“Erase all doubt”: Democrats explain why John Bolton’s testimony is so necessary 

Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff spelled out why lawmakers should call for John Bolton’s testimony during a senator question-and-answer session on Wednesday: Bolton has the firsthand information that could upend President Donald Trump’s defense.

“If you have any question about [Trump’s actions] at all, you need to hear from his former national security adviser. Don’t wait for the book,” Schiff said. “We think the case is overwhelmingly clear without John Bolton, but if you have any question about it, you can erase all doubt.”

Over and over, as they responded to questions about the facts of the case, the …

Why Republicans are suddenly in a rush to regulate every trans kid’s puberty

Greyson was already menstruating when he started taking puberty blockers at age 12, so when he stopped getting his period because of the drug, he was “over-the-moon happy.” His mother, Lauren Rodriguez, worried about the risks she read about online, specifically loss of bone density. However, after further reading, she learned that the side effect pops up only after long-term use, or about seven to 10 years — and most trans kids take blockers for just a year or two. In the year and a half Greyson was on them, the most difficult side effect he faced was hot flashes.…

Why you see online ads for stuff you buy in the real world

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: You go to a store, browse its wares, consider or even make a purchase, and then go home, only to find a bunch of ads from that very store — perhaps of the very item you bought — following you around the internet. Or maybe you have several emails from that store filling your inbox, urging you to buy more stuff. How did your offline shopping habits make it into your online life? Well, it turns out those brick-and-mortar stores are getting as good at tracking you as their online rivals. And it …

I traveled overseas to report on other health systems. Here’s what I learned.

Everywhere I went last fall, I would often hear the same twang of pity when I told someone I’d come to their country from America to learn how their health care works.

There were three moments I will always remember, one from each of my trips to Taiwan, Australia, and the Netherlands. In Taiwan, I met a man named Wong Shin-Fa, of the Taroko people, an indigenous tribe living in the mountains on the island’s east coast.

I was walking along a township road, clearly out of place, and he was planting orchids with his mother. …

A casino company is buying Barstool Sports in a $450 million deal

A media company has become a sports betting company: The owner of Barstool Sports has agreed to sell the popular and controversial digital sports publisher to Penn National Gaming, a regional gambling operator.

The deal values Barstool, which has its roots as a rowdy Boston sports blog founded in 2003, at an eye-popping $450 million.

This is the deal we told you about earlier this month, when Recode reported that The Chernin Group, which bought a majority stake in Barstool in 2016, was close to selling the company to Penn National.

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The New York Times used to be afraid of BuzzFeed. Now it’s hired its biggest star.

Ben Smith spent eight years building BuzzFeed’s news operation into a place that could compete with the New York Times. Now he’s going to work for the New York Times.

Smith, BuzzFeed News’ editor-in-chief, will become the Times’ new media columnist in March. That position was filled by the Times’s Jim Rutenberg for the past four years, but it is known in and outside of the paper as a platform created by the legendary David Carr, who died in 2015.

It makes perfect sense that the Times would want to hire Smith, a politics and media junkie with deep …