I Did a Military Assault Race and It Wasn't That Hard

A white quad-copter drone saddled with a camera buzzed above us at Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field while a uniformed soldier warbled her way through the national anthem, discordant but in harmony just the same. As she finished, the microphone was passed to Sergeant Major Mike Lillie of the United States Marine Corps. » 10/16/14 9:30am 10/16/14 9:30am

Spanish Journalists Freed After Six-Month Syrian Captivity

Spanish newspaper El Mundo's Middle East correspondent Javier Espinosa (above, right) and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (above, left), kidnapped six months ago by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), a radical Islamist group, have been freed. » 3/30/14 1:52pm 3/30/14 1:52pm

According to documents provided to Der Spiegel and The Intercept by Edward Snowden, the NSA kept a surveillance database on 122 world leaders—including Angela Merkel, on whom the agency obtained a secret court order to spy. The NSA's British equivalent, meanwhile, busied itself infiltrating three German Internet… » 3/30/14 10:17am 3/30/14 10:17am

Public Intellectual Deathmatch: Ta-Nehisi Coates & Jonathan Chait

Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Jonathan Chait of New York have, over the past week, been engaged in something equal parts duel and duet in the pixels of their respective magazine's websites. Their debate has plumbed the depths of race and racism in America, working out the questions of civic and historical… » 3/29/14 5:51pm 3/29/14 5:51pm

New York Budget Deal Accommodates, Undercuts De Blasio

Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York state legislators have carved out $300 million in next year's budget for New York City's prekindergarten programs. Mayor Bill De Blasio promised an expansion of NYC's pre-k offerings loudly and frequently during campaign season and to pay for it with a tax increase on the city's… » 3/29/14 2:40pm 3/29/14 2:40pm

Former Porn Actress Booted From Neo-Nazi Party For Miscegenation

German actress Ina Groll left the pornography industry in December, re-inventing herself as a cheerleader for the National Democratic Party (NPD), Germany's premier Nazi cosplay club. Now she's been kicked out of the NPD because some horny skinhead onanist found a clip of her having sex with a black guy. » 3/29/14 11:00am 3/29/14 11:00am