How to vote tactically in the June 8 general election, by constituency

With the Conservative lead in the polls dwindling, tactical voting is suddenly a much bigger factor in this general election. Lib-Dem or Green candidates have stood down in 31 constituencies in order to maximise the non-Conservative vote. The most useful guide on the web for tactical voting in your area is the Tactical2017.com web site. Best for Britain, the Gina Miller backed pro-Europe group, has created this tactical voting guide based on your post code. Open Britain, a pro-Remain tactical alliance, has created this tactical voting guide for people who want to maximise the anti-Brexit vote. There are dozens of marginal constituencies where, if you vote for the “wrong” party,… Read More

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Trump Looks Ready to Leave the Paris Agreement — What Now?

(Credit: AP) According to multiple reports, Donald Trump’s advisers are expecting the president to announce that the US will pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The president may still change his mind; he often reverses himself at the last minute, and he’s meeting today with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who has been encouraging him to stay in the agreement. But EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has already been put to work piecing together a plan to withdraw, making a change of course now seem less likely. If the president goes through with his plan, the US will join Syria and Nicaragua as the only two countries not… Read More

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Will China own the future of AI?

In the 1982 film Firefox, Clint Eastwood plays an Air Force pilot and Vietnam vet on a secret mission to steal an advanced Soviet fighter jet. The airplane is super fast, radar invisible, and can be controlled by thought (as long as those thoughts are in Russian). “Yeah, I can fly it,” Eastwood says. “I’m the best there is.” Two year later, Tom Clancy published The Hunt for Red October, later made into a film starring Alec Baldwin and Sean Connery. In this thriller, the revolutionary piece of Soviet technology is a super quiet nuclear submarine, almost undetectable by sonar. Both pieces are fascinating Cold War artifacts playing off fears… Read More

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The zero-sum presidency

On Wednesday we got the news that should surprise no one except perhaps Ivanka Trump: The United States will reportedly be pulling out of the historic Paris climate accord, which was signed by every country in the world with the exception of Syria and Nicaragua. The reason it’s not surprising has nothing to do with the merits of the agreement, the substance of which I’m sure President Trump couldn’t describe if his life depended on it. The problem was its very nature: a rare example of global cooperation in which the entire world came together to move toward a goal that would benefit all of us. That kind of thing… Read More

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