“Probably the worst briefing I’ve seen”: Inside the disastrous congressional Iran meeting

Democratic lawmakers with questions about the rationale behind the Trump administration’s decision to kill Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani didn’t get the answers they wanted at the time of his death.

The administration promised all of their concerns would be addressed during Senate and House briefings on secret Iranian intelligence. Those briefings concluded Wednesday afternoon — and most Democrats (and some Republicans) are pissed.

Under questioning from House Democrats about US intelligence relating to whether Soleimani posed an imminent threat to Americans, as the Trump administration has repeatedly claimed without offering public evidence, CIA Director Gina Haspel didn’t answer directly.…

In Such a Fun Age, everyone wants the black girl’s attention, but she just wants a real job

Such a Fun Age, a witty and biting debut novel from Kiley Reid that’s a Reese’s Book Club pick and is already in TV development with Lena Waithe, begins with a moment you can imagine going viral through your Twitter feed. Emira, a 26-year-old babysitter in Philadelphia, is amusing her 3-year-old charge by dancing with her through the aisles of a fancy grocery store. Then the store’s security guard comes over and accuses Emira of kidnapping the child.

Emira is black. Both the security guard and Emira’s charge, Briar, are white. It’s 2016 in the world of the novel, …

How an epidemic begins and ends

In 1981, a young nurse named Bobbi Campbell hung a poster in the window of the Star Pharmacy at the corner of 18th Street and Castro in San Francisco. The poster featured Polaroid photos of the purple spots on Campbell’s feet: Kaposi’s sarcoma, a once-rare skin cancer that would soon become well-known as a condition associated with HIV/AIDS.

“That I believe was the very first attempt at public education about the disease we now call HIV/AIDS in the entire world,” said Cleve Jones, a longtime activist and organizer in the city. “And within minutes of it being taped up there …

Iran just fired missiles at US military targets. What does this mean?

Iran has retaliated.

Overnight Wednesday local time, Tehran fired more than a dozen missiles at two US military targets inside Iraq in response to the United States’ killing of senior Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani last week.

The death of Soleimani, one of the most powerful figures in Iran, was extraordinarily provocative, and Iran had signaled that it would respond.

But now that it has done so, what comes next? It’s impossible to answer with any degree of certainty, particularly given the capriciousness of the current American president.

President Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that he would make a statement Wednesday …

Iran attacks 2 US military targets in Iraq: What we know so far

Iran fired multiple missiles at two US military targets in Iraq on Tuesday night in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision last week to kill Qassem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s elite military and intelligence force.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, a part of Iran’s military in which Soleimani was a leading figure, claimed responsibility for the attack, and top-level Iranian officials are already boasting about the strikes. For days, Iranian leaders signaled that they would strike US military targets in response to Soleimani’s killing.

A spokesperson for US Central Command told me that Iran fired 15 missiles: Ten …