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Trump Doesn’t Want to Be President

He wants to be communications director.<p>Donald Trump doesn’t really want to be president. If he did, he’d nominate candidates to the 350 important but vacant administration jobs and get on with the job of governance. He doesn’t seem to want to be commander in chief of the armed forces, either, …

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Trump is 'opening a Pandora's box' that could 'vex US exporters for decades'

When you've upset all of your friends, whom do you have left?<p>This is an important question we should ask ourselves as the Trump administration embarks on a plan to take "bold action" on steel imports.<p>You wouldn't be remiss if you thought that taking action on steel meant confronting China. Our …

Economy

The Senate’s disastrous process for crafting the AHCA fits a historic pattern

The number and quality of committee hearings has declined greatly since the 1970s.<p>The crafting of the American Health Care Act in the Senate — which will affect the lives of millions of Americans — is taking place with almost no public discussion. Not only have there been no committee hearings so …

Affordable Care Act

Trump’s Ignorance Is Fueling a Massive Geopolitical Crisis

The president is stumbling into a political minefield in the Middle East without any public plan or discernible strategy.<p>These are surely disorienting times for <b>Donald Trump,</b> who has endured endless controversy over his steadfast commitment to more obliging relations with <b>Vladimir Putin.</b> As multiple …

Middle East

Business leaders hesitate to take White House meetings: report

Business leaders are thinking twice about their relationship with businessman-turned-President Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>The paper …

Donald Trump

Trump is rolling out one of his biggest policy promises the same week James Comey heads to the Hill

Trump began a push to fulfill a pledge to improve the nation's infrastructure with a proposal to reform and privatize the US air traffic control system.<p>The week will also feature a rally in Ohio on Wednesday to make a case for his the $1 trillion infrastructure proposal.<p>But Trump might be drowned …

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Trump complains about Democrats failing to confirm people he hasn't nominated

In the midst of his Monday morning Twitter rant, Donald Trump paused for the daily direct-to-Trump ego-stroking that is <i>Fox and Friends</i>. There, hosts …

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Pew Research Center

Making Ignorance Great Again

Donald Trump just took us out of the Paris climate accord for no good reason. I don’t mean that his decision was wrong. I mean, literally, that he didn’t offer any substantive justification for that decision. Oh, he threw around a few numbers about supposed job losses, but nobody believes that he …

Health Care

A toxic menu of policy disaster that favors elites: Just look at Trumpcare and the president’s NAFTA waffling

Republicans’ health care bill would widen economic​ ​disparity; Trump’s NAFTA plan would empower multinationals<p>​The​ ​vast​ ​inequality​ ​that's​ ​rending​ ​our​ ​society​ ​is​ ​not​ ​a​ ​natural,​ ​inevitable​ ​or​ ​accidental​ ​phenomenon​; it's caused​ ​intentionally​ ​by​ ​policy decisions​ …

Middle-class

The bottleneck in Rex Tillerson’s State Department

The former ExxonMobil chief is leaning heavily on two senior aides who, officials say, have cut him off from the rest of his 75,000-person staff.<p>When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who successfully promoted Rex Tillerson for her old job during the presidential transition, tried to …

Donald Trump

The Republican Dilemma

GOP leaders are stuck trying to rein in Trump’s excesses without alienating their own primary voters, who are largely standing by their president.<p>CARTERSVILLE, Ga.—Several miles off Route 41 in Bartow County, Georgia, is the downtown area of Cartersville. It's a throwback place with brick-face …

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Russians Think Trump Might Be a Russian Asset, and They Might Be Right

Over the last several days, the Russia scandal has taken a darker turn. Friday night, the Washington <i>Post</i> reported that Jared Kushner tried during the …

A Controversial New Gravity Hypothesis Has Passed Its First Test

Einstein might have been wrong.<p>A controversial new hypothesis that suggests our understanding of gravity is wrong has just passed an important first …

Dark Matter

The first US offshore wind farm goes live as renewables race to underprice fossil fuels in age of Trump

Rhode Island flipped the switch on the country’s first offshore wind farm on Dec. 12. When the five turbines in the Block Island Wind Farm reach full power next month, renewables will have notched another win in the effort to out-compete fossil fuels on the open market.<p>The 30MW installation …

Renewable Energy

Putin’s Revenge

Humiliated by the 1990s, Russia’s strongman is determined to win Cold War 2.0. He may be succeeding.<p>Twenty years before Vladimir Putin began his ingenious campaign to influence the U.S. presidential election, his predecessor as Russia’s president stood on a dark street near the White House. In his …

Russia

Evangelical Christians and the presidential election (2 letters)

<i>Re: “How could so many evangelical Christians support Donald Trump?” Nov. 19 Katelyn Beaty column.</i><p>Considering myself an evangelical, I’m most curious …

Hillary Clinton

Aspiring farmers might look to 'free leases' to realize Green Acres goals

If you’re ready to pack in the city life and take up farming, a few folks who have had the experience have some good — and bad — news for you.The bad …

Votes in presidential election reveal massive economic split

<b>Jim Tankersley,</b> <i>The Washington Post</i><p>In the modern era of presidential politics, no candidate has ever won the popular vote by more than Hillary Clinton …

Economics

‘A recipe for scandal’: Trump conflicts of interest point to constitutional crisis

Experts say president-elect does not understand the law and must sell businesses to avoid electoral college disaster. He seems loath to do so<p>Constitutional lawyers and White House ethics counsellors from Democratic and Republican administrations have warned Donald Trump his presidency might be …

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The Biggest Myths About the First Christians

Did early Christians have Bibles? Hide in catacombs? Oh, and as far as why Peter was crucified upside down...<p>Whether you like it or not, if you live …

Ravenous Bacteria Eats Poop and Produces Power

Researchers at Ghent University have hit on a method of harvesting energy from raw sewage that treats the wastewater without using external …

Biology

Nate Silver on Hillary Clinton's email revelations: Weiner is such a 'tragicomic figure... he could insulate Clinton'

The FBI's decision to re-open its investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server may not end up being a severe blow to Clinton's campaign, Nate Silver, editor-in-chief of data journalism outfit FiveThirtyEight, wrote on Friday.<p>That's because the man at the center of the revelations is …

Government

Floating homes: a solution to flooding, crowded cities and unaffordable housing

Architects from Amsterdam to Lagos are building on water to try to tackle the twin urban pressures of population density and climate change<p>It’s a timber-clad house with open-plan living, pale floorboards and large windows giving views across Chichester canal. This building designed by London-based …

Housing

6 Enlightening Lessons The Great Spiritual Masters All Aimed To Teach Us

In every spiritual tradition around the globe we find awakened masters who dedicated their entire lives illuminating people through their teachings, …

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Canadian nonprofit builds North America's first urban earthship in Calgary

We here at Inhabitat can’t help but feel warm with affection about any sort of earthship, the sustainably built homes made largely from reclaimed and …

Trump Campaign Rocked by Audio of Lewd Remarks

The release of audio Friday in which Donald Trump boasted of his attempts to have sex with a married woman -- and flippantly referenced his unwanted …

Donald Trump

Dark matter: What's the matter?

Altmetric: 61<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Outlook<p>Jeff Hecht<p>Particle physics<br>• Theoretical physics<p>The leading theory of dark matter is running out of room to …

Dark Matter