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A child walks past a graffiti depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on the walls of a bar in the old town in Vilnius, Lithuania, May 14, 2016. (Photo by Mindaugas Kulbis/AP)

Trump campaign faces new questions about Russian ties

09/26/16 08:02AM

When Donald Trump's presidential campaign parted ways with campaign chairman Paul Manafort last month, there was no real mystery surrounding the shake-up. Manafort's connections to pro-Putin forces made his position untenable.

Of course, the ties between Trump and the Russian autocrat's government go further than just Manafort. The candidate himself has repeatedly praised Putin and given contradictory statements about his relationship with the foreign president, and Trump's team includes other advisers with Russian connections.

Take Carter Page, a Trump foreign policy adviser, for example. On Friday, Yahoo News published a report, which has not yet been independently verified by MSNBC or NBC News, that said U.S. intelligence officials are "seeking to determine whether [Page] has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials -- including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president."

Pointing to the report, Tommy Vietor, a former National Security spokesman for President Obama, suggested Trump may very well be "an unwitting Russian agent."

CNN's Jake Tapper asked Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, about the allegations. Conway didn't comment on the accuracy of the reports, but instead argued that Carter Page has no role on Team Trump.
TAPPER: He is not part of the campaign anymore?

CONWAY: No, he's not. He's certainly not part of the campaign that I'm running.... And I also will say, if he's [engaging in back-channel communications with Russian officials], he's certainly not doing it with the permission or knowledge of the campaign, the activities that you described.... He is certainly not authorized to do that.
At a certain level, Conway and other Trump aides have two defenses to choose from. They can either question the accuracy of the reports, or they can accept the reports at face value -- perhaps Page really is secretly trying to strike deals with Vladimir Putin's government -- and insist Page isn't a Trump adviser. Apparently, the Republican ticket is going with the latter.

The problem, of course, is the evidence pointing in the opposite direction. read more

This image combines a background picture taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope (blue/green) with a new very deep ALMA view of this field (orange, marked with circles).

Week in Geek - Hubble redux edition

09/25/16 12:55AM

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) just took the Hubble Ultra Deep Field to the next level.

ALMA is an array of 66 radio dish antennas located at an altitude of over 16.000 feet in the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Much like the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico, these dishes all work in concert to create a telescope used to observe radio emission at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. Astronomers use radio telescopes to probe phenomena such as star formation by observing gas and dust clouds that are too distant and/or too faint to be see by infrared or optical telescopes.

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image released by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004 of a patch of sky roughly as big as 1/10th of the full moon. The filed was found to contain 10,000 galaxies of all shapes, sizes, and ages and is the deepest view of the universe to date. Now ALMA has begun to to peer at the same area of the sky to uncover what else might be there that Hubble was unable to see.

The recent results are from only 50 hours of ALMA observing the HUDF. ALMA is slated to observe an additional 150 hours in the near future. They show that total mass of stars in a galaxy is highly correlated with its rate of star formation. Additionally, astronomers were able to identify regions where star-formation was likely to happen next based on the concentration of molecular gas, regions Hubble could never "see". The video below highlights these areas (in orange) superimposed on the HUDF (in blue).

"This is a breakthrough result. For the first time we are properly connecting the visible and ultraviolet light view of the distant Universe from Hubble and far-infrared/millimeter views of the Universe from ALMA." - Jim Dunlop, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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Civil Rights Museum rejects Trump photo-op

Civil Rights Museum rejects Trump photo-op

09/23/16 09:54PM

Rachel Maddow reports on an unplanned detour by the Donald Trump campaign from a planned photo-op stop of The International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina after the museum observed that Donald Trump's values are contrary to those of the museum. watch


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