Why Angela Merkel’s successor resigned

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chosen successor resigned Monday, shaking up German politics and throwing Merkel’s legacy into question.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the minister of defense, took over as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in late 2018. She was widely seen as Merkel’s preferred candidate, and potentially next-in-line to become chancellor when Germany votes in federal elections in 2021.

Not anymore.

Kramp-Karrenbauer (also known as AKK) said Monday she would step down as CDU leader after a controversial election in the German state of Thuringia last week. There, the center-right CDU voted with the far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam Alternative for Deutschland …

“We’re in the climax of a movie”: Tim Urban on humanity’s wild future

I’ve been a fan of Tim Urban and his site Wait But Why for a long time. Urban uses whimsical illustrations, infographics, and friendly, nontechnical language to explain everything from AI to space exploration to the Fermi Paradox.

Urban’s most recent project is an explainer series called “The Story of Us.” It began as an attempt to understand what is going on in American politics today and quickly turned into a deep exploration into humanity’s past: how we evolved, the history of civilization, and the way our psychologies have come to interact with the world around us.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and America’s politics of epiphany

If President Donald Trump is defeated, the GOP is going to want to work with Democrats again, making an ambitious agenda possible. That, at least, is former Vice President Joe Biden’s theory of the case. “You will see an epiphany occur among many of my Republican friends,” he said in November. “Mark my words.”

Biden was mocked for these comments, and rightly so. There will be no Republican epiphany if Biden is elected, just as the fever didn’t break when Barack Obama was reelected. Biden came of political age in the Senate of the 1970s and ’80s, when the political …

6 winners and 5 losers from the 2020 Oscars

The 2020 Oscars ended on a triumphant note, with Parasite becoming the first non-English-language film to take home the trophy for Best Picture. The history-making moment felt as if the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences might be moving forward from its often hidebound traditions, albeit incredibly fitfully. (This was still a year when diversity was discussed more than it was actually displayed, lest we forget.)

But Parasite’s unprecedented win also capped off a show that was weird and unfocused far too often, with a long running time that only added to the aggravation. Yes, many of the …

Here are all the 2020 Oscar winners

The 2020 Oscars are finally here, and it’s time to honor the movies of last year and the people — directors, actors, writers, editors, and more — who created them. The 92nd chapter of Hollywood’s most prestigious annual awards show, overseen by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will be written tonight, Sunday, February 9, 2020.

There are nine nominees for Best Picture, the biggest prize: Ford v Ferrari, The Irishman, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Parasite.

Industry …