Trump Says Sears Was Mismanaged. Mnuchin Was on Its Board for Years

President Donald Trump said that Sears Holdings Corp. had been mismanaged for years before it declared bankruptcy. Among those responsible for its management: his Treasury secretary. Steven Mnuchin was a member of Sears’s board from... Read More

How Hurricane Michael’s devastating wind damage is reminiscent of Andrew in 1992

As the devastating toll from Hurricane Michael becomes ever more clear, it has become apparent that it bears startling resemblance to yet another disastrous cyclone that struck the Sunshine State: Hurricane Andrew. The “benchmark storm”... Read More

Artist ‘astounded’ to see his Trump painting hung in the White House

The artist who painted a kitsch picture of Donald Trump grinning at a table with past Republican presidents including Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and both Bushes said he is “astounded” that it’s now hanging in... Read More

The Truth About the Trump Economy

by Robert Reich I keep hearing that although Trump is a scoundrel or worse, at least he’s presiding over a great economy. As White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow recently put it, “The single biggest... Read More

Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads

The nation’s top health official proposed on Monday that pharmaceutical companies be required to include the list price of medicines in television advertisements to consumers – the boldest element of a series of efforts by... Read More

Bloodhound 1,000mph car hits skids as project enters administration

Plans to build a British jet-powered car to speed at more than 1,000mph through the desert have hit quicksand, after the company behind the Bloodhound project entered administration. The dream of an ultra-fast car to... Read More

‘Hyperalarming’ study shows massive insect loss

Insects around the world are in a crisis, according to a small but growing number of long-term studies showing dramatic declines in invertebrate populations. A new report suggests that the problem is more widespread than... Read More

In Trump country, Republican candidates this year fall flat

ERIE, Pa. — Midway through another raucous arena rally last week, President Trump offered a revealing aside about Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican he recruited to jump into Pennsylvania’s Senate race. “I got him into... Read More

Two princes: Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump’s bet on the heir to the Saudi throne

When President Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of... Read More

Marijuana is emerging among California’s vineyards, offering promise and concern

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. — It is the fall harvest here in this fertile stretch of oaks and hills that produces some of the country’s best wine. This season, though, workers also are plucking the... Read More

Ford U-turn: no-deal Brexit could force carmaker to reconsider UK plans

The US carmaker Ford has described a no-deal Brexit as a “red line” that would force it to reconsider the scale of its presence in Britain in a dramatic reversal of an earlier commitment to... Read More

Peak Carbon Emissions By 2020, or Else!

by Robert Hunziker World greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2020, or it’s lights out! That’s the message from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), which has come out from under the shadows of... Read More

Putin is ‘probably’ involved in assassinations and poisonings, but ‘it’s not in our country,’ Trump says

President Trump said he believes that Russian President Vladi­mir Putin “probably” has been involved in assassinations and poisonings, but he appeared to dismiss the gravity of those actions, noting that they have not taken place... Read More

Brexit: EU insistence on Northern Ireland backstop unacceptable, May tells MPs

Theresa May has declared she “cannot agree to anything that threatens the integrity of our United Kingdom” as she told sceptical MPs the EU’s insistence on retaining the Northern Ireland backstop was unacceptable. The prime... Read More

Ryn Zinke’s calendar omissions date to first day in office

Ryan Zinke’s very first meeting as interior secretary was never put on his official calendar. It was a meeting scheduled to last five minutes with Chris Cox, the executive director of the National Rifle Association’s... Read More

Trump calls on blacks to ‘honor’ Republicans with votes, then praises Confederate general Robert E. Lee

LEBANON, Ohio — President Trump praised the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee while asking African American voters to “honor us” by voting Republican at an Ohio rally that featured an unexpected and provocative monologue on... Read More

Midterm elections are likely to change the calculus for post-2020 Census redistricting

The redistricting wars, which since 2010 have worked to the advantage of the Republicans, are about to take a potentially significant turn. The midterm elections, along with efforts in states to reduce partisan redistricting, are... Read More

Should we stop calling hurricanes natural disasters?

As Hurricane Michael bears down on North and South Carolina after devastating the Florida coast, experts argue that it is time to change the way we talk about these deadly storms. Earlier this year, the... Read More

Hurricane death toll climbs in Florida as officials get into most devastated areas

After Hurricane Michael tore through the Florida Panhandle on its way north, officials in the state were left with the macabre task of figuring out the storm’s death toll — a question that could take... Read More

Jamal Khashoggi: Labour slams government’s response as ‘too little, too late’

Labour has launched a blistering attack on the government over its response to the presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as pressure mounts on officials heading to Saudi Arabia for a conference. US President... Read More

Living in a New Gilded Age

by Robert Reich The Trump Justice Department has approved a $69 billion merger between CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, and insurance giant Aetna. It’s the largest health insurance deal in history. Executives say the combination will... Read More

Inside Trump’s Pre-Midterm Media Blitzkrieg: He Wants To ‘Flood the Zone’

In the middle of September, Donald Trump wanted to make something very clear to his senior staff: He didn’t feel like he was talking to enough reporters, and he needed to talk to as many... Read More

Racial bias in police stop and search getting worse, report reveals

Black Britons are increasingly likely to be stopped and searched by #police compared with white people, according to shocking new figures that challenge Theresa May’s attempt to reform the controversial power. The most authoritative analysis... Read More

West Virginia’s voting experiment stirs security fears

West Virginia is about to take a leap of faith in voting technology — but it could put people’s ballots at risk. Next month, it will become the first state to deploy a smartphone app... Read More

‘We’ve never seen anything like this’: GOP overwhelmed by Democratic cash

A deluge of Democratic spending in the final days of the battle for the House has triggered recriminations among Republicans and forced the party to lean on its biggest patron to salvage their majority. Since... Read More

Kushner Paid No Federal Income Tax for Years, Documents Suggest – The New York Times

Over the past decade, Jared Kushner’s family company has spent billions of dollars buying real estate. His personal stock investments have soared. His net worth has quintupled to almost $324 million. And yet, for several... Read More

‘Donald Trump in Full’: The President’s Very Talkative, Very Televised Week – The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Air Force One has become a flying call center, the Oval Office, a revolving door of journalists, dignitaries and celebrities. Rock stars and cabinet secretaries wander the White House driveway, a place that... Read More

Bank of England to print plastic £50 notes

The £50 note will remain part of UK currency after a “new, more secure” version of the highest-value note in England was announced. It will be printed on thin, flexible plastic polymer material after the... Read More

Bad Systems Breed Bad Outcomes

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall THE HEARINGS: Part One — SOCIOLOGIST REPORT I, like most of you, saw a pathetic case of America in action last Thursday. Not because of the hearings process, but... Read More

Forecast: Democratic hopes of taking the Senate look as dim as ever

House forecast: Democrats will win 229 seats (and the House majority) while Republicans will win just 206 seats. A Democratic win of 205 seats and 262 seats is within the margin of error. Senate forecast:... Read More