James Schreiber

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New Trump office would protect conscience rights of doctors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reinforcing its strong connection with social conservatives, the Trump administration announced Thursday a new federal office to protect medical providers refusing to participate in abortion, assisted suicide or other procedures on moral or religious grounds.<p>Leading Democrats and …

Health Care

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

Rainfall

US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

Privacy advocates call warrant for IP addresses of 1.3 million people who visited inauguration protest website an unconstitutional ‘fishing expedition’<p>The US government is seeking to unmask every person who visited an anti-Trump website in what privacy advocates say is an unconstitutional “fishing …

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This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards

Last week, a jury awarded a Pennsylvania man $620,000 for pain and suffering in a medical malpractice lawsuit he filed against a surgeon who mistakenly removed his healthy testicle, leaving the painful, atrophied one intact.<p>However, if a bill before the House of Representatives passes, the maximum …

Health Care

Son of parents exposed as Russian spies has Canadian citizenship restored

Alex Vavilov, born and raised in Canada, ‘vindicated and happy’ years after he was stripped of citizenship when his parents were arrested by the FBI in 2010<p>The son of two deep-cover Russian spies has had his Canadian citizenship restored after a long legal battle. The Canadian government had …

Immigration
Online Privacy

As the world focuses on its nuclear ambitions, North Korea deploys another weapon: Drones

Earlier this month, a resident in a rural province of South Korea found a small, sky-blue unmanned planeperched nose-up against a tree in a remote forest.<p>The drone belonged to the North Korean military and apparently had flown south for five hours, capturing images of a sensitive new U.S. …

Watergate Lawyer: The Trump Administration Would Fire Mueller 'At Their Peril'

Rufus Edmisten reflects on his time working on the Senate Watergate Committee.<p>When Rufus Edmisten was 31 years old, he delivered a subpoena to the president of the United States asking for tape recordings from the Oval Office. It was July 23, 1973, and “it had to be the hottest day in the world,” …

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The Perils of Science Speak

What would you say if you were worried about chemical X in your environment, and to reassure you, someone told you:<p>Scientists finished their devious …

World Health Organization

How thermal radiation could affect interstellar travel

Forty years ago, Canadian physicist Bill Unruh made a surprising prediction regarding quantum field theory. Known as the Unruh effect, his theory …

Physics

Trey Gowdy, new Oversight Committee chair, plans to deemphasize Russia investigation

WASHINGTON — Trey Gowdy, the new head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, says he plans to turn the committee away from its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a departure from his predecessor's aggressive approach.<p>The South Carolina Republican and former …

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Isn’t Trump supposed to be commander-in-chief?

Trump’s dangerous deference to the military on matters of war and peace should be cause for alarm<p>One of the many bromides of American discourse, repeated without two seconds of forethought, is that the United States has “the greatest military in the world.” The only nuance permissible in reaction …

Political Science

In Towns Already Hit by Steel Mill Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Dawn Nasewicz comes from a family of steelworkers, with jobs that once dominated the local economy. She found her niche in retail.<p>She manages a store, Ooh La La, that sells prom dresses and embroidered jeans at a local mall. But just as the jobs making automobile springs and rail …

Coffeemakers

Saudi Arabia’s role in success of al-Jazeera

Saudis’ sudden closure of BBC Arabic channel gave Qatar pick of more than 150 talented BBC-trained Arab presenters, writers, producers and technicians<p>The demand by Saudi Arabia that al‑Jazeera be closed is deeply ironic as it was unwittingly responsible for the TV channel’s original very successful …

Saudi Arabia

The word “women” literally never appears in the US Senate’s 142-page health-care bill

Women have babies. If they didn’t, first the economy would collapse, and then the species would die out.<p>But because they do, from their late teens to their early forties, women have higher health-care costs than men of the same age. Carrying and birthing a child is a sometimes difficult, dangerous, …

Health Care

Does US have right to data on overseas servers? We’re about to find out | Ars Technica

Supreme Court case has ramifications for tech sector, foreign relations, and privacy.<p>The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court …

Privacy

The New York Times used a full page to print 'Trump's lies' since taking office

The New York Times used a full page in the opinion section of Sunday's paper to print what it described as nearly every lie President Donald Trump had publicly told since taking office just over five months ago.<p>The list includes contradictions by Trump on a slew of topics, like the Iraq War, NATO, …

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Partisan Gerrymandering Has Benefited the GOP, Analysis Shows

The 2016 presidential contest was awash with charges that the fix was in: Republican Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that the election was rigged against him, while Democrats have accused the Russians of stacking the odds in Trump's favor.<p>Less attention was paid to manipulation that occurred not …

Government

New anti-immigrant law in Texas is so bad the ACLU issues a travel advisory

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stealth signs a new anti-immigrant bill so harsh that sheriffs and police chiefs oppose it<p>Gov. Greg Abbott continued his quest to turn Texas into a far-right dystopia on Sunday evening, when he popped up unannounced in a Facebook Live event to sign Senate Bill 4, an extreme …

Immigration

Robert Mugabe isn’t sleeping when he closes his eyes during meetings, spokesman says

If you happen to spot Robert Mugabe with his eyes closed for long periods during a high-level meeting, don't worry. According to the 93-year-old's spokesman, the longtime president of Zimbabwe is not sleeping — he's simply resting his eyes.<p>In an interview with the state-run Herald newspaper …

South Africa

NYU Accidentally Exposed Military Code-breaking Computer Project to Entire Internet

In early December 2016, Adam was doing what he’s always doing, somewhere between hobby and profession: looking for things that are on the internet …

Surveillance

Hacks, leaks, fake news: German fears before September vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - After election hacks in the United States and France, Germany is worried it will be next.<p>Four months before an election in which Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to win another term, Germany's national cyber security agency BSI warned political parties to shore up their computer …

Cybersecurity

Arizona Radio Station Stops Airing Advice On Hiding Child Pornography

Most radio listeners who hear a public service announcement about child pornography would expect it to focus on fighting crime and stopping abuse. But for at least two years, the audience of an Arizona radio station instead heard tips on avoiding prosecution over possessing photos of "naked …

Crime

Vice President Pence says ISIS is waging anti-Christian 'genocide'

Vice President Pence said Thursday that the reign of terror carried out by the Islamic State militant group should be labeled "genocide" against Christians.<p>"I believe that ISIS is guilty of nothing short of genocide against people of the Christian faith, and it is time for the world to call it by …

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The most striking thing about the WikiLeaks CIA data dump is how little most people cared

On March 7, the US awoke to a fresh cache of internal CIA documents posted on WikiLeaks. They detail the spy organization’s playbook for cracking digital communications. WikiLeaks claims to have large portions of the CIA’s hacking arsenal in a series called Vault 7 (though the first information …

Security

Republican Health Proposal Would Redirect Money From Poor to Rich

Republicans in Congress have been saying for months that they are working on a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in the Trump era. Now we have the outline of that plan, and it looks as if it would redirect federal support away from poorer Americans and toward people who are wealthier.<p>A white …

Health Care

Trump’s Flailing Foreign Policy Bewilders the World

When I was five, I almost drowned after stepping into the deep end of a lake. I can still recall the terror, my small arms flailing toward the sunlight above the water, my legs kicking in all directions to find ground. A month into the Trump Presidency, that image haunts me as an apt metaphor for …

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Ebola epidemic fuelled by 'super-spreaders': study

Most of the people who were infected with Ebola in the 2014 West Africa epidemic contracted the viral disease through "super-spreaders", researchers say.<p>According to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists said super-spreaders, a small …

Disease

Trump says he's unaware of reports Flynn discussed sanctions with Russian ambassador

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump said Friday afternoon he was unaware of reports that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may have spoken about sanctions with the Russian ambassador before the inauguration.<p>Trump, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, said he will "look into …

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