The Independent: All of the necessary things to support life have been found on one of the moons that orbits Saturn. Enceladus has chemicals that when found on Earth tend to indicate life, suggesting that there might be living things under its icy shell. Scientists have long thought of Enceladus as one of the prime candidates for life within our solar system, in large part because of its subsurface ocean that covers its entire body. But the new research gives the best look yet at that moon, showing that it has a chemical energy source capable of supporting life. read more
The removal of vast quantities of chemical weapons from Syria's soil was indeed an achievement. When Obama contemplated attacking Syria, a major problem with his plan was that most of the chemical weapons would not have been destroyed.
But the Obama administration had a tendency to oversell what was accomplished, perhaps because Obama received so much criticism for not following through on an attack if Syria crossed what Obama had called "a red line." We have a reasonable-person test here at The Fact Checker, and it's doubtful many NPR listeners realized that "known" was code for the fact that Rice only was referring to chemical weapons stocks declared by Syria -- or that chlorine weapons were not covered by the agreement.
Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders "would have won the primary if not for the shenanigans of the Obama-Clinton party managers who kept him out." read more
President Donald Trump on Wednesday weighed in on the recent controversy surrounding Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. In an interview with the New York Times, Trump defended O'Reilly against new revelations that he, Fox News and parent company 21st Century Fox had paid a total of $13 million in settlements to five women who accused him of sexual harassment or verbal abuse. "I think he's a person I know well -- he is a good person," Trump told the Times. "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way. I don't think Bill did anything wrong."
Just a fraction Ford's investment "announced" today constitutes new spending or job creation. Most of it is a just a confirmation of the deal worked out between Ford and the United Auto Workers back in 2015, under President Obama. read more