Climate deniers have garnered far more media attention than prominent climate scientists over the years, fueling public confusion and slowing the response to global warming, researchers reported Tuesday. From 2000 through 2016, hundreds of academics, business people and politicians who doubted global warming or attributed rising temperatures to "natural" causes got 50 percent more ink than an equal number of top scientists, according to a study in Nature Communications, a peer-reviewed journal. Even in a more select group of mainstream English language news outlets with high standards of evidence -- from the New York Times and The Guardian to The Wall Street Journal and the Daily Telegraph -- sceptics were still cited slightly more often. In reality, there has long been overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that global warming -- caused mainly by burning fossil fuels -- poses a major threat to civilization and much of life on Earth. An increase of only one degree Celsius had … [Read more...] about Climate deniers get more media play than scientists: Study
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WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Formally declaring China a currency manipulator may scratch a long-term itch for US President Donald Trump, but the move provides few new tools that have not already been employed in two years of trade negotiations with Beijing. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin issued the declaration late on Monday (Aug 5), after China's central bank let the yuan slip below the psychologically important level of seven yuan to the dollar. The move marks the first manipulator designation since 1994, when China was declared a manipulator. The main purpose of such designations under a 1988 US currency law was to force negotiations with the offending country over their foreign exchange practices, but the United States and China have been locked in comprehensive trade negotiations - including on currency issues - for more than two years without result. It is difficult to see how a designation will change the situation other than fanning trade and currency war flames, said Mark … [Read more...] about US branding of China as currency manipulator: What happens next?
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump is expected to launch his re-election campaign Tuesday (Jun 18), kicking off an age-old battle that most sitting US presidents wage for four more years of power.Recent history suggests that the 2020 advantage goes to Trump - although Democrats have fielded an extraordinarily diverse group of candidates pursuing the nomination, and the brash New York billionaire has been saddled with scandal and calls for his impeachment.Can Democrats overcome Trump's dominant position and reclaim the White House? Here is a look at how the power of incumbency impacts presidential politics.IS PAST PROLOGUE?Of America's 44 previous presidents, just 15 served two full consecutive terms. But recent elections have especially favored sitting presidents.Since World War II, only three incumbent candidates have failed to win re-election. The three presidents prior to Trump - Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama - all won two terms.ADVANTAGESModern-day presidents are … [Read more...] about Incumbency is powerful. Is Trump poised for re-election?
WASHINGTON — In modern times, presidents have rarely been church mice afraid of a little salty language. But President Donald Trump has grown increasingly willing in recent months to say in public what most of his predecessors tried to keep behind closed doors. His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him. At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of gleefully provoking the political establishment bothered by his norm-shattering ways. In a single speech on Friday alone, he managed to throw out a “hell,” an “ass” and a couple of “bulls****” for good measure. In the course of just one rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, earlier this month, he tossed out 10 “hells,” three “damns” and a “crap.” The audiences did not seem to mind. … [Read more...] about News President foul mouth: Trump masters the cuss
WASHINGTON -- Centrist Republican Richard Lugar, a soft-spoken foreign policy powerhouse who championed nuclear nonproliferation during 36 years in the US Senate, died on Sunday at age 87. The Lugar Center, a Washington-based nonprofit, said in a statement that he died peacefully at the Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Virginia due to complications from CIDP, a chronic neurological disorder. Lugar, a professorial Midwesterner known for his keen intellect and mild demeanor, served eight years as mayor of Indianapolis starting in 1968 before his long stint in the Senate from 1977 to 2013. He was the longest-serving senator ever from Indiana. Lugar was an influential Republican voice on foreign policy. A former Rhodes scholar and an avid runner into his 70s, Lugar served as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and also headed the Agriculture Committee. He unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1996. Former President Bill Clinton and … [Read more...] about News Former US Senator Lugar, nuclear nonproliferation champion, dies at 87