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9 Executive Orders That Changed American History

In just a few weeks in office, President Trump has made striking use of his power to issue Executive Orders, using them to pave the way for the …

Cost-benefit Analysis

State politics are the next battleground -- and tracking them just got easier

As it gets harder for the federal government to pass meaningful legislation, what happens at the state and local level is increasingly important.<p>Following statehouse policies has never been easy -- but one website is changing that.<p>Digital Democracy is a tool that lets you search for issues at the …

State Politics

Trump's Support Among Those in Uniform Matters — Here's Why

President Donald Trump will walk into meetings on Tuesdays with country sheriffs and young people training to serve in the U.S. Army Special Forces buoyed by strong support among people in uniform.<p>On the campaign trail, policies such as his stance on strengthening borders and cracking down on …

Becoming Steve Bannon’s Bannon

How Julia Hahn got from the University of Chicago to Breitbart to the White House.<p>There’s an old saw about Washington, D.C., that staffers in their twenties know more about the minutiae of government than their bosses do. Whether they wield real power is a different question. Julia Hahn, the …

Partisanship of Cabinet confirmations is rising. But Trump’s picks are still different.

This chart that shows how Cabinet nominations have become hyperpartisan.<p>It used to be common for all of a president’s Cabinet nominees to reach the Senate floor and be confirmed by at least 80 yea votes out of 100. But rising polarization, along with a handful of divisive nominees,has led to large …

Donald Trump

From ‘Repeal’ to ‘Repair’: Campaign Talk on Health Law Meets Reality

WASHINGTON — Asked at a confirmation hearing two weeks ago if he was working with President Trump on a secret plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, Representative Tom Price, Mr. Trump’s nominee for secretary of health and human services, smiled broadly and answered: “It’s true that he said that, …

Trump’s White House tries to rehab its Hill outreach

The administration has been on a hiring spree to smooth congressional relations but some of the interactions are still rocky.<p>Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent aides, trekked to Capitol Hill on Monday morning on a diplomatic mission — to reassure the 100 or so Senate …

Mike Pence, a man of the House, becomes Trump’s eyes and ears in the Senate

Just 2 1 / 2 weeks into his tenure, Vice President Pence did something that his predecessor Joe Biden never did in eight years: He cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.<p>The Constitution assigns only two real responsibilities to the vice presidency: breaking Senate ties and assuming the presidency …

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear challenge to Trump's ban Tuesday

<b>(CNN) —</b> Three federal judges Tuesday evening will hear oral arguments in the challenge to President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration.<p>The hour-long hearing, conducted by telephone among three West coast judges at 6 p.m. ET, will determine the immediate fate of the nationwide temporary …

Immigration

14 Versions Of Trump’s Presidency, From #MAGA To Impeachment

When faced with highly uncertain conditions, military units and major corporations sometimes use an exercise called scenario planning. The idea is to …

Political Science

You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.<p>On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest …

Agriculture

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.<p>Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach …

Teaching

The Deadly Danger of Trump’s Naval Buildup

The Navy could soon see a shipbuilding boom. But workers are dying and the contracts keep coming.<p>Bram Ates felt the urge to vomit. A chemical stench filled the engine room of the tugboat in a sprawling Mississippi shipyard. Ates scrambled over to an oval hole in the floor and peered into the dark …

The Future of Zoos: Challenges Force Zoos to Change in Big Ways

For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she …

Animal Rights

100,000 National Guardsmen Mobilized to Deport Immigrants? The Anatomy of a News Cycle

Tweet, report, outrage, denial, confirmation, qualification. What to make of the bewildering reports from the early days of the Trump administration.<p>Friday morning, the Associated Press dropped a bombshell report: “Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops …

Donald Trump

How The EPA Became A Victim Of Its Own Success

The Environmental Protection Agency has a pretty simple mission in principle: to protect human health and the environment. It's a popular purpose too. Nearly three out of four U.S. adults believe the country "should do whatever it takes to protect the environment," according to a 2016 survey by the …

The Melania controversy is nothing new: Eleanor Roosevelt pitched hot dog buns.

The tall, regal first lady was a magnet for marketers — and she happily signed on. During her years in the White House, she became a paid pitchwoman for hot dog buns, mattresses and air travel.<p>Many Americans were aghast at the sight of the president’s wife lending her name and face to hawk products …

The Politics of Fashion Under the Trump Administration

When I need to know how to #dresslikeawoman who is better dressed than I am, I call my friend Brenda, who is a professor at the Fashion Institute of …

Donald Trump

From its Falcon Heavy to reusing its rocket boosters, SpaceX faces 4 crucial missions in 2017

SpaceX’s prospects will turn on whether the company can pull off a year of firsts.<p>In 2017, the Hawthorne space company is planning the first reflight of a previously used first-stage rocket booster; the long-awaited debut of its larger Falcon Heavy rocket; and an unmanned test flight of its …

From Jackie Kennedy’s wedding dress to the Playboy Bunny suit: the forgotten history of black American designers

To mark the start of black history month in the US, Claude Hector, who sells men’s suits in New York and has an interest in fashion history, began tweeting an ongoing thread about the often overlooked achievements of black fashion designers. His first post, on Feb. 1, was about Ann Lowe, a name …

Lowe's

What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read

President Trump’s strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers.<p>The first weeks of the Trump presidency have brought as much focus on the White House’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as on the new president himself. But if Bannon has been the driving force behind the …

Donald Trump

BuzzFeed vs. Trump

BuzzFeed News pushes further than its competitors. Can it handle the consequences?<p>It happened fast. Just like everything else in Trumpland.<p>On January 10th, CNN published an explosive story: a dossier alleging President-elect Donald Trump had been embarrassingly compromised by the Russian government …

Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Get Massive Applause at Super Bowl After Hospitalization

Former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush were all smiles as they oversaw the coin toss at Super Bowl LI on Sunday, …

Relive Every Badass Moment from Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Performance

Lady Gaga delivered one of the most incredible Super Bowl halftime shows of our generation on Sunday night. Every second of the show, from opening …

Music

Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl: No Controversy, Lots of Glitter

Lady Gaga went for one big, glittering, diverse party with her Super Bowl halftime show. “We’re here to make you feel good,” she declared mid-set. At her N.F.L. news conference, she had promised a statement of “inclusion,” an upbeat and uncontroversial stance, and she made good on it as she began …

Watch the Super Bowl Ads That Appeared to Take On Trump

Super Bowl commercials often have a patriotic bent — remember Bob Dylan proclaiming, for Chrysler in 2014, that there’s “nothing more American than …

Donald Trump

Here are all the best Super Bowl commercials in one place

The Super Bowl: the one time of year people not only tolerate but actively seek out commercials.<p>Hell, if you're a cord-cutter or DVR owner with an ad …

Super Bowl Ads

The surgeon giving his patients VR instead of sedatives

In Mexico’s most violent state, a surgeon is using virtual reality to relieve the pain and stress of operations when sedatives are not possible. Jo Marchant watched him as he works.<p>Ana Maria has never been to Machu Picchu. The 61-year-oldalways wanted to visit the mountain ruins but she suffers …

Virtual Reality

The future of the US government’s startup-inspired Digital Service looks less bright under tech-averse Trump

The top digital officers working for US president Donald Trump say they want to retain the prized tech talent recruited into the government under Barack Obama. Most staffers and officials have said they plan to continue their non-partisan mission, but Trump’s federal hiring freeze and polarizing …

Google Search

The Human Toll of Protecting the Internet from the Worst of Humanity

Henry Soto worked for Microsoft’s online-safety team, in Seattle, for eight years. He reviewed objectionable material on Microsoft’s products—Bing, the cloud-storage service OneDrive, and Xbox Live among them—and decided whether to delete it or report it to the police. Each day, Soto looked at …