Can haikus save lives?
Wander into cars?
Can haikus save lives?
Wander into cars?
So does Andrew Cuomo want to secede altogether?
A Tennesse Republican is calling it quits, but as 2018 showed, the state is a very steep climb for Dems
With Democrats fully in charge of New York, Andrew Cuomo appears to be on board with major progressive priorities
Vaping is all the rage among teens, and public health experts are worried
Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use.
It was the largest single-year increase in the survey’s 44-year history, far surpassing a mid-1970s surge in marijuana smoking.
The findings, released Monday, echo those of a government survey earlier this year. That survey also found a dramatic rise in vaping among children and prompted federal regulators to press for measures that make it harder for kids to get them.
An influential tech voice dumps Facebook
Important update on the most pressing issue of the day
Iowa Dems think fondly of most potential 2020 candidates (not so much Michael Bloomberg)
The Trump administration has killed off the daily press conference, and people don’t seem to care too much
Will Boehner have ‘em lining up at Barnes & Noble?
The next big political memoir isn’t coming from inside the Trump White House. But it is likely to offer eye-popping tales from inside another important D.C. institution.
Former House Speaker John Boehner is at work on a memoir about his time in Washington, which stretched nearly two and a half decades, from 1991 to 2015. Then he was chased out of office by the right flank of his party.
The tentative title, “Notes From a Smoke-Filled Room,” suggests that Boehner intends to portray himself as an anachronism, a creature from a bygone era when bipartisan deals were negotiated by party leaders behind closed doors rather than in front of the cameras and on Twitter — and when a politician’s habit for enjoying one too many glasses of expensive Merlot was indulged not excoriated.
New details show that black voters were key to Russia’s 2016 influence operation
The Russian influence campaign on social media in the 2016 election made an extraordinary effort to target African-Americans, used an array of tactics to try to suppress turnout among Democratic voters and unleashed a blizzard of posts on Instagram that rivaled or exceeded its Facebook operations, according to a report produced for the Senate Intelligence Committee…
The report says that while “other distinct ethnic and religious groups were the focus of one or two Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts, the black community was targeted extensively with dozens.” In some cases, Facebook ads were targeted at users who had shown interest in particular topics, including black history, the Black Panther Party and Malcolm X. The most popular of the Russian Instagram accounts was @blackstagram, with 303,663 followers.
The report does not seek to explain the heavy focus on African Americans. But the Internet Research Agency’s tactics echo Soviet propaganda efforts from decades ago that often highlighted racism and racial conflict in the United States, as well as recent Russian influence operations in other countries that sought to stir ethnic strife.
A reminder that the U.S. military is engaged in countries we don’t hear a lot about
The US military has said it killed 62 al-Shabab fighters in six air raids on Saturday and Sunday in the vicinity of Gandarsh in Somalia’s south-central Banaadir province.
The military’s Africa Command (Africom) said on Monday that four attacks were carried out on Saturday, killing 34 fighters, and two more on Sunday, which killed 28.
South Korean and North Korean soldiers confirm that a North Korean guard post inside the DMZ was dismantled. The two sides agreed to remove all but one post under an agreement signed in September.
Saudi Arabia is mad about the U.S. Senate condemning them for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, but not “attacking our more routine human rights abuses” mad
In a lengthy statement early Monday, Saudi Arabia said the Senate’s resolution “contained blatant interferences” in the kingdom’s internal affairs and undermines its regional and international role. The resolution was based on “unsubstantiated claims and allegations,” the statement also said.
“The kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership … and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” it said.
Such language is usually reserved for those who criticize the kingdom’s human rights record, such as Sweden in 2015 after the public flogging of a blogger, and Canada this year over the arrests of women’s rights activists.
But the statement was also tempered in saying the kingdom “reaffirms” its commitment to relations with the United States and describing the Senate as “an esteemed legislative body of an allied and friendly government.”
Zinke’s not out of the woods just yet
Ryan Zinke’s time in the Trump cabinet is ending, but his legal troubles are likely far from over.
When Mr. Zinke was forced to resign as interior secretary on Saturday, he joined a line of officials who have left the Trump administration under a cloud of ethics inquiries. But the investigations into Mr. Zinke’s actions are likely to continue, according to Delaney Marsco, the ethics counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan watchdog group. And if those inquiries turn out badly for him, Mr. Zinke still faces the threat of criminal penalties that could hobble his political future.
“It’s not a Get Out of Jail Free card to just quit,” Ms. Marsco said.
Hemp’s moment has arrived
The U.S. hemp industry is expecting business to expand and investors to beckon after Congress on Wednesday passed farm legislation that included a provision to legalize and regulate the plant under the Department of Agriculture.
“This is a monumental bill for hemp farming,” said Lauren Stansbury of the Hemp Industries Association.
The bill, awaiting President Trump’s signature, opens the door to state-by-state regulation, removes hemp, which is part of the cannabis plant family, from the federal enforcement of outlaw drugs and gives hemp farmers access to banking, crop insurance and federal grants, experts said.
That could open the industry, which produces therapeutic cannabidiol (CBD), fabric, rope and even ethanol, to a wave of investment.
No one deserves this
The Sierra Nevada snow pack is set to shrink by 79 percent by the end of the century, a new study finds
Confirmed: Brian Kemp lied
Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, had a problem. As did Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state.
It was Nov. 3, a Saturday, 72 hours to Election Day. Virtually tied in the polls with Democrat Stacey Abrams, Kemp was in danger of becoming the first Georgia Republican to lose a statewide election since 2006. And, now, a new threat. The secretary of state’s office had left its voter-registration system exposed online, opening Kemp to criticism that he couldn’t secure an election that featured him in the dual roles of candidate and overseer.
But by the next day, Kemp and his aides had devised one solution for both problems, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows.
They publicly accused the Democratic Party of Georgia of trying to hack into the voter database in a failed attempt to steal the election. The announcement added last-minute drama to an already contentious campaign. More important, it also pre-empted scrutiny of the secretary of state’s own missteps while initiating a highly unusual criminal investigation into his political rivals.
But no evidence supported the allegations against the Democrats at the time, and none has emerged in the six weeks since, the Journal-Constitution found. It appears unlikely that any crime occurred.
A 15-year-old environmental activist shames attendees of the United Nations COP24 conference for their inaction
You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future in front of their very eyes.
Until you start focusing on what needs to be done rather than what is politically possible, there is no hope. We cannot solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis.
We need to keep the fossil fuels in the ground, and we need to focus on equity. And if solutions within the system are so impossible to find, maybe we should change the system itself.
The U.S. Senate blamed the Saudi crown prince for the death of Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia disagrees
Saudi Arabia early on Monday rejected “the position expressed recently by the United States Senate”, saying that the Jamal Khashoggi murder is a crime that does not reflect the policy of the kingdom, a statement by Saudi’s foreign ministry said.
“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia rejects the position expressed recently by the United States Senate, which was based upon unsubstantiated claims and allegations, and contained blatant interferences in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, undermining the Kingdom’s regional and international role”, the statement carried by Saudi Press Agency said.
New Jersey Democrats abandon redistricting plan
State legislative Democrats’ unpopular attempt to change the way New Jersey draws its legislative districts has died following weeks of intense negative feedback from both Republicans and Democrats. …
At two simultaneous public hearings Thursday, dozens of liberal activists, academics and other advocacy groups trashed the amendment, which would insert a controversial formula into the state constitution that would require at least a quarter of the 40 state legislative districts be drawn within five points of the average statewide vote over the previous decade. Even former Attorney General Eric Holder, a Democrat who founded the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, issued a statement opposing the measure.
The other particularly controversial part of the amendment would expand the state legislative redistricting commission from 11 members to 13, and let legislative leaders appoint eight of its members. Currently, the Democratic and Republican state chairs appoint 10 members while the state Supreme Court’s chief justice appoints a tie breaker. That was seen as a dig at Gov. Phil Murphy, who is allied with Democratic State Chairman John Currie and is often as odds with the Democratic faction that controls the Legislature.