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Trump's first speech to Congress: A guide

President Donald Trump will give his first speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday in the House Chamber in the Capitol Building. It is functionally the same as a State of the Union address — but it isn’t called that because a president’s first formal joint address is not historically given …

Why "Made in China" could soon be a thing of the past

Rising wages in China are a double-edged sword for its economy.<p>For decades, China has held the status of “the world’s factory,” harboring the largest supply of inexpensive labor for industrial production across the globe. But as its economy has grown, so have wages — and now some are so high …

Handicapping Trump's huge promises

Here are POLITICO's odds on what from his speech to Congress is a pipe dream — and what could actually become law.<p>President Donald Trump put forward ambitious policy goals in his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday — including huge tax cuts, a bigger military and childcare support for …

4 reasons why Republicans did Obamacare repeal before tax reform

<b>(CNN) —</b> There are a bunch of questions circulating now about why Republicans decided to tackle enormous task of repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's signature health care law, instead of going after the issue of tax reform first.<p>Even President Donald Trump has said publicly that tax …

Obamacare 101: What's going to happen to 70 million Americans who rely on Medicaid?

It's the program that everyone confuses with Medicare.<p>But Medicaid, the half-century-old government health plan for the poor, is actually bigger than its more famous cousin, covering some 70 million Americans at any one time.<p>Expanding Medicaid was a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act, …

U.S. trade deficit jumps to 5-year high of $48.5 billion

The U.S. trade deficit jumped in January to the highest level in nearly five years as a flood of mobile phones and other consumer products widened America's trade gap with China. The result underscores the challenges facing President Donald Trump in fulfilling a campaign pledge to reduce America's …

The Story Behind Trump’s Chinese Trademark

Last week, the president resolved a decade-long legal battle—and added another entry to the long list of his conflicts of interest.<p>Amid the tumultuous end to his first month in office, President Donald Trump got a piece of long-awaited good news: After more than a decade of hold-ups in court, his …

California introduces its own 100% renewable energy bill

Massachusetts recently introduced a bill to derive 100 percent of the state’s energy from renewables, and now California is following suit. A new …

Hawaii Could Become an All-Renewable All-Electric Car Paradise by 2045

It's going to be an all-green, all-electric vehicle paradise.<p>Hawaii is already pretty much a paradise. It has tropical weather, gorgeous beaches, …

Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will Be Toast

Friends, I welcome you to <b>“The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump.”</b><p>First, let’s acknowledge what we all know to be true: Trump …

Electrek green energy brief: California talking about 100%, Mexico at 2.69¢/kWh, The Residential Electric Utility, more

California going for 100% renewable electricity by 2045 – A California politician has submitted a bill requiring the state to go 100% renewable electricity by 2045. California is the largest US state by population and GDP, and if it were on its own it is often said it’d be among the top ten …

Trump’s new national security adviser disagrees a lot with … Trump

By Sean P. Braniff<p>After his national security adviser was forced to resign and the leading contender for his replacement withdrew, President Trump named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the post on Monday. The decision was quickly hailed by many within the foreign policy establishment.<p>Why was …

Jimmy Fallon Imagines What A Donald Trump TV Network Would Be Like

The "Trump News Network" tells you what the "fake news media" doesn't.<p>“Welcome to TNN, the only news network that is 100 percent fair and 112 percent factual.”<p>Jimmy Fallon jumped back into the character of Donald Trump as he launched the president’s new (spoof) cable news channel ― “Trump Network …

The D.C. Think Tank Behind Donald Trump

In early December, Mike Pence took the stage in the Presidential Ballroom at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. “We did it,” the …

Is the “deep state” a threat to Donald Trump — or to democracy?

President Trump started his February 16 press conference sounding almost subdued. Standing in front of a backdrop of flags and gold curtains in the White House East Room, he announced his new nominee for labor secretary — Alex Acosta — to a quiet and respectful audience.<p>But the calm did not hold. …

House speaker gets firsthand look at US-Mexico border

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan visited the Rio Grande valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at the U.S.-Mexico border as the …

Immigration

The Jayhawks’ Newly Modern Dominance

With a dramatic 67–65 win at Baylor on Saturday, Kansas opened a three-game lead in the Big 12 standings with only four games remaining in the …

Ivanka Trump Beats Her Father to Supreme Court

Chief Justice John Roberts had the best lines at the Supreme Court Wednesday, but all eyes were on the visitors’ row, where Ivanka Trump came to watch the third branch in action. President Donald Trump’s daughter came as the guest of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who met her at the Inauguration Day …

This woman was fired from her job because she was too attractive, and hold on a sec we need to process this

Women have faced a whole lot of discrimination in the workplace that men will never understand. We’re sexually harassed more often (79 percent of …

Is the White House ready for these ‘nightmare scenarios’ in U.S. foreign policy?

By David D. Laitin<p>James Raymond Vreeland<p>Sophisticated foreign policy establishments have a purpose. To minimize unforeseen consequences of policies emanating from political leadership, policy experts “game” the implications of policy shifts — an analytic exercise involving the imagining of …

How Trump’s campaign staffers tried to keep him off Twitter

The trick? Making sure his media diet included a healthy dose of praise.<p>President Donald Trump’s former campaign staffers claim they cracked the code for tamping down his most inflammatory tweets, and they say the current West Wing staff would do well to take note.<p>The key to keeping Trump’s Twitter …

Trump is making promises on coal mining jobs he can’t possibly keep

Donald Trump has been president for a month, and his supporters are already praising him for bringing back US coal mining jobs — even though he hasn’t, really. Here’s a sample quote from a Trump backer in Florida, via Jenna Johnson and David Weigel of the Washington Post:<p>“If he hadn’t gotten into …

President Trump promised California farmers he would ‘start opening up the water.’ Can he?

Last May, Donald Trump stood in an arena full of farmers from California’s desiccated Central Valley and said words many yearned to hear: “If I win, …

Huge stakes for Trump immigration do-over

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump will now wait until next week to unveil his new attempt to impose a temporary travel ban on citizens of states he says pose a high risk of terrorism.<p>An administration official said the order, which represents a do-over after Trump's first attempt was blocked by …

Donald Trump

Melania and Ivanka's plastic feminism cover up Trump's misogyny

<b>(CNN) —</b> In his press conference last week, in which President Trump ranted and raved that he wasn't ranting and raving, he answered a question about his wife, Melania. "That's what I call a very nice question," he said, apparently relieved to stop talking about his own policies, before saying the …

President Trump’s Immigration Policy Takes Shape

New Homeland Security Department memos prioritize almost all undocumented immigrants for deportation, order the hiring of 10,000 more agents, and more.<p>The Department of Homeland Security issued new memos on Tuesday that give U.S. officials sweeping latitude to target “removable aliens” for …

Immigration

The Best Way to Buy Niche Outdoor Gear Just Got Better

Last year, we published a story on Big Outdoors, an Idaho-based company looking to make it easier for people to purchase hard-to-find niche outdoor …

Outdoors Gear

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 …

Trump can save his presidency with a great deal to save the climate | Dana Nuccitelli

Donald Trump is a deal maker, and there’s a great deal to be made on climate change<p>A month into his presidency, Donald Trump already has a minus-8 job approval rating (43% approve, 51% disapprove). Congress has a minus-50 approval rating, and the Republican Party has a minus-14 favorability rating. …

Donald Trump

Found: Seven rocky Earth-sized planets in orbit around a nearby star

Astronomers scouring the heavens for a planet home to life as we know it have found a tantalizing solar system with not one but seven Earth-sized worlds, just 39 light-years away.<p>Measurements made by powerful space telescopes and ground-based observatories indicate that several of these exoplanets …

Astronomy