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Trump floats idea of sending military to guard U.S.-Mexico border but offers no details

President Trump on Tuesday said the military will be sent to guard the U.S.-Mexico border, further escalating his rhetoric on illegal immigration but offering few details on how and when such a plan might be implemented.<p>Trump has for days taken to Twitter and used his public remarks to warn of …

Immigration

'Corporations Are People' Is Built on an Incredible 19th-Century Lie

How a farcical series of events in the 1880s produced an enduring and controversial legal precedent<p>Somewhat unintuitively, American corporations today enjoy many of the same rights as American citizens. Both, for instance, are entitled to the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. How …

Fourteenth Amendment

Republican Tax Bill Faces New Uncertainty Ahead of Expected Vote

WASHINGTON — House and Senate Republicans faced a new round of uncertainty on Thursday about the fate of their $1.5 trillion tax bill with the possible defection of a Republican senator, Marco Rubio of Florida, amid continuing questions about how the bill will be paid for and how much of the …

Republicans

The Danger of President Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit. But Mike Pence, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks.<p>On September 14th, the right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, who last year published a book titled “In Trump We Trust,” expressed what a growing number of Americans, including conservatives, have been …

Trump Signals Agreement with O’Reilly Claim Media Is ‘Corrupt’

President said earlier that it’s ‘disgusting’ that press can ‘write whatever it wants’<p>President Donald Trump continued his weeks-long rhetorical …

White House insiders paint a grim picture of Trump's increasingly volatile behavior

A cadre of White House insiders and close associates of President Donald Trump have painted a grim picture of an increasingly volatile Trump, who in the past few weeks has found himself at the center of near-constant battles that have frequently spilled out into the public.<p>Trump's most recent …

Trump’s company had more contact with Russia during campaign, according to documents turned over to investigators

Associates of President Trump and his company have turned over documents to federal investigators that reveal two previously unreported contacts from Russia during the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>In one case, Trump's personal attorney and a business associate …

Russia

Group of volunteers obsessively tracks and reports Isis’s most prominent recruiters and propagandists, and tries to block the spread of their propaganda<p>Colonel Kurtz used to spend hours playing social games like Farmville. Now he hunts terrorists on the internet.<p>Related: Counter-terrorism was never …

Social Media

China’s Other Big Export: Pollution

While President Trump rolls back environmental protections and announces the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, China is trying to position itself as the world’s climate leader, pledging to cooperate with other countries to build an “eco-civilization.” China has …

We are past the point of innocent explanations on Trump and Russia

Imagine if the Clintons had done what the Trumps did on Russia.<p>Imagine the names were different.<p>Imagine Chelsea Clinton had taken Bill Clinton and campaign chair John Podesta to a meeting set up by a Chinese government intermediary who claimed to have damaging information about Donald Trump’s tax …

Earth has entered into a sixth mass extinction event

Lions used to roam across most of Africa, southern Europe, and the Middle East, all the way to northwestern India. Today, there are fewer than 25,000 …

Donald Trump supporters concoct their own James Comey story

Instead of seeing Trump for who he is, his supporters create an imaginary figure who does no wrong.<p>When former FBI Director James Comey's prepared congressional testimony hit the internet on Wednesday, President Donald Trump's supporters rejoiced. In the statement, Comey admitted that he told Trump …

Donald Trump

Instagram influencers fanned the flames of Fyre Festival hype

When tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule (born Jeffrey Atkins) created Fyre Festival, a music event in the Bahamas for the selfie generation, they never imagined their idea would be on the receiving end of seven fraud and negligence class-action lawsuits (including one seeking $100 …

Jeff Sessions hearing: Activist's giggle leads to conviction

<b>(CNN) —</b> What started as a chuckle during Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing for attorney general escalated into a court case and a conviction for the woman behind the laugh.<p>If you weren't listening closely, you'd have missed Desiree Fairooz 's laughter about 35 minutes into the January hearing.<p>It …

Coral reefs might be in more trouble than we thought

A giant die-off suggests our predictions are overly-optimistic<p>Warning: coral reefs might be a lot more sensitive to global warming than originally predicted.<p>As a result of moderate ocean warming amplified by local weather conditions, forty percent of corals in a remote circular reef in the South …

The Trump administration doesn’t think robots will take your jobs soon

In an eye-popping interview, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says mass changes from AI are quite far away.<p>Labor experts fear that artificial intelligence could reshape entire industries as algorithms and robots replace humans — and leave untold numbers of U.S. workers without jobs.<p>So is the Trump …

Has Late Night Found a New Republican Punching Bag?

Mike Huckabee may have singled himself out as a target by trying to do what comedians do best.<p>Life comes at you fast. <b>Mike Huckabee,</b> who could once say that he was “in” on late-night jokes made at his expense, appears to have moved into more familiar Republican territory—morphing into a punching bag …

Antarctica: So Hot Right Now

It'll only get worse.<p>You have to give it to those "crafty Chinese." They really know how to throw a hoax.<p>Let's start in the environmental hellscape of Arctic Canada, where there is nothing permanent about the permafrost any more. From the award-winning <i>Inside Climate News:</i><p>According to researchers …

Global Warming

Siberia’s “Doorway To The Underworld” Is Growing And You Won’t Like Why

As the Batagaika crater grows larger, it will continue to unearth ancient forests that will have disastrous effects.<p>The Batagaika crater, otherwise …

Global Warming

Tim Cook: fake news is ‘one of today’s chief problems’

Tim Cook has been visiting the United Kingdom this week, and the Apple CEO took a few minutes this morning to comment on the problem of fake news on <i>Good Morning Britain</i><i>,</i> as noted by <i>AppleInsider</i>.<p>Cook comments that “We have to give the consumer tools to help with this, and we’ve got to filter out …

Online encyclopaedia editors rule out publisher as a reference citing ‘reputation for poor fact checking and sensationalism’<p>Wikipedia editors have voted to ban the Daily Mail as a source for the website in all but exceptional circumstances after deeming the news group “generally unreliable”.<p>The …

Journalism

Lost continent under Indian Ocean?

Evidence in rocks of a “lost continent,” thought to be leftover after the ancient supercontinent Gondwana began breaking up some 200 million years …

Trump plans to ban EPA from funding science: Report

Donald Trump plans to ban the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from funding science, and "overhaul" its use of science from outside groups, according to a Monday report published in Axios.<p>The EPA is the agency charged with protecting America's clean air and water, and under former President …

Deforestation in French Guiana linked to increase in infectious tropical disease

(Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found evidence that suggests human deforestation efforts in French Guiana has led to an increase …

2016 on Course to Be Hottest Year Ever Recorded

This year is on course to be the hottest since measurements began in the 19th century, the U.N. weather agency said.<p>The World Meteorological …

Google search for 'final election numbers' offers up fake news

Search engine technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years, but it's far from perfect. One week after the US presidential election, the top Google result for "final election numbers" is a WordPress blog called <i>70News</i> that's packed with inaccurate information.<p>The WordPress site appears to …

Google Search

A new book by Mann and Toles explores climate science and denial with clarity and humor<p>A new book by Michael Mann and Tom Toles takes a fresh look on the effects humans are having on our climate and the additional impacts on our politics. While there have been countless books about climate change …

Climate Change

Climate denial's internal contradictions spring from a need to defend economic doctrine

A trio of scholars who study the psychology and philosophy of science have written a fantastic paper for Springer's <i>Sythese</i> looking at the way that …

See the Giant Crack That Could Collapse Part of an Antarctic Ice Shelf

A large crack in an Antarctic ice shelf has grown by 13 miles in the past six months, threatening to detach an area of ice larger than …