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The Trans-Pacific Partnership might have survived a Hillary Clinton presidency, but Donald Trump's victory means almost certain death for what was to be a signature legacy for President Obama. One big winner as a result is China. Clay Dube is Director of the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California.
Donald Trump's election has been a profound shock to scientists, environmentalists and the clean-energy industry. He's promised to pull out of the Paris Agreement, rescind the Obama Clean Power Plan, get rid of EPA regulations and bring back coal. That's despite indisputable evidence that humanity’s warming the Earth to the point that ours in only one of the species headed for certain extinction. We hear there is hope — from technology — and from talking morality to Christian evangelicals and economic to doubting Republicans.
David Biello, TED Talks (@dbiello)
Katharine Hayhoe, Texas Tech University (@KHayhoe)
Bob Inglis, Former Republican Congressman from South Carolina, Energy and Enterprise Initiative (@bobinglis)
When Ruth Whippman moved to Berkeley, California from the United Kingdom, she noticed a contradiction in American culture. Americans try hard to think positively, and we spend billions in search of happiness – yet we're still so anxious. Her travels around the country led to write a new book. It's America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness Is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks.
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The Jewish State of Israel: Democracy or Apartheid? Israel’s recent “national unity” law calls the country “unique” to the Jewish people. But 21 percent of Israelis are Arabs. Do Jewish values conflict with pluralistic democracy? Jews in both countries are sharply divided over a question that goes to the founding of the “Jewish State.”
Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
Cartoons, Comic Strips and Opinions Rob Rogers of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is the latest editorial cartoonist to lose his job. Fired for harsh portrayals of President Trump. We’ll talk with him and look at another kind of cartooning: comic strips. Even when the kids don’t realize it, they’re political, too. They’re a highly sophisticated artform and a barometer of social change.
Cyberwar: Can the US Defend Against “The Perfect Weapon?” By hacking centrifuges, the US may have slowed Iran’s nuclear-weapons program. But a good offense is not the best defense. Threats to US elections, the power grid and even medical records are real and present. But they’re not getting the attention they deserve. That’s according to the New York Times’ David Sanger, in his book The Perfect Weapon.
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