The Washington Post
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know by now that the sun and the moon will be the stars of the Great American Eclipse of 2017. It happens Aug. 21, when the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, and, depending on where you are in the United States and a few other countries, the moon can be seen completely, or partially, blocking the sun. But how much do you really know — or how much do you remember from science class — about the sun and moon, both of which make life on Earth possible?
Americans are drinking more than they used to, a troubling trend with potentially dire implications for the country's future health-care costs. The number of adults who binge drink at least once a week could be as high as 30 million, greater than the population of every state save California, according to a published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. A similar number reported alcohol abuse or dependency. Between the genders, women showed the larger increase in alcohol abuse, according to the report.
It's August, and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been to Tuva -- the place where he is usually photographed shirtless. The slow news cycle certainly accounts for some of the attention that the latest Kremlin-released photo session has received from global media. But something else accounts for most of it: Putin's incredible success as a troll.
Patrol ranger Bert Gildart was driving down the highest pass in Glacier National Park just after midnight on Aug. 13, 1967, when a woman's voice suddenly crackled over his two-way radio. It was another ranger, and she had a horrifying message: A grizzly bear had mauled someone at the popular Granite Park guest chalet. Gildart called for help, setting in motion an urgent medical mission. Hours later, as he slept in his apartment at park headquarters, a colleague knocked on his door.
Nestled in the southwest corner of Kentucky, about an hour west of Bowling Green, is the city of Hopkinsville. Ordinarily known for its historical landmarks and hot, humid summers, Hopkinsville is home to about 32,000 people on a normal day. But "normal" is about to go out the window.
So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves, not really useful, but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn't, but I'll say it anyway.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump replaced his beleaguered White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after only six months on the job on Friday, installing retired General John Kelly in his place in a major shakeup of his top team. Trump announced the move in a tweet a day after his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, accused Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade.
WASHINGTON - Mitch McConnell and John McCain have a core fundamental difference in their approach to politics. The Kentucky Republican counts success almost entirely through political victories, wins and losses best measured by the elections every two years. The Arizona Republican measures success in the worthiness of the fight - a determination that is sometimes influenced by his predilection for playing the "maverick" and the attention that brings.
Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, ending a turbulent six months as the chief spokesman for President Donald Trump's administration. "It's been an honor and a privilege to serve @POTUS @realdonaldtrump & this amazing country. I will continue my service through August," Spicer said on Twitter. The New York Times first reported his departure. Spicer will be a guest on Fox News' "Hannity" on Friday night, the network announced.
A judge in central Tennessee is hoping to help repeat offenders "make something of themselves" by offering them a highly original and probably unconstitutional deal: reduced jail time in exchange for sterilization operations. Under a standing order issued by General Sessions Judge Sam Benningfield, inmates in White County, Tenn., can receive 30 days credit toward their jail time if they volunteer for vasectomies or contraceptive implants, as NewsChannel 5 reported Thursday, July 20.