The District of Columbia is suing President Donald Trump's inaugural committee and two companies that control the Trump International Hotel in the nation's capital, accusing them of throwing parties for the Trump family with nonprofit funds, and overpaying for event space at the hotel. read more
Researchers at Cardiff University have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that offers hope of a "one-size-fits-all" cancer therapy. T-cell therapies for cancer - where immune cells are removed, modified and returned to the patient's blood to seek and destroy cancer cells - are the latest paradigm in cancer treatments. The most widely-used therapy, known as CAR-T, is personalised to each patient but targets only a few types of cancers and has not been successful for solid tumours, which make up the vast majority of cancers. Cardiff researchers have now discovered T-cells equipped with a new type of T-cell receptor (TCR) which recognises and kills most human cancer types, while ignoring healthy cells.
This TCR recognises a molecule present on the surface of a wide range of cancer cells as well as in many of the body's normal cells but, remarkably, is able to distinguish between healthy cells and cancerous ones, killing only the latter. The researchers said this meant it offered "exciting opportunities for pan-cancer, pan-population" immunotherapies not previously thought possible. read more
We Found 132 More Posts by Him on a Neo-Nazi Site. The captain of a privately-run ICE detention center in Nevada has been fired after VICE News exposed his ties to white nationalism earlier this month. read more
President Donald Trump tweeted a new logo for his long-hyped Space Force on Friday and, well, people quickly noticed it looked familiar. The logo is almost exactly the same as the Starfleet insignia in the Star Trek franchise. read more
From "I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid" to hell yes I'm coming for your social safety net. In an interview with CNBC, [Donald] Trump was asked, "Entitlements ever [going to] be on your plate?" To which the man who said "I'm not going to cut Social Security like every other Republican and I'm not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid" responded, "At some point they will be. We have tremendous growth. We're going to have tremendous growth. This next year I"it'll be toward the end of the year. The growth is going to be incredible. And at the right time, we will take a look at that. You know, that's actually the easiest of all things, if you look, cause it's such a big percentage." Asked specifically about Medicaid, Trump told host Joe Kernen, "We're going to look" and then launched into a typical speech about how hes done so much for African Americans, who despise him, and failing to give his predecessor any credit whatsoever for the numbers:
In the first two years of the Trump administration, more than 1,600 federal scientists left government, according to Office of Personnel Management employment data analyzed by The Washington Post. That represents a 1.5 percent drop, compared with the 8 percent increase during the same period in the Obama administration. One-fifth of the high-level appointee positions in science are vacant " normally filled by experts who shape policy and ensure research integrity. Of those who departed, the numbers were greatest among social scientists, soil conservationists, hydrologists and experts in the physical sciences " chemistry, geology, astronomy and physics. At the Environmental Protection Agency, nearly 700 scientists have left in the past three years, according to The Post analysis. The EPA has hired 350 replacements.
Joan Walsh: Friday morning, CBS News reported that the Trump administration is warning Republican senators, "Vote against the president, and your head will be on a pike." Maybe that accounts for their increasing desperation and hypocrisy. On Thursday night, CNN reported on a new set of GOP talking points: Because Trump will likely block subpoenas of witnesses or evidence in the Senate trial, they would have to go to court, which could take a long time. But that's exactly the argument for which they've trashed House Democrats. In fact, in his masterful opening on Tuesday, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff hit back at Trump's attorneys after they mocked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for saying "we cannot be at the mercy of the courts" in the impeachment process after the Trump administration ignored multiple subpoenas as well as court rulings against it. Unfortunately, journalists occasionally parrot that line, too.
Senator Bernie Sanders has opened up a lead in Iowa just over a week before the Democratic caucuses, consolidating support from liberals and benefiting from divisions among more moderate presidential candidates who are clustered behind him, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll of likely caucusgoers. Sanders has gained six points since the last Times-Siena survey, in late October, and is now capturing 25 percent of the vote in Iowa. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. have remained stagnant since the fall, with Buttigieg capturing 18 percent and Mr. Biden 17 percent.
Aerosmith's drummer, Joey Kramer, got shut down in court ... after a judge ruled against him rejoining the band for its upcoming Grammy performance. Kramer sued Aerosmith claiming they unfairly blocked him from rejoining for the once-in-a-lifetime events. Kramer says the band made him audition ... something he claims no member has ever had to do in 50 years of service.
The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists. read more
Sean Wilentz, The Atlantic, writes about the NYT's 1619 Project. "The project's aim, the magazine announced, was to reinterpret the entirety of American history. "Our democracy's founding ideals," its lead essay proclaimed, "were false when they were written." read more
A recording reviewed by ABC News appears to capture President Donald Trump telling associates he wanted the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch fired while speaking at a small gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman -- two former business associates of Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who have since been indicted in New York. read more
Jamil Smith: What do the senate impeachment trial and the Virginia gun rally have in common? read more
An ancient Egyptian mummy has been 'brought back to life' after British scientists recreated its voice. Co-corresponding author Professor David Howard a biomedical engineer from the University of London said: "The process is only feasible when the relevant soft tissue is reasonably intact - as in the case of the 3,000 year-old mummified body of the Egyptian priest Nesyamun." read more
The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month. read more