Keith Fitzgerald

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Malaysia slams Myanmar over Rohingya 'genocide'

Malaysia has accused Myanmar of committing "genocide" against Rohingya Muslims. The bloody crackdown is quickly gaining a regional dimension.<p>Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Sunday called on the world to prevent an unfolding "genocide" carried out by Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims, as a …

Malaysia

Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’

When the modern Tea Party movement coalesced in the early days of the Obama presidency, its allusion to the political grievances of the protesters in Boston Harbor a couple of hundred years earlier seemed plausible enough: Its members felt that their taxes were too high and their interests not …

Politics

Trump’s Taiwan phone call was long planned, say people who were involved

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking telephone call with Taiwan’s leader was an intentionally provocative move that establishes the incoming president as a break with the past, according to interviews with people involved in the planning.<p>The historic communication — the first between leaders of the …

Politics

In Stunning Reversal, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Advisors Urge Homeland Security to Shift Away from Private Prisons

In a surprise development, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), an expert panel of law enforcement, national security, military, and other …

Security

Iran says it won't walk away from the nuclear deal that Trump has threatened to 'dismantle'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized U.S. lawmakers on Sunday for, in his view, undermining a landmark nuclear agreement but said Tehran had no intention of abandoning the deal.<p>In a speech to parliament, Rouhani slammed a Senate vote last week to extend for 10 years a longstanding package of …

Middle East

Doctor Charged In Manhattan Federal Court For Illegal Distribution Of Millions Of Oxycodone Pills

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement …

Judiciary

Democrats have lost an entire generation of congressional leaders

You might have missed the news this past week that Rep. Xavier Becerra will leave Congress to become California’s attorney general. Becerra wasn’t the highest-profile member of Congress. But his departure is a piece of a broader exodus of Democratic House members once regarded as the next leaders …

U.S. Congress

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Fearing abandonment by Trump, CIA-backed rebels in Syria mull alternatives

Three years after the CIA began secretly shipping lethal aid to rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, battlefield losses and fears that a Donald Trump administration will abandon them have left tens of thousands of opposition fighters weighing their alternatives.<p>Among the …

Middle East

A doctor with a bad knee runs into one-size-fits-all medicine

It took me three months of physical torture before I diagnosed my problem: I was suffering from one-size-fits-all medicine.<p>I am one of more than 750,000 Americans who this year will have a total knee replacement, the most common orthopedic operation. Most people do well with the standard physical …

Life Sciences

Trump Expands Search for Secretary of State

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump is broadening the field of candidates for secretary of state as his transition team remains divided nearly a month after the election over how to fill the most prominent gap in his prospective cabinet.<p>Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to Mr. Trump, told …

Politics

Business Since Birth: Trump’s Children and the Tangle That Awaits

When Donald J. Trump hosted a foreign leader for the first time as president-elect, the guest list included a curious entry: Mr. Trump’s daughter Ivanka, who looked on last month while he and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan chatted on a white couch high above Manhattan.<p>Some 6,700 miles from …

Ivanka Trump

Maine Adopts Ranked-Choice Voting. What Is It, and How Will It Work?

Maine has changed how it will choose most officeholders, becoming the first state in the country to adopt ranked-choice voting, also known as instant-runoff voting.<p>Ranked-choice voting allows voters to list candidates in order of preference so that if in the first round no one wins a majority, …

Elections

Ontology & Linked Data

Ontology - Linked Data<p><b>What is Linked Data?</b><br>The Web enables us to link related documents. Similarly it enables us to link related data. The term Linked …

World Wide Web

A Conservative Group Made a “Professor Watch List,” and the Timing Is Grotesque

This past Saturday, 200 white nationalists gathered two blocks away from President-elect Donald Trump’s future home, exulting in a victory that has …

College & University

Academic witch hunts are back: The new McCarthyism, a sign of the stupidity of the post-truth era

A new watch list targets “lefty” professors. It would be sad and silly if it weren’t so frightening<p>In late November three blocks from the White House, a group of leaders from the so-called alt-right, who many consider to simply be white supremacists, gathered for an annual conference called the …

Stupidity

Donald Trump serves up clumsiness, inexperience and realpolitik in Asia

President-elect’s recent actions in the region indicate he is content to break with Washington orthodoxy even as it comes with real risks<p>In three phone calls with key Asian leaders this week, Donald Trump has once again upended expectations. We may now indeed have a radical break in the US approach …

Republican Party

Scientists identify main component of brain repair after stroke

Looking at brain tissue from mice, monkeys and humans, scientists have found that a molecule known as growth and differentiation factor 10 (GDF10) is …

Watching a memory form

Neuroscientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science have discovered that some neurons are joiners — seemingly eager to link-up …

Neuroscientists reveal how the brain can enhance connections

When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the new information by tuning connections between neurons. MIT neuroscientists have …

Mapping the brain: Probes with tiny LEDs shed light on neural pathways

With the help of light-emitting diodes as small as neurons, University of Michigan researchers are unlocking the secrets of neural pathways in the …

Study finds that aging warps our perception of time

Much like trying to watch a video with the audio out of synch, older adults may have difficulty combining the stimuli they see and hear, and it could …

We Know How to Treat Opioid Addiction

A heroin user injects himself on March 23 in New London, Connecticut.John Moore/Getty Images When I was 22 years old, I was treated for an addiction …

Addiction

Taiwan Call Gives China a Clue on What to Expect From Donald Trump

BEIJING — China’s leaders have been markedly reticent about what kind of leader they think Donald J. Trump will be. A pragmatic dealmaker, as his business background might indicate? Or a provocateur who tests the ways of statecraft?<p>By talking on Friday with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, Mr. …

China

Trump, Taiwan and China: The Controversy, Explained

When President-elect Donald J. Trump spoke on the phone with Taiwan’s president on Friday, he was wading into one of Asia’s longest-running and sensitive issues: the dispute between Taiwan and mainland China.<p>Though the call alarmed experts, who say it risks upending decades of American efforts to …

China

Obamacare architect Ezekiel Emanuel: Donald Trump has an opportunity “to do enormous good” — or to create “chaos”

Obama's healthcare adviser says the ACA has been a success — and, believe it or not, Trump could make it better<p>Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel was a White House adviser to President Barack Obama on healthcare and a key architect of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Today, he says he …

Republican Party

Bull in a China shop: Trump risks diplomatic blowup in Asia

No U.S. president or president-elect is known to have spoken to a Taiwanese leader since 1979.<p>Updated 12/02/16 11:03 PM EST<p>Donald Trump startled foreign policy watchers Friday by speaking with the president of Taiwan, a break with more than 35 years of U.S. policy that is likely to infuriate …

Politics

G.O.P. Plans Immediate Repeal of Health Law, Then a Delay

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress plan to move almost immediately next month to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as President-elect Donald J. Trump promised. But they also are likely to delay the effective date so that they have several years to phase out President Obama’s signature …

Health

So, Why Can't You Call Taiwan?

President-elect Donald Trump has committed a sharp breach of protocol—one that underscores just how weird some important protocols are.<p><i>Updated on December 2 at 7:49 p.m.</i><p>It’s hardly remembered now, having been overshadowed a few months later on September 11, but the George W. Bush administration’s …

Politics

The Alternative to Obamacare Is Obamacare

If history didn’t have a way of repeating itself, the tawdry battle of <i>King vs. Burwell</i> would by now be an obscure footnote. Instead, that defunct …