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Mnangagwa to be sworn in as Zimbabwe president

Zimbabwe's Emmerson Mnangagwa was set to be sworn in as president on Friday, marking the final chapter of a political drama that toppled his predecessor Robert Mugabe after a military takeover. Mnangagwa, until recently one of Mugabe's...Show More Summary

Michael Flynn May Be Cooperating With Robert Mueller's Russia Probe: Report

President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, may be moving to cooperate with the special counsel investigating ties between the Trump campaign and efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, The New York Times reported Thursday.

Sexual Misconduct Allegations Are Forcing Democrats to Face Up to the Politics of Predation Too

Allegations against Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan are putting Democrats in hot water over how to respond

Ethics Attorney Says Rep. John Conyers Verbally Abused Her As His Staffer

A prominent ethics attorney in Washington has accused Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) of verbally abusing her when she worked for him in the 1990s, adding her story to recent allegations of sexual harassment.

Is Merkel on her way out? Yes, but not quite yet.

Last weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her prospective government were supposed to announce to the world that everything was on track. But on Sunday evening, the liberal FDP (Free Democratic Party) made a dramatic departure from the coalition negotiations. Germany isn’t in crisis, but it is facing a new set of challenges. Don’t bet against […]

Why do some elections in Africa turn violent?

On Nov. 20, Kenya’s Supreme Court upheld Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the repeat presidential election conducted Oct. 26, which opposition leader Raila Odinga boycotted. Kenya’s Supreme Court featured prominently in the 2017 elections, most notably by nullifying the earlier Aug. 8 election — a move that led to demonstrations, commercial boycotts and political unrest in […]

Jared Kushner is worried that Robert Mueller will 'get' Trump

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide, is reportedly worried that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into links between Russia and the presidential campaign, will "get" the US leader. Special counsel Robert...Show More Summary

Two Events!

11 minutes agoAcademics / Physics : Asymptotia

(Image above courtesy of Cellar Door Books in Riverside, CA.) Happy Thanksgiving! This coming week, there'll be two events that might be of interest to people either in the Los Angeles area, or the New York area. The first is an event (Tues. Show More Summary

11-23-17 A Good Day to Check In On the Foxes

Thursday, November 23rd...with the sun shining (finally), light wind, and the unlikeliness of the SRKWs being in the area...it was off to South Beach to see what the foxes were doing for Thanksgiving...perhaps looking for some rabbit...Show More Summary

Linville on Dennett

Another one from Mark Linville, on Dennett: Daniel Dennett thinks there is no such thing as "what-it-is-like" to be in pain, i.e., the "ouchiness" of pain. There are only the observable and measurable causes and effects of pain, such...Show More Summary

ADHD and Abandonment: A Powerful Lesson

Abandonment has been an issue of mine for as long as I can remember. I’d have an absolute panic going to school, hugging my mom relentlessly asking her not to let me go. When she went to work, I’d hold on to her leg and […]

The Real Power of a Power Ballad: How Music Shapes Our Moods

Like most people, music fuels a large part of my life. In times of emotional highs and lows, I turn to music as a way of making sense of different experiences. I’m one of those annoying people who, once I find a song that I […]

Managing antibiotics not enough to reverse resistance

Researchers have discovered that reducing the use of antibiotics will not be enough to reverse the growing prevalence of antibiotic resistance because bacteria are able to share the ability to fight antibiotics by swapping genes between species. They also show, however, that there are ways to disrupt the gene-sharing process and perhaps reverse antibiotic resistance.

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