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Jun

2017

Weather Channel sends Trump a message: ‘Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should’

Author: Editor

When President Trump announced at 3 p.m. Thursday that he would be pulling the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, the Weather Channel editors were ready. They turned the “official homepage of Mother Nature” — usually devoted to tornadoes, blizzards, heat waves and hurricanes — into a not-so-subtle protest.

“So, What Happens to Earth Now?” said one headline that appeared on its home page.

“Still Don’t Care? Proof You Should,” said another, linking to a story about “ghost forests” that are dying off as a result of rising tides and sea levels.

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May

2017

Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says

Author: Editor

Health-care legislation adopted by House Republicans earlier this month would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured by 2026 than under current law, the Congressional Budget Office projected Wednesday — only a million fewer than the estimate for the House’s previous bill.

The nonpartisan agency’s finding, which drew immediate fire from Democrats, patient advocates, health industry officials and some business groups, is likely to complicate Republicans’ push to pass a companion bill in the Senate.

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May

2017

Tom Skilling, scientists at climate forum warn of severe weather changes ahead

Author: Editor

One of Chicago's most venerated meteorologists joined a Naperville congressman, several scientists and a former EPA regulator at North Central College Saturday to discuss climate change data and urge individuals to take action.

"I didn't come to my current view on climate change easily. I was skeptical," WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling told the sold-out audience of 200. He explained how science can prove that greenhouse gases change the jet streams, which in turn affect weather. These changes are leading to more powerful hurricanes, more damaging tornadoes and more severe flooding, he said.

"It's costing money and lives," said Skilling, who showed slide after slide of graphs, charts, models and pictures that he said were proven evidence of climate change, including time-lapse photos over seven years that documented large sections of glaciers in Alaska melting.

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Apr

2017

The Emerging Strategy for Capitalizing on Women's Unprecedented Interest in Politics

Author: Editor

Jean Sinzdak could see right away that this year would be different for women in politics. For the first time in her 12 years of running a seminar for women interested in public office, she had to start a waitlist.

Registrations for the “Ready to Run” program, run by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), began pouring in after the presidential election. Whether it was Hillary Clinton’s loss or Donald Trump’s victory despite multiple sexual harassment accusations and a video that shows him brag about grabbing women, the election results have been a mobilizing force.

“We had a lot of women who said, ‘I never considered running myself, but this year I woke up or I realized I had to do it,’” says Sinzdak, the associate director for CAWP.

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Apr

2017

Flynn probably broke law by failing to disclose foreign income, House Oversight leaders say

Author: Editor

The lead Democrat and Republican on the House Oversight Committee meted out a rare bipartisan rebuke of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday after seeing private information that confirmed the former administration official failed to disclose foreign income from Russia and Turkey.

The public criticism by the senior Republican on the House’s chief investigative panel is unusual and presents a dilemma for the White House, which was accused of failing to provide everything the committee asked for — an assertion White House press secretary Sean Spicer disputed.

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