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The promise and peril of the EU’s new asylum plan

The promise and peril of the EU’s new asylum plan

The European Union has proposed an ambitious new plan to deal with the thousands of asylum seekers who continue to arrive on Europe’s shores. But even top officials in the bloc acknowledge that the plan won’t make anyone happy. On Wednesday, the European Commission (the EU’s executive arm) released more than 500 pages filled with…
Trump uses the promise of a woman Supreme Court justice to fire up a North Carolina crowd

Trump uses the promise of a woman Supreme Court justice to fire up a...

At a rally Saturday night in North Carolina, President Donald Trump promised a fired-up crowd chanting “fill that seat” that he will nominate a woman to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week. Trump begins by saying nice things about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump's audience isn't thrilled about it but politely…
The false promise of “renewable natural gas”

The false promise of “renewable natural gas”

This piece was originally published on February 14 and has been updated to include a comment from SoCalGas. To stay in line with the targets laid out in the Paris climate agreement, the US needs to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, known as “deep decarbonization.” Virtually every credible study on deep decarbonization agrees on…
Bill Gates: AI is like “nuclear weapons and nuclear energy” in danger and promise

Bill Gates: AI is like “nuclear weapons and nuclear energy” in danger and promise

On Monday, Stanford unveiled its new Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. Bill Gates was the keynote speaker, and he spoke in more depth than he has in the last several years about both his fears for AI and his hopes for it. “The world hasn’t had that many technologies that are both promising and…

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