Social media fills vacuum left by China’s ‘hollowed out’ press

IN VIDEOS SHOT EARLIER THIS MONTH, Chinese human rights lawyer Xie Yang stands before the court, looking thinner than before his two-year detainment, but otherwise healthy. It’s the last leg of his trial, and now, along with his guilty plea, Xie must make several statements, starting with a denial of foreign news reports—decried as “fake news” by China’s state media—that READ MORE

On red Staten Island, progressive groups draw liberals out of the closet

By 6:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday, the Central Family Life Center, a community center in Staten Island’s North Shore, was almost full. Energy crackled throughout the crowd of roughly 100 who’d gathered to discuss the local implications if Congress follows through on President Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. One person, however, was conspicuously absent: Republican representative READ MORE