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Science and the Trump Presidency

What to expect for climate change, health care, technology and more under the new administration

Net Neutrality Foe to Head the FCC

Under new chair Ajit Pai the agency would likely to reverse its Open Internet Order—a regulation expected to become less relevant as the Net continues to evolve

January 30, 2017 — Larry Greenemeier
Trump's First Strong Words on Obamacare May Have Weak Impact

Trump's First Strong Words on Obamacare May Have Weak Impact

But dropping the appeal of a lawsuit would immediately end cost-sharing help for up to six million people and would almost certainly send the insurance market for individuals into chaos

January 25, 2017 — Julie Rovner and Kaiser Health News

What Could Replace the Clean Power Plan?

Trump could soon issue an executive order directing the EPA to consider the Clean Power Plan illegal and stop any work related to the regulation

January 23, 2017 — Emily Holden and E&E News
Trump Day 1: Global Warming's Fate

Trump Day 1: Global Warming's Fate

If the new president delays climate action as promised, the world is far more likely to miss its Paris agreement goals

January 20, 2017 — Annie Sneed
Will Trump's Climate Team Accept Any "Social Cost of Carbon"?

Will Trump's Climate Team Accept Any "Social Cost of Carbon"?

The nation’s top science panel has just sketched a clearer way to set a fair price today for cutting tomorrow’s climate risks—and some of Trump’s advisers say the price should be zero 

January 12, 2017 — Andrew Revkin and ProPublica
Trump's First 100 Days: Space

Trump's First 100 Days: Space

The new administration will likely shift NASA resources away from Earth exploration and into deep space. But many questions remain about how the agency will be led and funded

November 30, 2016 — Lee Billings
Trump's First 100 Days: Health Care

Trump's First 100 Days: Health Care

The president-elect could initiate a massive transformation of health care—including birth control funding. But without a replacement plan ready, lawmakers may hesitate to repeal Obamacare anytime soon

November 28, 2016 — Sara Goudarzi
Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Look for the president-elect to pick a new FCC chairman, limit online privacy protections and stem the flow of tech talent from other countries

November 11, 2016 — Larry Greenemeier
Trump's Victory and the Politics of Resentment

Trump's Victory and the Politics of Resentment

A political scientist’s research explains a lot about why true-blue Wisconsin turned red in 2016, and about the mood of rural and small town America

November 12, 2016 — Claudia Wallis

Exit Interview: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren

Scientific American executive editor Fred Guterl talks with Pres. Obama’s science advisor, John Holdren, about climate science, space travel, the issue of reproducibility in science, the brain initiative and more. 

January 19, 2017 — Fred Guterl and Steve Mirsky

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