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Scientists move Doomsday Clock closer to 'midnight.' Trump's comments on nuclear weapons are a big reason why

Scientists move Doomsday Clock closer to 'midnight.' Trump's comments on nuclear weapons are a big reason why

 Donald Trump’s comments as a candidate and president-elect about the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal and nuclear proliferation had long rattled arms-control advocates about how his administration might change half a century of policy and posture.

On Thursday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists weighed in with its annual assessment of the Doomsday Clock, a metaphorical measure of how close the world is to “midnight,” or a worldwide catastrophe.

The group, started by physicists who built the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project, moved the clock ahead by 30 seconds, to just 2½ minutes before midnight. It’s the closest the...

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