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At first I thought Trump's support for human exploration of Mars was one of his few saving graces, but in what should come as a surprise to nobody, he's completely unrealistic about the prospects.

"Trump said he wants humans on Mars 'in my 1st term, or at worst, my 2nd term so we're going to have to speed that up a little, OK?'"

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"WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has scrapped the tax plan he campaigned on and is going back to the drawing board in a search for Republican consensus behind legislation to overhaul the U.S. tax system.

The administration's first attempt to write legislation is in its early stages and the White House has kept much of it under wraps. But it has already sprouted the consideration of a series of unorthodox proposals including a drastic cut to the payroll tax, aimed at appealing to Democrats...."

Yes please.

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"A team of economists and ecologists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. This new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)

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"For years, the conservative movement peddled one set of talking points to the rabble, while its elites consumed a more grounded and reality-based media. The rubes listened to talk radio, read right-wing blogs, watched Fox News. They were fed apocalyptic paranoia about threats to their liberty, racial hysteria about the generalized menace posed by various groups of brown people, and hysterical lies about the criminal misdeeds of various Democratic politicians. The people in charge, meanwhile, read The Wall Street Journal and The Weekly Standard, and they tended to have a better grasp of political reality, as when those sources deceived their readers, it was mostly unintentionally, with comforting fantasies about the efficacy of conservative policies...."

Emphasis added: the threats to their liberty are real, but they are the consequences the article describes.

I love the link about Trump on Buchanan.
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