Karen Varney

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Trump’s media diet causes global heartburn

The president and his aides’ habit of ripping from right-wing media is offending foreign allies and flummoxing fellow Republicans.<p>President Donald Trump’s habit of repeating controversial claims from conservative media outlets — and refusing to apologize when he’s called out for a lack of evidence …

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.

The Untold Story of Marilyn Monroe’s Head-to-Toe Fashion Makeover

<i>In an excerpt from</i> Marilyn in Manhattan: Her Year of Joy, <i>author Elizabeth Winder captures Marilyn Monroe’s 1954 escape to Connecticut, where the iconic actress redefined her look.</i><p>The photographer Milton Greene, his wife Amy, and their baby son, Joshua, lived in a hilltop country house in the …

Inside the GOP’s Health Care Debacle

Eighteen days that shook the Republican Party—and humbled a president.<p>Donald Trump had heard enough about policy and process. It was Thursday afternoon and members of the House Freedom Caucus were peppering the president with wonkish concerns about the American Health Care Act—the language that …

Can we know what animals are thinking? – The Economist

<i>For the first of our new series of Medium stories about the animal kingdom, we’ve chosen a 2015 essay about the minds of animals. Animals think,</i> …

Animals

Trump vs. Congress: Now What?

On Monday, Jan. 9, less than two weeks before President Trump’s inauguration, the House speaker, Paul Ryan, hosted a dinner at his office in the Capitol with members of Trump’s inner circle. The guests included the president-elect’s chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon; his son-in-law …

Donald Trump

Cover Story: Alec Baldwin Sounds Off

That Trump parody has sealed his status as a New York icon, but Alec Baldwin’s metropolitan roots are deep. In an adaptation from his new memoir, the actor looks back on his Saturday Night Live baptism, his 30 Rock years, and the night of November 8.<p>The list of men I admire in the movies is quite …

Comedy

When Is It OK for Democrats to Work With Trump? A Handy Guide

Suddenly, Democrats are in demand.<p>Suddenly, Democrats are in demand. With the Republican caucus fractured and even moderate Senate Democrats feeling feisty, the road to legislation now runs through minority leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.<p>Senate Republicans have indicated that …

The myth of the ‘lone wolf’ terrorist

In recent years, references to such attacks have become inescapable. But this lazy term obscures the real nature of the threat against us<p>At around 8pm on Sunday 29 January, a young man walked into a mosque in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood of Quebec City and opened fire on worshippers with a 9mm …

Terrorism

Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time

In fight to define party in age of Donald Trump, Sanders followers want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county posts<p>In Washington, Democrats are grappling with what it means to be a minority party in the age of Donald Trump. In the rest of the country, …

Bernie Sanders

Trump admin sets stage for mass deportations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Department of Homeland Security Tuesday laid out the Trump administration's plans for aggressive enforcement of immigration laws, including a potentially massive expansion of the number of people detained and deported.<p>But the Trump administration also emphasizes that it is …

Immigration

A Vermont Town In The Eye Of The Refugee Resettlement Storm

After a presidential campaign that divided the country on immigration, some of the most fervent anti-refugee advocates say their views and agenda have now moved into the mainstream under President Donald Trump. His appointments, including top White House advisers and his nominee for attorney …

Emma Stone's Battle With Shyness, Panic Attacks and Phobias on the Way to the Oscars

The 'La La Land' star — who quit high school during a ninth-grade epiphany — reveals how pursuing acting saved her from a childhood of anxiety, where …

La La Land

Is sugar the world’s most popular drug? | Gary Taubes

It eases pain, seems to be addictive and shows every sign of causing long-term health problems. Is it time to quit sugar for good?<p>Imagine a drug that can intoxicate us, can infuse us with energy and can be taken by mouth. It doesn’t have to be injected, smoked, or snorted for us to experience its …

Sugar

To Rate How Smart Dogs Are, Humans Learn New Tricks

Pam Giordano thinks her dog is quite intelligent, and she has proof: Giorgio, an 11-year-old Havanese, has diplomas stating he has a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Yale. The bumper sticker on Ms. Giordano’s car announces, “My dog made it to the Ivy League.”<p>The honors were bestowed on Giorgio …

University of British Columbia

How Will Obama Be Graded By History?

After eight years in office, Barack Obama will end his presidency on Friday. There has already been much talk of his accomplishments, failures and …

Political Science

School Vouchers, Oligarchy And Grizzlies: Highlights From The DeVos Hearing

After Betsy DeVos' Senate confirmation hearing yesterday — all three hours and change — we know a little more about Donald Trump's pick to be the next education secretary.<p>Appearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, DeVos faced questions on a range of issues, from …

‘He Has This Deep Fear That He Is Not a Legitimate President’

On the eve of the inauguration, Trump’s biographers ponder his refusal to bend his ego to his new office.<p>In the days immediately after the election that shocked the world, POLITICO Magazine convened the group of people who know Donald J. Trump better than anyone outside his family. We asked his …

Donald Trump

The Case Against ‘Whole Wheat’ and 'Whole Grain' Bread

So you’re ready to include more whole grains in your diet, and you reasonably want to start with your daily bread (and crackers, and granola bars, …

Nutrition

PETA Has a Plan

It starts with brands banning fur (and wool and leather and down and angora), and ends with a totally vegan society.<p>Some people talk about the choice to go vegan as if it’s a religious conversion. Christopher Merrow is not one of those people. Merrow went vegan to impress a girl, which maybe would …

Trump’s Yuge Week One

What really mattered, and what didn’t.<p>President Donald Trump’s first seven days in office were historic, chaotic, often astonishing and sometimes unsettling. With a flurry of provocative executive orders, surreal events, unapologetic falsehoods and did-he-really-say-that tweets, Trump continued to …

Donald Trump

The many challenges facing Trump's wall

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump is following through with one of the first pledges he made a year and a half ago when he announced his long-shot bid for the White House -- directing federal resources toward building a wall along the southern border.<p>But the reality of building the wall could be more …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain

Unfortunately, it’s no contest. Here’s what psychology tells us about life under a leader totally indifferent to the truth.<p><b>All presidents lie. Richard Nixon said</b> <b>he was not</b> a crook, yet he orchestrated the most shamelessly crooked act in the modern presidency. Ronald Reagan said he wasn’t aware of …

Donald Trump

These presidents all said they were going to change America. How’d that work out?

Twenty-four years ago, William Jefferson Clinton promised change.<p>“Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations of our nation, we would need dramatic change from time to time,” the 42nd president said in his first inaugural address. “Well, my fellow Americans, this is our time.”<p>He …

Democratic dilemma: How hard to fight

<b>(CNN) —</b> Democrats plotting a return from the political wilderness are facing their first big dilemma: how fiercely to fight President-elect Donald Trump.<p>A new conservative era will dawn in Washington Tuesday when the next Congress, dominated by Republicans, is sworn in. GOP leaders are exuberant …

What A Congress' First Bill Tells Us About The Nation's Political Priorities

The House and Senate are back in Washington today for the start of the 115th Congress. With GOP control of both chambers and soon the Oval Office, Republicans are promising an aggressive agenda that will prioritize the repeal of the current president's signature achievement, the Affordable Care …

Why Donald Trump’s selection of his son-in-law for a top White House job is a dicey decision

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will serve as a senior adviser to the Trump White House, The Post's John Wagner and Ashley Parker have confirmed.<p>The news isn't surprising, given Kushner's closeness to Trump and the fact that his potential role in the …

The Thousand Year History of the Nose Job

It's the new year, which means it's a time for new goals, new resolutions, and in some cases new bodies.<p>The celebration of the New Year is a …