‘Dreamer’ immigration bill not on Senate agenda this month

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will not consider an immigration bill as part of year-end legislation but will turn to a measure protecting immigrant youths known as “Dreamers” in January, No. 2 Senate Republican John Cornyn said on Monday.

Massachusetts and NY probing MetLife over unpaid pensions

(Reuters) – Regulators in Massachusetts and New York State said on Monday they are probing MetLife Inc after the insurer revealed last week it had failed to pay pensions to potentially thousands of…

‘I Didn’t Know.’ Meryl Streep Responds to Rose McGowan’s Claims She Was Silent About Weinstein

Meryl Streep said she was never deliberately silent about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behavior in response to criticism from Rose McGowan.

Over the weekend, McGowan criticized reports that several actors are planning to wear all black to the Golden Globes to protest sexual harassment in the industry. McGowan has alleged that the producer raped her in the 1990s. Weinstein has repeatedly denied “any allegations of non-consensual sex.”

“Actresses, like Meryl Streep, who happily worked for The Pig Monster, are wearing black @goldenglobes in a silent protest. YOUR SILENCE is THE problem. You’ll accept a fake award breathlessly & affect no real chance. I despise your hypocrisy. Maybe you should all wear Marchesa,” McGowan said in a now-deleted tweet.

In a statement to HuffPost, Streep, who has worked with Weinstein on films like The Iron Lady and August: Osage County, said that it hurt that McGowan believed she knew about the mogul’s alleged behavior. Steep previously said she didn’t know about his alleged offenses.

“I wasn’t deliberately silent. I didn’t know. I don’t tacitly approve of rape. I didn’t know. I don’t like young women being assaulted,” she said. “HW needed us not to know this, because our association with him bought him credibility, an ability to lure young, aspiring women into circumstances where they would be hurt.”

Streep added that she tried to reach McGowan over the phone to express respect for her for coming forward and sympathy for her “untold, ongoing pain.” But she said she wasn’t able to connect with her.

“I am truly sorry she sees me as an adversary, because we are both, together with all the women in our business, standing in defiance of the same implacable foe: a status quo that wants so badly to return to the bad old days, the old ways where women were used, abused and refused entry into the decision-making, top levels of the industry. That’s where the cover-ups convene,” Streep said. “Those rooms must be disinfected, and integrated, before anything even begins to change.”

Maro Itoje: England and Saracens forward to return ‘stronger and quicker’

England star Maro Itoje says his broken jaw was the most painful injury of his career, but hopes to return to action “stronger and quicker” than before.

Unruly Antarctica could change sea-level outlook without much warning

Sea-level rise is one of the more challenging effects of climate change to project. It’s not that the direction of the change is unclear—sea level will rise as the planet warms—but it’s extraordinarily difficult to know when which sections of which glaciers will slide into the sea. Many factors are involved besides temperatures, including ocean currents and the topography of the bedrock below ice sheets.

As a result, the projections of sea-level rise presented to entities like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been heavily caveated and have changed significantly over time. The 2013 IPCC report, for example, projected considerably higher sea-level rise than the 2007 report, which explained that it was leaving out important ice-sheet processes that needed more research. And the recent 2017 US National Climate Assessment again increased projections of sea-level rise based on the current state of the science.

A new study from a group of researchers led by Rutgers’ Bob Kopp has made for splashy headlines in recent days, some of which claimed the study showed that sea-level rise will be “worse than thought” or that the study confidently predicted how many people would be inundated by rising seas this century. Neither description is really true, as there is nothing new about the sea-level rise scenarios shown. In fact, Kopp also helped put together the sea-level chapter of the US National Climate Assessment, and the numbers in the new study obviously match those in the report.

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