Space 

Senate committee advances NASA and NOAA nominations again

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee voted on party lines Jan. 18 to advance the nominations of individuals to lead NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, although with no clear indication of when, or if, they will be confirmed by the full Senate. The Senate Commerce Committee voted 14–13 to advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) to be NASA administrator, and by an identical margin advanced the nomination of Barry Myers to be NOAA administrator. In both cases all the committee Republicans voted for the nominees, and…

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Could North Korea be using the Winter Olympics to open peace talks with USA?

The hermit state announced today it had reached a deal with its neighbours to the South to send a team and a 230-strong “cheering squad” to the games at Pyeongchang next month. Accompanying the athletes will be a delegation of officials from the hermit kingdom, as well as potentially a high-level representative of Kim Jong-un. The prestigious games, which are set to take place just 50 miles from the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) which separates the two Koreas, will also be attended by US Vice President Mike Pence And…

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Winter Olympics: Who will lead North Korea? Senior figures tipped to represent Kim Jong-un

Following the first high-level talks between North and South Korea in more than two years, negotiators from both sides of the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) announced this morning they had struck a deal on attending February’s Pyeongchang Games.  However, officials from the secretive North have yet to reveal their chief delegate for the 17-day event, and speculation is rife over who will stand in for dictator Kim. A series of international sanctions targeting both the North Korean regime and individual officials could block such senior members of the ruling…

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Trump to play defense in Pennsylvania ahead of special election

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is making his first foray into 2018 elections Thursday with a visit to a Western Pennsylvania congressional district on behalf of the Republican vying to replace former GOP Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned in scandal last October. Though Trump’s event is not officially a political one, it’s an early sign of the stepped-up political involvement the White House has promised GOP officials ahead of November’s midterm elections, where Democrats hope an anti-Trump wave will put them in power on Capitol Hill. Republicans, meanwhile, are taking…

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Donald Trump ‘VEHEMENTLY DENIES’ paying porn star £94,000 to ‘keep hidden encounter quiet’

Getty The attorney also provided a statement from the porn star that claimed the allegations are ‘false’ Mr Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, denied the claims that the Republican firebrand had a sexual encounter with Stephanie Clifford – the actress is also known as “Stormy Daniels”. Mr Cohen said: “These rumours have circulated time and again since 2011. “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence, as has Ms Daniels.” A White House official added: “These are old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”…

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Facing new layoffs, Carrier workers feel ‘forgotten’ by Trump

INDIANAPOLIS — It was raining in Indiana’s capital city on the day Renee Elliott and millions of other blue collar Americans stunned the world by helping to elect a Manhattan real estate mogul the 45th president of the United States. But all Elliott saw that day was sunshine. As she waited patiently in line to cast her vote, Elliott said she was buoyed by the belief that Donald Trump would make good on his campaign pledge and prevent her job at the Carrier plant — the job that she said…

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This Carrier worker thought Trump would save her job. She was wrong.

INDIANAPOLIS — It was raining in Indiana’s capital city on the day Renee Elliott and millions of other blue collar Americans stunned the world by helping to elect a Manhattan real estate mogul the 45th president of the United States. But all Elliott saw that day was sunshine. As she waited patiently in line to cast her vote, Elliott said she was buoyed by the belief that Donald Trump would make good on his campaign pledge and prevent her job at the Carrier plant — the job that she said…

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‘Surrender or die by SHOVEL’ US army chief tells ISIS jihadis they face ‘extreme death’

Command Sergeant Major John Troxell made the threats in social media posts on Twitter and Facebook.  He said: “ISIS needs to understand their two options when facing us: surrender or die!” In the direct posts on social media he warned ISIS members what will await them if they refuse to surrender.  CSM Troxell wrote on Facebook: “If they choose not to surrender, we will kill them with extreme prejudice through security force assistance, dropping bombs on them, shooting them in the face, or beating them to death with our entrenching…

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North Korea THREAT: ‘A lot of GOOD ENERGY!’ Trump says he’s happy with South Korea talks

North Korea and South Korea had “a lot of good talks” President Donald Trump said, adding that he hopes “good things are going to work out”.  Speaking at a press conference, Mr Trump said: “We have certainly problems with North Korea. “But a lot of good talks are going on right now, a lot of good energy, I see a lot of good energy. “I like it very much what I’m seeing.” Mr Trump added that he had spoken with South Korea’s President about the talks and he has “some…

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Science 

Coal baron's 'action plan' became Trump policy initiatives

FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2007 file photo, Robert “Bob” Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. In the early days of the Trump administration, Murray, the head of one of America’s largest coal companies sent a four-page “action plan” to the White House calling for rollbacks of key environmental and mine safety regulations he claimed would help revive the struggling mining industry. A review by The Associated Press…

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