In line with Vice President Pence's announcement that the "era of strategic patience is over," the Trump administration has deployed a nuclear-powered, guided-missile submarine to the Korean peninsula, heightening tensions in the region. But those familiar with US history question whether amped-up tensions with North Korea are mainly being used as a justification to increase the US military budget.
Most experts agree, despite Trump's promises, that coal-mining jobs are not coming back. But this month Berkeley Energy Group announced plans to put coal miners back to work by building the largest solar project in Appalachia on top of a closed mountaintop strip mine near the town of Pikeville.
Trump has perfected the technique of using libel lawsuits as a tool of repression without ever winning a case. With Supreme Court appointees like Gorsuch, it's quite likely that Trump will succeed in weakening libel law, making timid media corporations even more nervous about critical coverage.