The White House won’t join a global pledge to combat online extremism

The White House won’t join a global pledge to combat online extremism

Multiple countries and companies are signing the “Christchurch call.” The US isn’t among them. More than a dozen countries, including France, Germany, and the UK — plus tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google — have signed on to an international call to fight online extremism. But the United States, under the directive of President Donald Trump, is holding out. On Wednesday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and French President Emmanuel Macron unveiled…

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This one weird trick can help any state or city pass clean energy policy

This one weird trick can help any state or city pass clean energy policy

A political strategy that actually works. Federal climate politics in the US remains as gridlocked as ever, but the past few years have seen a remarkable flourishing of climate and clean energy policy at the subnational level, in states and cities across the country. This has given rise to all sorts of deep analysis — about the potential and limitations of states as laboratories of democracy, about the role of cities in the 21st century,…

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A majority of voters want Mueller to testify in front of Congress

A majority of voters want Mueller to testify in front of Congress

Lawmakers are still trying to nail down a date for the special counsel’s hearing. Robert Mueller would have testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday if Democrats on the committee had gotten their way. But as the committee tries to set a hearing date with the special counsel, a poll has found they have public opinion on their side. Fifty-six percent of all voters want Congress to hear from Mueller, while only 19…

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Why Senate Republicans are fracturing over Donald Jr.’s testimony

Why Senate Republicans are fracturing over Donald Jr.’s testimony

The latest Trump loyalty test pits Republicans against one of their own. It looks like Donald Trump Jr. will be testifying in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee after all — an appearance requested by a Republican senator that was on the verge of falling through after fierce blowback from his own party. While Trump Jr. has testified in front of the Senate before, this closed-door appearance — which he has reportedly requested be limited…

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Anti-vaccination rallies are drawing crowds — even during the measles epidemic

Anti-vaccination rallies are drawing crowds — even during the measles epidemic

Hundreds of people attended an anti-vaccination event in New York, where the outbreak has hit hardest. Rockland County, New York, has been hit hard by the measles outbreak. That didn’t stop anti-vaccination groups holding a rally in the area Monday evening that attracted hundreds of attendees, most of them ultra-Orthodox Jews. The “vaccine symposium” was sponsored by a Jewish group based in Monsey, New York. Attendees referenced religious beliefs and pseudoscience that they claimed disproved…

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