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Prison sentence for Trump adviser Navarro gives new teeth to Congress as watchdog over the White House

Former Trump administration trade official Peter Navarro has been sentenced to four months behind bars for contempt of Congress. Navarro had refused to provide the House Jan. 6 committee with information it sought from him. He joins Steve Bannon as the first defendants in decades to be held criminally liable by the U.S. Department of Justice for refusing to provide information in response to congressional subpoenas.

Iowa was different this time – even if the outcome was as predicted

Trounced, crushed, routed, dominated: Pick your verb to describe what former President Donald Trump did to his GOP rivals in the Jan. 15, 2024 Iowa caucus. The Conversation U.S. asked two scholars to analyze the results, in which Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came in second, with former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley a close third.

Wayne LaPierre leaves a financial mess behind at the NRA − on top of the legal one that landed him in court

Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association’s longtime leader, plans to retire by the end of January 2024. He cited “health reasons” when he announced his departure three days before the organization’s civil fraud trial got underway in Manhattan.

Opinion: Storing carbon underground is risky. Allowing storage companies to shed liability makes it even riskier.

Joseph Otis Minott, Special to the Capital-Star December 19, 2023 Carbon capture and storage technology is designed to remove carbon dioxide from industrial processes and then store it underground. It’s been touted as a climate change solution. Yet as with any new, unproven innovation, it’s hard to know what to expect from carbon capture and storage. …

Opinion: PA leads the way in early mental health and wellness tools, access for young people

By Bob McCullough,  Pennsylvania Capital-StarNovember 28, 2023 We are in the midst of a mental health crisis here in the United States and young people, sadly, are not immune. The prevalence of mental health challenges for young people is well-documented, but access to mental health services remains extremely limited. The pandemic exacerbated mental health issues …