Shortly before four o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, Boris Johnson gave his first address as Britain’s seventy-seventh Prime Minister. Like the seventy-sixth, Theresa May, Johnson has entered Downing Street at a time of acute national distress, elected by the members of the Conservative Party rather than by the population as a whole. But that is where the similarities end. In the summer of 2016, May was chosen by her party to tackle the enormous implications of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union because she was seen as credible, selfless, and pragmatic—and as having a shot at uniting the country. May failed. Three years later, the party has gone for a very different solution to many of the same problems. Johnson, who is fifty-five, shares very few of May’s positive qualities. No one would call him honest. But Johnson does not share some of May’s deficiencies, either. May was awkward, sometimes touchingly so, and unable to convey a … [Read more...] about Just How Crazy Is Boris Johnson?
Devin Nunes, a man possessed. Photo: Shawn Thew/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland delivered arguably the most interesting and compelling testimony of the Trump impeachment hearings so far. But he also left some facts and conclusions to be ferreted out by members of the House Intelligence Committee. He clearly established a quid pro quo connection between the push for Ukraine to investigate alleged 2016 election interference and the energy company Burisma and a phone call and a meeting between Donald Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. He implied (but did not directly testify to) a quid pro quo connection with the hold placed on congressionally appropriated military aid to Ukraine. There was plenty for the ranking Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes, to explore in questioning of Sondland. Before Sondland’s testimony, however, Nunes made an opening statement that did not even mention the witness or any of the issues he … [Read more...] about Nunes to Sondland: Let’s Talk About My Conspiracy Theories
Story highlights Video game-playing teens scored higher than average in math and science Teens who used the internet to do homework scored higher in math (CNN)Video games' bad reputation may be unfair. Teens who were regular gamers scored higher than average in math, reading and science on an international exam, a new study found. On the other hand, teens who daily scanned their Facebook feeds or chatted with friends more than others tended to score 4% worse than average in math. Based on these results, a little "research to uncover the different ways by which children learn from online games" might improve teaching methods, said Alberto Posso, author of the study and an associate professor at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology's School of Economics, Finance and Marketing. JUST WATCHED Telling a complex story through a video game Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Telling a complex story through a video game 03:01 The study, published recently … [Read more...] about Teen gamers do better at math than social media stars, study says