Links – February 20, 2017

I am continuing to go light on the latest about Donald Trump’s relationship to Russia, in the service of finishing up a major post on the subject. In the meanwhile, here is a selection beyond the New York Times and Washington Post headlines.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says that Trump urged him to get closer to Russia.

Concern in Europe about Trump’s stand on Russia.

Russia is bullying Norway.

Thirty-three questions about Trump’s relationship with Russia.

Why Trump can’t come clean on Russia.

Detailed profile of Steve Bannon, the former Breitbart editor who has a lot of power as Trump’s counselor.

The age of rudeness: about rudeness in our society generally, but with applications to our current political and government situations.

This article sums up a number of problems nuclear power now faces. It doesn’t say much about the development of small modular reactors, which may get past some of these problems, but they are not ready to go to the field yet.

Photos that give a scale of the problems at the Oroville Dam, which seems to be stable, and the authorities believe will last through the coming rains.

Why the Iran deal must stand.

Talking to North Korea is the only way we’re going to dampen their nuclear ambitions. New York Times editorial points out that Trump has given no specifics on a North Korea policy. Nor any other foreign policy, I might add. It appears that blather about being strong doesn’t add up to a policy. Does Trump realize that yet?

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