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  • Trump administration resists global climate efforts at home and overseas

    12/09/2018 5:04:53 PM PST · by bitt · 28 replies
    WAPO ^ | 12/9/2018 | David Nakamura Darryl Fears
    The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures. Arguments erupted Saturday night before a United Nations working group focused on science and technology, where the United States teamed with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to challenge language that would have welcomed the findings of the landmark report, which said that the world has barely 10 years to cut carbon emissions...
  • City Council backs Albany bill to create ‘Medicare for all’

    12/07/2018 8:39:26 AM PST · by EinNYC · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 6, 2018 | Yoav Gonen and Bruce Golding
    The City Council on Thursday put its political clout behind a proposal in Albany to overhaul state health care by creating a “Medicare for all” program that would raise taxes by $139 billion a year. The single-payer plan would extend coverage to the roughly 1 million uninsured New Yorkers — including undocumented immigrants — and eliminate all co-pays and deductibles.
  • Dissident intellectual Noam Chomsky at 90

    12/07/2018 8:27:25 AM PST · by Borges · 76 replies
    DW ^ | 12/7/2018
    Born on December 7, 1928, Noam Chomsky was raised by Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants in Philadelphia. Though his father was a Hebrew scholar who studied medieval grammar, Chomsky lacked direction through school and university and only committed to the study of linguistics when he took up a post at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1955. It wasn't long, however, before the young unknown scholar single-handedly revolutionized the field of linguists, his book Syntactic Structures (1957) kickstarting his concept of "transformational grammar" that argued — contrary to the behaviourist fad of the time — that our linguistic capacity is genetic...
  • NYT Editorials About Deaths of Reagan, Bush Slammed Current Republican Presidents

    12/06/2018 4:42:56 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 5, 2018 | David Rutz
    Shortened title. Full title: NYT Editorials About Deaths of Reagan, Bush Called Them Fortunate in Foreign Policy, Slammed Current Republican Presidents The New York Times editorials about the last two elected Republican presidents to die, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, have strong similarities, calling them both fortunate in their foreign policy victories, comparing them positively to the current GOP office-holders, and bemoaning the negative state of politics under the current commanders in chief. Reagan, the 40th president, died in 2004 at the age of 93, and Bush, his vice-president who succeeded him as the 41st president, died Friday at...
  • Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal

    12/06/2018 6:52:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency acted again Thursday to ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants. The latest Trump administration targeting of legacy Obama administration efforts to slow climate change comes in the wake of multiplying warnings from the agency’s scientists and others about the accelerating pace of global warming. In a ceremony Thursday at the agency, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal to dismantle a 2015 rule that any new coal power plants include cutting-edge techniques to capture...
  • Tucker Carlson says Trump is ‘not capable’ and hasn’t kept his promises

    12/06/2018 2:14:58 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 400 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | December 6, 2018 | Deanna Paul
    Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson set straight any misinformation concerning his views on President Trump: “I don’t think he’s capable,” he said during an interview on Tuesday. Urs Gehriger, an editor at “Die Weltwoche,” the country’s leading German-language opinion weekly, noted that Carlson’s new book, “Ship of Fools,” is silent on Trump but comments on his critics. And so, Gehriger jump-started the conversation by asking what Carlson thought of Trump’s first two years in office. Carlson said he cannot stand Trump’s self-aggrandizement and boasting. Then, when asked whether Trump has kept his promises, the usually quick-witted and long-winded Carlson...
  • Republicans Hired DNC’s Cyber-Firm CrowdStrike, Got Hacked in 2018

    12/04/2018 6:44:23 PM PST · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/04/2018 | Luke Rosiak
    - The emails of four National Republican Congressional Committee senior officials were stolen in a hack that was detected in April 2018, according to Politico. - The NRCC had previously hired CrowdStrike, which allowed Democratic National Committee emails to be stolen even after the 2016 hack was detected. - Crowdstrike did not detect the NRCC breach — another vendor did.
  • Kudlow: US to end subsidies for electric cars, renewables

    12/03/2018 12:57:48 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/03/18 | Megan Keller
    White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday the Trump administration will end subsidies for electric cars and renewable energy sources, Reuters reports. Kudlow said he expected subsidies for electric cars would end by 2020 or 2021, according to the report. The remarks were made in response to a question about what the administration would do about General Motors' plans to layoff 15,000 people and shutter five plants across North America. The company's plans have sparked outrage in Washington from both parties. Trump last week floated cutting GM's subsidies for electric vehicles and raising auto tariffs to punish the...
  • Ex-Marine admits he lured Seth Rich conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman to a hotel parking garage

    12/03/2018 1:10:14 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 39 replies
    WP ^ | 12/03/18 | Rachel Weiner
    A man who worked as an investigator for conspiracy theorist Jack Burkman will serve nine years in prison for shooting and wounding his ex-boss in a complicated plot involving a fake FBI exposé. Kevin Doherty, 46, said little as Judge William T. Newman Jr. sentenced him Monday for malicious wounding and use of a firearm in commission of a felony, but he acknowledged the veracity of a set of facts read by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Evie Eastman detailing his “serious falling out” with Burkman and the “grand ruse” he concocted in revenge. Eastman said Doherty lured Burkman to a hotel...
  • In death, Bush becomes a yardstick for President Trump [tr]

    12/03/2018 4:06:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 79 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 3, 2018 | Greg Jaffe
    The tributes to former president George H.W. Bush poured in this weekend, each in their own way exposing the pitfalls ahead this week for the Oval Office’s current resident. The 41st president was remembered by Barack Obama, the 44th, as “a humble servant.” “Honorable, gracious and decent” were the words Bill Clinton used in praise of his immediate predecessor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s encomium described Bush as “great in his character, leading with decency and integrity.”
  • Conservatives see double-standard on Roseanne, cite Olbermann, Joy Reid

    05/30/2018 8:07:43 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/30/18 | Joe Concha
    Conservatives on Twitter lashed out following the swift cancellation of Roseanne Barr's hit ABC program after here racist tweet, citing a double-standard in entertainment for those who are conservative or support President Trump. The right-leaning critics took particular aim at ESPN’s decision to hire Keith Olbermann and MSNBC’s continued employment of Joy Reid. Both have made provocative comments in the past. ABC canceled Barr’s show after she wrote a tweet that referred to former Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as a product of the “The Planet of the Apes” and “the Muslim Brotherhood.” Olbermann was recently hired by ESPN for...
  • Bigger brains are smarter, but not by much

    12/02/2018 1:29:38 PM PST · by ETL · 11 replies
    phys.org/news ^ | Nov 30, 2018 | Katherine Unger Baillie, University of Pennsylvania
    The English idiom "highbrow," derived from a physical description of a skull barely able to contain the brain inside of it, comes from a long-held belief in the existence of a link between brain size and intelligence. For more than 200 years, scientists have looked for such an association. Begun using rough measures, such as estimated skull volume or head circumference, the investigation became more sophisticated in the last few decades when MRIs offered a highly accurate accounting of brain volume.Yet the connection has remained hazy and fraught, with many studies failing to account for confounding variables, such as height...
  • ‘We don’t want him here’: Saudi crown prince is a protected pariah at G-20 summit

    12/02/2018 11:55:17 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    MSN ^ | 12-2-2018 | Anthony Faiola, Anne Gearan
    The legions of protesters demonstrating at a leaders summit here have unfurled a sea of standard-issue signs, ranging from “No to Imperialism” to “Yankees Go Home.” But a newer rallying cry also appeared on a smattering of homemade posters. “Mohammed bin Salman, Assassin!” For Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Group of 20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires has amounted to a key test: his first appearance at a major international event since the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi who was a frequent critic of the kingdom’s de facto leader.
  • PC GONE MAD: Criticising migration could become CRIMINAL offence under new plan

    12/02/2018 11:11:57 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 73 replies
    express.co.uk ^ | 12/1/18 | Thomas Hunt
    A LEADING MEP has warned EU citizens they could be “jailed” for criticising migration policies if a new United Nations agreement is acted upon. (snip) --- “One basic element of this new agreement is the extension of the definition of hate speech. “The agreement wants to criminalise migration speech. Criticism of migration will become a criminal offence. “Media outlets that give room to criticism of migration can be shut down.
  • Half the land in Oklahoma could be returned to Native Americans. It should be.

    11/29/2018 2:31:07 AM PST · by T-Bird45 · 72 replies
    WaPo via Outline.com ^ | 11/29/18 | Rebecca Nagle
    A Supreme Court case about jurisdiction in an obscure murder has huge implications for tribes. On the morning of June 22, 1839, the Cherokee leader John Ridge was pulled from his bed, dragged into his front yard and stabbed 84 times while his family watched. He was assassinated for signing the Cherokee Nation’s removal treaty, a document that — in exchange for the tribe’s homelands — promised uninterrupted sovereignty over a third of the land in present-day Oklahoma. That promise was not kept. Sixty-seven years later, federal agents questioned John’s grandson, William D. Polson. They needed to add him to...
  • Deleted ABC NEWS POTUS assassination threat?

    11/28/2018 9:59:49 PM PST · by MNDude · 81 replies
  • Senate defies Trump and votes to punish Saudis for Khashoggi slaying

    11/28/2018 9:47:55 PM PST · by Innovative · 38 replies
    LATimes ^ | Nov. 28,l 2018 | AP
    Defying President Trump, senators sent a strong signal Wednesday they want to punish Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 63 to 37 to move forward with legislation calling for an end to U.S. involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The vote was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but to the Trump administration, which has been clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia over the killing.
  • Fed Chairman Powell sends markets soaring with suggestion rate hikes may slow

    11/28/2018 9:49:22 AM PST · by mandaladon · 18 replies
    WaPo ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | Damian Paletta
    Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Wednesday suggested the central bank could be close to slowing down the pace of its recent interest rate increases, saying rates are now just slightly below what he considers a “neutral” level. His comments marked a sharp change from his position last month, when he said the Fed still had a “long way” to go before it reached that equilibrium. U.S. stock markets soared on Powell’s comments, as he appeared to signal that the Fed would not move forward aggressively to raise rates much further than it already has. Still, by saying rates were...
  • 'America's straightest arrow': Robert Mueller silent as urgency mounts

    11/25/2018 2:31:06 PM PST · by Baynative · 96 replies
    Guardian ^ | 11/24/18 | David Taylor
    While Mueller has cast a shadow over Trump for 18 months now, he has been almost entirely silent since he was brought out of retirement as a special counsel tasked with picking up the FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”. The word integrity seems to be almost sewn into the fabric of his pin-striped suits. “It’s why [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein brought him into this role of special counsel,” Graff said, “because he is probably the...
  • Elijah Cummings says U.S. must let caravan migrants enter: 'That's the law'

    11/25/2018 1:35:26 PM PST · by jazusamo · 123 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Valerie Richardson
    Rep. Elijah Cummings, ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, said Sunday that caravan migrants seeking asylum should be able to enter the country immediately, challenging President Trump’s efforts to keep them in Mexico while their cases are processed. “That’s not the law. They should be allowed to come in, seek asylum. That’s the law,” Mr. Cummings said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Asked if he would support changing the law, the Maryland Democrat said, “No.”