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A man with a nasty habit of suing the EPA now leads it, because why not?

Congrats, America: We now have a Senate-confirmed administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) again.<p>Oh, except that administrator is …

The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You

Americans born in the United States are more murderous than undocumented immigrants. Fighting words, I know. But why? After all, that's just what the …

Ronald Reagan

Jordan Peele on a Truly Terrifying Monster: Racism

No serious fan of the sketch comedy show “Key & Peele” will be surprised that Jordan Peele (the shorter half of its starring duo) is making his directorial debut with a horror film. Their acclaimed Comedy Central series may have been best known for President Obama’s “anger translator,” but it often …

Horror

Donald Trump - Why comparing Trump's and Obama's immigration restrictions is flawed

The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Why comparing Trump's and Obama's immigration restrictions is flawed<br>After a weekend of nationwide …

Donald Trump

A White House Devoid of Integrity

At the dedication of his Library, President Ronald Reagan, then 80 years old, reflected on the pendulum swings he had seen in his lifetime, such as …

A Measure of Identity: Are You Wedded to Your Party?

People often ask me “who these people are” — those who elected Donald J. Trump or those who voted for Hillary Clinton.<p>They’ll ask, “What’s the single best description of Trump supporters?” My answer often disappoints them. It’s quite simple: They’re Republicans. When they ask about Clinton …

Government

2015 video shows Jeff Sessions asking Sally Yates if she would say no to the president if he asked for something 'improper'

The video resurfaced after Yates was dismissed for telling Justice Department employees she was not convinced Trump's executive order targeting immigrants and refugees was lawful.<p>During Yates' 2015 confirmation hearing, Jeff Sessions, the Alabama senator, whom Trump would later nominate as his …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Flawed Defense of His Immigration Order

“The notion that dangerous individuals could rush into the country in the timeframe of a week flies in the face of reality,” according to one immigration lawyer.<p>President Trump’s signing of an executive order last Friday suspending the admission of refugees and nationals from seven Muslim-majority …

Immigration

A Climate Change Economist Sounds the Alarm

A leading supporter of the go-slow approach appears to have changed his mind.<p>Some people who study climate change believe that addressing it later -- when economic growth has made humanity wealthier -- would be better than taking drastic measures immediately. Now, though, one of this group's most …

Climate

Correction: Trump-Refugees-The Latest story

LONDON (AP) — In stories Jan. 29 and 30 about the latest on U.S. President Donald Trump's ban on travel to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries, The Associated Press misspelled the last name of Georgetown's president. He is President John J. deGioia, not Gioia.<p>A corrected version of the …

Immigration

King Donald, Get Used To Losing

<i>I once worked as a speechwriter, so sometimes I get speeches in my head. Like tonight, after two federal judges dealt a setback to Donald Trump's Muslim immigration ban. If you're speaking at a protest this week, and you need material, feel free to borrow.</i><p>King Donald, you're right -- you do have …

Donald Trump

From Goldwater to Reagan and now Trump. But Americans will fight this latest brand of cartoon conservatism

The war against the liberal consensus began as a backlash against Roosevelt’s New Deal. Trump has simply stripped away its genteel veneer<p>‘Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko assured Americans in the 1987 film <i>Wall Street</i>. The slick financier spoke as a new American who rejected the social values of the …

Political Science

Trump says his refugee ban is about protecting America. It's really about Islamophobia.

President Trump’s recent decision to temporarily ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries, along with all refugees, is billed as religion-neutral. It’s not a Muslim ban, the argument goes, because it blocks people of all religions — as long as they’re a refugee or from one of the seven …

No, Steve Bannon, the Media Won’t “Keep Its Mouth Shut”

The war between journalists and the White House is only just beginning. In fact, Trump’s chief strategist is counting on it.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>Shortly after <b>Steve Bannon</b>, President <b>Trump's</b> strategic and cultural Svengali, called the American press the …

Donald Trump

Bill Maher Unloads on Trump: ‘This Is About a Guy Who Never Brought a Woman to Orgasm’

The ‘Real Time’ host went in on President Trump during his memorable monologue before being joined for a chat by The Daily Beast’s editor-in-chief …

Berlin mayor Michael Müller tells Donald Trump: 'Don't build this wall!'

Berlin's mayor has turned Reagan's famous Cold War plea to Gorbachev to tear the wall down into a plea for Trump not to build one. A proposed wall …

Donald Trump

Trump's 'old, unsecured Android phone' poses major security threat, experts say

President probably owns a 2012 Samsung Galaxy S3, which no longer receives software updates, leaving Trump vulnerable to hackers and nation-state actors<p>Donald Trump is a big fan of the phones in the White House. “These are the most beautiful phones I’ve ever used in my life,” he told the New York …

Donald Trump

Rain from Thunderstorms is Rising Due to Climate Change

Across a vast swath of Europe and Asia, rain is increasingly falling in the short, localized bursts associated with thunderstorms, seemingly at the …

Climate Change
Donald Trump

Here's your border wall, America. And here's the bill

President Trump could very well make U.S. consumers, not the Mexican government, pay for the Great Wall of America.<p>According to a pool report from the New York Times' Michael Shear, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that his boss has settled on a 20% tax on all goods imported from Mexico. Exactly …

This Move By The US Congress Is Good For Exxon, Bad For Everyone Else

One of President Trump's best tools to "drain the swamp" is under threat from his own side. A mere four days after he took office, Republican Congress members began attacking a key piece of anti-corruption legislation.<p>This rule, the Cardin-Lugar provision (also known as Section 1504 of the …

United States

Huge Federal Climate Enterprise At Stake As Trump Team Moves In

This week, President Trump's transition team put new restrictions on government scientists' freedom to communicate. The restrictions are being characterized as temporary, and some have already been lifted.<p>But climate scientists, in particular, are onedge because the federal government generates a …

Climate Change

Why it’s so terrifying that team Trump is unhinged from verifiable scientific fact

Even conservative media say the weekend’s lies confirm “the tinpot-dictator, authoritarian” tendencies we feared in Trump.<p>On his first weekend in …

Study: real facts can beat 'alternative facts' if boosted by inoculation

In our current “post-truth” climate, inoculation may provide the key to making facts matter again<p>It’s fitting that as Donald Trump continues to flirt with anti-vaccine conspiracy theories, inoculation may provide the key to effectively debunking this sort of misinformation.<p>That’s the finding of a …

Climate

Donald Trump is already trying to muzzle leakers — but government employees have broad free speech rights

Federal employees have broad rights to tell the public what they know, which is bad news for President Trump<p>For decades now, one of Donald Trump's main weapons has been the nondisclosure agreement, known in the business world as the NDA. Such contracts generally require the person signing it to …

Donald Trump

Is This the Week the EPA Goes Extinct?

The Trump administration has put the agency—and the planet—at serious risk.<p>If you live near an ocean, now may be the time to put your house on stilts. FEMA has a guide. One government group that apparently won't be much help in the days and years to come, however, is the Environmental Protection …

Scott Pruitt

Dying from cancer: Could your location determine your fate?

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans in certain struggling parts of the country are dying from cancer at rising rates, even as the cancer death rate nationwide continues to fall, an exhaustive new analysis has found.<p>In parts of the country that are relatively poor, and have higher rates of obesity and smoking, …

Cancer

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Poops All Over Trump’s Inauguration

Conan O’Brien sent Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to Trump’s inauguration and he came back with gold.<p>Robert Smigel’s Triumph the Insult Comic Dog was …

Animals are much smarter than people realize, scientist says

Frans de Waal, a primatologist at Emory University, has a new book out called "Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?" and in it he gives hundreds of examples of surprising intelligence from non-human species, including many instances where other animals appear to be smarter than we are.<p>…

Animals