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Ro Khanna, the Bernie Guy Who's Okay With Billionaires

Ro Khanna, the second-term Democratic Congressman from Silicon Valley and a national co-chair of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, has the tricky job of appealing to both internet zillionaires and DSA members. We spoke to him about impeachment, class war, the Bernie vs. Warren primary, and more. Read more...
Tags: Interviews, Ro Khanna, Congress, Politics, Democrats, Trump, Class War, The Rich, Silicon Valley, Tech


Trump doubts U.S. needs to send more troops to Middle East

"I would certainly send troops if we need them." If needed, "we'll be there in whatever number we need," he added. Trump, who has been focused on trying to reduce the number of U.S. troops deployed around the world, spoke shortly before he was to be briefed at the White House on a new deployment plan by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan said the Pentagon was considering sending additional U.S. troops to the Middle East as one of the ways to bolster protection for American for...
Tags: Science, White House, Defense, Middle East, Pentagon, Trump, Patrick Shanahan Shanahan


China Surveillance Giant Hikvision Slumps on U.S. Ban Report

The White House will make a final decision in coming weeks on whether to limit exports of U.S. components to Hikvision, as it’s done with Huawei Technologies Co., the Times reported, citing unidentified people familiar with the matter. Such a move would escalate tensions with China and raise questions about whether the U.S. is going after more of the country’s technology champions. Hikvision has grown into a surveillance giant, selling its cameras around the world after cashing in on China’s o...
Tags: Science, White House, China, Hikvision, China Surveillance Giant Hikvision Slumps, Huawei Technologies Co the Times


Trump’s Huawei Threat Is the Nuclear Option to Halt China’s Rise

The White House on Wednesday initiated a two-pronged assault on China: barring companies deemed a national security threat from selling to the U.S., and threatening to blacklist Huawei Technologies Co. from buying essential components. If it follows through, the move could cripple China’s largest technology company, depress the business of American chip giants from Qualcomm Inc. to Micron Technology Inc., and potentially disrupt the rollout of critical 5G wireless networks around the world. “T...
Tags: Science, White House, China, Huawei, Jeffrey Wright, Trump, Qualcomm Inc, Eurasia Group, Huawei Technologies Co, Micron Technology Inc, Paul Triolo Michael Hirson


Trump Admin Creates Web Portal for Supporters to Complain About Getting Banned on Social Media

Donald Trump has made absolutely no secret of his feelings on free speech: He hates it when it’s not servile paeans to him and his agenda. He’s called for opening up “libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalistic outfits, issued (empty) threats to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV outlets that embarrass him,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, White House, Social Media, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Trump, Tech Policy, Mods Mods, Freedom Of Speech Is Not Freedom From Consequences


White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

The White House has declined to endorse a non-binding response condemning the spread of hate speech and terrorist radicalization on social media. The response, dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” was written in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed on…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, France, White House, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Live, Emmanuel Macron, White Nationalism, Paris accord, President Trump


Can Sports Show The Way To Smarter Voting?

Electoral reform is coming to America. This year in MLB, a simple first-past-the-post voting system will no longer determine all-star starters. Fans will instead select three finalists in a Primary Round and then vote from among those finalists on a single Election Day.
Tags: Politics, Science, Voting, America, Mlb, Fl, TLDR, Regressing, MLB All Star Game, Electoral Systems


Bruce Campbell Teases More Evil Dead...But Without Ash

The Cruella de Vil origin movie adds another familiar face. M. Night Shyamalan teases a genre bent to his next movie. The Mortal Kombat movie is heading down under. Plus, more production quibbles for Bond 25, Supergirl’s Lex Luthor heads to the White House, and more clips from The Dead Don’t Die. Spoilers now!Read more...
Tags: Science, White House, Runaways, Black Mirror, Next, Evil Dead, Supergirl, Siren, Van Helsing, Aladdin, Lex Luthor, Akira, M Night Shyamalan, Cruella, Mortal Kombat, Bond 25


White House proposal to tap Pell Grant fund casts a pall over NASA’s moon plans

Will NASA’s plan to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 fly with Congress? The Artemis program’s implications are still sinking in on Capitol Hill, but there’s already a political problem having to do with where the money’s supposed to come from. Trump administration officials confirmed that the $1.6 billion being sought as a “down payment” for accelerating the push to the moon would be taken from a roughly $8 billion reserve account for the popular Pell Grant program, which funds education for ...
Tags: Science, Congress, White House, Nasa, Capitol Hill, Pell Grant, Trump Administration


Fly Me to the Moon: Trump Wants to Shift $1.6 Billion from Pell Grants to NASA

As President Trump tweeted that he wants the U.S. to “return to Space in a BIG WAY!,” the White House updated its 2020 budget request Monday to include more money for a 21st century trip to the moon.The administration is asking for an additional $1.6 billion for NASA as part of an effort to move up the target date for landing astronauts on the lunar surface to 2024, four years earlier than Vice President Mike Pence proposed two months ago.NASA will receive $21.5 billion in 2019 and Trump’s origi...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Science, White House, Nasa, Pennsylvania, Associated Press, Everglades, Administration, Trump, Mike Pence, Pell Grant, Army Corps Of Engineers, Trump Wants, Ohio Michigan, Roll Call


New York mayor threatens to fine Trump Organization over pollution

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is considering a run for the White House in 2020, on Monday threatened to fine the Trump Organization $2.1 million a year starting in 2030 unless the president's business reduces emissions from its buildings. "It doesn't matter who you are, even the president of the United States, you have to obey the laws of New York City," de Blasio said at a rally in the lobby of Trump Tower, the site of President Donald Trump's private home and business headquarters.
Tags: New York, Science, White House, United States, Bill De Blasio, Donald Trump, Trump Tower, Trump Organization, New York City de Blasio


Joe Biden would be a disaster for climate change

The Democratic contender for president provided details of his climate plan and it was boils down to: business as usual‘Joe Biden does not have a plan to keep warming below 1.5 or even 2C.’ Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ReutersLast year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) called for “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avert full blown climate catastrophe. It’s not too late to stave off the worst impacts, they urged – indeed, it’s “possible ...
Tags: Science, Obama, White House, US, America, Ipcc, Joe Biden, Paris, Houston, Biden, Donald Trump, Securities And Exchange Commission, Trump, Reuters, HuffPost, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC


Kamala Harris Says 'We Have to Seriously Take a Look At' Breaking Up Facebook

California Senator Kamala Harris, one of the (innumerable) Democrats eyeing the White House in a 2020 presidential bid, has joined Massachusetts senator and fellow candidate Elizabeth Warren in calling for antitrust authorities to look at a possible breakup of Facebook.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Science, Technology, California, White House, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, Antitrust, Kamala Harris, Facebook Read, Tech Policy


Nuking asteroids could save the Earth — but we need to make it legal first

The schlocky 1998 Bruce Willis movie Armageddon was the highest grossing film of that year. The blockbuster saw a master oil driller (Willis) and an unlikely crew of misfits place a nuclear bomb inside a giant asteroid heading for Earth, blow it up – and save humanity. Armageddon isn’t exactly a documentary: it’s packed full of sci-fi nonsense. But, 20 years on, its basic plot – of using a nuclear explosion to avert a cataclysmic asteroid collision – doesn’t seem quite as silly as it did at the ...
Tags: Startups, Space, Politics, Science, Syndication


After outcry, USDA will no longer require scientists to label research ‘preliminary’

The Agriculture Department has dropped its demand that staff scientists label peer-reviewed research as “preliminary,” after angry protests followed a Washington Post story disclosing the policy. But the latest guidelines, released on Wednesday, for internally reviewing science within the department raise additional questions about scientific integrity, said non-USDA researchers who inspected the guide. Since July, […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, Nation & World, Nation & World Politics


Blue Origin: Jeff Bezos to help Trump administration build outpost on moon within five years

In the six weeks since US Vice President Mike Pence announced a crash program to get humans to the moon within five years, the White House has provided no details on how it would achieve that and no cost estimates.The rocket NASA wants to use to get there has suffered years of delays, is billions over budget and NASA lacks the space suits necessary for astronauts to walk on the moon.But the growing space industry has sensed an opportunity in the White House’s passion for space, and on Thursday, ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, White House, US, Nasa, Earth, House, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Shackleton, Blue Origin, Maui, South Pole, Princeton University


Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup, embraces Trump's lunar timetable

The world's richest man and Amazon.com Inc's chief executive waved an arm and a black drape behind him dropped to reveal the two-story-tall mockup of the unmanned lander dubbed Blue Moon during an hour-long presentation at Washington's convention center, just several blocks from the White House. The lander will be able to deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon, Bezos told the audience, which included NASA officials and ...
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Nasa, Trump, Bezos, Amazon com Inc, Blue Moon


Trump slams drugmakers, vows to let U.S. states buy cheaper medicines abroad

U.S. President Donald Trump slammed the pharmaceutical industry for high prices of prescription drugs on Thursday and vowed to allow U.S. states to buy medicines from other countries if they cost less. Trump, who campaigned on a platform to reduce drug prices for U.S. consumers, has taken few concrete steps to lower medication costs since taking office in 2017, and has so far largely relied on personal talks with company executives and industry promises to voluntarily roll back prices or limit ...
Tags: Science, White House, Donald Trump, Trump


Trump slaps new U.S. sanctions on Iran's metals industry

The announcement was made on the anniversary of Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the United States from a 2015 landmark deal between Tehran and world powers to curb its nuclear program in exchange for easing some sanctions and hours after Tehran said it would no longer fully comply with the accord. Tensions were already high between Washington and Tehran when the Trump administration said last weekend that it was deploying a carrier strike group and bombers to the Middle East, in response to wh...
Tags: Europe, Science, Washington, White House, Iran, United States, Middle East, Tehran, Trump


Hell Yeah, Bernie Sanders Just Endorsed a National Right-to-Repair Law for Farmers

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has officially thrown his weight behind a national right-to-repair law, adding momentum to the issue as he and the other 400 trillion Democratic presidential candidates ramp-up their White House ambitions.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, White House, Elizabeth Warren, Vermont, Bernie Sanders, John Deere, Right To Repair, Repair Law for Farmers


It's a Lot Easier to Tweet-Torture a Market That Has Rallied 18%

Perhaps, though everyone knows Trump knows about the near-miraculous rebound in equities -- he tweeted about it two weeks ago. Flash back to the Christmas bottom, when key economic advisers were campaigning in the White House for a quick resolution to the trade war with China to help markets recover. Futures on the S&P 500 were down 1.6 percent at 9:08 a.m. after Trump threatened to ramp up tariffs on Chines imports.
Tags: Science, White House, China, Trump


Democratic Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee Releases Climate Plan

Inslee, who is the governor of Washington and is making climate change a centerpiece of his bid for the White House, modeled his blueprint on initiatives in the state. The effort comes as Democratic presidential candidates race to outline their visions for combating climate change and the greenhouse gas emissions that drive the phenomenon.
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Inslee


Inslee Climate Plan Aims to Quash Coal, Reach 100% Clean Energy

Inslee, who is the governor of Washington and is making climate change a centerpiece of his bid for the White House, modeled his blueprint on initiatives in the state. The effort comes as Democratic presidential candidates race to outline their visions for combating climate change and the greenhouse gas emissions that drive the phenomenon.
Tags: Science, Washington, White House, Clean Energy, Inslee


Aiming at Trump, House OKs bill to keep U.S. in climate accord

The bill is the first significant climate legislation approved by the House in nearly a decade. The measure was approved 231-190 and now goes to the Republican-run Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward. Trump has said he will veto the legislation if it reaches his desk.
Tags: Business, Science, News, Environment, House, Trump, Nation & World Politics, Trump House, Republican run Senate


U.S. House Passes First Climate Bill in Nearly a Decade

Approved by a 231-190 vote, H.R. 9 has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate and has provoked a veto threat from the White House. The measure, which would bar the Trump administration from using any taxpayer funds to withdraw from the Paris climate accord signed by then-President Barack Obama in 2015, represents an attempt by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders to unify Democrats on a global warming response, an issue that has strife within the party over how to res...
Tags: Science, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, House, Paris, Nancy Pelosi, Trump


House Passes First Climate Bill in Nearly a Decade

Approved by a 231-190 vote, H.R. 9 has little chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate and has provoked a veto threat from the White House. The measure, which would bar the Trump administration from using any taxpayer funds to withdraw from the Paris climate accord signed by then-President Barack Obama in 2015, represents an attempt by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders to unify Democrats on a global warming response, an issue that has strife within the party over how to res...
Tags: Science, Senate, White House, Barack Obama, House, Paris, Nancy Pelosi, Trump


Revealed: populists far more likely to believe in conspiracy theories

Largest survey of its kind uncovers suspicion of vaccines in big part of world populationMethodology: How the Guardian analysed YouGov-Cambridge dataPopulists across the world are significantly more likely to believe in conspiracy theories about vaccinations, global warming and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to a landmark global survey shared exclusively with the Guardian.The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism Project sheds new light on a section of the world population that appears to have limit...
Tags: Health, Politics, Science, Society, UK News, World news, Globalisation, MMR, Cambridge, Vaccines and immunisation, YouGov Cambridge Globalism Project


Trump to meet with Republican senators on U.S. shipping rules

The nearly 100-year-old Jones Act mandates the use of U.S.-flagged vessels to transport merchandise between U.S. coasts. Bloomberg News reported last week the administration was seriously considering waiving the requirements for some energy shipments and that Trump was leaning in favor of some kind of waiver. "I am going to go to the White House tomorrow to try to talk to the president out of doing something foolish and that is trying to curtain the Jones Act protections," Senator John Kennedy...
Tags: Science, White House, Trump, Reuters, Bloomberg News, John Kennedy, Louisiana Republican


Bolton presses key aides to Venezuela's Maduro to abandon him

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday singled out three senior aides to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who he said must make good on commitments they purportedly made to the opposition for a peaceful transition away from Maduro's rule. Speaking at the White House during a day of anti-government protests in Venezuela, Bolton named Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, Supreme Court chief judge Maikel Moreno and presidential guard commander Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala...
Tags: Science, Supreme Court, White House, Venezuela, Bolton, Nicolás Maduro, John Bolton, Maduro, Maikel Moreno, Vladimir Padrino, Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, Venezuela Bolton


Older Tech Giants Score Wins With Trump Ties

While the platforms are some of the president’s favorite corporate targets, another group of tech companies is working the back channels in some of the White House’s most powerful offices -- and often getting results. International Business Machines Corp., Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are among the companies basking in the White House’s glow these days. All were founded before 1980 and are longtime government contractors with strong bipartisan ties in Washington.
Tags: Science, White House, Microsoft Corp, International Business Machines Corp Oracle Corp



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