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This Map Shows Exactly How Many Republicans in Your District Don’t Believe in Global Warming

Republicans have a long history of denying climate science, but a new study shows that a plurality of Republican voters in all 50 states believe that global warming is occurring—but they are not convinced that human beings have anything to do with it.  Environmental and political science researchers from University of California- Santa Barbara, Yale […]

The EU Just Gave Monsanto an Early Christmas Present

Genetically modified seed and pesticide giant Monsanto has had tough row to hoe lately. The company’s long-proposed marriage with German chemical giant Bayer is undergoing withering scrutiny by regulators in Europe and Brazil, likely putting off its consummation for months. Here in its home country, two states have imposed new rules that could limit the […]

Garrison Keillor Is Fired Amid Allegations of “Inappropriate Behavior” the Day After Writing a Defense of Al Franken

The day began with Matt Lauer. Hours later, Minnesota Public Radio announced it was cutting ties with the former longtime host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” Garrison Keillor, after investigating “allegations of his inappropriate behavior...Show More Summary

Disgraced Coal Baron Don Blankenship Is Running for Senate in West Virginia

Don Blankenship is running for Senate. Yes, the Don Blankenship. On Wednesday West Virginia station WCHS reported that the former Massey Energy CEO, fresh off a one-year stint in a federal prison for conspiring to commit mine-safety violations in the run-up to the deadliest mining disaster in decades, has filed paperwork to run in next […]

Trump Shares Racist Videos and Tweets False Conspiracy Theories—All Before 10 AM

Erratic, inflammatory, racist, conspiratorial, unhinged.  Donald Trump spent his morning on Twitter Wednesday, and the results were jaw-dropping—even for him. He used the platform to share fringe anti-Muslim content and then appeared...Show More Summary

Matt Lauer Fired From NBC

Matt Lauer, longtime NBC contributor and host of the Today Show, has been fired from the network over allegations of sexual misconduct. Co-anchor Savannah Guthrie confirmed the news on-air Wednesday morning.  Matt Lauer has been terminated from NBC News. On Monday night, we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in […]

Will the House Intelligence Committee Get the Truth From Erik Prince?

When Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious Blackwater security firm, heads into a private meeting with staffers and members of the House intelligence committee on Thursday, the number-one topic will be a secret trip he made in January to the Seychelles islands to huddle with a Russian close to Vladimir Putin. According to the Washington […]

A Clue in the Bee Death Mystery

Domesticated honeybees get all the buzz, but wild bumble bees are in decline too, both globally and here in the United States. What gives? It’s an important question, because while managed honeybees provide half of the pollination required by US crops, bumble and other wild bees deliver the other half. Insecticides used in agriculture are one […]

Corporations Make a lots of Promises on Climate. This Study Tracked Down What Happens Next.

This story was originally published by the Huffington Post and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Billionaires, bankers and corporate executives have trumpeted a new era of sustainable capitalism for years, promising...Show More Summary

Internal Emails Reveal How the Trump Administration Blocks Abortions for Migrant Teens

Emails released as part of a federal lawsuit shed light on the Trump administration’s efforts to thwart minors in its care from obtaining abortions. Last month, a pregnant teen known in court filings as Jane Doe obtained an abortion despite the administration’s month-long effort to block her from obtaining the procedure. But her legal case continues as the […]

Judge Sides With Trump Administration in the Case of the Dueling Agency Heads

The first round in the battle of the dueling heads of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been awarded to President Donald Trump and his pick to head the federal watchdog agency. Federal judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee, ruled in the president’s favor on Tuesday in the ongoing tug-of-war over who is acting director […]

After Insulting Native Americans, Trump Goes After Their Sacred Land

Trump’s disparagement of Native Americans doesn’t end with his rhetoric. A day after Trump called Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) “Pocahontas” at an event honoring Navajo code talkers during World War II, the Salt Lake Tribune reports that the president will visit Salt Lake City, Utah, next Monday to announce that he’s shrinking national monuments of huge […]

Elizabeth Warren is Taking Her War with Donald Trump to the Streets

While two rival acting directors battled in court for legal control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, several dozen protesters gathered outside the watchdog agency’s headquarters on Tuesday afternoon to oppose the one backed by President Donald Trump. Mick Mulvaney, who was announced as interim head of the bureau by the White House over Thanksgiving […]

Republican Critics of Tax Bill Vote to Send Bill to Senate Floor

On Tuesday, a Senate committee voted along party lines to send a $1.4 trillion tax cut to the Senate floor. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), two of the tax bill’s top Republican critics, voted in favor of advancing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Tuesday’s vote by the budget committee clears a procedural […]

There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is called “great” for a reason. As, the world’s largest reef system, it’s half the size of Texas, home to about 10 percent of the ocean’s fish species, and generates billions of tourism dollars annually. Plus, it’s damn beautiful. In recent years, however, the reef has lost half its coral in […]

Jeff Sessions’ Russia Testimony Cited in Defense of Cop Who Killed Walter Scott

In a pre-sentencing memo obtained by CBS News on Monday, lawyers for Michael Slager—the former South Carolina police officer who pleaded guilty in May to federal charges of using excessive force and violating the civil rights of the late Walter Scott—invoke the testimony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who told congressional investigators he had poor […]

Republican Senator Wants Individuals to Pay Higher Taxes if Corporate Tax Cuts Don’t Pay Off

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told CNBC that Americans should automatically pay more taxes if tax cuts don’t create the economic growth Republicans are promising. To do that, Corker wants Republicans to add a trigger to the Senate tax bill that would increase taxes if it doesn’t meet revenue projections. Republicans have said their bill will […]

Bernie Sanders Just Introduced a $146 Billion Aid Package for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a small group of other progressive senators introduced a sweeping $146 billion relief package for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands on Tuesday. The measure calls for more local involvement in recovery...Show More Summary

Here’s How Trump’s Son Defended His “Pocahontas” Remarks Mocking Elizabeth Warren

In an apparent attempt to best his older brother for worst Twitter takes, Eric Trump on Tuesday defended his father’s usage of “Pocahontas” to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) during a White House event honoring Native American veterans a day earlier.  The tweet comes amid widespread condemnation over Trump’s unscripted remarks, which he made while […]

The Trump Administration Wants to Track the Facebook Feeds of Foreign Visitors

This story originally appeared on ProPublica. The Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement is taking new steps in its plans for monitoring the social media accounts of applicants and holders of US visas. At a tech industry conference...Show More Summary

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