Instead of “draining the swamp,” President Trump put some of the least qualified people into positions of power throughout his government. One shining example of incompetent leadership is Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed his “deep sadness,” but continues to block gun-control proposals that enjoy the support of most Americans.
Amid the anguished cries for action rising up from Florida, a national tone was set by Donald Trump that was largely devoid of a sense of urgency.
It’s at times like these that a normal president would step up to take action to protect its citizens. But we don’t have one of those right now.
How can a business owner tap into the “App World” and find ways to increase productivity, increase profits, or just keep up with the changing landscape of technology?
If you happen to be in the vending business, you can now run virtually your entire operation from an app.
Trump’s vision for the budget adds to the deficit while cutting domestic programs such as food stamps, housing, and Meals on Wheels, which benefit people in need.
Is this the America we want?
FBI director Chris Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House about when the bureau had completed a background investigation of former Donald Trump aide Rob Porter, who resigned last week following allegations of domestic violence.
The Trump administration is attempting to speed up or even sweep away various environmental reviews in its plan to fix America’s crumbling infrastructure.
Environmentalists have warned that Trump’s agenda will place extra pressure on endangered species and risk exacerbating hazards, such as flooding, by failing to factor climate change.
Philanthropic heirs to OxyContin fortune have a ‘moral duty to help make this right’ says the widow of one of Purdue Pharma’s founders
Livestock raised for food in the US are dosed with five times as much antibiotic medicine as farm animals in other countries, a study revealed.
Higher use of antibiotics, particularly those that are critical for human health – the medicines “of last resort,” which the World Health Organization wants banned from use in animals – is associated with rising resistance to the drugs and the rapid evolution of “superbugs” that can kill or cause serious illness.
Peter Thiel is a billionaire serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and the most prominent supporter of President Trump in Silicon Valley. And some say, the most dangerous conservative in America.
The utopian vision of the Internet has not materialized. In its place we have widespread government surveillance, a concentration of power into the hands of a few large multinational companies, and increasingly politicized “fake news.”
Eighty-four women have accused Weinstein of inappropriate to criminal behavior ranging from requests for massages to intimidating sexual advances to rape. It’s time to turn the page on sexual abuse and start acting civilized.
The United States remains the only country in the developed world that does not mandate employers offer paid leave for new mothers, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The trade deficit with China hit a record high in 2017, defying President Trump’s repeated promises to shrink a number that he regards as a test of whether other nations are treating the United States fairly.
A Neo-Nazi Holocaust denier is set to become the Republican nominee for a congressional seat in Illinois.
One GOP leader said this is “a national embarrassment for Republicans.”
The Maldives is in a crisis. President, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a state of emergency as heavily armed troops stormed the country’s top court and a former president was arrested in a deepening political crisis.
A species of New Zealand stick insect that was thought to produce only females has hatched a rogue male in the UK countryside – and scientists say the rare event could mean the animal is ready to start having sex.
Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico in late September of last year, and residents are still struggling to regain their footing. Many residents still struggle to find clean water. Medical care remains scarce as many hospitals limp toward becoming fully operational.
While work continues slowly on restoring power, the tremendous destruction has resulted in a cascade of further problems, including job losses, foreclosures, a decrease in neighborhood police presence and a resulting increase in violent crimes.
Trump says the property is worth $50 million – until he gets the tax bill – then suddenly says it’s only worth about $15m. Who should we believe? Trump or The Donald?
In some sense, President Trump is just doing what Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan did before him, aided by Republicans in Congress. Both swore to balance the budget or to bring down the debt. Instead, both signed legislation that increased deficits, primarily through tax cuts and increased military spending.
It was a sad nice night for the truth. But that’s what we have learned to expect from a president who lies virtually every time he speaks.
A new Pentagon study contains findings that run contrary to White House views on global warming.
See the full list of winners at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards below.
From voting to healthcare, music to energy production, blockchain may just change the way we run our lives.
The Carnegie Deli in midtown Manhattan, a legendary business in the city and just steps away from the renowned, eponymous concert hall after which it is named, will serve its last pastrami on rye on New Year’s Eve, after more than 80 years.
Smoking just one cigarette a day is more dangerous than commonly thought, say researchers who have found it still raises the risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.
Not one person at Apple had stopped to think a period tracker might be useful. And that’s because Apple, like most tech companies, is dominated by myopic men.
It is rural America that gave President Trump his election. Hillary Clinton won the nation’s largest metropolitan centers; Trump took more rural areas. These pendulum swings in public lands policy are doing harm to both affected communities and the resource.
Russia is building a Nuclear Doomsday Weapon that can completely wipeout entire regions and poison the area for generations to come.
Top Republicans say they do not remember President Donald Trump making “Shithole Countries” comment. Who is lying?
The Google Arts & Culture app’s new feature seems to be everywhere as social media streams are flooded with photos of friends and the great works of art that resemble them — that is, nearly everywhere but Illinois.
A former personal assistant to Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Co-President David Solomon faces federal charges that he stole more than $1.2 million of rare wine from his boss.
As the retail landscape undergoes a dramatic transformation, analysis finds 129,000 women lost jobs last year while men actually gained positions.
We compiled the RIAA’s data for the best-selling albums in U.S. history.
Cursed are the cheesemakers: Spain and Mexico locked in duel to the death over Manchego.
Flu season arrived early in the US this year, and it’s been deadly. To make matters worse, the current vaccine isn’t working very well against one of the most common strains of the virus.
The door remains open to the European Union if the UK wants to change its mind on Brexit.
Swiss food and drink giant Nestle is selling its U.S. candy business to Italy’s Ferrero for about $2.9 billion in cash. Ferrero will take over iconic chocolate brands Butterfinger and Crunch bars.
Donald Trump’s current approval rating in Gallup’s weekly poll is just 38 percent, with 57 percent saying they disapprove. What is surprising about this isn’t that he has the lowest approval ratings of any president in recent history, but that 38% of Americans still approve of the man that has been called “The worst president ever.”
While most voters said Trump is not level-headed, honest or even fit to serve as president, some still approve of him. And that’s the problem.
ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, knew as early as 1981 of climate change – seven years before it became a public issue, according to a newly released email from one of the firm’s own scientists. Despite this the firm spent millions over the next 27 years to promote climate denial.
The uniforms led to thousands of complaints from flight attendants and crew members who said they caused hives, wheezing, vertigo and headaches.
Of all the powers held by the president, the least checked or balanced is his authority over the world’s mightiest arsenal. He exercises this awesome, civilization-ending power alone.
Monkey excrement is causing such a serious health hazard, it’s being called “a new plague.” Find out how to protect yourself.
To all the people living in coal country that voted for Donald Trump on the promise that he would revive the industry: It ain’t gonna happen.
The nuclear reactors in San Onofre were permanently shut down in 2013 following a catastrophic malfunction. What to do with its 3.6 million pounds of highly radioactive waste remains an epic problem, and the proposed solution is to bury the waste on the beach in cheap, thin containers. This is a disaster waiting to happen.
Donald Trump denied that he used the phrase “shithole countries” to describe Central American and African nations during talks with US lawmakers, but one of the senators present contradicted Trump and called the remarks he had heard “hate-filled, vile and racist.”
The delta smelt is on the brink of extinction and has fallen to the point where it can hardly be found anymore. Why this matters so much.
Sex matters, partly because Americans’ sexual habits can lend insight into how happy or satisfied they are with their lives in a more general sense. And happy marriages come with health perks, including the so-called “marriage advantage” of having a decreased risk for heart attacks and cancer.
Scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson might seem like he knows everything there is to know about the universe. But there’s a lingering scientific mystery that keeps him up at night.
Diet Coke is getting a makeover to try to invigorate the sugar-free soda’s slumping sales.
The colonic irrigation and coffee enemas promoted on Paltrow’s website are not merely unnecessary, they are potentially dangerous.
The people swept up in these raids are all working, paying taxes, and are not on welfare. They are contributing to American society, which makes their arrest all the more grievous and further demonstrates how our country has lost its moral high ground.
Men and women who reported using marijuana indicated having intercourse far more often than those non-users.
Today, even those whose job it is to sit in bunkers and await a signal to launch nuclear weapons— are tested three times per month on their ability to execute protocols. They are required to score at least 90 percent. Testing is not required for their commander in chief to be able to execute a protocol, much less his ability to demonstrate the high-level thinking that would set this process in motion.
It’s been about 70 years since the disposable tampon came on the scene. Considering half of humanity has to deal with menstruation, that’s far too long since we’ve had a breakthrough in feminine products. Thankfully, revolutionary upstarts are disrupting the period space, and unsurprisingly this new class of “period-preneurs” are women.
New television sets are coming with an alphabet soup of features designed to get you to spend more. But are they worth it?
Someone should probably tell Donald Trump that smart people usually don’t tweet about being “like, really smart” and “a very stable genius.” But it’s too late for that because the President already used his Twitter fingers to send out those exact sentiments.
The race is on to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, with all eyes fixed on tech giants such as Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
An impatient Ryanair passenger shocked fellow travellers when he forced his way out of the emergency exit after getting fed up with waiting to disembark his flight from the UK to Spain.
Former Trump campaign manager asks federal court in Washington to set aside charges as criminal trial approaches.
My indelible impression of talking to them (White House Staff) and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all — 100 percent — came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job.
The emerging cannabis industry is seeing more women taking leadership roles in what was once considered a male-dominated sector.
A former employee alleges that women hired to work as preschool teachers in the company’s childcare center were paid lower salaries than men with fewer qualifications doing same job
A growing list of powerful men have faced serious consequences for sexual misconduct allegations, but the most powerful one of all has faced none. Instead, Donald Trump’s official position, as his spokeswoman Sarah Sanders recently clarified in a White House press briefing, is that the 20 women accusing him of assault and harassment are lying. Trump has also suggested some were not attractive enough for him to want to sexually assault.
America’s strangest presidency ever has been a radical departure – in tone if not in substance – not least over race, the media and the environment. So what’s in store for 2018?
Bigger than Watergate? Or a transparent sham? Whatever else it may be, the story of Donald Trump and Russia comes down to this: a sitting president or his campaign is suspected of having coordinated with a foreign country behind the scenes of the election that put him in office.
This has been quite a year for America and the world. By most yardsticks, our nation seems to be going backwards: We have a billionaire president that shows no hesitation to making claims that are patently false. We have deepened the gap between rich and poor, made healthcare and college education further out of reach, eliminated environmental protections, and gave hefty tax breaks to the ultra wealthy. Here is a bit of this turbulent year in photos.
Overfishing, development and pollution have all contributed to the reef’s decline, but climate change is its biggest threat. UN targets must be met to stop ocean acidification
A singer and potential congressional candidate says she has filed a sexual assault complaint against Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, for hitting her twice on her buttocks at a Washington gathering in November.
It seems like every year is dubbed “a year like no other.” But 2017 truly was more dramatic than many others.
The president’s volatile temper and thin skin have prompted many improbable exchanges this year, including questions about neo-Nazis, slavery and morons
Cheap, electric bicycles have made life a lot easier for New York City’s legions of restaurant delivery workers, but the party may be over in the New Year.
The president spent Christmas Eve at Mar-a-Lago, watching Fox News and giving voice to his resentments.
Three leading figures in the Miss America Organization have resigned after leaked emails revealed how pageant officials ridiculed winners for their appearance, intellect and sex lives.
There’s the library. There’s the memoir. There might be a foundation. Maybe some paid speeches. Perhaps a new hobby, like oil painting. Maybe, in the case of George HW Bush, accusations of groping by eight women.
Despite claiming otherwise (which in less polite circles would be called telling a lie), Donald Trump and six members of his inner circle will be big winners of the Republicans’ vast tax overhaul, with the president personally benefiting from a tax cut of up to $15m a year, research shows.
Corporations are about to start saving a lot of money, and most of it is not going to workers… it’s going to shareholders, rich investors, and corporate executives.
Each year, US cities give thousands of homeless people one-way bus tickets out of town. An 18-month nationwide investigation reveals, for the first time, what really happens at journey’s end
Last year, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that people working in agriculture – including farmers, farm laborers, ranchers, fishers, and lumber harvesters – take their lives at a rate higher than any other occupation.
Just when you think things are as ridiculous as they can be, another directive comes from the worst president ever, and surprises even those of us who thought we’ve seen it all. This one is a directive to the CDC.
It will go down one as of the most excruciating job interviews of all time.
A Trump federal judicial nominee was utterly stymied by a line of questioning on basic knowledge of procedural law during his Senate confirmation hearing, raising questions about the fitness of Trump’s choices for the posts.
“The US is alone among developed countries in insisting that while human rights are of fundamental importance, they do not provide rights that guard against dying of hunger, dying from a lack of access to affordable healthcare, or growing up in a context of total deprivation.”
“I did try and fuck her… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”
If I seek for help they might deport me,” she said, “but if I don’t he might kill me.”
The 11 women say they were raped repeatedly by the armed men. One woman – three months pregnant at the time – was with her 10-year-old daughter when she was seized by the men, some of whom were in uniform. Twelve of the men raped her as her daughter watched. She later suffered a miscarriage.
The research, published Wednesday in Science Advances, is one of the largest studies done thus far on fracking’s health effects.
It’s that special time of year! Take a look at our 10 Best Holiday Gifts, and you’ll find something wonderful for everyone on your list!
Part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the largest US wilderness, is being transferred to the hands of the fossil fuel industry.
The US has the worst maternal death rate in the developed world – and the rate of women dying from pregnancy-related complications is actually rising. How can this be?
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has refused to remove a 1938 painting that depicts a young girl in what some are saying is a sexually suggestive pose.
America’s homeless population has risen this year for the first time since the Great Recession.
Observers say that the federal government’s response to homelessness is lackluster.
The cannabis vending machine has arrived. A few companies have tried it before, but none have succeeded… until now.
U.S. special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election, subpoenaed Deutsche Bank, in a move that could turn dangerous for President Donald Trump.
CVS buys Aetna as Amazon eyes the market. Aetna Inc. Chief Executive Mark T. Bertolini is set to pocket roughly half a billion dollars from the merger.
After weeks of speculation, Disney has emerged as the lead media company to purchase select 21st Century Fox assets
One of the more annoying habits of highly successful people is their tendency to advertise how little sleep they need. Former Yahoo boss Marissa Mayer can operate on four hours, Apple CEO Tim Cook is at the gym by 5am and designer and film director Tom Ford gets three hours a night
The White House’s stance is that all 16 women who have accused Trump of sexual improprieties, harassment, or assault are lying. Trump’s old position on the Access Hollywood tape was that he was lying. The view he now apparently holds privately is that the tape itself is lying.
The United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of the US to hold the world’s richest nation – and its president – to account for the hardships endured by America’s most vulnerable citizens.
Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, and in doing so, took off their masks and revealed to the world their true nature: that they only care about corporations and the wealthy, and that despite their repeated campaign promises to help the middle class and the poor, they never had any intentions of fulfilling those empty words that stir so many citizens to cast a vote against their own interests.
When the crowd chanted “Lock her up!” about Hillary Clinton, Michael Flynn smiled. “You’re damn right,” he told last year’s Republican national convention. “You’re exactly right. There’s nothing wrong with that! And you know why we’re saying that? We’re saying that because if I – a guy who knows this business – if I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today.”
“I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.” –Donald J. Trump, August, 2016
The resulting definition of broadband as enabling users to generate, store, transform, and process their data is absurd. It is, as the Internet Engineers comment points out, like saying your phone is a pizzeria because you can use it to order a pizza.
“People with a political agenda clearly have their eye on two of the most influential of the magazines in America.”
The specific dissonance of Trumpism—advocacy for discriminatory, even cruel, policies combined with vehement denials that such policies are racially motivated—provides the emotional core of its appeal. It is the most recent manifestation of a contradiction as old as the United States, a society founded by slaveholders on the principle that all men are created equal.
Unfortunately, most Trump supporters will not understand that the president’s use of the name of the Native American’s name was done so in a racist and disparaging manner. This article will do little do convince anyone that doesn’t already see this fact. And for that, we are sad for America and the future we face.
Donald Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least fifteen women since the 1980s.
Japan has still not come to a consensus on what to do with a million tons of nuclear water six years after their primary nuclear power plant in Fukushima was rocked by a tsunami.
Who were the worst American presidents? While it takes a rare combination of qualities such as strength of character, high principles, veracity, good judgment, and political skills to be considered the best of presidents, it takes a combination of persistent lying; failure to exercise good judgment; scandals; policies that weaken the country and hurt the economy; favoritism and cronyism; tax policy that enriches the elite while harming others; attacks on public institutions such as education, the arts, the environment, and a free and open media; and a general dereliction of duties, to be considered among the worst. The presidents listed below all shared some or more of those traits.
More than 10,000 people have died since the eastern Ukraine conflict erupted in April 2014, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. The fighting has displaced more than 1.6 million people. Yet, since Trump’s election, concern about this conflict has vanished.
Congressional Republicans have argued that the tax overhaul will launch so much economic growth that it will generate additional revenue, allowing cuts to pay for themselves. But the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said that it would not generate the kind of growth needed to pay for itself, and indeed, recent estimates from the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation found that both the House and Senate versions of a tax overhaul would add around $1.4 trillion in debt in order to pay for the tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
Mexican girls as young as 11 are being forced into marriage, according to a report by the United Nations.
Donald Trump is radically reshaping the same federal courts that have been the biggest threat against his agenda – by picking mostly white, conservative men
“There are times,” said Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, “when men don’t like women who are smarter than them.”
The Republican’s policies are now so far removed from the promises and statements they make, that it is astonishing that anyone still believes in their lies and votes Republican at all, with the exception of the wealthiest 1% of the nation, whom those polices favor.
Mark your calendars: November 21, 2017 – the day the Internet died. For on that day, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it planned to dismantle landmark regulations that ensure equal access to the internet, clearing the way for companies to charge more and block access to some websites.
The House of Representatives voted 227-205 to approve a tax cut bill that provides nearly half of its benefits to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.
The five articles accused the president of obstruction of justice related to the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, undermining the independence of the federal judiciary and other offenses.
The president’s sons are both keen hunter-cowards, with pictures of Eric and Donald Trump Jr with a dead elephant, buffalo and other animals while on safari, and Donald Jr posed holding a severed elephant’s tail while the two brothers beamed at the camera clutching a dead leopard.
In this administration, where the worst possible people for the job are put into positions of power, the White House press secretary seems to have forgotten a key recording.
The administration has been tragically effective at dismantling environmental and health regulations — so that Trump’s most enduring legacy may be cancer, infertility and diminished I.Q.s for decades to come.
Officials in Washington state say they’re delaying the start of Dungeness crab season because the crabs contain domoic acid that can build up and is poison for the brain for anyone who consumes the crabs.
U.S. Air Force fighter jets may soon be able to instantly disable enemy targets using invisible, energized beams of light shot from a small, compact laser cannon.
Radioactive waste continues to pour from Exelon’s Illinois nuclear power plants more than a decade after the discovery of chronic leaks led to national outrage, a $1.2 million government settlement and a company vow to guard against future accidents.
Neuroscientists find chronic stress skews decisions toward higher-risk options.
The fact is that Roy Moore is very much who the Republicans are. He is representative of a fanatical splinter of American Protestantism that has accounted for a great deal of the success enjoyed by modern conservatism and the Republican Party for over four decades, and there always has been dark sin at the heart of that success.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of the Trump Era is that, while the American republic falters by a thousand daily cuts, we are neglecting the defining issues of our time.
You have to give Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III credit for one thing: his John Ehrlichman impression really has improved since the last time he faced a Congressional committee.
What does the outside world really know about North Korea, one of the most isolated and ruthlessly ruled nations on earth?
Here are 10 fascinating facts about the North to get a better understanding of how it operates:
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is ready for his next endeavor: joining the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
Just 1% of Chinese women use these alternatives to menstrual pads, as compared to about 60% in the United States, according to Tampax, which invented them in 1933.
That sales potential has prompted Procter & Gamble’s Tampax brand to launch a new, China-specific branded tampon.
How powerful are hydrogen bombs? Think of it this way: They use atomic bombs just as a trigger.
Buffett has said that International Business Machines Corp. hasn’t performed the way he expected since he first bought shares in 2011.
Does money roll downhill? The republican tax plan’s “trickle-down” approach was popularized in the 1980s during the Reagan administration, though it dates back at least to a 1932 wisecrack by Will Rogers. And history shows it has a spotty record of delivering on its promises.
Since Election Day, records show Trump companies have sold at least 14 luxury condos and home-building lots for about $23 million. Half were sold to limited liability companies. No names were listed in deeds, obscuring buyers’ identities.
People are increasingly aware of the severity of the problem. Two-thirds of Americans think sexual harassment in the workplace is widespread.
But while most Americans agree the lines are too often being crossed, they don’t always agree on where that line is.
The top officer at U.S. Strategic Command said Saturday an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused if that order is determined to be illegal.
As an institution, marriage does not have anything to do with fairness, commitment or love. Quite the opposite, in fact; marriage has long been about power, property and control.
The company was sold to Gildan and moved operations outside the US – now the idea the brand was based upon clashes with what workers actually experience.
“He is not fit to be president. He does not have an understanding of the issues, the political process. We are dealing with countries all over the world. They want to know if your word is good. Trump’s word is not good.”
A distinctly peculiar teaser trailer for Marvel’s meta comic-book sequel Deadpool 2 has emerged.
A total stranger walking past your bedroom could switch your smart butt plug to full vibration using their phone.
Of course, maybe that’s the thrill.
Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?
At best, Fox is running Congress. At worse, the network’s in charge of the Justice Department.
Lamborghini’s customization department created the specialty model. With this service, Lamborghini buyers can personalize their car with an infinite number of combinations of unique colors and materials.
The truth is the majority of the JFK files that were supposed to be released remain secret — and may forever if the CIA has its way.
“I take that as a compliment that I look like a villain in a great, successful James Bond movie.”
Nearly 4.2 million kids and young adults without a parent or guardian are homeless across the United States over the course of a year.
Give Donald Trump credit: When it comes to nukes, he’s gotten our attention. He’s prompted renewed concern, if not outright alarm, about the possibility that such weaponry could actually be used for the first time since 1945.
“The police began attacking me,” She said as she described how the officers sexually abused her.
At this current rate, chances are that four environmental defenders will be killed this week somewhere on the planet.
And with the anti-environment policies of the Trump administration, don’t expect support for increased protections for environmentalists.