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This Man Helped Peter Thiel Demolish Gawker

Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel did not come up with the idea to covertly fund lawsuits against Gawker Media. That credit belongs to an Oxford-educated man who Thiel's inner circle calls “Mr. A.”<p><b>Peter Thiel’s campaign</b> to ruin Gawker Media was conceived and orchestrated by a previously …

Media Industry

Second judge says Trump can't keep stalling clean-air rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second judge has told the Trump administration it can't keep stalling clean-air rules for oil and gas production on federal lands.<p>U.S. District Judge William Orrick of the Northern District of California ordered the Interior Department to reinstate the Obama-era regulation aimed …

Ryan Zinke

Donald Trump’s CPAC speech is a reminder that he’s not really in charge of his White House

He riles up crowds, but nothing he says actually matters or reflects administration policy.<p>Speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Maryland, on Friday, President Donald Trump announced a policy idea that at a normal time, from a normal president, would have …

Donald Trump

U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem to open in May, State Department announces

The United States will open its new Embassy in Jerusalem in May, a spokeswoman announced Friday, delivering earlier than expected on a longstanding yet controversial pledge made by President Donald Trump.<p>“In May, the United States plans to open a new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem,” State Department …

Donald Trump

Democrats discover another institutional check on Trump

When discussing the institutional safeguards against President Trump’s overreach, many commentators have pointed to the courts, the free press, the potential (more theoretical, as long as Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate) for congressional oversight and even the military (e.g. …

Guns

Mueller is about to take a big step closer to Trump

To date, four people have pleaded guilty to charges brought against them by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team. Two were ancillary characters: a businessman who apparently sold bank account numbers to Russian trolls; and a lawyer who had worked with former Trump campaign chairman …

Donald Trump

These Women Are The Only Reason Some People In Mexico City Get Any Water

In some places, taps have been dry for over a year. People bathe their children with bottled water. A group of women has taken over water distribution from the city authorities. The future feared by millions of people across the world has already arrived in Mexico City.<p>MEXICO CITY — One person is …

Enrique Peña Nieto

In 2017, price for high-efficiency solar panels fell 37%

In 2017, the price for high-efficiency solar panels dropped from 72¢/W to 45¢/W, representing a 37 percent decline in cost. The falling price of …

Solar Power

Highly Compliant, Ultra Sensitive Electronic Skin to Give Prostheses a Sense of Touch

Scientists at Stanford University have created a way to produce thin, stretchable electronic circuits that feature incredibly sensitive pressure …

Nanotech

California Water Agency Officials Charged With Burying Hazardous Waste And Corruption

California's attorney general has charged five former and current employees of the Panoche Water District in central California with felonies, including using public funds for personal items and illegally burying barrels of hazardous waste.<p>The Department of Toxic Substances Control at California's …

Corruption

Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, to Plead Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Cooperate

WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel was expected to plead guilty as soon as Friday afternoon, according to two people familiar with his plea agreement, a move that signals he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s …

Donald Trump

The Smearing of Christopher Steele

A former British intelligence officer provided information to the FBI because it alarmed him. Given the way he’s been treated, future tipsters will be less likely to come forward.<p>In his effort to malign the U.S. Justice system and confuse the American people in a hail-Mary attempt to protect …

Donald Trump

Despite Trump prediction, NRA says it won't back raising age limit on assault-style guns

A spokeswoman said Friday the National Rifle Association will not support efforts to raise the age limit on who can purchase assault-style guns, casting doubt on President Donald Trump's forecast that the group "will back" the push.<p>“Raising the age is not going to solve psychosis,” spokeswoman Dana …

Donald Trump

Midterm campaign Trump debuts at CPAC

The president abandoned his talking points in his speech to conservative activists in favor of reviving greatest-hits lines from his campaign.<p>President Donald Trump abandoned a scripted speech to conservatives on Friday to launch into a greatest hits roster of lines from his 2016 campaign, marking …

Donald Trump

African elephants are migrating to safety—and telling each other how to get there

The Chobe National Park in northern Botswana is a 11,700 sq km (4,517 sq mile) sanctuary for animals. Families of endangered African elephants wander freely through the park, which is bordered by Namibia in the north and Zimbabwe in the east. The animals visit watering holes, feed on the lush …

Wildlife

Britain's prehistoric catastrophe revealed: How 90% of the neolithic population vanished in just 300 years

Extraordinary new genetic evidence is revealing how Britain experienced a mysterious almost total change in its population in just a few centuries …

Anthropology

Far-right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen condemns Muslim immigration in CPAC speech

Far-right French politician Marion Marechal-Le Pen railed against Muslim immigration during a speech Thursday at a major gathering of conservatives near Washington, D.C.<p>The 28-year-old niece of National Front leader Marine Le Pen spoke at the CPAC event in National Harbor, Maryland, after Vice …

Donald Trump

Please do not feed Florida’s monkeys. Some carry disease that can kill you.

Attention, vacationers: It’s now illegal to feed wild monkeys in Florida, and doing so could get you jail time or a $500 fine.<p>Wild monkeys? Yes, though they would more accurately be called feral monkeys. Although Florida, with its temperate climate and lush vegetation, may look like an ideal …

Monkeys

Ask the N.R.A.!

<b>Dear N.R.A.,</b><p><b>My house is on fire right now. Do you have any advice about what I should do?</b><p><b>From,</b><p><b>Burning in Boise</b><p>Dear Burning,<p>We know you’re not going to believe us, but <i>this is fine</i>.<p>It’s a common misconception that fire is dangerous. But, if you’re still worried, we recommend making your own, stronger …

Insects

There's a 'Doorway to The Underworld' in Siberia That's So Big It's Uncovered Ancient Forests

A doorway to 200,000 years ago.<p>It's no secret that Siberia's permafrost is on thin ice. Conditions are varying so much that huge holes are appearing …

Global Warming

America No Longer A 'Nation Of Immigrants,' USCIS Says

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is changing its mission statement to eliminate a passage that describes the U.S. as "a nation of immigrants."<p>The agency's new mission statement as it appears on the agency's website reads:<p>"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the …

Immigration

This Is the Law That Could Take Down Trump

Bribery statutes apply to public officials. And Trump became one, says one federal prosecutor, when he became the GOP nominee. Dum-da-dum-dum.<p>It’s …

Donald Trump

New Russian stealth fighter spotted in Syria

Two Su-57 jets are the latest high-tech military system Russia has deployed in Syria conflict<p>Moscow appears to have deployed an advanced new stealth fighter to its airbase in Syria, reports in Russian news media and online videos of the aircraft indicated on Thursday, in what analysts say could be …

Aerospace

Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight

PARIS (AP) — The rising star of France's far-right National Front until abruptly leaving politics last year stepped into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, decrying the European Union and immigration in a speech Thursday at a major forum for American Conservatives.<p>Former lawmaker …

Political Science

Golden State Warriors to visit D.C. children, not White House

The Golden State Warriors, the reigning NBA champions, plan to visit with D.C. children while in town playing the Wizards next week instead of making …

Golden State Warriors

The Boys Are Not All Right

I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.<p>Last week, 17 …

Feminism

Hotel Carrying New Trump Brand Secures $6 Million Tax Break

The State of Mississippi on Wednesday awarded a tax break worth up to $6 million for a hotel project involving the Trump family business, a public subsidy that could indirectly benefit President Trump.<p>The board of the Mississippi Development Authority approved the so-called tourism tax rebate, …

Hospitality

Black Lung Disease Comes Storming Back in Coal Country

Hundreds of cases of advanced black lung disease have been found among miners in Central Appalachia, even as the Trump administration begins to review Obama-era coal dust rules.

Health

27-year experiment suggests climate change in the Rockies will lead common Colorado wildflower to extinction

Photo provided by Anne Marie Panetta, University of ColoradoThe northern rock jasmine (Androsace septentrionalis )thrives in Colorado at altitudes …

Climate Change

We Can’t Engineer Our Way Out of Climate Change

Unfortunately, that’s what some scientists think humans will try to do.<p>Could the problem of global warming become so desperate that humans would be willing to take the vast risk of re-engineering our environment? It’s far from a desirable or lasting solution. Yet some scientists have thought deeply …

Climate Change