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Our picksIKEA fallout shelter; terrorism arms-race with tech; the nature of the AR-15, and more

Published 10 November 2017

· Putin’s pro-trump trolls just targeted Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller

· “Climate change” and “global warming” are disappearing from government websites

· How to build a fallout shelter using nothing but IKEA furniture

· UK Home Secretary: Terrorism and tech now in “an online arms race”

· The nature of the AR-15

· How Putin’s using Hungary to destroy Europe

· A Trump official behind the end of DACA explains himself

Putin’s pro-trump trolls just targeted Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller (Denise Clifton, Mother Jones)
Russia strikes again as Congress grills Facebook, Twitter, and Google on lax oversight and disappearing data.

“Climate change” and “global warming” are disappearing from government websites (Umair Irfan, Vox)
The deletions follow a pattern of undoing work on climate change under the Trump administration.

How to build a fallout shelter using nothing but IKEA furniture (Nick Greene, Vice)
“Obviously, real wood would be better. But that’s better than nothing,” an expert in disaster preparedness told me.

UK Home Secretary: Terrorism and tech now in “an online arms race” (Sharon Vavra, Axios)
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that even as ISIS and its terror cells suffer military and territorial defeats in the Middle East, “their ability to upload and re-upload” propaganda “has remained consistent.”

The nature of the AR-15 (James Fallows, The Atlantic)
Back in the early 1980s, I described the origins of the AR-15 rifle, and its military counterpart the M-16, in an Atlantic article called “A Bureaucratic Horror Story” and a book called National Defense. This week I did an item about the AR-15’s role as the main weapon in America’s modern mass shootings.

How Putin’s using Hungary to destroy Europe (Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast)
The Kremlin seeks out ideologues who embrace its xenophobic message and share its enemies list. Hungary’s alt-right government—and its rivals—fit that profile perfectly.

A Trump official behind the end of DACA explains himself (Jonathan Blitzer, New Yorker)
A recent deposition offers a rare glimpse of a Trump Administration official candidly discussing the development of a major policy area.