s not your imagination: Shopping on Amazon has gotten worse
Most of what you see at first on Amazon is now an ad.
The Washington Post on Books
Want to borrow that e-book from the library? Sorry, Amazon won’t let you.
Its monopoly is costing public libraries e-books and audiobooks from Mindy Kaling, Dean Koontz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Trevor Noah and a whole lot more.
We’re drowning in old books. But getting rid of them is heartbreaking.
“They’re more like friends than objects,” one passionate bookseller says. What are we to do with our flooded shelves?
The Washington Post on Climate Crisis
The planet is on a fast path to destruction. The media must cover this like it’s the…
It will take a major transformation for news organizations to give reporting on climate change the coverage it deserves — and needs.
It’s 70 degrees warmer than normal in eastern Antarctica. Scientists are flabbergasted.
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The Washington Post on Elon Musk
Here’s what Twitter king Dril thinks of Musk’s chaotic reign
The ‘patron saint of the internet’ tells The Post he’ll never pay for verification but will learn to code if Musk offers him a job.
Elon Musk files to pull out of Twitter deal
Musk said he's done with trying to buy Twitter, but it's unclear if he can just walk away without a massive legal fight.
The Washington Post on Immigration
U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question
In some cases, residents of South Texas have been entered into deportation proceedings.
Analysis | Terrorism does increase with immigration — but only homegrown, right-wing terrorism
That includes the attacker who killed German politician Walter Lübcke for his pro-refugee policies, the Christchurch mosque shooter, and more.
The Washington Post on Jack Dorsey
Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works
Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so that it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex Jones and Infowars.
Trump complained about his follower count in White House meeting with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
President Trump met privately on Tuesday with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. The meeting comes as the president continues to accuse tech giants of exhibiting bias against conservative users.
The Washington Post on Justice
Poison pill: How fentanyl killed a 17-year-old
A 17-year-old's death in California shows how fentanyl and fake pills, often sold on social media, are killing record numbers of unsuspecting Americans.
Opinion The endless video loop of Black death is doing more harm than good
Increasingly, I find it less ethically correct to traffic in images of Black death for the sake of “awareness.”
The Washington Post on Nature
Scientists have calculated how many ants are on Earth. The number is so big it’s ‘unimaginable.’
The staggering new estimate from scientists brings into relief ants’ astonishing ubiquity at a time of growing concern about insects dying off.
Trees are moving north from global warming. Look up how your city could change.
As greenhouse gas emissions nudge temperatures higher, projections show trees’ growing ranges are shifting northward.
The Washington Post on Politics
New Zealand isn’t just flattening the curve. It’s squashing it.
The number of new coronavirus cases is starting to decline as the country pursues a policy of elimination rather than containment.
Opinion | The worst president. Ever.
Move over, James Buchanan.
The Washington Post on Republicans
Opinion | Our constitutional crisis is already here
Trump’s charges of fraud in 2020 are not about looking back, as many Republicans insist. They are about establishing the predicate to challenge future election results more effectively.
High-profile Republicans gain followers in first weeks of Musk’s reign
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have lost tens of thousands of followers, while Republicans such as Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene have seen big increases.
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Opinion | I’m a journalist who stopped reading the news. Is the problem me — or our…
Today’s news, even high-quality print news, is not designed for humans. How do we fix it?
The Google engineer who thinks the company’s AI has come to life
The chorus of technologists who believe AI models may not be far off from achieving consciousness is getting bolder.
‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state…
In a recording obtained by The Washington Post, President Trump alternately berated, begged and threatened Brad Raffensperger to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the state.
Opinion: We can’t upgrade our lives. We can only live them.
Every year, billions of dollars are pumped into a wellness industry defined by the theory that we can be perfected.
The best foods to feed your gut microbiome
Your gut microbiome influences your mental health, heart risk, weight gain and even sleep, which is why you need to feed it a wider variety of quality food.
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