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Donald Trump has been president for two weeks, and he is already facing dozens of lawsuits over White House policies and his personal business dealings. That’s far more than his predecessors faced in their first days on the job. The lawsuits started on Inauguration Day, and they haven’t let up.

Most of the 50-plus lawsuits filed so far relate to the travel ban on refugees and nationals from seven mostly-Muslim countries that Trump ordered on Jan. 27. They were filed in 17 different states by doctors, professors, students, people fleeing violence and Iraqis who have worked for the U.S. military. Some were detained in American airports for hours over the weekend; others were barred overseas from boarding planes bound for the U.S. Two Syrian brothers with visas to enter the country say they were turned around at Philadelphia International Airport and sent back to Damascus.

After 2 Weeks In Office, Trump Faces More Than 50 Lawsuits

Chart: Parker Yesko, Katie Park and Candice Kortkamp/NPR


THE REMARKABLE IMAGES readers consistently find in National Geographic today weren’t possible when the publication began in 1888. The technology cost too much, and travel moved too slowly to send photographers on assignment. So National Geographic leaned on information graphics, instead. “In the first magazine, the first images that appear there are drawings. They wanted to use maps from the very beginning, because that was how they could tell people about their expeditions.” […] as the cost of professional photography dropped, National Geographic’s editors grew to favor it over the hand drawn maps and charts it once relied on… Then, late in the 20th century, the photography trend reversed course. A proliferation of data generated fresh demand for designers to take on subjects that a camera lens cannot capture. 

“We are deployed to subjects that can’t be photographed,” writes Kaitlin Yarnell, a cartographer currently in National Geographic’s art department, in the book’s introduction. “Things too small (atoms!), too big (black holes!), too complex (migration patterns!), too old (Roman ruins!), too conceptual (dark energy!), or too numeric (trade flows!) to be photographed are our specialty.”

National Geographic’s classic infographics, now in one stunning book

Medicaid is the government health care program for the poor.

That’s the shorthand explanation. But Medicaid is so much more than that — which is why it’s become the focal point of the battle in Washington to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama expanded Medicaid under his signature health care law to cover 11 million more people, bringing the total number of people covered up to 69 million.

Now Republicans want to reverse that expansion, and they want to go much further in cutting back on the number of people covered and federal dollars spent. The legislation they’re contemplating in both the House and Senate shrinks and fundamentally restructures the program.

The report issued by the Congressional Budget Office on Monday estimates that 15 million people would lose coverage through Medicaid by 2026 under the proposed Senate bill.

Here are five key things to know about Medicaid as the debate moves forward.

From Birth To Death, Medicaid Affects The Lives Of Millions

Chart: Alyson Hurt/NPR

When’s the best time to post to Tumblr? 

We’ve been consuming the Tumblr firehose for more than a year at Union Metrics. In that time, we’ve processed more than 40 billion Tumblr posts, reblogs and likes! That’s billion. With a B.

We’re often asked when the best time to post to Tumblr is. So to answer that question, we analyzed more than 6 billion Tumblr activites (posts and notes) from the past two months to figure out when Tumblr is most active, and what that activity looks like over time. 

We’ve found that weekends are the busiest days on Tumblr and Sunday is the most active day overall. Nights are the busiest times, no matter the day of the week. Post activity is at the highest at 4:00 pm EDT; notes peak at 10:00 pm EDT.

The heatmaps show Tumblr post and note activity; each square shows the intensity of activity during that day and hour. The darker the color, the busier that hour is. 

So, what can you do with this info? Well, Tumblr is more active at night, so you’re more likely to have a bigger, more engaged audience then. Particularly later at night, when the highest reblog and like activity happens. But if you want less competition, there’s not much going on in the mornings, so you could give that a shot. If you’re a brand or business, you should consider scheduling content outside standard US business hours, especially on the weekends when more people are spending more time on Tumblr. This is particularly important, because compared to other social networks like Twitter and Facebook, Tumblr is much more active on the weekends. 

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Sea levels are rising and climate scientists blame global warming. They predict that higher seas will cause more coastal flooding through this century and beyond, even in places that have normally been high and dry.

But mapping where future floods will strike has barely begun.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency maps where people are at moderate or high risk of flooding. Most people with property in hazardous areas — where the annual risk of a flood is one in a hundred or more — are required by law to buy federal flood insurance from FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

But FEMA’s insurance maps are based on past patterns of flooding. Future sea level rise — which is expected to create new, bigger flood zones — is not factored in.

So some communities are doing the mapping themselves. Like Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland.

Mapping Coastal Flood Risk Lags Behind Sea Level Rise

Images: Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post/Getty Images; Leanne Abraham/NPR

Women are more enthusiastic than men about the idea of a Trump impeachment, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. Nearly half of women — 47 percent — believe President Trump should be impeached, compared with 32 percent of men.

Not only that, but women are a big reason why his approval rating is so low, Gallup data show. Women approve of Trump far less than they have approved of any other president at this point in his administration in at least the last 64 years, according to data collected since Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House. Men, meanwhile, are within the historical norm.

Impeachment is highly unlikely, but discussion of it has grown more mainstream with developments in the investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election and whether there was any collusion with the Trump team. In particular, Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey in May got lawmakers referring to the I-word as something that was within the realm of possibility. Trump and the White House have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Women Are A Huge Reason Why Trump’s Poll Numbers Are So Bad

Chart: Danielle Kurtzleben/NPR
Dive into Donald Trump's thousands of lawsuits
A deep dive by USA TODAY shows how Trump amassed thousands of lawsuits over three decades, unprecedented for a presidential nominee.

4,095 lawsuits before becoming president!

  • 85 Branding And Trademark Cases
  • 17 Campaign Cases
  • 1,863 Casino Cases
  • 208 Contract Dispute Cases

60 lawsuits after becoming president (as of Feb. 2017)

June 6, 2017

It’s just a matter of time before Donald J Trump and Eric Trump are sued for siphoning millions in Kids-Cancer Charity donations into his business.

IRS, it’s time to do some “extreme vetting” of the entire Trump family’s taxes and business practices.

Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP’s health care bill, and they’re unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate’s health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove, while about a quarter said they hadn’t heard enough about the proposal to have an opinion on it.

With mounting defections within the GOP caucus over the bill, leaders decided to delay a vote on the legislation until after Congress returns from next week’s July 4th recess.

Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

Chart: Brittany Mayes/NPR