Smiley faceFederal Spending Tops $6 Trillion for First Time; Deficit Tops $3 Trillion for First Time (2020-09-11 )
(Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images) (CNSNews.com) - Federal spending has topped $6 trillion for the first time in any fiscal year in the nation’s history and the federal deficit has topped $3 trillion for the first time according to the Monthly Treasury Statement for August that was released today. There is still another month left in fiscal 2020 which runs through the end of September. As of the end of August according to the Treasury the federal government had spent a record $6 054
Smiley faceDemocrats build big edge in early voting (2020-09-10 )
POLITICO Dispatch: September 11 Joe Biden might be back on the campaign trail after months of quarantining in the basement of his Delaware home but his team is still trying to keep him inside an impenetrable coronavirus bubble. Though the figures are preliminary they provide a window into Democratic enthusiasm ahead of the election and offer a warning for Republicans. While Democrats stockpile votes and bring in new supporters Trump’s campaign is relying on a smooth Election Day turnout op
Smiley faceFrench prime minister calls for prudence in order to avoid 'general lockdown' (2020-09-11 )
French Prime Minister Jean Castex called on citizens to be prudent to prevent the spread of COVID-19 announcing measures to create more efficient testing and tracing capacity in the country. It comes after the country recorded nearly 10 000 new cases in a single day on Thursday a record high since the beginning of the pandemic. President Emmanuel Macron had promised that new measures would give some “visibility” about the weeks to come. Yet after a defence council meeting the prime min
Smiley faceCovid-19: Fauci says US life won’t return to normal until deep into 2021 (2020-09-11 )
The White House coronavirus taskforce’s most senior public health expert Anthony Fauci said on Friday that it would probably take another year before life returns to a sense of “normality” in the US even if a successful Covid-19 vaccine is approved in the next few months. Bob Woodward rejects criticism that he sat on Trump 'deadly' virus remarks Read more “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid it’s gonna be w
Smiley faceNora Dannehy Connecticut prosecutor who was top aide to John Durham’s Trump-Russia investigation resigns amid concern about pressure from Attorney General William Barr (2020-09-11 )
Dannehy was told to expect an assignment of from six months to a year when she agreed to join Durham’s team in Washington colleagues said. The work has taken far longer than expected in part because of complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime team members — some of whom are current or former federal investigators or prosecutors with homes in Connecticut — have been working long hours in Washington under pressure to produce results associates said.
Smiley faceInside Oxford’s Vaccine Saga: From Wild Hype to Sobering Reality (2020-09-11 )
The results of a combined Phase I/II trial in July reported no serious safety issues and showed that the vaccine produced neutralizing antibodies in those tested—an outcome that was deemed “encouraging” and “promising.” “This is very positive news. A huge well done to our brilliant world-leading scientists & researchers at @UniofOxford ” tweeted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson before adding: “There are no guarantees.” But the vaccine had its skeptics too. Nasal swabs sh
Smiley face2020 Election: Latest News Polls Results & Debates (2020-09-11 )
Friday morning at Liberty University the Christian school that Jerry Falwell Jr. ran until scandals forced him out the more than 100 000 students enrolled at the conservative bastion in Lynchburg Virginia will listen to a convocation address about the importance in leadership of “character integrity and morality”—delivered by a trusted lieutenant of Barack Obama. Jeh Johnson the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security for the last three years of the preceding administration
Smiley faceJohnson seeks IG probe of wiped Mueller team phones (2020-09-11 )
Senate Homeland Security Chair Ron Johnson is asking a Justice Department watchdog to probe recently revealed documents that suggest members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team wiped records from their official phones. Records released by the Justice Department this week in response to a Freedom of Information Act request suggest top Mueller aides erased the information from at least 15 phones citing forgotten passwords physical damage and missing hardware. Advertisement These reports
Smiley faceFlorida Man gets a Covid do-over (2020-09-11 )
Florida Man gets a Covid do-over With help from Myah Ward ETERNAL SUNSHINE — Greetings from the capital city of Florida where college and college football is sort of back in session. Public schools are starting to fully open back up. Coronavirus cases positive rates deaths and hospitalizations are falling. Normally this would seem like the time for a good stiff drink. Advertisement To that end with bar owners crippled by state-imposed shutdowns Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will allow
Smiley faceHouse chairman subpoenas DHS acting secretary Wolf for Sept. 17 hearing (2020-09-11 )
Spivey emphasized that DHS had been willing to make Wolf's deputy Ken Cuccinelli available to testify which she said should have been sufficient since he's fully versed in the same subjects as Wolf. Thompson said in a statement that Wolf's refusal to testify at the panel's annual worldwide threats hearing was an abdication at a critical time. The Committee has not only the authority but also an obligation to execute its Constitutional oversight responsibilities regarding Mr. Wolf’s deci
Smiley faceWhite House eyes veteran antitrust lawyer for chief FTC post (2020-09-11 )
Mark Meadows Trump’s chief of staff spoke with Arquit about the FTC role both people said. They spoke anonymously to speak candidly about the private interview process. White House officials have also spoken to Gail Slater a lawyer for Fox Corp. who previously worked at both the FTC and the White House as an adviser on tech telecom and cyber policy. The White House would not comment on the record but a senior administration official told POLITICO in a statement: “There are no ongoing
Smiley faceCourt-appointed adviser blasts 'corrupt' DOJ move to drop Flynn case (2020-09-11 )
Gleeson acting as an amicus or friend-of-the-court also faulted the Justice Department for not grappling in any way in its brief with Trump's numerous statements blasting the criminal case and their potential impact on the decisions of prosecutors and their bosses. The government’s failure to defend its own pretextual reasoning is matched by its silence on the subject of abuse of power the ex-judge added. The government makes virtually no effort to deny or rebut the powerful evidence
Smiley faceTrump's payroll tax deferral nixed for House employees (2020-09-11 )
It wasn't immediately known what the Republican-controlled Senate will do. The deferral which is available for workers earning less than $104 000 a year was one of several unilateral moves Trump made in August that he said would boost the coronavirus-battered economy. But the administration has had a hard time convincing private-sector employers to take part in the plan. Companies are concerned it is too risky or complicated especially if Congress doesn't ultimately excuse workers from havi
Smiley faceTrump officials interfered with CDC reports on Covid-19 (2020-09-11 )
The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports are authored by career scientists and serve as the main vehicle for the agency to inform doctors researchers and the general public about how Covid-19 is spreading and who is at risk. Such reports have historically been published with little fanfare and no political interference said several longtime health department officials and have been viewed as a cornerstone of the nation's public health work for decades. But since Michael Caputo a for
Smiley faceHouse Democrats probing $250M coronavirus messaging contract (2020-09-11 )
HHS spokesperson Mark Weber confirmed that the department had received the Democrats’ letter and will respond. The contract which HHS said went through a competitive bidding process is intended to create public service announcements “designed to help Americans make informed decisions about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and flu ” Weber said in a statement. The size and the timing of the contract alarmed former Obama-era HHS officials who oversaw an even larger messaging camp
Smiley faceDurham aide quits amid pressure on Russiagate probe (2020-09-11 )
A spokesperson for Attorney General William Barr who tapped Durham to assess the basis for and conduct of the initial probe referred questions about Dannehy’s departure to Durham’s office. The Hartford Courant first reported the development and said her resignation was “at least partly out of concern” that investigators are facing political pressure to complete a report on their findings before the election. POLITICO asked Durham’s spokesperson last week about Dannehy’s status wi
Smiley faceChristmas cards and dinner reservations: State Department aide said she ran personal errands for the Pompeos (2020-09-11 )
The State Department inspector general’s office has been looking into Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan’s use of taxpayer resources. Among the allegations is that the Pompeos relied on Porter to carry out personal errands for them even while she has been on the State Department’s payroll. In her interview Porter acknowledged handling some tasks that could be described as “personal” for the Pompeos including helping them with Christmas cards. Porter has worked for Pompeo a former CIA
Smiley face‘A Brush with Catastrophe’: Inside the 2020 Census Meltdown (2020-09-10 )
Why does it matter? Aside from apportioning House seats the Census provides the statistical basis for many governmental funding decisions for the next decade. Each year roughly $1.5 trillion in federal funds get redistributed according to census data. With undercounted populations disproportionately made up of Black Americans Latinos lower-income households and immigrants an undercount would mean not only less political representation for those groups but also fewer resources going to tho
Smiley faceThe Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote (2020-09-11 )
Chloe: Voting definitely means a lot more than I thought it would. Before I was like “Whatever. I don’t really care.” But with the pandemic and the 2016 election I’ve definitely understood more now that it is a responsibility of mine as an American to vote and be involved. I try to convince everyone around me too because if more young people voted things would be a lot different. Adsel: Voting is a passage into adulthood. You are a citizen of the United States. You are a valid perso
Smiley faceBahrain to normalize relations with Israel White House announces (2020-09-11 )
Following the agreement announcement between the UAE and Israel an El Al flight was allowed to use Saudi airspace for the first time to travel between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. When asked if Saudi-Israeli rapprochement could be in the works Kushner said: It's definitely worth noticing a trend in the region. The leadership in the region is — they recognize that the approach that's been taken in the past hasn't worked and they realize that their people want to see a more vibrant and excitin
Smiley faceDemocrat challenging controversial GOP congressional candidate in Georgia quits race (2020-09-11 )
The next steps in my life are taking me away from Georgia so I will be disqualified from serving in Congress and will give the party a chance to put forward a candidate that can carry this fight to the end Van Ausdal said in a statement. The state Democratic Party called on Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to officially disqualify Van Ausdal from the ballot and allow them to name a new nominee in an expedited process — much like they did in the state's 5th District after Rep. John Le
Smiley faceSchiff asks to interview DHS officials over whistleblower complaint (2020-09-11 )
Schiff's request comes as the Senate Intelligence Committee also in receipt of Murphy's complaint has asked the department to produce all of the intelligence analyses that Murphy referenced in his complaint as well as any notes and materials that fed into them. That letter a bipartisan request from the panel's acting chair Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and vice chairman Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) seeks the documents by Sept. 18. White House and DHS officials have vehemently denied Murphy's acco
Smiley faceAtlantic Writer Calls for End of Nobel Peace Prize After Trump Notches 2 Nominations (2020-09-11 )
A writer at The Atlantic on Friday called for an end to the Nobel Peace Prize after President Donald Trump picked up two nominations for the prestigious honor. In a commentary staff writer Graeme Wood argued that the committee should take a long break to consider whether peace is a category coherent enough to be worth recognizing. Trump's name was submitted for the 2021 prize by Norwegian lawmaker Christian Tybring-Gjedde who cited the president's role in brokering a peace agreement betwee
Smiley faceThe Weird COVID-19 Side Effect Dentists Are Seeing (2020-09-11 )
COVID-19 has had medical experts baffled with its wide array of symptoms and side effects including skin rashes loss of taste and smell and brain fog. And now dentists are reporting a spike in cracked and damaged teeth due to the stress of the disease that has patients grinding their teeth and clenching their jaws. According to Ladders New York City dentist Tammy Chen reopened her practice in June and saw people with tooth fractures coming in every day. I've seen more tooth fractures in t
Smiley faceChinese Firm Injects Hundreds of Thousands with Experimental Vaccine (2020-09-11 )
A Chinese pharmaceutical firm has injected hundreds of thousands with one of two experimental vaccines for coronavirus disease-19 or COVID-19 The Wall Street Journal reported Friday quoting the company. China National Biotec Group Co. a subsidiary of state-owned Sinopharm has given the unproven inoculations under an emergency program approved by China in July the Journal said. In a separate report Friday by Bloomberg CNBG and other Chinese vaccine developers emphasized the safety of their
Smiley faceCouple of 48 Years Die Minutes Apart From Coronavirus (2020-09-11 )
A North Carolina couple who had been married for 48 years died last week only minutes apart from one another while hospitalized with COVID-19. Johnny Lee Peoples 67 and Cathy Darlene Peoples 65 passed away on September 2 after being rushed to Novant Health Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. “They were married 48 years been together 50 they walked hand in hand for those 50 years their son Shane Peoples told local news station WBTV. He added that both of his parents contracted th
Smiley faceStudy: COVID-19 May Have Spread in LA Weeks Before First Official US Case (2020-09-11 )
A spike of patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure in December 2019 in Los Angeles suggests COVID-19 may have been circulating months before the first definitive U.S. cases were identified a new study showed. The surge in patients with those symptoms at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics continued through February — and had an unexpected 50% increase compared with the same time period in each of the previous five years UCLA researchers reported. The study was posted Wednesday in
Smiley faceDr. Fauci: 'Not a Good Thing' to Downplay COVID-19 (2020-09-11 )
Dr. Anthony Fauci Friday rejected a report claiming a Health and Human Services agency official was trying to muzzle what he says during his interviews. Fauci said he doesn't think it is a good thing to downplay something that's really a threat as President Donald Trump admitted he has done. Anybody that tries to tell me what to say publicly if they know anything about me realizes that's a fool's errand Fauci the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Smiley faceNew Study Links Coronavirus Deaths to Air Pollution (2020-09-11 )
Air pollution increases the risk of dying from the coronavirus says a new study. According to an abstract published in IOP Science there is a link between hazardous air pollutants or HAPs and rates of mortality from COVID-19 in the U.S. The researchers found a 9% increase in COVID-19 mortality when the respiratory hazard index a measurement of air quality in the environment increased. According to The Hill the study mentioned diesel exhaust soot and smog along with substances such as
Smiley faceVirus Spiking in Eastern Europe; Hungary Drafts 'war Plan' (2020-09-11 )
BUDAPEST Hungary (AP) — The number of new confirmed coronavirus cases spiked Friday in parts of eastern Europe with Hungary and the Czech Republic registering all-time daily highs. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his government was drafting a “war plan” to defend against the second wave of the pandemic. The plan's aim was “not for everyone to stay at home and bring the country to a halt ... but to defend Hungary’s functionality Orban said. The prime minister said measu
Smiley faceCOVID's Deadly Clotting Spurs US Trials of 2 Blood Thinners (2020-09-11 )
U.S. researchers have begun two clinical trials examining the use of blood thinners to help Covid-19 patients avoid clotting that’s led to strokes heart attacks and organ failure. In one study the National Institutes of Health will look at patients who are hospitalized NIH Director Francis Collins said on a call with reporters Thursday. The second study will focus on people who haven’t been hospitalized. The trials are part of President Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed effort to acc
Smiley faceGOP Demands Answers on Whether Mueller Team Obstructed Justice by Wiping Phones (2020-09-11 )
Republican lawmakers want to know whether cellphones belonging to people on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during the Russia probe were intentionally wiped before they could be reviewed by the Justice Department's inspector general. Fox News reports that members of the GOP began calling for answers after newly released records from the Justice Department indicated that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller’s team were wiped of information because of for
Smiley faceReport: Durham Aide Quits Because of Barr Pressure to Finish Russia Probe Before Elex (2020-09-11 )
A top aide to U.S. Attorney John Durham in his Russia probe has resigned in part out of concern investigators are being pressed by Attorney General William Barr to produce a report before the election the Hartford Courant reported Friday. Federal prosecutor Nora Dannehy who’s worked with or for Durham for decades told colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New Haven Conn. of her resignation from the Department of Justice by email Thursday night the Courant reported. The short e
Smiley faceDems Concerned About Trump's Poll Lead on Economy (2020-09-11 )
Democratic Party officials are expressing concern that while former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in most national public polls he trails on the issue of handling the economy NBC News reported Friday. Trump leads Biden on the issue by an average of 3.5 percentage points according to RealClearPolitics ranging from 11 points to a minus 2 in one poll. I do think there's work to do here in connecting the dots NBC News quoted Democratic Party campaign strategist Hari
Smiley faceBiden: Iran Closer to Nuclear Weapons with Trump Than Obama (2020-09-11 )
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden claims Iran is closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon with President Donald Trump blaming the president for tabling a deal with the middle east nation according to Newsweek. While talking to the JStreet PAC during a virtual fundraiser on Thursday Biden said he would attempt to resurrect talks with Iran. He admits however that would be hard given four years of acrimony that the United States has had with the country. Biden said Iran is more likely to
Smiley faceAG Barr Unloads on Media: 'Collection of Liars' (2020-09-11 )
Attorney General William Barr unleashed a bitter torrent of anti-media criticism Friday calling the mainstream press corps a collection of liars. In an interview with Townhall Barr's no-holds-barred tirade zeroed in on coverage of months of racial justice demonstrations some of which he said turned violent because of street fighting radicals. They're basically a collection of liars. Most of the mainstream media he told Townhall. They're a collection of liars and they know exactly wh
Smiley faceNew port fire burns in battered Beirut one month after deadly blast (2020-09-10 )
Beirut is still struggling to recover from the trauma and damage inflicted when a fire caused the explosion of 2 750 tons of ammonium nitrate on Aug. 4. At least 192 people were killed more than 6 000 injured and homes and other property wrecked for miles around. AD This fire appears to have erupted under almost identical circumstances prompting new accusations of incompetence and negligence against the Lebanese authorities. It was ignited by tools used by workers making repairs on a wareho
Smiley faceSpiking coronavirus cases and falling oil prices deliver dual blow to North Dakota (2020-09-10 )
For months low oil prices have contributed to the slowdown as a global decline in demand made it financially unfeasible for refiners in North Dakota to continue tapping new wells. Another blow came Tuesday: an unexpected 7.6 percent dip in U.S. benchmark prices that sent economic shock waves worldwide. AD AD The fluctuations could not have come at a worse time for North Dakota which has also emerged as one of the country’s most concerning coronavirus hot spots with a nation-leading 34 c
Smiley faceTrump isn’t talking about the wildfires in Oregon California and Washington (2020-09-11 )
A search of the president’s Twitter feed and his public comments from Factba.se plus a search of recent White House news briefings finds no mention by him or his press secretary of one of the worst natural disasters to hit the West in modern times. AD These two states are running out of money and manpower to fight the blazes eating millions of acres and neighborhoods. One of the only times the president has talked about this was in late August at a news briefing on the coronavirus where h
Smiley faceOn another 9/11 a temporary pause in presidential hostilities to honor the fallen (2020-09-11 )
“We were united by our conviction that America was the world’s most exceptional country blessed with the most incredible heroes and that this was a land worth defending with our very last breath ” Trump said in Shanksville Pa. during a ceremony at the site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed that day after passengers and crew rebelled against hijackers aiming the craft toward Washington. AD AD At the same site a few hours later Biden echoed Trump’s remarks. “My mom used to
Smiley faceFederal appeals court blocks hundreds of thousands of felons in Florida who still owe fines and fees from registering to vote (2020-09-11 )
The decision comes less than a month before the presidential swing state’s Oct. 5 deadline to register to vote for November’s general election. “This is a deeply disappointing decision ” said Paul Smith vice president at the Campaign Legal Center one of the groups that had sued over the rule. “Nobody should ever be denied their constitutional rights because they can’t afford to pay fines and fees.” AD AD The groups that filed suit say they are still deciding whether to appeal
Smiley faceEmboldened on an international stage Taliban set for first official talks with Afghan government (2020-09-11 )
The Taliban held power over most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 when the group then closely aligned with al-Qaeda was ousted in the U.S. invasion of the country in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States. In the prolonged conflict that followed which has killed tens of thousands of civilians and more than 2 440 U.S. troops Taliban militants have reclaimed control or influence over roughly half of Afghanistan. AD That influence extends to the negotiating table where Ta
Smiley faceHouse panel chairman issues subpoena to compel acting DHS secretary to testify (2020-09-11 )
Thompson said that although DHS committed to Wolf testifying Sept. 17 he “reneged on the commitment on September 8 ” forcing him to issue a subpoena. AD “Nineteen years after the attacks of 9/11 we continue to face grave threats to the homeland. From the coronavirus pandemic to the rise of right-wing extremism to ongoing election interference there are urgent threats requiring our attention ” Thompson said. “Mr. Wolf’s refusal to testify — thereby evading congressional oversig
Smiley facePending Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on whether to add Green Party ticket to the presidential ballot upends election preparations (2020-09-11 )
Hawkins and Walker filed a legal petition with the state’s high court which on Thursday ordered local governments not to send any ballots out until it reaches a decision. AD AD That has left election clerks across the state in limbo. They warned that millions of ballots have already been printed and cities and towns have begun stuffing and labeling envelopes and preparing to send out more than 1 million ballots that have been requested so far by voters. Now local officials may need to o
Smiley faceBahrain to establish diplomatic relations with Israel as Trump touts diplomatic breakthroughs in the Middle East (2020-09-11 )
“This is a historic breakthrough to further peace in the Middle East ” the joint statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain and Trump read. “Opening direct dialogue and ties between these two dynamic societies and advanced economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and increase stability security and prosperity in the region.” AD AD After presiding over a chaotic and at times sputtering approach to in
Smiley faceIf California wanted Trump to worry about it it should have been a swing state (2020-09-11 )
Trump though hasn’t said much about the fires. On Aug. 20 he resuscitated his bizarre assertions about Californians needing to rake out tens of thousands of acres of woodlands — a suggestion that he clearly sees as more feasible than say addressing the warming climate that’s a central factor in the conflagrations. AD AD Since the beginning of August Trump has mentioned California 82 times in speeches and tweets according to data provided to The Washington Post by Factba.se. By co
Smiley faceRepublicans sidestep Woodward-Trump revelations (2020-09-11 )
Republicans sidestep Woodward-Trump revelations White House officials and congressional Republicans downplayed or sidestepped questions about President Trump admitting to Bob Woodward that he was downplaying the severity of the coronavirus.
Smiley faceDays after fires destroyed Europe’s largest migrant camp more than 11 500 people are still sleeping outside (2020-09-11 )
Advocates have called for the immediate relocation of residents to safer accommodations on Greece’s mainland or other European countries. A fire first broke out Tuesday night in the overcrowded and squalid Moria asylum center which housed an estimated 13 000 people but was built to hold only 3 000. Fires continued to burn Wednesday destroying most of the camp. A police investigation to determine the cause is underway. AD AD The camp already isolated in response to the spread of the nove
Smiley faceLatin America unable to flatten its curve struggles to cope with pandemic (2020-09-11 )
But as Argentines emerge from their shells they’re getting sick undoing what had been one of the globe’s strongest performances against the novel coronavirus. In less than two months new cases have grown threefold to top 12 000 a day. “If there are more infections we will not be able to handle them ” said Dubin head of intensive care at Otamendi Hospital. “We are at our limit and losing more and more of our colleagues to this fight.” Seven months after Latin America diagnose
Smiley faceGerman schools reopened a month ago have seen no major coronavirus outbreaks (2020-09-10 )
But there have been few transmissions within schools themselves health experts say and although the number of new daily cases in Germany has been rising schools haven’t been identified as a driver of infections. AD AD “It’s looking promising ” said Johannes Huebner president of the German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. “There have not been any major outbreaks yet. Single cases but they seem to be manageable.” While Germany’s full-throttle return to class may pr
Smiley faceIs the 9/11 era over? (2020-09-11 )
AD AD But in many ways 9/11 — and the epochal conflagration that followed — feels distant. In the West the past decade opened and closed with traumatic economic shocks and recessions. The prevailing view of globalization as an inexorable benign force dissolved into a seething cauldron of nationalism and populism. Washington’s political elites have grown desperate to be rid of their travails in the Middle East and pivot instead to face the strategic challenge of China. Moreover both
Smiley faceVenezuela’s Guaidó calls supporters to gather in the midst of a pandemic (2020-09-10 )
President Nicolás Maduro “is defeated politically socially and internationally ” Guaidó said. “Now we have to defeat him on the streets every day.” AD But the limited turnout was another sign of the challenges confronting Guaidó. The 37-year-old lawmaker emerged last year as a unifying figure seen as giving Venezuela’s long-fractious opposition its best chance of ousting the socialist government established by Maduro’s predecessor the late Hugo Chávez. But a succession of ma
Smiley faceTalks between Taliban Afghan government to begin this weekend after 6 high-value prisoners released from Afghan custody (2020-09-10 )
The high-value prisoners will be placed under temporary house arrest according the two officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Doha for the talks President Trump said during a news conference Thursday adding that “we’re getting along very very well with the Taliban and very well with Afghanistan.” AD The talks are a key foreign policy objective for the Trump administratio
Smiley faceThe Finance 202: Forget Wall Street. Now it's Washington that looks out of touch with Main Street. (2020-09-11 )
The GOP push for a so-called skinny emergency relief package ran into a wall of Democratic resistance in the Senate “leaving the two parties without a clear path forward ” Erica Werner Seung Min Kim and Tony Romm report. With Democrats united in opposition “the vote was 52-47 far short of the 60 votes that would have been needed for the measure to advance.” AD AD They write that “next steps — if any — toward the kind of bipartisan deal that would be needed to actually pass a
Smiley faceFixed mortgage rates tumble to lowest levels in history (2020-09-10 )
The 30-year fixed rate has not been this low since Freddie Mac began tracking mortgage rates in 1971. It surpassed the previous low of 2.88 percent set last month. This is the ninth time since March that the 30-year fixed rate has fallen to a new record. AD Freddie Mac the federally chartered mortgage investor aggregates rates from about 80 lenders across the country to come up with weekly national average mortgage rates. It uses rates for high-quality borrowers who tend to have strong cred
Smiley faceWarner Bros delays ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ by nearly 3 months highlighting the difficulty of reopening (2020-09-11 )
While theaters in many cities have reopened moviegoers have shown only a limited interest in returning to them. That was made clear by the mediocre performance of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet in the U.S. over the Labor Day weekend when the Warner Bros. released pulled in $20.2 million less than a third of what it might have achieved in typical times. The studio had hoped “Wonder Woman ” Patty Jenkins’s sequel to her 2017 smash would be the back half of a one-two punch that could jo
Smiley faceSwing States The Youth Vote and New Polling on Voters' Attitudes to Opening Schools: What Does It All Mean for the November Election? (2020-09-11 )
Swing States The Youth Vote and New Polling on Voters' Attitudes to Opening Schools: What Does It All Mean for the November Election? Polling Director of RealClear Opinion Research John Della Volpe joins the panel to discuss a new exclusive RealClear poll on voters' attitudes toward opening schools during the pandemic. Also a look at the six swing states that could determine the election and whether the youth vote will make a difference in 2020. Carl Cannon and Tom Bevan join the discussio
Smiley faceThe Campaign Is at Knife's Edge (2020-09-11 )
The presidential campaign is at knife's edge. Both parties' campaigns assume that patterns of support will closely resemble those in 2016. And both are making surprisingly little effort considering how close that contest turned out to be with the 46 crucial electoral votes decided by just 77 744 votes to increase their levels of support. The past three years and 10 months have seen little outreach by President Donald Trump to most of those who didn't vote for him in 2016 particularly to the
Smiley faceThe Children of 9/11 Are About to Vote (2020-09-11 )
Chloe: Voting definitely means a lot more than I thought it would. Before I was like “Whatever. I don’t really care.” But with the pandemic and the 2016 election I’ve definitely understood more now that it is a responsibility of mine as an American to vote and be involved. I try to convince everyone around me too because if more young people voted things would be a lot different. Adsel: Voting is a passage into adulthood. You are a citizen of the United States. You are a valid perso
Smiley faceHave Pollsters Figured Out How to Poll the Midwest? (2020-09-11 )
In 2016 as I was preparing to write my “Why Hillary Will Win” piece I decided to have my able then-assistant David Byler (now of Washington Post fame) do a bit of research. His job was to look up the share of the electorate that pollsters were anticipating for whites without college degrees and for African Americans. What he found put an end to the piece. It seemed a big bet was being placed on 2012 levels of black turnout occurring in 2016 and more importantly that pollsters were bad
Smiley faceThe Surge: Which states to be most nervous about this week. (2020-09-20 )
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Surge. We’ve just concluded our 27th voluntary interview with Bob Woodward in which without prompting we confessed to many crimes. It’s called “controlling the narrative ” folks. So here we are in the official post-convention general election. It’s going to be a stressful couple of months but we have a lifehack for how to get through it: Instead of knocking doors making calls or encouraging your friends and family and strangers to vo
Smiley facePennsylvania’s Bucks County: Ultimate Suburban Bellwether (2020-09-11 )
Both Ivanka and Lara Trump have recently made separate campaign stops in Bucks County a suburban bellwether north of Philadelphia. The visits aren’t surprising given the county’s electoral past. As one GOP operative told the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1988 Bucks was “always the least predictable of the suburban counties.” In that year’s presidential election Bucks’s swing voters helped deliver the state to then-vice president George H. W. Bush over Michael Dukakis the Democratic
Smiley faceThe Vaccine Debate Is Pointless (2020-09-11 )
The prospect of a vaccine for coronavirus suddenly has a starring role in the presidential campaign despite the likelihood that an actual vaccine won’t arrive by Election Day in November or even by Inauguration Day in January. Though a vaccine is critically important -- and the timing is controversial -- an argument over it in the 2020 campaign is dumb. After all what is there to debate? We all want a vaccine they usually take four years and after undermining science and public health off
Smiley faceIt was only yesterday: Remembering 9/11 as NYC mourns thousands of dead from another cataclysm (2020-09-11 )
A generation of young adults has a hazy understanding of Sept. 11 2001. In the service of national memory and at a moment when we wrestle with a microscopic menace that has killed more than 23 000 New Yorkers and nearly 200 000 Americans this is our attempt to set down what happened on that day and in its aftermath.
Smiley faceCOVID-19 Exposed Widening Gap In Digital Divide (2020-09-11 )
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the digital divide in the United States dramatically affecting the ability of families and households without high-speed internet service to fulfill basic needs such as health education and safety. Because the pandemic is unlikely to subside anytime soon Congress and the administration must take bold and meaningful strides to expand broadband access for all Americans. An important step in eliminating the digital divide is to ensure that we have accurate
Smiley faceTrump in Shanksville: Flight 93 Is An Everlasting Reminder That Americans Always Fight Back (2020-09-11 )
The heroes of Flight 93 are an everlasting reminder that no matter the danger no matter the threat no matter the odds America will always rise up stand tall and FIGHT BACK. --@realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/emQCHAWi41
Smiley faceJoe Biden And Mike Pence Exchange Elbow Bump At NYC 9/11 Memorial Event (2020-09-11 )
Joe Biden taps VP Pence on the shoulder and gives Second Lady Karen Pence an elbow bump at this morning’s 9/11 Memorial in NYC. pic.twitter.com/mBRxgsGHSh Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden greeted each other at the annual ceremony commemorating 9/11 in New York a calm respite from a bitter 2020 election campaign.
Smiley faceRudy Giuliani: Imagine Defunding NYPD After 9/11 I Don't Remember People Taking A Knee In 2001 (2020-09-11 )
During appearances Friday morning on FOX News and FOX Business Network former NYC Mayor Rudy Giulini spoke about the homelessness crisis and increasing crime wave blasting his successor Bill de Blasio for not caring about the suffering of people.On FBN's Mornings with Maria Baritromo he lamented how divisive politics has become in America and how we've lost a certain percentage of patriotism since 9/11. We've become much more divisive. We've lost a certain percentage of patriotism. I d
Smiley faceTrump’s overtures struggle to register with religious voters (2020-09-10 )
POLITICO Dispatch: September 10 Public health is supposed to be separate from politics. But this pandemic — and this election — have turned that idea on its head. POLITICO's Dan Diamond and Sarah Owermohle discuss how politics is seeping into the vaccine race on both sides of the aisle. “While it was baked in back in 2016 that Donald Trump was bombastic and crude he always hinted that he would be presidential when he needed to be presidential ” said Doug Pagitt a Minnesota-based pasto
Smiley faceCNN Business (2020-09-11 )
by Sofia Barrett Video sharing app TikTok is experiencing record-setting growth. But now it could be banned in the US. CNN Business explains why politicians fear TikTok's automatic data collection could prove a national security threat.
Smiley faceIsrael and the Kingdom of Bahrain to establish 'full diplomatic relations ' Trump says (2020-09-11 )
(CNN) President Donald Trump said Friday that Israel and Bahrain have agreed to the establishment of full diplomatic relations marking the second time in a month an Arab Gulf nation has announced new ties with the Jewish state and further reshaping alliances in the Middle East. Unveiling the new agreement from the Oval Office Trump cast the move as a step toward peace in the region. He has worked to broker accords between Arab nations and Israel that he hopes will lead to a broader peace de
Smiley faceNetflix CEO Reed Hastings: I had been lying when I said 'family is most important' (2020-09-10 )
New York (CNN Business) Marriage counseling has played a big role in Reed Hastings' success the Netflix co-founder and co-CEO told Poppy Harlow Thursday. In an interview Thursday with CNN's Poppy Harlow Hastings said the marriage counselor he went to with his wife of 29 years helped him see that he was a systematic liar. He would say things like Family is the most important -- not because he meant it but because it was conventional to say that. Hastings revealed this lesson in his new
Smiley faceHubble images reveal new aspect of mysterious dark matter in the universe (2020-09-11 )
Photos: 30 years of Hubble telescope images The Orion Nebula is 1 500 light-years from Earth and is located in Orion's Belt in the constellation Orion. It's one of the brightest nebulae -- and on a clear dark night it's visible to the naked eye. The nebula is Earth's nearest star-forming region. Hide Caption 1 of 30 Photos: 30 years of Hubble telescope images The Hubble Space Telescope was launched from the space shuttle Discovery on April 24 1990. Hide Caption 2 of 30 Photos: 30 years of Hu
Smiley faceRieli Franciscato Amazon tribes expert killed by arrow (2020-09-11 )
(CNN) An expert who worked to protect uncontacted Amazonian tribes has been shot and killed with an arrow in Brazil according to the government's Indigenous affairs agency Fundação Nacional do Índio (Funai). Rieli Franciscato was killed on Wednesday while responding to a report of a sighting of an isolated group in Seringueiras in the northern Brazilian state of Rondônia. The 56-year-old coordinator of a team helping to protect uncontacted tribes' territories in Rondônia was struck i
Smiley faceTwo minutes of exercise can help you learn better (2020-09-11 )
(CNN) If you're feeling a bit sluggish today just two minutes of exercise could give your brain a boost a new study shows. Researchers from Jönköping University in Sweden analyzed a range of 13 studies into the effects of exercise on people aged 18-35 conducted by scientists between 2009 and 2019 Writing in the journal Translational Sports Medicine last month they concluded that between two minutes and one hour of aerobic exercise -- such as running walking or cycling -- improves learnin
Smiley faceWhat you need to know about coronavirus on Friday September 11 (2020-09-11 )
A version of this story appeared in the September 11 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday (CNN) The summer is over. It's time to hunker down. The coronavirus pandemic is not going to ease up Dr. Anthony Fauci warned yesterday . In fact the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said he believes the situation is likely to worsen again in the months ahead. I just think we nee
Smiley faceThis asteroid is ejecting particles into space. A spacecraft may tell us why (2020-09-11 )
(CNN) This asteroid has been full of surprises since a NASA spacecraft arrived to orbit it in December 2018 . Bennu is a near-Earth asteroid that is currently being orbited by NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission. And in October the spacecraft will play tag the asteroid collect samples from the surface and return them to Earth by 2023. While many asteroids seem dull and lifeless this one is surprisingly active. And it may not be alone. The spacecraft's first detailed images revealed that Bennu is a
Smiley faceThe week in 41 photos (2020-09-10 )
In this photo which was taken with a slow shutter speed embers from the Bear Fire light up a hillside in Oroville California on Wednesday September 9. As of Thursday at least 24 large fires were burning in California where dry windy conditions and record-breaking high temperatures have been fueling flames for weeks. More than 2.5 million acres have burned across California. In terms of acres burned this year is the worst in the state's history. Noah Berger/AP US President Donald Trump
Smiley faceOrange skies in California and a dark storm over the White House (2020-09-10 )
This was excerpted from the September 10 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America the daily email about US politics for global readers. Click here to read past editions and subscribe. (CNN) More than 190 000 Americans are dead . Millions have lost their jobs. Countless businesses are in ruins. A generation of kids hasn't gone to school for months. Yet despite knowing that the coronavirus was highly dangerous viciously contagious and much worse than even the most severe flu President Donald Tru
Smiley faceWhat you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday September 10 (2020-09-10 )
A version of this story appeared in the September 10 edition of CNN's Coronavirus: Fact vs. Fiction newsletter. Sign up here to receive the need-to-know headlines every weekday (CNN) President Donald Trump knew in February that Covid-19 was deadly but intentionally downplayed the threat he said to avoid a panic. Speaking to journalist Bob Woodward Trump admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed US coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous airborne highly contagious and more
Smiley faceCan plastic-eating mealworms help solve our pollution crisis? (2020-09-10 )
(CNN) Can't stomach the plastic pollution that washes up on beaches kills sea life and makes its way into the food chain? Well mealworms can -- literally. Growing to more than 2cm long mealworms are the larval stage of the mealworm beetle. Scientists have known for some time now about their ability to eat certain plastics and researchers are now learning more about what's going on inside mealworms and replicating the process outside them. It takes around 3 000 to 4 000 mealworms about a we
Smiley faceClimate crisis could displace 1.2 billion people by 2050 report warns (2020-09-10 )
(CNN) The global climate crisis could see more than a billion people displaced from their homes in the next 30 years as ecological disasters drive mass migrations and greater armed conflict according to a new report released Wednesday. The Ecological Threat Register conducted by the Sydney-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) projected that as many as 1.2 billion people around the world could be displaced by 2050. No country will be able to escape the impact of the climate crisis -
Smiley faceRudy Giuliani: What they are doing to this city could be fatal (2020-09-12 )
CNN's Chris Cuomo talks to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani about the use of masks and the shutdown in New York due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Smiley faceOregon resident: We didn't think it'd get this devastating (2020-09-12 )
Firefighters in Oregon are racing to slow down wildfires after blazes in three West Coast states have killed more than a dozen people.
Smiley faceDr. Gupta to administration adviser: Why rush a vaccine? (2020-09-11 )
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Smiley faceJoe Biden: Trump ‘Accidentally’ Making Peace Between Israel and Arab States (2020-09-11 )
Former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Thursday that President Donald Trump is making peace between Israel and several Arab states but he said that he was doing so “accidentally.” “I think Trump is going to accidentally do something positive here in terms of this issue of … other Arab states” making peace and establishing normal relations with Israel Biden told a fundraiser hosted by the far-left J Street organization as quoted by the Times of Israel. As Breitbart News note
Smiley faceMueller’s Team Members ‘Accidentally’ Wiped Phones Clean of Data (2020-09-11 )
Justice Department records obtained and published by Judicial Watch on Friday show that senior members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped data off phones assigned to them according to the conservative watchdog group. Judicial Watched obtained 87 pages from the DOJ in response to a September 2019 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the DOJ and the FBI for a December 17 2018 request for: All records related to the hardware software and c
Smiley faceGavin Newsom at Ash-Strewn Wildfire Site: Climate Change Debate 'Over' (2020-09-11 )
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) without evidence declared Friday that the ongoing wildfires in his state prove the science surrounding global warming is now officially settled. “The debate is over around climate change. Just come to the state of California observe it with your own eyes ” a grinning Newsom told reporters while touring the fire-ravaged North Complex near Oroville. “It’s not an intellectual debate it’s not even debatable.” CA Gov. Gavin Newsom: The debate is OVE
Smiley faceConnecticut: David X. Sullivan — ‘I’m a Rule of Law Candidate’ (2020-09-11 )
Republican David X. Sullivan says he wants voters in the fifth district of Connecticut to know he sees a marked difference between peaceful protests and the rioting and killing happening in many cities across the nation as he challenges Joe Biden surrogate Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-CT). “I’m a ‘rule of law’ candidate ” Sullivan told Breitbart News during an interview Wednesday. “A lot of people have asked me about my position as a federal prosecutor and I’ve been very concerned about
Smiley face11: 'One of the Most Horrific Terrorist Attacks' (2020-09-11 )
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) described September 11 2001 as the “one of the most horrific terrorist attacks that we have lived through” in a video posted on the 19th anniversary of the attacks over one year after describing 9/11 as a day “some people did something.” “I mean I was 18-years-old when that happened ” Omar said recalling the tragic day. “I was in a classroom in college and I remember rushing home after being dismissed and getting home and seeing my father in complete ho
Smiley faceCharles Hurt: Rochester ‘Spit Hood’ Arrest That Sparked Riots — Another Fake News Fiasco (2020-09-11 )
The dark grainy footage of Daniel Prude writhing and twisting on the icy pavement entirely naked is certainly painful to watch. It is human instinct to look away. Video of his arrest in Rochester New York sparked a new rash of protests against police. But upon closer review of the video supplied by various chest cameras worn by the officers present the arrest does not show that the responding officers acted improperly. And it certainly does not suggest they acted with malice or any hint of
Smiley faceWildfire Smoke Causes Worst Air Quality in the World for West Coast Cities (2020-09-11 )
Smoke pollution from wildfires raging in California and across the Pacific Northwest worsened in San Francisco Seattle and Portland Oregon on Friday giving those cities and others in the region the worst air quality in the world according to IQAir.com. Public health officials warned residents to keep indoors with the windows shut to set air conditioners to run on recirculated air instead of fresh and to use air purifiers if they had them. Meanwhile they wrestled with whether to open “
Smiley faceReport: Trump Considers Reducing Refugee Resettlement for Fifth Year (2020-09-11 )
President Trump is considering whether to continue halting refugee resettlement into the next fiscal year or further reducing the annual inflow a new report alleges. A senior administration official who spoke anonymously to Reuters says Trump is weighing whether to keep refugee resettlement mostly suspended due to the Chinese coronavirus or to restart the program with a lowered annual cap. Reuters reports: U.S. officials are weighing whether to postpone or further cut refugee admissions in t
Smiley faceBiden Obama Administration Ignored Bipartisan Pleas to Make Military Gear in America (2020-09-11 )
Presidential nominee Joe Biden (D) promised during a speech in Michigan on Wednesday that he would “crack down” on companies that sell equipment to troops labeled as made in America that were really coming from China or elsewhere but did little when he was vice president. Biden pledged “I’m going to crack down on companies that label products as made in America even if they are coming from China or elsewhere.” He then blamed Trump for some company selling deployment bags to troops
Smiley faceBrian Mast: Police Yelled at Now Are Same Heroes Who Charged into WTC (2020-09-11 )
Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) told Breitbart News on Friday the 19th anniversary of attacks by Islamic terrorists who murdered more than 3 000 Americans that police officers being denigrated today are of the same character as New York City cops who lost their lives rescuing people on September 11 2001. Mast linked the “Never Forget” ethos with firefighters police offers and other first responders who lost their lives while helping others in peril. Today’s emergency responders embody the sam
Smiley faceAG Won't Say if She's Preparing ‘Enforcement Action' over MI Trump Rally (2020-09-11 )
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel will not say if she will “take enforcement action” against President Trump and his campaign for holding a rally in the state this week. Before the rally in Freeland Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said attendees were required to “adhere to social distancing ” WDIV reported. Through an executive order issued by Whitmer Michigan currently limits outdoor crowds to 100 individuals but exempts “expressive activities protected by the First Amendmen
Smiley faceRetired Judge John Gleeson Tells Court Michael Flynn’s Guilt Is ‘Obvious’ (2020-09-11 )
Retired judge John Gleeson argued Friday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should not be allowed to drop charges against former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn because his guilt is “obvious” and the DOJ has become “corrupt.” Gleeson was appointed by Judge Emmet Sullivan to submit an amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) brief arguing against prosecutors’ motion to drop charges against Michael Flynn after exculpatory evidence emerged following a DOJ review. Sullivan ori
Smiley faceDonald Trump More Popular Among Military Households than Joe Biden (2020-09-11 )
A poll shows that President Donald Trump is more popular among military households than Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden. According to the Morning Consult poll released Wednesday Trump leads Biden by 10 percentage points — 52 percent to 42 percent — among 2 711 likely voters in military households or households with an active-duty service member or veteran. According to the poll 53 percent of military households approve of Trump’s job performance about the same share as at the
Smiley faceTrump Celebrates Israel-Bahrain Agreement at the White House (2020-09-11 )
President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated the news that Bahrain had agreed to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. “The sand was loaded up with blood and now you’re going to see that a lot of that sand is going to be loaded up with peace ” he said. The president spoke about the agreement in the Oval Office on Friday afternoon. Trump said he expected more Middle East countries to normalize relations with Israel bringing peace to the Middle East. He said he spoke with the King
Smiley faceCoronavirus Australia live updates: Police arrest 14 people at 'disappointing' anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne (2020-09-12 )
Victorian police have arrested 14 people at illegal anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne today. A heavy police presence often outnumbered the protesters who were calling for an end to Victoria’s current restrictions. “Despite all the warnings it was disappointing to see individuals turn out to protest in the city today putting the lives of Victorians at risk ” a Victoria Police spokesman said. Police said about 100 people attended the demonstrations at various locations around the cit
Smiley faceOne Plus One: Montaigne (2020-09-10 )
Jessica Cerro (aka Montaigne) was meant to be representing Australia at the “World Cup of Music” this year – Eurovision. The pandemic has seen that dream pushed back by 12 months but hasn’t stopped her desire to create and share her art with the world.
Smiley faceThe Drum Thursday September 10 (2020-09-10 )
By Yasmin Jeffery Montaigne reflects on Eurovision's cancellation how she'll feel if next year's event is scrapped too and how she stays true to who she is as a musician talking with Kurt Fearnley on One Plus One.
Smiley faceBricks and mortar retail continue to lose revenue to online shoppers (2020-09-10 )
Traditional shop-front retail was already battling the plethora of online stores and marketplaces prior to COVID19. The global pandemic has resulted in the pendulum swinging even further in favour of online shopping and in the process helping to deliver massive losses for retail companies like Myer. Retail stores are now questioning their physical footprint and are negotiating rent deals for the properties they do intend to hold. Rachel Pupazzoni has the story.
Smiley faceInvestors and superannution giant Hesta increase pressure on Rio Tinto's board. (2020-09-10 )
Investors big and small are becoming more aware of responsible and sustainable corporate practices. Rio Tinto has come under fire recently for knowingly blasting sites which hold significant cultural and historical meaning for Indigenous Australians. Alicia spoke to Brynne O'Brien the Executive Director of The Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility to find out more about this emerging shareholder sentiment and what that might mean for company executives.
Smiley faceHas the COVID pandemic fast-tracked digital disruption? (2020-09-10 )
Sharemarkets have become more volatile and more unpredictable in the wake of the COVID19 induced global recession. Alicia speaks to Nick Griffin from Munro Partners to get his insight on the unpredictable ebs and flows of ecommerce and tech companies on equities markets.
Smiley faceThe Mix: Episode 34 (2020-09-12 )
It's been hailed as a bombshell an origin story for the United States and an exploration of the hottest social issue of our time — here's what you need to know about Watchmen.
Smiley faceVictoria records 37 new cases of COVID-19 as coronavirus death toll rises to 716 (2020-09-12 )
Victoria has recorded 37 new cases of coronavirus the first time new daily cases have dropped into the 30s since June and six further deaths. Key points: Melbourne's 14-day coronavirus daily case average has dropped to 61.6 and regional Victoria's has dropped to 4.3 Melbourne's 14-day coronavirus daily case average has dropped to 61.6 and regional Victoria's has dropped to 4.3 Pet groomers will be allowed to resume some services when metropolitan Melbourne enters its second step of reopening
Smiley faceWoman becomes the first person in WA to be fitted with a monitoring bracelet for allegedly breaching quarantine (2020-09-12 )
A 33-year-old woman has become the first person in Western Australia to be fitted with an electronic monitoring bracelet for allegedly breaching a quarantine direction. Key points: Police allege the 33-year-old woman breached a self-quarantine direction Police allege the 33-year-old woman breached a self-quarantine direction It's alleged the woman had two men visit her while in home quarantine It's alleged the woman had two men visit her while in home quarantine Police say the woman has been
Smiley faceVictorian Opposition wants return to stage 3 coronavirus restrictions in Melbourne as epidemiologists question roadmap (2020-09-12 )
Victoria's Opposition is calling for stage 3 restrictions to be reintroduced in Melbourne as soon as next week rather than continuing with stage 4 and the current roadmap out of lockdown. Key points: Under stage 3 restrictions there is no curfew and more industries can operate but stay-at-home orders still apply Under stage 3 restrictions there is no curfew and more industries can operate but stay-at-home orders still apply The Premier has warned opening up early could see cases spike Th
Smiley faceThey're good on paper but here's why the Bombers are missing the mark (2020-09-10 )
On paper few teams should be more exciting than the Bombers. If football is a stylistic endeavour then Essendon have some of its finest exponents. From the attacking half back run of Adam Saad and Conor McKenna to the irrepressible Jake Stringer and Orazio Fantasia up forward the Bombers' 2020 list was rich with watchable gamebreakers across the ground. That's not to mention the sheer joy of watching Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti playing footy. Loading... After a hot start the Bombers mig
Smiley faceCheap house in Queensland hits the market for $60 000 (2020-09-10 )
You might be forgiven for thinking that the asking price of a house for sale in outback Queensland is actually what's required for the deposit. Key points: June quarter real estate results show the median value for regional homes sits at $386 454 June quarter real estate results show the median value for regional homes sits at $386 454 A three-bedroom home in the town of Boulia known for the Min Min light is on the market for $60 000 A three-bedroom home in the town of Boulia known for the
Smiley faceAvocadoes of the future look secure thanks to Queensland student Chris O'Brien's cryogenics work (2020-09-10 )
For the first time an Australian cryogenics scientist has shown that avocado shoot tips can be successfully frozen and revived — and that's great news for future generations of the fruit. Key points: This is the first time avocado shoot tips have successfully been cryogenically frozen and revived This is the first time avocado shoot tips have successfully been cryogenically frozen and revived Until now preserving avocado genetics has meant maintaining different varieties as trees in the fi
Smiley faceThe Middle East In Focus: The Anniversary of 9/11 & Peace in Bahrain (2020-09-11 )
This Week: Today marks the 19th anniversary of 9/11 when the United States faced a series of terrorist attacks from terror group Al Qaeda. Fox News Washington Correspondent Rachel Sutherland speaks with Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin about the events of that day and how Americans continue to remember this painful anniversary. Recent polling shows that less than half of all respondents say that they would take a COVID-19 vaccine immediately should one become availab
Smiley faceGeorge Pataki on Cuomo & DeBlasio’s Relationship: You Have To Wonder If It’s One-Upmanship (2020-09-11 )
Former New York Governor George Pataki joined Brian Kilmeade on his radio show and discussed what it was like handling the terror attacks on September 11th with Mayor Rudy Giuliani and compare it to how Governor Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio are handling the Corona Virus. Pataki said We never had a missed a beat. We never had a missed communication or lack of coordination and you contrast that today and the COVID crisis with a mayor and governor who don't even talk. It seems like the mayor will say
Smiley faceAri Fleischer: 9/11 Showed How Presidents Can Bring America Together (2020-09-11 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer discussed how divided America was politically before 9/11 and how the the country came together in part because of the leadership of President George W. Bush. It's very sad that it took a tragedy like September 11th to bring together the American community. Things weren't nearly as bad as they were now in terms of partisanship and divisiveness but they were pretty rough in 2001. People said some bad thin
Smiley faceCBP Acting Commissioner Morgan: We Will Meet & Exceed Our Border Wall Goal (2020-09-11 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Acting Customs & Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan discussed why this is the year America will see the President Trump's promise of more of the border wall being added. I have no hesitancy at all to say by the end of this calendar year we're going to meet and probably exceed our goal that we promised for a very long time of 450 miles of border wall. And again I'll go back it's not the President's vanity wall. This is something that the Presi
Smiley faceJohnny Joey Jones: President Trump’s Actions For Veterans “Speak Louder Than Words” (2020-09-10 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla Fox Nation's Johnny Joey Jones talks about why he's not offended about President Trump's alleged comments about the nation's Armed Forces and veterans. President Trump has improved the lives of veterans that's different than those serving currently. But he's bringing more troops home from combat so it's hard to say he hasn't improved their lives either. He's given them more resources. Their pay hasn't gone down it's gone up. And so I don't think th
Smiley faceGuy Benson Remembers 9/11 Nineteen Years Later (2020-09-11 )
In today's Guy Benson Show opening monologue Guy recounted his experiences on 9/11 nineteen years later. Guy remembered that day by saying I sometimes give pieces of my own story not that it matters that much. Far less consequential than so many others. But to give you a sense of sort of my age and my little place in the world. I was 16 so I was a junior in high school. Ridgewood High School. Home of the Maroons Ridgewood New Jersey. A lot of mothers and fathers in Ridgewood commuted into
Smiley faceAri Fleischer Press Secretary For George W. Bush Recounts 9/11 Attacks Nineteen Years Later (2020-09-11 )
Ari Fleischer Former WH Press Secretary and Fox News Contributor spoke with Fox News Radio's Guy Benson about his time as White House press secretary as the 9/11 attacks unfolded. Fleischer said The biggest learning for me came a few years back as I started to increasingly just talk to more people who were there on 9/11 who you know when you're so busy when you're at the White House you have time to mess up and say well what do you remember from that day? And then let's talk about it.
Smiley face“We’ve Got Ourselves A Race” Josh Kraushaar Breaks Down The Latest Polling As The Race Tightens (2020-09-10 )
Josh Kraushaar Politics Editor at National Journal & Fox News Radio Political Analyst spoke with Fox News radio's Guy Benson about the state of the 2020 election. Josh broke down the latest battle ground polling in key swing states. saying It means we've got ourselves a race and Trump got a bounce out of the convention. I think it's pretty pretty undeniable. I mean the poll all these polls were taken in the immediate aftermath of the Republican convention. So it shows sort of reflects the
Smiley face“They Don’t Want To Amend It They Don’t Want To Alter It They Want To Kill It” Guy Benson On Democrats Blocking GOP COVID Relief Bill (2020-09-10 )
Fox News Radio's Guy Benson blasted senate democrats for blocking the GOP's COVID relief bill. In Guy's opening monologue of the Guy Benson Show. Guy called out several democratic senators for blocking the GOP led legislation saying Every single Democrat voted no. Not no on the package. No on the debate. Doing exactly what Nancy Pelosi wanted them to do. That's Doug Jones from Alabama. That's Gary Peters in Michigan. That's Tina Smith in Minnesota. That's Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire. That
Smiley faceSarah Huckabee Sanders: I Wish There Were More “Good Reporters” In The White House Briefing Room (2020-09-10 )
On Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks about her new book Speaking For Myself and what she thinks about the reporters she faced in the White House Briefing Room. I wish there were a lot more good reporters in that room. I wouldn't put Jim (Acosta) on that list but there are some of the toughest shrewdest journalists from around the world that sit in there and throw tough questions at you day after day. And I do appreciate the
Smiley faceTrump Didn’t Want Virus Panic But Often Whips Up Passions (2020-09-11 )
Howie Kurtz on President Trump saying he downplayed the coronavirus threat to instill calm the west coast burning with multiple wildfires and the NFL kicking off with some fans in attendance. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz For more #MediaBuzz click here
Smiley faceSenator Marsha Blackburn: “The Mind Of A Conservative Woman” (2020-09-10 )
Shannon Bream host of FOX News @ Night on the FOX News Channel returns with a new Livin' the Bream podcast. This week Shannon sits down with U.S Senator from Tennessee Marsha Blackburn to discuss her new book The Mind of a Conservative Woman. Senator Blackburn tells Shannon about the popular misconceptions about conservative women how she has worked across the aisle with women in Congress President Trump's list of candidates he would consider for Supreme Court nominations if any vacanci
Smiley faceTrump Hits Woodward Book As His Own Words Spark Media Furor (2020-09-10 )
Howie Kurtz on Bob Woodward revealing excerpts of his second book on the Trump administration the media reacting to it and DHS whistleblower accusing Trump of downplaying Russian election meddling. Follow Howie on Twitter: @HowardKurtz For more #MediaBuzz click here
Smiley faceThe 9/11 Terror Attacks and the Coronavirus: Christina Stanton Reflects on Faith and Surviving Both (2020-09-10 )
In this nineteenth year since terrorists attacked America the nation is reeling from another form of evil called the Coronavirus. Christina Stanton is a living breathing embodiment of surviving both. She survived the yellow dust that engulfed her and her husband while running from the collapsing twin towers and in the process grew in faith and learned to trust in God. She built a foundation on which she would face yet another evil COVID-19 and more than two weeks in the ICU. Nearly a genera
Smiley faceThe Heroes Who Led The U.S. To The End Of World War II (2020-09-10 )
This week Martha is first joined by Talon Lauriello the grandson of World War II veteran John Lauriello. Talon recounts how he made a documentary about his grandfather to bring his story of heroism to light. Later Martha is joined by Jon Erwin the grandson of World War II veteran Red Erwin. Jon remembers the stories his grandfather passed onto him about fighting for freedom and how he sought to learn more about his grandfather's story after his death. Follow Martha on Twitter: @MarthaMac
Smiley faceDenver win means we all get one more Jamal Murray vs. Donovan Mitchell showdown (2020-08-31 )
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) LAKE BUENA VISTA Fla. (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers knocked him around and shut his teammates down and still Luka Doncic kept coming. Kawhi Leonard wasn’t worried because nothing rattles him in the postseason. “This is playoff basketball and everything is not going to go your way ” Leonard said. “You’re going to have downs and ups. Just got to keep playing.” Now his team will keep playing into the second round. Leonard
Smiley faceCoronavirus: England 'on knife-edge' as cases rise and lockdowns grow (2020-09-11 )
New cases of coronavirus are doubling almost weekly across England figures revealed as Birmingham became the biggest local authority to announce a tightening of lockdown measures and health officials flagged “worrying signs” of infections in elderly people. The measures to be introduced in Birmingham next week mean more than 7.3 million people – 11% of the UK population – will be living in areas affected by some level of local lockdown according to a Guardian analysis. After signs t
Smiley faceDozens missing in Oregon as historic fires devastate western US (2020-09-12 )
Dozens of people are missing and at least 23 people are believed to have been killed as historic wildfires in the western US forced evacuations stretched fire crews thin and spawned misinformation. Residents of Portland Oregon awoke on Friday to air thick with smoke pollution that dimmed the sun and turned the skies blood-orange red. Hundreds of firefighters are battling two large wildfires that threatened to merge near the most populated part of Oregon including the suburbs of Portland an
Smiley faceBrussels could 'carve up' UK if Tories reject Brexit bill says Johnson (2020-09-11 )
Boris Johnson has said his controversial legislation to override parts of his Brexit deal is needed to end EU threats to install a “blockade” in the Irish Sea. The prime minister said Brussels could “carve up our country” and “seriously endanger peace and stability” in Northern Ireland if Conservative MPs rebel to block the internal market bill. Johnson is working to quell a plan to amend the legislation from senior Tories who are angry that it could break international law by over
Smiley faceUK urged to take in refugees after fire at Lesbos migrant camp (2020-09-12 )
Pressure is mounting on the UK government to take in some of the thousands of asylum seekers left without shelter following a devastating fire at Europe’s largest migrant camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. The blaze tore through the Moria registration and identification centre (RIC) overnight on Tuesday incinerating tents that had been home to 13 000 people including at least 4 000 children. Germany and France are to take in children hit by the fire but the UK has yet to offer any assista
Smiley facePeru lawmakers begin impeachment of president Martín Vizcarra (2020-09-12 )
The Peruvian president Martín Vizcarra faced a fresh challenge to his leadership on Friday after the Congress approved a motion to start impeachment proceedings against him over leaked audio tapes and alleged ties to a singer involved in a fraud case. Whether to remove Vizcarra from office for “moral incapacity” is due to be debated and voted upon in the next week which risks plunging the world’s second-largest copper producer further into crisis as it battles one of the worst coron
Smiley faceJohn Fahey: former NSW premier and federal finance minister dies age 75 (2020-09-12 )
Liberal premier played key role in bid for Sydney Olympics and also helped thwart attack on Prince Charles John Fahey the former premier of New South Wales and federal finance minister has died aged 75. In a statement on Saturday morning the NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian paid tribute to Fahey and offered his family the option of a state funeral for the former premier. Born in 1945 Fahey migrated to Australia from New Zealand and was elected an MP in 1984. He became premier in 1992 and
Smiley faceMore than 25 apes trafficked from Congo recovered in Zimbabwe (2020-09-12 )
Large seizure of pangolin scales also carried out government says as four suspects are arrested More than 25 apes trafficked from Congo recovered in Zimbabwe At least 26 great apes illegally removed from the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been seized in Zimbabwe where four suspected traffickers have been arrested. Congo’s environment minister Claude Nyamugabo Bazibuhe also announced a large seizure of pangolin scales from the country’s north-east. Group of rare Cross River go
Smiley faceAfghan peace talks with Taliban begin in Doha with rocky path ahead (2020-09-12 )
Nineteen years after 9/11 securing a ceasefire and safeguarding rights of women and minorities are key challenges Talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents started in Qatar’s capital of Doha on Saturday with the goal of bringing an end to a conflict that has laid waste to the country and killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians. The head of Afghanistan’s peace council Abdullah Abdullah said that if the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents came together
Smiley faceCoronavirus live news: one in nine people in UK in lockdown India records another record daily rise (2020-09-12 )
03:37 One in nine people across the UK are once more under some form of lockdown restrictions according to an analysis by Pamela Duncan a Guardian data journalist. A total of 7 317 093 people - 11% of the UK population - live in the local authority areas and wards affected by some level of local lockdown measures. Birmingham Sandwell and Sollihull were added to the government’s list of areas facing restrictions on certain forms of social contact and business and venue closures. When adde
Smiley face'It’s world-leadingly bad is what it is': the week Covid surged again in UK (2020-09-11 )
For Alex an NHS call centre worker the signs that coronavirus was back in earnest came when his phone wouldn’t stop ringing. Over the summer Alex would log on at home to see 70 or 80 people in the queue for advice on booking an appointment for a Covid test. “You’d get answered in a few minutes ” he said. “Last week that went up to about 100. By this week it was 1 500.” On Friday morning he logged on to see 2 120 contacts on hold and a wait of more than half an hour for a resp
Smiley faceCovid-19: Fauci says US life won’t return to normal until deep into 2021 (2020-09-11 )
The White House coronavirus taskforce’s most senior public health expert Anthony Fauci said on Friday that it would probably take another year before life returns to a sense of “normality” in the US even if a successful Covid-19 vaccine is approved in the next few months. Bob Woodward rejects criticism that he sat on Trump 'deadly' virus remarks Read more “If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid it’s gonna be w
Smiley faceThe Covid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why (2020-09-11 )
Wealthy nations have ordered millions of doses of unproven candidates but equal access is the key to beating virus The Covid-19 vaccine gamble: where bets have been placed and why The UK has ordered a total of 340m doses of potential coronavirus vaccines from six manufacturers. The EU has done a deal said to be worth €2.4bn (£2.2bn) with one developer while the US has orders with six companies for 800m doses under Operation Warp Speed with options on a further 1.6bn. Wealthy countries
Smiley faceTK Maxx overtakes Topshop in UK despite Covid crisis (2020-09-12 )
It has quietly outgrown Topshop to become the UK’s sixth-largest fashion group. Now TK Maxx is hoping a glut of unsold clothing from rivals will further boost its fortunes. The cut-price US-owned retail group sells an eclectic mix from a Moschino-collared jacket at £99.99 to a Gucci handbag at nearly £1 000 and Sloggi knickers at £2.99. It may only stock one or two pieces of each style or a few items of big-name beauty or homewares brands but the low prices attached – the Gucci bag is
Smiley faceThe 'rule of six': what are the new UK coronavirus restrictions? (2020-09-11 )
What is the ‘rule of six’? The phrase “rule of six” was used by Boris Johnson in his press conference on Wedndesday where he announced a ban on meetings of groups of more than six people in England applying indoors and outdoors from Monday. The new law replaces existing guidance on no more than two households meeting indoors meaning that the six individuals can be from up to six households. Johnson warned that there would be on-the-spot fines of £100 which will double on repeat o
Smiley faceBirmingham lockdown rules tightened as Covid cases rise (2020-09-11 )
Guidance that people cannot socialise outside of their households will be made law A series of tougher measures have been imposed in Birmingham Sandwell and Solihull after a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases. From Tuesday separate households in the three West Midlands council areas with a combined population of more than 1.6 million people will not be able to mix in homes or private gardens. The restrictions will not affect schools public transport or workplaces and do not stop grou
Smiley faceHow vaccine hesitancy could undermine Australia’s Covid response (2020-09-11 )
One autumn afternoon in sun-drenched Mullumbimby intensive care doctor Rachel Heap came across a crowd milling beneath a local telecommunications tower. Heap was exhausted. She’d spent the day treating Covid-19 patients at Lismore Base hospital. Near the Mullumbimby post office she could see a group of protesters who were breaking Covid restrictions. The crowd wore no masks and there was little physical distancing. They were chanting opposition to the 5G waves Telstra planned to send from
Smiley faceCoronavirus closures threaten future of Papua New Guinea's only animal rescue centre (2020-09-11 )
From the heat and dust of the city’s noisy crowded streets the Port Moresby Nature Park is an oasis for the city’s residents as well as the animals it keeps. Home to more than 500 creatures and spread over 30 verdant acres the park has spent years rescuing injured orphaned or trafficked animals from across the country and protected and nurtured native species including the endangered pig-nosed turtle and the magnificent riflebird. Facebook Twitter Pinterest A pig-nosed turtle at th
Smiley faceMount Everest: Nepal and China prepare to reveal new height after Covid delay (2020-09-11 )
Competing teams have both completed trips to the summit but plans have been disrupted by the pandemic Some time in the near future – after a wait of a decade – the world will learn the new height of Mount Everest. China and Nepal have teamed up to measure the world’s highest mountain which straddles their border and under a 2019 memorandum of understanding they must announce their findings together. The announcement was reportedly delayed because of the pandemic. Nepal sent its own te
Smiley faceCramer previews Wall Street news for the trading week of Sept. 14 (2020-09-11 )
Cramer previews Wall Street news for the trading week of Sept. 14 This market's badly in need of another stimulus package the Mad Money host said.
Smiley faceNasdaq closes lower to end its worst week since March as tech continues to struggle (2020-09-10 )
The Nasdaq Composite fell in another volatile session on Friday as the continuing tech sell-off drove the benchmark to its worst week in months. The Nasdaq closed 0.6% lower at 10 853.55. At its session high the composite rose as much as 1%; it was down more than 1.7% at one point as well. Apple dropped 1.3% and Amazon fell by 1.9%. Facebook Alphabet and Microsoft were all down. The S&P 500 eked out a small gain after gyrating between solid gains and steep losses. The broader-market index cl
Smiley faceMost voters don't see Trump and Biden as mentally fit to be president new poll shows (2020-09-10 )
Most voters in six 2020 swing states do not consider either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden mentally fit to be president according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll. The findings in the pivotal states of Arizona Florida Michigan North Carolina Pennsylvania and Wisconsin were released Thursday amid a sustained push by the Trump campaign to portray Biden as incapable of handling the demands of office. Most respondents in those states which will play a hu
Smiley faceZscaler CEO discusses surge in demand since Covid-19 (2020-09-10 )
Zscaler CEO discusses surge in demand since Covid-19 Zscaler's stock is up almost 200 percent since the beginning of the year. The company also reported beats on its top and bottom lines. Zscaler CEO joins 'Squawk Alley' to talk about why its business will continue to grow.
Smiley faceBigCommerce CEO discusses how its business is different from Shopify (2020-09-10 )
BigCommerce CEO discusses how its business is different from Shopify BigCommerce's stock is up three times since its IPO. BigCommerce CEO Brent Bellm joins 'Squawk Alley' to talk about how his business offers an open SAS platform which makes it flexible for existing businesses to utilize its service versus another similar e-commerce website Shopify.
Smiley faceNFL season kicks off as big advertising money is on the line (2020-09-10 )
NFL season kicks off as big advertising money is on the line Last year nearly $3 billion dollars were spent on advertising during the NFL season. That's about $175 million dollars per week in a regular season. CNBC's Julia Boorstin joins 'Squawk Alley' to discuss.
Smiley faceIntangible assets have become more valuable and are driving tech stocks says Decatur Capital's Degas Wright (2020-09-11 )
Intangible assets have become more valuable and are driving tech stocks says Decatur Capital's Degas Wright Degas Wright Decatur Capital Management chief investment officer and Steve Weiss Short Hills Capital join 'Fast Money Halftime Report' to discuss what's driving the markets and Peloton.
Smiley faceHow a Biden presidency could impact stock markets (2020-09-11 )
How a Biden presidency could impact stock markets CNBC's Power Lunch team discusses how a Biden presidency may impact the market and what other Washington D.C. pressures may impact the stock market with Ron Insana of Schroder’s and Libby Cantrill of Pimco. From a macro perspective if there were a Democratic sweep the market probably would be inclined to sell off but you could also see a lot more spending like infrastructure spending under a Biden administration says Cantrill.
Smiley faceAre markets discounting the possibility that the next president will be Joe Biden? (2020-09-10 )
Are markets discounting the possibility that the next president will be Joe Biden? Kevin Mahn Hennion & Walsh asset management CIO says three factors- stimulus bill Covid-19 vaccine and election results—will breed more volatility in the markets moving forward. He joins 'Power Lunch' with Erik Krutzen Neuberger Berman CIO to discuss.
Smiley faceSport Clips CEO on state of the barbershop industry business since reopening 2021 outlook (2020-09-11 )
Sport Clips CEO on state of the barbershop industry business since reopening 2021 outlook Edward Logan CEO at Sport Clips Haircuts offers insight on the barbershop industry as shops nationwide reopen to the public.
Smiley faceUnwillingness to spend money is a disadvantage for the U.S. in its tech race with China expert says (2020-09-11 )
SINGAPORE — The United States' unwillingness to spend money is its biggest disadvantage in a tech race with China according to a cybersecurity and technology expert. From imposing restrictions on telecommunications giant Huawei to issuing executive orders banning transactions with ByteDance and forcing the company to sell the U.S. operations of the popular app TikTok Washington has stepped up efforts to put pressure on China's technology firms in recent years. This month the U.S. Departm
Smiley faceRetail investing boom may spark concerns but strategist says markets have lived through it before (2020-09-10 )
SINGAPORE — Retail investors have been fueling a frenzied buying boom in markets this year sparking fears that they are driving too much speculation in the market. But Christopher Smart chief global strategist at Barings Investment Institute suggested that the risks could be overblown. It's something we've lived with — through the dotcom bubble and market ups and downs since then — as retail investors obviously when there's a big run-up it tends to draw retail investors in late in
Smiley faceChina's Baidu is in talks to raise up to $2 billion to launch a stand-alone biotech company (2020-09-10 )
GUANGZHOU China — Chinese internet search giant Baidu is in discussions with investors to raise up to $2 billion over three years for a new biotech company CNBC has confirmed. The company would be a standalone entity rather than a subsidiary of Baidu said a person close to the matter. The individual was not authorized to speak publicly about the project. A number of investors are interested in joining the funding the person said adding that they could not disclose more details as talks
Smiley faceTech sell-off is a headwind for markets: Citi Private Bank (2020-09-11 )
Tech sell-off is a headwind for markets: Citi Private Bank As economies continue to reopen Ken Peng from Citi Private Bank explains why the tech sector might be impacted as people spend less time online.
Smiley faceTech wobble buoys dollar Brexit fears hammer pound (2020-09-11 )
US Dollar notes and euro coins are arranged for a photograph on Sept. 11 2017. The dollar was poised for its first back-to-back weekly gains since May on Friday as jitters in equity markets had investors sticking to safer assets while sterling tracked toward its worst week since March on fears of a messy hard Brexit. After a volatile New York session the greenback was broadly steady in Asia. Marginal moves higher in the Aussie kiwi and euro were all too small to dent a bounce in the dollar
Smiley faceEuropean markets close slightly higher with Brexit standoff in focus; Altice Europe up 24% (2020-09-11 )
European markets closed slightly higher on Friday as investors monitored tense negotiations between the U.K. and the European Union. The pan-European Stoxx 600 closed up by 0.1% with basic resource shares up 2.4% to lead the gains while banks on the other hand fell over 1.6%. The EU on Thursday urged the U.K. to abandon its plan to renege on the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and threatened legal action but U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government has vowed to press ahead with its Interna
Smiley faceGold falls but eyes weekly gain on economic recovery worries (2020-09-11 )
Gold slipped on Friday on a lack of further stimulus from the European Central Bank and the U.S. government but for the week the safe-haven metal was set to end higher on concerns over an economic recovery. Spot gold fell 0.7% to $1 941.07 per ounce; prices were up 0.4% so far this week. U.S. gold futures settled down 0.8% to $1 947.90. There was a bit of disappointment with the ECB because of expectations that we're going to see more stimulus Edward Moya senior market analyst at broker
Smiley faceOil ekes out gain but still posts second straight negative week (2020-09-11 )
Offshore oil platforms are seen on April 20 2020 in Huntington Beach California. Oil prices edged higher on Friday as equities markets firmed but crude remained on track for a second weekly drop as investors expected a global glut to persist if demand weakens further with rising COVID-19 cases in some countries. Brent crude rose 16 cents or 0.4% to $40.22 a barrel. U.S. crude settled 3 cents or 0.08% higher at $37.33. For the week however it declined more than 6%. Infections are grow
Smiley faceChina's Shenzhen stocks jump as Asia-Pacific markets mostly rise (2020-09-11 )
Tech shares mixed Technology shares regionally were mixed on Friday after their counterparts on Wall Street slipped overnight amid a recent downward trend. In Japan shares of conglomerate Softbank Group were up 1.03% while Sharp dropped 1.57%. Over in South Korea industry heavyweight Samsung Electronics saw its stock slip 0.34%. SK Hynix on the other hand advanced 2.35%. Hong Kong-listed shares of Chinese tech juggernaut Tencent rose 1.98% while Semiconductor Manufacturing International Co