As an ecological disaster in the Amazon escalated into a global political crisis, Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, took the rare step on Friday of mobilizing the armed forces to help contain blazes of a scale not seen in nearly a decade. read more
Andrew Luck has informed the Indianapolis Colts that he is retiring from the NFL, a source told ESPN. Luck, who turns 30 on Sept. 12, already has met with Colts owner Jim Irsay to tell him that he is retiring, the source said. There will be a news conference Sunday to make it official, but Luck is mentally worn down, and now checking out, the source said.
Psychologists Rebecca Schrag Hershberg and Daniel T. Willingham: What should a parent do when a 2-year-old shrieks inconsolably because her string cheese wrapper tore "the wrong way"? Increasingly, the answer is "snap a photo, add a snarky caption and upload it to Instagram." Publicly laughing at your toddler's distress has somehow become not only acceptable but encouraged. ... If you must tell someone about your kid falling apart because you are "very bad at making lassos," tell a family member or close friend. You can joke about your mom (but I can't) because teasing entails trust; you are secure enough in your love that you can joke about sensitive things. Strangers on the internet don't love your child.
At a recent rap performance, all eyes were on the sign language interpreter. Twista, who was once Guinness World Records' "fastest rapper of all time," was performing on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., and was joined by American Sign Language interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego on stage. At one point in the performance, Twista turned toward Galloway Gallego and the audience went wild for her interpretation. On social media, Twista commended Galloway Gallego, saying "She's the real MVP for keeping up wit me." read more
Jonathan Chait: If the president is seeking more insight into why Jews have failed to jump onto the Trump train, this tweetstorm itself supplies more evidence. Root is taking the traditional complaint that Christians make against Jews - Why are you stiff-necked people forsaking your Lord and Savior? - and substituting Trump himself for the role of the Messiah. read more