James Dean Witherspoon

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America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny

Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back …

Kim Jong-un

The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

An organization representing the interests of small farmers across rural America fired a legal salvo Thursday aimed at a Trump administration they feel has let them down.<p>The lawsuit, filed by the Organization for Competitive Markets — a small-farmers think tank based in Lincoln, Neb. — and three …

Agriculture

How to Make Lap Joints, Walnut Base for Mid Century Modern Cabinet

Using Salvaged Wood: Part Two

The beloved backyard tree No store-bought lumber’s story can compete with that of boards from your own backyard. It can be wrenching to fell a …

Woodworking

Diagonal Wedges: The How & Why

When wedging through-tenons, I prefer to orient the wedge diagonally across the tenon. This is a somewhat atypical way to work, so an explanation is …

Woodworking

Mueller Has ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Trump Transition Emails, Report Says

No wonder Team Trump and GOP lawmakers appear increasingly nervous about the Russia probe and Special Counselor Robert Mueller. According to a report …

Senator Gillibrand’s star shines as nation unites behind her cause

For much of the year, Kirsten Gillibrand’s critics — sensing a presidential aspirant in their midst — had assumed that the New York senator could not …

Trump Shares Inflammatory Anti-Muslim Videos

WASHINGTON — President Trump touched off another racially charged furor on Wednesday by sharing videos from a fringe British ultranationalist group purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence, a move that was swiftly condemned by Britain’s prime minister as well as politicians across …

Donald Trump

Trump steps up attacks on McConnell for failure on health-care reform

President Trump aimed a fresh barrage of criticism at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday, escalating an extraordinary fight with a key Republican leader that could undermine the party’s ability to regroup and pass shared legislative priorities this fall.<p>In demeaning tweets and …

Republicans

Donald Trump displays a brazen incompetence that we've never seen in a democratically-elected politician before

We live on a planet bound by resolute, scientific principles and concrete facts. Up is up, down is down and blatant lies are blatant lies. It’s all …

Donald Trump

Pence Acknowledges That Trump Tax Plan Could Increase Deficit - Bloomberg

Vice President Mike Pence said the Trump administration’s tax overhaul initially could add to the U.S. budget deficit, but would result in higher …

Donald Trump

Betsy DeVos is wasting no time screwing over student borrowers.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has been sending some chilling signals lately about how she plans to deal with America’s $1.3 trillion student …

Finance

US VP Pence warns North Korea: 'The sword stands ready'

From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" response to any use of conventional or nuclear weapons.<p>Pence, dressed in a green …

North Korea

This Site Tracks How Much Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Trips Are Costing You

A new website is taking a dig at President Donald Trump’s frequent, costly trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort and suggesting how the money might be better spent.<p>The site IsTrumpAtMarALago.org, launched on Friday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, tracks how many weekends Trump has spent …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s big problem is he doesn’t know what he’s talking about

At least it’s one of his problems.<p>Donald Trump doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This became clear when he said he realized dealing with North Korea was “not so easy” after 10 minutes with the Chinese president.<p>Dealing with complicated problems isan occupational hazard faced by outsiders in all …

Donald Trump

Interior Dept. agency changes website from family visiting park to a giant pile of coal

Even the smallest of symbolic details can't escape the changes of life in Trump's America. The government agency responsible for overseeing a …

U.S. Senate Votes To Repeal Obama-Era Internet Privacy Rules

The U.S. Senate has a lot going on: confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court nominee, negotiations on repealing the Affordable Care Act, votes on gun sales regulations and bear-hunting rules for Alaska.<p>But a big telecom matter found its way into the schedule: privacy rules for Internet service …

Net Neutrality

House intelligence chair defends talking with Trump during Russia investigation

Democrats question committee’s independence in Russia inquiry after Devin Nunes briefs White House on ‘unrelated’ intercepts before consulting colleagues<p>The House intelligence committee chairman privately apologized to his Democratic colleagues on Thursday, yet publicly defended his decision to …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

As president, Trump seeks answers on his own wiretap mystery

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Donald Trump wants to know whether he was the subject of surveillance by the U.S. government, he may be uniquely positioned to get an answer.<p>In a series of weekend tweets, the president accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of ordering wiretaps on his phones but offered no …

Donald Trump

Al Franken: Sessions ‘Perjured Himself’

A Conspiracy A Month? Trump Calls For 2 Investigations — With No Evidence

Early Saturday morning, President Trump launched into one of his favorite pastimes — tweeting allegations with no evidence to back them up.<p>His latest unfounded claims: an assertion that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower during last year's elections. He accused his …

Donald Trump

Former U.S. Intelligence Chief James Clapper Denies Wiretap of Trump Tower

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied in an interview Sunday President Trump’s claims that there was a court-ordered wiretap …

Donald Trump

Former Trump Aide Says Wind and Solar Research Will Be Cut

A former top aide on energy issues for President Trump’s transition speculated that the Administration will cut research funding for wind and solar …

Donald Trump

Trump's loose talk becomes clean-up chore for staff

Rachel Maddow shows examples of members of Donald Trump's staff having to explain that people should not listen to what Trump says. Michael …

White House: Too early to say whether a special prosecutor should look into apparent election meddling by Russia

A White House spokeswoman said Sunday that it's premature to say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to look into apparent Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election aimed at helping elect Donald Trump.<p>The assessment by Sarah Huckabee Sanders, …

Donald Trump

Here's How Many Jobs Will Be Lost in Your State If Obamacare Is Repealed

Up to 20 million Americans could lose their health care insurance if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed, according to government estimates. …

Health Care

Amplification of Cretaceous Warmth by Biological Cloud Feedbacks

That’s the title of an article in <i>Science</i> today (available here with subs.) I’m giving a talk this morning so don’t have a lot of time to comment on …

Health Care

This Is What Obamacare's Critics Won't Admit Or Simply Don't Understand

THOUSAND OAKS, California ― Maryann Hammers is likely to die from ovarian cancer someday. But she hopes someday won’t come anytime soon.<p>Hammers, 61, received the diagnosis in late 2013, and doctors told her that it was stage 3-C, which meant that she could live for many years with the right …

Health Care