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Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia.<p>But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's and urinary incontinence -- …

Dementia

Why Last Night’s G.O.P. Victory Should Terrify Trump

Another massive special-election swing portends a 2018 bloodbath for Republicans.<p>For a brief, shining moment last year, it was good to be a Republican. Yes, an erratic, reality-star boor had laid siege to the West Wing, but for the first time in more than a decade, the G.O.P. had complete control …

Republicans

What’s Robert Mueller’s next big move? Here are 9 possibilities.

Recent reports suggest intriguing possibilities for where the investigation is going.<p>What’s the next shoe that will drop in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation?<p>Mueller’s team won’t publicly say, and they don’t seem to be leaking about it, either. But the people they’ve been questioning …

Donald Trump

Macron just slammed Trump’s worldview in a rare address to Congress

It seems the Trump-Macron bromance doesn’t run very deep.<p>In an unusual address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron laid out a sweeping indictment of President Trump’s worldview — all without mentioning Trump by name.<p>Macron, widely considered to be Trump’s …

North Africa

The Hardest Job in the World

What if the problem isn’t the president—it’s the presidency?<p>I. A Broken Office<p>Donald Trump often appears to be a president in rebellion against his office. A president, we have come to expect, hastens to the scene of a natural disaster to comfort the afflicted. After Hurricane Maria devastated …

George W. Bush

Georgia Bus Drivers Joined the School Uprising, and Paid a Price

The red-state school uprising is spreading to educators around the country, with teachers in Colorado and Arizona now planning walkouts to demand …

Education

Kellyanne Conway lashes out on CNN over question about her husband’s anti-Trump Twitter habit

Kellyanne Conway said Dana Bash’s question about her husband’s habit of subtweeting the president was meant to “harass and embarrass” her.<p>Kellyanne Conway does not want to talk about her husband George Conway’s habit of subtweeting President Donald Trump. She accused CNN’s Dana Bash of a sexist …

Donald Trump

Jeff Sessions to top White House lawyer: If Trump fires Rosenstein, I might leave too

A report suggests Sessions might leave. It could put Mueller’s investigation into even greater jeopardy.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly put the White House on notice: If Rod Rosenstein goes, I might go, too.<p>The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz, Rosalind S. Helderman, Josh Dawsey, and …

Donald Trump

The anti-democratic thinker inspiring America's Conservative elites

In his new book, the Catholic writer Patrick Deneen launches an attack on pluralism – and the Conservative establishment is cheering<p>Since the election of Trump, writers of all stripes have been lining up to pen liberalism’s epitaph.<p>On the left, the pernicious effects of neo-liberal economics has …

Political Science

What Facebook’s terms and conditions really ought to say

In the wake of Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘grilling’ by Congress, here’s a rewritten user agreement that makes what the social network does painfully clear<p>One of the few coherent messages to emerge from the US Senate’s bumbling interrogation of Mark Zuckerberg was a touching desire that Facebook’s user …

Social Media

Element plans $650M in new fleet-lease securitization bonds

Toronto-based Element Fleet Management is issuing its sixth term-note offering through its Chesapeake Funding II trust by marketing $650 million in …

Fitch Ratings

Senator Warren says Trump diplomacy has been a 'terrible mistake'

The Democratic senator, on a visit to China, said US allies were having trouble understanding Trump’s ‘chaotic’ foreign policy<p>On a three-day visit to China, the Democratic senator and potential 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren said Donald Trump’s efforts to “take the legs out from …

North Korea

Civil liberties groups pressure tech companies to take ‘security pledge’

Groups including the ACLU, Color of Change and Fight for the Future launched a campaign asking tech companies to protect users’ rights<p>Leading US privacy, civil liberties and human rights organizations launched a campaign on Monday calling on tech companies to take concrete steps to protect their …

Privacy

Why John Bolton is much more like Trump than some think

Their views, from Iran and Israel to hard power in a dog-eat-dog world, are aligned – and their personalities are startlingly similar<p>Even after more than a year in power, President Donald Trump is still able to take the punditry by surprise. When he appointed John Bolton as the new national …

Foreign Policy
Larry Hogan

Time's up: GSE reform ain't happening this year

Momentum to overhaul the mortgage finance system had been slipping, and with Democrats divided over the Senate's banking relief bill there's …

Administrative Law
Great Depression

Mike Pompeo's Allies on the Anti-Muslim Right

The new secretary of state nominee hasn’t merely consorted with anti-Muslim bigots. He has echoed their arguments.<p><i>Updated 3:45pm EST</i><p>Try this simple experiment. Take Mike Pompeo’s statements about Muslims, and his alliances with anti-Muslim bigots. Then imagine that he had made similar statements …

Religion

A Twist in Our Sexual Encounters With Other Ancient Humans

A new study suggests that early humans mated with the mysterious Denisovans in two separate waves.<p>Around 41,000 years ago, a young woman died in a cold cave, high up in Siberia’s Altai Mountains. Scientists uncovered one of her pinky bones in 2008. From it, they extracted her DNA. And from that, …

Humanity

Photos: Surfing Norway in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Agence France-Press photographer Olivier Morin recently spent time with surfers on the beaches of Norway’s Lofoten Islands. Above the Arctic Circle, men and women were taking surf lessons in snowstorms on Unstad Beach, with air temperatures dropping to around 9 degrees Fahrenheit (-13 degrees …

Northern Lights

The Words Trump Refuses to Speak

For the most verbally belligerent president in history, Trump’s comments about Russia’s nerve-agent attack have been conspicuously weak.<p>It’s as if the nation’s Russia policy is being made by the world’s balkiest teenager.<p>Today, after a week of resistance, President Trump at least delivered …

Nerve Agents

States That Have Decriminalized Marijuana Should Expunge Prior Pot Convictions, Activists Say

Myesha Braden, director of the Criminal Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee, told The Intercept that expunging these records offers an …

Sen. Doug Jones’s Grassroots Supporters Ask Him to Withdraw Support of Bank Deregulation Bill

The Senate is on the verge of passing banking deregulation legislation that leading consumer protection groups and financial experts warn could make …

Radio Industry

In rare bipartisan vote, Senate eases some post-financial crisis bank regulations

Nearly eight years after Congress dramatically toughened banking regulations after the financial crisis, the Senate took a rare bipartisan step and voted Wednesday to ease some rules on small and midsize banks.<p>But larger banks also get some breaks in the legislation, which led to strong opposition …

N.R.A. Proposes Having Second Armed Teacher in Every Classroom to Stop First Armed Teacher from Misfiring

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Hours after an armed teacher in a Northern California classroom fired a gun and injured a student, the head of the National Rifle Association proposed placing a second armed teacher in every classroom, to shoot the first armed teacher before he or she can do …

GSEs and that damn hotel in California

<b>Welcome to the Hotel California……..</b><p>Stacked in my car CD player, right now (even after—parked in my driveway--the vehicle was rifled by a thief who …

Pi Day 2018: the math of pi explained, as simply as possible

Pi, explained in one GIF.<p>Today is March 14, a date that coincidentally spells out the first three digits of pi (represented by the symbol π). Thirty years ago, physicist Larry Shaw decided to celebrate 3/14 at a San Francisco science museum. Since then, Pi Day has grown into a worldwide celebration …