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The impeachment hearings

A "dishonest scrivener" covertly changed the Constitution’s impeachment clause. A Constitutional scholar at the inquiry hearing today mentioned the day in 1787 when the Constitutional convention debated a clause on impeaching.

A dishonest scrivener covertly changed the US Constitution’s impeachment clause

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest

If you are a style freak then you already know just how strongly word nerds feel about the importance of phrasing things just so. But what you may not know is that the framers of the US Constitution created a style committee to arrange the final document, and one of the word nerds on it was a dishonest scrivener who advanced his own constitutional approach through subtle but substantive changes that were ratified and became part of the text of this founding legal document.

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature

It is an interesting history, and the full 100-page study of the question may contain information about serious changes, but the following facts seem to matter most: 1) The Convention approved the Constitution, 2) the States ratified the Constitution, 3) any crime committed by a President is by the nature of the office a betrayal of the trust of the People of the United States, and 4) while justices may wish to read the Convention proceedings or the Federalist Papers, the Constitution is the law. Finally, in the case of Donald J. Trump, evidence of various crimes already in the public domain shows him to have violated Articles I and II of the Constitution itself, so the question is moot.

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power

And it’s good to see the Supreme Court justices take into consideration the intentions of the framers by considering the drafts and constitutional convention documents in their ruling.

What makes the US constitution strong is the fact that it accounts for human imperfections and temptations of power. While there may have been “philosopher kings”, there were no such things as “benevolent tyrants”.

The start of an epidemic

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis. Five states—California, Idaho, Illinois, New York, and Texas—were subject to a "triple threat" of conditions that left them particularly susceptible to a flood of painkillers.

Obscure state regulations gave birth to the opioid crisis

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states

Economists use different kinds of experiments to test theories, and a particularly effective type is a "natural experiment," where otherwise similar companies or countries might use different strategies or policies. That's what happened with US states at the birth of the opioid crisis, when some states made it harder for doctors to prescribe drugs like oxycontin, while others had no such barriers. According to a new paper, Purdue Pharma understood the difference, and eagerly exploited it.

Political messaging

An anti-Bloomberg ad ran on bloomberg.com. The “[Michael] Bloomberg will take your guns ad” that slipped through an algorithmic decision-making process was the creation of US gun lobby NRA, which is unhappy with Bloomberg’s presidential bid.

The NRA was able to run an anti-Michael Bloomberg ad on Bloomberg.com

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's

I was astounded to see this ad and became even more surprised when reps from both Bloomberg.com and Taboola told me they each have policies against running any political ads. And yet they both failed in the most embarrassing way: Mike Bloomberg's fiercest political rival was able to use the candidate's own news website to attack him over one of the issues he fights for the hardest.

The next big thing

Focus on the future

Disrupting dementia

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem. No matter how far science advances, it will never be able to tell you how to personally deal with a dementia diagnosis. ✦

Science can’t fix dementia’s most heartbreaking problem

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and

As a science journalist, I believe there's always an answer for how to do things. That's why reporting this story was so hard: I learned there IS no guidebook for taking care of a person with dementia. It's scary and lonely and heartbreaking.

I cried while interviewing my parents for this story, and choked up talking to my friend, and a stranger. It was an eye opening experience, and I'm grateful they shared their stories.

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality

An excellent journalistic piece that integrates the human element successfully with the stakes of the successes of scientific research (here finding cures for the many forms of dementia). Also, an excellent example of why science journalists are essential in bridging the gap between the hard reality of patients and their families, and the surgical/cold eye of scientists and healthcare practitioners on these devastating diseases.

What's SCOTUS up to?

Its chief justice sounded almost socialist in the ARCO Montana case. John Roberts urged private landowners to think big picture in their bid for a smelter owner to shoulder cleanup costs for 20,000 acres of land in Montana.

SCOTUS chief John Roberts sounded almost socialist in a case about toxic waste and landowners

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the

A fight between private landowners in Montana and ARCO, owner of the now defunct Anaconda Smelter that spewed toxins into the big sky of Big Sky Country for a century, brought out the communitarian in chief justice John Roberts. ARCO and the federal government argue that the landowners can't sue the company in state court for environmental remediation because the EPA is already in charge of the smelter site and additional efforts could upset the delicate balance there.

You might expect that conservative justices would have sided with private landowners, and some seemed to do that, but the issues at stake here appeared to touch the chief deeply. He emphasized the greater good and the big picture beyond Big Sky Country.

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Critics lambast 'leery, retrograde' Cannes twerking film

Critics lambast 'leery, retrograde' Cannes twerking film

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  • Well, that’s embarrassing: a respected French director basically just showed a porno at Cannes. Bear in mind that the director is (or perhaps was) well regarded and France is in no way squeamish about eroticism, yet still this mess— ostensibly a sequel to the award-winning “Blue is the Warmest Color”

    Well, that’s embarrassing: a respected French director basically just showed a porno at Cannes. Bear in mind that the director is (or perhaps was) well regarded and France is in no way squeamish about eroticism, yet still this mess— ostensibly a sequel to the award-winning “Blue is the Warmest Color”— was universally panned as an irredeemably trashy butt-montage.

    The whole situation begs the question: what the hell was he thinking? Is his head so far up his own ass that he really thinks he made something of artistic merit? Was the whole thing a weird prank at the expense of the audience? Or has he simply gone completely nuts?

    This artistic masterpiece features “some two and a half hours of twerking and pole dancing”, with a “13-minute cunnilingus scene” as an intermission. The nearly 4-hour magnum opus has been described by critics as “painfully retrograde and painful to watch”, “lascivious leery trash”, a “lech fest”, a “bloated, petty provocation”, and a “four-hour movie about butts.” The viewing experience, apparently is “its own kind of hell”, leaving the audience wishing they “could unsee and unhear it.”

    Unsurprisingly, the director has in the past been described as something of a perv around actresses, and is currently being investigated by police for accusations of sexual assault. All this comes as Cannes, in the year of our Lord 2019, is explicitly honoring a known and confessed wifebeater. Not a good look, though after the past few years I think everyone outside it already views the film industry as a breeding ground for creeps and rapists.