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Cassini was the mission of a lifetime for this NASA scientist. Now she must say goodbye.

PASADENA, Calif. — Linda Spilker checks the clock: 12:04 p.m. As the NASA scientist sits in this crowded conference room on the Caltech campus, the aging Saturn orbiter Cassini is flying past the moon Titan for a final time. The maneuver on Monday will give Cassini the gravitational tug needed to …

Trump gets millions from golf members. CEOs and lobbyists get access to president

Dozens of lobbyists, contractors and others who make their living influencing the government pay President Trump’s companies for membership in his private golf clubs, a status that can put them in close contact with the president, a USA TODAY investigation found.<p>Members of the clubs Trump has …

Donald Trump

What Russian trolls could have bought for $100,000 on Facebook

$100,000 might not sound like much when it comes to a presidential election. But the Russian troll farm that bought $100,000 worth of Facebook ads could have reached millions of American voters using the social media company's sophisticated software, which allows ad-buyers to target Facebook users …

The strange story of a 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at his Phoenix rally

At a number of political rallies over the last two years, a character calling himself "Michael the Black Man" has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted.<p>He holds signs that scream "BLACKS FOR TRUMP" and wears a T-shirt proclaiming with equal …

5 Truths About Trump Displayed In His Phoenix Rally

President Trump led an incendiary rally at which he ripped at cultural divides, played to white grievance, defended himself by stretching the truth or leaving out key facts, attacked members of his own party and the media, played the victim and threatened apocalyptic political consequences — all …

President Trump Disbanded a Federal Panel Aimed at Fighting Climate Change

The Trump administration has chosen to disband a federal advisory panel aimed at guiding public and private-sector officials in understanding the …

An Unprecedented Fire Is Raging Across Greenland Right Now

Largest wildfire in the country's satellite record.<p>Wildfires are known for striking in hot, dry regions of the planet, but a huge fire is currently …

In a new poll, half of Republicans say they would support postponing the 2020 election if Trump proposed it

Critics of President Trump have repeatedly warned of his potential to undermine American democracy. Among the concerns are his repeated assertions that he would have won the popular vote had 3 to 5 million “illegals” not voted in the 2016 election, a claim echoed by the head of a White House …

Republicans

Cover Lifted, A CIA Spy Offers His Take On Trump And Russia

On a steamy August afternoon in McLean, Va., not far from CIA headquarters, Daniel Hoffman sits on a coffee shop terrace and reminisces about summer afternoons spent in a different place.<p>"There's a tennis court, and a little <i>dacha</i> with a sauna," says Hoffman. "And then a big <i>dacha</i> where families …

Trump hammers Sen. Blumenthal over military record: He 'should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam'

President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Richard Blumenthal on Monday, calling the Connecticut Democrat “a phony Vietnam con artist” who should take an extended vacation in Vietnam “so he can at least say he was there.”<p>“I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he …

Donald Trump

Joe Scarborough likens Trump's jaw-dropping New York Times interview to 'William Faulkner on acid'

William Faulkner likely rolled over in his grave this morning. On <i>Morning Joe</i>, co-host Joe Scarborough compared President Trump's recent rambling …

Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”<p>[Read excerpts …

Donald Trump

A new poll finds even Trump supporters are wavering on his scandals

In counties that supported Trump heavily in 2016, voters are souring on the scandals surrounding Trump’s presidency.<p>According to a new NBC News/WSJ poll of 439 key Trump counties in 16 states, voters are troubled by the consistent drama involving his administration, including the refusal to release …

Trump’s Clueless Abdication of Presidential Responsibility

Has there ever been a more cynical surrender of Presidential authority? The editorial board of the Washington <i>Post</i> posed this question on Tuesday, after Donald Trump reacted to the collapse of the Senate health-care-reform bill by suggesting, in a tweet, that his fellow-Republicans should now “let …

Health Care

Trump voters don’t think Donald Trump Jr. met with Russia, even after he said he did: poll

<b>Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump attend a "Spirit of America" rally in Denver February 27, 2017. (Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>A new survey by Public Policy Polling reveals most Trump voters are still skeptical of the Russia investigation<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>July 19, 2017 6:21pm (UTC)<p>A new poll reveals …

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Donald Trump's Senate lunch is going to be super awkward

<b>(CNN) —</b> All 52 Republican senators were invited to the White House this afternoon for a lunch with President Donald Trump. And it's already shaping up to be a pretty awkward affair.<p>First of all, the lunch comes less than 48 hours after these same Republican senators tanked Trump's push to repeal …

18 States Sue Betsy DeVos And Education Dept. Over Delay Of Borrower Defense Rule

Attorneys general from Massachusetts, New York and 16 other states filed suit against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her department Thursday, accusing DeVos of breaking federal law and giving free rein to for-profit colleges by rescinding the Borrower Defense Rule.<p>The filing by 18 states and …

Gingrich: Trump's combative style isn't always the best

Newt Gingrich says Donald Trump’s signature “pugnacious” style and “compulsion to counterattack” isn’t always the best tactic to employ as president.<p>In an interview Sunday on ABC's “This Week,” the former House speaker from Georgia and staunch Trump supporter commented on a recent presidential …

Nevada May Become First State To Offer Medicaid To All, Regardless Of Income

Nevadans will find out this week whether their state will become the first in the country to allow anyone to buy into Medicaid, the government health care program for the poor and disabled.<p>Earlier this month, Nevada's legislature, where Democrats hold the majority, passed a "Medicaid-for-all" bill, …

Health Care

House Passes Bill Aimed At Reversing Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

House Republicans voted Thursday to deliver on their promise to repeal Dodd-Frank — the massive set of Wall Street regulations President Barack Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial crisis.<p>In a near party-line vote, the House approved a bill, dubbed the Financial Choice Act, which scales …

This Marine Biologist Has a Message for Climate Change Deniers: 'Get Over It'

Famed marine biologist Sylvia Earle issued an urgent call for humans to protect the world’s oceans and the planet more broadly in the face of climate …

Saudi Arabia stroked Trump's ego. Now he is doing their bidding with Qatar | Mohamad Bazzi

The Saudis understood from the start that Trump craved flattery and respect. The kingdom’s investment in wooing Trump is paying off<p>On Monday, Saudi Arabia and three of its allies cut off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar, a tiny, energy-rich emirate in the Persian gulf. The Saudis moved …

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How to improve the health of the ocean

EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It is divided into five basins: the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, …

Seafloor

America’s prisons are failing. Here’s how to make them work

SHIRLEY SCHMITT is no one’s idea of a dangerous criminal. She lived quietly on a farm in Iowa, raising horses and a daughter, until her husband died …

Most Americans support government regulation to fight climate change. Including in Pittsburgh.

On Thursday, President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. In doing so, Trump said that he was “elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Trump also vowed to put cities such as Youngstown and Detroit ahead of Paris.<p>The president’s …

Trump's claim that US is cleanest lacks support from studies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said the United States "will continue to be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth" …

Carbon Dioxide

Theresa May’s ‘enough is enough’ risks making the extremist threat worse | Richard Barrett

I’ve worked on counter-terrorism since before 9/11. We have to do more than escalating the same old policies<p>Addressing the nation outside No 10 Downing Street on Sunday morning, the prime minister spoke forcefully about the need for change, both in society’s tolerance of extremism and in the …

Student who refused to take photo with Paul Ryan defends her decision in blazing op-ed

The leader of the resistance to Paul Ryan is not even old enough to drive yet.<p>Jordan McCray­-Robinson was one of close to 100 8th grade students from …

AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reopened his Twitter spigot now that his foreign trip is over, so brace yourself. The intensifying …

Military Spending

Trump's budget plan lands with a thud in Middle America

The administration’s proposed federal budget cuts are, in effect, local budget cuts that ignore the economic realities of the communities that voted for Trump.<p>White House budgets are more messaging tools than spending plans. And President Donald Trump’s message last week was loud and clear: States, …