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Open Season on Climate Science

I coined the term “Serengeti Strategy” to describe how industry special interests and their powerful patrons single out individual climate researchers or teams of scientists for attack, not unlike the way lions of the Serengeti target an individual zebra from the herd. This week, they are out for blood again.

Trump Warms to Health Insurance for All

President-elect Trump recently veered away from the standard Republican position on Obamacare, suggesting that he wants it repealed but simultaneously replaced. Still, his goals range from coverage for the neediest to coverage for all, and a new plan for funding quality health care remains unclear.

Five Questions for Todd Moss

In 2013, the Obama administration launched an ambitious, $7 billion project to expand and modernize electrical power in sub-Saharan Africa. Todd Moss, an economist and expert in U.S.-Africa relations, expects that support to continue — with some possible shifts in emphasis — under Donald Trump.

The Problem of the Lazy Brain

A host of recent research suggests that, at one time or another, we are all susceptible to being duped. The science also helps to explain why the late American novelist and Nobel laureate, William Faulkner, was spot-on when he observed that “Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

This Price Is Not Right

The head of the Department of Health and Human Services has a moral responsibility to care for all people. Based on his track record, U.S. Rep. Tom Price — an orthopedic surgeon himself, as well as a Christian — seems poised to make basic health care more difficult for millions of women and children.

Noam Chomsky on Trump, Climate Change, and Journalism

Renowned linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky predicted the rise of a figure like Donald Trump six years ago. Journalists, pollsters, and pundits, on the other hand, dismissed that possibility until it became a reality two weeks ago. In a short video, Chomsky weighs in on this and other topics.

Trump and the Social Psychology of Prejudice

Social and psychological research suggests that individual expressions of prejudice depend highly on perceived social norms. After a bitter campaign in which Donald Trump disparaged numerous social and ethnic groups, his ascension to the White House has almost certainly shifted those norms.

Up for Grabs

Donald Trump has denied allegations that he sexually assaulted women. But his recorded boasts about grabbing them — along with his response and that of his supporters to criticisms of such behavior — confirms research suggesting a profound lack of consensus in our culture about what sexual assault looks like.