President Donald Trump's acting national security adviser, former Reagan administration official Charles Kupperman, made an extraordinary and controversial claim in the early 1980s: nuclear conflict with the USSR was winnable and that "nuclear war is a destructive thing but still in large part a physics problem." read more
President Donald Trump on Wednesday again attacked the Federal Reserve Board and demanded members drop interest rates "to ZERO, or less" a move that would benefit him personally by some $8 million a year. read more
Solar thermal systems used winter sun to warm air or water that could reduce heating bills. Such systems now meet about 1% of global energy demand for heating. It's better than nothing, but hardly a solar revolution. read more
North Carolina Republican lawmakers abruptly voted Wednesday morning to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget, sparking chaos in the chamber by bypassing Democratic lawmakers, the latest in a series of obstructionist moves by Republicans in the state.
Dozens of Democratic state House representatives weren't present for the vote, according to The Associated Press. Republican leadership had told them there were not going to be any votes until Wednesday afternoon.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last month blocked a measure that would have used Treasury Department funds marked for Appalachian development to help pay for coal miners' health care and pensions in his home state of Kentucky. But just a few months earlier, McConnell successfully steered near-identical Treasury funds for Appalachia to bankroll a Kentucky aluminum plant connected to an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. read more