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Boycott the Republican Party

If conservatives want to save the GOP from itself, they need to vote mindlessly and mechanically against its nominees.<p>A few days after the Democratic electoral sweep this past November in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere, <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> asked a random Virginia man to explain his vote. The …

Political Science

Scientists have discovered two simple psychological differences that make you liberal or conservative

Political battles in the US are often portrayed as a clash between "bleeding heart" liberals and "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" conservatives.<p>Voters who favor opposing parties see various issues differently, but does that mean liberals and conservatives actually process the world through …

Psychology

Trump says administration taking look at current libel laws

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he's going to be taking "a strong look at our country's libel laws," blasting the current standards as "a sham and a disgrace."<p>Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, Trump said that people shouldn't be able to say things that are false and then …

I’ve Studied the Trump-Fox Feedback Loop for Months. It’s Crazier Than You Think.

On Tuesday night, I, along with many Americans, was shocked when President Donald Trump tweeted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger & more powerful” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's.<p>Having spent the past three months monitoring Trump’s Twitter feed professionally, I also had a good …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign

On the afternoon of November 8, 2016, Kellyanne Conway settled into her glass office at Trump Tower. Right up until the last weeks of the race, the …

Donald Trump

Here's Warren Buffett's verdict on bitcoin

by Roger Lowenstein<p>The most chilling movie scene ever might be the final take of <i>Invasion of the Body Snatchers</i>. One by one we see the human race …

American Trees Are Moving West, and No One Knows Why

Climate change explains only 20 percent of the movement.<p>As the consequences of climate change strike across the United States, ecologists have a guiding principle about how they think plants will respond. Cold-adapted plants will survive if they move “up”—that is, as they move further north (away …

Ecology

Stephen King on Donald Trump: ‘How do such men rise? First as a joke’

He’s written novels with eerily similar plotlines – but how did Trump become president? The only way to find out: inject a panel of fictional voters with truth serum...<p>I started thinking Donald Trump might win the presidency in September of 2016. By the end of October, I was almost sure. Thus, when …

Donald Trump

The End of Facts in the Trump Era

If you connect with America's anger and paranoia, you can steamroll our most sacred institutions without ever having to tell the truth<p>The order …

Trump’s lies are not the problem. It’s the millions who swallow them who really matter

As the alt-right continues to set the agenda in global politics at a frightening pace, has the world reverted to a 20th-century era of totalitarianism?<p>Compulsive liars shouldn’t frighten you. They can harm no one, if no one listens to them. Compulsive believers, on the other hand: they should …

Donald Trump

Steve Bannon’s war with Islam: Trump may not even understand his adviser’s apocalyptic vision

Bannon has long yearned for a civilizational conflict between the West and the Muslim world. Now he may get it<p>There seems to be considerable urgency right now to enshrine Donald Trump’s Islamophobia into law. Talk of an immigration ban, a Muslim registry and even internment camps once sounded like …

Donald Trump

10 things I learned from meetings with Trump’s transition team

That gave me the opportunity to set up a few meetings with members from Trump's transition team (many of whom read my free weekly letter, <i>Thoughts from the Frontline</i><i>)</i>.<p>During those talks, I gained some insight into what the first 100 days, the first six months, and the first year of the Trump …

Donald Trump

Trump's state department purge sparks worries of 'know-nothing approach' to foreign policy

The sudden dismissal of several senior officials has left a gaping hole at the heart of US diplomacy: ‘The machinery is still there, but no one’s in the cockpit’<p>Thomas Countryman was on his way to Rome for an international meeting on nuclear weapons on Wednesday when he found out he had been …

U.S. Dept. of State

The Keystone XL Pipeline, which Trump just advanced, will carry the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet

Activists had previously successfully fought both pipelines — the protest at Standing Rock, which was led by the Native American community, made headlines in 2016.<p>The Keystone XL Pipeline is slightly older news — Obama blocked its construction in 2015— but it's worth remembering why it made …

Oil & Gas Industry

'The Office' intro recut with Trump's cabinet just makes sense

President Donald Trump has assembled a cast of characters to make up his cabinet, and sometimes it feels a lot like a sitcom.<p>People have written …

Not renewable: Bill would ban utilities from using renewable energy

A new bill would require utilities to use only approved energy sources like coal, natural gas and nuclear power<p>On the first day of the state’s legislative session, nine Republican lawmakers filed legislation that would bar utilities from using electricity produced by large-scale renewable energy …

Renewable Energy

Democrats in the Wilderness

Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.<p><b>Standing with some 30,000 people in front of</b> Independence Hall in Philadelphia the night before the election watching Hillary Clinton speak, exhausted aides were already worrying about what would come next. They expected her to win, of …

Government

Meet the Leaders of the Trump Resistance

A broad-based movement is shaping up to thwart the incoming Trump administration<p>Donald Trump is riding into office on a make-believe mandate: Despite …

Donald Trump

Trump's Wall: will Mexico pay after all?

The President of Mexico is under pressure. It would be a very unpopular decision for Enrique Pena Nieto to pay for a wall on the border between …

Mexico

The Russia Story Reaches a Crisis Point

If Donald Trump really is compromised, we need immediate action, not media overreach<p>Have we ever been less sure about the truth of an urgent news …

Donald Trump

US troops enter Poland, 1st deployment at Russia's doorstep

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American soldiers rolled into Poland on Thursday, fulfilling a dream some Poles have had since the fall of communism in 1989 to have U.S. troops on their soil as a deterrent against Russia.<p>Some people waved and held up American flags as U.S. troops in tanks and other vehicles …

Russia

Why Trump Can't Let Go

He has a lot more than money wrapped up in his self-named business.<p>When Donald Trump stood up in front of a throng of reporters as well as loyal, cheering paid staffers Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York, there was the theatrical stack of folders of papers on the table next to the lectern, and …

Donald Trump

Trump's trainwreck press conference ushers in a shambolic presidency

It’s safe to say that the Trump administration already looks clueless – and it hasn’t even started yet<p>Donald Trump is not what he seems. The supposed master of media manipulation stumbled so often at his first press conference, it is hard to recall why anyone thought the TV star was good at this …

Donald Trump

We raise hell when the Ethics office is gutted, but are apathetic about deregulating banks

Many Americans were outraged by Republican lawmakers’ attempt last week to get rid of Congress’ independent ethics watchdog and instead oversee themselves. House Republicans backed off after their offices were flooded with angry messages — and after Tweeter-in-Chief<p>Donald Trumpquestioned the timing …

The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

The president ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and replaced him with Ronny Jackson, the White House physician who declared Trump to be in “excellent” health in January.<p><i>Updated on March 28 at 7:11 p.m. ET</i><p>Another member of President Trump’s original Cabinet is out.<p>In a tweet Wednesday …

Donald Trump

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign

According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?<p>Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually …

Middle East

Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

Cold War

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

If Vladimir Putin intervened to help Donald Trump, that’s an outrage. But then so is the long US record of foreign interference<p>As I write, president-elect Donald Trump – soon to become the most powerful individual on Earth – is having a tantrum on his Twitter feed. Losing the popular vote can have …

Russia