Susan Page and Merdie Nzanga USA TODAY Published 8:19 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 President Trump has declared that he has the “absolute” right to pardon himself. Americans disagree. By more than 3-1, 64 percent to 18 percent, those surveyed in a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll say the president doesn’t have the power to pardon himself. Even Republicans are inclined to split with Trump on this. Just 29% say he has the power to pardon himself; 45% say he doesn’t. Trying to do so could spark a constitutional crisis for the White House: 58 percent of Americans, including 31 percent of Republicans, say the House of Representatives should impeach the president if he pardons himself. “If he has to have a presidential pardon for it, then he shouldn’t be president,” says Valeri Crankshaw, 57, of Hayward, California. She voted for Trump in 2016, but her admiration for him has waned since then. On everything from pardons to foreign policy, she … [Read more...] about Poll: Pardon me? Most say Trump should be impeached if he pardons himself
There is a universal language throughout the cosmos that, once cracked, could allow us to speak to aliens. That’s the opinion of linguistics icon Noam Chomsky, who presented his theory at a space science conference. READ MORE: Trump’s America: Weaker, divided & losing international prestige – Chomsky to RT Chomsky, a linguistics professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has long argued the case that the same basic grammar underscores all languages, meaning that alien visitors would find it hard to spot differences between our various tongues. At a workshop entitled ‘Language in the Cosmos’ at the International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles last week, Chomsky argued that if there is a universal grammar on Earth, the same theory can be applied to languages from outer space – maybe one day we could even find ourselves shooting the breeze with an ET-like creature stranded on our pale blue dot. Presenting separately, … [Read more...] about ET phone home? Chomsky’s Universal language theory could help us chat with aliens (POLL)
President Donald Trump’s turbulent first year in office begs an important question for Republican congressmen defending their seats in November: Is anyone safe? In the swath of rural northern Illinois between DeKalb, Kane and McHenry counties, there is a trio of incumbent U.S. representatives – Adam Kinzinger, D-16, Peter Roskam, D-6, and Randy Hultgren, D-14 – who vote with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. They now face three Democratic opponents posing threats to their seats in an election that may be primed for a "blue wave." It's typical for the sitting president's party to lose seats in Congress during midterms, but talks of the wave also stem from Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory last month in a Pennsylvania House district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016. Democrats are now eyeing their chance to retake Congress. "We’re seeing enthusiasm for change and having a voice in congress that reflects our values," said Lauren … [Read more...] about Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of Donald Trump?
Children playing with rubber ducks at bathtime might seem like a harmless pursuit - but scientists have warned it may be dangerous. A study by researchers at two universities has revealed potentially harmful bacteria can be found in hollow bath toys like rubber ducks and crocodiles. The study by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich and the University of Illinois revealed the “dark side” of plastic bath toys. In 80 per cent of bath toys studied, a murky liquid released when ducks were squeezed contained “potentially pathogenic bacteria”. Bacteria discovered included Legionella and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the rod‑shaped bacterium often involved in hospital-acquired infections. Experiments revealed warm, humid bathrooms provide ideal conditions for the formation of bacterial and fungal biofilms – for example, on shower curtains or behind cabinets. But the research said this was particularly the case with rubber ducks … [Read more...] about Why you should throw your child’s rubber duck away
Activists say Trump’s policies on birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of women and their male supporters turned out on Saturday for the second Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against US President Donald Trump marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office. The coordinated rallies in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities featured speakers who blasted Trump for policies that many said hurt women and urged voters to turn out for congressional elections in November. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas. “Your vote is the most powerful tool at your individual disposal,” actress Eva Longoria told the Los Angeles rally. “Everybody who has the privilege of voting must do so.” Pakistan-US relations depend on revision … [Read more...] about As Trump begins second year, women stage nationwide protests