British officials furious over U.S. intelligence leaks; Israel changes intelligence-sharing policies

On the heels of Donald Trump blurting out top-level classified information obtained from Israel during his meeting with Russian diplomats, Team Trump has done it again. “Anonymous officials” who were given the suspected Manchester bomber’s identity almost immediately leaked that information to the American press, and the British government is furious.

High-ranking British officials, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, are speaking out against the US, after a number of confidential details in the ongoing investigation into Monday’s Manchester attack appeared in American media before the British authorities confirmed them.
“The British police have been very clear that they want to control the flow of information to protect operational integrity, the element of surprise,” Rudd said in an interview Wednesday with BBC’s Radio 4. “So it is irritating if it gets released from other sources.”

The reasons for not disclosing what investigators know in the hours after an attack are, obviously,

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Republicans say Montana special election is ‘closer than it should be’

Well, yeah:

Republican Greg Gianforte’s closing motivational speech to voters ahead of Thursday’s special House election in Montana is the same thing GOP strategists are whispering in private: “This race is closer than it should be.”

We should not be talking about this race at all, because Greg Gianforte should have put it away long ago. So even if Republicans are playing the expectations game—laying the groundwork to claim any Gianforte win bigger than a point as great news for Republicans—this race is already closer than it should be.

Sure, Montana occasionally elects statewide Democrats like Gov. Steve Bullock and Sen. Jon Tester, but it’s also a state that gave Donald Trump a 20-point margin. And it pits a polished multimillionaire against a musician who has not, to put it mildly, spent his life preparing to run for office. But this is the age of Trump, and here we

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Donald Trump’s laughably uncomfortable meeting and gift exchange with Pope Francis

Donald Trump, and his family made their way to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis, who seemed to be in no mood to be schmoozed by America’s top con man. The meeting seemed icy from the start. From the press pool report of the initial meeting:

“Thank you so much,” President Trump said to Pope Francis when they shook hands.
After shaking hands, the pope and POTUS  walked into the pope’s
private study, which is just off the room where they shook hands.
When pool entered the study, the pope and the president were seated
across from each other at the pope’s wooden desk.

POTUS told the pope it’s “a very great honor.”

The pope did not say anything. He did not smile. He looked at pool
several times. We were quickly ushered out at 8:33am.

You can see that moment in the photo below. Pope Francis seems

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Democrats pick up two GOP-held legislative seats, the first flips of the Trump era. There’ll be more

On Tuesday night, Democrats flipped not one but two state legislative seats in special elections—and both came in deep red territory. In New Hampshire, Democrat Edie DesMarais defeated Republican Matthew Plache by a 52-48 margin in the state House’s 6th Carroll District, a seat Donald Trump won 51-44 last fall. Meanwhile, in the New York Assembly’s 9th District, Democrat Christine Pellegrino beat Republican Thomas Gargiulo 58-42, even though Trump romped to a 60-37 victory there in November.

This means that DesMarais moved the needle 11 points in the Democratic direction while Pellegrino did the same by an astounding 39 points. And while these are the first two seats to actually change hands since Trump’s election, Democrats have consistently outperformed the 2016 presidential results in special elections across the country.

Needless to say, if we can keep doing that, there will be many more victories to come. But this will only

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Read the embarrassing scribbled note Donald Trump left at the Holocaust memorial in Israel

After visiting Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial in Israel, it is tradition for world leaders to leave a message. The differences in these two messages could not be more stark. One was a heartfelt, elegant letter (which you can read in full below) and the other essentially a yearbook scribble from the random dude in your 5th hour algebra class.

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President Obama’s letter:

I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know this history, so that they can

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Study: Sea level rising 3x as fast since 1990 as figured before. Meanwhile, feds censor climate info

Calculations in a new study show that sea level is rising three times as fast as it was before 1990. Previously, the rise before then had been considered to be higher than the new calculations. The scientists concluded in their reassessment that the rise since 1990 has been dramatically underestimated.

This isn’t likely to be the last word on the subject. But the fine-tuning of measurements in the new study will no doubt spark critics to claim that the change from previous calculations proves scientists don’t know what they’re talking about. Although most of these “skeptics” have given up claiming global warming is a flat-out hoax, they haven’t stopped challenging fundamental assumptions held to by an overwhelming percentage of climate scientists. The sea-level study was conducted by scientists at the Research Institute for Water and Environment at the University of Siegen in Germany.

Chris Mooney at The Washington Post reports:

Their paper, just

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