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As news of the terror attack broke, the capital’s NHS workers rushed into action
It was a typically busy day in the emergency department at King’s College hospital when Dr Emer Sutherland started receiving text messages from relatives and friends.
They were the first indication of the scale of the horror unfolding just two miles down the road in Westminster. Within minutes, she and her colleagues were on major alert and preparing to receive the first of many critically injured casualties.Continue reading...
Before meeting with truck drivers and trucking CEOs at the White House about healthcare – and in the midst of a battle over a healthcare bill he wanted passed – the president of the United States found time to play with a big, fancy toyContinue reading...
Masood, 52, was born in Kent and had previously been convicted of violent offences, police say
A 52-year-old ex-convict from Birmingham was named on Thursday as the man who carried out the terrorist attack on Westminster in which he and four other people died, while eight others were arrested as police hunted for evidence of a wider conspiracy.
Khalid Masood, a man who had used a string of aliases, was described by police as a criminal with a 20-year record of offending, who had once been investigated for extremism but was assessed as posing a low risk.Continue reading...
Theresa May has had a torrid political March on several fronts, but she has a valuable gift for calm and a knack of catching the public mood at moments like the aftermath of the attack on Wednesday afternoon in central London. In a statement to MPs today, Mrs May successfully combined dignity with emotion as she paid tribute to the police officer PC Keith Palmer, who was killed protecting parliament by the man later named as Khalid Masood. She maintained a proportionate and reasoned tone as she discussed the details of the emergency and the fast and courageous response to it. Masood’s hired 4x4, in its murderous career across Westminster Bridge, killed a tourist and a teacher and one other who has not yet been named. It injured up to 40 others.
Every MP who spoke in the Commons caught the prime minister’s mood. All were at pains to emphasise the need for solidarity. All took care to distinguish between the overwhelming majority of British Muslims and the handful of individuals inspired by Islamic State and similar groups who have been responsible for most of the recent terror attacks and plots in Europe (but not all: Jo Cox’s murderer was a white supremacist).Continue reading...
Last-minute negotiations proved insufficient to secure GOP votes to replace Obama’s signature healthcare law, denying Trump first major legislative victory
The Republicans on Thursday abandoned a vote on their plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, as Donald Trump and House speaker Paul Ryan faced rebellion across the House Republican caucus.
According to a leadership aide, the scheduled Thursday House vote on the bill was delayed for at least one day as Republicans scramble to find legislation that can achieve a majority within the chamber.Continue reading...
On this week’s new (revamped) episode of the PB/Polling Matters podcast Keiran touches briefly on the shocking events of this week before being joined by Leo Barasi and Rob Vance to discuss the latest polling data and elections news. Keiran unveils new Polling Matters / Opinium polling on whether there should be a second EU referendum with changes that might surprise you, Leo explains why he thinks there will not be a snap election (although Keiran argues May is making a mistake in waiting) and Rob touches on events in Northern Ireland following the death of Martin McGuinness.
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The evidence for liquid water on the surface of Mars in the distant past is strong, but a discovery a few years ago provided a glimmer of hope that the wet stuff might still be making occasional appearances on the Red Planet. Fresh, dark streaks show up on steep slopes during the “warm” season, almost as if something wet is trickling downhill. To some researchers, however, these “recurring slope lineae,” which are a few meters wide and a few hundred meters long, look more like downward slides of destabilized sediment.
The question is, what could destabilize the sediment? The presence of briny water? (Water has been detected as a component of some of the minerals present, at least.) Could the thawing of carbon dioxide ice play a role? There is debate about which of these explanations can work and where water could possibly be coming from.
A new study led by Frédéric Schmidt of the University of Paris-Sud throws out a possible alternative that doesn’t involve thawing anything. If you’re holding out for water, you might consider that bad news, but it is at least a satisfyingly weird process.