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Trump is being sued to stop him from shrinking Bears Ears national monument by 85 percent. Who will win?

On Thursday, President Trump announced that he would slash the size of Utah’s newest national monument, Bears Ears, shrinking by 85 percent land that President Barack Obama had declared protected in 2016. In response, five Indian tribes sued over Trump’s move in federal court. The tribes claim significant ancestral ties to this land and oversee the area in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management. They argue that although Congress delegated power to the president under the Antiquities Act to designate national monuments, it did not give the power to revoke them. The Bears Ears suit follows several other...

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Why bitcoin’s success could be its downfall

Digital currencies have been front-page news as the value of bitcoin, the most popular of the cryptocurrencies, continues to surge, albeit with wild fluctuations. Bitcoin backers argue that once digital currencies become widely used, governments will be unable to destroy them — users simply won’t allow it. This view falls short on two points. First, digital currencies, even in their current form, are a bigger threat to national governments than most people currently understand. Second, bitcoin’s success would also be its downfall. As bitcoin gains popularity, and especially if it stabilizes in value, it becomes a viable substitute for...

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The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner wants to ban nuclear weapons. Here’s why the U.S. is opposed.

Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor and activist with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, speaks at Oslo City Hall after ICAN officially received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. (Terje Bendiksby/NTB scanpix/AP) On Sunday, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) received the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. ICAN won the prize “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.” Beatrice Fihn, the executive director of ICAN, accepted the prize along with anti-nuclear...

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