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The stench of Michael Cohen’s consulting business grows

When it was revealed that a U.S. firm with ties to Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg had paid Michael Cohen half a million dollars, the firm, Columbus Nova, assured the oligarch had nothing to do with it. “Columbus Nova is an investment management company solely owned and controlled by Americans,” …

Donald Trump

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal

NFL team owners this week decided that players will no longer be allowed to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem. And if they do, they will be subject to punishment and their team will be subject to fines.<p>The owners did provide the players with an alternative, of sorts: If a player …

Rights & Freedoms

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn't make sense.<p>His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, …

Health Care

Devin Nunes wants to run an intel operation for the White House — against our intelligence agencies

In the intelligence community, we were taught that the most valuable information an officer can collect is both relevant and actionable — relevant to policymakers and actionable in the sense that it presents them with an opportunity to do something to advance America’s national security interests. …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Reckoning Arrives

The president’s unpredictability once worked to his advantage—but now, it is producing a mounting list of foreign-policy failures.<p>“Gradually and then suddenly.” That was how one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters described the process of going bankrupt. The phrase applies vividly to the accumulating …

Foreign Policy

California is throttling back record levels of solar—and that’s bad news for climate goals - MIT Technology Review

Californians are enjoying a sunny spring, which means the state’s solar farms and rooftop panels are flooding the grid with electricity.<p>The problem …

Renewable Energy

Why did anyone ever take Trump’s North Korea diplomacy seriously?

Trump lies and says nonsense all the time. We need to remember that.<p>The White House announced Thursday morning that it is canceling the planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in light of statements from the North Korean government that make it clear that Pyongyang is not, in fact, …

Donald Trump

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

Canadian Literature

Donald Trump turned a rumor into a full-blown government conspiracy in just 5 days

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> What a difference a few days makes!<p>On Saturday, President Donald Trump was still somewhat skeptical of the chatter that the FBI had secretly placed a confidential source in his 2016 campaign.<p>"If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that …

Donald Trump

12 Artists Driving The Sound Of Young Americana

Americana may have started as a subgenre and, to some, as a radio format for those “rootsy” artists who didn’t fit simply into the country bag. But …

Universal Music

“Trump Is Just a Moron”: How the President Played Himself on North Korea

The Kim regime hasn’t changed its position—the president is just finally paying attention.<p>In his rush to reach a disarmament agreement with North Korea, <b>Donald Trump</b> appears to have badly misjudged his adversary, <b>Kim Jong Un.</b> As multiple State Department sources have told me, U.S. demands that North …

North Korea

“Clown Prince” Jared Kushner Is Officially the Laughing Stock of the Middle East

George Nader and Elliott Broidy do not think very highly of the First Son-in-Law.<p>On Monday night, the Associated Press published an extensive report detailing the efforts of <b>Elliott Broidy,</b> a top fund-raiser for <b>Donald Trump,</b> and his business partner, Middle East fixer <b>George Nader,</b> to score more than …

Jared Kushner

5 fascinating books on how to break bad habits

Psychological research shows people overestimate themselves in nearly every arena — including modesty. Which raises an interesting question … What’s …

Will Power

It’s the Guns - The Atlantic

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.<p>This stark discrepancy is often treated as a baffling fact, requiring some counterintuitive explanation. After today’s massacre in Texas, the state’s …

Guns

Shell Spreads Its Bets Around as It Prepares for a Greener Future

COVENTRY, England — There seems to be little about the scrappy energy company in central England that would appeal to Royal Dutch Shell, the button-down oil giant.<p>The little company, First Utility, is an upstart challenger. It offers friendly customer service, and low prices on electricity and …

Fossil Fuels

Sean Hannity Failed to Tell His Viewers the Truth

The Fox News host should have shared much more about his relationships with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen.<p>Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and talk-radio host, is perfectly entitled to support President Donald Trump, to defend Trump’s allies, and to attack Trump’s enemies. But his audience …

Donald Trump

There's 1 very simple reason why this is the leakiest White House ever

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is mad as hell about the leak of a White House meeting in which an aide named Kelly Sadler "joked" that Arizona Sen. John McCain was "dying anyway."<p>"The so-called leaks coming out of the White House are a massive over exaggeration put out by the Fake News …

Donald Trump

'You can’t make this stuff up': Bernie Sanders, Democrats blast Trump's decision to back down on sanctions against Chinese tech giant

Democrats took aim Monday at President Donald Trump's announcement that the US would walk back sanctions against Chinese telecom equipment giant ZTE.<p>In a tweet Sunday, Trump said the sanctions — which were put in place due to ZTE's dealings in Iran — would be reconsidered in part because, "Too many …

Donald Trump

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Clean Dryer Vents or Waste Energy and Risk a Fire<p>A plugged dryer vent will cause your dryer to run inefficiently, and …

Home Improvement

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

Critical Thinking

Is Hummus Good for You?

It’s not the most popular dip around—salsa’s got it beat by a landslide—but over the past few decades, hummus has increasingly made its way into …

Healthy Eating

15 Stylish Houseplants That Actually Thrive In Low Light

Hard to kill, easy on the eyes.<p>(Be cautious if you have pets, though — some of these can be toxic.)

Plants

How Much Space Would It Take to Solar-Power the United States?

Mr. Green shines a light on the subject<p><b>Hey Mr. Green,</b><p><b>How much space would it take to put the whole of the United States on solar power?</b><p><i>—Janice in</i> …

Renewable Energy

Trump’s latest rage-filled tirade unmasks Paul Ryan’s lies

<b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>In January 2017, at a town hall meeting broadcast live to the nation on CNN, Paul Ryan made a heartfelt promise to an anxious “dreamer” mom: He and president-elect Donald Trump would do everything in their power to make sure she could remain in the United States.<p>“What we have to do …

Donald Trump

It’s No Wonder Iranians Hate America

When will the U.S. stop reminding them how legitimate their grievances are?<p>“Everyone wants to go to Baghdad. Real men want to go to Tehran.” So a senior British official was quoted as saying to Newsweek in 2002, witnessing the competitive bellicosity in the Bush administration’s run-up to the war …

Middle East

Everything that scrapping the Iran deal says about Donald Trump

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump's exit from the Iran nuclear deal was one of the most significant moments of his presidency -- and cemented a sharp turn in decades of US foreign policy orthodoxy.<p>It also opened a new window into Trump's political soul, showing his willingness to unleash the kind of …

Donald Trump

Giuliani’s bumbling media blitz might be a calculation, not a mistake

Dazzle ’em with discrepancies? Baffle ’em with baloney?<p>It wouldn’t have seemed possible a mere week ago, but the Trump administration’s notorious problems with truth-telling have hit a new low.<p>And oddly enough, that might be on purpose.<p>Since last Wednesday’s mind-bending appearance on Fox News …

Donald Trump

If This Is True, We Have a Whole New Trump Scandal on Our Hands

New reports question whether Trump officials were involved in a scheme to dig up dirt on Obama staffers.<p>T<i>he Guardian</i> dropped a very cautiously tailored bombshell over the weekend. In brief, the story says that the Trump administration* engaged an Israeli security firm to dig up dirt on several …

South Asia

26 Really Clever Gardening Tricks

No green thumb required.

Gardening

Giuliani delivers incoherent, damaging interview about Stormy Daniels on ABC

Why on earth is this man on TV?<p>Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who was forced to issue a statement recanting his previous comments on Stormy Daniels …

Donald Trump