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"Today I was Trumped." That's from a tweet by environmental economist Robert Richardson at Michigan State. The message continues, "I have had the pleasure of serving on the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and my appointment was terminated today." Coral Davenport, who covers energy and the environment for the New York Times, says the move comes at a time when members of the administration and Congress have targeted the board to bring in more industry representation.
After a campaign of creative name-calling, Emmanuel Macron was elected President of France yesterday with 65% of the vote to Marine Le Pen's 35%. But right-wing populism is hardly on the run. Macron's new party holds no seats in Parliament, and Le Pen's National Front did better than ever before. French voters made clear their outrage -- about the economy, immigration and a swelling number of refugees. We look at the consequences for France and the EU, with populist nationalism on the rise in Hungry, Poland and elsewhere in Europe.
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Yascha Mounk, Harvard University / Slate (@Yascha_Mounk)
Andrew Wakefield founded the movement against vaccinations — with the claim that they're responsible for autism and bowel disease. Detailed investigation has discredited Wakefield's conclusions — and Lancet, the medical journal that originally published his work has retracted it.
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But a new measles outbreak among Somali-Americans in Minneapolis demonstrates its continuing impact. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, says it's difficult to convince people about facts when they believe they can't trust the government.