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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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No, Americans will not need a visa to travel to Europe

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  • No visa needed, but pre-approval required. No more just hopping on a plane. "Visitors from so-called visa "liberalisation countries" -- which include the U.S. -- will continue to be allowed to travel to the EU without a visa, but they will be required to obtain a travel authorization through ETIAS prior

    No visa needed, but pre-approval required. No more just hopping on a plane. "Visitors from so-called visa "liberalisation countries" -- which include the U.S. -- will continue to be allowed to travel to the EU without a visa, but they will be required to obtain a travel authorization through ETIAS prior to their travel, said the spokesperson." They say application will be quick and easy with a nominal fee. It will be valid for 3 years.

  • Given how hard it is for others to come to the US, might not be a terrible idea for us to experience a bit of inconvenience.

  • A short list of websites I’ve seen get this story wrong:

    CNN

    Daily Mail

    Travel & Leisure

    Thrillist*

    *Smart News even sent this to me as a push notification

  • The easier the freedom to move, explore, exchange cultures, experience differences, the better. But also worth remembering that passports privilege is one of those forms of entrenched inequality that is barely questioned even today. Makes it easy to move around for some, whole ensuring others are kept far away.

  • Smart move by the EU to utilize the pre-screen service as opposed to a visa requirement. Should they elect to go to visas for all US citizens, tourist revenue will most certainly drop.

  • Cool! Keep it visa-free to encourage lovers of travel.

  • It does not seem a surprise or a significant change and is similar to US ETAS system though is good for a year long than the US system.

  • This is SAD ... in a world where china spends more on infrastructure than EU and US together - we should work closer together

  • If this falls under the auspices of INS- then we're just adding more to a ridiculous backlog they currently have- over what I'm sure is really a non-problem.

  • We will need to register with the European Travel Information and Authorization System

  • Just like when a EU citizen applies for the ESTA to come to the us as a tourist...same thing.

  • Can't say I blame the EU.

  • So...What about the post-Brexit UK?

  • My wife and I honeymooned in Australia (I know, not Europe). When we showed up to the airport here (in the U.S.) they told us we needed Visas. We had no idea. We paid $40 each at the ticket counter and were on our way. The whole thing seemed like a bit of a shakedown on behalf of a sovereign country

    My wife and I honeymooned in Australia (I know, not Europe). When we showed up to the airport here (in the U.S.) they told us we needed Visas. We had no idea. We paid $40 each at the ticket counter and were on our way. The whole thing seemed like a bit of a shakedown on behalf of a sovereign country 😂 I still don’t get the point of the whole thing.

  • I’m relieved to hear this follow up as my best friend and half of my family live in Germany, and I’d quite like to visit them someday. However, this article mentions nothing about the prior criteria of needing a credit or debit card which was in articles yesterday. I certainly hope this was dropped

    I’m relieved to hear this follow up as my best friend and half of my family live in Germany, and I’d quite like to visit them someday. However, this article mentions nothing about the prior criteria of needing a credit or debit card which was in articles yesterday. I certainly hope this was dropped, as the majority of people my age do not have a bank account or credit card, but instead PayPal or some other similar form of online wallet. It would be a shame to block paying customers with money from visiting the EU just because we keep our funds in a non-traditional location.

  • Yawn.