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In other news, British authorities have identified the nerve agent used to attack former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as Novichok, a military-grade chemical weapon developed by Russia. Skripal and his daughter are reportedly comatose while a local police office is still in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Iowa state Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix (R) has resigned after being caught literally kissing a lobbyist.

Finally, the EPA's Science Advisory Board is doing no advising according to a report from Scientific American. The board hasn't even met in the last six months.

The board, which typically has about 45 members, is tasked by Congress to evaluate the science used by EPA to craft policy. The full board has not met since August, nor has it had any conference calls or votes. In the past, members would have had multiple interactions during that time period, said William Schlesinger, a board member who is an emeritus professor of biogeochemistry at Duke University.

"I guess the Science Advisory Board still exists; I guess I'm still on it," he said. "I think the answer is maybe they're giving it what we used to call the 'pocket veto': If you don't meet, then the scientists are not a pain, because they don't have a forum."

This guy gets it.

  • Badgerite

    Putin isn’t even trying to hide it anymore. The more trump and the GOP smooch his butt, the more aggressive he has and will become in using the tactics he uses in Russia elsewhere. Like in England and the United States.
    The GOP has now become the party of treason. The Evangelical right has now shown itself to be anything but ‘pro-life’.
    They are supportive of a murderous thug who wants to destroy the standards of human rights that America has been a major agent in establishing in the world. Putin now wants to bring back what the US went to war with Saddam over.
    Weapons of mass destruction such as chemical warfare. Apologies to Nom Chomsky but the world would actually not be better off without the United States as a world power. Neither would the United States.

  • Aynwrong

    What the Russians have done on British soil is being described as an act of war by some.

    • Unfortunately the Russians are suspected of killing 14 people in the UK. So Skripal and his daughter are only the most recent. As much as I would like to lay this at Trump’s feet, I don’t think we can. The British have been very reticent to call out Russia directly but now they’ve done so. And asking us to help them by saying we support them, is asking for far too much-certainly more than Trump will be willing to give. I don’t know what the British can really do to be honest. It is technically an act of War but the United Kingdom is not going to go to war with Russia. There aren’t any easy answers to this one. Of course Putin knows this and he knows the West won’t go to war over such a thing. He is gambling that our governments aren’t willing to sacrifice too terribly much to stop this. And he’s probably right. That’s the worst and saddest thing of all.

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