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End of the American dream? The dark history of 'America first'

When he promised to put America first in his inaugural speech, Donald Trump drew on a slogan with a long and sinister history – a sign of what was to follow in his presidency<p>“Sadly, the American dream is dead,” Donald Trump proclaimed when he announced his candidacy for president of the United …

Donald Trump

Wall Street Is Unfazed by Trump’s Disdain of Bezos and Amazon

President Donald Trump has taken aim and is at the other end of the barrel. But Wall Street is much less concerned with Trump’s claims, though …

Business

A Commentary by Betsy DeVos: 'Tolerating Low Expectations for Children With Disabilities Must End'

Commentary<p>—Alex Brandon/AP-File<p>By Betsy DeVos<p>Earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision. The justices ruled 8-0 in <i>Endrew F.</i> …

Education

North Korea calls Trump a 'strangler of peace'

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea continued its harsh anti-US rhetoric Sunday, calling President Donald Trump a "war merchant and strangler of peace."<p>The administration of US President Donald Trump is selling weapons to South Korea and Japan with the intent of enriching the makers of US arms while creating "a …

Trump should name his Asia team before his tour there

By Josh Rogin<p>Josh Rogin<p>Columnist covering foreign policy and national security<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Columnist<p>President Trump is set to embark on a 12-day tour of Asia, by far the longest and most consequential foreign trip of his young presidency. Before he leaves, he might want to appoint an Asia policy …

What Sectors Lose With No Nafta Deal – Bloomberg

What Sectors Lose With No Nafta Deal<p>What Sectors Lose With No Nafta Deal<p>What Sectors Lose With No Nafta …

Republicans Warn Trump Not to Remove the United States From NAFTA

Republicans were quick to warn President Donald Trump not to follow through on his bombastic threats to pull out of the North American Free Trade …

China has a bargaining chip against the US in the North Korea crisis

Of all the parties involved in the Korean missile crisis, the most difficult to read is China.<p>China's talks about the need for a peaceful resolution do little to reveal what China's real interests and objectives are. And what they are is multiple and conflicting.<p>At one level, China is concerned …

Betsy DeVos’ vision goes beyond privatizing education — and she’s alarmingly close to realizing it

<b>(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Critics wrote DeVos off as a nitwit. But she’s playing a long game, and winning<p>Jennifer Berkshire<p>October 7, 2017 9:59am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If Betsy DeVos enjoys the occasional quaff of champagne on her private jet, the recent news that the Supreme …

The stock market just flashed a dangerous warning signal

For months, stock market pessimists have been saying US equities are overvalued.<p>And as of this past week, they have a major piece of tangible evidence.<p>The measure in question is the so-called relative strength indicator, which indicates when the stock market has gotten too stretched in either …

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens<p>By<p>Nicholas Carr<p><b>So you bought</b> that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be …

University of California

Donald Trump Used the United Nations to Threaten a Massive Violation of International Law

The United States has never cared much about international law. But most U.S. presidents had at least made an effort to pretend that they did. Based …

Porn Industry Irrevocably Damaged by Association with Ted Cruz

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The pornography industry has likely suffered permanent damage as a result of its unfortunate association with the Texas senator Ted Cruz, industry sources said on Tuesday.<p>Porn, which takes in annual profits of fifteen billion dollars, could see those revenues …

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Mexico on Monday withdrew its offer of aid to the United States to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, saying those resources are now needed at home as Mexico recovers from a separate hurricane and a devastating earthquake.<p>Last month, as Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston with days of record-breaking …

Trump Organization drops birther crusade from Trump's corporate biography

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Trump Organization this year removed from Donald Trump's corporate biography a reference to his involvement in the birther movement that sought to prove then-President Barack Obama was not a natural-born citizen of the United States.<p>The line, which had been included in Trump's bio since …

Ted Cruz's response to his 'liking' a pornographic video is, um, not good

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Late Monday night, Sen. Ted Cruz's official Twitter account liked a pornographic video from an account with the handle "Sexuall Posts." That, um, drew some attention.<p>Hours after the "like," a spokeswoman for Cruz tweeted that "The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account …

U.S. Politics

IT'S OFFICIAL: This is the iPhone X

Apple announced the newest iPhone, the iPhone X, on Tuesday at its press event in Cupertino, California.<p>It's pronounced "iPhone ten."<p>You can preorder it on October 27. It ships on November 3, and it will cost $999.<p>Here's what you can expect from Apple's new phone:<p>It features a strikingly different …

Mobile Technology

Trump administration withdraws federal protections for transgender students

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era protections for transgender students in public schools that let them use bathrooms and facilities corresponding with their gender identity.<p>The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama …

Title IX

Idaho lawmakers vote to remove climate information from science curriculum

New K-12 science standards don’t include references to climate change.<p>Last week, the Idaho House Education Committee voted to approve new statewide …

Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun Is Spinning Too Slowly

Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realized the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than …

A Bunch Of European TV Shows Are Mocking Donald Trump With Spoof Tourism Ads

“Sixty percent of Americans think that Portugal is a province of Spain. They probably voted for you."<p>Satirical TV shows across Europe are trying to woo U.S. President Donald Trump. In a way.<p>They’re using hilarious spoof tourism ads to persuade him to put their nations “second” (because he has …

Scientists finally figured out why whales leap into the air

All over the world, whales leap high into the air and crash back into the water, slapping their tails and fins on the ocean’s surface on the way down. Since breaching (as the behavior is called) demands so much energy—especially when whales are fasting during migrations—scientists assume it plays a …

Weird and Fascinating Ways Animals Use Poop

Weird Animal Question of the Week<p>For one, some eat it—like the dung beetle.<p>None of it smells like roses.<p>That’s conventional poop wisdom, but otter dung, called spraint, can sometimes smell like violets, according to entomologist Richard Jones, author of the new book <i>Call of Nature: The Secret Life</i> …

Beetles

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

10 Proven Habits of Happy People

Discover what the happiest people already know.<p>If there's one desire that humans universally share, it's happiness. For Americans, "the pursuit of happiness" is even written into the Declaration of Independence.<p>But the results of that pursuit vary greatly. Some people remain sunny even in the worst …

The Difference Between Being Happy and Being High

Breaking down how we decide which kinds of pleasure are acceptable and which ones are not OK.<p>Many people think of drug use, or other potentially addictive experiences like gambling, as more profane than sacred. Chemical or virtual highs, a lot of us believe, are cheap substitutes for genuine …

11 things you should do in your 20s to be a millionaire by 30

1. Focus on earning<p>"In today's economic environment you cannot save your way to millionaire status," writes Grant Cardone, who went from broke and in …

The best quotes to help you find business success

The Soviet Atomic Spy Who Asked for a U.S. Pension

This is how the most dramatic scene of <i>The</i> <i>First Circle</i>, the most famous novel of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, begins:<p><i>“One of the wooden booths outside the</i> …

Russia

These 7 Quirky ways Can be the Secret to Your Happiness

Forget losing weight and saving money. Those are resolutions for amateurs. The times are such and the information thrown around is so overwhelming …