Christine Cowgill Loftus

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50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

Gun-control group releases documentary on students affected by shootings

One of the teenagers hid behind a desk while a gunman shot four students inside a classroom at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Her friend, who was in another building at the school, huddled in a closet for more than two hours. A third teenager’s brother was killed in Chicago two …

Guns

Stormy Daniels Made a Surprise Appearance on 'SNL' and It Was Juicy AF

Last night, <i>Saturday Night Live</i> called on an impressive roster of celebrity guest stars for a cold open that took aim at the changing stories surrounding the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels in 2016.<p>Ben Stiller leads the sketch as Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer, who haplessly calls …

Why Mike Pompeo’s logic on Iran doesn’t hold up

Newly confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to the Middle East this weekend. In public remarks on Sunday, Pompeo explained:<p>Iran destabilizes this entire region. It supports proxy militias and terrorist groups. It arms — it is an arms dealer to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Iran …

South Asia

‘We don’t seem to be a priority’: Vet’s VA clinic room filled with trash, dirty medical tools

When American soldiers bathe in Iraq, where a grimy film coats every surface, they are reminded by bathroom signs not to ingest anything that comes from the tap.<p>So when Christopher Wilson left the Army after two tours in Iraq and sought medical care for his service-related injury at the Department …

United States

How Bad Is the Labor Shortage? Cities Will Pay You to Move There

HAMILTON, Ohio—Jobs at the paper mills and safe manufacturers on this stretch of the Great Miami River mostly dried up by the early 2000s, leaving behind closed factories and an abandoned downtown.<p>Today, a spruced-up waterfront, loft apartments and help-wanted signs give the appearance of economic …

Trump Is Unethical, Dishonest, and Norm-Busting. So What Do We Say if He Helps Solve North Korea?

There is a yin and yang to this presidency that makes it maddening to watch and difficult to appreciate even during its high points.<p>For any Donald …

Republicans have so corrupted EPA, Americans can only save it in the voting booth | Dana Nuccitelli

Like Donald Trump and the rest of his administration, Scott Pruitt has been caught up in so many scandals that it becomes impossible to focus on any single act of corruption. It’s difficult to focus on the damage Pruitt is doing to the environment and public health when seemingly every day there’s …

Scott Pruitt

The Trump administration just sent a dark, threatening message to Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, suggested on Sunday that the US could use Libya as a model for North Korean denuclearization — but his comment may have been a dark, even threatening message to North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.<p>Kim has displayed an about-face since …

Migrant caravan: No room for asylum seekers at border crossing, U.S. says

TIJUANA, MEXICO — A group of about 200 Central American migrants made a final triumphant walk Sunday, singing and cheering as they made their way toward an official border crossing to apply for asylum in the United States.<p>The day was supposed to cap a 2,500-mile journey that began more than a month …

Immigration

Here's how authorities say accused gunman Nikolas Cruz spent several minutes Wednesday in Parkland, Fla.

Nikolas Cruz, 19, is accused of shooting several students and staff Wednesday afternoon at his former high school in Florida, killing at least 17 and injuring at least a dozen in one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history.<p>According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office and other …

Is Trump Preparing for War With North Korea?

The omissions in the State of the Union, and the fate of Victor Cha, all point in the same direction.<p>The more closely you read Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea in his State of the Union address, the more plausible it becomes that he is preparing for war.<p>First, there’s the sheer emphasis he …

North Korea

Kansas's ravaged economy a cautionary tale as Trump plans huge tax cuts for rich

Kansas slashed taxes at the top to try to spur growth – but the plan crippled the state’s finances and proved disastrous for its Republican governor<p>Is Donald Trump about to turn America into Kansas? It’s a question some worried people who live in the state are asking as the Republican party pushes …

Economy

Kim Jong Un

North Korea’s young dictator takes on the world<p>For a long time, foreign intelligence services knew very little about the weird world of North Korea. …

North Korea

Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in a hospital in Kern County, Calif., north of Los Angeles. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.<p>The …

Crime

How Variable Stars Shine in the Oral Traditions of Aboriginal Australians

<i>This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Astronomy

Donald Trump in Japan: What we've learnt from the first leg of the US President's 12-day Asia tour

One of the biggest questions about US President Donald Trump's foreign policy in Asia is simply: what is his policy in Asia?<p>North Korea, sure.<p>Trade, …

Donald Trump

Trevor Noah Talks “Donald Trump And Pee” With Hillary Clinton, Who’d Prefer To Talk About FBI Probe

Hillary Clinton’s still on book tour; Wednesday night she stopped by <i>The Daily Show</i> where Trevor Noah wanted to talk about The Dossier – “The document …

Hillary Clinton

'Disrespectful lie': Anger grows over Trump's claims about past presidents and fallen troops

Anger sparked by President Trump’s false claims on Monday that Barack Obama and other past presidents did not reach out to families of fallen American troops swelled into the night.<p>Near midnight Monday, former U.S. attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., who in 2009 accompanied Obama to Dover Air …

Donald Trump

How the Trump Team's First Military Raid in Yemen Went Wrong

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. — Surely the most memorable moment from President Donald Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress, and to the nation, came in his tribute to Ryan Owens, a fallen Navy SEAL.<p>"Ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing …

Donald Trump

Trump's Tax Plan Has Echoes Of The Kansas Tax Cut Experiment

Members of Congress might want to familiarize themselves with the story of Kansas' failed tax-cutting experiment as they begin deliberations on President Donald Trump's tax-reform plan.<p>It could serve as a cautionary tale because some elements of the president's updated proposal mirror pieces of the …

Republicans

These Are The Best Countries To See The Northern Lights

Seeing the Northern Lights is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences we can't wait to check off our travel bucket list. What can be more magical …

Northern Lights

Obama tried to give Zuckerberg a wake-up call over fake news on Facebook

<i>This story has been updated with an additional response from Facebook.</i><p>Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the idea that fake news on his company's social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech …

Social Media

N. Korea Says Rockets to U.S. 'Inevitable' as American Jets Stage Show of Force

North Korea said on Saturday that targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr. Evil President” Donald Trump called Pyongyang’s leader “rocket man,” further escalating rhetoric over the North’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.<p>In response Trump appeared to repeat …

Nick Young knows the smart answer when asked to name the Warriors' best shooter

Nick Young is new to the Golden State Warriors, and one of the constants when people describe their signing of him is that the team won’t need to rely on him for much. He’s a good shooter who is coming off arguably the best season of his career, but the Warriors have so much depth and talent that …

Basketball

White House launches aggressive push to flip GOP governors opposed to Senate health bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The White House launched an aggressive drive Friday to persuade key Republican governors to stop criticizing a Senate proposal to overhaul the nation’s health-care system, urgently pressuring them in public and private ahead of a decisive week for the controversial …

Rumblings of a ‘Deep State’ Undermining Trump? It Was Once a Foreign Concept

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s allegations that former President Barack Obama tapped his phone and his assertions that the bureaucracy is leaking secrets to discredit him are the latest signs of a White House preoccupation with a “deep state” working to thwart the Trump presidency.<p>The concept of a …

WikiLeaks' CIA hacking claims: How worried should you be?

WikiLeaks has set off an avalanche of alarming headlines with its publication of purported CIA documents.<p>Allegations that the U.S. agency has hacked into smartphones, laptops, and internet-connected TVs to spy on people around the world are enough to make anyone paranoid.<p>But security experts are …

Security