Why your brand-new smartphone will scratch just as easily as your old one

For years, Gorilla Glass’ scratch resistance on smartphones has plateaued Every year, your favorite smartphone gets better specs that boost its processing speed, data security, and picture quality. But one remaining constant is scratch resistance, which does not seem to have improved year over year. Most smartphones are covered with Gorilla Glass, a glass made by Corning that’s been specifically

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappears in Turkey

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist and Washington Post columnist who was critical of his country’s government, vanished two weeks ago in a saga that has gotten more mysterious by the day. The 59-year-old was last seen on October 2 walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. What actually happened to him is still unknown, but the Wall Street Journal

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Reconsidering the US-Saudi relationship

Saudi Arabia is a difficult but valuable ally. Or, rather, it was during the Cold War. That’s because during the Cold War (especially its latter stages), the United States was a huge net importer of oil and the USSR was a huge net exporter of oil. Two things followed from that. One was that if a US-Saudi spat led to

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Kamala Harris’s new basic income-style bill is so frustratingly close to being great

Harris almost endorses a real basic income, then doesn’t. Likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are in the midst of a kind of big-idea arms race, with each one attempting to pivot left by endorsing bigger and bigger plans to expand the safety net. First, Bernie Sanders unveils his Medicare-for-all bill; then Kirsten Gillibrand comes out for a job guarantee (and

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Polls can be wrong

Neither party should feel too confident in what polls show right now. With the election two and a half weeks away, the conventional wisdom on several closely watched races is settling in. The political world thinks that Democrats are likely to take the House, that Beto O’Rourke (D) is doomed in Texas, that Joe Manchin (D) has locked things up

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Trump blamed disaster relief funding for the deficit. It’s mostly the tax cuts.

The deficit swelled to $779 billion in 2018. The tax cuts make up 20 percent of that. Republicans, once the party of fiscal responsibility, are staring down a ballooning federal deficit, comparable to when the nation was still recovering from the recession. But they’re refusing to acknowledge why: tax cuts. This week, the Treasury Department reported that the federal deficit

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