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Team Trump in trouble

Trump's tax returns will become public if the Supreme Court follows precedent. The high court must decide whether to grant the president's new petition for review. If it does, that won't necessarily bode well for Trump.

If the Supreme Court follows precedent, Trump’s tax returns will become public

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch

It’s a weird one... on the one hand, the long history of state vs federal reach and powers is a struggle that shaped the constitution by the framers. And on the other hand US presidents have also traditionally voluntarily disclosed their tax returns...

Sitting president aside, this is one to watch: it’s far reaching in the implications towards the ever expanding executive powers...

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and

Yesterday Trump filed a petition to the US Supreme Court seeking to block a subpoena that will force his accountants to turn over his financials. The prior cases on related matters didn't turn out well for presidents Richard Nixon or Bill Clinton. But Trump is making much of the distinctions here and hoping the justices will agree that this case, arising from a state grand jury investigation, is unconstitutional.

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Building a sustainable future

Flooding is difficult to predict and prepare for. A hydrologist in the UK wants the government to be more aware of the risks of building homes and businesses in floodplains—or at least improve design standards. There have been devastating floods in the north of England this week.

Why flooding is so difficult to predict and prepare for

Flooding is a tragic reality for many parts of the UK today – and flooding will also become more common and more extreme with climate change. The Met Office believes that intense rainfall associated with flash flooding could become almost 5 x more frequent by the end of the century.

In the UK, greater

Flooding is a tragic reality for many parts of the UK today – and flooding will also become more common and more extreme with climate change. The Met Office believes that intense rainfall associated with flash flooding could become almost 5 x more frequent by the end of the century.

In the UK, greater investment needs to be made in developing more innovative water management systems and new, more radical, forms of flood defence. There are some fascinating infrastructure innovations in this area, particularly from Asia, which is home to some of the world’s wettest countries.

In Tokyo, a massive “underground cathedral” is part of the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel – a system of dams, levees and tunnels defending Tokyo. In extreme flood cases, the system takes in water from the 5 rivers crossing Tokyo, holds it temporarily, and then discharges it into the largest river when it’s safe to do so. The pumps in this system can push 200 tons of water per second (which equates to emptying a 25m swimming pool in 2-3 seconds)

Another example is the work led by Professor Kongjian Yu, developing the concept of “sponge cities” – a city designed (or retrofitted) to passively absorb, clean and use flood water. There are now hundreds of sites around the globe that use sponge city concepts, including permeable pavements, wetlands, and rain gardens all with the aim of absorbing excessive rainfall through soil infiltration and/or retaining it in underground tunnels and storage tanks until flooding recedes or it can be safely channelled.

It will be interesting to see whether the UK looks to greenlighting more ambitious approaches to flood management over time. Projects of this scale will of course come with a significant price tag.

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Why Beto O’Rourke Shouldn’t Share His Fundraising Haul With Candidates Who Need It More

Why Beto O’Rourke Shouldn’t Share His Fundraising Haul With Candidates Who Need It More

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From Our Members

  • I have a suggestion for campaign finance reform. Give candidates plenty of time to clear all expenses. After that all money left over goes to the treasury at the level they were running: US Senate or Rep goes to US Treasury, State leg goes to State Treasury, city to city. That way everybody starts even

    I have a suggestion for campaign finance reform. Give candidates plenty of time to clear all expenses. After that all money left over goes to the treasury at the level they were running: US Senate or Rep goes to US Treasury, State leg goes to State Treasury, city to city. That way everybody starts even every time& you don't have people like Chris Dodd a few years ago fund raising to the last minute & then choosing not to run & pocketing the difference.

  • That guy is playing to win, not playing to not lose. More power to him.

  • I think O'Rourke's case is unique, compared to other Democrats that have previously done the same. He raised a lot of the money from average people, small donations at a time. There's a certain trust and 'buy in' that comes with that. It makes sense that he's reluctant to simply pass it on to other races.