The U.S. Is Running Short of Land for Housing

The U.S. Is Running Short of Land for Housing

In the Sunbelt, the hottest commodity isn’t oil, copper or gold. It is land. And rancher Robert Thomas has plenty of it. Mr. Thomas’s family owns about 11,000 acres of ranchland northeast of Tampa, Fla. His grandfather, who owned newspapers and ran a minerals-exploration business, bought much of it for 10 cents an acre in … Read more

California’s EV Push Hinges on More Power—and Help From Drivers

California’s EV Push Hinges on More Power—and Help From Drivers

California aims to add millions of new electric vehicles in the coming years. Charging them without impairing an aging grid will require more power generation and help from EV drivers. This summer, the state faced the threat of rolling blackouts during an extended heat wave and asked people to avoid charging and using major appliances … Read more

A Gilded Age Mansion Asking $14.5 Million Is Washington, D.C.’s, Priciest New Listing

A Gilded Age Mansion Asking .5 Million Is Washington, D.C.’s, Priciest New Listing

In 2016, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos paid $23 million for two side-by-side historic mansions in Washington, D.C. The sprawling early-1900s houses had been a museum, but Mr. Bezos converted them into a massive home, where he has since thrown glittering parties attended by the likes of Bill Gates and Ivanka Trump. Now another one of the … Read more

Russia’s EU Neighbors Won’t Welcome Conscripts Fleeing Mobilization for Ukraine War

Russia’s EU Neighbors Won’t Welcome Conscripts Fleeing Mobilization for Ukraine War

BERLIN—Russians hoping to flee President Vladimir Putin’s mass mobilization of civilians are facing a cold shoulder from the country’s European Union neighbors, who say they won’t roll out the welcome mat. Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, which all share land borders with Russia, have swiftly and collectively ruled out expanding their asylum categories to allow … Read more

Five Best: Books About Children

Five Best: Books About Children

1. Children barely featured in our literature before the late 18th century, counting for little in social life. Raising a child often appeared synonymous with breaking its will. To a 17th-century citizen, a child was a grossly insufficient adult, trapped for years in a slow process of becoming. Tender expressions of love and grief in … Read more

Vladimir Putin’s Nuclear Threats Work, but Using the Weapons Probably Wouldn’t

Vladimir Putin’s Nuclear Threats Work, but Using the Weapons Probably Wouldn’t

With the possible exception of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, no global leader throws around nuclear threats more freely than Russian President Vladimir Putin. The world heard more of the same this week. The reason he issues such threats is that they work. Fears of Russian escalation have limited the involvement of the U.S. … Read more

Children’s Books: ‘The Marvelous Land of Snergs’

Children’s Books: ‘The Marvelous Land of Snergs’

In 1927, a swashbuckling and well-traveled Briton named Edward Wyke-Smith published “The Marvellous Land of Snergs,” a whimsical story of two orphaned children who make their way through a land of witches, ogres and cinnamon-scented bears in the company of a blundering, jerkin-wearing companion who is “slightly taller than the average table.” J.R.R. Tolkien so … Read more

As Migrant Buses Take Thousands North, Some Embrace Free Ride

As Migrant Buses Take Thousands North, Some Embrace Free Ride

Three days after Yordalis Bermudez crossed the Rio Grande into Texas, she and her family faced the same daunting question thousands of migrants do each day: what to do next. “I didn’t have any idea where I was going to go,” said the 22-year-old Venezuelan native, who arrived with her husband and infant son. Ms. … Read more

From Meatspace to Metaverse: Two Books on Virtual Reality

From Meatspace to Metaverse: Two Books on Virtual Reality

In the annals of hype about things that don’t yet exist, the metaverse has enjoyed an impressive rocketlike trajectory. It’s so important to Mark Zuckerberg that he changed the name of his company to Meta. Other tech giants, including Microsoft and Nvidia, are also pivoting to the metaverse. But what is it? And do we … Read more

Russians Fear a Wider Call-Up After Putin Orders Reservists to Mobilize

Russians Fear a Wider Call-Up After Putin Orders Reservists to Mobilize

MOSCOW—Russians began reporting to military collection points in the thousands while others tried to flee the country as it emerged that the call-up for troops to fight in President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine could be wider than initially thought. Road traffic surged at border points leading out of Russia on Thursday, according to local … Read more