For years, wind and solar power were derided as boondoggles. They were too expensive, the argument went, to build without government handouts. Today, renewable energy is so cheap that the handouts they once needed are disappearing. On sun-drenched fields across Spain and Italy, developers are building solar farms without subsidies or tax-breaks, betting they can profit without them. In China, the government plans to stop financially supporting new wind farms. And in the U.S., developers are signing shorter sales contracts, opting to depend on competitive markets for revenue once the agreements expire.
Rich Lowry: Never before has a boon to public health been met with such hysteria and ingratitude. Vaping is almost all upside in comparison with traditional smoking, a wanton destroyer of health and lives, and yet the nation is in the grips of a panic about e-cigarettes. read more
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump's constant attacks put her life at risk. Earlier that day, Trump retweeted a now-deleted video that, according to the Washington Post, used footage of Omar dancing at a Congressional Black Caucus event on September 13 to falsely claim she was "partying" on the anniversary of 9/11. ... "This is from a CBC event we hosted this weekend to celebrate black women in Congress," Omar shot back. "The President of the United States is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk." read more
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing for having worn brownface makeup at a 2001 costume party. "I should have known better then, but I didn't and I did it and I'm deeply sorry," he said to reporters in his campaign plane in Halifax, Nova Scotia. read more
A GOP group critical of President Donald Trump is now targeting Vice President Mike Pence to call out what it considers corruption in the administration. read more
Health insurance companies are expected to pay $743 billion in refunds to consumers this month because of an Affordable Care Act rule, according to a new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation. read more
The whistleblower complaint that has triggered a tense showdown between the U.S. intelligence community and Congress involves President Trump's communications with a foreign leader, according to two former U.S. officials familiar with the matter. Trump's interaction with the foreign leader included a "promise" that was regarded as so troubling that it prompted an official in the U.S. intelligence community to file a formal whistleblower complaint with the inspector general for the intelligence community, said the former officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. read more
Ever since Peter Falk walked into his grandson's room and read him a book about princesses, monsters, giants, evil princes, and true love, our movie hearts melted. "The Princess Bride" is as cult a classic as they come. ... all that movie magic could soon be ruined should there be any truth to what Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra told Variety on Tuesday. "Very famous people whose names I won't use, but they want to redo The Princess Bride," he revealed. Inconceivable. read more
The Trump administration plans this week to revoke California's long-standing right to set stricter air pollution standards for cars and light trucks, the latest step in a broad campaign to undermine Obama-era policies aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change, two senior administration officials said. read more
Two U.S. senators on Monday asked the FCC and national security agencies to review whether two Chinese state-owned telecom companies should be allowed to operate in the United States, at a time of heightened concern about possible Chinese spying. read more
One vital sign of the American economy is pointing toward growth turning negative by the end of the year. read more
As personal devices become the centerpiece of in-flight entertainment, airline passengers are increasingly at odds over the use of window shades, the Wall Street Journal writes. read more
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that the Trump administration's so-called maximum pressure campaign on Iran isn't achieving its purpose. "Clearly what we're doing isn't working," Graham said, adding that the goal of the administration's Iran policy should be to deter Tehran from escalating tensions in the region. Following his phone call with The Daily Beast, Graham in a series of tweets called on the Trump administration to do more, saying the "measured response" by President Trump is "seen by the Iranian regime as an act of weakness." On the same night as a Tuesday fundraising event in Silicon Valley, Trump tweeted back at Graham: "No Lindsey, it was a sign of strength that some people just don't understand!"
"Mid-September is behaving very much in line with the climatological peak of hurricane season in the Atlantic, as the National Hurricane Center launched advisories on several new systems in the space of just two hours at midday Tuesday," writes Bob Henson of Weather Underground. "On top of all this, the system known as 97L became Tropical Depression 10 on Tuesday morning, and it's likely to become a hurricane before it approaches the Lesser Antilles late this week." read more
A Florida couple is facing multiple charges after they started having sex in the back of a police car - after they were already under arrest on DUI charges.