Winter Storm Socks The Northeast With Snow … Again

A woman walks in whiteout conditions in Boston on Thursday. Sunday’s forecast promises similarly daunting conditions, as a winter storm bears down on the Northeast.

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If it seems like it was just yesterday the Northeast had to batten down for a big, blustery snowstorm — well, you’re almost right. The shovels are hardly dry from the foot of snow dumped on New York City and Boston late last week.

But, to take some liberty with an old adage, no rest for the wintry.

Snow has already returned to the Northeast, and meteorologists expect that well into Monday, areas from upstate New York to Maine will be buffeted by high winds, sleet and snowfall rates that could get as high as 2 to 4 inches an hour in certain parts of New England.

MODERATE/ HEAVY SNOW on i95 in southern Maine about 30 miles south of Portland, ME.
Speed 45 mph
Temperature 31F pic.twitter.com/8tzCo1DHLi

— Jim Cantore (@JimCantore) February 12, 2017

Wind guests up to 60 miles per hour are also expected along the mid-Atlantic corridor, from Washington, D.C., to New York City. Blizzard whiteout conditions are expected in New Hampshire and Maine.

Airlines have taken note. Roughly 3,000 flights have already been canceled.

The storm’s roots rest with a low-pressure system slinking from west to east, according to Reuters, which cites the weather service Accuweather:

“A low-pressure system tracking eastward across the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic region was due for “rapid intensification” on Sunday night and Monday morning after it passes through the New England coast.

” ‘It will become a powerful nor’easter with blizzard conditions expected for parts of Maine as the winds become quite strong,’ the weather service said.”

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Central and eastern Maine are set to get the worst of it, according to Accuweather, saying they lie in the “bulls-eye of heaviest snow.”

Luckily, many tweeters in the path of the storm are remaining calm about the “big baddie snowblob” coming right for them.

~ WARNING ~ BIG BADDIE SNOWBLOB
A WICKED WIND
8-18″ OF SNOW 4 BOSTON, LOWR NEER UR SHOARLEYEN
REPENT#BOSTON#WEATHER#BOSNOW#MASNOW#MAWXpic.twitter.com/LEQ405qQ31

— WEATHER IS HAPPENING (@WEATHERISHAPPEN) February 12, 2017

I watched 5 snowblowers go out the door in 15 minutes at Lowe’s. Oh, and the snow has arrived! #mewx

— Holly Sherburne (@Route1Maine) February 12, 2017

But in case the rest of you in the U.S. happen to be feeling smug that the snow won’t be plopping on your heads, take heed: It’s set to snow Tuesday in Amarillo, Texas. If the snow can strike even there, it can strike just about anywhere.

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Trump Navigates The Hazard Of Presidential Golf Outings

President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe play golf at Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., on Saturday.

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President Trump played golf this weekend, but he wanted to make it clear that he was not just kicking back and relaxing.

“The President enjoyed hosting Prime Minister Abe on the golf course today, which was both relaxing and productive,” the White House said in a statement. “They had great conversations on a wide range of subjects.”

Played golf today with Prime Minister Abe of Japan and @TheBig_Easy, Ernie Els, and had a great time. Japan is very well represented!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2017

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., for the weekend, and the two played a round with South African golfer Ernie Els at the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla., on Saturday.

The press was not allowed to cover Trump’s outing, though the Washington Post obtained some cellphone video of the president appearing to tee off on Saturday.

It’s important for Trump to let it be known that his golf outing is a working golf outing, lest he be charged with hypocrisy.

Tee times have been a source of partisan attacks on presidents in recent years. Trump himself was a vocal critic of the amount of time President Obama played golf, falsely suggesting in 2015 that Obama played 250 rounds in one year. Politifact noted that the figure was Obama’s golf record over seven years.

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“I don’t have time for that. I love golf, I think it’s one of the greats, but I don’t have time,’ Trump said at the time.

Throughout Obama’s term, Trump would tweet often when his predecessor was out on the course, which Obama was fairly regularly on weekends and while away from Washington on vacation — as Trump critics were quick to point out this weekend.

.@realDonaldTrump You criticized Obama for golfing A LOT. pic.twitter.com/UOaGKFLoPj

— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) February 11, 2017

Obama spoke of using sports for relaxation in 2014. “When I need to relax and clear my head, I turn to sports. Whether it’s a pick-up basketball game — and I’m much slower than I was just last week — or more sedate pastimes like golf,” Obama said.

Obama’s golf habit was once defended by President George W. Bush, who faced his own criticism over playing golf during war time.

Bush told the Golf Channel in 2013 that it was “good” for Obama to play golf. “I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet,” Bush said.

President Bush stopped playing golf altogether during the first year of the Iraq War, though Bush’s claim of exactly when he stopped playing was later questioned.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” Bush explained to Politico in 2008.

Bush said he decided to stop playing golf after word of a particularly devastating bombing in Baghdad that claimed the life of a senior U.N. official came to him on a Texas golf course in August of 2003, though his last recorded round as president was two months later.

As for Trump, he’s golfing sooner into his term than either of his two immediate predecessors — though neither owned their own golf resorts, to be fair. Politico recounted recently that Obama didn’t golf until four months into his presidency and Bush waited more than five months.

Trump spent several hours at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla., last weekend, though the White House declined to say whether he was actually playing golf.

Following his outing with Abe on Saturday, Trump went to Trump International on Sunday.

But the White House took care to put out a schedule of meetings that the president was taking, ensuring that no one was under the impression he had time for 18 more holes.

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Al Jarreau, Versatile Vocalist Who 'Played His Voice,' Dies At 76

Versatile jazz artist Al Jarreau has died at 76.

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Al Jarreau, a versatile vocalist who defied categorization for decades, died Sunday at the age of 76. Earlier this week, Jarreau had been hospitalized in Los Angeles “due to exhaustion,” according to his official Facebook page.

In a statement posted on Jarreau’s website, the musician was lauded for his compassion and caring for those around him.

“His 2nd priority in life was music. There was no 3rd. His 1st priority, far ahead of the other, was healing or comforting anyone in need. Whether it was emotional pain, or physical discomfort, or any other cause of suffering, he needed to put our minds at ease and our hearts at rest.”

As an artist, Jarreau was impossible to define and had a voice impossible to mistake. Since he recorded his first album in the 1960s, Jarreau demonstrated a vocal dynamism and flexibility that outpaced many of his peers — as can be seen clearly in his record at the Grammys. Jarreau won seven of them over the course of his career, earning plaudits in the jazz, pop and R&B categories.

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As NPR’s Rose Friedman notes, “He was famous for his scat singing, using his voice like a musical instrument.”

People magazine put it simply: “He doesn’t so much sing as play his voice.”

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Trump Adviser Repeats Baseless Claims Of Voter Fraud In New Hampshire

Voters went to the polls at Amherst Street Elementary School on November 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H.

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White House adviser Stephen Miller doubled down on the Trump administration’s groundless claims of voter fraud in New Hampshire — and across the nation — during in an interview on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.

Earlier this week President Trump claimed, with no evidence, that voters from Massachusetts were bused to New Hampshire to vote illegally.

A member of the Federal Election Commission called it an “extraordinarily serious and specific charge” and asked Trump to “immediately share his evidence with the public.”

On This Week, host George Stephanopoulos asked Miller, a senior White House policy adviser, to provide that evidence. In fact, he asked three times.

Miller said the show was “not the venue” to supply evidence, but repeated the baseless claim multiple times. He said in part:

“I can tell you that this issue of busing voters into New Hampshire is widely known by anyone who’s worked in New Hampshire politics. It’s very real. It’s very serious.”

New Hampshire’s secretary of state has said there is no proof of buses appearing at polling places, and that a large number of voters arriving like that would have attracted attention.

The New Hampshire voting fraud claims are a variant on a frequently repeated Trump claim of nationwide voter fraud — which is also unfounded.

But Miller stood by those claims too, saying in part:

“The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than one state, dead people voting, noncitizens being registered to vote. … I’m prepared to go on any show, anywhere, anytime, and repeat it and say the President of the United States is correct 100 percent.”

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The White House has not provided “enormous evidence” of massive nationwide voter fraud.

Trump has repeatedly claimed that widespread fraud in the 2016 election led to “millions” of fraudulent votes, causing Hillary Clinton to win the popular vote. As NPR has reported several times, there is no evidence to support this allegation.

This is not true, no matter how many times Trump and his surrogates repeat it,” NPR’s Jessica Taylor and Danielle Kurtzleben reported on Jan. 29. “The administration has never provided proof of this claim.”

Former Trump staffer Jason Miller did cite two sources, claiming they backed up Trump’s allegations. But Danielle took a close look at those sources and found they do not support Trump’s claims. Here’s what she wrote on Jan. 24:

“One, an analysis of survey data published on the Washington Post‘s social-science blog, Monkey Cage, estimated that “6.4 percent of noncitizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of noncitizens voted in 2010.” However, that study drew heavy criticism from other scholars, who saw weaknesses in the authors’ methods and the survey they used.

“In addition, one of the authors of that heavily criticized study himself later rejected attempts to use that study to prove fraud.

” ‘On the right there has been a tendency to misread our results as proof of massive voter fraud, which we don’t think they are,’ wrote Old Dominion University political science professor Jesse Richman in a blog post.

“In another post, he further pointed out that even if one did extrapolate from his study, it does not imply that illegal votes would have affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, because it simply was not a close election. Though Trump won the electoral vote, Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.

“Miller also cited a 2012 Pew Charitable Trusts report on the state of states’ voting systems. And that report did reveal some troubling statistics. For example, it found that 2.8 million people are registered to vote in more than one state and that 24 million registration records “are estimated to be inaccurate or no longer valid.”

“That means voting systems could definitely be modernized in some ways.

“However, that is not at all evidence of fraudulent voting, as the study’s main author pointed out on Twitter.”

You can read a more in-depth analysis of both the Monkey Cage post and the Pew survey here.

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Dance Music Sex Romance: Prince Streams 4 U

Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog returned to streaming services Sunday, Feb. 12.

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Prince‘s music is a guide to this thing called life. Over the course of his impossibly fruitful career, the Minneapolis maestro fleshed out a philosophy grounded in the belief that humanity’s purpose is to realize the unity of body and spirit, through pleasure, relationships and music itself. It’s all laid out musically in his manifesto “D.M.S.R.,” from 1999: “Take a deeper breath and sing along with me,” Prince exhorts, “Dance music sex romance!

In honor of Prince’s Warner Bros. catalog returning to Spotify and other streaming services Sunday, we’ve created four playlists to highlight the fundamentals of the Prince ideology. DANCE features some of his funkiest tracks, designed to move you on the dance floor. MUSIC highlights Prince the virtuoso, the great crafter of riffs and melodies and the experimentalist. SEX — that’s self-evident. And ROMANCE shows the Purple One at his most heartfelt and dreamy: a lover who believed in a better world created one soft touch at a time. This is Prince, never 2 B 4gotten: the man who made music divine.

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DANCE

Get ready to sweat with these very funky tracks.

MUSIC

Godly guitar solos, fantastic falsetto, synth parts that redefined what popular music can do — it’s all here in this playlist of Prince’s most virtuosic moments.

SEX

No one got nasty better than Prince. These tracks highlight his erotic inventiveness.

ROMANCE

Songs to make lovers swoon and smile — this selection highlights the Prince who believed in love above all else.

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Betsy DeVos Made Me Want To Run For School Board

Shant Sahakian, Victoria Sterling, Allison Kruk and Shae Ashe all candidates for their local school boards.

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Early one morning, the week before Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as education secretary, 23-year-old Allison Kruk was dropping her boyfriend off at the Philadelphia airport when she decided to swing by the office of her United States senator and give him a piece of her mind.

Kruk was a Hillary Clinton supporter, and the nomination of DeVos, “just felt like a low blow,” she says. “I had been calling and emailing and writing letters about how I thought she was incredibly incompetent, regardless of your position on school choice.”

Kruk spent two and a half hours in the office of Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., before she was finally escorted out by security, but not without an official audience scheduled on the Monday before the vote.

Over the weekend, she collected 11,000 signatures on a petition from educators all over the state, plus letters from parents and teachers, all of which she hand-delivered.

When Toomey nevertheless cast his vote for DeVos, Kruk’s reaction was immediate: She decided to run for school board.

By all accounts, the election has sparked a surge of political interest among young Democrats and progressives. Similar upwellings have happened after other presidential campaigns, such as the Tea Party movement’s surge after Barack Obama’s election in 2008.

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“Since Betsy DeVos’ confirmation, we’ve had a flood of people come and say specifically, ‘I want to run for school board to protect the schools in my hometown,’ ” says Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something, a newly launched progressive political action committee dedicated to drafting Millennials for down-ballot races from state legislatures on down. Run for Something offers advice, introductions and, for some candidates, help with fundraising.

NPR Ed spoke with four young first-time school board candidates from around the country.

All say they were influenced by the national energy around politics and education, but each says they have a more traditional motivation: To help kids in their communities.

1. The Princeton Grad

Newtown, Penn.

Allison Kruk is a financial journalist who moved to Newtown, in the suburbs of Philadelphia, after college. She and her boyfriend have no children, but she interned in schools and tutored in New Jersey prisons throughout college.

But it wasn’t until she spent that weekend collecting letters from people concerned about problems that touch public schools, from gun violence to worries about immigration, that she thought of herself as someone who could make a difference through politics.

“I don’t just want to sign an online petition or write a post on Twitter or Facebook,” says Kruk. “I want to be on the ground. Involved on the local level.”

She notes that Democrats didn’t even put up a nominee in Newtown’s 2015 school board elections. “That’s something that Democrats and progressives more generally are realizing is essential to build a political movement.”

2. The Son of Survivors

Glendale, Calif.

Shant Sahakian, 31, grew up in Los Angeles County in one of the largest Armenian communities in the United States. Glendale is proud of its diversity, which also includes Hispanics, African-Americans, Koreans and Filipinos. And it’s proud of its public schools, which are separate from the LA Unified School District.

Sahakian’s first son was born one day before the presidential election last fall.

“We came home on Election Day, I ran over to the polls, voted, and I was holding my son as I was watching the results thinking, ‘What have I done? What am I bringing you into?’ ” The election solidified his decision to “graduate to a new level of public service” by running for school board.

Shant founded a software company at the age of 14 that he still runs today. His platform centers on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics); career pathways; expanding dual-language immersion; and requiring financial literacy.

“With California being so underfunded, what we’re missing is a vision of where public education needs to go,” he says. “I’m hoping my technology experience and business background will help bring direction so it’s truly a 21st century education.”

Having DeVos as education secretary troubles Sahakian, but also increases his resolve. “It’s a little bit concerning that she’s going in with so little experience,” he says. “I’m worried about what changes are going to come down the pike that we at the local level have to figure out how to manage to and continue to give a solid public education.”

3. The Mental Health Advocate

Jefferson City, Mo.

When they moved to Jefferson City, Victoria Sterling, 32 and her fiance were “excited about putting down roots,” she says, and eventually adopting a child. But the people she met advised her to choose private schools.

“I saw that there was a lack of trust in the school system,” she says. “People are concerned about whether taxpayer dollars are being used wisely.”

Sterling declared her candidacy for school board on Jan. 3. Her platform is transparency: She wants to live-stream all school board meetings to the public. And she plans to apply the skills from her day job, as an abuse and neglect investigator for the state’s department of mental health, to investigate and correct any mismanagement.

Jefferson City voted two-thirds for Trump; the school board election is nonpartisan, and Sterling prefers not to disclose her political affiliation.

“National politics is having a divisive effect on education issues,” she notes.

She adds that, in talking with local voters, even those who advocate choice or send their own children to the many parochial schools, she is able to make the case that strong public schools are important:

“Public education builds our future workforce, and the school scores are what people look at when they decide whether to live here.”

4. The Second Generation

Norristown, Penn.

Shae Ashe just turned 27. He was born and raised in this borough northwest of Philadelphia, and his mother served on the school board for a dozen years.

With many residents of the diverse district renting their homes, he says, the local property tax base is slight. Plus, hundreds of local students attend charter schools up to 10 miles outside the district, which further cuts into the funding for those who remain.

“A lot of people here in Norristown understand that, with the way we are struggling with funding, that we’re one of the districts that’s going to feel an immediate impact of DeVos and her push for vouchers and more charter schools,” he says.

Ashe says he’s the kind of born political animal who does voter-registration drives for fun on the weekends. He also started a local nonprofit to run community cleanup projects.

He says that, since the election, a couple of his friends have gotten interested in running for office too. “They are supportive and inspired. I tell people, you need to have more involvement in your local government, no matter your age. Whatever Trump may do is one thing, but what happens on the local level is affecting your daily life.”

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Why I'd Rather Not March

Scientists just want to do their jobs in an absence of politics, says Adam Frank.

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“The difficult we do immediately. The impossible takes a little longer.”

This motto of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers during World War II neatly sums up a particularly American way of looking at hard work.

No matter what the challenge, Americans have always had a penchant for just rolling up the sleeves and digging in. The idea goes something like this: “It’s my job, no one else’s. Now, let me get on with it.”

I’ve have been thinking a lot about Americans and our jobs this week, since the announcement of the March for Science was made. If you haven’t yet heard the news, what started as a suggestion on Reddit a couple of weeks ago quickly blossomed into a full-scale movement for a nationwide march in support of science. The event is scheduled to take place on April 22.

But there is a lot to unpack here. A recent Op-Ed by coastal ecologist Robert Young argued that the march was a bad idea. He cautioned: “Trying to recreate the pointedly political Women’s March will serve only to reinforce the narrative … that scientists are an interest group [who] politicize their data, research and findings for their own ends.”

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I worry that Young may be right. The last thing science needs right now is to let itself get pinned as supporting one political position over another. The whole point of science is that evidence should win over everything, regardless of the opinions you walked in the door with.

But as anyone reading this blog over the last seven years knows, we’ve been watching with alarm as a new force has emerged in the relation between science and politics: denial.

We have often discussed how, after World War II, politicians of all parties understood that science was vital to the national good. Science provided input on policy decisions — and that was as far as it should go. If you, as a politician, didn’t like that input, you could talk values or economics or any of the many other non-science things that went into policy-making. What you did not do, however, was call the science a hoax. You didn’t do that because it would, eventually, undermine the whole scientific enterprise that the nation needs so badly.

Not anymore.

American scientists now find themselves in a strange new world of denial, fake news and alternative facts. That new reality is what got me thinking about the March for Science and how we Americans feel about doing our jobs.

See, the thing about scientists is that we love what we do. Doing science is an honor. It’s a privilege. Most of all, it’s a solemn responsibility that we take very, very seriously.

And what is it that we do? Well, you could fill a few textbooks with an answer to that question. But, for me, it can be distilled down to three lines:

Find the evidence,

that lets everyone see,

how the world works.

That’s it in a poetic nutshell. Our job is to understand how things work so we can make things better — so we can make America better. Our job is to do the science that lets Americans stay healthy, lets our prosperity grow and keeps the nation secure. Oh, and it’s also our job to blow America’s collective mind every now and then with amazing stuff like landing a robot on Mars.

And, really, we just want to do our jobs.

It’s a measure of how bad things have gotten that there is talk of this March for Science at all. Do we really want to have to book a room at some hotel for the march? No, we’d really rather spend all night (we love all-nighters) figuring out what’s wrong with that vacuum pump on the ion-trap. Do we really want to spend a day walking around holding up a sign that says “Science Is Our Children’s Future”? Well, we certainly want people to understand how deeply that’s true. But given a choice, we’d rather get the new satellite data loaded up on the computer so we can start doing some spectral analysis.

The point is simple. Doing a job that is of value to your community and your nation is what makes us great as nation. That’s what Americans have always wanted to do. That’s all we American scientists want to do, all day and everyday (which is kind of frustrating for our spouses).

We just want to do our jobs and we want to do them as best we can.

That is why I will be marching — even though I’d much rather spend the day doing science, doing my job. There is a lot to discuss about the March for Science and what it means. But the fact that the nation has gotten to this point at all says a lot about what has gone wrong — and just how wrong it has gotten.


Adam Frank is a co-founder of the 13.7 blog, an astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester, a book author and a self-described “evangelist of science.” You can keep up with more of what Adam is thinking on Facebook and Twitter:@adamfrank4

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North Korea Test-Fires First Missile Under A Trump Presidency

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South Korean defense officials and the U.S. Strategic Command say North Korea test-fired a “medium- or intermediate-range” ballistic missile early Sunday morning local time, which flew eastward for about 300 miles from the west coast of North Korea, over the peninsula and landed in the Sea of Japan. This marks the first missile test by the Kim Jong Un regime since October, and the first under the new Donald Trump presidency.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, appearing in a hastily arranged press conference with Trump following the test, said the move was “absolutely intolerable” and called on North Korea to fully comply with United Nations Security Council resolutions, which forbid Pyongyang from these types of tests.

“The United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent,” Trump said, and took no questions.

The U.N. resolution — and repeated sanctions — have failed to curb the Kim regime, which test-fired missiles more than 20 times last year, and more than 50 since Kim Jong Un became leader five years ago.

South Korea convened an emergency national security meeting Sunday morning in response to the launch. South Korea’s Acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn said Seoul will work with the international community “to punish [the North] accordingly.”

“North Korea’s repeated provocations show the Kim Jong Un regime’s nature of irrationality, maniacally obsessed in its nuclear and missile development,” the South’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

While the missile tested Sunday did not have the range to reach farther than Guam, North Korea has been racing ahead in developing its nuclear program. North Korea watchers have been on alert for a possible intercontinental ballistic missile test. An ICBM, as it’s known, could have be loaded with a nuclear warhead and if successful, could reach the continental United States. As NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel noted last month:

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“Independent arms control experts agree that North Korea is moving rapidly to develop an ICBM. And many suspect it will test a missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. later this year.

“They are very far along in their ICBM testing project,” says Melissa Hanham, an East Asia researcher at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. “Probably we will see that they will do a flight test in 2017.”

The test comes as the nascent Trump administration’s policy on North Korea remains unclear. Trump’s team is said to be undergoing a top-to-bottom review of existing U.S. policy on Pyongyang, which President Obama reportedly told Trump during the transition should be the top foreign policy priority on the table for the U.S.

Haeryun Kang contributed to this post.

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Yale Renames Calhoun College Over Namesake's Ties To Slavery And White Supremacy

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Yale University announced Saturday that it will change the name of one of its esteemed residential colleges, Calhoun College, named after ardent supporter of slavery and prominent 19th century alumnus, John C. Calhoun.

The vote by the Ivy League’s trustees comes after years of debate and it overturns last April’s decision to keep the name. That decision had fueled campus protests from student activists.

The new name will honor computer scientist Grace Murray Hopper, who graduated from Yale in the 1930s. She’s noted for inventing a pioneering computer programming language and being a Navy rear admiral.

In announcing the new name, President Peter Salovey said, “We have a strong presumption against renaming buildings on this campus. … I have been concerned all along and remain concerned that we don’t do things that erase history. So renamings are going to be exceptional.”

Calhoun College was established in the early 1930s.

A native of South Carolina, Calhoun served as vice president of United States under presidents John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, as well as secretary of state, secretary of war, and United States Senator. He was an ardent supporter of slavery until his death in 1850.

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“John C. Calhoun. White supremacist. Ardent defender of slavery as a positive good,” Salovey said. “Someone whose views hardened over the course of his life, died essentially criticizing the Declaration of Independence and its emphasis on all men being created equal.”

The name change in honor of Hopper is set to take effect in time for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Salovey described Hopper as “a visionary in the world of technology” and trailblazer in historically male-dominated fields.

She received a master’s degree in mathematics from Yale in 1930 and a Ph.D. in mathematics and mathematical physics in 1934, before going on to teach mathematics at Vassar College. After a decade at Vassar, Hopper enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

According to the Associated Press, “She retired as a Navy rear admiral at age 79, and died in 1992 at age 85. She was posthumously awarded the presidential medal of freedom last year.”

Salovey described her as “a visionary in the world of technology” and trailblazer in historically male-dominated fields and said he hopes the Yale community will “embrace Grace Hopper and get to know her better.”

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