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How Much Damage Can Trump Actually Do to the Environment?

It depends partly on how much interest he has in the nitty-gritty of governance. And that’s good news for the planet.<p>The queue of activists, interest groups, and ordinary people wringing their hands over what a President <b>Donald Trump</b> might do in office is long, and environmentalists are at the front …

Clean Power Plan

Meet the entrepreneur solving pollution and homelessness at the same time

Waste not, want not might be an old-fashioned axiom confined to the lexicon of finger‑wagging grandparents, but a 34-year-old from Colombia has turned it into his life mission.<p>Bogota-based Oscar Méndez is, to borrow another saying, killing two birds with one stone.<p>His company, Concepticos …

Pollution

The geography of US economic inequality

Why does it matter where you live? Or where a child grows up? Neighborhoods are a primary non-familial context by which lives are shaped—residential …

Aleppo ceasefire at risk after Russia says all rebels can be eliminated

Hopes of extended humanitarian ceasefire diminish as diplomats back Syrian government’s right to attack non-jihadi fighters<p>The prospects of an extended humanitarian ceasefire in eastern Aleppo have diminished after Russian diplomats stressed the Syrian government was entitled to eliminate all …

Middle East
Space Exploration

Russia has weaponized the American press

There’s strong evidence that Russia is hacking Hillary Clinton’s allies and handing the private information it steals to WikiLeaks, which promptly makes it public. The goal is to interfere with the US election to help Donald Trump win the presidency or simply to sow chaos that causes Americans to …

George Soros

How climate change triggers earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes

Global warming may not only be causing more destructive hurricanes, it could also be shaking the ground beneath our feet<p>Devastating hurricane? More than 1,000 lives lost? It must be climate change! Almost inevitably, Hurricane Matthew’s recent rampage across the Caribbean and south-eastern US has …

Climate Change

Donald Trump is failing at basically everything right now. This poll proves it.

Donald Trump has had a very tough three weeks on the campaign trail, from a bad first debate to the “Access Hollywood” video to the recent flood of allegations that he groped and made unwanted sexual advances toward several women.<p>And yet Trump trails Hillary Clinton by just four points in the new …

Government

Trump Time Capsule #141: 'Selling Their Souls'

Seven days ago, back in the innocent times of early October, I began installment #132 with this paragraph, in its entirety: “Good God.”<p>That was a few hours after the release (by the <i>Washington Post</i>) of Donald Trump’s now-historic “You can do anything you want” tape. It was one day before some of his …

Donald Trump

The world just took another huge step forward on fighting climate change

<i>This story has been updated.</i><p>Last week, we learned that the Paris climate agreement will go into effect in November after the European Union formally joined the accord, tipping it past the threshold needed to become a reality.<p>Now this week brings another major foray in international climate …

Climate

London trader accused of causing 2010 crash fights extradition to US

Navinder Singh Sarao, wanted in US over multibillion-dollar Wall Street crash, takes appeal against his extradition to high court<p>A British financial trader accused of helping trigger a multibillion-dollar Wall Street crash from a suburban UK home is mounting a high court challenge against a …

Wall Street

Syria war: Talks in Lausanne amid Aleppo fighting

Fresh diplomatic talks to end the Syrian conflict are under way in Switzerland, the first since the United States halted bilateral negotiations with Russia on a ceasefire approved earlier this month.<p>With violence still raging in Aleppo and reports of new attacks on hospitals in the northern city, …

Middle East

Four women accuse Trump of forcibly groping, kissing them

<i>This post has been updated</i><p>Four women accused Donald Trump of groping or kissing them without their consent in news reports published Wednesday, just days after the Republican presidential nominee insisted in a debate that he had never engaged in such behavior.<p>One of the women alleges that Trump …

Donald Trump

Report: Trump Prepares for Crucial Debate by Staying at Home, Watching Cable News, and Being Mad

Furious that his Republican allies fled because of his 2005 comments bragging about sexual assault, Trump vowed to remain in the race—and Trump Tower.<p>In the crucial hours preceding tonight's all-important town hall debate in St. Louis—as many of his allies revoked their endorsements, pulled money …

Donald Trump

US-Middle East: Plan B stands for bankruptcy | Politics

There's lots of talk about Plan B in Washington as the Obama administration looks for alternatives to its failed Syria policy. The same goes for various other parts of the region, where the administration is floating ideas about a potential last-minute change of strategy.<p>Whether in Syria or …

Middle East

Down goes the Trump-tanic! Republicans flee the wreckage — and the Clintons dodge a bullet

Schwarzenegger, McCain and other GOP bigwigs have finally had enough — and the damaged Clintons heave a huge sigh<p>I originally intended to launch a semi-contrarian argument before the big debate this weekend that Bill Clinton’s troubling sexual history and the peculiar nature of the Clinton marriage …

Government

'We Can’t Do Much Worse Than the Men'

In 1920, the Yoncalla, Oregon, city councilmen proved they weren’t up to the task of governing. So an all-female government took over, spurring national headlines that warned of the coming feminist revolution.<p>On November 2, 1920, the citizens of Yoncalla, Oregon, got a big surprise as the ballots …

City Politics

Trump prepares for debate rebound but refuses to be controlled

The GOP presidential nominee is pressing his case ahead of Election Day.<p>The GOP presidential nominee is pressing his case ahead of Election Day.<p>As Donald Trump jetted to Colorado on Monday, his presidential campaign was on life support. His momentum had been zapped by a turbulent week, bookended by …

Donald Trump

John Lewis Knows That Look in the Eyes of Trump Supporters

"I don't think we can afford to go back."<p>Congressman John Lewis (D-Georgia) is a Civil Rights icon and a Mt. Rushmore-worthy American hero. At the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, Lewis marched fearlessly into the maws of the Jim Crow South, through angry, racist mobs and truncheon-wielding state …

Black History

After Voters Reject Peace Deal With FARC, What's Next For Colombia?

The Colombian government and the FARC rebel group have spent four years negotiating a peace deal to bring an end to more than 50 years of war.<p>Terms were agreed on, a deal was finalized, the accord was signed — and then, in a stunning turn of events, the people of Colombia voted against the …

South America

Why the New York Times Could Face a Legal Battle Over Its Trump Tax Story

For months now, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has faced repeated demands to release his tax returns to prove his financial worth, …

Donald Trump

US election: How age, race and education are deciding factors in the race for President

The US presidential election race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is in its final week, with polls indicating a small lead for Clinton.<p>But polling also shows a story that's equally important, of a country divided down demographic lines. A country where men and whites tend to back the …

How a Single Reporter Stopped Trump’s Foundation in its Tracks

Hard work and adroit use of social media landed scoop after scoop.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>When New York State Attorney General <b>Eric Schneiderman</b> ordered <b>Donald Trump’s</b> foundation to stop raising money, <b>David Fahrenthold</b> should have sent a bill.<p>Fahrenthold is a</i> …

Donald Trump

Teachers' implicit bias against black students starts in preschool, study finds

Findings reveal subconscious racial bias of teachers, who directed attention more closely to black boys when ‘challenging behavior’ is expected<p>If anyone ever doubted that black children are not treated equally in the classroom, the research released this year surely proved them wrong. In June, …

Education

4 Questions Kaine And Pence Face Heading Into The VP Debate

This evening's face-off between the 2016 vice presidential hopefuls certainly won't have the pizzazz — or inevitable enmity — that last week's debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had.<p>Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence are two mild-mannered, affable …

Government

How Mike Pence Jedi Mind Tricks Nearly Everything Trump Says

A glimpse at the kind of rhetorical sleight-of-hand we might see during Tuesday's VP …

Human rights no more? UK to exempt troops from European Convention to stop ‘annoying’ claims

UK government will allow its military to violate European human rights law to boost their confidence on the battlefield and stop a “witch-hunt,” as it does not want to spend more on “vexatious” and “false” charges against troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.<p><i>“It will help to protect our troops from</i> …

The stakes for the vice-presidential candidates are very, very low

Should the gods ever curse you and you ever find yourself hosting a politically themed trivia night, here's a good question to ask: Which presidential debate from 1996 to 2012 had the most viewers, as tracked by Nielsen?<p>The vice-presidential debate of 2008.<p>The reason why is obvious. Just like the …

Presidential Debate

Crude Prices Fall on Surging Iran Sales

Oil prices fell on Tuesday on a rise in Iranian exports which add to a global supply overhang, although a planned OPEC-led production cut later this year offered some support.<p>International Brent crude oil futures were trading at $50.63 per barrel at 0645 GMT, down 26 cents, or 0.5 percent, from …