Since last November's election, the former British politician Louise Mensch has transformed herself into the leader of a wide-ranging internet investigation into Russian espionage and influence in American politics, media, and business. Every day, Mensch and her network of online detectives unravel what they claim is a massive conspiracy linking the Kremlin, the Republican Party, armies of internet trolls and moneyed puppet masters around the world. Mensch, who sometimes tweets hundreds of times a day, has claimed or implied that targets ranging from top government officials to journalists to teenagers to anonymous Twitter users are in thrall to Vladimir Putin. read more
Mark Joseph Stern, Slate: Falling asleep is hard work. After spending a day solving the complex puzzles of daily life, you are expected to lie down, turn off the lights and quiet your whirring whirlwind of thoughts within a few minutes. In my early years, this process was fraught with frustration and despair: I would lie awake for hours, bored and desperate, staring at the ceiling, wondering why I couldn't shut off my brain. I tried all the hippie methods -- meditation, breathing exercises, even --- Sleepytime tea -- but none of it eased me into slumber. Then, around age 15, I discovered melatonin. read more
A California judge ordered a mental evaluation for the suspect in a racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno after he entered a cramped courtroom yelling 'Let black people go.'
Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, was brought into the courtroom Friday and immediately shouted that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States. read more
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed plans for his newest company, called Neuralink Corp., revealing he will be the chief executive of a startup that aims to merge computers with brains so humans could one day engage in "consensual telepathy." Speaking to writer Tim Urban on the explainer website Wait But Why, Musk confirmed a Wall Street Journal report last month that Neuralink aims to implant tiny brain electrodes that first would be used to fight brain conditions but later help humanity avoid subjugation at the hands of intelligent machines.
At noon, Donald Trump will sign an executive order calling for a probe whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting U.S. national security. The order will revive a decades-old, rarely used law to explore imposing new barriers on steel imports, in this case aimed loosely at China. read more