Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) teamed up from across the aisle on Tuesday to raise concerns over President Trump's decision on Monday to deploy 1,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East.
The two senators wrote a letter to the president, asking him to clarify several aspects of the decision, including where, specifically, the troops will be deployed, what their mission is, and if they'll be used to apply pressure on Iran. They also asked Trump to relay to them what the "new, specific imminent threat from Iran is."
The senators were joined by a bipartisan group of fellow senators, including Jeff Merkley (D-Or.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Ct.), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in signing the letter. Together, they emphasized that Congress has not authorized war with Iran and "no current statutory authority allows the U.S. to conduct hostilities against the government of Iran." The letter concludes with a request for a joint Defense, State, and Intelligence community briefing by the end of June to address the situation. Read the full letter here. Tim O'Donnell
While conservatives are often stereotyped as being "anti-science," new research from The Ohio State University says that when it comes to ignoring scientists' recommendations, liberals may be the pot calling the kettle black.
Americans across the political spectrum reject scientific claims which counteract their own preset opinions, the researchers found, especially if those opinions are about testy political issues. Though conservatives did have stronger reactions to scientific claims that challenged their views, both groups lost trust in science when it contradicted their beliefs.
"There are definitely established psychological differences between conservatives and liberals," said study co-author Erik Nisbet, "but nothing in the scientific literature has shown that one group is more likely to be more or less biased toward scientific information than the other." Bonnie Kristian