This won't come as a surprise. Last week, the day after the president fired James Comey, the tangerine nightmare that is now the leader of the free world met with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador. Then he reportedly revealed some highly classified information, putting not only our continued access to an important source in jeopardy, but also America's efforts to fight ISIS at risk.
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Fears of a hacking campaign targeting centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron came to fruition in a last minute information dump Friday evening. The leaked memos and emails appeared online just hours before a legally-required midnight media blackout on election coverage. Voters will head to the polls on Sunday amidst confusion over what information the hacked documents actually contain.
When considering US vice president Mike Pence, one might be inclined to recall that time he voted against recognising Pi Day, or his alleged tendency to refer to his wife as "mother". In his latest ascension within the Trump administration, Pence — who is ostensibly a creationist — will be given the responsibility of leading a science and technology-oriented committee.
Risk should be a boring movie. Sure, it's the latest documentary from Academy Award-winner Laura Poitras, but it's also about WikiLeaks. Haven't we all had enough of Julian Assange and his cadre of world-warping weirdos? The thing is, you've never seen Assange like this. You've never seen him up close and ugly. And that's exactly why you must see Risk.
On a day when tens of thousands of people crowded the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to march for science, a Congressman who can boast the only science PhD on Capitol Hill is something of a celebrity.
Remember the day after the US presidential inauguration? OK, we were hungover, too, but do you remember how Trump violated US federal records-keeping laws by illegally deleting his tweets? Turns out, the National Archives also heard about that and took action.
In the midst of today's highly-anticipated House Science Committee hearing on climate science and the scientific method, right around the time that US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher thundered that certain witnesses (the one mainstream climate scientist in the room, specifically) should be ashamed of themselves for daring to criticise the committee's chairman, the livestream gave out. Part of me prayed it would stay down for good, and somehow take the whole committee with it.
Today, President Trump is expected to begin the process of dismantling Obama's environmental legacy, including his signature climate action policy, the Clean Power Plan. According to Reuters, Trump will sign an executive order compelling the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rewrite the plan, which calls on states to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, with an overall goal of shaving 32 per cent off the power sector's greenhouse gas footprint by 2030. As Trump and EPA head Scott Pruitt see it, regulations like this need to be dismantled to end the EPA's "job killing war on coal". Other experts say a roll back of the CPP is in the fossil fuel industry's best interest, but can't revitalise Big Coal.
After a series of closed-door meetings, rejected promises, and thinly veiled threats from President Donald Trump, Republicans finally pulled the American Health Care Act before taking a vote on Friday. This was met with laughter by many, and a few tears by others. But the best reaction came from #GOPDnD, which ended up having the Dungeons & Dragons game of their lives.
Today, US President Donald Trump signed S.442, AKA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017, which authorises $US19.5 billion ($25.4 billion) in funding for the agency in 2018. The bill emphasises the importance of human spaceflight and exploring the solar system — but says nothing about the president's plan to slash NASA's entire educational department.
The saga of Russian cyber-ties to Trump just gets more complicated. Reports of contact between an Alfa Bank server and one belonging to the Trump organisation have been circulating for months. Now, the bank says that US-based hackers have been attempting to make it appear that its servers are communicating with Trump since mid-February.
To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is pushing its states and territories to adopt measures that would prevent unvaccinated children from attending childcare centres. Sounds harsh, but experts say it's a good idea — one that will hopefully prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Thanks to Wikileaks, you may have seen a quote from President Kennedy recently about his desire to "splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds". Wikileaks used the quote as the password to decrypt its latest release about CIA spy tools. And the quote can be found in news stories around the world, including in some from The Intercept. The only problem? The origin of the quote is a bit dubious.
There's this pervasive idea that science is somehow exempt from the ugly political world in which the rest of us wallow. But even a perfunctory look at the history of American science shows that this hasn't always been the case — and the circumstances that pushed scientists into the public sphere in the past aren't that different from those scientists are facing today.
Today, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at reworking Obama-era protections of clean water. The order asks for a revision of the 2015 Water of the US Act, a move likely to thrill Trump's supporters in the fossil fuel industry and big agriculture, and confuse just about everyone else. The order doesn't outright repeal WOTUS, it simply signals new EPA head Scott Pruitt to begin the process of revising and rewriting the law.