Why is the mainstream media so agitated about President Donald Trump’s close relationship with Fox News host Sean Hannity? A right-wing critic emails with a taunt: “Everybody loved it when Bradlee and Kennedy were in bed together.” Not sure I buy the premise. Speaking for myself, not “the media,” I found the level of detail in the New Yorker’s recent examination of the president’s symbiotic relationship with Fox News arresting—Trump and Hannity supposedly talk off-the-record nearly every night after his show, among other evidence amassed by writer Jane Mayer—but I’m not especially worked up about it. No reason Trump and Hannity should not talk as often as they like.Story Continued Below But my correspondent stumbled onto something important by invoking famed Washington Post editor Benjamin Bradlee, who died in 2014 and was lionized in last year’s movie “The Post.” He was indeed admired as a giant among … [Read more...] about How Trump Is Like JFK
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To get a sense of how monumentally difficult it would be to wean Minnesota off fossil fuels, one only needs to look at climate change politics in St. Paul. On Monday, Gov. Tim Walz called global warming an “existential threat” in need of an “immediate” response and proposed the state’s electric sector rid itself of coal and other greenhouse gas producers … over the next 31 years. For those counting, that deadline is toward the later end of what would be Walz’s eighth term in office. Still, 2050 has been at the center of the debate over how fast the state can politically and logistically move toward clean energy. It’s also turning into something of a rallying cry for Democrats around the country, like the $15-per-hour minimum wage but for climate change. Republicans, who have a majority in the state Senate, were largely skeptical of Walz’s energy plan on Monday and have already painted it as an unrealistic mandate that would raise … [Read more...] about How feasible is Walz’s goal of making Minnesota’s energy sector carbon free by 2050?
By Steve Lohr Published 3:46 pm PST, Monday, January 21, 2019 Hal Abelson, an MIT computer scientist, talks to senior policymakers from countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Hal Abelson, an MIT computer scientist, talks to senior policymakers from countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Photo: Kayana Szymczak / New York Times Photo: Kayana Szymczak / New York Times Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close Image 1 of 3 Hal Abelson, an MIT computer scientist, talks to senior policymakers from countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Hal Abelson, an MIT computer scientist, talks to senior policymakers from countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. … [Read more...] about AI policy is tricky. From around the world, they came to hash it out
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | A.I. Policy Is Tricky. From Around the World, They Came to Hash It Out. Supported by BySteve Lohr Jan. 20, 2019 CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Hal Abelson, a renowned computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was working the classroom, coffee cup in hand, pacing back and forth. The subject was artificial intelligence, and his students last week were mainly senior policymakers from countries in the 36-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mr. Abelson began with a brisk history of machine learning, starting in the 1950s. Next came a description of how the technology works, a hands-on project using computer-vision models and then case studies. The goal was to give the policymakers from countries like France, Japan and Sweden a sense of the technology’s … [Read more...] about A.I. Policy Is Tricky. From Around the World, They Came to Hash It Out.
The Republican leader of the Colorado Senate harbors no illusions about what the 2019 legislative session holds for his party. “The world has changed,” said Sen. Chris Holbert, R-Parker. “The Democrats can pass any bill they want to.” Colorado Democrats took control of the statehouse, the governor’s office and other statewide positions in the 2018 elections. For the second time this decade, Democrats have the votes to change everything from how Coloradans attend kindergarten to how courts treat people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The question for Republicans will be when and how they influence those decisions and when they simply vote no. One-party rule is a change from the way things worked for the last four years, when Republicans held a narrow majority in the Colorado Senate, but it’s a world Holbert knows well. He served in the Colorado House the last time Democrats took the “trifecta” of elected … [Read more...] about “The world has changed”: Colorado Republicans’ strategy for governing from the minority