Facebook doesn’t make people more partisan

They’ve become targets of both the right, which accuse them of squelching conservative views, and the left, which sees them as vehicles for right-wing misinformation. The studies released Thursday tried to tease out the influence of particular factors, such as Facebook’s algorithm for serving up content to users. Two studies published in the journal Science … Read more

Military logjam worsens as senators leave town with no fix to Tuberville blockade

“This is uncharted waters,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). The aftershocks of the hold go well beyond Washington and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and they’ll only worsen over the five-week Senate recess. The logjam affects more than 270 military officers. They include 10 four-star officers, 54 three-stars, 70 two-stars and 139 one-stars, according to … Read more

Republicans have a plan to oust Manchin. This conservative won’t get out of the way.

“I thought I’d be the NRSC-backed candidate … I’ve been a good, team-playing conservative Republican,” Mooney said in an interview. “We’ll have to see to what extent the NRSC continues to be involved. Obviously they’ve hosted some things for Mr. Justice, which I frankly am disappointed in.” Top Senate Republicans are putting their thumbs on … Read more

U.S. announces $345M weapons package for Taiwan

The package marks the first time the U.S. has used new authority from Congress to transfer military equipment directly from Pentagon inventory to Taiwan. The transfer is done under the Presidential Drawdown Authority, the same mechanism Washington uses to send weapons to Ukraine. The U.S. did not release the contents of the package publicly due … Read more

The heat behind the jump in gasoline prices

At least four fuel-making plants in Texas and Louisiana — the states that are home to half the nation’s refining capacity — have suffered outages at least in part due to heat in recent weeks, according to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. And even the refineries that are still churning away … Read more