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Insectageddon: Farming is more catastrophic than climate breakdown

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:25
George Monbiot writes: Which of these would you name as the world’s most pressing environmental issue? Climate breakdown, air pollution, water loss, plastic waste or urban expansion? My answer is none of the above. Almost incredibly, I believe that climate breakdown takes third place, behind two issues that receive only a fraction of the attention. […]

Conflict of interest: Trump personally interviewed U.S. attorney candidates

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:20
Politico reports: President Donald Trump has personally interviewed at least two potential candidates for U.S. attorney positions in New York, according to two sources familiar with the matter — a move that critics say raises questions about whether they can be sufficiently independent from the president. Trump has interviewed Geoffrey Berman, who is currently at […]

CIA director distorts intelligence community’s findings on Russian interference

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:15
The Washington Post reports: CIA Director Mike Pompeo declared Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies determined that Russia’s interference in the 2016 American presidential election did not alter the outcome, a statement that distorted spy agency findings. “The intelligence community’s assessment is that the Russian meddling that took place did not affect the outcome of the […]

‘Our democracy is at stake,’ Obama says on Virginia campaign trail

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:05
Politico reports: “It is time.” Ralph Northam, the Democratic candidate for governor, finished his own speech, said those words, and the crowd of more than 7,000 erupted. Then U2’s “City of Blinding Lights” from all the way back in the 2008 campaign started playing, and Barack Obama made his return to the campaign trail here […]

Bill Clinton sought State’s permission to meet with Russian nuclear official during Obama uranium decision

Fri, 2017-10-20 08:00
The Hill reports: As he prepared to collect a $500,000 payday in Moscow in 2010, Bill Clinton sought clearance from the State Department to meet with a key board director of the Russian nuclear energy firm Rosatom — which at the time needed the Obama administration’s approval for a controversial uranium deal, government records show. […]

Is Trump, through his lying, emulating Hitler?

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:07
Charles M. Blow writes: It is a commonly accepted rule among those who are in the business of argument, especially online, that he or she who invokes Adolf Hitler, either in oratory or essays, automatically forfeits the argument. The reference is deemed far too extreme, too explosive, too far beyond rational correlation. No matter how […]

George W. Bush rebukes Trump’s ‘America first’ foreign policy

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:07
  Josh Rogin writes: For the second time this week, a prominent Republican has made a speech rebuking President Trump’s vision for the United States’ role in the world. On Monday, it was Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Today, President George W. Bush joined the call for the United States to reject the “America first” principle […]

Move over, America. China now presents itself as the model ‘blazing a new trail’ for the world

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:06
Simon Denyer writes: American presidents are fond of describing their nation as a “city on a hill” — a shining example for other nations to follow. But China is now officially in the business of styling itself as another polestar for the world, with a very different political, economic and cultural model. “The banner of […]

Trump pick for top environmental post called belief in global warming a ‘kind of paganism’

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:06
CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the White House senior adviser for environmental policy in 2016 described the belief in “global warming” as a “kind of paganism” for “secular elites.” Trump last week nominated Kathleen Hartnett White, who previously led the Texas Commision on Environmental Quality, to head the White House Council on […]

Senators demand online ad disclosures as tech lobby mobilizes

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:06
The New York Times reports: Senator John McCain and two Democratic senators moved on Thursday to force Facebook, Google and other internet companies to disclose who is purchasing online political advertising, after revelations that Russian-linked operatives bought deceptive ads in the run-up to the 2016 election with no disclosure required. But the tech industry, which […]

Why rumors of a Gorsuch-Kagan clash at the Supreme Court are such a bombshell

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:05
Mark Joseph Stern writes: Following his nomination to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch was packaged by his wealthy benefactors as the judicial equivalent of a carrot cake: mild and wholesome with the occasional hint of spice. Now that the justice has been safely installed on the court for life, he has revealed himself to be […]

America has become dispensable in Iraq

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:05
Emma Sky writes: “When the fighting breaks out between Arabs and Kurds, whose side will the Americans be on?” This was the message that Masoud Barzani, the president of the Kurdistan Regional Government and leader of the Kurdistan Democratic party (KDP), instructed his chief of staff to have me convey to senior U.S. officials in […]

Britain’s relationship with the EU has not yet reached the point of no return

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:04
Helen Mountfield QC writes: As the storm clouds gather over Brexit, the EU withdrawal bill has been delayed a second time while the government tries to persuade backbench Tories to revoke their support for amendments that would allow MPs to block a “no deal” Brexit. The ever-sane Conservative MPs Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry have […]

The struggle to protect a tree at the heart of Hopi culture

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:04
By Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa and Chip Colwell A rumbling, low boom unfurled over the land like a current of thunder. But it was a clear, cloudless day in northern Arizona. We realized the reverberation was the echo of an explosion—dynamite loosening the earth—and that the strip mine was finding its way toward a colossal seam […]

Music: Vulfpeck — ‘Dean Town’

Thu, 2017-10-19 21:03

Trump trivializes the deaths of four soldiers

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:15
In an editorial, the Washington Post says: Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, always relished a challenge. As a child, he drove himself to learn chess; as a teen, he excelled as a wrestler; and as an adult, he joined the Army, where he finished Ranger school and joined the Special Forces. Deployed to Niger, […]

Trump campaign staffers pushed Russian propaganda from fake Twitter account days before the election

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:10
The Washington Post reports: Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the matter said. The list of prominent people who tweeted out links from the account, […]

Spain threatens to take over Catalonia’s government as constitutional crisis looms

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:05
The Washington Post reports: Spain’s central government announced Thursday it would quickly move to take control of the autonomous Catalonia and restore “constitutional order” after the region’s president refused to back away from a push for independence. Facing a deadline imposed by Spain’s central government to answer the question whether Catalonia was declaring independence or […]

Merkel moves left to disarm the right

Thu, 2017-10-19 08:00
Der Spiegel reports: Angela Merkel has been leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for 17 years, six months and four days, but she still knows how to surprise her party. Last Saturday she dropped by the annual congress organized by its youth wing, the Junge Union. The younger generation has long seen itself in […]

Warning of ‘ecological Armageddon’ after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Wed, 2017-10-18 20:17
The Guardian reports: The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked scientists. Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. […]


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