England’s Paul Farbrace admits Steve Smith ‘stirring’ has valid basis

After inflicting one of England’s most chastening days of Ashes cricket in the field and pocketing a career-best score for himself, Steve Smith made light of his opponents and their lack of potency. Speaking as he left the field on day three, with an unbeaten 230 to his name after batting through all three sessions, …

‘A perfect storm’: How liberal millennials and African Americans delivered a stunning Alabama result

Jordan Crenshaw was home-schooled in small-town Alabama. “You waved at people at stop signs,” she recalls. “Your community was very completely reflective of your church. It was a very conservative upbringing, politically and religiously.” Crenshaw’s father voted for Donald Trump in last year’s presidential election. But when his fellow Republican Roy Moore, an accused paedophile, …

Homeowners Have Had It Good. Too Good, Says the Tax Bill.

Politicians from both parties have championed homeownership over the years, but economists see downsides in the tax preferences that have resulted. Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg For decades, the tax code has been filled with rewards for homeownership. Tax breaks encourage people to get into first homes and to trade up as they get older, building a national …

Months After Storm, Puerto Rico Stares Down Another Blow: The Tax Bill

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico at a Senate committee hearing. Mr. Rosselló said the inclusion of an intellectual property tax in the Republican tax bill this week would further damage the island’s economy. Jacquelyn Martin/Associated Press Three months after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, the sweeping federal tax overhaul that Congress plans to …

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find. Which was how the Pentagon wanted it. For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained …

Austrian president approves far-right Freedom party joining coalition government

Austria has become the only western European state with a far-right presence in government after its president approved a controversial coalition deal. Alexander Van der Bellen rubber-stamped the alliance between the conservative People’s party and the far-right Freedom party on Saturday. A previous coalition between chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats and the People’s party collapsed …

The ultimate gift guide for the Trump-hater in your life

We’ve survived almost a full year of the Trump presidency and things are bleak, y’all. Shrinking national monuments, Muslim bans, sexual harassers being endorsed for public office, the slow erosion of the Environmental Protection Agency from the inside out, and of course, the continuous undermining of resources to support women’s rights and reproductive health. It …

Real Madrid v Grêmio: Club World Cup 2017 final – live updates!

11.12am EST 11:12 Facebook Twitter Google plus 11.09am EST 11:09 Real Madrid v Grêmio line-ups Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema, Isco. Subs: Casilla, Moha, Nacho, Bale, Hernandez, Vazquez, Llorente, Achraf, Asensio, Mayoral, Kovacic, Ceballos. Grêmio: Marcelo Grohe, Pedro Geromel, Kannemann, Cortez, Jailson, Michel, Ramiro, Luan, Fernandinho, Lucas Barrios. …