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Trump’s executive order on Obamacare, explained by two health policy experts

Shortly after the end of his inaugural parade, President Donald Trump issued his first executive order: instructions for the federal government to dismantle the Affordable Care Act “to the maximum extent permitted by law.”<p>The executive order is a powerful political statement about the health care …

Intellectuals for Trump

A rogue group of conservative thinkers tries to build a governing ideology around a President-elect who disdains ideology.<p>The most cogent argument for electing Donald Trump was made not by Trump, or by his campaign, but by a writer who, unlike Trump, betrayed no eagerness to attach his name to his …

Political Science

Music’s Weird Cassette Tape Revival Is Paying Off

It turns out there’s a place for archaic physical media of questionable audio fidelity–even in the Spotify era.<p>For Andy Molholt, there’s something oddly special about hitting play on his boombox at the beach. The Philadelphia-based musician tours frequently with his band Laser Background and, …

Why It’s So Hard to Train Someone to Make an Ethical Decision

One of the conundrums of ethical decision making is that many moral decisions that are quite straightforward — even easy — to resolve in a classroom or during training exercises seem far more difficult to successfully resolve when confronted during actual day-to-day decision making.<p>Take the …

The Google search that launched Dylann Roof's journey from casual racist to mass murderer

No one recruited Dylann Roof. His foray into violent white nationalism arose from a single internet search engine query.<p>"The event that truly …

Artificial intelligence keeps IBM atop 2016 patent list

IBM's efforts to match and surpass the human brain with computing technology helped push the company to the top of the 2016 list of patent awards.<p>The US Patent and Trademark Office granted IBM 8,088 patents for the year, more than 2,700 of them stemming from artificial intelligence and cognitive …

7 Innovative Artificial Intelligence Startups to Watch in 2017

With over a billion in A.I. exits last year, 2017 is poised for pop.<p>It's poised to be an exciting year in artificial intelligence. Last year, artificial intelligence deals topped a billion for the first time. The White House started publishing reports on AI and the economy. Samsung just announced a …

The Best Comics Of 2016

In 2016, more mainstream comics than ever before hit the stands, a huge variety coming from both new talents and old hands coming back with new ideas. That made it easy to pick 15 worthwhile titles spanning traditional superheroes to very untraditional takes on classic stories.<p><i>Poison Ivy: Cycle of</i> …

Hoekstra downplays Trump’s resistance to intelligence as ‘healthy’ skepticism

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, an adviser to Donald Trump’s transition team, tried on Thursday to downplay the president-elect’s refusal to accept the intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the election as “healthy” skepticism.<p>While Hoekstra, a former chairman of the House …

Senator McCain says has 'concerns' about Tillerson nomination

VILNIUS (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, will have to explain his relationship with Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his confirmation hearing, senior Republican senator John McCain said on Thursday.<p>U.S. Senator John McCain speaks during a …

Russia

Tangled in fraud probe, 100s face loss of disability checks

The GOP might not repeal Obamacare until after the 2020 election

But while Republicans control the presidency and both houses of Congress, a repeal of Obamacare may not come as soon as "day one" the way leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have said.<p>According to Bloomberg's Sahil Kapur, there is no consensus among Republicans as to when a repeal should …

Health Care