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Stephen Bannon, California, Bitcoin: Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview _____ Photo Credit Wojciech Pacewicz/European Pressphoto Agency 9. Like a lot of Philip Roth fans, our literary critic wondered what the author of “American Pastoral,” “I Married a Communist” and “The Plot Against America” makes of this strange period we are living in now. Here, in this exclusive interview, the (former) novelist shares his thoughts on President Trump, #MeToo and retirement. And here’s another tribute to Dolores O’Riordan, above, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries who died on Monday in London. _____ Photo Credit CBS 10. Finally, late night hosts like Stephen Colbert, above, and Jimmy Fallon weren’t about to let President Trump’s reported remarks about Haiti and certain African countries go away […]

DACA, Gerrymandering, California: Your Wednesday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV Talking to Stephen Colbert, the actor James Franco denied accusations of sexual impropriety that surfaced after the Golden Globes ceremony on Sunday. • Quotation of the day “It’s going to be chaos. He gave them 19 years of work, and how do they repay him? They tell him, ‘Get out of here.’ ” — Bertila Parada, who sent her son to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago under a program that President Trump has now canceled. Back Story Ninety years ago this month, Leon Trotsky, one of the early leaders of the Communist Party, was exiled by Joseph Stalin to what is now Kazakhstan, clearing the way for Stalin’s complete control of the Soviet Union […]

New York City, Alabama, NFL Network: Your Tuesday Briefing

• Hang out with the popular crowd. Read the 100 most-read stories from The Times this year. • Best of late-night TV. Continue reading the main story Stephen Colbert addressed the suspect in Monday’s subway attack: “Nice try. New York commuters don’t even flinch when the subway break dancers kick two inches away from their face.” • Quotation of the day. “We cannot stop living. There was the event on the bike path last month. I tell you, I’m more concerned by the derailment on this line last summer.” — Louis Bernier, a passenger on an A train in New York after the would-be suicide attack. Photo President Trump announced on Monday that it would be the next destination for a piloted space mission.” data-mediaviewer-credit=”Agence France-Presse — Getty Images” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/12/12/world/12USBriefing-moon/12USBriefing-moon-master675.jpg” /> Buzz Aldrin on the moon in 1969. U.S. […]

Jeff Sessions, John McCain, O.J. Simpson: Your Thursday Briefing

• Best of late-night TV. On “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert summed up his view of the White House’s truthfulness: “Every time they tell us it’s a nothing burger, it turns out to be a juicy quarter pounder with sleaze.” Continue reading the main story • Quotation of the day. “If he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else.” — President Trump, expressing frustration with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. […]

Washington Memo: Trump as a Novel: An Implausible ‘Soap Opera Without the Sex and Fun’

“It’s early. We’re getting introduced to the characters,” said John Dean, the White House counsel and Watergate supporting player during the Nixon administration, who has become a frequent author in the decades since. “We’re not quite sure how this story is going to unfold, as comedy or tragedy.”He does have a guess. He pleaded guilty to a felony once.At present, though, the elements for either genre are slotting into place — an Allen Drury novel crossed with Shakespeare, with final touches entrusted to producers for the E! network.Foreign intrigue. Strained alliances at the Capitol. A blundering son […]

Tesla unleashes Autopilot capabilities with 7.0 software update, plans to map the world

The trend is clear: Someday, vehicles will be able to drive themselves, and that’ll be safer than with a human driver. We’re not quite there yet… […]

Compassion Rising as Strategy for Climate Adaptation

On last Thursday’s Late Night, Stephen Colbert interviewed Joe Biden about his son’s death. It was remarkable to hear a potential presidential candidate speak so candidly about his emotions. He used the term empathy in almost every sentence. Viewers could only imagine the magnitude of his decision: to run for president, which he acknowledged would take 110% of his time and attention, or to spend time with his newly fatherless grandchildren, widowed daughter-in-law and his stricken wife. New Yorker writer Evan Osnos commented the next day that “…it was impossible not to see, in the Biden interview, a rebuttal to Trump’s moment in America–to the notion of self-promotion as success, of cruelty as candor, of empathy as weakness.” The notion of empathy as weakness is being subverted as mainstream America develops a reverence for gentleness and compassion. You see it everywhere. I learned about the Charter for Compassion from Cynthia Figge, COO of CSRHub (sponsor of this blog) and a Council member. That charter was created in 2008 to promote dignity and respect among humans. Now, climate change has pushed the charter to extend to compassion to nature as well, allowing “human beings to survive and thrive.” Neuroscientist Dan Siegel credits compassion with rewiring the brain. It creates “a flexible and adaptive way of being that is filled with vitality and creativity,” qualities essential for adapting to climate change. Siegel specifically addresses climate change through mindfulness and meditation techniques, which he says will naturally lead us to make decisions helpful to the earth. Compassion has always been essential to our evolution. As Darwin wrote, “…those communities, which included the greatest number of the most sympathetic members, would flourish best…” Time Magazine’s Greg Griffin expanded on Darwin in his article last week, “‘Survival of the fittest’ is a sham,” which debunks the myth that American exceptionalism is based on military strength. Griffin’s thesis that cooperation, not strength, is key to survival is founded in our biology: we are “systems of cooperating species,” where microbial cells (bacteria) outnumber our cells ten to one. We as humans rely on these interconnections and the compassion that feeds them to address society’s ills. One example: Stanford’s Medical School uses Compassion Cultivation Training to strengthen doctors’ empathy and kindness, thereby improving patient outcomes. As part of the program, the Stanford Medical Center will also incorporate more than 40,000 square feet of gardens to connect patients with the healing power of nature. Just last month, The Sustainability in Prisons Project opened at the Washington Corrections Center to bring nature into the prisons. By making videos of nature available to prisoners in solitary confinement, prison officials intend to reduce prisoner violence, anxiety and depression. (Solitary confinement itself is being questioned for reasons of compassion.) And then there’s business. With its increasing emphasis on CSR, or Corporate Social Responsibility, business addresses four buckets of sustainable behavior — employee, environment, community and governance — all of which fall within the rubric of compassion. India enacted legislation requiring companies with at least $830,000 in profits to allocate 2 percent to CSR activities, institutionalizing this more compassionate approach. And while poverty and malnutrition are terrible problems in India, providing its population with access to clean water and air is even more critical to survival. Even football has its compassion champions. Seattle Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll leads his team with a kinder gentler hand that includes yoga, meditation and respect for the individual. Yelling, swearing and harshness are not allowed. In 2014, his unorthodox technique brought the team its first Super Bowl championship. Carroll’s compassion for his players extends to the environment as well: Four years ago, Seahawks’ owner Paul Allen initiated the Green Sports Alliance with the Natural Resource Defense Council to model environmental behavior. Since then, the Seahawks have converted to clean energy and provided the means for fans to recycle and compost at games. Just as on the football field, compassion and cooperation work better than criticism and conflict, especially when applied to mitigating climate change. Donald Trump represents a dying model of power and influence, one that has led us to this precipice. We’re ready for something new, albeit built on constructs as old as life itself: the evolutionary imperative to be sympathetic and the neurological requirement to be compassionate. If these qualities galvanize our reverence for nature, we just might have a fighting chance. Photo courtesy of Ruth Edwards. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]