Surprise: Science Has Little Effect on GOP Views of Climate ; Saudis Pledge $20 Billion to US Infrastructure ...and More Picks
Surprise: Science Has Little Effect on GOP Views of Climate ; Saudis Pledge $20 Billion to US Infrastructure ...and More Picks for 5/23
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Draining the Swamp? Trump Hires Lobbyists, Doesn’t Want Ethics Review (DH)
The Trump administration wants to prevent the Office of Government Ethics from knowing the names of former lobbyists they have hired.
Japan Passes ‘Controversial’ Privacy Bill to Fight Terrorism (Dan)
In a country that has little to no terrorism, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passes a ‘controversial’ anti-terror bill that, according to some, has some elements that do not have any connection to terrorism.
Science Knowledge Has Little Effect on GOP Climate Change Views (Milicent)
A recent Pew Research study finds that when it comes to causes of climate change, Republicans who are highly knowledgeable on science have about the same views as Republicans who are ignorant on science. On the other hand, nearly all science-savvy Democrats believe climate change is mostly due to human activity, while half of the less educated ones believe that to be the case.
GOP Congressman: “Is this Trump Thing Sustainable?” (Reader Steve)
A Kentucky congressman from the Grand Old Party wonders what many, many people are thinking about the current executive.
Saudis Pledge $20 Billion in US Infrastructure (Dan)
So now we know how the massive infrastructure plan will be paid for: by the US of Arabia.