Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByElizabeth Williamson May 23, 2018 After the body of Jesse Lewis, age six, was recovered from his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Neil Heslin cradled his son for a final time. At the top of his forehead was the gunshot wound that ended his life. “It meant a lot to be able to see him,” Mr. Heslin said in an interview. “When he was born, I was the first to see him, and I was the last one to hold him.” Alex Jones, an online conspiracy theorist whose InfoWars website is viewed by millions, seized on this agonizing recollection to repeat the bizarre falsehood that the 2012 shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., was an elaborate hoax invented by government-backed “gun-grabbers.” On his radio show, Mr. Jones … [Read more...] about Truth in a Post-Truth Era: Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist
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Scooter Libby, left, chats with Dick Cheney during an event to promote Lynne Cheney's biography of James Madison in 2014. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) THE BIG IDEA: President Trump’s plan to pardon Lewis “Scooter” Libby is the latest signal to his associates that he has the power and inclination to reward those who stay loyal during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Libby was convicted of four felonies, including obstruction of justice and perjury before a grand jury, related to the outing of CIA operative Valerie Plame during his time as Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Libby was sentenced to 30 months in prison and fined $250,000. Richard Painter, who was the chief ethics lawyer in the Bush White House from 2005 to 2007, tweeted: “So what’s the message here? Lie to a grand jury to protect political superiors and you will get a full pardon?” Remember, Trump’s lawyer reportedly told … [Read more...] about The Daily 202: Trump’s plan to pardon ‘Scooter’ Libby sends a message to witnesses in Mueller probe
THE PROGNOSIS House Speaker Paul Ryan announces his retirement during a news conference on Wednesday. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) When House Speaker Paul Ryan exits Congress, he’ll leave unfulfilled his most prized policy goal: Slimming down the government’s big, costly health insurance programs. But Ryan contends he's made changes to Medicare and Medicaid -- the government health-care programs for senior and low-income Americans -- part of the regular conversation. And he's counting that as a win, despite the fact that President Trump is clearly not on the same page when it comes to entitlements and that deficit spending is expected to swell to $1 trillion by 2020 (see my colleague Tory Newmyer's rundown of Ryan's "scary math" legacy in today's Finance 202). “All the budgets I passed normalizing entitlement reform … I’m very proud of that,” Ryan told reporters yesterday as he announced his plans to step down after the … [Read more...] about The Health 202: Ryan also failed to rein in health-care spending
0 Have your say For high streets, retail parks and malls to survive the growing roll call of closures, tenants will have to be even leaner or offer something very different, writes Jane Bradley At Edinburgh’s Craigleith shopping centre, Toys R Us workers are removing empty shelving units from the shop floor. Discount signs are visible on every wall and display.The staff, putting on a brave face for the handful of customers who are scouring the depleted stock for bargains, all know the store is going to close, but they have not yet been told exactly when it will happen.The mood is despondent. “How else can you feel in this situation?” asks one young man, who does not want to be named. His position at the store, which only opened in October amid much fanfare, is his first job since leaving school. “I’ll have to start looking for something else,” he adds. His colleague, who has worked in a string of retail jobs, is not hopeful either. … [Read more...] about Insight: Is in-store shopping past its sell-by in Scotland?
Deron Burkepile, University of California, Santa Barbara Updated 3:02 pm, Friday, April 6, 2018 (The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Deron Burkepile, University of California, Santa Barbara and Mark C. Ladd, University of California, Santa Barbara (THE CONVERSATION) These are bleak times for coral reefs. Warming ocean waters, disease outbreaks, pollution, sedimentation, careless scuba divers, destructive fishing practices, and a host of other global and local stressors are decimating coral populations at unprecedented rates. If there is any silver lining to these events, it may be that many of the disturbances killing corals are acute: They occur just for a short period of time and then disappear, potentially allowing corals to recover before the next disturbance. But as stressors become more and more frequent, humans may have to help foster corals’ recovery. Many organizations are working … [Read more...] about Coral reefs are in crisis – but scientists are finding effective ways to restore them