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President Trump tweeted a warning this morning to the former FBI Director he fired. "James Comey better hope there are no ‘tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press." It's just the latest in a series of contradictions coming out of the Trump White House. Yesterday, speaking about Comey's firing, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders emphasized, "This absolutely has nothing to do with any investigation into Russia." Just hours later, the President told NBC's Lester Holt, "When I decided to just do it I said to myself, I said, "You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election."
Edward Isaac Dovere, chief Washington correspondent for Politico, says either the media are getting it all wrong or the White House is running into a problem of multiple statements -- all of which can't be true.
A raging dispute among climate scientists is breaking into the open. Could they slow global warming by injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight, or are the unintended consequences potentially so dangerous that even experimentation should be prohibited? The very idea was beyond the pale at the time of the Paris Agreement, but now it's gaining some traction. Opponents say it's beyond reckless. Would trying to resolve one problem create others that could get out of control?
David Keith, Harvard University (@dkeithclimate)
Raymond Pierrehumbert, University of Oxford
Simon Nicholson, Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment (@simonnicholson4)
Jack Stilgoe, Rutgers University (@Jackstilgoe)
Keith on responsible solar engineeering research
Keith's 'A Case for Climate Engineering'
Pierrehumbert on the madness of climate hacking
Nicholson's 'Global Environmental Politics: From Person to Planet'
Barack Obama's Attorney General, Eric Holder, ordered federal prosecutors not to bring charges against minor drug offenders that could lead to lifelong penalties. Today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said those days are over.
"Going forward I have empowered our prosecutors to charge and pursue the most serious offense as I believe the law requires, most seriously readily available offense." Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post says the new policy will likely lead to more federal prosecutions as well as an increase in the federal prison population.
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The silent suffering of Myanmar's Rohingya Former supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar, are demanding that she give up her Nobel Peace Prize. She's been silent about vicious atrocities committed by the military in her Buddhist-majority country. We get the background of a humanitarian crisis that's not as simple as it looks.
Raids, warrants and wiretaps: Mueller's investigation heats up Recent revelations spell bad news for Paul Manafort, President Trump's one-time campaign chair. We get a progress report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's involvement in last year's presidential campaign.
Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea President Trump played Good-Cop Bad-Cop today in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He told world leaders the US is ready to "destroy" North Korea — while saying that nations should work together… each in its own self-interest.
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