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After U.S. Strikes On Syria, The Gloves Come Off In Moscow

The Kremlin's rhetorical cease-fire is officially over.<p>Following Donald Trump's inauguration, the Russian government and its loyal media gave the new American president the soft touch. But following the U.S. missile strike on Syria, the gloves have come off in Moscow, as hopes for friendlier …

NASA's Never-Before-Seen Photos of Astronauts Going to Space Are Incredible

There was never a photo studio like space — and there was never a studio in space that was anything like the moon, as TIME explores in Unseen Apollo, …

Melania Trump hires communications director

<b>(CNN) —</b> First lady Melania Trump is tapping a key member of the White House communications staff for her East Wing team -- deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham will serve as the first lady's communications director, the White House announced Monday.<p>Grisham was the director of traveling press …

Ex-Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev; Ukraine blames Russia

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine was shot and killed …

Russia

It's Official: Boston's Public Schools Have Ditched This Distorted And Misleading World Map

Everyone else, take note.<p>Last Thursday, social studies teachers in Boston's public schools ditched the widely used - but horribly distorted - …

We've lost sight of how appalling Trump's "Obama tapped my phones" accusation is

In the day-to-day crush of news, it’s easy to lose perspective. And this year especially, it’s easy for the abnormal to become normal.<p>So let’s be clear: If President Trump truly does have no evidence to back up his accusation that President Obama tapped his phones — as increasingly seems to be the …

President Trump Wants to Hear Your Obamacare Complaints

If you feel Obamacare has let you down, the White House wants to hear from you.<p>President Trump held a meeting on Monday with what the White House …

Tillerson Leads From State Dept. Shadows as White House Steps In

WASHINGTON — Henry A. Kissinger slipped into the State Department last week for a quiet lunch in his old office with Rex W. Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil chief executive, who has all but covered himself in a cloak of invisibility in his first six weeks as secretary of state.<p>Describing his …

U.S. Dept. of State

Hate daylight saving time? You may have a point, researchers say

NEW YORK (Reuters) - For most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing: losing an hour's sleep. So what is the point?<p>This is actually a reasonable question, according to a growing body of scientific research.<p>Daylight saving time is the practice of moving clocks forward by one hour …

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Federal Court Rules Three Texas Congressional Districts Illegally Drawn

A panel of federal judges ruled on Friday that three of Texas' congressional districts are illegal, violating the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. The panel found that Republicans had used race as a motivating factor in redistricting.<p>Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia wrote the …

China calls for stop to North Korea missile tests and US-South Korean military drills

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says this could prevent a "head-on collision" amid growing tension. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council condemned …

Republicans roll out plan to replace Obamacare as subsidies replaced by tax credits

House Republicans on Monday released their long-awaited plan for unravelling former President Barack Obama's health care law, a package that would scale back the government's role in health care and likely leave more Americans uninsured.<p>House committees planned to begin voting on the 123-page …

U.S. allies shaken by Donald Trump’s wiretap tweets about Obama

Just when U.S. allies around the world from Canada to Europe to Asia were starting to be reassured about Donald Trump's approach to the world, there's a whole new gust of chaos coming from Washington.<p>This weekend's startling political drama of Twitter accusations of wiretaps, then denials, all …

The war on facts is a war on democracy: Scientific community has a warning for President Trump

<b>(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)</b><p>In a time when facts don’t matter — and science is being muzzled — American democracy is the real victim<p>Jonathan Foley<p>January 30, 2017 12:29am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>There is a new incumbent in the White House, a new Congress has …

Drug Stocks Tumble After Trump Vows to Pressure Prices

Post-election gains for drug stocks have faded fast<p>While most U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, shares of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies retreated after President-elect Donald Trump vowed in a magazine article to crack down on drug prices. Drug stocks fell after Mr. Trump was quoted in …

Trump: Japanese mogul pledges $50 billion US investment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning praise from President-elect Donald Trump for being a "great man of industry," Japanese tech billionaire Masayoshi Son …

Shouting match erupts between Clinton and Trump aides

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The raw, lingering emotion of the 2016 presidential campaign erupted into a shouting match here Thursday as top strategists of Hillary Clinton’s campaign accused their Republican counterparts of fueling and legitimizing racism to elect Donald Trump.<p>The extraordinary exchange came …

Government

New Trump, same as the old Trump

<b>Cincinnati (CNN) —</b> Donald Trump delivered an unmistakable message Thursday in his first big speech since election night -- the unconventional, impulsive and unscripted person who won a stunning victory is the one that America will get as its President.<p>The President-elect emerged from three weeks …

Donald Trump

A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today:<p>1. Do not obey …

Political Science

Peak “crony capitalism”: Donald Trump indulging in corrupt favoritism isn’t surprising — but so much of it so soon?!

<b>(ESB Professional via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>After running on claims he’d fix a corrupt system, Trump is setting up an economy that enriches his associates<p>Gary Legum<p>November 25, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>Of the many, many Republican hypocrisies revealed by the party’s support for and election of Donald Trump …

Donald Trump and the Rise of Alt-Reality Media

You think the truth took a hit last year? It's about to get worse. A lot worse.<p>Earlier this year, I argued that the conservative movement did not merely have a Donald Trump problem—it had a media problem. As Trump slouched toward the nomination, he was backed by a conservative media that had …

Christie mute on interest in Trump cabinet, says birther campaign is in the past

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Thursday he has not yet discussed a potential cabinet appointment with Donald Trump, and he fell silent when asked about his interest in specific positions.<p>“We have not talked about anything,” Christie, Trump’s transition chief, told NBC “Today” hosts Matt Lauer …

Report: Trump's team had contacts with Moscow during campaign

Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Thursday that officials from his government were in contact with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, contradicting pledges from the president-elect that he had not interacted with the Kremlin despite numerous statements praising Russian President Vladimir …

Trump's first .gov site is now online

President-elect Donald Trump and his team are wasting no time in getting his political engine up and running: Barely a day after he was declared the victor in the US elections, Trump’s transition team has unveiled his first official government site: greatagain.gov.<p>It features a video showing Trump …

House Republicans test Trump on his U.S.-Mexico wall

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives hope to offer President-elect Donald Trump an alternate plan to his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall, a first test by lawmakers from his own party of one of his key campaign promises.<p>Freshly printed newspapers with the headline …

Republicans

The Church of Rome understands some aspects of church history, but …

Colosseum of Rome (Photo by Joyce Thiel)<p>Ran across the following on a Roman Catholic website:<p>Catholic Church<p>Founded by Christ, propagated by His …