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What Donald Trump doesn’t understand about trade

President Trump has promised to put “America first” — and his trade policy is no exception. When talking about trade deals, he often frames them as transactions in which one side wins and another side loses. For his own part, he’s promised to make sure America starts “winning again.” And while this …

Donald Trump

In Meeting With Sheriffs, Trump Repeats False Murder Rate Statistic

At a roundtable meeting with county sheriffs on Tuesday morning, President Trump repeated a false statistic about the U.S. murder rate that he repeatedly deployed on the campaign trail.<p>On multiple occasions Trump has suggested the murder rate is at a historic high, a claim that has been repeatedly …

Donald Trump

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.<p>Whatever his intellectual and political gifts, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a cunning and dangerous criminal. For him, issuing illegal …

Political Science

Fact-checking isn’t enough. To fight the far right, the media must spread the truth

Donald Trump has accused the ‘dishonest’ press of under-reporting terrorist attacks. To counter this narrative, we must be more effective in reflecting reality<p>Donald Trump’s assertion that the media was “under-reporting” terrorist attacks was roundly scorned by the press, even more so when the …

Donald Trump

Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun Is Spinning Too Slowly

Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realized the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than …

Physics

Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Education Secretary

Today the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Trump's education secretary, 51-50. Vice President Pence had to cast an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, after hearings that became fodder for Saturday Night Live; after angry constituents swamped Senate offices with 1.5 million calls a day; after …

Education

Everything President Trump has tweeted (and what it was about)

The Latest: Arguments over Trump's travel ban conclude

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump (all times local):<p>4:16 p.m.<p>Arguments over President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration have concluded in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.<p>The final minutes of the hearing were largely devoted to …

Immigration

How President Trump Could Seize More Power After a Terrorist Attack

Since September 11, 2001, ninety-four people have been killed in the United States in ten attacks carried out by a total of twelve radical Islamist terrorists. Each of the attackers was either an American citizen or a legal resident. More than half of the ninety-four murders occurred last year, …

Terrorism

Why Trump wants to disempower institutions that protect the truth

The US president is attacking the very institutions that are meant to expose lies: universities, the media and the judiciary. Democracy is impossible without them<p>Donald Trump is hardly the first president to lie. But what distinguishes Trump from previous presidential fibsters are his meta-lies. …

Donald Trump

Washington is 1st state to sue Trump over immigration order

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state's attorney general declared Monday that he was suing President Donald Trump over his temporary ban on immigration from seven countries with majority-Muslim populations, making it the first state to announce a legal action against the Trump administration over one of …

Immigration

AP Source: Yates troubled that order disadvantaged Muslims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, fired by President Donald Trump, has told others she refused to enforce his executive order on refugees because she felt it was intended to disadvantage Muslims, according to a person familiar with her thinking.<p>Yates knew that her firing was …

Donald Trump

It Took Donald Trump 8 Days To Bring The U.S. To The Brink Of A Constitutional Crisis

It took little more than a week in office for President Donald Trump to thrust the nation to the brink of a constitutional crisis.<p>Late Friday, Trump issued an executive order forbidding millions of refugees, hundreds of thousands of visitors and 500,000 legal immigrants from seven majority-Muslim …

Immigration

Amid backlash, White House appears to back down on applying new ban to green card holders

President Trump defended his new immigration crackdown on Sunday as a stand against terrorism that will improve American national security, even as the<p>White Houseappeared to back away from a key element amid the chaos at U.S. airports over the weekend.<p>Trump said in a written statement Sunday …

Federal judges in 3 more states are halting Trump's immigration order

The judges in Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington state issued their rulings late on Saturday or early on Sunday.<p>Earlier on Saturday, U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly in New York City's Brooklyn borough ordered authorities to refrain from deporting previously approved refugees from those …

Immigration

Anger erupts over Trump's order banning refugees from US

LONDON (AP) — Anger erupted on Saturday — along with some praise from the far-right — about U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on refugees entering the United States.<p>The French president vigorously urged European leaders to present a united front against populism while the German foreign minister …

North Africa

California vs. Trump: How the Constitution might protect 'sanctuary' cities from the White House's reach

<b>To the editor:</b> The U.S. Constitution can protect our state against President Trump's threats to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary jurisdictions if we don't comply with his immigration edicts. ("Trump versus California: The feud turns from rhetorical to real," Jan. 26)<p>In 1999 the U.S. …

Outpouring of criticism over Trump's refugee ban from Democrats in Congress as GOP stays silent

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch was resting midway down a Colorado ski slope last year when his cellphone rang with the news that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had died.<p>“I immediately lost what breath I had left,” Gorsuch recalled in an April speech, “and I am not embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t …

Protests Erupt at JFK Following Trump's Controversial Muslim Immigration Ban

Protests have erupted outside of New York City’s John F. Kennedy airport after two Iraqi refugees were detained Saturday morning in accordance with …

Immigration

In the Face of Trump Blitzkreig, It's Time for a Good Faith Alliance

So now it's clear: rather than attempt any sort of policy research or political discourse, Trump has chosen Blitzkrieg. The newly installed president had barely taken his hand off the Bible but he began to implement his rally script by executive order.<p>The latest of these, halting the refugee …

Native Americans

Trump Speaks With Putin In Busy Day Of Calls With Foreign Leaders

<b>Updated at 5:00 p.m. ET</b><p>It has been a day thick with phone calls for President Trump. By the end of the day, the president will have spoken over the phone with the leaders of five countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>Administration officials have not yet announced the content of the …

Geopolitics

Judge halts deportations as refugee ban causes worldwide furor

A federal judge in New York blocked deportations nationwide late Saturday of those detained on entry to the United States after an executive order from President Trump targeted citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries.<p>Judge Ann Donnelly of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn granted a …

Immigration