The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists will announce on Thursday whether the minute hand on its “Doomsday Clock” will be adjusted, now that President Donald Trump, whose campaign took on the status quo with Russia, China, Mexico and other nations, has been sworn into office. Since the founding of its clock in 1947, the organization has judged the world moving to a safer place generally whenever Republicans are in the Oval Office.

It’s the Democrats who move the clock closer to “Doomsday.” The clock is now at three minutes to midnight, where it was placed during Democrat Barack Obama’s tenure. Factors such as the White House transition, U.S.-Russia relations, North Korea, Iran’s nuclear aspirations and the “uncertain fate of climate solutions” are among the considerations in deciding where to position the minute hand in 2017. READ MORE