FROM Douglas Vakoch
Big Money and New Discoveries in the Search for Aliens Today, NASA officials announced the discovery of a new Earth-like planet that may be habitable. It’s been named Kepler - 452b.And it comes the same week that a Russian tycoon gave the search for extraterrestrial life a $100 million boost. Artist's concept compares Earth (L) to the new planet, called Kepler-452b which is about 60 percent larger in diameter. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.