The terrible consequences of abandoning American exceptionalism

Trump’s rhetorical rejection of internationalism is an aberration from the United States’ bipartisan, post-World War II foreign policy consensus. During the Barack Obama years, the United States retreated from internationalism in practice. Both the United States and Europe are seeing the rise of leaders who have chosen to ride this trend rather than buck it. The United States is now less likely to criticize their “way of life,” even when these regimes evangelize with the gallows. The tools of internationalism — a strong military, strong alliances, strong international institutions, strong support for global development and democracy promotion — have a considerable cost.

February 21, 2017 01:07 UTC

The Trump White House is already cooking the books

As a result, astronomical economic growth is often used to paper over the astronomically large deficits that would result under more realistic assumptions. Astonishingly, the White House still hasn’t released details for any of the major economic initiatives Trump promised during the campaign (a “terrific” Obamacare replacement, a top-to-bottom tax overhaul, massive infrastructure investment). He estimated that “reasonable or upper-bound estimates” for sustained economic growth would be about 2.75 percent. During the campaign, Trump made no secret of his disdain for experts, economic or otherwise. Maybe Team Trump is counting on being able to backfill voter memories, too.

February 21, 2017 00:59 UTC

These 'La La Land' Engagement Pics Capture That Old Hollywood Romance

ADVERTISEMENTLet’s give this couple an Oscar nod for their dreamy “La La Land”-themed engagement photos. M. Hart Photography The couple channeled "La La Land's" Mia and Sebastian during the engagement shoot. M. Hart Photography A romance for the ages. At the time, Marlies had just seen “La La Land” and thought it would be a perfect theme to capture the couple’s own classic love story. Below, more photos from the utterly romantic shoot:M. Hart PhotographyM. Hart PhotographyM. Hart PhotographyM. Hart PhotographyM. Hart PhotographyM. Hart PhotographyM. Hart Photography

February 21, 2017 00:56 UTC

Florida survey spots record number of manatees

Story highlights Annual survey spots a record number of manatees in Florida's watersThis comes amid proposed move to remove manatees from endangered species status(CNN) There's some good news out of Florida: For the third straight year, spotters counted more than 6,000 manatees navigating Florida's waters. That's a far cry from the estimated 1,267 manatees seen in 1991. The manatees, of course, have to be seen to be counted and their exact numbers are unknown. But this year's 15 observers were helped by warm, sunny weather and good visibility, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conversation Commission said Monday. The survey counted 3,488 of the lovable sea cows on the state's east coast and 3,132 along the west coast.

February 21, 2017 00:56 UTC

Someone Just Bought Hitler's Personal Phone For $243,000

A battered red phone once belonging to Adolf Hitler, possibly used to send untold numbers of people to their deaths during World War II, has been sold at auction for $243,000. The personal traveling phone, which features an engraved swastika and the Nazi leader’s name on the back, was sold to an unidentified buyer by telephone on Sunday, according to CNN. The seller, Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, described the phone as “Hitler’s mobile device of destruction.”Both the phone and a porcelain dog were recovered from the mass murderer’s bunker by British officer Ralph Rayner soon after the war ended, according to the auction house. Ranulf Rayner said the items were presented to his father as gifts by the Russian forces then in control of the city.

February 21, 2017 00:45 UTC

Boxing trainer Freddie Roach says Floyd Mayweather told him McGregor fight will happen

Floyd Mayweather, left, is ready to fight Conor McGregor, for the right price. (Associated Press photos)A Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight continues to seem more inevitable. The drumbeat for the megafight got louder Monday, when legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach said he heard the fight would happen from none other than Mayweather himself. “I think Mayweather is the favorite, yes, but I would never count anyone out. That jibes with comments Mayweather made in January, when he told ESPN, “Only thing that I’m probably interested in is the Conor McGregor fight.

February 21, 2017 00:45 UTC

I'm Married To A Divorce Attorney. This Is What Our Marriage Is Like

Her profession is not the primary thing in our marriage.”Margaret Klaw, a divorce attorney in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: “I’ve been married for 34 years and for 30 of them, I’ve been a divorce lawyer. I love her more today than the day we were married over 18 years ago.”Christian Denmon, a divorce attorney in Tampa, Florida: “Our situation is a little different: I’m a full-time divorce attorney. I have come to learn that a good divorce attorney must be attentive and on call if a client needs to speak with them. Marriage and divorce law have been a fun partnership.” Her spouse, Stuart Van Tine: “Yep, I’ve been married to a divorce lawyer for 52 years. She works long hours and I miss her terribly, but our time together is always sweet.”Daniel E. Clement, a divorce attorney in New York City: “As a divorce attorney, my problem is not making my clients’ issues mine.

February 21, 2017 00:40 UTC

In Ohio’s Trump country, a House conservative gets an earful

A few had pointedly told their constituents that they would not hold town hall meetings so long as a “radical” element was crashing them. (Maddie McGarvey/For The Washington Post)“Frankly, I don’t care,” Jordan said in an interview en route to the event, after downing a buttered biscuit and coffee. “We got some Planned Parenthood signs here — one thing I’ve been very clear on is not giving any of your tax dollars to Planned Parenthood,” Jordan said. Save the babies!”Thomas left the town hall muttering that his question had not really gotten an answer. “Those community clinics do a very good job, certainly better than the Planned Parenthood clinics,” Jordan said.

February 21, 2017 00:39 UTC

Latest macOS Sierra 10.12.4 Release Introduces Key New Feature

Apple has released a third developer beta of its desktop operating system. The early version of MacOS Sierra 10.12.4 is currently available to developers and users signed up to the public beta test program. Part of that testing is the introduction of a beloved feature from iOS to the Mac. That feature is night shift, which will slowly alter the color balance on your screen as night approaches. There are also updates to how PDFs are displayed when developers use the PDFKit API in their code.

February 21, 2017 00:33 UTC

Contradicting Trump on Russia: Russian Officials

PhotoWASHINGTON — For months, President Trump and his aides have insisted that they had no contact with Russian officials during the presidential campaign, a denial Mr. Trump repeated last week. Mr. Ryabkov’s comments were met with a swift denial from Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Mr. Trump and now a member of the White House press team. Those reports, citing anonymous current and former American government officials, were vigorously denied by the White House. On Thursday, Mr. Trump made clear his annoyance when questioned about contacts with Russia. He said that during the transition, Russian officials wanted to talk about policy issues, but the Obama administration officials refused — in keeping with the tradition that there should be only “one president at a time.”

February 21, 2017 00:33 UTC

Dolphins Buy-Low On Julius Thomas, Trade Branden Albert To Jaguars In Offseason's First Great Moves

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Jacksonville Jaguars are trading Julius Thomas to the Miami Dolphins for a seventh-round pick in 2017. Coming off back-to-back 12 touchdown seasons in the high-octane Broncos offense, Thomas signed a five-year, $46 million deal with the Jaguars in 2015. In his two seasons with Jacksonville, Thomas struggled, scoring nine total touchdowns and being limited to 21 of 32 games due to injury. Dolphins reportedly acquiring TE Julius Thomas from Jaguars Fewest Receiving Yards by TE - Last SeasonJets 173Dolphins 551 — ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 20, 2017Enter 28-year-old Julius Thomas. Despite his somewhat limited production, Sims' market value as an unrestricted free agent this offseason is $24.5 million over five years.

February 21, 2017 00:22 UTC

NBA Trade Rumors: Jimmy Butler, Lou Williams And The Top 5 Players That Could Be Dealt In Final Days

With Kyle Korver, Serge Ibaka and now DeMarcus Cousins finding new homes, this is shaping to be one of the most active NBA trade deadlines in recent memory. For one, Kings owner Vivek Ranadivie and GM Vlade Divac had repeatedly stated that “Boogie” would be staying in Sacramento. This all just goes to show that no player in trade rumors in truly safe in the final days leading up to Feb. 23. While it appears as though Carmelo Anthony will remain with the Knicks, there are currently suitors with the assets to swing deals for Butler, Williams and other big-impact players. Here is all the latest buzz on the best players that could be shipped out.

February 21, 2017 00:19 UTC

Uber Scrambles To Investigate Shocking Sexual Harassment Claim

Uber moved quickly over Presidents' Day weekend to respond to a former employee's claim that the company's human resources department ignored multiple instances of sexual harassment and discrimination. You can read the full text of Kalanick's email below, provided to FORBES by a source at Uber. (Hornsey joined Uber in January after Renee Atwood left the same job in July 2016 for Twitter.) Arianna and Liane will also be doing smaller group and one-on-one listening sessions to get your feedback directly. Every Uber employee should be proud of the culture we have and what we will build together over time.

February 21, 2017 00:14 UTC

Trump energizes the anti-vaccine movement in Texas

President Trump’s embrace of discredited theories linking vaccines to autism has energized the anti-vaccine movement. The British native now lives in Austin, where he is active in the state and national anti-vaccine movement. Although the anti-vaccine movement has been strong in other states, including California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado, experts say the effort in Texas is among the most organized and politically active. But in some parts of Texas, vaccine coverage is slipping below the 90 to 95 percent level that experts say is needed to prevent an outbreak. Although anti-vaccine groups are gaining momentum in Texas, other states have shown that they can be fought.

February 21, 2017 00:11 UTC

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

Kang referred to the dead man as “Kim Chol,” the name on the passport found with Kim Jong Nam. Police have so far arrested four people carrying identity documents from North Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. Noor Rashid said one was North Korean, but that police had not yet identified the other two. Autopsy results on Kim Jong Nam could be released as early as Wednesday, said Health Minister S. Subramaniam. The attack “showed the reckless and brutal nature of the North Korean government,” South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn said Monday during a National Security Council meeting.

February 21, 2017 00:11 UTC

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