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Dysfunction junction: Why we have a ‘do nothing’ Congress

Paul Kane on why Congress can’t function. Drew Harwell explains the disturbing use of artificial intelligence to put real-life women’s faces in fake-porn videos. Plus, Sarah Kaplan on NASA making its most distant visit to an object in our solar system.
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Congressional dysfunction plagues lawmaking
This week the 116th Congress will convene in the Capitol. Amid a government shutdown, The Post’s Paul Kane examines a hunch: Congress’s dysfunction has hit an all-time high.

Kane, a congressional correspondent and columnist, recalled a quote from then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s chief of staff that the implosion of Congress is like an asteroid about to hit. Now, it’s up to lawmakers to make sure it doesn’t.

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‘Deepfakes’ put regular women’s faces on porn stars’ bodies
Tech reporter Drew Harwell covers artificial intelligence for The Post and recently wrote about a disturbing new phenomenon: People are using AI to make fake-porn videos, starring real-life women. It’s revenge porn with a whole new arsenal of high-tech weapons.

Harwell says victims of “deepfakes” have little legal recourse, and this technology has even darker implications: It could undermine our very sense of what’s real and what isn’t.

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A close encounter of the farthest kind
At NASA’s New Year’s Eve party, scientists weren’t counting down to midnight. They were counting down to the moment a spacecraft would fly by the farthest object ever to be explored in our solar system, at 12:33 a.m. on Jan. 1. Sarah Kaplan was there to capture the joy 4 billion miles from Ultima Thule -- the rocky relic from our solar system’s infancy.

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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post -- for your ears.