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Stop Assuming Trump Is Innocent of Russian Collusion

One of the oddities of the investigation into Donald Trump’s relations with Russia is the degree to which he has largely enjoyed a presumption of …

Present at the Destruction: How Rex Tillerson Is Wrecking the State Department

I worked in Foggy Bottom for 6 years. I’ve never seen anything like this.<p>The deconstruction of the State Department is well underway.<p>I recently returned to Foggy Bottom for the first time since January 20 to attend the departure of a former colleague and career midlevel official—something that had …

There’s No Space for Qatar to Save Face

Last week, Saudi Arabia and its allies outlined their list of demands that Qatar would need to fulfill in order to end the worst crisis in the Gulf …

Trump’s voter-fraud commission wants to know voting history, party ID and address of every voter in the U.S.

The chair of President Trump's Election Integrity Commission has penned a letter to all 50 states requesting their full voter-roll data, including the name, address, date of birth, party affiliation, last four Social Security number digits and voting history back to 2006 of potentially every voter …

California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth - Vox

The maternal mortality rate in the state is a third of the American average. Here's why.<p>Kristen Terlizzi woke up on July 16, 2014, in the intensive care unit at Stanford University to the news that the placenta connecting her to the child she'd just given birth to had spread like a cancer through …

GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

Peter W. Smith portrayed the former general as an ally in an effort, independent of the Trump campaign, to find personal emails deleted by Hillary Clinton<p>WASHINGTON—Before the 2016 presidential election, a longtime Republican opposition researcher mounted an independent campaign to obtain emails he …

Too Close For Comfort: Insiders Worry About DOJ Lawyers Speaking At White House

John Huber is a career prosecutor in Utah who's served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. This month, the Trump White House nominated him to serve as a U.S. attorney in that state.<p>But it came as something of a surprise to current and former Justice Department veterans Wednesday when …

The American South Will Bear the Worst of Climate Change’s Costs

Global warming will intensify regional inequality in the United States, according to a revolutionary new economic assessment of the phenomenon.<p>Climate change will aggravate economic inequality in the United States, essentially transferring wealth from poor counties in the Southeast and the Midwest …

Climate Change

Donald Trump Is Much Uglier Than His Mika Brzezinski Tweet

Misogynist insults are annoying, but not nearly as enraging as his anti-woman policies.<p>Most people would say that 160 days into his presidency, …

Does Trump Know the First Thing About Health Care? Aide: ‘He Understands Winning.’

No one—not even Trump’s own aides—thinks he’s ‘totally engaged on health care.’<p>On Wednesday morning, the president woke up and then began angrily …

The Real Housewives of Gilead

For most Americans, <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i> by Margaret Atwood is a novel (or Hulu show) about a dystopian future where women are chattel whose only …

Earth - There are diseases hidden in ice, and they are waking up

Throughout history, humans have existed side-by-side with bacteria and viruses. From the bubonic plague to smallpox, we have evolved to resist them, and in response they have developed new ways of infecting us.<p>We have had antibiotics for almost a century, ever since Alexander Fleming discovered …

That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis

And other tales from the intersection of science and airport security<p>When Martin Cohn passed through airport security at Ronald Reagan Airport, he figured that he’d probably get some questions about the 3-D-printed model of a mouse penis in his bag.<p>The model is 15 centimeters long, made of clear …

University of Florida

Trump lawyer's firm steered millions in donations to family members, files show

Documents obtained by the Guardian reveal Jay Sekulow approved plans to push people to give to his Christian nonprofit, which then paid big sums to his family<p>More than 15,000 Americans were losing their jobs each day in June 2009, as the US struggled to climb out of a painful recession following …

Donald Trump

I Was at Trump’s Inauguration. It Was Tiny.

On Friday, I spent roughly nine hours—from 6 am to 3 pm—on the streets of drizzling Washington, DC, inside and outside the Secret Service checkpoints …

Trump’s Vainglorious Affront to the C.I.A.

The death of Robert Ames, who was America’s top intelligence officer for the Middle East, is commemorated among the hundred and seventeen stars on the white marble Memorial Wall at C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Virginia. He served long years in Beirut; Tehran; Sanaa, Yemen; Kuwait City; and …

Middle East

Does Donald Trump Believe Nuclear War Is Inevitable?

In just seven weeks, a man known for being ill-tempered, thin-skinned, narcissistic, and erratic will take control of the US nuclear arsenal. Donald …

Donald Trump

Yes, people really are turning away from democracy

We have been surprised by the scale and intensity of attention our work has garnered around the world since the New York Times profiled it last week. Perhaps we shouldn’t have been. Our research, after all, helped contextualize the seismic shifts we’ve seen in some of the world’s long-standing …

The inaccuracies in Donald Trump’s Air Force One tweet

<i>“Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!”</i> <b><br>— Donald Trump, in a tweet, Dec. 6, 2016</b><p>President-elect Donald Trump targeted Boeing in a tweet, accusing it of letting costs go out of control in the building …

Donald Trump

2018’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States

Posted by: John S KiernanOne big point of difference among state economies is the tax burden of the average citizen. This number varies greatly. But …

Income Inequality

Neighbors vow to protect Syrian family as nation waits for Donald Trump’s refugee policy

If President-elect Donald Trump’s harshest line on refugees would come to pass — if he could “send them back” — this block of neighbors in …

How the GOP Won Big in 2016 and Lost All Control

Republicans control all the levers of government but are coming to terms with the fact they will never be in control of the message to get word of …

Scientists have long feared this ‘feedback’ to the climate system. Now they say it’s happening

At a time when a huge pulse of uncertainty has been injected into the global project to stop the planet’s warming, scientists have just raised the stakes even further.<p>In a massive new study published Wednesday in the influential journal Nature, no less than 50 authors from around the world document …

Trump’s call to ban flag-burning isn’t about patriotism. It’s about silencing dissent.

Donald Trump is laying out his agenda: He wants flag-burning to be a crime, possibly resulting in a loss of citizenship or even a year in jail, he tweeted Tuesday morning.<p>He was likely referring to an anti-Trump protest at the liberal Hampshire College in western Massachusetts, at which an alleged …

U.S. Push to Halt Genocide in South Sudan Unravels at United Nations

Faced with a dire U.N. warning of a possible genocide in South Sudan, the United States was set this week to finally embrace an arms embargo against …

Africa

HUD Games

By the time neurosurgeon Ben Carson finally indicated he was willing to become the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development last …

Authoritarianism and Post-Truth Politics

1[…] Jacob Levy has argued, the President’s documented dishonestly, and broad embrace of post-truth politics, both reflects […]<p>2[…] voters.” This …

Kellyanne Conway’s Political Machinations

Can the first woman to run a Republican Presidential campaign reform Donald Trump?<p>In late September, when Donald Trump spoke in Chester Township, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia, he wasn’t the only star at the event. Kellyanne Conway, his new campaign manager, who grew up nearby, and who has …

Kellyanne Conway

100 Notable Books of 2016

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2015, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>ALL THAT MAN IS.</b> <i>By David Szalay. (Graywolf, $26.)</i> Szalay writes with …

The Child of Somali Immigrants Who Makes OSU, and the USA, Proud

ISIS wants to make us see Abdul Razak Ali Artan when we encounter a young Muslim, and feel fear. What ISIS fears is that we’ll see Ilhan Dahir, and …