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#Unbelievable: What was the head of the EPA doing in Morocco?

The EPA says he was there for meetings on “liquefied natural gas imports”, which Senator Sheldon Whitehouse pointed out, is not under the agency’s …

Natural Gas

Trump loses in teen pregnancy prevention case

The Trump administration has lost in court again, this time over the ending of a teen pregancy prevention program. The administration had secretly …

Teen Pregnancy

Some GOP officials urge charges for women who get abortions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.<p>In Idaho, Republicans competing in a crowded field for …

Pro-life Movement

Push for Special Counsel Bill Shows G.O.P.’s Rising Fear Mueller Will Be Fired

WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell’s unilateral declaration this week that he would not allow a vote on legislation to protect the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, provoked outrage from Democrats who said Mr. McConnell was giving President Trump carte blanche to oust the leader of the …

Donald Trump

DOJ expected to deliver Comey memos to Congress

Republicans argue they show no evidence that the president obstructed justice.<p>Former FBI Director James Comey documented a conversation with President Donald Trump last year in which he said the president recalled Vladimir Putin telling him that Russia has "some of the most beautiful hookers in the …

Donald Trump

A veteran defense lawyer explains how the feds could flip Michael Cohen

Donald Trump and his advisors are increasingly worried that Michael Cohen—Trump’s longtime lawyer, whose home and offices were raided by the FBI last week—will be impelled to cooperate with federal prosecutors.<p>“They’re going to threaten him with a long prison term and try to turn him into a canary …

Corruption

Plants love carbon dioxide, but too much could be bad for them

No one expected this. In the longest-running experiment of its kind, the plants that were supposed to thrive in higher carbon dioxide levels have …

Carbon Dioxide

Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says

WASHINGTON — A barrage of missiles against Syria by American, French and British forces most likely will not stop President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons program, a Pentagon assessment has concluded, despite President Trump’s “Mission Accomplished!” declaration hours after last weekend’s …

Middle East

Chuck Schumer to Unveil Bill Decriminalizing Marijuana at the Federal Level

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to introduce a bill on Friday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level, he said in a …

Cannabis

Exclusive: EPA chief's aides, security agents made $45,000 trip to Australia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, under fire from lawmakers for travel and security expenses, spent about $45,000 in government money to fly five people to Australia to prepare for a planned trip that was later canceled.<p>Two of his aides and three …

Donald Trump

The 10 Best Foods That Are High in Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that's essential for good health.<p>It’s required for the functions of over 300 enzymes and involved in many important processes in …

Nutrition

Appeals court rules against Trump policy punishing sanctuary cities

A panel of GOP-appointed judges upheld an injunction blocking the Justice Department from enforcing new grant conditions that require sanctuary cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement.<p>President Donald Trump's effort to crack down on sanctuary cities suffered another legal setback Thursday …

Immigration

These Are the Four Paths to the End of Trump's Presidency

The next time you walk out to your car, or head down the street to the subway, or cross the parking lot on your way to the grocery store, look up and …

Donald Trump

Trump Allies Worry Michael Cohen Is a Ticking Time Bomb

The question being asked is not whether Trump or Cohen committed any crimes, but whether Cohen will flip on his boss when prosecutors turn up the heat.<p>“I’m the guy who protects the president and the family. I’m the guy who would take a bullet for the president,” <b>Michael Cohen,</b> longtime personal …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump ‘Bashed’ At Meeting Of Evangelicals, Some So Disgusted They Walked Out, Reports ‘Fox News’

President Donald Trump was “bashed” so badly at a meeting of evangelical Christians that some attendees walked out in disgust, <i>Fox News Insider</i> is …

Donald Trump

The Latest:

PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local):<p>2 p.m.<p>President Donald Trump is marveling at the size of the crowds that lined the streets of Key West, Florida, to greet and jeer him.<p>Trump told reporters after an anti-drug-smuggling briefing Thursday that he hoped …

Donald Trump

Sea ice near Alaska was at lowest level since at least 1850

The Arctic had a winter fever: The amount of sea ice in the Bering Sea west of Alaska was less this winter than any year since written records of commercial whalers started in 1850, before the Civil War.<p>The part of the Bering Sea covered by ice in February was some 150,000 square miles less than …

Global Warming

Babies in Mexico City Show Signs of Alzheimer’s. Blame Air Pollution.

A new study, published Wednesday, suggests the disease takes shape earlier than previously suspected and that environmental factors may be to blame.<p>A …

Pollution

Trump has 'weathered Comey' but Cohen is 'consuming him,' White House source says

<b>(CNN) —</b> A week after the tell-all book from James Comey exploded onto the scene, President Donald Trump is telling aides and confidants something he rarely does: He's pleased at how Republicans and the White House led the charge to try and discredit the former FBI director.<p>From the Oval Office, …

Donald Trump

Fox New’s Kremlin Ties Go Much Deeper Than Just Sean Hannity

A few days ago, I addressed the troubling issue of Sean Hannity, the Fox News star, and his hidden ties to the Trump administration. With the …

Donald Trump

Trump brings in Giuliani as court action heats up

The hiring comes at a crucial time for the Russia inquiry and the criminal investigation of Michael Cohen.<p>President Donald Trump’s legal team got a significant boost of big-name talent and criminal-law expertise on Thursday with the addition of Rudy Giuliani and two other former federal prosecutors …

Donald Trump

How Stormy Daniels is connected to the lawsuits Michael Cohen just dropped

An attorney for President Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Thursday that Cohen has decided to drop libel suits against BuzzFeed and the political research firm Fusion GPS because of “events that have unfolded and the time, attention and resources needed” to deal with them.<p>Cohen …

Stormy Daniels

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Wellness

Judge raises doubts about scope of Mueller’s authority

Lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort get some traction, but it may not help their client.<p>A federal judge raised doubts Thursday about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to probe alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.<p>During a …

Donald Trump

11 Stomach Issues That Can Actually Be A Bigger Deal Than You Think

North Korea drops withdrawal of US forces as condition of denuclearization, Moon says

<b>(CNN) —</b> North Korea has dropped its long-held demand that the United States withdraw forces from South Korea in exchange for denuclearization, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday.<p>The United States has about 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, a presence that has long irked North …

North Korea

Senate Confirms Jim Bridenstine, Trump’s NASA Nominee, on Party-Line Vote

Seven and a half months after being nominated to lead NASA, Jim Bridenstine finally gets to start his new job. His confirmation following a vote in the Senate ends the longest span of time that NASA has operated without a permanent leader, and comes with a vivid reminder that few posts in …

Trump Administration

Why Do Trump’s Defenders Assume He’s Guilty?

With friends like these, the president should probably reconsider his messaging strategy.<p>The presumption of innocence is essential to the American legal system. Sometimes prosecutors and the press need to be reminded of this. It’s not as often that the allies of a defendant, or even a prospective …

Donald Trump

Michael Cohen abruptly drops lawsuit claiming Steele dossier is a lie

The move comes days after Trump's longtime attorney was the target of an FBI raid.<p>Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has abruptly …

Donald Trump

Mystery of sea nomads' amazing ability to freedive is solved

Scientists have uncovered the secrets of the Bajau people, long-famed for their ability to hold their breath for extraordinary lengths of time<p>The secret behind the ability of a group of “sea nomads” in Southeast Asia to hold their breath for extraordinary periods of time while freediving to hunt …

Biology