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Trump’s Assault on American Governance Just Crossed a Threshold

Since Donald Trump entered the White House, American democracy has sometimes been described as dangerously fragile, but that isn’t necessarily true. Having survived for two hundred and forty-two years, American democracy is more like a stoutly built ocean liner, with a maniac at the helm who seems …

Donald Trump

Paul Ryan Warns If Republicans Lose House, Cover-ups for Trump Will End

Paul Ryan appeared at a financial conference to warn that, if Democrats win control of either the House or the Senate in the November elections, …

Trump’s denials that he stayed overnight in Russia are falling apart

<i>This post has been updated with the correct timeline.</i><p>Those around President Trump have made a disconcerting habit of forgetting, obscuring or misremembering their contacts with Russians. Now it seems the boss may have some explaining to do, too.<p>Bloomberg is reporting that flight records contradict …

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In 1968, the Supreme Court gutted the Fourth Amendment, certain that it would all work out in the end. It didn't.

In 1968, the Supremes ruled in <i>Terry v. Ohio</i> that the police did not need "probable cause" to stop a person, it was sufficient that they have …

Fourth Amendment

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

The Law Is Coming, Mr. Trump

Why don’t we take a step back and contemplate what Americans, and the world, are witnessing?<p>Early Monday morning, F.B.I. agents raided the New York office, home and hotel room of the personal lawyer for the president of the United States. They seized evidence of possible federal crimes — including …

Donald Trump

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Political Science

How Trump is transforming himself into the greatest president ever

Outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster, in a parting shot at President Trump, said this week that “we have failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia — joining a consensus view that Trump has been inexplicably soft on Vladimir Putin’s assaults on democracy and stability.<p>But we can all …

Silence speaks volumes: how Trump's Twitter feed reveals his blind spots

The president is rarely at a loss for words, but he prefers not to mention the likes of Stormy Daniels and Stephon Clark – offering a window into his insecurities and prejudices<p>Hillary Clinton, the New York Times and Mexico are in. Stormy Daniels, Vladimir Putin and Stephon Clark – not so …

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Dark Splotches on Venus Could Be Signs of Life

Venus, with its crushing atmospheric pressure and scorching surface temperatures, seems an unlikely place for life to take hold. But while the …

Astronomy

‘I Can’t Stop’: Schools Struggle With Vaping Explosion

The student had been caught vaping in school three times before he sat in the vice principal’s office at Cape Elizabeth High School in Maine this winter and shamefacedly admitted what by then was obvious.<p>“I can’t stop,” he told the vice principal, Nate Carpenter.<p>So Mr. Carpenter asked the school …

Public Health

How Do You Know You Are Reading This?

The only thing you know for sure is that you are conscious. All else is inference, however reasonable. There is something in your head that generates …

Jared Kushner’s Month Goes from Bad to Weeping Inconsolably in a Janitor’s Closet

White House attorneys are probing a pair of questionable loans made to the First Son-in-Law’s family business.<p>It seems <b>Jared Kushner’s</b> dramatic fall from grace won’t have a soft landing. With his security clearance downgraded, state regulators poring over his personal finances, and world leaders …

Doctors Have Restored The Sight of Two People in a Monumental World First

This could end one of the most common forms of blindness.<p>British physicians have successfully used stem cells to repair the degenerating tissue at …

Gray Matters: Too Much Screen Time Damages the Brain

<b>“Taken together, [studies show] internet addiction is associated with structural and functional changes in brain regions involving emotional</b> …

Neuroscience

Trump would love to fire Mueller. But here’s why he’s been afraid to so far.

Things could change, but there are very good reasons the president hasn’t pulled the trigger yet.<p>President Donald Trump’s fury over the raid of his lawyer Michael Cohen’s office has initiated a new round of discussion about whether the president will finally fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in …

5:2 dieters lose weight 'quicker' and may have healthier hearts - new study

People on the part-time “5:2” diet lose weight more quickly and are more healthy than those undertaking a consistent, traditional diet, a new study suggests.<p>UK researchers found that 5:2 dieters were able to achieve at least five per cent of their weight-loss target within two months while enjoying …

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s fiery statement about Sessions’s decision to fire him

“I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played ... in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey.”<p>Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been in the news a lot over the past two years, most recently for being fired by the Trump administration right on the eve of his …

Trump is planning to oust Sessions and crush the Mueller probe: report

President Donald Trump has hatched a new plan to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions and crush Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — all while bypassing …

Stormy Daniels’ ingenious settlement offer to Trump

Daniels makes Trump an offer he can't refuse, but has to.<p>The attorney representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, sent a …

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Trump Is Backpedaling on His Ridiculous Tariffs Because He Has No Idea How to Be President

After defying conventional wisdom, Republican Party dogma and many of his own advisers by announcing new steel and aluminum tariffs, President Donald …

Are We Witnessing the Fall of the American Empire?

As a porn star sues President Donald Trump over a deal to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, and his White House is drained of everyone but his …

The Problem Isn’t Just Trump. It’s Our Ignorant Electorate.

It is not effete snobbery or elitist condescension to note that ill-informed voters contributed to the current mess.<p>For many of us, mornings have …

Trump's Singular Survival Skill

When his back is against the wall, Trump has a knack for making his problem someone else's.<p>Even for a president who basks in chaos, the run of bad news in recent days—resignations of trusted aides, public feuds with his own Cabinet members, indictments and guilty pleas of key campaign officials, …

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The Deep State Takes Out the White House’s Dark Clown Prince

Jared Kushner had a very bad terrible no good day. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.<p>If you’ve ever filled out a form SF-86 for a U.S. government …

Trump Orders Parade to Celebrate His Hypothetical Act of Heroism in Florida School

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Shortly after he declared that he would have run into a Florida high school unarmed to thwart a mass shooting, Donald J. Trump announced that he was planning a parade in Washington, D.C., to celebrate his hypothetical act of heroism.<p>“Anyone can act with bravery in …

Heroism

Trump’s Real Scandal Is Hiding in Plain Sight

The emphasis placed on whether the Trump team colluded with Russia to interfere in the election threatens to overshadow the scandal in plain sight.<p>There was a time when the White House’s frequent denials of collusion with Russia appeared largely defensive. Over time, however, their primary purpose …

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‘They have had it’: West Virginia teachers strike, closing all public schools

Teachers across West Virginia walked off the job Thursday amid a dispute over pay and benefits, causing more than 277,000 public school students to miss classes even as educators swarmed the state Capitol in Charleston to protest.<p>All 55 counties in the state closed schools during Thursday’s work …

Education

The Dark Twisted Failure of Devin Nunes

Someday, when Hollywood starts making movies and episodic dramas about this bizarre epoch in American history – that time when Russia installed a …