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Trump And Putin Share First Handshake at Germany G-20

HAMBURG, Germany — After months of questions about their relationship, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shared their first handshake at the G-20 summit Friday.<p>Meanwhile, protests at the annual event caused problems for First Lady Melania Trump.<p>Her spokeswoman said she was …

What if several of the world’s biggest food crops failed at the same time?

<b>(Getty/JamesBrey)</b><p>Many of the world’s major breadbaskets have experienced crop loss due to climate change<p>Anthony Janetos<p>June 11, 2017 10:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>Less than one-quarter of Earth’s total cropland produces nearly three-quarters of the staple …

Agriculture

Stephen Hawking just gave a pretty scary prediction of how long humans have left on Earth

Leave it to renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to be the bearer of incredibly interesting yet wildly depressing news about the state of the world. In …

The Republican health insurance plan slashes funding for vaccines and public health

The ACA’s Prevention and Public Health Fund is poised to disappear by 2019.<p>Yesterday, House Republicans released their plan for replacing Obamacare, giving Americans a sense, at long last, of how their health care might change under the Trump administration.<p>The American Health Care Act makes a …

UN says Trump's revised travel ban will worsen plight of refugees

High commissioner says refugees are not criminals as some affected Muslim-majority countries express disappointment<p>Donald Trump’s revised travel ban will increase the woes of the world’s refugees, the United Nations has said, as some of the Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban expressed …

What’s the state of State? Trump plans to run foreign policy without the professionals

<b>Joseph McCarthy; Rex Tillerson (AP/William J. Smith/Patsy Lynch)</b><p>Right-wingers have hated the State Department since the days of Joe McCarthy, but never has it been so abandoned<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>March 7, 2017 1:10pm (UTC)<p>Salon's Matthew Rosza reported on Monday on the incredible shrinking man, Rex …

Donald Trump

This is not what Putin planned as he cosied up to Trump | Oliver Bullough

Russia’s president never wanted to dethrone America, but use it to further his kleptocracy. He’ll have to think again<p>Anyone who tells you that they know what’s going on behind the Kremlin’s red battlements is lying. Those who speak don’t know, while those who know don’t speak. Moscow insiders with …

Trump’s Tweets Are Exactly Why We Need An Investigation

We don’t know who’s wiretapping whom. That’s why Americans need to get the truth about the president’s ties to Russia, and soon.<p>Donald Trump had already been up for over an hour, tweeting about the attorney general and his meetings with the Russians. Clearly, the president was still fuming about …

Donald Trump

Trump has set the US up to botch a global health crisis

Bird flu is raging in China. Trump isn’t ready.<p>China is facing the biggest and deadliest outbreak of H7N9 bird flu in human history.<p>The virus causes pneumonia and death in most of its victims, which is why it tops the list of global flu pandemic threats.<p>According to the latest assessment from the …

Donald Trump and the New Dawn of Tyranny

The Founding Fathers designed the constitution to prevent some Americans from exercising tyranny. Alert to the classical examples they knew, the …

Donald Trump and the end of American exceptionalism?

<b>When a German Chancellor feels the need to explain the refugee convention to an American president, the speaker of British House of Commons says the leader of its closest ally is not welcome to address parliament, China positions itself as the grown-up in the room by chiding him for his blunt</b> …

Donald Trump

Sensing Chaos, Russia Takes A 'Wait-And-See' Approach To Trump

Despite ordering an "influence campaign" to help Donald Trump in last year's election, the Kremlin is scrambling to respond to a win it didn't expect, <i>New Yorker</i> editor David Remnick and staff writer Evan Osnos tell <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross.<p>Remnick, who lived and worked in Moscow from 1988 to 1992, …

Financial markets are now betting against the future of the planet. This won't end well

Imagine you’re a stock market investor or an analyst whose job it is to advise those investors. How do you put a value on the shares of a publicly …

Trump is the champion of the shallow state — and that's dangerous

The idea of career intelligence and military officers and bureaucrats marshaling the institutional power they have spent decades mastering to advance their goals regardless of the whims or wants of elected public officials or the people at large is irresistible, Tom Clancy stuff.<p>But I've seen what …

Donald Trump

Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as "Russia will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two …

Russia

Son of Syrian Refugees Calls For 'Taking Sides' In Islam: 'There Is Nothing More American Than Fighting Theocracy'

On Friday, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted a discussion on how to approach ISIS and the Middle East.<p>The panel, titled …

Health Officials To Decide If The U.S. Should Get 3 MMR Shots Instead Of 2

A series of big outbreaks are prompting experts to consider giving Americans a boost.<p>Federal health officials are convening to discuss whether Americans should have three vaccines for the mumps instead of two, The Washington Post first reported this week.<p>The Advisory Committee on Immunization …

Public Health

Mission unaccomplished, 15 years later: The misuse of American military power, the Middle East in chaos

<b>(AP Photo/Krzysztof Zatycki)</b><p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is<p>Danny Sjursen<p>February 25, 2017 10:58am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>The United States has already lost — its war for the Middle East, that is. Having taken my own crack at …

Middle East

Fox News' Shep Smith attempts to explain 'Fake News' to Donald Trump

"CNN's reporting was not fake news," Fox News host Shep Smith said on air on Friday.<p>In lieu of a daily press conference, White House Press Secretary …

The Foreign-Policy Contradictions of the Trump Administration: A Crib Sheet

America appears to be pursuing four Mexico strategies at once.<p>During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump regularly contradicted himself on foreign policy. Now he has an entire administration to mix up the messages. Often these misalignments seem to be attempts by Trump's team to soften the more …

Trump Administration

A growing threat could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Most of us have encountered an antibiotic at some point in our lives — to treat an ear infection, combat a round of strep throat, or treat a pesky cough.<p>But, as antibiotic resistance continues to be a growing problem around the world, it's often hard to make the connection between drug-resistant …

Public Health

Retired Navy admiral: Trump's remark about media 'the greatest threat to democracy'

Will McRaven, a retired Navy admiral and University of Texas system chancellor, is pushing back on President Trump’s description of the media as “the …

Fake News

Deep sea life faces dark future due to warming and food shortage

New study reveals negative impact of climate change, human activity, acidification and deoxygenation on ocean and its creatures<p>The deep ocean and the creatures that live there are facing a desperate future due to food shortages and changing temperatures, according to research exploring the impact …

Harvard scientist worries we’re ‘reverting to a pre-Enlightenment form of thinking’

By Carolyn Y. Johnson<p>, Reporter<p>George Q. Daley, the new head of Harvard Medical School, knows what it's like when presidential politics collides with science. <b></b>Daley was a leading stem cell scientist back in 2001 when President George W. Bush suddenly barred federal funding for research on new …

Health Care

Will Trump and Bannon drag us into another big ground war? It could happen sooner than we think

<b>(Getty/ Chip Somodevilla/everlite/Salon)</b><p>Our president wants to “knock the hell out of ISIS” and “take the oil”; his key adviser longs for World War III<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>February 23, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>On Wednesday NBC News released a poll reporting that 66 percent of Americans surveyed were worried …

Donald Trump

More Than 90 Percent of U.S. Opposed to Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban According to AI Research

The vast majority of Americans are opposed to President Donald Trump’s immigration ban, according to new research that significantly contrasts with …

Does Trump Herald the End of the West?

In Europe, the confusion over America’s new president is turning into something else: alarm.<p>LONDON — Since the fall of communism in 1989, a year has not gone by without some high-level meeting or international conference wrestling with the question of whether the Western alliance, NATO, has passed …

New EPA head Scott Pruitt's emails reveal close ties with fossil fuel interests

The close relationship between Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and fossil fuel interests including the billionaire Koch brothers has been highlighted in more than 7,500 emails and other records released by the Oklahoma attorney general’s office on …

Pesticides

Amnesty report compares trends that led to Hitler’s rise to power to today’s divisive politics

By Rick Noack<p>, Reporter<p>In its latest report, Amnesty International just compared the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment and populist rhetoric in 2016 to the 1930s, singling out President Trump in particular.<p>Trump was harshly criticized by the London-based group on Tuesday evening for his “hateful …

The Pentagon Is Still Worried About Climate Change

Even if the White House isn’t.<p>US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis isn't exactly the type of person environmentalists would typically pin their hopes on. The retired Marine general is best known to most Americans for his quotable musings on killing and the thrill of combat.<p>However, while environmental …