One of the more peculiar political phenomena of the last few years has been the rise of "woke conservatives," sometimes called "Never Trumpers."
These are old-school conservatives -- like Bill Kristol, founder of the now-defunct magazine the Weekly Standard, and Washington Post columnist Max Boot -- who have become the self-appointed citadels of a dying brand of conservatism in the Trump era. Many of them, individually, have done quite well, raising their pundit profiles and commanding plenty of media attention.
As a group, though, they've so far failed to accomplish their main objective: stopping Trump. Indeed, since Trump's election in 2016, the Republican Party -- and conservatism more generally -- has been thoroughly Trumpified.
A big reason for this is right-wing media, which has become increasingly insular and invested in Trump's political success.
Rudy Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC's "Meet the Press" that President Trump "can remember having conversations" with Michael Cohen about Trump Tower Moscow right up until the election -- as late as November, 2016.
One big quote: "No. It's our understanding that it, that [talks] went on throughout 2016, not a lot of them, ... but the president can remember having conversations with [Cohen] about it. ... Probably up to, could be up to as far as October, November."
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One set of identical twins, two different ancestry profiles. At least that's the suggestion from one of the world's largest ancestry DNA testing companies. Last spring, Marketplace host Charlsie Agro and her twin sister, Carly, bought home kits from AncestryDNA, MyHeritage, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and Living DNA, and mailed samples of their DNA to each company for analysis.
Japan's transport ministry is to require air traffic controllers in the country to take alcohol tests. The move follows the ministry's decision in December to obligate domestic airline pilots to take pre-flight tests due to revelations of alcohol-related problems involving flight crews.
About 1,900 air traffic controllers work at airports and control facilities in Japan. They are national public servants who give take-off and landing approval and issue flight-altitude instructions. There are currently no concrete criteria about alcohol testing for air traffic controllers.
Detector tests are only conducted on those suspected to be under the influence of alcohol.