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Marc Ruskin and the Pursuit of Becoming the FBI’s Best Spy

Marc Ruskin outside the federal building in Manhattan on May 19. Ruskin's new book, "The Pretender," delves into his 27 years as an FBI agent, most spent as an undervocer operative. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)
Marc Ruskin outside the federal building in Manhattan on May 19. Ruskin's new book, "The Pretender," delves into his 27 years as an FBI agent, most spent as an undervocer operative. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

NEW YORK—Alex Perez was a fugitive from Miami, up for any criminal activity at the right price. He sported a long ponytail, with the appropriate...

  • A field of oilseed rape in Perthshire, Scotland, in this file photo. (CHRISTOPHER FURLONG/GETTY IMAGES)

    GMO 2.0: A New Kind of Modified Food Escapes Regulation

    America has barely gotten a handle on how to deal with the kinds of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that have been around for decades. Now,... Read more

  • Jesus de Leon at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., on March 16, 2017. De Leon defected from Cuba in 2004 while he was on a work trip to Brazil. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Fidel’s Cuba Leaves Indelible Scars

    NEW YORK—Jesús de León remembers clearly when his spirit finally shattered. He was 13 years old. It wasn’t an obvious wound like a broken leg,... Read more

  • Evelyn Rodriguez talks about the murder of her daughter last year, on Long Island, N.Y., on March 28. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

    Fear Grips Communities as MS-13 Gang Proliferates

    NEW YORK—At first, Evelyn Rodriguez thought her teenage daughter had forgotten to charge her phone—it kept going straight to voicemail. Or maybe she had just... Read more

  • Alice D’Arpino of Mansfield, Mass., holds a picture of her brother Emmett Scannell, who died as a result of a heroin overdose, as her mother, Aimee Manzoni-D’Arpino, speaks during a news conference on the opioid epidemic on Capitol Hill on May 19, 2016. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Resisting the Tide of Opioid Addiction

    NEW YORK—America is mobilizing to curb its opioid blight. Federal and state governments are investing hundreds of millions into addiction treatment, while the surgeon general... Read more

  • Members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and  House Committee on Foreign Affairs host a commemoration on Capitol Hill on the anniversary of six years of war in Syria, March 21. At the extreme right is Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), with the Ranking Member second from the left, Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.). Second from the right is House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) with the Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) seated at the extreme left. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    Visual Proof of Atrocities Featured at Commemoration of the Six-Year-Long Syrian Conflict

    WASHINGTON—The war in Syria is six years running with its heavy toll of death and suffering for the Syrian people. To make the world aware... Read more

  • Linda McMahon testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, at her confirmation hearing to be the next leader of the Small Business Administration,  Jan. 24, 2017. A recent study by the New American Economy highlighted the importance of immigrants as business creators. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Immigrant Entrepreneurs: The Job Creators We Don’t Always Hear About

    While stereotypes may have it that immigrants take jobs from Americans—particularly those Americans shun, like butchering hogs, cleaning houses, and working as nannies—the statistics tell... Read more

  • Ildiko Trien, former trapeze artist from Romania, shares her experiences living under communist rule before moving to America in 1970, in New York on Feb. 26, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    A Life Turned Upside Down by Communism

    NEW YORK—Ildiko Trien’s charmed and pampered life in Romania was flipped on its head when she was 5 1/2 years old.   Her father, who... Read more

  • Raven Faith, 45, at her home in the Los Angeles area on Mar. 6. (Ke Yuan/Epoch Times)

    Stopping the Cycle of Abuse

    LOS ANGELES—With her slight frame, wide eyes, and long black hair, Raven Faith projects the feeling of a fragile yet beautiful bird as she recounts memories of... Read more

  • Then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, together with his family, from left, Eric Trump, Melania Trump, Tiffany Trump and Ivanka Trump, waves part of a ribbon after cutting the ribbon during the grand opening of Trump International Hotel in Washington on Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

    Trump Hotel Is the Place to Be in the Nation’s Capital

    WASHINGTON—At a circular booth in the middle of the Trump International Hotel’s balcony restaurant, President Donald Trump dined on his steak—well-done, with ketchup—while chatting with... Read more

  • Juan Rangel, former CEO of the United Neighborhood Organization and founder of Chicago’s Octavio Paz Charter School, speaks at the American Enterprise Institute, Feb. 22, on civic education for immigrants. To the left sits David Randall, National Association of Scholars, who also spoke on civic education in America. (Gary Feuerberg/ Epoch Times)

    U.S. Civics Education in Need of a Makeover

    WASHINGTON—We often hear today that our democracy is in peril. One reason offered is the lack of understanding by the public of how our government... Read more

  • US President-elect Donald Trump talks with media, after his meeting with families and victims of last week's attack at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio on Dec. 8, 2016. Somali student Abdul Razak Ali Artan plowed his car into a crowd and slashed several people with a knife on Nov. 28, 2016. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

    The Terrorism Risk Trump Talks About

    When President Donald Trump banned U.S. entry to travelers from seven “countries of concern” for 90 days, it was primarily “to protect its citizens from... Read more


    Breaking the Cycle of Violence in Chicago

    CHICAGO—Every day, Clarence Franklin would brush his teeth, wash his face, put on his best clothes, pick up his phone and his gun, and go... Read more

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    Escaping Prostitution

    She thought she was about to die. Lying on the hotel room floor, her face was red and swollen from an hour-long beating, and the... Read more

  • Tuskegee airman Dr. Roscoe Brown during the "Red Tails" press junket in New York in 2012. "Red Tails," a film that chronicles the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

    WWII Hero Roscoe Brown Leaves Legacy of Optimism and Hope

    For Black History Month, Epoch Times honors the contribution the late Roscoe Brown Jr. made to civil rights in New York and the nation. The... Read more

  • With insurers leaving the Obamacare exchanges, Congress needs to act quickly—and find a way to handle the 22 million who have been insured by the law.

    The Breaking Apart of Obamacare

    President Donald Trump and the Republicans have no choice about replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), as the law is generally recognized... Read more

  • (L–R) Wang Huijuan, Li Fuyao, and Li Zhenjun at their home in Queens, New York, on Jan. 8, 2017. The family escaped China in 2014 and were granted asylum after enduring years of torture for practicing Falun Gong. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Life After Torture

    NEW YORK—She had been interrogated before, but this time was worse. Wang Huijuan, an elementary school teacher, was a prize catch, and the guard at... Read more

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