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Hundreds chant “do your job!” at House Republican in charge of investigating Trump

Hundreds of people shouted down Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) at a town hall he held in his home district on Thursday night, with many yelling “Do your job!” at the chair of the House Oversight Committee.<p>Chaffetz has come under fire for taking few actions against either Donald Trump’s international …

Donald Trump

Almost 90% of new power in Europe from renewable sources in 2016

Wind energy overtakes coal as the EU’s second largest form of power capacity but concerns remain over politicians’ enthusiasm for renewables<p>Renewable energy sources made up nearly nine-tenths of new power added to Europe’s electricity grids last year, in a sign of the continent’s rapid shift away …

Renewable Energy

West Coast states form a wall against Trump’s reactionary agenda

I went to an inaugural ball a few weeks ago — the one in Washington state, not the one in Washington, D.C. — and got a good sense of the official resistance that is rising on the West Coast against the policies of the new Trump administration.<p>Jay Inslee celebrated the advent of his second term as …

How Trump's policies and rhetoric are forging alliances between U.S. Jews and Muslims

Donald Trumpmay not be able to forge peace in the Middle East, but he is doing wonders for relations between Jews and Muslims in the United States.<p>Jewish and Muslim activists in the United States are forging alliances like never before in reaction to the president's rhetoric and action toward …

Is America's most common pesticide responsible for killing our bees?

A growing body of evidence suggests neonics threaten the health of honey bees. But some argue there’s not enough evidence to justify an outright ban<p>The most widely used class of insecticides in the world is facing a slow death. Called neonicotinoids, or neonics, these bug killers have long been …

Agriculture

Once again, the ACLU takes its place on the front lines of a liberal resistance

Lawyers aren't usually this popular, but these weren't your usual lawyers. Outside the federal courthouse in Brooklyn last weekend, a crowd of hundreds throbbed with jittery energy, chanting like soccer fans as they awaited the end of a court hearing inside, clearly favoring one side: "A-C-L-U, we …

Denmark's Monster Wind Turbine Just Smashed the 24-Hour Record For Energy Production

A 720-foot-tall wind turbine featuring 35 ton blades has just set a new world record, producing a whopping 216,000 kWh of energy over a span of 24 …

It’s time to take America’s billionaire class head on

This is a time to expose, to educate and to resist<p>Combatting defeatism may be our single most important psychological objective in the wake of the election. We need to revive the spirit embodied in Barack Obama’s vague but hopeful campaign slogan in 2008, “Yes We Can.” At the federal level this is …

Economics

The anti-Trump resistance will fail if we don't ditch establishment Democrats

We can’t succeed if we are tied to generations of unpopular Democratic party leaders<p>If the last week has shown us anything, it’s that Donald Trump has power, but he doesn’t have much of a mandate yet.<p>We need to keep it that way – and be wary of the bad political leadership and strategy that can …

Middle-class

Scientists Baffled by McConnell and Ryan’s Ability to Stand Upright Without Spines

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it a “medical mystery of the first order,” scientists are baffled by the ability of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan to stand upright without the benefit of spines.<p>Doctors at the University of Minnesota Medical School, who …

While Trump grabs headlines, Texas Republicans launch new wave of assaults on LGBT rights

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick sparks new “bathroom bill” and effort to curtail same-sex couples’ rights in Houston<p>For understandable reasons, Donald Trump and his cadre of Beltway Republicans are dominating the news cycle. But it's also important to pay attention to what's going on in the states, where the …

LGBTQI

Ireland votes to stop investing public money in fossil fuels

Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that stops the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. The measure still has to clear a review before it becomes law, but it would …

Calling Out a Presidential Lie

How media technology and Donald Trump have changed the way journalists think about describing falsehoods<p>People lie. Yes, even presidents lie. Especially presidents, you might argue. And yet there’s a long history in journalism of being very, very careful about saying so.<p>There are excellent reasons …

Donald Trump

Tesla’s Battery Revolution Just Reached Critical Mass

Tesla Motors Inc. is making a huge bet that millions of small batteries can be strung together to help kick fossil fuels off the grid. The idea is a …

Energy

Memos: CEO of Russia's state oil company offered Trump adviser, allies a cut of huge deal if sanctions were lifted

The dossier says the offer was made in July, when Page was in Moscow giving a speech at the Higher Economic School. The claim was sourced to "a trusted compatriot and close associate" of Sechin, according to the dossier's author, former British spy Christopher Steele.<p>"Sechin's associate said that …

Russia

Vanadium Dioxide, A Metal That Conducts Electricity But Not Heat

Scientists have discovered “exotic electrical and thermal properties” in a material known as vanadium dioxide which may be applied to develop more …

The dark (k)night: Donald Trump’s new world order spells bad times ahead

Greater military spending, border walls and vilification of the Other in the name of “winning” doesn’t bode well<p>I came of age during America's Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the U.S. military. In those days, the USSR led the world's weapons trade, …

Political Science

Robert Reich: Donald Trump follows a simple strategy to take over the truth

<b>(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)</b><p>Independent press must find the truth, report it and hold Trump accountable for his lies<p>Robert Reich<p>January 23, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend …

Sick Of American Democracy? The U.S. Could Learn A Lot From These Countries

SINGAPORE ― Donald Trump’s election proved to the world that America is just winging it. Rather than steadily improving governance over time, the country is caught in a hapless cycle of flip-flopping parties and policies while overall national welfare stagnates. Populism has prevailed over …

Political Science

Robert Reich: 7 hard truths Democrats must acknowledge if they want a better future

If Dems don’t understand these truths and fail to do what’s needed, a third party will emerge to fill the void<p>The ongoing contest between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders wings of the Democratic Party continues to divide Democrats. It’s urgent Democrats stop squabbling and recognize seven …

Middle-class

Everything you need to know about the Women's March - and how to get involved

<b>What is it?</b><p>The Women’s March is set to take place on January 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.<p>More than 170,000 people have signed up, via Facebook, to attend the main rally in Washington DC, with another 247,000 showing interest. But if you don't live in America's …

Julianne Moore

Native Americans fight Texas pipeline using 'same model as Standing Rock'

The Two Rivers camp, protesting the Trans-Pecos pipeline, is the latest sign that the Standing Rock movement is inspiring indigenous-led activism across the US<p>Indigenous activists have set up camps in the Texas desert to fight a pipeline project there, the latest sign that the Standing Rock “water …

Environment

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer's patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.<p>Researchers at King's College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so …

Robert Reich: 12 ways to disrupt Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president

Our 100 days of resistance begins a sustained and powerful opposition<p>Donald Trump’s agenda for his first 100 days in office includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich and big corporations a huge tax cut, and putting in place a cabinet that …

Donald Trump

America dropped 26,171 bombs in 2016. What a bloody end to Obama's reign

According to new figures, the US dropped nearly three bombs every hour, 24 hours a day. Dare we think how Donald Trump will continue this legacy?<p>Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually …

Middle East

The 1987 TV Miniseries That Predicted a Russian Takeover of America

Long since forgotten, ‘Amerika’ was a commercial and artistic flop. Watching it today makes for uncomfortable viewing.<p>If the election of an American president abetted by Russian interference seems stranger than fiction, you're almost right. Exactly 30 years ago, in the midst of the Cold War, ABC …

Political Science

Donald Trump and the hobbling of shame: David Foster Wallace warned us about reality TV and we didn’t listen

In 2004, David Foster Wallace said “only time will tell how far we’ll go” in a post-shame culture. Now we know<p>The best preview of the Donald Trump presidency was the orange billionaire rolling around on the ground with Vince McMahon, owner and operator of World Wrestling Entertainment, while …

Donald Trump

Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut and travel to the brain

WE HAVE been thinking about Parkinson’s disease all wrong. The condition may arise from damage to the gut, not the brain.<p>If the idea is correct, it …

Economics must return to its founding principles

Wouldn’t today’s economists be better served by reading some economics history rather than relying on their models (Economics in crisis, admits Bank expert, 6 January)? JK Galbraith’s classic The Great Crash, 1929 details the things that contribute to a volatile, overheating economy, and in the …

Economics