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Race, Gender, Region: Understanding the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

By Thomas J. Bollyky
- via Foreign Affairs    Dec 16, 2017

Last week, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, released its 2015 mortality statistics, which showed U.S. life expectancy fe...

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

By Stephen Sestanovich
- via Foreign Affairs    May 01, 2017

Trump dominated the election-year debate by proposing a more hopped-up version of foreign-policy activism than the usual advocates of activism, and a fuller kind of disengagement than those who wan...

U.S. should stay in Paris climate accord and renegotiate it, Perry says

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Energy Secretary Rick Perry looks at a wind turbine with Primo Wind President William Fitzmaurice during a tour of Earth Day displays at Fair Park in Dallas April 21. | AP

The United States should stay in the Paris climate accord but renegotiate it, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday, alleging that some European countries were not doing enough to curb emissions...

Trump won’t let North Korea build missile to reach U.S. but pre-emptive strike last option: senator

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. (left) and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday. Graham says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States. | AP

A senior Republican senator says he emerged from a dinner meeting with Donald Trump confident the president will not allow North Korea to build a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the Unit...

Seattle breaks rain record again and Portland not far behind

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

A rainbow arc fills the sky and spreads across Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle between rain showers in February. The National Weather Service says the city has measured 44.67 inches of rain in the city between October 2016 and so far in April. That makes it the wettest such period since records began in 1895. | AP

Soggy Seattle has broken another rainfall record, and Portland is inching closer to smashing its own record. Seattle measured 44.7 inches (114 cm) of rain ...

Roadside IED blast kills 10 in van in Pakistan tribal area bordering Afghanistan

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

A Pakistani bombing victim is treated at a hospital in the tribal district of Kurram on Tuesday. At least nine people were killed, including women and children, and 13 others injured when a passenger vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Pakistan's northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan. | AFP-JIJI

At least 10 people were killed and eight injured Tuesday morning in an explosion in northwestern Pakistan when a passenger van detonated an improvised explosive device planted along a road in the t...

Trump decries Holocaust deniers, vows to stand with Jews

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers the keynote address at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum's 'Days of Remembrance' ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington Tuesday. | REUTERS

Pledging to confront anti-Semitism in all its forms and to “never be silent,” President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced as accomplices to “horrible evil” anyone who denies...

U.S. delivers THAAD missile defense gear to South Korea site: Yonhap

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

Trailers carrying U.S. THAAD missile defense equipment entered a deployment site in South Korea early Wednesday with tensions high over North Korea’s intentions, Yonhap news agency reported. ...

Internal U.S. State Department memo strengthens case to stay in Paris climate accord

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks at a breakfast, part of an Earth Day event in Dallas on Friday. | AP

An internal U.S. State Department memo says the Paris climate accord imposes few obligations on the United States, bolstering the case for Trump administration officials who want to stay in the dea...

New Zealand spied on Japan to help U.S. at 2007 whaling confab: report

via The Japan Times    Apr 26, 2017

New Zealand spied on Japan to help the United States at an international whaling meeting in 2007, local media reported Wednesday, citing a classified U.S. National Security Agency document. The doc...

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