Kris Kobach, Donald Trump, Mike Pence
Voters Fear Big Brother: County clerks in Colorado report a large increase in people withdrawing their state voter registration since Colorado Secretary of State agreed to send the Trump administration’s election integrity commission some voter-roll information. About this photo. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence presenting the Executive Order for the Establishment of a Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Kris Kobach is Kansas Secretary of State and vice chairman of the Commission. Photo credit: The White House / Flickr and AndrewRosenthal / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Trump’s Possible Fed Pick

Women of Color Face Harassment in Science Careers ;The Real Number of Casualties in Iraq ..and More Picks

Women of Color Face Harassment in Science Careers ;The Real Number of Casualties in Iraq ..and More Picks for 7/12

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Women of Color Face Staggering Amount of Harassment in Astronomy (Trevin)

Hostility toward women in the sciences is fierce, but in astronomy it’s twice as bad for women of color, many of whom “feel unsafe at work, attending conferences, and conducting field research.”

Is Owning a Car Becoming Outdated? (Reader Steve)

With the era of self-driving cars apparently fast approaching, this article outlines why individual car ownership is coming to an end.

Trump’s Possible Fed Pick: Fmr Goldman Sachs banker – and Democrat (Dan)

Will Gary Cohn take the helm of the central bank from Yellen? Sources close to the process say if Cohn wants it, it’s his.

China’s First Foreign Military Base – Who Noticed? (Russ)

True, Djibouti is a tiny country, but it is smack dab by the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Just another example of challenges to America’s supremacy in the Trump Age.

Civilian Catastrophe – The Real Numbers of Casualties by Iraqi and US Forces (Reader Pat)

Amnesty International report says US Iraq Coalition likely committed war crimes with indiscriminate killing of nearly 6,000 civilians in Mosul, Iraq.


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